Hello everyone! Today, I’ve got some more goodies to show you 🙂 Doesn’t that picture look awesome? And you know I can’t resist werewolves! But heads up, I’m going adult today, as this is very much an adult themed novel 🙂 Now, lemme show you what I’ve got for you!
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?
She rolled his name through her mind, resisted the desire to taste the flavor of it on her tongue. Maybe if she wasn’t touching him she could do this…carry on a normal conversation. She struggled for something to say, something that would cover this incredible desire to fuck a complete stranger.
“Welcome to Radon,” she managed to get out. “How do you like it so far?” Inane. Moronic. But it was out now. She hoped he couldn’t see the shaking that had started at his touch, or smell the moisture between her legs. Lucky he was only human.
Calm down, Red! You can do this. You have to do this.
“It’s been interesting. It’s a pretty tight-knit little town.” His smile had warmed, become friendly. And interested.
She knew what that appraising look meant. She’d received it from all the available males her parents had invited to their house in an effort to entice her to settle down. But that look from the bachelor wolves had never made her feel like this. Feel like her whole body was tuned in to his. Like she should get on all fours and push her ass in the air, spread her legs, and beg.
Her palms were damp. She caught him checking her out and was glad her hoodie was zipped up tight and covered her chest. Her nipples had tightened so fast, so hard, they almost hurt.
“Town’s been a little tough on you, huh?” she asked. Poor guy, he couldn’t have known what coming to this area would be like. They hadn’t had a ranger in the area who wasn’t pack in her lifetime. The county was up in arms.
“You could say that.” He shot her a conspiratorial smile that warmed his eyes to molten chocolate. She had a sudden vivid picture of a sheepskin rug and him lying naked in front of a fire, her lips and tongue tracing the contoured lines of muscles illuminated by the flames.
She dragged her mind back and forced it to focus on the present. Focus on the words coming out from between his sexy lips.
“You’re the friendliest person I’ve run into in this town. Where have you been hiding?”
Wrong question ranger. The question was who had been hiding him from her? Now her mother keeping her home from work to make jam had begun to make sense. Maybe her mother would never think she was an adult. Although maybe her mother was right, given her lusty thoughts, maybe she should be sequestered.
“I normally work at the general store in town. I must have just missed you.” Yeah right. Did that sound as lame to him as it had to her? She lifted her chin. Her mother had been making up excuses to keep her at the family’s house all week. Despite being sent off to the boonies she had met the hot new guy in town.
Her mother’s plan had backfired.
“Is that Burdock’s? It’s the only general store I’ve seen.” One long hand reached up, pushed his thatch of hair back off his face in an unconscious slow sensual movement. The hair fell forward back into place as soon as he released it, dark and thick.
“Yeah, I guess you’ve been in there.”
“Yeah. Is the black haired dude with the bad-ass attitude who mans the counter related?” His eyes crinkled up at the corners when he smiled. An urge to spread her thighs slid through her. In an effort to control it, she clenched them tight.
What had he asked?
“Seth,” she said, relieved she knew what to say. “He’s one of my brothers. He’s none too happy that you’re here.”
“Why is that?”
“Let’s just say that we’re a typical small town. Outsiders aren’t really welcome.”
“You know, you’re the first woman I’ve met under thirty all week. I was beginning to wonder where they all were.”
Dangerous territory here. She’d better be careful of what she said. Obviously the alphas had the few available females under lock and key.
“We have a surplus of men in this town. You probably just missed the women.” She shouldn’t be talking to him. He made her so nervous, she just knew she would slip and let something out. Something that would alert him that all was not as it seemed in small town Radon, Colorado.
“Well it’s been nice chatting, but I have to get going.”
She smiled and started to move off down the path again, but he stepped in front of her, blocked her.
The back of her neck prickled.
She supposed he was eager to talk to the only friendly face in town, but she wished he would back off. She was having enough trouble controlling herself as it was. Her heightened senses told her to take action. Now.
He’d moved too close. His spicy male scent filled her nostrils, caressed her skin. Made her want to bury her face in the crook of his neck and inhale, suck him in like oxygen before going underwater.
“Where are you off to?”
“My grandmother lives up the mountain. I’m just going to check on her and stay a while.”
His face lost its easy smile, grew concerned. “You’re hiking up the mountain by yourself? A woman like you shouldn’t be out here alone.” She bristled at his statement. Just like her brother! What was it with men and their bossy attitudes?
“A woman like me? Slow down buster! I’ve been hiking this mountain since I could walk. You’re out here alone, why not me?”
“But I’m a trained outdoorsman. You hardly look prepared in those shorts if the weather changes. What do you have in that pack?” He moved closer to her, and she backed up, suppressing the desire to bare her teeth. With relief she channeled her newfound sexuality into anger instead. This she understood.
Human or not, he was beginning to get her back up, just like any other male.
“I’ll be at Grandma’s before dark. And it’s an incredible day. No storm in sight. See ya.” She edged around him and moved back onto the path, determined to put him and temptation, behind her.
