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Leather or Lace…
Posted on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8 am by

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So not long ago I was having a discussion on twitter with an author friend about what outfits we found sexiest on men. We differ quite a bit, we’re similar in many ways but she and I have very different tastes in our men. Neither one us is right, neither is wrong. We’re simply different people.

But it got me to thinking, especially once other people started chiming in, about what makes a person find someone attractive and someone else not. Now obviously, I am talking about the first reaction to someone’s physical appearance. And so much of appearance is about clothing. It’s really a matter of style and taste. And our tastes can change, even on a day-to-day basis. What I find attractive today may not be what I’m finding attractive tomorrow and it could all be due to the mood that I’m in. So everything is really subjective and it away I hesitate to even talk about it because to me it’s not set in stone.

However I have noticed, within myself, a tendency to like certain looks better than others. I like men in leather jackets, I like men in jeans, especially dark black ones. I like motorcycle boots on men. I prefer low-cut tank tops on men, and V-neck T-shirts. I also like cargo pants on men although I think they look better on men who are taller. I’m not much into suits – I find a little stuffy for my taste even though that does not mean I don’t think they can look good on a guy. Just not my thing. As far as women, because I am bi, I find that I prefer a curvy, retro glamour girl look. I love dresses and heels, and I’m a makeup junkie. I suppose it comes down to this: I like my men dressed in masculine clothing, and to me nothing says masculine so much as a leather jacket. And I like my women dressed in skirts and dresses. And if I had my druthers, both would have tattoos. ~grins~

So my question today for you, is what kind of clothing to you find most attractive on the opposite sex? Or on the same-sex if you happen to swing that way?

Yasmine

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A Surprise for You Guys
Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 9 pm by

Go here. Download the ezine. It’s got stuff in it we wrote. :)

 

 

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Monday Snippet! – Flight From Hell
Posted on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8 am by

It’s Monday, it’s 8am, it’s that time again, yes, Snippet Time!

Here’s a little more for you from Flight From Hell!

Not only is Flight From Hell available for pre-order, but so are Priestess Dreaming and Panther Prowling, click on the names for the pre order page – Marc

Oh, and if you can’t wait to talk about them, why not head over to Yasmine’s forums and start a thread if there isn’t one already? We don’t bite. Much. I promise :D

FLIGHT FROM HELL Novella

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Dear Iris…
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5 pm by

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Dear Iris,  I found myself in a bind with too much to do and not enough time, so I cast a doppleganger spell.. But now I’ve got a problem. How do I get rid of her? Me?  Talk about arguing with yourself!

In Two Places At Once

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Brain Candy Friday and Giveaway
Posted on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 8 am by

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Brain Candy Friday time! Music time…let’s talk about songs that remind you of summer. What song sparks of the feeling of the season for you more than any other?

One person who comments, who is also subscribed to my blog and has confirmed their subscription will win a copy of the audiobook of the Hexed anthology. Please enter by midnight July 31st.

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Backlist Blitz! – Courting Darkness
Posted on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 8 am by

Ever wonder if the monsters under your bed are real…? Meet the D’Artigo Sisters–three half human, half-Fae, wild and sexy members of the OIA–the Otherworld Intelligence Agency. Camille, a witch, Delilah, a werecat, and Menolly, an acrobat extraordinaire turned vampire, are sent Earthside to keep them out of trouble by their superiors, who consider the girls nothing but a bunch of bumbling half-breeds.
But the girls soon find themselves smack in the middle of Demon-Central when Shadow Wing, the leader of the Subterranean Realms, decides to attempt a coup on both Earth and Otherworld. Now, with their friends and lovers, they must use all of their collective talents to prevent the demons from taking over as the three sisters attempt to save two worlds, one monster at a time. Adult Urban Fantasy (Explicit Sex)

Order from here on the right :)

And a quick note  Flight From Hell is available for pre-order andt so are Priestess Dreaming and Panther Prowling, click on the names for the pre order page – Marc

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The Use of Mythology in My Writing
Posted on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at 8 am by

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People often ask me how much of the mythology in my worlds comes from actual mythological sources, and how much have I made up. The answer isn’t a simple one. Yes, I do pull from mythology—from pantheons of all kinds, from Chinese to Celtic to Egyptian. But…I also alter them as I need to, and I make up what I can’t find. For example, the hungry ghosts that attacked Morio? Based on the hungry ghosts tales from China and Japan, but tweaked for my world. The Corpse Talkers? Based on my imagination entirely.

