Monday, December 15, 2014

December Secrets and Holiday Puppies

Happy Holidays!

I hope everyone has a very happy December,
spent with loved ones sharing holiday cheer.

Koko and Tuffy hope you get lots of cookies!

Untethered Realms

Tomorrow (Tuesday 12/16/14) I'm over at Untethered Realms with a little Secret Christmas Carol pictograph. I hope you can stop by to see it and find out the secret *winks*

Secret Project

Secrets abound right now! I'm working on a secret project that I'm not quite ready to share. But I really want to, so I made up a little teaser:

Envision this:
my character finds himself butt naked, outside,
laying on the wet cobblestones, when who should
see him but a Victorian bobby...

Photo by Gwen Gardner

...and of course the chase is on.

And here's my theme song by Jewel to go with it:
Who will save your soul when it comes to the flower?
Who will save your soul after all the lies that you told, boy?
Who will save your soul if you won't save your own?

What are your holiday plans?
Do you have a secret project?
Care to share?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

IWSG: Fuzzy Blanket and Capabilities

It's been a month since my last Insecure Writer's Support Group post (haha, this feels like a confession). Thank you to Alex Cavanaugh and his co-hosts for making this group event happen every month.

My insecurity is a rollover from last month. It's about writing something other than my Indigo Eady Paranormal Mystery series, which is basically like a warm, fuzzy blanket to me. It's switching from characters I know and love so well, to characters I don't quite know yet. It's about switching from pre-teen/teen to adult novels.

I feel like I'm ready to step up my game, but not at all sure that I'm actually capable of doing it.

This is my confession!

On a higher note, this is a good time for new beginnings. I'm already setting goals to release the new book by next December. Yikes!

What is your current insecurity?

Monday, December 1, 2014

Ever Met A Gargoyle?

Ever Met A Gargoyle?

Check out the awesome cover for my Afterlife series. I combined my three novellas into a collection for both ebook and print.
I absolutely love the whole cover. Corona Zschusschen spent many hours on the silver scroll work. Notice the intricate weaving, the lighting and shading. I'm always amazed at what illustrators can do. It's also kind of Christmassy and perfect for a December release.

I have to admit, though, that I'm enthralled by the gargoyle on the back cover. Gargoyles are interesting, intriguing, mysterious. They're hundreds of years old. They have a serious past. In modern history, gargoyles are used as spouts to direct rainwater away from buildings. But originally, they were used to frighten evil away and protect the inhabitants of a structure, such as a church.
In the Afterlife series I created creatures that I call "gardengoyles." The name combines the traditional "gargoyle" and the garden variety "gardengoyle". The garden variety is sort of a play on words as my gardengoyles, Gertrude and Glomp, are keepers of Gertrude's Garden, the paranormal social nightclub-type meeting place where some pretty interesting creatures gather. And then there's the adjoining cemetery where bodies are "planted," sort of a paranormal inside joke. 
See the gardening link?
Soooo, moving on then...
Gardengoyles are the descendants of the larger gargoyles and much more colorful, in both appearance and language. My gardengoyles are highly intelligent of course. It's not to say that the traditional gargoyles weren't smart, but perhaps they were just less vocal. Their faces spoke volumes.
Check it out. I was in England and France recently and met tons of gargoyles!
Here are a few...

Have you ever met a gargoyle?

How about a descendant, the gardengoyle? (Now if you've met a gardengoyle, I want to hear all about it, LOL!)