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Books for you…Happy Halloween!

FREE BOOKS and a chance to win an ereader!

Just in time for Halloween, it’s your chance to download fabulous fantasy, sci-fi, and paranormal romance from top-authors. All for free!

And you can enter to win an ereader too.

Just click HERE for your Halloween Fall Book Giveaway Bonanza, and dive into your favorite kind of romance fun!

 

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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

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Alphas of Summer Box Set Is Here!

Summer is here and so are the ALPHAS OF SUMMER!

Buy today for only 99 cents!

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Alphas of Summer

 Alphas of Summer

From today’s hottest USA Today and International Bestselling authors:

Lia Davis, Dominique Eastwick, Debra Jess, Megan Michelau, H.M. McQueen, Jordan K. Rose, JD Monroe, Kim Carmichael, Tigris Eden, Jessica Aspen, Lorelei Moone, Mychal Daniels, and V.A. Dold

Wolves, leopards, bears, dragons, humans, mutants, and plenty of ALPHA MALES, Oh my!

Turn up your AC and break out the ice baths. Summer just got a whole lot hotter with this collection of 13 hot alpha shifter novellas.

 

On sale for a limited time only, so grab it while you can!

Goes to $3.99 on July 24th

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Jessica Aspen 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 spicy 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. To get your exclusive Jessica Aspen starter library please go to: http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj

Click HERE to receive your  FREE Jessica Aspen starter library .

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Enter to Win 20+ Paranormal Romance Books

Whimsical Wednesday

a day for fun and prizes!

 

Hello out there!
Guess what?
I’ve teamed up with 20+ fabulous sexy paranormal romance authors to give away a huge collection of novels to 2 lucky winners, PLUS…
a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet to the Grand Prizewinner!
You can win my paranormal suspense novel, BLOOD ENFORCER, plus books from authors like NANCY CORRIGAN and REBECCA ROYCE.
Enter the giveaway by clicking:
Good luck, and enjoy!
-Jessica
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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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Enslaved in Shadows

Whimsical Wednesdays

a blog for paranormal romance lovers

I’m super excited to announce that I’ll have a brand new paranormal suspense novella, Lone Enforcer, part of the Wolf Enforcer series, in a boxed set this summer. ALPHAS OF SUMMER comes out the first week in July, and I’m in with some rocking authors, including Tigris Eden, whose book one in her Shadow Unit Series, ENSLAVED IN SHADOWS, is out now and it’s only 99cents!

 

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He’s torn between his past and his future…

Agent Draven Stone’s job is simple, most of the time. An agent of the Shadow Unit, he polices his own kind. As a powerful werewolf, he’s very good at his job. But when a routine assignment in lovely, tropical Belize means he must protect the lovely human female who still stars in his darkest fantasies, Draven faces a terrible choice–between the sweetest memory of his past and his responsibility to the future of his kind.

Her battered heart will be tested yet again…

Jesminda Zealand can’t let the tall, magnetic Draven back into her life. Five years ago, she trusted him for one magical night, and he disappeared, leaving her to deal with the consequences alone. When she turned to another man for help, she found herself trapped in years of abuse that have left her scarred, both physically and emotionally. Does she dare to trust again? Her life has forced her to be strong, but she’s not sure she can survive one more betrayal.

In the battle to come, lives will be changed. For the better, or will woman and were find themselves enslaved by their need for one another?

**This is a Multicultural Dark PNR Erotic Romance** Warning: Torture Scene and foul language. 18 years and older

Don’t miss this thrilling, sensual tale of dark suspense–get your copy of ENSLAVED IN SHADOWS today!

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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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Release: The Mercenary and the Shifters, by CD Hersh

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a blog where anything can happen

Announcing CD Hersh’s latest book: The Mercenary and the Shifters

(The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 4)

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When mercenary soldier Michael Corritore answers a desperate call from an ex-military buddy, he finds himself in the middle of a double kidnapping, caught in an ancient war between two shape shifter factions, and ensnared between two female shape shifters after the same thing … him.

