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Spank! A Post Where I Review the 50 Shades Parody

Moonday Mania

putting on my reviewer hat

Okay, I admit it. I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey yet. The entire world of soccer moms, beauty queens, and accountants (as well as every other romance writer in the world, especially the ones who write spicy romance!) has read this book, at leas the first one. But I’ve been busy. I’ve had other super sexy romances to read. And to write. So when a friend said she was getting a group together to go see the musical parody of the book, well, of course I had to go!

I figured I had time to read it, and I did try to get a copy of the book, but a loaner copy failed to appear and by the time I got on the waitlist at the library I was number 9 on the ebooks and 35 on the 17 print book list. I showed up unprepared and unread. But, it turns out that I had an advantage the rest of the girls in the group didn’t have… (Okay, we’re old enough to be women, but it’s girls night out!) I am a romance writer and I have listened to the hot gossip surrounding the writer of Fifty Shades of Grey, as well as the book itself. And this play was focused on the writer, EB Janet, just as much as it was focused on the plot for the book.

And it was funny!

All the hot gossip about how the book was written, was it Fan-fic or not? Did she base it on Twilight? Was there a bit of the batman story behind the scenes? The actress who played author Janet, Amanda Barker, did a fabulous job camping it up for us. She was interactive with the audience, bringing in lots of local references to the Denver area and making fun of the people who arrived late. She really made the show.

Another thing that I hadn’t expected was that they would use classic music pieces and re-vamp the words to attain a comedy twist. Loved it when Ken Allen, who played sexy, ultra-cool, billionaire Hugh Hanson (which really sounds like handsome when you hear it in the theater) introduced innocent Tasha to the ‘red room’ and sang about domination to the tune from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory song ‘Pure Imagination’, complete with tails, top-hat, and of course, a cane.

Andrea Muller, who played the poor deluded Tasha Woods, also did an excellent job. Her improv was great and really added to the show. Loved when she came out into the audience and involved the poor woman in the front row. And I was super glad, being the introvert that I am, that it wasn’t me answering those questions!

Overall it was a five star presentation.

I highly recommend going, and if you can make sure you see this cast, I would. They did an amazing job. Terrific girls night out and I’m so glad I braved the snow!

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

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

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE. 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

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Winter Warm Up Blog Hop 2014

Fantastic Fridays

a romance blog hop for the holidays

Young couple embracing

Happy Winter!Romance is in the air and it’s time for the Winter Warm-Up Romance Blog Hop.

Here’s how it works:

You can hop to all the participating authors pages and enter their contests via the Linky List or via the web page at: Hops With Heart Winter Warm-Up  link: http://hopswithheart.blogspot.com/

While you are there you can enter to win the GRAND PRIZE: $75 Amazon Gift Card via the Rafflecopter Box OR you can click on this Rafflecopter Link and go directly to Rafflecopter to enter the contest.

Here’s the RAFFLECOPTER link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3ad276f824/?

You can read my blog and answer the question at the end  and ENTER TO WIN an e-copy of GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST, the first book in my HAUNTED HOLIDAYS  series.

Brrr! Winter in New England. That’s where I set GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST. And, in fact, the next five stories are going to also be in the fictional town of Applesett, Mass. Why? Because for me, living in Colorado, New England is full of romance. I love the idea of deep forests and snowy hills. Sleigh rides and snow.

Yes, we have snow here. Of course we do! It’s Colorado. But you really have to drive into the mountains to have a real sleigh ride with horse drawn carriages and all the trimmings. Applesett is a small town, rural, with lots of twisting dirt roads and open fields and places to take your sweetie. Not that Nate and Jen get much time for that! They’re busy fighting off a ghost and falling in love.

But, if you read the book, Jen does have a past where sleigh rides are in order. Or does she? Jen dreams about a time a hundred years ago and another couple in love during the winter. You’ll have to read the book and decide if it’s really Jen’s karmic past, or the ghost making Jen believe it’s her past.

Either way, romance is in the air. In the past, in a horse drawn sleigh, or in the present, where Jen and Nate discover the charms of the town of Applesett and start to fall in love.

Do you find snow romantic? To  ENTER TO WIN an e-copy of GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST, the first book in my HAUNTED HOLIDAYS  series, answer the question: what’s your form of romance in the snow? Sleigh rides? Skiiing? Hot drinks by the fire? Just let me know and I’ll enter you in the drawing.

And don’t for get to hop over to Hops With Heart and the other amazing authors contests as well as the grand prize!

Hops With Heart Winter Warm-Up  link: http://hopswithheart.blogspot.com/

Here’s the RAFFLECOPTER link: http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/3ad276f824/?

AND THE WINNER IS…

on my blog: bookaholicholly, I’ll be contacting you shortly.

For the Grand Prize: Stephanie Osborn, Hops with Heart will contact you.

CONGRATULATIONS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Stay warm everybody.

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

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

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE. 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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#win Ghosts of Christmas Past on Cynthia Woolf’s Blog

Fantastic Fridays

a Gothic Christmas romance blog

I’m working hard on Nanoing, way behind, but still working! That’s what happens when you schedule a girl’s weekend in November: lots of fun, but not so many words. I’ll be writing about it soon, so stay tuned!

