Wow! Halfway through June already! Time really does keep on slippin’, slippin’, slippin’ into the future. Hope that thought doesn’t make everyone too uncomfortable. To be honest, it makes me a little uncomfortable. But why think about that when you can think about the onrushing summer? So, since it’s summertime, now seems like a great time to […]Read more "ARCs of “Half a Dream” are Here! Plus Reading Recommendations and Giveaways"
Hello all! Welcome to April. It’s certainly been a damp one here in North Carolina, just like all the previous months since, oh, August. There was a brief glorious moment when my basement floor was not actually swimming in water, but that, alas, has passed. I guess this should be our theme song Since, as […]Read more "Shadow and Flame: Working on My New Fantasy Series (And This Week’s Selection of Giveaways)"
Greetings, all! With the spring equinox rapidly approaching, now seems like a great time to make the first part of my story of spring, The Breathing Sea, free! The promo will be running March 16-20. And of course it’s always free on KU. Get it here. Here’s that link again to get The Breathing Sea I free on […]Read more "The Breathing Sea I is Free This Week!"
Last week I talked about synesthesia and other sources of inspiration. As part of that I touched on some of the literary, as opposed to personal, sources of inspiration for my novels. This time around I thought I’d delve into that topic a bit more deeply. No doubt there will be more posts on it […]Read more "Whose overcoat have we come out from under, anyway? Some of the sources for my novels"
I’m currently reading Jessica Taylor-Bearman’s A Girl Behind Dark Glasses, about her experience as a teenager with severe ME/CFS. I’m interested in her story not just because, as someone with a chronic illness, I’m interested in the stories of other people with chronic illnesses, but because, like most people in her situation, she has to try […]Read more "Tripping Out: Writing About Altered Perceptions"
When I conceived of Valya, the heroine of The Dreaming Land, I knew I wanted her to be…bad. You know, like a bad girl. And really bad, not just fake bad. But I also wanted her to be sympathetic, which created a challenge. You see, while there are plenty of literary tropes and lots of good […]Read more "Bad Girls: Writing a Sympathetic Anti-Heroine"
So I’ve done it. After some internal debate, I decided to go ahead and dip my toe in the waters of romance. Actually, I decided to do it several years ago, when I started writing The Dreaming Land. (Link to sample). The current cover for TDLII My original inspiration for the whole story was a vision […]Read more "Musings on the #Romance and #Fantasy genres, and Steamy Hot July #Giveaways"
It’s my birthday tomorrow, so I thought I’d celebrate it with a freebie! Today and tomorrow The Midnight Land I is free on Kindle. The cover for TMLI And if you’re in the US, The Midnight Land II is just 99c for the next two days as well! The cover for TMLII AND, if you haven’t […]Read more "More #FreeBooks! The Midnight Land I is free on Kindle, plus more giveaways"
Hurray! It’s here! An ARC of The Dreaming Land II, which you can pick up completely free (for a limited time) here. Here’s the current cover: And here’s the blurb: Valya has won permission to hunt down the slave traders defiling her land and stealing its children. Now begins the most difficult part of her […]Read more "Free ARC of The Dreaming Land II, plus more giveaways!"
Shadows of Lela Tessonja Odette Who doesn’t love unicorns? I certainly spent a lot of time fantasizing about unicorns at a certain age, which has not entirely passed, as evident by the fact that I snapped up this book as soon as I saw the cover. “Shadows of Lela” is a fun, unicorn-intense story with […]Read more "“Shadows of Lela” by Tessonja Odette"