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Allie Quinn on Being a Writer

Whimsical Wednesdays

Please welcome guest author, Allie Quinn. to Jessica Aspen Writes. Allie not only writes erotic romance about vampires, but she also moonlights in paranormal suspense under the pen name, Allie Harrison. Today she’s sharing with us what it’s like to write erotic in the real world.

 

under the cover of moonlight by allie quinnHi! I’m Allie Quinn.  I write erotic romance. I also write as paranormal/suspense as Allie Harrison. UNDER THE COVER OF MOONLIGHT by Allie Quinn, released June 10, 2014, by Loose Id, is the second in my Moonlight Assassins series. My Moonlight Assassins are the good guys. Never mind they are also vampires, and not your run of the mill vampires, either. No, my vamps can be out in the sunlight and can eat regular food. Do not get on the bad side of my vamps!

In UTCOM, Zack McCullin travels to a small mountain town determined to stop Rachel Maxwell, who he believes has stolen his research information. What he soon discovers—besides his attraction to Rachel—is something far more deadly.

I’m careful who I tell I’m a author, even more I’m an erotic writer. A fellow high school graduate congratulated me when I told him I was an author. When he introduced me to his wife, however, whom I’d never seen before, and told her I’m a published author, she looked at me and said, “Oh, I’ll bet you write smut.”

I smiled and said, “I write award-winning novels.”

Writing has always been my stress relief. After a bad day anywhere, I can sit down, place my fingers on the keyboard, fall deep into another world, and fall in love or kill off someone I don’t like. I miss gothic stories and Stephen King is my first true hero, creating stories I couldn’t stop reading until the end. My goal is to scare you like he does, but make you fall in love, too. I never planned to write erotic romance. It kind of fell into my lap with the rejection of a fun ghost story. So here I am. Some people make fun of erotic, but I can honestly say keeping the sex fresh is very hard (no pun intended).

I don’t believe in writer’s block. I believe sometimes the words come and sometimes they don’t. I don’t believe in wasting my time since I’m only given a certain number of minutes. So if the words aren’t coming, I get up and do something else. I keep a notebook, pen and flashlight by my bed for when the words come in the middle of the night. I prefer to write with colored pens, usually purple or blue. I also think the use of blues and purples on covers go over well.

I’m usually inspired by characters I see around me. I can stand in line at WalMart, watch people and play the ‘what if’ game.

Of course I’ve had rejections. If I get feedback from them, I use it. Such is the case when my ghost story was rejected. I see a rejection as a new path I’m supposed to take, not as a road block. It’s like getting laid off. You aren’t meant to be there. You’re meant to be somewhere better. Never be afraid to try a new path and never stop looking ahead.

Under Cover of Moonlight

When Zack McCullen thinks his research program has been stolen by Rachel Maxwell, he wants nothing more than to kill her. At the very least, he wants her arrested. But something about her photo haunts him and makes his heart pound. He even dreams about her. When he finally meets her in person, he’s blindsided by his burning desire for her. As hard as he fights it, with one touch of her hand, he loses the battle.

After one passion-filled night, Zack knows she’s the soulmate destiny has chosen for him. There’s no way in hell he can allow her to be taken from him, much less arrested; he can’t live without her. Then he discovers who the true thief is, and anger gives way to terror. Terror of the thief, but more, terror that neither he, nor the passion he’s discovered with Rachel, will survive under the cover of moonlight.

Find Under the Cover of Moonlight at:

Amazon and LooseId

Bio:
When Allie Quinn isn’t watering flowers, reading, doing crafts or other fun things with her kids and husband in Southern Illinois, she’s dreaming up the next spooky story.

Allie Quinn

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Bake, Love, Write

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I’m in a cookbook! Author Lois Winston put together a dessert cookbook with over 105 authors (mostly romance authors) and it includes not just recipes, but their advice on writing and love. So look for author Jessica Aspen and my recipe for, Dark Forest Fruitcake. It’s gluten and grain free, and full of chocolate love!

bake, love, write: 105 aurhots share dessert recipes

What do most authors have in common, no matter what genre they write? They love desserts. Sweets sustain them through pending deadlines and take the sting out of crushing rejection letters and nasty reviews. They also often celebrate their successes—selling a book, winning a writing award, making a bestseller list, or receiving a fabulous review—with decadent indulgences. And when authors chat with each other, they often talk about their writing and their lives. Recipes. Writing. Relationships. In this cookbook 105 authors not only share their favorite recipes for fabulous cakes, pies, cookies, candy, and more, they also share the best advice they’ve ever received on love and writing.

