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Werewolves or Shifters? What’s In Your Romance?

Fantastic Fridays

wolves, bears, and jaguars…oh my

I’m happy to announce that I have the rights back to my first three hot paranormal romance novellas, Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods.

In 2015 I’ll be working at re-vamping and re-branding the series. They’ll still be the hot, twisted fairy-tales they’ve always been, but with new covers, new blurbs, and possibly a new series title. I love these books. They are fun, sexy romps through the wilds of Colorado and they are chock full of romance, intrigue, and hot alpha werewolves.

Or do I mean shifters?

When I first wrote these novellas the paranormal romance readers hadn’t latched onto the shifter label as hard as they have now and I used werewolf to describe my beasts, even though my characters shift into full wolves and not scary Boris Karloff wannabes. Grr!

But, a year or two after my books became published it became clear to me that the romance community had issues with the word werewolf. They saw it as the half-man, half-beast from the horror movies. And, if I were writing a paranormal with a scary half-man, half-beast, it would still work. But I’m not. I’m writing about sexy shifters who become full fledged amazing animals. Wolves and bears, and maybe I’ll be venturing into jaguars. (I’ll have to tell you about the super sexy Latin lover I just met. Mmmm.)

Sorry, got distracted. Back on topic…

Now that I’m re-vamping these books I have to consider several issues.

Are they dated? Do they need new edits? And what sort of changes should I make?

I don’t think they’re dated, but I will definitely read through to make sure I don’t have any glaring issues with technology. One of the things I find funny about watching old movies is how fast we’ve changed in our technology. Just look at how the shape and size of the cell phone has changed. From a bulky thing wired into your car, to a huge rectangle, to something so tiny you could easily hide it in a bra, now back to larger bulky rectangles. Who would have predicted they’d get bigger and not smaller?

As for new edits: I think I had pretty decent editing from my previous publisher, but I know my writing has changed and grown. When I re-read through them I think it will be very hard not to tweak my own words and style. I have to decide if I should or not. Would you? If you had the chance to re-write something like that would you take the time? Or would you let it stand as it is. Many e-books are voraciously re-written, even without republication, but that’s not true of classic print novels. Should we re-write?

Back to the question.

So that leads me to the werewolf vs shifter thing. I think, given the current climate of the paranormal romance world, I’m going to seriously consider changing werewolves to wolf shifters. And werebears to bear shifters. I never liked the word werebear anyway. It’s awkward to say. And those aren’t total re-writes, merely a twitch to a wrinkled skirt.

So…

What’s your opinion? Are you a sexy shifter reader? Do you care if it says sexy werewolves? Or do you think horror movie heroes and scary villains instead of hot, hunky, alpha wolves?

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

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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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Happy Halloween!

Thursays Bite

Happy Halloween!

Today is the last day to leave a comment on the Quarterly Release Blog Hop to win! On my site, just leave a comment in the box to win an ebook. You need to enter at the Rafflecopter site for the general Huge Swag Pack including copies of my twisted fairy tale, spicy, new adult, paranormal series, Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods.

Also the last day to participate in Sam Cheever’s Trick or Treat contest. Tomorrow I’ll be drawing names for the prizes on my site and sending one lucky winner on to Sam’s super prize swag pack including a kindle paperwhite and a copy of The Dark Huntsman.

Crazy Halloween Week!

I was going to have my fantasy romance, The Dark Huntsman, Free today and with everything going on in my life, I forgot that I needed to schedule the free day! So it will be free on November 1st and November 2nd on Amazon. Check in tomorrow for the links and details!

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Ten Terrific Facts for The Next Big Thing

The lovely Joan Leacott was kind enough to tag li’ll ole me for The Next Big Thing! You may have seen The Next Big Thing hopping around the blogs, it’s another way to find out interesting facts about what’s going on with your favorite authors and their writing. Hop over to Joan’s blog HERE and find out all about her latest book.

And now onto the Questions!

What is your working title of your book?

I’m currently working on Goldi and the Bear, the third book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series.

Where did the idea come from for the book?

