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June 2015 Obsessions

Not sure if these things work themselves into my writing, but I would guess I’m influenced by what I read and watch.

First off, I just finished the Immortal Crown, book two in the Age of X series by Richelle Mead. I have to say: I love, love, love how she does characters. This book had it’s dips–I do think the plot slowed down a lot midway through, but the end left me reeling in a sad/sick way and the twist was rough. Needless to say, it made me immediately want the next book…which isn’t out until next year.

And me and my husband delved into the world of Warehouse 13 recently. LOVE Claudia, I totally understand and love Myka’s neurotic tendencies, Pete’s adorable, and Artie is the sweetest.

We reached the end of season 3, and now I’ve been listening to this song on repeat:

Anyone who’s seen the show can commiserate to the level of feels I have every time I listen to it.

And in movies, most recently I saw JURASSIC WORLD. Which was thrillingly awesome. Best part about it–I hadn’t expected it to be. I went in blind, having only seen Jurassic Park, and years ago at that. Chris Pratt was astoundingly good, as was the way they shot the movie and wrote the characters. I’ll admit, I’m the first to get freaked by suspenseful parts of movies, and this one didn’t disappoint. I was clutching my seat through most of the film.

Anywho, while I’m not about to sneak dinosaurs into my young adult fantasy manuscript, maybe some of that suspense will work its way in : )

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Stolen Petals Character Interview: Edward Van Clef

Please give a warm welcome to Edward Van Clef as we sit down and see what makes him tick.

Q: So tell us about yourself. What got you in the crosshairs for your author?

Gods only know. Mayhaps word of my exploits traveled further than I thought. How one gets a reputation as a womanizer is beyond me. I merely happened to tumble into one too many boudoirs and all of a sudden, I’m the victim of an outrageous reputation.

Q: What was it that drew you to your mate?

Ha, if Viola could only hear you call her that. She’d probably slit your throat—politely of course, quiet affair. What drew me to her was the challenge, the fire in her eyes as she turned me down. Her pride is a magnificent and often prickly thing to behold.

Q: A little naughty fun, where was the wildest place you seduced your partner(s)?

Well, by far, the wildest place I ever took a woman was in the middle of a battle. One of those rough around the edges airship broads, and by the seven hells was she full of spitfire. One moment we were fighting, the next we fumbled our way to the nearest broom closet.

Q: Boxers, briefs or Commando?

Briefs. I’m not a complete savage, despite what most may think.

Q: If your partner wants to seduce you, what’s one sure fire trick she can play?

Seeing her in action—the woman’s not called Brass Violet for those ladylike airs she puts on. Anytime she gets that swing to her hip and confidence in her gaze, because she knows she’s one of the best, I’m ready to take her then and there.

Q: What is the one place on your partner’s body that you know will drive them wild-in and out of bed?

A gentleman never tells—but, since we can all agree I’m the furthest from, let’s just say we’re tied—neck and neck when it comes to driving each other wild.

Q: What was one of the most embarrassing things your author did to you in Stolen Petals?

At this point, I’m a champion at making an ass of myself, so I didn’t really need any help in that department.

Q: Anything else you would like to add?

Don’t trifle with airship smugglers. They’re oftentimes much more trouble than they’re worth.

Blurb:

One man has swiped bounties from Viola, the Brass Violet, for years. Longstanding rivals, they’ve only had brief encounters, and if she had a choice, she’d avoid him entirely. When he saunters into her bar with an offer to work together on a job, the proper response would be to shoot him down and send him back to Shantytown. However, curiosity’s a wicked beast, and Viola needs to know why, after so many years of stealing her marks, he’d approach her now.

The man is insufferable, annoyingly cavalier, and tends to stir up memories she’d rather forget–but she needs assistance on this job and he’s offering aid and blueprints which could cut their work in half.

Given the intense way he looks at her though, working together isn’t all he has in mind. Van Clef is known for his persistence and, with his charm, he wins women over effortlessly. Viola’s not so easy though–she’s wise to his tricks. But if he wants to play the game, she will gladly rise to the challenge. By the end of this bounty, she’ll be the one leaving him in the dust.

Thanks to Breathless Press for the questions, as this interview was planned for part of the original promotional release!

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Word of the Day: Aggrandize

Word of the Day: Aggrandize

What I think it means: Because of the aggr- reminding me of aggressive, and grand, I’m going to guess it means to overly exaggerate, or blow out of proportions.

What it actually means: to make something appear greater, widen in scope.

I was a bit off on that one, and the funny thing is, if I were called upon to use it in a sentence, I think I would’ve used it correctly since the word was a familiar one. There’s a subtle understanding that makes definitions tougher while usage when writing might come naturally.

