Meankitty Wants to Know: Jessica Aspen

The human wrote a book set in some hot, sandy place called Magic, New Mexico, and apparently so did a bunch of other authors. I can’t decide if a giant sandbox is cat heaven or dirty fur waiting to happen. Either way, I thought I’d interview a few of these humans and find out whether they’ve properly cattified their offerings.

Today we have JESSICA ASPEN who wrote a story about fairies, trolls, and gambling called TOUCH OF BEAUTY.

1) So you’ve written a book set in SE Smith’s wacky world of Magic, New Mexico. How many cats are in it?

–I’m so sorry to say there are ZERO cats in TOUCH OF BEAUTY.

2) If there are no cats in it, please explain how cats would probably have made the book better (hint: they definitely would have made the book better). If there are cats how would MORE cats have made the book EVEN BETTER?

–Obviously I should have remembered to put a cat in. I’ll speak to my own cat about bothering me more when I’m typing to remind me that a cat is a necessary character in the book. She must have been sleeping on the job.

3) Are there cats in any of your other books?

–No, and now that you mention it, that’s weird. I’ve had cats all my life, so why haven’t I put any in my books?

4) How about books by other authors with cats? Got any favorites?

–I love the Rita Mae Brown mysteries with Sneaky Pie. Always good to have a cat mixed in with your mystery.

5) If you personally could shift into a cat, please tell us how you would utilize this power?

–Since cats can obviously teleport, I would use this to surprise people and scare them by showing up when they think I’m not around.

–While my cat, Ivy, is notoriously reluctant to be photographed, she can usually be lured into posing if I put a box out for her to sit in. We call her ‘The Disgruntled One’ because she is never satisfied with our performance as cat caretakers. Luckily, she saw this interview as all about her, so she posed for the camera—this time.

Ok, so TOUCH OF BEAUTY gets a score of ZERO for cat-quality, and I should note that my human’s book SILVER BOUND also gets a ZERO. Why do these humans think they’re going to have ANY sales at all if they won’t put cats in their books? It boggles the mind.

Looks like we’re going to have to interview some more authors to find one who satisfies my criteria. If I find out these people have put DOGS but never cats, there’s going to be a sandbox incident of nightmarish proportions.



Why Do Wizards Hate Shirts?

Today I’m excited to share the release of my first “new” book since last year! SILVER BOUND is the story of a dragon shifter who escaped captivity in her dimension and the wizard who has made it his life’s quest to protect her. Except…she hates wizards and she is NOT the shrinking little violet he thought needed his help.

You can just go straight to Amazon and buy it if you’re already convinced!

But here’s that whole thing with the shirts. I mean, this is a mystery that needs solving.

There is a contest running with about 15 or so other authors who released stories set in Magic, New Mexico, today, and you can check out the details at the book page.

Until then, stay tuned to this blog, because I’m going to be interviewing many of my fellow authors…

Ok, ok, *I* am not. Meankitty is interviewing them. But I’m sure the answers will be interesting!

Jody W & Meankitty


Upbeat Authors and Favorite Quotes

Mondays for the forseeable future aren’t going to be so grey and sad around here. I’ve joined a group of writers who have pinky sworn to be HAPPY on Mondays! At least on social media. As such you can scan social media on Mondays with the hashtag #upbeatauthors and see what goodies people have shared that might put a bounce in your step and a swagger in your coffee. Swagger, incidentally, is like a really nice cream.

Today’s theme is Favorite Quotes, and here’s one of mine!
Everybody have a fantastic day, you hear?

Jody Wallace
Smart. Snarky. Seductive. And that’s just the books. *

One More Down, Eight or So To Go!

Newly refurbished and released…but still full of romance, gnomes, fighting, snark, and good times!

Can a magical feline teach two stubborn fairies to open their hearts in time to save the world?

Embor Fiertag, Primary of the Fey Realm, has three goals. Get reelected, capture the rogue agents who tried to murder him, and improve his love life. His foretold bondmate is Anisette Serendipity, a Court trainee, but he hasn’t precisely shared the prophecy with her. How do you inform someone she belongs with you when she’s dating your chief political rival and doesn’t seem to like you at all?

In truth, Ani has always been intimidated by the stern Primary. He has good reason to disapprove of her–her sister nearly got him killed–and he always seems to be monitoring her. Waiting for her to screw up so he can oust her from Court as well. So why does Ani run straight to Embor after an overbearing suitor attempts the unthinkable?

When an unsavory political strategy gone all too right turns most of Court against Embor, the two of them, plus a manipulative magical feline, are forced to flee to humanspace. There they’ll have to find the courage to share their vulnerabilities and their hearts if they’re to have any hope of saving the entire Realm.

This title contains sex, fairy drugs, rampant gnomes, bloodshed, and cats ruling the world. As they should.

Note: 1000 Kisses was titled One Thousand Kisses when published by Samhain Publishing until 2016. This edition has been reedited, reformatted, and updated with a new cover but has not been substantially altered.