Before I wrote Snow and the Seventh Wolf, which comes out in February, I had the idea to write another twisted tale with a werewolf. I wanted to work with another color name, like Red, so Goldilocks (Goldi) was the one I chose. From there the ideas just flowed and Goldi the werewolf was born.

What genre does your book fall under?

Here goes: Spicy Twisted Paranormal Fairy Tales

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Oh, I’m terrible about this. But I think Christian Bale could play a dark moody werebear. He played a dark moody Bruce Wayne, didn’t he? As for Goldi, she’s tougher. I need a tough blonde; one who can run a ranch, be a wolf,  stand up to Christian Bale, but still be very sexy. Any ideas?

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When she-wolf’s home is in danger the only one she can turn to for help is the one person she shouldn’t-  her high school sweetheart who holds a grudge.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

This one is due to Passion in Print. It takes place in the same universe as Little Red Riding Wolf and Snow and the Seventh Wolf, but it’s set in the next town over from Radon, Colorado.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I started this one during Nanowrimo this year, but as I was working it wasn’t finished until the first week of December. I’m still working on the edits because I hit a bump that I didn’t take care of during Nano. It was a big lesson in writing fast and furious!

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Hmm, another toughie. I sure wish I read more. One of the categories I’ve not read very much lately are twisted fairy tales, for several reasons. One, I didn’t want to read what I was writing. Two, I like to read outside of my genre. And Three, I just didn’t have any lying around in the TBR pile. That means I have to actually go out and hunt something down, which doesn’t happen very often. Has anyone read something that is like Little Red Riding Wolf? It’s tongue in cheek, but with a dark side. And it’s hot, hot, hot! Goldi and the Bear and Snow and the Seventh Wolf lean more toward the dark side. Any thoughts?

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

Now I left this question in, but it will be a repeat of my above answer for where I got the idea. So if you really want to read that answer again, go ahead!

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

This book is darker and deals with old anger between former lovers. Can you get past that deep hurt that’s been simmering for years? Can you start over? And do you still love someone when they’ve hurt you badly enough that you still want to hurt them back? While this book title is all about Goldi, I think the real interest here is how the hero, Zeke, overcomes his pain and anger to rediscover love.

That’s all folks, well, all the questions that Joan passed on to me. I am happy to answer more questions like…How do you write about werewolves when you aren’t a werewolf?  Or…what’s it like living in Colorful Colorado? Or….what do you wear when you write?

Or, if you really want to know more about what I’m doing this year, check out my Goals post from Monday HERE.

M L Guida and Jessica Aspen CRW tea October 2012

Mary and I at the CRW tea in October 2012.

And when you are through don’t forget to hit the Next Big Thing ML Guida. Her post will be out on January 16th and you can find out all the deep dark delicious details of what she’s currently writing! I love her tagline: Even in a world of darkness, true love survives.

(FYI, I’m leaving this post up, so no Thursdays Bite tomorrow, see you on Monday Mania!)

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Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

 

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

Click here for Prizes galore!

The best gift for the holiday’s is love, and luckily since I write romance I get to gift myself and my readers with love, love, love. All my Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods spicy fairy tales are set in the Rocky Mountains, so it’s love in the Rockies this holiday season, and all year round.

Winter at high altitude is a special time. The snapping cold in your lungs, the scents of spruce, pine, and fir trees, all make it seem like Christmas as soon as you step outside. And inside there’s no better place to be with your sweetie, than curled up in front of a real wood fire, roasting popcorn, drinking hot chocolate, and listening to music to get you in the mood.

Personally I love to bake, so I’m including a special cookie recipe for you to enjoy this holiday season from my favorite cookbook The Hershey’s 1934 Cookbook. My mom had this and we loved to bake from it when I was a little girl. Now I have my own copy and make the same recipes with my girls.

Chocolate Walnut Wheels

  • 2 squares (2 oz.) Hershey’s Unsweetened Baking Chocolatehershey's 1934 cookbook
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour or 2/3 cup cake flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • Walnut halves

Heat oven to 350° F. Lightly grease cookie sheet. In top of a double boiler over hot, not boiling, water melt chocolate. Set aside to cool slightly. In large mixer bowl, beat butter and sugar until well blended. Add chocolate, egg and vanilla; beat well. Add flour and salt; beat until blended Stir in chopped walnuts. Drop by heaping teaspoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet. Place walnut half in center of each. Bake 10-12 minutes or until set. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely. yield about 2 dozen cookies.

