On February 7, my novella Shell And Shadow will be released. This was a labor of love to honor my dear friend and all of the wonderful humanitarian work that she does, both for the PG Family Foundation and through the Betsy Hotel. I’ve written a story about the heroine of my novels, Lily Evans, on vacation with her boyfriend Kent. After all that Lily went through in Fire And Shadow, the woman deserved a break. And my readers wanted to see more of Kent, and less of his rival Stephen. Poor Stephen, he really is a great guy, if a bit overbearing. If you like him, don’t worry, he’ll be back in Storm And Shadow.
Shell And Shadow is a stand-alone read, a short romantic fantasy, perfect for Valentine’s Day. All profits are going to Zara’s Center, a home for AIDS-impacted children in Zimbabwe, supported by the Foundation and the Betsy. To celebrate its release, there is a contest with an incredible prize package. See what the Betsy has offered! And check back next week for the cover reveal and more contest details!
I have to admit, I have been a snob.
I love to write and I love to read, and those are the two things I’m usually doing. Television takes about five hours of my time each week. I’ve always been proud to say that I’ve never watched a single reality show, including any involving entertainment. I couldn’t understand the fervor of fans for Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, or any other series. The only program I’ve never missed over the course of thirty-seven years is Doctor Who. But we have a special relationship.
Now, I can no longer feel superior to anyone gushing over a show instead of a book. I can’t claim that I only watch historical documentaries. Because a wacky, wonderful, witty and whimsical miracle has hit the airwaves. I refer, of course, to Sleepy Hollow.
When I first heard of it, I thought it was one of the stupidest ideas ever. I love Washington Irving and was horrified that they’d do that to his story. I laughed at my brother when he sat down for the pilot episode. “I can’t believe you’re going to watch this garbage,” I said on my way into the kitchen. Coming back through, I glanced at the T.V. screen to mock it. Instead, my mouth fell open. There was a gorgeous man in 18th century clothing explaining to modern police that he fought with George Washington in the American Revolution. I was totally and instantly addicted. I’ll never be able to tease my sister about her obsession with Supernatural again.
Sleepy Hollow is impossible to sum up. It has the best-looking main character anywhere. (Sorry, Chris Hemsworth, I still love you, but the torch has been passed.) Tom Mison (who plays Ichabod Crane) was the perfect choice for this role. He oozes charm and he’s a talented actor. His face, and especially his eyes, are very expressive and can convey every nuance of emotion. He’s strong, intelligent and brave but the vulnerability of his strange new situation shows too. You can’t help but care for him.
He goes from suspect to consultant in a grisly murder investigation. His partner is Abbie Mills, played by Nicole Beharie, a young officer in the Sleepy Hollow police department. She’s beautiful and capable, sensitive and sarcastic by turns, and just as likeable as Mison. They play off of each other perfectly with a rare chemistry. Facebook fans (and I do NOT spend too much time reading and replying to the comments), are divided on whether or not there should be an Ichabbie romance. Besides that, the main bone of contention is whether or not Ichabod should change his clothes. The only things that everyone seems to agree on are:
1. Tom Mison is HOT.
2. Sleepy Hollow is the best show on T.V.
3. Tom Mison is REALLY HOT.
I must agree with the posters who believe that an Ichabod/Abbie romance would NOT be a good idea. After all, Ichabod has a wife (Katrina) who cast a spell to preserve him after he died on the battlefield. Now she’s stuck in Purgatory for her sins. How many wives are going through that for their husbands? And who did Ichabod in? One of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Headless, of course. There are a lot of ingredients mixed into this Sleepy Stew. You have your good Gryffindor-y witches like Katrina, and an evil Slytherin-y coven. You have demons, lost colonists, Native American shamans, ghosts galore, masons and sin eaters. And that’s just the beginning.
But it’s the end of this post. Part two will be next week and is all about research and reality in writing. How important is it? Can it make or break a book or a show? My thoughts might surprise you.
Watch Sleepy Hollow on Fox Mondays at 9EST and check out their FB page at https://www.facebook.com/SleepyHollow. But be prepared to find yourself watching each episode at least twice and counting the days (and hours) until the next one!
I’m just curious-who do you think Ichabod should be with, Abbie or Katrina?
Happy Halloween, everyone!
FIRE AND SHADOW is going on a jaunt with Bewitching Book Tours to celebrate. Please stop by and say hello! To mark the event, both FIRE AND SHADOW and SOUL AND SHADOW will be half-price through October 31′st. That’s only $1.99 each for E books that have been in four different Amazon bestseller categories! You can have your witch, or your mummy, or both!
There will be prizes so come on down!
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Welcome October, my favorite month of the year! It’s so beautiful that I keep looking out of the window instead of writing. But who can blame me?
There’s a lot going on this particular October—starting today with Halloweenpalooza! The 31 Days of Halloween are happening at https://www.facebook.com/events/164385847097718/permalink/167233670146269/
The amazing thriller author Wendy Potocki has created this event and all are cordially invited to join! There are prizes galore (including books from me) and a ghost-story competition with the winner grabbing a bag full of goodies! There are also guest blogs by some great authors, and interviews of them as well. I humbly reveal that mine is one of them. Please come by, no costume necessary!
My fellow Imajin author Jesse Giles Christiansen is still recruiting for his Skeleton Army. He’s celebrating the success of his novel Pelican Bay. Just click on the title to be taken to the Facebook Page.
FIRE AND SHADOW is going on a Bewitching Blog Tour October 21-25. I’ll have more details when I know the exact stops.
Now let me leave you with a poem from one of my favorite poets: Robert Frost. Thank you!
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Special guest author Jesse Giles Christiansen talks about why authors should sometimes embrace insanity
Sometimes when you lose, you win.