Shape shifter Fiona Kayler will do anything to keep the shipping company her father left her, including getting in bed with the enemy. But when she believes the man trying to steal her company is involved with kidnapping her nephew, she must choose between family, fortune, and love. The problem is … she wants all three.

Title – The Mercenary and the Shifters, The Turning Stone Chronicles, book four

Author – C.D. Hersh

Genre – Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Suspense Romance

Heat Level – Sensual

Release Date: July 27th, 2016

Excerpt:

Mike Corritore wheeled up the circular drive of the impressive house on Lakeshore Road and cut the engine on his motorcycle. After a quick glance around, he shouldered the bags containing his clothes, ammo, pump shotgun, and talwar sword. Then he headed for the carved front door. The doorbell echoed inside indicating the mansion had a cavernous entry hall. He searched the entrance stoop for security cameras and found none.

What the heck had he gotten himself into? A rich bitch, with no security on her home, mixed up with a bad syndicate spelled major trouble. With this chintzy level of security, it would take more time than he originally anticipated to make her house and business secure.

After a couple of minutes the door opened.

“Can I help you?” asked an attractive redhead.

“I’m Mike Corritore. Here to see Fiona Kayler. Will you tell her I’ve arrived?”

The redhead looked him over, then braced her legs shoulder width apart and crossed her arms over her curvy bust. “Do you have identification, Mr. Corritore?”

Mike returned her once-over. Her porcelain complexion blushed pink at his bold examination, and she tossed her mane of wavy, mahogany hair defiantly.

Damn, she was gorgeous.

If she thought her insolent pose enough to keep him, or intruders out, she’d better reconsider.

“Hugh sent me.” He stepped forward but she blocked him.

“A driver’s license for your very expensive motorcycle will suffice,” she said, wiggling her fingers at him. When he didn’t comply, she stepped back and reached to the side of the door.

The distinct cachung of a gun cocking sent him flying to the right of the doorway.

“Identification, Mr. Corritore. Please,” she said as she leveled a pistol at him.

Mike dug in his rear pants’ pocket. “Hugh lied,” he said as he held out his driver’s license. “You don’t need protection.”

After inspecting his identification, she lowered her weapon and waved him inside. “For my business, Mr. Corritore. I’m capable of protecting my home, but I can’t draw my gun just anywhere.”

“You should get a conceal and carry license,” Mike said as he entered.

She put the safety on the gun and stashed the weapon in the table beside the front door.

“I take it you’re not the help,” he said, glancing around the entry hall.

She held out her hand. “Fiona Kayler. Nice to meet you, Mr. Corritore.”

“Mike,” he said, taking her hand. Her palm, warm and soft, told him she lived a life of leisure. But her strong grip screamed, No patsy. He held her hand a bit longer than he should have. She wriggled free and waved him to the left.

“Ladies first.”

With a nod, she led him toward a sumptuously decorated room. He followed, his eyes taking in the soft curves of her rear as she sashayed across the marble-tiled floor. Mike’s body reacted to the seductive wiggle of her bottom. She walked as sexy as she looked.

Keep your mind on the job, Corritore. He shifted his gaze away from temptation, searching the ceiling and corners of the entry for security cameras. If she had them, they were well hidden.

The measured click of her high heels on the hard marble tile floor disappeared as they stepped on the thick, white carpet of the living room. This room appeared cozier than the entry. A huge gold, gilt-edged mirror hung over the fireplace reflecting the scene outside the oversized plate-glass window.

She motioned to a seat beside the fireplace. Mike chose a location less exposed to the exterior, where he could watch the entrance to the room. Fiona dragged a side chair across the room to where he sat, positioning it at a right angle to his seat. Two vertical furrows appeared in the carpeting, bisecting their shoe impressions and the vacuumed paths in the thick fibers. Apparently, she didn’t use this room much.

“So, Ms. Kayler—”

“Fiona,” she corrected.

“Fiona, exactly what do you need me to do?” As he said the words, he had a lurid vision of what he’d like to do to this lovely woman. He shook it off. She was Hugh’s friend and in trouble. He had no business screwing around with damsels in distress. They were needy. The last thing he wanted.

