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

Whimsical Wednesdays

a check in blog for you curious cats

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

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Sneak Peek Sunday-4/12/15-The Other Side of the Mirror

 

Sneak Peek Sunday

it’s back!

Curious to know where Cassie and her mom are heading? Here’s the next sneak peek into my short prequel, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR. This is the tale before the fantasy romance, BROKEN MIRROR. Want to read the first few sneak peaks? Click HERE for week one, and HERE for week two, and HERE for week three. And if you want to read the whole book, check below for links to purchase. I’ll also be serializing it on Wattpad for FREE, but that doesn’t happen until May. Until then, enjoy!

The Other Side of the Mirror

A Fantasy Tale of the Black Court

sneak peak

 

Her mother’s brave facade crumpled. “She didn’t make it through.”

Images of her baby sister flashed in her memory. Bree sitting in a colorful pen of balls at a fast-food restaurant, her baby face alight with glee. Bree and Cassie hidden under the covers with a flashlight, while Cassie sang protective nursery rhymes to her sister to drive away the nightmares. Bree holding out her hand to Trina when Trina’s parents had been murdered by the Queen and lisping, “You can sleep in my room, I don’t mind.”

A lump the size of the world settled in Cassie’s throat.

“Oh Mama…” There was nothing else to say. It was just the two of them now. And if they stayed here with no water or food, soon there would be no MacElvys left alive.

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Stepping out from the shelter of the fairy circle was one of the hardest things Cassie had ever done. She looked out at the dark forbidding trees leaning in their threatening circle, swallowed hard, and raised her foot.

“Wait.” Theresa gripped Cassie’s sleeve and tugged her back before she could take that first step out of the guardian pansies. “What if we leave here and Bryanna comes through?”

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Check out next Sunday for another snippet from chapter two!

The Other Side of the Mirror, cover art by Viola EstrellaWant to read all of chapter one for free?

I’m publishing THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR  in May, starting with chapter one, on Wattpad. Wattpad is a place where you serialize books, or write them chapter by chapter, and members can comment on what they read. And it’s all free! Click HERE to check out Wattpad. Sign up and follow me, Jessica Aspen, and every week, starting in May, you’ll get a chapter of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR to read. For free!

But, if you can’t wait, and you want the whole book, you can purchase it in it’s entirety at these fine distributors

Amazon

Ibooks

Barnes and Noble

Kobo & All Romance Ebooks (pending)

Want to know where it all started? Want to be ready when book three, Broken Mirror comes out? Read The Dark Huntsman,

book one in the Tales of the Black Court.

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in her new twisted fairy tale trilogy: Tales of the Black Court…Start with book one, The Dark Huntsman, and discover your imagination

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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 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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Release Day! The Other Side of the Mirror

Fantastic Fridays

a semi-erratic fantasy romance blog

WOOT! I published a book this week!

The Other Side of the Mirror, cover art by Viola EstrellaTHE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, the non-romance, fantasy, short story that precludes BROKEN MIRROR: A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court, is out. And I’m super excited to say that my newsletter subscribers all had the opportunity to download free copies. Of course, it’s a bargain anyway at 99 cents, but I wanted to say “thank you” to everyone who has waited patiently for BROKEN MIRROR, and sending a free copy to newsletter subscribers seemed the best way to do that.

If you’ve wondered what I’ve been up to, it’s been working on getting this book out. Publishing a book has so  many small steps, it’s a wonder they all get done and there is finally a book to read. But it does happen. The other things I’ve been working on are edits for BROKEN MIRROR as well as writing new words on my sexy shifter story. And having a life. Of course, that takes some time too.

So, if my blogs are short and sweet, you’ll know it’s because I’m working hard to get you the next book. 🙂

Lost in Underhill, separated from her sister by a powerful fae spell, Cassie must help her mother and herself get back to Earth. But, strange beasts, evil spirits, and fierce warriors stand in their way. Will they ever get home, or will the last battle with the faery queen prove their undoing?

When the Black Queen of the fae sends ogres to attack their safe-house in Albuquerque, the three remaining MacElvy witches are forced to use a mystical fae globe to escape. But things go very wrong. When Cassie comes-to her sister, Bryanna, has disappeared and Cassie and her mom are stranded in the lands of the fae. With nothing but their magical Gifts to help them they must find Bryanna and make their way home through Underhill, a magical land where strange beasts, evil spirits, and fierce warriors stand in their way. Or will the evil Black Queen track them down and kill them before they can make it to safety?