Discover the  ebook for only 99cents!

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If you’re like me and love having print copies of recipe books than here are the print links:

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Authors include: Brenda Novak, Lois Winston, Debra Holland, Dale Mayer, Shelley Noble, Caridad Pineiro, Diana Orgain, Lisa Verge Higgins, Lynn Cahoon, Jasmine Haynes, Jan Carol, Meg Bellamy, Bobbi Chukran, Melissa Keir, Amy Gamet, Kristy Tate, Terry Shames, Barbara Phinney, Kitsy Clare, Raine English, Cathryn Cade, Haley Whitehall, Shilpa Mudiganti, Melinda Curtis, Jessa Slade, Jill Blake, Daryl Devore, Molly MacRae, Elizabeth Rose, Helena Fairfax, Lourdes Venard, Jessica Aspen, Maegan Beaumont, Kay Kendall, Elizabeth John, Victoria Adams, Cyndi Pauwels, Alice Loweecey, June Shaw, Donnell Ann Bell, T. Michelle Nelson, Nina Milton, Pam DeVoe, Skye Taylor, Conda V. Douglas, Pepper Phillips, Judy Alter, Cadence Denton, Lesley Diehl, Erin Farwell, Regan Walker, Kaye Spencer, Barbara Monajem, Kathleen Kaska, Catherine Kean, Rose Anderson, Suzie Tullett, Deborah Hughes, Cynthia Luhrs, Judy Baker, Alicia Dean, Leslie Langtry, Janis Susan May, Mitzi Flyte, Ruby Merritt, Renee D. Field, Kathryn Quick, Susan Cory, Judy Penz Sheluk, Kay Manis, Kathryn Jane, Debra Goldstein, E. Ayers, Chantilly White, Sloan McBride, Triss Stein, Ana Morgan, Adele Downs, L.C. Giroux, Pamela Aares, Nancy Warren, Barbara Lohr, J.J. Cook, Lynn Reynolds, Cori Arnold, B.V. Lawson, Lynn Franklin, M.L. Guida, Irene Peterson, Sue Viders, Liese Sherwood-Fabre, Susan Santangelo, Sheila Seabrook, Elaine Charton, Sharleen Scott, Kathy Bennett, Jody Payne, Reggi Allder, Ashlyn Chase, Beverley Bateman, Susan Lohrer, Donis Casey, Barbara Leavy, Stacy Juba, Karen Rose Smith.

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 athttp://JessicaAspen.com

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Celebrating the Pagan Calendar

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a paranormal pagan post

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenBefore I dive into the blog I want to thank all of my newsletter subscribers who have read and reviewed my new Gothic romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past. I love reading the new reviews, and I’m thrilled that you all love it! I was very scared to delve into something new, but I love Gothics and romantic suspense, so I really wanted to try. Thanks for taking the time to read and review, it not only gives me feedback for my writing, but it also opens doors for new readers to discover my romances. Thank you!

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Now on to the blog!

Celebrating the Lunar Calendar

As many of you know I write about witches in my Tales of the Black Court fantasy romance series and with Halloween right around the corner, I thought it was time for another Pagan Post. When I write about witches in my romances I dip into the new Pagan traditions. That doesn’t mean I always stick with what people in the religion believe or celebrate, but it does mean that I bring in elements from new Paganism. And maybe a little from the old.

The Pagan calendar is divided up by the lunar calendar. In other words, there are thirteen months, instead of twelve, because there are thirteen full moon cycles during a year.

The days that mostly cover September fall into the “Month of Vine”. It begins September 2nd and ends  September 29th. Lunar months are shorter than our Gregorian Calendar  it’s how the lunar calander ends up with thirteen months instead of twelve. I love the idea of using the natural cycles of the Earth and Moon to regulate our days and nights. It makes much more sense to be able to look up in the sky and see that the month is drawing to a close, or that it is just beginning. And there is no pesky Leap Year to try to figure out.

The down side is that the lunar months shift back and forth. But maybe that’s all my perspective from my dependence on the Gregorian Calendar. Our normal calendar is very rigid. It doesn’t change much. It’s why we have the extra day every four years so we can steadfastly maintain our rigid days. It keeps us on task and on topic. Maybe we couldn’t have the organized society that we do without it?

