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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

Trees--Oct 19th

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.

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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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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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Monday Snippet! – Mist & Shadows
Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 8 am by

Good morning everyone, the weekend is dust on our back trail and now we look to the coming week. Lets start off on a good footing :)

Today I’ve got a snippet for you from Yasmine’s forth coming e-anthology  Mist & Shadows

Mist and Shadows will be released world wide for Kindle, Kobo and iBooks on October 14th 2014.

Nook owners, we are working as quickly as we can to ensure that we have a version for you too as soon as possible.

I’m just going to take a moment to remind people that Priestess Dreaming is out! The first Otherworld anthology, Tales From Otherworld- Collection One   is available AND you can pre-order Panther Prowling!

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Meerclar 1993-2014…We Are Going to Miss You So Much Baby….
Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1 pm by

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Meerclar, Beloved Daughter of Lady Bast
June 20, 1993 — October 11, 2014
We are going to miss you so much, baby…
You were such a ray of sunshine in our lives.
This breaks our hearts.

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Monthly Newsletter For October
Posted on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8 am by

Since there’s so much I wanted to talk about in my monthly newsletter, I decided to reproduce it here, too (feel free to sign up for it–my newsletter host never ever sells any data or email addies):

Dear Readers:

Before I get into the meat of this letter I want to remind people that on October 18, I will be signing at the Emerald City Writers Conference book fair. I will happily sign backlist as long as the conference allows it in the room and I do believe they do. That will be my last in person signing for this year.

Also, I am not planning an in-person signing for PANTHER PROWLING, but you can preorder signed copies from Seattle Mystery Bookshop. I will be there to sign them, as well as to sign stock, on January 31 so please get your orders in by by January 26. However, I will not be signing for the public in the store. And I am planning no other book signings for probably the next six months. You can always order signed bookplates from me. And Seattle Mystery Bookshop has signed copies of some of my past work.

And last quick announcement: I was going to be part of an anthology called TAMING THE ALPHA. Unfortunately, I had to withdraw from that antho, but it was too late to take my name off of it. There are a lot of talented writers in it, though, and I encourage you to check it out even though I won’t be part of it.

Now, to the meat of this letter:

As most of you know I have taken a hiatus from social media. I still pop into Twitter a little bit, but I will not be there very much. And my assistant Marc is fielding most of the questions on Facebook for me. Remember, he has the authority to speak for me and if he does not know the answer to one of your questions he will ask me. I am blogging a lot more and enjoying it again, so I invite you to leave comments on my blog and questions — I do respond. And I am peeking into my forums more. So you can find me on my blog and my forums.

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My second self published short collection, MIST AND SHADOWS, is up for preorder on Amazon, Kobo, and iTunes. It will be released next Tuesday — October 14 — and 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~

In November, I will be releasing collection one of the MEN OF OTHERWORLD short stories. I plan to release the second collection in January. Collection one contain stories for Rozurial, Shade, Roman, Chase, and Trillian. Collection two will contain stories for Smoky, Morio, Vanzir and Bruce. And possibly one other story but I’m not sure on that yet.

In December I will be releasing a novelette — longer than a short story, shorter than a novella — called HOLIDAY SPIRITS. I’ll be revisiting Emerald O’Brien’s world, so all of you Chintz ‘n China fans get to hear from Emerald again. As I have said in the past, I could never write another full novel in that world, but short stories are another matter.

By now, I hope that all of you who managed to get your copies of PRIESTESS DREAMING have read and enjoyed it. I really loved writing that book, it felt different than most of the others and it felt like I was able to veer into a direction that I have really wanted to explore for a while.

At this point, I believe that most of you know that I have taken the Otherworld series down to one book a year. By the end of 2014, I will know whether my publisher is interested in more books beyond DARKNESS RAGING, or whether I will have to finish the series on my own. Either way, rest assured the series will get finished, even if it takes longer than I had planned.

I want to reiterate why I made the decision to take Otherworld to one book a year. Otherworld is an extremely long series. I love the world and I love the complexity that it’s taken on, but as it gets more complex each book becomes a little more difficult to write. And, to be bluntly honest, readership has dropped off some — enough to make a difference in my contracts, which are a business venture based on sales (that’s the only way they can be approached). So, I need to begin new ventures, to rebuild my readership and interest new readers.

But that isn’t the only reason I decided to drop OW to one book a year. As much as I hate to admit it, I have started to burn out on the series, and I don’t want the books to take a nose dive—and I know you don’t want them to either.

I do believe I’ve kept the quality in my writing up to my standards, but in order to continue keeping the books fresh, I desperately need to write something new. Authors need to explore new worlds and get fresh perspectives on their writing, and I’m at that stage. I had so much fun writing the first Fly by Night novel that it made me acutely aware of how much I need to write in new avenues.

Right now, I’m starting AUTUMN THORNS, the first Whisper Hollow book, and I’m amazed by how recharged I feel. Adding in two new series has proven to be better medicine than I could hope for—more than any vacation could be.

I’m excited about my work and enthusiastic in a way I haven’t been for awhile. And that enthusiasm will transfer over to writing DARKNESS RAGING when I come to it. I love the D’Artigo sisters and I never want to lose my passion for them. So if taking the series down to one book a year keeps me excited about their world, then that will make for happy campers all the way around.

As I stated last month, I do have an endpoint in mind for Otherworld. It’s a few books out yet, but I do see it now. I don’t believe I’ll ever fully stop writing stories set in the Otherworld altaverse, even if they are short stories or novellas. And the Fly by Night series is set in that altaverse and I see that going on for a bit. But at some point, yes, the sisters’ tales do have to come to an end.

So, what does my current book release schedule look like?

Jan 27, 2015: PANTHER PROWLING, book 17 of Otherworld
July 2015: FLIGHT FROM DEATH, the first Fly by Night novel
Oct 2015: AUTUMN THORNS, the first Whisper Hollow novel
Feb 2016: DARKNESS RAGING, book 18 of Otherworld
July 2016: FLIGHT FROM MAYHEM, a Fly by Night novel
Oct 2016: DREAMING DEATH, a Whisper Hollow novel

 

And the next few months of my short self published collections:

Oct 14, 2014: MIST AND SHADOWS, a short story collection
Nov 4, 2014: MEN OF OTHERWORLD (C1), Otherworld series
Dec 2, 2014: HOLIDAY SPIRITS, a Chintz ‘n China novelette
Jan 6, 2015: MEN OF OTHERWORLD (C2), Otherworld series
Feb 10, 2015: DEMON IN THE GLADE, a Hunters Glen novelette

All dates for my short self published collections are tentative for now, depending on what happens between now and the end of the year with other secret projects that I’ve got going.

I wish you a wonderful October, a blessed Samhain for my fellow pagans. A happy Halloween to all. And I will talk to you again next month in my newsletter. Also remember I will be having a fun little contest for a goodie bag for Samhain/Halloween on my blog. So subscribe to my blog in order to get the notification when the contest opens.

Brightest Blessings,
Yasmine

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