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FABulous Kindle Scout Romance Sale! Limited time only…

Kindle Scout Winners are on sale, just in time for WOLF ENFORCER’S release week!

 

Kindle Press has chosen a select few Kindle Scout Winners and put them on sale for only 99cents, and WOLF ENFORCER was one of the chosen few. 🙂

Serena Lowell’s move to Colorado isn’t going as planned. Her new boss hates her. She’s falling in love with the wrong twin. And a stalker is sending her roses.

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wolf enforcer by jessica aspen

Serena Lowell’s move to Colorado isn’t going as planned. Her new boss hates her. She’s falling in love with the wrong twin. And a stalker is sending her roses.

When the sexiest woman alive walks up to Gabe Wulfric and demands to make love, he knows he’s met his mate. But will falling head-over-tail for Serena turn out to be the biggest mistake of his life?

Now both twins are suffering from mating fever and Serena has to make a choice. A choice that will give one brother the mate of his dreams. And set the other up for a chaotic fall into the wild. If, that is, Serena can survive the obsessive love of her secret stalker.

Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of shifter suspense…and discover your imagination.

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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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Looking for Haunted Reads?

Fantastic Fridays

a paranormal blog

It’s Friday! And it’s time to explore the world of ghosts. My latest foray in to the paranormal is a romantic ghost story, Ghosts of Christmas Past, and while I may have trouble deciding if it’s a modern Gothic, a romantic suspense with paranormal elements, or a New Adult paranormal romance, I do know one thing about it (besides the fact that it’s a romance): it has ghosts.

Writing ghost romance means I’m anticipating Halloween and today I decided to take a journey into the land of true ghost stories. I grew up reading tales of terror, provided through the Arrow and Scholastic book clubs. You can read that post HERE, but now I’ve discovered that it’s all on the internet. So here are a list of a few blogs you can hop to and discover ghosts, ghouls, and the truly creepy.

halloween toombstonesThe first blog I’m going to send you to is Paranormal Stories  and I particularly was intrigued by the title of one of their blogs Corpse Roads.  Gives me the shivers just reading it. Reminds me of when Mary and I drove down to RWA this summer. We drove through the vast open prairies of Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. And there was one town that was stuffed full of graves. Tiny little town and multiple cemetaries. We figured people had driven for miles through rural Texas to be buried there. All those corpses rolling over the three roads that came into town. Now that place must have some ghost stories.

Since my story is a modern Gothic, I set it in a haunted house in the US. So if you are looking for more stories of haunts in the United States, then check out American Ghost Story. Tales of the supernatural from all over the states. What I find interesting about this blog is that it’s full of short, almost Flash Fiction personal tales of ghosts from all over. If you want quick creepy stories, this is the link for you. I loved the typo in the story about a haunted youth “hostile” in Berlin. It definitely was hostile.

And I haven’t been brave enough to listen, but if you love the sound of Neil Gaiman’s voice, like I do, merely the idea of him reading ghost stories sends shivers up my spine. Check out the TED Blog and let me know if it’s as spine chilling as I think it will be. Even the title of the story is creepy, Click-Clack the Rattlebag. Brrrr!

 What’s Happening: I have guests every Wednesday on the blog, this week author Sandra S. Kerns, shared her research into diving for Her Master Diver. And next Whimsical Wedesday you will meet author Tameri Etherton.

Check out the quickie glimpses into Ghosts of Christmas Past, this month with Sneak Peek Sundays. Every Sunday I’ll be giving you six paragraphs from the book. 

Next Friday I’ll go over my Fantastic Halloween! October is going to be chock full of events where you can win everything from print books to Amazon Gift Cards, so check back!

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 https://jessicaaspen.com/what-hot-new-story-is-jessica-working-on/

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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 fiancĂ© 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, Ibooks, AllRomanceEbooks and Kobo at the limited time price of 99cents!

Goes up to $2.99 on September 1st, 2014

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Shift Happens

Thursday’s Bite…

…on Friday!

