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Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

 

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

Click here for Prizes galore!

The best gift for the holiday’s is love, and luckily since I write romance I get to gift myself and my readers with love, love, love. All my Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods spicy fairy tales are set in the Rocky Mountains, so it’s love in the Rockies this holiday season, and all year round.

Winter at high altitude is a special time. The snapping cold in your lungs, the scents of spruce, pine, and fir trees, all make it seem like Christmas as soon as you step outside. And inside there’s no better place to be with your sweetie, than curled up in front of a real wood fire, roasting popcorn, drinking hot chocolate, and listening to music to get you in the mood.

Personally I love to bake, so I’m including a special cookie recipe for you to enjoy this holiday season from my favorite cookbook The Hershey’s 1934 Cookbook. My mom had this and we loved to bake from it when I was a little girl. Now I have my own copy and make the same recipes with my girls.

Chocolate Walnut Wheels

  • 2 squares (2 oz.) Hershey’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolatehershey's 1934 cookbook
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or 2/3 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • Walnut halves

Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. In top of a double boiler over hot, not boiling, water melt chocolate. Set aside to cool slightly. In large mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar until well blended. Add chocolate, egg and vanilla; beat well. Add flour and salt; beat until blended Stir in chopped walnuts. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Place walnut half in center of each. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. yield about 2 dozen cookies.

Warmth, family, cookies and your sweetie to unwrap at the end of the day. That’s the way I would love to set my romantic holidays for my readers and myself. Unfortunately my characters don’t get that in my books. No sweet snuggling, no gifts to unwrap, no kisses under the mistletoe.

Why?

Because they are usually dealing with a crisis.

Now I know none of you have crises during your holidays. Human holidays are relaxed and comfortable, full of turkey, ham and pie. But my werewolves have issues, and they don’t get to be relaxed. Take Red, my werewolf heroine in Little Red Riding Wolf. Now her story takes place in the fall, so by Christmas she should be settled down with her human husband, Evan, working on that baby. But I think this Christmas she’s going to be worried about her brother Seth.

Seth made lots of trouble for Red and Evan in Little Red Riding Wolf, and she knows he’s due for some trouble of his own. And I think she’s right. That’s why Seth will be spending this winter falling in love with his own human, and hating every minute of it. Because Seth doesn’t think humans and weres should mate.

Snow and the Seventh Wolf by Jessica AspenPoor Seth isn’t due for a relaxing winter holiday.

And his love interest has an even tougher holiday in store. You see Snow is living with an evil step-mother, and when her step-mother and step-father propose a vacation in the gorgeous area of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, sweet family holidays are not in store.

Not for Snow, who will be running for her life. Not for her step-father, who fails to kill her the first time. And not for her step-mother, who really needs all the money from Snow’s inheritance, not just the pittance she’s already spent.

So we’ll have to wait to let Seth and Snow enjoy their winter holiday, at least until February. In the meantime, you can curl up in front of the fire with Red’s story. Little Red Riding Wolf is available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance and Passion in Print Press.

Click HERE to read an excerpt of Little Red Riding Wolf. Warning, must be over 18, its hot!

Snow and the Seventh Wolf, Seth’s story, will be available February 1st, just in time for a romantic ending around Valentine’s day.

I want all my readers to have happy holidays, and because of that I am giving away an e-copy of Little Red Riding Wolf to one lucky blog-hopper. To enter to win please leave a comment (and your email address) telling me one thing you’ve learned about my twisted tales.

Have fun hopping from blog to blog. Here is the link to the linky list http://carrieannbloghops.blogspot.com/so you can hop to all of the 200+ author’s sites. They have lots of great prizes to win, over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that author or blogger,

Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Little Red Riding Wolf

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times! So leave a comment here, with your email address and be entered to win an e-copy of Little Red Riding Wolf AND also you’ll be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing! 

Now what are those prizes?

 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Happy Holidays!

 (All prizes, with the exception of the swag pack, available internationally)

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Discover the Details

Moonday Mania

a blog on the craft of writing

Before I start, don’t forget, the Holiday Gifts of Love Bloghop begins on Friday.

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

Win a Kindle Fire or a Nook Tablet!

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times! 

Now what are those prizes? 

1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Like many post Nanoites I’m in deep in the throes of editing. If someone had told me that I would be spending twenty percent of my time writing and eighty percent of my time editing, I might have thought twice about this career. Deep editing is one of the things that can be a chore, but it can also be a pleasure. Finding just the right word, twisting that cliche, backloading not just a sentence but a pargargraph, then the next paragraph, how about backloading a chapter? Ah, the joys of editing.

delicious by sherry thomasOf course there are authors who are masters at this sort of thing. One of my favorite authors is Sherry Thomas. I don’t care what your specific genre is, if you are a romance author you should read Sherry Thomas’s Delicious. Not only is it a masterpiece of details (warning, there are a lot of food descriptions and you will want to eat French pastries) but she is also a master of plot. Sherry dribbles in backstory and keeps us turning pages just to find out what happens.

One of the amazing things Sherry Thomas does in Delicious is something I have never seen done before, the hero and heroine do not set eyes on each other for the first third of the book. And it is HOT! How does she do this? You have to read it.

But I’ll give you a hint. She’s a master of words and details. Check out this post from Writers in the Storm that Sherry wrote

http://writersinthestorm.wordpress.com/2012/11/30/writerstrong-strong-details-for-strong-reader-emotions/

and you’ll see how she adds in tiny relevant, and even historical, details to make her writing strong. Not only does she do this to increase her romance between her couples, this is how she adds her backstory, and her story questions. This is what makes her a master of details, because you never feel like she is stating how her characters feel. There is no telling, only showing, in intricate, flavorful, intriguing details.

