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Writing Cinderella

Moonday Mania

a blog for the fairy tale romance lover

A funny thing happened to me this morning. I got an email from my fabulous crit partner ML Guida and it said, “I just watched Disney’s Cinderella, I think you should write a Cinderella romance.”

LOL!

ML (Mary) is one of my fellow writers in the CHAIN OF LOVE: Curvy Women and the Men Who Chain Their Hearts writing experiment, and even though she didn’t get a chance to read or critique CINDER: A Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance, she’s been looking at my cover and reading my blurbs and listening to me talk about fairy god mothers and glass slippers for the last three months. So how come she didn’t know it was a Cinderella story?

Good question.

Cinder-logo-1600x2400So, it got me to wondering: what I was missing. The book cover doesn’t scream Cinderella. It does say sexy romance, and it does say wolf shifter romance, but there are no glass slippers, no pumpkins, and no chubby fairy godmother’s with sparkly wands.

Okay, so what about the blurb? Does that say Cinderella?

When curvy Cinderella meets a charming reluctant alpha, can he save her from a step mother who means murder?

Cinder Vandeburg dreams getting away from her overbearing step mother and getting a real job—one that pays. When her stepsisters are finalists in a teen modeling competition at a chic resort in the beautiful mountains of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, her step mother offers her an opportunity: prove herself a competent personal assistant and earn not only a stellar referral, but a bona-fide introduction to the movers and shakers of the modeling world. This is Cinder’s chance at freedom but as usual, her stepmother seems to find fault in everything she does—even when she sends her to seduce suspected modeling judge, Aiden Burdock.

Aiden is no modeling judge. He’s a tour guide with a pack of bachelor wolves depending on him to rustle up quality clients and keep their business afloat. But Aiden never wanted to be an alpha. He dreams of freedom and running wild in the hills. Having six…no seven…now eight wolves depending on him for leadership and jobs is more than he counted on when he fled pack expectations in Colorado. But his alpha tendencies can’t be ignored and when he sees curvy Cinder being treated as the runt of the litter, he lies and says he’s a judge to get her away from her malicious boss.

Now Aiden is faced with how to tell Cinder he’s just a working stiff, like her, and a wolf shifter to boot. As Aiden and Cinder’s fairy godmother build up her self esteem and she starts falling in love with a man of secrets.

Lions and wolves and bears, oh my.

Discover why readers love the twisted tales of Jessica Aspen’s Sexy Shifter Fairytale Romance.

Yes, I think so. Not only does it say she’s a curvy Cinderella, it says there’s an evil stepmother, stepsisters, and a fairy godmother, and while Aiden isn’t exactly portrayed as Prince Charming, I do say “charming reluctant alpha” in the tagline.

So how did she miss it?

Well, I don’t think she did.

I think that she was actually thinking about the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT, because I haven’t done a Cinderella story there. I’ve done Snow White in both series, and I’ve done Beauty and the Beast and The Frog Prince in TALES OF THE BLACK COURT, but I haven’t done Cinderella.

Why not? And why did I wait until book six of the SEXY SHIFTER FAIRYTALE ROMANCES to do Cinderella. Why not do it first?

Because it’s so hard! Or I thought it would be. I tried for a year before I wrote Cinder to figure out Aiden’s story. I’d already written him in Snow, he’s the alpha of Seth’s new bachelor pack, and I knew he needed his own story, but I seriously was going to do a Beauty and the Beast story because Cinderella was just not flowing.

But then I had the opportunity to write the curvy romance, and suddenly, Cinder’s tale was in my head, and writing it was one of the easiest twisted fairy tales I’ve ever written. Leticia Du Monde, her sassy, sexy, plus-size fairy godmother of the modeling world, nearly wrote herself, and Cinder’s stepmother and stepsisters sprang to life without any trouble at all. I just knew how the story would go.

And when that happens, it’s magic.

It’s like the first book in the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT. Writing THE DARK HUNTSMAN wasn’t easy, but that’s because it was my first complete long novel and I needed to learn a lot about writing, but the story? Easy. Same thing with RED. I wrote the first draft in three weeks. Love it!

So, when a Cinderella romance that works in the fantasy romance world of TALES OF THE BLACK COURT comes to mind, I’ll write it. Meanwhile, I’ve had the Snow Queen story percolating for nearly four years in the back of my mind, long before Frozen or the new Snow Queen movie appeared, so that’s what’s coming next. And of course, for those of you who read BROKEN MIRROR, I’ve set up Sleeping Beauty.

