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Celebrating the Season

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You may not know this, but I love Christmas. Looooooove Christmas. It’s my favorite time of the year, and as happens every year, I have again been swept up in nostalgic fervor. My childhood memories of wintertime have always been almost magical, and it always makes me a little giddy inside when I finally turn the calendar page to December. It’s like opening a fairy tale book very few other people seem to see. My own little secret world.

With all the controversy over how the holidays are acknowledged, celebrated, and fought over here in the U.S., I thought it’d be nice to do something that brings people together rather than push them apart. So for this post on the feast day of St. Lucy, no less, I’d like to share some of the traditions and stories that make my Christmas special. And I’d like to invite you all to share your own in the comments, or on your own website/blog. 🙂

I wanted to be thorough, so I actually did a little research and found some old folk traditions that are no longer observed, but still give me a sense of history and warmth. When I say I inwardly celebrate Christmas all month long, I’m not exaggerating. In my home country of Slovakia, the fun starts early and ends late in a glorious blend of pagan and Christian traditions that seriously blur the line, which I absolutely love. Check it out:

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Writer’s Gonna Read: November Check-in

I’ve actually been reading up a storm the last few months, but these updates turned out to be a pain in the ass… BUT I did promise to keep myself accountable, so here goes (although I made it easy on myself and contracted recent books under series names for less typing)…

Books I’ve read:

Total New Books Read: 23
Total Old Books Re-Read: 25

Books still to be read:

I got on an ill-advised regency romance kick, got cured of it quickly, tried to move on to The Stand but by the time I opened it up on my Kindle I’d lost my taste for post-apocalyptic goodness. Nothing wrong with the King, just probably the fact that I needed to write an erotic romance had something to do with that… I was in the wrong mindset. LOL However, I was super proud of the fact that I’d read more new books than old this year. Until I remembered the ones I’d re-read before plunging into the new Shelly Laurenston books. >_< But I have two more new books on my TBR list there that I definitely still want to read this year, so that should at least even things out.

What was your favorite book this year?

 

We need to talk…

This will likely be long, and somewhat disjointed, and maybe by the time I’m done typing it all out I’ll decide to not even post it. I’ve done that before when I just got tired of reading myself talk. But I hope I don’t, because this is too important to not talk about.

Before I begin, I want to say that I’m a weirdly dichotomous person. I take certain things extremely personally; I get choked up when a friend hands me a candy bar for no reason other than I’d had a bad day. I get teary-eyed when I listen to a group of people singing in perfect harmony. I take off-hand remarks to heart, to the point where it’s made me so self-conscious that I rarely ever put myself out there. And then there’s the part of me that just does not give a fuck. Call me names? I’ll take it as a compliment. Insult me online? I’ll probably find a way to make a joke out of it that I’ll laugh over with my friends for months to come. Bash my books? I’ll take that criticism and do better next time. I am a woman who freezes first, flees second, and fights only as a last resort, which is kind of scary in practice.

I also hate with the passion of a thousand suns being presented with a problem I have no power to fix. Which is why I tend to stay away from politics, political discussions, and any drama swirling about it. Unfortunately, that’s becoming next to impossible this election season, and it’s got me frustrated to no end, because there is no escaping it anywhere, and there are things I am seeing that are actually making me afraid for the future of this country, and for my own personal safety as a woman. So here is me, addressing the big orange elephant in the room. This is where I drop the cliched line every cliched man dreads hearing from a cliched woman: We need to talk.

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Goodreads Giveaway!

DBSmallI’m giving away an autographed copy of Dragonblood over on Goodreads!

Deadline to enter is October 14, 2016.

Return to a world of fantasy where gods are fickle, demons fly in the night, and Ragnarok is almost at hand. The Royal Wizard has enchanted readers all over the world. Now Dragonblood ramps up both action and danger as an Aegiran prince fights for his tribe’s survival.

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Thank You Rebel Followers!

Dear friends,

Hello again! I have returned from my exotic Hawaii vacation refreshed, rejuvenated, and raring to go right back again. Seriously, my Zen took a huge hit upon reentering the big city. Apparently, I am still a small town girl at heart. Oh well… one day.

CatchMeBooksI wanted to write a quick note to thank my Rebel Court followers out loud for signing up for Catch Me. Your response has touched my heart, and I’m saving each and every one of them (which is  usually pretty creepy, but I’m a writer so I get a pass 😉 ). Your packages are all ready to go out in the mail tomorrow, so you should be getting them soon. 🙂

If you liked it, I hope you will tell your friends. I’m still doing this similar deal for the next book in the series, Dearest Love, except that one will be sent out daily. Sign up will be open all the way up until the first chapter goes out (date TBD) so if you know of anyone who enjoys erotic romance and Snow White, send them here to sign up.

If you haven’t read it or missed the sign up deadline, the complete novella is now available for pre-order everywhere. Check out the first 20% at the Smashwords link. The official release date is October 8, so coming up soon!

DearestLoveI’ve hit a bit of a writing slump, so progress is slow, but I am working on both Dearest Love and Prince of Deceit. The first one is tricky. These characters have history and they’re very eager to discuss it. At length. I’ve scrapped 3 chapters and started over again to make it more comprehensible, but getting them into bed together is proving to be a challenge. The thing is, the complications that make this difficult are actually what make it awesomely fun. I get to retell the story of Snow White in bits and pieces through the memories of her allies. Hopefully, by the time it’s all said and done, it will all make cohesive sense.

DBSmallThe second one is tricky for a whole other reason. I have too many focal points in the story, pulling me in too many directions. I need to figure out how to consolidate it without losing the richness of all that is happening in Wilderheim. Prince Fal has something of an apocalypse on his hands… I can’t say more because it would spoil Dragonblood, so if you haven’t read that one yet, please do! 😉 But I can say that Loki is back, and stirring up trouble wherever he goes. Religions will clash in a big way and the war will be terrible. I hope. Or, err… you know what I mean. Should be fun!

Anyway, I now return you all to your weekend enjoyment. 🙂

Until next time!