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The Style and Substance of Switching Series

Thursday’s Bite

a blog about the fantasy in the romance

Today I’m guest blogging on Worlds of the Imagination and writing about World Building or World Changing, how authors can take a traditional fantasy world framework and make it their own. Check it out, it’s a cool site with frequent guests and sponsored by some fascinating authors.worlds of the imagination

I’m deep into world building this month because I’m not only doing a final run through on my fantasy romance,  The Dark Huntsman, but I’m ready to plunge back into the rough draft of Prince By Blood and Bone, book two of the Tales of the Black Court. It sounds like a lot to do, but the truth is it is a good thing because they are deeply intertwined and I need to make sure that I don’t drop the ball and change someone’s hair or eye color, or make a character speak a different way from book to book.

One of the toughest things about writing a series is keeping the author’s writing style the same. These books are deeper, longer, and more fantasy than my Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods novellas, so they have a different voice. I didn’t realize until this final run through of The Dark Huntsman came in, right as I was doing final edits on Goldi and the Bear, that these books are very different. The novellas have a lightness running through the dark suspense. I think it may be because of the contemporary setting and the age of the characters. They are all new adult stories that have, at their core, the struggle with actually being grown up and an adult. Taking on real responsibilities and relationships.

The Tales of the Black Court series is different. Maybe because I started writing it years ago. Maybe because the heroes are so long-lived. Logan (the Dark Huntsman) has a chronological age of 300 years, but his real age is around 25. He’s not considered an adult by his uncles who are over a thousand years old and whose real age is around forty. Many of the characters have lived a long time and that flavors the book in a different way than the short-lived werewolves and werebears in my novellas. Logan and Trina’s real ages technically mean that I’m writing fantasy new adult, but because of the length of time Logan has lived it affects his speech patterns, and behavior, and he definitely feels like he’s from an older time and place even though he is a contemporary young hero.

In contrast, the characters in Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods know life can be very short. They are werewolves and werebears and are hunters and fighters. They take on problems with a quick intensity, from family issues to fighting the bad guy, to falling in love. The stories are set in a very contemporary setting, and the plots move fast. The characters are all young, they burn with deep first love. Even their resistance to love is hot and sometimes violent.

The pacing on the books is different too, mostly because of the length of the stories. In a 35K novella I have to pack in a lot of plot. There isn’t really a sub-plot, just the suspense and romance plots so all of the action centers on the main characters. They are intense and fast paced and with young hot headed main characters the emotional plot moves lightening fast. The Tales of the Dark Court have deep world building and you get a view of the antagonists, that takes extra words and extra plotting and moves the story into a longer pace. That’s not to say these books move slow, they just have longer story arcs with longer builds. Think about the novellas as a series of hot quickies where you rocket up fast and move on. In contrast the novels are a night that starts with dinner and ends with a long all-night marathon.

Also the novellas are spicy, and that means there are more sex scenes per thousand words. In fact both series have approximately the same amount of sexual encounters, but The Dark Huntsman is over 87,000 words. Proportionally, in the longer novels, there is a lot more plot to support the intimacy. That’s not to say that they aren’t hot. Just not quite as spicy as the novellas.

All of this: the pacing, the frequency of the sex, the setting, changes the author’s style even though each author has a particular boice. Short fast novellas lead to shorter faster sentences. Longer paced novels give an author room to describe scenes in more detail. So, when moving from book to book I need to be careful to take the right style with me and still keep my Jessica Aspen voice.

Have you read other authors when they write new and different things of varying lengths? Does their pacing shift? Their plotting move faster or slower? Is it a surprise when the short story wraps up fast and you are used to reading longer novels? What about writers? Do you find, as writers, that you need to pull yourself out of one series-style and into another? How do you do this? What works for you?

 

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Goldi and the Bear Release Day Bewitching Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

goldi and the bear release day blitz

It’s Here!

