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Delve into the Mystery of Atlantis with guest author KJ Montgomery

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introducing paranormal romance author guest blogs

Today kicks off a new series of posts on Jessica Aspen Writes. I’ve invited paranormal romance authors of all types to show off their stuff! I left the posts open, so you’ll be seeing a variety of posts from a variety of romance authors, all paranormal, of course. Today we start with author KJ Montgomery blogging about her mystery series with a paranormal twist. Please welcome, KJ Montgomery!

My series, The Katie Walsh Mysteries, starts with the novel, Trove. Trove introduces the reader to the characters that will be featured throughout the series. In this book, we meet the heroine, Katie Walsh and the hero, Alec MacGowan.

Five years ago, they hooked up for one night, keeping it completely anonymous by not exchanging names or any personal information. Jump forward to the present day, the two are re-united in an effort to bring a murderer out of the shadows. But there’s much more going on than just the search for the murderer.

Katie is an investigative mythologist searching for physical proof that there were survivors of the destruction of Atlantis and that they established settlements across the globe. She believes the ancient Celtic and Norse myths were written about, and refer to them. She is seeking to peel back the legends to get to the true, original meanings.

In Trove, we journey with her and Alec as their seemingly unrelated quests collide and send them on a journey to the Isle of Skye. Here, they each will find answers, but will lead to more questions.

In the second book in the series, currently titled “Harbinger” (though this is subject to change), they will unravel the Celtic legend of the Green Man and mistakenly unleash the Atlanteans and discover that they are not the romanticized people that we’ve made them out to be.

In “Harbinger,” Alec and Katie’s love will be tested by outside forces. The question will be, are they strong enough to survive the challenges or will the danger prove too much for them?

Look for “Harbinger” in the Summer of 2013! In the meantime, get acquainted with the crew in “Trove”. It all starts with “Trove.”

Trove is available in Kindle format and print. Look for other versions in mid-June 2013.

Kindle:  http://www.amazon.com/Trove-Katie-Walsh-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00BTPB9W8/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1364432255&sr=1-1&keywords=trove+by+kj+montgomery

Print:  http://www.amazon.com/Trove-Katie-Walsh-Mysteries-1/dp/1482758431/ref=la_B00BCAA2G4_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364432289&sr=1-1

Trove RNC Cover v2 copyTrove Blurb:

 Katie Walsh is an investigative mythologist seeking clues that could lead her into the very distant past and uncover the secrets of the mythic Norland. Alec MacGowan is an archaeologist searching for clues in the recent past in an attempt to bring a murderer to justice.

Anonymous lovers five years before, they’re re-united as their worlds collide when they are thrown together to decipher the murdered man’s notes and identify his killer. As the quest unfolds, they are forced to deal with their simmering attraction and hidden secrets.

Can they uncover the secret hidden in the murdered man’s notes before the killer finds them? And can they open their hearts to each other before it’s too late?

Author Bio – KJ Montgomery

KJ Montgomery has always looked beyond the obvious and firmly believes there are no such things as coincidences. Since her early years, she has yearned for knowledge no matter how obscure and carefully tucked it away knowing that someday she’d find a use for it.

She loves writing as much as she loves reading and often has three or four books, both for writing and reading, in process at any moment.

KJ resides in coastal New England and loves spending time in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where the night skies are painted with brilliant starlight and the heavens seem to be within reach.

KJ is a member of the Romance Writers of America, New England chapter of the Romance Writers of America, and the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal chapter of the Romance Writers of America.

Follow KJ at:

Website:      http://www.kjmontgomery.com  “Where Legends Come to Light!”

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I Write New Adult!

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so what the heck is new adult and how do I know I write it?

This is not an April Fool’s Joke. I’ve made an amazing discovery. My Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series is New Adult. So what exactly is New Adult? Contrary to some of the spurious claims by the media it is not YA porn. No, in fact it is targeted at older readers, just not so old they want to read bout forty year old heroines and second marriages. According to NA Alley, a blog targeted specifically for New Adult books, this genre is:

beautiful disaster by jamie mcguire

Have you tried this New Adult book?

