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Fan Art Friday: The Snark Necklace!

Fan Art Friday: The Snark Necklace!

Created by the wonderfully talented Kelly Haggard Olson of Kinetic Arts and inspired by the Snark and Circumstance series. You’ll be able to bid on this in a few days and help out an amazing charity, but if you can’t wait, buy some of Kelly’s pieces at Etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop/KineticArts?ref=l2-shopheader-name. (And now you know what my neck looks like. Of course you were wondering, right?) Get ready for PRIDE AND PREP SCHOOL next month!

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WIP it Wednesday: Works (Not) Cited

(Part One)

A whole lot of reading goes into writing.

I am always amazed when my students who’ve mentioned that they want to be writers come up with a blank when I ask them what they like to read. Some even admit that they don’t particularly like to read, so I have no idea why they want to write except out of some twisted sadistic impulse, but that’s not what I want to explore here.

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Reading-toward-writing can be conscious, such as when you do research on a subject to help inform and flesh out your book. Sometimes it’s done for inspiration, such as when you turn to books that do a particular thing well, like presenting juicy kissing scenes, for instance, or the author was masterful at creating a certain feeling that you want to get into your book, like a character’s complex feelings when a loved one dies. But oftentimes, the influence/inspiration is unconscious. Everything you read informs your writing and your consciousness in some way, but I’m not going to be able to account for that here. (Or anywhere else!) Instead, I’ll share what I have consciously consulted while working on A Time of Shadows, my YA (sub)urban fantasy about a 400-year-old witch trapped in the body of a seventeen-year-old Colorado high school student.

This week I’ll focus on the “conscious” research, although some of these texts, especially the films, were viewed/read long before I hatched the idea for the book.

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 HISTORICAL TEXTS/RESEARCH BEHIND A TIME OF SHADOWS

  • I’ve already posted about WB Yeats’ The Celtic Twilight (1907), but that’s just one of many texts I’ve consulted so far, including
  • The Chymical Wedding of Christian Rosenkranz, a seminal text in Rosicrucianism – I’m not sure I’ll use anything from this weird, mystical story, but the Rosicrucians (Knights of the Red Cross) will probably come into it as an ancient order that was created long ago to combat my villain.
  • String Theory for Dummies, Andrew Zimmerman Jones, 2009 This one is kicking my butt intellectually, which I suppose puts me in the sub-“dummy” category. My writer friends reassure me that I don’t need to explain the magical mechanisms by which my sorcerers and others make stuff happen, but I really want to know what a wormhole is and understand dark matter. Maybe it’s the academic dork in me. Or maybe I just want to know what the guys are up to on The Big Bang Theory
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  • Tarot for Dummies, Amber Jayanti, 2001. Not my favorite tarot book but the only one I own right now.  I started reading tarot when I was in high school and did off and on until someone stole my deck of cards when I was in grad school. I can only assume that that person has accumulated some formidable karma as a result. Tarot readings play a big role in the book. I’m looking for a good Celtic deck for myself now, or this awesome one I saw on Etsy with foxes that’s no longer available.
  • Daemonologie  and Newes from Scotland, 1597, King James VI and I. When he was just the King of Scotland (and not the whole UK), James got impatient when his second wife’s ship was delayed in getting her to the wedding so he sailed out to meet her. Such violent storms hit that he figured they had to be the work of a coven of witches (in Berwick, specifically) because who else would dare to mess with a King’s wedding plans? He became so obsessed with witches and destroying them that he wrote this manual and even participated in some witch trials.  He also re-wrote a little thing he liked to call The King James Bible and filled it with anti-witch stuff.
  • Scottish Witchcraft: The History and Magick of the Picts, Raymond Buckland, 1995
  • Website: Celtic Dress of the Sixteenth Century, Meistr Gwylyn ab Owain, https://www2.hau.edu/~wew/celt-clothing/ Number one thing to remember about Scottish dress: tartan was not worn until the nineteenth-century after the Clearances.  The fact that several sources besides this have said that little is known about Scottish dress during this period equals an academy-mandated artisitic license in my name., as far as I’m concerned
  •        Image(And why wasn’t this cool Scottie the mascot when I went to CMU?)
  • Books about Wicca whose names I did not record because I am sloppy.
  • Life after Death, Damian Echols, 2012; the Paradise Lost: The Murders at Robin Hood Glen film trilogy, 1996-2012, dir. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky; West of Memphis, dir. Amy Berg, 2013.  I saw the first of the Paradise Lost movies about the West Memphis Three murder trial when it first came out in 1996 and thought that something just wasn’t right with these so-called experts claiming three high school kids in a Satanic cult murdered and mutilated three 8-year-old boys.  It took 20 years and a troubling Alford plea to get the WM3 out of prison. Their story reveals so much about what prejudice, classism, and hysteria can do to destroy the lives of people deemed as too different, and I have a character who is falsely accused of a crime somewhat like this.  Image Not because I want to capitalize anybody’s pain but because this kind of abomination should never, ever, ever happen again. And that’s what the book’s about.
  • A bunch of stuff read fifteen years ago about repressed memory and children’s accusations of Satanic abuse in preschools. I read it all for an academic paper I was writing analyzing The X-Files as a meditation on the culture’s recent infatuation with (and subsequent repudiation of) repressed memory. Can you believe that show premiered 20 years ago?Image
  • Books and articles about Robert Boyle, Cornelius Agrippa, Paracelsus, and alchemy, all elemental in creating the book’s villain figure, who abuses the sort of power these guys hoped to master.
  • Christina Larner, Enemies of God: The Witchhunt in Scotland,1981. Such gripping stories I almost want to retell all of them in the book. I’ll probably end up not even retelling any of them, but they certainly inform what I have happen to Becca and her mom and aunt back in the early 1590s.  And it’s where I learned about witchprickers. (You’ll have to Google that or wait for the book!)
  • Cotton Mather Memorable Providences Relating to Witchcraft and Possessions  1689.  Lots of good quotes and proof that this country was founded on the persecution of women/witches.  Here in Springfield, Massachusetts, four people, , including Hugh and Mary Parsons were put to death in 1652 for crimes of witchcraft. I might put their names in the book just for fun whenever I get stuck for a name.

