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The Winter Queen’s Dragon is coming soon and to whet your whistle here’s your link to the free prequel.

The Dragons of Underhill: Before the Winter Queen

Hello!

Ever wonder what goes on before the story starts? Doyle Atavantador is my very first dragon shifter and he has a whopper of a backstory. So I wrote it up and it’s now available on Instafreebie.

The Dragons of Underhill: Before the Winter Queen

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Vollenth, the dragon world is failing. The life sustaining magic that runs under its crust is disappearing and no queen dragons have been born for centuries. Ice dragon, Doyle Atavantador, newly promoted to Queen Zianth’s personal guard, is determined that nothing will happen to her as they go to meet with the last of the dragon queens.

But when they get there they discover a miracle—seven queen eggs. But the eggs can’t live on a dying world and must be taken somewhere they can survive.

Somewhere with magic—Underhill.

As the evil dragon Monoleeath attacks, Zianth charges Doyle with protecting one of the last queen eggs. Doyle is faced with the ultimate test of his loyalty…

Will he abandon his queen and his world to Monoleeath in order to save the baby queen in the egg? Will he form an alliance with the other dragon guards? If he, or the guards he’s just met, fail—each of their seven baby dragons inside the eggs will die.

Magic, romance, and dragons!

 The Winter Queen’s Dragon release date is coming soon, January 6th, 2017. So get ready for dragons in Underhill!

-Jessica

the winter queen's dragon a fantasy romance by jessica aspen

 What’s a heroine to do when her dragon captor is not only her enemy’s best defense, but is also the man of her dreams?

Frozen for a hundred years the only thing on Siobhan’s mind is finding out what happened to her brother and vengeance on the queen who has punished them both. Upon gaining her freedom from the ice she finds herself the prisoner of the Winter Queen’s Dragon, Atavantador. But nothing is as it seems and when the dragon’s manservant, Doyle, turns out to be the dragon himself, Siobhan discovers that ending the queen’s reign may mean sacrificing her true love for the quest for revenge.

Doyle is hiding more than one secret from the queen, and all of them are worth his life. To keep the queen on his side he must play the game of dragon so well that no one guesses his secret—that beneath the Winter Palace lies the key to all of dragon kind’s survival, one of only seven queen dragon eggs left in the universe. And time is running out.

When the dragon egg’s hiding place is threatened Doyle finds himself caught between his heart and his loyalty to all of dragon kind. Can he trust Siobhan enough to tell her his secrets, save the egg, and still serve her lust for vengeance? Or will the attack on the palace destroy not only the egg’s chance of survival, but Siobhan and Doyle’s chance at love.

Love magic, romance and dragons? You’ll love THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON.

It will be here the first week of January, but I’m super excited to bring you THE DRAGONS OF UNDERHILL: BEFORE THE WINTER QUEEN today!

 https://www.instafreebie.com/free/Oqypc

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

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Rom Con 2016 is here!

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Rom Con 2016 is here in Denver and I’m going!

Have you ever been to a romance reader convention? I haven’t been in a few years, but they are party all the time fun!

If you are going, make sure to stop by my signing table, say hi, and check out all the cool fairy tale ornaments I found to decorate with. Cinderella’s coach and slipper, black velvet deer (wish they’d had pucas!), and delicate sparkly pumpkin leaves.  (Shh, don’t tell Jeff how much I spent.)

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Or find me in the bar (wink, wink). I’ll be having fun all weekend meeting and greeting with readers and doing fun activities including a scavenger hunt and karaoke. WOOT!

I haven’t been to a reader con in a few years, so I’m testing out the waters to see how it goes. I know I’ll have fun, that’s what these things are for, but I’m also hoping to meet some new people and find like minded fairy tale readers, or shifter readers, or paranormal romance readers who just want to talk magic and mayhem in books!

That’s all folks. Take care and hope you are having a super fun and romance filled September!