Today is just a brief reminder that I’m guesting today on Cynthia Woolf’s blog. If you haven’t had a chance to read my contemporary Gothic romance, GHOSTS OF CHRISTMAS PAST, hop on by and leave a comment to enter to win an e-copy.

Have a fantastic weekend and stay warm, it’s super cold here in Colorado!

Ghosts of Christmas Past 

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. 

Dare to discover Jessica Aspen’s sexy, new adult, contemporary, Gothic romance, today. 

Available at:  Amazon, Barnes and NobleKoboIbooksAllRomanceEbooks

Add Ghosts of Christmas Past to your Goodreads shelf.

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

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

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5759763.Jessica_Aspen

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JessicaAspen

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessicaAspenAuthor

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/jessicaaspen/

Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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Veronica Scott MAGIC OF THE NILE

Whimsical Wednesdays

a paranormal romance guest author day

Please welcome my guest author, Veronica Scot, to Jessica Aspen Writes. Veronica has been writing for several years now and I remember when I first heard of her Egyptian based series. It was a combonation of “Wow, I wish I’d thought of that!” and “Wow, I can’t wait to read it!” Please join me in welcoming talented and multi-published romance author, Veronica Scott.

And don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway for a copy of MAGIC OF THE NILE

Thanks for having me as your guest today!  I write both science fiction romances and paranormal romances set in ancient Egypt. I try to work myth and mystery into the novels of either genre, although in the Egyptian stories, I use the actual legends and beliefs of the time as much as I can. I always wanted to write tales set thousands of years ago along the Nile but I wanted to have the gods and goddesses actively involved in the day to day events, much as the Egyptians believed and hoped they were. MAGIC OF THE NILE includes a number of the deities, from Sobek the Crocodile God to Tawaret the Hippo Goddess.  My heroine and hero are the main actors driving the story but the gods are integrally involved.

  • What is your writing environment like? I write in a corner of my bedroom, at a desk that belonged to my great grandmother. I like the feeling of family continuity! I use a laptop and of course my cats are always supervising whatever I’m doing. They insist I take periodic breaks to throw their toys down the stairs. One of my cats has as his main goal in life to shred my ergonomic writing chair so I regularly have to deflect him. I prefer to write in the morning, since I’m definitely a lark, but with the day job, I’m more likely to be getting in a few hours after dinner. I keep an ever rotating variety of action figures and knickknacks on top of the desk for inspiration. I have my book covers in frames on the wall above and I also have a framed poster for the 1950’s movie “Princess of the Nile.”
  • How do you respond to someone who says, “You write WHAT?” In fact, I recently revealed to my co-workers that I was a romance writer, which was fun. They were quite blown away that I have seven books published and more in the works, have won some awards, etc. The fact that my first two books were released by Carina, an imprint of Harlequin, made an impression on everyone. Even the guys have heard of Harlequin it seems! And if I could tell that the person I was talking to about being an author really didn’t “get” that I was seriously pursuing my writing career, I’d mention my USA Today column on the Happily Ever After blog and THEN they’d nod and be impressed. (I write about science fiction romance 2-3 times a month for them.) Funny anecdote – some not-so-savvy internet users looked me up to find out more after I revealed my writing career, but they’d gotten the name wrong and searched on “Veronica Mars”…! They were really confused by the results LOL! I have to say everyone at has been supportive overall. My day job is at a heavy duty rocket science kind of place so it’s nice that people are respecting my genre choice and that I’m following my dreams. The world always needs more romance!
  • What do you love about writing? Hate about it? The thing I love most is being able to share my stories and hope readers are enjoying them. There’s nothing like receiving an e mail from someone who says they can’t stop thinking about your book, or meeting a reader at an event who’s read all of the books in the series and wants more. I don’t hate anything about writing but it is frustrating to me to have so many stories and bits of ideas in my head and not enough time to write them all. Sometimes it’s hard to pick which one to work on next. I usually go with whichever story is energizing my creativity the most.
  • What two things do you wish you had known before you started writing? First of all, I wish I’d understood the need to be active on social media sooner. The day I received The Call that Carina was buying my first story, I had no social media presence at all. Looking back, I can’t believe it! I quickly established my blog, got on Facebook and Twitter, but I think it would have been good for me to have been blogging and tweeting sooner. It’s fun and you connect with so many wonderful people all over the world. The second thing I would have done is joined my local Romance Writers of America chapter sooner and probably the RWA Fantasy Futuristic & Paranormal Special Interest Chapter as well. I did do both eventually and there are so many terrific people there who are willing to share lessons learned and encourage others.
  • What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict? I usually start with the hero and heroine in my head, the opening scene, the ending and three or four major scenes along the way. I don’t plot, outline, use Scrivener or other tools…I’m strictly a write as I go person. I’m very superstitious about my Muse and how she works! I don’t examine my process too closely. I’ve also found that if I do too much prethinking about the story before I dive into writing it, then I’m not likely to ever write it, because in my mind, it’s been told. Usually I’ll print out the first draft once or twice while I’m still writing, read through it and think about what scenes might be missing. What do I know about the characters that I really haven’t shown the Readers in enough detail?
  • What made you choose to go the indie route and what are some of the things you love about it? Challenges? As I mentioned above, my first two ancient Egyptian paranormal novels were published as ebooks by Carina Press. I didn’t set out to be a self-publisher, but I had a novel nearly complete, which was loosely based on the sinking of the Titanic, set in the far future on a spaceliner. It dawned on me in early 2012 that the 100th anniversary of the sinking was right around the corner and I needed to get my novel out there. I didn’t have time to go through the submission process, not even with Carina, so I hired an editor, a cover artist, and a formatter and got WRECK OF THE NEBULA DREAM released myself. The book did very well, won several awards…and my career in self-publishing was launched. I love the control of self-publishing, being able to write exactly what I want, pick my own covers and to release my books on my own schedule. I wouldn’t mind being a hybrid author, perhaps have some books released by a publisher in the future but for now I’m focused on the self-pub route.

