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Hidden is almost here!!! Want a taste?

Hidden will be here next week! And I’m super stoked!!!

I finally have a cover— WOOT! Don’t you love it? 🙂

If you’re a member of my newsletter and you read ROMANCED you’ll find you know the Evil Queen in this story. Mwa-ha-ha! I can’t wait for you to read it, so here’s a quick taste…

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HIDDEN

Holding the girl close, Finn felt a rise of attraction. Despite her servant’s attire, she smelled fresh, like the garden itself, with an underlay of something sweet and delicious. He closed his eyes and inhaled and while he was distracted she jerked away, aiming the sharp tines of the pitchfork directly at his groin.

“How did you get in here?”

He wasn’t about to tell her of the nearly forgotten postern gate hidden under a hedge that led out beyond the outer bailey and dropped off into the moat. He’d paid dearly for the information years ago, when he’d first arrived in the area and still thought there was a chance that Odette was hidden in the castle named after the woman who had caused all the misery in his life.

Instead, he went to move around the girl’s weapon, but she made a vicious move and he barely jumped back out of the way before the metal tines stabbed his most vulnerable part.

“Back off. I may be nothing but a servant, but at least I have integrity.” The crystals in her mossy green eyes sparked defiance.

“Yes, you definitely do.” To his surprise, Finn found himself smiling at the black-haired wench with the pitchfork aimed right at his balls. “Tell me, why is a serving girl so intent on protecting the king’s produce?”

“I—” She took a firmer grip on her pitchfork. “Don’t tell me you don’t think women should be warriors?”

“Oh yes. It only makes them more intriguing. But you, my feisty flower, are not someone who fights.”

Her whole face deflated. “You can tell?”

“Let me see.” He cocked his head to the side and examined her carefully. “If I had to guess, I’d say, ash-girl.”

“How did you know?”

“A bit of soot.” He slid his finger down the tip of her nose. “Just…here.”

Her breath caught.

For a second, Finn was distracted from his mission. He could take a few minutes, spend some time with this girl. Get to know her.

And then he recalled why he was here. Odette had waited so long. He couldn’t get distracted now.

He gave her a dazzling smile, the one that always got him out of trouble with women. “Now, since you are such a fierce defender of the king’s garden, perhaps you could satisfy my curiosity. There are rumors of a garden here with the most lovely roses in Underhill.”

Her face fell. “Oh, you don’t want to go there.”

“Why not? It’s really why I came.”

“You snuck into the king’s garden, risked death, all to see a rose garden? Why?” She eyed him suspiciously. “I thought you came to steal the apples?”

“Well, as good as the apples are, it’s harvest time on the other side of the wall and we have barrels of apples ripe for the picking.” He moved in close to her, appreciating the way her rapid breathing made her breasts move up and down. Their soft curves peeking out from the top of her badly fitting uniform reminded him that it had been a while since he’d last lain with a woman. Too long. Women loved men who loved them, all he had to do was let her see his true attraction, and she’d give him what he wanted. Besides, what he wanted was so small, just a flower. How could she resist?

He leaned in and let his arousal show as his eyes dipped down to her cleavage and back up to her face. Her pupils dilated, and he smiled in response. “I’ll let you in on a little secret. It’s rumored that in the garden is a statue of a gorgon, held in perpetual imprisonment. And if you stare into her eyes, you too, will be turned to stone.”

The girl laughed. “She’s ugly enough for that.” She stared into his eyes for so many seconds he began to worry he was losing his charm. But then she nodded. “Okay, I’ll take you. But, promise me, no more stealing apples. Stealing from the queen is a capital offense. If the guard caught you, you could be killed.”

He nodded solemnly. “On my honor.” Using his best courtly style, with a flourish of his hand, he bowed. “After you, my lady.”

She blushed and set out through the trees, leading him away from the tall bright walls of the newer parts of the castle and instead in the direction of one of the stodgy gray towers to the side.

“It’s too bad. The flowers are very pretty, but the statue makes it unpleasant.” She shivered. “I usually don’t stay long.”

“Do you get much time to spend in the gardens?” His recollection of palace life was that the ash-girls were the bottom of the heap, abused by everyone from the parlor maids on down. But things might have changed in the decades since he’d lived in a palace. Many things had.

She gave a rueful shake of her head. “No, but I sneak off as much as possible.” She gave him a shy glance. “The gardeners cover for me.”