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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

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Squee! The Winter Queen’s Dragon Cover is here!

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I am super excited to reveal the cover for Book Four in the Tales of the Black Court, my fantasy romance series. I love the new direction for my fantasy covers. It keeps so many elements from the first covers—the font, the magic, a single person—but it adds in something new: the hero!

Ever since I started publishing this series I’ve had readers ask, where are the heroes? They should be on the covers too. And for this book, I’m featuring Doyle, my sexy dragon shifter. Love writing this romance between a fae and a shifter, and I can’t wait until it’s out!

the winter queen's dragon a fantasy romance by jessica aspen

What’s a heroine to do when her dragon captor is not only her enemy’s best defense…
but is also the man of her dreams?

Deep in the north of the fae world of Underhill, Siobhan has been frozen for a hundred years. Finally gaining her freedom from the ice the only thing on her mind is vengeance. Instead, she becomes the prisoner of the Winter Queen’s Dragon: Atavantador. But nothing is as it seems. To become powerful enough to get her revenge, Siobhan must make an unlikely ally—the dragon’s sexy manservant, Doyle.

Doyle is hiding more than one secret—and all of them are worth his life. To keep the queen on his side he must play the game of dragon so well that no one guesses his true secret: beneath the Winter Palace lies one of the keys to all dragon kind’s survival.

And time is running out.

Can Siobhan trust a man who is secretly her dragon captor and sworn to protect the Winter Palace? Or will she find out that ending a queen’s reign means sacrificing true love in her quest for revenge.

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of fast-paced fantasy romance
 Tales of the Black Court

 

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Pre-order today at:

Ibooks       Kobo       Barnes & Noble

 

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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 newsletter and get your link to download your exclusive FREE book, please click HERE.

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To Backstory Or Not To Backstory

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Like most authors, I struggle with reading my reviews. Do I want to know what people liked and disliked? Or maybe I don’t. If it’s a fabulous review, of course I want to read it. But, if it’s negative, especially if I feel like it’s undeserved, it can be rough reading.

Good reviews make me happy dance. Good reviews make me smile. Good reviews sell books. But bad reviews do everything you’d expect them to do—all the opposites. So why read them?

Well, sometimes they also show you your book’s weakness. When I write a book I have to make all kinds of decisions, and one of the decisions is how much backstory to include. That’s especially difficult if the book occurs at the same time as another book and the reader might be reading both books. (At least I’m hoping you’re reading both books.)

When someone reads the books in order, it works very well. They get all the backstory for book two from book one. So they don’t feel like they missed out. And when they get to book two? Well, they don’t feel like I’ve dumped loads of information they’ve already read into the book.

We’ve all read those books. The ones with pages and pages of what happened last time that, if you are really hooked, you just skip. But, if you are not hooked, it makes you put the book down. How much backstory belongs in a book? Too much, too little, just the right amount? How is an author to know?

In SILVER I cut an entire scene where she fights with her sister Scarlett. Why? because it was in Scarlett’s story and I assumed most readers would read books 1-4 and not just pick up book 5. Scarlett’s story is heavy on the sister relationships and covers it in detail, but, you don’t know that if you only read Silver. And that’s what some people do. Crazy, I know. Okay, I do that kind of thing all the time, pick up a series in the middle. But what were the odds that readers would stumble across a book that was so co-dependent with it’s sister book that they really are almost one long story?

In fact, I actually removed a lot of the sister story because my editor said it was repetitious and she was bored. I don’t want to bore readers with repeated story lines. Especially not the readers who are my fans and ARE reading the books in order. But maybe I cut too much?

So, back to those reviews. That’s where this type of issue shows up. I leave out some of the repeated scenes, and guess what, the reader who doesn’t read book #4 misses out when they jump straight to book #5. But do I go back and put in a scene just to show what happened? Do I info dump on the readers who did read the previous book? Do I take the review and fix the issue? Or do I just go on my merry way and keep writing new books and take that information into consideration for future books?

