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Sneak Peek Sunday-9/28-Ghostly Peek no.4

Sneak Peek Sunday

sneak peek sundayHi! I’m participating in Sneak Peek Sunday with my new contemporary Gothic holiday romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past. Every Sunday for the next few months I’ll be posting six paragraphs from the book and HERE is the link to see other author’s sneak peeks, so check out the first six paragraphs of Ghosts of Christmas Past!

Ghosts of Christmas Past Sneak Peek

Nate Pierce stared at his brothers as they pulled the plug on his dreams.

“We’re done, Nate.” Atticus leaned on the old wooden desk that had been their grandfather’s. With his fingers laced together and stuck with a nose that the Pierce family had carried proudly for generations, he even looked like the old man.

If the old man had had a full head of hair.

Atticus’s fraternal twin Ethan nodded from his position propped up on the wall next to the filing cabinets. “We’re pulling out, bro.” Always active, with too much energy sparking in his blue eyes, Ethan was so wired he couldn’t even sit down to chew Nate out.  “It’s time to sell the houses and pay us back.”

Pressure drummed in Nate’s ears. He stood up fast. “What the hell?” His metal folding chair clattered to the old wooden floor of the second story office, nearly hitting his dog, who scuttled out of the way. “You can’t pull out, there’s still three years on the loan. I’ll be left with nothing.”

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Check out next Sunday for another snippet from chapter one!

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Ghosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holidays Novel

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenJen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem. 

The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead. 

Dare to discover Jessica Aspen’s sexy, new adult, contemporary, Gothic romance, today.

 Add Ghosts of Christmas Past to your Goodreads shelf.

Available at:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ibooks, AllRomanceEbooks

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

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Sneak Peek Sunday-9/21-Ghostly Peek no. 3

Sneak Peek Sunday

sneak peek sundayHi! I’m participating in Sneak Peek Sunday with my new contemporary, Gothic, holiday romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past. Every Sunday for the next few months I’ll be posting six paragraphs from the book and I’ll also be posting the link to see other author’s sneak peeks, so check out the first six paragraphs of Ghosts of Christmas Past!

(Miss the first two snippets? Click HERE for Ghostly Peek no. 1, and HERE for Ghostly Peek no 2.)

Ghosts of Christmas Past Sneak Peek

“Turn right, now,” the smooth voice of the GPS interrupted. The car slid way too close to the gravel edge before reaching a shuddering stop.

“You are missing your turn. Turn right, now.”

Jen slammed her fist onto the dashboard. “If I turn now I’ll be stuck in the ditch.” She shook her aching hand and unbuckled her seat belt.

“You are missing your turn. Turn right, now.”

“Shut up,” she said and turned off the car. She got out. “Hello?” Her whole body quivered, adrenaline shaking her already shot nerves. “Are you hurt?”

But no one had answered.

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Check out next Sunday for another snippet from chapter one!

 

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holidays Novel

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenJen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem. 

The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead. 

Dare to discover Jessica Aspen’s sexy, new adult, contemporary, Gothic romance, today.

 Add Ghosts of Christmas Past to your Goodreads shelf.

Available at:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ibooks, AllRomanceEbooks

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your FREE PDF of Ghosts of Christmas Past, please click HERE.

Want to check out the other Sneak Peeks this Sunday? Click HERE for the list.

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Looking for Haunted Reads?

Fantastic Fridays

a paranormal blog

It’s Friday! And it’s time to explore the world of ghosts. My latest foray in to the paranormal is a romantic ghost story, Ghosts of Christmas Past, and while I may have trouble deciding if it’s a modern Gothic, a romantic suspense with paranormal elements, or a New Adult paranormal romance, I do know one thing about it (besides the fact that it’s a romance): it has ghosts.

Writing ghost romance means I’m anticipating Halloween and today I decided to take a journey into the land of true ghost stories. I grew up reading tales of terror, provided through the Arrow and Scholastic book clubs. You can read that post HERE, but now I’ve discovered that it’s all on the internet. So here are a list of a few blogs you can hop to and discover ghosts, ghouls, and the truly creepy.

halloween toombstonesThe first blog I’m going to send you to is Paranormal Stories  and I particularly was intrigued by the title of one of their blogs Corpse Roads.  Gives me the shivers just reading it. Reminds me of when Mary and I drove down to RWA this summer. We drove through the vast open prairies of Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. And there was one town that was stuffed full of graves. Tiny little town and multiple cemetaries. We figured people had driven for miles through rural Texas to be buried there. All those corpses rolling over the three roads that came into town. Now that place must have some ghost stories.

