Saturday, March 24, 2012

My Twin Nephews Had Their First Birthday Party Today! + Pic Update

They are so beautiful and magical and special and amazing and about a zillion other things and I can't believe they're already a year old!!  I actually lived with my sister and brother-in-law for the first four months of their lives, so they are more than nephews, really.  I should invent a new word for what they are.  I'll have to give that some thought...Anyway, the point is my memories of them are from when they were little ones who couldn't even sit up on their own.  Then, I don't see them for a couple of months and all of a sudden they're crawling.  Then, another couple months go by and they've got teeth (a few anyway) and they're eating solids.  Now, they're a year old.  I just can't believe it.  It's very bittersweet because I miss them being tiny babies, but I'm also so excited and happy to see them growing and learning.  But I'm sure no one cares to read the sentimental ramblings of a doting aunt, so I'll shut up now, but I'll leave you with a couple of pictures of them as proof of their aforementioned beauty.  These obviously aren't from the party but they are two of my favorite pictures of them.  The party pix are below.

See, told you.  Doesn't this picture look like it belongs in a catalog spread?  I know, right?  It's crazy how stinkin' beautiful these babies are.

This one is just too cute.  Love their sweaters.  This is Jack (Left) and Ben (right).

Now for a couple party collages.  I know they don't fit in the frame, but they weren't big enough so I had to break the rules.  They're such cute little buttons:)

OMG, I love these boys!!

Happy Sunday, friends.


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Hot Tea, Psychological Aches, and My Life in the Last 24 Hours

I've been short of breath since early yesterday evening for absolutely no reason.  Things are great in my life, like literally better than ever, yet I'm still having this anxiety-induced shortness of breath.  I thought after sleeping it would go away, but it came right back this morning when I woke up.  I cannot account for it and can only assume there is some deep-seated, subconscious issue that I don't even know I'm dealing with.  That last phrase was excessively redundant, as is this one, technically speaking, but just ignore my grammar nerdery, please.

Anyway, in order to deal with this shortness of breath problem, I decided to have a cup of hot tea.  Now, I haven't had a cup of hot tea in years, as in lots of years.  I have iced tea all the time (hello, Texan) but I'm a big coffee drinker, so I usually spare my want for hot liquids for coffee-time, thus the teas sit sadly and forlornly in the cabinet, all collecting dust.  But this morning, I made tea instead of coffee.  I took one sip and--I kid you not--instant tears welled up in my eyes.

I miss England.  I've had hot tea since coming back from England, but I always associate it with England, and after so long a reprieve from having it, England was of course the first thing that came to mind when I had a drink.  Speaking of, excuse me while I have another sip...

Maybe it has something to do with the three English ladies who came into the place where I work yesterday.  As soon as I heard their accents, I had to talk to them--any connection to England at this point, however feeble, will do.  We chatted and they asked me where all I got to while I was there, which sadly, is a short list on account of my meager finances at the time (student funding is cruel in its paltriness).  But we talked of Haworth and the Brontës and various other places and things I'd seen, and I told them to say hello to England for me upon their return and then we all went about our respective businesses.  It actually made me feel good talking to them.

But I'm a woman.  So, of course, it also made me sad at the same time.  I don't know if this experience is what affected me when I took that first sip of tea this morning, but the outcome was the same.  I miss that place.  There's a whole piece of my heart over there.  Like, at least the left ventricle.  And just when will I get to visit it again?

Oh, geez.

Now look what I've gone and done.  Two weepy, sentimental posts in a row.  It wasn't planned, believe me.  And just so you know, I really am super happy with everything in my life right now.  I'm having a great time with my job, with my writing, with my living situation and getting to be in Austin, my favorite city in Texas, and there are so many awesome things to look forward to in the next few days, weeks, and months.  It's just that England creeps up every now and then, and I have to have a bit of a cry about it.  I think about it every day, but the longing lamentations only come every once in a while.

Anywho, I'll end this now because my tea is getting cold and I'd like to go sit out on my balcony and write my book.


Saturday, March 17, 2012

Moon-Linked is a Year Old!

