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Ten Terrific Facts for The Next Big Thing

The lovely Joan Leacott was kind enough to tag li’ll ole me for The Next Big Thing! You may have seen The Next Big Thing hopping around the blogs, it’s another way to find out interesting facts about what’s going on with your favorite authors and their writing. Hop over to Joan’s blog HERE and find out all about her latest book.

And now onto the Questions!

What is your working title of your book?

I’m currently working on Goldi and the Bear, the third book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Before I wrote Snow and the Seventh Wolf, which comes out in February, I had the idea to write another twisted tale with a werewolf. I wanted to work with another color name, like Red, so Goldilocks (Goldi) was the one I chose. From there the ideas just flowed and Goldi the werewolf was born.

What genre does your book fall under?

Here goes: Spicy Twisted Paranormal Fairy Tales

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, I’m terrible about this. But I think Christian Bale could play a dark moody werebear. He played a dark moody Bruce Wayne, didn’t he? As for Goldi, she’s tougher. I need a tough blonde; one who can run a ranch, be a wolf,  stand up to Christian Bale, but still be very sexy. Any ideas?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When she-wolf’s home is in danger the only one she can turn to for help is the one person she shouldn’t-  her high school sweetheart who holds a grudge.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

This one is due to Passion in Print. It takes place in the same universe as Little Red Riding Wolf and Snow and the Seventh Wolf, but it’s set in the next town over from Radon, Colorado.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I started this one during Nanowrimo this year, but as I was working it wasn’t finished until the first week of December. I’m still working on the edits because I hit a bump that I didn’t take care of during Nano. It was a big lesson in writing fast and furious!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Hmm, another toughie. I sure wish I read more. One of the categories I’ve not read very much lately are twisted fairy tales, for several reasons. One, I didn’t want to read what I was writing. Two, I like to read outside of my genre. And Three, I just didn’t have any lying around in the TBR pile. That means I have to actually go out and hunt something down, which doesn’t happen very often. Has anyone read something that is like Little Red Riding Wolf? It’s tongue in cheek, but with a dark side. And it’s hot, hot, hot! Goldi and the Bear and Snow and the Seventh Wolf lean more toward the dark side. Any thoughts?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Now I left this question in, but it will be a repeat of my above answer for where I got the idea. So if you really want to read that answer again, go ahead!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

This book is darker and deals with old anger between former lovers. Can you get past that deep hurt that’s been simmering for years? Can you start over? And do you still love someone when they’ve hurt you badly enough that you still want to hurt them back? While this book title is all about Goldi, I think the real interest here is how the hero, Zeke, overcomes his pain and anger to rediscover love.

That’s all folks, well, all the questions that Joan passed on to me. I am happy to answer more questions like…How do you write about werewolves when you aren’t a werewolf?  Or…what’s it like living in Colorful Colorado? Or….what do you wear when you write?

Or, if you really want to know more about what I’m doing this year, check out my Goals post from Monday HERE.

M L Guida and Jessica Aspen CRW tea October 2012

Mary and I at the CRW tea in October 2012.

And when you are through don’t forget to hit the Next Big Thing ML Guida. Her post will be out on January 16th and you can find out all the deep dark delicious details of what she’s currently writing! I love her tagline: Even in a world of darkness, true love survives.

(FYI, I’m leaving this post up, so no Thursdays Bite tomorrow, see you on Monday Mania!)

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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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Bacon, Booze and Books: What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank

Thursday’s Bite

a paranormal blog with style

There was a wonderful discussion on the RWA PRO loop about re-blogging,  pros and cons, of course. I love re-blogging, and here is one example why:

Bacon, Booze and Books: What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank.

via Bacon, Booze and Books: What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank.

(This is via David Gaugran’s blog Let’s Get Digital, and Why You Should.)

Love the idea of the book, would love to have written this blog myself, and now I can show you exactly why all of the above is true. Hop on over to the blog and check out the book and add it to your TBR pile. It’s on my Christmas list!

Next week the lovely Lia Davis will be on my blog, so check back on  for a taste of Lia and her delicious covers.

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

Coming December 14th! Prizes galore!

On Friday, December 14th, we start the Holiday Gifts of Love Bloghop. Prizes available, so take the weekend and hop around the Holiday blogs for fun, prizes, and of course to discover new authors. I know you all will have book money to spend after the holiday’s, now’s the time to figure out where to spend it!

Just in time for the holidays I  have the release date for Snow and the Seventh Wolf, the second book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series. It will be available from Passion in Print on January 15th, and on the other websites (Amazon, B&N, All Romance)about two weeks after. Getting excited to see Seth’s story on sale!

And I’ll be finishing the third book this month, soon to be sent off to Passion in Print. WOOT!

(Don’t you love the snow? Thanks, WordPress Elves!)

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