There were so many more books whose names I didn’t jot down and there will be many more.  And these are just the ones I consciously chose to inform the book.

Next week, I’ll do my best to uncover the ones with an unconscious (mostly) influence.

Until then, happy reading and writing.

What I’m reading

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What I am rereading

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What I am listening to

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Teaser Tuesday: Punk 101

I turn today’s teaser for PRIDE AND PREP SCHOOL, releasing on October 8, over to Dave and Gary from the Snark and Circumstance series. In P&PS, the third installment of the e-novel, Georgia becomes the punk rock baker to the stars when she begins selling her vegan treats at a Cryptic Pigs from Hell show.  Next week, she’ll take over the blog with some baking tips, but for now, I leave it to Dave and Gary:

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PUNK ROCK 101 

First, if you think punk rock is a British thing, let us disabuse of this notion. Punk rock is as American as Jimmy Carter and Lou Freakin’ Reed, who is, in the opinion of most, the Godfather of Punk. Image The brilliant book PLEASE KILL ME by the founder of Punk magazine, Legs McNeil, makes this clear as he traces the history of punk from the Velvet Underground through Iggy Pop and the Stooges (pictured above) and the New York Dolls. The Velvets were the in-house band for the Warhol underground and they sang about drugs, transvestites, and sadomasochism and just freaked everybody out. Check out this video of “Venus in Furs”. And then the Stooges came along and threw dog food at people. Iggy covered himself in glitter and cut himself on stage with glass, and hard core was born. The Sex Pistols get all the credit and all the press but really, punk is an American phenomenon.

One difference between American and British punk is that the Brits are much more political. They admit they have a class system and they show how much it sucks. Check out not just the Pistols’ “God Save the Queen” but almost anything by the Clash, who combine reggae and ska with rock and roll and bring an anti-fascist anti-racist thing to their music – we’re learning “White Man in Hammersmith Palais” for our friend Michael, who is a closet reggae fan and hates that reggae’s been taken over by frat boys now. And the Jam, whose lyrics were fierce but poetic. Some people might argue that the Jam isn’t punk, but they don’t know what they’re talking about.  Gary heard someone argue yesterday that Miley Cyrus is punk because she clearly “just doesn’t give a fuck.”  That person needs to check out Please Kill Me and then report back to us.