Since my story is a modern Gothic, I set it in a haunted house in the US. So if you are looking for more stories of haunts in the United States, then check out American Ghost Story. Tales of the supernatural from all over the states. What I find interesting about this blog is that it’s full of short, almost Flash Fiction personal tales of ghosts from all over. If you want quick creepy stories, this is the link for you. I loved the typo in the story about a haunted youth “hostile” in Berlin. It definitely was hostile.

And I haven’t been brave enough to listen, but if you love the sound of Neil Gaiman’s voice, like I do, merely the idea of him reading ghost stories sends shivers up my spine. Check out the TED Blog and let me know if it’s as spine chilling as I think it will be. Even the title of the story is creepy, Click-Clack the Rattlebag. Brrrr!

 What’s Happening: I have guests every Wednesday on the blog, this week author Sandra S. Kerns, shared her research into diving for Her Master Diver. And next Whimsical Wedesday you will meet author Tameri Etherton.

Check out the quickie glimpses into Ghosts of Christmas Past, this month with Sneak Peek Sundays. Every Sunday I’ll be giving you six paragraphs from the book. 

Next Friday I’ll go over my Fantastic Halloween! October is going to be chock full of events where you can win everything from print books to Amazon Gift Cards, so check back!

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at https://jessicaaspen.com/what-hot-new-story-is-jessica-working-on/

 Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

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Sneak Peek Sunday-9/14-Ghostly Peek no.2

Sneak Peek Sunday

sneak peek sundayHi! I’m participating in Sneak Peek Sunday with my new contemporary, Gothic, holiday romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past. Every Sunday for the next few months I’ll be posting six paragraphs from the book and I’ll also be posting the link to see other author’s sneak peeks, so check out the next six paragraphs of Ghosts of Christmas Past!

You can find my first sneak peak into the book HERE.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Sneak Peek

But it had been so real.

She went back through it. She’d been driving down the narrow road, heading deeper into the tangled bare branches of winter New England. She’d risked a glance at the overcast sky. Only mid-afternoon, but the heavy cloud cover and tall trees pressing in from the sides made it seem like nighttime was approaching fast.

And then, she’d looked back at the road. A woman in a long, dark dress stood dead center in the curve.

Jen screamed and turned the wheel, pushing her right foot down hard on the brake. The tires shrieked, and the car skidded, the end fishtailing around and spinning in a 360 turn.

She hung on. Trees flew by in a blur and she caught a vague impression of a frightened face.

The car slowed its spin. Her heart pounded in her throat, scratching and clawing in a race to get her somewhere, anywhere but strapped into the seat of a car she barely knew how to drive.

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Check out next Sunday for another snippet from chapter one!

 

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holidays Novel

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenJen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem. 

The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead. 

Dare to discover Jessica Aspen’s sexy, new adult, contemporary, Gothic romance, today.

 Add Ghosts of Christmas Past to your Goodreads shelf.

Available at:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ibooks, AllRomanceEbooks

Or join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free copy of Ghosts of Christmas Past, please click HERE. Limited time only.

Check out the other cool sneak peeks this Sunday on the Sneak Peek Sunday Blog Linky List.

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE. Limited time only.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE. Limited time only.

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Sneak Peek Sunday-9/7-Ghostly Peek no.1

Sneak Peek Sunday

sneak peek sundayHi! I’m participating in Sneak Peek Sunday with my new contemporary Gothic holiday romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past. Every Sunday for the next few months I’ll be posting six paragraphs from the book and I’ll also be posting the link to see other author’s sneak peeks, so check out the first six paragraphs of Ghosts of Christmas Past!

Ghosts of Christmas Past Sneak Peek

No footprints, no body, no woman…nor any sign there’d ever been one.

Her body shaking, Jen got out of the small rental car and looked again. Frigid air caught in her lungs and, for a moment, she suffocated on her own breath.

Then she exhaled. And it was okay. She could breathe again.

A chilly gust of wind blew snow down the empty road. She walked back a few feet and searched the unmarked snow crowded close under the dense brush and trees of the road’s shoulders, but couldn’t find anything. Unable to get warm she pulled her wool coat close around her, checking the steep ditches again, and again, making absolutely sure that there was no body, bleeding and tossed to the side. Or buried in the snow.