There’s no problem with altering mythology as long as you are clear about what you’re doing and providing you aren’t dipping into another author’s creations. Vampires? Worldwide mythology, you can adjust them as you like. Ann Rice’s vampires? Her altaverse mythology that she creates around her vamps—off limits because that is her creation. Another example: you can use the idea that vamps aren’t affected by holy objects unless they were of that particular religion while alive—which I do. But you can’t use the Crimson Veil/Blood Wyne vision of how vampires were created because that’s my creation unique to my world. Dracula? He’s fair game since there is no copyright on the actual Dracula story anymore (anyone can put out a version of Dracula, just like anybody could publish a version of say…Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice).

I’ve reworked the Arthurian mythos for Otherworld—you’ll see more in PRIESTESS DREAMING about the whole Morgaine/Arthur/Mordred triangle. The entire Indigo Court series storyline was a riff off the Snow Queen fairy tale.

Actually, you can take any historical event and base your own story off of it. Hell, you could rewrite the story of how World War 2 ended—Philip K. Dick did, with the Man in the High Tower.

Mythology is a wonderful pool of ideas—so many of the legends, myths, and fairy tales are metaphors and allegories for life experiences. Don’t overlook this vast pool when you are thinking about how to spin your next story. These tales? They stay with us for a reason. I recommend you research Joseph Campbell’s works to understand the underlying power that myth and legend hold for the human race.

Yasmine

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Researching The Forest Primeval
Posted on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 8 am by
Crescent Lake

Public Domain Use from US Government–Crescent Lake

I’ve been reading a lot lately (and researching) ghost stories from western Washington—especially up near the Port Townsend, Port Gamble, and Lake Crescent area. (Why? Because I’m writing about that area right now—the first Fly By Night book takes place up there). The Olympic National Forest is old—ancient, heavy rainforest. The Hoh Rainforest gets over 150 inches of rain a year on average.

Public Domain Use from US Government: Hoh Rainforest

In fact, we have some of the only temperate rainforests in the Northern Hemisphere. Out on the Olympic Peninsula, the ghosts are thick, and so are creatures like Bigfoot. There are Native American tribes who lived there—and they were not all that peaceful. There were bloody clashes between tribes, and between the tribes and settlers. There were clashes between settlers. And they all left spirits behind to haunt the forests and towns and shorelines.

I love the area over on the Peninsula, but it’s best to be cautious when you visit. The forests have their secrets and they do not give them up easily. So does Crescent Lake. While the official depth indicates the lake is 624’ deep, the fact is that the readings are considered faulty. There are areas now believed to be at least 1000’ deep. The lake does not release her dead easily—and she takes people and cars and whatever she wants. The road is winding, and easy to knife off to into the water if you aren’t careful or if the weather is bad.

So yes, I’m researching and steeping myself in mood for Flight From Death. And I’m also making plans…that I am not ready to talk about, but that I hope I’ll be able to in the coming months. ~smiles~

Have you ever visited our ancient forests here? Where are the haunted areas in your part of the country?
Yasmine

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Monday Snippet! – Flight From Hell
Posted on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 8 am by

It’s Monday, it’s 8am, it’s that time again, yes, Snippet Time!

Here’s a little more for you from Flight From Hell!

Not only is Flight From Hell available for pre-order, but so are Priestess Dreaming and Panther Prowling, click on the names for the pre order page – Marc

Oh, and if you can’t wait to talk about them, why not head over to Yasmine’s forums and start a thread if there isn’t one already? We don’t bite. Much. I promise :D

FLIGHT FROM HELL Novella

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Cover Reveal For Panther Prowling
Posted on Friday, July 18, 2014 at 9 am by

Soooo…Cover Reveal for Panther Prowling!

Panther Prowling Cover

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