Please welcome paranormal romance author JC McKenzie to Jessica Aspen Writes. Of course she writes paranormal, but this is also a book with shifters (something I love) and vampires. Paranormal romance to love! Give a warm welcome (claps) to JC!

Shifting Setting

When I sat down to write Shift Happens, the choice of setting came naturally to me. Vancouver, BC.  I’m Canadian, so I wanted to showcase a Canadian city instead of an American one, and I’ve lived in or around the Great Vancouver Area for well over a decade. I know this city. I love this city.

Vancouver is a coastal seaport city nestled in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. It is by far the most ethnically and linguistically diverse urban centre in Canada and is the third largest metropolitan area in the country. It is consistently named one of the top worldwide cities for livability, quality of life and natural beauty. Not bad for a city that grew from a sawmill and a nearby tavern!

But not all that glitters is gold…Just as the natural beauty of the city shines through the day, full of spandex-clad yoga practitioners and cool ocean breezes, the city has a darkness to it as well. The largest population of homeless people in Canada, a renowned serial killer, infamous strip clubs, overdosing celebrities, rundown buildings, greasy bars, dark alleyways, and a buzzing night life.

I love the dichotomy of the city, its blend of natural beauty and cityscape. What a perfect location to set my Urban Fantasy where all supernatural creatures have been exposed and live amongst “normal” people.

Vancouver fits with the dark, gloomy and rainy image I’m going for with Shift Happens. I needed a city that could be beautiful and bright, and at the same time be seedy and grimy; and all the while surrounded by the brilliance of lush evergreen forests, snow-capped mountains and onshore ocean breezes.

I needed Vancouver.

My imagination took me on a journey to a city I love.

 

Do you like it if you read a book set in a place you know really well, or do you find it distracting, even insulting (if they describe a place you like negatively)?

Do you prefer to read about a place you’ve never been to? Escapism at its best?

ANDY SHOULD BE SOLVING A MYSTERY, BUT SHE’D RATHER PLAY WOLF. CAN SHE GET BOTH JOBS DONE?

Shift Happens

Shift Happens by JC McKenzieAndrea McNeilly’s job as a government agent is not asking questions, but then a routine assignment turns into a botched assassination of a Master Vampire’s human servant. Answers become a priority. Her search to discover the truth is riddled with obstacles, the largest being an oversized Werewolf who resembles a Norse god. Andy can’t afford the distraction he offers, because if she fails, she faces eternal enslavement.

Wick’s job is to monitor Andy, but he prefers more intimate activities, none of them G-Rated. His choices, however, are often not his own. His ability to help Andy is limited by his bond to the Master Vampire.

Facing many trials and challenges along her path to redemption, Andy learns the value of her freedom might be set too high.

 

Excerpt:

A large black wolf trotted into the clearing to confront me. He had a white-tipped snout, white boots and mitts and would have looked cute had he not been the most intimidating Werewolf I’d ever seen. Standing tall and solid, power rolled off of his body. His eyes bore into mine. I sniffed the air. The strong Werewolf scent of rosemary swirled around me, strong and seductive, laced with sugar. A weird fuzzy sensation spread out from my chest. Whoa.

My other form growled low, demanding release, straining against my skin. The energy of the wolves built—layers upon layers of excitement and impatience. The air pulsated with anticipation. They could sense the imminent kill.

Let me out! My other form repeated, throwing her power against my built up walls, howling in defiance.

When the energy of the Werewolves surged, I finally released her. My wolf form flowed out fast, wiping out the feline in little more than a heartbeat. Smaller, weaker and the size of a natural wolf, a Shifter in this form was no match for a Werewolf, especially a dominant one. I had time to meet the eyes of the Alpha for only an instant before the pack leapt forward. My limbs shook. It went against every instinct ingrained within me, but I rolled onto my back—submissive.

Buy Links:

Amazon.com | Amazon.ca | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.com.au 

All Romance Ebooks | Amazon.com | Barnes & Noble | Chapters – Indigo | Wild Rose Press

Available in print and all other electronic formats on July 16th, 2014

And JC is having a super  Rafflecopter giveaway!

