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#win Ghosts of Christmas Past on Cynthia Woolf’s Blog

Fantastic Fridays

a Gothic Christmas romance blog

I’m working hard on Nanoing, way behind, but still working! That’s what happens when you schedule a girl’s weekend in November: lots of fun, but not so many words. I’ll be writing about it soon, so stay tuned!

Today is just a brief reminder that I’m guesting today on Cynthia Woolf’s blog. If you haven’t had a chance to read my contemporary Gothic romance, GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST, hop on by and leave a comment to enter to win an e-copy.

Have a fantastic weekend and stay warm, it’s super cold here in Colorado!

Ghosts of Christmas Past 

Jen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem. 

The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead. 

Dare to discover Jessica Aspen’s sexy, new adult, contemporary, Gothic romance, today. 

Available at:  Amazon, Barnes and NobleKoboIbooksAllRomanceEbooks

Add Ghosts of Christmas Past to your Goodreads shelf.

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

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Sneak Peek Sunday-9/21-Ghostly Peek no. 3

Sneak Peek Sunday

sneak peek sundayHi! I’m participating in Sneak Peek Sunday with my new contemporary, Gothic, holiday romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past. Every Sunday for the next few months I’ll be posting six paragraphs from the book and I’ll also be posting the link to see other author’s sneak peeks, so check out the first six paragraphs of Ghosts of Christmas Past!

(Miss the first two snippets? Click HERE for Ghostly Peek no. 1, and HERE for Ghostly Peek no 2.)

Ghosts of Christmas Past Sneak Peek

“Turn right, now,” the smooth voice of the GPS interrupted. The car slid way too close to the gravel edge before reaching a shuddering stop.

“You are missing your turn. Turn right, now.”

Jen slammed her fist onto the dashboard. “If I turn now I’ll be stuck in the ditch.” She shook her aching hand and unbuckled her seat belt.

“You are missing your turn. Turn right, now.”

“Shut up,” she said and turned off the car. She got out. “Hello?” Her whole body quivered, adrenaline shaking her already shot nerves. “Are you hurt?”

But no one had answered.

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Check out next Sunday for another snippet from chapter one!

 

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holidays Novel

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenJen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem. 

The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead. 

Dare to discover Jessica Aspen’s sexy, new adult, contemporary, Gothic romance, today.

 Add Ghosts of Christmas Past to your Goodreads shelf.

Available at:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ibooks, AllRomanceEbooks

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your FREE PDF of Ghosts of Christmas Past, please click HERE.

Want to check out the other Sneak Peeks this Sunday? Click HERE for the list.

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

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Sneak Peek Sunday-9/14-Ghostly Peek no.2

Sneak Peek Sunday

sneak peek sundayHi! I’m participating in Sneak Peek Sunday with my new contemporary, Gothic, holiday romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past. Every Sunday for the next few months I’ll be posting six paragraphs from the book and I’ll also be posting the link to see other author’s sneak peeks, so check out the next six paragraphs of Ghosts of Christmas Past!

You can find my first sneak peak into the book HERE.

Ghosts of Christmas Past Sneak Peek

But it had been so real.

She went back through it. She’d been driving down the narrow road, heading deeper into the tangled bare branches of winter New England. She’d risked a glance at the overcast sky. Only mid-afternoon, but the heavy cloud cover and tall trees pressing in from the sides made it seem like nighttime was approaching fast.

And then, she’d looked back at the road. A woman in a long, dark dress stood dead center in the curve.

Jen screamed and turned the wheel, pushing her right foot down hard on the brake. The tires shrieked, and the car skidded, the end fishtailing around and spinning in a 360 turn.

She hung on. Trees flew by in a blur and she caught a vague impression of a frightened face.

The car slowed its spin. Her heart pounded in her throat, scratching and clawing in a race to get her somewhere, anywhere but strapped into the seat of a car she barely knew how to drive.

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Check out next Sunday for another snippet from chapter one!

 

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holidays Novel

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenJen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem. 

The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead. 

