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Word of the Day: Telesthesia

Word of the Day: Telesthesia

What I think it means: So just recently I looked into synesthesia involving artists who channel the visualization of sound, so my guess is that this concerns perception and visualization of communication.

What it actually means: Well, I was on the right track with communication. It’s the sensation or perception received at a distance without the normal operation of the regular sense organs.

If you want to hear more about synesthesia, check out this art!

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Preview Paragraph: A Reflection of Ice

“Cold wetness landed on her nose, and Lyra looked up. Snowflakes wove down, some landing and others trickling past the boughs of pine overhead. While small patches covered the ground from the previous day’s snowfall, the fresh powder held all the wonder it had when she’d raced outside in her pink boots, bundled up under her mother’s careful supervision as she explored mounds of snow taller than she was. Though those days had long passed, a giddy twirl still danced through her chest when the first flakes descended.”

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Weekly Word Count #3

Did I do it? Did I write the thing? I know you’re holding your breath with excitement. Or, that could be because of the kitten parade that just stomped by. Totally adorable.

Word Count: 7,017

What story I’m working on: Tuatha de Danaan story! So close to the scene I imagined before I even started writing this story!

What I’m editing/marketing: Well, Stolen Petals just released! Steamy steampunk for everyone!!

As for editing, I’m waiting for responses from beta readers on Hunting for Spring, and I just started delving into the winter fairytale, otherwise now known as Reflections of Ice.

*throws flower petals*

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Certain Similarities?

While the tone of Stolen Petals is a bit more on the Victorian edge than An Airship Named Desire, it’s actually due to cultural differences. Airship is filled with a bunch of ruffians from North America, while Edward and Viola are both bred in England and speak with a bit more propriety. (I suppose similar to the difference between American and British TV shows.)

If you happen to enjoy airship pirates though and haven’t checked out An Airship Named Desire, it’s available here! I will say, Stolen Petals and An Airship Named Desire can be read alone, but I included fun references to Airship in Stolen Petals–a perk for the readers of my first book.

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Stolen Petals Release Day

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No take backsies this time! Stolen Petals is OUT!

Get your hefty helping of steampunk banter and spicy romance HERE!

Excerpt:

“Barkeep, I’ll take another,” the chap from the opposite end announced. His loud voice hung in the air like noxious perfume and drew the eye of every patron in the bar. Viola held her sigh back, grabbed a glass, and poured. As she handed over his pint, his rough fingers brushed against hers.

He’d slipped her a piece of parchment. Curious.

Before she could retreat back to the other end of the bar, he stood, chugged his lager, and plunked the empty glass back down.

“Thank you kindly, madam.” He tipped his tattered top hat her way, a cheeky grin on his face. Whistling, the man walked out the door. Grimaces weighted the faces of gentlemen and ladies alike in the wake of his departure.

Viola swiped his glass and made a retreat back to the washroom. Carefully, she unfolded the parchment.

Meet me at the Rusty Scupper tomorrow evening. You want word on Brownetree’s brother? I’ve got it.

—The Fox

Damn and double damn.

While the run-down tavern, the Rusty Scupper, was the last place a lady should dally, the opportunity was too good to pass. She’d been on this bounty for months and couldn’t let this chance slip. Viola focused on the name. Should’ve recognized the scoundrel.

A smile curved her lips. No, she couldn’t pass up this opportunity.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: L.P. Maxa

It’s that time of the week again–Wednesday when we meet new writers! There are a lot of writers out there, so how do you find the latest talent? By reading this weekly post!

FullSizeRenderToday let’s welcome L.P. Maxa!

What’s your favorite quote about writing?

I have two. The first is a little funny.

“I write though whether that helps me keep my sanity or makes me lose it I will never know.” –unknown

More soulful.

“The words were on their way, and when they arrived, she would hold them in her hands like clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.” -The Book Thief

I know everyone’s unique and draws their inspiration from different places and situations–how do you tap into yours?

EVERYTHING inspires me! Songs I hear, experiences I’ve had, people I know. Play Nice was inspired by one of my good friends, her brother is the drummer in an up and coming band. Their bond and love for each other is what gave me the original idea for the book. Of course, once I started writing it developed a mind of its own. Never Ever, which is currently on Kindle, was inspired by an actual yearly girls trip my girlfriends from college and I take. I’m toying around with another book right now that was inspired by a Miranda Lambert song I heard on Pandora. Pretty much anything can spark an idea in my brain.

Do you have a character of yours that you feel like you could write forever? One you absolutely love?

Hands down my favorite character is Taylor Hill, he is the male lead in Never Ever. I love him! He is cocky, funny, sarcastic and of course sexy and gorgeous. I enjoy writing him because he is super witty, but super sweet also. One of those perfect self-proclaimed players that just can’t help but fall for the girl.

