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Blue Aspen [Kindle Edition]

Tenaya Jayne
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Book Description


Seventeen-year-old insomniac, Dulcee Elders' mother dumps her at her uncle's house and leaves without a word. Dulcee is forced to adapt to life with her reclusive uncle and his isolated mountain mansion. Insomnia has plagued Dulcee since her father died. Once at home at Uncle Jack's, inexplicably Dulcee now can sleep; sleep brings not only strange and intricate dreams, but a shadow she's compelled to follow. At first, Vincent Sands is only the silhouette of a man. When Dulcee is asleep, Vincent can give her anything she wants, even the ability to talk to her dead father. When Uncle Jack leaves town for business, Dulcee's dream world and reality collide. Once she is alone, the silhouette is no longer content to remain only in her dreams. Nevertheless, Dulcee and Vincent are torn apart when Uncle Jack returns. Spiraling into withdrawal, Dulcee experiences the high price of loving Vincent-an addiction rivaling that of any hard-core drug. Desperate to bridge the gap between them, Dulcee faces a crucial decision that carries irreversible consequences.

*Stand alone novel.

Editorial Reviews


"I loved crawling and spiraling into Dulcee's madness. It was beautifully written and well throughout. A savvy new author whose haunting words are not to be missed!!" -Tina's Book Reviews

"Blue Aspen
is a book that is unlike anything else. It's simultaneously Gothic and romantic, beautiful and grotesque... I fully admit I will probably have to revisit this book in the future; it's the kind of book you could read a hundred times and interpret differently every time." - What Book is That?

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This edition is now out of print. Second editions are available on Kindle and in paperback.

Product Details

  • File Size: 470 KB
  • Print Length: 303 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615534260
  • Publisher: Cold Fire Publishing; 2 edition (November 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005IT99DM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,985 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very fine first novel by new author October 14, 2009
Blue Aspen is difficult to pin down in a genre. The prologue certainly alludes to a darkness to come, but as soon as the reader is swept up into the first person narrative of Dulcee, a magical, dark, and intriguing tale unfolds. Set in snowy, remote Colorado, in the rambling mansion of Dulcee's Uncle Jack, this first section of the book recalls Belle wandering about the Beast's enchanted castle. Jayne's protagonist falls a little flat at times--we are not given much as to her background, and her character is never fully fleshed out. This is not necessarily a negative thing, as the reader can easily insert themselves into the story.

As enigmatic Vincent romances Duclee, I quickly wondered as to the reality of her encounters. Dulcee experiences Vincent largely in a dream world. Though he eventually manifests himself to her as corporeal, he still exists in the realm of fantasy-- constructing a magical garden in the solarium, or weaving Dulcee a ring of living flowers. I found it difficult to experience Dulcee's romance with Vincent. He comes off the page as creepy, even a bit predatory. Dulcee proclaims she is in love with Vincent before I even had time to figure out what the heck this guy was. By the end of Dulcee's narrative, I was confused and thoroughly creeped out by her dream guy.

The second half of the novel delves into an exploration of the dichotomy between reality and fantasy. I thought Ms. Jayne's characterization of Dr. Verell was very apt as a woman, especially a psychiatrist, having to sift through dreams and hard facts, though like Dulcee I was itching to know more about her history. The conclusion of the story was a satisfying and surprising twist, and as I closed the last page I too was caught up in trying to decide--what was real? What was fantasy?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Aspen October 1, 2012
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Blue Aspen is a paranormal / fantasy romance that delves into the dark recesses of the mind. It is a story of a seventeen year old girl's descent into madness, where the dream realm becomes the reality that she prefers to live in rather than the cruel real world in which she had known. While I found the book description to be intriguing, once I began to read the book I found it a slow read that was so dark and bizarre, I had a hard time really getting into seventeen year old Dulcee Elder's story. I found that the storyline had a lot of holes throughout the whole book that left me shaking my head and questioning why the author didn't delve further into these areas: why was Dulcee's childhood so bad; what was the significance of her father and aunt's murders; what really was the significance of her uncle's story; what was the significance of the psychiatrist's story; etc ... I'm sorry, but this story was just too bizarre for me and the ending just left me shaking my head in annoyance. I wish I could say that I enjoyed the book, and while I will admit that I was intrigued by the characters' complexities, and the author does provide a story rich in detail and vivid descriptions, this story was just not my cup of tea. Every person is entitled to their own opinion, and while this was not a story that I enjoyed, perhaps others will find this dark story enjoyable.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites! November 29, 2009
A Kid's Review
This is one of the best books I have ever read. It moved me, pulling me into its world of romantic depths. This deserves something special. This is pure art. I love the title- it is VERY fitting, I love the story, I love the characters. It is the most unique and touching book I have read in my life. Thank you, Tenaya, for bringing this book to the page and I look forward to reading more from your work.