Today is the day that my spicy new adult twisted fairy tale Goldi and the Bear is on tour with Bewitching Tours. You can discover new blogs and fantastic reviewers at the same time as you can win a free e-copy of Goldi and the Bear! I’ve offered to give away an e-copy of the book at each stop, you’ll have to check and see which bloggers took me up on the offer. And just for fun I’m going to giveaway a few extra copies. Anyone stops at all sixteen stops and leaves a comment on each one can also be eligible to win a free copy here. Just come back here and let me know you made it to all  sixteen stops and left a comment, and I’ll enter you to win!

1. The Official Blog of A.C. James
2. Green Mountain Couple
3. BookwormBridgette’s World
4. Victoria’s Gossip
5. Interview
6. Faerie Tale Books
7. Fandom Fanatic
8. Words of Wisdom from The Scarf Princess
9. Kelly Powell
10. Escape Into A Book
11. Readaholic’s Reviews
12. Eclipse Reviews
13. Author Karen Swart
14. Pembroke Sinclair.
15. A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books
16. Literal Hotties Naughty Book Reviews

And of course, if you would like to purchase Goldi and the Bear today it is available at Passion in Print Press, and should be available soon at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and All Romance. I’ll be sending out a release blast on my new release newsletter as soon as it’s out, so if you want the scoop sign up HERE. No spam, no selling addys, no problems, just real news about new releases and specials.

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Celebrate the Release of Snow and the Seventh Wolf

I’m on tour February 18th!

Hop on by and enter to win books, read reviews, and discover some fantastic sites.

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Readaholic’s Reviews
Books to Light Your Fire
Melissa Stevens,
Bad Barb’s Book Reviews,
SECRET SOUTHERN COUTURE,
Sapphyria’s Steamy Book Reviews:
Pure Textuality
Corsets to Bustiers
Place of Reads Blog
Musings From an Addicted Reader
LilyElement
A Bibliophiles Thoughts on Books
Nomi’s Paranormal Palace
Offbeat Vagabond
Open Book Society;
Bex ‘n’ Books
A Girl and Her Kindle
Keeping Up With The Rheinlander’s
happy tails and tales
Intoxicated by Books
Share My Destiny

I’ve had lots of people ask about the music that Lex Valentine of Winterheart Designs  used for my book trailer, the band is Flyleaf and the song is Bury Your Heart.

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Discover A True Alpha Male Love Song

I admit it. I love alpha angst. Give me a strong man in so much love it hurts and I’m happy. It’s twisted, but it’s true. Maybe it’s because I grew up on rock songs with men in so much torment you could taste it.

Meatloaf’s Hot Summer Night – a true alpha male love song.

Happy Valentine’s Day

And if you haven’t dropped by yet, I’m still giving away a copy of spicy werewolf love on Sherry Isaac‘s blog. Stop by today and comment to enter to win!

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Snow and the Seventh Wolf Trailer

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It’s out! Snow and the Seventh Wolf trailer is here!

I love book trailers! As many of you know I’ve featured them here several times. In fact below are the links if you would like to see some amazing trailers. I’ve been wanting to do a book trailer for some time and when the opportunity came up to do one with the cover artist for Snow and the Seventh Wolf, I took advantage of it. I wasn’t sure what would be required when I did this, but Lex Valentine of Winterheart Designs is a professional and she did all the work. All I had to do was provide my blurb and a little information and she put the whole thing together.

So, without any more hoop-la, here it is!

You are welcome to like it, share it, spread the news! And as for those other posts with all those other trailers, here are just a few:

https://jessicaaspen.com/2012/09/27/mermaids/

https://jessicaaspen.com/2012/09/20/im-gone-but-here-are-some-booktrailers-for-you/

https://jessicaaspen.com/2012/08/09/the-taker-a-slow-turning-screw/

Let me know what you think about my book trailer. Have you ever created your own book trailer or slide show? Are you as freaked out about the process as I am? What are your favorite book trailers?Leave me the links so I can check them out!

And don’t forget that Snow and the Seventh Wolf is finally out and ready for purchase. Click HERE for a list of sites.