 

  • Did you have a favorite scene? One scene I particularly enjoyed writing was when the hero Sahure takes the heroine Tyema for a drive to town in his chariot. With her permission, he gives the horses their heads and they gallop down the road. She’s never gone anywhere so fast in her life and she revels in the sensations, deciding she has to get a chariot for herself. Sahure is pretty surprised by that! I had many readers tell me they were quite struck by the scene and that it really placed them in the ancient time frame, when not too many people went anywhere at a pace above walking speed. And women, even high priestesses, didn’t drive chariots. So one of the subplots is whether Tyema will or won’t get her chariot. Tyema is also suffering from anxiety relating to events in her childhood (which happen in PRIESTESS) and when she’s “flying” in the chariot, she feels free of all the cares and problems in her daily routine.
  • Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book? MAGIC OF THE NILE is my fourth novel set in this general time frame. It’s the latest entry in the “Gods of Egypt” series, which is a connected series, revolving around the same Pharaoh or events set in motion by him. MAGIC is a sequel to my first book, PRIESTESS OF THE NILE, but it’s a standalone. You don’t have to have read PRIESTESS first to enjoy the action and romance in MAGIC. There are some mild spoilers for PRIESTESS in this new book though. I’m currently working on GHOST OF THE NILE, which is set in the same general time frame, same pharaoh on the throne, but is standalone. I usually alternate, writing a science fiction romance and then one set in ancient Egypt.

 

MAGIC OF THE NILE

magic of the nile by veronica scottAfter a childhood spent scorned and ignored by her family because of her crippled foot, Tyema was magically healed then installed as the High Priestess of his temple by Sobek the Crocodile God. But Tyema is still haunted by her memories, scarred by the abuse she endured. Despite Sobek’s protection, as an adult she’s become a near recluse inside the temple grounds…

Until Captain Sahure arrives in her remote town, sent from Thebes on an urgent mission for Pharaoh, requiring High Priestess Tyema’s help. From that moment on, her quiet, safe life is upended in ways she never could have expected.

But after a whirlwind romance with Sahure, the two part as Pharaoh orders him to undertake another assignment on Egypt’s dangerous frontier, far from Tyema’s remote town.

Heart-broken, Tyema is ready to return to her life of loneliness, official duties and, now, regret. But the Crocodile God has other plans for his priestess: she must uncover the sorcerer who threatens Pharaoh’s life with black magic. Soon enough, Tyema finds herself thrown into the chaos of Pharoah’s court, neck deep in intrigue and danger. Just when she thinks she can’t take the pressures of a very public court life and her secret investigation for the Crocodile God any longer, Sahure re-enters the scene.

But is her former love there to help or to hinder? Can they resolve their differences and work together to find the dark sorcerer who threatens Pharaoh and Egypt?

MAGIC OF THE NILE is a paranormal romance set in ancient Egypt.  Self published, this novel is 115,512 words long and was released in March 2014. ISBN: 0989590364 The book trailer can be seen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0skxQ0kmJM

Buy Links:  Amazon   Barnes & Noble  All Romance eBooks  iTunes   Google Play Books Kobo

BIO:

Veronica ScottVeronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories. Winner of the 2014 National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award and two SFR Galaxy Awards, she is also the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

CONTACT INFO:  Blog   Facebook   Twitter   Goodreads   Amazon Author Page

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Lexi Post #romance #author Interview and #Giveaway

Whimsical Wednesdays

romance author interview

Purple stick 2Please welcome erotic romance author, Lexi Post to Jessica Aspen Writes. And today, Lexi is generously giving away a Venetian mask, so please read throug the post, answer Lexi’s question in the comments, and enter to win! Don’t forget to check out the sexy cover for her latest romance Passion of Sleepy Hollow. Yowza!

  • Hi Lexi, how long have you been writing? What is your main writing genre? Do you write in more than one genre and why?