I loved Delicious as a reader. I couldn’t put it down. But as an author I want to study it, learn how she kept me on the edge of my seat cushions flipping page after page after page until that big fat book was finished. And if you’ve read what I’ve been doing lately you know it takes a month for me to finish a book. Not this one. I had to know. When would they actually see each other, what would happen, and why was all of this going on in the first place.

Yes, the backstory. Not only do we not get to see the hero and heroine together for a large chunk of the book, but you do

n’t really understand the backstory for nearly the entire book. No big explanations, just tiny details left for you

tempting the bride by sherry thomas

to find like yum
And then search out Sherry Thomas’s other books. my chocolate morsels you eat and then want more. So you keep turning pages. Want to see how an author can only reveal a tiny bit of the backstory? Want to read a master at the small intimate detail? Want to learn to write an amazing book? Read Delicious.

How do you learn how to be a better author? What books have helped you learn your craft? Do you make time to read masters outside of your genre?

ravishing the heiress by sherry thomasHow do you learn how to be a better author? What books have helped you learn your craft? Do you make time to read masters outside of your genre?

beguiling the beauty by sherry thomas

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Mystic Month of May Continues

Thursday’s Bite

Usually a paranormal blog, today featuring the Mystic Month of May

Thanks to everyone for stopping by my blog post on Helen Hardt’s blog HERE, and for visiting with Hillary Seidl on my blog HERE. CRW’s Mystic Month of May is full of prizes and discovery so be sure to hop to every site and meet all our wonderful authors.

And if you missed Wednesday’s blog hop on over to Hillary Seidl’s site and read about JL Bowen’s Goddess’s of May.

Today, Thursday, the CRW bloghop features Lori Corsintino on JL Bowen’s blog. You can read all about her upcoming release of her first novel in the Tales of the Fey Trilogy HERE.

Friday visit website www.LoriCorsentino.com. not just to see the very cool website she has (I love the picture she chose and someday I’ll have a website just as mysterious and pretty) but also visit with ML Guida and find out about her latest release and her take on the month of May.

Next week the schedule is as follows:

May 21: M.L. Guida guest Lizzie T. Leaf

May 22: Lizzie T. Leaf guest Marie Sexton

May 23: Marie Sexton guest BJ Hayes

May 24: B.J. Hayes guest Lia Slater

May 25: Lia Slater guest Jenn Le Blanc

May 28: Jenn LeBlanc guest Clare Austin

May 29: Clare Austin guest Holley Trent

May 30: Holley Trent guest Elizabeth Haysmont

May 31: Elizabeth Haysmont guest Helen Hardt

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Celebrating Being Odd

Colorado Romance Writers celebrates it’s published authors with a blog hop, the Mystic Month of May. Every day there are chances to win new prizes and enter the final prize drawing. Click HERE to see a list of all the wonderful authors, a different one each day, that you can follow from blog to blog. Click HERE to find my guest spot yesterday on Helen’s Haven. And read on today to find Hillary Seidl and her take on what authors are really like and don’t forget to leave a comment to enter to win a free e-copy of Desperate Soul: Sia.

Celebrating Being Odd

                Hi Jessica!  Thank you for having me on your blog today!  I’m honored.

Coming into my own has taken a long time. I’m still not on the level that I would like but these things take time.  And I’m convinced that it’s a life journey.  Okay, enough of the reflection and on to a funny story.

You should have seen the face of the dishwasher repairman face when he entered our condo.  When I tried to figure why he had a confused expression, I decided to look at the rooms from his point of view. First, I had a compromising (racy) scene on my TV, a re-run of True Blood.  The particular scene of naked Sookie, ahem.

Second, he asked why I have a sign in my living room that says, ‘Vampire on Duty’.  What could I say?  I told him it just sort of stayed there from Halloween and I thought it was funny.  His eyebrows raised another half-inch.  Great.  Now I’m a super freak.  Pshhaa!  I was fine.  I didn’t care.  It’s my house.  My taste.  Whatever.

Third, he says, “Nice lights.”  Fine.  This one is on me.  *Hangs head in shame*  I still have my Christmas lights up.  I love the lights at night.  Plus, my dear mini-dachshund, Leela knocked over my living room lamp and it shattered. EVERYWHERE.

We didn’t chat much after that but he eyed my writing table full of notes, papers, books that were scattered everywhere.  I wanted to scream!  Look guy, I’m a writer and I’m sort of weird.  Deal!

That’s half of the reason why I write odd heroines.  I like to have a bit of fun and paranormal.  I should’ve mentioned that I’m very suspicious of normal folk.  Nobody can be that vanilla. Those are the people that have the stuff in the closet nobody supposed to find.  0.O

I like the odd in the world, odd places and odd people. That’s what makes life fun and interesting!  Celebrate being different!

Desperate Soul by Hillary SeidlDesperate Soul is my paranormal contemporary novella.  I’m so excited to promote this book because its sequel is coming out later this year.  Grand Rock is my fictional paranormal little town in Colorado.  Trust me.  There’s a lot going on.

Desperate Soul: Sia a paranormal novella to be released by 5 Prince Publishing Available now!  Amazon, B&N, and All Romance E-books

Thank you so much Jessica!  I would love to give a free e copy of Desperate Soul to one lucky commenter!  Good luck and happy reading! Hillary Seidl

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