As you probably know, I haven't been posting or writing anything new for some time. I’m a pretty private person, so I won’t be going into details, but I feel I owe you an explanation for my long silence.
The fact is, life threw some unexpected challenges my way that affected my ability to continue this writing journey - at least at the same pace I enjoyed before. My reaction (rather predictably in retrospect) was withdrawal and denial. A month of silence turned into months and then years. I am doing my best to continue this journey but it is quite a struggle!:) It is probably a cliche to say ‘things happen for a reason’ but the truth is that I have learned a lot about life and about myself in these past few years, about not giving up in the face of adversity, and that there are blessings all around us if we can only see them. I am also grateful that many of you continued to read and comment on my stories all this time. Thank you for your voice during my silence:)
I will still not be updating this blog or my website much, probably not till book 3 comes out (yes, I've not given up on it), but I felt I owed a long overdue explanation and apology for my silence these past years. I will keep this blog and my website up, but I still won't be very active (if at all). Thanks, everyone, and happy reading - and writing - to you:)
Yes, it's finally time for me to reveal the cover for the final book in the Mesmer Trilogy! And here it is, my lovely cover for Mesmer, Book #3: The Amarinth Heir! I hope you guys love it as much as I do:)
Coming soon in Spring 2013*, Mesmer, Book #3: The Amarinth Heir
A hidden kingdom in a forbidden forest. A realm she can’t escape without the trust of a mage. But trust and magic make complicated allies – when time is running out.
When Lea's presence in Verlaine leads to the unexpected discovery of a secret hidden long ago by an ancient enemy, a secret that has the power to alter the fabric of Lea's and Gabriel's very different worlds forever, the Lorien spy must make a choice between protecting the kingdom she never believed she could betray, and saving the world – and mage – she never imagined she could come to love.
*updated from initial scheduled release date of November/December 2012 - Apologies, folks, but the initial date proved a bit too ambitious for me. As a further update to those who are waiting, all I can say is, when Book 3 does come out, you'll absolutely love it! Cheers to everyone, and may the year come to a close with much joy and happiness to us all (Mayan prophecies regardless)!:)
First off, apologies for my silence as of late. I've been bogged down with lots of unexpected stuff. Fortunately, at least one of the things I've been occupied with has been my first guest blog post!:) If you're in the mood for some dry humour, do drop by the delightful Mira's Corner to check out my guest post, An Interview With Humour:) It was a pleasure to write, and I am so excited to see it up! What a good way to end September and ring in October:) I love any piece of writing that tickles the old funny bone; all fingers are crossed that An Interview With Humour will tickle yours:) Cheers, folks, and have a great week ahead!:)
Sigh.... I've officially fallen in love with a music video:)
Now, I'll admit I'm a bit fickle when it comes to music videos, easily falling in and out of love with them as it were—but this one is a keeper! I came to 'Little Talks' a bit late in time. From what I understand, the video actually debuted on Youtube in February 2012. Yes, it's August. Yes, I've missed out on this gorgeous creature for *counting* five months now! Bloody hell, where have I been?? Well, thank goodness I finally got to see it:)
Beautiful, creative, artistic and full of rich imagery and mythological references, the video for 'Little Talks' features a fey/witch/otherworldly personage who helps five humans as they trek through a harsh landscape, coming upon fearsome creatures along the way... The video is animated for the most part, stylistically gothic I thought, and definitely fantastical throughout. The song's beat/rhythm is infectious (folk music, I think); somehow the dark tone to the video and lyrics does not in any way reduce its infectiousness. It's a smart blend of elements that creates just the right mix of hope and tragedy in a listener/viewer. Let's just say that I was left with a feeling of completeness at the end of this poignant tale:)
Right, I'll refrain from analysing it any further, simply because I think this kind of a visual delicacy should not be theorised to death, hmmm?:) Oooh, I love this video so much. And I love the song too, of course!:D
Do check out 'Little Talks' below, and get the single/album ('My Head Is An Animal') if you haven't already! By the Icelandic band, Of Monsters and Men, here is *drumroll*... 'Little Talks'!
'Little Talks' by folk indie band Of Monsters and Men
Yay, Book 2 in the Mesmer Trilogy is finally out on Kindle and Smashwords! For those who've been waiting, my apologies for taking a bit longer than I'd expected to get 'Favoured' out there. I hope you enjoy reading the continuation to Lea's adventures in the magical realm of Verlaine!:)
MESMER, BOOK 2: FAVOURED
(A Three Towers Fantasy)
A hidden kingdom in a forbidden forest.
A realm she can’t escape without the trust of a mage.
But trust and magic make complicated allies – when time is running out...
As Lea races to outsmart Gabriel Amarinth and escape his magical kingdom, her stubborn loyalty to her home realm begins to waver. To her dismay, she finds herself turning fascinated by her charmed sanctuary – and its magi master. But when strange accidents and deadly disasters stalk Lea through the halls of Gabriel's castle, it’s obvious that someone in Verlaine isn't happy with her change of heart.