I’ve been writing for about six years. I only write romance though I write many subgenres of it. All my current published books are erotic romance, though among those there are paranormals, a Sci-fi and a January 2015 release with a contemporary cowboy. I write in many subgenres because I write erotic romance inspired by the classics. So whatever the original story inspires is what I write. For example, when I decided to write Passion of Sleepy Hollow, I used Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” for my inspiration. That story just begged for a paranormal bent, so it not only had ghosts, a witch and a curse, it also had a hero from present day and a heroine trapped in the 1790s.

 

  • Tell us the story behind your pen name? Do you have more than one?

 

I only have one pen name, Lexi Post. Lexi came from my family. They called me Lexi when I was little and actually still do. When I was a teenager, my siblings started calling me Sexy Lexi which embarrassed me at the time, but it gave me the idea to use the name for my erotic romance. Post is actually the last name of my biological father. I figured that way I wouldn’t embarrass any of my family members. As it turns out, all of them, including my extended family are thrilled by my writing career.

 

  • What do you want your readers to take from your books?

 

I want my readers to feel completely satisfied to the point they have a “book hangover” as one of my fans stated. That’s what happens when you have read a great romance and the characters just stay with you and you are hesitant to pick up another romance right away because you are still emotionally connected to them. I love it when I get one of these and I’m absolutely thrilled when my readers have this happen.

 

Most of all, I want to reinforce the age old ideals that good wins over evil and love conquerors all, even if none of us our perfect. Having spent most of my life reading and teaching classic literature which 9 times out of 10 will have a sad ending, I wanted to write stories that would end happily and give hope.

 

  • What inspires you?

 

For my erotic romances, it is classic literature. I know, that sounds strange given what I just said.  But the fact is, the classics are classic for a reason. They are good. They just tend to have sad endings. So I get my inspiration from the original stories and write an entirely new story with pieces from the old that are key. In Passion of Sleepy Hollow, I kept the setting, the main characters (or their descendants) and the superstition that was prevalent in the original.

 

  • What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict?

 

I definitely start with my characters, deciding who from the original story will be used and what their goals, motivation and inner and outer conflicts will be. This is often simultaneous with deciding on my setting. Then I focus on what the pivotal black moment will be, that conflict in values that tears the couple apart. Once I have these pieces, I just start writing as I am a pantser at heart.

 

  • Are you self-publishing? Why or why not?

 

I am. I just released my first self-published novella that started my erotic sci-fi series; however, my agent will continue to submit to publishers. The reason I started with self-publishing was so I would have control over when some of my books come out. I didn’t want my readers to forget me :-} By time my second year anniversary of being published rolls around, I will have six books out, two of which are self-published. I am hoping that I can increase that number in my third year.

 

  • Did you have a favorite scene in Passion of Sleepy Hollow?

 

Yes, I did. It was a scene I hadn’t known would be in the story, but I just followed the characters, actually the hero, Braden. It is a very touching sex scene where he uses a mirror to show Katrina how beautiful she is. It isn’t that she has a poor image of herself. It is just that she’s never really thought about it with all her responsibilities. Braeden is absolutely wonderful as Kat realizes she’s pretty all over.

 

  • What are you releasing next, and when?

 

My next book is titled Cowboys Never Fold. It is a contemporary cowboy story that will be part of a multi-author Cowboy 12 Pack coming out in January. This novella was inspired by Bret Harte’s “Outcasts of Poker Flat” and takes place on a new nudist resort, a place this cowboy, Wade, isn’t excited about working at until he meets the owner, Kendra.

 In celebration of Halloween, I will give a hand decorated, Venetian mask made in Italy to one lucky commenter who tells me what genre of romance they like best.

 

Passion of Sleepy Hollow blurb:

 

passionofsleepyhollow_msr (2)Recluse Braeden Van Brunt is not happy to be the Headless Horseman…until he meets Katrina Van Tassel, owner of the Sleepy Hollow Inn, whose allure bewitches him from the front desk into the bedroom. When he discovers Kat and the village of Sleepy Hollow are cursed to exist in the present day for only one weekend a year, he realizes the sacrifice he must make if he wants to keep her.

 

Katrina Van Tassel lives between slivers of time. She thought she was through grieving her betrothed’s death, but her dreams flare to life when his mirror image arrives, requesting a room. Drawn to Braeden, she is taken to more erotic heights of intimacy than she ever imagined, but she can’t be sure if her heart is with him or the love from her past.

 

Knowing he has to conquer both time and ghosts to keep the only woman he’s ever loved, Braeden must put the past to rest. But the dead may not rest in Sleepy Hollow.

 

Link to Excerpt from Passion of Sleepy Hollow

 

About Lexi Post:

Lexi Post photo Lexi Post spent years in higher education taking and teaching courses about the classical literature she loved. From Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Masque of the Red Death” to the 20th century American epic The Grapes of Wrath, from War and Peace to the Bhagavad Gita, she’s read, studied, and taught wonderful classics.

But Lexi’s first love is romance novels. In an effort to marry her two first loves, she started writing erotic romance inspired by the classics and found she loved it. Lexi feels there is no end to the romantic inspiration she can find in great literature for her sexy love stories. Her books are known as “erotic romance with a whole lot of story.”

