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Rouen’s Moribund Playlist

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

One of the things I do while writing is listen to music. And for each project, I have a different sound, a different feel that helps me get into the mood of the characters, the setting, the world. For my lesbian epic fantasy, I listened to a lot of sweeping movie scores like Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings, and a lot of Two Steps From Hell, who do epic-sounding fighty music.

I wanted Circuit Fae to have a different feel, more fluid and wild, more modern and angsty. The Circuit Fae playlists had to capture the exhilaration of falling in love, the angst of wondering if she feels the same way, the pain of being separated. Plus, it had to capture the Fae themselves—the dark Fae of the Winter Court, cold and merciless; and the fair Fae of the Summer Court, fiery and passionate.

So I started making Pandora stations and playlists of my own. I added to them every week. Now, my main Circuit Fae playlist is over eight hours. It contains music from Sia to Siouxsie, from Lindsey Stirling to Halsey.

I wanted every playlist to seethe with emotion. Especially Rouen’s.

Rouen is the Villainess who starts off trying to kill the Heroine, but eventually teams up with her. Rouen’s got a lot of baggage and sometimes scolds herself for being too broody and emo. A dark Fae princess, she’s been stripped of her birthright for daring to speak out against the males in her dark Faerie homeland, UnderHollow.

As punishment, she’s forced to be a Huntress of the Wild Hunt under the command of the Big Bad, the Huntsman. So she’s got every right to be emo.

The true Rouen playlist has over a hundred songs, but I’ve chosen these ten specifically for you, my pretties. Enjoy all the emo goodness!

Until next time, slán go fóill!



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Moribund Free Chapters: Coming June 20th!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

That’s right, my pretties! The Moribund Sampler is coming on June 20, 2017!

I’m overwhelmed by your amazing response to the Moribund cover reveal and back cover copy! Since then, I’ve been getting a lot of questions, the most frequent “But, GIE, why is the wait for Moribund so loooooong?”

Now, I’m a fellow reader as well as an author, and I know how tough it can be waiting it out for a book release. (I’m tearing through Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Wings and Ruin as we speak.)

I want you to know that I hear you, loud and clear!

So, Monster House and I have decided to release the Moribund Sampler for free! That’s right, the first three chapters of Moribund absolutely free. Not to mention, three months early. Woohooo!

I’ll be posting links to the Sampler as soon as I have them.

Meanwhile, you can:

  • Add the Moribund Sampler to your “To Read” shelf on Goodreads

  • Add the full version of Circuit Fae 1: Moribund to your “To Read” shelf on Goodreads

  • Add the full version of Circuit Fae 2: Ouroboros to your “To Read” shelf on Goodreads

  • Lock in your full copy of Moribund, releasing on September 12, 2017

Thanks so much for your support!

Until next time, slán go fóill!



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Reader Spotlight: Amy’s Bookish Life

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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Update – All Things Circuit Fae!

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Hello, my pretties and all you sleeper-princesses out there!

Several of you have asked for a one-stop shop for important Circuit Fae dates, so I’ve thrown together this handy-dandy blog post for y’all, including exciting breaking info on Circuit Fae 2: Ouroboros!

Ouroboros will detail the further adventures of heroine Syl Skye and villainess-turned-heroine Rouen Rivoche aka Euphoria as they flirty-banter at Richmond Elite High and on the nighttime streets of Richmond–all while fighting the mysterious dark Fae menace, the Ouroboros.

To make matters worse, the fair Fae have awoken at last, and they’ve come to claim Syl. Well, if they think Rouen and Syl are going to give her up without a fight, they’ve got another think coming!

Look for a detailed synopsis soon!

And mark your calendar, because the exciting cover reveal of Circuit Fae: Ouroboros is coming this July 2017! This second cover promises to be just as gorgeous as the first, and this time (drum roll, please), it’ll feature everyone’s favorite sleeper-princess, Syl.

After that, it’s on to the Rock the World blog tour for Moribund! Xpresso Tours and yours truly will be putting together some amazing extra content (playlists, character interviews, favorite quotes, the making of the cover, and more) from September 11th – September 22nd, so look for Moribund on all your favorite YA blog sites.

Don’t forget! Moribund releases on September 12, 2017. Pre-order your copy here!

That’s all for now, my pretties. Until next time… slán go fóill!


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More on Moribund!

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Hello my pretties and all you sleeper-princesses out there! Recently, I reached out to y’all and asked what you wanted to know about Circuit Fae: Moribund. Here are your questions, answered by yours truly.

What is Moribund about?

