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, learning about writing and is currently hard at work on the third novella in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods series, Goldi and the Bear available Fall 2013. She is a member of RWA, CRW, FF&P and PRO. You can find Jessica most days during the week at JessicaAspen.com, on Goodreads, Facebook, and Twitter.
February is my favorite month. I can smell spring around the corner and love in the air. I think there is also something about it being a shorter month, in fact the shortest of the year, that makes it special. Time is precious during the month of love and one needs to spend it wisely.
When I think about February I think about pink and white and chocolate, all the colors of the old fashioned ice cream parlor we would visit on rare occasions when I was small. It was narrow and had high tin ceilings and chairs covered in stripes of pink and brown with narrow bands of white. The same colors in a Valentine’s box of chocolates and definitely tied in my memory with those narrow cones filled with chocolate mint chip. Those days were special and rare, and so is love.
I’m particularly lucky in love. Not that it’s always been that way, my husband and I had many ups and downs on the way, but now we’ve been married long enough that we can see not just our past, but way into our future and smile at both. We see the drama and stress of the past and know that we not only came through it, but we came through it together, our relationship stronger, more in love. And that gives us the strength to face our new challenges and to have faith that we always will be able to do so no matter what the future challenges might be.
In a good relationship, that’s what happens. Even when you’ve given up hope you still manage to come through. And that’s really what romances are. Stories of couples that go through tremendous challenge and come out together, even when there is no doubt that they should break apart. Romances give us guidance in how we should have faith in ourselves, our partners, and our relationships. True love wins out. Doesn’t it always?
Well, maybe not always. But I don’t read those books and I don’t write them. I’m a true believer. So this February read more romance. The month is short so maybe you’ll have to put something else down to do it, but you will be rewarded. Rewarded with books that hold, nestled within their pages, morsels of sweetness and happy endings. Just like a box of chocolates!
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?