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Free on Amazon The Dark Huntsman!

Get The Dark Huntsman FREE today on Kindle http://amzn.com/B00FN2P7A8

So many things happening today. Not only do I have my fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman, free on Amazon, but I have the pleasure of announcing that the winner of the Quarterly Release Blog Hop Prize from my site. BN100 has won a copy of one of my spicy, new adult, romances from the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series. Check the Rafflecopter link for more details of winners of the Grand Prize drawing.

And everyone is a winner today! Hop on over to AMAZON and download your FREE copy of The Dark Huntsman, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court for your prize. Remember only available free on November 1st and 2nd, 2013.

Halloween is over and the Trick or Treat hop has drawn to a close. Check Sam Cheever’s website in the next few days for details of the grand prize winner and I’ll be sending her the name of the winner from my site for the grand prize drawing. I had a lot of people send me their picks from the treat bag! Great contest and I hope I get to  participate next year.

the dark huntsman free on kindle on halloween

Thanks everyone for a terrific release month for The Dark Huntsman!

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Why review books?

Thursday’s Bite

a blog where I giveaway romance

Yes, it’s that time again! Time for all you readers to read and review spicy, new adult, paranormal romance with a fairy tale twist. I’m giving away review copies all Labor Day weekend  of my latest novella,  Goldi and the Bear . Leave a comment to enter to win!

Why should you read and review books? Lots of reasons. Did you know that most people find out about new authors and new books from word of mouth? Yes, that’s right, if you tell a friend about a book they are more likely to go out and buy it. Why? Because they trust your opinion.

And many people also trust the opinion of people who post reviews online at sites like Amazon and Goodreads. So how does this help you?

When you spread the word about books you like then they sell better, more people buy them and review them, and the authors are able to write more of the same types of books. Want more of the books you love? Give them great reviews and they will succeed.

Never left a review? Not sure how to do it? Elaine Cougler, author of The Loyalist’s Wife,  has a fantastic post on exactly that. Check it out HERE.

Want to know some other places besides Amazon and Goodreads to leave reviews? Librarything and Shelfari are two more review sites, but other sites that are great are anyplace the book is on sale. For instance, AllRomance and Barnes and Noble are two additional places you can leave reviews. And if you purchase a book on Smashwords, you can leave a review there too.

Have you ever reviewed a book on a book sale site? How about a review site? How do you find out about new books?

All the books I’m giving away today are e-books and are given away with the idea that you will read them and give them an honest review. There are no strings attached. You must be 18 or older to enter. Contest ends September 3rd at 12:01 am Eastern Standard Time. If you would like the opportunity to sample my writing, please leave a comment and try out one of my novellas. You’ll get a taste of spicy, new adult, paranormal romance…with a fairy tale twist.

goldi and the bear by jessica aspen

Goldi Lycan’s life is falling apart. Her dad’s gone wild wolf, her house is under threat of foreclosure, and the only one she can turn to for help is her high school boyfriend whose heart she crushed.
Goldi’s father is missing. She needs his signature and the money he’s hidden or the bank will foreclose and sell to a buyer she suspects is her ex-boyfriend, whose heart she crushed in high school. Zeke has a secret. He’s never stopped loving Goldi or forgotten their steamy nights together and he’s determined to make her pay. When Goldi is injured in a Rocky Mountain blizzard she’s forced to take shelter in Zeke’s empty house. But look out! When Zeke arrives home to find a naked she-wolf in his bed, all hell will break loose.

Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods

Goldi and the Bear is book three in my spicy, new adult, fairy tale romance series, but it stands alone. If you like it, come on back and check out Little  Red Riding Wolf and Snow and the Seventh Wolf, books one and two. And of course, when you read books you love, go review them.

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Fantastic Reviews for Goldi’s Debut

Thursdays Bite

a blog where I pull my hair out and everyone watches

In the news…Goldi and the Bear , my spicy new adult novella, is out and available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and All Romance. You can Click HERE and read my post about my cool blog tour on Monday and find out all the stops. There were some great reviews, so I decided to share them today, just ’cause they made me smile!

goldi and the bear release day blitz“I LOVED LOVED this book. My only complaint would be I wish it had been longer…. The author had a great story line and made the characters really believable. I can’t really go into details with out spoiling the book but this book has a couple twist and turns you do not expect!” http://www.greenmountaincouple.com/2013/07/spotlight-on-goldi-and-bear.html

“I read the ARC of Goldi and the Bear. I have to say I love how Jessica has put her  twist into the classic story Goldielocks and the 3 bears. She brought me into her fairy tale land and kept me there. This book has everything from  hot paranormal romance scenes, overly protective Alpha werebears and a villain that you love to hate. I found the plot easy to follow and well written.  If you’re looking to escape into a paranormal fairy tale land then read this book.” http://victoriasgossip.com/blog/?p=546

“Goldi and the Bear is a sensual ravishment that takes the world of fairy tales to an adult level. Goldi is concerned for her father, he has given into the primal instinct inside of himself and become a wild wolf. Without him they will lose their family home, the bank is practically salivating at the gate! Goldi sets out to find her father but gets injured in the process. Worse then the injury, the only place she can get shelter and help is at her ex’s house.