We view New Adult fiction (NA) as a category of literature—meaning, it gives readers content expectations, but it does not dictate genre-based criteria. Typically, a novel is considered NA if it encompasses the transition between adolescence—a life stage often depicted in Young Adult (YA) fiction—and true adulthood. 
Protagonists typically fall between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, though exceptions may apply. NA characters are often portrayed experiencing: college, living away from home for the first time, military deployment, apprenticeships, a first steady job, a first serious relationship, etc. 
Other terms for NA include: Upper YA, Crossover Fiction, and Mature YA.  -http://naalley.blogspot.com/p/about.html

That says it all.

So, I looked at my books. My characters are all under twenty-six and over eighteen. Red (from Little Red Riding Wolf)  is dealing with trying to separate from her over protective family and balance her loyalty to her pack with her desire to go to college. Evan, her love interest, is recently graduated from college and trying to make a new career in the forest service.

Does that sound like the above definition? Yeah, it really does.

Okay, what about Snow and the Seventh Wolf? Snow isn’t as normal as Red. Snow has had to deal with her evil step-mother, but she’s almost twenty-one, about to inherit, and oh-so-ready to split! Seth is angry and dealing with his own issues. He feels differently from his family and he needs to figure out where his priorities lie.

And what about my newest book? Goldi and the Bear (out Fall 2013). Goldi discovers that her dad has lied to her and they are about to lose their ranch, the only home she’s every known and now the only person she can turn to  is her ex-boyfriend, Zeke. Goldi’s learning about facing adult reality: foreclosure, no job (she’s only ever worked on the ranch), and most of all, even your dad is only human. (Actually, he’s a werewolf, but they have human frailties). And Zeke is about to finally make it big, he’s been trying to prove himself to everyone, his dad, his brothers, but especially his ex-girlfriend, Goldi. Now he has to make some hard choices.

These do sound like NA plots. What about themes in NA plots. Well according to NA Alley they can be:

New adult touches on that space between adolescence and adulthood, so there is a wide range of themes and issues to tackle.
Common themes in NA are identity, sexuality, race, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, bullying, empowerment, familial struggles, loss of innocence, fear of failure, etc.
Combine those themes with common new adult issues: living away from home for the first time, military deployment, starting college, engagements and marriages, etc.

tiger's curse by colleen houck

While many NA are contemporaries, Tiger’s Curse is a paranormal.

I’ve got all that too! Red has to deal with sexuality and the rules of her pack as well as her identity and the issue of going to college or fulfilling family expectancies  All three books deal with racism. Okay, it’s species-ism, human versus werewolves. That counts! Snow loses her innocence and Seth finds his identity. Goldi learns empowerment through her familial struggles and Zeke faces his fear of failure.

Check, check, check.

Now we come to the big question. What about the heat level. Come on, let’s face it. My books are hot! They are so hot I blush when I talk about them to strangers, my parents, even my writer friends. 🙂

Can NA be hot? I’ve done extensive research on this and the answer is, YES! Come on, the readers are ADULTS. This is the time of life for experimentation, failure, new commitments. Sex is a huge part of adult life. Will you? Won’t you? Should you? So yes, spicy is just fine for New Adult.

Not all New Adult books have sex. Not all New Adult books are romance. They cover a wide range of genres, just like regular adult books and YA. But they do have all these things in common, the age of the main characters and the search for answers. So explore the world of New Adult. I’m trying some right now!

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Click the icon to be taken right to the New Adult page!

Have you ever read a New Adult book? Did you read it and not know what it was? Did you like it? Would you consider reading more or what about writing it?

