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Facebook Party!!!

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a Chain of Love Event!

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Celebrate the upcoming releases of six books for Valentine’s Day by six fab authors. Fun, games, and prizes!

Chain of Love: Curvy Women and the Men Who Chain Their Hearts.

Feb 1st, Facebook Party 12pm-6pm MST (2-8 EST) drop in any time

Sam Cheever 12-1 MST 2-3 EST
Holley Trent 1-2MST, 3-4 EST
Sandra S. Kerns 2-3MST 4-5EST
Jessica Aspen 3-4MST 5-6EST
Aidy Aaward 4-5MST 6-7 EST
ML Guida 5-6MST 7-8 EST

Hosted on Jesssica Aspen’s Page- Click 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

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Hot Balls of Luv!

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How to heal a broken heart with chocolate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Grandmother’s Fudge

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

Butter a 8×8 pan and put aside.

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

Remove from heat and beat hard!

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

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

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

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

Or brownies…or chocolate…or wine.

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Discover A True Alpha Male Love Song

I admit it. I love alpha angst. Give me a strong man in so much love it hurts and I’m happy. It’s twisted, but it’s true. Maybe it’s because I grew up on rock songs with men in so much torment you could taste it.

Meatloaf’s Hot Summer Night – a true alpha male love song.

Happy Valentine’s Day

And if you haven’t dropped by yet, I’m still giving away a copy of spicy werewolf love on Sherry Isaac‘s blog. Stop by today and comment to enter to win!

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Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

Moonday Mania

a blog on the craft of writing (usually, but not today!)

No craft blog today. Instead I’m celebrating Valentines day one day early. Why not? After all, it is romance’s biggest holiday, let’s stretch it out. For some more Valentine’s day fun, check out last Thursday’s post on paranormal ways to celebrate V-day HERE.

And after you read this post, don’t forget to comment and then go to the Paranormal Freebies Site NEWS page and enter my Little Red Riding Wolf Giveaway contest that runs through the end of February.

The other day, driving home, I was listening to the radio and a song came on that I hadn’t heard for a very long time. It was our song. The song my husband and I chose for our wedding. Our song. During the first few years of our marriage, we used to play it all the time. I’d come home and he’d have set it up on the CD player to surprise me. Believe it or not my alpha man is more romantic than me. Just look at the roses on my table for confirmation.

Then, after we’d been married for awhile, and had kids and life to deal with, we only played our song on our anniversary. Holding each other close and dancing around the living room after our our affordable special take-out meal. Now that we’ve been married a little longer, I realized that we hadn’t played our song for a long time. Maybe several years. That was a surprise.

 I listened to the song in the car and I realized, it was a great pick! When we chose it, we didn’t have a song. We’d dated a long time, but we’d never had a song. It felt a bit like Taylor Swift’s song, Our Song. Not having a song didn’t mean we didn’t have that special bond or deep love. It just meant we hadn’t found the one that fit us.

So when we got married, we looked long and hard and we chose Rod Stewart’s Have I Told You Lately That I Love You. I just found out that it was written by the great Van Morrison, whose songs I have always loved.

My husband (the alpha romantic) picked it out. As I listened to it in the car last week I realized he is a very smart man. It was a great song to slow dance to in my long white dress at our wedding. It’s been a great song when we wanted to feel close. But as I listened to the lyrics now, after being married for a long time,  I realized it’s a great song for us as we grow old together.

“You fill my heart with gladness, take away all my sadness, ease my troubles that’s what you do.”

It makes me teary, because that’s what he does. And I hope I do even a small amount of that for him.

Happy Valentiine’s Day Jeff! I love you.

And for all of you, here is a lovely, corny, very romantic version. Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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V-day is Coming, Do You Know What to Buy Your Supernatural Sweetie?

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It’s time to stir things up and what better way to do that than with a mash-up. Paranormal style.

Valentine’s Day weekend is going paranormal on Bitten by Paranormal Romance. Drop by and they promise “We’re putting a different spin on “The Day” this year by taking a look at love in music and film.  It may not be your typical lovey-dovey, gooey, mushy…..hmmm, I’m not quite sure what to expect.  Stop on by, you’ll be glad you did!” That has my curiosity whetted and I’ll be dropping by to see what paranormal twist they can put on such a sticky sweet day.

Valentine’s day approaches and I’m sure there are some of you wondering what to get  for your supernatural man. Yes, that’s what I said, gifts for someone who already has special gifts himself.

For some creative ideas on what to buy for your vampire lover, your steady werewolf, even if you’re dating a zombie or a dragon look no further than the amazing authors at Harlequin. Gena Showalter and Jill Monroe have a new book out, Dating the Undead, and it’s chock full of useful tips. Get a taste HERE .

Looking for some cheap and easy V-day reads? Check out the Valentine’s Day Promotion from Sourcebooks HERE on Paranormal Romance Novel. Choose carefully because not all the titles are paranormal. Here are some that are:

Title: 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover by Linda Wisdom
Promotional Price: FREE (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)
Category: Paranormal Romance
Jazz can’t decide whether to scorch him with a fireball or jump into bed with him.
Jasmine Tremaine, a witch who can’t stay out of trouble.
Title: The Fire Lord’s Lover by Kathryne Kennedy
Promotional Price: $1.99 (1/31/2012 – 2/15/2012)
Category: Fantasy Romance
If his powers are discovered, his father will destroy him…
In a magical land ruled by ruthless Elven lords, the Fire Lord’s son Dominic Raikes plays a deadly game to conceal his growing might from his malevolent father—until his arranged bride awakens in him passions he thought he had buried forever…
Drop by Squidoo for a list of Gothic Valentines to purchase for your big day. From exotic cards to stamps this site has all the big-eyed vampy girls a man could desire. Okay, maybe not, unless you too look like a svelte Betty Boop with fangs. But you should drop by and check it out anyway!
And finally, even if you don’t have time to fly to Sydney for a good Valentine’s day scare, you can read all about it when you drop on by this post about the Valentine’s Day Ghost tours, HERE. haven’t you always wanted to spend Valentine’s Day getting spooked?What better way to celebrate a day of love and remembrance than touring a haunted mansion or graveyard?
And I’ve saved the best for last. You can create a card with an IOU and a picture of my cover for Little Red Riding Wolf. Give it to your sweetie or let him give it to you, but it’s out just four little days after the big V-day. A little delayed gratification can add spice to any romance holiday!
Are you having a paranormal Valentine’s day? Going to a castle for the evening or perhaps a scary movie? What are your plans to celebrate romance’s biggest holiday of the year?
Don’t forget to leave a comment and register it at the Paranormal Freebies site HERE on the Rafflecopter widget. The contest is till open through the end of February and there are lots of great prizes, including that Valentines day favorite, quality chocolate!

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