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Monday Snippet! – Priestess Dreaming
Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 8 am by

It’s almost time for an all new Otherworld book, only 2 weeks to go! Featuring every one’s favorite curvy, fetish-fashionista witch, Camille D’Artigo! – Marc

Priestess Dreaming and Panther Prowling are both available for pre-order right now, click on the names for the pre order page – and if you want to preorder a signed copy of Priestess Dreaming, you can always head on over to Seattle Mystery Bookshop

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

And as a final word from me before we get to the snippet, remember that Tales From Otherworld (Which features a small prequel to Priestess Dreaming!) and  Flight From Hell, are both out but they are electronic releases only, you will need either an e-reader or an app to read it.  Both Barnes and Noble and Amazon offer free e-reader software for you to do just that and read them on your computer or your smartphone.

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A Year of Trees: Week 2
Posted on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 9 pm by

Trees--Sept 14

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.

Every week, every Sunday, we will drive over there and I will take a picture from the same place. And I will post that picture on my blog. For a year, I will chronicle the change of seasons through these pictures. Maybe I’ll get bored partway through and stop, or maybe in a year I’ll have 52 pictures of the street from the same position. I guess we’ll find out!

Week 2: There’s a little bit more red in some of the trees. It was warm today, warmer than last week, but autumn is definitely coming. The leaves here and there around the city are changing color, and I’ve seen them begin to fall. I’ve also decided to try for a comparison version too–you can see the trees further up the street on the left have a bit more color to them.

tree pictures

Yasmine

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Recipes, As Promised!
Posted on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 6 pm by

Pork Stirfry

Pork-Sweet Potato Apple Stir Fry

1 lb. lean pork tenderloin/boneless chops
¼ cup cooked, crumbled bacon
2 tbsp oil oil
¼ cup Port
1 medium sweet potato
1 granny smith apple
1 cup broccoli florets
1 cup bok choy, diced
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp parsley
¼ cup margarine (or butter)

Microwave (or bake in advance) sweet potato. Peel and dice into bite-size cubes.

Dice apple into small cubes, add to broccoli and bok choy and microwave for 3 minutes.

Dice pork into ½” cubes.

Heat olive oil in large skillet and add bacon and pork. Sauté over medium heat. When almost done, add Port, parsley, cinnamon and cloves. Add sweet potato cubes and apple-veggie mixture. Sauté for a few minutes, then add margarine/butter and serve.

Makes 2-3 servings

Salmon

Pan-Seared Salmon & Roast Vegetables

2 – 8 oz wild salmon fillets (cut 2 slices in each fillet—NOT through the skin, but to open it up a bit)
¼ cup dry sherry
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp tamari
2 tbsp olive oil + 3 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp honey

In the morning remove pin bones from salmon, then carefully place into Ziploc bag. Add sherry, lemon juice, tamari, and 2 tbsp olive oil. Close thoroughly and put back in refrigerator.

2 cups broccoli florets
1 cup cauliflower florets
2 cups cubed butternut squash
2 cups bok choy, diced (chiffonade the leaves)
3 tbsp lemon juice
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup sherry
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp fresh thyme (or 1 tbsp dried)
2 tbsp fresh basil (or 1 tbsp dried)

In the morning: Add everything to large Ziploc bag. Close tightly and shake to mix everything. Put in refrigerator.

50 minutes before dinner: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover baking sheet with a layer of foil. Spread vegetables out on foil and put in oven on middle rack.

20 minutes before dinner: Pour 3 tbsp olive oil in large, nonstick skillet. Heat till oil is hot but not smoking. Put salmon skin side down in pan and sear over high heat for 2 minutes. Turn heat down to medium and drizzle honey over fleshy part of salmon. Cook for another 5 minutes. Turn fillets and fry over medium heat for 7-10 minutes till just done. Do not overcook.

Makes 2 servings with some leftover vegetables.

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Announcing…A New Series–Whisper Hollow!
Posted on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 8 am by

Whisper Hollow Series

So I have an announcement as I mentioned yesterday on Twitter and Facebook. This went up on Publisher’s Marketplace (or rather, an abbreviated version of it):

NYT Bestselling author Yasmine Galenorn’s new paranormal romance series: the Whisper Hollow Series. Kerris Fellwater returns to her home town of Whisper Hollow, on the Olympic Peninsula in WA State, where “Ghosts walk among the living and Big Foot makes house calls.” There, she takes up work as a shrine keeper—guarding against the dead who seek to return to life. But the shadows in Whisper Hollow hide more than monsters—they also hold secrets of the heart. And in Whisper Hollow, love can be as dangerous as the mysteries that pervade the town. Two books in a good deal, by Meredith Bernstein to Kate Seaver at Berkley Publishing.

Yep—one of my secret projects is no longer secret. I’ll be writing a NEW paranormal romance series set over on the Olympic Peninsula near Lake Crescent—a beautiful, eerie place where a lot of odd things have happened. During my trip to Port Townsend in April, I realized I had to write about the peninsula…but writing about it in Flight From Death wasn’t enough. I needed to dive in. And then, Kerris came to me, with her haunting eyes, and told me a little about herself and Whisper Hollow.

