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Retreating and Writing Romance: a super fun combination

Moonday Mania

a blog that’s been AWOL for a while

Hello!

I haven’t been blogging very regularly since December and I figured it was time for an update. But never fear, instead of blogging I’ve been having fun at the Colorado Romance Writers’ annual retreat working hard at writing romance for you!

What do writer’s do at a writer’s retreat? Shh, don’t tell anyone, but we write. I know, I know, it’s a big secret. I’m letting the very fat cat out of the bag. But the truth is we romance writers do a few more things than write. One of the most fun things we get to do is get out into nature. When you are sitting all day concentrating on getting words on the paper, you need to stretch. And what better way to stretch than to see the Big Horn Sheep grazing outside of the cabin.

big horn sheep

Okay, this picture is from the car. But trust me, they were grazing right next to our porch all weekend.

 

And of course we need to take hikes in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. I didn’t get to hike much, because I was slaving away on my plotting, but the area is so beautiful and the weather so warm, there was no way I was just sitting inside for three days. Especially since I’m working on my Colorado sexy shifter romances. The fresh vanilla scent of Ponderosa Pines and the sight of snow on the Rockies is perfect inspiration for writing wolves running through the trees.

And of course we have evenings by the fire drinking our wine, chatting about writing romance and the publishing industry. There’s nothing like chatting with people you enjoy about a subject you are obsessed about. And I am obsessed about writing romance.

Oh, and there is the food! We have fabulous food for our potluck lunches. And way too much chocolate. Can’t have romance without chocolate, now can you?

But in the end it’s all about the writing, so we spend a lot of our time working hard on our computers slaving away on our romances. Okay, we love it! That’s why we’re here, isn’t it?

Have you ever been on a writer’s retreat? What about a romance writer’s retreat? Where is the most fun location you can think of that you would have fun, but still be writing. Springtime in the Rockies does it for me. How about you?

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. 

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Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

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

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Chillin’ With the Girls

Moonday Mania

a blog about unwinding

Early in November I did something I’ve never done before, I went on a girls’ weekend. No kids, no husband, no work. Just myself and two girlfriends hanging out and having fun. It was a blast.

Glenwood Hot Springs

The hot springs from the train

We took the train up to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and…

But we should really start at the beginning.

Six AM and it’s time to get picked up in the total darkness so we can be on time for the train. Brr. Okay, it wasn’t cold when we left. In fact it was downright nice for November, but it was dark. And it was early. I threw my bag in the back of the pickup and we drove to Downtown Denver, where our first challenge was finding the parking garage. That wasn’t too bad, but then we had a problem.

You see, none of us had thought about getting a big ass, full size pick-up, with a cab, into a tiny Denver parking garage. From now on the truck will be called the BAT (Big Ass Truck). The BAT fit into the gate. Barely.

And there were two gates that opened up, and we drove into one. But, as we passed under the sign I realized it said “BANK PARKING ONLY”. We drove into the depths of the parking garage. Down, down, down. Looking for a place that wasn’t reserved. They were all reserved. So we had to turn around.

Turn the BAT around? You are F*&#ing kidding!

No, not kidding.

Trying to do a three point turn, turned into a six-point turn in the tiny cement walled space, but we got turned around and drove back up the winding walled space. And exited. And realized we had to turn around again, in a tinier space. Back and forth and back and forth. Then the next gate would not open.

Luckily, it finally did.

But then we had to find a space. Not just a space, but one that would hold the BAT. And one we could back into.

Because, as a bad as manuvering the BAT in the parking garage at what was now after 7am was, we knew that it would be even worse on the way home, during rush hour, when we were all tired from the trip. So we finally found a space. Back and forth, and back and forth, and back and forth. And we were in. Big Ass to the wall.

Time to haul out the bags and walk to the train station. Next calamity.

My friend Ginger had apparently worried there would be no liquor store in Glenwood. She had packed bottles and bottles of alchol in her bag and one of them had leaked. Needless to say, we were getting on the train smelling like winos.

We lost it.

And this is where Chillin’ With the Girls is so different from vacationing with the family. No one yelled or pitched a fit. When we lost it, we were laughing like hyenas, falling down in the dark in the parking garage.

There was no stress. Yes, we’d had a terrible time parking, but we were parked. Yes, we smelled like a distillery, but the bottle hadn’t broken. And yes, we still had a long trip to go through, but our sense of humor was intact.

We were thrilled to be heading out sans grumpy husbands and whiny children. Off to the wilds of Glenwood Springs with our bags intact, but no real baggage.

I loved traveling with women— just women. Nothing was a problem. Okay, we had problems, but we laughed and dealt with them. It was amazing. Tell me about your trips. Where have you gone? Have you ever taken a trip with just your pals? Left the husbands and kids at home? And incidentally all the whining and temper tantrums too?

