Posts Tagged ‘Urban Fantasy’

The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: All About Spiders

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

In this week’s post, I’m going to talk to you about one type of shifter species in The Adventures of Marisol Holmes series that we haven’t discussed yet. Spiders. In the books, the mortician / coroner is a spider named Mormont.

Spiders are arthropods, meaning they have eight legs. They also have fangs that inject venom. There are at least 45,700 spider species and 113 spider families. That’s a lot of species! On top of that, spiders are found worldwide on every continent except Antarctica (so for those of you who have arachnophobia, like I do, let’s head to Antarctica!).

Male spiders have complex mating rituals to avoid being eaten by the females of the species. Males usually survive a few mating rituals in their life. Females weave silk eggcases after mating, each of which may contain hundreds of eggs. Females will often carry their young around or share food with them.

Social behavior among spiders is often complex. Some spiders such as the widow spiders are solitary creatures, but other spider species hunt co-operatively, or even share food.

Some spider species have venom dangerous to humans but most venom is harmless. Spiders use it to hunt their prey (not, contrary to popular belief, to hunt down human beings at least a hundred times their size). Spiders capture their prey by creating sticky webs, which they then manipulate to capture prey. When a prey is captured in their web, they inject the prey with venom, paralyzing the fly / bug / whatever else insect they captured.



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5 Stars for MORIBUND!

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

In one week, MORIBUND has netted over THIRTY 5-star ratings on Goodreads and Amazon!

Here’s what people are saying:

“The plot moves quickly and is full of action, witty dialogue, and flirty romance. I am excited for the second book!” – Laura, Goodreads

MORIBUND scores A+ in all my writing checklist categories: Unique, fast-paced, well-researched, contained authentic voices, made me laugh out loud, twisted plotlines, gorgeous language, solid high school drama, and a belief that you could run into the characters on the street and you wouldn’t be too terribly surprised to find out that they really existed” – Diane, Goodreads

Cheeky, heartfelt, full of magic and mayhem. How could you not love two female protagonists finding themselves and each other in a snarky angsty drama full of fun?” – Natty, Goodreads

“This book has a lot of strong points, but its strongest have to be the awesome characters and the crackling, adorkable romance between Syl and Rouen. Seriously, I could not stop squeeing” – Erin, Amazon

“So, this book has freaking everything. I’m talking romance, adventure, fae, battles, and even more romance. What else do you want from a novel?” – Christina, Goodreads

“Overall it had the feeling of watching a good UF TV show, and I could easily see this being adapted into a hit show in the vein of Supernatural or Once Upon a Time” – Jerry, Amazon

“MORIBUND comes with a good serving of sweet and angstylicious FxF teen romance plus strong, kick-ass (and snarky-ish) heroines you’ll love both as a couple and on their own” – Liv, Goodreads

I am addicted to the Circuit Fae world and will surely be reading the sequel! Enchanting & full of danger and treachery. Cleverly executed, the reveals do surprise, but evolve the story in a way that makes sense” – Rebecca, Amazon

“There are some genuinely hilarious lines in here. My fave: ‘What was their weakness? Kryptonite? The color yellow? A fluffy kitten? Gah!’ Hell, there’s even a Kylo Ren reference” – Paul, Goodreads

“There were times I found myself unable to put the book down, even though I knew I should so I could “adult” for a little while. That’s how good it was. It sucked me in and didn’t want to let go” – Jasmine, Goodreads

“I wasn’t sure what to expect with this book, but it was a great read. I was instantly drawn into the world, and I loved the dark/light fae aspect. I also loved the fact it was all very goth/Matrix-ey and there were lots of pop-culture references too” – Gayle, Goodreads

“The plot was filled with mystery, suspense, and action. Genevieve Iseult Eldredge did a fantastic job of weaving the “magic” of the fae into the “reality” of her world-building. I was super captivated and impressed–the details were intricate and gorgeously manipulated, but never overwhelming or “unbelievable.” This was story-telling at its finest!” – Elizabeth, Amazon

“I truly loved this book. The author definitely knows how to write for the broader community. I recommend this read for those that enjoy a page turner!” – Esperanza, Goodreads


Awww…y’all are making me blush! A big thank you from the top and bottom of my heart to everyone who took their time to rate and review MORIBUND! It means the world to me.

Next week, as my blog tour comes to a close, I’ll be highlighting the fabulous blogs and bloggers who hosted me. Stay tuned!


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The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: All About Foxes

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

As you know, The Adventures of Marisol Holmes features a school of shifters, and one of the shifters who appears in the story is a fox shifter. Foxes are small-to-medium-sized, and “fox” is actually a group name given to twelve distinct species of “vulpes”. On top of that, there are also 25 current or extinct species often called foxes.

The red fox is the most common subspecies of foxes, and currently has 47 recognized subspecies.

Foxes are smaller than wovles, jackals and even than domestic dogs. Foxes typically live in small family groups, but some foxes, in particular the Arctic fox, are known to be solitary.

