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Free Me Author Ann Brown

Moonday Mania

today featuring a debut author

Today I’m on a panel of shifter experts on Brinda Berry’s blog. Click HERE to check it out and enter to win prizes!

Ann Brown is a fellow Passion in Print author who I met at my local RWA chapter, Colorado Romance Writers. Ann has an award winning story with an unusually dark beginning that gave me chills. Makes me wonder what is under that sunny-side-up exterior that shines from Ann. Free Me is the first in a three book series about sisters who face the odds and come up winners.  Please welcome, debut historical author, Ann Brown to Jessica Aspen Writes. 

Free Me is an historical romance novel about Isabelle McAllister, the oldest sister in a trilogy of novels about the McAllister sisters.

free me by ann brown Isabelle McAllister is incarcerated for murdering her father, and later transferred to an insane asylum. Robert Easterman is accused of thievery by his lover, and temporarily contained at an institution for the criminally insane. The two convicts escape, race through the countryside, and sequester themselves in a secret glade. Isabelle and Rob assuage angst in each other’s arms. Twists of fate, deception, and family tragedy divide the lovers, but ultimately nothing deters the devotion of one man for an escaped murderess, and nothing deters the love of one small woman for the man who would dare to rescue her.

This novel is about fortitude in the face of adversity. Isabelle is as down as a person can be, without support, alone, imprisoned for a crime she did not commit, and must find the strength to believe in herself, to vindicate herself. She must let go of the belief that she is unlovable, and embrace the love Rob offers, embrace the strength through devotion this man in her life is willing to give to her and her alone. And she does.

In writing Free Me I employed craft skills I learned through Margie Lawsons learning packets on Deep Editing, Empowering Characters’ Emotions, and Writing Body Language Like a Psychologist. Class information helped me write fresher similes and metaphors, improved my dialogue tags, and empowered the delivery of my scenes through enriched non-verbal communication and body language nuances. I absolutely loved empowering characters’ emotions since I have a history of writing poetry, and poetry delivers rich, powerful, concise emotionally evocative pieces. I also learned more about stimulus-response couplets, and the need to keep them close together. A stimulus occurs. Visceral response. Body language/action. Dialogue. So natural. It makes so much sense. I’m not sure why I didn’t get it before, why I continue to make mistakes in this arena.

Free Me, a historical romance novel by Ann Brown, can be purchased in its print version through

Amazon or Barns & Noble. If you prefer e-books, you can find Free Me on Passion In Print’s website, Amazon, B&N, Allromanceebooks, Kobo, Bookstrand, and Fictionwise.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=Free+Me+by+Ann+Brown

http://www.passioninprint.com/

http://www.alibris.com/booksearch?S=R&wauth=Ann+Brown&cm_mmc=sem-_-Google-_-authors-_-na&gclid=COig9Ye0_LUCFQqnPAodYWUApA

romance author ann brownAnn Brown lives in Colorado with her husband, a musician, her two children, and their two crazy dogs Buster and Tehya. When not writing, Ann works as a small animal veterinarian in Broomfield, Colorado. Ann is a member of Romance Writers of America and Colorado Romance Writers. You can learn more about Ann at www.annbrownauthor.com.

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Snow and the Seventh Wolf Release

Release the Wolves

a special Thursdays Bite

Snow and the Seventh Wolf is out and ready for purchase! WOOT!

When readers finish Little Red Riding Wolf one of the things they’ve said over and over is that Seth needs to be taken down a peg or two. Even my editor from Passion and Print asked for Seth’s story. So here it is, finally, and just in time for my favorite month…February, the month of love.

Blurb/Book Description:

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?

Presenting for your enjoyment an excerpt from Chapter One:

Snow Electra Jazzman slid her sunglasses down and frowned
at Ron as he passed the turn leading to the only decent coffee
shop in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
“I thought we were going for coffee?”
“Um, well, we are.” Ron darted a look at her, turning his
watery blue eyes back to the twisting mountain road before she
could really read him. “But first, I thought we should take a
hike. Get to know each other better.”
Snow repressed a sigh and slid the sunglasses back. “You
know, you really don’t need to do this.”
After her dad had died, Snow’s stepmother had run through
men almost as fast as she ran through bottles of wine. Ron, her
latest husband, had seemed okay. At least he’d never tried to get
it on with Snow.
Until now.
“My stepmother doesn’t care if you get to know me,” she
said. “In a month, I’ll be twenty-one. You’ll never have to see
me again.”
“Tell you what…” This time he didn’t even look at her.
“We’ll stop…here.”
He eased the BMW off the main road and onto a narrow dirt
track that Snow hadn’t even noticed. And, instead of stopping,
he drove into the woods until she couldn’t see even a glimpse of
the main road.
A thousand nerves skittered across Snow’s neck.
She rubbed the skin under her jacket collar, hard. This was
it. She knew the signs. Time to fend off another stepfather.
Ron finally stopped the car. “Here’s a good spot.” It was dead
quiet in the isolation of the BMW. He rubbed his hands on his
pants, back and forth. Back and forth then got out of the car.
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This was bad. None of the others had even bothered to take
her away from the house. She looked at the deep dark woods
and shivered, zipped her jacket up to her chin and stiffened her
spine.
She wasn’t a little girl anymore, she was a grown woman. Her
body, her decision. Screw him and Elena. The minute she had
access to her trust fund, she was gone.
Ron came around the car and held her door open. She shot
him a look that was supposed to tell him he was fooling himself,
but he just grinned his trademark cheesy TV grin and said,
“Come on, we’ll just stroll up the trail a little.”
The heavy overcast sky made Snow feel even colder than
the winter mountain temperature outside. As intimate as being
with Ron in the BMW had seemed a moment before, now she
didn’t want to leave the car.
“Can’t we do this in the car?” She glanced pointedly down
at her new white suede boots and then at the mud. “Or better
yet, over coffee?”
“Elena said we should walk.” Ron’s forehead creased, he
shook back his overlong sweep of artificial blond hair they all
pretended hid his receding hairline. “I’d feel better if we could
walk.”
Snow sighed, and got out of the car. Better get this over with.
She’d handled the others, she’d handle him. And then she’d
only have a month to deal with his wounded ego.
“This is pretty remote,” she said, shivering. The cold was
already leaking through the thin soles of her boots. At least
the cabin they’d rented for the week was in an enclave of other
expensive vacation retreats. If she’d needed to, she could have
run for help.
Here, the only sound she could identify was the wind
shushing through the trees. The immense quiet seemed heavy
and forbidding compared to the bright lights and constant
motion of LA.
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Ron aimed the remote behind them and the lock snicked
closed.
The spidering on her neck trickled down her spine.
She didn’t want to do this.
She only had thirty days to go, living with her stepmother—
and fighting off another stepfather was not in her plans. Then
again, coming to Wyoming hadn’t been in her plans either, but
she had no choice until she received her inheritance.
She was counting the days, the hours, the minutes.
Shoulders back, she followed Ron to the gap in the dark wall
of trees.
“How far do you want to go?” She peered at the trail that
almost seemed to disappear into a dark hole as it turned up the
incline. A lacy flake landed on her nose, melted and slid down
the side of her cheek. She shivered.
“I would have dressed differently if you’d said we were going
out in the cold.” She sounded bitchy. She didn’t care. He should
have at least bought her the coffee first.
Ron frowned over his shoulder. “I’m sorry,” he said and
entered the tunnel made by the trees. “Elena said there was a
good spot not too far ahead.”
His whipped dog expression, and the fact that she suspected
he really was afraid of her stepmother, kept her walking up
the trail behind him. She didn’t know what Elena had to do
with this, but his constant reference to Elena didn’t feel like
the typical play for the younger step-daughter. Maybe he wasn’t
going to try it on. Maybe he really wanted to talk. She focused
on trying to find some beauty in the dark oppressive woods and
put aside her fears about where this was heading.
The first few fat white flakes scattering through the air were
pretty. Despite the heavy grey sky, and the sharp incline of the
trail, her pre-caffeine grumpiness began to lift. They’d have their
talk, turn around, and go get the coffee. Before long she’d be
back at the cabin, warm in her own room, where she could once
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again dream of a future free from Elena.
Trudging around a group of leafless bushes she nearly ran
into Ron, who had come to a dead halt in the middle of the
trail. She stumbled to a stop, catching herself just shy of the edge
of the tremendous drop she hadn’t even seen.
“What the…” The heavy swirls of flakes lightened for a
moment, the dark clouds opened up and the snowy white peaks
of the Grand Tetons appeared, illuminated by a fleeting shaft
of sunlight.
“Oh!” She smiled at Ron, startled by the beauty into a
surprising camaraderie. “For once Elena was right, this is
amazing.”
“Pretty isn’t it?”
“Yes.” Snow agreed and chose to ignore his flat tone, focusing
on the view.
It really was pretty. The light from the gap in the clouds
looked like the hand of God in the final scene in a fifties movie.
So over the top you’d never believe it was real.
She turned back to face Ron, but he’d moved around till he
was on the downhill side of the path, between her and the path
back to the car.
“Thanks for bringing me here. It’s gorgeous.” Her smile
faltered. He wasn’t smiling back. His thin blue eyes avoided hers
and he swallowed noisily, his Adam’s apple bobbing. He shifted
his weight from foot to foot, his smooth, botoxed face tight and
strained. Snow’s smile fled.
This was it.
“I’m sorry, Snow.”
She tensed, waiting for his move, but he just stood there,
hands buried deep in the pockets of his parka.
“Sorry for what?” Her voice came out tight and reedy. She
braced for action. She knew the drill, Elena had rotten taste in
men.
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“Sorry about all this.” He apologized again. “If I had a choice
I’d do it differently, but you know Elena.”
A heavy weight balled inside Snow’s chest. She knew her
stepmother, oh too well. “What does Elena have to do with
this?”
Ron ignored her question, shifted his weight from foot to
foot. “I wouldn’t do it, but I need her. I haven’t had a decent
part in ten years. Once you get older, no one wants a blond
leading-man.”
Even Elena wouldn’t send him here to hit on his stepdaughter.
Would she?
Snow’s stepmother was a narcissistic bitch, she’d treated her
step-daughter terribly. But they only had one month left of each
other’s company then Snow would never see her again. Was this
her sick way of saying goodbye?
“It’s that pre-nup.” Ron pulled a pistol out from his coat
pocket.
Snow’s mouth dropped open.
“She holds all the cards. I walk away with nothing.” He
waved the gun.
“What are you doing Ron?” She needed to think, to plan.
Stuck between the drop-off and a gun, the only place left to run
was straight up the mountain, deeper into the woods.
He lifted the pistol. “Goodbye, Snow.”
The black hole of the barrel sucked her vision in, and she
couldn’t move. Trapped, as the gun wavered up and down, until
it finally leveled it out at her chest.
“I wish there were another way. Sorry babe.”
“Ron!” she finally wheezed out of tension tight lungs.
Ron squeezed his eyes shut.
Snow could make out every line on his face, the slight droop
to the corner of his eye, the trace of whiskers on his cheeks. His
black-gloved finger tightened on the trigger.