Or maybe not.

Here is one list of names for the lunar months, starting with the New Year, which begins close to Samhain, or Halloween.

And then the cycle starts all over with the months shifting according to the cycle of the moon.

What would you think if we used a lunar calendar? Does that put us in closer contact with nature? What would we do for the people who live in the Southern hemisphere? Would they still be celebrating the winter holidays in the summer or would they have their own celebrations in tune with their own seasons?

Check out next week when I look into what happens to the pagan calendar in the Southern Hemisphere.

Author Bio:

jessica aspen, authorJessica Aspen has always wanted to be spirited away to a world inhabited by elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. Luckily, she’s able to explore her fantasy side and delve into new worlds by writing paranormal romance. She loves indulging in dark chocolate, reading eclectic novels, and dreaming of ocean vacations, but instead spends most of her time, writing, walking the dog, and hiking in the Colorado Rockies. You can find out more information and read about Jessica’s paranormal romances at http://JessicaAspen.com

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ML Guida: Dark Paranormal Romance Author

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a dark paranormal romance interview

Hello and welcome to the first of my new series of guest romance author blogs and interviews. I’m thrilled to have as my first victim—um-hem—guest, ML Guida. ML writes dark paranormal romance about vampire pirates, dragon shapeshifters, and witches. She is not only a good friend of mine,  is also my critique partner. She puts up with my crazy schedule and even crazier life. If it weren’t for her, I know my writing wouldn’t be where it is. So please welcome guest romance author, ML Guida, to Jessica Aspen Writes. And don’t forget to leave a comment and enter to win the giveaway for an e-copy of ML’s first book in the series, A Pirate’s Curse.

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Hi ML, welcome to the blog. Do you mind sharing what you write with my readers?

Thanks Jessica for allowing me to come onto your blog. I write dark paranormal romance.

Do you have cheerleaders  supporting you as a writer? Who supports you and keeps you writing?

I have some great cheerleaders.  My first one is my wonderful critique partner, Jessica Aspen, and my dad. When I’ve almost given up, my dad is the one who picked me up off the floor and encouraged to back on the writing horse.

Tell us why you write dark paranormal? Why this type of books? 

I’ve been in love with the supernatural, ever since I was a little girl and first started watching Dark Shadows.  When I was in third grade, my whole class was hooked on Alfred Hitchcock and the Three Investigators—the big hit was Mystery of the Green Ghost. Later I fell in love with vampires. They’re sensual and dark. Later, I discovered Sherrilyn Kenyon and Ann Rice.  I have a hard time not writing paranormal.

What theme or message is in your book? Does it run through all your books?

Resiliency is a key component to all my books. My characters suffer hardship, but must believe in themselves to overcome obstacles to win. They need to accept their faults as well as their strength. In A Pirate’s Revenge, William has to overcome his self-loathing and fear before he can reach his goal. He has to trust in witch craft, something he doesn’t believe in, and only then, can he defeat his enemies and find true love.

Come on, dish…is their anything unusual about your writing habits?

Most authors like peace and quiet, not me. I have the television on. But what really starts my creativity is watching paranormal shows. Right now, I’m watching Mortal Instruments, City of Ashes.

Have you had many rejections? How did you deal with them?  How did they push you? 

Rejections are part of the business.  At first, I usual go into pout mode and think it’s the end of the world. A friend of mine, fellow writer Jennifer Maitlen, has given me a mantra to live by—half day. I have half day to wallow in pity, then I have to put on my big girl panties and move on.  I don’t know why, but it helps. Sometimes you need permission to feel like it’s the end of the world. Time limits help.

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

I usually write before work and after work. I never had any problems writing until my cocker spaniel died—Sadie.  She was 12 years old and my best friend. Now, it’s been hard to write anything. Sometimes grief is all consuming, and it’s hard to get back into the routine.

What’s unique about this book?

William can turn into a dragon, but he is not like most shape-shifters. He is possessed by a dragon spirit, Drakon. Drakon and William are one and can hear each other’s thoughts.  I wanted to do something different than the usual shifters. Also, without giving too much away, I’ve darker creatures that come from Coaybay (dark underworld) to the Caribbean.

Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book?

