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Three Hot Paranormal Romance Authors and Three Hot Trailers

Thursday’s Bite

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With the success of the release of my book trailer for Snow and the Seventh Wolf (click HERE if you missed it) I thought I’d share some book trailers from my paranormal romance author friends.

Number one is a book trailer that I was first introduced to a year ago by Love of Her Lives author Sharon Clare. I love the way Sharon used second life to create her book trailer. Not only is it something that I had never seen done before, it also made it easy for her to incorporate her supernatural character, Finn, a trouble causing elf.

Love of Her Lives is now available in paperback and her novella, Rhapsody, was just released in December, 2012. Sharon wrote one of the best posts I’ve had on my blog about women and their search for, um… “personal pleasure”. Check it out HERE. And to read my review of Love of Her Lives on Goodreads, click HERE. Sharon will be my guest on March 7th, so check back for some more Sharon Clare.

If you liked Snow and the Seventh Wolf’s trailer, it was created by Lex Valentine of Winterheart Designs. Lex also has created a trailer for a friend of mine, and fellow Passion in Print author, Lizzie T. Leaf. Lizzie’s book Beyond Magic, the first in her Magical Love series has Lizzie’s trademark sense of humor as well as being a fantastic paranormal love story.

You can find the second book in the Magical Love series, Emerging Magic, HERE. Like Sharon’s books Lizzie’s Magical Love series has a supernatural taking a hand in the romance, but Lizzie’s Cailleach is a little more reluctant than Sharon’s Finn.

Last, but of course not least, is romance author and fellow WRITING GAIM member, Isis Rushdan. Her brand new romance from Samhain, Kindred of the Fallen has one of the most amazing covers I’ve seen in a long time and there is no doubt a paranormal love story to match. Brinda Berry helped Isis put together this book trailer and I think they did a phenomenal job.

I have to include the warning that comes with the book: Warning: Contains a headstrong, soul-reading tattoo artist, a sexy alpha hero who knows how to get what he wants, adrenaline-packed action, and explosive sex that literally shatters bulletproof glass. 

Whew! Definitely ready to open those pages!

Do you love book trailers? Have you read any of these authors? If you’ve missed out on any of my book trailer posts then click HERE and HERE and HERE  for some additional trailers.

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JL Bowen’s Healer & Brinda Berry’s Whisper of Memory, WOOT!

Thursdays Bite

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Wait, it’s not Thursday?

Who said that?

No, you’re right, it’s Friday. And I’m posting late. My life since January has taken on a frantic quality that has me spinning, and now I’m back to work until July, so I’m going to have to take drastic measures. And the first one I’m taking is changing my blog.

I’m putting Moonday Mania and Thursday’s Bite on hiatus until further notice. INSTEAD,  I’ll post on Sensational Saturdays a variety of topics that will sometimes be writer oriented, sometimes paranormal oriented, and sometimes just be whatever the heck I’m thinking about.

There, I did it, I cut back. My friends will be so proud of me!

So, today will be the last Thursdays Bite for a while, and I’m going to share with you some YA links to some fabulous books that my very cool friends have just put out! Now I don’t write YA, and most of you may not read YA, but I’ve found quite a lot of adults do read YA. And those that don’t sometimes have children who do read it. So I’m sharing the links and books in order to spread the word!

 I’m very excited to say that JL Bowen‘s debut novel Healer is available in e-form from Featherweight Press. This is the first book in the series, but it’s not a cliffhanger, so don’t worry about being held hostage till the next book. Plunge into Armand’s world as he discovers that everything he’s every thought was true, is totally wrong.

healer, by JL BowenThirteen-year-old Armond Costa heals in three days, no matter what abuse his uncle and aunt inflict upon him. On his fourteenth birthday, he sprouts wings and discovers his aunt and uncle had lied to him. He’s the lost Golden Demon’s Healer. His father, King of the Golden Demons, insists he return with him and save his people from being persecuted by their mortal enemies, the Dark Demons. Now, Armond must choose between the Ellis brothers and seventeen-year-old Rusty Owens — the only family he’s ever known — or condemn the Golden Demons to extinction.