Giveaway

In celebration of the release I’ll be giving away an e-copy to one lucky commenter, so leave a comment and let me know what you think about the excerpt, the blurb or the cover.

Oh! And if you’d like to buy a copy it’s available at Passion in Print Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and All Romance.

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Take a Ride on the Ghost Train with the High Bridge

Thursday’s Bite

a paranormal blog

What’s creepier than living down a road that you’re afraid to drive at night because of a ghost train? You know it’s scary when an alpha male like Seth Montclair (Monty to fellow volunteer firefighters) is nervous.

My friend and fellow Passion in Print author, Elizabeth Haysmont‘s debut novel, The High Bridge, came out this month. My time crunch hasn’t allowed me to read it yet, but it is waiting in my e-reader queue for me to just have one weekend. I’m sure that’s all I’ll need for a fast paced romantic ghost story.

Blurb:

  Sandra Yorken made it her life’s work proving that spirit sightings are
the result of wishful thinking or willful misconduct. She’ll go to any
length to debunk a story that makes a location a ‘tourist attraction’.

    When she crashes her bike on a remote mountain road while
searching for the legendary Ghost Train of the Rocky Mountains, the last
person she wants help from is the mysterious (and breathtakingly
handsome) Seth ‘Monty’ Montclair. If her altitude sickness and an evil
spirit don’t kill her first, falling in love with the wrong man may just
break her heart forever.

The High Bridge is currently available at Passion In Print Press. Order here today!

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED TODAY FOR LITTLE RED RIDING WOLF GIVEAWAY!

Thursdays Bite

a paranormal blog

Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Little Red Riding Wolf

WOOT! Today’s the day I announce the winners of the Little Red Riding Wolf Contest! 

And the winners are:

4 e-copies of Little Red Riding Wolf

  1. Entry #48Sabine H.
  2. Entry #13ASHLEY
  3. Entry #43Phoenix C.
  4. Entry #46PaParanormalFan (.

2 Little Red Riding Wolf t-shirts

  1. Entry #10Jennifer M.
  2. Entry #53Renee B.
3 Little Red Riding Wolf tote bags
  1. Entry #21Sherry I.
  2. Entry #58Sue O.
  3. Entry #36Renee A. 