Yes. A Pirate’s Revenge is the second book in the Legends of the Soaring Phoenix. The first book was A Pirate’s Curse.  The third installment is scheduled to come out in Winter of 2015. This will be Amadi’s story. Amadi is an escaped slave who is re-captured and tossed back into slavery. This tale is based on the White Witch of Rose Hall in Jamaica. In 1770, the White Witch, Annee Palmer, seduced three husbands, then murdered them. Her favorite pastime was to have slave lovers, but she’d torture them.  The slaves finally were tired of Annee and rebelled, killing her.  Amadi is forced to battle his evil mistress and must rely on Violet, an indentured servant, to help him escape.  The problem is Violet is unable to tell a lie. She breaks out in hives when she lies, and she can tell when others are lying. The evil mistress uses Violet’s abilities to her own evil ends and Amadi must learn to trust Violet or be chained forever a slave.

Thanks ML!

Hey readers, don’t forget to leave a comment to enter to win the giveaway of an e-copy of book one, A Pirate’s Curse.

A Pirate’s Revenge, Book Two in the Legends of the Soaring Phoenix

MLGuida_APiratesRevenge_800Cursed by a demon, William O’Brien changes into a dragon with mystical powers he can’t control. In dragon form he becomes a ravenous beast with the power to destroy the crew of the Soaring Phoenix. He’s forced to make a decision: leave the ship or face killing the crew. But before he can go, he discovers a new menace hunts him. The God of the Underworld has released a female demon, more deadly and evil than before, with orders to capture William and combine his powers with a male witch in order to destroy the crew of the Soaring Phoenix. Mariah Fey, a talented witch, wants only to save her brother from the bowels of the evil pirate ship, the Fiery Damsel. If William will trust her, she can teach him how to harvest his gifts, control his abilities, and together their true love can defeat their enemies.

 

 

Buy links for A Pirate’s Revenge:

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Bio:

MaryGuida-web 1 (5 of 5)M.L. Guida loves the paranormal. Even when she was four years old, she would watch the soap opera, Dark Shadows, and fell in love with vampires! Who wouldn’t want a bite on the neck? Currently, she has two series with vampires: the Legends of the Soaring Phoenix and Vampires on Holiday.

Today, she continues to love the preternatural and watches Ghost Adventures, Dead Files and A Haunting. She’s ventured into more supernatural beings, specifically demons, but not just any demons, dragon demons. Her new series, the Underworld, is with Kensington/Lyrical Imprint.

M.L. lives in Colorado near the Rocky Mountains. She loves to take her cocker spaniel, Sadie, for walks on the trails behind her house. When she travels, she tries to go on ghost tours. Her favorite so far was the Jack the Ripper tour in London.

She currently writes for Kensington/Lyrical Imprint, Passion in Print, and self-publishes. She is a member of Colorado Romance Writers and Romance Writers of America.

 

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Why I Love Volunteering at Romance Writing Cons

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There is nothing like going to a convention for something you love to do. If you write romance, RWA Nationals is the place to be in July. (Although, maybe not San Antonio in July. Whew, was it hot!) Famous romance writers from all over were there. If you are a fan girl and collapse at the sight of your authors, you would be rubbernecking all day and into the night.

Luckily, I was too busy to catch many of the biggies, but I did see a few. And I got to network with a few too. Nice!

san antonio riverwalk at night

San Antonio Riverwalk at night. Photo courtesy of ML Guida

How did I make that happen? Well, like most good things, it was an accident. Okay, it was the result of planning to do something else and it was an unexpected side benefit. You see, I volunteer at RWA and this year I did two different activities, both of which turned out to be terrific networking opps where I met amazing authors and book business people, as well as terrific volunteers and other RWA members.

The first event was the PRO Retreat. Now, if you are not an RWA member you may not know that our organization is divided into PAN (Published Author Network), PRO (Getting there, maybe published but haven’t hit the threshold for PAN yet), and everyone else (haven’t finished a manuscript, or been brave enough to submit it to a publisher or publish it yourself). I’m in PRO and I may be there for a very long time, due to the way PAN membership is tiered. And that’s fine with me. The PROs are a cool group of motivated people. We include many indie-published and small press published authors as well as those who aren’t published yet, but are serious about getting there. PRO’s rock!

This was the first year we had a round-table event and since I’m on the PRO Steering Committee, I got to help out! That meant I got to contact romance authors, romance cover artists, and romance marketing people and invite them to come to our event. It also meant I got to talk to almost all of our speakers, at least once. How cool is that?