  About the Author: Born and raised on the Haida Gwaii, off the West Coast of Canada, J.C. McKenzie grew up in a pristine wilderness that inspired her to dream. She writes Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. You can discover JC at:  J.C. McKenzie’s Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | The Wild Rose Press| Amazon Rafflecopter giveaway

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Happy Halloween!

Thursays Bite

Happy Halloween!

Today is the last day to leave a comment on the Quarterly Release Blog Hop to win! On my site, just leave a comment in the box to win an ebook. You need to enter at the Rafflecopter site for the general Huge Swag Pack including copies of my twisted fairy tale, spicy, new adult, paranormal series, Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods.

Also the last day to participate in Sam Cheever’s Trick or Treat contest. Tomorrow I’ll be drawing names for the prizes on my site and sending one lucky winner on to Sam’s super prize swag pack including a kindle paperwhite and a copy of The Dark Huntsman.

Crazy Halloween Week!

I was going to have my fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman, Free today and with everything going on in my life, I forgot that I needed to schedule the free day! So it will be free on November 1st and November 2nd on Amazon. Check in tomorrow for the links and details!

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Picking Up After Ourselves on Elaine Cougler

Wednesday Jump-In

Congratulations to my Goodreads Giveaway Winners! WOOT! Ten print copies of my brand new, fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman, will be going out to ten lucky winners in the mail this week. WOOT!

Today I am a guest on Elaine Cougler’s blog HERE and since she writes anything but paranormal I wrote a fun little post that dog lovers and writers alike will enjoy. I love to read a variety of authors and Elaine’s book The Loyalist’s Wife is burning a hole in my Kindle waiting for me to have the time to really dig into some historical fiction. I figure that will be November at this rate, when I go back to the day job and writing becomes very difficult for me to accomplish.

Tomorrow I start a brand new blog hop with the October New Release blog hop. Tons of new authors for you to meet, all with brand new books this month. Like me! And there will be prizes available, so check back for a non-paranormal Thursdays Bite, tomorrow.

And speaking of prizes there is only one week left to hop to the rest of the authors on Sam Cheever’s Trick or Treat Blog Hop. There are TWO grand prizes in that hop, two Kindle Paperwhites! As well as lots of books and goodies, including a print copy of The Dark Huntsman! Click HERE for details.sam cheevers trick or treat blog hop

Now on to the blog.

UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE

Prince by Blood and Bone, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court will be back from my editor this week! WOOT! That means I need to get a jump on my Christmas novella, The Ghosts of Christmas Past. This was supposed to be a 20-30 k novella when I started it and as of now it has topped 35k. I think it will be closer to 40k by the time I send it to my editor and if it hits over 40k it is no longer a novella. It will be a novel. But a small one.

What is a novella? Isn’t it a small novella?

Typically a novella is defined as a fictional book between 20,000 and 40,000 words. Anything over 40k is considered a novel. But when you consider that The Dark Huntsman, and Prince by Blood and Bone are both 85,0000 words, is it fair to count a book that is half their length as a novel?

Well, the answer is, yes. But I would consider anything under 65k a short novel. Most short contemporaries, think Harlequin’s traditional little books, are under 65k. They are novels. And NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month), which is coming up soon, considers a 50k novel to be a complete work.

Why is that?

NANOWRIMO braceletsTraditionally novels used to be shorter. In the times of expensive paper and ink and handwriting a book a fifty thousand word novel was an amazing accomplishment. It still is, it is just easier to achieve now that we have computers and e-readers and the cost of writing and production has dropped to just about nothing. But actually sitting down and writing that novel is tough. Thousands of people attempt NANOWRIMO in November, I’ve tried it several times, and most of us fail. That’s right. Me, who writes long involved novels, has never won NANOWRIMO.

It’s hard!

It’s really very difficult to write a novel and to do it in November is (for me) very tough. I work and there is a holiday, which helps some people because they are home and not working, but for me it means EVERYONE is home and not working and my house is crowded and noisy. Not my favorite writing environment.