This is especially difficult because I tried something different with these two books. They run concurrently, so they are on the same time frame. I wrote them with the intention that you had to read both. It was an experiment. So, should authors experiment? Maybe that’s a topic for another blog.

Here’s what I’m considering. Not fixing the book. Okay, it’s an issue, but it would be a major rewrite to add in all the sister stuff, it’s already covered in the other book, and it would make it a full length book and not a novella.

BUT…

I still want to fix the issue. Because it is a legitimate complaint. Readers who pick up a book in the middle of a series definitely can expect to miss some backstory, but in this case, it may be a needed component. So I’m considering taking down the two books as separate published entities and only publishing them as an omnibus of books 4&5. That way all of the issues would be addressed in the same book.

In the meantime, the books are the way they are. But I’m thinking of adding to the warning that I put in the front of all of my fairytale books. What do you think of—

BEWARE: There is a serious lack of backstory ahead. If you want the backstory and know all about the relationship between Scarlett and Silver, read the book that comes before this.

And maybe, also addressing the issue in the letter in the back. I don’t want readers missing out on an important component of the story.

On the other hand, I’m knee deep in writing more books, so I also don’t want to take tons of time away from those. I want them to come out in a timely fashion. And I know most of you are waiting for the next one.

What do you think?

Should I squish them together into one book? Or, should I simply address it in the front and back of the book and let readers who pick up the book on it’s own know that they can find out all about the sister stuff in Scarlett? Leave me a comment and let me know your opinion.

Scarlett: A Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance by Jessica AspenSilver: A Sexy Shifer Fairytale Romance by Jessica Aspen

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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 newsletter and get your link to download your exclusive FREE book, please click HERE.

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Camp Nanowrimo Update: Tales of the Black Court #4

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It’s spring! Time for baby bunnies, green grass, and romance (wink, wink). It’s also April and time for Camp Nanowrimo.

Now for those of you who know me you know I am a Nanowrimo fan. National Novel Writing Month is the time all us crazy people try to write fifty thousand brand new words on a brand new book in thirty days. It makes November particularly challenging if you live in the USA and have a week of Thanksgiving vacation and food prep for the last week of the month.

But I digress…

Because this month is actually Camp Nanowrimo wear the sun is hot and the living is easy and you can set your own goals. But I’m a crazy person, not just because I’m a romance writer, but also becasause…I’m a romance writer.

This camp Nano I am setting my goal at…FIFTY THOUSAND WORDS!!!

Okay, okay. So I’ve tried to hit 50k before in 30 days and never done it. And it’s not November. And I have a lot to do this month. But I’ve also been dying to write Book Four in the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT, and I want to write it all this month. 🙂

Now, it’s going to be around 80-90k words, so writing it in all one month when the most I’ve ever written is 32k (when I wrote Goldi) is not going to happen. But, I really think I can hit 50k. It only takes writing 1,667 words per day for 30 days.

And it’a  fun book to write. It’s full of romance, and magic, and elves, and more romance. There are super sexy scenes and scenes of adventure. Why can’t I just have fun, and write it fast?

Well, guess what? I can!

So far I have written 13,346 words in six days. SIX DAYS!!! I’m ahead. 🙂

Will the entire book be written in a month, not likely, but I should have most of it done by the end of April and then it’s an easy hop, skip and a jump to May. I won’t tell you when I think it’s going to be done, because I’m not going to jinx it. But, it’s coming. WOOT!

What are you doing this month? Are you writing away with me? Are you dreaming of summer and planning your summer reads? Planning to be on the beach? Leave a comment and let me know.

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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 newsletter and get your link to download your exclusive FREE book, please click HERE.

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Writing Intertwined Shifter Romance

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SCARLETT: A Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance is almost here! Happy dancing!!!