The other volunteering position I did was at the front desk. Basically, anyone with a question or a problem showed up at the desk. Lots of authors with lost items, people confused about which building the pitch appointments were in, and just general questions. I not only got to meet all those authors and RWA members, but I also got to hang out with some cool volunteers and meet some of our dedicated office staff. We never get to talk to the behind the scenes people, so it was very interesting to meet the women who put on this event year after year and keep RWA moving forward.

If you have something that you do that you love, find a convention and go enjoy yourself. But when you do, consider the benefits of helping out at the convention. Yes, it takes time away from all the amazing workshops. Yes, I missed a few things that I would have loved to go to. But it’s more likely that I would have found myself burnt out from sitting and learning and spent Friday afternoon in the bar!

In case you missed it, my new venture into modern Gothic romance is out! 

Contemporary Love Stories with a Gothic twist.

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspenLook for Ghosts of Christmas Past on sale for 99 cents! August 2014

 

Ghosts of Christmas Past

A Haunted Holidays Novel

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

And that’s not Jen’s only problem.

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

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Snippets of an Author

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prince by blood and bone book tour buttonJust a few reminders, and then on to the blog.

First off, don’t forget to enter to win a print copy of my latest steamy, fantasy romance, Prince by Blood and Bone on Goodreads. And I’m still on blog tour so check out the list of posts and discover reviews, interviews and an excerpt of Prince by Blood and Bone, as well as many opportunities to win an e-copy of The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court.

 

SNIPPETS OF AN AUTHOR

I was recently on vacation and while I don’t usually bring up that I write books, my husband never lets a chance go by to tell people that his wife writes spicy paranormal romance. So I found myself in the position of explaining to strangers what I write. If I’d known I’d be doing this, I would have practiced my elevator pitch, but I was totally unprepared to be lounging on the beach and telling people about my hot romance books.

“Um, yes, I write paranormal romance. Twisted fairy tales.” Look at their confused faces. “For adults. Yes, um, they are very adult.” See the widening of the eyes. “NO! Not Fifty Shades adult, but spicy. Steamy…romance for adults.”

Yes, I should be able to do this. I do it every day on social media and here on the blog, but that’s not face to face, seeing their reactions. And let’s face it, most of the people I interact with on social media are romance fans. I socialize with romance writers and readers. I forget that out in the real world not everyone reads paranormal romance.

So, in addition to having to come up with what I write in a nutshell, I also had that question that authors dread, “If I read your books are they all about you?” Um, no. And yes.

No, I’m not a 22 year old shape-shifting werewolf with a hot body and a sexy alpha male in my bed. No, I’m not dealing with killer step-parents or an evil queen. No, I don’t cast spells (okay, maybe when I’m heading for that green light about to turn red) and I don’t have sex with men who ride snarky pucas or wield magic blades.

Yep, this is fiction kids. I made it up.

But yes, you’ll find out things about me. You’ll find I like men with an edge to them who also have a vulnerable side. How can you know this? I put them in nearly every book. You might find out that I love dark chocolate or walks in the rain. How will you know this? Well, you won’t know for sure, but if I have a character that likes that, maybe I do too.

Or maybe not.

Maybe I’ll have a character whose favorite flavor is vanilla and loves dry, hot weather more than the misty moisty mornings. Then how will you know if I’m a chocolate girl or a vanilla girl?

You won’t.

My characters are all different. Some of them stand up for themselves, like Red in Little Red Riding Wolf. Some of them take longer to figure out how to do that, like Trina in The Dark Huntsman. And they all have bits and pieces of me in them. But they also have bits and pieces that I just made up. And I’m not sure you’ll be able to figure out which is which.

I’m the first to admit, my husband and I do have a fairy tale romance and if I wrote contemporaries maybe I’d be writing our love story over and over again. But I don’t. I write twisted fairy tale romances with magic and mayhem. There are no Monday mornings in my books and cell-phones don’t work in the lands of the fae. But it is still me writing. And my romance experience is still a personal thing that must creep in sometimes, right?

Or maybe not.

It is fiction, isn’t it?

Are you a writer? Does your personal life and tastes creep into your writing? How about as a reader? Do you only choose books with heroines who are just like you, or do you like to read about different lives, explore different ways of being?

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Golden Quill Finalist For a Second Year in a Row!

