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Montana Romance

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What do mustangs, Montana, and Greek Nymphs have to do with each other? That’s what I had to find out once I saw the two books from Crimson Romance by Danica Winters. Danica has blended traditional myth with modern paranormal romance in a unique way. After your done here, scoot on over to her website and check out a short excerpt. I guarantee you’ll want to find out more! Please welcome guest author, Danica Winters to Jessica Aspen Writes.

Montana Romance

 

Romance: the focus of many lives and almost every work of fiction.  Romance is the verb that will keep us up at night and the noun that fills our thoughts.  It is the love affair which will make us wonder and make one’s stomach clench when their lover nears.  When writing Montana Mustangs my goal was to create a fabulous work of fiction which would keep the reader up at night wondering what tomorrow and the story could bring—Death? Secrets? Love?

When I’m creating characters and story lines I often find inspiration for my characters through songs.  For the most part, I think we each have songs which relate to times in our lives, to events, and the emotions that flood our hearts.  To get into my character’s frame of mind I made the following list of songs for certain instances in their lives during the story.  I would love to now share my secret list with you, my readers.  I hope you find you are as intrigued by my characters as I became as I began to know them through the mood and lyrics of songs.

Character Soundtrack for Montana Mustangs:

What would the heroine, Aura Montgarten, listen to when she was driving to Montana? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCmUhYSr-e4

What would the hero, Dane Burke, listen to when he’s at home, alone after a long night of patrolling Flathead County?  (I dare you not to think of Ghost!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrK5u5W8afc

What would Zeb Burke (Dane’s brother) listen to when he’s driving around the Diamond Bar Ranch?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLKjy0YdVvA

What about Natalie—the kidnapped sister?  What would she hum when she shifts into her horse form?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5Mwig3VqXg

Do you have questions?  What do you think the song would be for where you are at in life?  I love interacting with my readers, so please feel free to leave a comment, your song, or a question below. (I love to surprise active readers with swag!)  Happy Reading!

Danica Winters

montana mustangs

Montana Mustangs

The Nymph Series Book 2

Danica Winters

Publisher: Crimson Romance

Length: 60k words

Publication Date: May 6, 2013

Heat Level: Sensual, m/f, HEA

Book Description:

A Nymph.  A woman with the ability to seduce at will, shift to protect, but cursed with the fate to have the man she falls in love with die a tragic death.  As one of the ill-fated nymphs, Aura Montgarten has spent her lifetime drifting from one place to another hiding from love.  Until she meets Dane.

When a body washes up on the shore of a rural Montana lake, police officer Dane Burke is faced with the task of finding the killer—even if it means he will be forced to put his life and heart at risk by working with a drifter.  As the truth of Aura’s Mustang-shifting Nymph ways are revealed, Dane learns exactly the amount of danger he and Aura are in, but can’t force himself to leave a case unsolved when the truth is right outside of his grasp.

When the killer decides he needs to take another victim—Dane—Aura must choose between their forbidden love and her immortal life…  Can there be life without love, or is death her only choice?

the nymph's labryinth

The Nymph’s Labyrinth

 Book 1 of The Nymph Series

Book Description: *(Featured in USA Today)*

A world shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the Sisterhood of Epione must not be exposed.

A Shape-shifting nymph, Ariadne, is tasked with keeping the truth of her group’s existence and their ancient mysteries far out of reach of an American archeologist and his troublemaking son.  When forgotten and forbidden passions are awakened, Ariadne is forced to make a choice—fall in line and continue to be overrun and pushed down by the sisterhood, or follow her heart and put everyone’s lives in danger.

Can Ariadne have the man she loves or will the pressure and secrets of the past keep her from her heart’s desire?