It’s been way more of a challenge than I thought to write intertwined romance stories, especially about shifters. Way back when I first wrote GOLDI I knew I had to do something with those extra bear brothers, Cam and Abe Beresford. Three bears, but only one romance left me two romances short. But I also knew that I wanted to twist the fairy tale Rose White and Rose Red, a tale about two sisters and a bear shifter prince, so I had my solution.

Of course, in the fairy tale only one sister gets the bear, the other gets his brother, but that worked out perfectly for me: two sisters, two bear shifters, two romances. Bingo! I took me a long time to get to the writing of Cam and Abe’s story and when I finally did I was faced with one fairy tale and two romances. Urg! What to do?

How did I split one fairy tale between two books?

Well, here’s how I solved the issue: I decided that each book would have aspects of the original fairy tale with Scarlett being the main story of the encounters with the dwarf. You see, every fairy tale needs a villain and in Rose White and Rose Red the villain is this mean selfish dwarf who has turned the prince into a bear and wants his treasure. The girls run into him several times and try to help him out of predicaments, but he’s always ungrateful and rude. Finally he pushes the bear too far and the bear kills him.

Perfect! I have my story. But…

But, once again, two books, two girls, two bear shifters and two romances. Solution? Two dwarfs! Although in my book the villains aren’t dwarfs, instead they are just mean, cranky or crazy bear shifters.  What this let me do is twist the same fairy tale two ways. Love it!

I hope you enjoy both Scarlett and Silver’s stories. They were harder to write then I thought they’d be, but I learned a lot about myself as a writer, and bear shifer romance in particular

Leave me a comment and let me know what you think about writing the same story from different points of view? Or your opinion on sexy shifter romance and fairy tales in general. I love to hear from you. 🙂

Or check out my last blog on writing bears vs wolves.

Cheers!

Jessica

Scarlett: A Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance by Jessica Aspen

Trapped in an isolated cabin with trouble on the way, how is Scarlett to know that the man who could be her prince, is actually a bear shifter in disguise.

Order today on:
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Release date: March 18th, 2016

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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 newsletter and get your link to download your exclusive 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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Bears VS Wolves, Writing the Shifter

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Only ten days left to enter to win a Kindle Fire Six, $25 Amazon Gift Card, and six ebooks from our talented Chain of Love romance authors.

Enter at: 
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cinder: a sexy shifter fantasy romance by jessica aspenThis is a really fun contest. Everyone gets one free entry, but then, all you have to do is read our books and find the Cameron character in each of our curvy romance novellas and get bonus entries.

Each of us has “hidden” a character named Cameron in our stories. Mine is extra special to me because he (0r she!) is a character already in another Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance and is getting their own book very soon. (Is that a hint? Maybe!)

Now on to the blog!

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Bears vs Wolves, are you taking sides? 

Well, I do write both. My Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romances are fairy tale based, and so I naturally started with Little Red Riding Hood, and turned it into RED, my feisty wolf shifter heroine and after I wrote her brother’s story Snow, I thought, hmm, more wolves? Are there more fairytales with wolves?

Well none came to mind, but what did come to mind was Golidlocks and the Three Bears. So I had fun twisting Goldi and Zeke’s story. But after I did I was left with the question: did I like writing bears or wolves better and what should I write next?

What if you write both and love both?

Turns out I do love writing both wolf shifters and bear shifters, but there are some basic differences. When I write the bear romances I think of what a real bear is like. They’re bigger and bulkier. Surprisingly fast. They have amazing senses of smell, much more sensitive than a wolf’s and that’s something I had to learn. I thought the wolves would be better at scenting things, but no, bears can smell food and their mates for miles.

Bears are also kind of unsociable, especially compared to wolves. They don’t like to live with others, they seem to me more surly and individual. So I put my bears on bear mountain and made it clear that they like space. So much space that they don’t even mind sharing the small town of Smittsville with humans. Why? Because the humans add space between the bears.

What about wolves?