Foxes are omnivores. They often eat insects, reptiles and birds, but can also eat eggs and plants. A female fox is called a “vixen”. Unfortunately, fox hunting was a popular sport since the 16th century in particular in the United Kingdom. While it’s now banned to hunt with dogs, hunting without dogs is still permitted.

In Asian culture, foxes are depicted as familiar spirits. They have magical powers, and are seen as mischievous tricksters. These spirits are called “kitsune”. Kitsune can take on a human form, and can duplicate the appearance of a specific person, in particular beautiful women. While the fox shifters in The Adventures of Marisol Holmes are also quite mischievous, they don’t have additional magical abilities like the Japanese kitsune.




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Happy Book Birthday: MORIBUND!

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Get yours:


B & N




And even though it’s MORIBUND’s birthday, you’re the one getting the gift! to celebrate, we have a ton of giveaways and goodies.

Enter our Rafflecopter and win cool Elf and Fae tiaras and more!


Enter our Goodreads giveaway and win one of 10 copies of MORIBUND, ebook or print version–your choice!


Lastly, I wanted to take a moment to thank a few key people without whom Circuit Fae would never have become a reality.

First, I want to thank the founder of Monster House Books, Christina Bauer, for her relentless efforts in making MORIBUND and me a success, for her business savvy, for her expertise in all things YA, and for being so very good at talking me off the ledge when I need it.

Second, to my wonderful editor, Erin. Girl, you always show me the forest when I’m lollygagging at the trees. Your patience and grace and wealth of writing kung-fu astounds me. I am very fortunate to be working with you.

Third, to Kelly, Kimberly, and Alli, and all the folks at INscribe Digital who have worked so tirelessly and enthusiastically to make MORIBUND’s launch so awesome. Your belief in me and dedication mean the world to me!

To my fiancee, Laura. My self-proclaimed biggest fan. I could not do this without you. You are the fair Fae to my dark Fae, the winter to my summer. My everything. Thank you.

Last but not least, to the friends, family, bloggers, reviewers, readers, and everyone who bought a copy, who took their time to give MORIBUND a review or rating, thank you. From the bottom of my heart.

Y’all are the best!


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A Study in Scarlet vs A Study in Shifters

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: A Study in Shifters is completely different from Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Study in Scarlet”, but the title is based on it. “A Study in Scarlet” was published in 1887 and marks the first appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson.

Since the Marisol Holmes series features a heroine who is the great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, and who has the same intelligent, sharp mind as her ancestor does, it made a lot of sense to base the title of the first book in the series on the title of the first Sherlock Holmes book. And admit it, “A Study in Shifters” sounds pretty cool either way.

In “A Study in Scarlet”, Dr. Watson (the narrator) meets Sherlock Holmes, who reveals he’s a consulting detective. They first meet in a laboratory where Holmes is experimenting and explains to Watson the importance of bloodstains as evidence in criminal trials. In A Study of Shifters, Marisol too explains the importance of bloodstains in crime scenes.

Watson is amazed by how perceptive Holmes is, considering the consulting detective notices right away that Watson served in Afghanistan, without the doctor telling him.

Holmes is asked to consult on a murder case, but he’s reluctant to do so. Watson urges him to reconsider, and then Holmes invites Watson along. While Watson is on the sidelines, more a spectator than an active participant in solving the crime, and most of the credit goes to Holmes, he does offer some helpful suggestions that help Holmes along the way.


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Win a Free Copy of MORIBUND!

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

It’s nearly here! Only six more days till you can get your hot little hands on a copy of MORIBUND, book one in The Circuit Fae series!

And to celebrate, we’ve got this awesome GoodReads giveaway, running the entire month of September!

Enter to win one of 10 free copies of MORIBUND. And the best thing? You can choose: ebook or print book.

That’s a deal even a dark Fae could love!

Enter the Giveaway!

Add Moribund to your GoodReads To-Read List!

And thanks for all your love and support! I couldn’t do this with you all.


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The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: All About Otters

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

One of the main characters in The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: A Study in Shifters, Wyatt Johnson, is an otter shifter. Now, otters look adorable, but they’re much more to otters than meets the eye–and the same counts for Wyatt. Let’s learn a bit more about our otter friends.

Otters have long, slim bodies and short limbs. They have powerful webbed feet which they use to swim, and seal-like abilities which permit them to hold their breath underwater. They have sharp claws on their feet and long, muscular tails. There are actually thirteen species of otters.

For most otters, fish is the number one item on their menu. Sometimes they also add in frogs, crayfish and crabs. Otters are active hunters, chasing prey in the water or searching the beds of rivers and lakes. Otters require a lot of food: European otters must eat 15% of their body weight each day. Sea otters need even more, 20-25%, depending on the temperature of the water. Most species hunt for three to five hours each day, and nursing mothers even hunt for eight hours each day.

