T Is For… Truffles!

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Ah, yes. Truffles.  While there are truffles here on Earth, the first being a type of chocolate confection and the second being a type of mushroom confection, truffles really are a cross between a Cocker Spaniel and an aardvark. See? Aren't they adorable?  Truffles have the fur of the Cocker Spaniel, and similar coloring for the most part, (a range of browns and tans), a...
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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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H Is For… Hunter!

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Emerald Keep is now available!  Very exciting.  You can find it at Torquere Press, here.  In celebration, I thought I'd share a little bit about our world and one of the jobs in it, that of Hunter. First, we decided that jobs all have capital letters.  There are jobs that are obvious like Healer and Driver, and less obvious like Seeker, or lawman, and Hunter, or miner.  We s...
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E Is For… Emerald Keep!

  I am very excited.  This Wednesday, our book Emerald Keep is out into the world.  In celebration of its release, I figured I'd take today and share a little bit with you.  If you are a long-time reader of ours, then you may already be aware of the book's release; if this is your first visit, then hello, and welcome. The most exciting part, to me, about writing ...
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Monday Morning Pages

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Morning Pages.  Three pages of longhand writing in the morning.  Not meant to be written, in the sense that they're a exercise in getting the brain onto the page and giving voice to what the Chinese call monkey mind - that bouncing, scattershot squirrel of thoughts that natters on throughout the day behind the scenes.I've been doing Morning Pages since 1995 and t...
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Writer Wednesday with Noon and Wilder

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Yes, dear, I know you don't like your picture taken.©2015 A. Catherine NoonWhy do you want me to smi-©2015 Rachel Wilder2015 is shaping up to be a busy year.  We've sent off Sealed by Magic for consideration; finished first and second rounds of edits on Emerald Keep; made a deal for Book 3 of the Chicagoland Shifters, called Cat's Cradle, and it'll be out in the summer of ...
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Tuesday with the Tauruses

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Rachel and I are hard at work on the edits for EMERALD KEEP, which is coming soon from Torquere Press - release date is April 8th.  So exciting.Edits, though, means our brains dribble out the bottom of our heads.  We're also finishing up the submission packet for SEALED BY MAGIC and will send that off on the weekend.  And I'm planning the blog book tour for EK. I...
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Happy August!

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Happy August!  It's hard to believe the months of June AND July are over, isn't it?We have some exciting news, though!  EMERALD KEEP is now under contract with Torquere Press and will be out soon.  Yay!  And, just in time for Lughnasad, they're having a site-wide sale for both Torquere Press and their Young Adult imprint, Prizm Books.  You can check the...
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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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