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What’s Your Number? with Paranormal Author Sharon Clare

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Please welcome guest author, Sharon Clare to Jessica Aspen Writes. Sharon is a fellow Margie Lawson enthusiast who I met through Sherry Isaac (my fellow WOO-HOO-U grad from Margie’s deep immersion class).  Sharon’s last post on Jessica Aspen Writes was a hysterical dive into our cultures struggle with women’s sexuality: Have Two Paroxysms and Call Me in the Morning. I loved Sharon’s first book, paranormal romance Love of Her Lives, where she introduced her mischievous elf, Finn. Read HERE for my review of Love of Her Lives on Goodreads and add it to your TBR pile. Now Sharon has come out with another fun Finn adventure where the elf once again meddles in the lives of two lonely people in dire need of some romance. Introducing, Sharon Clare and her new book Rhapsody.

Delve Inside Personality With Numerology

A few years ago, I spent a week in Beijing with three friends. With our own personal tour guide, we learned about China’s ancient history, the forbidden city and the great wall, it’s emperors and empresses, tombs and drums, pearls and silks, hot pots and rickshaws and a thread that wove through most everything—numerology.

The Chinese aren’t the only culture that believes in the mystical significance of numbers. Pythagoras, the father of mathematics, saw numbers as archetypes rather than just numerals.

I learned calculus from a brilliant mathematician who after explaining a mathematical theory exclaimed, “there’s proof of God’s existence right there.” He saw numbers in ways I’ll never comprehend, yet with a wide open mind, I’m drawn to both concrete and metaphysical concepts. I like learning about most anything, and I like wondering what-if. It makes for great story fodder.

So what if numbers gave us insights into our life purpose?

NumerologyIn a nutshell, http://www.numerology.com/ defines numerology as this: ‘Numerology is the universal language of numbers, and each of us was born with a set of numbers unique to us. These numbers unlock the door to the depths of our personality and reveal the way we interact with others, lessons we’ve yet to learn, opportunities we’ll be given and challenges we’ll face at specific periods of our lives—or throughout life as a whole.’

I believe we create our own realities. However we focus our thoughts (mindfully or habitually) will become real for us. Perhaps numerology does just that—triggers and focuses a thought. We see the number 8 and think prosperity. And then, voila, we find $20 in our pocket. Okay, maybe not. Perhaps it can work more as a prompt to remind us to invest that $20 wisely.

Or is there more to it?

Apparently, your birth name affects your numerology. I plugged my name into this site: http://www.paulsadowski.com/Numbers.asp. The results were remarkably accurate. My number is 3, described in part with this: ‘produces a quest for destiny with words along a variety of lines that may include writing’. Yep, that’s me. My soul number is 7 which means: ‘you are very fond of reading, and retreating to periods of being alone and away from the disruptions of the outer world. You like to dream and develop your idealistic understandings, to study and analyze, to gain knowledge and wisdom.’ Wow, again, accurate.

I’m a fiction writer, so I couldn’t resist seeing this as a tool to help develop my characters. I plugged in the name of the heroine from my latest release, Rhapsody, to see how close my representation of her matches her numerology. Isabelle Carson. Hmm, as I read, I see potential, possibilities I could have developed to strengthen her character.

I set Isabelle up as a woman with outer strength, but who inwardly feels she’s never taken seriously by men who can’t see past her sex kitten body. This belief pushes all her buttons when she’s caught in an Elven game of seduction she must play to win her freedom.

I’m always looking for ways to get deeper inside my characters’ heads, and I think I’ve found a fun one with this numerology site. Check it out. Is your numerology accurate?

A little about Rhapsody, published by Crimson Romance:

Rhapsody Book CoverIsabelle plans to escape the real world when she takes a tropical vacation. But escape becomes too real when Paradise Resort disappears. To win her freedom, she must break an oath and out-play her opponent in a game of seduction. Her self-control is resolute until her traitorous body decides this is a game she wants to play.

Jonathan’s needs are simple: break down Isabelle’s resistance, win the game, and get back to the real world where an emergency waits. Desire grows between them as each roll of the die reveals secrets, truths and skin, until Jonathan is forced to confront his worst fear or forfeit Isabelle to the dark mastermind of the game.