So this year I am not attempting NANOWRIMO, but I would love to encourage those of you who are. I will be looking at my editors’ comments for both Prince by Blood and Bone and (hopefully) The Ghosts of Christmas Past (should it ever get finished). I will be formatting both of them and bringing them to production so that by January they will both be out and about and available for consumption.

Actually, I’m planning on the Christmas novella on being available for consumption much earlier than January, but today a lot depends on my long-suffering editor’s schedule, since I’ve bumped it up twice due to Jury duty, flood, and just general not getting it done. See, it takes at least two months for me to write a 35k novella. Writing 50k would be a huge challenge. But I’m up for it! I still would love to complete NANOWRIMO some time and I think next year I will plan my year around it. I’ll make sure I have a plot ready to go and outlined and all my other projects are on hold for November. And maybe, just maybe, I’ll kick everyone out of the house for Thanksgiving and get to writing.

HAH!

Are any of you planning on attempting NANOWRIMO? What have you done to make sure you can accomplish this Herculean feat? Have you prepped your loved ones to expect no turkey or stuffing on Thanksgiving? Have you finished your Christmas shopping early? Is your house clean and ready for guests at the drop of a hat so you can focus entirely on your manuscript?

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Non Grammar Divas Unite! (part deux)

This blog is the second part of a blog on editing, responding to editor’s comments, and why everyone deserves an editor. See part one HERE on Jessica Aspen Writes. I have another disclaimer before I start. (To read my disclaimers hope back to Monday’s blog.)

I love my editors. I hope by writing this and letting them know that I sometimes disagree, they still know that I respect their opinions. And that this blog in no way is because of any recent edits. I wrote it a while back and it’s been waiting for a gap in my blogging schedule. That they (my fabulous editors) are the reason my spicy-hot paranormal romances are placing in contests and winning rave reviews. Thank you, to all my editors!

Hello again. I’m on a rant, an editorial rant. Editing your own manuscript is hard, that’s why we hire editors (or our publisher hires editors) to help us fix our mistakes that we can’t even see. But what do you do when you are reading your edits and you disagree? Can you make changes? After all, they are the editors. They are the people who know what’s what. The professionals.

Well the answer is yes. Qualitatively, yes.

You do have the right to say, no. That you feel that this style of writing is your voice and that you want to keep the repetetive use of that or these or green. Whatever it is. You can say that. But there is a time and a way to do it. And there are times when you should just stay quiet, bite the pencil, and keep their edits.

When do you do you argue with your editor and when do you roll over and take the edits? Well, it depends.

First off it does make a difference if you are working with a publishing house or you are indie published. Let’s take the traditionally published author first. You signed a contract that handed over temporary rights to your work. And it usually says that you are required to work with the house editor and fix what they want fixed. So you should do all the changes, right?

Wrong.

You should do most of them. If the house uses the serial comma, and you hate the serial comma, too bad. It’s the house’s rules and just like when you walk into a casino you should either know the rules in advance or be prepared to abide by them if you don’t. Let’s face it. You decided to sign that contract. You’ve already taken the gamble, now trust in your editor and do what she says.

So when do you stand firm? When do you say, no?

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and EB WhiteWhen it is something that really upsets you. Something that if it isn’t done your way, then you feel like your voice won’t be heard. Something that is intrinsic to you as an author. Those changes are worth fighting for. And there should be damn few of them. As the classic grammar book The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and EB White says about the word very:

“Use this word sparingly. Where emphasis is necessary, use words strong in themselves.”

Wield the power of No sparingly. Make it count when you use it. Your writing will be stronger because your editor will help you, but you will also keep it strong by holding true to your voice when you fight for those things that sound like you, feel like you, are definitely only written by you.

And how do you tell you editor? Do you call her up and rant and rave? Do you send angry emails with excessive exclamation points?

No. You calmly and concisely tell her why you need the change. After you’ve looked it up in at least one grammar book. Or checked it online with Gramarly.com where it auto checks your errors. Or you email your Margie Lawson critique partner and she has verified your use of one of the rhetorical devices.

