Playing for Keeps

Author Diana Rose Wilson

This website is for Diana Rose Wilson and her upcoming events and releases of her books including the Forbidden Secrets series.

A few little bits for you!

I've been away from the posts for awhile. Did you miss me?

I have been fortunate enough to get some great feedback and new readers are finding me.  I've seen a request for a story about Mano. 

I'm happy to report that I have just the thing.  

Several things actually.

So, there's Blood Feathers, which is about Marcie meeting Mano. I know, it's book 4 of Forbidden Secrets.

Then there's Dangerous Seduction, which is book 6 of the Forbidden Secrets series but...there's also Mano. 

He's also a side character for Paying the Dragon's Price - Forbidden Secrets 5 and Heart Bound - Forbidden Secrets 7.

And for people who have read all of those and have been waiting for more, I have a pair of short stories that continue with the characters.  Marcie+Mano, and the Marcie+Mano Christmas story

He even has a tiny part in All Thorns Eve and an even smaller cameo in An End to Summer.

All these stories and series are made to come together in a pretty little package.  At least they will if I do my job properly.

Thanks for reading. :D 

 

 Because everyone needs a little more Mano...right?

Because everyone needs a little more Mano...right?

May Reads

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I know, I just did a: 'What I'm currently reading', but here's a full roundup of the Month's reads.

Queen of the Darkness - Anne Bishop

Catch of the Day - Kristan Higgins -  @Kristan_Higgins

The Next Best Thing - Kristan Higgins  - @Kristan_Higgins

Somebody to Love - Kristan Higgins - @Kristan_Higgins

Halfway to the Grave  Jeaniene Frost - @Jeaniene_Frost

In Flight - R.K. Lilley @authorrklilley

My Wicked Valentine - Ann Mayburn @AnnMayburn                                                            

Current Reads:

The Wolfe (de Wolfe Pack #1) - Kathryn Le Veque - @KathrynLeVeque

Kneel, Mr. President Lauren Gallagher - @GallagherWitt

Ride Hard (Raven Riders, #1) Laura Kaye - @laurakayeauthor

Only eat the best chocolate

I write because it's fun. Even at the point in the process I’m stuck in right now, where I have to force out every….single….word……I remind myself that this is fun. 

It should be fun.

I began this hobby because I loved creating life in fiction form.

It’s a bit like eating really good chocolate.

I only want the good stuff, because, it’s not healthy for me, but I don’t want to live without it. Life is too short to waste on bad quality chocolate. It's also too short to waste on something that doesn't bring me joy.

When I first started writing, I wrote Fantasy, but I heard it was hard to get published and so I put it aside. When I began writing Paranormal Romances, I was told the exact same thing. I thought about writing something that sells, even though I didn't enjoy it. I decided to just go for the good chocolate; the stories that made me happy.

Now, as I’m forced to come up with something new, better, and marketable…. I wonder if it’s worth it.

Would I eat bad chocolate? Should I just stomach it?

I work to make money to support my hobby.

Writing.

My writing  was once my fun time. Is changing my genre going to better my situation? Gain me readers? Can I craft it with honesty without my passion and joy of the story behind it?

I don’t think so.

So, I’m going to keep on eating the good chocolate and write the stuff that makes my heart happy. To hell with that chalky, waxy crap! (And hey, you should write what you love too and totally kill it!)

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Another goodie-basket from RT BookLovers.

During the RT BookLovers Convention, I won a lovely gift basket from Louisa Bacio @Louisabacio for my costume at the 'Steampunk High Tea Party' (I will eventually convert all readers to Liad through costumes and my big mouth. It will just take some time.)

I wanted to give an update regarding the books I have in my greedy hands thanks to the gift card included in the basket:

Border Town (SLICE Agency #1)

Lucky Charms

Once Upon A Twisted Time (Twisted Fairy Tales, #1)

 (WOO!)

I still have a little for a book or two more, so if anyone has recommendations, let me know. :D

Also: Thank you for the goodies, Louisa Bacio @Louisabacio

Current Reads

I will have my fully read list for May at the end of next week, but I wanted to give a shout out to the books I'm currently enjoying.

