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What’s in the works?

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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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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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What’s tops in Fantasy Romance?

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Want to know what the bestselling fantasy romances are? Here’s your chance.

Once a month I’m going to feature a top fantasy romance book and author and this week I’m starting with the fabulous Emily R. King and her top-selling book, THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN.

As of March 7th, 2018 when I’m writing this blog, THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN is not only in the number one fantasy romance slot on Amazon, but it’s also earned the coveted “Best Seller” tag. And when we look at this book, we can see why. It has a gorgeous cover, very simple, but with a tiny spark it implies magic awaits us between the covers or inside of our Kindle.

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It also has an intriguing plot. Here’s the blurb:

In Emily R. King’s thrilling fantasy debut, an orphan girl blossoms into a warrior, summoning courage and confidence in her fearless quest to upend tradition, overthrow an empire, and reclaim her life as her own.

As an orphan ward of the Sisterhood in the ancient Tarachand Empire, eighteen-year-old Kalinda is destined for nothing more than a life of seclusion and prayer. Plagued by fevers, she’s an unlikely candidate for even a servant’s position, let alone a courtesan or wife. Her sole dream is to continue living in peace in the Sisterhood’s mountain temple.

But a visit from the tyrant Rajah Tarek disrupts Kalinda’s life. Within hours, she is ripped from the comfort of her home, set on a desert trek, and ordered to fight for her place among the rajah’s ninety-nine wives and numerous courtesans. Her only solace comes in the company of her guard, the stoic but kind Captain Deven Naik.

Faced with the danger of a tournament to the death—and her growing affection for Deven—Kalinda has only one hope for escape, and it lies in an arcane, forbidden power buried within her.

But is THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN a fantasy romance?

Well, yes and no. I think I’d put THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN in the fantasy genre first, and then the romance genre second. While each book has a romance element, you have to read the series for the romance. That says to me that the romance is not the primary element, the fantasy story is. Compare that to my TALES OF THE BLACK COURT, where each book has a satisfying romance and then the fantasy is the component that links the series together.

And I think the cover says this. It doesn’t have people on the front and all the covers and titles in the series emphasize the heroine’s journey. Is there a romance? Sure, but I’m not sure any true romance fanatic would say that “stoic and kind” is a typical hero for a romance. Will it evolve into romance. I’ll give you a hint. From the blurb in the second book, I think so. But there is no mention of the stoic hero in book three’s blurb, so I think that speaks for itself.

Should you read it?

While I have yet to sample this one myself (too many books on the TBR pile!) I’d say the 4.5 star rating and 348 satisfied customer reviews would say: ABSOULUTELY!

Even though THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN technically leans more toward fantasy than romance, I’m definitely adding this to my teetering pile of books as we speak. I love the concept and the cover, and I totally respect that many positive reviews. So dive on into Emily R. King’s series and when you do, please come back and tell me all about it.

Have you read THE HUNDREDTH QUEEN? Did you love it? Leave a comment and let me know what you thought—fantasy romance? Or fantasy with romance?

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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.

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Musings on being an author

So, I’m officially a romance author. I have written and published 9 full length fantasy and paranormal romance novels, 9 novellas and one short story. I also have an additional free short and free novella that you can only find in my newsletter, so really, that’s 20 books out the door since I very first published in 2012.

Wow!

And in that time I’ve learned a tremendous amount.  One of the things I’ve learned is that I like to write in large chunks of time. In other words, I do best when I have more than one hour to sit and write. In fact, my preferred amount of time is at least three hours broken up into forty-five minutes of writing and fifteen minutes of movement. Usually housecleaning. LOL 🙂

This year I learned something else: my readers enjoy reading the books that I enjoy writing. You see, I wrote a short romance novella this year and for me it was a good experience, but a quickie. I had a lot of constraints I don’t normally have. I had to write in someone else’s universe. I had a book length requirement. And, I had a super short time constraint.

I burned through this novella in record time and frankly, it shows. For the very first time I’m getting four-star reviews that say: Loved it. Cute story, but predictable.

PREDICTABLE!

Ouch!