Rhapsody buy links: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, itunes

Author Bio:

Sharon Clare lives in Ontario with her husband and three wonderful grown-up kids who come and go from the nest. She fell in love with writing at the University of Toronto where she graduated with a science degree in psychology and professional writing. She writes light paranormal romance and has published short stories, art reviews, newsletter and magazine articles. Her favourite place to write is outside under the maple trees beside the lily pond. Find out more at: www.sharonclare.com

Check out Rhapsody’s trailer HERE.

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Hot New Trailers for Spring!

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Today is trailer day, WOOT! Next Thursday I’ll have Rhapsody author, Sharon Clare, on the blog, so check back on the 14th and see what Sharon has to say!

I thought Karin Shah came up with a very cool concept with a Chimera shifter, part lion, part dragon. Here’s In Like a Lion:

And for a very unusal live action, Tina Folsom‘s trailer for her Scanguards Vampire Series is hot, hot, hot!

And just one more to round out to the magical number three. Shadow of Time by Jen Minkman. An interesting mix of live action shots and stills. Love the eyes in here.

What do you love about trailers? What do you wish you could see? Do you ever look for them on Youtube?

I’m always looking for new paranormal romance trailers, so leave a link here in the comments if you have a cool one and I’ll check it out!

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Shifters, Werewolves, or Lycans? Oh My!

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Business First! I’m on a Bewitching Tour all week. Click HERE for the full schedule. Below I’ve posted the schedule for the next two days!

January 17 I have a guest post at Little Read Riding Hood http://littlereadridinghood.com

And an interview at JeanzBookReadNReview http://jeanzbookreadnreview.blogspot.co.uk/

Then on January 18 you can find me at Rabid Reads –www.rabidreads.ca

as well as Delirious About Books http://deliriousaboutbooks.blogspot.com

Hope you swing on by and say “HI” and enter to win a free copy of Little Red Riding Wolf at every stop. There is almost no excuse for not having read it now!

On to the blog:

Little Red Riding Wolf takes place in the small town of Radon, Colorado. A place where everyone is a werewolf. Now I know that recently there has been some argument that werewolves are the scary ugly half man half wolf creatures from the old horror movies, but I didn’t go with that. I went with the more mystical person changing into a full wolf. Some people call those shifters. For some, a shifter can shift into any type of animal. For instance in Charlaine Harris‘s Sookie Stackhouse Series she uses shifters as a separate species from werewolves and yet her werewolves are actually wolves.

Then there is the term lycan made famous in the action horror films The Underworld series. Lycan is derived from the term lycanthrope, another name for the werewolf. In the Underworld the lycan’s are half man half wolf and face off against the vampires. I didn’t want to make my characters that dark. I love the idea of transforming into a wolf and running wild under the night, not being a twisted contorted concoction of man and beast. My wolves are beautiful and they know it.

Underworld Movie Trailer

As I said, Radon is populated entirely with werewolves. Poor Evan Brewster is assigned there when his predecessor is killed unexpectedly. Typically, the Radon Pack Council would have made sure there was a replacement ready to step into the empty Forest Ranger position, but with the “unexpectedly” part, no one was ready and Evan shows up. Needless to say, the folks in Radon are less than welcoming. Small towns are tough enough places when you are an outsider, you can imagine what it would be like to be an outsider in a town of werewolves all trying to keep their existence secret.

From the cold reception at the gas station to getting shot at, Evan does not have it easy. The only bright spot in his world is when Red  shows up unexpectedly while he’s on patrol in the middle of the woods. Evan is young and lonely and the sassy sexy single gal who can out-hike him is more enticing than anything in town. No wonder he chases her up the mountain and confronts her in her Grandma’s cabin.

little red riding wolf tour buttonI’ve made my mind up for this series, but there are always more on the way and brand new series give me more leeway to play with words, terms, and phrases. I’d love to know if you prefer the term shifter or werewolf or lycan, leave a comment and let me know your preference.

