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




Backlist Blitz!- Night Seeker
Posted on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 8 am by

Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the Dark Fae in order to harness their power. Instead, they created a demonic enemy more powerful than they dared to dream. Bent on enslaving the world, the Vampiric Fae have been quietly massing their strength for centuries. Now, Myst, queen of the Indigo Court, is rising again…and a long-prophesied war is brewing…

Born a witch, Cicely Waters can control the wind. When her Elemental warns her that her aunt and cousin are in danger, she packs her Pontiac GTO and returns home for the first time in twenty years. But the magical town of New Forest, Washington has changed. The Indigo Court holds the city in fear; people are vanishing, and strange deaths plague the town. Swept into an unexpected and passionate reunion with her trusted childhood friend Grieve, the Fae prince who taught her how to harness the wind, Cicely finds herself with a fierce and territorial lover. But Grieve has become enslaved by Myst’s court, and now both lovers must walk a fine line to survive the machinations of the Vampiric Fae Queen. Caught between two evils, both vying for supremacy, Cicely must fight for her family and her future. As she discovers the hidden secrets to her own heritage, will she lose her soul in the process?

This series is complete and no more books are planned.

Order from here on the right

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Gah…Chaos
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 8 pm by

So the past few days have been chaotic. For one thing, one of my credit cards got skimmed. I only have two, and I have it in my possession, but somebody got hold of my info and charged $1000 bucks to it. Luckily the credit union caught the activity right away and called me, and that’s sorted out. And then my computer ended up in the shop. My antivirus software was no longer working very well and apparently, my computer has a host of Computer STDs…so to speak. So it’s going to be out of commission till Thursday or Friday. I hope I get it back then. I’m on my laptop which sucks for my wrists (host of solutions have not worked), so I’m severely limiting computer time to mostly just work and that’s it. BTW, the tech recommended AVAST for antivirus, and this is a top notch shop so I’m taking their advice, and Sam’s going to use it too.

Anyway, yes, lovely past few days. Now I’m going to sign off for the day and go talk to a friend. :)

Yasmine

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Monday Snippet! – Panther Prowling
Posted on Monday, November 17, 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 puddy tat, Delilah!

WARNING! Today’s Snippet is SEXUALLY EXPLICIT and RED HOT.

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.

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A Year of Trees: Week 11
Posted on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at 1 pm by

A Year of Trees-Nov 16

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 11: Eleven weeks. We’ve been hit by the cold air that is gripping most of the nation. Though here, no snow–but our temperatures are running in the mid 20s at night, and the low 40s during the day. As you can see, last week the storm had blown a good deal of the leaves down, and this week–well–branches are even more stripped. Sunny today, making it even colder. :)

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Brain Candy Friday
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 10 am by

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Peeps

This week on Brain Candy Friday, I’m going to spark off a controversy that will reverberate around the world! Or not. I’ve been thinking of weird candy–Peeps, and marshmallows, and all those oddball candies that people either love or hate.

What is the candy you detest the most? And what do you love that makes other people cringe (in the sweets department)? For me, I absolutely LOVE marshmallows. Yep, love ‘em. Even like (dare I say it) Peeps.

But I cannot STAND licorice (and don’t even try the red vs black debate–red ‘licorice’ is not true licorice–it’s candy and I can no longer have Twizzlers because they are not gluten free. Licorice is an herb and has nothing to do with the red vines. LOL).

Okay, your turn. What do you love/hate in the weird-sweets department?

Yasmine

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Panther Prowling Contest Note!
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 9 am by

All winners of the Panther Prowling ARCs contest have been chosen and emailed. Please check your email if you entered, and check your spam folders as well. If you did NOT receive an email from us, you did NOT win.

There is a deadline for emailing my assistant Jenn back with your information if you won so don’t dawdle.

Yasmine

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Gluten-Dairy Free Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe
Posted on Friday, November 14, 2014 at 8 am by

 

gluten, dairy free stuffing

I just developed a wonderful gluten/dairy free stuffing recipe. It’s so good! Not low carb, but it’s for the holiday so I’m not worried. And the trial run of it, most will go in the freezer in single serving portions.

GF/DF Apricot-Sausage Stuffing

  • 2 loaves Udi gluten free white sandwich bread, cubed and toasted (cut into cubes, put on cookie sheet, toast in 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes till brown and crunchy)
  • 1 lb maple flavored sausage links
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 3 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 large apple, cored and diced
  • 1 cup dried apricots, diced
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 tbsp parsley
  • 1 tbsp thyme
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup cranberry wine (you can replace with more stock, or diluted cranberry or apple juice. Sparkling cider would be good, too)
  • ¼ cup dairy free margarine
  • 2 tbsp Better than Bouillon organic chicken bouillon paste (or 2 bouillon cubes)

Brown sausage while dicing celery, apple, and apricots.
Remove sausage from pan.
Add 2 tbsp olive oil to pan and celery, apple, cranberries, apricots, and walnuts.
Add herbs
Sauté for ten minutes over medium heat, turning regularly.
Dice sausage and add to bread cubes in a large bowl.
Add apple mixture to bread crumbs and sausage.
Pour stock and wine into same skillet. Add margarine and bouillon.
Heat to boiling.
Add half to bread mixture. Stir till absorbed.
Add rest to bread mixture. Stir till absorbed.
Pat into large roasting pan (sprayed with cooking spray).
Cover with foil. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
Uncover, bake another 15 minutes.