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Snow and the Seventh Wolf Release

Release the Wolves

a special Thursdays Bite

Snow and the Seventh Wolf is out and ready for purchase! WOOT!

When readers finish Little Red Riding Wolf one of the things they’ve said over and over is that Seth needs to be taken down a peg or two. Even my editor from Passion and Print asked for Seth’s story. So here it is, finally, and just in time for my favorite month…February, the month of love.

Blurb/Book Description:

Exiled for attempting to kill his sister’s lover, the last thing Seth needs is to be saddled with a human. But Seth can’t turn his back when he discovers Snow fleeing from her avaricious step-parents murder plot. Isolated in a cabin in the woods, Snow attempts seduction and Seth discovers even werewolves are vulnerable to passion’s temptation. Seth’s angry struggles against his desire drive him away, but his over-protective alpha nature won’t let him abandon a female in distress. With Snow in danger again, can Seth overcome his prejudices in time to save Snow from her step-parents’ evil plan?

Presenting for your enjoyment an excerpt from Chapter One:

Snow Electra Jazzman slid her sunglasses down and frowned
at Ron as he passed the turn leading to the only decent coffee
shop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
“I thought we were going for coffee?”
“Um, well, we are.” Ron darted a look at her, turning his
watery blue eyes back to the twisting mountain road before she
could really read him. “But first, I thought we should take a
hike. Get to know each other better.”
Snow repressed a sigh and slid the sunglasses back. “You
know, you really don’t need to do this.”
After her dad had died, Snow’s stepmother had run through
men almost as fast as she ran through bottles of wine. Ron, her
latest husband, had seemed okay. At least he’d never tried to get
it on with Snow.
Until now.
“My stepmother doesn’t care if you get to know me,” she
said. “In a month, I’ll be twenty-one. You’ll never have to see
me again.”
“Tell you what…” This time he didn’t even look at her.
“We’ll stop…here.”
He eased the BMW off the main road and onto a narrow dirt
track that Snow hadn’t even noticed. And, instead of stopping,
he drove into the woods until she couldn’t see even a glimpse of
the main road.
A thousand nerves skittered across Snow’s neck.
She rubbed the skin under her jacket collar, hard. This was
it. She knew the signs. Time to fend off another stepfather.
Ron finally stopped the car. “Here’s a good spot.” It was dead
quiet in the isolation of the BMW. He rubbed his hands on his
pants, back and forth. Back and forth then got out of the car.
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This was bad. None of the others had even bothered to take
her away from the house. She looked at the deep dark woods
and shivered, zipped her jacket up to her chin and stiffened her
spine.
She wasn’t a little girl anymore, she was a grown woman. Her
body, her decision. Screw him and Elena. The minute she had
access to her trust fund, she was gone.
Ron came around the car and held her door open. She shot
him a look that was supposed to tell him he was fooling himself,
but he just grinned his trademark cheesy TV grin and said,
“Come on, we’ll just stroll up the trail a little.”
The heavy overcast sky made Snow feel even colder than
the winter mountain temperature outside. As intimate as being
with Ron in the BMW had seemed a moment before, now she
didn’t want to leave the car.
“Can’t we do this in the car?” She glanced pointedly down
at her new white suede boots and then at the mud. “Or better
yet, over coffee?”
“Elena said we should walk.” Ron’s forehead creased, he
shook back his overlong sweep of artificial blond hair they all
pretended hid his receding hairline. “I’d feel better if we could
walk.”
Snow sighed, and got out of the car. Better get this over with.
She’d handled the others, she’d handle him. And then she’d
only have a month to deal with his wounded ego.
“This is pretty remote,” she said, shivering. The cold was
already leaking through the thin soles of her boots. At least
the cabin they’d rented for the week was in an enclave of other
expensive vacation retreats. If she’d needed to, she could have
run for help.
Here, the only sound she could identify was the wind
shushing through the trees. The immense quiet seemed heavy
and forbidding compared to the bright lights and constant
motion of LA.
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Ron aimed the remote behind them and the lock snicked
closed.
The spidering on her neck trickled down her spine.
She didn’t want to do this.
She only had thirty days to go, living with her stepmother—
and fighting off another stepfather was not in her plans. Then
