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Digging Under the Bed at Gloria’s House

I’m on Gloria Richard’s Snark E. Pen today, blogging on Digging Under the Bed for the MS of The Dark Huntsman, my new spicy, fantasy romance that is on sale now. You can buy it on Amazon HERE or you can also enter the Goodreads Giveaway for ten print copies. Heck, you could do both. Buy the e-copy and win a print one to give as a gift. ūüôā

I’ll be here tomorrow blogging on spooky romance, so check back!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Dark Huntsman by Jessica Aspen

The Dark Huntsman

by Jessica Aspen

Giveaway ends October 22, 2013.

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Four Fabulous Posts to Check Out Since I’m on Vacation

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Hey folks! I’m on vacation! Enjoy these other posts while I’m away!

Gloria’s done it again! Her sense of humor slays me!

DO NOT CLICK ON THIS! Disjointed Excerpts Exploding Within! 

Looking for a more reliable book review site than mine? Check out Kayla Tocco and her Whole Latte Romance. Today’s blog:

Review: Forbidden Fantasies by Jodie Griffin

Want something totally different and more paranormal? Mare’s series on Chakras is muy cool!

Magical, Mystical, Metaphysical Monday Mania – March 26, 2012 2nd part of 3rd of 4th levels or dimensions of the universal field

And for you writer’s in the group, if you haven’t checked out Bob Mayer and Jen Talty’s blog, you need to go. They are rockin’ they publishing world!

The Secret Success of the Digital Author

That’s all folks! Have a great week and I’ll see you on Moonday Mania!

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Get WET!

Moonday Mania

a blog about the craft of writing

This month’s Moonday Mania’s have been about Social Media. We started the month with Don’t Should on Yourself, by Keri Silk and moved on to my neophyte blog hints, Easy tips to Make Your Blog Outstanding and Slow Down and Smell the Coffee. So, for the last Monday in March I’m going to discuss a few things I’ve learned from the best.

As many of you know, I’m a big Kristen Lamb follower. Kristen blogs, not just on Social Media, but specifically Social Media and authors. Kristen’s advice is where I am trying to get to, not where I am. If she has any big pieces of advice that you can see I’m not doing, well, it’s because I’M STILL WORKING ON IT!

We Are Not Alone, by Kristen LambWhat have I learned from Kristen Lamb? I’ve learned that the author social media world is always changing. Kristen wrote this fabulous book, We Are Not Alone, the Writer’s Guide to Social Media, and I consider this my baseline bible to social media. But I can’t just read the book. Why? Because the internet is not a static environment. Actually, the world is not a static environment. Since Kristen wrote the book we’ve seen the demise of My Space and the rise of Google Plus. How can a book like Kristen’s, that has info on My Space and none on Google Plus a valid resource for this year’s writer?

Because the advice that Kristen gives in the book applies, whether or not I’m on My Space, Googe Plus or the Next Big SM Hotspot. Good advice is still good advice. (For some hilarious dated advice check out Miss Gloria Richard’s foray into the past via the Loo at Buca De Bepo HERE!)

Kristen’s ideas on creating a platform that centers around your personality and genre are still sound ideas, no matter where you are implementing them. I’m still struggling with this. At first I didn’t really know what I wanted on my site. Okay, Kristen, I need to represent me and my writing, but I’m writing so many things and I’m not sure which one is going to get published. But I plunged in anyway, trying to represent some paranormal theme with the spooky woods header and my Thursdays Bite.

It works, but is it where I want to be? No, and I know it. Thanks to Kristen I’ve been searching for my identity as an author and a blogger, and I think I’m starting to hit it. So my last piece of advice is: be yourself, whoever that is. Figure it out. It may take time, and it’s okay to take the time. It’s okay to start with just the basic template and then add a header and then maybe get a header done and jazz up the site.

The point is, don’t wait till you know exactly who you are to get started. If I had waited till now to get my site and my blog up and running, I might not have as good an idea of who I am as an author. I might still be struggling with the very basics. But I’m not, I’ve moved ahead, still struggling. Still discovering who I am. And guess what?