The Wolfe (de Wolfe Pack #1) - Kathryn Le Veque - @KathrynLeVeque

Kneel, Mr. President Lauren Gallagher - @GallagherWitt

Ride Hard (Raven Riders, #1) Laura Kaye - @laurakayeauthor (Yes, this has been on my reading list for awhile. No fault of the author, I just keeps getting distracted by things.)

#writersupport

#amreading

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After RT!

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So, just back from RT Booklovers and boy, they weren't kidding. The name of the convention is spot on. So many awesome books. Here's just a small sample of the actual books I have to look forward to.  I didn't include the ebooks and many other promo items for authors I'm looking forward to reading.  

I decided to attend the convention at the last moment and wasn't sure what to expect.  I'm happy to report that everyone was so friendly and welcoming.  I went from a singleton not knowing anyone at the event to connecting with some awesome authors and readers.  On top of meeting people, it was just fun attending the events.  

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Here's my setup from RT.  It was nice to have a little setup so people could see what I'm working on.  

I passed out a couple 'Fallen Angels' shirts. Did you get one?  ;D  I still have a couple to pass around, but holding onto them for now.  Interested in a shirt?  I might have your size. :D  

 Dresden wants to know WTF happened to his nap spot and who dared put all books there!

Dresden wants to know WTF happened to his nap spot and who dared put all books there!

I've started finding everyone I was lucky enough to meet on various social media locations. I'm looking forward to learning more about all the people in the reader/writer community.  I'll also be reading through the books, so look for my monthly read-list.  

Looking forward to BookLovers Con next year. Bigger and better costumes for me. ;)  Maybe.  I need to think about how much room I'll need to get all those books home!

 One my favorite events of the convention: Bridesmaids, Bachelors and Bubbly.

One my favorite events of the convention: Bridesmaids, Bachelors and Bubbly.

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RT Booklovers Conference is coming up next week in Reno!  Unfortunately, I am going swag-light. I'm disappointed, but last month was full of much bigger disappointments.

What am I looking forward to?

1)      Meeting fellow writers.

2)      Meeting new readers. (AND getting to meet face to face some current readers!)

3)      Meeting readers passionate about the same books I love!

There are also quite a few writer’s craft panels that I specifically want to attend:

Make Marketing Your B*tch! (Wed)

Beyond Tall, Dark, and Brooding – Because… Mano. (Thursday)

Worldbuilding in Sci-Fi & Fantasy (Friday)

Oh, and I’ll also be sporting my Liaden outfit at the Steampunk High Tea Party (Thursday)  It’s not really steampunk, but I’ll get to wear my knee boots,spurs and saber. Don’t judge me.

 Russian River, on the way to the sea! <3 

Russian River, on the way to the sea! <3 

 

 

April Reads

Meet Me at the Cupcake Café - Jenny Colgan  @jennycolgan

Wanderlust - Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton -Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie    @stephaniehdray @laurakayeauthor

(Now I want a Hamilton + Laurens novel. Someone. Please. It doesn't need to be particularly historically correct.)

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking -Malcolm Gladwell

Hope's Folly - Linnea Sinclair 

(The Rapey-Rape Saga) Special thanks to L Scott Brown at the Book Nook @booknookfresno who always sets me up with the good reads.)

Daughter of the Blood - Anne Bishop

Heir to the Shadows – Anne Bishop

Up next:

Pretty much all of Anne Bishop’s rape-rape books. (Obviously even the abuse/rape/torture isn’t keeping me from these. I stopped reading Mercedes Lackey due to how often she used rape as a darkest moment for her heroines/heroes, so we'll see how far I get before I'm tired of it. I’m holding out for just one happy sex scene.  It’s like anti-romance. These are so well written that I hope the rape-factor lightens up.  I forgot how much I love pure Fantasy.)

(Bumped by the rape-rape books)

Ride Hard - Laura Kaye @laurakayeauthor

Dawn on a Distant Shore - Sara Donati

 An actual image of me after reading something good.

An actual image of me after reading something good.

Swag Phase 2 - The Imprint

Thank you so much for the feeback on the first survey!  (I'm still collecting answers in case you wanted to submit your answers.  

Now, onto the artwork!  I'm leaving out the artwork for just my name and website that would be all the space available for a pen or some of the smaller items.  Instead, I'm focused on the big ticket swag.  Pick the image you'd like to see.  If you'd like something else, let me know here or in the survey.

