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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/?


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

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


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

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Brrr! Hey, baby, it’s cold outside!

Moonday Mania

a blog for winter readers and writers

It’s cold out here in Colorado. An actual bitter cold, the kind we rarely experience— and  it kind of came as a shock. It’s a reminder that, despite the warm fall we’ve had, winter is actually coming. I know we have to wait until late December to proclaim that winter is here, but when it is consistently chilly and it snows, let’s face it, winter is here and it’s time to write some hot, paranormal romance, and warm up!

Snow on mountainsIt’s too cold to enjoy yard work, and there isn’t any, really. Except for shoveling snow. It’s almost too cold to enjoy walking the dog. The other day we barely got in a twenty minute walk after the sun was fully up. My fingers were freezing and I couldn’t feel my thighs. The dog was disappointed, but she’d stay out until she got frostbite, that’s the way Labs are, so we cut it short and headed home with promises for another walk. Which didn’t happen because I was caught up in my edits.

That’s right. While I may not want to be outside trimming the house for the holidays, or even walking the dog, what I do want to do is write. And write. And…bake cookies.

But I have books to finish, so the cookies must wait.

I usually outline and start writing all my books in the fall and winter, so it isn’t surprising that snow turns out to be common in most of my books. The house is cold and all I want is to sit in front of the fire and eat cookies, all winter nesting things. I’m wrapped up in sweaters and afghans and scarves. Even thinking about a swimsuit gives me the shivers.

My twisted fairy tale series, TWISTED TALES:COME INTO THE WOODS  originally was supposed to have each book set in a different season. LITTLE RED RIDING WOLF was early fall, SNOW AND THE SEVENTH WOLF was winter, and GOLDI AND THE BEAR was supposed to be set in spring. And that did happen. Sort of. Goldi’s story was outlined and written in October through January. Most of it during November and December snows, so I kept writing in snow… and snow storms. And while it is set in the spring it’s also full of snow.

While Colorado has beautiful sunny days in the winter, we do get snow in the spring. It’s part of our change-it-up attitude, you never know what the weather will be so plan for everything and enjoy it all. Spring is our snowiest season, in fact many Easter egg hunts get ruined by snow in Colorado.

It’s was when I realized that I never write summer books. By summer, I’m editing. All the actual writing and scene setting is finished. So I’ve decided that I need to write my next big book in July, get some good sweaty heat in there. Okay,we’ll it won’t be my next Tales of the Black Court, BROKEN MIRROR, because I will once again be outlining and writing that one in the middle of winter, but the one after that, the next book will have to be a hot summer read!

What do you like to do when it’s cold out? Do you curl up with a good book and some hot chocolate? Do you bake? Leave a comment and let me know!

Save the date! We’re having a Facebook Party on December 14th, 3-6pm Colorado Time! Join Fantasy, Sci-fi, and Paranormal authors for games and giveaways. Click HERE to sign up and participate, it’s going to be a fun way to spend a cold winter’s afternoon in December!

Thanks to WanaCommons on Flickr for the photo and to photo artist, Melissa Smith!


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