Lexi is living her own happily ever after with her husband and her cat in Florida. She makes her own ice cream every weekend, loves bright colors, and you will never see her without a hat (unless she is going incognito).
To contact her, send an email to lexi.post@yahoo.com

 

PASSION OF SLEEPY HOLLOW  Buy Links

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Ellora’s Cave

All Romance eBooks

For more information about Lexi Post:

websitehttp://www.lexipostbooks.com/

Bloghttp://www.happilyeverafterthoughts.com/

twitter:   https://twitter.com/LexiPost

Facebook:   http://www.facebook.com/lexipostbooks

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6915542.Lexi_Post

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Lexi-Post/e/B00EBLAFLI/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1392417984&sr=1-2-ent

 

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Seduced by A Sinner

 Whimsical Wednesday

a blog to meet new authors!

Today I’m lucky enough to interview fellow romance author Cynthia Woolf here today on Jessica Aspen Writes. Cynthia has been on the blog before with her sci-fi romance, but she also writes killer western romances and is very well known for her Bride Series, including Tame a Wild Bride. She’s also a fellow member of Colorado Romance Writers and will be at our CRW tea in October partying it up and signing books.

Hi Cynthia, Tell us a little about yourself and your book.

I write historical western and sci-fi romance. I’m concentrating on the westerns because that is what sells. This book, Seduced by a Sinner, is the third in the Destiny in Deadwood series. It completes the story arc for the villain introduced in the first book, Redeemed by a Rebel. It also tells the story of Zach, the middle of the three Anderson brothers.

What is your writing environment like? I write at my desk and it’s totally cluttered with stuff. I have my keyboard in a tray underneath the desk, so the top of the desk holds research, calendars, calculator, snacks, whatever else I want or need.

Do you have cheerleaders supporting you as a writer? My husband is my greatest cheerleader.

What do you love about writing? Hate about it? I love the initial writing of the story, but have a love/hate relationship with the editing portion. I love it in that I see the editing making my story stronger. I hate it in that I want the story done right now.

Pantser/Plotter/or both? Tell us how you work.  I’m a pantser. I write a little bit, maybe a page or two about the characters and the basic plot.

What do you come up with first in starting a story: Title? Characters? Plot? Setting? Conflict? The first thing I do it come up with the setting, then I do initial research on that. Second is the plot followed by the characters and the conflict. The title is last for me. One of my critique partners is the opposite. For her, she can’t do anything without the title first.

How do you research the time period, setting, plot specifics, character specifics? I use the internet a lot. If I can, I go visit the place, like Deadwood, SD for my latest work. Then I use the resource materials that I get at the location, history books, old newspapers, train schedules, whatever I need for the plot and character specifics.

Are you self-publishing? Why or why not? I am self publishing because I like the control. I like writing to my own schedule and answering only to myself.

What made you choose to go the indie route and what are some of the things you love about it? Challenges? I went the indie route because I was tired of trying to get published the traditional way and being told that westerns are dead or we can’t place you. The best part is being able to set your own pace and write what you want. The worst part about it is having to promote yourself so much, but I guess even those that are traditionally published have to do their own promotion these days. Unless, of course, you’re Nora Roberts.

Is this a series? Will there be any sequels to this book? This is the third in the Destiny in Deadwood series. As to sequels, none are planned, but you just never know.

What are you releasing next, and when? My next series is about mail order brides in San Francisco in 1867, after the Civil War, when men were scarce in the east. The first of those books is titled The Brides of San Francisco – Nellie and will be out in November 2014.

Seduced by a Sinner

seduced by a sinner by cynthia woolfZach Anderson is a desperate man. He needs to find a killer before the man destroys Zach’s entire family. He also must convince one Lily Sutter, the woman he loves, that she loves him and wants to marry him.

Neither task is an easy one.

Lily Sutter is a sinner. Just ask anyone in Deadwood. She had a baby out of wedlock and she doesn’t deny it. She was seduced and left by one man; she refuses to be taken in by another. The fact that Zach makes her blood boil and her heart race, just by being near, has nothing to do with anything.

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Seduced by a Sinner, historical western romance, 978-1-938887-47-5, indie published, release date September 2014

BIO

cynthia woolf, authorCynthia Woolf is the award winning and best-selling author of nine historical western romance books and one short story with more books on the way. She was born in Denver, Colorado and raised in the mountains west of Golden. She spent her early years running wild around the mountain side with her friends.
Their closest neighbor was one quarter of a mile away, so her little brother was her playmate and her best friend. That fierce friendship lasted until his death in 2006.
Cynthia was and is an avid reader. Her mother was a librarian and brought new books home each week. This is where young Cynthia first got the storytelling bug. She wrote her first story at the age of ten. A romance about a little boy she liked at the time.
Cynthia loves writing and reading romance. Her first western romance Tame A Wild Heart, was inspired by the story her mother told her of meeting Cynthia’s father on a ranch in Creede, Colorado. Although Tame A Wild Heart takes place in Creede that is the only similarity between the stories. Her father was a cowboy not a bounty hunter and her mother was a nursemaid (called a nanny now) not the ranch owner.

 

Cynthia credits her wonderfully supportive husband Jim and the great friends she’s made at CRW for saving her sanity and allowing her to explore her creativity.