In the meantime, Mary, you’ll have to stick with sexy wolf shifters and Cinderella romance. I loved writing it and I think it’s my favorite to date. I hope it’s yours too. At least until the next book comes out!

Meanwhile you can still pre-order Cinder and all of the Chain of Love books for 99 cents each on Amazon. Click HERE for a list of books and links.

Do you want a Cinderella tale for the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT? What about some of the other fairy tales I’ve not written at all, like Rapunzel? Now that’s a fairytale with some deep ideas in it. Would you like Repunzel? What other fairytales do you love?

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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Time to Vote in the PRG Awards

Huge surprise, TALES OF THE BLACK COURT, was nominated for an award in the Urban/Fantasy Romance Series, but it needs votes! The Paranormal Romance Guild Awards are open for voting through 1/23 only, so please go vote today. 

http://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/

Hint: It’s way down the page, so keep scrolling!

the dark huntsman by jessica aspen

 

The Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team

read and reviewed almost 500 books in 2015!

We asked them to nominate their favorites –

the rest is up to you:

Vote and tell us which books and series you loved in 2015!

VOTING IS NOW OPEN

and closes at midnight Saturday 1/23

One Vote Per Person

Official Winners will be announced Sunday morning 1/24

Click below to visit the PRG Website and VOTE!!!

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Wattpad and The Dark Huntsman

Moonday Mania

a blog for romance readers and writers

I’m diving into Wattpad.

I’ve been talking about it for months now, but I finally posted the first chapter of my fantasy romance, THE DARK HUNTSMAN, last week and I’ll be getting chapter two up this week. It’s been pretty fun and exciting to try something new, just one of many new things that I’ve been diving into this spring and summer and of which I’ll try to keep posting my progress.

Wattpad is easy!

It’s super easy to join Wattpad, and posting was a breeze. The only issue I had was getting the chapter to be public and published—for some reason it said ‘draft’ for a long time. In fact, even though I think I got it published, it still says ‘draft’. But it’s up and on Wattpad and you can check it out HERE.

I was a little worried about the heat level.

I wondered about my spicy scenes between Logan and Trina, but Wattpad lets you state what age group your post is appropriate for. I still was a little worried, but as a friend pointed out “look what we were reading at that age.” Okay, that is so true. When I was 13 or 14 I dove into the wild world of romance, and no one censored what I read. What I write is about two consenting adults, and they end up in a loving relationship, so what am I worried about?

Still worried, but pushing ahead.

I am still a little concerned, but I decided to utilize Wattpad’s rating level and see what happens. Frankly, I don’t think it will be much of an issue, but I’m a worry wart.

What’s next? Why, chapter two, of course!

I’ll be publishing chapter two this week and on through the entire rest of the book. That should take me almost through the end of the year, and then I’ll decide if I want to do more. It’s likely I’ll take a break. Or I might consider putting up another book. I’ll let you know.

Where is the rest of the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT?

Now that the ebook of BROKEN MIRROR is out and published and available for sale I’m working on the print version. I have the paperback copy in my hand, but it needs proofreading. So I’m trying to wrangle time to sit down and go through the book and look for errors, but once that’s done the print book will be ready for publication!

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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Broken Mirror, Book Three Tales of the Black Court, RELEASED!

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If you’ve been waiting to find out what happened to Cassie, it’s time! BROKEN MIRROR released today in ebook form on Kobo, ibooks, Barnes and Noble, and of course, Amazon.

I’ll be putting it up on All Romance Ebooks over the weekend, and I’m busy proofing the print version, so never fear, print is near!

Broken Mirror cover art by Viola Estrella

Broken Mirror is released!

Squee!

I’m so excited to have this book finally out. It’s taken longer than I thought, but I persevered and it’s here. And one of the best things for me about this fantasy romance is the ending. I don’t want to give spoilers, but I love the ending of this book. When I wrote THE DARK HUNTSMAN I thought there would only be three books in this series. But I’ve figured out that I’m going to write two more! That’s good news for you and good news for me.