Wolves are obviously pack animals. What I kind of think of as tribal. So much so that in my first book, Red, when Evan comes to Radon, Colorado they treat him as an outsider. They hide all the women of mating age from him and make him feel very unwelcome. And in the end, it comes down to the pack or Evan. And Red has to decide.

Wolves seem more fun to me. Like they love rolling in the grass and tracking rabbits for hours, even if they aren’t hungry. They do it for fun. Not that they are killing randomly, no the wolves of Radon respect nature. But they aren’t adverse to chasing a rabbit and getting distracted from the trail.

What about the romance?

So, how do I use the differences between the bears and the wolves when I write a romance? Well, if you’ve read Red, Snow and Cinder, all wolf shifters, pack is the priority and it frequently comes into conflict with the romance. Especially since all three of those have human love interests. I also used that in Goldi, since that’s a cross species romance between a bear shifter and a wolf shifter. Goldi is isolated from her pack and it makes her vulnerable. And Zeke, the bear, is a loner who needs his mate.

And then apply heat!

Alpha wolves get dominance issues in bed and out. I loved playing with the dominance and submissive behavior in the bedroom when I wrote Red. And when you talk about surly bears, Zeke’s first hot scene with Goldi definitely walked the edge of dangerous.

So, do I  love writing the bear shifters more or the wolves? I’m sure you can tell I enjoy both. And luckily, I get to chose which kind of character fits the romance. Do I need a social animal/hero? Or do I need an anti-social, unruly hero? Or heroine. You know, I haven’t written a heroine who’s a bear yet. Hmm. Definitely need to get back to writing!

What do you love reading best? Wolves or bear shifters? What about lions? I’ve had a sexy, Latin lover taking over my imagination for a long time and it took me a while to realize that he needs a big cat. Maybe a mountain lion? What do you think? Leave me a comment below and tell me your favorite shifter.

 

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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

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Paranormal Romance Howloween Blog Hop Starts Today!

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howloween paranormal blog hopIt’s here! The scariest paranormal romance blog hop of October with over 60 authors, prizes at each stop, and a grand prize of a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

To participate, read my blog and enter my contest then hop to Jane Weekly’s Hops With Heart:

http://hopswithheart.blogspot.com/2014/10/paranormal-romance-howloween-blog-hop.html

and discover all the other authors on the list. Oh, and don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter drawing for the grand prize!

RAFFLECOPTER LINK

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To enter my contest read through the excerpt below and tell me in the comments box if the yummy Nate Pierce would be enough to get you to stay in a haunted house, or would you turn tail and run back to Boston?

Winner receives an e-copy of my contemporary Gothic GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST

Ghosts of Christmas Past

excerpt: chapter one

Jen turned, gazing over the bare winter fields to the tangle of trees. No explanations, no obligations, no complications. For two whole weeks she could just hide here, and write.

The first genuine smile she could remember since April spread her face wide.

Then the pickup arrived.

Black, large, and full of male attitude it parked right next to her vacation house, dwarfing her small car and taking up the entire drive.

“Oh, there’s Nate now.” Mrs. Castlebury waved at the man pushing an eager black Labrador back into the cab while trying to exit the vehicle.

He got the door shut, faced them, and grinned. Dressed in New England casual of laced-up work boots, jeans, and plaid shirt under a denim jacket, Nate Pierce, striding across the snow, hand out in welcome, was a commercial for settling down. Tall. Good-looking in a rugged, works-for-a-living kind of way. And he had a dog. A big, sloppy, super-cute dog, wagging its tail and drooling on the driver’s side window.

For one impulsive moment Jen wished this was her life. She loved big dogs, the country, and secretly, men in plaid shirts, but she hadn’t had the opportunity for any of it since her dad’s death. Their daddy-daughter fishing trips, where he’d gotten to get out of his suit and she’d gotten to be free of her school uniform, had stopped cold the year she’d turned twelve.

This was the first time since then she’d ventured outside of somewhere hot and warm with a very clean, very controlled hotel. Her mom’s idea of a vacation. Of course, neither her mom nor her ex, Jason, tolerated dogs of any size. And as for living outside of the Boston city limits?

