Happy April Fools Day!

Happy April Fools Day, Aledan Merfolk! It’s been a few busy weeks since my big news, but not because of anything writing-related. My coworker switched labs, so I’ve been busy taking over two additional tests at the dayjob, and then my sister came to town last week for spring break. I also CPed a GIANT book. It was a really good book, but the size of two! My brain hasn’t stopped buzzing long enough to write a blog post, and there hasn’t really been anything to update you about.

Spring is in full force here, with pollen covering everything in yellow and the wisteria blooming. If you’ve been around for a while you know that wisteria is Aleda’s flower (there’s a reason I call you all Aledans), so it’s fitting that I’ve been working on editing Fie Eoin (The Nameless Warrior) again. Well, sort of. I’ve been reading Mike’s notes for the first four chapters and slowly figuring out what to do with them, but I’ve been a bit too busy to actually put my plans into action. And I’m in my reading cycle right now (thank Aleda – it’s been forever since I was in a reading cycle!), so I’m using that reading momentum to prepare for the writing cycle that comes next (I read until I’m overflowing with ideas, then I write/edit until I burn out, then I watch HGTV and play video games to recover. It works for me).

I listened to SEVENEVES, which was one of the strangest, most wonderfully bizarre books I’ve ever read. The first two-thirds of the book are near-future SciFi based mostly on the International Space Station when the moon explodes. Shenanigans and fiery death for almost everyone! Then the book jumps 5000 years into the future and becomes basically a different book, all about the terraforming of the Earth after the fiery death ceases. There was almost too much hard scifi even for me in places, but it was still worth the listen, and the characterization was spot-on. Really, really interesting book.

Now I’m listening to A GATHERING OF SHADOWS, which is also full of fun shenanigans (as one would expect from Lila and Kell), and reading THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT, which is just…*wistful sigh* so beautiful. Everything about this book is beautiful. The writing, the characterization, the worldbuilding…I cannot say enough good things about it. Last night I had Baru Cormorant/Gathering of Shadows dreams, which were bizarre and wonderful.

And last but not least, it’s my little Fool’s birthday today:

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Happy Birthday Hops! Eight years old and still a rockstar❤

Have a wonderful weekend Aledans! And a wonderful spring! You probably won’t see me much until May because April is always a busy month at work, and this year it’s shaping up to be doubly-so.

 

Overwhelmed by Support

Happiest of Thursdays, Aledan Merfolk! If you missed my news on Tuesday, allow me to update you:

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That’s right, SPEAK THE OCEAN is officially represented by Eric Smith of P.S. Literary!

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And then my social media exploded with love and support and left me so overwhelmed that I happy-cried in the car on my way home until I had to pull over, and barely got online yesterday for fear of crying at work. I’m still a bit overwhelmed, honestly. I’m overwhelmed that there’s someone out there that loves my creepy mermaids and sometimes-awkward sex scenes (but not inter-species sex scenes because that’s gross) and grumpy dolphins and bizarre ending. And I’m overwhelmed that there are so many other people who are excited to support me and my weird little book that they haven’t even read yet. It’s the most amazing feeling in the world.

Actually, the most amazing part of this whole thing? My totally awesome CP Mike signed with an agent this same week! We were able to go through this giant, life-shifting process together, which made it half as intimidating and twice as awesome❤

We celebrated with sparkly mermaid nails and wine!

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Ok, only I celebrated with sparkly mermaid nails and wine. He celebrated with normal nails and scotch😉

Now that the celebration is over, it’s time to get back to work. I have an edit letter coming my way for StO, and I’m currently working on editing The Nameless Warrior (Fie Eoin) again. That’s right, this mermaid has gone home to the mountains for the time being.

Guest Post: Which Magical Being from Trinity are You?

Happy Friday, Aledan Merfolk! If you remember back in January, we had a cover reveal for my CP, Colleen Halverson, and her debut paranormal romance, THROUGH THE VEIL (the cover is gorgeous, by the way. Click on the link if you haven’t seen it). So today Colleen is back with a guest post quiz! It may not surprise you to know that I’m a Druid in her world🙂

In my novel Through the Veil I created three magical races of Ireland: the Faeries, the Druids, and the Fianna. Together, they make up a government system called “Trinity,” which serves to maintain the balance between the Fae and mortal world. Each group has a distinct cultural identity. The Fae are known for their love of art and music. The Druids are the scholars of Trinity, spending their time studying magic and enchantments. The Fianna are the warriors of Trinity, and they police the mortal world from the Dark Fae. Take this quiz and see what magical being from Trinity you are!