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It’s Holiday Season!
Posted on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 8 am by
Holiday kitties

Keeter and Meerclar in festive hats…oh yeah, they “liked” that. Not. LOL

Long day today and long day coming up tomorrow. Just came back from Sam’s desk (he’s working on streamlining some of my site) and walked past Morgana, who had her head stuck in one of my shoes. Don’t ask me—I have no clue.

I’m thrilled we’re into the holiday season but have to really focus. I need to get my work done and yet carve out time to enjoy the season and not feel frantic. Today I did finalize the Thanksgiving menu and send out invitations to the annual open house my husband and I have held every year since we got married. The one year we didn’t hold it was the year my mother died. She died the day before our party and I spent that evening calling people, asking them not to come. It was a nightmare. But we love the tradition and that time is long past, and every year we welcome friends into our house to relax, eat, chat, and just…breathe.

Before anybody asks, yes, here is our menu for Thanksgiving:

  • Roast Turkey
  • Baked Ham
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Gluten Free Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Vegetables
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Cupcakes
  • Cranberry Wine
  • Perrier

Thanksgiving will also be one of our guest’s birthday—hence the cupcakes. And everything will be free of dairy, gluten, garlic, onions, pepper, oranges, corn, (allergens of various guests, including me) and still taste great. I’m doing a test run on a new idea for the stuffing tomorrow—I want to make it with dried apricots and cranberries, celery, walnuts, broth of course, and gluten free bread. If it turns out good, I’ll post the recipe.

For those who want to know how I make my mashed potatoes dairy free—I use Earth Balance spread, coconut milk (canned), parsley, and a little thyme. I make gravy like you would normally, but use my GF flour mix for the roux, and chicken stock for the liquid. I make my own cranberry sauce and pair the cranberries with raspberries, and cook them in a little cranberry wine. For pie crust—I use Glutino GF pie crust. Dairy free, and it actually is light and flaky. I use coconut milk instead of dairy in the pumpkin pie.

(And no, the dinner is NOT low carb…but it’s Thanksgiving so you know what? That’s fine. I will just watch my portion sizes).

And that’s enough for today. ;) Especially since I’m writing this the night before and I’m tired.

Later, peeps!

 

Yasmine

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Dancing With Words
Posted on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 8 am by

I am working on Autumn Thorns. I’m dancing with the second chapter—around this way, around that. Write a couple paragraphs, delete a few sentences. Write more, delete a little more. I have found the tone of the book, and my first chapter is off to my editor to read (she okays it to go in the back of the previous book, so I always have to get her the first chapter of the next book shortly after I turn in the last book).

The tone is so different that it’s throwing me a little—I love it, and yet I have to remind myself that not everything has to be action packed…that I can shift gears here, and slow the pacing down a little. The series is mood-oriented, it’s paranormal romance/suspense, not urban fantasy, so the feel is very different. I love it—I envisioned this mood when the idea came to me. Think Twin Peaks. Think Haven. Think every dark but beautiful little town that makes you pause and think, “Please don’t let me get stuck here at night.”

But there’s a part of me that gets nervous…what if readers go WHERE’S THE FIGHT SCENE???

But so many cool things are happening with this series. The background has evolved exponentially. My research notebook is so far advanced over what it normally is. Hell, I have PICTURES of the characters—found models that work so well for them. I have pictures of their houses, of town shops, of the area, of the spooky areas around Whisper Hollow.

You want to see? Here…Kerris Fellwater, Bryan Tierney—her mysterious neighbor. And here’s a picture that makes me think of Whisper Hollow, one of the Screaming Tree, and let’s see…here’s a picture of Diago, the Scuffler Under the Bed, one of the spirit creatures lurking in Whisper Hollow.

So yeah…feeling my way through, and loving the journey so far.

Yasmine

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Monday Snippet! Panther Prowling
Posted on Monday, November 10, 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 puddy tat, 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

Yasmine’s latest electronic anthology is available now – Men Of Otherworld!

Mist & ShadowsTales From OtherworldFlight From Hell & Priestess Dreaming are still available!  Panther Prowling is available for PREORDER, click on the names for the pre-order page.

Men of OtherworldMist 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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