There wasn’t. Her expensive leather boots soaking wet, she stumbled back into the car. With numb fingers she turned on the heat, reclined the seat and closed her eyes. Took a moment, just to breathe.

There hadn’t been a woman, wide-eyed, white-skinned, and dripping with mud, standing in the middle of the slick, snow-covered road. It was just her nerves.

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Check out next Sunday for another snippet from chapter one!

 

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holidays Novel

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenJen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem. 

The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead. 

Dare to discover Jessica Aspen’s sexy, new adult, contemporary, Gothic romance, today.

 Add Ghosts of Christmas Past to your Goodreads shelf.

Available at:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ibooks, AllRomanceEbooks

Or join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free copy of Ghosts of Christmas Past, please click HERE. Limited time only.

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

Jessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE. Limited time only.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE. Limited time only.

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Stephen King, the threat that hangs over all writers

Thursdays Bite

a blog about the horror of writing

I’ve started writing ghost stories. Gothic romances of vulnerable heroines, desperate heroes, and scary haunted ghosts. I have an extensive reading background in Gothic romance and I love it, so it’s easy for me to create the spooky house, the dark and stormy night, and the hero who might be a threat.

What isn’t so easy for me was writing the ghost. But luckily I have my own ghost lurking behind me, Stephen King. Not that my little haunted holiday romance is anything like Stephen King’s writing. It’s not. Not at all. Don’t pick it up thinking it is. But more to the point, Stephen King is what scares me.

cujo by stephen kingI’m so terrified of him that I’ve never even read one of his fiction books. Just the idea of reading Cujo or Pet Cemetery makes my palms tingle and my knees weak. I know I won’t sleep. I know I’ll be afraid to even turn off the light.

That’s the kind of writer I want to be. Someone who has mastered his craft so well that even the thought of reading their books brings up emotion. I have read Stephen King’s book On Writing. And that was scary enough. I know have Stephen haunting me. Lurking behind me if I don’t write with dark looks, waving a judgmental finger at me. Saying, “You didn’t write today? For shame!”

When I first read On Writing and realized that Stephen King did not consider you a real writer, a serious writer, unless you wrote everyday, I nearly gave up. There was no way with a job, two small children, and a house to run, that I was going to be able to write every day. I needed time to focus. Time to work without someone needing me. Time to write.

But I didn’t give up. I faced the specter of Stephen King’s dire warnings about not writing and I did my best. I wrote slowly during those days. If I hit 500 words when I wrote, that was a good day, and if I wrote three days a week, that was a good week. But still he haunted me.

Even now I can feel him standing behind me. Why are you wasting time blogging? Why aren’t you writing the book? What are you scared of?

Um, you.

I am scared of not writing. Scared of writing. What if it’s not good? What if they hate it? What if I fail?

Stephen moves in closer. I can feel him nearly touching me. So what?

So write.

Even though I’m scared, the ghost of Stephen King is right. None of that matters. What matters in the end is the wordcount. How many words got down on the page. In the long run, that’s all I’ll see as my success or failure.

Who is your motivator? What ghosts do you have lurking behind you  driving you to succeed?

Happy dancing! Ghosts of Christmas Past recieved two five star reviews this week! WOOT! You can read Patricia Statham’s review at Books To Curl Up With or you can check out the five stars that Kathy left on Amazon or Goodreads.

And don’t forget, Ghosts of Christmas Past is only on sale through the end of August. Get your holiday read for 99 cents today!

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ibooks and AllRomance E-books

Author Bio:

jessica aspen, authorJessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email please go to: http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

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Ghosts and Ghoulies and Things That Go Bump in the Night

Thursdays Bite

bringing out the ghost in paranormal

Hi, I’m blogging again. I was taking a blog break and had every intention of not blogging until September, but it turns out I miss it! I like the schedule and I like writing about fantasy and paranormal romance. So, I’m back! And in honor of my new modern Gothic, Ghosts of Christmas Past, I’m writing about ghosts.

I’ve always read ghost stories. Do you remember those book orders the teachers used to send home with the kids in elementary school? Arrow Books and Scholastic? I lived in a fairly rural area. Our library was in a small house, and my mom had been one of the people to start it. It had a lot of books people had donated, but very few new ones and I loved all the choices that came home in that flyer.