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Swag Advice

As I do my own search for the most epic swag at a convention, I reached out to other writers for feedback. 

Aside from the general advice to know your budget and know your audience I received some great nuggets of wisdom.  And also an anti-swag voice.

Lucy Farago cautions that many swag-hunters are the grab-and-go type.  ‘Swag junkies,’ she says. I know this is true. I’ve seen people shovel handfuls of loot into their pack without even looking twice.  Lucy suggests that swag is not the best use of marketing money for authors who don’t have an established brand.  Her suggestion for new authors is to use swag for small reader events

Jo McNally recommends checking on the fine print before pulling the trigger on your purchase.  An item that seems cheap might be too good to be true.  Make sure you’re taking into account things like setup fees and shipping costs. You don’t want a $2 item to end up being $15 when you factor in all the minor charges.

Ava Cuvay remarks that readers/swag-hunters might not understand the use of certain items.  For example, the wine charms a reader thought were naval rings. (That’s quite some jewelry if you’re brave enough to try it. Owie)

She also notes that promotional plastic fans make for dual purpose ice scrapers. (Pro tip)

Now for the fun part!  Links to your swag shopping pleasure!

www.vistsprint.com – Great for paper promo items and pens. (My experience with Vista Print has always been great.  I haven’t seen much of their higher end product but have seen pens, mousepads and of course business/post cards.)

https://www.uprinting.com/ - Great for paper promo items.  (My experience with Uprinting has been spot on.  I created some large brochures and they came out great. Lots of options including mini & pocket brochures.)

www.stickermule.com/‎ -- Stickers and magnets

www.stickeryou.com – Stickers, Magnets and even Temporary tattoos!

www.journalbooks.com – Journals/Notebooks

www.4imprint.com/‎ -- Put your logo on everything! It is a deep, dark rabbit hole. You’ve been warned.

www.anypromo.com/ -- Another site with promo items to slap your logo on.

http://www.eversonbrand.com – Higher end swag

www.themagnetgroup.com – Higher end swag

http://www.logomark.com/ – Higher end swag

I’m sure there are more sites out there, this is just a scratch on the surface, but it should keep you busy shopping for a little while.  Thank you for reading and if you haven’t, please complete the survey.

 

 Swaggity Swag Swag #swag

Swaggity Swag Swag #swag

Swag'tastic Swag

This Swag’s for YOU

Once again, I’m faced with the question of what to create for give-away goodies. I vacillate between the quirky that borders on downright goofy and cute, all the way to expensive, elegant items. The reality is that my budget doesn’t change just because I want my awesome readers (And future readers) to have high end swag.  This means I end up with options ranging from 1000 postcards or 1 custom framed map of the Spirit Lands.

The only way out of this mess is to cry for help! 

What do you like to take home as swag?  What sort of swag would encourage you to throw your name in to WIN?  What would rock your world to get from me as a goodie?  (Don't forget to check out the survey!) SURVEY

Diana Rose Wilson’s 2018  Swag’stravaganza

Tee-Shirt

Pros: Awesome new clothes! Great branding impact.

Cons: Very limited quantity and sizes (Probably can only do one size Large or XL). Challenging to display.

Bag/Tote

               Pros: Fantastic new tote for your shopping. Great branding impact.

               Cons: Very limited quantity.

Drink Containers (Mugs/Glasses)

               Pros: Classy. Multi-use items. Good branding impact.

               Cons: Limited quantity. Challenging to display. Possibly fragile.

Toys-Stuffed Animals/Stressballs/Toys-Puzzles

               Pros: Cute/quirky. Good branding impact.

               Cons: Dust collectors. Ends up in trash.

Bottle Opener (Corkscrew and/or church key)

               Pros: Affordable. Quirky

               Cons: Who uses these?  Limited impact for branding.

Printed Short Story

               Pros: A free chance to meet my character(s) and see if you want more.

               Cons: Lots of freebie shorts out there, will mine get lost in the shuffle? Not personalized for my current readers.

Pen/Pencil

               Pros: You get a pen! You get a pen! Everyone gets a pen!