Publication Date: December 31, 2012
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Purchase Link: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo
Pages: 300

DW--2012About Danica Winters

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic.  When she’s not working she can be found in the wilds of Montana working on her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery and painting are not her thing).  She always believe the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

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Other Titles by Danica Winters:

Love Under the Christmas Tree

A Christmas Miracle

The Vampire’s Hope

Curse of the Wolf

An Angel’s Justice

 

Coming Soon from Danica Winters (2013):

Winter Swans (Crimson Romance)

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What’s Your Number? with Paranormal Author Sharon Clare

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Please welcome guest author, Sharon Clare to Jessica Aspen Writes. Sharon is a fellow Margie Lawson enthusiast who I met through Sherry Isaac (my fellow WOO-HOO-U grad from Margie’s deep immersion class).  Sharon’s last post on Jessica Aspen Writes was a hysterical dive into our cultures struggle with women’s sexuality: Have Two Paroxysms and Call Me in the Morning. I loved Sharon’s first book, paranormal romance Love of Her Lives, where she introduced her mischievous elf, Finn. Read HERE for my review of Love of Her Lives on Goodreads and add it to your TBR pile. Now Sharon has come out with another fun Finn adventure where the elf once again meddles in the lives of two lonely people in dire need of some romance. Introducing, Sharon Clare and her new book Rhapsody.

Delve Inside Personality With Numerology

A few years ago, I spent a week in Beijing with three friends. With our own personal tour guide, we learned about China’s ancient history, the forbidden city and the great wall, it’s emperors and empresses, tombs and drums, pearls and silks, hot pots and rickshaws and a thread that wove through most everything—numerology.

The Chinese aren’t the only culture that believes in the mystical significance of numbers. Pythagoras, the father of mathematics, saw numbers as archetypes rather than just numerals.

I learned calculus from a brilliant mathematician who after explaining a mathematical theory exclaimed, “there’s proof of God’s existence right there.” He saw numbers in ways I’ll never comprehend, yet with a wide open mind, I’m drawn to both concrete and metaphysical concepts. I like learning about most anything, and I like wondering what-if. It makes for great story fodder.

So what if numbers gave us insights into our life purpose?

NumerologyIn a nutshell, http://www.numerology.com/ defines numerology as this: ‘Numerology is the universal language of numbers, and each of us was born with a set of numbers unique to us. These numbers unlock the door to the depths of our personality and reveal the way we interact with others, lessons we’ve yet to learn, opportunities we’ll be given and challenges we’ll face at specific periods of our lives—or throughout life as a whole.’

I believe we create our own realities. However we focus our thoughts (mindfully or habitually) will become real for us. Perhaps numerology does just that—triggers and focuses a thought. We see the number 8 and think prosperity. And then, voila, we find $20 in our pocket. Okay, maybe not. Perhaps it can work more as a prompt to remind us to invest that $20 wisely.

Or is there more to it?

Apparently, your birth name affects your numerology. I plugged my name into this site: http://www.paulsadowski.com/Numbers.asp. The results were remarkably accurate. My number is 3, described in part with this: ‘produces a quest for destiny with words along a variety of lines that may include writing’. Yep, that’s me. My soul number is 7 which means: ‘you are very fond of reading, and retreating to periods of being alone and away from the disruptions of the outer world. You like to dream and develop your idealistic understandings, to study and analyze, to gain knowledge and wisdom.’ Wow, again, accurate.

I’m a fiction writer, so I couldn’t resist seeing this as a tool to help develop my characters. I plugged in the name of the heroine from my latest release, Rhapsody, to see how close my representation of her matches her numerology. Isabelle Carson. Hmm, as I read, I see potential, possibilities I could have developed to strengthen her character.

I set Isabelle up as a woman with outer strength, but who inwardly feels she’s never taken seriously by men who can’t see past her sex kitten body. This belief pushes all her buttons when she’s caught in an Elven game of seduction she must play to win her freedom.

I’m always looking for ways to get deeper inside my characters’ heads, and I think I’ve found a fun one with this numerology site. Check it out. Is your numerology accurate?

A little about Rhapsody, published by Crimson Romance:

Rhapsody Book CoverIsabelle plans to escape the real world when she takes a tropical vacation. But escape becomes too real when Paradise Resort disappears. To win her freedom, she must break an oath and out-play her opponent in a game of seduction. Her self-control is resolute until her traitorous body decides this is a game she wants to play.

Jonathan’s needs are simple: break down Isabelle’s resistance, win the game, and get back to the real world where an emergency waits. Desire grows between them as each roll of the die reveals secrets, truths and skin, until Jonathan is forced to confront his worst fear or forfeit Isabelle to the dark mastermind of the game.