I always want my readers to be honest, and it’s tough to complain about four star reviews, but these hurt. They hurt more than the one-star reviews because these reviews are from my go-to readers, readers who love my paranormal and fantasy romances, readers who can’t wait for the next one and the next one and the next one.

So, I’m changing it up. I‘m going back to the drawing board.

While I enjoyed writing this book, it really wasn’t my thing. What is my thing? Longer fantasy romances with convoluted exciting plots and deep dark characters. I love writing them and my readers love reading them. 🙂

And I’m taking my time.

I’ve become a super fast writer, but that also means I need to go back and take my time over my edits. I’m going to give myself that time. Even if it means I don’t have a new romance come out until June. Yeah, you read it right. June.

So, what is the new series?

I’m going back to my roots: fantasy romance with a fairy tale twist.

My most popular books, the ones everyone loves to read and I love to write are the Tales of the Black Court so I’m diving back into Underhill and all the dark twisty fairy tales and dark twisty characters. And guess what? It’s going great! I’m loving these stories. I have the prequel rough draft already finished and I’m bursting with ideas for the next five books. I’m writing faster than ever and, better than that, I’m enjoying it.

And do you know what that means?

If I’m loving these stories, you will too!

So get ready for more twisted fairy tales with dark heroes and strong heroines. Get ready for bloodthirsty evil queens and magic and brand new fairy godmothers with a twist. And of course, romance. Did I mention romance? Fabulous fantasy romance with fast paced fairy tale happily ever afters because, after all, that’s what you and I both love…to read, and to write.

-Jessica

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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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

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

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Tales of the Black Court is Finally in KU!

I finally did it!

I’ve been asked many times by readers to put my series into KU, and I’ve finally done it! Now all of my paranormal and fantasy romance series are in Kindle Unlimited, including my hold out, the Tales of the Black Court!

So go ahead an binge read every single magical romance moment. Go on, I dare you!

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Discover your imagination today with fantasy romance author Jessica Aspen and her twisted fairy tale romance series, TALES OF THE BLACK COURT

💜💜Read all six books on Kindle Unlimited…for FREE! First time ever in KU!

THE DARK HUNTSMAN: An evil queen, a dangerous man, and a witch tangled together in a twist of Snow White.

PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE: A rebellious prince, a reluctant witch, and a mysterious prophecy twisted together in a tale of Beauty and the Beast.

BROKEN MIRROR: A false princess, the court trickster, and a magic spell woven together with a Frog Prince twist.

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR: Two women lost in Underhill must fight strange creatures, strange magic, and face even the Evil Queen herself.

THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON: 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?

QUEEN OF THORNS: Would any prince dare to wake the Sleeping Beauty when he discovers she’s really the Evil Queen?

 

CLICK NOW and dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in her twisted fairy tale series: 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

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

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It’s here! Book Five in the Tales of the Black Court Fantasy Romance Series!

QUEEN OF THORNS IS HERE!!!!

Click to buy on your favorite retailer.

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Okay, that was a lot of exclamation points, but if you knew what it has taken to get to this point, you would say I could even squeeze in a few more!!!!

Because…it’s here! Book Five in my fantasy romance series, Tales of the Black Court. And it’s the final book in that series.  Yes, I think I tied up almost all of the very loose ends. Did I leave a few tiny ones, just in case I want to write more? Of course!

Because you love fantasy romance and twisted fairy tales, you’ll love Queen of Thorns. Not just because it’s book number five, but also because it’s the tale where the evil queen wakes up as Sleeping Beauty. So cool!

(Okay, I deleted about five exclamation points there. No need to go crazy. Or is there?)

Anyway, here’s where I shamelessly ask you to buy the book:

Click HERE to buy Queen of Thorns.

And, just in case you missed it, here it is…one more time!

 https://www.books2read.com/queenofthorns Click it to buy.

Oh, and I forgot to tell you. It’s only 99 cents. Limited Time only, so get it before it goes up to it’s regular price.

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When Thorn discovers her greatest secret will the man she’s fallen in love with turn on her? Or will he give up his life to protect her?

 Ardan is on a quest: return to Prince Kian’s court with the head of the Black Queen or lose everything…including his life. But finding the elusive faery queen is proving difficult. And time is running out.