Then, and only then, do you ask to do it your way. She may say yes, she may say no. But if she says no then she will usually give you a good reason and you will walk away with your working relationship intact.

Now what if you are indie published. You hired this editor. He may never see the manuscript again, may never know or care if you make the changes. Will happily take your money and give his opinion even if you never make any of the changes to any of the manuscripts you send. What do you do then? It’s your final say. You are the final editor of your own book.

“With great power comes great responsibility.”

(I believe this one is from Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben in Spiderman.)

Wolf Spider under glass

You are the one with the final say, but you also spent time researching this editor and trusted him enough to not only pay him big bucks, but to send him your baby. Trust him. Do as he says. Unless…

Unless it is going to change your voice, change your story, or change anything that will make you wish you’d never published. IN that case. Think twice. Consult the grammar gurus. And don’t make the changes. But be aware! You may face ridicule in the reviews if you choose unwisely.

So choose wisely and make the changes that are necessary to create the best book possible. Whether you work with a publishing house or a freelance editor remember they are wise individuals who know more than you do. But in the end it is your name on the cover.

How do you tell someone you are unhappy with their work? Do you? Do you take the time to cool down and maybe see that they might have a point? Or do you send off that rip-roaring email and destroy relationships?

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Montana Romance

 Thursdays Bite

What do mustangs, Montana, and Greek Nymphs have to do with each other? That’s what I had to find out once I saw the two books from Crimson Romance by Danica Winters. Danica has blended traditional myth with modern paranormal romance in a unique way. After your done here, scoot on over to her website and check out a short excerpt. I guarantee you’ll want to find out more! Please welcome guest author, Danica Winters to Jessica Aspen Writes.

Montana Romance

 

Romance: the focus of many lives and almost every work of fiction.  Romance is the verb that will keep us up at night and the noun that fills our thoughts.  It is the love affair which will make us wonder and make one’s stomach clench when their lover nears.  When writing Montana Mustangs my goal was to create a fabulous work of fiction which would keep the reader up at night wondering what tomorrow and the story could bring—Death? Secrets? Love?

When I’m creating characters and story lines I often find inspiration for my characters through songs.  For the most part, I think we each have songs which relate to times in our lives, to events, and the emotions that flood our hearts.  To get into my character’s frame of mind I made the following list of songs for certain instances in their lives during the story.  I would love to now share my secret list with you, my readers.  I hope you find you are as intrigued by my characters as I became as I began to know them through the mood and lyrics of songs.

Character Soundtrack for Montana Mustangs:

What would the heroine, Aura Montgarten, listen to when she was driving to Montana? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCmUhYSr-e4

What would the hero, Dane Burke, listen to when he’s at home, alone after a long night of patrolling Flathead County?  (I dare you not to think of Ghost!)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrK5u5W8afc

What would Zeb Burke (Dane’s brother) listen to when he’s driving around the Diamond Bar Ranch?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLKjy0YdVvA

What about Natalie—the kidnapped sister?  What would she hum when she shifts into her horse form?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I5Mwig3VqXg

Do you have questions?  What do you think the song would be for where you are at in life?  I love interacting with my readers, so please feel free to leave a comment, your song, or a question below. (I love to surprise active readers with swag!)  Happy Reading!

Danica Winters

montana mustangs

Montana Mustangs

The Nymph Series Book 2

Danica Winters

Publisher: Crimson Romance

Length: 60k words

Publication Date: May 6, 2013

Heat Level: Sensual, m/f, HEA

Book Description:

A Nymph.  A woman with the ability to seduce at will, shift to protect, but cursed with the fate to have the man she falls in love with die a tragic death.  As one of the ill-fated nymphs, Aura Montgarten has spent her lifetime drifting from one place to another hiding from love.  Until she meets Dane.