Meet Cassie, my last MacElvy cousin

I love all the MacElvy’s but for those of you who love spunky heroines, Cassie is stellar! You can get a really good idea of her character in her backstory novella THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, A Fantasy Tale of the Black Court. Or you can just read BROKEN MIRROR and find out how terrific she is. I love what happens to Cassie in this book because unlike my other two books, Cassie is already a strong person. She’s had to be. She’s a mirror, a psychic, and dealing with having the Goddess hijack her body and use her to give out premonitions is a scary thing. It comes with migraines and a loss off control and somehow the messages are not always received like they should be by certain family members.

Cassie’s gift has kept her and her immediate family alive—so far—but that’s put to the test when she meets her match at the end of PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE. If you haven’t read that one, I won’t spoil it for you, but FYI, it’s a cliffhanger and you’ll want to jump right into BROKEN MIRROR afterwards. I didn’t mean for it to be such a cliffhanger, but sometimes when you write fantasy, things happen. The romance is all good and of course Bryanna and Kian find their HEA, so it’s satisfying, but I know fans wanted Cassie’s story. So here it is!

Bosco, bad boy hero

I admit it. I love the bad boys and Bosco is one of them. He’s had a rough background and his sister is a prisoner of the White Queen, so he has some excuse. But it doesn’t change the fact that he is determined to rescue his sister, Siobhan (pronouched Sh-Vaan), and if Cassie is in his way, that’s too bad. He has to think of Siobhan first.

Or does he?

Cassie may be the means to an end for Bosco, but spending time with her he’s intrigued by her spirit and how she copes with how her fate has been twisted by the Black Queen of the Fae. As the puzzle of Cassie is revealed, and Bosco and Cassie’s fates are entwined together, he finds himself struggling more and more with his dilemma. Rescue his sister? Or save Cassie. And of course, falling in love is going to ruin all of his plans.

Broken Mirror, A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court

Book three Tales of the Black Court

A false princess, the court trickster, and a magic spell, woven together with a frog prince twist.

Cassie MacElvy believes she’s a fae princess, but her life of pretty gowns and constant parties is an illusion. Trapped in a twisted spell, Cassie uses her psychic Gift to help the Black Queen hunt down the rebel Prince Kian and his human wife, never knowing she’s hunting her own sister. But when a handsome blackeyed fae kisses her, the fairy tale begins to crumble, and she tumbles down into a confused rabbit hole of memories and magic. 

Bosco is the court’s fool and a womanizer, but secretly he’s a spy, looking for a missing human psychic. All he has to do is find her and hand her over to his mysterious employer, and he’ll finally have enough power to complete a quest he started nearly a hundred years ago. When he runs into a beautiful fae princess who shouldn’t exist, he knows something is very wrong in the Queen’s court. But lovely Cassie might be the only person who can help him achieve his quest, and Bosco decides he will root out all of Cassie’s secrets, even if it means losing her trust.

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

Amazon http://amzn.com/B00VQWZC0Y

AllRomance Ebooks

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/broken-mirror-jessica-aspen/1122053350?ean=2940152205114

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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 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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Monday Craziness! And I’m Finally Finished With the Book!

Whimsical Wednesdays

a check in blog for you curious cats

I’ve been AWOL. Between my incredible vacation to Jamaica and finishing up edits on the third book in the TALES OF THE BLACK COURT fantasy romance series, BROKEN MIRROR, I gave up on trying to keep up with the blog. But I finally finished the book! WOOT!

Yes, that’s right. I was reading romance on the beach and spending one on one time with my sweetie. It took 14 hours to travel there, and another 14 hours to travel back, door-to-door, and it was worth every minute. Love the ocean. Love the atmosphere. And I love my sweetie!

Okay, back to reality.

We came back to rain, rain, rain. Grass that is out of control. And a sick kid, who promptly infected my husband. I’ve been holding it off until my edits are done. That’s a skill that women all over the world have, the ability to hold off the illness while the world falls apart. It doesn’t mean you don’t get sick, it just means you can be the last one to get it, after you’ve worn yourself out taking care of everyone else’s needs.

Crazy Week! And another Crazy Week! And then a third Crazy Week!

Why is it when you go on vacation, everything blows up so that when you get home you have to work three times as hard as normal? I thought work was going to be taken care of while I was gone, but it wasn’t, so I arrived home after traveling on Saturday (14 hours people) to work a nearly ten hour day on Monday. And the work still wasn’t done.

Plus, I had set aside this time to finish BROKEN MIRROR. It’s tough to write romance with a coughing sick child on the couch and work falling apart. But I kept at it. Okay, I sat too much with the child sipping tea and watching re-runs of Murder She Wrote and Midsommer Murders, because that’s how we roll.

