just another writer who never sleeps
this is where i'll be posting NSFW photos and adult content that would otherwise be on my blog, along with any random thing that enters my head.
the content herein is intended for people 18 and over.
The first book in the Looking Glass Gods series won’t be available until February 2015, but I’m way too excited about this cover to wait to show it to you. (And apparently, so is the rest of the Internet. While I was busy hand-making the giveaway prizes for the cover reveal, the full cover popped up in several places. Just ignore it.) ;)
Over the next 12 days, I’ll be revealing pieces of the cover for Idol of Bone. You can enter each day to win one of 12 handmade looking-glass or apothecary-jar pendants. The looking glass pendant includes a matching bracelet with turquoise Swarovski crystal bead accents, and each jar pendant contains two pieces of raw blue tourmaline to match the cover—”peacock blue” is my character Ra’s signature color, and a certain scene in the book features a solid gemstone window of blue tourmaline in the dome of the temple at Soth Rhyman. So now you can wear a little piece of a Meeric temple window. ;)
If you enjoyed my novella, The Devil’s Garden, you’ll want to read Idol of Bone, where Ume Sky and Cree Silva reprise their roles, unknowingly entangled in the fate of another Meer.
Looking Glass Gods, Book 1
Ra. Just two letters. Barely a breath. When she stumbles into the frozen Haethfalt highlands, her name is all she has—the last remnant of a past she’s managed to keep hidden, even from herself. Her magic, however, isn’t so easy to conceal—magic that’s the province of the Meer, an illicit race to which she can’t possibly belong.
The eccentric carpenter who takes her in provides a welcome distraction from the puzzle of herself. Though Jak refuses to identify as either male or female, the unmistakable spark of desire between them leaves Ra determined to find out what lies beneath the enigmatic exterior.
But more dangerous secrets are brewing underneath the wintry moors. Jak’s closest friend, Ahr, is haunted by his own unspeakable past. Bounty hunters seeking fugitive Meer refuse to leave him in peace.
Harboring feelings for both Ra and Ahr, Jak nonetheless struggles to keep them apart. Because like the sun and the moon coming together, their inevitable reunion has the potential to destroy Jak’s whole world.
In case you missed the post on my Facebook page, I’m giving away a number of fun prizes over the next few days as an ongoing “launch party” for Master of the Game, the final book in the Demons of Elysium series. Below is the Rafflecopter widget for the first giveaway, a lovely Diamond Accent Devil Double Heart Pendant.
"but women have sex organs on their chests! I don’t walk around with my pants off!"
I think what you mean to say is “women have secondary sex characteristics on their chests”, not sex organs
in which case let me remind you that your facial hair and enlarged adam’s apple are also secondary sex characteristics
if secondary sex characteristics bother you and you feel they should be covered up in public, please feel free to shove your entire head in a bag at any time
If you’re a subscriber of my occasional newsletter, you received a link to an exclusive peek at Chapter 1 of King of Thieves yesterday. If you aren’t a subscriber…what are you waiting for? ;)
Can you explain why you love Stephenie Meyer so much? I'm just curious because I see such much hate towards her and I don't actually know very much about her other than the Twilight-y things. If you've already explained this, sorry~ xx.
I wouldn’t say I love her actually? I just think that people’s critcisms of her tend to attack her for the things that are not actually problematic about her work while simultaneously discrediting her achievements.
there’s a lot that’s problematic about twilight & the host, and therefore i assume problematic about ms meyer’s personal philosophy, and if people want to discuss that in earnest i encourage it (and i do see a lot of it on tumblr - just not nearly as much as the other kind)
in general, in popular culture - mainstream culture, i’m saying - ms meyer is attacked essentially for being a woman with a sexual fantasy that she had the audacity to pen down and share with others. quick google searches return people slamming her for being “self-obsessed, narcissistic, hypocritical and infantile” etc
for a really long time it was just hip to hate twilight. people who’d never even read it hated it - and why? examine it. it’s not entirely (or even predominantly) because the text is problematic. it’s because teenage girls love it.
i think it’s reductive and dismissive to say twilight is an awful book with no merits or good qualities; this isn’t true, it’s sold millions of copies and reached a huge audience and produced a gigantic film franchise and irrefutably changed the YA market. saying it has no merit whatsoever essentially says “everyone who enjoys this book is stupid (self-obsessed, narcissistic, etc)”. read: “teenage girls are stupid, etc”
ms meyer has come under huge amounts of media attention, largely negative. she said “I get further away [from Twilight] every day. I am so over it. For me, it’s not a happy place to be." Twilight started out for her as a passion project and has now become a source of unhappiness in her life, to the point where she no longer writes professionally, which i think is sad and unfair.
john green was right; male authors just don’t come under this same kind of fire from society at large. while i think critically examining a work like the twilight saga for its problematic elements is necessary (and twilight is fuuuull of them, from cultural appropriation to unhealthy relationship ideals), that’s largely NOT what is going on with how the media treats stephenie meyer
I think that it’s cool that we are talking about this.
And this is just a tiny point, but: Stephenie Meyer, and many other female authors, get a ton of hate for… their protagonist’s hair colour.
Bella and Stephenie Meyer both have brown hair. Brown hair! How many people in the world have brown hair? How many hair colours occur in nature?
I was so painfully conscious of the fact people would tear female MCs and their female authors apart for this that it was one of the reasons my first published heroine dyed her hair pink. (Did this cunning stratagem mean my heroine escaped hate? Spoiler: it did not, because she continued to be a lady and so did I.)
How many dark-haired nerdy boy protagonists are there, and how often do we see people going ‘AH-HA! The author too has brown hair, and at some point in their lives may have wanted people to find them attractive!’ about dude authors?
This tiny point illustrates the problem: yes women should be criticised, but every criticism tends to be piled on top of Criticism Mountain, while dudes get Criticism Molehill. Once you have seen someone laughed at a thousand times for their protagonist’s hair colour, the next criticism (however smart, however valid) gets on your last nerve.
And once you have been laughed at a thousand times, you are very unhappy. And while Stephenie Meyer has many awesome things (lots of loving fans, piles of cash moneys) I feel terrible for her about that. There’s nothing worse than being made to be unhappy about your writing, something that you once loved.
Apparently, today is vodka’s birthday in Russia, according to Russian Life magazine. (Which may explain why Vasily isn’t making much sense in my head right now.)
Read all about the history of vodka in Davai! The Russians and Their Vodka, for sale at the Russian Life store.