Thanks again,
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Aspen October 21, 2009
By meko
This book captured my mind! Once I started reading Blue Aspen, I could not put in down. This is quiet an
accomplishment, as I may not an avid reader of any genre. When this book was handed to me, I thought "What
a beautiful cover". The true beauty is the story and how it tickles the sense of reality and dream. The ending was
excellent! I now await the continuing stories of Uncle Jack, Dr. Verell, and Vincent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! February 11, 2014
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I give this book a five star it pulls you into a whole new world.
You will be unable to put this book down . Find a special cup of tea and comfortable seat !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I just finished this book and I can honestly say I'm a little befuddled. It's so much more than a romance and so much more creative than your typical YA novel. It seemingly starts as most YA books start and its not until the end that it comes together. As someone that dreams vividly almost every night this story was very appealing to me. I loved that it stratled the line between fantasy and reality. In the end, I wasn't quite sure how I felt about Dulces outcome but the overarching storyline was very inventive. If you are looking for a straight romance you may be disappointed though... if you are open it may just surprise you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This was a story that hooked me right from the beginning. I could NOT figure out what was going on with Vincent and had to keep turning those pages until I knew. And then I literally gasped. I maybe should have figured it out, but it wasn't what I'd expected and I love it when that happens. The book is beautifully written with interesting characters and a love you can feel. This isn't your typical romance, and I found that so refreshing. Very good work from this author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read. Keeps you hanging on till the very ...
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Published 2 months ago by Connie F. Gallagher
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really liked the story line. Not sure i liked the ending so much
Published 6 months ago by faithc
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This book kept me glued until the end.
Published 9 months ago by sakorn uch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The ending left me with my mouth open very good!!
Published 10 months ago by Janet K. Ewing
3.0 out of 5 stars Really?!?
I was super intrigued with the story, but disappointed with the ending. It wasn't what I was expecting, that's for sure. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I liked it but it really left me needing more..I wanted to know more . Why did the doc need vincient
Published 14 months ago by patricia barrington
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Aspen
cool strange book and an interesting read the main character is hard to relate to but maybe I'm just weird
Published 14 months ago by keirafairy
3.0 out of 5 stars keeps you guessing
This wasn't at all what I expected. It was not poorly written. I'm just not sure why it came up as a recommended book for me. It was a little creepy. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book had a story line and was able to hold my interests. However, I just didn't like the story.
Published 16 months ago by Jsheff
4.0 out of 5 stars Blue Aspen
A nice quick read. I enjoyed the interesting twist.
I would suggest that some edits be done. Different POV should be well separated. Many times I had to reread some areas.
Published 17 months ago by Jacque Miller
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More About the Author

Nationally Bestselling author Tenaya Jayne has always walked a shaky line between reality and fantasy. A nomad by nature, she's lived all over the US, and now resides happily in the Midwest, with her husband and sons. She's an advocate for Autism awareness and women trapped in abusive relationships, and feels everyone has too much pain to not enjoy an escape into a fictional fantasy world. Her passions include reading, independent and foreign films, cooking, and moody music. For more about Tenaya and her books, visit

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