Dare to discover Jessica Aspen’s sexy, new adult, contemporary, Gothic romance, today.

 Add Ghosts of Christmas Past to your Goodreads shelf.

Available at:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ibooks, AllRomanceEbooks

Or join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free copy of Ghosts of Christmas Past, please click HERE. Limited time only.

Check out the other cool sneak peeks this Sunday on the Sneak Peek Sunday Blog Linky List.

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

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE. Limited time only.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE. Limited time only.

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Sneak Peek Sunday-9/7-Ghostly Peek no.1

Sneak Peek Sunday

sneak peek sundayHi! I’m participating in Sneak Peek Sunday with my new contemporary Gothic holiday romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past. Every Sunday for the next few months I’ll be posting six paragraphs from the book and I’ll also be posting the link to see other author’s sneak peeks, so check out the first six paragraphs of Ghosts of Christmas Past!

Ghosts of Christmas Past Sneak Peek

No footprints, no body, no woman…nor any sign there’d ever been one.

Her body shaking, Jen got out of the small rental car and looked again. Frigid air caught in her lungs and, for a moment, she suffocated on her own breath.

Then she exhaled. And it was okay. She could breathe again.

A chilly gust of wind blew snow down the empty road. She walked back a few feet and searched the unmarked snow crowded close under the dense brush and trees of the road’s shoulders, but couldn’t find anything. Unable to get warm she pulled her wool coat close around her, checking the steep ditches again, and again, making absolutely sure that there was no body, bleeding and tossed to the side. Or buried in the snow.

There wasn’t. Her expensive leather boots soaking wet, she stumbled back into the car. With numb fingers she turned on the heat, reclined the seat and closed her eyes. Took a moment, just to breathe.

There hadn’t been a woman, wide-eyed, white-skinned, and dripping with mud, standing in the middle of the slick, snow-covered road. It was just her nerves.

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Check out next Sunday for another snippet from chapter one!

 

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holidays Novel

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenJen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem. 

The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead. 

Dare to discover Jessica Aspen’s sexy, new adult, contemporary, Gothic romance, today.

 Add Ghosts of Christmas Past to your Goodreads shelf.

Available at:  Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ibooks, AllRomanceEbooks

Or join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free copy of Ghosts of Christmas Past, please click HERE. Limited time only.

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

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE. Limited time only.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE. Limited time only.

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Being a Gothic Romance Author

Thursdays Bite

a paranormal blog

 

It’s early but I’m focused on fall and my mind is turning to Halloween. Ghosts and witches and haunted houses. It helps that I have a new Gothic romance out, Ghosts of Christmas PastWhat makes a Gothic romance author? What makes Gothic different from other types of paranormal romance? I blogged about Gothics and Gothic Romance a few months ago (you can check it out HERE and HERE), but today I’m thinking of the suspense element that all Gothic romance authors need in their books.

Gothic is suspense.  There might be a missing wife, a rumor of the hero being a murderer, or a smuggler. The most famous Gothic romance is Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier.

rebecca by daphne du maurier“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again… I came upon it suddenly; the approach masked by the unnatural growth of a vast shrub that spread in all directions… There was Manderley, our Manderley, secretive and silent as it had always been, the gray stone shining in the moonlight of my dream, the mullioned windows reflecting the green lawns and terrace. Time could not wreck the perfect symmetry of those walls, nor the site itself, a jewel in the hollow of a hand.”

Rebecca opens slowly, but you know from the very beginning, that something dark is approaching. Look at all the words in this paragraph that hint of the dark story to come. First of all we are in a dream state, where anything can happen. Then Du Maurier uses “unnatural growth” to remind us of the danger of untamed nature. And, when we are talking about Gothics, nature implies natural desires—sex. Here, she subtly lets us know that Manderly has gone wild and the dangers of seduction are rampant. To even dream of Manderley is to take a risk.

She moves on to “secretive and silent”. There is nothing more dangerous than a secret, and of course all secrets must be kept silent. We are already anticipating, wondering what is the secret that this place holds. Why shouldn’t we visit it, even in a dream? And how dangerous can it be?