               Cons: Everyone already has a pen. Why would you need mine? Limited impact for branding.

Notebook

               Pros: It’s always good to have a high end notebook, particularly for writers.

               Cons: Mostly writers will pick up rather than readers.  Will fans enjoy this?

Paper-Items (Bookmarks, postcards, business cards)

               Pros: Easy/fast/affordable. Flexible branding opportunity.

               Cons: ‘Cheap’. Boring. Ends up on conference floor.

Magnets

               Pros: Reusable. Customizable. Affordable. Flexible branding opportunity.

               Cons: Uninspired. Danger of ending up on conference floor/trash high.

Stickers/Tattoos

               Pros: Fun/quirky. Flexible branding opportunity.

               Cons: Limited usability. Use it and loose it.

Adult Items (Condom/Lube)

               Pros: Fun and quirky. Ahem. Unique. Fits the theme of my books.

               Cons: Too risqué? Legal issues with adult theme? I’ll offend SOMEONE.

Candy/Food

               Pros: SUGAR!

               Cons: I don’t want to be a junk-food pusher.  Limited branding impact. Use it and loose it.

Tech: Flashdrive

               Pros: Small and easy to showcase. Load with stories/art/fun stuff!

               Cons: Limited impact for branding. Danger of someone accusing virus issues.

Tech: BatteryCharger

               Pros: Useful gadget!

               Cons: Very limited quantity. Limited impact for branding.

Tech: Other (Cables/Cellphone holders)

               Pros: Toys for techie geek-readers. Clever and useful.

               Cons: Limited impact for branding. Not sure the holders work for ALL cellphones.  Some items seem outdated already. (iphone 4??!!) 

 

So, that's my rundown, so far.  Let me know what you think.  Am I on point?  Disagree with my opinions?  Give me some feedback. 

 

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Swag, Swag, Baby!

Swag seems like the easiest thing to do. Get some cute dust collectors, slap your name on them and hand out to everyone and their sister and red-headed step-sibling.  Boom. Instant success. Everyone knows about you. Retire wealthy.

However, I routinely obsess about this very topic. What do I get? What do people want?

Because, it’s not about what I want. It’s not even about what the general Joe-conference-attender wants. It’s about what YOU want. You: my reader.

You are my reader, right? 

                          ...    Hello? 

Well, I’d like you to become my reader and I want to provide next level swag that won’t end up in the trash, convention floor, or in the bottom of a desk drawer. Also need swag that won’t break the bank. Have some pity on this little author! 

Over the week, I’ll be sharing and spreading the word about a couple polls with some of my ideas. I know my readership is shy, but please take a moment to click some buttons for feedback. 

Not a reader, but you’re a writer looking for ideas?  I’ve got you covered. I’ll be sharing stories from other writers in the same situation (Swag-Lock) and give advice and tips for making some fun swag, and how to avoid the pitfalls.  Also, looking for guests to give their stories, good and bad, about their swag experiences.  I’ll provide you with MANY links to swag-sites where you too can lose yourself down the rabbit hole of swag’topia. There will be so many sites, you will beg me to stop!

For today, however, we have the first poll!  Please take a moment to answer the questions.  It’s for your own good. ;)

 

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Reading Order

“Where do I start?”

It’s a question I usually ask when someone recommends a new author to me.

My stories are made to fit together.  If I do this right, there will be big, epic, awesomeness <TM> as all lines converge. At least there will adventures (good and bad) for all involved.  Some books you can read out of order without the risk of spoilers, but others really work better in sequence. (As of April 2018)


The chronological order option:

An End to Summer (Spirit Lands)

Lies that Blind (Spirit Beasts)

Wicked Masquerade (Forbidden Secrets)

Snow Mistress (Forbidden Secrets)

Taming the Brat (Forbidden Secrets)

Blood Feathers (Forbidden Secrets)

Paying the Dragon’s Price (Forbidden Secrets)

Dangerous Seduction (Forbidden Secrets)

All Thorns Eve (Gems)

Heart Bound (Forbidden Secrets)


This is the 'From Reality, Straight Down the Rabbit-Hole' reading option:

Wicked Masquerade (Forbidden Secrets)

Snow Mistress (Forbidden Secrets)

Taming the Brat (Forbidden Secrets)

Blood Feathers (Forbidden Secrets)

Paying the Dragon’s Price (Forbidden Secrets)

Dangerous Seduction (Forbidden Secrets)

All Thorns Eve (Gems)

Heart Bound (Forbidden Secrets)

Lies that Blind (Spirit Beasts)

An End to Summer (Spirit Lands)


Other mix-and-match order:

Although I recommend reading about Ursa, you can jump in at Blood Feathers (Forbidden Secrets). After that point in the series you might run into spoilers.