again, coming to Wyoming hadn’t been in her plans either, but
she had no choice until she received her inheritance.
She was counting the days, the hours, the minutes.
Shoulders back, she followed Ron to the gap in the dark wall
of trees.
“How far do you want to go?” She peered at the trail that
almost seemed to disappear into a dark hole as it turned up the
incline. A lacy flake landed on her nose, melted and slid down
the side of her cheek. She shivered.
“I would have dressed differently if you’d said we were going
out in the cold.” She sounded bitchy. She didn’t care. He should
have at least bought her the coffee first.
Ron frowned over his shoulder. “I’m sorry,” he said and
entered the tunnel made by the trees. “Elena said there was a
good spot not too far ahead.”
His whipped dog expression, and the fact that she suspected
he really was afraid of her stepmother, kept her walking up
the trail behind him. She didn’t know what Elena had to do
with this, but his constant reference to Elena didn’t feel like
the typical play for the younger step-daughter. Maybe he wasn’t
going to try it on. Maybe he really wanted to talk. She focused
on trying to find some beauty in the dark oppressive woods and
put aside her fears about where this was heading.
The first few fat white flakes scattering through the air were
pretty. Despite the heavy grey sky, and the sharp incline of the
trail, her pre-caffeine grumpiness began to lift. They’d have their
talk, turn around, and go get the coffee. Before long she’d be
back at the cabin, warm in her own room, where she could once
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again dream of a future free from Elena.
Trudging around a group of leafless bushes she nearly ran
into Ron, who had come to a dead halt in the middle of the
trail. She stumbled to a stop, catching herself just shy of the edge
of the tremendous drop she hadn’t even seen.
“What the…” The heavy swirls of flakes lightened for a
moment, the dark clouds opened up and the snowy white peaks
of the Grand Tetons appeared, illuminated by a fleeting shaft
of sunlight.
“Oh!” She smiled at Ron, startled by the beauty into a
surprising camaraderie. “For once Elena was right, this is
amazing.”
“Pretty isn’t it?”
“Yes.” Snow agreed and chose to ignore his flat tone, focusing
on the view.
It really was pretty. The light from the gap in the clouds
looked like the hand of God in the final scene in a fifties movie.
So over the top you’d never believe it was real.
She turned back to face Ron, but he’d moved around till he
was on the downhill side of the path, between her and the path
back to the car.
“Thanks for bringing me here. It’s gorgeous.” Her smile
faltered. He wasn’t smiling back. His thin blue eyes avoided hers
and he swallowed noisily, his Adam’s apple bobbing. He shifted
his weight from foot to foot, his smooth, botoxed face tight and
strained. Snow’s smile fled.
This was it.
“I’m sorry, Snow.”
She tensed, waiting for his move, but he just stood there,
hands buried deep in the pockets of his parka.
“Sorry for what?” Her voice came out tight and reedy. She
braced for action. She knew the drill, Elena had rotten taste in
men.
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“Sorry about all this.” He apologized again. “If I had a choice
I’d do it differently, but you know Elena.”
A heavy weight balled inside Snow’s chest. She knew her
stepmother, oh too well. “What does Elena have to do with
this?”
Ron ignored her question, shifted his weight from foot to
foot. “I wouldn’t do it, but I need her. I haven’t had a decent
part in ten years. Once you get older, no one wants a blond
leading-man.”
Even Elena wouldn’t send him here to hit on his stepdaughter.
Would she?
Snow’s stepmother was a narcissistic bitch, she’d treated her
step-daughter terribly. But they only had one month left of each
other’s company then Snow would never see her again. Was this
her sick way of saying goodbye?
“It’s that pre-nup.” Ron pulled a pistol out from his coat
pocket.
Snow’s mouth dropped open.
“She holds all the cards. I walk away with nothing.” He
waved the gun.
“What are you doing Ron?” She needed to think, to plan.
Stuck between the drop-off and a gun, the only place left to run
was straight up the mountain, deeper into the woods.
He lifted the pistol. “Goodbye, Snow.”
The black hole of the barrel sucked her vision in, and she
couldn’t move. Trapped, as the gun wavered up and down, until
it finally leveled it out at her chest.
“I wish there were another way. Sorry babe.”
“Ron!” she finally wheezed out of tension tight lungs.
Ron squeezed his eyes shut.
Snow could make out every line on his face, the slight droop
to the corner of his eye, the trace of whiskers on his cheeks. His
black-gloved finger tightened on the trigger.

