Musings on being an author

So, I’m officially a romance author. I have written and published 9 full length fantasy and paranormal romance novels, 9 novellas and one short story. I also have an additional free short and free novella that you can only find in my newsletter, so really, that’s 20 books out the door since I very first published in 2012.

Wow!

And in that time I’ve learned a tremendous amount.  One of the things I’ve learned is that I like to write in large chunks of time. In other words, I do best when I have more than one hour to sit and write. In fact, my preferred amount of time is at least three hours broken up into forty-five minutes of writing and fifteen minutes of movement. Usually housecleaning. LOL 🙂

This year I learned something else: my readers enjoy reading the books that I enjoy writing. You see, I wrote a short romance novella this year and for me it was a good experience, but a quickie. I had a lot of constraints I don’t normally have. I had to write in someone else’s universe. I had a book length requirement. And, I had a super short time constraint.

I burned through this novella in record time and frankly, it shows. For the very first time I’m getting four-star reviews that say: Loved it. Cute story, but predictable.

PREDICTABLE!

Ouch!

I always want my readers to be honest, and it’s tough to complain about four star reviews, but these hurt. They hurt more than the one-star reviews because these reviews are from my go-to readers, readers who love my paranormal and fantasy romances, readers who can’t wait for the next one and the next one and the next one.

So, I’m changing it up. I‘m going back to the drawing board.

While I enjoyed writing this book, it really wasn’t my thing. What is my thing? Longer fantasy romances with convoluted exciting plots and deep dark characters. I love writing them and my readers love reading them. 🙂

And I’m taking my time.

I’ve become a super fast writer, but that also means I need to go back and take my time over my edits. I’m going to give myself that time. Even if it means I don’t have a new romance come out until June. Yeah, you read it right. June.

So, what is the new series?

I’m going back to my roots: fantasy romance with a fairy tale twist.

My most popular books, the ones everyone loves to read and I love to write are the Tales of the Black Court so I’m diving back into Underhill and all the dark twisty fairy tales and dark twisty characters. And guess what? It’s going great! I’m loving these stories. I have the prequel rough draft already finished and I’m bursting with ideas for the next five books. I’m writing faster than ever and, better than that, I’m enjoying it.

And do you know what that means?

If I’m loving these stories, you will too!

So get ready for more twisted fairy tales with dark heroes and strong heroines. Get ready for bloodthirsty evil queens and magic and brand new fairy godmothers with a twist. And of course, romance. Did I mention romance? Fabulous fantasy romance with fast paced fairy tale happily ever afters because, after all, that’s what you and I both love…to read, and to write.

-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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

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WOOT! The Winter Queen’s Dragon WON!

Hello!

I’m super excited because THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON won it’s category in the Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award. Squee!

Thanks so much for your help and getting out the vote!

And it get’s even better!

The TALES OF THE BLACK COURT won for best series in ROMANCE/PARANORMAL/FANTASY/WITCHES & WIZARDS/EROTICA !

Are there enough exclamation points for this!!! (Just sayin’ 🙂

 

Thank you!

Jessica

Want to check out all the winners and runner’s up? Here’s the link:

https://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/2017-paranormal-romance-guild-reviewers-choice-award-results/

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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. On 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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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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

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Time is running out to vote for The Winter Queen’s Dragon

Hello!

I’m super excited because THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON has been nominated for a Paranormal Romance Guild Reviewer’s Choice Award. Squee!

But the contest ends soon!

So I need your help.

Just click HERE and head on over to the PRG website. THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON is midway down the page in the   category. If you don’t see the entries there is a link to click way at the bottom of the page that will take you directly to the Google form. That happened to my husband but it was super easy for him to click and go. And then vote! Don’t forget to hit the submit button. 🙂

That’s it!

Voting ends tomorrow, February 18th, so head on over to PRG today.

And thank you!

Jessica

Need that link again? Here it is:

https://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/cast-votes-2017-prg-reviewers-choice-awards/

wnter-queens-dragon

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. On 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

Buy today at:

buyAZ

kindleunlimited

 

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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

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Love sassy sexy shifters? The wait is over!

SASSY WOLF AND THE ROGUE is here!

 Buy now on Amazon

I know you’ve been waiting, and I’m super excited to bring you my version of Mily’s Sassy Ever After world with SASSY WOLF AND THE ROGUE.