 

TITLES AVAILABLE:

SEDUCED BY A SINNER (Book 3, Destiny in Deadwood series)

HEALED BY A HEART (Book 2, Destiny in Deadwood series)

REDEEMED BY A REBEL (Book 1, Destiny in Deadwood series)

CAPITAL BRIDE (Book 1, Matchmaker & Co. series)

HEIRESS BRIDE (Book 2, Matchmaker & Co. series)

FIERY BRIDE (Book 3, Matchmaker & Co. series)

TAME A WILD HEART (Book 1, Tame series)

TAME A WILD WIND (Book 2, Tame series)

TAME A WILD BRIDE (Book 3, Tame series)

TAME A SUMMER HEART (short story, Tame series)

 

CONTACT INFO:

Author Web or Blog Site: www.cynthiawoolf.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/CynthiaWoolf

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Cynthia-Woolf/e/B005O1ZXK2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

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Must Love Breeches, Time Travel Romance author Angela Quarles

Moonday Mania

a blog venturing into the mists of time

Welcome to Moonday Mania and my guest author, Angela Quarles. Angela is a fellow member of the Romance Writers of America and the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal romance writers chapter where we delve into everything from wizards and witches to love in space. Her first book, Beer and Groping in Las Vegas, came out in 2012. Now she’s ventured into the world of paranormal romance and I’m thrilled to say readers are eating it up! Here she is talking about writing, life and her latest book, Must Love Breeches. Please welcome romance author, Angela Quarles!

  • How long have you been writing? What is your main writing genre? Do you write in more than one genre and why?

I’ve been working on a nonfiction book since the early 1990s, but didn’t start dabbling in fiction until 2005 (except for a very brief attempt to write a romance in the 90s). In 2005, I started writing Jane Austen fan fiction, but didn’t really set out to write a novel until 2008. I completed my first novel in 2009, which is currently trunked 🙂 I wrote the first draft of Must Love Breeches in 2010 and set about revising it. I think writing fiction offers an opportunity for me to use my creativity and imagination in a way that was challenging enough to keep my interest. Plus, it allows me to use and fuse my interests in different ways and in different stories. It’s a way for me to “act” out other characters and personalities and to time travel 🙂 If there was one sub-genre under romance that would cover what I write it’d be paranormal. Mainly time travel, but also other types of romance where I can incorporate something a little out of the ordinary, whether it’s a wish-granting djinn, or steampunk, or meta fiction—a ‘What If’ that can’t actually happen in real life. Usually, though, it’s a little dabble that is inserted into the normal world, but has big consequences. In my time travel romance, Must Love Breeches, it’s a wish made on a calling card case that brings her back in time, but then that’s it as far as paranormal events. With Beer and Groping in Las Vegas, it’s an accidental wish made with a djinn, and except for little things they notice during the story, it takes place in our normal world.

  • Tell us the story behind your pen name? Do you have more than one?

I definitely wanted to keep my first name to avoid confusion when someone might be calling out for me and I don’t realize it because I’m not used to the name. So Angela was a given. I wanted something for a last name that had some personal meaning and was also distinctive enough that I would be able to claim my pen name on the social media outlets and that didn’t have authors already populating Amazon and Google. Quarles fit that bill as it’s an old family name in Virginia. Some ancestors of mine there married into the Quarles family, so there you go!

 

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

In Must Love Breeches it’s about Home, specifically What is home? What makes a home for someone and how do you find it? It runs as a minor theme in my other books too. Probably the theme or message that is most prevalent is learning to love and accept yourself before you can find love and happiness.

 

  • Pantser/Plotter/or both? Tell us how you work.

I’m a Plantser, a little of both, but that only came about after several books. My first two books were pantsed, which includes Must Love Breeches, but by my third full-length I realized I needed to get a little more organized to save myself a lot of revision work, and so with Steam Me Up, Rawley, my steampunk romance coming out in the beginning of 2015, I pre-plotted as much as I could stand and that was basically working out the world, the goals of the hero and heroine and a bit of their background, and the major turning points. Since then, I’ve been most comfortable that way. I can’t go as far as a full outline, because some things I can’t figure out until I’m actually wading into it, but I push myself to nail down what I can before I start.

  • Do you get writer’s block and if so how do you get past it?

Sometimes. I’m a FastDrafter, meaning I try to write my first draft as fast as I can. I wrote the first draft of Steam in 14 days, but generally I take 30… This means I really don’t have time to get stuck, which is great as it forces me to go on. Before I started FastDrafting, I never completed my first novel because I was always suffering from Writer’s Block, which at that time was just pure fear. Now, when I do get it, it’s because I don’t know where the story is going and so I’ll stop and break for a day or two and type up all that I know about the characters and what’s happening, the plot points, etc.—generally all the things a Plotter would put down on paper before they ever started. Then I take out my notebook and a pen and just start writing out what I’m stuck on—literally. For instance, I’ll write out: “Okay, so such and such is doing this and that and I need to figure out why he’s doing this, what could be the reason…” and then I’ll just start bulletpointing ideas on paper and running with them until something comes out of it. That generally works for me.