Lies that Blind (Spirit Beasts) and An End to Summer (Spirit Lands) can be read at any point. The stories don’t hinge on the later or earlier books of any series as of the posting of this timeline. They share characters with the other series that will give you glimpses into things to come, or provide insight on things that happened.

All Thorns Eve (Gems) and Heart Bound (Forbidden Secrets) should be read after Dangerous Seduction, but can be interchanged in the reading order.


To current readers:  What say you? 

What order did you read the stories?   

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Happy Book Birthday!

Yay!  Dangerous Seductions is out today

Amazon                        B&N                        IBooks                          Google 

I've been waiting impatiently to share this with everyone.  It's challenging to be a book-parent(Story Creator) and keep all these secrets inside without sharing them with anyone.  I look forward to hearing what you think about the story and hope you enjoy it.

I put together this electric music list and I hope you'll give it a listen to while you read.  I realize that there's a mixture of types of music and it might not all be your speed, but I tried to go for songs that either inspired me when I was writing, songs that resonate with the story and songs that were requested for the list. 

Dangerous Seduction Playlist

 

I'm happy to add more music, just leave a comment here or on any of the social links! :D 

 

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Books so far in 2018

I started out the year devouring a bunch of uber dominant, male paranormal novels until I had to switch gears and clean my palette.  It’s not that I don’t enjoy a powerful male, but after that run I had the desperate desire for just one suby or switch guy who wasn’t a ‘true dom’. (Alpha, whatever...)

Rated from higher to lesser Dom rather than order of reading (Or book order).

Jax - Kym Grosso @KymGrosso

Léopold’s Wicked Embrace - Kym Grosso 

Kade's Dark Embrace - Kym Grosso 

Luca's Magic Embrace - Kym Grosso 

Tristan's Lyceum Wolves - Kym Grosso 

Logan's Acadian Wolves - Kym Grosso

Dimitri - Kym Grosso

Lost Embrace - Kym Grosso

Jake - Kym Grosso

Solstice Burn - Kym Grosso

Carnal Risk - Kym Grosso

Blood Rising - Amber Anthony @WriteAmberA 

No disrespect for the authors in this group, I enjoyed the heck out of these, but I needed a different flavor after all that.

So, I read some other romance books:

Forbidden Nights - Lauren Blakely @LaurenBlakely3

The Thrill of It - Lauren Blakely

Called Out - Jen Doyle @jendoyleink

And then heard about this ‘Cinnamon Roll’ hero and I wanted to see an example.

Beary Christmas, Baby - Sasha Devlin @SashaDevlin

That was a shorter book, but much more my speed in regards to toning down that ‘true alpha’ thing.   (Clearly I’m into the Cinnamon Roll heroes. Extra sugar, please.)

Then I went back to my beloved Sci-Fi

Voice of Mars - Glynn Stewart @glynnstewart

Alien Arcana - Glynn Stewart

Judgment of Mars - Glynn Stewart

Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan @quellist1

Neogenesis -  Sharon Lee & Steve Miller @ClanKorval

(Do yourself a favor and go pick up one of their books.  I suggest THIS. Read. Report back.)

The Shape of Water - Guillermo del Toro @RealGDT

Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein

Then, I switched to some real classics and went to Jane Austen, as one does.

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

Emma - Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen

I know you’re asking, “Where is Sense and Sensibility, and Pride and Prejudice?”  Well, I read P&P last year and I haven’t gotten around to S&S yet.  I really enjoyed Northanger Abbey.

Up next:

Ride Hard - Laura Kaye @laurakayeauthor

I got this last year at the RWA conference and started reading it in January. Nothing against the writing or the book, it’s just not fully in my wheelhouse.  I thought I’d like a book about bikers, but somehow other stories keep leap-frogging over this one. I’m about a quarters into it.  I really should give it my full attention. Maybe this weekend I’ll biker up.