Available at:

Amazon

Ibooks

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Broken Mirror cover art by Viola Estrella

Ready for Broken Mirror: A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court? You can pre-order at Amazon HERE.

 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

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#Fantasy #Romance Two for One #Cover Reveal!

Fantastical Fridays

a blog for the wonderment in all of us

I’m super excited to have two covers to reveal for my fantasy romance series, Tales of the Black Court. My new cover artist, Viola Estrella of Estrella Cover Art, did a fantastic job keeping the essence of the series intact, but also adding some new twists. And that makes this twisted fairy tale romance author very happy.

If you’ve been waiting to find out what happens to Cassie after the end of PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE, you won’t have to wait much longer. BROKEN MIRROR will be out soon. I’m hesitant to pick a date since every time I do that fate jumps in and takes a hand, but it is coming. And soon. So, just to tide you over, here is the cover and the blurb!

Broken Mirror cover art by Viola Estrella

BROKEN MIRROR

A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court

by Jessica Aspen

Cassie MacElvy believes she’s a fae princess, but her life of pretty gowns and constant parties is an illusion. Trapped in a twisted spell, Cassie uses her psychic Gift to help the Black Queen hunt down the rebel Prince Kian and his human wife, never knowing she’s hunting her own sister. But when a handsome black-eyed fae kisses her, the fairy tale begins to crumble, and she tumbles down into a confused rabbit hole of memories and magic.

 

Bosco is the court’s fool and a womanizer, but secretly he’s a spy, looking for a missing human psychic. All he has to do is find her and hand her over to his mysterious employer, and he’ll finally have enough power to complete a quest he started nearly a hundred years ago. When he runs into a beautiful fae princess who shouldn’t exist, he knows something is very wrong in the Queen’s court. But lovely Cassie might be the only person who can help him achieve his quest, and Bosco decides he will root out all of Cassie’s secrets, even if it means losing her trust.

And that’s not all!

I know you all are dying for BROKEN MIRROR to be published, but it has so much editing and proofreading—and all that jazz—yet to go through, that it won’t be out for a little longer. BUT WAIT!

I’ve written a little prequel for all of you to tide you over. It’s titled, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, and it’s what happened to Cassie and her mother when they were torn from Bryanna’s arms in the first chapter of PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE. It’s not a romance, since Cassie doesn’t meet her hero until BROKEN MIRROR, but I think readers will love getting a behind the scenes glimpse into the backstory of both books.

And here is the fabulous cover that Viola did for THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR.

The Other Side of the Mirror, cover art by Viola Estrella

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR

A Fantasy Tale of The Black Court

by Jessica Aspen

When the Black Queen of the fae sends ogres to attack their safe-house in Albuquerque, the three remaining MacElvy witches are forced to use a mystical fae globe to escape. But things go very wrong. When Cassie comes-to her sister, Bryanna, has disappeared and Cassie and her mom are stranded in the lands of the fae.

With nothing but their magical Gifts to help them they must find Bryanna and make their way home through Underhill, a magical land where strange beasts, evil spirits, and fierce warriors stand in their way. Or will the evil Black Queen track them down and kill them before they can make it to safety? 

Don’t you love the way Viola has Cassie behind that super cool Evil Queen mirror? And, thanks to my husband, Jeff, for suggesting that if it’s in a mirror, the image should be reversed. Don’t know why I didn’t think about it, but he’s the visual person in the family. I’m just the writer!

Want a free copy of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR? Newsletter subscribers will have the opportunity to read and review it for free. So, if you haven’t signed up yet for my newsletter, CLICK HERE and sign up, then keep an eye out for the free copy announcement. You’ll also get a free bonus book.

I’ll also be publishing this book in May as a serial on Wattpad, so another option is to join Wattpad and follow me.

And of course, like the other books in the Tales of the Black Court Fantasy Romance series, it will be available for sale on Ibooks, Amazon, Nook Press, Kobo and ARE.

