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Nail Art!
Posted on Thursday, September 3, 2015 at 8 am by

Nail Art--Dark Blue polish with a design in Silver and sparkling clear glitter

To celebrate a month of NIGHT SHIVERS I had my nails done in a deep blue (yes, that is blue) with silver and glitter polish. I’m so excited–my nail tech has ordered a bunch of autumn leaf nail decals and so in a couple of weeks, we’ll be starting with autumn designs!

Do you like nail art?

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NIGHT SHIVERS RELEASE CONTEST
Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 8 am by

Night Shivers Release Contest Tote Bag

Night Shivers cover

To celebrate the upcoming release of NIGHT SHIVERS, I’m giving away a fun little bag o’ goodies. To enter, please follow the following rules:

RULES (yes, there ARE rules!)

You must be a subscriber to my blog–see sidebar for subscription info. And be sure to CONFIRM your subscription when you get the confirmation email. This means you will be getting (at most) a once a day email listing my blog posts for the day. (And yeah, we do check on this. 😉 These contests are mostly for my loyal blog readers).

You must be 18 or over.

In your comment make sure you put:

The answer to my question.
Your name (first only is fine)
Whether you are IN the USA or OUT of it
That you are 18 or over (you don’t have to give your exact age).

Make CERTAIN to enter your email address CORRECTLY when you comment.
ENTER BY MIDNIGHT SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

MY QUESTION IS: You can be one of the Cambyra Fae, the Wilding Fae, the magic-born, the yummanii, the true vampires, or the Vampiric Fae. Which do you choose?

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Night Shivers Excerpt & Night Myst Giveaway
Posted on Monday, August 31, 2015 at 8 am by

Night Shivers cover

NIGHT SHIVERS
An Indigo Court Novella
Release Date: September 8, 2015
E-book format Only (Nook, Kindle, iBooks, Kobo)

RULES (yes, there ARE rules!)

You must be a subscriber to my blog–see sidebar for subscription info. And be sure to CONFIRM your subscription when you get the confirmation email. This means you will be getting (at most) a once a day email listing my blog posts for the day. (And yeah, we do check on this. 😉 These contests are mostly for my loyal blog readers). I will be giving away a signed copy (print, yes) of NIGHT MYST.

You must be 18 or over.

In your comment make sure you put:

The answer to my question.
Your name (first only is fine)
Whether you are IN the USA or OUT of it
That you are 18 or over (you don’t have to give your exact age).

Make CERTAIN to enter your email address CORRECTLY when you comment.
Contest ENDS midnight September 6th.

Question: What do you like best about the Indigo Court Series or if you haven’t read it but want to, mention that and you’re still eligible.

NIGHT SHIVERS EXCERPT:

We reached the Barrow before nightfall, running at full speed over the snow. I was almost as fast as the others now—those born full Cambyra Fae. My initiation into the queenship had seen to that. We ran on top of the ice and snow, leaving no tracks, a silent, swift force gliding by as the afternoon lengthened into dusk.

Once I had taken the throne as Queen of the Snow and Ice, I became almost immune to the cold. And those who made their life with me in this realm also remained untouched by the deep chill. But that didn’t mean that a warm hearth wasn’t welcome, even though that warmth was a pale shadow of the fires that I had once known.

This entire first year had been a learning experience, and I was frankly surprised that I had made it through with my sanity. There had been so much to learn—and to unlearn.

Druise, my lady’s maid, was waiting for me, and she bundled me into a bath right away. We ate dinner late as a matter of course, so she had a snack of my favorite cake ready for me and brought the plate in to set on a side table as I gratefully sank into the steaming water.

Even though the cold didn’t bother me much, the heat from the water seeped into my muscles, easing the knots that had built up during the day. The scent of lilac rose to soothe my senses.

“Where are the new members of the Court, Your Majesty? Did they not come back with you?”

Druise scrubbed my back, careful to avoid wetting my hair so I wouldn’t have to dry it before eating. There were so many protocols and rules for decorum that I could barely remember them all. A number of them still grated on me, but I followed them, accepting their presence for what they were: long-standing traditions that I was expected to keep up.