  • How do you research the time period, setting, plot specifics, character specifics?

First it might be figuring out what country or time period and then narrowing it down from there. For instance, with Must Love Breeches I vaguely knew I wanted to go back to the early 1800s and did some superficial research until I came across Ada Lovelace and I knew she had to be a character, so that narrowed down my research to a very specific time period. With Must Love Chainmail, I only knew it needed to be in the medieval era when mail armor was still worn before plate armor became popular. I nosed around on some forums talking about armor and a commenter suggested Wales might provide a fertile ground with the Edwardian wars there, so then I started reading general histories on Wales until a specific historical event spoke to me (Madog’s Rebellion in 1294) and then I narrowed my focus and even found the perfect castle to base the beginning of the story in. The next in the series, Must Love Kilts, I just started reading some general histories this week on Scotland (I’ve read many in the past, but not with plotting a book in mind) to see if a specific time period or historical event pops out for me and then I’ll narrow my focus. Going into this, I had a specific feud in mind between the Campbells and MacDonalds in mind, but I don’t know if that will work best or not, so I want to do this stage of research to see if anything else speaks to me more.

  • What made you choose to go the indie route and what are some of the things you love about it? Challenges?

I started out on the traditional route with Must Love Breeches and queried agents in 2012 and ended up with three offers of representation. However, when it went on submission in early 2013, we had a tough time selling it. It did get as far as a second read with Grand Central as well as Berkeley Intermix, but ultimately it came down to two main problems: debut author + not-hot genre. If it had been a contemporary…. But it wasn’t, and publishing is a business and it was deemed too risky to take a chance on, and I understand that. It did get offers from two small presses, but ultimately, after much debate, we decided to turn them down and self-publish, as the risk and reward worked out better for me that way. I was just too worried about whether I’d get good editors, a good cover, etc., and in the end, realized that the potential risks weren’t worth it for what they could bring to the table–I wasn’t convinced that the extra readers they’d bring would offset that risk or the loss in revenue. So I took the scary step of vetting and hiring my own team of editors and a book cover designer, and fronting the cost for that and I’m so glad I did! I love the control over the product and the promotion, and once it all sank in, I scrapped my plans to seek a traditional home for Steam Me Up, Rawley and am putting it through the editing paces right now for a planned release in January/February.

  • Did you have a scene that was particularly hard to write? Why?

Yes, her realization that she had gone back in time. I think because the idea of it is so farfetched and yet accepted in fiction, but I wanted to write it like how someone would realistically react to that, but how would you react? LOL. I just remember it being painstaking for me as I was also still so new to writing fiction then and I just worried that it wouldn’t ring true. Anyway, I slogged through it and came out the other end J

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

Yes, this is Book One in the Must Love Series. Book Two will be Must Love Chainmail, then Must Love Kilts, and then perhaps Must Love Buckskin.

  • What are you releasing next, and when?

Next will be Steam Me Up, Rawley, a New Adult steampunk romance set in the Deep South in 1890. It’s a spin off from the Must Love Series, since the ramifications of Book One creates the steampunk world this is set in. I plan to release it in January or early February of 2015.

  • Love that! Can’t wait. Thanks, Angela, for joining me today. Now here’s the blurb for Must Love Breeches!

AngelaQuarles_MustLoveBreeches_200pxMust Love Breeches

She’s finally met the man of her dreams. There’s only one problem: he lives in a different century.

“A fresh, charming new voice” – New York Times bestselling author Tessa Dare

HOW FAR WOULD YOU TRAVEL FOR LOVE?

A mysterious artifact zaps Isabelle Rochon to pre-Victorian England, but before she understands the card case’s significance a thief steals it. Now she must find the artifact, navigate the pitfalls of a stiffly polite London, keep her time-traveling origins a secret, and resist her growing attraction to Lord Montagu, the Vicious Viscount so hot, he curls her toes.

To Lord Montagu nothing makes more sense than keeping his distance from the strange but lovely Colonial. However, when his scheme for revenge reaches a stalemate, he convinces Isabelle to masquerade as his fiancée. What he did not bargain on is being drawn to her intellectually as well as physically.

Lord Montagu’s now constant presence overthrows her equilibrium and her common sense. Isabelle thought all she wanted was to return home, but as passion flares between them, she must decide when her true home—as well as her heart—lies.

 

Must Love Breeches: Time Travel Romance

Release Date: Sep 3 2014

Length: Novel (98,000 words)

Ebook Price: $4.99

ISBN: 978-0-9905400-0-7

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Trailer: http://youtu.be/5DBDbI2suOg

 

angela quarles, authorBIO

Angela Quarles is a geek girl romance writer whose works includes Must Love Breeches, a time travel romance, and Beer & Groping in Las Vegas, a geek romantic comedy in novelette form. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies with a minor in German from Emory University, and a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She currently resides in a historic house in the beautiful and quirky town of Mobile, AL.

