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?

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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? 

Yes!

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Guess what?! I’m super excited. My grandmother’s neighbor was able to retrieve my progress on the second novel of the Colors That Bind  trilogy.Crimson Desire. I also have the word perfect disc so I can set that up on my computer (probably tomorrow) and start more progression on that series as time and muse permit. I’m pretty excited about that. I have so many ideas for the third book, however, that I’m going to have to slow myself down a little bit and make a meaningful, well rounded second book before I reach that point.

I may be biased, but I have to say the third book is going to be awesome!

Also on my facebook fan page I have reached 100 likes. To celebrate this I am doing a super cool giveaway where you can get one of these super cool prizes. A signed copy of the debut novel (due out in October) Amethyst Epiphany, a piece of my handmade jewelry, a photo print, a magazine or pamphlet with one of my poems in it signed on the page where my poem appears, or an autographed photo of yours truly. To enter the giveaway all you have to do is be a fan of my facebook page, it’s that simple. Go here for more details:   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Linda-M-Crate/129813357119547?sk=app_228910107186452&app_data.

I’m super excited to share my writing with you all, and I can’t wait to do book signings and all that fun stuff. I imagine it’s going to be very exhausting, but also very rewarding. I’m a shy person by nature, but I do like getting out and about sometimes. Not all the time, though, that would cut into writing time. 😉

I can’t wait for you all to get and know Calliope and all her crazy friends. It’s going to be an epic adventure. What are your favorite novel adventures thus far?

Characters and Resonance

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I think there’s going to be more to my Colors That Bind trilogy than just the three starting books. I’ve written a few short stories about these characters and sent them in for publication. One was published. However, I mean, I feel that there’s going to be more than even that. I’ve been getting ideas for the stories of some of the children of the characters that I fell in love with in this series to start with.

However, with two books to go on the trilogy I’m trying to focus on them. I have ideas for both. I still haven’t gotten any progress or updates from my old dying laptop if my story was salvageable, at all. I really do hope so. It would suck to have to start from scratch all over again and lose all my progress on the second book. Especially with my brain brimming with the ideas of Calliope’s children who wouldn’t come into play until well after the trilogy is over. 

I’m pretty excited. My book is due out in October. However, there still seems like there is so much work to be done. I’m trying to keep afloat and remember what needs done and when. Amethyst Epiphany is a beautiful book, in my humble opinion, and I can’t wait to share all of it’s beauty and lessons with you. I can only hope that the characters mean as much to the readers as they do me.

What are some of the qualities of the characters you’ve connected with?

I’ve always felt the deepest resonance with the eccentric, outcasts of stories. I seem to know their agonies and their shy, anti-social tendencies along with the beauty of the craft that they pour their heart and passion into.