When Aeval wakes up the only thing she remembers is her name. But soon she realizes that even a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So she becomes Thorn instead, setting off with the man who accidentally kisses her awake on a quest to find and kill the Black Queen.

When Ardan finds out that Thorn might be the queen he’s sworn to slay, will he kill the woman he’s starting to fall in love with? Or will Thorn take up the mantle of dark power and again become the Queen of the Black Court?

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s steamy, fantasy romance in her twisted fairy tale series and buy QUEEN OF THORNS today.

Oh, I almost forgot. If you haven’t read books 1-4 (and the bonus book The Other Side of the Mirror) here are the links:

TALES OF THE BLACK COURT (books 1-3 +bonus) 

THE DARK HUNTSMAN

PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE

BROKEN MIRROR

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR

BEFORE THE WINTER QUEEN

THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON

QUEEN OF THORNS

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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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October Book Blast!

We’re counting down the days to Halloween and what better way to do it than with a contest and some brand new books, just for you!

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Need some new magical books?

Check out brand new paranormal, fantasy, and supernatural suspense books from some killer authors. I’ve teamed up with a new variety of authors to provide you with some reading, just in time for Halloween! Many of them are at special low prices, and they are all brand new releases, including my soon to be released book: Queen of Thorns.

And there’s more!

Yes, you can enter to win some fabulous prizes. So head on over to https://smylygyrl1222.wixsite.com/authorbookblast and enter to win:

1st prize $40 Visa gift card

2nd prize – one free ebook from each participating author

3rd prize – all three books in the Destiny Series free

Don’t forget, Queen of Thorns, book five in the Tales of the Black Court, is coming soon!

When Thorn discovers her greatest secret will the man she’s fallen in love with turn on her? Or will he give up his life to protect her?

QueenOfThorns-600x900Ardan is on a quest: return to Prince Kian’s court with the head of the Black Queen—or lose everything. Including his life. But finding the elusive faery queen is proving difficult. And time is running out.

As Aeval wakes up from her magical sleep, the only thing she remembers is her name. But soon she realizes that even a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So she becomes Thorn instead, setting off with the man who accidentally kisses her awake, both of them on a quest to find and kill the Black Queen.

When Ardan finds out that Thorn might be the queen he’s sworn to slay, will he kill the woman he’s starting to fall in love with? Or will Thorn take up the mantle of dark power and again become the Queen of the Black Court?

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in her twisted fairy tale series: 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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Meet the Authors…Magic! New Mexico style & try them for FREE!

MNM sneak peeks

It’s with great pleasure that I introduce to you the authors of these Magical romance books set in New Mexico…

I’m totally stoked to be publishing TOUCH OF BEAUTY, my latest fairy tale twist, with so many fabulous authors. Thank you, S.E. Smith for inviting me! It’s an amazing collection of sci-fi, paranormal, fantasy and supernatural romance.

And super cool! They’re all offering FREE sneak peaks into their romances. Just click HERE and download, for free!

Just in case you want to purchase them outright, you can find also find all their links to buy the books HERE.