That’s life.Stock Images - Cold feet

You change. You change as a teen to a twenty-something. The Facebook page you put up at thirty is different from the one you would do at forty. And the blog you do as a newbie pre-pubbed author will be different than the one you do as a newbie, just-pubbed author, and different again from the one you do when you are a famous know-it-all author. but if you don’t put your toe in the water, you never get wet.

So get wet! Jump in! Make your mistakes and just keep paddling till you get somewhere! ‘Cause I know you will be getting somewhere, even if it’s just back to the shore for some icy marg’s on the sand!

Have you jumped in yet? Have you changed what you started with? For someone who’s done this check out Sherry Isaac’s new site (HERE). She’s totally revamped it and it’s got SIZZLE!

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Killer Blog Tour Continues

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If you haven’t entered my Little Red Riding Wolf contest, you still can! The link is HERE to take you to the Rafflecopter plug in on http://paranormalfreebies. You can add another entry daily by commenting either on my blog Jessica Aspen Writes, or on any of my tour stops.

Yes, I’m still on the killer blog tour and here is a list of my February stops:

February 2012

Just FYI, the contest ends on February 28th, but I’m still going to be visiting some stellar blogs, including Gloria Richard’s Hammock on March 12th.
Today I’m at Josee Reynard’s blog HERE¬†with my most open interview yet!
And more exciting news, Brinda Berry is helping me out with my very first every Twitter Party! Since most of you can’t be here to eat cake and pop the bubbly with me on February 18th, when Little Red Riding Wolf is released, Brinda suggested you all could celebrate with me on Twitter!
We will be using the hashtag #ridingwolf and I’ll be posting instructions closer to the date. Actually I still haven’t quite figured it out, but Brinda has promised me she will be disclosing all on Gloria’s blog on Wednesday. Check in on Brinda at the Hammock on Wednesday ¬†and we’ll discover how to do this thing together.
As they say in the cartoon industry “That’s all folks!”, but I’ll be back on Monday with an expos√© on my forays into Excel. Meanwhile, stop on by Josee Reynard’s today, leave a comment and then hop on by Paranormal Freebies and update your Rafflecopter entry.

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Goals 2012

Moonday Mania

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I’m taking a page from my ROW 80 friends, Gloria Richard and Jenny Hansen¬†and posting my goals for 2012. Just to let you know, unlike the ROW 80 peeps, I will not be checking in on Fridays and letting you know how I’m doing. Not because I don’t love you all, but mostly because I’m blogging enough for ten writers this year and I simply can’t add one more blog to the list. Instead, from time to time I’ll jump on and celebrate (or not) and let you know where I am.

So, this is the list of goals I sent out to my goal setting group, Writing Gaim, hosted by Amy Atwell. (I’m actually on the fifth goals setting group that Amy has set up, so you won’t see my goals on the site. But jump on over to Amy’s site and see all the cool things she has to offer.)