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Hibernation Versus the Cold Burn

Moonday Mania

a blog… just because

What do you do during the winter months? Do you hibernate? I had a friend who always put on ten pounds in the winter and shed it in the summer. That’s not me, I like ice cream too much during the summer months to ever be that consistent losing summer weight. But I do want to hibernate in the winter. I don’t want to go out in the snow to get groceries. I want to write romance. And specifically, this year, I want to write my fantasy romances, the Tales of the Black Court.

Writing seasonally

I also write a lot in the fall, so fall and winter are huge characters in my books. Some people write of the season they are dreaming about, but not me. When I’m looking out at leaves turning, I write fall. This February it’s been cold and dark and snowy and it makes me want to write snow and ice and frigid winter cold. Which is lucky for me, because I’m in the process of working on the fourth (yes, number four!) Tales of the Black Court. It’s just in the ideas stage, but it will be centered on the Winter Court of the White Queen, so snow is paramount.

Book Four: Winter Court.

Why am I shifting over to the White Court? Well, you’ll see when you read Broken Mirror, but the basic reason is my original trilogy about the three MacElvy witches concludes with book three, Broken Mirror. Even though I’m out of MacElvy cousins and I originally I planned for only three books, I had some terrific ideas for at least two more books. In Broken Mirror the hero is Bosco, and he is from the lands of the North and I get the chance to introduce more of the northern queen and the White Court that came up in Prince by Blood and Bone. Bosco has a sister, Siobhan, and I’m so excited to be writing down ideas for her book. It’s going to be a departure from the other books, not only because of the White Court, but the heroine is elvatian (elven) so look out!

Book Five…

Psst! I know what book five is going to be about, but I’m not telling. Not until you’ve had a chance to read Broken Mirror. Because, when you get to the end of the book, you’ll know. And it’s super cool.

No, I’m not telling. You can stop asking. I’m not going to spoil the surprise, no matter how much you beg.

Tee-hee! I’ll give you a hint, thought. Like all of my Tales of the Black Court, it’s going to be based on a fairy tale and this one is…Sleeping Beauty. But there is a huge twist and it’s nothing like the latest Disney movie. I’m so excited!!!

What else is going on this month?

I’m still editing Broken Mirror. And I’m working on getting a cover. Honest! I have the developmental editor all lined up for March, so theoretically, we could be a go for April. Cover willing. I don’t know why these covers are so hard, but they seem to come with trouble built in. Anyway, it will happen. It is written, it’s just not ready for prime time yet.

I also am working on re-branding the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods sexy shifter romance novellas. I have the original three and once Broken Mirror is out the door I’ll be writing three more books. WOOT! I have a cover artist lined up and have some super ideas for changing the branding. Can’t wait for those to come out in the fall of 2015!

What are you doing while it’s snowing outside? Are you being creative? Dreaming about summer? Leave a comment and tell me what your February is like.

 

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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2.5 Novella for Tales of the Black Court is Finished!

Moonday Mania

a blog for a snowy day

It may not be snowing where you are, but it definitely is white outside my window. I write a lot in the winter. In fact, many of my books end up being set in snowy woods. It will be interesting when the girls no longer are home for summers and I write more in June, July, and August. My romances will be filled with sultry days and sunny skies. Meanwhile I have lots of snow, clouds, and ice.

That’s true with the book I’ve just finished and am inches away from releasing to my hungry Tales of the Black Court fans. This is not a fantasy romance, but it is the backstory behind Prince by Blood and Bone, and I’m doing something fun with it. Once I have a title and a cover I’ll be sending my newsletter subscribers a free version (thanks for subscribing!) and I’ll also be posting it on Wattpad

What is Wattpad?

 

Wattpad is a social media site for writers and readers where anyone can post their writing and anyone can read it. For free! Books are generally serialized, and you follow people so that you get their latest updates. I’ve been thinking about posting something there and this story is perfect. For one thing it is definitely PG 13. This story is the behind the scene’s tale of what happens to Bryanna’s mother and sister, while she’s off falling in love with a beast.

It doesn’t have any romance, and it’s super short.

And…It’s also the back story to Broken Mirror!