Miss Fortune by Jason Crutchfield KWMiss Fortune

by Jason Crutchfield

Declan Forrester didn’t think his life could get any more complicated than living among vampires, werewolves, and warlocks… until he met Teshianna, the Umbra Infaustus sent to consume his misfortune.
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Loving Phoenix by Trinity Blacio KWLoving Phoenix
by Trinity Blacio
A young woman’s special talents makes her not only a freak, but a danger, and only one man can save her.
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Touch of Madness by ML Guida KWTouch of Madness
By ML Guida
Split in two. United in love.
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Seducing Sela by Tianna Xander KW
Seducing Sela
By Tianna Xander
When a young woman who shuns the supernatural, and an alien filled with it come together, the results are… magic
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Made for Her by Lea Kirk KWMade for Her
By Lea Kirk
Her ex-boss is hunting her. A man she just met wants her blood. There’s no safe haven for a thief on the run.
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by Jessica Aspen
When Beauty is a witch and the Beast is a troll it takes a fairy godmother to sort things out.
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A Touch of Death by Immortal Angel KWA Touch of Death
by Immortal Angel and Lisa Hailes
A vampire trying to save her people. An alien-hybrid trying to save the world. Can they trust each other in time to save them all?
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A Touch of Fate by Aidy Award KWTouch of Fate
by Aidy Award
Save the geek girl, save the world.
Spectral soldiers are stealing souls all over the universe, Kady must learn to use her powers, her curves, and her smarts to save the only one that ever mattered, the soul of her mate.
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A Touch Of Harmony by Evelyn Lederman KWA Touch of Harmony
by Evelyn Lederman
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Tainted Magic by Sabine Priestley KWTainted Magic
by Sabine Priestley
What happens when a pureblood witch falls for an alpha wolf shifter?
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Timeless Topper by Donna McDonald KWTimeless Topper
by Donna McDonald
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Silver Bound by Jody Wallace KW
Silver Bound
by Jody Wallace
He crossed a dimension to save the dragon. He didn’t count on losing his heart.
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Silver Unleashed by DB Sieders KWSilver Unleashed
by D.B. Sieders
She doesn’t believe in magic. He is magic.
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Reaching Reva by CJ Cade KWREACHING REVA
by CJ Cade
They’re stuck on the wrong planet at the wrong time…with each other. They could use some magic.
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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

 

Your Jessica Aspen Starter Library is waiting.

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

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Queen of Thorns Cover Reveal

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It’s here! Book Five in my fantasy romance series, Tales of the Black Court, finally has a cover. SQUEE! And isn’t it hot! My fabulous cover artist, Viola Estrella of Estrella Cover Designs has done it again. I love the way she’s stayed with the essence of the entire series, and yet this cover is something new and different. It totally says ‘fantasy romance’ to me. And I’m especially thrilled because this book is the last one in this series arc, so it’s great to end this story line about the evil Black Queen on such a super high note. I hope you love it as much as I do.

Presenting:

Queen of Thorns: A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court. Book Five, Tales of the Black Court.

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When Thorn discovers her greatest secret will the man she’s fallen in love with turn on her? Or will he give up his life to protect her?

Ardan is on a quest: return to Prince Kian’s court with the head of the Black Queen—or lose everything. Including his life. But finding the elusive faery queen is proving difficult. And time is running out.

When Aeval wakes up the only thing she remembers is her name. But soon she realizes that even a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. So she becomes Thorn instead, setting off with the man who accidentally kisses her awake on a quest to find and kill the Black Queen.

As Ardan and Thorn travel through the magical lands of Underhill and learn to trust each other, it becomes more and more obvious to Thorn that she and the queen might share more than just a name.

When Ardan finds out that Thorn might be the queen he’s sworn to slay, will he kill the woman he’s starting to fall in love with? Or will Thorn take up the mantle of dark power and again become the Queen of the Black Court?

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in her twisted fairy tale series: Tales of the Black Court

Pre-order today.

Ibooks      Barnes & Noble      Kobo

Available July 28th on Amazon

Did you miss out on books 1-4? Here’s the link to book four, The Winter Queen’s Dragon. Or you can start with the box set, Tales of the Black Court, and catch up on the first three in the series. Dare to discover the Dark Forest of Underhill.

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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

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s newsletter and get your link to download your exclusive FREE book, please click HERE.

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Valentine’s Super Sale & Giveaway

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Check out the Valentine’s Super Sale & Giveaway, runs 2/13-2/20

66 Romance Authors are offering 95 books…
Most of them are on sale for a limited time. It’s just our way of thanking our loyal readers. Thank you!
Even better, we’ve pooled our funds to offer an awesome giveaway! Enter to win a Kindle and Amazon Gift Cards just for subscribing to our newsletters or following us on social media.
Click now to discover hot romances and enter to win!
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Are you in Northern Colorado and looking for something to do on Valentine’s Day?

Check out the Eaton Library Romance Book Signing Event, 4-6 February 14th, 2017. I’ll be there with 30 other romance authors with books to buy, chocolates, and champagne! Alchol free, of course. It is a library, you know. 😉

 
Eaton Public Library 132 Maple Ave, Eaton CO 80615

See you there!

-Jessica

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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

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s newsletter and get your link to download your exclusive FREE book, please click HERE.