Neither of them would consider the horror.

She squashed the sudden surge of loneliness and desire for something she’d probably never have, and pasted on a smile.

Mr. Good-Looking Country Boy tramped through the snow to the porch, pushed his overlong forelock of sandy brown hair off his face, and held out a hand. “Hi, I’m Nate Pierce, your landlord.”

“My what?” She shot a quick look at Mrs. Castlebury.

“Your landlord, dear. I’m just the listing agent. Nate owns the house and he’ll see to any upkeep you need.”

“In fact, I’ll be back in an hour or so after you’ve gotten settled and bring the Christmas tree.”

“The Christmas tree?” She’d forgotten. She’d purchased the Christmas in New England package because it had been cheaper than renting by the day. “That’s not necessary,” she said, her voice chillier than she’d intended.

“I’ve already cut the tree down.” Nate’s friendly grin wavered as did his hand hovering in the air between them. “It would be a shame to waste.”

She didn’t want to be friendly with the neighbors. She wanted to hide out and recuperate. Make up her mind as to what in the world she was going to do next. But good manners won out.

Jen repressed a sigh, reached out, and slid her bare hand into his. As it disappeared into his tan callused grip, her hand seemed slim and small. He squeezed gently and a tingling warmth spread across her skin.

Hot caramel sensation slid from the connection between them, up her palm, along her arm, and through her entire body. Her hand tightened automatically, and a responding spark lit in his eyes.

Jen swallowed. Shoot! She wasn’t ready for this. She was here to lick her wounds, not some guy’s abs. And given the strength in his hand and his wide shoulders, she’d bet he had some killer abs.

She gazed up into Nate’s warm chocolate brown eyes and his face blurred. For a moment she saw another face superimposed over his. Same brown eyes, same tanned, rugged New England skin, but more boyish, broad-boned and black haired.

Every hair on her scalp tried to climb out of its slicked back, ponytailed restriction.

Then her new neighbor’s sharper, more intense features came into focus. Jen panicked and jerked her hand away. Wiping her buzzing palm on her long red wool coat she backed up, nearly running into Mrs. Castlebury.

“Oh, I’m sorry. Pardon me.” She circled around, putting the older woman between herself and Nate Pierce.

What the hell just happened?

Jen tucked her hands into the safety of her coat pockets, surreptitiously rubbing her tingling right palm along the silk inside her pocket. Trying to get rid of the strange feeling spreading along her skin and telling her pounding heart that everything was fine. That something bizarre hadn’t just happened to her. And that life was safe and normal.

Ghosts of Christmas Past

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. ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspen

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.

 Available at:  Amazon, Barnes and NobleKoboIbooksAllRomanceEbooks

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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

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Paranormal Romance Book Trailers-Fall 2014

Thursdays Bite

a peek into the romantic world of the paranormal

Hello and welcome to Jessica Aspen Writes on Thursdays Bite, my paranormal romance blog day. Well, Thursday is typically my paranormal day, but I have a HUGE announcement to make. I’m switching my paranormal romance posts to Fridays and calling them Fantastical Fridays. Why? Well if you read Monday’s post on my Fall Resolutions you will know that I’m reorganizing my time around writing my romances. Thursdays have become so busy that not only am I not home to respond to comments on the blog, but getting the blog done eats into my Wednesdays, which should be my writing days. Hence the Thursday sabbatical and moving on to Fridays!

This will be the last Thursdays Bite for some time. When my schedule shifts around, then I’ll look at adding it back in again. Or, if I just feel like it, I may do one for fun! Stay tuned. Next week I’ll have my typical paranormal romance blog on Fridays. Fridays are fun, right? No, they’re fantastical!

Now on to what you’re really waiting for, the Fall 2014 Paranormal Romance Book Trailers!

