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Justified

Thursdays Bite

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FYI I have my fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman, on a Goodreads Giveaway. And I’ve included international! If you are interested in a print copy of my book then hop on over to Goodreads and enter the Giveaway, HERE.

For the last few Thursdays Bites I’ve shared some of my paranormal TV faves. This week’s show isn’t  paranormal, romantic, or fantasy, but I think it is so amazing, that I just have to share. If you are interested in the posts on other shows that I watch, you can check out my Vikings post HERE and the Long Island Medium HERE.

Justified.

How can you not love that title. And the song that opens it up is so not my music, but I love it, too. It’s rap and hillbilly combined, perfect for a show about the darkest side of Kentucky hill country.

I’ve read stories set in rural mountains before. In, Christy, the very sweet school teacher come to the mountains to share her knowledge with the poor folk. The shadowy mysteries of Sharyn McCrumb combine death with a hint of supernatural and are well worth the read. But I’ve never read the books that inspired this series, by author Elmore Leonard, and now that I watch it, I want to. Oh, yes, I want to.

I’ve been trying to figure out what is it about this show that captivates me, and I’ve narrowed it down to a few things. One is the villains. They are so real. They are bad, very bad. In fact, this is not a show I let my kids near. But, if you want to see bad guys made not only real, but likeable, watch Justified. Every person has a dark side. Every person makes mistakes. But these guys do some horrible things. And you feel for them while they are doing it. All of the bad guys have soft sides. They have mothers who need to be taken care of, or they are in love with their girlfriends. They grew up abused and just want some of the good life. I have never seen a show, or even read a book, that takes as much time developing it’s villains as it’s heroes as Justified.

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The gritty and super-sexy Timothy Olyphant plays flawed hero Raylan Givens in Justified.

Maybe it’s Deputy US Marshal Raylan Givens (best name ever for a hero). Raylan is played by sexy (and Emmy nominated) Timothy Olyphant. If you want a deeply flawed hero, full of complexities, this is your show. Even when he’s making those bad, bad, bad choices, he’s motivated by the right things in life. Protection of children, women, and his family. His deep loyalty to his friends, the Marshal service, and the people of the area he grew up with, make many of his decisions conflicted. He knows they often have no choice but to live like they do. Or, that they don’t think they have a choice. Or, why should they? They always get screwed.

And of course there is Boyd Crowder (played by Walton Goggins). He’s both Raylan’s ex-best friend and the closest thing to family he has. We shouldn’t like Boyd, he’s got some terrible things in his past, and he does terrible things on a regular basis, but when things go wrong for Boyd I still find myself rooting for him. Why? I think, once again, it’s because the writers have done an amazing job showing his motivations. How do you make a drug-dealing murderer sympathetic? That is a tough order, but Justified has done it. I don’t think he’s right and I wouldn’t want to actually know him, but I understand him. He loves, he hates, and he’s not only trying to survive, but to thrive.

One of my favorite characters is Dewey Crowe. He is super pathetic. Nothing every goes right for Dewey. This season he was sent to kill a man who is one of his childhood friends, and it was painful to watch. And funny. It was while watching this horrible scene, and realizing it was funny, that I knew this show had true genius. Only Justified gives us slapstick comedy during such a dark scene as a man trying to kill an unsuspecting friend. It’s horrible, it’s amazing, and it’s something I can’t turn off. I think it’s because in real life, when things get bad, and I mean really bad, we still laugh. Dark laughter, without any real amusement, but it’s still there. Not many shows will go there. This one does.

I have a last reason why I think this show is incredible. I watch a lot of mysteries and suspense on TV. One thing you can count on is they won’t kill the kids or hostages. There will always be a satisfying ending. And the good guys win in the end. You will not have that watching Justified. Favorite characters are always at risk. They could kill off any one of them, with the exception of Raylan Givens, and the show would still go on. Just as in real life, the hero doesn’t always win, and when he does win, there is usually a price.

If you haven’t watched Justified from the beginning, I’m not sure you’ll be able to just jump in. I recommend getting on Netflix or Hulu and starting from episode one. I think it’s the type of show, that if you try to jump in now,  not only will you be lost in the complex plot, but you will miss out on the building of these characters. I think it is well worth your time. But don’t be deceived. It is a violent, dark, extreme show. Don’t watch it with your kids. Don’t watch it expecting a glow. Watch it because you can’t not watch.

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The Dark Huntsman by Jessica Aspen

The Dark Huntsman

by Jessica Aspen

Giveaway ends February 28, 2014.

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Discover Jessica Aspen’s Hot New Website

Moonday Mania

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TA-DA!

I’m thrilled to present my new, updated website. First of all I want to credit my graphic artist, Viola Estrella of EstrellaCoverArt.com. Viola has done some fabulous covers for several friends of mine and when I looked around for someone to help me re-vamp my site, she was the one I knew I wanted to work with. Viola was very patient and paid attention to my list of needs and wants and understood exactly what I wanted, even when I wasn’t sure I did. Thanks Vi!

Why re-vamp my website at all? I had a perfectly usable website. I blog three days a week and I have a decent amount of followers. Why would anyone want to mess with that? Well, that’s really the subject of today’s blog.

Branding.

No, I’m not talking about hot irons, although it truly can feel that way. I’m talking about having a website consistent with your writing style and the image you want to present. I didn’t have it. My website was nice, and the black and white pictures that Jeff and I took had a subtle creepy feel. I managed to get the site to edge a little onto the paranormal side. But I missed out totally on the hot, steamy, lick my lips sexy side. And I wanted it.

At Rom Con 2012 I had an epiphany. Not my first, and likely not my last. I seem to need to get hit in the head with a brick now and then to understand which path I need to take. Rom Con was a big party, and I hung out with not just the paranormal people, but the erotic authors. And it was there, in the middle of the Chocolate Mangasm, playing pass the dildo, that I had my epiphany. I am an erotic author.

But you wouldn’t know that by my website. Something had to change.

I either had to say goodbye to my publishing career, as I have come to know it, or I needed to say goodbye to my Jessica Aspen Writes website. TA-TA cute website. Hello sexy, dark,and  paranormal.

This is my brand now. Hot spicy romance that walks on the dark side of the knife. I always had it in me. It’s what I write. But I haven’t always put it out there. It took playing games in a room full of women who read erotic romance and love them to understand that I need to have a complete vision of my writing, my career, and my stories.

So welcome to the dark side. Dare to enter my world. Explore my website. See if you can find my secret page (hint; I made it easy if you look). And discover your imagination.

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