And it lasted into the next week, and the next!

By golly, work still wasn’t taken care of by the following week. Parts didn’t arrive. Customers did. It was crazy! The child got better and the husband got sick. And I still had to edit. Add in driving for hours to help D2 pack up her dorm room and a flat tire in the rain during rush hour traffic. And another five hour trip the next day to pick up our pastured hog. (Well worth it as I cook my super delicious bacon and ham steaks.)

And I was still editing!

But now the hog is in the freezer. The eldest child is ensconced in the basement with all her gear. The husband is still sick, but back at work. And the book is put to bed.

So now it’s time for me to get sick, and boy can I feel it creeping in. I have that sore tickle in my throat, and I woke up with my lungs feeling yucky. And I know this is just the begining because I’ve watched them drop one-by-one. So, I hope to be blogging away next week, but I may be on my sick-bed watching Columbo and drinking Earl Grey. Don’t wait up!

Broken Mirror cover art by Viola EstrellaBROKEN MIRROR has been sent off to the copy editor. It will come out on time on June 18th, but you can order it now using Amazon’s pre-order function.

I’m super excited to test out pre-order, but I don’t know if I’ll ever try it again. Worrying about hitting the deadline has made me crazy. And truthfully, I would have wanted one more week on the book.

But then again, all authors want just one more week, don’t they?

It’s just that crunch time hit right after my vacation when my day job was super busy and everyone in the house was getting sick. I also have so many family obligations and social activities this month, that I’m really looking forward to summer and not having things to do. Crazy, but true.

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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Release Day! The Other Side of the Mirror

Fantastic Fridays

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WOOT! I published a book this week!

The Other Side of the Mirror, cover art by Viola EstrellaTHE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, the non-romance, fantasy, short story that precludes BROKEN MIRROR: A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court, is out. And I’m super excited to say that my newsletter subscribers all had the opportunity to download free copies. Of course, it’s a bargain anyway at 99 cents, but I wanted to say “thank you” to everyone who has waited patiently for BROKEN MIRROR, and sending a free copy to newsletter subscribers seemed the best way to do that.

If you’ve wondered what I’ve been up to, it’s been working on getting this book out. Publishing a book has so  many small steps, it’s a wonder they all get done and there is finally a book to read. But it does happen. The other things I’ve been working on are edits for BROKEN MIRROR as well as writing new words on my sexy shifter story. And having a life. Of course, that takes some time too.

So, if my blogs are short and sweet, you’ll know it’s because I’m working hard to get you the next book. 🙂

Lost in Underhill, separated from her sister by a powerful fae spell, Cassie must help her mother and herself get back to Earth. But, strange beasts, evil spirits, and fierce warriors stand in their way. Will they ever get home, or will the last battle with the faery queen prove their undoing?

When the Black Queen of the fae sends ogres to attack their safe-house in Albuquerque, the three remaining MacElvy witches are forced to use a mystical fae globe to escape. But things go very wrong. When Cassie comes-to her sister, Bryanna, has disappeared and Cassie and her mom are stranded in the lands of the fae. With nothing but their magical Gifts to help them they must find Bryanna and make their way home through Underhill, a magical land where strange beasts, evil spirits, and fierce warriors stand in their way. Or will the evil Black Queen track them down and kill them before they can make it to safety?

Available at:

Amazon

Ibooks

Barnes and Noble

Kobo

Broken Mirror cover art by Viola Estrella

Ready for Broken Mirror: A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court? You can pre-order at Amazon HERE.

 

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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#Fantasy #Romance Two for One #Cover Reveal!

Fantastical Fridays

a blog for the wonderment in all of us

I’m super excited to have two covers to reveal for my fantasy romance series, Tales of the Black Court. My new cover artist, Viola Estrella of Estrella Cover Art, did a fantastic job keeping the essence of the series intact, but also adding some new twists. And that makes this twisted fairy tale romance author very happy.

If you’ve been waiting to find out what happens to Cassie after the end of PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE, you won’t have to wait much longer. BROKEN MIRROR will be out soon. I’m hesitant to pick a date since every time I do that fate jumps in and takes a hand, but it is coming. And soon. So, just to tide you over, here is the cover and the blurb!

