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The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: All About Jaguars

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

In The Adventures of Marisol Homes: A Study in Shifters, our main character, Marisol, is a half-human / half-jaguar shifter. Her mother is a full blood jaguar shifter. Of course, I couldn’t write about jaguar shifters without doing some research into jaguars.

Turns out, jaguars are actually pretty amazing. They’re the third-largest big cat, after the tiger and lion, and the largest in the Americas. It’s genus is Panthera, which it shares with the leopard, tiger, lion, cheetah, and the other big cats.

The jaguar’s current hunting grounds range from Southwestern United States and Mexico, across much of Central America, even to Paraguay and northern Argentina.

Physically, the jaguar is closest related to the leopard, but it has a larger, sturdier build. The jaguar doesn’t live in packs, it’s a solitary predator at the top of the food chain in the regions it occupies.

The jaguar has the most powerful bite of all the big cats. When a jaguar wants to kill its prey, it bites between the ears and bites directly through the skull, into the brain–usually, a fatal bite.

Did you know a black panther isn’t actually a seperate species? A black panther is either a jaguar or a leopard with color morphism, into a near-black, melanistic form. Jaguars with melanism appear entirely black. Extremely rare are albino jaguars, also called white panthers.

Jaguars are often present in Aztec mythology. The Aztecs used the image of the jaguar as the representative of the ruler, and as a warrior. The Aztecs even had an elite warrior clans, known as the Jaguar Knights. How awesome is that?

 

Bewaren

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Fae Realms: OverHill and UnderHollow Boards!

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

In honor of the Moribund eSampler staying in the Top 10 in the LGBT Fiction category on Amazon for over a month, I’m releasing two more of my concept inspiration boards.

OverHill

The first is a concept board for OverHill, the realm of the fair Fae and the seat of the Summer Court. It’s from OverHill that Syl’s white flame power springs–something that becomes a wee bit…problematic for our favorite sleeper-princess in Circuit Fae 2: Ouroboros. 

Along with trying to learn to control her power, Syl must find her place in OverHill and the Summer Court, a place where she and Rouen can be together without fear and judgment–no easy feat since the fair Fae and the dark Fae have been at war since the Cleaving that split Faerie into Fair and Dark.

Not to mention, Aldebaran Prince of the fair Fae has his own plans for Syl, and they do not include a certain dark Fae princess.

We’re pretty sure Rouen and Syl both are going to have a lot to say about that!

In the meantime, enjoy the bright and gorgeous art on the OverHill board. Even a dark Fae would have to admit, it’s pretty boss.

UnderHollow

The second is a concept board for UnderHollow, the realm of the dark Fae, and the seat of the Winter Court. It’s from UnderHollow that Rouen’s “euphoria” power springs–a power that is altered irrevocably when she becomes a Circuit Fae for a time.

Rouen travels briefly to UnderHollow in Circuit Fae: Moribund, but in Circuit Fae: Ouroboros,Rouen is forced into a battle with Fiann for the ultimate prize–the throne of Dark Faerie.

Will she take the crown and become queen, sealing her fate as Syl’s enemy for all time? Or will Syl and Rouen find another way–a way where they can be together?

Stay tuned! And in the meantime, check out all the atmospheric dark beauty of the UnderHollow board. No wonder Rouen’s so emo-broody all the time!

Have a board you’d like to see? Drop me a line here!

Slán go fóill!

~GIE

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The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: Paris Catacombs

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

A Study in Shifters is set in two primary locations: the first one is Waynard Academy, a boarding school in England, and the second location is Paris.

Now, luckily, I’ve visited Paris a few times before, three times to be exact. This helped me get a feel of the place before I wrote about it. I know all the tourist attractions, the landmarks, some of the street names. I’ve seen the Notre Dame twice so I can describe how it looks like, what feelings overwhelm tourists as they head inside.

But the one place I haven’t visited yet in Paris, is the catacombs.

Now, I’ve been in catacombs before, particularly the ones in Rome, and you get more or less the same claustrophic, slightly eerie vibe as you head into that underground labyrinth. For the Paris catacombs, I had to do some reseach though, considering I’d never been there.

Turns out the Catacombs of Paris aren’t really all that old. They were founded in the eighteenth century, two millennia later than the ones founded in Rome. The officials of Paris were struggling with two problems in the eighteenth century: cave-ins and overdlowing cemeteries. During the night, they transferred remains from the cemeteries to reinforced tunnels underneath the ground. More than six million people are now buried in the catacombs of Paris.

Nowadays, Parisians refer to the tunnels under Paris as the “catacombs” – not just to the smaller network of catacomb tunnels themselves, but to all underground tunnels.

A fun anecdote about the Paris catacombs, in 2004, police discovered a fully equipped movie theater in one of the caverns, equipped with a giant cinema screen, audience seats, and a complete restaurant.

If they could hide all that in one of those underground caverns… Think about what else could be hidden deep inside those catacombs.

The pictures used in this post are actually pretty amazing. They’ve been taken by Felix Nadar in 1861, and show case the very first use of the illumination technique with artificial light. The pictures are from Wikimedia Commons, and to see the fulll collection, go here.