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A Year of Trees: Week 52 (And slideshow)
Posted on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 3 pm by

August 30th Tree

So this happened a year ago:

There is a street nearby that I absolutely love. Really, it could be any street, there’s nothing really outstanding about it, except for the fact that it is lined with trees. Now this a common sight around here except these are all deciduous trees. And every autumn they blaze into color around the same time. And every spring, they suddenly burst forth with leaves around the same time.

We have lived in this neighborhood since September 2010, so for four years now Samwise and I have driven down that street several times a week and I have watched the trees change through the year. So yesterday, when I was commenting on how much I like that street, Samwise suggested an idea and it seemed like a cool project. We’ll see if I can manage it — or rather manage to remember to do it — but I want to give it a try.

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Brain Candy Friday & Giveaway
Posted on Friday, August 28, 2015 at 8 am by

Brain Candy Friday

BRAIN CANDY FRIDAYS ARE BACK!

Yep, they’re back. Every week I’ll be giving away a little something (maybe a signed book, or an audiobook, or just something fun–you’ll never know till you get it) on the blog here. To enter, answer this week’s question and follow the rules and woohoo, maybe you’ll get a pressie from me!

For this week’s BCF, the question is: What’s your best back-to-school memory from your childhood?

RULES (yes, there ARE rules!)

You must be a subscriber to my blog–see sidebar for subscription info. And be sure to CONFIRM your subscription when you get the confirmation email. This means you will be getting (at most) a once a day email listing my blog posts for the day. (And yeah, we do check on this. 😉 These contests are mostly for my loyal blog readers).

You must be 18 or over.

In your comment make sure you put:

The answer to my question.
Your name (first only is fine)
Whether you are IN the USA or OUT of it
That you are 18 or over (you don’t have to give your exact age).

Make CERTAIN to enter your email address CORRECTLY when you comment.

Contest runs August 28 through midnight September 3, 2015

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Brighid and Apple Audition for an Ingmar Bergman Film
Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 9 am by

Brighid and Apple making goofy faces in front of my iPad

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No More Strawberries-Food Allergy Post
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at 5 pm by
Allergy Survival Kit

Always have your allergy survival kit with you.

Well, it has been a while since I have talked about my allergies and my diet. I’ve been having a lot of sporadic minor reactions, as I have been trying out a few of the foods I am intolerant to to see if my body has adjusted toward I can eat them. I can eat soy again in limited quantities, but I discovered that sunflower butter is totally out of the question. Once again, as soon as I tried it I bloated up, my asthma increased, and I had the stomach ache from hell for two or three days.

The last time I had a major reaction was some weeks ago — about two or three months. And I wasn’t sure what caused it although I suspected strawberries might be a factor, but I had eaten them with something else so wasn’t sure which item it was. This happened a couple times.

Now, my mother was anaphylactic to strawberries, and my sister is anaphylactic to strawberries so I have been very cautious with them because I have suspected a reaction for some time. I didn’t test reactive to them a few years back, that’s no guarantee given my body and my history. So, last night I decided to give them a trial run.

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Admin Post: Night Shivers, Talking Hybrid, and Blog Notes
Posted on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 9 am by

I have several points I want to touch on here. This is sort of an admin post so bear with me please. Though there is a gratuitous kitty picture at the end of the post.

So I finished NIGHT SHIVERS. It is now off to the editor I’ve hired. I have to say, I really had a blast writing in Cicely’s world again. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed her. If this novella sells well, I have ideas for other novellas and full books that can spin off of it. You see what I mean when you read it. Right now my creative process is running wild. It’s as though, once I made the decision to go hybrid, I opened the floodgates and a vast reservoir of ideas poured out.

I’m going to talk a little more about the fact that I am going hybrid. Some of you may not quite know the lingo, so I want to explain a little more.

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A Year of Trees: Week 51
Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 12 pm by

Aug 23 trees

There is a street nearby that I absolutely love. Really, it could be any street, there’s nothing really outstanding about it, except for the fact that it is lined with trees. Now this a common sight around here except these are all deciduous trees. And every autumn they blaze into color around the same time. And every spring, they suddenly burst forth with leaves around the same time.

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Stuffed Acorn Squash
Posted on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 7 pm by

stuffedsquash

Made this for dinner and it was incredible. Feel free to print out for your own files but please do not post this on any other sites (you can post the link).

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