Then she backs off the dangerous sensuality of the estate, recalling it as a lovely place, a jewel with perfect symmetry. But even at the end she let’s us know by using the word “hollow” that while it is lovely, it still has a darkness about it.

If you haven’t read much Gothic, then Rebecca is the place to start. It isn’t fast paced, like my modern Gothic romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past. Nor will you find the intensity of a modern romance. The attraction between the heroine and her husband is implied. His control over her is suspect. He is rich and older and has secrets that they don’t talk about. Rebecca has a dark suspense that is reminiscent of the Victorian Era. And, even though it’s set in the 20th century we are drawn back to a past where huge estates held ghosts and darkness.

Have you read Rebecca? Or any of Daphne Du Maurier’s works? Did you know there is a contest named after her held by the Kiss of Death Mystery and Suspense chapter of Romance Writer’s of America? The Daphne Du Maurier award is a prestigious and difficult to win award for the best in mystery and suspense romance. What do you think is the best thing about the opening to Rebecca? Does it make you want to read the book?
Okay, it’s still summer, but here in Colorado it’s been cool and rainy this week. School has started, and fall flowers are out in the grocery store, so I’m thinking fall. I’m also scheduling my guests for September through November on my new Whimsical Wednesdays Guest feature (check the calendar HERE), and working on scheduling my fall events. This October I’ll be celebrating The Dark Huntsman’s birthday in October, so look for all kinds of fun then, and I’ll be guest posting all over the internet, so check back here to keep informed. Check out my NEWS page for the calendar of events and what’s coming up this season as well as updates on my progress on Broken Mirror.

Author Bio:

jessica aspen, authorJessica 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 new release email please go to: http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj

 

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Stephen King, the threat that hangs over all writers

Thursdays Bite

a blog about the horror of writing

I’ve started writing ghost stories. Gothic romances of vulnerable heroines, desperate heroes, and scary haunted ghosts. I have an extensive reading background in Gothic romance and I love it, so it’s easy for me to create the spooky house, the dark and stormy night, and the hero who might be a threat.

What isn’t so easy for me was writing the ghost. But luckily I have my own ghost lurking behind me, Stephen King. Not that my little haunted holiday romance is anything like Stephen King’s writing. It’s not. Not at all. Don’t pick it up thinking it is. But more to the point, Stephen King is what scares me.

cujo by stephen kingI’m so terrified of him that I’ve never even read one of his fiction books. Just the idea of reading Cujo or Pet Cemetery makes my palms tingle and my knees weak. I know I won’t sleep. I know I’ll be afraid to even turn off the light.

That’s the kind of writer I want to be. Someone who has mastered his craft so well that even the thought of reading their books brings up emotion. I have read Stephen King’s book On Writing. And that was scary enough. I know have Stephen haunting me. Lurking behind me if I don’t write with dark looks, waving a judgmental finger at me. Saying, “You didn’t write today? For shame!”

When I first read On Writing and realized that Stephen King did not consider you a real writer, a serious writer, unless you wrote everyday, I nearly gave up. There was no way with a job, two small children, and a house to run, that I was going to be able to write every day. I needed time to focus. Time to work without someone needing me. Time to write.

But I didn’t give up. I faced the specter of Stephen King’s dire warnings about not writing and I did my best. I wrote slowly during those days. If I hit 500 words when I wrote, that was a good day, and if I wrote three days a week, that was a good week. But still he haunted me.

Even now I can feel him standing behind me. Why are you wasting time blogging? Why aren’t you writing the book? What are you scared of?

Um, you.

I am scared of not writing. Scared of writing. What if it’s not good? What if they hate it? What if I fail?

Stephen moves in closer. I can feel him nearly touching me. So what?

So write.

Even though I’m scared, the ghost of Stephen King is right. None of that matters. What matters in the end is the wordcount. How many words got down on the page. In the long run, that’s all I’ll see as my success or failure.

Who is your motivator? What ghosts do you have lurking behind you  driving you to succeed?