Image Then they need to listen to some Dead Kennedys, Buzzcocks, Ramones, Dead Boys, and the Damned at stop talking nonsense.

You should, too. Life is too short to spend it listening to crap music.

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A Tempting TEMPERING

WIP IT  WEREWOLF WEDNESDAY

1174388_351064998359976_22406724_n ADRIANNE JAMES’ THE TEMPERING RELEASED LAST WEEK AND ALREADY PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT THIS EXCITING TALE OF LOVE, BETRAYAL,RIVALRY, AND WEREWOLVES.

I got to talk to the heroine of this new series, MacKenzie Duncan, and while she was careful not to reveal any of the plot, she did provide some fascinating insight into (were)wolf culture:

So, Mackenzie, thanks for talking to me! I can honestly say that I have never sat down with a werewolf before. But I bet you get that a lot.

Unfortunately, yes. Most people think that Werewolves are just myth. Hell, so did I until a few months ago.
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My son is actually very interested in wolves and wolf “culture” and we’ve been to wolf preserves and conservation places.  They have a fascinating social structure. Is the werewolf structure similar to wolf structure, with alphas and all of that stuff?
Most wolves are in packs. The packs have a leader and apparently they have a hierarchy. They tend to keep those politics to them self for a while. Secretive group. *shakes head in irritation*
 
Werewolf structure also seems to have an extra hierarchy, the whole “bitten” versus “born” thing. Could you explain that a little?
Gah! Where do I start. Bittens seem to be second class. We have to be baby sat on full moons, we can’t hold any real position in the pack, and we can’t be the mate of a Born. Born wolves apparently are better than bitten. Whatever.
Is there anything you miss from your old, human life?
I miss being normal. I miss not turning into a blood thirsty beast. I miss sitting in my tiny apartment working on the hundreth paper of the night. But most of all I miss being in complete and total ignorant bliss about this whole damn thing.
What’s best about this new life?
Well, I found some really great people. Some really bad ones too, but there have been moments where I have been happier than I ever was before.
Finally, I have to ask – are you Team Jacob? How do you feel about Twilight’s depiction of werewolf life?
Considering they would be considered BORN werewolves, with complete control and memory of their time as fur balls, I would say I was sorta jealous. As to if I’m Team Jacob? Well just the thought of being close to a vampire gives me the chills, so yeah, Team Jacob all the way. Although…he could do way better than Bella or her offspring.   images-3
Thanks so much for talking to me! I can’t wait to get started on the series.
You can get started, too by buying The Tempering at Amazon or Smashwords or Barnes and Noble.
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Twenty-first Century Celtic Twilight

WIP IT WEDNESDAY (September 18, 2013)

Sometimes, when I finally get the chance to write, I am just too exhausted to do anything productive. So I read, rationalizing that what I read just might inspire some writing. And it’s not just a rationalization. It often does.

My WIP, A Time of Shadows,  is about a four-hundred–year-old Scottish witch trapped in the body of a seventeen-year-old high school student in modern day Colorado. I’ve been reading lots of Scottish folk tale and fairy tales in addition to witch trial histories, and yesterday I turned to William Butler Yeats’ 1907 The Celtic Twilight for inspiration.

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Yeats’ book has lots of great stories about Irish legends and persistent beliefs in the fairy folk and elves and all sorts of other creatures that in the early twentieth century people in other parts of the world considered quaint, if not barbaric, anachronisms. But most interesting to me was his assessment of the difference between Scottish and Irish folk beliefs. He felt sorry for the dour Scots who took no pleasure in their magical beasties, writing

In Scotland you are too theological, too gloomy.

You have made even the Devil religious. . . You have

discovered the faeries to be pagan and wicked. You

would like to have them all up before the magistrate.

