Monday Snippet: Night’s End
Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
After a few minutes, I glanced over my shoulder. “I’m sorry we had to put you through that again, Druise.” She’d underwent the procedure before being hired into her position, and I knew how much that invasion had cost her.
Druise gazed at me, her eyes clear and steady. “Your Highness, may I be blunt?”
“By all means.” This surprised me—Druise was usually reticent. At times, I thought her overly grateful. But then again, her job with me meant her family was in a better position than they had ever been. She wanted to keep her post and I knew she’d do just about anything in order to make me happy.
“I think…I don’t dare to presume, but I believe your advisor, His Lordship Strict, would caution you against apologizing to the help. Or to anyone, for that matter. It is not my place to question your motives, or your orders, but to accept them as you will.”
I let out a soft laugh. Lainule, the former Queen of Summer, had already had my head over that one. “I think you’re right, Druise. But I’m still…I regret having had to order this. Allow me that much, at least.”
“Honestly, yes the procedure hurts but for you? I’d walk through fire. You treat me like a real person. You aren’t cruel or demanding. I never feel afraid around you—well, not so long as I mind my manners and do my work right. Your Majesty, I would give my life for you.” And with that, she stopped, flushed and looking ever-so-slightly embarrassed, the brush half-raised.
The realization that I literally held her life in my hands—every life in my Court—sank in at that moment. I was responsible for them all, and I could terminate any of them—including Grieve—with one fit of temper or pique.
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Bumblers and Dragonflies and Flutterbys, Oh My!
Posted on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
So, I ordered something the other day. I ordered two Garden Towers. I’d make my own, but I don’t have the time, and I have no experience, so yes, I bought them. We have a big lot. The front lawn has to remain lawn due to the septic system, but out back? We have a lot of lawn just going unused. As I’ve said on Twitter, I got a bug in my bonnet to create a garden friendly to dragonflies, honeybees, and butterflies—the pesticide use on a worldwide basis has, together with other factors, created an impending catastrophe on the ecosystem.
So a few weeks ago, I was thinking, what can I do besides vote with my dollars, bitch at the corporations like Monsanto, and fret? Then it hit me: I have a big yard. The lawn isn’t ecologically that productive. Why not create a naturalized habitat friendly to both this area, and to them—that will help the situation instead of hurt it? So I talked to my lawn care guy and asked him to dig out part of the lawn near the Satyr Garden so we can start working on the BB&D habitat.
As I was looking through plant choices, I started noticing the vegetable plants. Now, I grew up helping in the garden, canning food, etc.. And I started to think about how much produce that we now eat, with going low carb, and how I have to be cautious to avoid pesticides and GMOs because they can wreak havoc with food allergies as well as a number of other illnesses and conditions. So, I decided to give growing veggies a try again.
Now, I don’t have a bad track record with gardening, but I don’t do well if I have to be down in the dirt too much due to my allergies—I try to stay off the grass as much as possible. Raised beds help, as do planters, but I wanted something really easy on my back, that was off the ground. Plus it has to be as low maintenance as possible—I don’t have a lot of time to spare. So I searched the net and happened to come across these: tower gardens! I’ve ordered two and we’re going see how it goes.
And eventually, I want my back yard to be a haven for frogs and bees and butterflies and dragonflies and hummingbirds…where I can go out on a summer’s evening and sit by the faerie garden, and feel the hum of nature, happily going about her business.
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Lines I Love
Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 4 pm by Yasmine Galenorn
A HARVEST OF BONES was my favorite Chintz ‘ China book—it was mystical and romantic and eerie and I realized then, I needed to move into more paranormal work, like I’d always planned on.
“A trickle of rain started again, plopping down around me in fat droplets. As I gingerly peeked back in the cavity, I saw a simple gold band on one of the fingers of the hand— the right hand. The roots of the yew had entwined around the bones, like a mother holding a child. Could this really be Brigit’s remains? My gut told me yes, my mind waxed uncertain.”Posted in Writing | No Comments »
Brain Candy Friday: Pets?
Posted on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
So for today’s Brain Candy Friday, we’re wondering, if you could have any pet in the world that you wanted–and the ability to take care of it–what animal would you choose (real world)?
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Backlist Blitz: Murder Under a Mystic Moon
Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
THE PHONE JARRED me out of my pre-caffeine stupor as I was eating breakfast. I’d woken to find the kids already up and halfway through their chores, hustling to make it down to the Chiqetaw Recreation Center before the swimming pool got too crowded. I grabbed the receiver on the third ring, trying to maneuver my tongue around a mouthful of jelly doughnut.
“O’Brien?” Jimbo Warren’s voice came booming over the line. A biker and self-proclaimed mountain man, Jimbo and I had started out as adversaries and ended up as friends. Not only had he helped me save my son from kidnappers, but he’d insisted on paying me back every penny that he’d cost me and my insurance company for throwing a brick through my living-room window. Now that we’d put the past to rest, we actually got along pretty good.