 

And now, most of you know Brinda Berry, she’s a fabulous source for authors finding out about social media and techie stuff, but you may not realize she’s also a YA author! Her new book in her Whispering Woods Series is called Whisper of Memory. It continues the story of Mia, who is special in two ways: she has Synesthesia (want to know what that is, click HERE to read Brinda’s post on Paranormal Freebies.) and she has a gift for extraordinary perception.

Weapons training and winter formals… a deadly combination

Brinda Berry's Whisper of MemoryAll Mia ever wanted was to fit in at Whispering Woods High. But being a portal-finder who dates a guy from another dimension sort of makes it hard.   Mia’s brother disappeared over a year ago, and now agents from the IIA are policing people’s movements through dimensions. She’d trusted Dr. Bleeker from the local university when he’d told her the IIA were the bad guys. But even a girl with an extraordinary ability to sense things can make mistakes.

Now two people are dead, and as a portal gatekeeper for the IIA, Mia needs to find Dr. Bleeker before he hurts anyone else. And her boyfriend Regulus, an Agent for the IIA, carries secrets of his own. Between learning about weaponry, finding the perfect dress for the winter formal, and catching bad guys, who has time to fit in?  

So that’s all folks. I’ll be hard at work editing and doing all the other stuff that has kept me crazy, but I won’t be blogging quite so much for a while. You can find me here on Sensational Saturdays and also on the first Friday of the month at http://paranormalfreebies, where I will still be doing paranormal focused bites.

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Discover Three Rockin’ Videos From my Paranormal Pals

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Book trailers, Baby!

That’s what’s happening!

All my paranormal author friends are creating hot new trailers for their releases, and now debut author JL Bowen has a book trailer for Healer, her YA due to release next week, so here it is!

Healer is due to be released February 28th from Featherweight Press, the YA branch of my publisher and I can’t wait to read JL’s dark paranormal story. She’s going to be blogging again on ParanormalFreebies on February 28th, the day of her release, so make sure to check it out!

Melissa Mayhue’s trailer for her first book in her new series is also by Lex Valentine of Winterheart Design , the same artist as JL’s trailer. Here is the fabulous trailer for Warrior’s Redemption:

 

If you haven’t read Melissa’s Daughters of the Glen series, she’s a fabulous paranormal author who shares my love of the Fae, but Warrior’s Redemption is the first book in a brand new series. You can check out ML Guida’s review HERE on Paranormal Freebies and Melissa’s interview HERE.

The unique YA paranormal The Waiting Booth, by Brinda Berry has a rockingly fast paced trailer:

We’re waiting breathlessly for the next book in Brinda’s Whispering Woods series, the sequal to The Waiting Booth. If you want to find out more click HERE to explore how Brinda wove the fascinating and rare condition of synesthesia into her paranormal.

Leave a comment, and don’t forget to go to Paranormal Freebies and enter my contest HERE at the Rafflecopter widget. We’re drawing close to the end of the month and we’ll be drawing for free copies of Little Red Riding Wolf as well as t-shirts, chocolates and more! Next week I’ll be at The Dames of Dialogue on Monday the 27th blogging on Twisting in the Wind or how you twist a fairy tale. And I’ll be at Erin O’Riordan’s blog on the 28th. Both of those are eligible for comments and contest entries too!

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February 23, 2012 · 6:47 am

RELEASE DAY FOR LITTLE RED RIDING WOLF! WOOT!

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Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Little Red Riding Wolf Cover picture

It’s here! Today is the Release day for Little Red Riding Wolf!

I checked and it’s there! On the Passion in Print Press website click HERE to buy! (or just go look and do the happy dance with me, I’ll be clicking my heels all day.) And they posted a long excerpt. WOOT!

