Today, I would like to welcome author Jessica Aspen to the blog. Check out more about her erotic twisted fairytales. Enter to win your own!
Hi Andrea, thanks for having me on your blog today. :)
What was the inspiration behind this series?
I love twisted fairy tales and a few years ago I saw a contest for Red Hot Twisted Fairy tales and somehow I could not get the word Red out of my mind. So I twisted Little Red Riding Wolf, my first novella, and in that book Red is the heroine. So when I went to write this one I kept the modern fairy tale werewolf twistand also kept the color theme. That's why the heroine for this book is named, Snow.
This is the second book in the series. How many do you anticipate being in it?
At least three. I have the Goldi and the Bear finished and sent in to my editor. Once the third novella is out they will be packaged as an anthology and sold in a print edition. At that point I'll have to make a decision if I want to write longer ones, or maybe three more novellas. There are a lot of fairy tales still out there waiting to be twisted.
On what other projects are you working right now?
I have a longer twisted tale that is in a totally different world, that's a three book series that I expect to have out either Fall of 2013 or early 2014. I also have a modern werewolf urban suspense that is set in Colorado, but has a darker theme. Think Allison Brennan with werewolves!
Are all of your paranormal romances erotic, or do you have some milder ones?
This series of novellas are all erotic. My other, longer, paranormals that will be out in the Fall are more in line with traditional romances, still pretty spicy but not erotic.
Describe your perfect paranormal man.
I love the dark alpha males. Give me a tortured soul who at his core just wants to do the right thing, and I'm there. Tall, dark, and he does not have to be handsome. I like them a little rough and ready with some stubble on the face and callouses on their hands.
How do you make yourself stand out in this competitive genre?
Oooh, tough question. I think the only way to do this is to know what you write and to keep it consistent. Even though not all my books are this spicy they all have a few things in common: my books really move. If you like fast paced intense stories, you'll like my books. My couple's have real problems, controlling parents, mortgages coming due, or not being able to live life the way they would like to. The couple's are the story and that can be unusual in paranormal where the story is all about the world building.
What are you reading right now?
Blaze, by Joan Swan. I love stories with lots of intense action and Joan delivers!
Fans of what author(s) will like your work?
Oh, another tough question. What if I tell you instead some more authors I love who I may have bits and pieces (if I'm lucky!) that are like their writing. Some of my favorites are Jim Butcher, Laurel K. Hamilton, Thea Harrison, Nalini Singh, and Eve Silver. If you like fast moving intense stories, that's what I like to read and that's what I hope comes through in my books.
What is something readers may be surprised to learn about you?
My idea of a terrific night is a good book, flannel pj's and the fireplace. I'm pretty much a homebody. :)
Anything else you wish to add?
I love communicating with readers and you are all welcome to stop by my blog and say "hi!". I do read my reviews and I'm always pleased when the worst criticism I get is that it was too short. Just FYI I'm writing as fast as I can!
Thanks for your time!
About the Author:
Jessica Aspen writes paranormal romance near the foothills of the Colorado Rockies. Her books are full of elves, were-wolves and sexy men who walk on the dark side of the knife. She loves dark chocolate, walking the dog, hiking and is obsessed with new electronic writing devices. Jessica is also obsessed with writing, and learning about writing. She is a member of RWA, CRW, FF&P and PRO. You can find Jessica most days during the week at http://jessicaaspen.com.
Snow and the Seventh Wolf
Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods, Book Two
Genre: Spicy Twisted Fairy Tale Romance
Publisher: Passion in Print
All Romance: PIP-1-02013-0001
B&N ID: 2940016020864
Number of pages: 115
Word Count: 33,406
Exiled for attempting to kill his sister’s lover, the last thing Seth needs is to be saddled with a human. But Seth can’t turn his back when he discovers Snow fleeing from her avaricious step-parents murder plot. Isolated in a cabin in the woods, Snow attempts seduction and Seth discovers even werewolves are vulnerable to passion’s temptation. Seth’s angry struggles against his desire drive him away, but his over-protective alpha nature won’t let him abandon a female in distress.
With Snow in danger again, can Seth overcome his prejudices in time to save Snow from her step-parents’ evil plan?