This week’s guest is T.J. Tate, the author of the JUSTICE series. I’ve read both of these books and I can assure you that they’re intense, beautifully written stories full of emotion and heart! Original, thought-provoking fiction. Put me in mind of The Twilight Zone!
Take it away, T.J.!
“Second chances just became real.
From September 9-11, THE CHOICE and THREE DOORS DOWN, the first two books in my JUSTICE series, will be free.
The idea for JUSTICE came about by reading the news. My heart went out to the individuals affected by tragedies. Sometimes the crimes would remain unsolved, but even when they were, some decisions reached in the courtroom give us pause as to what true justice means.
That’s where fiction comes in. I decided to write my own stories by giving those touched by heartache a second chance at righting a wrong. By using this premise, I let my characters decide what justice means to them. It ensures that each outcome is unique and what makes the stories so compelling. With no one right answer for everyone, each individual seeks what will bring them peace. That unique perspective is what lives out on the pages, and what I hope shines through.
Another component I infuse into these dramas is the power of the human spirit. While I’m always pulling for it to triumph over evil, the dramas play out how they will. Like a gopher in a buffalo stampede, I do my best to keep out of the way and not interject my feelings. It’s not my story; it’s theirs. And so I play the part of a silent witness to the struggle, penning the epic fight waged.
Whether the ending is your concept of what justice means is debatable. All I can promise is that it is for them. Like the slogan for my series says: “You can’t find JUSTICE. JUSTICE finds you.”
“Here’s a bit more about my series:
While some will tell you JUSTICE doesn’t exist, those traumatized by life-shattering events pin their hopes on finding it. The walking wounded of the world start and end their day in pain, haunted by tragedies too horrible to imagine. Even after their bodies are healed, the mental anguish goes on. They remain caught in a trap, never moving forward from the past. They pray that one day they’ll find the commodity in short supply that will allow them to become whole.
In book one of this series of short stories, Janice Carver is tormented by an event in her past. The brutal rape occurred five years ago, but the assault has stripped her of all hope. Lurching through her life, she’s engulfed by fear, regret and self-recrimination. Worse, her assailant was never caught, and lives his life freely with an untroubled soul.
But things have a way of spinning round, and suddenly second chances are all too real. Janice Carver’s life is about to change in unexpected ways. Always trying to find JUSTICE, she’s about to learn that you can’t find JUSTICE, JUSTICE finds you.
In book two, THREE DOORS DOWN, Sylvie Vaughn’s daughter is dead. Taking her own life at the tender age of sixteen, Sylvie is left to deal with the aftermath of Katie’s suicide.
The distraught mother needs closure, but in order to find it, Sylvie must discover the reason behind the desperate act. She relies on Katie’s final note to give her the clues, but the letter states that sexual molestation is the cause. While the word is ugly, the thought that it could have occurred is even worse. Sylvie would like to dismiss the claim, but in her gut, she knows it’s true. Even before the tragedy, Sylvie’s been obsessed with one incident that happened sixteen years ago. Unable to let it go, she blames herself for not doing enough, wishing for that second chance.”
About the Author
T.J. Tate has held a multitude of jobs. A professional wine taster, barista, ghostwriter for technical manuals and lead vocalist for an obscure rock band (his), he is also an inveterate traveler.
His debut novel JUSTICE is a Fantasy Thriller with just the right touch of a classic western mixed into its DNA. T.J. readily admits to his love of watching westerns. “The whole idea of someone standing alone and facing their fear is what makes heroes–and that’s what a showdown is all about. It never failed to get my heart pumping and my rooting section going for the person wearing the white hat to win.”
Uniquely compelling JUSTICE deals with heartfelt emotions and trauma in an inventive way. As it says in the blurb, “Second chances just became real.”
***T.J. will be giving away three $10.00 Starbucks cards to three lucky people who download either/both books in the JUSTICE series while they are free. When you order, just check in the “Order summary box” and find your confirmation number. Then make a comment on this blog post and a direct link back to you before October 1, 2013. T.J. will choose three winners on October 1′st. Good luck!***
This is a poem I wrote after my Dad passed away. I well remember walking in the winter and suddenly seeing the first crocus pressing up through the snow. I felt a sense of hope, and thought of the things we had loved in every season. Life does return. And when it’s no longer too painful, we can recall the best moments of it with joy.
This is for my sister, Charlene, and my friends Wendy, Chante, Toni and Maria who have suffered losses in the past few weeks. I hope it brings a little comfort.
I KNOW THE FIRST FLOWER
I know the first flower of spring
is creeping up between the clenched fingers
of winter and death and sodden decay;
that fireflies dance in summer hedges
delicate flickering lights that kindle
just for a moment, an ancient belief
in magic and fairies. Also I know that
trees will transform into sun-yellow, blood-red
breath-taking harbingers of fall
holding harvest moons within their branches
and bearing silent witness to the first soft snow
as it comes whispering down.
What I have to trust is that the time will come
when there will be no sorrow in remembering.
May madness must have struck me because I decided to hold a Fire And Shadow Giveaway with some great prizes! You can go on over to http://bit.ly/10mLox3 on my Writer’s Page, click the Rafflecopter icon, and enter! If you haven’t read Fire And Shadow, it’s on sale for only 99 cents throughout the event (May 31′st). You can get points for liking my page, following me on Twitter, or leaving a review on Amazon, among other things. If you already have, don’t worry, you’ll still get points!
First prize is a $100.00 Amazon gift card. Second is a $25.00 Barnes and Noble gift card. There are six third-place prizes, a $10.00 Starbucks card.
So come on down! Tell me if you think that Stephen or Kent is the right man for Lily. I’ll be waiting!