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Discover Death’s Storm author Lia Davis

Please welcome author Lia Davis to Thursday’s Bite. Lia not only writes about witches and covens and all things magical in her Divinities series, but she also has a shifter romance series, Ashwood Falls.  Gotta love those shifters! Lia is another participant in the Holiday Gifts of Love Bloghop that starts tomorow, so don’t forget to hop on by her site and leave a comment.

Hi Lia, thanks for coming on the blog. Please tell us a little about yourself and your book. 

Hi! I’m thrilled to be here today. In a few short months, I’ll be turning the big four zero! *shudders* I have two grown children; one still at home and one on her own. I started my writing journey in 2008 and I’m loving it! I write paranormal romance mixed with magic, suspense, and mystery.

I’m currently working on two series. The Divinities has two book released—Forgotten Visions and Death’s Storm. Ashwood Falls is a new shifter series with the prequel, Winter Eve, releasing around Dec 18.

Check out my website for more information: http://www.authorliadavis.com

 Do you have cheerleaders supporting you as a writer?

 Yes! My husband, who can’t wait for the BIG check to come in. LOL I love him. His confidence in me keeps me going.

My writing partner, Carrie Ann Ryan. I love our daily chats, encouragements, laughs and cries together.

Family and friends with their encouraging words.

 Sounds like you have some great support. What are your hobbies or other interests that get you away from the stress of writing?

Actually, writing is my stress reliever. But other than writing, I love to read and spend time with family. I also like making beaded jewelry, book thongs and other creative projects.

That’s terrific. It’s great to have other hobbies that get you away from the computer. Tell me, what do you love about writing? Hate about it?

 I love being able to create new worlds and sharing them with my readers. What I hate? Nothing really. I don’t like the editing process as much as the plotting, but I love the end result.

 I struggle sometimes with both editing and plotting, but in the end, its worth it. Do you write a story clear to the end before doing more than simple editing? Or do you stop after each chapter and completely edit it before moving on? 

I create a chapter outline  that serves as my roadmap of events, then I write it clear to the end.

 How about writer’s block? Do you get it and if you do how do you get beyond it?

Winter Eve cover final amazonWriter’s block use to be a big problem for me when I pantsed it (wrote on the fly without an outline). Now that I’ve found a medium between me and my muse, it’s easier to write through to the end.

I’m also a recent convert to plotting. I agree, it makes a big difference when you get stuck. What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict? 

The characters come first. They drive the story and take away my control. Then I plot and create my chapter outline. 

Do you have a writing schedule? How do you juggle writing, family, work, and life’s surprises?

I juggle writing with a full time day job, family, and life. Lol. From Monday to Friday I have about three hours per day for writing, promoting, and blogging. The weekends are split between family and writings stuff.

I’m excited about your book, Death’s Storm. Love the cover! Tell us what’s unique about this particular book.

 Death’s Storm is the second book in my Divinities series. When I set out to write, I wanted to create worlds that are different than anything out there. In this series, humans know about witches and try to not know. My witches live in covens and have no supernatural powers, except for the few that are born with a divine gene. Here’s the series synopsis.

Over three hundred years ago children were born to an elite group of witches that were unlike any of the other magical children. These children were born with a mark, a living tattoo of a single rose on the inside of the left forearm. They possess natural divine powers. The magical communities, called Covens, believed the children were gifts from the gods and called them The Divinities.

 For decades the war between witches and demons seemed to diminish. Until recently. Two Divinities are missing. Three are dead, along with their spouses.  The victims were among the Divinities appointed by Hecate to watch over the Sinew–the source of all magic. 

Now it is up to the Divinities to keep the Sinew from the demons and protect magickin and the world from a fate far worse than anyone can imagine.

 Will there be any sequels to this book?

Yes. I have five books planned for The Divinities.

