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Introducing Megan Michelau!

Summer is here and so are the ALPHAS OF SUMMER!

Today meet fabulous fellow box set author: Megan Michelau!

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Hi Megan, welcome to Jessica Aspen Writes. I’m super excited to get to know a fellow Alphas of Summer author, so let’s get started with a few questions.

Tell us about what you write and why you love it.
I absolutely love to write paranormal romance! It gives me endless possibilities into the world I can create. There are no limits on the stories I can write.
Do you always write about hot, sexy shifters? And what kind is your favorite?
I do have some contemporary projects in the works but my heart will always come back to shifters! My absolutely favourite kind of shifters are big cats!
Tell us one fabulously interesting and unique thing about yourself.
I absolutely love Harry Potter. I’ve read the books (and now reading them to my daughter) and the movies countless times. My writing cave/library is covered in memorabilia and potter inspired crafts. I love it!
Why did you decide to participate in the Hot Alphas of Summer box set?
When an author friend tagged me in the post announcing the boxed set I jumped at the chance to participate. Operation Wildcat was my debut novel and I loved that it would be included alongside so many talented authors and their novels.
Anything else you’d love to tell us about you or your books?
My books are filled with fast paced action, bad ass women, and smouldering males. They will keep you on the edge of your seat and looking for more!
You can find out more about Megan at: http://www.meganmichelau.com
Alphas of Summer Pre-order now
And you can pre-order the Alphas of Summer box set including Megan’s story at:

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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Dip your toes into summer with the Alphas of Summer Cover Reveal

Moonday Mania

super hot paranormal romance cover reveal blog

WOOT! It’s finally here! The ALPHAS OF SUMMER BOX SET containing my novella LONE ENFORCER, part of the Wolf Enforcer Series of paranormal suspense.

Check it out!

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Is that not fabulous? Tell me you love it!

And even better, it’s on pre-order!

Available at your favorite eBook retailer: https://books2read.com/u/3yPk9l

Alphas of Summer Pre-order now

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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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Queen of Thorns Cover Reveal

Thursdays Bite

a fantasy romance blog

It’s here! Book Five in my fantasy romance series, Tales of the Black Court, finally has a cover. SQUEE! And isn’t it hot! My fabulous cover artist, Viola Estrella of Estrella Cover Designs has done it again. I love the way she’s stayed with the essence of the entire series, and yet this cover is something new and different. It totally says ‘fantasy romance’ to me. And I’m especially thrilled because this book is the last one in this series arc, so it’s great to end this story line about the evil Black Queen on such a super high note. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Presenting:

Queen of Thorns: A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court. Book Five, Tales of the Black Court.

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When Thorn discovers her greatest secret will the man she’s fallen in love with turn on her? Or will he give up his life to protect her?

Ardan is on a quest: return to Prince Kian’s court with the head of the Black Queen—or lose everything. Including his life. But finding the elusive faery queen is proving difficult. And time is running out.

When Aeval wakes up the only thing she remembers is her name. But soon she realizes that even a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So she becomes Thorn instead, setting off with the man who accidentally kisses her awake on a quest to find and kill the Black Queen.

As Ardan and Thorn travel through the magical lands of Underhill and learn to trust each other, it becomes more and more obvious to Thorn that she and the queen might share more than just a name.

When Ardan finds out that Thorn might be the queen he’s sworn to slay, will he kill the woman he’s starting to fall in love with? Or will Thorn take up the mantle of dark power and again become the Queen of the Black Court?

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in her twisted fairy tale series: Tales of the Black Court

Pre-order today.

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Available July 28th on Amazon

Did you miss out on books 1-4? Here’s the link to book four, The Winter Queen’s Dragon. Or you can start with the box set, Tales of the Black Court, and catch up on the first three in the series. Dare to discover the Dark Forest of Underhill.

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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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Wolf Enforcer is to be published by Kindle Press-WOOT!

Sensational Saturday

a blog for celebrating!

Woot! We did it!

Thanks to everyone for all your support and nominations on Kindle Scout for WOLF ENFORCER, book one in the Wolf Enforcer series. Because of all your efforts the amazing people at Kindle Press have chosen to publish it and it will be coming out very soon.

Yay! Happy Dancing!

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Here’s what I know:

In the next 30 days all the prep work on my end needs to be completed. Then a publishing date will be set. From what I know about Kindle Press, they like to move fast! And since this book is already edited, has a fabulous cover, and is ready to go, I’m assuming we’ll see publication this spring. But that’s totally an assumption on my part, so stay tuned and I’ll let you know when and what’s going on both here on the blog and in my newsletter.

