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Travel Tuesdays-Sleepy Hollow Cemetery

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Years ago now, we did a road trip up to Niagara Falls and Salem, but first on the agenda we went to the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Obviously, as a writer I thrive on stories, and one of my favorite ones from when I was younger was the tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman. So when I realized that Sleepy Hollow was a short excursion within driving distance? We made the trek up and checked out the cemetery! IMG_1397

While we weren’t attacked by any Headless Horsemen, I must say, it was a cool excursion and by ways of cemeteries, worth a look. There are tons of old gravestones in ancient scrawl and neat bridges like the one above. Plus, the mausoleums scattered about the place are gorgeous works of art with some recognizable names. If you’re up in the area, it’s definitely worth the stop.

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Travel Tuesdays: Chanticleer Gardens

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For this adventure, we didn’t even need to travel more than a half hour from home! Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne is a stunningly kept up garden and all around beautiful place to visit. I’d heard of it for years, but never thought to go until one date day, my husband and I decided to leap for it and check out this hidden treasure. And hidden it is, down a lot of windy back roads!

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The small redhead is me, but as you can see, the place is just bursting with greenery and life. Chanticleer spread much further than I thought it would too–it felt like we walked forever and still had more to discover! As far as gardens go, I’d rank this fairly high. Oftentimes, you see some greenhouses with splatterdash groupings of plants, but this was a masterfully woven tapestry of flowers, bushes, and trees all surrounding old structures and interacting with the existing buildings.

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Meet the Writer Wednesday- Ember Leigh

Writers work hard spending time with their words, whether it be writing manuscripts, marketing, or blog posts. Every Wednesday we tap into some of that wisdom, and get to learn about another creative person.

Today let’s welcome Ember Leigh!

When it comes to writing, do you have any quotes on the subject that speak to you?

“Write to discover, not to wither.” This is a quote coined by one of my best friends and I. She is also an author and we spent our adolescence cooped up in editing meetings reading each other’s manuscripts, and groaning about the writing process. (Though really, 15 years later, I suppose we’re doing much the same.) We came up with this little nugget during our college years, when reflecting about the first-stage writing process, which includes a lot of question marks: who are my characters? Where is this story going? What will the theme be? Writing to discover is one of the most important stages of the creation process, since none of us comes to the page knowing the full story. As long as you don’t wither during the creative process, then you’re on the right track.

Where do you find your writing inspiration?

Everything around me. I’m not sure how inspiration works, or where it comes from, other than on the back of a Technicolor gilded unicorn who comes flying in and out of my brain without warning. It’s just something that’s been inside my body, within the nooks and crannies of my DNA, since conception. Life is fascinating.

Out of all the characters you’ve written, are there any you feel like you could write about forever?

Why? YES! My first NA novel, which is still in the editing stages, features two characters—Trent and Lucie—that I feel like I could write about for eons. That novel is part of a planned series, so luckily I WILL have the chance to revisit them in later installments, if only peripherally. But there’s something about the chemistry between them. I just love their story, I love their They are long-time best friends turned lovers, and although there was lots of confusion and hesitation, especially as they transition into real-life and adulthood, they are one of the strongest couples I’ve ever written.

If you could dart off anywhere for a dream vacation, where would you go?

I have been itching to get to either Hawaii or Bali (or preferably both) for a couple years now. On the other end of the spectrum, my partner and I are planning our honeymoon to Yellowstone National Park, hopefully for the fall of next year. So really I can’t pick one. The world is too big to only have one dream vacation!

What project are you the most excited for right now?

My travel-themed short story series! It’s my first foray into self-publishing, and it has been such a fun and creative journey. I’m releasing a new installment every month, and each short story features new characters, new locations, and new steamy adventures! I can’t wait to reveal all the destinations and sexy characters I have planned…*evil laughter* I love it so much because I love TRAVEL so much, so it combines my passions (international travel & writing) in a way that feels so organic and also titillating at the same time!

Do you have a favorite TV show on air?

Oh, boy, I’m not sure. I don’t watch television that much. But if I catch re-runs of something in the off-chance I’m watching TV, I always pick “The Big Bang Theory” or “The Office”.

What about books? Any recommendations?

I’m finishing up “Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard” by Kiran Desai (she wrote “The Inheritance of Loss”), which is a fiction book I picked up while traveling through India and has the lushest imagery I’ve read in a long while. I’m reading Osho’s book “Nowhere To Go But In”, which I also picked up while traveling India. It’s dense but fascinating.

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

Pisces and proud!

What’s your biggest pet peeve while you’re reading a book?

My pet peeves stem from a lack of editorial eye. Abuse of adverbs, too many tags or pronouns, things like that. Hiring an editor if self-publishing, or finding the right editor within a publishing house, is so important for the final product. Small things like that speak volumes, to me, about the quality of the work overall (and how serious the author is about their work).

Where can readers find you and your work?

Right now, my travel-themed short story series, Erotic Destinations, can be found on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, and more. Later this year, my forthcoming novel, A New York Minute, will be available in most major outlets via The Wild Rose Press.

Carlos & Casey (Book 1 of Erotic Destinations):

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ZSATW3I

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/carlos-casey-ember-leigh/1122257742;jsessionid=9F8BFFD9E199C4DDD813526A201ABBBF.prodny_store03-4?ean=2940152210774

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1016727011

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/carlos-casey