About Jessa Slade

Jessa Slade is the author of the Marked Souls urban fantasy romance series (NAL Signet Eclipse), the Steel Born paranormal romance series (Harlequin Nocturne Cravings), and award-winning self-published science fiction romance with Hotter on the Edge. You can find her online at all the usual haunts.

Need minions

XY (upon reading my post): You don’t have any enemies.

Me (cackling): NOT ANYMORE!

Happy almost Halloween!

Are you here for the BAKE LOVE WRITE Halloween scavenger hunt? Welcome! Have no idea what I’m talking about? Hoo boy, are you gonna have fun!

Authors from the BAKE LOVE WRITE dessert cookbook (105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing — I contributed my Easy Deadline Brownies) have come together to give you more sweet treats! Check out the awesome list of prizes from fabulous authors.

Want to play along? Get your scorecard here. Then your mission is to find the Halloween art on the websites of participating authors. (Hint: My art is on the page for my out-of-this-word science fiction romance QUEEN OF STARLIGHT. And you can snag a FREE copy of the ebook while you’re on the page!) Add the answers to your scorecard and email your results to our very own Diva of Darkness author Sloan McBride.

Here is the list of participating authors. The more you visit, the more chances you have to win prizes.



bake_love_writeWant more sweet treats? Get the BAKE LOVE WRITE dessert cookbook in ebook or “real” book form. And hey, Christmas is coming — This could be the perfect holiday gift for the romance-reading baker in your life! (Plus, you might get brownies out of the deal…)

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End of summer dog walk

Went for a dog walk at the Sandy River Delta yesterday. It started out as a gusty day with clear blue skies, but in the afternoon, a nearby fire turned the sun and water orange and left a still haze over the sky.

Monster Girl got to jump around in the water. The river was too shallow to swim; we were even able to wade out to an island we usually only admire from shore. Maybe it’s time for the rains to return. But we’ll enjoy the last days of summer while we can.

Looking back, looking around

Sometimes the world seems more dangerous and doomed than ever. Sometimes people are more confused and vile than seems possible. Like, does that troll have a hollow leg where he keeps his vicious, willful blindness? Sometimes I wonder if we’ll ever JUST STOP making the same mistakes over and over and over.

Then I take a breath.

Yes, there is fear. (Fear is the worm-eaten heart of the world’s evils. Hate is the fear of otherness. Greed is the fear of losing. Injustice is the fear of empathy.) There is static and, worse, cultivated entropy. There are wounds that go so deep the scars will never fade.

But I believe light and goodness, peace, love, and understanding will win the day. Do I have any proof for that belief? Er, no. Maybe I’ll say the mere fact that galaxies formed out of the interstellar dust shows that the universe* has an impulse toward order and beauty and forward momentum. (*You can call this God if you like. It gets us to the same place.) But I’ll settle for hope.

Sometimes I worry that hope is just the cheerful flipside of willful blindness… So then I take another breath. And each breath is a promise that we don’t stop here, that we can do better, BE better. We owe those steady, deep breaths to those who came before us and who will come after us, so that their hopes are honored.

How do we get there? So many ways. Pick one or two or three. Hug loved ones and be kind to strangers. Recycle. Seek the truth, even when it stings. Vote with conscience. Donate in constructive ways to worthwhile causes. Breathe. I dunno, maybe dream up a romance novel! Whatever you choose, share your hope with the world and we WILL make it better.