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Happy Book Birthday to THROUGH THE VEIL by Colleen Halverson!

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Title: Through The Veil (The Aisling Chronicles, #1)

Author: Colleen Halverson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Release Date: February 22, 2016

Publisher: Entangled

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Synopsis

Elizabeth Tanner is no Tinkerbell, and her life is no fairy tale. Broke and drowning in student loans, the one thing she wants more than anything is a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. But after the ancient Irish text she’s studying turns out to be more than just a book, she becomes their prisoner instead. And when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is half-Fae, she finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.

As Commander of Trinity’s elite warriors, Finn O’Connell isn’t used to having his authority challenged. He doesn’t know whether to punish or protect the infuriating young woman in his custody. When he discovers the Dark Fae want to use Elizabeth’s abilities to control the source of all power in the universe, he’ll risk everything to help her.

At the mercy of Trinity and enslaved to the Dark Fae, Elizabeth finds herself alone on the wrong side of an Irish myth thousands of years in the making. Refusing to be a pawn in their game, Elizabeth has to fight her way back to the man she loves, but to do so, she must wage her own war against the magic that binds her.

THROUGH THE VEIL will be available February 22nd 2016 through Entangled Publishing.

Book 1 of the Aisling Chronicles Series

Order your copy today!

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Excerpt

I turned the corner and took in the large man towering over Candace’s shiny blond head. Tapping his foot and muttering something about being “late for another meeting,” he shot her a menacing scowl. He clutched the edge of the desk as if he might overturn it and swallow our intern whole like a mini eggroll.

Candace bit her lip, her big brown manga eyes wide with bubbling anxiety as she fumbled with some files.

I hated a bully. Being an army brat with a new school almost every year, I could spot one a mile away.

“Can I help you?” I threw back my shoulders and tried to make myself appear taller.

The man puffed his linebacker chest. “Finn O’Connell. I’m with the Trinity Foundation. I have an appointment with Dr. Kevin Forrester.” He had a crisp Irish accent, his consonants cutting through the shafts of afternoon light spilling into the room.

“I’m sorry, but Dr. Forrester is out.”

Where are you, old man?

I stepped forward, pasting a confident smile on my face. “Is there something I could help you with?”

Mr. O’Connell stalked over to me, and I fought the urge to step back. Six foot five and no problems with invading personal space, the man from Trinity emitted waves of heat, and his body hummed like a pulsing engine shrouded in gleaming black chrome.

My heart raced as I tilted my head up and up to meet a pair of intense gray eyes that made me forget my last name. Gritting my teeth, I steeled myself, crossing my arms. Never show fear: rule number one for managing the bullies in your life.

“Dr. Forrester recently acquired a new manuscript—”

The Book of Arranmore!

Finn tilted his head, trying to make sense of the jumble of consonants I had just vomited. “Excuse me?”

“Um, yes. The Book of Arranmore. Sorry.” I twisted my mouth into some semblance of a smile, but inside my stomach knotted, thinking of the changing pictures, the shifting text. “It’s a wonderful new addition to our collection.”

Finn glanced down the hallway toward the archives. “Would you mind if I take a look?”

“Um…” I curled my fingers into my palm. “I think it might be best if we wait for Dr. Forrester. If you would like to come back later—”

“No, I would not like to come back later. My time is precious, Miss…?”

I raised my eyebrows, bristling at the Miss. “Tanner. Elizabeth Tanner.”

“Miss Tanner,” he said. “As a contributing member to this institution, I think I am entitled to a small preview.”

Entitled. Only certain kinds of men could throw that word around. Men in Burberry leather trench coats, dry-cleaned, pressed shirts so white they glistened like morning snow. Men with large checkbooks. Men, who, with the flick of a lazy, indecipherable signature could decide the destiny of my academic career.

“Of course, Mr. O’Connell,” I said. “We have it in the back here, if you would like to follow me. I was just working on it.”

Finn rode my heels, and I hurried to keep some distance between us. Opening the door and crossing the reading room, I darted to my workspace, leaning against the desk to establish my territory. I raised my chin, but inside my stomach fluttered as Finn took in the mountains of scattered notes I had amassed over the past few weeks. A messy desk is the sign of a true genius, right? Judging from the scowl on the Irishman’s face, he didn’t seem to think so.