Scots, he claimed, looked at the other world with terror, and so saw terrible things in it  (seal women, for example, who bit off men’s heads, called kelpies, and equally dire  water horses). The Irish, meanwhile,  looked at the other world with wonder and so saw beauty. Both groups of Celts have always had “water-goblins” and “water-monsters”, he wrote, but the Irish “turn all their doings to favour and to prettiness, or hopelessly humorize the creatures.” In other words, magic and the otherworldly don’t freak them out. They embrace them.images-5

I’m in no position to judge the character of either people. But I find intriguing for the purposes of my book the idea that when we look at the Other and are fearful, we project fearsomeness onto the Other; when we look at the Other with wonder and acceptance, we see beauty and potential connection. In my WIP, I began with the idea of looking at historic witch hunts as examples of groups of people demonizing other groups out of fear (which led to hatred ad misogyny). As the ideas of the novel progressed, I began to write about the ways we do that in our present-day world, demonizing groups of people due to their beliefs, race, social class, and sexual orientation. While the book remains a sort of “suburban fantasy romance”, it’s also about social problems such as these. Though I swear it’s not preachy. I hate preachy. Rather, I hope that as Yeats urged the Scots, it urges us to not make “the Darkness our enemy” but instead “exchange civilities with the world beyond.” Accept, if not embrace, the Other.

Whether Yeats was correct or not about the Scots of the early twentieth century, I have to say that in my very limited experience, they’ve certainly developed a sense of humor (or commerce?) about their beasties in the twenty-first century. Just visit Nessieland, as I did, a tourist spot on the shores of Loch Ness with more papier mache models of pleisosaur-like creatures than you will find anywhere else.

images-6 Here are my kids, descendants of nineteenth-century Scottish immigrants, returned to the motherland to enjoy the campy good time at Nessieland:

wcuomlrm0lyrIf Yeats would accuse these two of humorlessness, then I’d have to contact him through a Ouija board and tell him a thing or two. (And he’d have been in support of Oujia board communication. No worries there.)

Until next week, happy reading and writing, everyone! And stay safe and dry, all of you in Northern Colorado!

What I’m reading

 WB Yeats, The Celtic Twilight

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What I’m listening to 

Unknown-7 Pearl Jam’s “The Fixer”.

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Teaser Tuesday PRIDE AND PREP SCHOOL

Teaser Tuesday PRIDE AND PREP SCHOOL

This is a doodle Georgia drew in bio lab of a frog wielding a scalpel. But why is her lab partner/crush/frenemy Michael using it as a bookmark? (Thanks, L. Tisdale, for this super bonus doodle!)

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From Elsker to Endre: Premarital counseling for the reluctant Norse god couple

With the release of ST Bende’s Endre, the sequel to Elsker, fans can be part of the wedding between Ull Myrh, hot Norse god with a penchant for cashmere, and Kristia Tostenson, the mortal who captured his heart and his hammer.

Image If you recall, in past blog posts Ull and Kristia stopped by the blog and met the main characters from Snark and Circumstance. Today, they stop by with their answers to an offer for premarital counseling from the prestigious Longbourne Institute for Marital Happiness and as you can see, while they may not have taken the questions as seriously as they might have, these two are still cute as a button together:

SO YOU THINK YOU WANT TO MARRY?

A quick questionnaire for the Norse god couple before their nuptials

Ah, love! There’s nothing like it. But marriages cannot survive on love alone, so we at the Longbourne Institute for Marital Happiness suggest that you, as a couple, answer the following questions before booking a church or other place of worship (or even hightail it to the county clerk’s office).

How do you envision dividing household tasks? Fifty-fifty? Each according to his/her needs and talents? Traditional gender split?

Ull: Darling?

Kristia: You do all the work and I eat all the McVities?

Ull: Naturally.

Kristia: *giggles* Okay. Well, you do the ironing. Obviously.

Ull: Obviously. Kristia never learned to iron. It is her one flaw.

Kristia: Sadly. But I’ll do the cooking. I like to cook for you.

Ull: The grill is my territory.

Kristia: Fair enough. I’ll rock-paper-scissors you for the toilet cleaning.

Ull: What, now?

Kristia: Never mind.

Ull: We’ll split the cleaning, how’s that?

Kristia: Perfect.