(The ISBN is 978-1-60820-615-5 in case you are looking elsewhere, but I don’t think it will be available anywhere else for at least a week.)

Okay, on to regular Blog Business. (Time out for another turn around the room, clicking my heels in another ecstatic happy dance!)

There is still time to enter to win a copy and you can find all the ways to enter, as well as enter, at the Paranormal Freebies site HERE. But that’s not the only way to win a free copy!

The fabulous Brinda Berry, author of The Waiting Booth, is hosting a Twitter Party for me on Twitter at 5pm Mountain time today, February 18th, 2012.

<Free Stock Photography - Party tonight
Party Details:

WHEN:  Feb. 18, 7-7:30 pm ET (6-6:30 pm CT; 5-5:30 pm MT; 3-3:30 pm PT)

WHERE: online at Twitter

WHO: Author @JessicaAspen

Hostess @Brinda_Berry

WHAT: Twitter party –  Little Red Riding Wolf Release Party

HOW TO JOIN:  Follow the hashtag #ridingwolf

Click HERE to read Brinda’s post on all the ins and outs of how a Twitter Party works. We’ll be doing the Happy Dance Conga line over the internet, so come prepared for fun! And prizes!

Thanks to all my wonderful writing friends for all their support! My family and non-writing friends too. And you can look forward to the sequel  all about Seth sometime this year. (Working title Snow and the Seventh Wolf). I’m still working on it, but it will be finished and sent off to the wonderful editors at Passion in Print Press by the end of March. See Sherry, I can write a specific goal. (Click HERE for the last in Sherry’s goal setting series on Gloria’s Hammock.)

Don’t forget to leave a comment and if you want to enter the contest you need to click HERE and update the Rafflecopter widget, or your entry isn’t registered! Did you go look at the PIP site? Isn’t it exciting? Tell me what you think and what kind of happy dance you are up to in your living room!

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Little Red Riding Wolf Teaser

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It’s almost here!

The release day for Little Red Riding Wolf is on Saturday, February 18th for the PDF version. Other versions (kindle) will be available the following week.

So, just for fun, I’m including a brief excerpt from chapter one, when Red (our heroine and a werewolf) meets Evan (the forbidden human hero). Red is frustrated with her family’s refusal to see her as an adult and is ready to rebel.

Little Red Riding Wolf

Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Little Red Riding Wolf

The ranger looked to be just under six foot, but that was tall compared to her petite five-foot two. Long and lean, he had the look of someone who spent a lot of time outdoors, hiking or maybe skiing.

He stepped forward and swept back his shaggybrown hair, revealed warm brown eyes. His face held that look. That look that a man gave a woman, open, appreciative, but a touch guarded.

She returned it with a bold appraising one of her own. He was just what she needed to distract her from her family issues.

He was hot, male, and a stranger.

And a little later we have Evan’s view of the encounter:

Without warning she’d lifted her head, seemed to sniff
the air. Her head swiveled and she looked at him. Found him
hidden, where he stood stunned in the shadows at the side of the
trail. Her eyebrows rose, dark pupils contracted in astonishing
golden eyes.
Excitement pumped danger through his veins.
His instincts took over. Held him completely still. Afraid of
startling her, like a wild creature. He held his arms down at his
sides and looked straight at her, non-threatening, barely able to
breathe.
Then her eyes warmed, and she’d smiled.
He’d let out his breath, and smiled back.
Even now, as tired as he was after chasing her up half-a-mountain,
he got hard as he remembered her looking at him.
Remembered the touch of her hand, soft and hesitant and as
lethal as lightning.

Hope you enjoyed it and are ready for the rest of the book! I had a tough time choosing an excerpt. (I suppose I should just give in and post hot excerpts and have a warning every time you enter the blog.) Leave your opinion in the comment box (but only if it’s a nice one!).

And don’t forget, every time you leave a comment here or on my killer blog tour be sure to register it on the Rafflecopter widget HERE on Paranormal Freebies News page. Your entries don’t count unless you enter them into the Rafflecopter widget!