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The Slow Burn

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Launched book 12 today (book 4 in my fantasy series, The Winter Queen’s Dragon). Romance, and in particular fantasy romance, is competitive so this time I tried to do all the launch strategies I could. I so want this one to jump on day one! To be number one on that fantasy romance list. Wouldn’t that be amazing? But, I’ve designed a slow burn launch by sending my announcement to my newsletter list in three batches, and doing social media on another day. So that day one jump is not likely to happen.

The idea is to show Amazon I have consistent sales, instead of a huge bump on day one. But as I look at my  trickle of sales this morning and my finger-grapping hold on the fantasy romance AZ list, I have to keep reminding myself—this is a long tail business. So it’s back to the grindstone. The good news is my early readers seem to love it. And maybe, that’s the one thing to focus on instead of sales: pleasing the readers. If I focus on that, instead of sales and launch days, then everything is a success.

I’m reading Derek Sivers book ANYTHING YOU WANT: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur . It’s this tiny book filled with lessons he learned launching CD Baby, a small business he started just to sell his own CD’s and ended up selling for millions. One of the things I love about this book is that he’s so not focused on making his business a million dollar business. Instead he’s focused on how to serve his customers, who, when he started, were mostly his friends.

What is your measure of success? Are you in control of it? Is it in control of you?

Okay, that’s not a direct quote from the book, but it could have been. What it is is my take on his book. If I look at my sales and try to go for the money, I’m a total failure. It’s true. I love my books, but they barely break even. It leaves me feeling like I’m clawing and scratching just to make a living writing romance. And it feels desperate.

But, if I focus on some of the things I’ve actually achieved, I’m a success.

My readers love my books. They really do! I get letters asking me when the next fantasy romance in the Tales of the Black Court is coming out. They don’t want to wait! And my free shifter book for my newsletter subscribers, Rogue Enforcer? That inspires letters too. People want more from me. More romance. More shifters. More fantasy.

I’m getting better as a writer. This is super important. It took me two years of edits and massaging to get my first fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman, to where it is today, but The Winter Queen’s Dragon only took months. And my editor said it was the best one yet! That’s amazing. My reviews for all my romances are at least averaging 4 stars, and usually average higher. Romance readers love my books! WOOT!

I love my life. I am making money doing something I love. Not many people can say that. Am I still struggling to get up that cliff? Yes. Do I want my job to make enough money to say it’s a living? Yes. And I’m getting there. I’ve doubled my income every year. That sounds amazing, right?

(Typically I follow that statement up with some disclaimer about what my income was the first year, but I think I need to just stick with the amazing part. I’ve only been publishing for a few years and while some others are rocking their way up the charts, most small businesses take five years to really get going. My small business is no different.)

Okay, so I’m no CD Baby. I can’t say I’m one of those romance authors who seem to appear out of nowhere and jump to the top. But I can say:

My readers love my books.

I’m getting better as a writer.

I love my life.

All of those are fabulous measures of success. And so what if the money is slow? That’s okay. I’m doubling my income every year, right? 😉

So I’ll get there. One book at a time.

*****

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?

 

Frozen for a hundred years the only thing on Siobhan’s mind is finding out what happened to her brother and vengeance on the queen who has punished them both. Upon gaining her freedom from the ice she finds herself the prisoner of the Winter Queen’s Dragon, Atavantador. But nothing is as it seems and when the dragon’s manservant, Doyle, turns out to be the dragon himself, Siobhan discovers that ending the queen’s reign may mean sacrificing her true love for the quest for revenge.

Doyle is hiding more than one secret from the queen, 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 secret—that beneath the Winter Palace lies the key to all of dragon kind’s survival, one of only seven queen dragon eggs left in the universe. And time is running out.

When the dragon egg’s hiding place is threatened Doyle finds himself caught between his heart and his loyalty to all of dragon kind. Can he trust Siobhan enough to tell her his secrets, save the egg, and still serve her lust for vengeance? Or will the attack on the palace destroy not only the egg’s chance of survival, but Siobhan and Doyle’s chance at love.

Love magic, romance and dragons? You’ll love THE WINTER QUEEN’S DRAGON.

 

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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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