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.

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?

Food Fit For Fae

I was considering that I don’t really focus much on food in the Amethyst Epiphany series as of the moment. I have heard from other authors and writers that they talk about food a lot in their tales. I do mention meals and feasts, but very rarely do I go into the details of what they’re having.

Recently, I found a picture of rainbow grapes. They’re not rare, but they certainly are beautiful. I thought it would be a very fitting fruit to include with a future meal scene with the fae.

What kind of foods do you think suitable for the fae? Mine are a little different than your typical garden variety. They’re like us so I do think some eat meat and some choose not to and get their protein in other ways like nuts, milk, eggs, and cheeses.

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?

Mermaids Vs. Faeries

Amethyst Epiphany is the debut of my Bound By Color trilogy. As I’m sure you’ve come to notice by now it centers around my fae girl Calliope Griffin and the relationships she makes in her father’s country. She struggles from going from ordinary girl to finding herself to be a fae princess and all the responsibilities that come along with it.

Well, lately I’ve been thinking a lot of the mermaids I’ve included in that series. I have ideas, but I’m not entirely sure if I’ll act on them or not. But I do have a bit of something rattling in my mind for a spin-off series tied to the Bound By Color trilogy that centers around my mermaids since they aren’t the prominent characters of these books.

I was thinking of having appearances and mentions of Calliope and the land-dwelling company from time to time but centering on Lyssandra who is the first mermaid Calliope meets in Amethyst Epiphany, and her first true friend from her father’s country.

For now, however, I am trying to stay focused and continue my work on the Bound by Color Trilogy. I keep getting scenes from the third book, but I’m not finished with the first. I might have to write these scenes down and even start on the third book before going back to the second which sounds very backward to me, but my mind isn’t being too cooperative so it may be the way I have to go. We shall certainly see.

My question is if you had to pick would you be: a mermaid or merman or a fae? 

Setback

Well, it shall be alive soon. I hope. Ha ha.

Right now my biggest worry about it are my author and book platforms. The IT guy that I was counting on ended up becoming ill. He apologized for his lack of get-go and he did just get a new job, but I’m hoping that we jump on this soon. I’ve emailed him ideas and talked to him on facebook a few times, but so far nada.

That’s the only thing I hate about relying on people that it sometimes no matter how well intentioned people can be, in the end, they can be rather unreliable. Hoping this issue is resolved soon, though, because I know I’m eager for it to be done and I couldn’t do it without his help. I know. I tried, and it looked terrible.

Yet I’ve been trying to get over my plateau of asking for help. I’ve always had a hard time with it and not because I am being proud or stubborn. It’s simply because I don’t want to trouble someone or ask someone for help and be a burden to them.

My character Calliope suffers the same problem.

Have you ever had that issue? And if so, do you still do or is it something you’ve grown out of?

Originality

It’s always something that I crave. I despise the same old tired troupes, but who doesn’t? We all tire of the cliches that have been beaten to death like a dead horse.

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ― Oscar Wilde. So bearing the word’s of Mr. Wilde in mind I’m trying to apply this to my novel. Not in the tale itself, though, as it tends to write itself and I tend to get really original ideas (not to toot my own horn or anything). But rather in the way I promote and market my book.

I want it to stand out from the rest. I want people to look at it and read it and come back to it time and time again because it’s unforgettable. I want to leave a ripple that will cause a pond to change.

So Amethyst Epiphany is going to be a reality soon, and that both thrills and terrifies me. I’m working on it’s sequel, it’s true, but it just seems sad that one third of the journey is going to be over already. I love these characters and these places, and now it’s time for me to wing them into the minds of others so they can love them and adore them as much as I do. I’m really hoping that my promotion strategies and marketing are unique enough to grab attention. Because I know my story’s good. My editor told me that. Several times. They may be biased, but I happen to like their opinion.

This is both terrifying and exciting all at once.