 

CONTACT INFO:

Author Web or Blog Site:  www.angelaquarles.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorangelaquarles

Twitter: www.twitter.com/angelaquarles

Amazon Author Page; http://www.amazon.com/Angela-Quarles/e/B00ASR71P2/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1

 

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Friday Feature Jessica Aspen Ghosts of Christmas Past

Fantastical Fridays

a paranormal blog

I’m being featured on CD Hersch’s blog today Friday Feature Jessica Aspen Ghosts of Christmas Past.

Come on by and check out my interview and comment to win a copy of my contemporary Gothic romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past. That’s right. EVERYONE can win a copy. Just leave a comment before the deadline on 10/20/2014 and you can win.

ghosts of christmas past by jessica aspen

Haunted Holidays

Short, sexy, contemporary love Stories with a Gothic twist.

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Sneak Peek Sunday-10/12-The Dark Huntsman no.2

Sneak Peek Sunday

sneak peek sundayOctober is the one year book birthday of my venture into fantasy romance so the Sneak Peaks for October are into The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court.

This is the last day The Dark Huntsman will be on sale for 99cents. Check it out on:

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The Dark Huntsman

A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court

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Pain ripped through him. He struggled to stay conscious and ignore the excruciating messages shrieking in his arm from being hauled like a sack of grain along the rough floor. The troll dropped him on the stones, paused and opened an iron bound door. Logan tried to make his stiff muscles work, managing only to scrape and bang his limbs on the doorframe as the troll seized him and shoved him into the cell. He landed hard, his face grinding into the slimy stones. Curling instinctively into a ball, he managed to protect his gut from the last hard kick of the troll’s boot landing on his dislocated shoulder. His lungs seized up, his vision went black, and his head exploded into bright white stars.

The cell door clanged shut.

He sucked in slow aching breaths as the heavy footsteps receded down the corridor and reminded himself that he’d be out soon. And then he’d face the queen.

Fifteen years in this hell hole and the bitch thought he’d bow to her wishes.

He worked at unclenching his muscles. First his fists, then his jaw. Then each sore and aching muscle until he could sit up, his left arm hanging at an awkward angle. He guessed he wasn’t as ready to die as he’d thought. His body might be in terrible shape, but his mind was still sharp. He’d do what he had to do. Kill, cheat, steal. It wasn’t as if he hadn’t crossed lines before. But this time…

This time he would take down the Faerie Queen of the Black Court. No matter the price he paid. He reached up with his right arm, got a good grip on his left triceps and pulled. The shoulder ground and popped back into place, and Logan passed out from the pain.

 

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Check out next Sunday for another snippet from chapter one!

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

the dark huntsman by jessica aspen

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Want to check out September’s Sneak Peaks into my new contemporary, Gothic, holiday romance, Ghosts of Christmas Past?

Ghostly Peek No. 1

Ghostly Peek No. 2

Ghostly Peek No. 3

Ghostly Peek No. 4

Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

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

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

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Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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October Blast

Fantastic Fridays

a blog about the state of things in October

It’s October and time to celebrate the New Year and my foray into a new type of paranormal romance with elves, witches and romance!

Yes, that’s right. Samhain (pronounced sa-win or so-win) is the celebration of the fall harvest and many witches call it the New Year. We celebrate Halloween as a modern version, as well as the Day of the Dead, and All Saints Day. Party it up the night before. Drink the wine you put up last year and the fresh beer you made this one. Celebrate the dark of the year and the successful harvest.

I love the fall. The crisp blast of cold air. The clear blue sky. Even the chilly rain that drives me indoors. It’s all a fantastic way to feel the coming of the next season. I chose to publish The Dark Huntsman in October last year and I love the fact that it’s now my book birthday. I have more reason to celebrate.

Of course, now is the time to get those Halloween decorations out. I’ll be doing that this weekend. If it doesn’t rain too much. Love the rain. Here in Colorado we have drought so much of the year that the fall rains are a welcome change to the heat of August and September.

What’s coming up for me? Writing, writing, writing. Still working on Broken Mirror, book three in the Tales of the Black Court and I’m thrilled to say it’s finally gelling. I’m getting a handle on my hero, Bosco. He’s a bad, bad, boy. Of course he has his reasons, but still… I guess I like those alpha guys who need fixing. What can I say? Flaws attract me. Twisted, baby, twisted.

And since I’ve already written most of a novella with Cassie already, she is much easier. Although, she starts off this book with a twist of her own. It seems the Black Queen and Haddon have left their mark on her. I’m not going to say much more, even though you’ll find out right away in the begining of the book what happened to her after the end of Prince by Blood and Bone

Next up, I have to work on the cover. As soon as I have it, I’ll post it, but if it’s anything like working on the last one it will take me awhile.

Have a great fall!

Jessica

the dark huntsman by jessica aspenIn celebration of my first year of publishing fantasy romance, THE DARK HUNTSMAN, is on sale for 99 cents. But beware! It’s a limited time offer and runs out in a few days.

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Author Bio:

Jessica Aspen

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

To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

 

Author web links:  

Website: http://jessicaaspen.com

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Join the Jessica Aspen mailing list! Get the scoop on new releases, sales, plus the chance to win ARCs and participate in special giveaways.  When I send you an email, there’s always something in it for you! To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email and get your link to download your free book, please click HERE.

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