Giveaway

In celebration of the release I’ll be giving away an e-copy to one lucky commenter, so leave a comment and let me know what you think about the excerpt, the blurb or the cover.

Oh! And if you’d like to buy a copy it’s available at Passion in Print Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and All Romance.

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Shifters, Werewolves, or Lycans? Oh My!

Thursdays Bite

a paranormal blog

Business First! I’m on a Bewitching Tour all week. Click HERE for the full schedule. Below I’ve posted the schedule for the next two days!

January 17 I have a guest post at Little Read Riding Hood http://littlereadridinghood.com

And an interview at JeanzBookReadNReview http://jeanzbookreadnreview.blogspot.co.uk/

Then on January 18 you can find me at Rabid Reads –www.rabidreads.ca

as well as Delirious About Books http://deliriousaboutbooks.blogspot.com

Hope you swing on by and say “HI” and enter to win a free copy of Little Red Riding Wolf at every stop. There is almost no excuse for not having read it now!

On to the blog:

Little Red Riding Wolf takes place in the small town of Radon, Colorado. A place where everyone is a werewolf. Now I know that recently there has been some argument that werewolves are the scary ugly half man half wolf creatures from the old horror movies, but I didn’t go with that. I went with the more mystical person changing into a full wolf. Some people call those shifters. For some, a shifter can shift into any type of animal. For instance in Charlaine Harris‘s Sookie Stackhouse Series she uses shifters as a separate species from werewolves and yet her werewolves are actually wolves.

Then there is the term lycan made famous in the action horror films The Underworld series. Lycan is derived from the term lycanthrope, another name for the werewolf. In the Underworld the lycan’s are half man half wolf and face off against the vampires. I didn’t want to make my characters that dark. I love the idea of transforming into a wolf and running wild under the night, not being a twisted contorted concoction of man and beast. My wolves are beautiful and they know it.

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As I said, Radon is populated entirely with werewolves. Poor Evan Brewster is assigned there when his predecessor is killed unexpectedly. Typically, the Radon Pack Council would have made sure there was a replacement ready to step into the empty Forest Ranger position, but with the “unexpectedly” part, no one was ready and Evan shows up. Needless to say, the folks in Radon are less than welcoming. Small towns are tough enough places when you are an outsider, you can imagine what it would be like to be an outsider in a town of werewolves all trying to keep their existence secret.

From the cold reception at the gas station to getting shot at, Evan does not have it easy. The only bright spot in his world is when Red  shows up unexpectedly while he’s on patrol in the middle of the woods. Evan is young and lonely and the sassy sexy single gal who can out-hike him is more enticing than anything in town. No wonder he chases her up the mountain and confronts her in her Grandma’s cabin.

little red riding wolf tour buttonI’ve made my mind up for this series, but there are always more on the way and brand new series give me more leeway to play with words, terms, and phrases. I’d love to know if you prefer the term shifter or werewolf or lycan, leave a comment and let me know your preference.

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Discover Death’s Storm author Lia Davis

Please welcome author Lia Davis to Thursday’s Bite. Lia not only writes about witches and covens and all things magical in her Divinities series, but she also has a shifter romance series, Ashwood Falls.  Gotta love those shifters! Lia is another participant in the Holiday Gifts of Love Bloghop that starts tomorow, so don’t forget to hop on by her site and leave a comment.

Hi Lia, thanks for coming on the blog. Please tell us a little about yourself and your book. 