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Circuit Fae: Moribund Launch Tour!

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Circuit Fae: Moribund launches September 12, 2017!

Make sure to hit up these awesome blogs for reviews, interviews, guest posts, excerpts, top 10 lists, and more!

 

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Can’t wait to see y’all there!

~GIE

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The Adventures of Marisol Holmes: Pinterest Boards

Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

A picture speaks a thousand words, right?

Well, as I was drafting the first book in The Adventures of Marisol Holmes series, A Study in Shifters, I often took to Pinterest for inspiration for everything from character appearances to inspiring artwork.

Here are the boards that inspired me while writing:

Marisol Holmes

Marisol is the protagonist in The Adventures of Marisol Holmes series. She’s a member The Conclave of Shadows, a super-secret underground organization that solves supernatural crimes and meets in the catacombs of Paris. As the great-great-granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes himself, Marisol has quite the reputation to live up to. Luckily, she has inherited her ancestor’s sharp wit and intellect, because she’ll need it for the troubles awaiting her.

Marisol is also a halfblood jaguar shifter from her mother’s side, a position that often puts her in harm’s way too.

Wyatt Johnson

Wyatt is an otter shifter who attends Waynard Academy, the site of a recent murder Marisol has been sent to investigate. Wyatt is a huge mystery fan, and Sherlock Holmes is one of his idols, so he jumps at the chance to meet the great-great granddaughter of the man he admired so much.

Wyatt looks like your typical boy-next-door, but there’s much more to him than meets the eye.

Duchesse

Marisol’s mother, leader of the jaguar clan, finds herself in an ever weakening political position. With her only heir being only half-shifter (and half-human), the other shifters are eager to take any potential weakness of hers and turn it against her. The murder Marisol has been sent to solve doesn’t really help matters either.

Beautiful but lethal, Duchesse is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her daughter, and her clan.

Mannix

A wolf shifter with an intellect matching Marisol’s, Mannix is bad news. Yet, he’s the kind of bad news you don’t mind hooking up with in dark corners. Hot and dangerous, a combination Marisol often finds hard to resist…

 

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Syl’s Upbeat Moribund Playlist!

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Ever since I created Rouen’s Emo Moribund playlist on Spotify, I’ve been getting requests for a Syl playlist. BUT! I had to wait until the fantastic Ouroboros cover reveal so I had some good images to work with.

So, without further ado, here it is, my pretties! Syl’s Upbeat Moribund Playlist

I find it super-useful to draft and revise while listening to music. Especially for Circuit Fae. Rouen and Syl have such different worldviews, experiences, and personalities, that I find I have to listen to different music for each of them.

It really helps get their unique voices down.

And, I wanted the Circuit Fae series to have a specific feel–fluid and wild, angsty, hopeful, and at times, dark.

The Circuit Fae playlists had to capture the exhilaration of falling in love, the angst of wondering, Does she feel the same about me? Are we meant to be? Will we make it? Plus, the playlists 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.

I wanted every playlist to capture the characters and their world.

Syl is the Heroine with a heart of gold and a lot of sass and snark. She’s been through some hard times, but that hasn’t made her jaded. She always tries to see the good in people. Which is why, when a certain dark Fae princess-assassin rolls up on her, Syl’s not ready to simply be enemies. A fair Fae sleeper-princess, she’s had her powers locked away since birth, and when they finally break loose…

Well, that’s when things really get crazy–for both her and Rouen!

The true Syl playlist has over a hundred songs, but I’ve chosen these ten specifically for you, my pretties. Enjoy all the upbeat goodness! I think this playlist makes a good complement to Rouen’s, but I’ll let y’all be the judge.

Until next time, slán go fóill! 

~GIE

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Cover Reveal – Circuit Fae 2: Ouroboros!

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Hello, my pretties! I’m so pleased and psyched to share the gorgeous cover for Circuit Fae 2: Ouroboros, featuring the heroine, Syl Skye! This title will release on March 27, 2018. Here’s a look at the front and full covers…

 

Book Description:

 Syl’s a princess of the fair Fae.

Her girlfriend Rouen is a princess of the dark Fae.

Mortal enemies. Girlfriends.

Relationship status: It’s Complicated

All introverted geek girl Syl Skye wants is to get close to her girlfriend. But when you can kill with a simple touch, a normal date night’s not really in the cards. As it happens, Syl is also a sleeper-princess of the fair Fae. Last year after a freak accident, her power Awakened, granting her white flame to purify the darkness.

Rouen Rivoche is that darkness—a dark Fae princess whose power to bewitch mortals is as terrifying as the violet lightning she controls. Rouen is Syl’s total opposite. Her mortal enemy.

She’s also Syl’s beloved girlfriend.

And even though they joined forces to defeat the evil Circuit Fae who harnessed the killing magic in technology to take over the school…that was so last year.

Now, Syl’s touch could mean Rouen’s death. Her increasing power is spiraling out of control, threatening to burn down everything she and Rouen have built together.

