Friday, February 27, 2015

Live Long and Prosper

I took this photo of the moon today. I thought it would be a fitting way to mark the passing of Leonard Nimoy, who had a deep and wise soul. Both of them.

Lori's Novel is Published!

Some novels are written in six months and are available for download within a year. Others are the work of a lifetime. Novels like these contain the joys and sorrows of the author's life, transposed into the life of a character who becomes an alter ego, a character who truly lives and breathes. When an author decides that a novel like this is ready, after years of work, to be published, it is a truly noteworthy event. I am beyond thrilled to announce that one such novel has just been released.

My friend Lori MacLaughlin's heroine, Tara, feels like a friend of mine, too. I have been watching her grow since I first met Lori thirty years ago, the sister of the best man in my wedding. Tara is the heroine of her own life: a swashbuckling, sword-wielding, magic-carrying lady in a fantasy novel in the tradition started by Tolkien. Tara fights inner and outer demons, learning to trust and love while on a quest to save her world. Sometimes, she will say something that makes me smile, knowing that is just how Lori would have put it. Sometimes, Lori will say something with a glint in her eye and a curl of her lip, and I will remember there is a whole other woman inside this quiet, restrained, mother of two.

Novels like this transcend their genre and speak of lives well led, of the deep joys and sorrows and loss and love of real life, where heroes are flawed and villains can be redeemed. I am so excited to announce that Lady, Thy Name is Trouble by Lori L. MacLaughlin will be available, at long last, on February 27. It can be purchased for download right now on Amazon or Barnes and Noble, and print copies will be available for purchase very shortly. To further whet your appetites, HERE is a link to the book trailer that Lori has made, and HERE is a link to her website.

I will be hosting a guest post from Lori about Tara on my blog soon -- watch for more details as this exciting event unfolds. 

Trouble is Tara Triannon’s middle name. As swords for hire, Tara and her sister Laraina thrive on the danger. But a surprise invasion throws them into chaos... and trouble on a whole new level. Pursued by the Butcher, a terrifying assassin more wolf than man, Tara and Laraina must get a prince marked for death and a young, inept sorceress to safety. There’s only one problem – eluding the Butcher has never been done. Aided by a secretive soldier of fortune, they flee the relentless hunter.

Gifted with magic and cursed by nightmares that are all too real, Tara must stop an army led by a madman and fend off an evil Being caught in a centuries-old trap who seeks to control her magic and escape through her dreams – all while keeping one step ahead of the Butcher.

Purchase from Amazon HERE
Purchase from Barnes and Noble HERE

Thanks so much, and spread the word!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Snow Rock

As I went for my usual walk up the road today (it's school vacation, yeah!) I had to stop and stare at this snow-capped rock for a while (the temp is in the teens, so I dared to stop walking for a moment and not risk freezing solid). The snow on top is frozen into layers like the rings of a tree. Since we haven't had a thaw in as long as I can remember, the layers go back to the first snow that stayed in November. You can see we haven't had any really huge snowfalls, just lots and lots of little ones, the kind that keep the roads nasty and the steps slippery. But it makes an interesting, and transitory, way of remembering time. Memories in my mind aren't layered like this -- they're all jumbled up and often come to the surface at the wrong times, sometimes unexpectedly. And sometimes I have to dig down for things I ought to be able to remember easily.

I know there will be more layers of snow on the rock before this cold winter comes to an end, but eventually it will be covered with green moss and lichens again and bask in the sun as I long to do.