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Sunday, March 15, 2015


Aspen deLainey is my Woman In Horror today! Your positively best way to find out a lot about Aspen would be to go to 
Here, you can read a great interview between Aspen and Sirens Call  Publications. Usually I just snag these great interviews to make myself look brilliant, but I have to give Aspen and Sirens Call their due. So all I will post here is the link. Click on to it and read away. You won't be sorry. Aspen is a fascinating lady.

Here is her bio from Smashwords:

 Aspen deLainey: Aspen lives in the Foothills of Alberta with her husband, two of her four children, a dog, a lovebird and a glaring of semi-feral cats. You will often find her watching the wildlife happily feasting in her vegetable garden in the early morning dawn. Being a lover of nature, and all things natural, she wouldn’t trade her country lifestyle for all the beans on the stalk.
A die-hard believer in fairy tales, Aspen hopes her fairy godmother is the Muse. Lending credence to this notion is one of Aspen’s earliest memories: writing a story for her little brother in crayon on a favored picture book and earning a spanking as her first critical review.  Never deterred, Aspen continued to make up stories, and hone her craft, until finally letting a few escape her clutches in 2010.
Love ‘n Lies is Aspen’s first work in The Evermore Chronicles, the concept for which was developed while she was employed in the seniors’ medical field. Do paranormal beings suffer from medical problems also? What happens to aging Vampires, Wizards, Trolls and the like? The questions begged to be answered… And of course, their stories needed to be told.

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Below are books from Amazon that Aspen wrote:

Book Description

August 18, 2012
The eighth commandment; thou shalt not steal.
But everyone covets something that isn't theirs...

Wander down the darker paths of the minds of twelve brilliantly talented authors as they conjure stories of retribution, deceit and betrayal.

Would you chance your family’s fate to the gods in return for a favor? Are the finer things in life worth having once you know the cost someone else had to pay for you to indulge in them? Would you give up your most addictive passion so that others might reap the benefits, regardless of the reward? Or perhaps, the chance at a fresh start and a new life appeals to you? Are you prepared to reap what you have sown?

Within this collection, you’ll find tales all too believable and beyond your oddest imaginings. But there is one thing you will not find… In this anthology, there are no happy endings.

5.0 out of 5 stars "Fugue State" a great start to this book! October 18, 2012
By A.P.
So far I have only read the short story "Fugue State" by Christian Larsen. I was immediately drawn in by his vivid imagery and smooth prose. The story itself is wonderful and begs you to know more. The writing is very clear and descriptive without telling you too much so you can discover it on your own. If the rest of the book is as good as this I can't wait to read it!

5.0 out of 5 stars Stories that will have you asking, Why? How? and going WOW!, October 24, 2012
This review is from: Now I Lay Me Down To Reap (Kindle Edition)
Originally this saying was used for farmers and the importance of using good seed and taking care of your crops. Be a good farmer to the land, and the crops, and they will return a bounty to you. It's now used more to tell of the importance of being a good person, and to do good deeds. If you do not then the circumstances of those poor deeds can be dire. The saying I'm referring to is, "You reap what you sow."

Siren's Call Publications to the writings of twelve great authors and gave them the opportunity to write stories showing what would happen if you "sowed bad seeds." The anthology is aptly titled, Now I Lay Me Down to Reap, and tells the stories of hapless individuals who find out those actions have consequences.

The stories found within the anthology cover several different topics, but all have a dark side to them. Some of the stories have creatures you would not think to find within these pages, like unicorns, angels and fairies. There are other stories involving writers, farmers, a grim reaper and grave robbers.

What makes this anthology unique is just that most of the stories deal with a moral dilemma. They will make the reader question what is happening and why. Do you believe the acts of those involved in each story deserve the outcome that meets them by the end? Some of the stories may deal with fantastic creatures that have not been used in such away in the past. They are there to make you question not only what you are reading, but what you know of those creatures.

The stories will make a reader want more, and in some cases could bring up questions of your own morality. Why did it have to end that way? What did they do to deserve that fate? What possessed the writer to come up with this tale?

The last question is one I often found myself asking. This is because the stories had a twist or made me think outside of my normal comfort zone of thinking. We get used to reading, watching, things and expecting a plot to follow a predictable formula. In some of the stories found in, Now I Lay Me Down to Reap, those formulas are totally switched around.

This anthology at times left me just a bit uncomfortable by the way things were turned around. It is rare that you are able to find a book that has a story, plot that can do this to you. The fact this was done by several of the stories in the anthology just shows that the authors Siren's Call pulled together for this anthology knew what they were doing.