Speaking of my newsletter. If you haven’t signed up yet for the newsletter, and you want a taste of the Wolf Enforcer Series, then you’ll love the FREE book, ROGUE ENFORCER, that you get in your very first official email. 🙂 Click HERE to sign up.

Now, on to the rest of the series plan.

I’m still working on release dates, but book 2 BLOOD ENFORCER, is in final edits and will be coming out hot on the heels of WOLF ENFORCER. And I’m also writing PACK ENFORCER, the third book. So, this series will be done and out, BOOM! BOOM! BOOM!

And, as if that weren’t enough, I am also going to be in a super exciting boxed set, THE ALPHAS OF SUMMER, and I’ve written a super special novella set in the Wolf Enforcer series called LONE ENFORCER.

That boxed set comes out in July, and I’ll be letting newsletter people know, as well as here on the blog, and on Facebook.

OH Yeah! Facebook…

I started a group just for the Kindle Scout adventure https://www.facebook.com/groups/WolfEnforcer/ and it’s still live and hopping. I plan to be on there most days and we’ve been sharing fun wolf pictures and other super cool things. I’m going to keep that group open for the rest of the books, so if you haven’t been by yet, come on in and say ‘hi!’

Okay, now I’ve got to get back to work. I now have a ton on my plate, which makes me super happy. I love having plans. 🙂

To summarize:

  1. If you haven’t yet, join the newsletter and get your FREE copy of Rogue Enforcer. http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj
  2. If you want more info on a daily basis, join the Wolf Enforcer Launch Facebook group and check out the fun wolf pics. https://www.facebook.com/groups/WolfEnforcer/
  3. I’ll be updating on the schedule, but for now it’s. TBD and here’s the order of events: Kindle Publishing will set the date for WOLF ENFORCER, and then I’ll set the dates for BLOOD ENFORCER and PACK ENFORCER.
  4. And look out for the fabulous boxed set ALPHAS OF SUMMER that comes out July 3rd.

That’s all folks!

Once again, thank you!

-Jessica

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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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Valentine’s Super Sale & Giveaway

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Check out the Valentine’s Super Sale & Giveaway, runs 2/13-2/20

66 Romance Authors are offering 95 books…
Most of them are on sale for a limited time. It’s just our way of thanking our loyal readers. Thank you!
Even better, we’ve pooled our funds to offer an awesome giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle and Amazon Gift Cards just for subscribing to our newsletters or following us on social media.
Click now to discover hot romances and enter to win!
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Are you in Northern Colorado and looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day?

Check out the Eaton Library Romance Book Signing Event, 4-6 February 14th, 2017. I’ll be there with 30 other romance authors with books to buy, chocolates, and champagne! Alchol free, of course. It is a library, you know. 😉

 
Eaton Public Library 132 Maple Ave, Eaton CO 80615

See you there!

-Jessica

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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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FABulous Books & a Giveaway for a Kindle Fire

Fantastic Friday!

a blog for the FABulous in all of us!

Check out the Lit Ring Series Giveaway! You can enter to win a Kindle Fire or an antique book shelf valued at $300!

And best of all there are fabulous new romance series to check out. All the books are either free or discounted, so make sure to click  HERE and discover some new reads at a bargain price.

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Hello and happy February!

Here’s what’s going on:

If you live in Northern Colorado, check out the Valentine’s Day Book Signing at the Eaton Public Library. 30 romance authors, including yours truly, chocolates, and alcohol-free champagne! Runs from 4-6 on V-day, 2017 and I think it’s going to be a super fun event!

Grab your copy of book four in the Tales of the Black Court, The Winter Queen’s Dragon. It’s finally out and getting fab reviews!

I’m moving on from dragons and dragon shifters to the last book in the Tales of the Black Court. Book Five’s title is still to be determined, but I’m rocking along and I expect it to be out by summer 2017. Then it will be back to the Dragons of Underhill. Get your free copy of the prequel to the new dragon series HERE. Seven dragon alpha shifters protecting seven baby dragon eggs for a thousand years, what could go wrong?

That’s it for now.

Oh, and guess what?  If you’ve read Rogue Enforcer, I’m sure you’ll be super excited to know that soon I’ll have some very cool news about the Wolf Enforcer Series. I can’t wait to share!

Now, don’t forget to go check out those free and discounted romance series and enter to win the Kindle Fire and antique book shelf. Enter HERE.

Cheers!

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

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday January 25

Love the covers in this batch. Quite a variety!