When a body washes up on the shore of a rural Montana lake, police officer Dane Burke is faced with the task of finding the killer—even if it means he will be forced to put his life and heart at risk by working with a drifter.  As the truth of Aura’s Mustang-shifting Nymph ways are revealed, Dane learns exactly the amount of danger he and Aura are in, but can’t force himself to leave a case unsolved when the truth is right outside of his grasp.

When the killer decides he needs to take another victim—Dane—Aura must choose between their forbidden love and her immortal life…  Can there be life without love, or is death her only choice?

the nymph's labryinth

The Nymph’s Labyrinth

 Book 1 of The Nymph Series

Book Description: *(Featured in USA Today)*

A world shrouded in mystery and intrigue, the Sisterhood of Epione must not be exposed.

A Shape-shifting nymph, Ariadne, is tasked with keeping the truth of her group’s existence and their ancient mysteries far out of reach of an American archeologist and his troublemaking son.  When forgotten and forbidden passions are awakened, Ariadne is forced to make a choice—fall in line and continue to be overrun and pushed down by the sisterhood, or follow her heart and put everyone’s lives in danger.

Can Ariadne have the man she loves or will the pressure and secrets of the past keep her from her heart’s desire?

Publication Date: December 31, 2012
Publisher: Crimson Romance
Purchase Link: Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Kobo
Pages: 300

DW--2012About Danica Winters

Danica Winters is a bestselling author who is known for writing award-winning books that grip readers with their ability to drive emotion through suspense and often a touch of magic.  When she’s not working she can be found in the wilds of Montana working on her patience while she tries to understand the allure of various crafts (quilting, pottery and painting are not her thing).  She always believe the cup is neither half full nor half empty, but it better be filled with wine.

Website | Blog | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook |

Other Titles by Danica Winters:

Love Under the Christmas Tree

A Christmas Miracle

The Vampire’s Hope

Curse of the Wolf

An Angel’s Justice

 

Coming Soon from Danica Winters (2013):

Winter Swans (Crimson Romance)

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Smorgasbord of 99 Cent Books on the Book Lover’s Buffet

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Introducing the Book Lovers’ Buffet. Load up, you won’t gain a pound!

The Buffet’s “Bouquet of Books” sale opens today May 1, 2013. But you need to hurry, it will close on May 3rd. That means you only have a few days to load up your e-reader wit more than 175 ebooks, all reduced in price to just 99 cents!

Save in categories such as Young Adult, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense, Erotic Romance, and more!

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Titles from popular authors such as:

  • Gemma Halliday
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And many, many more, including some killer paranormal authors like:

bewitching you by viola estrella

Bewitching You by Viola Estrella

The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers by Angie Fox

The Dangerous Book for Demon Slayers by Angie Fox

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Dragon Rider’s Gift by KH LeMoyne

So check it out and stock up on your summer reading before summer actually gets here!

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Native American Selkies and guest author VS Nelson

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parnormal guest author series, spring 2013

To celebrate spring I’m inviting fellow paranormal authors to write guest posts for Thursdays Bite and today I’m excited to welcome innovative author VS Nelson to Jessica Aspen Writes. Not only does VS write paranormal, but it’s paranormal with a Native American twist. I’m fascinated by selkies and never knew they are part of a Native American tradition as well as Celtic. Read on and discover…

NATIVE AMERICAN SELKIES

I was recently asked if my Native American version of the Selkie was based upon real Native American myths or did I make it up. Believe me when I tell you, Selkies are just as real to Native American’s as they are to the Celtic people. You will find myths and stories of these shape shifting water creatures throughout our Native lands, especially within tribes on coastal waters. The Selkie myth although called by different names changes throughout the various Native peoples but you will find them if you know what you are looking for.

Rafe Martin first wrote about the Native version of the Selkie in his, The Boy Who Lived with Seals, in his children’s book. I used this book more than once teaching Native myths to my elementary students. Although, Martin never uses the word Selkie in his description, it is evident what he is referring to.

In book one of my Sekhmet’s Guardians series, Eternal Lovers, I have tried to explain the variations of the shape shifting Selkie as seen through the eyes of different native people around the globe.