I took a deep breath and was about to open my mouth to wax intellectual on The Book of Arranmore when my hand slipped over the computer mouse. AC/DC screeched across the wood-paneled walls, elaborating on the calamitous effects of American thighs.

I let out a squeak, whirling around and fumbling to press pause, my hands shaking violently. The music stopped mid-scream, and then silence.

“Interesting taste in music, Miss Tanner.”

His words burned hot against the side of my neck, and I gasped. Finn stood a mere inch behind me. He stared down at the computer screen, the blue light flashing on the teasing smile spread across his face. Heat bloomed in my cheeks, and I clicked on the tiny X to close out the program.

“Oh, that wasn’t mine!” I brushed my hair out of my eyes. “These dang undergrads. I mean, who listens to AC/DC, right?”

Finn’s smile faded, his dark stare replacing the brief lightness in his features. I chewed on my lip, arrested for a moment by the impossible length of his eyelashes.

“Is this it?” Finn turned and planted his fists on the table, caging the manuscript with his arms.

“Yes.” Closing in on Finn, I breathed in the clean, leather smell emanating from his long coat. Warm and intoxicating, he smelled like a mix of fresh laundry and badass.

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About The Author

Colleen

As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshman. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children.

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Giveaway

Swag Pack

One signed copy of Through the Veil
One Book of Kells Coloring Book
One Tree of Life Pendant
One Tree of Life Journal
One hand-painted one-of-a-kind Tree of Life scarf

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A Partial Hiatus

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! You may have missed my announcement on Twitter and G+, but for the time being Science Tuesday is on hiatus (not because science isn’t happening, just because I’m too busy to gather all the links). Custom Pony of the Week may or may not be on hiatus as well (when I can find them, I’ll post them). These Thursday update posts may become a bit more sporadic, too, and I won’t be as accessible online for a while.

Which is probably good, because I still haven’t typed up The Fair Man, and I’ve fallen behind on transcribing (and drafting) Enfields. I did, however, finish a CP project yesterday, and I adored it! I can’t wait until it’s on shelves so I can bug you all to buy a million copies. It was funny and twisty and sweet and I know you’ll all love it as much as I do!

My next CP project is full of science, so I’m excited to get started on that. I’m also reading THE TRAITOR BARU CORMORANT, which is so good. The first page blew me away and I read it twice before I continued on.

Have a great weekend, Aledans, and I’ll talk to you when I can!

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See ya later! (I love poofy chicken butts! So adorable)

Custom of the Week: Harley Quinn

Happy Monday, Aledan Merfolk! I’m not really sure where the weekend went, but who doesn’t like to start Monday with an awesome custom pony? Especially an awesome custom pony with two spike bracelets? That just screams “let’s do this, Monday.”

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Harley Quinn, by LightningSilver-Mana

The tiny spike bracelets are my favorite part! The baseball bat is a nice touch too.

If you have a pony that you would like featured as a Custom of the Week, please email me: rebeccaenzor@gmail.com

Reading and Worldbuilding

Happy Thursday, Aledan Merfolk! You may notice that once again Science Tuesday didn’t go up, but that’s because once again I was making a major purchase for the house. Since we got the new bed last month, and therefore a new comforter to fit the new bed, we broke the motor on our washing machine trying to wash the new (giant) comforter. Which means we needed a new washing machine, and since we were planning to buy a new stackable unit soon anyways, we also bought a new dryer. YAY! Once they’re delivered I can wash the comforter that’s starting to smell like the dogs!😉

I spent this week reading and worldbuilding Enfields. I read STAKED by Kevin Hearne (an excellent addition to the Iron Druid Chronicles!), and now QUEEN OF THE TEARLING by Erika Johansen, which I thought was YA until the evil Queen’s first scene. Oops. As far as worldbuilding goes, I’ve been reading Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions from Patricia C Wrede at SFWA to get my mind churning. I’ve already come up with a couple of backstory and plot things based on that, although I haven’t gotten through all the questions yet. I plan to start writing Enfields again next week, but I haven’t decided if I’m going to start from scratch or keep going from where I left off.

And in chicken news, Mona laid a duck-sized egg! The thing is freaking HUGE, and I have no idea how something so big came out of such a small chicken.

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Mononoke’s giant egg, compared to the rest of them.

Have a wonderful weekend, Aledan Merfolk! I have another awesome custom pony for you on Sunday, and Science Tuesday will be a two-weeker!