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


A Year of Trees: Week 30
Posted on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 2 pm by

March 29-tree

(Yes, it says March 30 on the photo but I goofed–it’s March 29th).

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 30: It’s cool but not cold today–was warm enough for me to plant the first batch of lettuce earlier. We’ve got drizzly weather, but it feels like spring out and I saw a lot of flowers starting to bloom out there today.

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Brain Candy Friday and Giveaway
Posted on Friday, March 27, 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 2nd to be entered for this week’s contest.

Today’s Brain Candy Friday Question is: Are you a night owl or a morning person, or somewhere in-between?

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The Nothing…by Kerry Schafer
Posted on Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 8 am by

A friend of mine, Kerry Schafer, has a new book out today!

Newest Nothing Cover

When people in Wakeworld begin dying in their sleep, Vivian Maylor travels through an increasingly unstable Between on a quest to stop the epidemic. Although she has no love for the dark magic of the Sorcieri, they are Vivian’s only hope of stopping an epidemic that threatens to wipe out all living beings in Wakeworld, Dreamworld, and Between. Vivian has one chance to stop the spread of the disaster – if she can persuade the Master of the Sorcieri to share his secrets, and if she is willing to sacrifice everything she loves…

Kerry Schafer writes fantasy with its teeth sunk into reality, mystery that delves into the paranormal, and women’s fiction that embraces the dark and twisty realms of humanity. The first two books of her Between trilogy (Between and Wakeworld) were published through Ace Books/Penguin. Due to the ever-shifting landscape of publishing, the concluding book of the trilogy – The Nothing – will be coming out as an Indie book, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Kerry’s Paranormal Mystery series, Dead Before Dying, was recently acquired by Diversion Books, and rumor has it she is currently working on a Women’s Fiction project, just to keep things interesting.

Website: http://www.kerryschafer.com
Facebook http://www.facebook.com/kerryschaferbooks

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Monday Snippet: Flight From Death
Posted on Monday, March 23, 2015 at 8 am by

Fligth From Death cover

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 path wasn’t all that long. We broke out of the tree line to find ourselves on an open stretch of land. The trail led to an embankment overlooking the water. It was hard to estimate how far down it was, but I decided it wasn’t a good idea to attempt a recon mission. As we stood there, I glanced over at a thicket of trees.

“Can you feel them? Something’s watching us.”

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A Year of Trees: Week 29
Posted on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 2 pm by

March Tree

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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Blessed Ostara!
Posted on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 10 am by

blessed ostara and happy equinox

Blessed Ostara and Happy Equinox!!!

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Brain Candy Friday and Giveaway
Posted on Friday, March 20, 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 March 26th to be entered for this week’s contest.

Today’s Brain Candy Friday Question is: If you could live in any city in the world, which would it be and why?

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Stress, Allergies, & Cute Dresses
Posted on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 8 am by

(I wrote this blog last night, by the way…so when I refer to “yesterday” I’m actually talking about Tuesday, not Wednesday. I am feeling better this morning, thank gods).

So this week has been a mishmash of stress. First, regardless of how or why it came about, realizing that Berkley won’t be doing more Otherworld books totally shifts my writing world—I’ve been writing about them since 2005, that’s 10 years that I’ve turned in books to my editor, and this year I turn in the 18th book in that series to her and then, that’s it with Berkley with regards to Otherworld. After that, the D’Artigo sisters and I strike out on our own. So…even though, in the long run this is probably a good thing, it’s major change and major stress. I am just hoping that the Whisper Hollow and Fly By Night series finds the same level of success OW did.

Second, we’re going to talk about allergies. Yesterday, Sam ate a salad. He had garlic on it and a garlic based salad dressing. I’m allergic to garlic.

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Important Book News
Posted on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 9 am by

Well, I have some news for you and I’m just going to be honest and clear here: Darkness Raging (Feb 2016) will be the last Otherworld book Berkley will be publishing.

I’m not going into the discussion—other than sales for that series are definitely down, and they really want me to focus on the two new series I have coming out (and please, don’t boycott those out of spite—I would really be disappointed if you missed out on what I consider two fun and great new series from me because of this decision. Honestly, it is just a pure business perspective).

I’m really hoping you love the Fly By Night Series, and the Whisper Hollow Series. These can be ongoing series that don’t necessarily need to be read in order, and I’m hoping that you love them as much as you love my other work.

What does this mean for Otherworld?

What this does mean is that I will be finishing the series on my own. I don’t have the dates or details—my agent will be helping me do this so things should run fairly smoothly and in a way, it’s exciting—I’m becoming a hybrid author, which means I’ll retain more control over some of my work. In some ways, this may also be better because if the demand for the work is there, it means I can take the series on into other directions after I wrap up the spirit seals arc.

Meanwhile, as some of you may have intuited from some of my Twitter tweets, I am doing my best to get a YA series going that I’d love to write. Wish me luck in this, because I think it will be one of those that my adult readers may like as well. And in other news, with Berkley’s decision to pull out of Otherworld, I will definitely be focusing on putting up more short pieces/stories on my own.

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Monday Snippet: Flight From Death
Posted on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 8 am by

Fligth From Death cover

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!

A woman dressed in a uniform, sporting a Washington State Department of Transportation badge, was walking up to the driver’s window. Alex rolled it down.

“Good evening, love. Are we in time for the next sailing?” He smiled pleasantly, and I noticed his fangs were retracted.

She nodded at him—and us—and said, “That depends. Do you have a reservation?”

“Reservation?” Alex didn’t sound so happy now. “We need a reservation for a ferry trip?”

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