Broken Mirror cover art by Viola Estrella

BROKEN MIRROR

A Fantasy Romance of the Black Court

by Jessica Aspen

Cassie MacElvy believes she’s a fae princess, but her life of pretty gowns and constant parties is an illusion. Trapped in a twisted spell, Cassie uses her psychic Gift to help the Black Queen hunt down the rebel Prince Kian and his human wife, never knowing she’s hunting her own sister. But when a handsome black-eyed fae kisses her, the fairy tale begins to crumble, and she tumbles down into a confused rabbit hole of memories and magic.

 

Bosco is the court’s fool and a womanizer, but secretly he’s a spy, looking for a missing human psychic. All he has to do is find her and hand her over to his mysterious employer, and he’ll finally have enough power to complete a quest he started nearly a hundred years ago. When he runs into a beautiful fae princess who shouldn’t exist, he knows something is very wrong in the Queen’s court. But lovely Cassie might be the only person who can help him achieve his quest, and Bosco decides he will root out all of Cassie’s secrets, even if it means losing her trust.

And that’s not all!

I know you all are dying for BROKEN MIRROR to be published, but it has so much editing and proofreading—and all that jazz—yet to go through, that it won’t be out for a little longer. BUT WAIT!

I’ve written a little prequel for all of you to tide you over. It’s titled, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR, and it’s what happened to Cassie and her mother when they were torn from Bryanna’s arms in the first chapter of PRINCE BY BLOOD AND BONE. It’s not a romance, since Cassie doesn’t meet her hero until BROKEN MIRROR, but I think readers will love getting a behind the scenes glimpse into the backstory of both books.

And here is the fabulous cover that Viola did for THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR.

The Other Side of the Mirror, cover art by Viola Estrella

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR

A Fantasy Tale of The Black Court

by Jessica Aspen

When the Black Queen of the fae sends ogres to attack their safe-house in Albuquerque, the three remaining MacElvy witches are forced to use a mystical fae globe to escape. But things go very wrong. When Cassie comes-to her sister, Bryanna, has disappeared and Cassie and her mom are stranded in the lands of the fae.

With nothing but their magical Gifts to help them they must find Bryanna and make their way home through Underhill, a magical land where strange beasts, evil spirits, and fierce warriors stand in their way. Or will the evil Black Queen track them down and kill them before they can make it to safety? 

Don’t you love the way Viola has Cassie behind that super cool Evil Queen mirror? And, thanks to my husband, Jeff, for suggesting that if it’s in a mirror, the image should be reversed. Don’t know why I didn’t think about it, but he’s the visual person in the family. I’m just the writer!

Want a free copy of THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MIRROR? Newsletter subscribers will have the opportunity to read and review it for free. So, if you haven’t signed up yet for my newsletter, CLICK HERE and sign up, then keep an eye out for the free copy announcement. You’ll also get a free bonus book.

I’ll also be publishing this book in May as a serial on Wattpad, so another option is to join Wattpad and follow me.

And of course, like the other books in the Tales of the Black Court Fantasy Romance series, it will be available for sale on Ibooks, Amazon, Nook Press, Kobo and ARE.

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. 

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Hibernation Versus the Cold Burn

Moonday Mania

a blog… just because

What do you do during the winter months? Do you hibernate? I had a friend who always put on ten pounds in the winter and shed it in the summer. That’s not me, I like ice cream too much during the summer months to ever be that consistent losing summer weight. But I do want to hibernate in the winter. I don’t want to go out in the snow to get groceries. I want to write romance. And specifically, this year, I want to write my fantasy romances, the Tales of the Black Court.

Writing seasonally

I also write a lot in the fall, so fall and winter are huge characters in my books. Some people write of the season they are dreaming about, but not me. When I’m looking out at leaves turning, I write fall. This February it’s been cold and dark and snowy and it makes me want to write snow and ice and frigid winter cold. Which is lucky for me, because I’m in the process of working on the fourth (yes, number four!) Tales of the Black Court. It’s just in the ideas stage, but it will be centered on the Winter Court of the White Queen, so snow is paramount.

Book Four: Winter Court.

Why am I shifting over to the White Court? Well, you’ll see when you read Broken Mirror, but the basic reason is my original trilogy about the three MacElvy witches concludes with book three, Broken Mirror. Even though I’m out of MacElvy cousins and I originally I planned for only three books, I had some terrific ideas for at least two more books. In Broken Mirror the hero is Bosco, and he is from the lands of the North and I get the chance to introduce more of the northern queen and the White Court that came up in Prince by Blood and Bone. Bosco has a sister, Siobhan, and I’m so excited to be writing down ideas for her book. It’s going to be a departure from the other books, not only because of the White Court, but the heroine is elvatian (elven) so look out!