Here is an insert from that book.

the boy who lived with seals by rafe martin, david shannonThen he came across the stories of the Selkies. The Selkie stories changed as they crossed Europe from Scotland to Wales and through Sweden. In Scotland, the Selkie was described as a seal who took the form of a human woman to seduce men. The stories in Wales showed both sexes as Selkies and it appeared that was where the stories from which the merman and mermaid originated from. He read on further as the stories were leading him from one reference to another.

He was fascinated with what he read in some ancient tales from Sweden. He discovered stories portraying the Selkie as a fairy or water sprite like creature who took the form of many different animals, but most often took the form of sea creatures because of their love of water.  They were gentle and kind in nature and possessed a love for all living creatures. The female in her human form was considerably petite in nature with delicate features. Their hair ranged from Blond to shades of red to dark brown. It was said that many a fisherman would take a Selkie as their bride as they were faithful and loving in every way.

The Selkie bride had many skills including a psychic link to her mate. She would know his thoughts and be able to run to his aid should he fall upon danger. Stories continued to tell the tale of fishermen mated to Selkies, who out to sea came upon a storm putting their ship in danger. The female Selkie wife would sense this, change form and swim out to sea in order to save him and the crew. Other stories told of farmers who were in accidents away from their home on land. The Selkie wife would change into a type of bird or fast moving animal, what ever creature would provide the means to get her to mate in time to save him.

The male Selkie in his human form was described as an incredibly large man, robust in muscle and excessively handsome, who had little difficulty seducing human women. At one time, it was believed they had seductive powers which they used on their human prey, but later, it was believed it was only because of their great looks and build that attracted the women to them.

It was believed male Selkies would seek out those females who were dissatisfied with their romantic and sexual life and fill the woman with pleasures beyond their wildest fantasies. The stories went on to talk of Selkie males taking human wives and would remain faithful to them for the remainder of their life.

The male and female Selkies often times would outlive their human mates. In mourning the loss of a human mate, the Selkie would return to the sea or near by water mass, taking their seal or other water creature form and not return to land. They would live out their lives in sorrow taking comfort in their natural habitat.

The Selkies could mate and often times the children of the Selkie would possess some, but not all the traits of the full blooded Selkie. The stories told of these half breed, half human children were quite different across the land, but they all had things in common. These children, regardless if they could change form or not, possessed incredible swimming abilities. They had incredible speed in water just as their Selkie parent.

Reading on, Lance found additional links mostly associated with the Chinook Native Americans who proclaimed a herd of Selkies moved into their area.

Lance believed he found what they were looking for. All the things he read made perfect sense–there was no doubt in his mind, Jennifer had to be part Selkie.” excerpt from The Boy Who Lived With Seals by Rafe Martin, illus. by David Shannon

 END OF READING

The Native American Selkie creatures continue on into book two of the series, Eternal Nights which is scheduled for release May 1st. Two half-breed Native American-Selkie sisters and their full blooded Selkie father take center stage once again.

eternal nights by vs nelsonETERNAL NIGHTS 

With each passing day, Jessica’s consciousness grew stronger. For twenty years, she was content to remain as she was—trapped inside another. The life she led came to an abrupt end the moment she laid eyes on Raphael.  At first, she suspected they were destined to be together–his gentle touch confirmed it. Although he didn’t know it, he ignited waves of a fiery passion that burned deep into her soul. It became brighter every day, giving her the strength she needed. Somehow she would find a way to free herself from her grandmother’s powerful magic.

For weeks she managed to enter his dream state where they interacted with one another as if they were awake. Although no real physical activity took place, he took her to the heights of passion she had only dreamed about. Where they on inside another dimension? She believed so. His mind saw her as she should be–a woman walking on two legs with two arms to hold him and a body that was made for loving only him.

To have a human body again was more than she had ever hoped for.

SNIPPET: ETERNAL NIGHTS

Hours later, with stars twinkling over head and a bright full moon, Raphael and Jessica walked barefoot out on the long cedar dock that overlooked Jennifer’s favorite cove. They sat, dangling their feet in the cool water, enjoying the quiet surroundings after a day packed with travel and entertaining others.

