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Squee! The Winter Queen’s Dragon Cover is here!

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I am super excited to reveal the cover for Book Four in the Tales of the Black Court, my fantasy romance series. I love the new direction for my fantasy covers. It keeps so many elements from the first covers—the font, the magic, a single person—but it adds in something new: the hero!

Ever since I started publishing this series I’ve had readers ask, where are the heroes? They should be on the covers too. And for this book, I’m featuring Doyle, my sexy dragon shifter. Love writing this romance between a fae and a shifter, and I can’t wait until it’s out!

the winter queen's dragon a fantasy romance by jessica aspen

What’s a heroine to do when her dragon captor is not only her enemy’s best defense…
but is also the man of her dreams?

Deep in the north of the fae world of Underhill, Siobhan has been frozen for a hundred years. Finally gaining her freedom from the ice the only thing on her mind is vengeance. Instead, she becomes the prisoner of the Winter Queen’s Dragon: Atavantador. But nothing is as it seems. To become powerful enough to get her revenge, Siobhan must make an unlikely ally—the dragon’s sexy manservant, Doyle.

Doyle is hiding more than one secret—and all of them are worth his life. To keep the queen on his side he must play the game of dragon so well that no one guesses his true secret: beneath the Winter Palace lies one of the keys to all dragon kind’s survival.

And time is running out.

Can Siobhan trust a man who is secretly her dragon captor and sworn to protect the Winter Palace? Or will she find out that ending a queen’s reign means sacrificing true love in her quest for revenge.

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 Tales of the Black Court



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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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Fairy tale Inspiration for Prince by Blood and Bone

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Happy spring! Or happy snow as the case may be. We’ve been alternating between a few warm days and a few snowy days, but that’s pretty typical for Colorado. As I write my next twisted fairy tale romance, I’m watching my bulbs bloom and anxiously waiting to see if the apple tree blblossoms right when it snows. (Also pretty typical for Colorado!)

In case you missed it, I released book two, in the twisted fairy tale series: Tales of the Black Court, and announced it HERE. There is also a short excerpt from chapter one to get you chomping at the bit. And PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE, A FANTASY ROMANCE OF THE BLACK COURT  received it’s first amazing review from Books to Curl Up With. It really made my day Tuesday. Here’s my favorite quote.

 You will shed a tear, cheer and scream at your e reader while reading this book. The action is great and the love story takes a life of its own. Jessica weaves the best twisted fantasy .”

You can check out the full post HERE.

Now on to the fairy tale inspiration for my fantasy romance Prince by Blood and Bone.

Prince by Blood and Bone is a twist of the Beauty and the Beast tale, but in writing it I pulled from more than one fairy tale. I’ve always noticed the similarities in East of the Sun, West of the Moon and Beauty and the Beast. In both of them the girl doesn’t have faith and messes up and loses her easy chance at love. She has to dig deep and find her courage to go back to save the enchanted prince. In Beauty and the Beast it’s as easy as going back to him and asking for forgiveness and telling him she loves him, even if he is a beast. In other words, seeing the true man inside the monster. But in East of the Sun, West of the Moon the heroine has to do more. She has to travel to the ends of the earth and confront his evil mother and her cohorts.

Obviously someone thought the heroine in Beauty and the Beast had it too easy, and I agree. It’s so much more interesting to have to delve deep into yourself and find the courage to strike off on your own and fight for your man. That’s why you’ll find Prince by Blood and Bone goes father than the original tale. Bryanna has to find her faith in herself and has to also have faith that Kian is more than a beast. Maybe even more than a Prince.

I’ll leave you with another source of inspiration for me. I love the Celtic legends and here’s another tale of a heroine who needs to be strong and hold onto her love for a fae-touched man, who might be a beast. There are several versions of the Tam Lin tale including some where Janet needs to snatch her lover out of the wild hunt and away from the fairy queen. In this one, when you listen, Carterhaugh is a forest. Enjoy!

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