The WHISPER HOLLOW SERIES will NOT be part of either the OTHERWORLD or INDIGO COURT worlds. This series will actually much more paranormal romance than urban fantasy, with a vastly different feel…dark, brooding, sensuous, mysterious…the darker aspects will not be the same as my Indigo Court Series. Think more mood oriented than visceral. I’m very excited and can hardly wait to dive into Kerris’s world.

Interested Onlooker: But what does this mean for your other books, Yasmine?

First…and here’s the part I know some of you will be sad about, but please stick with me. I am taking Otherworld down to one book a year. I have to take a break from writing two books a year on it or I’ll burn out big time and the quality will disintegrate.

To answer another question: Yes, I do now have a planned ending for the Otherworld series, but as to when I’ll get there depends totally on my schedule and reader interest and whether my publisher wants more books or I end up writing the last books on my own. Not everything is under my control and while I still love writing the series, it’s time to pull back a little, breathe and write some new worlds along with Otherworld.

So…next year—in 2015, you’ll get PANTHER PROWLING (Otherworld), FLIGHT FROM DEATH (Fly By Night), and AUTUMN THORNS (Whisper Hollow) So still three books a year…plus all the short pieces I’m doing on my own. I’m planning to release.

This month was, I gave you the first collection—a short little group of scenes and stories: Tales From Otherworld: Collection 1. A note about the Nook version: we are having one hellacious time formatting it—it’s far more complicated than the other versions so we’re working on it, but the few times we thought we had the issues licked, we uploaded and boom, right back into sad-land. So I took it off of sale on Nook so you don’t get an inferior product. But it’s available for Kindle, Kobo, and on iBooks, and you can get free apps for your computer to read it with.

Interested Onlooker: So what’s your release schedule like for the rest of this year?

Good question. Here’s the answer!

On September 30th, PRIESTESS DREAMING will be coming out.
October 14th: I will be releasing MISTS AND SHADOWS—six stories of dark visions for your October reading.
November 4th: The MEN OF OTHERWORLD short story collection!
And on December 12th: A VERY LILY YULETIDE (an erotic treat for you in a world you haven’t read yet).

So that’s my current news. I’m excited, and I hope you are too! A new world to play in, and I’m still working on yet more Secret Projects! *wicked grin*

Yasmine

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Tomorrow is 9/11…
Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 3 pm by

September 11--Always Move Forward, But Never Forget

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Pounding the Keyboard: We Are Not Ghostwriters…
Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 8 am by

Pounding the Keyboard

Every writer’s experience is different. And every writer has a different view on the world. I’m going to address a few things here that have been nagging at me:

Recently someone approached me to ask why I don’t write M/M sex scenes, and honestly—it felt like she was trying to cajole me into it by saying she couldn’t read books without that aspect anymore—hinting that she couldn’t read my books anymore if I didn’t start adding them in.

One: I don’t do blackmail. I don’t do whining. And if someone needs to stop reading my books because I do or don’t include what they like—well, that is their right, their choice, and if makes them happier—I’m not going to be upset.

On a deeper level of the issue: No, I don’t write M/M sex scenes. Why? To be honest, it’s just not something that I’m inclined to write—it’s not my nature. On the other hand, I AM inclined to write about women. My writing includes F/M, F/F, or groups including women when it comes to sex.

Taking that further…I’ve also been asked why I don’t write cozies anymore. Again, it’s not my nature. While I am planning on writing a few short stories in Emerald’s world, I don’t think I could ever write another full-length cozy mystery and be happy about it. For me — as a writer — the genre is too constricted and I am not interested in fitting in the format. I do read some cozy mysteries, and I enjoy them, but writing them? No.

Onto situation number three: I’ve also been asked if I will ever write children’s books. While I might consider writing YA, and in fact I am working on an idea for a older YA series, for younger children — my voice is too brutal. I’m not geared toward that age group. It’s not my nature.

I’ve also been questioned about the lack of monogamous couples in my books. Well I have written some monogamous couples, and when the characters are geared that way — yes I do write them that way, but I really do like writing alternative sexualities and alternative lifestyles—that IS my nature.

Not long ago, an author answered a question on her Tumblr. I’m putting the link here. I was appalled by the question that the reader asked her because it was so blind. Long and short, if you don’t want to read the entire Tumblr post, the author was asked why she wrote about “unnecessary lesbianism” and the reader intimated that the author did so out of a need for political correctness.

As an author who also writes bi, gay, lesbian, characters I just want to say this: if this author is anything like me, the characters are who they are because that’s who they are. It’s not because of an agenda, or because of a desire to appear ‘politically correct’…it’s because the writer is writing according to the needs of the book. NOT to some hidden agenda. To presuppose that the author is writing a person of a certain sexuality, gender, color, or — for all I care even species — out of a politically correct stance sounds suspiciously like bigotry.

I do not live in a world where everyone is white, straight, Christian, and clean-cut. In fact most of my friends do not fall into that category. I myself do not fall into that category. I am part Cherokee, I am bisexual, I am heavily tattooed and I am a pagan/shamanic witch. My writing reflects the world in which I live, and it reflects the needs of the story.