(Oh! --As I'm writing this, I see on her twitter: My Dear Hamilton. Stephanie Dray @stephaniehdray . That's on my list now too. :O  ) 

Dawn on a Distant Shore - Sara Donati

I’m not so far into this one. I enjoyed the first book so much that I jumped into the sequel.  Then I got to the sex bit and she’s lactating and he…well… I just couldn’t.   Yeah, yeah, natural and all that, but not my kink.  I put it aside to cool and other books jumped ahead.  Still in my ‘in progress’ list.

Hope's Folly - Linnea Sinclair

This one I haven’t even started but I read the first two books after meeting Linnea Sinclair at RWA. I really enjoyed the world she’d created and I’m looking forward to tearing through this one.

Wanderlust - Lauren Blakely

Just started

Meet Me at the Cupcake Café - Jenny Colgan @jennycolgan

Just started

 

Have some suggestions for me?  Want me to read something you have?  I’d love to see some Sci-Fi romance in whatever heat-flavor you’ve got, or you love. <3 

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Reading will set your ass free. :)  Your mind too, probably. 

Sneak Peak - Spirit Beasts 2 ~

I wanted to share this from my Work in Progress for the second Spirit Beasts book. :D  Events in this scene happen right after Lies that Blind:


Chaze bared his crooked teeth. “Someone real stupid went and split my lip.” There was a definite nasty sneer towards Dave before he tapped his temple and then turned and continued to lead the group of firefighters off towards the building.

“Chief?” Dave rasped.

Frankie too was having trouble reconciling that information. She’d assumed Chaze was just a biker. Well, of course he would be more than just a hulking brute on a motorcycle. It explained the leathery skin, and his rasping voice. Is that how he earned the horrible scar across his throat?

“Knights Valley crew.” Mano turned back to Frankie. “Let the kid check your arms. He’s….” He wiggled his fingers and Frankie wasn’t sure if he was trying to convey ‘safe’ or ‘one of us’ or ‘mystical’. Maybe everything.

“Knights Valley? You are so full of shit.” Frankie’s head spun from more than the pain in her arms. Knights, rooks, kings, queens and….

“Read a map, Mouse.” Mano smirked at her.

Christopher pulled her against him when she tried to lunged for Mano. “I’m not letting you go anywhere until someone looks at your arms.” His jungle green gaze trapped her when she looked up at him. Christopher Harris-Wallace stood almost seven feet tall, and he was utterly perfect. He had smudges of ash and blood across his high cheekbones, like war-paint. He held her as though he wanted to shelter her from the world, rather than protect the world from her.

She didn’t frighten him.

She was pretty sure nothing scared him.'

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Book Cover Love - An End to Summer

First, I would like to thank my awesome cover artist, Kelly Martin (https://www.kam.design/book-covers)!  She has done ALL my books so far and she is so great at making my vision come through in images. I am amazed and awed by the results.

Take, for example, my request on the cover for An End to Summer. I wanted one of my heroes to have feathers for hair.  It's kind of a part of that character in the story.

Kelly and I had a few back and forth exchanges where I sent her suggestions; 'like a Hawkhead parrot, but also kinda of like a cockatoo, but don't make it look goofy. Oh, and also?  He needs to be sexy. '

I'm demanding. I know. 


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I mean, the look is supposed to look a little unusual and a little silly, as Alexander finds it in this first introduction here:


              There was something strange about the warriors though. Their hair was brilliant red banded with stripes of purple and blue.  He realized with a shock that what covered their head was not hair but feathers.

              The man at the center of their group looked over at their approach, his haughty features guarded. He seemed the youngest and handsome in a razor-edged way that made Alexander stare. He swept a look over the stallion with an arrogant little curl of his upper lip.  Then his eyes fell on Alexander.  The feathers on his head lifted into a comical crest like a cockatoo.

               It looked ridiculous.  Thankfully his cough of amusement sounded like a rumble rather than mirth. There was nothing funny about the glares that the men fixed on him.


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I think Kelly did an outstanding job picking out Alexander and although I wanted him to have his scar, I think that might have been a bit much for the cover.  What do you think? Would you have rather seen him scared face if possible? 