Read an excerpt:
Snow slipped and slid through the deepening drifts trying to catch the disappearing black wolf. For a moment he paused, a ghost wolf silhouetted on a rise. Her heart pounded. Was he waiting for her?
She forced her frozen feet to speed up, tucking her chin and racing toward the hill, but her slick soles betrayed her and she tumbled into a drift. When she looked up, he was gone.
“Wait!” she shouted. The gathering storm swallowed her words whole.
She lay on the ground while the wind drove tiny stinging flakes into her eyes and skin.
She deserved to die here in the snow. By stupidly following what she’d thought was a sign from her dead father she was lost, worse than before. At least earlier, she’d been on a trail. Now she was deep in the wilderness of the Grand Tetons, caught in a blizzard with the early night of winter on its way, her feet and hands slowly growing numb. The wolf hadn’t been her savior, sent from a dead caring father. Instead, he’d betrayed her.
Another howl carried over the rush of the blizzard.
The wolf was still out there.
She staggered to her feet, searching fruitlessly though the curtain of snow for a black shadow. Another howl had her head whipping to the side. Through the gloom of the gathering clouds and snow, instead of the wolf, she saw a light flickering in the trees.
She plowed into the underbrush, pushing through branches that seemed to claw and bite. Following the howls to the flickering light she spotted a tiny cabin, small glowing windows beckoning. She made it to the door and pounded with her last bit of strength.
No one came. Snow sagged against the hard wood. This was as far as she could go.
The door opened with sudden force, and she fell in, landing hard in a man’s open arms. Snow blinked up at the stern dark face of every LA’s director’s twenty-something dream pirate.
Golden eyes, black tousled hair and a build that every actor would kill for.
“Won’t you come in?” he asked, his voice deep and rough and surprised.
Every light in the small living room and open entryway was on, and more lights were on upstairs. She said the first words that tumbled out of her mouth, “Your lights are on, don’t you know we’re trying to save energy?”
An almost rusty sound rumbled deep in his chest, vibrating her body and surprising a smile out of her.
His teeth flashed. “I’m sorry. I’ll turn them off right away.”
He set her on her feet. “Would you like to come in and get warm?”
She took a good look at him, white button down shirt flared wide and unbuttoned showcasing a broad muscled chest.
Touchable black hair curled damply at his neck. His deep gold eyes gleamed secrets, and she suddenly realized she must have caught him naked in the shower.
Her cold cheeks burned.
He looked like a god and she became suddenly aware of her cold sodden clothes, her lank hair dripping snow onto his floor.
“I’m sorry, I’m making a mess. I must look awful.”
“Don’t be sorry.” He stared at her, his enigmatic eyes capturing hers, suspending time as he reached out a hand and stroked a clump of snow off of her hair “You’re gorgeous,” he almost whispered.
His hand trailed down her hair to flick snow on the stone pavers at her feet. Liquid heat pooled low in her pelvis.
“I…” she stuttered.
The wolf had done the same thing, stared at her with golden eyes, trapping her in its spell. She shook herself free and stepped back, unsettled and shaky with a strange desire.
Little Red Riding Wolf
Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods, Book One
Genre: Spicy Paranormal
Publisher: Passion in Print Press
Number of pages:111
Word Count: 34,000+
Cover Artist: Deana C. Jamroz
Tired with being the runt of the litter, feisty Red jumps on the opportunity to take on the sexy new forest ranger, but when Evan uncovers evidence of wolves, things get out of control. Can Red keep her were-wolf identity secret and still save Evan from her brother’s thirst for blood?
Fraternizing with humans is taboo, but when feisty werewolf Red runs into hunky new forest ranger Evan Brewster, she jumps on the opportunity to let loose her desires. Evan is stoked when he meets the petite red haired hottie, and combined with his new discovery of wolves in Colorado, thinks his career and life are made. Then Red pushes him away, her hostile brother threatens his life, and things begin to spiral out of control. Caught between her sexy lover and her pack can Red trust Evan with her secrets, or must she sacrifice her human lover and her heart?
Little Red Riding Wolf was a finalist in the 2011 Passionate Ink Stroke of Midnight contest.
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