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




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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Brain Candy Friday and Giveaway
Posted on Friday, July 18, 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 Night Seeker. Please enter by midnight July 24th.

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Backlist Blitz! – Blood Wyne
Posted on Thursday, July 17, 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 :)

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Writing a Spinoff Series
Posted on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 8 am by

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Creating a spinoff is both easy, and difficult. The easy parts are wonderful. I don’t have to create a brand new world, I’m writing in familiar territory, I know the mythology, etc., already—at least for the most part. So it’s a comfortable transition for all the background detail and information on the world building. I have a background cast of minor characters like Marion and the Supe-Urban Café, and organizations like the Seattle Vampire Nexus. But on the other hand, there are pitfalls.

First, I’m not dealing with the same main and secondary characters. I have to make certain I don’t just clone the Sisters. Alex and Shimmer are unique, along with their set of friends. They are not here to shore up the D’Artigo sisters, nor are they secondary to them. Alex and Shimmer are the ‘owners’ of the Fly By Night series, and I need to establish that without question—this is not a shrine to the Otherworld Series.

Second, the entire focus of the series is different. Alex and Shimmer aren’t out to stop a demonic war, nor do they know about the spirit seals. They’re just doing their jobs and trying to make it through each case, happy and alive. This series is more UF-Mystery, rather than UF-Save the World. ~grins~

Third, I have to establish the world for the new readers who’ve never read Otherworld. Just because one person reads one series of yours, doesn’t mean they read the others. This is kind of disheartening for authors—to be honest. I feel sad that some people didn’t like the Indigo Court who loved Otherworld. But…it’s life, and I’m that way about authors *I* like so I do understand.

So I have my work cut out for me. Whether it will actually end up easier because it’s set within an established altaverse, or harder, I don’t know yet. But I’m looking forward to finding out!

What are you looking forward to seeing in this series?

Yasmine

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Thoughts…Lots of Them
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 8 am by

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Happy Tuesday everyone. So last week I actually took the week off, for the most part. I did a little work but not on anything that needed doing — just on what I wanted to do. I figured out that for the prior three weeks I was working over 100 hours a week. Now that’s going to happen sometimes when you’re in publishing, but it is an insane schedule to keep. Anyway I took the week off, I played Diablo 2 – which I like better than Diablo 3. I got together with a couple friends and had a blowout fun time and drank way too much rum punch. On Sunday, I ran the dungeon that we play. And I thought a lot about my career and when I see coming the road for me. Sometimes you really need to analyze where you’re at where you want to be.

So this week I began first full Fly By Night novel. It will be a breath of fresh air to enter Alex and Shimmer’s world. I’m ready for something new. And I’m looking ahead at other ideas that I want to play with. Right now, I have a whole lot of thoughts running around in my head that I am trying to make sense of. They’ll eventually become coherent. I guess it’s just a very introspective and reflective time for me, sort of like the calm before the storm. Only at this point, the storm is a raging inferno of creativity just waiting for me to dive in when I have recuperated enough from the past few months. I’m still at a low ebb from the most recent deadlines, but I’m getting there. The entire past 10 months have been a difficult time and I have had to deal with one crisis after another in my life. First it was the septic system and then it was missed flights and conferences I couldn’t attend, and then it was allergy issues and then it was my knee and one thing after another after another.

So I’m ready to make some changes in my life and to shift my direction and focus a little. What does that mean? I’m not even sure right now. Just that I’m ready for change. I am looking to recover my passion for life, the universe, and everything before I get burnt out. I don’t want to feel like I hit the bottom of the well to find it’s dry before I fill it up again. So yes changes will be made. And what they are, I’m not quite sure. All I know is that preventative medicine (even on a metaphorical level) is always better than trying to find a cure.

I suppose this is a very nebulous blog and probably reads that way too, but that’s the way my thoughts are right now. I’m always this way the beginning of a new book, and especially with a new series. But right now, it feels like there are so many potential directions and so many possibilities that I want to strengthen. So before I chance boring you with this blog, I will sign off for the day and talk to you again tomorrow.

Yasmine

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Monday Snippet!- Flight From Hell
Posted on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 8 am by

Are you ready for your next step into the Fly By Night Detective agency?

FLIGHT FROM HELL Novella

FLIGHT FROM HELL

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