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A sketch of Alexander. 

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6 Unusual things about me:

1)      Owned by …ahem…10 cats and one African grey parrot (Who is 27 this year)

 

2)      For the span of over 3 years spent 10+ hours day, every day, playing on a text based Roleplay game where I …er…my character, was a Duchess.  (Also played on Pern based MUSHes from 1994-2010. I won’t share the number of hours I spent playing on an average day.)

 

3)      I am a Pteraphile.  For those not familiar with this word:  lover of all things feather/winged related. Primarily humans with wings.  Wings need not be feathered; I’m also rather attracted to bat-like wings (Dragons/demons). Not in particular interested in Angels due to the accompanying religious significance, although I must say the show Lucifer is f*n awesome.  ;)  


4)      My husband took my last name when we got married.

 

5)      I have a full sleeve leg tattoo. It wraps completely around my leg, extending from my ankle to my hip-bone.  The image was inspired, in part, by unfortunate events that happened to my brother.

 

6)      I’m 4’10.

 Bird Fight

Bird Fight

Trina, oh Trina

I’ve been writing about Trina and I’m happy to announce that she’s turning into more than just a Harris puppet/tool/weapon. On the surface, she’s out for her own self-interest but the things she did in her youth still hang over her and no one will let her forget it, particularly those Harris boys. It is awful to have the actions a 16 year old self thrown back as reminders of wrongdoing dozens of years later. Through that lense, it’s easy to see how someone would simply stop confiding/sharing with people and believe they can never move on or change or find forgiveness for what they’ve done.

I wrote this poem when I was fleshing out the character, shortly after An End to Summer. A peek into Trina’s frame of mind. Doesn’t everyone deserve a second chance? (Names of boys changed to protect the..erm…’innocent’.)

I’m Trina <3

I’m the girl in the flame-red lipstick. 
Fire flicking from my fingertips and
sparks dancing off my stilettos. 
I’m the girl in Andy’s car, 
in Andy’s arms, 
in Andy’s lap. 
I’m adrenaline and
gasoline and
matchsticks and
supercharged lust.

I’m the girl with the rainbow hair. 
Stars spilling from my mouth and
moonbeams gleaming off my skin. 
I’m the girl in Billy’s car, 
in Billy’s arms, 
in Billy’s lap. 
I’m firecrackers and
dynamite and gunpowder and all
the risky choices mother warned you about.

I’m the girl on the fast path to the top. 
The American dreams, 
stuffed in an apple pie cooked by
the comet’s red glare. 
I’m the girl in Cory’s car, 
in Cory’s arms, 
in Cory’s lap. 
I’m booze and
coke and
speed and
the heartache hangover worth wrecking your life.

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March 2018 Update

Updates on Works in Progress:

Spirit Beasts #2 – 32k’ish words.

Spirit Lands #2 – 35k’ish words.

Spirit Lands #3 – 10k’ish words.

Gems Book #2, #3, #4, #5 – 21k’ish words.

Technarian – 45k’ish words.

Unnamed Sci-Fi story – 75k’ish words.

My muse was hijacked in October when fires devastated my community. I had very deliberate plans for Frankie that included her demonstration of strength and flammable temper.  Danger to her friends and unexpected revelations add up to a pretty explosive tinderbox for her and the characters in my fictional world.  To have this situation thrust on me in reality has altered my outlook on this plot-point as you might imagine.  The place I love most in the world burned to the ground.  My plan for Frankie’s reckoning played out in reality has been very intense.  It’s been difficult to write out those events with dispassion when I drive through the aftermath every day. 

More recently the real-life town of Yountville had a horrible and tragic incident at the Veterans Home. That center will, at some point, have an important place in my fictional world.  Not to be too spoiler’y, but it’s the nation’s largest Veterans center and  if you’ve read through the stories thus-far, you’ll understand why this would be important to Frankie and Marcie’s new world.  Retired warriors…waiting for their time… need I say more?  It’s interesting how real life events are impacting my characters and the fictional world and how I’m viewing it.   All I’ve wanted to write this week is Frankie Welton opening a can of whoop-ass on anyone who dares fuck with her warriors.

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