Hi! I’m thrilled to be here today. In a few short months, I’ll be turning the big four zero! *shudders* I have two grown children; one still at home and one on her own. I started my writing journey in 2008 and I’m loving it! I write paranormal romance mixed with magic, suspense, and mystery.

I’m currently working on two series. The Divinities has two book released—Forgotten Visions and Death’s Storm. Ashwood Falls is a new shifter series with the prequel, Winter Eve, releasing around Dec 18.

Check out my website for more information: http://www.authorliadavis.com

 Do you have cheerleaders supporting you as a writer?

 Yes! My husband, who can’t wait for the BIG check to come in. LOL I love him. His confidence in me keeps me going.

My writing partner, Carrie Ann Ryan. I love our daily chats, encouragements, laughs and cries together.

Family and friends with their encouraging words.

 Sounds like you have some great support. What are your hobbies or other interests that get you away from the stress of writing?

Actually, writing is my stress reliever. But other than writing, I love to read and spend time with family. I also like making beaded jewelry, book thongs and other creative projects.

That’s terrific. It’s great to have other hobbies that get you away from the computer. Tell me, what do you love about writing? Hate about it?

 I love being able to create new worlds and sharing them with my readers. What I hate? Nothing really. I don’t like the editing process as much as the plotting, but I love the end result.

 I struggle sometimes with both editing and plotting, but in the end, its worth it. Do you write a story clear to the end before doing more than simple editing? Or do you stop after each chapter and completely edit it before moving on? 

I create a chapter outline  that serves as my roadmap of events, then I write it clear to the end.

 How about writer’s block? Do you get it and if you do how do you get beyond it?

Winter Eve cover final amazonWriter’s block use to be a big problem for me when I pantsed it (wrote on the fly without an outline). Now that I’ve found a medium between me and my muse, it’s easier to write through to the end.

I’m also a recent convert to plotting. I agree, it makes a big difference when you get stuck. What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict? 

The characters come first. They drive the story and take away my control. Then I plot and create my chapter outline. 

Do you have a writing schedule? How do you juggle writing, family, work, and life’s surprises?

I juggle writing with a full time day job, family, and life. Lol. From Monday to Friday I have about three hours per day for writing, promoting, and blogging. The weekends are split between family and writings stuff.

I’m excited about your book, Death’s Storm. Love the cover! Tell us what’s unique about this particular book.

 Death’s Storm is the second book in my Divinities series. When I set out to write, I wanted to create worlds that are different than anything out there. In this series, humans know about witches and try to not know. My witches live in covens and have no supernatural powers, except for the few that are born with a divine gene. Here’s the series synopsis.

Over three hundred years ago children were born to an elite group of witches that were unlike any of the other magical children. These children were born with a mark, a living tattoo of a single rose on the inside of the left forearm. They possess natural divine powers. The magical communities, called Covens, believed the children were gifts from the gods and called them The Divinities.

 For decades the war between witches and demons seemed to diminish. Until recently. Two Divinities are missing. Three are dead, along with their spouses.  The victims were among the Divinities appointed by Hecate to watch over the Sinew–the source of all magic. 

Now it is up to the Divinities to keep the Sinew from the demons and protect magickin and the world from a fate far worse than anyone can imagine.

 Will there be any sequels to this book?

Yes. I have five books planned for The Divinities.

 Five books! Wow, that’s a lot of writing. I can’t wait! Thanks for coming on the blog. 

DS2withlogoAM[1]BOOK BLURB for Death’s Storm

Technical genius and demi-goddess–aka Divinity–Khloe Bradenton relies on no one for help, and she definitely doesn’t need comfort from anyone other than her twin. After her parents died by the demons’ hands over two years ago, she has graciously stepped up to her place in the war between demons and witches. When a creature far more dangerous than the ones responsible for killing her parents claims he is her guardian, she is torn between her desires for the dark predator and the painful loss she has endured at the hands of her enemies.