Especially the mystery and suspense.

And there wasn’t much of that. I read Nancy Drew and had devoured all the ones within my reach by the end of second grade, and I loved Scooby Doo, but at that time books for kids were mostly focused on kids having adventures, so I was hungry for more mystery, more suspense, more supernatural. (Okay, technically in both Scooby and Nancy’s books the supernatural turned out to be some guy named Bob hiding behind a wall, but for a moment you could pretend there was a ghost.) Enter the short ghost story books.

scary stories by alvin schwartz

Do you remember reading these?

Books about haunted sailing ships and the sad stories behind them.  Books about men who married women with ribbons around their necks, who turned out to be already dead. Books about haunted houses, courthouses, and outhouses. You name it, if it was out there it had been haunted.

So when I decided to write a ghost story, I had plenty of fodder in my imagination. I needed an older house, because having a new house be haunted doesn’t carry the same thrill. I needed a ghost, well, that’s self-evident. And I needed a reason for her to be a ghost, and not just a ghost, but a malevolent one.

That was tougher.

Enter Agnes. Now I sympathize with Agnes. Her life wasn’t easy and she’s really trying hard to do the right thing. Unfortunately, it’s really wrong to do what she does. Should I tell you and spoil the book? No, I think I’ll let you read it yourself. But trust me, I put a lot of thought into why Agnes would do what she did, and how she thought she was justified.

And then I had to make her scary.

That was the fun part. That’s when all those books that kept me awake at night when I was nine came into play. All the creepy things that make you want to run but when you turn and really look at them, you can explain them away. So you stay in the house.

Did you read ghost stories as a kid? Do you read them now? Do you like to be scared? Have that shiver run up your spine?

Because I want to let all my regular readers have a chance to pick up Ghosts of Christmas Past it’s on a limited time offer of 99cents through the end of August. After that it’s up to $2.99, so grab it while it’s cheap!

 

 

Contemporary Love Stories with a Gothic twist.

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspen

 

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holidays Novel

Jen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem.

 The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead.

 Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ibooks, AllRomanceEbooks

Introductory price of 99cents! Goes up to $2.99 on September 1st, 2014

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It’s here! Ghosts of Christmas Past is released!

Moonday Mania

a blog where we celebrate!

I’m stepping out of my self imposed blog hiatus to whoop it up about releasing my latest book, Ghosts of Christmas Past. (See, I am working and not just having a fun summer holiday.) I’m a little nervous about it because there are no shifters, witches or elves. It’s not a fantasy romance nor is it a twisted fairy tale romance. What it is is something completely different. A contemporary Gothic romance.

And, it’s got a New Adult vibe. So, I really should call it a New Adult Contemporary Gothic Romance.

Oh, I forgot, it’s also a holiday romance. So let’s add that in. A New Adult Contemporary Gothic Christmas Romance. I don’t like to do anything uncomplicated.

It’s shorter than my fantasy books and a little longer than the shifter romances. In fact, it was supposed to be a novella, but it missed the mark and came in at over 40,000 words, so it’s officially a short novel. I toyed with the idea of calling it a novelette but ended up sticking with short novel.

And it’s the first in a series of short novels about the Pierce family in Appleset, Massachusetts. All of these books will be centered around holidays and all of them will have some kind of supernatural element. Maybe the series title will give you a clue as to what kind of supernatural element. Haunted Holidays. 

Yep, they will be ghost stories. With all the suspense and horror of a ghost story, tempered by the heat of the romance. Because there is some romance. Okay, more than a little. The heat level in this book is spicy, hotter than my steamy fantasy novels but maybe not quite hitting the heat level of the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods shifter romances.

I had a lot of fun writing this one, it was a nice break in between all of my books. I started it in late 2012, after I’d finished Goldi and the Bear and before starting Prince by Blood and Bone. Then it had to sit a while while I wrote Prince by Blood and Bone and published both it and Golid and The Dark Huntsman. Last fall, when I had planned to publish it, I was instaed wrestling with Prince by Blood and Bone’s edits. And this one had to sit by the wayside. But it’s finished now, and it’s something new and different. So I hope you give my venture into the modern Gothic a chance.

To get it off to a good start I’m offering it at 99 cents for the month of August, then I’ll raise it up to it’s regular price of $2.99, so get your copy today!

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenGhosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holidays Novel

Jen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem.

 The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead.