“A couple of years ago I had a problem with smugglers. They brought in some hazardous materials which got me in trouble with Homeland Security and the FBI. They cleared me, but my business took a pretty big hit. To keep things afloat, I’ve had to get in bed with some rough characters recently.”

At the phrase get in bed with Mike cocked his eyebrow at her.

“Not literally,” she amended quickly, as a dusky pink blush crept over her pale complexion. “I need my security beefed up so I don’t have a replay of two years ago.”

“Any good security company could upgrade you.”

“I also need someone I can trust implicitly. Hugh vouched for you, and I trust Hugh.”

“We should start with your home security. I didn’t see surveillance cameras at the door.”

“My home is perfectly safe. It’s my business I’m concerned about.”

Fiona crossed her arms over her chest, her body language closing off to further suggestions. Mike followed her motions. As he did, he spotted a red dot on her chest. The dot wiggled.

“Get down!” Mike shouted as he dove for Fiona.

 

Amazon buy links for The Turning Stone Chronicles

The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 1):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00DUMODKI

paperback: http://amzn.com/1619353504

Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 2):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00OVNFC8W

paperback: http://amzn.com/1619358271

Son of the Moonless Night (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 3):

eBook: http://amzn.com/B00XK3E172

The Mercenary and the Shifters (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 4):

eBook: https://amzn.com/B01I01W2JC

 

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Putting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first four books of their paranormal romance series entitled The Turning Stone Chronicles are available on Amazon. They also have a Christmas novella, Kissing Santa, in a Christmas anthology titled Sizzle in the Snow, with seven other authors.

Where you can find CD:

Website: http://cdhersh.wordpress.com/

Blog: http://cdhersh.wordpress.com/blog-2/

Soul Mate Publishing: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/

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

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/C.-D.-Hersh/e/B00DV5L7ZI

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCDHersh

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/CDHersh

 

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Unplugged

I’m just flying home from a fabulous week on the beach where I put my phone and tablet into the hotel room safe, and didn’t look back. It’s a funny thing in this day and age not to be constantly in touch with your friends, your family, the world. And it really is the world you are leaving behind. Because of the Internet I now am in daily contact with friends from all over; Canada, the U.K., everywhere. It’s amazing. But it’s also consuming.

When I told my brother that I didn’t think my phone would work out of the country and that I wasn’t going to be on the Internet much, but that I would try to check email every day he said, “Well I can contact you via Facebook, right?”

And I said, “No, I’m not going to be looking at Facebook.”

“Well then, we can do a Hangout, if I need to get ahold of you. That should work out of the country.”

I just shook my head. “What don’t you understand about not being on the Internet?”

It was almost inconceivable to him that I was truly unplugging.

It turned out that I checked my email a few times during the last eight days. Not every day. I kept forgetting. I was busy. Busy doing nothing.

And it felt fabulous.

I talked to people, face to face. I danced with my husband. I sat on the beach and soaked up the vitamin D and didn’t even read while I did it. Sometimes I think our new world, while amazing, takes over our lives. I love getting to know new people online. I love checking in and seeing what they are all doing. But I also loved checking out.

And you know what? I think I’m going to try to do it more often. Not because I don’t love all my FB friends and family, but because I loved getting to know that other side of myself. The side that shows up when I’m not frantically online, writing, reading, keeping up with all the things I “have” to do. The inner side of me.

As a writer I do look inside, but not as much as I used to before I become a Internet social butterfly. Writing is an internal thing, but it’s also inspired by what’s outside. But what if you start to look so far outside, you forget to look inside? What happens to my writing then?

And what about you? What have you done for that inner self lately? Whether you are a writer or not, consider nurturing it by taking some time and unplugging and seeing what the other world has in store for you. Your inner world, the one outside of all the hustle and bustle.

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Monday Craziness! And I’m Finally Finished With the Book!

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I’ve been AWOL. Between my incredible vacation to Jamaica and finishing up edits on the third book in the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT fantasy romance series, BROKEN MIRROR, I gave up on trying to keep up with the blog. But I finally finished the book! WOOT!