Moribund is the story of Syl Skye, ordinary geek girl sophomore who discovers she is the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae. When a freak accident Awakens her slumbering powers, she comes to the attention of the dark Fae who have hunted the sleeper-princesses to near-extinction.

Now she has to fight for her life against dark Fae Huntress/assassin, Rouen, who masquerades as the popular glam-Goth star, Euphoria. But when Rouen’s own people try to enslave her for imagined crimes, she and Syl are thrown together by circumstance.

They just might be in for the adventure of their lives. If only they could decide whether to kiss each or kill each other!


Where is Moribund set?

The entire Circuit Fae series is set in an urban-fantasy version of modern-day Richmond, VA or RVA, as the locals call it. With all the glam and glitz of a big city, a working train system (vital to the plot of ), and a rich history dating back to the Civil War, it’s no wonder it’s a hotspot for the Fae and a perfect backdrop for Syl and Rouen’s Fae shenanigans!

In Moribund, there are also a few glimpses of the dark Fae realm of Faerie, UnderHollow, with more to follow in future books. In book two, we’ll get to travel to OverHill, the fair Fae realm, where the war between Syl’s and Rouen’s people heats up!


What is a sleeper-princess?

A sleeper-princess is a fair Fae whose powers have been “put to sleep” by the fair Fae in order to hide them from the dark Fae who want to destroy them. Super-powerful and mysterious, the sleeper-princesses hold a power no one, human or Fae, has ever seen before.


Why do the dark Fae want to kill them?

Some of the dark Fae believe that the sleeper-princesses’s blood is the cure for their dying hearthstone, the source of magic in their realm. Rouen fights against this idea, wanting to team up with the sleeper-princesses to save UnderHollow, and this is where her troubles begin.

Rouen’s not the kind of girl who follows the rules. She makes her own way, and Syl is very much a part of her finding her path.


What kind of story is it?

Moribund is a coming-of-age story, though not necessarily a coming out story. While I love coming out stories, that idea didn’t resonate with me for Syl and Rouen. Instead, their story is a celebration of finding out who you are, separately, and also with the person who is your one true love.

Through trial and adversity (and a lot of fighting), Syl and Rouen discover they’re better and stronger together. Even though they’re from different worlds and should actually be enemies, each brings out the best in the other.

Isn’t that what true love is all about?


Do Syl and Rouen kiss?

I’ll never tell. 😉


Until next time… Slán go fóill!



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GIE’s Review: The Abyss Surrounds Us

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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Why Write Lesbian Heroes?

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

I’ve been asked a lot lately why I write lesbian heroes. The answer seems simple: I’m gay and I’m part of the LGBTQ community. Makes sense, right? But the more I get asked this question, the more I think that answer really is too simple.

It’s easy to say “Well, I’m gay,” and just leave it at that. But here’s the thing: Growing up, I never had any heroes who were like me.

Growing up, my favorite heroines were Princess Leia, Buffy, Sarah Connor, Eowyn.

I was a huge Star Wars fan. Epic fantasy has always been in my blood, and I was super excited to see a badass space princess alongside Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. Princess Leia was out there saving the galaxy (and oftentimes, her male sidekicks). She was powerful, both on and off the battlefield, she was smart and sassy and spoke her mind, she was capable, and she didn’t settle for anything less than justice. She was a princess, but she wasn’t afraid to get her hands dirty. In short, she rocked.

Then there was Buffy. I’m dating myself a little here because I’m referring to the movie starring Kristy Swanson (though Sarah MG’s Buffy was also tres cool). Who could forget the Buffster, half girly-girl/half badass slayer? She fought hard, loved harder, and pretty much smashed the patriarchy. She, too, rocked.

Sarah Connor. Who could forget Linda Hamilton’s transformation from plucky, determined heroine to gun-toting, muscle-bound babe? She threw down with Arnie and never gave up. Also, she totally Terminated that mofo.

Then there was Eowyn from The Lord of the Rings. She fought alongside all the fiercest warriors in Middle Earth. She singlehandedly slew the Witch-King of Angmar when no man could even touch him. She even dressed as a man. Then she married one.

And there it was.

I loved Princess Leia and Buffy and Sarah Connor and Eowyn, but at the end of the day, they went all went home with men. In many ways, they were very much like me. But they weren’t like me. Not completely.

Growing up gay, I was disappointed every time my favorite heroine ended up with a man. It seemed like everyone in my life was straight–from my real-life heroes right down to my fictional heroes. If the people I admired most were all straight, who was I to be gay?