Jessica Aspen Goals for 2012
  1. Polish and submit TQH , (January) continue to submit as needed
  2. Polish and submit BW
  3. Outline and write  DW second novel in BW series-possible #BIAY
  4. Add BIAY page to my website and update monthly
  5. Polish and submit DW 
  6. Re-vamp novella-Rogue Enforcer, and publish
  7. Outline and write GB (new novella) (February)
  8. Polish and submit GB
  9. Start thinking about 3rd book in Enforcer series
  10. Outline and write sequal to TQH book (If TQH is accepted, this becomes a priority)
  11. Attend Rom con 2012 (already purchased ticket)
  12. Go to RWA Nationals in July
  13. Market all books (Little Red Riding Wolf focus for Jan and Feb)
  14. Keep up with personal site and improve it, blog 3 days a week
  15. Finish business plan
  16. Outline a YA and write for NANO (if not working at MP)
  17. Keep up with PNRF and improve site, blog once per month
  18. Take Bob Mayer class and keep up with it (Jan and Feb)
  19. Work at applying analytics and website knowledge to sites
  20. Write five days per week, 3 hours per day (actually I want to have butt in chair for 6 hours per day)
  21. Goal is 2k/day, expanding to 3k/day
  22. Or edit 15-20 pages per day
  23. Market 1-2 hours per day
  24. Increase presence on Goodreads and Google plus
  25. Think about possibly 2 other classes this year
  26. Figure out how to increase presence on reader sites/loops
  27. Work at improving plotting with the intent of speeding up actual writing by an extra 1,000k per day from current speed of 2k per day using Rachel Aaron‘s techniques
  28. Continue to set and review monthly goals, set daily goals based on monthly goals
  29. Explore self-publishing a short story
Okay, so it’s a huge list. And they aren’t SMART goals. Why? Because I like to dream big for the year. I like to look at everything I want to accomplish for the year when I plan what I’m going to do for the month. Now on my daily goals, I set goals using Margie Lawson‘s DSDB techniques. Winner and superstar goals that I can accomplish and check off and feel good about. But for the year, I want it all out there.
Maybe it won’t all get done, (okay, it’s not all getting done) but I believe if you don’t shoot for the top of the mountain you won’t get there. And I’m a top of the mountain kind of gal. Even when it hurts, and it’s gonna hurt.
I set a tremendous amount of goals for 2011, did I hit them all? NO.
But I did hit quite a few, and I feel good about it. If you are the kind of person who will feel bad if you don’t have bright red check marks next to all your goals, then set them SMART, and even SMARTER.
Letter Major Term Minor Terms
S Specific Significant, Stretching, Simple
M Measurable Meaningful, Motivational, Manageable
A Attainable Appropriate, Achievable, Agreed, Assignable, Actionable, Ambitious, Aligned, Aspirational
R Relevant Realistic, Resourced, Resonant
T Timely Time-oriented, Time framed, Timed, Time-based, Timeboxed, Time-bound, Time-Specific, Timetabled, Time limited, Trackable, Tangible
E Evaluate Ethical, Excitable, Enjoyable, Engaging, Ecological
R Reevaluate Rewarded, Reassess, Revisit, Recordable, Rewarding, Reaching
source: wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMART_criteria

For me, I’m shooting for the top, and setting them SMART along the way. That’s just me.

What kind of a goal setter are you? Do you set goals? What’s your process? Are you a SMART goal setter?

Don’t forget to enter my contest HERE, rules etc are on the contest page. And you can comment etc more than once (just once per day) so enter often! I’ve added Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Gift Certificates to the list, and yes, you can order online. Yumm!

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Between the Sheets Holiday Blog Hop, finally!

Sensational Saturdays

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Today I am happy to announce that I am joining the Between the Sheets Holiday Blog Hop, first discovered on the¬†indomitable Gloria Richard’s site HERE.¬†At first Gloria’s challenge seemed simple. Either write a letter from your younger self about a Christmas memory or write it from a character’s point of view. The devious Gloria even suggested that we write from a villain’s holiday view. Who wouldn’t want to see the childhood visions of Snape or the Penguin?

Well this seemingly simple assignment has been biting me in the pa-tootie all month, I just could not come up with anything even reasonably interesting. I know, I know, with a wealth of memories between myself and my characters there should be something interesting, but nothing jumped up. Till this week. I was perusing a “green” magazine and they had a list of alternative types of Christmas trees one could use that could stay up all year round and one was a lemon tree.

Now that brought back memories.

So here it is, my memory of being nine and my first trip to visit my grandmother (all by myself) for Christmas.

Dear Mommy and Daddy,

Thanks for sending me to Florida for Christmas. The beach has been wonderful and I’ve been in the pool almost every day. It’s really sunny here and all of Grammy’s and Papa’s friends are nice, even if they are very old and there is no one for me to play with. Last night was Christmas Eve and you were right, Santa managed to find me even way down here in Sarasota. (I’m sure that stapled shut paper bag you tucked inside my suitcase had nothing to do with it.)

