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Books I Love: Furies of Calderon

When I’m not writing, I make sure to spend some quality time with books–because my love of reading is what sparked my love of writing in the first place! Here are some of my favorite gems, originally posted on my review blog.

Furies of Calderon (No Furies? No Problem.)

by Jim Butcher

As an avid reader of the Dresden Files, I was antsy to read Jim Butcher’s hand at anything, frankly. He doesn’t disappoint in the Codex of Alera either. The story and world are well crafted, and his trademark action sequences are always enjoyable. This being a very different beast, it had little of Dresden Files snark and humor, but still remained a really fun read. The different races such as the Marat added dimension to the world, as did his unique system of magic called furycrafting.

***SPOILER ALERT***

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August 2015 Obsessions

What have I been tuning into during August? Well, I’ve been reading Terry Brooks’ Genesis of Shannara series which is quite delightful. I have to admit, I completely forgot how much I love getting wrapped into a high fantasy series, even though it requires the patience to weather through the setup. I admit though, I’ve been pining for a good YA book or urban fantasy series as of late.

However, this month has turned into the month of reading! I managed to read the first and second of the Genesis of Shannara books and followed that up with Shootout at Roulement Ridge by Einar Mercier, Dragonstone by Paula Millhouse, and What You Need by Landra Graf. It’s been a basking in indie authors sort of month, and I’m thrilled to read the works of such talented individuals. August has done a good job of reminding me of my favorite obsession: reading.

To cap it off though, even if you haven’t read the books, I think any fantasy fan can get excited about the Shannara show that’s airing this upcoming January.

 

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Weekly Word Count #11

Almost vacation time, where I’m going to be adventuring and drinking in life experiences. Hey, just as important with writing is gaining said wisdom and experience to extol it. Where shall I go? Canada!

Word Count: Maybe like 500? Between packing and revising Airship to send to my editor, I’m slacking this week.

What story I’m working on: Revising An Airship Named Desire for re-release, and then once I return from my trip, I’ll be plunging full steam ahead into the sequel. I’m already about 10,000 words in and excited to continue.

What I’m editing/marketing: Airship, Airship, Airship. Plus, I’m continuing to cobble together everything necessary for the Curiouser book. I’m beyond thrilled to set a release date in September.

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A New Chapter

August 17th, 2012 is a day that will firmly stick out in my mind, the day when An Airship Named Desire was released with Hazardous Press. However, as the press is slowing down and I am moving full steam ahead, I recently requested the rights back. Why? Because I’m going to write the sequel, and perhaps even more. It wasn’t until Stolen Petals came out this year that I realized how much I missed that universe and how badly I wanted to return.

So obviously, I’ll have to re-release An Airship Named Desire, but there’ll be good incentive to pick it up when it comes out. After all, the talented editor of Stolen Petals will be going through the work with her scalpel, and I’m in the process of lining up the talents of a phenomenal cover artist. Although I get this little twinge in my heart at the thought of An Airship Named Desire no longer being available on Amazon, it’s temporary, as I’ll hopefully re-release before the year’s end.

And 2016 will hold a whole new adventure for the cast of the Desire–I’m already 10,000 words in and the characters are all returning to me like I never left them.

I learned a lot from Bea, and I’m pulling a maneuver from her book–going with my gut and pulling the bold and daring move. After all, that’s what Aries do best. For now, I’ll leave you with a snippet from the new book:

“Well, let’s get going to the Rusty Scupper. We’ve got a client to meet with and potentially confront.” I grinned at the man Isabella had pinned. “You, as the luckiest of lads, get to be leverage.”

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Throwback Thursday: 8/20/15

IMG_1744Always attempting cosplay, even if it’s slapped together at the last second. This was a viper pilot costume from Battlestar Galactica I’d thrown on after a Goodwill trip. It was for a SciFi party my friend was hosting, and so of course I had to come dressed up. I’ll take any excuse, really.

Book Quote:

“Harsh, bitter laughs exploded from her like shrapnel, and she didn’t care who was cut in the process.”

Poisoned Apple

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Beyond Fairytales Spotlight: Her Dollmaker’s Desire

Decadent Publishing’s Beyond Fairytales series takes fairytales from well known to the obscure and then cranks up the heat! The differing stories delve into many different sub-genres and styles of erotic romance, but all of them have a fairy tale feel as the authors meld the old stories into something new.

Today we’re featuring Her Dollmaker’s Desire by Gina Wynn

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Rule number 123: Once upon a time is for fairy tales, not for broken ex dancers who live at home with Daddy and a textbook evil stepmother, and who only manage to get through life by counting every single step.

Amy knows her rules inside out…who to spend time with, what to eat, what to drink and what to do – until danger shows up in a leather jacket on a shiny chrome motorbike. Suddenly, breaking the rules seems to be all she can manage no matter how hard she tries, and her rigid control starts to slip.

Peder’s violent past has shaped him into the man he is, much the way he has learned to shape dolls with the help of his grandfather. He used to have only one rule in his life, courtesy of his absent brother and their shared gang past. When Amy is sent to write an article on his grandfather and his history of doll making for a paper her father’s company owns, she captures Peder’s interest and his heart. After his brother makes an ill-timed return and issues an instruction that threatens his future with Amy, Peder becomes trapped in a fresh web of lies and family ties. He must decide if he should start breaking the rules he didn’t know he lived by to take a chance on a future with Amy while knowing he could still lose her if she finds out.

Is Amy brave enough to put her faith in Peder, and can he overcome his past and convince Amy to follow their destiny, rather than her rules?

Sneak Peek into Her Dollmaker’s Desire

Lost in her thoughts of the past, Amy reached to grasp the ballet dancer’s tiny form.

“I’ve brought the cake, if you want to come and sit with us for your cup of tea?” A new male voice, deep and confident, startled her.

She jumped and straightened, coming nose to nose with the unhinged grin and vacant leer of a circus clown.

A gasp tore from her lips. “Oh, my God.” She backed into something warm and solid, and shrieked before spinning round.

“Sorry. Sorry…it’s just me.” The man’s eyes, rich with the colours of wild woodland moss, held an unexpected glint of danger. She shivered as an electric jolt shot straight through her when she met that green gaze. It glimmered with mischief and laughter, and he didn’t look quite as sorry as he should have.

Reflex led to her almost leaning into his strong grip as he reached out to steady her. Almost. She tugged her arm away and held out her hand.

“Pleased to meet you.” Superficial manners and years of rules kicked in, and she averted her gaze from the man who hadn’t introduced himself, and especially from his dangerous eyes. Her heart continued to race over her close encounter with the clown…yet the warmth in her arm lingered where the man had wrapped his strong fingers around her.

“Quite,” came his polite reply, and the obvious disinterest in his tone echoed through her, but what had she expected? Rule Number 15: Know your place, always.

She sneaked a quick look at him, and his very attractive lips upturned in an amused smile. One she almost returned, while wishing he’d speak more words once she could hear him over the rushing of blood in her ears.

His voice melted her, creating sparks and exploring long-forgotten depths of attraction. It made promises for ways they should spend time together he couldn’t even be aware of, and she wanted him to talk forever. She took an uncertain step away. Space seemed necessary…safe.

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Word of the Day: Arduous

Word of the Day: Arduous

What I think it means: Well, I know this one, so it’s not going to be a shocking result. Arduous refers to difficult–strenuous would be a smashing synonym.

What it actually means: Demanding great effort or labor; difficult. I will say, this word is well worth putting in your arsenal, because arduous gets a lot of use. It’s not just a tough task, it’s an arduous one–the implication is more dramatic and therefore evokes more of a feeling.