Zeke has never stopped thinking about Goldi and the steamy night that they shared. He wants to make her pay for leaving him. When he finds her naked and injured in his house, he could not have wished for a better time to exact his revenge.

Goldi and Zeke will collide with fierce passion, pent up desire, and tender love. This story is a quick and erotic read that will entice and arouse you! A must read that will tale getting lost in the woods to a whole new level!” http://faerietalebooks.org/2013/07/22/goldi-and-the-bear-by-jessica-aspen-come-into-the-woods-3-blitz/

“This is a fast-paced story with some mysterious twists and turns along the way.  Danger always feels as though it’s lurking.  The sexual interludes are intense and the sexual tension between Zeke and Goldi unrelenting as they have to work through the past to have any hope for the future.  Zeke and Goldi are a great match in that they’re both strong-willed and loyal to family.  The time has come for them to be loyal to each though and go after what they want in an exciting but quick conclusion with a definite HEA.  Along with a great main couple comes Zeke’s two brothers who are just as sexy and full of animal magnetism as he and whose stories I look forward to.” http://wowfromthescarfprincess.blogspot.com/2013/07/book-tour-for-goldi-and-bear-by-jessica.html

“Goldi and the Bear by Jessica Aspen (Book 3) 4.5 of 5 Stars” http://eatsleepread88.blogspot.com/2013/07/release-day-blitz-review-goldi-and-bear_22.html

And someone asked the question about where they could find Goldi in print, which won’t be happening for a while, but any new release info will be available on my non-spammy new info only email blast. Sign up here: http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj It’s so non-spammy I hope I remember to send it out! Just kidding. I’ll be doing a test run this week and then the next one should be in September when The Dark Huntsman is released. Looking forward to it!


Author Bio:

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.  To sign up for Jessica Aspen’s new release email please go to: http://eepurl.com/zs4Sj

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Goldi and the Bear Release Day is Coming Soon

Thursday’s Bite

a blog about fun happenings in my paranormal world

I’m getting excited! It’s almost here, the release day blitz for my spicy new adult novella Goldi and the Bear from Bewitching Tours is on Monday, July 22nd, and I’m giving away e-copies! Stop back here on Monday and click on the links. There will be opportunities at all the tour stops to win an e-copy and I’ll be giving away even more books to anyone who visits all sixteen stops and leaves a comment at each one, then comes back here and let’s me know. Two ways to win spicy new adult romance with a fairy tale twist!

goldi and the bear by jessica aspenGoldi and the Bear is the third book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods Series, and it was  fun one to write. At first I struggled, because the Goldilocks story really only has one girl getting into trouble on her own, but once I looked at why Goldi might need to get into a strange bear’s house, the plot really came together. For Goldi and Zeke, love’s been put on the back burner since high school, and starts to boil over when Goldi’s life is falling apart and Zeke’s life is finally coming together.

This novella is packed with action, spicy romance between  two people still angry over their break up years before, but unable to resist their attraction. Like all the Twisted Tales in this series it has a Romeo and Juliet theme of lovers whose families wouldn’t approve, but unlike the Snow and the Seventh Wolf and Little Red Riding Wolf where the romance is between human and supernatural, in this case it’s between a werebear and a werewolf.

One of the pieces of the plotting puzzle that came together nicely is the suspense plot that weaves through the story. Goldi is about to lose her ranch and she needs her missing father to help her re-finance, but he’s off running around as a wild wolf and she’s on her own dealing with the bank. Add in a mysterious buyer for the ranch, someone setting traps on Zeke’s land, and it all spells trouble for Goldi’s efforts to save the land that’s been in her family for generations.

goldi and the bear release day blitzSo come on back Monday for several chances to win spicy new adult romance with a fairy tale twist!


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I Write New Adult!

Moonday Mania

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

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

beautiful disaster by jamie mcguire

Have you tried this New Adult book?

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

That says it all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

tiger's curse by colleen houck

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

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

Check, check, check.

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

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

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

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

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


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