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Backlist Blitz! – One Hex Of A Wedding
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 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.

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And a quick note Mist & ShadowsTales From OtherworldFlight From Hell & Priestess Dreaming are NOW AVAILABLE!  Panther Prowling is available for PREORDER, click on the names for the pre-order page

As Flight from Hell, Mist & Shadows 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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Guest Post: Linda Wisdom: Women W/Grudges
Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 8 am by

I’d like to welcome Linda Wisdom to my blog today. Way back in 2005, Linda and I started a blog together with a group of women. For five years the Witchy Chicks blogged day in, day out, and we formed tight friendships through that blog. We disbanded back in 2010…but a few of the Witchy Chicks remain close, dear friends even today.  Please welcome her in and check out her books! –Yasmine

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First off, I’d like to thank Yasmine for allowing me to hang out here and talk about Double Jeopardy, my latest release.

“I won’t be ignored, Dan.”

Glenn Close’s memorable line from Fatal Attraction can still send chills through a man’s heart. And should. What can I say? The female sex can come up with some pretty inventive ways to make the opposite sex suffer.

When I came up with the idea for Double Jeopardy, I didn’t want to write a woman in peril book. I wanted it to be the man who was looking over his shoulder. Call it equal opportunity fear for one’s peace of mind.

I envisioned a man who was pretty much a nice guy, good looking, popular with the ladies and happily enjoying bachelorhood. So why would a woman target him as the love of her life when he had no idea who she was? What did he do to cause her to send him flowers once a week, break into his house and clean it (raise your hand if you wished someone would do that for you without the scary parts!), leave sexy messages on his voicemail, and even cook him a birthday dinner. Perhaps a good thing he wasn’t there to eat it.

What kind of woman does this to a man she might not have dated or even casually known? And what happens if the source of her obsession meets a woman he can see having a future with? I think we all know she won’t back away. She’ll do what she can to make that woman’s life miserable and possibly even endanger her life.

We all have our obsessions. Just ask my husband what happens if he mentions coffee or chocolate? There is no way he would survive if he tried to withhold those foods from me. How many of us as teens obsessed about rock stars and actors? But how far would we take that one-side attraction? Would we track them down, follow them, try to break into their houses, plot against the loves of their lives? Would we mutter, “She/he’s not good enough for him/her. She/he’s mine and I’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way.”

The mind of an author can travel in a lot of different directions. Plotting revenge can lead you down some pretty scary trails. What would I do to the person I felt was a rival? It turned out it could be a lot. After a friend read the manuscript she stared at me and said “I never want to be on your bad side.” Who knew I could be scary!

While it’s enjoyable to read the dangerous side of obsessions in books, it’s not a good thing in real life. People end up truly afraid of leaving their houses, feeling the need to look over their shoulders, install high tech security systems, and feel paranoid of every stranger they meet. There is no way they would think of making new friends because they’re afraid to trust their senses. A good night’s sleep isn’t something they can experience, their sense of safety is gone and even if their stalker is caught and incarcerated their lives are never the same again.

Will it stop us from reading books about obsessed stalkers? Never. But perhaps the stories will make us think a little, be little cautious with our lives.

I read for enjoyment, but I also tend to take away something with each story I read.

I hope that will happen with you and that you will give Double Jeopardy a try.

Linda

You can find Linda on her website, on Facebook, and Twitter.

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Black Cats and Halloween
Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 8 am by

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It’s October, and while Halloween is a lot of fun for a lot of people, and Samhain is sacred for witches and Pagans, there are also a few nutjobs out there who like to hurt black cats–in fact, all cats. Be sure to keep your kitties inside as much as possible around the last week of October. Unfortunately, some wackos like to use holidays like Halloween as an excuse for cruelty.

I know my lovely Meerclar was always an indoor kitty (sigh, first Samhain/Halloween without her), and all our gurlz  are, in fact. And they stay indoors, celebrating Samhain with us, safe and sound.

Be careful if you have candy sitting around–chocolate can be deadly to cats (and dogs). Make sure they can’t get into the candy bowl! Also: remember candy made with Xylitol is deadly to dogs and cats.

Parties are also stressful times for many cats. If you’re having a big party, you might want to make a comfortable place for your cats in a room where you can close the door–give them their litter box and food and water and a soft place to sleep. And watch out for decorations that have stringy parts or that might be small enough for them to swallow.

Have a safe and happy Halloween season this year–both you AND your furbles! And you might want to put a little food out on the mantle for any spirit kitties that might be wandering by, looking for a place to sleep for the most magical night of the year!

Yasmine

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Monday Snippet! – Panther Prowling
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 8 am by

Good morning folks!  Are you ready to start counting down to the next Otherworld book? Of course you are! Coming soon is Panther Prowling, with a title like that, it can only feature that part-time pussy cat, Delilah!

