Genre: Spicy Paranormal
Publisher: Passion in Print Press
Number of pages:111
Word Count: 34,000+
Cover Artist: Deana C. Jamroz
Tired of 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?
Hi Laura! Thanks for having me today on Little Read Riding Hood. I guess we have something in common, a love for fairy tales and tongue-in-cheek titles. My novella title, Little Red Riding Wolf, came out of response to a call for Red Hot Fairy Tales. I tried to think about writing a different story. Everyone wants to read about Cinderella, right? Or Snow White? Shouldn’t it be a princess fairy tale? But no. One idea kept coming up time and time again: Red as a Werewolf.
And of course the temptation of twisting the title. How could I not do it?
Once I had the title, writing the story came easily. A woman in her early twenties searching how to separate from her family, her mother, and over-protective alpha brothers, Red finds more than freedom in the woods. She discovers forbidden love. Isn’t that what fairy tales are about? Exploring someone else’s fantastic life and dreaming it might be your Happy Ending?
Here are five things I love about twisting fairy tales:
- Every story, while keeping essential ingredients, is different. Werewolves and sexy forest rangers are just one way to twist Little Red Riding Hood. I can think of a hundred different ways to write this story using the girl in the woods theme.
- Fairy tales are universal. From China’s Lon Po Po, the oldest version of a story of girls and wolves, to Charles Perrault’s classic tale of warnings to look out for strangers, Little Red Riding Hood has crossed the globe and the centuries.
- Fairy tales give us hope. We can survive our lives- just look at what that heroine had to do! Kiss a toad, brave a step-mother, take out a dragon. Our boss is just one more villain to conquer.
- Fairy tales tell stories we identify with. From pauper to princess. Lonely to fabulously in love. Afraid and weak to brave and strong. We can all experience metamorphosis.
- And they are about love.
Aw shucks. Why wouldn’t you want to twist fairy tales?
Makes sense to me! 🙂
My quickie review:
This was a quick, steamy read. I literally put this away in about two hours. How could I not at least read it, I mean hello? The title? My blog name? Psh.
For the fact that is was a short book, and borderline erotica, it was good. The story made sense, and had a completeness to it. But I couldn’t help wanting more; more character development, steamier sexy times, more background. You are dropped right into a werewolf clan that is very set in their ways, and a young female that feels the need to escape. Which makes her seem dominant.
But she is super submissive, being the runt (youngest) and female. The red hair doesn’t help. And somehow her human lover, which we meet a little bit into the story, knows how to “dominate” both her and her wolf. And after a night or two together, LOVE. I get that there aren’t a lot of pages to build on, but insta-love still makes me shudder. Though compared to some full length books, this novella handled it pretty darn well.
Overall, it was good. Not great, not horrible, but a good solid sexy-times read. If you are looking for a quick read, give it a go. A solid 3 1/2 stars.
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
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And now: A giveaway! All you have to do to win your own copy of Little Red Riding Wolf is leave a comment! What fairy tale would you like most to see in a steamy novella? Winner will be chosen by Random.org on 1/26/13 and will be contacted via email.