Veronica Scott

power-gameI have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

POWER GAME (A GHOSTWALKER NOVEL) by Christine Feehan

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday January 18

WOOT! More sci fi and fantasy romance books, gotta love it! And one by Karen Marie Moning. Yippee!!!!

Veronica Scott

carve-the-markI have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

CARVE THE MARK by Veronica Roth

On a planet where violence and vengeance rule, in a galaxy where some are favored by fate, everyone develops a currentgift, a…

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New Releases in #SciFi and #Fantasy Romance for Wednesday January 11

Super cool new sci fi fantasy romance books. And guess whose book is featured?

Veronica Scott

claimed-by-the-cyborgI have not read most of the new releases listed (although I always end up one-clicking a bunch as I prepare these posts LOL) and as always I recommend sampling before you buy!

It’s a mix of the genres in no particular order. Also the term “new” is generally plus or minus a week or two. I try to catch up on ones I missed in recent months.  

(NOTE: If the author provides me with buy links I insert those; otherwise I default to Amazon and iBooks. Pricing and availability are current as of the day I prepare the post – things can change fast in the ebook world LOL.)

Also, I usually include only the beginning of the book blurb…

CLAIMED BY THE CYBORG (CYOPS SCIFI ROMANCE BOOK 5) by Cara Bristol

VS NOTE: Always exciting to have a new cyborg romance from Cara! I got to read…

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The Slow Burn

Moonday Mania

a blog for struggling romance writers everywhere

Launched book 12 today (book 4 in my fantasy series, The Winter Queen’s Dragon). Romance, and in particular fantasy romance, is competitive so this time I tried to do all the launch strategies I could. I so want this one to jump on day one! To be number one on that fantasy romance list. Wouldn’t that be amazing? But, I’ve designed a slow burn launch by sending my announcement to my newsletter list in three batches, and doing social media on another day. So that day one jump is not likely to happen.

The idea is to show Amazon I have consistent sales, instead of a huge bump on day one. But as I look at my  trickle of sales this morning and my finger-grapping hold on the fantasy romance AZ list, I have to keep reminding myself—this is a long tail business. So it’s back to the grindstone. The good news is my early readers seem to love it. And maybe, that’s the one thing to focus on instead of sales: pleasing the readers. If I focus on that, instead of sales and launch days, then everything is a success.

I’m reading Derek Sivers book ANYTHING YOU WANT: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur . It’s this tiny book filled with lessons he learned launching CD Baby, a small business he started just to sell his own CD’s and ended up selling for millions. One of the things I love about this book is that he’s so not focused on making his business a million dollar business. Instead he’s focused on how to serve his customers, who, when he started, were mostly his friends.

What is your measure of success? Are you in control of it? Is it in control of you?

Okay, that’s not a direct quote from the book, but it could have been. What it is is my take on his book. If I look at my sales and try to go for the money, I’m a total failure. It’s true. I love my books, but they barely break even. It leaves me feeling like I’m clawing and scratching just to make a living writing romance. And it feels desperate.

But, if I focus on some of the things I’ve actually achieved, I’m a success.

My readers love my books. They really do! I get letters asking me when the next fantasy romance in the Tales of the Black Court is coming out. They don’t want to wait! And my free shifter book for my newsletter subscribers, Rogue Enforcer? That inspires letters too. People want more from me. More romance. More shifters. More fantasy.

I’m getting better as a writer. This is super important. It took me two years of edits and massaging to get my first fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman, to where it is today, but The Winter Queen’s Dragon only took months. And my editor said it was the best one yet! That’s amazing. My reviews for all my romances are at least averaging 4 stars, and usually average higher. Romance readers love my books! WOOT!

I love my life. I am making money doing something I love. Not many people can say that. Am I still struggling to get up that cliff? Yes. Do I want my job to make enough money to say it’s a living? Yes. And I’m getting there. I’ve doubled my income every year. That sounds amazing, right?

(Typically I follow that statement up with some disclaimer about what my income was the first year, but I think I need to just stick with the amazing part. I’ve only been publishing for a few years and while some others are rocking their way up the charts, most small businesses take five years to really get going. My small business is no different.)

Okay, so I’m no CD Baby. I can’t say I’m one of those romance authors who seem to appear out of nowhere and jump to the top. But I can say:

My readers love my books.

I’m getting better as a writer.

I love my life.

All of those are fabulous measures of success. And so what if the money is slow? That’s okay. I’m doubling my income every year, right? 😉

So I’ll get there. One book at a time.

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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.

 

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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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