Yes, that’s right. I was reading romance on the beach and spending one on one time with my sweetie. It took 14 hours to travel there, and another 14 hours to travel back, door-to-door, and it was worth every minute. Love the ocean. Love the atmosphere. And I love my sweetie!

Okay, back to reality.

We came back to rain, rain, rain. Grass that is out of control. And a sick kid, who promptly infected my husband. I’ve been holding it off until my edits are done. That’s a skill that women all over the world have, the ability to hold off the illness while the world falls apart. It doesn’t mean you don’t get sick, it just means you can be the last one to get it, after you’ve worn yourself out taking care of everyone else’s needs.

Crazy Week! And another Crazy Week! And then a third Crazy Week!

Why is it when you go on vacation, everything blows up so that when you get home you have to work three times as hard as normal? I thought work was going to be taken care of while I was gone, but it wasn’t, so I arrived home after traveling on Saturday (14 hours people) to work a nearly ten hour day on Monday. And the work still wasn’t done.

Plus, I had set aside this time to finish BROKEN MIRROR. It’s tough to write romance with a coughing sick child on the couch and work falling apart. But I kept at it. Okay, I sat too much with the child sipping tea and watching re-runs of Murder She Wrote and Midsommer Murders, because that’s how we roll.

And it lasted into the next week, and the next!

By golly, work still wasn’t taken care of by the following week. Parts didn’t arrive. Customers did. It was crazy! The child got better and the husband got sick. And I still had to edit. Add in driving for hours to help D2 pack up her dorm room and a flat tire in the rain during rush hour traffic. And another five hour trip the next day to pick up our pastured hog. (Well worth it as I cook my super delicious bacon and ham steaks.)

And I was still editing!

But now the hog is in the freezer. The eldest child is ensconced in the basement with all her gear. The husband is still sick, but back at work. And the book is put to bed.

So now it’s time for me to get sick, and boy can I feel it creeping in. I have that sore tickle in my throat, and I woke up with my lungs feeling yucky. And I know this is just the begining because I’ve watched them drop one-by-one. So, I hope to be blogging away next week, but I may be on my sick-bed watching Columbo and drinking Earl Grey. Don’t wait up!

Broken Mirror cover art by Viola EstrellaBROKEN MIRROR has been sent off to the copy editor. It will come out on time on June 18th, but you can order it now using Amazon’s pre-order function.

I’m super excited to test out pre-order, but I don’t know if I’ll ever try it again. Worrying about hitting the deadline has made me crazy. And truthfully, I would have wanted one more week on the book.

But then again, all authors want just one more week, don’t they?

It’s just that crunch time hit right after my vacation when my day job was super busy and everyone in the house was getting sick. I also have so many family obligations and social activities this month, that I’m really looking forward to summer and not having things to do. Crazy, but true.

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

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WOOT! I’ve Been Nominated for a PRG Reviewer’s Choice Award!

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I’m super excited! I was nominated for a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award in the Sci-fi/Fantasy category and now I need your help!

All the participating books are nominated by reviewers, but after that, it’s up to popular vote as to who wins, so I’m asking all my readers to take a minute and go to the PRG Website and vote!

And it’s for both the dark huntsman by jessica aspenTHE DARK HUNTSMAN and PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE!prince by blood and bone by jessica aspen

WOOT!

Unfortunately I think you can only vote for one of them, but pick your favorite. I’m having a tough time deciding which one to get behind myself, but choices must be made. 🙂 Which book did you like the best?

And, TALES OF THE BLACK COURT was nominated in Sci-fi Fantasy series, so that helped. Only one to vote for there!

Voting is open for one week starting today and closing on 1/28/15

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And, bonus this year! My crit partner, ML Guida has been nominated as well in three other categories, Paranormal Romance Shifters, Paranormal Romance Vampires AND Paranormal Romance Series. Whew! You can vote in each category, so for her’s you don’t need to choose. Lucky Mary!

Thanks to all of my readers for all of the fantastic support this year. You all rock! I’m looking forward to making 2015 a fabulous year and you are a huge part of that motivation.

