K Is For… Kashaynu!

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Ka-what? Kashaynu. Yes, I know, what a name. He's a Seeker in our Persis Chronicles series and I adore names, especially ones that sound good rolling off the tongue but that aren't familiar. Kashaynu, Zeteya, Bakraynu... Rachel jokes that you can always tell the characters she named, because they have names like Brock, or Jon.  I do rush to point out that I named Teeka and Quil...
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F Is For… Emerald Fire!

I'm really proud of this series, and that we are able to bring out book two this Wednesday. Since today is "F," I figured I'd feature the book that started it all. When Rachel and I set out to write Emerald Fire, we had a specific idea in mind.  We were exploring the idea of romance tropes, and the beloved Harlequin "white covers" that Rachel grew up reading as a young adult...
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A to Z Challenge, Day 24: X Is For X Marks the Spot

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In pirate stories, there's a map where X marks the spot of hidden treasure.  Just like those pirates, writers have to find their own buried treasure - or, in this case, imaginary worlds in which the story occurs.  Even if it's a real place, like Chicago, the specifics are unique to the fictional story taking place.We talked about map-making earlier in the A-Z Challeng...
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A to Z Challenge, Day 20: T Is For Truffles

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Those of you who are paying attention will know that this is a picture of a cat, not a truffle - but, and this is important, it could be.  That's the joy of worldbuilding.I just spent time trying to find pictures of a cross-stitch that I did of a modified elephant.  We changed the color scheme from elephant grey to truffle browns, shortened the nose and made the ...
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A to Z Challenge, Day 17: Q Is For Quill

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Senior Hunter Quill Mayer, our hero in Emerald Fire, is a scarred man.  Forced to witness the destruction of the town where he grew up, he is raised by his father.  His life partner is killed by a sandcat in the Great Valley.  He finds happiness with Emerald Keeper Teeka.We are hard at work on the sequel, Emerald Keep, and hope to have it done shortly here (as in...
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A to Z Challenge, Day 12: L Is For Llamu

Yup.  Llamu.  Nope, it's not a typo.  Llamu, or the plural "llamu," (yes, it's the same), are an indigenous animal on the planet Persis, where our book EMERALD KEEP is set.  See, here's how it happened.The settlers that came to Persis generations ago traveled with livestock embryos so they could, when they found a hospitable planet, have a source of food and...
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A to Z Blogging Challenge, Day 5: E Is For Emerald Fire

Emerald Fire is our first novel with Torquere Press.  We wanted to play with traditional romance tropes and create a world of our own a'la Anne McCaffrey's Pern series.  She kept a lot of realism in her books, despite having dragons and other fantastical elements; each one was explained in the context of the books and made it feel very real. On the desert world of Per...
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A to Z Blogging Challenge, Day 1: A Is For Aardvark!

Let's face it:  aardvarks are funny-looking.  A cross between an armadillo (Texas speed bumps) and an anteater (my alma mater's mascot - Zot!) (U.C. Irvine, silly!), they aren't the most attractive of beasts.So of course, Rachel and I had to use them as the basis for our fantasy animal, a truffle.What's a truffle?Glad you asked!  It's a cross between an aardvark ...
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Writing, Writing, Writing

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Happy Monday!We are hard at work on editing EMERALD KEEP, the sequel to EMERALD FIRE, and plan to submit it to the publisher by the end of this month.Also on deck is the next book in the Chicagoland Shifters series, CAT'S CRADLE, starring none other than Mitchell Brayden.  Will he finally settle down?  o.O...
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Seeking Hearts, a Charity Sip from Torquere Press

Our Bloghop Starts Here: Torquere PressHappy Autumn!  I know, I know, it's a tiny bit early.  But the bite of Fall is in the air and that brings us to the best part of all - the release of this year's Charity Sip Blitz by Torquere Press!  In 2013, all profits will benefit OutServe, which seeks to assist service personnel and the families affected by Don't Ask, Do...
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