I’ve pushed published everywhere and it’s available today at:

Available now: Amazon,  Barnes and Noble, IbooksAllRomanceEbooks and Kobo at the limited time price of 99cents!

Goes up to $2.99 on September 1st, 2014

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Introducing a New Adult Gothic Contemporary Romance

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I thought today I’d introduce my upcoming new Gothic novel, Ghosts of Christmas Past. I’m delving into new territory with this one because it isn’t a fairytale twist. It is a…hold your breath…

halloween toombstonesNew Adult Gothic Contemporary Christmas Romance.

Phew!

What in the world is that?

Well, I wanted to write a modern ghost story. And I’ve always loved Gothics. I personally think Gothics are New Adults, they just weren’t called that when they were published originally. (Check out my blog on the similarities of Gothic and New Adult covers , HERE.) Girls on the cusp of being true adults. Young women who are out on their own for the first time. Yada, yada, yada.

You get it, don’t you?

Anyway, I love Gothics and ghost stories, so I decided it was finally time I wrote one. And I needed a holiday release, so the idea was born to have a series of quicky novellas I could write as a break from the fairy tale twisting. I don’t want to just write Christmas stories, so I’m writing a series of holiday novellas, Haunted Holidays: A series of contemporary love stories where the heroes and heroine’s take on the supernatural.

Okay, the log line needs work, but it’s a fun series!

And, yeah, this one turned out a little longer than a novella. It edged into short novel status when it sneaked past the limit of 40,000 words, but hey! Every one of those words is needed!

I don’t have a cover yet, but here’s the blurb:

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holiday’s Novel

Jen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem.

 The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead.

So I hope you’ll join me in my pursuit of the supernatural. If you’re interested in all the early details of the release sign up for my newsletter HERE, where you can find out about all my upcoming releases and specials. Look for Ghosts of Christmas Past to be out sometime in July for Christmas in July! WOOT! Stay tuned for details.

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Long Island Medium

Thursdays Bite

a glimpse into the supernatural

If you’ve missed my romance author news lately, check out Monday’s blog to see all the new venues The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court is now available on. It’s not just on Amazon, baby! And now that I’ve managed to load everywhere, I’m super excited to release Prince by Blood and Bone, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court, book two in the series. Just waiting on the cover. It’s been a few months coming, but I can’t wait to have it done. I’m thinking that February will be a good release month, but at this point I’m afraid to set the goal. Every time I do someone has a catastrophe and the book is delayed. I’m not sending anyone any more catastrophes, so no dates yet! I’ll wait until I have the cover in my hot little hands. 

Now on to the blog!

Last week I mentioned how excited I am to have Vikings on the history channel in February. I love the show and I find it a refreshing change from all the reality tv slush out there. But, I do have to say I have one reality tv weakness. My guilty pleasure is the show, Long Island Medium. I don’t know why I love watching Theresa Caputo go through her supernatural life on Long Island so much, but I do. There is something reassuring about her. She’s not a flashy medium with purple hair and woo-woo robes.

Okay, she is a little flashy, I’ll admit it. She has an amazing hair-do that must take hours and cans of hairspray to maintain, and her long white nails are a little intimidating for someone like me with the ability to tear a nail in seconds, but overall she’s just what she says she is, “A typical Long Island mom.”

Speaking of Theresa’s nails, you haven’t seen anything until you’ve watched a city girl with a NYT manicure milk a cow. It’s crazy! And she’s pretty good at it too. I think that’s why I like the show. Only Theresa could milk a cow with those nine-inch nails and give a psychic reading to a skeptical farmer at the same time. She’s amazing! (On a super cheapskate alert I can’t post this Youtube video because TLC charges you $1.99 to watch the episode. Yes, they want to make money every which way possible, but take my word for it, those nails can milk!)

And she even has a book! WOOT! I haven’t read the book, I just love watching the show. If you’ve read the book let me know what you thought. Some of my friends watch the ghost hunter guys shine black lights around basements and talk to themselves. I like watching Theresa bump into strangers in ice cream shops and tell them their moms are still looking out for them. What can I say? I’m a softie!

What is your guilty tv pleasure? Do you have one? Do you watch some of those reality shows or reruns of I Love Lucy? What about old black and white movies or late night horror? There must be a lot of horror fans because when I search for a movie on Demand there is almost nothing to watch that isn’t scary. Tell me your secret vice, shh, it’s just between us and the spirits!

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