“Wait, I’ll go with you. There are signs of hunters in the area, you shouldn’t be hiking alone.” He picked up his oversize pack with ease. Then scrambled, trying to buckle the waist straps and keep up with her at the same time. She stepped up the pace.
She could feel him close behind, knew he was eye level with her ass. Knew he watched her backside swish with each step.
Her tingling nerves began to send messages again. With him nipping at her ankles, she felt like prey.
“No, thanks. You won’t be able to keep up.” She moved faster, pumped her legs in a rapid rhythm on the familiar trail.
His legs might be longer than hers, but she had Were stamina and a light pack. No way he could keep up with her for long.
“Hey, I’ve been through hell in the military. If I could keep up in basic, then I can keep up with you little girl.”
She laughed, flashed a catch-ya-later look over her shoulder, and put on a hair more speed. He’d find out soon enough that she might be little, but she had more oomph in this little package than most. And he could just watch her swish her tail until she was out of sight.
OMG!! I love that this is little red riding hood- except Red and Grandma are the big bad wolves, and Evan is the human who in way over his head!! I especially loved that “Grandma, what big teeth you have” was used in the most excellent way! This novel isn’t necessarily a short story, but it’s not huge either, but it’s just right! Oh wait, just right is Goldie Locks! Hahahaha wrong fairy tale 🙂 and I’m usually not big on erotica type novels but this one was done that the story flowed and had plot twists and a great story line! With action and mystery and some good ole wolf fun!
So, I think Red is the coolest kid ever. She’s a werewolf- so totally awesome. She’s the baby- aka runt- of the family. She’s the only girl with four big bd wolf brothers. She’s hard headed, strong willed, and definitely a rebel as she doesn’t always have the same thought processes as the pack does. She wants to be her own boss, which is kinda hard in a pack. And then she meets Evan…
Evan is the hot new Park Ranger, and somehow, he’s discovered there’s wolves were there aren’t supposed to be. And some rogue hunters! He’s got the right skills and he’s perfect for this ranger job. And then he meets Red, and somehow he’s willing to give it all up just to find out her name, who she is, where she’s been hiding!
I loved the spark between Red and Evan, and I also loved that it wasn’t a HEA until some major moments! There was much resistance in any kind of relationship building, mainly by Red, because humans aren’t allowed! I totally loved Grandma! And the writing makes it easy and quick to run right through! I think there’s supposed to be a continuation so I can’t wait to see more from this group of wolves! Maybe Seth will find a mate who can put him in his place 🙂 I really enjoyed this little trip through the woods and think it’s so cool to twist a fairy tale! High five… And a very fun 5 WOLF PAWS from me! 🙂
WELCOME!! First, tell me a little about your book ….
Hello Maghon, thanks for having me here on Happy Tails and Tales, and for asking my book. Little Red Riding Wolf is a spicy twisted fairy tale where Red is the wolf and the huntsman is a sexy forest ranger, named Evan. Since humans don’t know anything about the existence of Werewolves, a romance with one is out of the question. But Red thinks she’s just going to indulge in a one-time fling. Then she falls in love and all bets are off. When her angry alpha brother Seth finds out and threatens Evan’s life Red must decide between her pack and her heart.
You’re very welcome! And can I say I LOVED your reverse depiction of this fairy tale!! Do you recall how your interest in writing originated or did you always just know?
I remember being very small and finding out for the first time that people wrote books. Wow! Once I heard that, I wanted to be an author. It took many years to make that happen, but I’m thrilled now that it has. I had to overcome the idea that you shouldn’t tackle anything that didn’t have instant monetary rewards, in other words “You can’t make a living at being an author.” Well, that may be true for most people, but if you are a writer you can’t live without writing. Hopefully enough money flows your way to pay you to do what you love.
Way to keep going for your dreams! What inspired you to write your first book and what was it?
In high school my BFF and I decided to co-write a Highlander romance, alternating chapters. The hero was the Argyle, and that’s about all I remember, except that we didn’t get very far! Obviously I was in love with alpha heroes and romance at a young age but I’m not sure why we named him after a pair of socks!
HA!! But socks can be cool too! 🙂 Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Red’s story is about differentiating from your family and defining yourself as an adult separate from your family. I never really had tough separation issues, definitely nothing like Red’s. My parents treated me as an adult and respected my decisions from a young age. But as for dealing with love and the anxiety of love, that’is universal. Not sure you can be in love and not have angst.
So true! Sometimes love is hell! How do you chose when/which characters die in your books?
I always find this question fascinating. No one dies in this book! The villain is Red’s brother Seth, and while he’s angry enough to kill, his punishment is not death. But the next book Snow and the Seventh Wolf (February4th) about Red’s brother Seth, that one has some death. How did I chose? Well, I don’t want to spoil anything but each book is different. I didn’t want to kill off Red’s brother- that would have made the book much darker than it is. And I didn’t want to create a “red shirt” just to kill him off, so no one dies in Little Red Riding Wolf. It just didn’t work with the plot and characters. But Seth’s book is darker, and the deaths were necessary.