If you are waiting for the next book in the series, Broken Mirror, I’m working hard on edits. I still need a cover, as well. So I’m estimating this spring for the book to be released. But, you can get your fix via this 2.5 novella. Cassie, Bryanna’s sister and Trina’s cousin, is the heroine of both the 2.5 book and Broken Mirror. This is her story. How she gets into the next book. Which you have a glimpse of, if you read Prince by Blood and Bone, but this gives the nitty-gritty details.

So, when is it available?

Soon! I promise you, soon. The cover is the last thing that’s keeping me from releasing this book. Sometimes when you are publishing a book the details don’t all come together at the same time. The good news, is the text is ready. The bad news is that I have to have a title and a cover.

What am I doing about it?

I have emails out to my cover artist, and I have a backup plan. It will have a cover. And I am determined to think of a title this week! I have some ideas mulling around in my head. Unfortunetly my brain has also been full of plotting the next Tales of the Black Court book and I’ve had to edit Broken Mirror and jot down notes for the next book all at the same time. Ever wonder what it’s like being in a writer’s head? Try TV watching with a channel surfer who controls the remote. You want to watch Downton Abbey and they keep switching to Sherlock. Brain rebound!

Thanks for your patience.

Seriously, this book has taken longer than I wanted it to, but I’m finally getting my health and schedule back on track and coordinated with working at a real job. I feel like that should be easy, but for me, it’s not. So I appreciate the patience.

What’s next?

Next week I will have a title and a blurb for you for this book, and (fingers crossed) some cover news. Meanwhile, stay warm!

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

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

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

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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December Check In!

Moonday Mania

a blog for the craziness of December

Hi all!

I’m now one week post Nano and finding my romance writing feet with a sick kiddo underfoot all week and catching up from me being sick for two weeks. So…this week will be a check in and next week will be the hysterically funny girls week at the spa blog I’ve been promising you.

I did write romance this week. I wrote a lot. In fact, I wrote so much that I am DONE with the rough draft for BROKEN MIRROR, my third fantasy romance. A task that has taken far too long and cost way too much in terms of lost sleep. WOOT! (Celebratory champagne all around!)

champagne by lynne kelley author

“champagne” by Lynne Kelley Author

 

Okay, that’s all the celebration I get, because now I have to sit down and edit the thing.

Grr. Editing. Love it and hate it.

I love it because here is where I get to see the whole book come together. All the romance. All the fun. All the revelations.  And I had some DOOZIES! Just wait. I’m so excited about the end of this book and what happens to the Black Court. And the QUEEN!

You will never believe it. It’s so amazing I can’t even hint about it, but I think…no I know…you readers are going to love it. (grin!)

And, even better, I know what the next fantasy romance in the series is about. And the book after that. WOOT!(More celebratory champagne.)

And now, back to the editing. I hate it because it means I’m not done with this book. I have to wade back in and fix all the tiny issues that cropped up while writing. Especially the ones that are bigger and caused by some of the revelations that I had while writing. So…I’m looking at how I write and how I edit, because while I love this book and want to finish it, I also want to dive into the next book.

And I’m going to try to do just that. I’m going to be editing romance and writing romance at the same time for the next few months. I’ll be living and breathing so much romance I’m going to wish I had a few extra hands. Wouldn’t that be cool? Okay, maybe that sounds like a little too much fun! Back to the real job. What this means is that I’m going to try to edit and write on different days of the week and at different times and end up with an edited book and a rough draft of the next book at about the same time.

Why would I kill myself doing this?

First of all, because I need a challenge. No, I really don’t. I’m just a sucker for pain, that’s all. Now you know my secret.

The truth is I feel behind. I wanted to have BROKEN MIRROR done and publishing now, but it’s not ready. I’m like that wine commercial. We will sell no wine before it’s time. Do you remember that one? Well, I’ll sell no romance before it’s time. And right now it’s editing time. And writing time. And, I’m sure I’m supposed to be doing something else time.

How do I plan to do all of this and still stay sane?

I’ve been going to the library during Nano and writing for 2 hours at a time. I plan to keep that up and write at least six hours a week of new material. Some of that will be brainstorming, since I don’t really have the whole plot for the next fantasy romance yet. But once I have a plot (hopefully in the next two weeks) I’ll be creating during that library time.

