Monday, August 25, 2014

A Taste of the Saltwater Curiosities

Happy Monday!

August is nearly over, which means the selection of short stories and the current episode from Mira Morganstein: Queen of the Nearly Dead Fae is all up for this Curiosity.

Here are the links if you'd like to read them before they disappear on the last day of the month:

Mira Morgastein Episode Two, Part 1
Mira Morgastein Episode Two, Part 2
The Merrow's Cap

All the links will take you to my website. If you would like your complimentary copy of Saltwater Curiosities, make sure you've subscribed to my mailing list before August 31st. Note: the above stories do not make up the Saltwater Curiosities in its entirety. They're just an extended sample of everything that will be included.

The first two parts of this series are already available:

The Curious Leaf is a short story that kicks off the Curiosities.

This is the story of how a little flower, barely three seasons old, and a faerie of unknown (for now!) origin team up to explore, to discover, and to become. This is the prelude to the other serial running through each Curiosity and details Kya (the flower, now somewhat faerie) and Hearthorne's (the faerie, now somewhat flower) adventures that determine the theme for each Curiosity.
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The second adventure is Curiosities of the Moon.

Kya had always wanted to see the moon while she stood in her pot on the windowsill dreaming, so it's no surprise that this is the first stop of The Curious Leaf--a walnut ship with maple leaves for sails.

What they discover there kicks off a new set of adventures that will ripple through a number of Curiosities to come.
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Speaking of future Curiosities, I'm excited to announce the third in series: Curiosities of the Enchanted Forest.

The short stories have been a blast to write and include the further adventures of Kya and Hearthorne, a princess who is cursed to do everything backwards, and a short story involving Faryn, Lily, and Terrik from Slippers of Pearl.

The first short story will be available on my website the first Monday of September. :)

As for other books news, THE TROUBLE WITH MAGIC, the long awaited sequel to The Trouble With Toads, is on schedule and--barring illness or (super)natural disasters--will be available very soon.

I'd be more specific, but I've found the second I make future release dates public, various gremlins, goblins, and dragons appear suddenly demanding sprockets, tolls, and riddles. All of which invariably delay things. So I'll be sending out the news once I'm ready to upload.

And guys! While I am very sorry it's taken *coughcoughayearcough* longer to release than I'd originally anticipated--what with 2013 being the Year of the Harpies and the nearly finished draft that was all wrong. I'm so glad I threw the original draft out and started over from scratch. THIS is the story as it was meant to be told, and I couldn't be happier with how things are going. I hope you guys love and enjoy it as much as I do once it's out in the wild.

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Monday, August 11, 2014

Mira Morganstein: Queen of the Nearly Dead Fae: Episode Two, Part 1

Happy Monday!

I'm really enjoying Mira's story and all that's coming, and I can't wait to share it with you! :)

The first part of this story (comprising parts 1 and 2 I posted last month) are available in Curiosities of the Moon.

This installment (episode two) is all about both the wonder and horror of being a queen of Faerie and how Mira confronts that.

My favorite part about both Mira Morganstein as a whole, as well as writing this particular installment, was researching the nearly dead fae from various cultures and countries.

Click here to read. I hope you enjoy!
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Monday, August 4, 2014

Monday Shorts: Bottomless from Saltwater Curiosities

Happy Monday Everyone!

This week's short story is from the Tales of the Snow Queen world and explains how the bottomless sea came to be.

The story took me by surprise--but it was a pleasant one and has become my very most favorite of all the short stories I've ever written. I attribute this to Lyralind--an unlikely thief that ends up turning much of the world upside down. :)

Click here to read. I hope you enjoy!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Shorts: Moonflower


Elliara was teasing Robin’s egg out of its nest when the king died.

She froze as the feeling of his passing tore through her like lightning, the egg and her previous mischief all but forgotten.

She had never seen the king, nor had she ever traveled to his silver city beneath the Mound.

So why did his passing tug at her so? And why was she aware in the first place? He might have been King of the Folk, but that meant nothing to her.

Why was a grief too heavy for tears welling up and soaking her insides?

Elliara shook her head, hoping to shake theses strange feelings loose, but she might as well have been trying to peel spider silk from off her fingers for all the good it did her. And trying to rid herself of them only revealed to her how deep they ran.

Her chest tightened with the realization, and for a single breath, her wings stopped fluttering.

Death was a cairn with rubies and other gems to keep your bones company if you were a king. The bright sparklies kept folk from noticing the more important things like a rusted sword or a tarnished ring or any number of enchanted objects that were too powerful to leave lying about where those foolish enough to use them could find them.

But it wasn’t this . . . this enormous weight. This vast quantity of night that obscured something bigger and deeper below.

For a moment, the darkness expanded until she felt as though one of the top worlders had stepped on her. Then it receded, taking with it a bit of the world.

Click here to read the rest of the story.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monday Short Story: Mira Morganstein: Queen of the Nearly Dead Fae, Episode One, PART 2

This week's selection is a serial that will be running through each Curiosity along with the short stories. Mira Morganstein is *not* a serialized novel--that is, a novel chopped into pieces. It is a serial--think of comic books or T.V. shows. Each "episode" comes complete with a beginning, a middle, and an end for the particular story arc in that episode, but there will not be a story resolution at the end like a novel. Because of how long each episode is, I've divided the serial into two parts. Part 2 is posted today, while part 1 was posted last Monday. In the Curiosity itself, Episode One of Mira Morganstein will be complete and comprised of parts 1 and 2. I hope you enjoy!

Mira Morganstein: Queen of the Nearly Dead Fae, Episode One, Part 2

Official Proclamation

The one known as Mira Morganstein of the Mortal Realm has been found. As of yet, she poses no direct threat to our Realm, but that is likely to change before the next moon fall. Every citizen is required by Queen Ravenna’s word to report any sightings, rumors, supposings, or information they may have gathered, found, or overheard dealing with or pertaining to Mira Morganstein. Failure to do so will result in being banished to the Mortal Realm for the duration of seven moon falls. Remember: no matter how horrible death may be, there are far worse fates reserved for those whose loyalties lie with elsewhere.


Chapter Five: The Eleventy Year

The meeting was worse than Mira could have imagined.

Rather than one pair of bright, inquisitive eyes studying her inside and out, she had twelve of them to contend with. Her mother didn’t count, mostly because of the worry line etched between her brows and the way her eyes jumped from one person to the next without ever seeming to find exactly what they were looking for.

If her mother was worried, well, that said something.