One of the last death demons still in existence, Jagger has pledged his life to the Goddess Hecate. Charged with the guardianship over the Divinities, he is never to approach them, but to aid them from a distance. When the firestorm, Khloe, sacrifices herself to save her twin and best friend and becomes the prey, he has no choice but to reveal himself to her. He is taken by surprise when the need to claim her as his own emerges. A desire he has never felt before could be more dangerous than the demons out to destroy them.   

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EXCERPT:

Stepping off the curb to head to the car, Khloe stilled and let the warm air caress her skin. An electrical charge that only the select few magickin—like her and the other Divinities—could detect was palpable in the humid summer air.

Her spine tingled as the supernatural energy drifted on the wind, putting her on full alert. Reaching out with her senses, she relaxed. A little. The energy was familiar in an odd kind of way. Her admirer was nearby.

More like a stalker, really, without the creepy love letters and phone calls.

For the last month, someone had watched her and followed her every move. When the entity was near, a warm shiver rolled over her skin like a caress. The energy didn’t come from a human. Demon? Maybe. But, the power was too intense to be any demonic creature she’d come in contact with. She considered one of the gods, but that didn’t make sense either. The gods wouldn’t stalk her. They would send a messenger or deliver their message in person. She and the others had also thought it could be a guardian.

Whatever the entity was, it annoyed the hell out of her to be followed around and spied upon.

She scanned to mall parking lot and the sidewalk that lead to the various shops. Nothing remotely threatening came into view or reached out to her supernatural senses. Then again, she never saw anything when she sensed the presence. It had shown up last month, right after she and Kalissa had been thrust into an ancient war between witches and demons.

That was when she and Kalissa found a note from their mother telling them about the Sinew—a crystal sphere that held the magic of the worlds—and sent Kalissa on a mission to retrieve it. As Divinities, it was their duty to protect magickin from Khan, the new Bastard Lord of the Underworld.

GIVEAWAY! 

Lia will be giving away a swag pack to two randomly chosen commenters. Please leave your email address in your comments.

Author Bio: 

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, graphic designer, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing and designing are stress relievers that allow her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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Discover the Cover for Snow and the Seventh Wolf

Thursdays Bite

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It’s darker, it’s racier, it’s here…

Ta-da! It’s my brand new cover for Snow and the Seventh Wolf, my twist of Snow White. Coming out January 2013 from Passion in Print Press!

Snow and the Seventh Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Exiled for attempting to kill his sister’s lover, the last thing Seth needs is to be saddled with a human. But Seth can’t turn his back when he discovers Snow fleeing from her avaricious step-parents murder plot. Isolated in a cabin in the woods, Snow attempts seduction and Seth discovers even werewolves are vulnerable to passion’s temptation. Seth’s angry struggles against his desire drive him away, but his over-protective alpha nature won’t let him abandon a female in distress. With Snow in danger again, can Seth overcome his prejudices in time to save Snow from her step-parents evil plan?

And, just in time for you to catch up, Little Red Riding Wolf, the first book in the series, is on sale for $3.99 at the Passion in Print Webstite.

Fraternizing with humans is taboo, but when feisty werewolf Red runs into hunky new forest ranger Evan Brewster, she jumps on the opportunity to let loose her desires. Evan is stoked when he meets the petite red haired hottie, and combined with his new discovery of wolves in Colorado, thinks his career and life are made. Then Red pushes him away, her hostile brother threatens his life, and things begin to spiral out of control. Caught between her sexy lover and her pack can Red trust Evan with her secrets, or must she sacrifice her human lover and her heart?

Discover Red and Seth and the small town of Radon where werewolves are the norm and nobody is happy when a human drops by.

I’d love to hear your feedback on the cover, and if you’ve read Little Red Riding Wolf are you excited to read Seth’s story?

 

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Werewolf Inspiration

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Today I’m on Redz World exploring the ways to burn the last days of summer. Drop by today and leave a comment to enter to win a copy of Little Red Riding Wolf.

So today, while my blog is over on Redz World, I thought I’d share Werewolves of London by the late Warren Zevon. Enjoy!  And after your finished, download the song for your ipod. It’s a classic!

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