4 $10 Rocky Mountain Chocolate Gift Certificates

  1. Entry #52Lynn R.
  2. Entry #1Brinda B.
  3. Entry #37Renee A.
  4. Entry #38Claire L.

10 Little Red Riding Wolf sticky notes

  1. Entry #34Lynn R.
  2. Entry #38Claire L.
  3. Entry #47Sabine H.
  4. Entry #20Sherry I.
  5. Entry #14ASHLEY
  6. Entry #51Lynn R.
  7. Entry #9Jennifer M.
  8. Entry #56Sue O.
  9. Entry #40Claire L.
  10. Entry #24Elizabeth K.
Congratulations and thanks for entering!
Please send me your email addy using the contact box below, and if you are receiving an e-copy of LRRW I will need you to specify what type of format you would like. If you are receiving a physical prize I’ll need your shipping address as well as the correct name to ship to.

Winners were chosen using the Rafflecopter plug in and you can see it HERE on Paranormal Freebies. Prizes unclaimed by March 30th 2012 will be forfeit so please contact me ASAP to receive your prize!

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Killer Blog Tour Update

Moonday Mania

typically a blog on the craft of writing

My book is out  and I’m still excited! February 18th Little Red Riding Wolf went on sale, I had a fabulous Twitter party (thanks Brinda!) and I had a fabulous live party with actual (not virtual) cake and champagne.

Now comes the hard part.

What do you do once the book is out? I’ve been blogging like crazy on other people’s sites, and I’m running a contest (see details HERE) but soon it will all trickle down to just me, myself and I. Then what?

Well, it’s actually very easy. After the killer blog tour and the exciting book release, after the contest winds down and my engagements slow down. I get to do it all over again!

Wow! Do you think there will be more cake?Stock Photos - Cake

And how does this happen?

Because I’m still writing.

I’ve been writing all along and I am over halfway finished with Snow and the Seventh Wolf, the sequel to Little Red Riding Wolf. Not only that, but I have several long novels that at some point I will pronounce ‘ready’ and they too will be released to the world. Then I’ll be back on the roundabout headed to another blog tour and another contest.

Meanwhile I’m still focused on Little Red and the Killer blog tour.

How is your roundabout? Do you write while waiting for the submission results? Do you submit more than one project at a time? How do you keep everything going so that you don’t get a chance to breathe? Is that what you want?

Today you can find my blog, Twisting in the Wind or How to Twist a Fairy Tale on The Dames of Dialogue HERE.

And tomorrow find me at Erin Riordan’s Pagan Spirits blog HERE.

Leave a comment there, then skip on over to the Paranormal Freebies site HERE to register it with the Rafflecopter widget and get one more entry into my Little Red Riding Wolf Contest, ending soon.

And of course you can always comment here, then skip over to the Paranormal Freebies site!

Come into the woods with Little Red Riding Wolf*, a spicy paranormal romance novella available from Passion in Print Press. What if Little Red Riding Hood was a werewolf, and a sexy forest ranger wandered into her woods?

Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Buy Little Red Riding Wolf Here

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?

*Honaroble Mention in Passionate Ink’s 2011 Stroke of Midnight contest

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by | February 27, 2012 · 6:00 am

Blind Faith

Sensational Saturdays

a blog for wherever I am at the moment (currently hiding in the closet)

Sometimes this business is about blind faith: the action of moving forward even when you can’t see your feet.

I’m starting a contest, I have a blog tour lined up, and I have no book in hand. Am I crazy?

It sure feels that way. From the moment I opened up my email from Passion in Print Press and saw the contract, my life has felt a little surreal. Like, at any moment, someone is going to shake me awake and yell “Psych!”

As of writing this I have no edits for my book yet, but my editor assures me they are on the way and my January will be a whirl of edits. I do have a cover. I do have a release date. But without the edits I have to wonder, will it all come together? That’s when you have to let it go and trust your publisher. And that can be difficult.

Actually, it makes me realize that this whole writing thing is an exercise in faith. We pick up our pens (okay, open our laptops) and start pouring out our souls onto the paper. We do this without any assurance that someone will even read it, let alone like it enough to publish it. We do this in a sublime state of naivete, confident in our ignorance that we can do this and they will like it and they will buy it. And then reality sets in.

After finishing your first WIP, you have to stop writing. Stop editing. And let someone read it. This is cliff-walking. This is scary.