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Preview Paragraph: Hunting for Spring

“The glass of the sliding door had been shattered, and fragments glittered across the late autumn leaves like fringes of snow. Conor reserved a thousand and one curses for the folly of idiot necromancers. They dabbled in dark magic like fingerpainters in first grade art class and then most of them were either killed by their creations or ran the other way from the nightmares they unleashed. And for his kind, tracking them down on the streets meant another day at the office.”

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Weekly Word Count #2

And that time again–my weekly progress round up. Even if you all aren’t keeping me on task, at least this regular post will force myself to stay on target!

Word Count: 6,523

What story I’m working on: the Tuatha De Danaan one! Really starting to jive with Bailey’s character.

What I’m editing/marketing: As for marketing–STOLEN PETALS….is out next Thurs, June 25th. Hoping the release goes well, and doing all within my power to make it so!

Editing I’m jumping between Hunting for Spring and beginning to tread through the Winter Fairytale which still needs a name!

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My Writing Companions

Now that we have the trifecta that my husband and I had planned since we got our first kitten 8 years ago, I wanted to share with you all my three little companions!

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Chrono is the first cat. She’s about 8 years old now, since Rob and I got her for our first year anniversary together. Most people upon meeting this cat think that she’s a grumpy wretch. To be fair, she hates most people and animals, so visitors are not high on her list of hooray. She’s quite introverted and gets overly stimulated quick, so most times petting is off the table from strangers. However, she’s 100% different around me. She sleeps by my side most nights, has let me use her as a pillow, drool on her in my sleep, and hold her like a teddy bear. Despite the crankiness she gives to others, she’s been loving, loyal, and steadfast to me.

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Trigger is the second cat who will be turning three this year. We got him because he was hyper and fun-loving. We mistakenly thought he’d get Chrono to play. Everyone loves this extroverted kitty upon first meeting him, because he’s sweet, friendly, and adores people. He will trot up to you at a moment’s notice and play for hours on end. However, as a homeowner, he’s also your worst nightmare. He’s not the brightest cat and very food aggressive, so has committed lovely escapades like dumpster diving in our trash, tearing up our curtains, and knocking over everything within his reach.

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Cross is our latest kitten, the one we got as a companion for hyperactive Trigger. Upon writing this, she’s 2 1/2 months old–still a teensy nugget. So far it’s tough to tell personality because she’s adjusting to the home, but she’s bounding with kitten energy. She’s definitely bonded to my husband more, which is good because Chrono claimed me as her human years ago. She’s been having fun bouncing around with her big brother and they both leave the big sister alone, which is PERFECT. Probably the most talkative of the three, this little one is constantly mewing.

And there you have it-the trifecta of kittens that prance throughout the house! I love them all dearly for different reasons and couldn’t imagine the place without them!

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Meet the Writer Wednesday: Alanna Lucas

Being an author is hard work and there are so many spectacular books waiting to be discovered! That’s why we do this weekly catch up–so readers can get an insight into new authors to check out and discover what inspires them!

author picToday let’s welcome Alanna Lucas!

Previous authors have shed plenty of wisdom regarding the writing process–what’s your favorite quote?

I don’t have just one favorite quote, but one on my list is: “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: Read a lot & Write a lot.” – Stephen King

Where do you draw your writing inspiration?

The characters that live in my head and the desire to tell their story.

Do you have a favorite character you’ve written? One that you feel like you could write forever?

I love all my characters for different reasons, but one of my favorites is Artemisia from When We Dance. She is not your typical heroine and life with her (and her family) is never dull.

At this point of the year, a lot of people’s brains are drifting to vacation time–what’s your dream vacation spot?

I would love to go on an extended Grand Tour of Europe, immersing myself in the various cultures. What better way to research than to experience?

Like most writers, I’m sure you’ve got a project in the wings–what’s coming up for you?

I am working on the last book- Waltzing with the Earl- in the In His Arms series. Anthea Albryght has been a secondary character in two books and it is exciting to be able to finally share her story.

When you’re not writing, what TV show are you tuning into?

Top Gear UK

Any books to recommend? What’s on your reading agenda?

I am currently reading The Earl’s Enticement by Collette Cameron.

What’s your astrological sign?

I’m a Virgo 🙂

Are there any pet peeves when you read a book that turn you off of it?

When the cover and blurb have nothing to do with what’s inside the book.

Where can readers find you and your books?

www.alannalucas.com

https://www.facebook.com/alannalucas27

https://twitter.com/alannalucas27

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