“I need your help,” he said. “My buddy Scar’s gone missing. I want you to find out if he’s dead.”
Dead? Did he say dead? I glanced at the clock. Yep, it was eight in the morning, all right. Jimbo didn’t sound like he was joking. Didn’t sound drunk, either, so that eliminated any practical jokes he might come up with after a long night at Reubens. I squinted at the phone. Maybe I’d missed something along the way. I’d barely started on my espresso; the caffeine hadn’t had time to hit my system yet and there was a good chance I was still running at half-speed.
I licked my fingers. “Say what? Who’s Scar, and why do you think—?”
“I’m not kidding, O’Brien,” Jimbo interrupted. “I need your help. Scar’s my best buddy. He lives in the biker enclave out in Klickavail Valley, and he’s been missing for a week. I think he’s dead, and if he is, I was thinking that you might be able to contact his spirit. You owe me one.”
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Latte With Yasmine: Five Things…
Posted on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
So today, I’m giving you a little more glimpse into my life. *grins* Yes, it’s a cheesy facts you may not have known about me post, but it’s what you get. So, five things I seldom talk about:
So there you are, five facts about me you might not know. What’s something about you (let’s keep it PG and upbeat or just odd) that most people wouldn’t know?
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Monday Snippet: Night’s End
Posted on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
He held me, his arms wrapping around my waist, and buried his nose into my hair. “Cicely, my love. It’s all right. Please, believe me. This is the way of our people. I have undergone this ritual before—in Lainule’s court. And Myst put me through it, for her pleasure. But for you, I would endure so much more. I needed you to know I was true to you. I need you to know that in your heart.”
He leaned down, pressing his lips to mine. As his hands slid over my ass and along my back, the heat within me rose, and I yanked off my crown. The only time I was allowed to remove it was when we were alone in our chamber, or when I was sleeping. It had become an anchor around my neck, and I welcomed the times when I could take it off, even though the weight of responsibility was there regardless.
Grieve pushed me back, staring into my eyes and I lost myself in his gaze. His eyes had been cornflower blue once, blue as the morning sky, but when Myst had turned him, they had shifted to inky black, with a sparkling of stars through them. The Vampiric Fae all had eyes like the night sky.
He reached out, touched the busks on my corset, and I let him undo them. Grieve preferred to undress me, and I liked it when he did. He undid the steel fasteners one by one, easing the pressure on my midriff, and then my boobs bounced free. I had large breasts. I was five-four and a sturdy one hundred and forty pounds of muscle. As he ran one finger up my side to slide over my breasts and then pinched my nipple, hard, I inhaled sharply, gasping at the pain before the fire hit. And then, in a haze of hunger, I unzipped my jeans and kicked my way out of them.
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Lines I Love
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4 pm by Yasmine Galenorn
This paragraph is one of my faves from NIGHT MYST. It set the tone for the book, for me.
“I closed my eyes and inhaled deeply. The faint taste of leather and sweat and passion. And something behind it. Magic rode the currents. Shadow magic, spider magic, blood magic. The taste of sweet poison and wine. The energy swept over me like a web, muting my ability to sense my touchstone. Whatever this force was, it was strong. Powerful. Old.”Posted in Writing | No Comments »
Brain Candy Fridays: Spring Fever
Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
I have spring fever so bad! I want flowers and spring breezes with warmer rain! And I KNOW a lot of you who have had a rough winter are aching for it too. So, what are you most looking forward to this coming Spring?
One commenter (on my blog on my website) who is also subscribed to the blog will win a copy of the DEMON MISTRESS audiobook!
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Backlist Blitz: Legend of the Jade Dragon
Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 8 am by Yasmine Galenorn
AS I STARED at the cards, I had an overwhelming desire to fold them up and tell the man sitting opposite me to forget it. It wasn’t like I needed the cash. Ever since the news broke a few months back that I’d managed to catch a two-time murderer thanks to the ghost of one of his victims, my china shop was packed with customers. The tearoom was full every afternoon, and my appointment book for tarot readings was crammed. Emerald O’Brien, I’d told myself as I looked myself in the mirror that morning, you’ve got it made. Life’s sure turned around, so count your blessings.
And count them I did. Every night I gave a little nod of thanks to the universe for letting me spend another day with Kip and Miranda, my peculiar and brilliant children. I loved my life, my cozy house, my thriving business, and my family of friends. I also tried to be grateful for the two men who both wanted me in their lives, but it was hard to smile at the same time I was the prize in a determined, if good-natured, rivalry. So this was what it felt like to be a love goddess.
Yep, things had turned around, all right. But as I laid out the reading for the man sitting on the opposite side of my table, I felt a flicker of apprehension. When I studied the cards, that flicker turned into a cringe. The Tower, Death, the Five of Swords. Great. Just great. A tidy prediction forecasting the breakdown of everything in this man’s life, and I was the one destined to tell him about it.Posted in Excerpt | 3 Comments »