I’m not comfortable with terms like “alternative,” because that indicates “outside the norm” and really, there is no normal. When you strip away the veneer plastered onto society by those who would choose to create a status quo, well…there is no such thing as normal.

Your neighbor — the doctor — is a witch. Your barista is gay. Your pastor was an abused child. The nice clean-cut young man who waves every time he walks by? He was actually a woman at one time. Your child’s teacher is a Buddhist.

Do you get where I’m going with this? A vocal minority in this country would like people to believe that anything outside their narrow view of normality is evil, dangerous, and part of “the other side”… they seek to create an us versus them mentality.

But…

When I write Menolly’s sex scenes with Nerissa her wife, I’m not attempting to push anybody’s buttons. I’m writing a passionate scene between two people who love each other and are integral to the world I’ve created.

But…like the author mentioned above, I’ve been accused of the same thing — adding unnecessary lesbianism into my books. The critic had no problem with Camille and her multiple men, or with the violence of my books — but she had a problem with the explicit lesbian scenes and assumed that I was going for shock value. Breaking heads and eviscerating demons were not a problem, but two women having sex were.

Here’s my reality: I’m not trying to change society with my books. I am reflecting the society in which I live.

I write the world that I live in. In my experience, two men get married because they love each other, therefore I wrote Tim and Jason’s wedding. In my experience, I celebrate the pagan holidays, so I write about pagans. If a character ever pops up who happens to be Christian, I’ll write them as Christian. And, by the same token, if someday I am inspired to write a M/M sex scene, I will do that. If the characters and the story need it in order to be true.

So what if the authors that you read are writing books that make you uncomfortable? Well you can either choose to challenge your comfort zone or you can choose to put the book down and find another that you like. But complaining to the author about what they choose to write? Sorry, not going to do any good. Authors are not ghostwriters, here to write the story that the reader dictates to them. Authors have vision, and sometimes their vision/worlds will touch your heart—and sometimes, it won’t. That’s normal. That’s life.

Yasmine

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Monday Snippet! – Priestess Dreaming
Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014 at 8 am by

It’s almost time for an all new Otherworld book, only 3 weeks to go! Featuring everyone’s favourite leather loving well endowed witch, Camille D’Artigo! – Marc

Priestess Dreaming and Panther Prowling are both available for pre-order right now, click on the names for the pre order page – and if you want to preorder a signed copy of Priestess Dreaming, you can always head on over to Seattle Mystery Bookshop

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

And as a final word from me before we get to the snippet, remember that Tales From Otherworld (Which features a small prequel to Priestess Dreaming!) and  Flight From Hell, are both out but they are electronic releases only, you will need either an e-reader or an app to read it.  Both Barnes and Noble and Amazon offer free e-reader software for you to do just that and read them on your computer or your smartphone.

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A Year of Trees: Week 1
Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 3 pm by

A Year of Trees--picture 1

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.

Every week, every Sunday, we will drive over there and I will take a picture from the same place. And I will post that picture on my blog. For a year, I will chronicle the change of seasons through these pictures. Maybe I’ll get bored partway through and stop, or maybe in a year I’ll have 52 pictures of the street from the same position. I guess we’ll find out!

Yasmine

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Brain Candy Friday
Posted on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 8 am by

Brain Candy Friday Image

For Brain Candy Friday, I wish to submit to you an extraordinarily cute video. I’m sorry there won’t be a contest today but I am gearing up for a couple new things, including the countdown to release of PRIESTESS DREAMING and am a little swamped right now. I’m trying to get the word out there about the new book because, bluntly put, I’m not sure how things will fair in terms of the series continuing. I’m pretty sure it will, but sales are down and while I want to continue writing it, a lot depends on how these next three books do. So for now, enjoy the video, and tell me how your week has been.

Bright blessings,
Yasmine

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Backlist Blitz! – Ghost Of A Chance
Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 8 am by

You aren’t in Pleasantville anymore…

Follow the exploits of Emerald O’Brien, who’s considered the town witch. The owner of the Chintz ‘n China Tea Room, Emerald also happens to be psychic, and a tarot-reader. She lives in the small town of Chiqetaw, Washington, with her two children and four cats. She’s used to hanging out with ghosts and other supernatural beasties, but doesn’t particularly want them bothering her family. Along with her best friends Murray—a cop, and Harlow—an ex-supermodel, Emerald finds herself embroiled in murder, mystery and mayhem that comes at her from both the ‘mundane world’ and the supernatural side of life (and death). This series is complete and no more books are planned.

Order from here on the right

And a quick note Tales From Otherworld &  Flight From Hell are NOW AVAILABLE!  and  Priestess Dreaming and Panther Prowling are available for PREORDER, click on the names for the pre-order page

As Flight from Hell and Tales From Otherworld are electronic releases only, you will need either an e-reader or an app to read it.  Both Barnes and Noble and Amazon offer free e-reader software for you to do just that and read them on your computer, there are also Nook and Kindle apps available in the app stores for both iOS  and Android phones – Marc

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