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PSA: Why Read?

This video goes over the importance of reading if you’re an author, or an aspiring one. While it’s difficult to make time to read–it’s essential if you write. Those experiences as a reader are the best teachers as to what makes good writing, and they’re pivotal reminders.

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What’s on the Horizon for 2016?

As I slam the door in 2015’s face and offer a goodbye kiss, I’m already plotting for the new year.

Projects:

The Iron Legacy- this is the young adult project born out of 2015’s hardships. It’s got the Celt mythology that’s in my blood, and the passion and determination that beats in my heart. Also, a smokin’ hot thief.

Night Awakens- Snark City over here! Naz and Darren are a fiery couple just brimming with sexual tension. Plus, I get to explore new creature creation with the nightshades!

Take to the Skies #3- More of Bea and the crew? Well, 2015 convinced me to spend a little more time with them, and besides, they’re just too damn fun to quit.

Potential Projects:

Scrying for Summer- depending on how things go, I may do a follow-up to Hunting for Spring. More Philly fun with characters you’re already familiar with.

Take to the Skies Novella-similar to Stolen Petals, I’m tempted to do a novella with a certain captain of a certain ship from book two.

Releases:

Hunting for Spring- Kicking off the new year right with a big release for a story that I absolutely love! Plus, if this does well, I might just be inspired to do a sequel.

A Tale of Two Airships- currently in the hands of the most trusted of beta-readers, this will be edited and released by the end of the year.

TBA- I’m shopping a few projects right now, so who knows!

Events:

On the event front, I’m already booked in for quite a few. Folks can catch up with me at Wicked Faire, Steampunk World’s Fair, Fan Focus Events, Steampunk Unlimited, and perhaps a new steampunk event in Delaware come June!

I’ll be toting along the new copy of An Airship Named Desire, as well as Curiouser, but even cooler, I’ve figured a way to sell e-books directly at the event, so if there’s a book you’d like of mine, come chat! I promise I won’t sing too loud…

On an even cooler note, I’m going to be running Murder on the Airship Desire, a murder mystery tea party at Fan Focus!! Needless to say, I’m thrilled.

And on a more personal front, the theme of this year for me is ORGANIZE. I really want to get my life organized, and while this past year was a start with setting a writing schedule for myself, I’d like to expand that to different facets, and really maximize my writing time, while balancing social time, family, and health. Lofty task, sure, but I planted the seeds this year! Just need to help them flourish 😀

What are everyone else’s plans for the new year?

 

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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 : )