He could see why. With her riot of black curls and the mischievous sparkle in her eyes giving her a willful look, she must have half the male staff wrapped around her fingers. Despite her hard life, her face curved up, as if she smiled a lot, the apples of her cheeks a pale blushing pink. She caught him appraising her and her cheeks bloomed an even deeper color. His cock stirred. Yes, he’d love to delve deeper into this serving maid. Perhaps when he’d found Odette and finally done what he needed to do, perhaps he’d come back.

As they approached a wall surrounding one of the towers, he noticed the garden was less regimented here. A few wildflowers peeped out of the borders amongst their more sedate cousins, and the grass was taller and un-cut.

“It’s just in here.” She pushed open an old wooden door set in the wall. The hinges creaked and he instinctively stiffened, checking from side to side.

“Don’t worry. No one comes here.” Her voice dropped. “They all think it’s haunted,” she whispered, and laughed.

Yes, he definitely wanted to come back. It had been a long time since he’d felt this way, as if the world were a bright and sunny place.

They entered the walled garden and the sounds of the castle grounds faded away. Here, it was as if time stood still. Roses bloomed everywhere, a riot of reds and pinks and purples, interspersed by thick lush greenery. There was no bird song, and even the breeze seemed to still. White climbers tumbled up and over a bench, leaving only a small space on the mossy stone to sit. And there, at the base of the old crumbling tower, were the yellow roses with bright red spatters, that he’d been sent to steal.

“It’s out of control. Do the gardeners never come here?”

“No, they’re terrified. I could tame it, I suppose, but I love the chaos. Everywhere else on the grounds the queen dictates complete control, but here—” she stroked the delicate petals of a white rose “—here, it’s all mine.”

She pointed at the statue in the center of the garden. Nothing grew up to its feet, and even the grass that was brave enough to come close looked thin and barren, a direct contrast to the over-blown color of the rest of the garden. “There she is. Are you brave enough to look into her eyes?”

There wasn’t any definition to the statue’s features. Just the suggestion of the shape of a woman in armor, her empty hands thrust to the sky. And coming from it a palpable sense of dread.

“She’s hideous.” He circled the statue, strangely entranced by its evil. “Who would put something like that here? I can almost believe she can turn a man to stone.”

“She’s ugly,” Ella agreed. “But I think you can tell your myth is just that.” She gestured to the rest of the garden. “No one else has turned to stone.”

“A pity.” The freshness of her face cleared his mind of the negative lure of the statue and he turned his back on it. “Now I’ll have to think of some other reason to be here.”

Her partially opened lips were soft and rosy, like the delicate petals falling to the ground with fall’s first cool nights. He needed to kiss those gently curved lips, take what she so innocently offered. Kiss her easy smile and maybe he could ease some of his own heartbreak.

From somewhere across the garden a woman called, “Ella!”

She flinched, stepping away. “I have to go.”

The moment was gone, leaving him feeling strangely bankrupt. He didn’t want this interlude to end. “Wait.” He caught hold of her hand before she went more than a few steps. “Meet me tomorrow in the town square. It’s the harvest festival and there’s so much to see.” He wanted to see her sparkle and shine at all the wonders of the fair.

“I can’t.” She bit her lip, sinking her teeth into the pink softness.

He suppressed a groan at her response. “You can. You’re the defender of the gardens. You took on a stranger with just a pitchfork, braved the vision of the gorgon. You can steal just one day.” He stroked the back of her wrist. “Please.”

She sucked in a breath and her eyes fluttered shut. When she opened them, she searched him with that deep mossy stare, as if to see if he were real.

He didn’t want to tell her he suspected he might not be very real at all unless she was here, talking to him. Touching him. There was something about this girl that woke him up inside, in a place he’d thought long dead. Maybe it was the possibility of finally being free of his quest. Maybe it was because her innocence reminded him of Odette. Maybe it was just that he was lonely and jaded, and in desperate need of something to guide him. He didn’t know what it was, but he knew—he had to see her again.

“Okay.” She smiled, a joyous full smile that lit up her whole face and had him grinning from ear to ear.

“Ella!” The woman’s voice took on an impatient tone. “Where are you?”

She ducked and spared another look over her shoulder at the gate. “You have to go.”

He nodded and bent down, giving her a quick brush across the lips, the brief contact tingling long after he’d backed away.

