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Sorry it’s been such a long time. I just didn’t have any new news to share with you and I was a little bummed about the rejection. It sapped my motivation to update this blog based on my novel Amethyst Epiphany.

Recently I queried a new publishing company about my manuscript and they’re interested in looking at my book. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed that perhaps my beloved book and characters have finally found a home just as the ones in my Magic series have done.

One can only hope.

Author Spotlight: Linda Crate

My latest author spotlight! Check it out here. 🙂

European Geeks Publishing

Poet, novelist – Linda Crate is always with a pen in her hand. Writing since an early age, Linda has many published works under her belt and is currently in the middle of a full blown series. Check out her purchase links at the bottom of her interview!
-How do you feel your writing has changed since you began at age thirteen? In what ways? 
I feel that I’ve definitely gained more voice now than I had then. When I first started writing it was just a catharsis to release feelings that I couldn’t otherwise express without consequences. Now when I write it’s because the words have to get out of me. I feel my writing matures as I do and it changes as I change which makes it both exciting and terribly confusing, sometimes, but always rewarding.
-Do you feel that your rural upbringing has influenced your work in…

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Another Rejection

Sorry it’s been so long. I had been hopeful that this novel would have a new home by now. Alas, this is not the story.

Amethyst Epiphany, had another rejection. It’s frustrating, but I’m not going to give up on this dream. It was the first novel I have ever written and I will get it out there, somehow, someway. Right now, however, I am going to focus my attentions on my upcoming novel Blood & Magic.

I am by no means giving up on Amethyst Epiphany, but I am putting it on the back burner for now.

Really hope someday soon you will be able to meet Calliope and the cast. In the meantime, however, feel free to follow my Blood & Magic blog here: http://www.bloodandmagic.blogspot.com/.

Snow!

All of our snow melted before Christmas ever came which had me a little sad. I have always loved White Christmases. It just feels more Christmasy when there’s snow. Yes, I used Christmas as an adjective. Ha ha. Please don’t be offended.

I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Or simply Happy Holidays if you do not celebrate as I do.

Cally is excited for Christmas. Last year she spent it with Gaylon and his large family getting to know each and every one of his sisters. Some sweet and a few sassy. She met the elven king and the elven queen Zara. Zara took an instant liking of her.

This year, however, things are different. I’m not going to give too much away as in terms of plot, but there may be a little tension between our lovers and she may be spending Christmas with someone else entirely. Dun dun dun.

The Future of Amethyst Epiphany

Well, I have some bad news to inform you all of. The publisher that once looked at Amethyst Epiphany has dropped the title. However, this isn’t the end of my beloved characters. I still have many ideas in my head and Calliope’s future and the future of her children all mapped out in my head.

I will be searching for a new publisher to present to you my fae princess and everyone she entangles herself with in her crazy web of life, and I hope you will all be willing to come along with me on the adventure.

I have been told that I should self-publish through Amazon and that is indeed one option, but I will find the best option for me and this novel. In the meantime I am working on some non-Callie adventures.

Fret not, I still plan on continuing her story and getting her voice heard.

Speaking of which evidently faeries have lovely singing voices. In my head this is how Callie sounds whilst singing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD1I7c3G9Ls.  What do you imagine a fae would sound like singing?

What Would You Like to See?

I saw this adorable picture of a cat yesterday that got me thinking Callie needs a pet. I really can’t decide what to give her, though. The possibilities seem rather endless.

I got three ideas that hit me right off the bat: I could give her an ordinary house cat, I could give her a faerie cat since she does live in a fantasy world where that could be possible (if I did this I would specify, however, they are rare because there are not a lot of winged cats  or any other pets, for that matter, in Ladriél), or simply a werecat (I do have were creatures like wereleopards and even a werewolf in the story so that wouldn’t seem too far fetched).

I’m leaning towards werecat myself, but I would love to see which of these you guys would prefer as a reader.

So I thought I’d ask you guys what you would prefer to see? A werecat, a winged cat, or just an ordinary cat?

It’s Been A While

I apologize for my lack of posts lately. Life has gotten pretty hectic. Between work and personal engagements and simply writing – life has been pretty busy.

I’ve also been working on jewelry and I’ve made some sales there so that’s pretty exciting, too.

In my novel Amethyst Epiphany the prince Gaylon in addition to his warrior capacities also is a jewelry maker. He works with one of my favorite stones in the first book: moonstone. I’ve also discovered there is another stone called sun-stone which I really like especially when contrasted with moonstone (though it’s more expensive than the latter). I’m thinking of having Gaylon work with this in the future.

I’m also thinking that, perhaps, the part-vampire shop keeper Kayleigh might incorporate some gems and stones into her cloaks and dresses.

We shall see.

I love irony and I thought a prince that makes jewelry is quite different than the standard norm as is a friendly vampire. Is there any trade you have that people wouldn’t guess at first glance?

Fashionistas and Characters

I received a few things for my birthday over the weekend and a few of those pieces happened to be clothing. That got me to thinking about Amethyst Epiphany and the crew in those novels.

Calliope, I suppose, would be considered a fashionista. She is, after all, a princess in the fae realm. They would need her to look her most fashionable. She even has twin sisters who work on her hair and her wardrobe.

Kyleigh the part-vampire who runs her own clothing shop, I would expect, would also be up on the fashionable trends of the kingdom.

However, I think Titianna is more of a free spirit. She’s probably the hippie of the group and wears whatever she likes. I can see her wearing anything from fashionable to the things that make people simply stare because why on Ladriél would you want to wear something like that? She wouldn’t care, though. Titianna is definitely one of those people with a beautiful soul and while she is pretty, she’s not obsessed with fashion.

I can see Titianna’s lover Weylin being the same.

Prince Gaylon, I imagine, can be fashionable; sometimes, but I think he prefers to be casual (probably much to his mother Zara’s annoyance).

My question for you today is: does fashion matter to you or do you just wing it? Personally, I wear what I want whether it’s in style or not.

International Faerie Day!

2007Well, today seemed a good day to post about Amethyst Epiphany what with it being International Faerie Day today and all! Calliope is pretty excited about this day. She’s going to celebrate it by swimming because she thinks it’s a little too hot.

I agree, but I can’t have that luxury today. I can’t go swimming with Lyssandra and Callie or Callie’s Uncle Oliver. Today I must work.

So whatever you’re doing today, remember the faeries! Never let the magic die.

You do believe in faeries, don’t you?

Of Stress & Liars

Last night at work was awful. This lady insisted that I put too much mayo on her sub (when she asked for extra mayo). Well, instead of just leaving it there she exaggerated and insisted that I was rude (she tried to be nice to make the experience better – which was a load of crock), and that I acted like I didn’t want to be there and I was just so rude to her. I wasn’t rude, at all. I was very friendly and I was trying to be nice to her because she was so plastic and fake. If there’s one thing I cannot stand, it’s liars. Especially people who lie to my managers that could possibly get me in trouble.

I don’t want to give too much away about the second book, but Calliope experiences this trouble in Crimson Desire. It troubles her, too. Trust and friendship is left hanging in the balance because unlike my experience it’s from people that she knows, and it really upsets her that people could blatantly lie like that. Her friends and family outside of these parties try to assure her it could be a honest mistake, but she knows better.

She’s stressed out, however, because the liars in her life could tarnish her credibility and reputation (just like that horrid woman tried to do to me). 

Have you had any bad experiences with liars, if so what did you gain from the experience and how did it shape your life?