This is a leap of faith. Putting your baby into the hands of a stranger to read for the very first time. (Or in my case, a very good friend. Thanks K2!) You bite your nails, fret, stop yourself from emailing ten times a day to ask if they like it. And, hopefully they do. But then it’s on to the next cliff.

You have to send it to a publisher, or an agent, or a contest. You have to, eventually, take the leap and let it go into the cruel hard world. And it is cruel. We get rejected. We get hurt. And then, if you are going to succeed, you have to do it again.

Authors are cock-eyed optimists, we have to be. Only an author would take rejection, over and over and over and then still send it out, just that last time. When I heard Sherilyn Kenyon’s story about how she had been rejected, lost her publisher, lost her agent and still sent off her story with her last stamp (from the car where she was living with her family), well…it’s just another example of how crazy we all are. How crazy you need to be to succeed.

So here I sit,  frantically typing blogs for my over zealous blog tour for my first baby novella. Setting up contests and buying swag, all in the hopes that: yes Virgina, there will be a book.

What leaps of faith have you taken lately? Have you sent off your ms, yet again? What about contests? Any Golden Heart entries?

And don’t forget to enter my Little Red Riding Wolf contest. You need to start HERE on the Paranormal Freebies site. Little Red Riding Wolf will be available (my fingers are crossed, which makes typing very difficult) on February 18th, from Passion in Print Press.  And I’m celebrating with giveaways!

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The Wheel of Life, revisited

Moonday Mania

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Wow, what a difference a year makes. A year ago I wrote the first Jessica Aspen Writes blog (click HERE).  I remember not having the slightest idea if I’d be able to write a blog, what a blog really would mean to me, and being very scared that I’d run out of things to say. Well I guess that hasn’t happened, so you’ll all have to pay up!

I was determined to use Jessica Aspen Writes as a springboard to publication. And guess what? It’s happening. Next month (as I’m sure you are all well aware) my debut novella Little Red Riding Wolf will be released in e-format from Passion in Print Press on February 18th.

A year ago, as I wrote my first blog (about my proposed journey as a pre-published author)  Little Red  was sitting meekly in it’s file. Waiting like Cinderella for some polishing and re-writes before being sent off to the Passionate Ink’s Stroke of Midnight Contest, where it made the finals! I squealed and jumped for joy!

As you might remember, I found out in July that it had won an Honorable Mention. More squealing and jumping and actual celebrating by going out to dinner!

The finaling in the contest and the Honorable Mention gave me the confidence to pitch it at the CRW mini-con in August. And much to my amazement they sent a contract right away! I delayed telling anyone because I am a naturally cautious person, but it was true, they did want it. And now my year of being a new blogger is up and I’ve traveled around the game board to a new starting position. Debut author.

Now I invite you all to share with me the next year in my adventure, becoming an experienced published author. I’m spinning the wheel again and starting off with another blog experiment. The famous Blog Tour. Here is a list of where I will be for the next few months:

Jessica Aspen on Tour


January 2012

February 2012

March 2012

I hope to see you at some or all of my stops. To everyone who’s been with me all year, thanks for all the support. And to those of you who are new to the game, thanks for dropping by. I hope to have more successes to share this year. I’m definitely motivated to keep going and I will continue to write and submit my other novels. Gotta get rid of the day job somehow!


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Ask the Author Free for All!

Thursday’s Bite

a paranormal blog

I’ve been answering interview questions for several blogs as I set up my blog tour. This week I’d love to answer questions about the paranormal, paranormal romance, and my paranormal in particular. I’m opening it up to you. What do you want to know? I’ll get you started with a few and then I want you to go for it!

1. What kind of paranormal stories do you write and why?

Well Jessica, my debut novella Little Red Riding Wolf is not just a twisted fairy tale, but it is also a werewolf story. The heroine is the werewolf and the hero takes on the modern role of the huntsman in the form of a forest ranger. I have several twisted fairy tales and I like them because they provide a familiar framework from which to hang the story. Very little of my stories remain traditional, but just enough hints come in to remind you of the original tale.

2. I can see why you chose to twist Little Red Riding Hood with werewolves, but what would you do with a different fairy tale, one that doesn’t have an obvious wolf motif?

In my story The Queen’s Huntsman, based on Snow White, there were no werewolves at all. I did add elves and witches and a complex world to support the longer story. And you’ll still find an apple or two as well as plenty of magic.

3. Do you plan on more stories like Little Red Riding Wolf?

I’m working on a second twisted tale set in the Colorado, Rockies. I love the town of Radon and now that I have it set up it’s easy to see how other werewolves could have their own fairy tales. Another Snow White or Cinderella would be easy to do. Whatever the final story ends up being I can tell you for sure, it will be set in Colorado and it will have shapeshifters.