 Five books! Wow, that’s a lot of writing. I can’t wait! Thanks for coming on the blog. 

DS2withlogoAM[1]BOOK BLURB for Death’s Storm

Technical genius and demi-goddess–aka Divinity–Khloe Bradenton relies on no one for help, and she definitely doesn’t need comfort from anyone other than her twin. After her parents died by the demons’ hands over two years ago, she has graciously stepped up to her place in the war between demons and witches. When a creature far more dangerous than the ones responsible for killing her parents claims he is her guardian, she is torn between her desires for the dark predator and the painful loss she has endured at the hands of her enemies.

One of the last death demons still in existence, Jagger has pledged his life to the Goddess Hecate. Charged with the guardianship over the Divinities, he is never to approach them, but to aid them from a distance. When the firestorm, Khloe, sacrifices herself to save her twin and best friend and becomes the prey, he has no choice but to reveal himself to her. He is taken by surprise when the need to claim her as his own emerges. A desire he has never felt before could be more dangerous than the demons out to destroy them.   

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EXCERPT:

Stepping off the curb to head to the car, Khloe stilled and let the warm air caress her skin. An electrical charge that only the select few magickin—like her and the other Divinities—could detect was palpable in the humid summer air.

Her spine tingled as the supernatural energy drifted on the wind, putting her on full alert. Reaching out with her senses, she relaxed. A little. The energy was familiar in an odd kind of way. Her admirer was nearby.

More like a stalker, really, without the creepy love letters and phone calls.

For the last month, someone had watched her and followed her every move. When the entity was near, a warm shiver rolled over her skin like a caress. The energy didn’t come from a human. Demon? Maybe. But, the power was too intense to be any demonic creature she’d come in contact with. She considered one of the gods, but that didn’t make sense either. The gods wouldn’t stalk her. They would send a messenger or deliver their message in person. She and the others had also thought it could be a guardian.

Whatever the entity was, it annoyed the hell out of her to be followed around and spied upon.

She scanned to mall parking lot and the sidewalk that lead to the various shops. Nothing remotely threatening came into view or reached out to her supernatural senses. Then again, she never saw anything when she sensed the presence. It had shown up last month, right after she and Kalissa had been thrust into an ancient war between witches and demons.

That was when she and Kalissa found a note from their mother telling them about the Sinew—a crystal sphere that held the magic of the worlds—and sent Kalissa on a mission to retrieve it. As Divinities, it was their duty to protect magickin from Khan, the new Bastard Lord of the Underworld.

GIVEAWAY! 

Lia will be giving away a swag pack to two randomly chosen commenters. Please leave your email address in your comments.

Author Bio: 

Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, graphic designer, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!

An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing and designing are stress relievers that allow her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.

Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.

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Think You Know What Your Book is About? Think Again.

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What is your genre? What sells to your readers? How do you know?

One of the issues facing authors today is that we have the burden of much of the marketing of our product. Since many of us are not marketing majors, this can be a huge handicap. We need to find out who is reading our book and what they think our book is about before marketing it.

Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Little Red Riding Wolf

For instance, my books are… well… hot. Spicy hot.

If you open Little Red Riding Wolf (on sale at Passion in Print for $3.99), or Snow and the Seventh Wolf you need to be prepared for sex. But does that mean I shouldn’t market it under paranormal? Can I enter it in the paranormal category of the romance contests, or do I need to stick to the erotic? Is it fair to say that the heat level is the most important part of the book?

Well the truth is, it’s not up to me. It’s up to the readers. They are the ones looking for books like mine and if they are looking in erotic and I market it only under paranormal, it’s going to get missed. And vice versa. What if the readers think it’s something else, like chick lit? Are they right?

Or is it that I’ve done a poor job of marketing?This is why you’ll see a big change in my covers. I was able to request a spicer cover for the second book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series Not that they didn’t offer spicy for the last one, but that’s another story.