Thank you!

Jessica

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

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

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#Interview and #Giveaway – #Romance Author CD Hersh

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another amazing paranormal romance guest blog

Today I’m thrilled to be interviewing the amazing paranormal romance author CD Hersh. I love the fact that CD actually stands for Catherine and Donald, husband and wife, and that they work together as a team. Having both the male and female point of view for their books lends a terrific balance and unique read that I know my readers will love. And today, they’re giving away One readers choice of either The Promised One or Blood Brothers in ebook format. Just leave a comment to enter to win shifter romance!

Hi and thanks for guest blogging on JessicaAspen Writes.

Thanks for hosting us, Jessica. We’re glad to be here and share with your readers about our book and series.

AUTHOR’S PERSONAL SPECIFICS:

  • Tell us a little about yourself and your book.

We are a husband and wife writing team who’ve been writing together since the 90s when we first started writing drama for our church. We got into writing romance because Catherine gave Donald a romance book she thought he would like. He thought the hero did not react as a man would and told Catherine that we could do better. So we started looking for an idea for our book. We found one while brainstorming on a road trip when we passed a road sign that said Turning Stone NY. We tossed around the idea of what a turning stone would be, and came up with a different type of shape-shifter world, based on magic from a bloodstone given to three ancient Celtic families by Druid priests. Blood Brothers is the second book in the Turning Stone Chronicles series.

 

  • What is your writing environment like?

This depends on whether you are talking plotting, first draft, or revisions, as our writing environment is different for each stage. We tend to plot in the car on trips or in a restaurant over a meal. After much plotting and scene arrangement by Donald, first drafts are generally done in Catherine’s office, where she has control of the keyboard. When the first draft is done, we transfer the document to Donald’s computer, which has dual monitors so we can sit on opposite sides of the desk. At this point Donald has control of the keyboard. We revise together line by line, making sure sensory, setting, emotions, and any other items which create depth are in the story. We generally hole up in Donald’s office for at least a week doing this.

  • Give two random thoughts, quotes, or surprising tidbits about yourself, something that might surprise your readers

A quote Donald likes is “Don’t take life too seriously, nobody gets out alive anyway.”

Catherine is fond of “UFOs.” Unfinished objects: unfinished quilts, unfinished knitting and crochet projects, unfinished gardening, unfinished you name it as she tends to procrastinate.

  • I like that one, I’m a procrastinator too! Tell us the story behind your pen name?

Our pen name is a combination of the letters of our first names and a shortened version of our last name. The only story behind our pen name is that when signing books we both sign part of the name. Readers often comment on that when we do a book signing.

WRITING BACKGROUND & THOUGHTS:

  • What do you want your readers to take from your books?

We want the reader to just have fun reading the books. We hope we make them laugh a little and maybe get involved enough to forget about the day to day troubles.

  • That’s nice. What is your favorite part about writing?

This is probably a toss-up between the plotting and the final line by line review when we add the depth to the story. During these times we are laughing, crying, or just generally having fun with the characters, and we’re working together.

  • Come on, dish…is there anything unusual about your writing habits?

When Catherine gets to within approximately 50 pages of the end of the first draft she won’t stop writing for anything. Since retirement, Donald stays up with her until she writes The End. Then we’ll take a nap, since it’s usually three or four in the morning, get up and go to brunch at Bob Evans to celebrate the finish of the first draft.

GENERAL WRITING INFORMATION:

  • What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict?

What we tend to come up with first is the title and the blurb. This gives us our outline to plot the stories that sometimes cause the blurb to change. LOL.

  • How do you research the time period, setting, plot specifics, character specifics?

Research is fun as we like to travel to the location to try and get as much direct information as possible, and if we can’t, we often use books or the internet. Our current stories primarily take place in Cleveland, Ohio. One year after actually visiting the city, Catherine had some questions about setting. So, we took a virtual tour of downtown Cleveland in Donald’s office via Google Maps. Several months later, while writing our Christmas newsletter, Catherine wrote we had traveled twice to Cleveland to research the book. Donald just about died laughing and had a hard time convincing her one was a virtual tour. LOL.