And that leaves me 2 hours during the day after work and before my daughter gets home. That’s prime editing time. I’ll be editing four days a week. That fifth day is for errands and family stuff. I don’t work weekends. Okay, I do, but I save weekends for blogging, accounting and football. (Oh, and that husband person, he seems to need some time too!)

That’s the plan for December. I’m going to reevaluate in January when I set my 2015 goals and review my 2014 goals. Check back in then and we’ll see how it’s going.

Do you have any last minute plans to get things done for the end of the year? How are you re-vamping your goals or schedule?

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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Happy Third of July!

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a non-paranormal holiday blog

Hello and happy 3rd of July! Tomorrow is the fourth and I’ll be celebrating with a BBQ and fireworks, of course! For those of you wondering what is happening to poor Cassie in the Tales of the Black Court, I’ll also be working hard on my fantasy romance, Broken Mirror, my Camp NaNoWriMo project for the month of July.

Caught in the Black Queen’s spell, ignorant of who she is and why she should hate the queen,  the only man who might tell Cassie the truth is the court trickster…and everyone knows he’s not a man to be trusted.

Writing fantasy romance can be slow, you have to build the world, create the characters, oh, and write a steamy, love story. But so far this one is rocketing along and I think it’s on target for early 2015 release. Yippee!

Today I’m sharing the Freedom to Read Blog Hop I discovered through my Triber feed. I haven’t done a blog hop in a while, and I’m not a participating author in this one, but I thought my readers might want the chance to meet some new authors and enter to win in the giveaway!

freedom to read giveaway hop july 2nd to 9thClick HERE to check out Stacy Claflin’s website and her fab boxed set Giveaway as well as find the list of participating authors. Then hop to all their websites and enter to win their fab prizes. What a terrific way to spend a holiday!

UPDATES:

I still have room in the Camp NaNo Cabin that ML Guida and I are running. It’s not to late to join. In Camp Nano you set your own goal, so join us and get to writing that memoir, that novella, that best-seller! click HERE for the article on what we’re doing and the contact form to join.

And I had a stellar few days retreating with ML up at her real cabin in the mountains. I’m at 4773 words and counting! At this rate I will have a terrific rough draft of Broken Mirror by the end of the month.

My New Adult Gothic, Ghosts of Christmas Past is finished and is at the proofreader. Can’t wait to see get that back and get to formatting.

Newsletter readers: Stay tuned, my news letter will be out soon with details of how you can read Ghosts of Christmas Past, and my big plans for The Dark Huntsman’s Book Birthday in October.

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Do You Have Your Cabin for Camp NaNo?

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we’re heading to camp!

Summer is officially here and Camp Nano opens July First! Are you writing with me? Do you want to?

I’ve been dreaming, organizing and finally outlining Broken Mirror, the third book in The Tales of the Black Court, and the final book about the three MacElvy cousins, Trina, Bryanna and Cassie, but I haven’t started actually writing it. I’m saving that for camp!

Camp Nano is different from NaNoWriMo in that you can set your own goals and write on whatever project you want to. It doesn’t have to be a novel and you don’t have to hit 50,000 words in 30 days. But I’m going to go for the standard anyway. My goal is 50,000 words for the month.

July is one day longer than the standard 30 days so we have a bonus day. WOOT!

I’ve never actually hit 50K. Usually I’m working full time and hitting 30K has been a success, so this year I’m promising myself a goody if I hit 50K. I’ve been to the NaNoWriMo store and I’ve chosen a few prizes for myself.

If I hit 50K I’m going to gift myself with a mug. If you go to the website it has two sides. The other sicamp nanowrimo mugde says: “Creativity Very High Today”

And if I surpass that and hit 60K I’ll go with a camp NaNoWriMo t-shirt. There are four different styles and I haven’t decided which one I like best, but I’m leaning toward this one:

camp nanowrimo blue on black t-shirt

Want to join the fun?

ML Guida and I are opening a private cabin. If you want to join with us just fill out the contact form with your Camp NaNo contact name and information and we’ll add you to our cabin. And We’ll donate $10 to the NaNo Young Writer’s program for anyone in our cabin who hits their goal, up to our maximum donation.

 

You can follow my progress on the Camp NaNo Site, or I’ll be updating my progress meter on the Broken Mirror Page HERE.

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