“Jessica, there are some things we need to talk about,” Raphael said, sadness seeping into his vocal cords as he spoke.

She didn’t want him to be sad–not now–not ever. Turning her head she looked at him, waiting for him to continue.

“When… After Jen did the separation…”

“Raphael, I think I know what is bothering you… you think I don’t remember you saving my life but I do… It’s what saved me, Ray.”

“Ray? Since when did I become Ray?”

“The minute I first laid eyes on you back at the animal rescue center. You were my ray of hope, my ray of inspiration, the one that gave me the strength to fight for what I believed to be my destiny.

“And now that you here?”

There was a questioning tone to his voice–one she wasn’t sure she liked. His attitude was towards her was changing. Something is off.  Had all of it been a lie? For over a week they remained by each other’s side. He never left her alone for more than a few minutes the entire time they were in the mountains. Was everything they encountered, night after night, while he slept a lie? Was it just some fantasy she created in her own mind to give her the strength she needed to overcome her grandmother’s magic? Was he just being kind to her out of some sense of obligation or for his love for Nowaki?

 “You’re not sorry about offering your life force to me, are you?”  She questioned silently, trying to hide her panic.

“Oh no, I was just afraid that you didn’t remember and that you might be uncomfortable with the idea… I don’t want any secrets between us… and I don’t want you to feel like you are being forced into a relationship you may not want…”

Want? Was he kidding? Ray is everything… my reason for living, for existing.

“After thinking about it, I don’t think that little action bound you to me… You do know that you are free to make your own decisions on where you want to live… who you want to be with…”

Is that why he hadn’t touched her this past week? He wanted her to choose someone else. It had never dawned on her until now, he might not want her. She fought back the tears as she stood up, slid out of Alice’s grey sweat suit and dove deep into the icy dark water.

In the mountains on the day they visited the cabin where she was born, Jennifer told her of her experiences as a Selkie. Jen had always had a love for water but said, “Never before embracing her Selkie side, did she truly know what it meant to be one with the water.” To be emerged and comforted by the depths of the deepest pools was something she was longing for–needed this very instant. No wonder broken hearted Selkies sought comfort at the bottom of the ocean. The minute she dove in she felt the water protecting and comforting her like a mother’s womb–like Nowaki had for so many years.

She wasn’t sure where this water would take her–hopefully somewhere away from here–away from all the pain she was feeling. Perhaps she would eventually find the great ocean Jennifer talked about–perhaps she would find others of her kind where she could live out her days. Why, oh why did I take Ray’s gift? The wounds would have killed me and I would have been spared from this agony.

BIO – author V.S.Nelson

virginia nelsonBeing a Native American woman and a Scorpio, author V.S. Nelson has always had a fondness for history, mythology, the occult, and the unexplained events which have occurred on this world we call home. It was no wonder she found herself writing a paranormal series.

Raised on authors like H.G. Wells and Jules Verne and coming from a long line of oral storytellers, Ms. Nelson work has been defined as innovative and fresh. She will take you by the hand and lead you into the depths of her imagination as if you are sitting next to her on the couch one minute and alive within her fantasy world the next.

She has always enjoyed reading stories with strong relationships and happy-ever-after-endings and it is reflected in her work. Even her commercial fiction, Sins of a Man, the Memoirs of a Mafia Hit man, is layered with romantic elements. I’ve heard her say she is in love with love more than once and that too is echoed in her stories.

Landing in Arizona, after an exciting teaching career, which took her to the Middle East for several years, she lives in Arizona where she spends most of her time making love to her computer while writing, editing or researching, seven to ten hours a day. The days she’s not writing, you will find her with her critique partners, attending or presenting a workshop or at a RWA (Romance Writers of America) meeting. She’s extremely active in three RWA chapters in addition to her other associations.

She enjoys hearing from readers, fans and people with similar interests. They are more than welcome to contact her through her website http://www.authorvsnelson.com

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