Ull: I will clean the tall things. Shorty.

Kristia: Good one.  *shakes head*

How would you describe your social style? Are you similar or different in regard to entertaining, having people over, etc.? Do you both like to go out a few times a week? Or do you prefer to hole up in your mutual lair?

Kristia: Ull’s a holer-upper. Definitely.

Ull: You and I go out.

Kristia: Well, that’s true. And you go to rugby games with Gunnar. And the driving range. And fishing. But you’re not a “let’s have a house party” kind of guy.

Ull: Are you?

Kristia: Well, no.

Ull: So we are reservedly social, how does that sound?

Kristia: That’s about right. We have a small group of close friends, we like going on hikes and picnics. And on occasion, Ull does something crazy like take me to a club.

Ull: Sorry, sweetheart. Once you are my wife the only thing I will want to do is hole up in our mutual lair. Get ready.  

Kristia: *blushing* Stop it! *turns to counselor* He doesn’t mean that. Sorry.

Ull: *mutters* I do too mean it.

Kristia: What’s the next question?

Most arguments in marriage are sparked by finances. Who will be the primary breadwinner? What is his/her job? Is it likely to last as long as your relationship or are you planning on living on love?

Kristia: *turns to Ull* You better tell the good counselor for both of us. You have more experience explaining your job than I do. *whispers to Ull* Does he know you’re a god?

Ull: *whispers back* I have no idea. *straightens up* I am, eh, in the military. I have tremendous job security. My job will last an eternity, as will our love.

Kristia: Aw!

Ull: So money is not a concern. Next question?

How would you describe your saving and spending habits as individuals? As a couple? (You can start by discussing who is paying for the wedding).

Ull: *grins* We are paying for the wedding ourselves. It will be fairly simple, unless Inga ignores us completely. And I have had a really long time to save up.

Kristia: I’ll say. *smiles* What was the rest of the question?

Ull: Spending habits. Sweetheart?

Kristia: Oh. I’m not a huge spender. New boots every fall, copious amounts of McVities, but that’s about it.

Ull: For now. I am thisclose to giving Inga my black Amex and having her make you shop. First stop the Apple Store. For an iPhone.

Kristia: I don’t want an iPhone.

Ull: I do not think they even make flip phones anymore. You have to move forward sometime.

Kristia: *lifts chin* We’ll cross that bridge when my phone dies.

Children: 2.5 or more?

Kristia: I’d love a big family. But we’re not sure if we’ll be able to have any kids. And that’s okay — if it comes down to a choice between Ull and anything else, I’ll always choose Ull.

Ull: We have a . . . unique situation. Ideally, we would both like to have as many children as we can. But we will have to see what The Fates have in store for us.

Do you plan to raise your children according to the tenets of a particular religion? Which one (Church of Asgard? Reformed? Anything anti-Loki?)

Ull: We attend the Norse Seaman’s Church when we are in Cardiff. If we are lucky enough to have children, we will raise them in that faith.

Kristia: We’ll have to find a branch wherever we settle after the wedding, but we really like being close to the Scandinavian community. And they make the best waffles.

Ull: I thought I made the best waffles.

Kristia: Oops. You do. They make the second best waffles. Mmm . . . church waffles.

Ull: And jam. *raises eyebrow*

Kristia: *blushes* Next question?

In the event of Ragnarok and your mutual destruction, who will look after the children?

Kristia and Ull: Gunnar and Inga. *they smile at each other*

Kristia: That was easy.

Ull: *leans over to kiss her* Being with you always is.

Kristia: Aw. Jeg elsker deg.

Ull: I love you too, darling. *turns to counselor* Can we please go now?

Remember that counseling appointments are available every weekday and alternate Saturdays at the Longbourne Institute. Help us help you.

You’ll have to get a copy of Endre at Amazon or Barnes and Noble to see how well Inga manages the wedding budget. And if you run across any extra McVities biscuits, send them here.

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Endre: Everyone’s Favorite Norse God is Back. And This Time, It’s Matrimonial

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If you read and loved ST Bende’s Elsker, you’ll know that it’s an exciting romance about a Norse god, Ull, who falls in love with a mortal named Kristia, and their love is as sweet as a Norse waffle.

