Life on the Fringe: The Caffeinated Ramblings of Author Yasmine Galenorn


Brain Candy Friday and Giveaway
Posted on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8 am by

Brain Candy Friday

Brain Candy Fridays are back, and so are the giveaways. Today, answer my question and you will be entered to win a signed copy of one of my books (my choice). You must be subscribed to the blog in order to win, and 18 years old or over (be sure to confirm your subscription via the email you will receive–so check your spam filters if you don’t see it after you register. To subscribe to the blog, look to the right on the sidebar and find the Subscribe to Yasmine’s Blog link). Unfortunately, I have to limit these particular giveaways to the US due to postage costs. Answer by April 23rd to be entered for this week’s contest.

Today’s Brain Candy Friday Question is: What is the biggest animal you’ve ever seen in person, whether in the wild or a zoo?

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FLIGHT FROM DEATH ARC Contest!
Posted on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 8 am by

CONTEST CLOSED

 

Flight From Death Contest

FIRST OF A NEW SERIES!

I have ten copies to give away on my blog. I also have 3 copies that will be given away on my FB Moon Stalkers Group–you CAN enter both places but you have to belong to the FB group in order to enter there.

If you win one of the arcs you also get to be part of my temporary and informal Street Team. Which means you will win a few other goodies/swag with the arc, and if you want to help me out there will be a few things that you can do. Don’t worry, they won’t involve car chases, heists, deviant behavior, or acts of heroism. Nope—they’ll all be easy. And they are NOT required, but definitely appreciated if you have a chance.

You must be subscribed to the blog in order to win, live in the USA, and 18 years old or over (be sure to confirm your subscription via the email you will receive–so check your spam filters if you don’t see it after you register. To subscribe to the blog, look to the right on the sidebar and find the Subscribe to Yasmine’s Blog link)

To enter, just leave a comment for me (preferably something to make me laugh) in this post. You have from 8 AM PDT Tuesday the 14th through midnight PDT Thursday the 16th to enter. YEP…just two days.

 

 

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Monday Snippet: Flight From Death
Posted on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 8 am by

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Here’s your Monday Snippet!
FLIGHT FROM DEATH — Book 1 of the Fly By Night Series (a spinoff of Otherworld)Release date: July 7th, 2015. Available for Preorder! If you want an autographed copy, preorder from Seattle Mystery Bookshop. Preorders help authors out SO much!

You can also preorder Autumn Thorns, book one of the Whisper Hollow Series, now!

The minute Ralph and I left the house, I felt a sense of relief. The looming presence that lingered in Patrick’s place was already starting to wear on me and we hadn’t even been there a full twenty-four hours. I told Ralph about the blood and the poltergeist activity and the voice.

“Are you sure we aren’t dealing with some demonic force?” I knew that some ghosts could be real PITAs, but this seemed like overkill.

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A Year of Trees: Week 32
Posted on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at 1 pm by

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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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New, Info, Updates, Important Stuff
Posted on Saturday, April 11, 2015 at 8 am by

There are a lot of changes going on here in Yasmine land. So hang onto your hats and please, read through the whole post so you can find out a lot of cool and unusual things.

First: I now have two Facebook groups. The first is a discussion group and the second is more of an announcements group. The reason I have created these groups is primarily because of the organic reach situation on the Facebook fan pages. I am lucky to reach even 10% of the people who like my page at this point, which means about 90% of people who LIKE my page are not getting any notifications. But in the groups, everybody gets notifications. So if you’re a diehard Facebook user, and you really want to know what I’m putting out, I suggest joining one of the groups! I’ve also opened up my Tumblr again, because I realize Twitter really isn’t a viable platform for me to be on as much as I was. Tumblr will be an alternative for those who don’t like FB, but neither replaces my blog/website.

Second: I got Arcs of flight from death! You know what that means!

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AUTUMN THORNS COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: DAY 5
Posted on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 8 am by

So, today we reveal the full cover of  AUTUMN THORNS, the first book in the Whisper Hollow Series, due out October 27, 2015, AND the book video!

ALL CONTESTS FOR THIS WEEK’S COVER REVEAL ARE OVER NOW! THAT’S WHY YOU CANNOT LEAVE A COMMENT ON ANY OF THE COVER REVEALS.

