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I’m Discovering #Romance at Romance and Beyond

The blog hop in celebration of my new, fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman continues today on Romance and Beyond. Check it out to find out what my husband does that is far more romantic than anything I could ever dream of. http://romancebeyond.com/friends-on-friday/jessica-aspens-guest-post/ and if you haven’t entered the Goodreads Giveaway, now’s your chance. I have a link there, and a link here. “here a link, there a link, every where a linky link.”

It closes soon, so get a move on.

IN other news:

jessica aspen's book cover shrinky dink wine charms

I’m super excited to be having my very first book signing at the Colorado Romance Lover’s Tea on Saturday. My books arrived and I made wine charms from my book covers. Sorry about the resolution on the ipad. But you get the picture! They were super fun to make and I think I’ll be posting how to make these and other book cover items on a future Moonday Mania. Once I get a good picture!

Next weekend is Hot Mojave Knights reader convention and my postcards are ready, but I’m not. 🙂 It’s been a crazy month trying to pack all these things in, The Dark Huntsman coming out,  trying to get the Ghosts of Christmas Past out and blogging, blogging, blogging.

If you are attending the con, com find me. I’m attending incognito as a reader, but I’ll be there with postcards and ready to socialize!

Jessica Aspen

The Dark Huntsman

by Jessica Aspen

Giveaway ends October 22, 2013.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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bijoux

bijoux, the little jewels I’ve reaped from the retreat

Moonday Madness

a writer oriented blog

Wine, writing and song, (okay, nobody sang, thank God) that’s what writing retreats are made of. As many of you know I attended my very first Colorado Romance Writers September Writing Retreat last weekend. As to why I didn’t write about it last week, well I was still processing.

Our estimable retreat organizers packed the weekend with workshops, hilarious games and time to write. In fact there was so much going on I was never bored and wished we could keep going for another few days. It seems like September is the month for writer’s retreats as my friends Sharon Clare and Sherry Isaac at Romance and Beyond as well as Elaine Cougler were also at their own lakefront retreat and I’ve read of others who were retreating as well.

Why do we have retreats? One of the things I learned was that everyone goes to CRW’s retreats for different purposes. Some went to connect. To make new friends, see old ones and to get that piece of the business that writers are frequently shorted on, face to face conversation. Some went to write. To have time in a beautiful mountain setting where there were no kids, no job, no pesky husbands vying for their attention. Some went not knowing what they were going for, but all went home satisfied.

Why did I go? I wasn’t sure at first. This was my first retreat and I didn’t know really what to expect. I packed my laptop and WIP, hoping to finish those stubborn last pages. I packed two bottles of wine, hoping to spend time with friends. And I packed my Ipod, just in case I wanted to shut out the noise and really work. And I did all that and more. I did do some work (I should underline the word some) on my WIP, I socialized and played games. But I also attended all three of the quality workshops.

Workshops presented by the fabulous Margie Lawson on Defeating Self Defeating Behaviors, Ann S. Brady on handling the grief of rejection, and Liz Pelletier of Entangled Publishing on what editors are looking for in today’s tough market. All three were so fantastic that I decided they each need their own blog. So look forward to future Moonday Madness posts detailing each one. I can’t take you on the retreat with me, but I am sure going to try!

How do you refresh your inkwell? Have you attended a retreat lately or is it still on your bucket list?

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