Friday, June 24, 2011

New Shimmerspell Trailer

Last night I realized I'm kind of over the whole Bart Simpson chalkboard theme of my book trailer. Honestly, it looked like a piece of crap compared to some of the other trailers on youtube. So today I decided to do something about it. I'm not sure how good it is, but I like it. *shrugs* Let me know what you think.

Creative Commons License Overreacting - Half Full mix by teru is licensed under a Attribution (3.0).

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Limerick Excerpt

So I woke up this morning and said, "Hey self. It's time for you to post an excerpt from Limerick. Get it done!" So that's what I'm doing now. Hope you guys like it.

Limerick: A Faerie Tale Girl Novella excerpt:

One week later …

Jensen walked barefoot along the pier, confused as to how she had gotten there, yet unable to turn back. Every now and then, the wind would pick up, ruffling the hem of her flimsy gown while tangled strands of black and violet hair slapped against her cheek.

She shivered, but continued dragging one foot in front of the other, wincing each time the damp wood creaked under her weight.

Something didn’t feel right. A hazy gray film dressed the morning sky and the smell of burnt marshmallows filled her nose instead of salt. But like a zombie, she crept forward until the tips of her toes met the splintered edge of the pier. And slowly, she lowered her gaze.

A girl floated in the water like a lily maid, her arms crossed over her chest and a linen handkerchief draped across her face. Long black hair fanned out around her like spindly seaweed, a startling contrast with the ivory of her pleated gown.

Unable to stop herself, Jensen dropped down, reaching out as far as she could to remove the death veil. In the back of her mind, she knew it was stupid. A smarter person would have turned around and run for help, but she had to know, needed to see it for herself.

As soon as her fingers brushed the scalloped edge of the handkerchief, the material dissolved into tiny pearls, spilling down the girl’s face and into the water like bath beads.

Jensen’s breath hitched in her throat, not because of the strange disappearing act the handkerchief had just pulled, but because of the face it revealed in the process. The girl in the water—the lily maid—was her.

The nixie’s eyes popped open the same time her lips parted.
“There once was a girl of the sea
Who refused to see who she could be.
The strength of a world
In the hands of a girl
Consumed by the curse of the three.”

Her voice was nothing more than a whisper, yet it echoed in the silence, branding the strange words onto Jensen’s soul. Then her mouth stretched wide, becoming a dark chasm of wildly dancing shadows.

A scream ripped through Jensen as she pushed herself back, scrambling to her knees. But it was far too late. Because the shadows of smoke had already leapt from the nixie’s mouth and into her own.

Limerick: A Faerie Tale Girl Novella, #2
Coming July 2011

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Kindle Giveaway and Book Review

Hey you guys. I just wanted to let you all know that the lovely Penelope Fletcher took some time out of her busy schedule to review Shimmerspell on her youtube page. And I hope this is not a terribly rude thing to say, but she has the most adorable accent to me. I think she can make anything sound awesome. But anyway, you can watch it here:

Also, make sure to check out the Kindle INDIEpendence Day Giveaway that 17 indie authors (including little ol' me) are hosting. We're giving away a free Kindle as the grand prize (if the name didn't already give that away).

Who doesn't want their own personal kindle? And this prize just so happens to come with a bunch of awesome indie ebooks. All you have to do is head on over to Kindle INDIEpendence to enter and make sure to tell a fellow bookie. :)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Soundtrack and Update

As you all know, I'm currently working on Limerick, the next novella in the Faerie Tale Girl series. I'm happy to say that it's going awesome. I'm really excited about how the story is unfolding and I think it'll be a satisfying follow-up to Shimmerspell.

I know I said I was aiming to have it ready this month, but it's looking like it'll end up being a July release. Sorry! Would it make you feel better if I said early July? What about if I sweetened the pot with Snicker Bar ice cream? :)

I just want the story to be perfect and I'd like to think a few more weeks will get it there.

But anyway, I thought it might be cool to let you guys hear a song I've been loving lately called Jar of Hearts by Christina Perri. Let me tell you, this chick is so freaking underrated. She has the most hauntingly beautiful voice. And I think most women can relate to the topics of her songs, which are usually about break-ups.

I seriously adore her. And of course, I want you guys to love her as much as I do. So I guess I'll stop talking now. It's funny how I never know how to end these posts. So uh yeah, here's Jar of Hearts, which will definitely be on the Limerick soundtrack I'm planning. Enjoy! And be sure to check out The Lonely and Tragedy, which are my other faves. :o)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Music I'm Loving

1+1 by Beyonce

I absolutely love this song. So beautiful and Beyonce sounds amazing on it! I know some of you probably don't like her, but I think she's so talented. The bluesy/soulful quality of 1+1 is pretty much the sole reason I'm interested in her new album. Here's the live rehearsal version Jay Z recorded, which I like better than the studio version. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Guest Post/Giveaway @ Books & Things

I just wanted to let you guys know that Melissa @ Books & Things was kind enough to squeeze me in for a guest post and giveaway today, so please head over there and check that out.

Rules for Giveaway:
Two winners will receive ebooks from smashwords. All you have to do is comment on the post with your email address if it's not already in your profile. The giveaway will end on June 8th at 10 pm MST. Here's the link: Books & Things

Good luck! :)