Each day this week, we’ll have a small excerpt from the book, and a mini-goody-bag giveaway! What’s in the goody bags? A signed book AND…some fun stuff. Not telling you here. You’ll have to wait and see if you win to find out. AUTUMN THORNS is available for pre-order (and yes, I am hinting here *grins*).

To enter: Just drop a comment about the cover/excerpt/etc. You may enter each day BUT the entry MUST be on the blog post.

You must be subscribed to the blog in order to win, and 18 years old or over (be sure to confirm your subscription via the email you will receive–so check your spam filters if you don’t see it after you register. To subscribe to the blog, look to the right on the sidebar and find the Subscribe to Yasmine’s Blog link)

So, without further to-do: THE COVER, FRIDAY’S EXCERPT’S, & THE BOOK VIDEO:

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“If you understand me better, it means you let me step into your world, Kerris. It means you open the door, knowing that once I come in, I won’t be leaving. There are consequences for that, and not all of my own making.” Bryan’s voice was husky and I realized his face was mere inches away from mine.

As if in a dream, feeling like I was falling over the edge of a cliff willingly, I whispered, “I think I’ve already dragged you in.”

Who moved first, I don’t know. But the next moment his lips were on mine and he was holding me, one arm around my waist, the other holding the back of my head as he explored my mouth. His chest pressed against mine, warm and strong and muscled, and his arms held me firmly. I inhaled a deep, rich scent off him—the smell of cinnamon and cedar, of the mist rolling through the trees and strong rum and power.

My lips parted and he gently slid his tongue between them, then the kiss exploded into a frenzy and all I could think about was that only the thin material of my shirt stood between his fingers and my bare skin, and how much I wished that barrier wasn’t there. The chasm between us blurred and I felt myself melt into him as he entered my psyche. There was no separation, no division between us as our connection buoyed us up, darker and deeper with every passing second. Shaking, we pulled apart. He looked as dazed as I felt. I’d never felt such passion in a kiss before—never this much intensity.

 

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AUTUMN THORNS COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: DAY 4
Posted on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 8 am by

So, today is the fourth part of this week’s cover reveal of AUTUMN THORNS, the first book in the Whisper Hollow Series, due out October 27, 2015. TOMORROW, we will have the book video for the book as well!

Each day this week, we’ll have a small excerpt from the book, and a mini-goody-bag giveaway! What’s in the goody bags? A signed book AND…some fun stuff. Not telling you here. You’ll have to wait and see if you win to find out. AUTUMN THORNS is available for pre-order (and yes, I am hinting here *grins*).

To enter: Just drop a comment about the cover/excerpt/etc. You may enter each day BUT the entry MUST be on the blog post.

You must be subscribed to the blog in order to win, and 18 years old or over (be sure to confirm your subscription via the email you will receive–so check your spam filters if you don’t see it after you register. To subscribe to the blog, look to the right on the sidebar and find the Subscribe to Yasmine’s Blog link)

So, without further to-do: THURSDAY’S EXCERPT:

The man in the bed was hooked up to so many machines that he looked cybernetic. I stared at him, gauging his energy. A swirl of mist seethed around him, exiting his body as Diago drained him. I followed the trail of mist and vapor and found myself turning to the far corner. There, crouched in the shadows, was the Scuffler Under the Bed.

He was tall and long, like a walking stick insect or a walking skeleton. Gaunt, his skin stretched over the bones, paper thin and covered with rashes, and sores. Diago’s eyes sank into the sockets, dark purple circles bruising his cheeks beneath them. He wore a top hat over long ratty hair that coiled down his back. He wore no shirt, showing his long, jointed arms, and his ribs pushed against his skin, which was paper thin and flaking. His pants were so loose that they barely stayed up, kept on by a belt cinched to the last hole. Diago’s tongue flickered out like a lizard’s as he inhaled the stream of energy coming from the man in the bed. He sucked it in with a greedy smile.

Diago suddenly seemed to realize I was watching him. He slowly rose, standing on the tips of his toes, leaned backward from his waist at a ninety-degree angle, as he twisted his head to hold my gaze. His gaze was hypnotic and beckoning. As mesmerized as I was repulsed, I found myself stumbling forward a few steps, before Bryan’s warning echoed in my head and I managed to stop myself.

