Muse Blogfest and Goodbye

Ironically enough this post will be my last on this blog. For more on that visit QueendSheena and that’s where I will be from now on under my real name.

For the full list of participants go here.


What is this about? Well according to the host:

So it’s kind of an anti-Valentine’s Day party. But also a Valentine’s Day party. Basically it’s whatever you want it to be. We’re celebrating the most nauseating of holidays along with the most dysfunctional relationships we probably have–the ones with our muses.
All right, I’ll stop rambling! The details! The Valentine’s Day Muse Party Blogfest will take place on Monday, February 15. I’ll be hosting the party here and you and your muse can come! On that day you can post on your blog and answer the questions I’ve provided. I’ll be answering them, too, and visiting all the other blogs to check out your answers!
If you don’t have a muse or don’t want to bring them, feel free to bring a character from one of your books (published or not!). If you came to the first party, you can bring the same muse/character or someone different. Maybe we’ll get to see how much we and our muses really love each other…


1. Who did you bring to the party? Is he/she your Valentine or anti-Valentine?
Since I have no interest in Valentine’s Day I brought along Huntress. Don’t worry she is not allowed to hunt or eat humans during the party.
Huntress: I’m staying for the after party.
Me: Absolutely not.
*Passes secret note to host* Huntress is from The Flesh Business series. Her home city Shiv is where humans who eat other humans live. Don’t call them cannibals, they hate that. Novel is NA Horror coming in 2017. Book #1: Huntress.
2. Which one of you is the more romantic person?
Me: *Laughs out loud*
Huntress: I don’t do romance and no, not in that crappy Christian Grey way. My job does not allow romantic entanglements.
3. What gift are you giving to your (anti) Valentine?
Me: She stars in a book series. Book one is her name. I have given enough.
Huntress: Thanks.
Me: Oh, um, you’re welcome.
4. Are you guys wearing red or pink (or black…)? 
Me: We’re wearing clothes. This is not the red carpet, move along.
5. Did you bring any Valentine’s Day treats? 
Huntress: I have…
Me: No! Don’t tell them what you have Huntress it’s…just don’t.
6. Name a song for our Love Playlist or Anti-Love Playlist (or both)! 
Me: Do you want me to kick your ass?
Huntress: Same thing I was thinking.
7. Got a great anti/Valentine party game? 
Me: Yes, bed.
Huntress: Capturing folks for private purposes. I don’t do games.
8. Feeling the love or just feeling nauseous? How will you have fun at the party?
Me: I carry books and like to smile. Might even chat.
Huntress: Oh God you’ve gone bubbly.
Me: I have a bubbly side. *Random person bumps without apologizing* Bitch….
Huntress: That was close.
9. Has your muse been a good Valentine? 
Me: Huntress you wanna be my muse?
Huntress: No.
Me: There’s your answer. Now like Po says in Kung Fu Panda…Skadoosh.

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Well that’s it folks. Love and hugs. Bye.


Top Ten Most Anticipated Books of 2016

I already pre-ordered three books off this list. This post has books similar to some of those I am excited to see hit my bookshelf. Come my pretties.

Happy 2016

Image via Bill_Owen Flickr Creative Commons

A new year has started and we all have the opportunity to either thread new paths or trudge through the old. While we should not shove our past in a closet I do hope you will all try to do something new with yourselves this 2016. Right now I am writing on various projects and will in the coming months be ready to start dropping some promotional material for my first release which should be book 1 in my NA Horror series with a YA novel coming early 2017 the first of two which are both stand alone novels. I think the contemporary one might come out first. No promises.

So Happy New Year readers and I wish you all the best. Thank you for stopping by and for the record Mockingjay 2 was the top book to movie adaption of 2015 for me.


#NextLitChat and a stroke of genius

Hi everyone I am back. As of next year I will try to at least post every first Tuesday of the month with any other days being according to what kind of news I have or events I am taking part in. So on with the show.

#NextLitChat was on Twitter and Live Streaming on Youtube for the last time for 2015. E.J. Wesley and guest chatted about the best of 2015 including books, movies and music. It was fun to listen to the live feed and take part on twitter. More so when tweets got mentioned including my own which added to the live versatility of the chat responding in real time. I have been with the weekly twitter chat from back when it was called #NALitChat. But I have been away for a bit so it was my first time going along with the new livestream that now goes along with the weekly tweeting.

If you are not familiar #NA is the writing genre after #YA and deals with characters becoming 18 and goes up to early twenties. These characters deal with issues of coming of age and going out into the world away from their parents (in most cases). #NextLitChat is a weekly twitter hashtag that talks about NA on Thursday night. There is also a website and a whole community. The link for the live feed from last night is below and you can use the hashtag on twitter to find out more. Or Google.

Youtube: #NextLitChat 12/10/15 – Best of 2015

A Stroke of Genius

Last night I decided to make changes to one of my story ideas. It’s for a YA contemporary novel I intend to write in the future. The idea was at first a bundled deal with Lez (YA Fantasy) but things change as they always do.


