L Is For… Lamiae!

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When writing, one needs a plausible reason for one's plot.  If there's a culture that does something particular, maybe reveres kittens for example, one needs to have a reason for such kitten reverence.  It needs to be convincing enough that the reader doesn't question it, but instead thinks, why, yes, of course they revere kittens because that's what you do in Kittenlandia.  Ma...
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I Is For… Ivan – or, Russian Naming Conventions

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The main character in Sealed by Fire is Ivan Demidov, but he goes by Vanya.  I love using Russian naming conventions because they're so different than the ones that I grew up with in my culture of origin. In the old days, in Russia, one would have three names.  The first is the public, formal name.  It was the first name, what's called a "patronymic," and the family name, or...
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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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A to Z Challenge, Day 26: Z Is For Zen Garden Collective

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Woot!  We have made it through the challenge.  This picture is actually two summers ago, but the sentiment still stands.  Hammock, knitting, a relaxing cup of tea - YOU'VE EARNED IT!But before you go, here's a parting thought:  Rachel and I have been hard at work, behind the scenes, with several of our cohort at the Writer Zen Garden.  We'll be launchin...
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A to Z Challenge, Day 25: Y Is For Yes

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Yes is a lovely word, especially when it's from a publisher with whom you want to work.  Rachel and I have been fortunate enough to work with three awesome houses so far in our career and we're tickled pink, purple and blue to be among their authors.What affiliations in your life make you grateful?
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A to Z Challenge, Day 22: V Is For Vanya

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We are working on edits of our forthcoming book from LooseId LLC and are super excited about it.  In fact, when you're talking to an author, it's probably a good idea not to ask, "So, what are you writing?"Because we'll tell you.Our main character is Vanya Demidov and I wanted to say a few words about the name, Vanya.  Vanya is short for Ivan; which, contrary to ...
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Fool for Love Blog Hop with Just Romance.Me!

Welcome to the Spring 2014 Fool for Love Blog Hop! If you haven't participated before, click the banner at the top of this post and check out all the amazing authors we have for you this weekend. The grand prize is an ereader and there are a host of other prizes, including a copy of Noon and Wilder's latest release, TIGER TIGER.Since our theme this hop is "Fool for Love," I t...
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A to Z Blogging Challenge, Day 4: D Is For Domovoi

"Domovoi" by Ivan Bilibin, 1934In our upcoming release from LooseId, we feature a creature called a domovoi.  Small, generally male, domovoi are a boon to a good housekeeper and a plague to a bad one.  In Russian, the word dom means house.One of the best parts about writing is being able to incorporate our favorite elements in our stories.  I love mythology ...
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