Enjoy!
-Jessica

 

Sassy Wolf and the Rogue

Addison has seen the worst side of the mating bond, but when she runs into rogue wolf Ethan Blaylock she discovers—even sassy wolves can’t control their own destiny.

Ethan’s a rogue shifter just trying to survive. He never thought he stood a chance at happiness. But he knows from the moment he sees sassy, curvy Addison—she’s the one. He’ll fight everyone for the chance to prove it—his own rogue buddies, members of the pack, even Addsion herself—just to win her love.

Will the mating bond that Addison is terrified of be the one thing that can save them? Or will fate, kidnappers, and a fanatic wolf shifter, lead to their death?

Discover curvy girls and sassy shifters—
Sassy Ever After Style

Also available in Kindle Unlimited

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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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

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Tales of the Black Court is Finally in KU!

I finally did it!

I’ve been asked many times by readers to put my series into KU, and I’ve finally done it! Now all of my paranormal and fantasy romance series are in Kindle Unlimited, including my hold out, the Tales of the Black Court!

So go ahead an binge read every single magical romance moment. Go on, I dare you!

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Discover your imagination today with fantasy romance author Jessica Aspen and her twisted fairy tale romance series, TALES OF THE BLACK COURT

💜💜Read all six books on Kindle Unlimited…for FREE! First time ever in KU!

THE DARK HUNTSMAN: An evil queen, a dangerous man, and a witch tangled together in a twist of Snow White.

PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE: A rebellious prince, a reluctant witch, and a mysterious prophecy twisted together in a tale of Beauty and the Beast.

BROKEN MIRROR: A false princess, the court trickster, and a magic spell woven together with a Frog Prince twist.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR: Two women lost in Underhill must fight strange creatures, strange magic, and face even the Evil Queen herself.

THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON: 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?

QUEEN OF THORNS: Would any prince dare to wake the Sleeping Beauty when he discovers she’s really the Evil Queen?

 

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

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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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

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Guess What’s Coming Next? Sassy Curvy Shifters!

Introducing…

Sassy Wolf and the Rogue!

I’m super excited to tell you that on February 8th, 2018 my latest book will be out! SASSY WOLF AND THE ROGUE is a Kindle World book and written in Milly Taiden’s SASSY EVER AFTER series, full of sexy alpha shifters, paranormal suspense, and sassy curvy girls.

SASSY WOLF  was super fun to write because not only did I get to write sexy shifters and curvy girls, but I also got to play in someone else’s universe, the SASSY EVER AFTER books are based around Milly’s SASSY MATES series that starts with SCENT OF A MATE. Check them out HERE.

When you write in a Kindle World, it’s like playing in someone else’s sandbox. You have your imagination, but you have to borrow their toys. In other words, it’s a challenge to keep your own writing voice, and yet, keep true to the world of the other author. Luckily, Milly Taiden’s world is pretty close to my own, with a few interesting twists.

All of Milly’s heroine’s are curvy girls. Now, while I am of course a pretty curvy girl myself, and I love writing curvy girls, I also like dipping into other girl’s viewpoints. Like how it feels to be too tall, or too short, or even, just right. (Yeah, I see the Three Bears reference, LOL!)

Also, my shifter world is different from hers in that she has a two step mating process: first, you have the mark, then the more permanent bite. In my WOLF ENFORCER world, it’s just the Bite, with a capital B. And my SEXY SHIFTERS don’t even have a magical mating thing, in those books, it’s simply that when you take a mate you fall in love and it’s forever, because wolf shifters mate for life.

There’s one more super cool thing about this book: once again I’m using my brand new cover artist, Ivytail Designs. I love how the cover turned out, and I hope you do to. Check it out!

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Sassy Wolf and the Rogue by Ivytail Designs

 

SASSY WOLF AND THE ROGUE will be here on February 8th, just in time for Valentine’s Day, so look for it in the Kindle Store. And BONUS! Kindle Worlds are now in Kindle Unlimited, so you can read if for free with your membership. I know that’s something you’ve been looking forward to, so check back on February 8th and discover more sexy paranormal suspense!

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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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

Click HERE to discover Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced world of paranormal romance

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Lone Enforcer is Here! For 99 cents!

Fantastic Fridays

a blog for celebration

Get ready for romance!

Hot alpha shifter cowboy romance…Yeah baby!