Happy dancing! Ghosts of Christmas Past recieved two five star reviews this week! WOOT! You can read Patricia Statham’s review at Books To Curl Up With or you can check out the five stars that Kathy left on Amazon or Goodreads.

And don’t forget, Ghosts of Christmas Past is only on sale through the end of August. Get your holiday read for 99 cents today!

Available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Ibooks and AllRomance E-books

Author Bio:

jessica aspen, authorJessica 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 new release email please go to: http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj

 

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Ghosts and Ghoulies and Things That Go Bump in the Night

Thursdays Bite

bringing out the ghost in paranormal

Hi, I’m blogging again. I was taking a blog break and had every intention of not blogging until September, but it turns out I miss it! I like the schedule and I like writing about fantasy and paranormal romance. So, I’m back! And in honor of my new modern Gothic, Ghosts of Christmas Past, I’m writing about ghosts.

I’ve always read ghost stories. Do you remember those book orders the teachers used to send home with the kids in elementary school? Arrow Books and Scholastic? I lived in a fairly rural area. Our library was in a small house, and my mom had been one of the people to start it. It had a lot of books people had donated, but very few new ones and I loved all the choices that came home in that flyer.

Especially the mystery and suspense.

And there wasn’t much of that. I read Nancy Drew and had devoured all the ones within my reach by the end of second grade, and I loved Scooby Doo, but at that time books for kids were mostly focused on kids having adventures, so I was hungry for more mystery, more suspense, more supernatural. (Okay, technically in both Scooby and Nancy’s books the supernatural turned out to be some guy named Bob hiding behind a wall, but for a moment you could pretend there was a ghost.) Enter the short ghost story books.

scary stories by alvin schwartz

Do you remember reading these?

Books about haunted sailing ships and the sad stories behind them.  Books about men who married women with ribbons around their necks, who turned out to be already dead. Books about haunted houses, courthouses, and outhouses. You name it, if it was out there it had been haunted.

So when I decided to write a ghost story, I had plenty of fodder in my imagination. I needed an older house, because having a new house be haunted doesn’t carry the same thrill. I needed a ghost, well, that’s self-evident. And I needed a reason for her to be a ghost, and not just a ghost, but a malevolent one.

That was tougher.

Enter Agnes. Now I sympathize with Agnes. Her life wasn’t easy and she’s really trying hard to do the right thing. Unfortunately, it’s really wrong to do what she does. Should I tell you and spoil the book? No, I think I’ll let you read it yourself. But trust me, I put a lot of thought into why Agnes would do what she did, and how she thought she was justified.

And then I had to make her scary.

That was the fun part. That’s when all those books that kept me awake at night when I was nine came into play. All the creepy things that make you want to run but when you turn and really look at them, you can explain them away. So you stay in the house.

Did you read ghost stories as a kid? Do you read them now? Do you like to be scared? Have that shiver run up your spine?

Because I want to let all my regular readers have a chance to pick up Ghosts of Christmas Past it’s on a limited time offer of 99cents through the end of August. After that it’s up to $2.99, so grab it while it’s cheap!

 

 

Contemporary Love Stories with a Gothic twist.

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspen

 

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holidays Novel

Jen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem.

 The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead.

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Introductory price of 99cents! Goes up to $2.99 on September 1st, 2014

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It’s here! Ghosts of Christmas Past is released!

Moonday Mania

a blog where we celebrate!

I’m stepping out of my self imposed blog hiatus to whoop it up about releasing my latest book, Ghosts of Christmas Past. (See, I am working and not just having a fun summer holiday.) I’m a little nervous about it because there are no shifters, witches or elves. It’s not a fantasy romance nor is it a twisted fairy tale romance. What it is is something completely different. A contemporary Gothic romance.

And, it’s got a New Adult vibe. So, I really should call it a New Adult Contemporary Gothic Romance.

Oh, I forgot, it’s also a holiday romance. So let’s add that in. A New Adult Contemporary Gothic Christmas Romance. I don’t like to do anything uncomplicated.