“Meet me at ten tomorrow at the well in the town square.” He raced to the base of the tower and plucked a half opened red spattered bloom, a surge of happiness giving him a burst of energy. “A lovely flower for a lovely lady.” He ran to the wooden door and gave her a bow. “Tomorrow, my lady.” Then he slipped out of the door, phasing as soon as he was out of her sight and easily avoiding the other woman searching across the garden.

He tucked the rose into the box he’d brought for it and snapped the fastener shut. Shrinking it down, he tucked it into the pocket of his leather jacket and headed toward the orchard, a spring in his step. He had a date for tomorrow, as they’d say in the humans’ world—and he was excited.

It had nothing to do with getting the rose, or with Odette. For the first time in nearly two-hundred years he’d almost felt free. And he found he wanted that feeling. Needed it. He wasn’t a prince any longer. Hadn’t been for so long he’d nearly forgotten what it was like to be pampered and coddled. This girl brought something out in him, and he wasn’t letting her go. At least, not yet.

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LOVE REDEEMED BAD BOYS? SECRETLY LONG TO BE KIDNAPPED TO A TOWER AND LOCKED AWAY? EVER WONDER IF YOU’RE TRULY A PRINCESS?
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He’s a bitter man with a taste for revenge—and she’s the perfect means to get it.
She’s a princess who’s lost her throne and is looking for answers…

All Grim wants is to resurrect the past, but to do so he must get a princess to spin straw into gold. When the perfect princess Ana falls into his hands he’ll sacrifice anything to get his revenge—even true love…
Ana was happy with her party princess life, until her stepsister turned out to be Cinderella. Now, Ana doesn’t know who she is. When she’s kidnapped by a dark stranger demanding her to be more than just arm candy, she has to step up or be lost forever under his spell…

Immerse yourself in Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced fantasy romance…clever, sexy, and just a little on the dark side. Read WANTED today.

* Fairy Tale Romance * Kidnapping * Enemies to Lovers *

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Fan-Blessed -Tastic there is everything in this mind blowing book – Adventure, Survival, Fear, Betrayal, Suspense, Action Packed, Loyalty, Hate, Love, Wickedly Hot Scenes – so much Drama, Revenge, Sacrifice! Definitely a Must Read!

*****This book was so good I couldn’t put it down

***** The story and characters just swept me along, till I just couldn’t put the book down. Jessica Aspen has the gift of superbly evocative words, as she conjures up settings and descriptions, so that fantasy seems real.

When Jessica Aspen takes on fairy tales…watch out! You’ll love hunting for the twists in her dark fantasy romance series, Fae Magic.

Want twisted fairy tales with sexy fae, magical heroines, dragons and more?

Here’s where to go…

•Snow White—HUNTED
•Beauty and the Beast—CURSED
•The Frog Prince—ENCHANTED
•The Snow Queen—CAGED
•Sleeping Beauty—BESPELLED
•Cinderella—HIDDEN
•Rumplestiltskin—WANTED
•Little Red Riding Hood—HOUNDED

 

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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

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What’s in the works?

Thursdays Bite

Hi there,

It’s been a busy year already. I’ve published one novella, SASSY WOLF, and I’m busy writing an entire new fantasy romance series. No, I’m not going to tell you yet what it is. But I will tell you that I have the prequel done and will be releasing it to my newsletter in June. 🙂

Yay!

And the rest of the series will launch in July.

I tried to write a few other things besides fantasy romance, but it just didn’t work for me. And those twisted fairy tales kept calling. I really enjoy figuring out new ways to include the classic fairy tale tropes in a brand new way. So, I gave up and dove back into the fabulous world of Underhill and the Tales of the Black Court.

But it’s all new fairy tales! Yes, that’s right. Okay, some of them I’ve done in other series, but they will be all new to the world of Underhill. And it’s been lots of fun. I’m excited about the series, and I know you will be too. And that’s truly the most important thing to me.

Can’t wait to start telling you more, so stay tuned. June is coming fast! And so are the new fantasy romances. WOOT!

-Jessica

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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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

Click HERE to discover Jessica Aspen’s fast-paced world of paranormal romance

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Fantasy Romance Sale

Fantastic Fridays

a fabulous fantasy romance sale opp!

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Check out all the fun fantasy romances on sale, two days only!

Click HERE to go to ED Walker’s website and discover all the details.

