Tuesday, April 8, 2014

One Frenzied MacLeod Clan!

Per tradition of my amazing agency siblings, we celebrate each book release with themed photographs. (We are all represented by the fantastic Lauren MacLeod with The Strothman Agency. Go, Clan MacLeod!) Today is the book release of Frenzy by Robert Letterick.

Congratulations, Robert!  

I'm particularly excited about this book because I know from first hand experience SQUIRRELS ARE EVIL! Yep, I've been attacked, in my own home none the less.  (Go here to read about "The Night the Squirrels Attacked" if you're so inclined.) I hope my copy is waiting in my mailbox today. My boys are going to love this book.

This is a fantastic tradition that makes me so proud to be apart of such a great agency.  Please go over to Moncia's blog and check out all the frenzied pictures and congratulate Robert.  Here's my photo:

Friday, April 4, 2014

Music Downloads - "She Ain't You" by New Hollow

"She Ain't You"
by New Hollow
release date: 
February 4, 2014
www.newhollow.com











Oh. Good. Lord. Lead singer Ryan West is a cutie pie. (last line redacted after I realized he’s 19…and I am not.) Guys, this song. THIS SONG!!! I swear I’m going to write the story about this boy’s broken heart. This is one of those jump on the bed, hairbrush microphone type of songs. I’m at Coffee Bean right now, and its taking take all my power not to jump on the table, rocking the air guitar. The lyrics, people. THE LYRICS!!! Oh, baby, she ain’t her, and she ain’t EVAH gonna to be. Oh man…I don’t even…Here, I’ll let you guys judge for yourself. While I go buy the rest of the album…well I would if there was an entire album to buy but according to their website “debut to be announced in late 2014.” womp womp.

These guys are legitimately talented to be so young and creative.  They sound like Fall Out Boy had a baby with New Politics...but way cuter.



Lyrics "She Ain't You" by New Hollow

It's been awhile since I saw your face

Maybe that's helped me move on
But I met a girl not a day too late
And of her I'm awfully fond

And I hope my remedies don't show
As I try to try to let you go
'Cause it's awkward; oh so hard to see
The similarities

She's got your hair
She's got your eyes
She's got your exact same horoscope sign
She may be pretty
She's something new
But that means nothing
She ain't you

I find it hard not to look your way
But I get in what I can
And I find this song just a bit cliché
But I pray that you'll understand

That there's nothing, nothing on her mind
And she's far too, (far too), far too kind
If you miss me, Kiss me one more time
At least for old time's sake

She's got your hair
She's got your eyes
She's got your exact same horoscope sign
She may be pretty
She's something new
But that means nothing
She ain't you

She's got your hair
She's got your eyes
She's got your nineties' sweatshirt style
She may be pretty
She's something new
But that means nothing

She's got your hair
She's got your eyes
She's got your exact same horoscope sign
She may be pretty
She's something new
But that means nothing
She ain't you

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Necessary Evil of Doubt and How to Make It Your Bitch


Guys, this WIP I’m not progressing on so well on, is the proverbial thorn in my side! I have this love/hate relationship with it that’s keeping me from finishing it. I’m at 74K. I see the ending. I know what the ending needs to be. And yet I type words on the page and it’s like that hallway in Poltergeist, this horribly terrifying place that stretches on to infinity. IT’S NEVER GOING TO GET A “THE END!”

Sorry for yelling. It’s just that I’ve been drafting this book on and off for a year. A year for God’s sakes! My last book only took forty-five days to draft and six months to edit. That’s the problem. That little factoid I’m dangling over my head is all the ammunition I need to allow the doubt in. Oh you evil doubt, if you were a tangible living thing, I’d have you hacked up into pieces and buried in the backyard. Who’s got a shovel?

Here’s what I want to do. I want to quit this book. Just resign myself to saying that it’s never going to be published anyway (more doubt talking here) so move on to that shiny new idea and call it a day.

But if I quit, then doubt wins.

If I quit, it’ll be easier to quit again the next time I have issues with a book. That’s when I decided, I need to make doubt my bitch.

Making said doubt my bitch will require some level of acceptance and a bit of attitudinal adjustment. From beginner writers to NYT Best Selling authors doubt never leaves your side. That’s when I realized doubt is a necessary evil. Now wait, hear me out. Doubt is that little voice that whispers we might not be good enough. Without him how would we ever push ourselves? Now, you can let that little guy in, but he’ll grow into a ferocious paralyzing beast. OR, you can make it your bitch.

How? It’s really simple. Grab it by the collar and say, “I'm gonna make you say my name tonight!” 

You see, when you don’t cower to it, it starts to shrink. Use it against itself. Use your doubt as fuel to push yourself further, harder and more determined. It’s when you give in to it that feeds it. Don't give in.  Don't quit. Keep moving forward no matter what it tries to whisper to you. That’s what I’ll be doing today.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Music Download - "Brother" by The Mispers

"Brother"
by The Mispers
release date: April 13, 2014
www.themispers.com










Dude, somebody messed up at Amazon because I was able to download this song March 2nd, but now it's not available to even pre-order on Amazon or iTunes. And according to The Mispers' website, not available for purchase until April. Well lucky me, because this song is awesome.  I've noticed a lot of the indie music I've been enjoying lately incorporates more stringed instruments, more specifically the violin/fiddle. Fiddle if the sound is more Americana roots and violin if it's more of the refined crisp tone from an orchestra. But either way, I love the depth that it adds to their alternative rock sound.

Take a bite and enjoy!  