So that, my pretties, is why I write lesbian heroes. So young gay women don’t ever have to ask that question.

Thank you for reading!




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Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Check out the gorgeous cover for MORIBUND! It’s the first book in my CIRCUIT FAE series, an urban fantasy romance featuring the Fae and teenage girls falling in love. I’m super psyched, and I can’t wait to share it with all you pretties!

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.

Instantly, her introverted world shatters, and she’s thrust into an ancient war between the fair Fae and the dark Fae—a war she wants no part of. But when the dark Fae harness the killing magic in technology to enslave the city and then choose the school as their battleground, what’s a girl to do?

Fight like hell. But Awakening her sleeper-princess powers is no easy task.

Syl’s only chance lies with her secret crush, Euphoria, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. But then, Syl discovers that Euphoria is really a dark Circuit Fae sent to destroy her. Worse, the more they fight, the more Syl Awakens, and the more their attraction grows. 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.

MORIBUND is currently available for pre-order on AmazonB&NiBooks, and Kobo.




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Circuit Fae: Moribund on Pinterest!

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

In preparation for writing Circuit Fae: Moribund, Christina asked that I do some Pinterest boards with inspirations for Moribund’s different characters. I’d never been a big Pinterest user before, but like many people first dipping a toe into the wonderful world of Pinterest, I was instantly hooked.

I fell down the rabbit hole of Pinterest! I whipped up boards for Moribund’s heroines, Syl Skye and Rouen Rivoche as well as for the bad guys, Agravaine and Fiann Fee. And you know what? Those pics really helped.

I printed them out and put them up near my desktop while I wrote. They really conveyed the attitude and inspiration of the characters, and they stayed there the entire time I was working on Moribund. I have new pictures for Circuit Fae 2 up right now.

I’ve kept the boards a secret for a long time, but now I’m excited to share them with you! I’ve opened them up to the public. Check them out here!

As for other Pinterest boards, I’m also an avid Bullet Journal fan, so you can see my BuJo board. In addition, I have an “I Ship It” board for all my fantasy ships, a Celtic knotwork board for the Irish girl in me, and a few others under construction.

As always, thank you for reading!




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Presales for Circuit Fae: Moribund + an Extra Inside Look!

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Hello, my pretties and all you sleeper-princesses out there! At long last, presales are up for Circuit Fae: Moribund. Get your copy and be the first to read on September 12, 2017.

As a special treat for clicking on this link, I’ll show you my “character sheet” for Syl Skye, the Heroine of Circuit Fae. The character sheets are a little exercise Christina had me do as part of my prep work for the series.

Here are your links!





And now, the character sheet!



“I run like a girl, which…as it turns out, is pretty darn fast.”

Role in Story:      

Primary heroine


High school student/sleeper princess of the fair Fae

Physical Description:   

5.4, of Irish descent, bright red hair and grey eyes. A genuine smile touched by mischief. Dresses Goth chic with fishnets and Doc Martens.

Story Line Summary:    

A sleeper princess? Wait, what? I’m not ready to be royalty or anything. I just wanted a little popularity. You know, maybe to have someone to sit with at lunch or get the lead in the school play or, you know, date the head cheerleader… Normal stuff.

Character Arc – from an emotional POV, where is this character at the start of the book?

Syl is stuck in a rut. She doesn’t belong, even among the geeks and nerds. She knows she’s different, but her life seems to be nothing more than waiting for something—anything—to happen

Similar Characters:    

Merida from OUAT

Babydoll from Sucker Punch                                        

Character Strengths:  List three great things about your character

  1. She’s calm and witty, even in the face of danger

  2. She’s merciful

  3. She sees the best in people

Character Weaknesses:  List three negatives about your character.

  1. She’s naïve.

  2. She’s stubborn

  3. She’s too eager for adventure

Love Interest Alignment:      

Syl is a demisexual lesbian. She’s had some school-girl crushes, but she’s never experienced romance or love before meeting Rouen. (Click here for more on demisexuals)

Love Interest Benefit: How is this person better when they are with their love interest?

With Rouen, Syl learns to be bold and brave and to trust in herself and her powers as a sleeper-princess.

Describe Chara’s Favorite Room:      

Our apartment is super-small, but last year, Mom let me knock out the shelves on one wall and make a tiny reading nook. It’s more like a glorified cupboard, but I’ve hung my thousand-cranes mobile (really, it’s more like 63 cranes), and I use Glamma’s old rocking chair cushion to sit on. It’s not much, but it’s cozy and it’s mine. I spend a lot of rainy afternoons there, curled up with my e-reader and a cup of tea.

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