Also Saturday is the big release day and Brinda Berry is throwing a Twitter party for me in celebration of  Little Red Riding Wolf’s big day! Find out the details HERE in her amazing blog detailing what and how to have a Twitter party. Don’t forget 5pm MST hashtag #ridingwolf.

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Killer Blog Tour Continues

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If you haven’t entered my Little Red Riding Wolf contest, you still can! The link is HERE to take you to the Rafflecopter plug in on http://paranormalfreebies. You can add another entry daily by commenting either on my blog Jessica Aspen Writes, or on any of my tour stops.

Yes, I’m still on the killer blog tour and here is a list of my February stops:

February 2012

Just FYI, the contest ends on February 28th, but I’m still going to be visiting some stellar blogs, including Gloria Richard’s Hammock on March 12th.
Today I’m at Josee Reynard’s blog HERE with my most open interview yet!
And more exciting news, Brinda Berry is helping me out with my very first every Twitter Party! Since most of you can’t be here to eat cake and pop the bubbly with me on February 18th, when Little Red Riding Wolf is released, Brinda suggested you all could celebrate with me on Twitter!
We will be using the hashtag #ridingwolf and I’ll be posting instructions closer to the date. Actually I still haven’t quite figured it out, but Brinda has promised me she will be disclosing all on Gloria’s blog on Wednesday. Check in on Brinda at the Hammock on Wednesday  and we’ll discover how to do this thing together.
As they say in the cartoon industry “That’s all folks!”, but I’ll be back on Monday with an exposé on my forays into Excel. Meanwhile, stop on by Josee Reynard’s today, leave a comment and then hop on by Paranormal Freebies and update your Rafflecopter entry.

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Expert Advice on Finding Experts

Moonday Mania

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My writing days are centered on two things.

One, writing! (Okay, you probably knew that)

Two, marketing.

When I decided to become an author I had no idea that I would need to become an expert at websites, blogs, peeps and tweeps. And if you had told me that I would need to become an expert in all this internet stuff, there is a distinct possibility I would not have even started down this path. You see, until three years ago, I didn’t even own a cell phone.

But I am now an expert! Okay, not an expert. But I am a person who my writing friends now go to for advice about where to find the experts. And that is a giant step for me! Last year at this time I didn’t have a blog, a Facebook account, or a Twitter account. And now I have all three (and Goodreads, don’t forget Goodreads!). But still I struggle with how to wander their myriad pathways. And here is where my expertise of finding experts come in handy.


Gloria Richard is another fellow writer struggling with creating a blog. Her solution has been to enlist the advice of the expert Brinda Berry to help her “Pimp my web”. Not only is Brinda the author of a new YA book, The Waiting Booth (Click HERE for her fabulous article, Interview with a Synesthete) but it turns out she is also a terrific source for how to improve your blog.

For some easy step by step ways to get going on the path to bloghood (globhood?) visit Gloria’s site (HERE) and go back to Brinda’s first post (HERE). That should get you started on pimping your own web.

Brinda, through Gloria, has helped me with the ever challenging widgets on WordPress. I did buy a book, WordPress for Dummies. But I’m with Gloria and I think I need a more basic book. The Guide to WP for the really Dummies would suit me just fine on those days when I am searching for a how to. Hey Gloria, which book did you buy??

Eventually I hope to get this blogging, tweeting, posting, work down to a science. In other words: the more I learn, the easier it should be. But for now, like Gloria, I’m stumbling through getting it all together. So for that I need the experts. Tune in next Moonday Mania for more advice on who to get your advice from. (Okay, not grammar advice, never end a sentence on a preposition.) In the meantime leave a comment for me. I’d love to know how all of you are doing with your forays into new worlds, blogging or otherwise!

Only a few months left till my debut novella Little Red Riding Wolf is released! Tune back to this station for details as we get closer to February 18, 2012!