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a paranormal romance celebration blog

the dark huntsman 2014 golden quill finalistWoot! The Dark Huntsman is a Finalist in the Fantasy/Sci-Fi category of the Desert Rose RWA Golden Quill 2014 contest. (Say it ten times fast!). If you still haven’t read my fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman, check out the Prince by Blood and Bone Blog tour for opportunities to win an e-copy. Several of the sites are hosting giveaways, and there are lots of chances to win.

I’m having a terrific 2014. My hot paranormal romance, Goldi and the Bear, is a finalist in the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence and the second book in the Tales of the Black Court, Prince by Blood and Bone, is having an amazing blog tour with several five star (or fangs, or paws) reviews. It seems that readers like it even more than The Dark Huntsman, and that’s really good news for me since I was super stressed about it being just as good a book. I guess it was worth taking that extra time to make it right. 🙂

You can still enter to win one of five print copies of Prince by Blood and Bone on Goodreads, so add it to you Goodreads Shelf and enter to win!

I’m not doing an additional blog today, because I’m busy putting the final touches on my New Adult Gothic romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past, before I send it off to the first editor. If you would like to read an actual blog then hop on over to the Indy Book Fairy to read an interview with me HERE.

Happy May to all!

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Book Trailers Spring 2014

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a paranormal romance blog

prince by blood and bone by jessica aspenWe’re getting close! The second book in the Tales of the Black Court (my twisted fairy tale, fantasy romance series),  Prince by Blood and Bone, will be out soon. If you’d like to know more about Prince Kian, head on over to Rebekah Ganiere’s blog for a short interview and read a short excerpt from the book, click HERE.

I’m hard at work on my paranormal Christmas romance, and I expect to celebrate Christmas in July with the release of Ghosts of Christmas Past. As usual, it doesn’t fit into one genre. It’s new adult, contemporary, Gothic romance. If you’re looking for something on the spicy side, with a little horror and romance mixed in, sign up for my newsletter and find out first when it’s released.

Can you say new adult, contemporary, Gothic ten times fast?

How about twisted fairy tale, fantasy romance?

Yeesh!

To celebrate the dafodils smiling in my garden bed I’ve brought you a few new book trailers. Check ’em out!

Like hunky alphas? This one is full of sexy images of one tortured alpha.

Like a few angels mixed in with your romance? Try this one out.

And what would life be like without a few werewolves?


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That’s all folks! I love your comments, so let me know what you think about the trailers, Prince by Blood and Bone, or my tongue twisting genres. Have any paranormal trailers I’ve missed? Leave a comment and let me know and I’ll put them in my next book trailer feature.

prince by blood and bone by jessica aspenIt’s back to work for me on getting Prince by Blood and Bone out to you readers, and working on that Christmas story. Stay tuned for updates.

Miss the last few posts on book trailers? You can check out a complete listing HERE in my last book trailer post.

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Prince by Blood and Bone Cover Reveal

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WOOT! It’s here!

Prince by Blood and Bone, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court  the sequel to The Dark Huntsman will be released next month! And here is the long-awaited cover by phenomenal cover artist Kari Ayasha.

 

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Prince by Blood and Bone, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court

A rebellious prince, a reluctant witch, and a mysterious prophecy,

twisted together in a tale of Beauty and the Beast

 Trapped in an underground palace Prince Kian must remain a beast, or give in to the queen’s plan to strip him of his powers. But Kian refuses to submit to his mother’s evil plan and is determined to escape both his prison and his curse—even if it means dabbling in witch’s magic.

 On the run for most of her life, Bryanna MacElvy has never learned to use her healing Gift. When she’s pulled by Kian’s spell into his prison, the prince sees the golden witch as his salvation. Refusing to let her, or to accept she is incapable of curing him, Kian offers her a terrible bargain—heal him, or give up her freedom forever.

 Their lives entwined by fate, the prince must learn to love a human and Bryanna must learn to trust herself—or risk losing their freedom, his powers, and their passion, to the evil of the Black Queen.

 Dare to enter Jessica Aspen’s world of steamy, fantasy romance in book two of her fairy tale trilogy: Tales of the Black Court

 

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Book Title: Prince by Blood and Bone, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court by Jessica Aspen

Book two: Tales of the Black Court 

Genre:  Fantasy Romance, Twisted Fairy Tales 

Publisher: Abracadabra Publishing 

Date of Publication: April 2014 

Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9899558-1-2 

Formats available: epub, kindle, paperback 

Cover Artist: Kari Ayasha of Cover to Cover Designs

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The blog tour for Prince by Blood and Bone will be May 5th -May 16th. Check back for information on places you’ll be able to find fun reviews, articles, and blogs about me and my books.