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Lyrics for "Brother" by The Mispers


So, so I'll fake this if want
But don't go mistaken this for love.
So dip your toes, but remember this
Oh, I'm the baby boy in my family.
All these questions that you're asking
Lead to something.
Lover, don't rest on me.
My brother is gonna set me free.

While I am learning all the time
What you never really realize that taking all that is mine.
So, sink me down to the ocean room.
Oh, leave me there in a bag of bones.
All these questions that you're asking
Lead to something.
Lover, don't rest on me.
My brother is gonna set me free.

Quick to the fly. Quick to the floor.
It's alright.
Quick to react. Quick to ignore.
When I’m tongue tied.
Quick to the fly. Quick to the floor.
It's alright.
Quick to react. Quick to ignore.
And I’m tongue tied.

All these questions that you're asking
Lead to something.
Lover, don't rest on me.
My brother is gonna set me free.
Ooh, lover, don't rest on me.
My brother is gonna set me free.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Book Review: Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose

By day, Vivienne is Guinevere's lady-in-waiting. By night, she's Merlin's secret apprentice, indulging in the new mechanical arts and science of alchemy. It's a preferred distraction from Camelot’s gossipy nobility, roguish knights, and Lancelot’s athletic new squire, Marcus, who will follow in all knights’ footsteps by taking a rather inconvenient vow of chastity.
More than anything, Vivienne longs to escape Camelot for a future that wouldn't include needlework or marriage to a boorish lord or dandy. But when King Arthur's sorceress sister, Morgan le Fay, threatens Camelot, Vivienne must stay to help Merlin build a steam-powered weapon to defeat the dark magic machine Morgan will set upon the castle. Because if Camelot falls, Morgan would be that much closer to finding the elusive Holy Grail. Time is running out and Morgan draws near, and if Vivienne doesn't have Merlin's weapon ready soon, lives would pay the price, including that of Marcus, the only one fast enough to activate it on the battlefield.

CAMELOT BURNING
by Kathryn Rose
series: Metal & Lace #1
publication date: May 8, 2014
Goodreads

Lucky me got approved to read the ARC on Net Galley. (Thank you, Flux.)Typically I don’t read speculative fiction, but the second I heard this book was Camelot meets Steampunk, I had to read it.  Growing up with a true love for all things Camelot, I couldn’t wait to see what direction author Kathryn Rose took these beloved characters in.  Told through the eyes of Guinevere’s lady in waiting, Vivienne is also the secret apprentice to Merlin.  Their hope is to save Camelot from Morgan Le Fey through machines and alchemy, getting them way too close to the magic Merlin’s was once addicted to. And yes, there’s kissing. Lancelot’s squire Marcus and Vivienne have the sweetest of romances.


What I was most impressed with Rose’s writing, is the creative world stylings and the word choices she used to fuse these two worlds together and make them come alive. From knights taking vows of celibacy, to their kohl rimmed eyes and gypsy tattooed bodies. (Merlin’s description was most especially delicious.)   Then her play on words like jaseemat (the Arabic word for powder to describe the Azur’s alchemy) and firelances and fusionahs as weapons. Rose does a fantastic job at creating a very detail rich world of sprockets and cogs mixed with metal and lace without saturating it so much that non-fantasy readers couldn’t enjoy it.  I can’t wait to see what Vivienne does in book two.


Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Music Downloads - "Prosthetic Love" by Typhoon

"Prostheic Love"
by Typhoon
Veronica Mars Movie Soundtrack
release date: March 2014
single release date: August 20, 2013
wearetyphoon.com







Now usually I save music downloads for Sundays but it was a busy weekend. And of course this marshmallow had to buy the Veronica Mars movie soundtrack. I didn't just blindly buy it, I'm a picky girl with my music. Despite my undying love for all things Veronica, I had to preview the album before committing.

Guys, I love it.  I can't tell you how many songs I love on the album.  Well, actually I can.  See here my complicated multiple heart, star, smiley face rating system.


Top runners on the list "Go Captain and Pinlighter" and "Holding My Breath." But only one can be champion. As you can see, Typhoon got the most hearts so I'm featuring "Prothetic Love" for my music download.

There's a slow swagger limp to the beat of this song, and some seriously poetic lyrics.  In search for some interview where the band talks about the meaning of the song, I came across a blogger who said this "...songs that elicit emotional responses tend to be much more profound..."  This is so well said, and I couldn't agree more.



Lyrics "Prothetic Love" by Typhoon

My folks they left the TV on
I was falling in love years before I ever met someone
Like a prayer you don't expect an answer
Though you ask for one

And sure my love would come along
Like some little bird and only I would recognize its' home
Like the actors I see on the television
With the stage lights on

What I found was a gamble
You threw yourself in with me
Made a cross and you lit a candle

But we were only strangers calling in a dark room
Rejecting stars or cozy lives on the wall
In the dark I thought I saw you
Or was it nothing at all

Everyone I ever knew
I'm giving it all to you
I'm asking everything in return
And I have nothing left to lose
I'll get it back through you
And take your offer

This time I wake I'm still alive
Now in my expiration date imagine my surprise
Some backwards take on the book of Job
His life was a wager and mine's a joke
Give him what he wants, he will never know
He's tired of trying to let himself go

With everyone I ever knew
I've gotten used to you
I've grown attached to you being here
With everyone I ever knew
I've learned to count on you
As not on fingers

With everyone I ever knew
I've gotten close to you
I've grown attached to you being here
With everyone I ever knew
I've learned to count on you
As not on fingers

Friday, March 21, 2014

And The Winning Marshmallow is...


Woot!  Woot!  Congratulations, Evelyn.  DM me your address on Twitter, and I'll mail it to you.
(Told you guys hardly anyone would enter.)