Snow and the Seventh Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Take a look at the cover for Little Red Riding Wolf. Does it say erotic? Nope, I don’t think so. Does it say romance. No, not really. Does it say fairy tale and werewolves. Yes, I think we got that.

Now let’s look at Snow and the Seventh Wolf. Does it say erotic? Yes. Does it say romance? Yes.
Does it say fairytale and werewolves. No, not so much. It’s tough to get it all right.

Luckily my titles help. Little Red Riding Wolf says twisted fairy tale, and I hope Snow and the Seventh Wolf does too.

But how about your books? Do you know what genre they fall into?

This question came up this week as I was communicating with another author. She sees the word paranormal as meaning ghosts. A lot of people do. When I hear paranormal, I think of all kinds of things including psychics, ghosts, and supernatural creatures. But what  do readers think? When someone walks into a bookstore (or into the e-store) how do they know what to search for and how can they find your book. If you’ve tagged it as paranormal, but it’s really horror, will that help your readers find your book?

The key is to first know what others think your book is. Have people read it and let you know. Oh yeah, it’s paranormal romance. or Oh yeah, this is so hot, you’d better market it under erotic. or No, you are better off under the horror label, or women’s fiction, or YA. 

Others see our work much more clearly than we do. They are not bound by our preconceptions of what we intended when we wrote the book. They are more in touch with what readers will see.

Another good way to figure out how to label your book is to find other authors who have similar books. Is your book more like Stephen King? Or more like Sherrilyn Kenyon? Is it romance like Thea Harrison? or is it urban fantasy like Jeanne Stein? Find three authors who are similar to you in the same category and that is likely to be your category. Having trouble with this? Ask your friends who read the book. Use a survey and poll them. They’ll be sure to tell you, friends always do.

Why is any of this important?

You’ve written the book, and it’s either out there on sale, or you are trying to market it to agents and editors. Either way you are selling a product. You need to know who will be interested in that product so you can target your sales efforts. There is no reason or reward in marketing a horror novel to an agent or reader who is only interested in romance. Make sure you have the right audience for your book and the right book for your audience.

And then sell the hell out of it! I expect to see all of you rising stars on the NYT bestseller list any day now. I’m looking for you!

Do you know where your book fits? Does it matter to you? How do you sell it to others if you don’t understand it’s place in the world? What do you do to figure out where it fits?

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Discover the Cover for Snow and the Seventh Wolf

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It’s darker, it’s racier, it’s here…

Ta-da! It’s my brand new cover for Snow and the Seventh Wolf, my twist of Snow White. Coming out January 2013 from Passion in Print Press!

Snow and the Seventh Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Exiled for attempting to kill his sister’s lover, the last thing Seth needs is to be saddled with a human. But Seth can’t turn his back when he discovers Snow fleeing from her avaricious step-parents murder plot. Isolated in a cabin in the woods, Snow attempts seduction and Seth discovers even werewolves are vulnerable to passion’s temptation. Seth’s angry struggles against his desire drive him away, but his over-protective alpha nature won’t let him abandon a female in distress. With Snow in danger again, can Seth overcome his prejudices in time to save Snow from her step-parents evil plan?

And, just in time for you to catch up, Little Red Riding Wolf, the first book in the series, is on sale for $3.99 at the Passion in Print Webstite.

Fraternizing with humans is taboo, but when feisty werewolf Red runs into hunky new forest ranger Evan Brewster, she jumps on the opportunity to let loose her desires. Evan is stoked when he meets the petite red haired hottie, and combined with his new discovery of wolves in Colorado, thinks his career and life are made. Then Red pushes him away, her hostile brother threatens his life, and things begin to spiral out of control. Caught between her sexy lover and her pack can Red trust Evan with her secrets, or must she sacrifice her human lover and her heart?

Discover Red and Seth and the small town of Radon where werewolves are the norm and nobody is happy when a human drops by.

I’d love to hear your feedback on the cover, and if you’ve read Little Red Riding Wolf are you excited to read Seth’s story?