Their lives, their love, their very world.

 

Here’s the front cover:

Syl looks almost as tall as Euphoria–and we’re pretty sure Euphoria will have something to say about that!

And the full cover, front and back:

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Giveaway! Circuit Fae 2: Ouroboros Pendant!

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

Win this cool Circuit-Fae themed Ouroboros pendant! Enter now!

To celebrate the upcoming Cover Reveal for Circuit Fae 2: Ouroboros, Monster House Books and I are giving away a bunch of cool themed swag!

Up for grabs:

  • Circuit Fae 2: Ouroboros Recycled Tech Pendant
  • Angelbound Dragonscale Ring
  • Beholder Mage Anklet

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OUROBOROS

Book 2 of The Circuit Fae

COMING MARCH 27, 2018

Return to the world of the Circuit Fae

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Syl’s a princess of the fair Fae.

Her girlfriend Rouen is a princess of the dark Fae.

Mortal enemies. Girlfriends.

Relationship status: It’s Complicated

All introverted geek girl Syl Skye wants is to get close to her girlfriend. But when you can kill with a simple touch, a normal date night’s not really in the cards. As it happens, Syl is also a sleeper-princess of the fair Fae. Last year after a freak accident, her power Awakened, granting her white flame to purify the darkness.

Rouen Rivoche is that darkness—a dark Fae princess whose power to bewitch mortals is as terrifying as the violet lightning she controls. Rouen is Syl’s total opposite. Her mortal enemy.

She’s also Syl’s beloved girlfriend.

And even though they joined forces to defeat the evil Circuit Fae who harnessed the killing magic in technology to take over the school…that was so last year.

Now, Syl’s touch could mean Rouen’s death. Her increasing power is spiraling out of control, threatening to burn down everything she and Rouen have built together.

Their lives, their love, their very world.

Lock in your copy now!

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Circuit Fae 2: Ouroboros Pinterest Boards!

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Hello, my pretties!

Summer is in full swing, and it’s almost time for the Circuit Fae 2: Ouroboros cover reveal on July 25th! You can still sign up here, if you haven’t already.

And don’t forget to preorder your copy!

I’ve also taken to Pinterest (and lost many, many hours) perusing the art there for inspiration. After a long, arduous search, my latest boards :

Syl Skye

Syl is the primary heroine in The Circuit Fae series. A sophomore in high school at the start of Moribund, she’s really a sleeper-princess of the fair Fae–a mortal girl who has fair Fae blood that has yet to be Awakened.

Then she meets Rouen, the dark Fae princess-assassin who’s out to kill all sleeper-princesses, and Syl’s life goes from normal to crazy-town.

No one ever said love was perfect.

 

Euphoria/Rouen Rivoche

Rouen Rivoche aka Euphoria is the secondary heroine/villainess of The Circuit Fae series. A dark Fae princess-turned-assassin, she’s on the hunt to kill sleeper-princesses in Moribund. But her life is turned upside-down when she meets Syl. 

Rouen finds herself drawn to Syl’s bravery and courage, and decides to help her Awaken her fair Fae powers. Now, Rouen finds herself at odds with her own dark Fae people. 

Will Rouen find the strength to fight for love, or will she be forced to kill the girl she loves most? 

 

Fiann Fee

Fiann Fee is the primary villainess of Circuit Fae: Ouroboros. Once Syl’s bff, Fiann has swiftly become Syl and Euphoria’s most deadly rival. She was a whole heap of trouble in Moribund, and now she’s back, badder than ever, with a scheme to steal Euphoria’s dark Fae birthright and make herself Queen of Dark Faerie.

Will she succeed in stealing control of the dark Fae hearthstone and turning every dark Fae man, woman, and child into her Circuit Fae servants, or can our two heroines stop her in time?

 

Aldebaran

Aldebaran is the Prince of the fair Fae and the first Fae of the Summer Court that Syl meets. The consummate golden prince, he’s suave, handsome, and powerful. But a deadly secret lairs beneath his perfect golden beauty. Can Syl and Euphoria discover it before he tears them apart?

 

Go have a peek-see.

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Thanks, and until next time, slán go fóill!

 

~GIE

 

 

 

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5 Stars! Praise for Moribund!

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

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

As many of y’all know, the FREE Moribund eSampler came out on June 20th. I’m so excited to share with you some of the awesome 5-star reviews it’s been getting! Here are some of my fave comments:

“The Fae book you’ve been waiting for!”

“Can’t wait for the full book!”

“Awesome characters!”

“Snarky voices, rich world building, awesome action and heart-warming romance.”

“More Circuit Fae, please!”

“I really enjoyed this little sneak peak into Moribund and the world of the dark fae with Euphoria and Syl.”

 

Wow, y’all are making me blush. Thanks to each and every one of you who took the time to review, star, and add Moribund and the sequel, Ouroboros, to your Goodreads!

And if you haven’t downloaded your copy of the FREE Moribund eSampler yet, here are the links:

AmazonKoboB&N, or Google Play

Thanks, and until next time, slán go fóill!

~GIE

 

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