Monthly Archives: February 2015

Moonflower FREE for Limited Time

My short story, Moonflower, a sort of prequel to the Dragonlinked Chronicles series, is FREE starting today, for a limited time. This is a great opportunity to get a peek into the world of Lethera, to get a taste of the magic and the monsters, if you haven’t yet! Included is a bonus mini-story, Brilliant Points of Light.

 

Moonflower ebook cover, 2015 version.

Moonflower ebook cover, 2015 version.

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Another Reason Pauley Perrette is Awesome

I’ve always liked her character on NCIS, Abby, but this news shows how amazing the actress herself is. She’s written a song in support of LGBT youth, letting them know that even though it may not seem like it at times, there are people who love them. She also hopes the song and video can spread awareness of The Trevor Project, a place where LGBT youth can get assistance if they’re ever in a situation where they feel down or suicidal. The song is called Beautiful Child.

People deal with tragic events in different ways. When Ms. Perrette learned that the younger brother of a friend had killed himself, she took her feelings and channeled them into writing this uplifting song. With assistance from fellow actors from NCIS and other CBS shows as well as friends in the music industry, Ms. Perrette put together a music video for the song which premiered on Entertainment Tonight.

You can read Ms. Perrette’s interview about the song on ET Online here (the video for the song is below the story), and you can see the video here.

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Think Outside the Box

I’ve been day-dreaming, researching, brainstorming, and watching shows to let my subconscious percolate and brew up some interesting scenarios for the next book. Well, today I came across an old link I bookmarked a while back. It demonstrates that sometimes you can create with tools that aren’t what you’d typically use. And sometimes the results are amazing. Take a look and always keep this in the back of your mind: Whether in life or in writing, sometimes thinking outside the box, doing things differently, can result in incredible things.

The behind the scenes videos are definitely worth a watch to see what they went through to accomplish this. Those are the actual musicians in the car and the actual singer doing the driving.

I can’t stop smiling watching this! And singing along!

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Magic Mirror on the Wall, Won’t You Reflect Us, One and All?

A friend put a link on her Facebook wall to a BuzzFeed post concerning Hermione Granger as a racebent character. The BuzzFeed post, What a “Racebent” Hermione Granger Really Represents, is a good read, but what really stood out for me was a quote the post included from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Diaz. He was speaking to students about his writing and what he hoped to accomplish with it. He said:

You guys know about vampires? … You know, vampires have no reflections in a mirror? There’s this idea that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. And what I’ve always thought isn’t that monsters don’t have reflections in a mirror. It’s that if you want to make a human being into a monster, deny them, at the cultural level, any reflection of themselves. And growing up, I felt like a monster in some ways. I didn’t see myself reflected at all. I was like, ‘Yo, is something wrong with me? That the whole society seems to think that people like me don’t exist?’ And part of what inspired me, was this deep desire that before I died, I would make a couple of mirrors. That I would make some mirrors so that kids like me might see themselves reflected back and might not feel so monstrous for it.

In the quote, from a story about Juno Diaz on nj.com, he’s talking about how he felt growing up as an immigrant in New Jersey, but being unrepresented, invisible, happens to many groups. And it is another reason I felt so strongly, and still do, about having LGBT characters in my book series, Dragonlinked Chronicles, and in as many of my short stories set on Lethera as possible.

In most movies or books or television shows (not all, but in most), non-straight characters either don’t exist at all, or are relegated to small roles or side-characters. I thought it was high time that teens (and adults!) who are not straight had a few mirrors, too, mirrors that reflect them as the stars of the show, as the heroes of the story.

Why? Because who you fall in love with, feeling you were born the wrong sex, feeling your gender isn’t what people assume, none of that makes you a monster. Without mirrors, you might not get to see that.

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A Storm in the Desert is Now Also Available in Trade Paperback Format

After some initial difficulties, CreateSpace has linked the trade paperback version of A Storm in the Desert (Volume 3 of the Dragonlinked Chronicles) to the Amazon pages, so you can now purchase both Kindle and trade paperback versions from Amazon. Just select which one you want from the formats list.

Happy reading!

eBook cover for A Storm in the Desert

 

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