Young couple embracingIt’s nearly officially winter and to celebrate I’ll be participating in the Winter Warm-Up Blog Hop, starting on December 19th and running through the 22nd. Cool prizes including an Amazon Gift Card await! Come by on the 19th and check it out!

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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A Little Cool Air, Please!

Thursdays Bite

a blog for the first days of summer

Writing spicy romance can get to be a hot job and I work in a house with no air conditioning. That’s right. None.

Now I know for all you people up North, this is likely a no-brainer, but for the Southerners I’m not sure they can conceive of buying a house without central air, or even those tiny window air conditioners. Nope, we don’t even own one of those.

boulder flatirons chataqua parkI grew up in Colorado and no one had central air. Not even the rich people. We all just opened our windows and used box fans, ceiling fans, and tiny desk fans, to cool off. At night the air temperature drops nice and low and you pull in all that cool air. In the morning, you shut the heavy duty blinds and keep the hot sun out and the coolness in. Houses stayed comfortable, for the most part.

I do remember sweating through some hot July’s and August nights, but before it got unbearable the evenings would be cooling off again. Then the out of state-ers started moving in. Things got crowded and they all needed air conditioning. Frankly, so did I. Summers seemed to get hotter and dryer and we lived in a neighborhood without the big trees of my childhood. A little air, please!

We finally installed air conditioning at our last house and used it sparingly. First of all, we kept the inside temp around 78°-80°. Second, we only ran it during the day- at night we would open the house up and pull in that free, cool air. And third, we only ran it during the really hot months. So the bill wasn’t too bad.

But then we moved.

And this house stays reasonably cool. We don’t have a ton of direct sunlight and we do have a basement. (That’s the other secret. Pull in cool air from the basement during the day when the house is closed up.) But I miss the air conditioning. I miss being comfortable during the day, and I’m really not looking forward to those hot nights in July or August.

But is it worth it? Is it worth it for only a few weeks of heat to spend all that money and replace the furnace, add all the pipes and things necessary for a house that has never had air conditioning?

My husband (who goes to work during most days and isn’t home in the heat) says he doesn’t think so, but I’m begining to think it needs to move to the top of the list. Meanwhile, I’ll be drinking my homemade iced coffees and cooling off in a mid-day shower.

How do you stay cool? Do you have air? Do you have a swamp cooler or a whole house fan (ours died, sad)? When does something change from being a luxury to being a necessity? Should we just let our bodies adjust?

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Something You Don’t Know about Little Red Riding Wolf

Thursdays Bite

a paranormal blog

From living with wolves and breeding what we now call “man’s best friend”, humans have gone all the way to almost exterminating what was once the most predominant predator on the planet.

My novella, Little Red Riding Wolf, tells the story of a werewolf pack that lives in the Colorado Rockies. What many of you may not be aware of it that there are no official wolves in Colorado, they were hunted out many years ago by ranchers and settlers. In fact the wolves we have in the US Rockies now were re-introduced from Canada in a controversial re-population program that has been fought tooth and nail by ranchers across the west.

Now there is evidence to support that introducing wolves into areas such as Yellowstone has had postitive repercussions by lowering the number of wild elk and increasing the number of Aspen trees. With a name like Jessica Aspen, how could I resist the temptation of the wolves?

The  Were pack in my fictional town of Radon, Colorado has survived by their isolationist practices as well as controlling any outside jobs, such as Colorado Park Ranger positions.  When that system fouls up and a stranger becomes the local forest ranger, everything is threatened. It’s no wonder that my ranger, Evan Brewster, finds the small town to be not just unwelcoming, but hostile.

But to Red he’s everything a small town girl shouldn’t want. A hot sexy stranger who will take her mind off of her small town woes. She just plans only on indulging her lust, not on falling in love.

Meanwhile Evan is seeing signs of wolves in a state where there shouldn’t be wolves. This is a career changing moment for the young biologist ranger. And a tipping point for Red’s brother Seth, who knows that Evan is a threat who must be eliminated.

To find out more about wolves or if you would like more information on wolves and wolf re-introduction here are some links:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_reintroduction

http://howlcolorado.org/

http://www.denverpost.com/perspective/ci_14385321

http://www.defenders.org/wildlife_and_habitat/wildlife/wolf,_gray.php

And don’t forget to enter my Little Red Riding Wolf contest HERE . There are lots of prizes including wolf t-shirts and shopping bags.
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For some lovely wolf pictures and howls you can play this video I discovered on YouTube

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DISCLAIMER: I DON’T OWN ANY OF THE PICTURES, THEY ARE FROM PHOTOBUCKET!! I DON’T OWN THE MUSIC IT IS FROM THE ‘Legend of the Wolf’ CD!!!

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