Warmth, family, cookies and your sweetie to unwrap at the end of the day. That’s the way I would love to set my romantic holidays for my readers and myself. Unfortunately my characters don’t get that in my books. No sweet snuggling, no gifts to unwrap, no kisses under the mistletoe.

Why?

Because they are usually dealing with a crisis.

Now I know none of you have crises during your holidays. Human holidays are relaxed and comfortable, full of turkey, ham and pie. But my werewolves have issues, and they don’t get to be relaxed. Take Red, my werewolf heroine in Little Red Riding Wolf. Now her story takes place in the fall, so by Christmas she should be settled down with her human husband, Evan, working on that baby. But I think this Christmas she’s going to be worried about her brother Seth.

Seth made lots of trouble for Red and Evan in Little Red Riding Wolf, and she knows he’s due for some trouble of his own. And I think she’s right. That’s why Seth will be spending this winter falling in love with his own human, and hating every minute of it. Because Seth doesn’t think humans and weres should mate.

Snow and the Seventh Wolf by Jessica AspenPoor Seth isn’t due for a relaxing winter holiday.

And his love interest has an even tougher holiday in store. You see Snow is living with an evil step-mother, and when her step-mother and step-father propose a vacation in the gorgeous area of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, sweet family holidays are not in store.

Not for Snow, who will be running for her life. Not for her step-father, who fails to kill her the first time. And not for her step-mother, who really needs all the money from Snow’s inheritance, not just the pittance she’s already spent.

So we’ll have to wait to let Seth and Snow enjoy their winter holiday, at least until February. In the meantime, you can curl up in front of the fire with Red’s story. Little Red Riding Wolf is available now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance and Passion in Print Press.

Click HERE to read an excerpt of Little Red Riding Wolf. Warning, must be over 18, its hot!

Snow and the Seventh Wolf, Seth’s story, will be available February 1st, just in time for a romantic ending around Valentine’s day.

I want all my readers to have happy holidays, and because of that I am giving away an e-copy of Little Red Riding Wolf to one lucky blog-hopper. To enter to win please leave a comment (and your email address) telling me one thing you’ve learned about my twisted tales.

Have fun hopping from blog to blog. Here is the link to the linky list http://carrieannbloghops.blogspot.com/so you can hop to all of the 200+ author’s sites. They have lots of great prizes to win, over 200 giveaways on each blog hosted by that author or blogger,

Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Little Red Riding Wolf

But that’s not all….

We have THREE grand prizes. You as a reader can go to EACH blog and comment with your email address and be entered to win. Yep, you can enter over 200 times! So leave a comment here, with your email address and be entered to win an e-copy of Little Red Riding Wolf AND also you’ll be entered in the Grand Prize Drawing! 

Now what are those prizes?

 1st Grand Prize: A Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet

2nd Grand Prize: A $200 Amazon or B&N Gift Card

3rd Grand Prize: A Swag Pack that contains paperbacks, ebooks, 50+ bookmarks, cover flats, magnets, pens, coffee cozies, and more!

Happy Holidays!

 (All prizes, with the exception of the swag pack, available internationally)

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Bacon, Booze and Books: What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank

Thursday’s Bite

a paranormal blog with style

There was a wonderful discussion on the RWA PRO loop about re-blogging,  pros and cons, of course. I love re-blogging, and here is one example why:

Bacon, Booze and Books: What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank.

via Bacon, Booze and Books: What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank.

(This is via David Gaugran’s blog Let’s Get Digital, and Why You Should.)

Love the idea of the book, would love to have written this blog myself, and now I can show you exactly why all of the above is true. Hop on over to the blog and check out the book and add it to your TBR pile. It’s on my Christmas list!

Next week the lovely Lia Davis will be on my blog, so check back on  for a taste of Lia and her delicious covers.

Holiday Gifts of Love Blog Hop

Coming December 14th! Prizes galore!

