Do you dare go into the woods with Jessica? Her fairy tale series continues with “Snow and the Seventh Wolf”
Posted by Babs Mountjoy
Jessica Aspen and I met high atop a mountain in Colorado, where we were taking a wonderful class from writing guru extraordinaire Margie Lawson. Since then, we’ve both gone on to be multi-published authors, and I’m thrilled to have here here with me today! Welcome, Jessica!
Hi Lyndi! Thanks for having me back as your guest. The last time I was here I had fun being interviewed about my debut novella Little Red Riding Wolf, (click HERE for Lyndi’s interview) and today I’m pleased to be back on tour with the second in the Twisted Tales Come Into the Woods series, Snow and the Seventh Wolf.
I’ve been a big fan of twisted fairy tales for years, long before we saw them permeate romance and then our mainstream culture, and when I started to write my own stories I was naturally drawn to the twists and turns of fairy tale plots. And it turns out that over the last few years everyone has jumped on the twisted tale bandwagon. From Once Upon a Time to the upcoming Jack the Giant Slayer fairy tales are the next big thing.
Fairy tale plots are the stories that we have told ourselves for generations. Tales of the poor becoming rich and the rich becoming poor. Cautionary tales that warn of the evils of the woods or to watch out for evil step-parents. Tales of bravery and success and romance. These are the common threads that we ourselves, our great-great-great grandparents and beyond told around the fireplaces and then some bright person finally wrote down. The original fairy tales are not what we’d consider children’s stories, full of dark torturous endings and not always ending happily ever after.
So a current crop of story tellers are doing what our ancestors did, taking the old tales and adding new twists and creating new fairy tales to sit alongside of the old. My stories are based on the old standbys and you’ll find bits and pieces of your favorite tales laced among my modern settings and modern characters. Open the pages and you’ll discover apples, and step-mothers and old women leading young girls astray. Betrayal and murder and love.
I’ve set my stories in the Rocky Mountains. Little Red Riding Wolf takes place in Colorado, as does the third story (Goldi and the Bear, Fall 2013). Snow and the Seventh Wolf moves the pack up into the Grand Tetons of Wyoming, a wild lush landscape where you’d better fill up on gas when you see a gas station because you may not see another for miles.
And I’ve added in a little twist of my own, werewolves, romance, and a dash of paranormal suspense. Discover sexy alpha males and strong dominant females falling in love in a contemporary fairy tale. It hits all my buttons, how about yours?
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?
Author Bio: 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 http://jessicaaspen.com
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Discover Little Red Riding Wolf, the first book in the Twisted Tales: Come Into the Woods Series