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Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays to all!

Today I’m celebrating with my family, and I’m so grateful for that. There’s a lot of pressure this time of year, whether it’s the finances, the lack of time, or the general expectations that we’re beset on all sides from. For many, the holidays hit hard due to loss or bad circumstances. To everyone today, whether you’re celebrating a joyous occasion, or if today’s one of the tougher ones to get through, my thoughts are with you. I might be using the holidays as an excuse to express the gratitude and joy I feel at interacting with all of you wonderful people throughout the year, but today, especially today when so many might have a tougher time, I wish you all the best futures possible, even if it’s simply getting through this holiday to a better, brighter year.

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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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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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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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Stolen Petals Tea

The tea has hit the stores just in case you’re the type that prefers to settle down with a cuppa while you read! That way if you pre-ordered Stolen Petals you can have the tea in time!

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This cup is rich and traditional in that breakfast tea sort of sense which I thought fit the steampunk tone, but then I spiced it up. I blended the Stolen Petals tea with rose petals (I know, I know, she’s the Brass Violet, but rose petals work better in tea :P), and then I chose juniper berries to represent the icier side of her nature. Altogether it’s a fragrant, floral cup.

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The Versatile Blogger Award

Hooray, my friend The Shameful Narcissist over at The Shameful Narcissist Speaks nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award! If you haven’t checked out her Game of Thrones and Final Fantasy 7 ruminations as well as her weekly updated Aeris and Sephiroth fanfic, you should! Lovely stuff!

Here are the Rules!

  • Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
    Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
  • Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  • Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link to this site.
  • Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

1. Fireside Chats– An awesome blog dabbling in theater, movies, and with a cool focus on cosplay, not only from a final looks point, but also helpful articles and discussions of during the process as well.

2. Brenda Hiatt- Her blog has one of the most informative segments for a published author, or at least one who’s planning on submitting to publishers. The Show Me the Money section has a detailed list of different independent and traditional publishers, with compiled insight on what the actual pay breakdown would look like based upon submitted reports.

3. My Writing Life– One of my all time favorite blogs for editing. The ten step revision system is insightful, as well as practical. Whenever I have a new work that needs editing, this is one of the blogs I revisit every time.

4. Interesting Literature– Care to know five interesting facts about Ezra Pound? How about the origins of Tweedledee and Tweedledum? This blog expounds weird literary facts on a regular basis, and is a fun one for any book geek to tune into.

5. Erzabet’s Enchantments– Fellow Decadent Publishing author’s blog dedicated to book reviews and interviews!

6. Decadent Publishing– Speak of the devil, this is a fantastic independent romance publisher, and they run a blog featuring their releases and author articles. It’s well worth checking out, as are their books.

7. Caffeine Crew– Geek news and geek views, a website that both Shameful Narcissist and I write for, as well as a plethora of other talented folks!

8. Book Blogger Directory– If you’re an author, whether indie or traditional, book blogger reviews are essential. And this resource is a fantastic, comprehensive place to find all the book bloggers you need!

9. The YA Chronicler– Awesome reviewer. Not only is the site beautifully designed, but the reviewer is constantly updating with thorough reviews on the best and worst young adult books out there. One of the coolest things though that makes this blogger stand out are the re-imagined covers!

10. Gabriel Reads– Another fantastic book review blog. I did an interview with this reviewer, and I have to say, it was hands down my favorite interview I’ve ever done. The questions were thoughtful and really made me think, rather than some of the same old ‘when did you start writing’ ones.

11. The Bookcast– Audio interviews for the win! Want to listen to interviews with indie authors from a professional interviewer? Bill’s your guy. He’s been interviewing for years, and I can personally attest, when I did mine for Airship, his skills were evident, as all of my nervousness melted away the second we started talking!

12. BookShelfery– While other sites do this as well, I love the regularity of their Indie Author Excerpts. The site has changed names a couple of times, but they continue to put out quality reviews, excerpts, and other features.

13. Fiction Vixen– She’s a fixture in the book reviewer scene, and for good reason. Her content comes out with such regularity, and the Fiction Vixen is a fantastic resource if you want to delve into the indie romance scene.

14. Steampunk Tourist– This blog covers Steampunk, except it delves into much more than your typical “What is Steampunk” articles. Instead, it covers a lot more insight into the community with articles about steampunk and disability, as well as steampunk weddings.

15. Sandra’s Book Club– A fellow author, Sandra also covers book reviews! She’s got two YA novels out, so go check out her blog!

7 Facts About Me

*rolls up sleeves* I tend to be terrible at these sorts of things, but let me try!

1. The character I’ve most strongly empathized with between TV, movies, and books happens to be Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation. I didn’t catch on with the show until later on, but once I did, I was hooked. And every time Leslie would overreact, have a neurotic episode, or generally act the way she did, my husband would look over and roll his eyes, because he’s seen the same behavior from me.

2. I have a hardcore obsession with Bioware games. I’ve played all the Mass Effect ones, went back and played Knights of the Old Republic, all because of how fierce my obsession with Dragon Age is. I’ve replayed that game more than is healthy. But for me, it’s one of the few ways I have to turn off my head and stop working, since I tend to jam out on marketing while I watch TV.

3. I never got tired of dressing up. Cosplay, sure. Steampunk events, Renaissance Faires, I’m there. It’s even to the point though that when I throw parties I choose themes, so that people will still dress up. I LOVE IT.

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4. I’ve dabbled in about a million hobbies, but aside from writing, the one that stuck was tea blending. I’ve had a tea business since 2013, and I’m constantly coming up with new blends, including the ones for my own books that I’ve recently started concocting.

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5. I have a really hard time connecting with people if they don’t talk feelings with me. While I know not everyone is capable of this, I find people endlessly fascinating–it’s one of the reasons I write–and I feel like I won’t know them entirely unless I’ve heard their life story and why they became the person they are today. Probably more than a little the ENFJ in me.

6. I’ve never been to a sports game in my life. I’m also quite okay with this fact–while I respect other folks’ enthusiasm, I’ve just never caught onto it myself.

7. My only tattoo thus far is a large one that I got when I was 18/19. It’s of Tim Drake (Robin from Batman). I chose that one not only because Tim Drake led the Teen Titans when I first got into comics–which was my first foray into comics that weren’t manga–but also because the artist, Jo Chen, does the Buffy comic book covers as well as a plethora of others, and I LOVE her art.

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Thanks for tuning in, folks!

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Writing Outside

Just as with reading outside, writing outside can be wholly enriching. I actually find that when I’m sort of stuck on a section, or I’m having trouble focusing, when I go outside, it’s a lot easier to push out the next section of the story.

I’ve gone out with my laptop before and sat on our picnic table–that’s my ideal, because I can just type out there. But I’ve also gone out with a notebook too and jotted things down, or wrote whole sections while basking in the shade on a sunny day. (My skin is way too pale to do any sun-basking.) It’s a win-win situation–I get outdoors time, but I also get my work done!

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So today, this is my office!