Rhapsody buy links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, itunes

Author Bio:

Sharon Clare lives in Ontario with her husband and three wonderful grown-up kids who come and go from the nest. She fell in love with writing at the University of Toronto where she graduated with a science degree in psychology and professional writing. She writes light paranormal romance and has published short stories, art reviews, newsletter and magazine articles. Her favourite place to write is outside under the maple trees beside the lily pond. Find out more at: www.sharonclare.com

Check out Rhapsody’s trailer HERE.

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Have Two Paroxysms And Call Me in the Morning

Thrilled to have guest blogger Sharon Clare- author of Love of Her Lives, back on the blog today. She has been published in Ontario Art Review, Short Story Library, Quick Brown Fox and Life to Life Magazine. Love of Her Lives, Sharon’s sensual romance, is available from Crimson Romance. Please join me in welcoming Sharon Clare.

After I read Jessica’s Monday post about the furor cause by classic remakes, and her musing over is it the sex, I rewrote my guest article for today. I’m not familiar with the criticism regarding Total E-Bound, but I do have a story to share on women’s sexuality that is steeped in the classic era.

I listened to the tail-end of a CBC radio program recently discussing women’s hysteria and sexuality. The discussion centred around the movie Hysteria, which is quite the hoot. Set in Victorian England, the movie is based on the true story of the doctor who patented the first vibrator. Yes, vibrator, and it wasn’t to massage achy shoulder muscles.

I’ve not seen the movie, but caught the gist from the radio show.

So imagine this. An unhappy woman visits the doctor and is diagnosed with hysteria. She could be suffering anything from anxiety to depression to boredom. Without modern medicine, how would a doctor treat such a condition? How to relieve pent-up tension? I dare say.

Brain-wave! Using what must have been a very scientific hand manipulation, the doctor gives the woman a pelvic massage that results in (quite a) release, aka “paroxysm”, aka orgasm. Halleluiah. Hysteria, be gone. We have a cure!

They don’t pay doctors the big bucks for nothing.

All is bliss for this doctor’s patients, but as you can well imagine, word gets around, and his waiting room is soon over-flowing with untreated women—his fingers worn to the bone. Blimey, he’s bloody well exhausted. Too many hysterical patients for two mere hands.

Enter the age of electricity, and the doctor is first in line. Now he must have relief and the first women’s vibrator is born!

For his purpose.

But really, like icing a sprain, couldn’t women now treat their own hysteria? Could the doctor send his patients home with their own vibrators?

Apparently not. Nope. Nada. When women demanded vibrators for their personal use, doctors said no.

When Sears catalogue offered vibrators, doctors sued. No. No. No.

You can’t just give women control of their own paroxysms. Imagine the mayhem. Dinner, late to the table. Husbands in public with wrinkles in their shirts. Dust bunnies accumulating under furniture while women self-treat again—and it’s only noon.

Of course, things have changed, right? We’ve come a long way, baby, and all that. We’re even allowed to read a sexy romance in prelude to paroxysms. We’re even reading Fifty Shades of Grey on the subway.

For a giggle, check out the trailer for Hysteria.

If you’d like some feel-good-prelude-to-paroxysm romance, please take a look at my sexy paranormal novel, Love of Her Lives. Available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Google Play (for epub file) and wherever e-books are sold.

Calum and Beth are soul mates who have lived many lives together, lusting, loving, and dying for each other. While their lives are often turbulent, their eternal bond is secure—or so Calum thinks—until Beth decides to live a life on her own. Left behind in the Upper World, he sees a wrongful imprisonment in her future, so he bargains with Finn, an elven trickster, to return to Earth, rescue Beth, and reclaim her heart. Unfamiliar with the twenty-first century, he must determine who plots against Beth while playing Finn’s sensual game, a game designed to awaken her repressed passion and keep them on the run together.

Beth has no recollection of their lives together and didn’t ask this sexually charged stranger to come to her aid. When she takes a risk to help an abused woman, she is horrified to find her house ransacked and her life threatened. With a secret to keep, she takes the greatest risk of all—trusting Calum. Her life soon depends upon re-evaluating everything she thought normal as she becomes embroiled in Finn’s game. Her eternal bond with Calum will only be saved if Beth can rescue the man who spanned worlds to rescue her.

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