A Writer’s Guide to Hustlers, Harlots and Heroes

I am SO pleased to have Krista Ball on my blog today to talk about her newest book –  Husters, Harlots, and Heroes: A Regenc and Steampunk Field Guide. This is the follow up to her previous book – What Kings Ate and Wizards Drank. Both of these are invaluable research tools for writers, and even better? They’re SO much fun to read! So, without further ado, here’s Krista!   I came into Hustlers, Harlots and Heroes with a good grounding in what “poor” looked like in a Georgian or Victorian setting. However, I wanted to know what everyone out there saw as “poor”. I turned to social media and posed the question, “When you think of the Regency era, who do you consider poor?” The Regency period is just a small period that this book intersects, but it is a trendy time period. If you know of the Regency period, it’s probably because of Jane Austen. Perhaps you own all of her books, movies, modern variations, and manners guides. On the other hand, perhaps you were forced to watch Pride and Prejudice in 1995 by your university sweetheart and still mourn the loss of those six hours. So I asked the question and the list was nearly all of upper middle class to upper class women deemed as “poor.” None of these women were allowed or expected to work. They had servants and relied on the charity and good-will of others. Now, having a servant or helper wasn’t unusual for impoverished people of the era; this was a time before microwave ovens and laundry machines. But consider, however poor...

An Update and a Shiny New Story

I’ve been feverishly working on the sequel to The Star Thief, so I haven’t been around the internet as much as I’d like, but I wanted to give a quick update on something else fun coming soon. In between edits, I’ve been working on a spin off short story that bridges the gap between the ending of The Star Thief, and the beginning of Athena’s Ashes. Fortune’s Risk will be a stand alone short story that you won’t *need* to read between the two, but will just provide a little fun before the darkness of the second book. Even better, it’s going to focus on two of my favorite characters – Captain Finn and Viktis the pirate as they’re on the run together. Talk about conflict! I’m hoping to get it out early this summer, so keep an eye out! And if you sign up for my newsletter, you might just get it a little earlier than everyone else! And just to give you a teaser, here’s the potential opening. It’s still a bit of a work in progress, so this may end up changing 🙂   [blockquote source=”Fortune’s Risk”]   Captain Nick Finn raised an eyebrow at the Ileth pirate lounging in the captain’s chair.  He knocked the alien’s booted feet off the railing where they were propped. “You want me to do what?”   “Help me throw a poker game.” Viktis sat up and glanced around the bridge, lowering his voice so the rest of the Athena’s crew wouldn’t hear him. [/blockquote] Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share...

Talk about a Good Monday! My IndieReCon Nomination

With all of the stuff I’ve been doing around the STAR THIEF release this month, it was an amazing and humbling surprise to get an email over the weekend informing me that ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE had been nominated for a Best Indie Novel award at the online conference IndieReCon. I am incredibly grateful and humbled to be included in this list of amazing books and a huge thank you to whoever nominated me. I’d give you a big old squeeze if I knew who you were 🙂 (And it might be a creepily long hug, fair warning!) There are some other amazing books nominated, but if you liked UVC and wanted to vote (and tell your friends to vote) for ULTRAVIOLET CATASTROPHE I would so appreciate it! Votes run through the 27th with winners announced on the 28th. I already won the lottery with all of you amazing people to support me, but it’s always fun to be included in something like this. Thank you ALL so much for your support and encouragement! You have no idea how much it means to an author!!! Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a...

Interview with Author Tammy Farrell

So I am firmly of the belief that you meet the best people on Twitter. I’ve met most of my CPs, lots of friends and just generally cool people there. So when I started talking with another writer about her book, I pretty much fell in love – both with her and the concept! I am SO excited today to be interviewing the amazing Tammy Farrell, who’s book THE DARKNESS OF LIGHT just came out. And let me tell you. This book is fantastic! So of course I want you guys to meet her as well!   Can you tell us a little bit about THE DARKNESS OF LIGHT and what inspired you to write it? The Darkness of Light, the first book in The Dia Chronicles is a labor of love that took me several years to complete. I developed the three main characters: Mara, Corbin, and Malcolm back in 2008. I knew who they were, what they looked like and what the dynamic between the three of them would be, but I struggled with their origins and their setting. At first they were vampires. In some versions the story was set in New York, Toronto and even Pennsylvania. Every version was contemporary and that just wasn’t working for me. Another barrier I kept running into was how to make them different from the vampires I already loved. Anne Rice is my favorite author and I think I kept trying to recreate her vampires. It never felt right. I ended up with a long bout of writers block after my mother passed away. Instead of forcing myself to...

Things That Go Bump…

It’s getting to be Fall finally – the leaves are changing, the temperatures have cooled.  Pumpkin spice EVERYTHING has shown up. And of course that caramel apple I had yesterday got me thinking about Halloween. It’s totally one of my favorite holidays. And it’s the one time of year I can handle scary movies. Let me tell you a secret: I’m the world’s biggest wuss when it comes to being scared. I HATE it. Will go out of my way to avoid those kinds of movies and books. But some how, around October 1st, all of that changes. I want dark and creepy and spine tingling. I want to sit in the dark, with a blanket clutched to me and try not to scream. But the thing is, violent scary movies don’t do it for me. I want something that makes me hold my breath, makes my heart race, makes me look over my shoulder. Give me something unseen, unknown, unexpected and I’ll be yours forever. There’s just something about that unknowing, the monster you can’t see, the thing you don’t expect that gets to me. Jason, Freddy, chainsaws and horrible deaths can be scary, don’t get me wrong – but sometimes they rely on cheap gimmicks to get at that scare. But done well, atmosphere and suspense can be terrifying. Think of the Blair Witch Project, or The Ring, or Psycho. Anything by Alfred Hitchcock. And don’t forget Stephen King’s brand of creepy – The Shining gave me nightmares for weeks when I was a kid. Hmmm. Guess I know what I’ll be watching this weekend. Scary books...

Giveaway Winner

I can’t even tell you guys how amazing yesterday was! Thank you all so much for helping get the word out about Ultraviolet Catastrophe and making my release day so much fun! And now on to the fun news! I had a ton of great entries for the UVC giveaway, I wish I could send you ALL something! But…the winner of the mug, bracelet, copy of ONE and UVC is…. drumroll please… Becky! (@notsodorky) Congrats Becky! Please email me with your address and if you’d like a physical copy of Ultraviolet Catastrophe or an eBook copy! And thank you again to everyone who entered. I’m sure I’ll be giving away a few more copies over the next few weeks! Blog this! Recommend on Facebook Share on Google+ share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Share on technorati Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a...