OH BOY!!! Now I really can’t wait to read book two!! Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Ooooh! I am now a big Thea Harrison fan. I’ve only read one of her books, the second one in her Elder Races series, Oracle’s Moon, and I’m in love! She is my new favorite author and I’m excited to read Dragon Bound, the Rita Winner, next! Everyone says it’s amazing. Another series I jumped in the middle of and totally enjoyed is Tamara Hogan’s Underbelly series. I read number two in that series, Chase Me, but I recommend starting with number one, Taste Me. Not that jumping in bothered me, but I think the series is complex enough that other people who jumped in were confused. If you like Nalini Singh, I think you’ll like Tamara Hogan’s books.
Who do you look up to as a writer?
From the moment I read Stephen King’s autobiography On Writing, I became a fan. Being an author is not easy, it takes time and dedication. Few other jobs require working for nothing for years before you have even moderate success and King is adamant about doing just that. While his success seemed like it was overnight, he worked hard and put in his dues for years. For the very same reason I love Sherrilyn Kenyon. She came and told her story at a convention I was at and when you listen to her story of living in her car with a sick child, using what was basically her last few dollars to send off her book, well, you know you can keep working and trying. See a trend here? I love a good “pull yourself up by your bootstraps” story.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
Oh yes! I can’t imagine an author not wanting to change something after the book is sent out. What makes the difference between someone who gets published and someone who doesn’t isn’t finishing the manuscript, it’s biting down and sending the thing out all the while knowing it is not perfect and will never be perfect. I can edit and edit and edit again, and I do, but there will always be something I would change. In this case, it’s not the plot. I love the way this book turned out. It’s hot and spicy and full of rich detail. That’s wonderful, but I could still pick apart all my words and never be done… if I let myself. 🙂
But somethings that aren’t broken shouldn’t be fixed 😉 Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
There is never enough time. Ever. I have so many ideas in my head, so many series and characters I wish I could get down on the page. In fact that’s one of my goals this year, to actually write new words every day and not just re-edit over and over and over again. Editing must be done, but the writing is where I really want to focus so I can move on to more editing.
What book are you reading now? Or what genre?
I’m actually reading non-fiction currently: The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maas; Scrivener for Dummies, by Gwen Hernandez; and several books on Self-Publishing. Not sure when or if I’ll try the self-publishing route, but it definitely intrigues me and I love to learn. I’m reading several fiction books and judging them for contests, but you’ll have to wait until the contest is over before I talk about those. Contests are interesting because you read authors you never would have picked up and sometimes you discover amazing books.
Who designed the cover? And do you help with them?
My cover designer for Little Red Riding Wolf is Deana C. Jamroz, and I really didn’t have much to do with the cover. I had some veto control, but that was about it. My other book, Snow and the Seventh Wolf, I had some more involvement with, but even that I had to chose between covers that were given me. That’s actually pretty good, in this industry. Many authors have no control whatsoever, so I’ll take the veto power!
Did you learn anything from writing your books and what was it?
I’m always learning, it’s one of the things that I hope will never stop. Little Red Riding Wolf was my first experience with working with a publisher, and that has been eye opening. I had no idea how the cover process or the editing processes worked. The timeline for e-publishing was also a revelation. For months nothing happens and then suddenly you have to address the first round of edits. Four rounds of edits happened within four weeks! I had to stop doing everything and get those edits done and sent back and as soon as I did the next round appeared. It made for a crazy month.
I am so hoping you continue! 🙂 If you could be one of your characters, who would you chose?
MMMM, tough question. Spunky Red, who gets to have lots of fun with sexy Evan? Yes, her life seems pretty good. I’d get to be a young hot werewolf and run in the woods. She does have lots of conflict though. Do I get to jump in after the happily ever after?
My comment to play the Devil’s advocate to your answer… If you jump in after all the bad only for the HEA, is the HEA as good? 😛 Are there any books you think some of us should read, just because?
Well, I’m an English major, so this question brings up all the classics. I love all of Jane Austin and you can’t go wrong with the Brontes (okay…yes you can. Just read Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights). I read out of my genre frequently and love Jasper Fforde’s work as well as Neil Gaiman and Anne Perry. But if you are looking for hot, sexy, non-stop romance? Check out Joan Swan’s page turning paranormal, Fever. I couldn’t put it down.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thanks for reading! In this day and age when there are so many options for how to spend your time I think it’s wonderful that so many of us chose to pick up books and read! I’d love to know if you enjoy twisted fairy tales, paranormal romance, and dark alpha males. Leave a comment and share your favorites!
Thank you so so much for that wonderful interview!! I sure do hope we can do it again real soon!
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 athttp://jessicaaspen.com
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I really hope you guys enjoyed today as much as I did! And I sure hope we can do it again soon when book two is out! 🙂 Thank you to the author, who was such a joy to have over, and to Bewitching book tours, who always give me great things to read and show you guys! And of course, thanks to you guys who stop by and hang out with us!
Happy reading everyone!! Later gators!