We’re covering the gamut today with our romance trailers, from magic shops-to Egypt-to Regency England. We also have some very different styles of trailers. I love how each romance author brings her own style to their paranormal book trailers.

The first book trailer I have today is Shannon Grey’s Shoppe of Spells, book one in the Gatekeeper’s series. It’s a simple text trailer, but I love the way the words shatter. It’s also pretty short, so I think the length helps keep your attention long enough to get to the end.

Now we come to Magic of the Nile by Best Selling Author and USA today HEA Sci-Fi Enounters Columnist Veronica Scott
I love Egyptian music, that and the sparklies in the video make me want to dance. Not that my Egyptian dancing is all that!

Magic of the Nile is one of Veronica Scott’s Gods of Egypt series. If you love exotic romance and a little history with your reading, check it out!

And last, but not least, is Angela Quarles new time travel paranormal romance, Must Love Breeches. Angela not only has produced her own book trailer, but she recently had an article on how you can do the same. Check out Jami Gold’s Blog HERE and find out how you too can make your book into magic.

So that’s all folks! See you tomorrow on my first Fantastical Fridays. Since I showcased my paranormal romance book trailers today, you’ll be able to click the link to Karen’s Killer Fixin’s and see what a paranormal romance author cooks up in the kitchen. It’s not just witches brew and fairy cakes!

Do you have a paranormal book trailer for your book? Would you like to see it featured on Jessica Aspen Writes? Please send me the YouTube link, as well as your name and buy links for the book and I’ll try to get it posted in the next Fantastical Fridays Paranormal Book Trailers feature.

Jessica Aspen

Author Bio:

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

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Celebrating the Pagan Calendar

Thursdays Bite

a paranormal pagan post

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenBefore I dive into the blog I want to thank all of my newsletter subscribers who have read and reviewed my new Gothic romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past. I love reading the new reviews, and I’m thrilled that you all love it! I was very scared to delve into something new, but I love Gothics and romantic suspense, so I really wanted to try. Thanks for taking the time to read and review, it not only gives me feedback for my writing, but it also opens doors for new readers to discover my romances. Thank you!

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Now on to the blog!

Celebrating the Lunar Calendar

As many of you know I write about witches in my Tales of the Black Court fantasy romance series and with Halloween right around the corner, I thought it was time for another Pagan Post. When I write about witches in my romances I dip into the new Pagan traditions. That doesn’t mean I always stick with what people in the religion believe or celebrate, but it does mean that I bring in elements from new Paganism. And maybe a little from the old.

The Pagan calendar is divided up by the lunar calendar. In other words, there are thirteen months, instead of twelve, because there are thirteen full moon cycles during a year.

The days that mostly cover September fall into the “Month of Vine”. It begins September 2nd and ends  September 29th. Lunar months are shorter than our Gregorian Calendar  it’s how the lunar calander ends up with thirteen months instead of twelve. I love the idea of using the natural cycles of the Earth and Moon to regulate our days and nights. It makes much more sense to be able to look up in the sky and see that the month is drawing to a close, or that it is just beginning. And there is no pesky Leap Year to try to figure out.

The down side is that the lunar months shift back and forth. But maybe that’s all my perspective from my dependence on the Gregorian Calendar. Our normal calendar is very rigid. It doesn’t change much. It’s why we have the extra day every four years so we can steadfastly maintain our rigid days. It keeps us on task and on topic. Maybe we couldn’t have the organized society that we do without it?

Or maybe not.

Here is one list of names for the lunar months, starting with the New Year, which begins close to Samhain, or Halloween.

And then the cycle starts all over with the months shifting according to the cycle of the moon.

What would you think if we used a lunar calendar? Does that put us in closer contact with nature? What would we do for the people who live in the Southern hemisphere? Would they still be celebrating the winter holidays in the summer or would they have their own celebrations in tune with their own seasons?

Check out next week when I look into what happens to the pagan calendar in the Southern Hemisphere.

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

 

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