It’s shorter than my fantasy books and a little longer than the shifter romances. In fact, it was supposed to be a novella, but it missed the mark and came in at over 40,000 words, so it’s officially a short novel. I toyed with the idea of calling it a novelette but ended up sticking with short novel.

And it’s the first in a series of short novels about the Pierce family in Appleset, Massachusetts. All of these books will be centered around holidays and all of them will have some kind of supernatural element. Maybe the series title will give you a clue as to what kind of supernatural element. Haunted Holidays. 

Yep, they will be ghost stories. With all the suspense and horror of a ghost story, tempered by the heat of the romance. Because there is some romance. Okay, more than a little. The heat level in this book is spicy, hotter than my steamy fantasy novels but maybe not quite hitting the heat level of the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods shifter romances.

I had a lot of fun writing this one, it was a nice break in between all of my books. I started it in late 2012, after I’d finished Goldi and the Bear and before starting Prince by Blood and Bone. Then it had to sit a while while I wrote Prince by Blood and Bone and published both it and Golid and The Dark Huntsman. Last fall, when I had planned to publish it, I was instaed wrestling with Prince by Blood and Bone’s edits. And this one had to sit by the wayside. But it’s finished now, and it’s something new and different. So I hope you give my venture into the modern Gothic a chance.

To get it off to a good start I’m offering it at 99 cents for the month of August, then I’ll raise it up to it’s regular price of $2.99, so get your copy today!

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenGhosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holidays Novel

Jen MacNamara flees the Christmas wedding of her best friend and cheating fiancé and runs to the country to spend the holiday alone. It’s the perfect plan, until her unexpectedly sexy neighbor and landlord, Nate Pierce, insists on bringing the holiday to her—complete with a Christmas tree, hot chocolate, and an unexpected kiss. 

And that’s not Jen’s only problem.

 The cozy country farmhouse is already occupied by something evil. Now Jen’s nights are spent wrapped in sensual dreams of a past life, and her days growing closer to Nate as they solve the mystery of the malevolent ghost that haunts not only the house, but also wants Jen dead.

I’ve pushed published everywhere and it’s available today at:

Available now: Amazon,  Barnes and Noble, IbooksAllRomanceEbooks and Kobo at the limited time price of 99cents!

Goes up to $2.99 on September 1st, 2014

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Halloween Horror

Thursdays Bite

a halloween is coming blog

  • You might have guessed that Halloween is my favorite holiday. I grew up with a mother and a grandmother both born on Halloween, so we always had a party. To celebrate, my mom handed out FULL SIZE candy bars. Needless to say we were popular with the neighborhood kids. But I think the best thing about Halloween is being scared. 

That’s why I’m loving writing Gothic. Spooky houses, ghosts, creepy feelings snaking up your spine. Brrrr! Maybe that “Who I Write Like” website was right. Maybe I do write my paranormal romances like Ann Rice and Stephen King. One can only hope! (If you want to read that post, check it out HERE).

What I do know is I’m super excited about not just Halloween but also Christmas this year because my spooky, sexy, Gothic romance novella will be ready for release. Ghosts of Christmas Past, is the first story in my new paranormal romance series: Haunted Holidays. All novellas and all featuring romantic ghost stories. It’s like having Halloween at Christmas time, and I’m anticipating all the ghostly fun.

Yes, Jack, Christmas would be better with a little bit of Halloween thrown in. We already have Scrooge and his ghosts, why not add more?

halloween toombstones Writing paranormal means my plots always have zing, but writing horror means the zing is always creepy. Hmm, I may enjoy this too much! IN fact I think I do. I’m already thinking ahead to my next Haunted Holiday novella and I’m not even finished with this one? Love  ghosts. Love romance. So how could I not write a ghostly romance?

I grew up reading not just ghost stories, but Gothics. From the very old stories like The Turn of the Screw and The Woman in White, to the later romances that Victoria Hold and Phyllis Whitney used to write. Gothic is in my blood.

And who can forget Ammee, Come Home, by the classic Gothic author, Barabara Michaels. Brrr. I’m not sure I can live in a house built before 1992 without wondering if there is a ghost.

