Showing posts from May, 2018

Once... Book Blast!

Damsels in distress, curses, echoes of faery tales and tragic love affairs swirl together in sixteen stories found in a dragon’s lair by a curious half-fae. Unexpected changes to reality causes more than one damsel to turn into a strong, independent woman who takes charge of her own life. A collection of short stories about Faerie and the fae that live in the human realm. A few of the stories had won competitions and all of them had enchanted readers. Learn their secrets and enter the realm of the fae… ISBN EPUB: 978-0-6399476-2-4 ISBN Paperback: 978-0-6399476-3-1 My Books Page Publication date: 23 May 2018 Universal Book Links for Afrikaans and English versions of this book: “Eens…” “Once…” Also available in Afrikaans as “Eens…”. Excerpt: Mortals cannot perceive the veil unless they are invited to – or extremely gifted. For centuries, Man and Fae have been kept apart, for not…

Doctor Mom blog hop!

Prompt: Share a favorite memory you have of your mom. Or just share a picture of your mom that you cherish. Or you can do both!

Last year, my mom and I went to Japan, where my mom was born and raised. We'd been there together twice before, but last year's trip was the first time I'd been back as an adult and it had been over twenty years. I'd forgotten how long the flight was, how cramped an airplane feels after several hours, how much I hate flying. 

Granted, airplanes these days have amenities that didn't exist in the 90s. 

At any rate, my mom and I sat next to each other. We napped. We ate. We watched movies. As the plane descended towards Haneda Airport in Tokyo, my not-so-inner flying anxiety emerged because we hit really bad turbulence. The plane would sink down another few feet, then shake because of bad air. And I was starting to freak out, but luckily, I had my mom next to me so I could grab her hand. And Mom said, "It's okay--it's...yeah, it'…

A Ranty Review

A Queen from the North by Erin McRae
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was in the mood for a royal romance (gee, I wonder why?) and this was on sale. A Queen from the North is a contemporary romance with alternative history and a bit of fantasy. Sort of. I forget where I came across this book, but I was sucked in by the fantasy and alternate history angles and I was disappointed by both elements in this book.

In an England where the Wars of Roses haven't totally ended, the north--York--feels marginalized from the southern, more Lancastrian parts of England. (Which was repetitively mentioned throughout the book, but this bit of basic worldbuilding for this premise could've been expanded so much more!) Arthur, the Lancastrian Prince of Wales, (also: supposedly this Lancastrian line has been unbroken ever since Henry Tudor killed Richard III at Bosworth, but it's never explained whom or how exactly the line is unbroken. Because, like, Elizabeth I is mentioned and if she had kids or s…

From Cookie to Kinky

Once upon a time before I started this blog, I fell ass over head for an American Idol winner's voice, voted for him, whooped and cheered when he won his season, and then chased him around midtown Manhattan when he came to New York City to do the Today Show and the Early Show.

I have vivid memories of a comfortable, sunny spring day and running the hell up Fifth Avenue to go from one show to the other. It's the only time I've followed one of my objects of admiration/infatuation around in a physical sense.

That day is almost exactly ten years ago. Ten. Fucking. Years. Ago. (I don't know about you, but I'm not feeling 22?)

Anyway, that American Idol winner was David Cook and my friend Jess and I followed him fairly extensively for a number of years after his win. We went to his first record launch in November of 2008, including lining up near Times Square at the crack of dawn to see him on Good Morning America (where I got a guitar pick le sigh), buying the CD at Tow…

IWSG May 2018

It's time for IWSG Day--the first Wednesday of every month! Do check out the group, founded by Alex Cavanaugh, here. And thanks to our awesome co-hosts:E.M.A. Timar,J. Q. Rose,C.Lee McKenzie,andRaimey Gallant!

On to the IWSG question for the month:

It's spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

Funnily enough, spring has finally sprung here in the Northeast, after what seemed like an endless winter. I've had six-day work weeks for a while, which has cut down my available writing time, unfortunately, so my writing projects are going at a crawl at the moment. But I am nearly done with a short story, which I'll send to a friend for her opinion. I'll have to decide how I want to publish it after I get her notes.

My bigger project--my contemporary romance novel outlines--are still going, but at an even slower crawl. But nothing seems insurmountable when there's finally sunshine and decent temperatures outside and I am still thinking of…