And let me know what you think? Don’t you love the cover Kari and I came up with. It was by far the most difficult cover I’ve yet to have come together, but I think she did an amazing job keeping the theme of the Black Court series. I can’t wait to get started on book three, Broken Mirror’s cover. Cassie definitely will need a cover to keep up with her cousin and sister.

Are you a romance reviewer? Use the contact form to contact me and let me know where you review and what kind of e-copy you’d prefer. I’m sending out review copies this week!

 

 

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Hot Balls of Luv!

Moonday Mania

How to heal a broken heart with chocolate.

Even romance writers have broken hearts. Not every Valentine’s Day goes well for everyone, nor does writing romance mean your life is super romantic. Of course mine is now, but there have been times when I romance didn’t go well for me. And in my deep, dark past, I used to make fudge.

No marshmallow creme allowed. Just old-fashioned ingredients. Why? Because that was the way I was taught, from a recipe developed before marshmallow creme. That’s how old this recipe is (although it does contain corn syrup). Now it does tend to be a little grainy, so if you can find superfine sugar, you should use that. But I grew up with grainy fudge, because that’s the kind of sugar we bought. We didn’t care. It was fudge.

Thick, rich and simple. Mostly just chocolate and sugar and an endorphin high that must have been kicking. No wonder I made it a ton when I was an adolescent, jacking my system likely got me through all the heartaches.

With real candy you use a candy thermometer to tell when it’s hid soft ball or hard ball stage. Or you can use the old fashioned method of testing for doneness by dropping balls of hot love (your candy) into a glass of water and feeling them for doneness.

(Okay, that sounds like a blog to me.)

For years I had fudge on the brain. I made it a lot. My birthday cake was covered in real fudge icing. Real fudge sets up fast, so you have to move lightening fast to cover a cake. Hard as a rock, but oh so delicious. And perfect. Chocolate cake, fudge icing, and topped with real vanilla ice cream. Mmmm!

But here’s the thing. Fudge doesn’t really nurture your soul. That endorphin kick was a fake. Real love and romance do it so much better. You want to know how I know that?

I haven’t made fudge for years. In fact, I almost couldn’t locate the recipe for this blog, it was buried in the back of my recipe card box. Instead, now, I nurture my soul with real love…friends…and brownies. 🙂

Okay, I still love chocolate and still sometimes have those days where I want it’s soothing touch, but I no longer go for the super sweet taste of fudge. In fact, I’m eat very little sugar at all now. My occasional brownie foray is sweetened with honey or maple syrup. But, because I still have a soft spot for the past, I’m sharing my grandmother’s fudge recipe with all of you. If you want a little adventure into the past, give it a try. And you’ll get to try rolling your own soft balls.

My Grandmother’s Fudge

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 sq bitter chocolate
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbl corn syrup
  • tiny pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp butter

Butter a 8×8 pan and put aside.

Melt chocolate on med-low in a thick bottomed pot. Add milk and sugar, salt, butter and corn syrup. Stir occaisionally. Cook until soft ball stage. (When dropped into a glass of cold water the candy forms a soft ball stage and sugar crystals are forming on the sides of the pan. (If you’ve reached a hard, crackly ball, you’ve gone too far!)

Remove from heat and beat hard!

Beat until it is 20140217-072459.jpgalmost firmed up and pour into the greased pan. Fudge should develop a glossy color. If you wait too long, you will not be able to pour it into the pan or over the cake. It will still taste delicious!

This is the tricky part. Be careful, hot candy gives you very bad burns. I had a very bad birthday one year, when the hot fudge slipped over the edge of the pot and burned my hand. You must develop a good bicep muscle and beat it until it is ready. Have a friend on standby to take over. We just don’t have the upper arm strength our grandmothers needed to cook!)

Let cool. If you can! If you can’t, at least wait until it is past the tongue burning stage, we don’t want any trips to the ER.

Hope your Valentine’s day was every bit as romantic as you wanted it to be, but just in case it wasn’t, there’s always fudge!

Or brownies…or chocolate…or wine.

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