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

We have a schedule only if we have a contract deadline. We tend to be feast or famine when it comes to writing because we have so many projects going on at the same time. We’ve been known to take a laptop to the hospital when visiting family to keep writing on deadline. Our daughter has also learned not to call during deadline times as she will get very short answers or be sent to voice mail.

BOOK SPECIFICS:

  • Was there anything that surprised you while writing this book?

For Catherine, that would be the fact that we didn’t travel to Cleveland twice. LOL. No, really, we were surprised at the timing of when Rhys discovered his animal ego. We knew what it was but hadn’t decided when it would occur in the book. It happened in the end-of-the-book, during the last 50 page run that Catherine always does.

  • Did you have a favorite character in this book?

You would think this would be one of the heroes or heroines, since we have two in each book, but it is actually a supporting character named Eli McCraigen. He’s an immortal, Scottish character who loves to speak in proverbs.

  • Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book?

Yes, this is a series. This is the second of five planned books.

  • What are you releasing next, and when?

Son of the Moonless Night, (The Turning Stone Chronicles Book 3) is the next one in the series. We are currently working on edits for a possible release in 2015.

Thanks for the interview, Catherine and Donald.

And readers, CD Hersch is giving away a super prize today: One readers choice of either The Promised One or Blood Brothers in ebook format!

  Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles, Book 2)

blood brothers by cd herschWhen Delaney Ramsey is enlisted to help train two of the most powerful shape shifters the Turning Stone Society has seen in thousands of years, she suspects one of them is responsible for the disappearance of her daughter. To complicate matters, the man has a secret that could destroy them all. Bound by honor to protect the suspect, Delaney must prove his guilt without losing her life to his terrible powers or revealing to the police captain she’s falling for that she’s a shape shifter with more than one agenda.

The minute Captain Williams lays eyes on Delaney Ramsey, he knows she’s trouble. Uncooperative, secretive, and sexy, he can’t get her out of his mind. When he discovers she has a personal agenda for sifting through all the criminal records in his precinct, and secretly investigating his best detective, he can’t let her out of his sight. He must find out what she’s looking for before she does something illegal. If she steps over the line, he’s not certain he can look the other way for the sake of love.

Buy now at Amazon: http://www.amzn.com/B00OVNFC8W

Title: Blood Brothers (The Turning Stone Chronicles, Book 2)

Genre: Paranormal Romance

ASIN: B00OVNFC8W

Length: 406

Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing

Release date: October 29th, 2014

BIO

c d herschPutting words and stories on paper is second nature to co-authors C.D. Hersh. They’ve written separately since they were teenagers and discovered their unique, collaborative abilities in the mid-90s. As high school sweethearts and husband and wife, Catherine and Donald believe in true love and happily ever after.

Together they have co-authored a number of dramas, six which have been produced in Ohio, where they live. Their interactive Christmas production had five seasonal runs in their hometown and has been sold in Virginia, California, and Ohio. Their most recent collaborative writing efforts have been focused on romance. The first book of their paranormal romance series entitled The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles) is available on Amazon. The second book in the series Blood Brothers is coming October 29, 2014 from Soul Mate Publishing.

CONTACT INFO:

Website: http://cdhersh.wordpress.com/

Soul Mate Publishing: http://smpauthors.wordpress.com/

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

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/C.-D.-Hersh/e/B00DV5L7ZI

Twitter: https://twitter.com/AuthorCDHersh

Amazon buy link for The Promised One (The Turning Stone Chronicles):

ebook: http://t.co/yW59QqvkLh http://amzn.com/B00DUMODKI

paper back: http://amzn.com/1619353504

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Veronica Scott MAGIC OF THE NILE

Whimsical Wednesdays

a paranormal romance guest author day

Please welcome my guest author, Veronica Scot, to Jessica Aspen Writes. Veronica has been writing for several years now and I remember when I first heard of her Egyptian based series. It was a combonation of “Wow, I wish I’d thought of that!” and “Wow, I can’t wait to read it!” Please join me in welcoming talented and multi-published romance author, Veronica Scott.