HINT: This sale includes my Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance: CINDER, on sale for only 99 cents. So liven up your Black Friday with fairy tale romance and get CINDER while you can, it goes back up to regular price after the sale. 🙂

 

 

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

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Musing on Writing

Moonday Mania

a blog about writing

A little business before I get down to the blog business:

If you are a member of my newsletter and see the hot new cover for Rogue Enforcer, my elusive paranormal suspense shifter romance for new subscribers, don’t fret. I’ll be sending it out to current subscribers on April 1st. Due to the logistics of launching Scarlett I had to wait, but I didn’t forget you!

Scarlett: A Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance by Jessica AspenAnd speaking of Scarlett, if you haven’t had a chance to buy your copy yet, there’s still time! You can find all the buy links HERE as well as the description. I was able to make this one available on all the channels so you can buy it today on: Ibooks Barnes & Noble Kobo and Amazon.

 WOOT!

Okay, now that that’s done, on to the blog!

Writing is a funny thing for me. I have this love hate relationship with each and every stage. Whichever one I have to start, that’s the one I’m reluctant to move into. For instance. I’m finally done with the edits etc for all the Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romances. Phew! That took forever! Not just because the project was way bigger than I thought it was going to be, but also because my body pooped out on me. Yeah, that’s right. I’m not Super  Woman. Not even Wonder Woman. Major bummer, I know.

But, they’re finally finished and I’m working on Book Four in the Tales of the Black Court. Now I started fiddling with the plot for this book way back in January between edits and other nit picky jobs I had to do, but I really haven’t started the writing yet. I’m ready to start. Really I am.

But…there’s so many other things I could be doing. Right?

Wrong!

I need to be writing. I’m ready to be writing. The plot is there, the characters are there, and I’m super excited to get to the whole thing. I’m really super excited to be finished. But what I’m not super excited to be doing is actually writing the damn romance!

I love the writing. I hate the writing. But what’s really tough is moving into starting the writing. Or the edits. Or the production. Each stage has me dragging my feet, until I’m in it. And then the romance starts for me. After I’m in the grove and the story is forming all those twisty tendrils of plot intertwining together, after the words start coming 500… 1,000…3,000 at a time. After I finally figure out what motivates my alpha heroes and what is going to make my heroine ticked off. Then I love the writing.

And then it ends.

And then I have to fight myself to start the next stage. Tearing it all apart and editing it. Grr. Why does the writing have to start? Why does it ever have to end?

So now you know. I’m officially insane. But I think all authors are. We get so immersed in our worlds, we don’t want to set foot there. And then we’re there, and we never want to leave. I’m the same way about getting into the ocean. No, don’t make me get in. NO! Don’t make me leave!

I’d love to hear what your favorite books of mine are. I’m at a crossroads and trying to decide what comes after Six Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romances, and Five Tales of the Black Court. Should I keep one series going? Should I start something else? I’m looking forward at that ocean and I’m not sure if I’m ready to dip a toe in, so help me out. Please?

Leave a comment and let me know your opinion.

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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

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Camp NaNoWrimo 2015, in July!

Moonday Mania

a blog for writing

It’s Nano time again!

Camp-Participant-2015-Twitter-ProfileHello all you writers and readers out there. It’s NaNoWrimo time again, and this time we’re heading to camp! I tried to do this in April at the last Camp Nano, but I had a vacation at the end, so I missed my goal. The good news is I did write 8k+ on my latest Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance, SCARLETT, so I’m thrilled with that.

The bad news is I only hit 8k+ on my latest Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance, so I’m a little bummed.

I will be finishing SCARLETT in July for the second round of camp. I’ve worked a tiny bit on it in the last month or so, but mostly I’ve been busy getting my fantasy romance series in line for my release of BROKEN MIRROR. I’ve also been working on the edits for RED, the first Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance.

So what makes Nano work for you?

Okay, I had to think about this. The time I was most successful at Nano I wrote GOLDI, then titled GOLDI AND THE BEAR. It wasn’t the 50k that Nano usually goals, but I hit close to 30k, and that’s my biggest writing month ever! So what worked then? And how can I put those lessons into use this time?

I left the house.

I’ve found that working at home works for me, but only if everyone is out of the house. When I wrote Goldi I was most successful at the coffee shop, because no one bothered me there. A key component of that is that I went to the coffee shop solo. I didn’t go to a Nano write in. I didn’t arrange to meet friends. I also work well at the library, but it’s a little further away.