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AUTUMN THORNS COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: DAY 3
Posted on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 8 am by

So, today is the third part of this week’s cover reveal of AUTUMN THORNS, the first book in the Whisper Hollow Series, due out October 27, 2015. On Friday, we will have the book video for the book as well!

Each day this week, we’ll have a small excerpt from the book, and a mini-goody-bag giveaway! What’s in the goody bags? A signed book AND…some fun stuff. Not telling you here. You’ll have to wait and see if you win to find out. AUTUMN THORNS is available for pre-order (and yes, I am hinting here *grins*).

To enter: Just drop a comment about the cover/excerpt/etc. You may enter each day BUT the entry MUST be on the blog post.

You must be subscribed to the blog in order to win, and 18 years old or over (be sure to confirm your subscription via the email you will receive–so check your spam filters if you don’t see it after you register. To subscribe to the blog, look to the right on the sidebar and find the Subscribe to Yasmine’s Blog link)

So, without further to-do: WEDNESDAY’S EXCERPT:

As I gathered my purse and slipped out of the CRV, I straightened my shoulders and took a deep breath as I looked around the yard. The gardens were neat and tidy, with a hint of overgrown wildness. Ellia liked mums—a row of mums lined the pavers that ran up to the front of the house. The lot, like my own, was thick with trees looming up and over the yard. Ellia lived on Fogwhistle Way, not far from my own house, and close enough to the cemetery that she could walk there if need be.

It had stopped raining and the clouds had scattered for the moment, letting the stars shine through. In late October, the night came early, especially out in the outlying areas without the incessant glow of the big city to light the area. Finally, I decided to face the inevitable. Somehow, the thought of facing Ellia made everything real—once I walked through her door, I was committed, and that scared me. But my time to run was over. Slinging my purse over my shoulder, I took a deep breath and headed up the stone steps to the front door, slipping on my gloves as I did so. The last thing I wanted to do was to touch Ellia’s hands. That was one rabbit hole I didn’t want to fall down.

The bell was shaped like an ornate brass flower. I pressed the center and waited. Another moment and then the door opened, and there she stood, pretty much the way I remembered her. A little older, a little grayer. An ethereal smile stole across her lips and she stood back, ushering me in.

She smiled at my hands, not offering me her hand or a hug. “Gloves. You remember.”

Her voice took me back and I flashed her a shy grin. “How could I forget? Are things the same? Do you still…”

“Oh yes…these old hands of mine can still drag you down to hell.” She laughed, then sobered and held up her hands. She was wearing long cream-colored opera gloves that disappeared up her sleeves. “If I could wear gloves and play the violin, I would, but unfortunately, I’m not quite that dexterous. I hate causing unnecessary pain so I just make sure I carry them with me wherever I go.”

She stood aside as I entered the hallway. A sharp bark came from behind her and a dog peered around from behind her, gorgeous and white as snow, looking suspiciously like a wolf.

“Don’t mind Viktor. He knows friend from foe.” She ushered me into the foyer and shut the door behind me. The dog gave me a long look, sizing me up. He was either going to eat me for dinner or—he pranced forward, leaned down toward the ground with his head against his front feet, then did a little wiggle and barked. A lick to my hand and he bobbed his head, then abruptly turned and padded down the hallway, out of sight.

“His name is Viktor?”

“Yes, and you guess correctly if you are thinking he looks like a wolf. He’s an arctic wolf—Siberian husky mix. Apparently he’s decided you’re nothing to worry about.” But she said it with a laugh.

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AUTUMN THORNS COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: DAY 2
Posted on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 8 am by

So, today is the second part of this week’s cover reveal of AUTUMN THORNS, the first book in the Whisper Hollow Series, due out October 27, 2015. On Friday, we will have the book video for the book as well!

Each day this week, we’ll have a small excerpt from the book, and a mini-goody-bag giveaway! What’s in the goody bags? A signed book AND…some fun stuff. Not telling you here. You’ll have to wait and see if you win to find out. AUTUMN THORNS is available for pre-order (and yes, I am hinting here *grins*).

To enter: Just drop a comment about the cover/excerpt/etc. You may enter each day BUT the entry MUST be on the blog post.

