Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Romeo Catchers ~ Alys Arden

I loved Alys Arden's novel, The Casquette Girls, so much that I jumped on the chance to share her upcoming book, The Romeo Catchers, with all of you! Do yourself a favor and check it out.  She spins a wonderful tale.

The Romeo Catchers
Alys Arden
(The Casquette Girls #2)
Published by: Skyscape
Publication date: May 23rd 2017
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Tormented by the fate she condemned her mother to, and by the lies she’s forced to tell to cover it up, Adele scours Storm-ravaged New Orleans for the truth about her family’s magical past. But every turn leads her back to the one person she’s determined to forget: Niccolò Medici. Not even the multitude of enchanted locks on the attic door trapping Nicco within can break their connection.
Sensing Nicco calling to Adele, Isaac tries relentlessly to keep her from exploring paths too dark that would endanger them all. But a new threat is rising: the Medici’s presence has attracted something else to New Orleans…an older enemy, one that will bring Isaac’s haunted past to life, test the witches’ friendships, and jeopardize Adele and Isaac’s blossoming relationship.
In this spellbinding continuation of The Casquette Girls saga, Adele must draw on the past—from seventeenth-century Florence, a time bubbling with alchemy and fraternal betrayal—and sort history from fantasy if she is to have any chance of saving her mother, her coven, and her magic.
Sequel to:

Author Bio:
Alys Arden was raised by the street performers, tea leaf-readers, and glittering drag queens of the New Orleans French Quarter. She cut her teeth on the streets of New York and has worked all around the world since. She either talks too much or not at all. She obsessively documents things. Her hair ranges from eggplant to cotton-candy colored. One dreary day in London, she missed home and started writing The Casquette Girls.
Her debut novel garnered over one million reads online before it was acquired by Skyscape in a two book deal. Her second book is due out winter 2016.
Alys is represented by ICM. And she still plans to run away with the circus one star swept night.


Thursday, November 17, 2016

November Moon and Samurai Swords

Super Moon November 2016

In the last couple of weeks, I've been busy scribbling as fast as my little fingers will move to finish up The Binding: Witches' Pawn.  I'm almost there. I can feel it in my bones, and I can't wait.  Soon, I will start working with my cover artist, the amazing Synque, to create the perfect cover that keeps within the feel of The Binding and alludes to the action to come. If you've not yet read The Binding, my New Orleans vampire novel, just follow the link! Available Here

I'm also working hard to make Christmas items and fill custom orders through my Etsy shop. If you are hoping to gift someone a unique gift for the holidays, please stop by my little store. Here

Samurai suit

Outside of Frist Center
In the meantime, adventures abound. At the very beginning of the month, we visited the Frist Center to enjoy The Way of Samurai exhibit. While there, we made very cool, totally adult origami Samurai hats and watched the coolest rhythmic display ever!

Matsuriza Taiko Drummers

Stevie Nicks
Credit to Photographer

And on one magical night, to celebrate my mom's birthday, we saw Stevie Nicks in concert.  Yes, it was amazing!

Hot Air Balloon guiding
us on an Autumn journey
Holidays are coming up fast now, and there is much to be done. Crafts and gifts must be created.  Merriment must be had.  And above all, the wheel of the year has finally spun around to that peaceful, perfect time of year where I can curl up and write with a cat cuddling at my side and a steaming mug of tea. 

How is your November going so far?  Just leave me a comment down below!


Samurai Hat

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

October Shenanigans

Hello all!!!

As I mentioned in my previous blog, the month of October is my favorite time of the year.  At my house, we go all out embracing Halloween and the changes of the season with the joyous exuberance that one usually hears about at Yule and Christmastime.  

For almost two months we decorated our yard in anticipation of visitors and spooks.  Daily, we came up with new little areas of Halloween fun, while we simultaneously tucked back more ideas for next year. The goings- on were numerous, and you'll find below the shenanigans I fell into:

Painted Raven Wings
Autumn Cloak Back
Autumn Cloak Front

First, we needed costumes!  Yes, costumes!!!  The Renaissance Faire falls on the fourth weekend of October every year.  So, not only does one need a spooky outfit for trick or treat night, one also needs an outfit of magical proportions for Faire-going. I made three costumes this year.  1) Painted Raven wings - seen above. 2) An Autumn Faery cloak made with over 2,000 leaves not including the three in my hair. 3) Medusa - complete with a head turned to stone and a crown of golden snakes.
Medusa in the graveyard
My golden crown of snakes almost disappears in the nature background.

When the day arrived, the breezy, sun-filled weather could not have been more perfect on Faire day. Joined by friends for a few blissful hours, we were transported back into times long remembered and much missed.
A Gathering of Rennies

Wood Lathing
Merry Meet

Here are a few of my pictures from this year's Renaissance faire.

2016 Monarchy
Our new Bagpiper

Trick or Treat Table

Then, Halloween weekend arrived. This year the neighborhood got together and put on a Halloween hayride event for the kids (and adults too.)  All down our road, neighbors prepared for the haunting evening. Screams and delighted laughter echoed throughout the hills.  

Candlelit Cemetery
Dancing Witches

Loreena McKennitt 2016
And would you believe it?  My October was about to get even better!!! On October 30th, one night before Halloween, I got to see the number one artist on my bucket list, Loreena McKennitt!!!  For many, many years her voice has inspired my writing and my life, and her performance seared her voice permanently into my soul.

Finally, as Samhain night arrived, we ended our magical October with brightly lit candles honoring our ancestors long passed and a couple of carved pumpkins!  Hoping your October was a magical as mine.  Drop me a comment to tell me how you celebrated! 
Louis by our Halloween pumpkins