And don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway for a copy of MAGIC OF THE NILE

Thanks for having me as your guest today!  I write both science fiction romances and paranormal romances set in ancient Egypt. I try to work myth and mystery into the novels of either genre, although in the Egyptian stories, I use the actual legends and beliefs of the time as much as I can. I always wanted to write tales set thousands of years ago along the Nile but I wanted to have the gods and goddesses actively involved in the day to day events, much as the Egyptians believed and hoped they were. MAGIC OF THE NILE includes a number of the deities, from Sobek the Crocodile God to Tawaret the Hippo Goddess.  My heroine and hero are the main actors driving the story but the gods are integrally involved.

  • What is your writing environment like? I write in a corner of my bedroom, at a desk that belonged to my great grandmother. I like the feeling of family continuity! I use a laptop and of course my cats are always supervising whatever I’m doing. They insist I take periodic breaks to throw their toys down the stairs. One of my cats has as his main goal in life to shred my ergonomic writing chair so I regularly have to deflect him. I prefer to write in the morning, since I’m definitely a lark, but with the day job, I’m more likely to be getting in a few hours after dinner. I keep an ever rotating variety of action figures and knickknacks on top of the desk for inspiration. I have my book covers in frames on the wall above and I also have a framed poster for the 1950’s movie “Princess of the Nile.”
  • How do you respond to someone who says, “You write WHAT?” In fact, I recently revealed to my co-workers that I was a romance writer, which was fun. They were quite blown away that I have seven books published and more in the works, have won some awards, etc. The fact that my first two books were released by Carina, an imprint of Harlequin, made an impression on everyone. Even the guys have heard of Harlequin it seems! And if I could tell that the person I was talking to about being an author really didn’t “get” that I was seriously pursuing my writing career, I’d mention my USA Today column on the Happily Ever After blog and THEN they’d nod and be impressed. (I write about science fiction romance 2-3 times a month for them.) Funny anecdote – some not-so-savvy internet users looked me up to find out more after I revealed my writing career, but they’d gotten the name wrong and searched on “Veronica Mars”…! They were really confused by the results LOL! I have to say everyone at has been supportive overall. My day job is at a heavy duty rocket science kind of place so it’s nice that people are respecting my genre choice and that I’m following my dreams. The world always needs more romance!
  • What do you love about writing? Hate about it? The thing I love most is being able to share my stories and hope readers are enjoying them. There’s nothing like receiving an e mail from someone who says they can’t stop thinking about your book, or meeting a reader at an event who’s read all of the books in the series and wants more. I don’t hate anything about writing but it is frustrating to me to have so many stories and bits of ideas in my head and not enough time to write them all. Sometimes it’s hard to pick which one to work on next. I usually go with whichever story is energizing my creativity the most.
  • What two things do you wish you had known before you started writing? First of all, I wish I’d understood the need to be active on social media sooner. The day I received The Call that Carina was buying my first story, I had no social media presence at all. Looking back, I can’t believe it! I quickly established my blog, got on Facebook and Twitter, but I think it would have been good for me to have been blogging and tweeting sooner. It’s fun and you connect with so many wonderful people all over the world. The second thing I would have done is joined my local Romance Writers of America chapter sooner and probably the RWA Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal Special Interest Chapter as well. I did do both eventually and there are so many terrific people there who are willing to share lessons learned and encourage others.
  • What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict? I usually start with the hero and heroine in my head, the opening scene, the ending and three or four major scenes along the way. I don’t plot, outline, use Scrivener or other tools…I’m strictly a write as I go person. I’m very superstitious about my Muse and how she works! I don’t examine my process too closely. I’ve also found that if I do too much prethinking about the story before I dive into writing it, then I’m not likely to ever write it, because in my mind, it’s been told. Usually I’ll print out the first draft once or twice while I’m still writing, read through it and think about what scenes might be missing. What do I know about the characters that I really haven’t shown the Readers in enough detail?
  • What made you choose to go the indie route and what are some of the things you love about it? Challenges? As I mentioned above, my first two ancient Egyptian paranormal novels were published as ebooks by Carina Press. I didn’t set out to be a self-publisher, but I had a novel nearly complete, which was loosely based on the sinking of the Titanic, set in the far future on a spaceliner. It dawned on me in early 2012 that the 100th anniversary of the sinking was right around the corner and I needed to get my novel out there. I didn’t have time to go through the submission process, not even with Carina, so I hired an editor, a cover artist, and a formatter and got WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM released myself. The book did very well, won several awards…and my career in self-publishing was launched. I love the control of self-publishing, being able to write exactly what I want, pick my own covers and to release my books on my own schedule. I wouldn’t mind being a hybrid author, perhaps have some books released by a publisher in the future but for now I’m focused on the self-pub route.