Okay, I’m opening it up. Leave a comment and I’ll keep answering questions!

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Twisting a Tale

Thursday’s Bite

a paranormal blog

I grew up on fairy tales. I should say I ate them for breakfast lunch and dinner. It could almost be true. I read every book our small school library had, as well as our four collections at home, over and over and over. Why? Because most young children’s literature of the time was based in reality, not fantasy.

As I came of age there were new fairy tales to discover. Science fiction and fantasy authors twisted tales in weird ways and published them in eclectic anthologies. The wide world of romance expanded to include time travel, witches and monsters. And finally the two combined to make the twisted fairy tale romance.

My novella, Little Red Riding Wolf, is just that. And it’s not just a twisted fairy tale romance, it’s also a modern day fairy tale. Set in today’s Colorado Rocky Mountains, Red is a girl for the modern age who deals with cell phones and internet as well as the complications of a Romeo and Juliet love affair with a human. Oh, did I mention Red is the wolf?

Taking an old cautionary tale of “beware of strangers” and twisting it into a modern day tale of “strangers can be fascinating fun” is what modern day authors are doing all over. If you haven’t watched ABC’s Once Upon a Time, you should. ABC is doing what paranormal romance authors love to do, taking an old dog and teaching it new tricks.

That’s what authors do anyway, we’ve all heard that there are only so many plots in the world and they were all discovered by the Greeks. Everything we do today is a twist on something someone else has already done. Taking a cautionary tale, like Little Red Riding Hood and morphing it with Romeo and Juliet in a modern setting is one way. What are some others? What are your favorites?

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Halloween Treats 2011 Grand Prize Giveaway Today!

Moonday Mania

a blog about the craft of writing

Today is the day I announce the  Halloween Treats Grand Prize Winners for the entire month! Three lucky people will win a swag bag with wonderful Jessica Aspen Swag and a Barnes and Noble $15 Gift Certificate! But hold your horses, I have to gab for a minute first.

This has been a whirlwind October for me, and believe you me,  I have enjoyed riding the whirlwind. From running my first big contest, Halloween Treats, to exploring the world of Flash Fiction with Rach Harrie’s Third Writing Campaign, it’s been one new experience after another. I feel like I’m at the amusement park on my game board of life.

And I expect the rest of the year to continue to be filled with wonderful and scary new experiences. I’ll be working on my first professional edits, with my new editor from Passion in Print Press. I’ll be researching my options for my first professional blog tour. And I’ll be doing all this while running CRW’s Award of Excellence, our amazing contest for romance authors with books published in 2011.

This year not only was the beginning of this blog, but it also marked the beginning of Paranormal Freebies. A blog and ezine that I share with ML Guida, Hillar Seidl and Marilyn Wigglesworth. We’ve had great fun creating a place for paranormal readers and authors to converge.

My latest ride on the whirlwind came on Monday, October 24th with the opening of the Choose Your Own Adventure blog hop, Ahoy Sea Serpent. If you havent tried it start at  Kerri Cuevas’s blog and find out what happens when a group of random bloggers get together to write a story, and make you, the reader, the decision maker. Thanks Kerri for a wonderful opportunity.

This month I’ve given away a book with every blog post and today is the grand prize drawing! If you’ve been hanging out here you know that I’m running the contest in celebration of my novella Little Red Riding Wolf’s acceptence from Passion in Print Press. Little Red Riding Wolf will be available February 18th, 2012

My last giveaway book winner from Saturday’s blog is Gloria! WOOT!

I will be doing a whirlwing blog tour during January and February and promoting Little Red Riding Wolf‘s release date. And I’m thinking I just might run another contest in February. It’s not only my release month, but it also contains romance’s biggest holiday, Valentine’s Day. So don’t forget to check back during the month of February and find out what fun prizes are being given away. Who knows? I might even have copies of Little Red to give away.

So, on to what you’re really here for…

Drum roll please!

And the winners (you had to have commented during the month of October during my blogs to win) of the three amazing Jessica Aspen Swag bags complete with Barnes and Noble gift certificates are…..

CASEY W!

KT HANNA

JEN

Congratulations! Send me your contact info through the contact page and I’ll get your prizes to you! Any prizes not claimed by November 30th will be forfeit.

And for everyone who dropped by and commented this month, thank you very much. I’ve enjoyed getting to meet each and every one of you and hope to keep hearing from you on a regular basis.

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