Original Idea

Lesbians (formerly titled Lez Contemporary): A contemporary version of Lez. Set in modern day without any special abilities.  Drew lives a typical life as the teenage daughter of their town’s respected preacher. One day a new girl comes to their school named  Riley Harper. Riley is wild, rebellious and everything a preacher’s child should avoid. But Drew has one problem, she’s a ‘non-practicing’ lesbian and this new girl has not only gotten under her skin but into her heart. Worse, Riley is out and proud. Temptation is on the menu and someone is going to get burned.

I decided that Lez should be a story by itself and the one above could do with a makeover. In minutes I had a new spin and title. Titles have almost always come easy for me. It’s a natural talent.

New Idea (Spin)

I Don’t Want a Prince Charming (formerly titled Lesbians):   Drew lives the typical life of a secret transgender teenager. One day a new girl comes to their school named  Riley Harper. Riley is wild, rebellious and everything Drew wants in a girlfriend. An awkward request for a date becomes something more. But when Drew’s biological father turns up looking for his son things take a dark turn and being outed takes on a whole new meaning.

Edit/Change: December 16, 2015 at 5:48pm

Title: I am Not Prince Charming

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your weekend.

Original image via Flickr Commons, courtesy of Casey Konstantin

Free Chinese literature

A year of reading the world


As those of you who’ve followed this project for a while will know, China is very poorly represented in terms of the number of its books that make it into English. According to Chinese translator collective Paper Republic, only 20 fiction and poetry books were published anywhere in the world in English in 2013.

So it’s great to hear of an initiative by Paper Republic to try to broaden anglophone readers’ access to literature from the world’s most populous country. Starting last week, the collective has promised to publish one translated short story on its website every Thursday for the next year.

The stories will be freely available. And if the first two pieces – a witty and touching sketch of the power dynamics in a romantic relationship by novelist A Yi, and wistful ‘The Road to the Weeping Spring’ by Li Juan – are anything to…

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Read All the Things – it’s not WHAT we read, it’s HOW we read that matters.

A great read for writers and readers alike.

Kelly Barnhill

Dorothea Lange - Girls of Lincoln Bench School study their reading lesson. Near Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon, 1939

There have been over the last few months – and I’m sure you’ve seen them – articles circulating. Perhaps you read one in The New Yorker. Perhaps you saw an enraged discussion on Twitter. Perhaps you saw a delightful evisceration or a snarky confrontation on Tumblr. In any case, the format has been the same – some stuffy grownup laments in a poorly-thought-out article about the State of Reading. Adults are reading books for children! Oh, Woe!Children are reading books that they actually enjoy! Oh, Fie!People are reading books that I do not enjoy and do not match this ascot! Gracious, gracious me! The world, it would seem, is on its way to an unpleasant destination after being tucked into this cozy handbasket.

And the concern has been palpable. “If,” one pundit posed, “American adults only read five novels a year, shouldn’t those books be at their…

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Lez Contemporary: Drew at The Coming Out Party

Lez Contemporary: Drew at The Coming Out Party

Warehouse cropped jacket
$42 –

Fendi black sash belt
$1,695 –

Fake diamond jewelry

Show Me the Money–What’s the Skinny on Author Earnings?

If you want to learn about making money through writing, check out this post.

Kristen Lamb's Blog

Via Flickr Creative commons, courtesy of Tax Credits. Via Flickr Creative commons, courtesy of Tax Credits.

My degree is in Political Science with an emphasis on Political Economy. To earn this degree, I had to study a lot of statistics *UGH* and to be blunt? I agree with Mark Twain, “There are lies, damn lies and statistics.” Surveys and statistics are a science: number of participants, number of questions, phrasing of the questions, nature of the sample group, geography, etc.

Yada, yada, yada.

But somewhere in the numbers is some truth, which is why I asked one of our WANA instructors, Jami Gold, to do this guest post for me (and yes, she will be presenting at WANACon).

Sure we love to write, but I assume all of us are asking the BIG questions: Is there MONEY in writing? How do we make a GOOD living as writers? Money seems to be the taboo and we don’t want…

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IWSG: What’s in my head?



Last month I was annoyed to see my blog knocked off the IWSG list because someone had assumed I wasn’t going to post Wednesday last month. After emailing Alex I was told it must’ve been been a mistake and I should add back my blog to the list. But it does make me wonder because some blogs have not posted beyond the two time requirement and never got removed. I guess I wonder if this about blogs being on time or more active. So this month I’m just wondering what are the true intentions of some blog memes? Is it to have as many people as possible sharing their thoughts and feelings? Or is it by the numbers. Which in my case would screw me over big time.

Also I decided to separate my YA and adult fiction. I’ll be doing The Hatter Series (moved from Roe) and Cin (2013 Nano) under the name Royme. This decision came about as I started having concerns about when I had to do posts on my adults books that will have some graphic scenes. Well that’s all my thoughts for today.