Book Description

March 23, 2014
All men are created equal, or so it is said…

In a Mental Asylum that has earned infamy for its successful governing of patients suffering from a Messiah Complex, what happens when a ward of twenty-one prophets is introduced to a twenty-second? How do prophets worship what they believe to be a Messiah in their midst? Do they treat him with distance, trepidation, reverence, or perhaps adoration? Or do the men who speak directly to their own gods want more than a life of confinement as a reward for their blessing?

Is it not also said, “He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood lives in me, and I in him.”

Book Description

February 4, 2014
Tired of watching your food costs go up and up?
Pauper's Plate Full is chock full of basic, wholesome recipes designed for your excellent eating pleasure without putting a big dent in your checkbook.
We walk you through the pleasures of creating great meals starting from scratch.

Book Description

July 8, 2013
Gaining weight is a human problem. At least that’s what Leticia always thought. But when this vivacious vampire wakes from her year-long slumber and discovers that her formerly svelte frame has retained a few extra pounds, it becomes apparent that something has gone amiss.

A girl just can't wander around the Calgary Stampede in clothes that don't fit! So she sets about the task of shopping and working out a low-cal diet of humans she can live on. When her friends notice how depressed she is, one of them suggests she adopt a tomcat named Justin to keep her company. Little does she know that she would fall madly in love with her new kitty. The moment she does, the spell cast over Justin is broken and he takes his true form – a long, tall, dark haired man with an insatiable sex drive. Letty is more tempted than she ever thought possible and can't keep her hands off him anymore than he can keep his off of her.

After taking him back to her childhood home, Evermore, to consult with the head wizard Silvius, she soon discovers the Warlock who cast the spell over Justin isn't letting him go so easily.

Throw in a nasty twin sister who'll do anything to get her hands on what Letty has, including Justin's more than hot body, and you end up with Love... 'n Lies!
5.0 out of 5 stars Quirky and Fun! July 10, 2014
Letty is kind of a country-western type vampire. She lives in Calgary and the opening scene finds her in the midst of a celebration and hunt. After just awakening from a year long hibernation (nifty idea!) she realizes she's gained some weight. (I thought that part was funny and unique). When her friend suggests she get a pet to help her with her feelings of loneliness, hi-jinks ensue. It turns out the cat is actually a (very sexy) man cursed into cat-form. Naturally, they fall in love. But by breaking Justin's curse, Letty is now in the cross-hairs of the wizard who cursed him. Uh-oh!

I loved this book. It's filled with unique and memorable characters. Also, as a cat-lover myself (although not the same kind of cat lover!) it was refreshing to see someone else talk to their cat the way I do. There's also a wide array of creatures who are unique and cool, like shape-shifters and fairies and did I mention that the vampires need to hibernate? I really loved that twist on the vampire mythology. What stands out the most is Letty. She's sassy and fun and protective. There's a quirky feel to the narrative--the book is very unique that way. Letty definitely has a voice, one that will pull you in and stick in your head. I look forward to joining her on her next adventure in the Evermore chronicles. 
5.0 out of 5 stars A different paranormal October 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition

*Book source ~ Many thanks to Sirens Call for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Leticia, or Letty to her friends, is a vampire in Calgary. She's just woken from the year long slumber that all vampires must take every decade in order to rejuvenate and has the unpleasant surprise that she has put on some pounds. How ridiculous a thought that a vampire could gain weight, but her clothes don't lie. So Letty does some internet searching of how to lose weight in a way that she could apply to a vampire, goes shopping for new duds then goes out to see what's changed in the year she's been asleep and to meet up with old friends. In the course of renewing acquaintances she talks with Lori who suggests that Letty get a cat to ease her loneliness. Letty agrees to at least look at the cat at the shelter and when she does she decides she'll take him. However, when she gets him home he acts a bit un-catlike. When she falls in love with him and he turns into a human she finds out he was cursed with a spell by a bad wizard. However, by turning Justin back to human Letty is now the target of the nasty wizard and her comfy life is about to turn upside down.

I have to say how much I enjoyed this book. The creatures that inhabit this world are many and varied from vampires and shifters to the Fae and tons in between. They live alongside humans, going about their own lives and trying to stay out of the spotlight and instead of fighting with each other as in most stories, they all basically get along since their common goal is to fly below the human radar. The story is told from Letty's POV, but it's like she's talking to you. Almost like reading her diary, but not. It's a bit different than I've seen before and yet not a bad read. Other than being a bit too brief in description at certain times and Letty's fascination with the idiot Justin was irritating for awhile, I have to say I really enjoyed it and had a hard time putting it down. The ending is left open for expansion on Letty's training and what she's capable of and I hope this series continues for some time. I look forward to getting in her head again.
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Aspen is a great author. It is my heart-felt wish that you read some of her great offerings. She could very well become your next favorite author.
Today is Aspen's birthday. Happy birthday, Aspen!
Aspen deLainey is a Woman In Horror!
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