You must be subscribed to the blog in order to win, and 18 years old or over (be sure to confirm your subscription via the email you will receive–so check your spam filters if you don’t see it after you register. To subscribe to the blog, look to the right on the sidebar and find the Subscribe to Yasmine’s Blog link)

So, without further to-do: TUESDAY’S EXCERPT:

I slowly opened the door, making sure I was far enough off the road to avoid being hit, and emerged into the rain soaked evening. Shoving my hands in my pockets, I stared at the lake through the trees. The wind was whipping up currents on the water, the dark surface promising an icy bath to anything or anybody unlucky enough to be caught in it. The rising fog caught in my lungs and I coughed, the noise sending a murder of crows into the air from where they’d been resting in a tall fir. They circled over me, cawing, then headed north, toward Whisper Hollow.

Crows. I pulled my jacket tighter against a sudden gust of wind that caught me from the side. Crows were messengers. In fact, the Crow Man had reached out all the way to Seattle, where he summoned me with three omens. The first sign had been the arrival of his flock in Seattle—they followed me everywhere, and I could feel his shadow walking behind them, looming down through the clouds.

The second sign had been a recurring nightmare, for three nights running. Each night, I found myself walking along a dark and shrouded path through the Whisper Hollow cemetery, as the Blood Moon gleamed full and ripe overhead. As I came to the center of the graveyard, I saw—standing next to a headstone—Grandma Lila. Dripping wet and smelling of lake water and decay, she opened her arms and pulled me in, kissing me on both cheeks. Then she lit into me, tearing me up one side and down the other.

“You’ve turned your back on your gift—on your heritage. Face it girl, it’s time to accept what you are. Whisper Hollow is waiting. It’s time you came home to carry on with my duties. It won’t be long now, and you’ll be needed. You were born a spirit shaman, and you’ll die one—there’s no backing down. Something big is coming, and the town will need your help. Don’t let me down. Don’t let Whisper Hollow down.” Each of those three nights, I woke up crying, afraid to call her in case there was no answer on the other end of the line.

The third sign came last week, a day or two after I had the last dream. Signs always go in threes. Always have. Third time’s the charm, true. But bad things happen in threes, as well. I was walking home from a morning gig at work, deep in thought, when I glanced at the store next to me. There, staring from behind the storefront was the Girl in the Window. A cold sweat broke over me, but when I looked again, she was gone. It couldn’t have been her, could it? The Girl in the Window belonged to Whisper Hollow and she was never seen outside the borders of the town. Squinting, I craned my neck, moving close to the pane. Blink…it was only a mannequin. But mannequin or not, my gut told me that I had been visited by the sloe-eyed Bean Nidhe, dripping wet and beckoning to me.

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AUTUMN THORNS COVER REVEAL & GIVEAWAY: DAY 1
Posted on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 8 am by

So, today is the first part of this week’s cover reveal of AUTUMN THORNS, and on Friday, we will have the book video for the book as well!

Each day this week, we’ll have a small excerpt from the book, and a mini-goody-bag giveaway! What’s in the goody bags? A signed book AND…some fun stuff. Not telling you here. You’ll have to wait and see if you win to find out. AUTUMN THORNS is available for pre-order (and yes, I am hinting here *grins*).

To enter: Just drop a comment about the cover/excerpt/etc. You may enter each day BUT the entry MUST be on the blog post.

You must be subscribed to the blog in order to win, and 18 years old or over (be sure to confirm your subscription via the email you will receive–so check your spam filters if you don’t see it after you register. To subscribe to the blog, look to the right on the sidebar and find the Subscribe to Yasmine’s Blog link)

So, without further to-do: MONDAY’S INTRODUCTION:

Welcome to Whisper Hollow, WA, a small town on the Olympic Peninsula, near Crescent Lake. We have rules here and it’s advisable to obey them or you just might find yourself at the mercy of forces that you cannot control…that no one controls. Play nice, and maybe Whisper Hollow will welcome you in, and maybe…just maybe…the town will protect you from the Lady.

THE RULES OF WHISPER HOLLOW:

  1. If you hear someone call your name from the forest, don’t answer.
  2. Never interrupt Ellia when she’s playing to the dead.
  3. If you see the Girl in the Window, set your affairs in order.
  4. Try not to end up in the hospital.
  5. If the Crow Man summons you, follow him.
  6. Remember: sometimes the foul are actually fair.
  7. And most important: don’t drive down by the lake at night.

WHISPER HOLLOW: WHERE SPIRITS WALK AMONG THE LIVING AND THE LAKE NEVER GIVES UP HER DEAD.
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