 

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Mermaids

Thursdays Bite

a paranormal blog

Have you ever dreamed of being a supernatural being? A vampire? A werewolf? A mermaid?

I’m sure you’ve heard of how you can have a dentist apply fangs to your real teeth, and of course there is always makeup, but slipping on a tail and sliding into the pool has always presented a problem for people with legs. But now there is a woman who is making the dream reality. Stephanie Summers is operating the business Fish Butts.

Ariel at the paradeFor a base price of $1500 you too can be a mermaid. These tails are amazing. They look real and you can actually swim in them. (Make sure you have someone to pull you out if things go wrong.) They are designed with small holes in the sides to let excess water drain, I’m sure Disney’s Ariel would love them.

I would post photos, because they are really cool and would sell mermaid tails for Stephanie, however, due to the recent paranoia on posting photos I will merely say, HERE is the original article I read in my local paper, check out the fab photos.

Traci Hines is a singer and one of the things I love about her is her 1950’s pin-up style. She does some great goth work as well. Maybe I’ll do a photo shoot á la Traci Hines someday. Ooo la la! On her Facebook page she sports a gorgeous tail. Check out Traci Hines Facebook page HERE.

Want to see a mermaid swimming in her tail?

And just in case you were wondering how this relates to Thursday’s Bite. Here are some links to discover Mermaid Paranormal Romance. Enjoy!

Paranormal Romance Everything

All Romance Writers

Ever dream of being a mermaid? Would you spend the big bucks to do it? How do you think that big latex tail feels?

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The Taker, a slow turning screw

Thursday’s Bite

a paranormal blog book review

the taker by alma katsuOne of the free books at RWA Nationals was The Taker, by Alma Katsu. Given the fantastic cover you can see why I had to read it first. But it wasn’t what I expected.

The cover, the blurb, it all said paranormal romance. Or maybe urban fantasy with romance being a central theme, but after starting it I knew, this wasn’t a romance. Or at least, it shouldn’t be billed as one. There is a romance throughout, but there is no happy ending. And I pretty much knew there wouldn’t be a happy ever after right from the begining. Rather than saying it’s a romance, I’d say it’s a gothic in the tradition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And since I’m a Dracula fan, I found the book fascinating.

The Taker jumps from modern day scenes to scenes over two hundred years  in the past, and further back than that. It tells the story of Lanore, a star-crossed lover who desires only one man, and whose intense pre-occupation with achieving her desire leads both of them into a life of eternal debauchery.

Is there a romance?

I don’t think so. Is it romantic to have one person so obsessed by the other that she is willing to do anything to preserve their love? What if her love isn’t returned? To me, romance requires love on both sides, and while Lanore may be deluded into thinking that there is love on Jonathan’s side, he only comes across as selfish and callow.

But despite that, I found myself unable to put the book down. It drew me in with that slow build that a traditional Gothic has. Not a Gothic romance, but a true Gothic, set in a house of horrors with the dark master and the mystic feel. There is a slow build of feeling that something horrible is going to happen, even after the worst has occurred.

One of the very interesting things is how Katsu works in Dracula, without referencing the book, the characters, or even the time period. Katsu uses just enough common themes from the Dracula legend for the reader to know that she means Dracula. The story references a similar area of Europe, there are  scared villagers, and the scary man in the castle. All of these plus the pacing and long drawn out story bring Bram Stoker’s work to mind.

Would I recommend The Taker?

That depends what you are looking for. I love Victorian Gothics. Old horror. Edgar Allen Poe. I also love the slow pacing and implied action that characterize these books. If you love traditional stories of the supernatural, are not looking for romance, and want a very well written book. Then yes, I’d say read The Taker. My only complaint was that I felt the end was less than satisfying. I wanted the  screw to turn and twist. But maybe that’s in the second book.

Do you read Victorian books? What about Gothic romances of any type? Do you love the slow build of The Turn of the Screw? What is your favorite book over one hundred years old?

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