Book Five…

Psst! I know what book five is going to be about, but I’m not telling. Not until you’ve had a chance to read Broken Mirror. Because, when you get to the end of the book, you’ll know. And it’s super cool.

No, I’m not telling. You can stop asking. I’m not going to spoil the surprise, no matter how much you beg.

Tee-hee! I’ll give you a hint, thought. Like all of my Tales of the Black Court, it’s going to be based on a fairy tale and this one is…Sleeping Beauty. But there is a huge twist and it’s nothing like the latest Disney movie. I’m so excited!!!

What else is going on this month?

I’m still editing Broken Mirror. And I’m working on getting a cover. Honest! I have the developmental editor all lined up for March, so theoretically, we could be a go for April. Cover willing. I don’t know why these covers are so hard, but they seem to come with trouble built in. Anyway, it will happen. It is written, it’s just not ready for prime time yet.

I also am working on re-branding the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods sexy shifter romance novellas. I have the original three and once Broken Mirror is out the door I’ll be writing three more books. WOOT! I have a cover artist lined up and have some super ideas for changing the branding. Can’t wait for those to come out in the fall of 2015!

What are you doing while it’s snowing outside? Are you being creative? Dreaming about summer? Leave a comment and tell me what your February is like.

 

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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2.5 Novella for Tales of the Black Court is Finished!

Moonday Mania

a blog for a snowy day

It may not be snowing where you are, but it definitely is white outside my window. I write a lot in the winter. In fact, many of my books end up being set in snowy woods. It will be interesting when the girls no longer are home for summers and I write more in June, July, and August. My romances will be filled with sultry days and sunny skies. Meanwhile I have lots of snow, clouds, and ice.

That’s true with the book I’ve just finished and am inches away from releasing to my hungry Tales of the Black Court fans. This is not a fantasy romance, but it is the backstory behind Prince by Blood and Bone, and I’m doing something fun with it. Once I have a title and a cover I’ll be sending my newsletter subscribers a free version (thanks for subscribing!) and I’ll also be posting it on Wattpad

What is Wattpad?

 

Wattpad is a social media site for writers and readers where anyone can post their writing and anyone can read it. For free! Books are generally serialized, and you follow people so that you get their latest updates. I’ve been thinking about posting something there and this story is perfect. For one thing it is definitely PG 13. This story is the behind the scene’s tale of what happens to Bryanna’s mother and sister, while she’s off falling in love with a beast.

It doesn’t have any romance, and it’s super short.

And…It’s also the back story to Broken Mirror!

If you are waiting for the next book in the series, Broken Mirror, I’m working hard on edits. I still need a cover, as well. So I’m estimating this spring for the book to be released. But, you can get your fix via this 2.5 novella. Cassie, Bryanna’s sister and Trina’s cousin, is the heroine of both the 2.5 book and Broken Mirror. This is her story. How she gets into the next book. Which you have a glimpse of, if you read Prince by Blood and Bone, but this gives the nitty-gritty details.

So, when is it available?

Soon! I promise you, soon. The cover is the last thing that’s keeping me from releasing this book. Sometimes when you are publishing a book the details don’t all come together at the same time. The good news, is the text is ready. The bad news is that I have to have a title and a cover.

What am I doing about it?

I have emails out to my cover artist, and I have a backup plan. It will have a cover. And I am determined to think of a title this week! I have some ideas mulling around in my head. Unfortunetly my brain has also been full of plotting the next Tales of the Black Court book and I’ve had to edit Broken Mirror and jot down notes for the next book all at the same time. Ever wonder what it’s like being in a writer’s head? Try TV watching with a channel surfer who controls the remote. You want to watch Downton Abbey and they keep switching to Sherlock. Brain rebound!

Thanks for your patience.

Seriously, this book has taken longer than I wanted it to, but I’m finally getting my health and schedule back on track and coordinated with working at a real job. I feel like that should be easy, but for me, it’s not. So I appreciate the patience.

What’s next?

Next week I will have a title and a blurb for you for this book, and (fingers crossed) some cover news. Meanwhile, stay warm!

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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