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Interview with a Synesthete

Moonday Madness

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Welcome to Moonday Madness on Jessica Aspen Writes. Today we have a special treat, author Brinda Berry shares how she did research for her very interesting YA novel The Waiting Booth. I’m just going to whet your whistle by saying it’s about “A missing boy, government agents, an interdimensional portal…” and as you’ll read here Brinda has included so much more.

Interview with a Synesthete

by Brinda Berry

Find The Waiting Booth here

There are many types of research that I conducted while writing the first book in the Whispering Woods series, The Waiting Booth. In today’s technological environment, most research can be conducted in the privacy of my own home. I have a library of information at my fingertips through resources found on the internet.

In a recent writer’s group meeting I attended, one author mentioned that she missed the days of interviewing people for information. Before the widespread availability of online resources, a writer would either telephone or visit an individual face-to-face and learn about a certain occupation or experience. The writer in my group mentioned being totally charmed by the helpful nature of one such person when she did some research about cowboys. (Get your mind out of the gutter. This was all very innocent.)

People love to share their knowledge and experiences, and it may be within reason to locate those experts. On the other hand, there is an alternative. I used YouTube to find interviews that would help me develop the main character in The Waiting Booth. I had already located written resources online about a condition called synesthesia, but I wanted more. Synesthesia is a neurological condition where two or more of  the five senses are intertwined.  For example, a person with synesthesia may taste colors and see musical notes.

I haven’t met anyone with synesthesia, but my main character, Mia, is a seventeen-year-old synesthete. I wanted to have a “feel” for her point of view as the story is written in first person. So, I went to YouTube.com and typed “synesthesia” in the search bar. How many videos are online about this topic? As of 9/27/2011 at 11:54 CST, there are 14,600 results. Are they all relevant? No, of course they aren’t. Did you know there’s a band called Synesthesia? I didn’t either.  To filter those videos out of my search, I changed my search term to “synesthesia condition.” The results of that search listed 101 videos. Now, it’s a much easier task to browse the documentaries and other short clips that are more relevant to my research.

You can see by the number of views whether the video is a popular one or not. You can also determine if you think the source might be a reliable. Anyone can upload a YouTube video. The owner will be listed along with the number of videos uploaded by that person.  Another interesting aspect was reading comments to certain videos. A warning here for you- comments may be not be moderated.  Here’s a terrific example of a short video I came across today on synesthesia: http://youtu.be/KApieSGlyBk

In The Waiting Booth, I did take liberties by embellishing Mia’s condition of synesthesia with an extra ability to sense portals. The video listed above demonstrates how the synesthetes could see some things more easily than the non-synesthete, so I took that a step further. The YouTube videos gave me some great ideas on how synesthetes view the world.  There’s a chance to see the emotions that might be tied to the subject’s answers, and I would miss that in a written piece. Seeing and hearing the video interviews made a huge difference in my understanding and the development of my character.

I’ve already used YouTube again in research for the second book in the Whispering Woods series. It’s a fun way to learn about people and experiences. The biggest risk for you as a researcher is getting sidetracked. YouTube videos can be so darned entertaining.

BIO:

Brinda Berry lives in the southern US with her family and two spunky cairn terriers. She has a BSE in English and French and a MEd in Learning Systems Technology. She’s terribly fond of chocolate, coffee, and books that take her away from reality.  She doesn’t mind being called a geek or “crazy dog lady”. When she’s not working the day job or writing a novel, she’s guilty of surfing the internet for no good reason.

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We’re still celebrating October and my upcoming novella Little Red Riding Wolf (soon to be released from Passion in Print Press) with my Halloween Treats Contest! To enter just leave a comment for Brinda and I’ll draw a winner for today’s book Enemy Lover, by Karin Harlow (drawing announced Thursday October 13th). Don’t forget we’ll be drawing for 3 grand prizes on Halloween!

Saturday’s winner is Elaine Cougler! Congratulations Elaine and send me your address through my contact page and I’ll get your book to you!


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