Buy it at Amazon and Smashwords — so far! Or is there somewhere else you want to buy it? Let me know…

Also, if you already own this and just want the updated version, contact me and we’ll talk :). Not a ton of changes, but hey, why not?


Jody W & Meankitty

Now With Added Oxford Comma!

SOTF has slipped back into publication. Edited, reformatted, recovered, and still hilarious. I read it back to front and put that Oxford comma back where it belongs. If you haven’t yet gotten your copy of this funny, freaky, fantastical Fey Realm fantasy romance, now’s a good time while it’s on sale for 2.99.

If for some reason you happened to have used your Amazon account to buy the paperback that was released from my previous publisher, the new ebook version only costs .99 with the Matchbook program!

You can check out the excerpt and buy link at Amazon or on my book page.


Jody W & Meankitty


  1. A new site template, aided by Le Beau Page. See if you can tell what my favorite thing about the new site is.
  2. A “prize” for new newsletter subscribers. PEENVENGERS coloring pages! If you are an old newsletter subscriber, to get the seekrit link to the coloring page download, you have to email me a compliment.
  3. a crochet peen in blue yarnA new peen! He’s cute and nautical. I call him Merpeen. He’s probably for sale if you fall head over heels in love with him but until you do, he’ll be going on adventures with the Peenvengers.
  4. I can’t think of anything else new right now. Why don’t you post a comment about something new with you?

Jody & Meankitty



Going Out Of Print…

Sadly, one of my first ever publishers, Samhain Publishing, is going out of business at the end of the month. If you got any of my books there, be sure to download them before February is over! Books that will be temporarily out of print include:


Survival of the Fairest
1000 Kisses
Liam’s Gold




What She Deserves
Claustrophobic Christmas

Actually I’ve requested and received the rights back to Kiss the Bride, with Entangled, since it’s a Tallwood Tall Tale as well, and I guess the Tallwood books need to stick together.

I already republished A SPELL FOR SUSANNAH with a beautiful new cover, which was my first published novel with Samhain, and I hope to share new, improved and possibly CONTINUED versions of the above books and series with you during 2017 and 2018.

Are any of the books mentioned a favorite? What should I do first besides dare to pet that cat on her belly?


Jody & Meankitty



One of my favorite all-time science fiction romance series was the 2176 series by various authors and released from Dorchester about…10 years ago? I’ve lost count. I have not just one but two keeper copies of the whole series. It was fascinating, inventive, exciting, and revelatory as to what you could DO with science fiction romance. Today I’m pleased to share the new covers for Susan Grant’s two entries in the series, as the author has plans to re-release them in edited and updated form. I can’t wait to see the changes! Recommended reads.


About The Legend of Banzai Maguire:

The year: 2016. While flying a peacekeeping mission over North Korea, Air Force pilot Bree “Banzai” Maguire is shot down. Instead of the North Korean troops she expected, she finds herself captured by a mad scientist and put in bio-stasis. When she wakes, everything has changed. It’s 2176, the world is in crisis, and she is a hotly contested prize. Once, Banzai’s job was to protect democracy; now a mysterious voice claims she must bring it back.

The year: 2176. U.C.E. Commander Ty Armstrong is a decorated SEAL, combat veteran, and part-time treasure hunter. Seeking one elusive prize has become a personal obsession for him: Banzai Maguire, who was never found after her mysterious disappearance 160 years earlier. His quest to find her remains takes him into enemy territory where he discovers that not only is she very much alive, he might have already fallen in love with her. But before he can bring her to safety, they are captured by the charming, yet ruthless, Emperor of Asia. Ty vows to escape with Banzai at his side. But his captor has other plans for him—and for Banzai Maguire.


About The Scarlet Empress:

Shot down over North Korea, Air Force fighter pilot Cam “Scarlet” Tucker is imprisoned and put in bio-stasis. She is awakened 160 years later to learn that her wingmate and best friend also survived. Now the “legendary” Banzai Maguire, Bree is being held for treason in the country that was once the United States.

Cam has problems of her own—big problems. She’s in the masterful hands of Prince Kyber, the dictator whom her friend thwarted. He won’t get fooled again. With the mysterious Shadow Voice urging revolution, and her friend in chains, Cam wants the sexy emperor on her side—and maybe a whole lot more. But her role in the thrilling mission to save her country has to come first. Banzai wouldn’t surrender, and Cam won’t either. It’s time to give a royal butt kicking, and Cam knows just where to start.

Here is Ms. Grant’s social media information and preorder links!


Twitter: @flyerdreamer



Preorder links:






Amazon: available November 15th






Amazon: available November 15th


Peenvengers: Forgetting About the Beaver

Oh, Peenvengers. We know you’re trying hard to make everything right, but did you have to take your eye off the Beav?

Peenvengers comic strip

What heinous acts will Justin Beaver commit now that he’s free again? Stay tuned to find out during the next episode of… THE PEENVENGERS.

Jody Wallace
Smart. Snarky. Seductive. And that’s just the books. *