Brice Huntington is a secondary character in Happy Place. That character is based loosely on someone I know and adore, so he was fun to write as well. So fun, in fact, that I think he might get his own book eventually.

Amidst this summer weather, the travel bug’s already bitten me–where would you take your dream vacation?

Every year my whole family goes down to Seaside, Florida. My parents are building a house there as we speak, I’m so excited! I absolutely LOVE it there. As soon as I take one step outside of the airport I breathe a sigh of relief. My novel Happy Place has some parts that take place there, that’s how much I enjoy being in Seaside. My husband and I actually got married on the beach down from my parent’s neighborhood. And last summer we took our daughter and it was the first time she saw the ocean. Plus, it’s not too far, I am the WORST flier. I hate to fly. But if I could get over my aversion to flight, Greece would be a really cool place to go. Oh! And Ireland, I have an EXTREME weakness for Irish accents.

What project are you most excited about right now?

Well, I am currently working on Play Fair, the second book in The Devil’s Share series. It’s going really well, which is a relief because it got off to a rocky start. So I’m pretty pumped to get that to my editor. Side note: Play Nice, book one will be released on July 2nd!! Also, a really good friend and I started writing a book together. It’s a lot more tragic and emotional than what I normally write so I’m excited for the challenge.

Do you have a favorite TV show you’re watching right now?

How can I possibly choose?! I was a HUGE Sons of Anarchy fan, so I’m still dealing with the loss of that show. But I am a Walking Dead (Norman Reedus) super fan as well. My friends think my crush on Norman Reedus is weird, but I’ve had a thing for him going back to the Boondock Saints days. (Told you I had a thing for Irish accents) I also really enjoy Nashville and The Originals. Oh, and I’m binge watching Justified on Amazon Prime right now too.

Oh man, I just started tearing through Sons of Anarchy on Netflix–so good. What about on your bookshelf? Anything awesome you’re reading?

I just read the first two books in the Off Campus Series by Elle Kennedy. That series is a little more YA than I usually read, but I really enjoyed them. I love the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by JR Ward, those are all good. The Indebted series by Pepper Winter is crazy dark, but I couldn’t put them down! As I was reading the first book, I kept thinking “Okay, I can’t read this, this is too weird.” But, I finished it. And then when the next one came out, I read that one too. I’m kind of addicted now.

And now my favorite question–what’s your astrological sign?

I’m a Capricorn. But, I was born like 4 weeks early, so technically I should be an Aquarius. I think I’m like an in between signs person. Is that a thing? If it is, then I am.

Are there any pet peeves that will make you put a book down?

That’s easy. I cannot stand when a book doesn’t not have enough DIALOGUE! I want to read the characters interacting with each other. I get so bored reading about feelings and scenery. I try really hard in my books to let feeling come to light in the dialogue. Let the characters figure it out for themselves. When one person feels one way, but the other person never knows it, I lose my mind. I can’t deal with that. I like direct. Also, female characters like Anastasia Steele drive me crazy. “Oh you bought me a car? I can’t accept.” Of course you can. What chick is going to start sleeping with a sexy billionaire and then turn down extravagant gifts? Not this chick.

Where can your readers find you?

L.P. Maxa’s Amazon Page

Don’t miss out on the latest release–Play Nice, to be released with Boroughs Publishing Group on July 2nd!

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Analyze that Quote: Joseph Conrad

Who’s ready for some learning time? I love dissecting quotes, and the extrovert in me enjoys typing it out, since I’d rather output that ruminate in my head. Probably why I’m a writer, ha.

A writer without interest or sympathy for the foibles of his fellow man is not conceivable as a writer.
– Joseph Conrad

This quote makes me want to stamp my feet, wave a flag and point furiously at it, simply due to how important a point I think it communicates. Joseph Conrad’s words aren’t difficult to process and the message is a straightforward, but important one.

I’ve stated this before, but writing teaches empathy, and many writers happen to be avid readers, and have been for a long time. Empathy is a key component in being a writer, and I believe probably the number one reason I was always interested in writing. I love connecting to people, and examining life through different perspectives than my own. It is so. very. important. as a society that we have this ability. Unfortunately, with decline in readers, and most people buried in their phones, empathy is hard to come by these days.

All the more reason why books are important, right?

Back on topic though, I can’t imagine being a writer if you don’t care about people. People should fascinate you, scintillate you, and inspire you. Whether you’ve seen humanity at its worst, or its best, human beings and their unique problems tend to dominate the mind of a writer. I’ve met plenty of people who can’t empathize. Who don’t care about others. Let me tell you, never in a million years would I want to read anything they write.

After all, how dull and boring would it be to not feel? To not care? To not long for something different, or a better place, or have the suffering of others inspire inside yourself such a mighty rage that burns for a lifetime?

So yes, I do believe this is important advice.