On Friday, December 14th, we start the Holiday Gifts of Love Bloghop. Prizes available, so take the weekend and hop around the Holiday blogs for fun, prizes, and of course to discover new authors. I know you all will have book money to spend after the holiday’s, now’s the time to figure out where to spend it!

Just in time for the holidays I  have the release date for Snow and the Seventh Wolf, the second book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series. It will be available from Passion in Print on January 15th, and on the other websites (Amazon, B&N, All Romance)about two weeks after. Getting excited to see Seth’s story on sale!

And I’ll be finishing the third book this month, soon to be sent off to Passion in Print. WOOT!

(Don’t you love the snow? Thanks, WordPress Elves!)

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Think You Know What Your Book is About? Think Again.

Moonday Madness

a blog for writers by a writer

What is your genre? What sells to your readers? How do you know?

One of the issues facing authors today is that we have the burden of much of the marketing of our product. Since many of us are not marketing majors, this can be a huge handicap. We need to find out who is reading our book and what they think our book is about before marketing it.

Little Red Riding Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Little Red Riding Wolf

For instance, my books are… well… hot. Spicy hot.

If you open Little Red Riding Wolf (on sale at Passion in Print for $3.99), or Snow and the Seventh Wolf you need to be prepared for sex. But does that mean I shouldn’t market it under paranormal? Can I enter it in the paranormal category of the romance contests, or do I need to stick to the erotic? Is it fair to say that the heat level is the most important part of the book?

Well the truth is, it’s not up to me. It’s up to the readers. They are the ones looking for books like mine and if they are looking in erotic and I market it only under paranormal, it’s going to get missed. And vice versa. What if the readers think it’s something else, like chick lit? Are they right?

Or is it that I’ve done a poor job of marketing?This is why you’ll see a big change in my covers. I was able to request a spicer cover for the second book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series Not that they didn’t offer spicy for the last one, but that’s another story.

Snow and the Seventh Wolf by Jessica Aspen

Take a look at the cover for Little Red Riding Wolf. Does it say erotic? Nope, I don’t think so. Does it say romance. No, not really. Does it say fairy tale and werewolves. Yes, I think we got that.

Now let’s look at Snow and the Seventh Wolf. Does it say erotic? Yes. Does it say romance? Yes.
Does it say fairytale and werewolves. No, not so much. It’s tough to get it all right.

Luckily my titles help. Little Red Riding Wolf says twisted fairy tale, and I hope Snow and the Seventh Wolf does too.

But how about your books? Do you know what genre they fall into?

This question came up this week as I was communicating with another author. She sees the word paranormal as meaning ghosts. A lot of people do. When I hear paranormal, I think of all kinds of things including psychics, ghosts, and supernatural creatures. But what  do readers think? When someone walks into a bookstore (or into the e-store) how do they know what to search for and how can they find your book. If you’ve tagged it as paranormal, but it’s really horror, will that help your readers find your book?

The key is to first know what others think your book is. Have people read it and let you know. Oh yeah, it’s paranormal romance. or Oh yeah, this is so hot, you’d better market it under erotic. or No, you are better off under the horror label, or women’s fiction, or YA. 

Others see our work much more clearly than we do. They are not bound by our preconceptions of what we intended when we wrote the book. They are more in touch with what readers will see.

Another good way to figure out how to label your book is to find other authors who have similar books. Is your book more like Stephen King? Or more like Sherrilyn Kenyon? Is it romance like Thea Harrison? or is it urban fantasy like Jeanne Stein? Find three authors who are similar to you in the same category and that is likely to be your category. Having trouble with this? Ask your friends who read the book. Use a survey and poll them. They’ll be sure to tell you, friends always do.

Why is any of this important?

You’ve written the book, and it’s either out there on sale, or you are trying to market it to agents and editors. Either way you are selling a product. You need to know who will be interested in that product so you can target your sales efforts. There is no reason or reward in marketing a horror novel to an agent or reader who is only interested in romance. Make sure you have the right audience for your book and the right book for your audience.

And then sell the hell out of it! I expect to see all of you rising stars on the NYT bestseller list any day now. I’m looking for you!

Do you know where your book fits? Does it matter to you? How do you sell it to others if you don’t understand it’s place in the world? What do you do to figure out where it fits?

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