Panther Prowling is 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 Panther Prowling, you can always head on over to Seattle Mystery Bookshop

Oh, and if you can’t wait to talk about it, 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 Priestess Dreaming is now out, available in print, e-format, and audio.

Mist And Shadows and  Tales From Otherworld (Which features a small prequel to Priestess Dreaming!) and are both out but they are electronic releases only, you will need either an e-reader or an app to read it.  Amazon offers 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 7
Posted on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 6 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.

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 7: Today I noticed the leaves in the trees on my right (nearest me) starting to turn yellow. The red’s a bit more red. It was a lovely day, 70 degrees and sunny–tomorrow the clouds and chill come back in again, but today’s picture? Sunshine. All around the area, though, I’m seeing a lot of trees suddenly shifting over, and there’s been a number of windy days that have already taken a number of leaves off.

Yasmine

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Brain Candy Friday: It’s Spooky Movie Time Again
Posted on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 8 am by

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‘Tis the season for spooky movies. I just went and plundered the DVD cabinet for movies to watch while I work—every autumn I have my favorites I watch before Samhain. They’re like old friends that I see once a year. I’m not into slasher flicks, but more—mood pieces. Some have a little humor in them, others are just freakshow creepy. For me this list includes:

Something Wicked This Way Comes
The Halloween Tree
Dracula (Gary Oldman version)
Sleepy Hollow (Johnny Depp)
Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte
The Mummy & The Mummy Returns (Brendon Frasier)
The Others
The Shining (the miniseries)
Queen of the Damned
The Nightmare Before Christmas
The Haunting
The Innocents

There are others I like, but these are the ones that I go back to time and again. So, what’s on your autumn movie-watching binge? Are there spooky stories you like to watch over and over?

Yasmine

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Backlist Blitz! – A Harvest Of Bones
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 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 Mist & ShadowsTales From OtherworldFlight From Hell & Priestess Dreaming are NOW AVAILABLE!  Panther Prowling is available for PREORDER, click on the names for the pre-order page

As Flight from Hell, Mist & Shadows 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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A Year of Trees: Week 6
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 10 am 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.

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 6: A little more red, a little more gloom, which suits my mood given what happened this week. The trees are taking longer to turn than some of the others in our neighborhood, but turn, they are. Bit by bit, slowly.

Yasmine

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A Very Touching Real Ghost-Kitty Story
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 6 pm by

Through Dark Sparklies-Yasmine's Musings

So, yesterday I saw Meerclar on my desk, looking all gorgeous and sleek and slightly glowing around the edges, but you know how it is…fleeting glimpse and then she vanishes. Though I fully believe in ghosts, part of me felt sad thinking it might be wishful thinking.

But today, she made SURE I knew it was her, and can’t ‘explain’ it away.

I had taken some of Meerclar’s fur at the vet’s…they put it in a little bag for me (plastic). I did that with my older gurlz, and I keep it tucked away as a charm.

This morning, the fur and her collar were still buried in my purse, which was out on the dining room table. Well, I was having a rough time this morning, and I walked into the kitchen to get a snack. The other cats followed me in there. A few minutes later, when I came back, on the floor right in front of my office door (I would have had to step over it in order to miss it if it had been there on my way to the kitchen), was that baggie of fur. I picked it up, realizing she had just let me know she was around, and okay.

A few minutes after that, something else happened. You see, a couple weeks ago, I donated the old cat carriers we had to Meow Cat Rescue Organization. We bought new ones. So we took off the labels the vet had put on them, and the labels were crumpled up in the living room, on a little table by my laptop.

Well, not five minutes after the fur incident, Brighid came running in the office, carrying a piece of paper. She dropped it at my feet. I picked it up and first thing I saw was Meerclar’s name on that crumpled label. I know she was behind it, saying YEP…ME MOM…I’m still here and want you to know.

Yasmine

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Mist and Shadows Release
Posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 7 am by

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Today my second self published short collection, MIST AND SHADOWS, came out on Amazon, Kobo, and iTunes. I hope you enjoy it. These short stories are not connected with any of my series. They are dark little tales that came out of the deep recesses of my mind. This collection is about twice as long as TALES FROM OTHERWORLD. We are still having trouble with the Nook formatting – Nook tablets do not like the formatting, and I am not the only author to have this issue. Remember: I am self-publishing the short collections, and my publisher has nothing to do with this, so they cannot help me on this. You can find free Kindle apps for your phone/computer. And once again: remember that the short collections are like dessert, where the books are the actual meals. ~winks~

I’ll be putting up another post later today–my Year of Trees and some thoughts on this weekend. Until then, have a good day.

Yasmine

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