Friday, August 31, 2012

A Magical #BlueMoonParty to Celebrate The Selkie Enchantress Release!


I am so excited to announce the release of The Selkie Enchantress, the second story in the Seal Island Trilogy! It is available now on Amazon.com. In this magical sequel to The Selkie Spell, Caitlin Conner must find the key to unlocking a mysterious Irish fairy tale that has remained hidden for hundreds of years to rescue professor of Irish folklore, Liam O'Sullivan, from a powerful enchantress's spell.

To celebrate the release of The Selkie Enchantress on the same day as the Blue Moon, I'm throwing a #BlueMoonParty on Twitter to celebrate all things magic and fairy tales. Since parties are always more fun with friends, I've banded together with two of my favorite magical people to bring you some very special surprises today. :)

Ever since meeting Fairy artist, Liza Lambertini, on Twitter many moons ago, I began pestering her for a selkie silhouette. She created this stunning Selkie Drawing Down the Moon silhouette earlier this year, which she posted on the same day as my birthday! Of course, she had no idea it was my birthday, but that just made it even more magical.


Today, Liza is revealing a brand new Blue Moon Selkie silhouette! If you look closely, you'll see this selkie is holding a rose and the magical petals are falling into the sea. So beautiful... :) To see more of Liza's amazing fairy art, flutter over to faeriewood.com.


I am blessed to have met so many wonderful people on Twitter this year. To kick off the Blue Moon celebrations this week, my lovely and talented author friend, Diane J. Reed, posted A Special Blue Moon Spell on her website banditsranch.com. So... get your wishes ready! And, as if that's not enough, Diane is offering her magical Irish fairy tale, Twixt, for sale this weekend at $.99!!


I loved this magical love story and after reading it, I started bugging Diane for her Enchanted Irish Fairy Cake Recipe which is featured in Twixt. I've made these fairy cakes twice now and they are amazing! I'm pretty sure she wouldn't mind if you added a touch of blue food coloring to the icing in honor of the Blue Moon. *wink*

Are you feeling the magic yet? I hope so. :) And I hope you'll help us celebrate this unique magical event by popping into the #BlueMoonParty on Twitter today. Tweet us your favorite Blue Moon outfits (sparkly blue heels are encouraged!), Blue Moon cocktails (Blue Moon margaritas, anyone?), and pictures of the Blue Moon rising in the night sky! If you need some inspiration, take a peek at the gorgeous Blue Moon group board on Pinterest, which so many of our wonderful fairy tale friends have contributed to. Tweet to us @SMossWrites, @DianeJReed, @LizasArt, or use the hashtag #BlueMoonParty. And there might be a super secret, extra special surprise for whoever has the best outfit! :)

I will be wearing this dress:


In my imagination, I will be wearing these shoes:



In reality, I will probably be wearing something more like this (Thanks, Meg! @charitygirlblog):



Wherever you are, and whatever you're doing to celebrate, I hope your Blue Moon Friday is filled with love, laughter and magical surprises!



Saturday, August 11, 2012

Sleeping Beauty's Rose Petal Dreams

Photo credit: http://www.viona-art.com/portfolio/archive/fairytale

If roses were dreams, mine would be pink. Not frilly and edged with lace. But thick, suffocating folds of mauve, like the velvet gown I wore to last night's ball.

They call me Beauty. But they do not know my name. The name I was born with--Briar Rose. They do not know that underneath the surface, my thorns are black, and sharp as the beak of a crow.

They're breaking in. It was only a matter of time. The roses are snaking in the windows, twisting up the bedposts, curling around my wrists.

They said it was the witch who cast the spell. But it was me. I pressed my flesh into the tip of the needle. I let the drop of blood fall. I know what they want from me. But I cannot do it.

For it is not a prince I seek. But a man of the woods. One who does not fear the thorns. Or the wall of roses--a hedge, thick and tight as a corset, encircling this forgotten palace where I lay. In the highest chamber, in the tallest tower. Dreaming of roses. And him.

No. A prince could not give me these dreams. These rose petal dreams that blind me with longing. He, only he, will know to look for me here. The one who will not recognize me as Beauty. But as Briar--a tangled knot of thorns and velvet petals.

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This is my second attempt at flash fiction. You can read my first, "Drinking in a Lavender Rose Petal Spell," here. I find flash fiction so soothing. It's much more freeing than writing a novel. Because you can give into a creative impulse instead of worrying how each sentence is going to affect every little thing that comes after. I'm used to writing novels. Novels take so much time and patience and thought. Flash fiction is really just a "flash" of inspiration I might get walking or gazing out the window or finding a pretty picture on Pinterest. Loads of beautiful images to spark the imagination on Pinterest. I hope you enjoy my twist on Sleeping Beauty. I'd love to hear your thoughts. :)

Sunday, August 5, 2012

A Magical Trip to the Sea


The Selkie Enchantress is with my beta readers now and as soon as I hear back from them, I'll pick a release date for book two of the Seal Island Trilogy! I'm so excited to share Caitlin and Liam's story with you. I had a blast getting to know these characters and I think you're going to be very suprised by the ending... :)

To celebrate finishing The Selkie Enchantress, I took a wonderful trip to Southern California to visit my close friend and writer pal Juliette Sobanet--Chocolate for Writers--and attend the annual Romance Writers of America conference. We spent the first few days in San Diego hanging on the beach and soaking up the beautiful ocean views.


First glimpse of the sea in Del Mar!

Sometimes we switched spots, opting for a cliff view instead. :)

Could sit here all day long.

One sunny afternoon, we wandered into the Self-Realization Fellowship Meditation Gardens in Encinitas. I'm not sure how much "self-realizing" we did, but the gardens were gorgeous.


Ocean view from the meditation gardens.

Juliette and Sophie.

Magical doorway to the sea...

Like something from a dark fairy tale!

Of course, my favorite part of the trip was driving down the coast to La Jolla Cove to visit the San Diego selkies.


View of the California coast from La Jolla Cove.




I found them! I found the San Diego selkies!!




How cute are they all cuddled together like that?

The two in the water were making some serious noise!

I had to get a pic with my favorite magical sea folk. :)

We spent the rest of the week in Anaheim, at the Romance Writers of America Annual Conference. It's always fun to go to workshops, meet your favorite authors, and make new friends. Especially if it's the kind of friend who will smuggle a bottle of wine into the Golden Hearts/Rita Awards Ceremony with you. (Thanks, Marion!) Marion lives in the UK and writes New Adult fiction--check out her blog at Marion Croslydon. She's releasing her first book in October so look for her to make big waves this fall!

I'll be posting more news on the countdown to The Selkie Enchantress very soon!