Did you know an otter’s den is actually called a holt or couch? I had no idea!

Otters are popular animals in Japanese folklore. In Japanse folklore, otters fool humans the same way foxes do (think of the kitsune). They can apparently, according to the stories, shapeshift into beautiful women. They will answer questions in a crytical way. However, there’s also a story of an otter shifting into a beautiful woman, and luring males to their deaths by eating them. Yikes! Turns out these cute animals are quite dangerous after all, at least in folklore.


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Win All the Pretty Things!

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Win all the pretty things! Including this cool Circuit Fae: Moribund elf tiara and ear cuff set!

 Enter now!

To celebrate the September 12th launch of Circuit Fae: Moribund, Monster House Books and I are giving away a bunch of cool elf and Fae themed swag!

Up for grabs:

  • Silver Elf Tiara and Ear Cuff set
  • Syl’s Sun and Circuit Board pendant
  • Leather Fae Arm Cuff
  • A copy of Circuit Fae: Moribund (ebook or print)

 See ImagesEnter Now!          ___________________

Dark Fae. Romance. Evil Plots. High school.

Our heroines could be in for the greatest adventure ever.If only they could decide whether to kill or kiss each other. 

High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth star Euphoria on the down-low.

But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.

Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl.

With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.

Coming September 12th. Lock in your copy now!

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The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: All About Leopards

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

In The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: A Study in Shifters, two of the characters, Elise Fell and Reyna Fell, are leopard shifters. Leopards are closely related to jaguars, from the way they look to the way they hunt, but despite the resemblances, there are some stark differences between the two species.

Just like the jaguar, the leopard is one of the five big cats in the genus Panthera. It has relatively short legs, but a long body and large skull. It’s smaller and lighter than a jaguar. There are 9 subspecies of leopards recognized by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), namely the African leopard, Indian leopard, Arabian leopard, Persian leopard (also known as Central Asian leopar or Caucasian leopard), North Chinese leopard, Amur leopard, Indochinese leopard, Javan leopard and Sri Lankan leopard. As you can see, most of the species are divided based on their hunting grounds and where they’ve been found.

All these subspecies have small morphological differences from one another. On top of that, the texture and colour of a leopard’s fur often varies too by climate and geography; leopards in forests are darker than those in deserts.

The leopards primarily occur in Africa, and eastern and southeast Asia. They’re very adaptable, and can thrive in forests as well as in savannas. They can climb on trees and are often resting on tree branches during the day. They even drag their kills up trees and hang them there. Leopards are solitary predators.

Leopards often appeared in mythology. Egyptian priests wore the skin of a leopard, in particular the skin of black panthers, which they saw as a symbol for the spirit of Set.





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How to Deal With Rejection

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

As a senior editor for a romance e-publisher, oftentimes, my job is to disappoint hopeful authors, to tell them that their work is not up to par.

I often joke that my job is to tell people their book baby is ugly.

As an author, I know how criticism and rejection can sting. I know the knee-jerk reaction to call that agent, that editor, that publisher a stupid stupidface who doesn’t understand you, your work, the genre, anything.

I get it. I really do.

As writers, we’re passionate about our work! And I think it’s okay to experience that knee-jerk reaction.

With a few caveats.

1. Never, never, never vent in public. ESPECIALLY not on social media. Not even for a second. Not even if you take it down in the next five minutes.

I can guarantee you someone somewhere has a screenshot, and that outburst will come back to haunt you forever.

Why? Because it makes you look like an unprofessional jerk. Rejection and criticism are part and parcel of writing. If you can’t stand the heat, don’t expect your writing to be well-forged.

So vent in private–in private emails, messages, and groups–and only to your Circle of Trust.

2. After you’re done venting in private, go back to the rejection letter and really read it. Look at what it says and what it doesn’t say.

These people are professionals in their field. They’ve read extensively in your genre. They’re also overworked as hell. If they are taking their time to offer you good, solid critique, seriously consider taking it.

Make something out of it.

3. If you find you’re getting rejected a lot, I highly recommend a critique group or beta readers who: a) know your genre and b) will give you honest feedback.

As tempting as it may be to ask your best friend or your mom or your SO to read your work, they may not be the best person. A good crit partner or beta reader is someone who doesn’t have a vested interest in making you happy, but will give you the good with the bad in a detailed and constructive way.

Why do I recommend this? Oftentimes, we can’t see the flaws because we’re so close to the work. Oftentimes, it will take the author 3-4 drafts to figure out a problem when simply talking it out with a crit partner can provide far quicker results.

Not to mention: many of the stories I’ve rejected were ones where the author clearly, clearly, clearly did not have even one person read the work before sending it off to me.

Do you really want that acquisitions editor to be the first one to read your book?

Spoiler alert: No. No you don’t.

As with any advice, your mileage may vary here. Becoming a successful writer is a different path for everyone. I hope my advice helps you on your way!

Slán go fóill!



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