Actually, it's almost three, if you count the moment of its conception (ew) and the two years of writing beforehand.  But it was a year ago today that it was officially published, officially for sale!  I honestly never realized it was on St. Patrick's Day.  Weird, huh?  But at least that means it'll be easy to remember.  (I'm horrible with dates--and names to be honest--in fact, neither myself nor my fiance actually knows for sure the exact date we started dating.  We think it was March 10, 2004, but who can be sure?  Not that it matters because we don't celebrate anniversaries, but anyway.)  So, yeah, it's crazy.  One year later and I'm about to release Book Three, for which I can hardly contain my excitement!

I just wanted to give a humongous THANK YOU to all my readers.  You guys are awesome and you've made this all worth while.  I love writing--I have all my life--and I know I'll be doing it forever, whether said books are published or not because I do it for me, because I have to, really.  But being able to share my books and thus myself with the world and specifically with you guys makes me feel like my creative pursuits, my outlets for life, what I love and work hard for is grounded in something substantial.  Because you guys get it.  (Or, at least, I hope you do.)  I don't want to get all mushy-gushy (guess I already have) so I'll cut myself off here, but let's none of us forget that a book is a link between its writer and its reader.  We're all making connections here.  And that's beautiful.

Again, thank you guys for taking the Lone March journey with me and enjoying the story as much as I do.  You have no idea how much it means to me to be able to share my work with you all.


PS. And when I say 'Lone March journey' you should go ahead and imply the word 'epic' right in there because, as you know, I'm writing Book Six now and I just keep realizing how long it's going to take to tell this story and the series keeps stretching on.  I thought it would be seven books, then it was eight, now...I'm not so sure.  But the whole story must be told no matter the length, right?  Anywho...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Would you like to know what Moon-Burn is about?

Well, here's the Summary!

In one fast motion, he shoved me against the wall and cupped a hand over my mouth.  I had been so stupid.  The very thing I had feared from the start was happening—he was overpowering me and there was nothing I could do about it!

When her pack gets taken, March is forced to enlist the help of the one person she trusts least in the world—Elliot Sharp.  As if running around the state alone with him isn’t bad enough, she fears they won’t make it back home in time for the Full Moon Cycle.  Risking her humanity to be out in the wild is worth it to save her pack.  But some things, once done, can’t be undone, and March is afraid she may have lost pieces of herself she can’t get back.

With her rage threatening to ruin her life, her new talent for athletics and the frigids trying to suck her into their group, March’s friends are noticing she’s changing in big ways.  She tries harder than ever to force her life into normalcy, but Avery is the only one who can make her see that it’s okay to be different, and a bond begins to form between them that neither can fully understand.  Meanwhile, the new guy, Jasper, keeps her guessing, and bouncing between anger and intrigue.

In Book Three of the Lone March Series, March Howe finds history repeating itself, as she tries to choose between Ethyn and Greyson.  Heated passion and violent fury are waging a war inside her, while the wolves are waging a war across the state.  Will she learn to balance her internal storm before the last of the were-wolves destroy each other?

So there you have it.  Hope you're as excited as I am for the release!  It may not make sense to you that I would be excited for a book to come out, considering I wrote it, but I have this dorky little tradition of re-reading my books when they're released, so I'll sort of be reading it along with you guys:)

More to Come,


Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sucré's First Music Video (woo hoo) + Merriment EP (woo hoo)!

Amazing, right?!  I know.  Golly-moses I can't wait for this otherworldly album!  Don't forget--it's out April 10th, kiddos, so put some monies in your piggies and don't take 'em out till then!  Unless you want to pre-order it--evidently you will be able to, starting next week--in which case, I grant you permission to take the monies from your piggies early.

Also, Christie and Collin DuPree (younger but equally talented siblings/counsins of Eisley) have released their first official-official EP--official twice because there have been a few unofficial ones under just Christie's name, but this new EP has not only been studio-produced, but is under their new band name "Merriment".  It looks like this:

You can get it on iTunes for less than 5 bucks, so do yourself a favor and drop that bread on this delicious little EP.  If you like DuPree voices in Eisley and Sucré, then try another--she's seriously lovely.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Equate this Post to Your TV Guide

Do they still do TV guides?  Probably not and now I've only succeeded in showing my age.  Oh, well.

I just wanted to make a quick announcement.

*AHEM*  I will be posting a little something Moon-Burn-y very soon.  I'm not saying when (mostly because I don't want to lock myself into a date and then, for some unforeseen reason, forget to do the post), but it will be sometime next week.

This will not be the last "teaser" before the book is released, but it will be a BIG one.