It’s here…again! July 2017 I published Lone Enforcer, a Wolf Enforcers novella, in the box set, The Alphas of Summer. But now that’s over and I have the rights back, so here it is, all on it’s own…And only 99 cents!

If you’re wondering how this book fits into the Wolf Enforcer Series, it slides in between Wolf Enforcer and Blood Enforcer. So, technically, it’s book #2

If you haven’t read the Wolf Enforcer Series, you can still jump in here. It’s all about alpha wolf shifters, hot romance (this one is hot!) and suspense.

I love a book that moves, so be prepared for action and adventure. And romance. Did I mention the romance? AND it’s a cowboy romance. You can’t beat that! Shifters and cowboys—mmm, my favorites all wrapped up into one. 🙂

You can discover it today on Amazon.com, and if you’re in Kindle Unlimited, it’s there too!

Enjoy!

-Jessica

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On the hunt for her best friend, Natalie discovers it’s more than murder…it’s wolf shifters.

Armed with her best friend’s last known location, Natalie Fisher heads out into the wilds of the Rocky Mountains. When the trail leads to private property, Natalie doesn’t hesitate, but her dangerous search for clues only leads her to a blood soaked piece of land, and a trip down a rocky ravine.

Volunteer pack enforcer and full-time ranch hand, Luca Weylyn has been a loner his entire life. When riding fences he finds Natalie trapped and injured near what could be a murder site he realizes—her big brown eyes and determined attitude have finally given him a reason to break free from his lonely cowboy’s life. But Natalie is human, and Luca is a wolf shifter.  Can there be any future for Luca with a woman if he can never share his secrets?

When Natalie’s insistence on hunting down the truth conflicts with the pack’s needs, will Luca reveal being a wolf shifter in order to keep her? Or will the other enforcers insist that Natalie’s life be sacrificed for the good of the pack?

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of fast-paced paranormal suspense

…and discover your imagination.

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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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

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Happy New Year! Let’s Get Organized!

Fantastic Fridays

a blog for the new year

It’s 2018 and that time of year again, the time when we authors get motivated and decide what the year will look like. If we manage to stick to our goals.

I love goal setting. I love thinking of all the possibilities for the New Year, and the next few months. I love looking ahead and dreaming of what’s coming up. But this year I’m only posting one goal:

Simplify.

What does that mean?

Well, it means that I’m trying to slim down everything in my life so that I can focus on what’s truly important.

Here’s how it works:

I’m going to write more, and hopefully publish more. If I focus on just that one thing as a priority, I believe it will change my entire way of working. So, my goals for 2018 are simple.

  1. write more
  2. stay focused on the writing
  3. write

And that’s it.

No, that’s not true!

You guessed it! I have a whole bunch of goals on my Jessica Aspen Write’s goal list, but they all support this one goal. Write.

So, I hope you’ll forgive me if I forget to post here, send out newsletters, jump on to Facebook, or anything else that isn’t writing more books, because 2018 is all about producing new words. And I’m super excited about it!

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What kind of goals to you have for 2018? Do you choose one big goal, or do you have a ton of tiny goals? Would simplifying your goals work for you? Why or why not?

Take care, and have a safe and happy New Year!

-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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

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Heat Up Your Holidays with FREE Sexy Romance

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Merry Christmas!

It’s that time of year when we’re all super busy with friends and family, and making sure everyone else has a fabulous holiday, so make sure to tuck a little something under the tree for yourself this holiday season. I always do! LOL!

Wishing you a fun and safe holiday season!

Merry Christmas,

-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

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Friday Feature Ghosts of Christmas Past #freebook

Check it out…I’m guesting on CD Hersh with the story behind the story of my Haunted Holidays novella. And BONUS!
GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST is FREE!
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Friday Features’

Guest shares background of

Ghosts of Christmas Past

by

Jessica Aspen

Today we turn our blog over to an author friend, Jessica Aspen, who’s books we enjoy reading. She is going to share some background on her new book and has a gift for you.

Hi all,
I’m Jessica Aspen and I write twisted fairy tales, fantasy romance and paranormal romance. First of all, I want to thank C.D. Hersh for having me on their blog. And to show how excited I am, I’m offering each and every one of you a free copy of my book, Ghosts of Christmas Past.

I wrote Ghosts of Christmas Past because I love all the thrills, chills and danger of Gothic romance. I was brought up reading classics by authors like Daphne Du Maurier, Victoria Holt, and Phyllis Whitney and when I had the opportunity to write my own modern…

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