In which I am back!

on October 31, 2014

Hello, chickens, and Happy Halloween! I’m back from a wonderful time in New York. The weather was superb, the meeting with the folks at NAL/Penguin could not have been more awesome, and I’m ready to get back to work tomorrow tackling the last round of revision of the new book before it gets turned in…

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In which I’m still in New York

on October 30, 2014

So to get you in the Halloween spirit (Ha! See what I did there?) I’m reposting a piece on THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST–time to get your fangs on! Here are some books that are excellent reads if you’re in a Transylvanian-Gothic-vampire sort of mood. Refreshment suggestions follow the reading list. For your listening pleasure while…

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In which I am not here

on October 28, 2014

Nope, not even close. This week I am in New York, meeting up with my agent and getting a formal introduction to my fabulous new publisher! In addition to visiting the offices of NAL/Penguin for the first time, I’m getting another first–the first time my husband and I have ever seen the city just the…

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In which we’re still in Transylvania

on October 23, 2014

Those of you who have the digital edition of THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST had a few special pieces of extra content written exclusively for you. Since it’s been a few years since the book came out (!) I thought I’d share with print readers a letter Theodora Lestrange, the intrepid heroine, has written to her…

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In which it wouldn’t be October without THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST

on October 21, 2014

Have you visited Transylvania lately, chickens? My only “vampire” book is THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST, an homage to the classic Gothic with a heroine who fears domesticity and a hero who might or might not be undead… In case you haven’t checked out THE DEAD TRAVEL FAST, here’s an excerpt to entice you. THE DEAD…

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In which it’s time to ponder Halloween

on October 16, 2014

Oh, how I love this month! Usually I spend October wallowing in all things ghoulie and ghostie, but unfortunately I’m swamped in revision hell so I’ll have to resort to grabbing up the odd moment here and there to get into the Halloween mood. If I WERE going to be celebrating Halloween properly, here are…

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In which we’re pondering sleep

on October 14, 2014

Have you seen this article on two-part sleep? A history professor at Virginia Tech–Roger Ekirch–has discovered that our habit of sleeping a full night through is not exactly how our ancestors did it. From his research he’s determined that people used to sleep three or four hours, wake for a few hours, then go back…

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In which you probably see what I mean

on October 9, 2014

About turning the blog over to Nancy. Here’s her response to Tuesday’s post, and today I’m answering her questions. This may go on for awhile… I knew it. I KNEW you were going to say that. I suppose it’s the same for everything. The best advice I got was as a recent body work grad,…

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In which I may just turn over the blog to Nancy

on October 7, 2014

Reader Nancy asks the best questions, y’all–seriously. Her university studies always seem to kick off great questions, and every few weeks she shoots me an email full of the most intriguing ones. I started to compose a response to her last one when it occurred to me that it would be fun to answer it…

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In which I may have wrecked a reader

on October 2, 2014

Or not; probably too soon to tell. A few days ago I had an email from a reader who happens to attend the same university I did. She was wondering if I regretted going there–if I thought a more prestigious university might have been better. She’s weighing all the pros and cons of advance degrees…

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