What other ghosts in love stories can you remember. My mother used to love The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Have you seen that one? The TV show reminds me of adult Scooby Doo, funny and a little spooky. It was based on the movie of the same name, which has a terrific romantic and haunting piece of music to go with it: The Ghost and Mrs. Muir Suite. You can listen to that and imagine the ghost falling in love with the lovely and young widow.

Do you like a little horror with your romance? How about mixed in with your Halloween or Christmas? Did you ever read a true Gothic romance? Or delve into old fashioned mysteries?

I’m still on tour. Tommorrow I’ll be hopping by Romance and Beyond. If you’d like a glimpse into romance in my life, come on by.

My Goodreads Book Giveaway is still underway. If you haven’t taken advantage of this opportunity to win a print copy of The Dark Huntsman, then what are you waiting for? It’s spicy, fantasy romance at it’s best! (If I do say so myself. wink wink)

The Dark Huntsman

by Jessica Aspen

Giveaway ends October 22, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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New Adult Paranormal Or: Bringing Back the Gothic Cover

Moonday Mania

a mystery, an innocent girl, a dark deceptive man…

For the last several years all I’ve heard from authors is: NEED MAN CHEST! Gotta have it on my cover or  it doesn’t say romance. But I don’t just write romance, I write dark paranormal romance, new adult paranormal, or… dare I say it… Gothic Romance.

Right now, and for the past few years, that’s exactly what man chest does. For women, book buyers, editors, the sight of a guy on the cover signals romance. So does a couple in a hot embrace. But what about a solitary woman on the cover, what does that say?

A woman on the cover brings me back to my classic Gothic roots. All those romances where a young woman goes out on her own and deals with a dark, dangerous, sexy, alpha male. Hey wait, isn’t that what I write? Isn’t that the basis for New Adult Paranormal?

Yeah, it is.

So do I need man chest? Does it signal to my group of readers that they are getting what they are looking for?

Um, no.

Why?

the dark huntsman by jessica aspenBecause there is a new trend taking shape. A new, but old trend. The gothic romance is coming back and it’s signaled not by lots of skin, but by lone women. If it’s a YA paranormal you would see a single item a la Twighlight, but the latest trend in NA is a single woman with lots of angst. In other words, a cover like The Dark Huntsman.

Now, strictly speaking The Dark Huntsman is not a gothic, there is no spooky house. (I’m writing a gothic Christmas novella right now, The Ghosts of Christmas Past and that one has a house.) But it has the other elements of a gothic and curously, New Adult Paranormal.

  1.  a young woman, just finding out who she is
  2. a dark, mysterious man. Sexy and just a little bit powerful or intriguing
  3. a mystery

Add in the house and you have a Gothic Romance, just like days of old. Starting with Daphne Du Maurier’s famous line from Rebecca and moving through the golden age of authors like Victoria Holt, Mary Stewart, Barbara Michaels and Phyllis Whitney we see a slew of books about young women going out on their own for the first time and discovering…DANGER.

And love.

the legend of the seventh virgin by victoria holt

And what did those covers look like?

Hmm, let’s look. Any man chest visible? No.

A lone woman, obviously in trouble, and a dark stormy background.

Romance has come full circle with New Adult Paranormal, we’ve come back to the Gothic Romance and I love it. What an opportunity to write angsty heroines, dark mysterious heros, and of course, classic haunted houses. Now in a New Adult Paranormal, you might find something else takes the place of the house, but you would still have the three key ingredients: a young woman in trouble, a dark sexy man, and a mystery.

What books have you read lately that fit this bill? Do you see the trend in romance to come back to the Gothic? Have you read a New Adult Paranormal Romance? Have you dipped your toe into New Adult? What romance trends do you see? Are you still hungry for man chest?

There is still time to enter my Goodreads Giveaway for The Dark Huntsman. Ten print copies, up for grabs! Only three weeks left, so hurry up and enter today.

And if you are on the winners list for The Dark Huntsman e-book giveaway, and you haven’t checked your spam file, please do so. I sent all the winners an email and I’d love to send you your prize!

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