Sunday, February 11, 2018

Once Upon a Rianbow, Volume II

The Ninestar Press anthology, Once Upon a Rainbow Volume II was released last week and is now available!

It's a lovely mix-up of reworked fairy tales -- the themes and the story-lines are there, but they are all re-envisioned and gorgeous in the re-telling.

The link: https://ninestarpress.com/product/once-upon-a-rainbow-volume-two/

I've always been enchanted by fairy tales since they occupy a different sort of space in our heads -- they contain morals and meaning, warning and lessons learned, but all done through a spinning yarn story. (Sometimes that underbelly is unpleasant to behold.) You have to take some things at face value for the stories to work -- magic is real, animals can talk, true love exists, people trade cows for beans, and all of that -- as a way to get past the curtain to more glamorous, glittery, enchanted, dark and bitter, this-is-how-we-view-things-as-a-society sort of thing. When you start to deconstruct fairy tales, you see their seams on the inside -- as you look at how fairy tales are told across the years, you see them morph to reflect changes. (If we don't like that the mermaid turns into sea-foam when she can't kill the prince, then we'll rewrite it to make it more palatable. And everyone knows that step-mothers are evil, even if the majority of step-moms out there in the real world are putting their honest effort and resources forth to raise children, without expectation of getting anything in return, and doing a hero's job.)

One of the best things about this anthology is that the morphing is done in favor of romance across the beautiful varieties that love comes in. Well worth a cup of tea, a few cookies on a plate, and some time spent curled up in your favorite reading nook.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Once Upon a Rainbow, Vol II, on pre-order

Once Upon a Rainbow, Volume II is on pre-order now!

My story "The True Love Curse" is in it!

Here's the link to the anthology at NineStar Press: https://ninestarpress.com/product/once-upon-a-rainbow-volume-two/


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

pink in the store

Went to the pharmacy today to get some soap and saw the shelves lined with pink things. More than a month until Valentine's Day and already the shelves are overloaded with romance. Or what looks like romance. Pink is a nice symbol of all that, and the color chosen by a lot of manufacturer's, but it is only skimming the surface of true romance.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

turning water into steam

Having been reminded of the super cool science experiment where boiling water is tossed into super cold air, and having super cold air courtesy of Mother Nature who was giving up double digits in the negative category, I went ahead and performed this super awesome bit of science showmanship. It was pretty fantastic. The hot water, when thrown up into the air, became instantly crystallized and vaporized, and I watched the puff of whiteness blow away on the wind.

This long, bitter cold spell has been terrible, but it does present a tiny moment or two of amazement.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

Good-bye 2017, and hello 2018!

May we all be happier, healthier, and keep our wits about us in the next 365 days.

Best wishes to everyone out there!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Released today! A Piece of Ourselves

My Christmas story A Piece of Ourselves releases today!

Link: https://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/a-piece-of-ourselves.html


Balancing holidays between two families can make cheerful celebrations into chores. Carson Benedetti's mom has overscheduled the Christmas holidays and she's more than insistent that boyfriend Tynan Harris come into the family fold. There's so much to do Tynan can't find time to bring Carson over to his own family and he feels like they are being left in the dust.

​After dating for nine months, and with their relationship becoming more serious, Tynan's patience is sorely tested by the multitude of Benedetti family traditions keeping them busy. Tynan needs to figure out how to find some breathing room, split their time more fairly, and make Christmas more than just tradition by rote.



Sunday, December 17, 2017

Christmas stories

I love Christmas movies. I can happily watch some truly terrible, cheesy, badly produced movies and be very happy. I know it was a massive hit and everyone loves The Christmas Prince, but I had to pause it partway through because I cringed a tad too much at the plot setups. Although I really liked the little sister and will get back to watching it just for her, I need to do it some other day.

The Netlfix released another Christmas movie, which I just finished watching, A Christmas Inheritance, which was on the watchable side of cringe. I'll have to expound on what elements work or don't work (for me, obviously, others' mileage always varies). But what I really, really wish had happened was that they'd switched the two actors between the un-worthy fiance part and trueheart inn manager part. I think both actors did great jobs as they were, but I think it would have been significantly more fantastic to see those roles reversed. (I wish they could film movies twice or three times, and switch up roles -- do the scenes exactly like they are, but with actors in different roles, and release the movies each way!)

Two articles I found about the release:

http://lacrossetribune.com/lifestyles/simplemost/netflix-surprises-everyone-with-one-more-cheesy-holiday-movie-christmas/article_93298e40-7f23-58b3-953d-389f24f343c0.html

https://www.romper.com/p/is-snow-falls-from-christmas-inheritance-a-real-place-this-netflix-movie-will-give-you-serious-stars-hollow-vibes-7587453

And since I'm on the subject of Christmas stories, I'm going to plug my very own. (I love Christmas stories, so I wrote one! I intend to write more!)

I think it is a little less formulaic, but just as fabulous.

"A Piece of Ourselves", at Mischief Corner Books
on sale now, and releasing on Dec 23rd -- only 6 days away!

https://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/a-piece-of-ourselves.html