I had an outline

I had a very solid outline for GOLDI. That meant that I knew what I was going to write that day, and even if I skipped a scene that was causing me issues, I knew where my next step was.

I stayed on track

I have a big issue. I let everyone and everything else in my life derail me from writing. That month I stayed focused and wrote. Saying no is one of the hardest things for me, especially to my family. But I need to get this story finished. Not just because I have two more to write in this series, but also because I want to move on to the next TALES OF THE BLACK COURT, and HAUNTED HOLIDAYS.

Yes, I have too many projects that I want to do. But they are all doable, if I focus, focus, focus.

Can I do it? Yes I can!

Staying positive is a key piece of being successful at NaNoWrimo. I have a very doable goal this time. I want to write 20k to add to the 8k I already have written for SCARLETT. 30 days, 20k. And I usually only am able to write about five days a week. That works out to 22 writing days for me. (I only write on the weekdays because the family obligations take up the weekends). That’s about 909 words per day.

When I’m on a roll, 1k per hour is an easy thing to do. So that’s only one hour per day. Can I find an hour per weekday to write? Yes I can!

Okay, let’s face it. I don’t usually make Nano. What can I do differently?

Well, I don’t ever make it to 50k. So I believe by setting my Camp Nano goal to 20k, that’s a doable number for me. Sure it’s still a challenge. I have a day job, kids, a husband. And Molly the Labrador needs to be walked every day. I also need to keep up with my exercise routine and to cook healthy food. Oh, and shop for the healthy food. But I’ve set myself up for as much success as possible and I think I can do it this time! I’ve definitely written 20k in a month before.

RED was written in three weeks. GOLDI in four. I wrote SNOW  in about a month too. All of those are 30k books, so I know I can do it. I just have to…stay focused!

What are your goals for July?

Are you doing anything special for the month of July? Are you setting goals? Nanoing? Let me know if you have a particular goal for July, or just for the summer.

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

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Romancing the Sprint

Moonday Mania

a blog about twisting the heck out of my writing romance

fairy tale rose in mirrorHappy Labor Day!

You may have caught my goals re-visitation post HERE and wondered at how I get all that spicy, fairy tale, paranormal romance writing done. Well it might not seem romantic, but like any fairy tale ending, writing romance requires determination, discipline, and grit.

And a timer.

Yes, a timer.

Wonder how I do it Jessica Aspen style? Here goes!

Ready, set, write!

I discovered the art of sprinting through author, Sherry Isaac. We were chatting online and Sherry said that she, and fellow author Gloria Richard, were sprinting- would I like to join? My response? Sure, why not? How do you sprint?

Set the timer for forty-five minutes, and get ready, set, write!

Turns out in writing it’s more of a long running writing session with breaks, than actual sprinting. If you were to run on the trail for 45 minutes to an hour, would you call that a sprint? No, I don’t think so. You’d call it over and done and move on to the donuts. But when you write and only set your timer for forty-five minutes, then it’s a sprint. Who knew?timer and laptop

Well, I do now.

I believe Sherry and Gloria now sprint in sixty minute increments, but I love the forty-five minutes with a fifteen minute break. It feels solid to start every hour on the hour, re-set the timer for my three-quarters of an hour and focus. Do not look at Facebook. Do not tweet. Do not even answer the phone. Unless it’s your mother. Then you have no choice but to answer the phone and re-set the timer for an uneven number of minutes. Sorry writing muse, mom’s come first.

The best thing about sprinting?

I use it everywhere all the time. Those fifteen minutes of break time from writing become house cleaning mini-sprints. Fifteen minutes is enough time to get a snack and clean the bathroom. Or dust. Or vacuum a room and a half. Then it’s back to the writing.

And I sprint in my exercising too. Turns out varying your speed of exercise for short bursts is a very efficient way to boost your metabolism. I now sprint twice a week. Mondays and Fridays you’ll see me flying down the trail, dog in tow, for sixty seconds. Then I walk until I catch my breath and take off again, feet pounding into the dirt, dog’s long pink tongue lolling from her mouth.

That’s the secret. That’s how fairy tale romantic endings fly from my typing fingers at the speed of light, how my house stays clean, and how my thighs are firming up. I’ve learned to do everything in moderation and because of that I’ve become a super sprinter!

Do you sprint when you write? How about cleaning or exercising? Have you ever tried it? What would happen if you did?

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