 

  • Did you have a favorite scene? One scene I particularly enjoyed writing was when the hero Sahure takes the heroine Tyema for a drive to town in his chariot. With her permission, he gives the horses their heads and they gallop down the road. She’s never gone anywhere so fast in her life and she revels in the sensations, deciding she has to get a chariot for herself. Sahure is pretty surprised by that! I had many readers tell me they were quite struck by the scene and that it really placed them in the ancient time frame, when not too many people went anywhere at a pace above walking speed. And women, even high priestesses, didn’t drive chariots. So one of the subplots is whether Tyema will or won’t get her chariot. Tyema is also suffering from anxiety relating to events in her childhood (which happen in PRIESTESS) and when she’s “flying” in the chariot, she feels free of all the cares and problems in her daily routine.
  • Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book? MAGIC OF THE NILE is my fourth novel set in this general time frame. It’s the latest entry in the “Gods of Egypt” series, which is a connected series, revolving around the same Pharaoh or events set in motion by him. MAGIC is a sequel to my first book, PRIESTESS OF THE NILE, but it’s a standalone. You don’t have to have read PRIESTESS first to enjoy the action and romance in MAGIC. There are some mild spoilers for PRIESTESS in this new book though. I’m currently working on GHOST OF THE NILE, which is set in the same general time frame, same pharaoh on the throne, but is standalone. I usually alternate, writing a science fiction romance and then one set in ancient Egypt.

 

MAGIC OF THE NILE

magic of the nile by veronica scottAfter a childhood spent scorned and ignored by her family because of her crippled foot, Tyema was magically healed then installed as the High Priestess of his temple by Sobek the Crocodile God. But Tyema is still haunted by her memories, scarred by the abuse she endured. Despite Sobek’s protection, as an adult she’s become a near recluse inside the temple grounds…

Until Captain Sahure arrives in her remote town, sent from Thebes on an urgent mission for Pharaoh, requiring High Priestess Tyema’s help. From that moment on, her quiet, safe life is upended in ways she never could have expected.

But after a whirlwind romance with Sahure, the two part as Pharaoh orders him to undertake another assignment on Egypt’s dangerous frontier, far from Tyema’s remote town.

Heart-broken, Tyema is ready to return to her life of loneliness, official duties and, now, regret. But the Crocodile God has other plans for his priestess: she must uncover the sorcerer who threatens Pharaoh’s life with black magic. Soon enough, Tyema finds herself thrown into the chaos of Pharoah’s court, neck deep in intrigue and danger. Just when she thinks she can’t take the pressures of a very public court life and her secret investigation for the Crocodile God any longer, Sahure re-enters the scene.

But is her former love there to help or to hinder? Can they resolve their differences and work together to find the dark sorcerer who threatens Pharaoh and Egypt?

MAGIC OF THE NILE is a paranormal romance set in ancient Egypt.  Self published, this novel is 115,512 words long and was released in March 2014. ISBN: 0989590364 The book trailer can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0skxQ0kmJM

Buy Links:  Amazon   Barnes & Noble  All Romance eBooks  iTunes   Google Play Books Kobo

BIO:

Veronica ScottVeronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories. Winner of the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award and two SFR Galaxy Awards, she is also the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

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