First we went to a progressive supper. We started at Mrs. Smith’s condo, in the other building, for ordoovrees and she is so neat! She lives in the apartment right on the edge of the ocean. She said sometimes, when the weather is rough, the water hits her screened in porch. She had lots of fabulous food and even gave me a dried out¬†hermit¬†crab. I’m sure we can find a paper bag for him somewhere.

Next we went down the building and up two stories for the main course at Mrs. Hobbs. She is the one who wants to take me to the Ringling museum next week. I don’t know her very well, but Grammy says she is very nice. I’m sure I’ll find out. We ended up at Grammy’s condo for desert which we had spent all day making. The whole table was filled with pound cake and cookies and little nuts in tiny dishes. I wanted to try everything, but Grammy said there will be plenty of time this week to eat the leftovers. And she was right, we have a lot of left overs.

I was pretty tired by then and it was time to hang up my stocking. This is the cool part. Grammy and Papa don’t have a Christmas tree! She has a wrought iron lemon tree that hangs on the wall of her sun porch. The leaves are painted green and the lemons yellow. At night she flips a switch and there are tiny white lights behind all the lemons that make the whole tree glow. Grammy has hung a few sparkly glass and silver ornaments on the lemon tree and they all sparkle in the light. I like to turn all the other lights off and sit on the sun porch listening to the ocean and looking at the lights.

Last night Grammy told me to hang my stocking right on the tree! It’s very strong, so it was able to hold the weight up once Santa had filled it. And I was very happy to see it filled. Christmas is great down here, but a little strange with just Grammy and Papa and me. I’m looking forward to coming back soon. Tell everyone I love them!

Love Jessica

So that’s it! Hope you enjoyed a run down to Florida and memory lane with me. If you want to hop on the Holiday train, Gloria has ¬†linky list set up and you can check out everyone else’s letters, or you can even write your own! I’ve hopped over to a few sites and they are all very cool! Happy Holidays!

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Expert Advice on Finding Experts

Moonday Mania

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My writing days are centered on two things.

One, writing! (Okay, you probably knew that)

Two, marketing.

When I decided to become an author I had no idea that I would need to become an expert at websites, blogs, peeps and tweeps. And if you had told me that I would need to become an expert in all this internet stuff, there is a distinct¬†possibility¬†I would not have even started down this path. You see, until three years ago, I didn’t even own a cell phone.

But I am now an expert! Okay, not an expert. But I am a person who my writing friends now go to for advice about where to find the experts. And that is a giant step for me! Last year at this time I didn’t have a blog, a Facebook account, or a Twitter account. And now I have all three (and Goodreads, don’t forget Goodreads!). But still I struggle with how to wander their myriad pathways. And here is where my expertise of finding experts come in handy.


Gloria Richard is another fellow writer struggling with creating a blog. Her solution has been to enlist the advice of the expert Brinda Berry to help her “Pimp my web”. Not only is Brinda the author of a new YA book,¬†The Waiting Booth¬†(Click¬†HERE¬†for her fabulous article, Interview with a Synesthete) but it turns out she is also a terrific source for how to improve your blog.

For some easy step by step ways to get going on the path to bloghood (globhood?) visit Gloria’s site (HERE) and go back to Brinda’s first post (HERE). That should get you started on pimping your own web.

Brinda, through Gloria, has helped me with the ever challenging widgets on WordPress. I did buy a book, WordPress for Dummies. But I’m with Gloria and I think I need a more basic book. The Guide to WP for the really Dummies would suit me just fine on those days when I am searching for a how to. Hey Gloria, which book did you buy??

Eventually I hope to get this blogging, tweeting, posting, work down to a science. In other words: the more I learn, the easier it should be. But for now, like Gloria, I’m stumbling through getting it all together. So for that I need the experts. Tune in next Moonday Mania for more advice on who to get your advice from. (Okay, not grammar advice, never end a sentence on a¬†preposition.) In the meantime leave a comment for me. I’d love to know how all of you are doing with your¬†forays¬†into new worlds, blogging or otherwise!

Only a few months left till my debut novella Little Red Riding Wolf is released! Tune back to this station for details as we get closer to February 18, 2012!

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