And they would get the happily-ever-after that they deserve, if it weren’t for a little thing called Ragnarok, or the End of the World as We Know It.  (And Kristia does not feel fine). Image

I have sworn to give away no spoilers here about weddings, processes by which mortal women become immortal goddesses, fire giants, or evil elf men, so I will stick to the romance stuff and my three favorite things about the book:

Fave thing #1: Elsker fans know that Ull is as romantic as they come and he does not disappoint his readers (or Kristia) in this one.  And Endre moves beyond the point at which most romances stop: the promise of eternal love and marriage and the happily ever after. Aside from that whole Ragnarok thing, Bende’s second Norse god romance focuses on what happens to a loving couple after they’ve found each other. How do you deal with your partner’s job (especially if he is an assassin from Asgard)? How do you deal with his or her past (especially if it involves a hot chick with, um, physical enhancements who just won’t go away)? How do you deal with his family and friends (especially if they are capable of smiting you with a magic hammer or transporting you to ten different realms with a nod)? How do you deal with the inevitable changes in your status as you move from singleton to spouse (and mortal to goddess?) Plus, it’s hard enough entering into a partner’s history and culture, but what if that history is centuries old and the stuff of legend?  Bende deals with all of these concerns with grace, humor, and powerful imagination.

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Fave thing #2: Like any new bride, Kristia has her work cut out for her, and another aspect of this book that delights me is how much sassier Krista is in this sequel. We all knew she was strong and spunky enough to match Ull before, even if she was not “the most graceful snowflake in the blizzard.” But now she’s got some mad fighting skills and the audacity to throw some shade at Loki, which I won’t quote because you’ll want to read it yourself. Kristia has a new attitude to match her new life and skills, and she discovers a whole new way to go snorkeling, among other things. It’s good to be a god.

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Fave thing #3: Kristia is not just blessed to be loved by a Norse god – she also has a pretty wonderful set of friends (and fully fleshed characters) both mortal and immortal.  Among the immortals, Inga, Elsker, and Olaug return for the wedding and the battle and we learn about a pretty racy hobby Inga shares with Kristia. Among mortals, her bestie from home, Ardis, arrives and fits in perfectly with Kristia’s Welsh university roommates who exercise their fashion sense and penchant for products “not available in stores.” These characters provide much of the humor and the heart of the novel, making richer than a simple love story, though the love between Kristia and Ull is pretty darn epic.

Why are you still reading this? You need to get this book now. You won’t be disappointed. Buy it on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. It’s okay. I’ll wait right here ‘til you get back.

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Get Tempted by THE TEMPERING

Get Tempted by THE TEMPERING

The Tempering (The Mackenzie Duncan Series) by Adrianne James (Star Bound Books). After being attacked by a wolf, Mackenzie Duncan realizes something is not right. She heals quickly, is suddenly super strong, and is experiencing mood swings that can’t possibly be normal. Fear of what she is, and who she might hurt, sends Mackenzie running from the life she’s worked hard to build — and straight into the arms of a handsome Were named Geoff. But being a werewolf means having no control … and no memory of her time as a blood thirsty beast. Can Mackenzie set aside her own sense of morals to belong to a pack that is like family or will she leave everything behind yet again in search of a life she can be proud of?

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Teaser Tuesday: The “What’s in the Closet?” Contest

PRIDE AND PREP SCHOOL, the third installment in the SNARK AND CIRCUMSTANCE series, releases next month.

For those of you who have been with Snark from the beginning, I’ll be posting little teases to get you ready. And if you’re new to the world of Snark, I’ll get you caught up and, hopefully, ready  Image  to buy a ticket for the ride.

Snark and Circumstance is a YA contemporary version of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. In a previous post, I gave a brief overview of the parallels between the two texts so far. (But if you’re no Austen fan, fear not — the series of novellas stands on its own, too).

(If you are an Austen fan, then here’s a little something extra for you:

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One of the most vivid parts of P&P for me was Elizabeth Bennett’s visit to Pemberley, Mr. Darcy’s grand estate, because I could imagine how excruciating it would be to be caught by the owner taking a tour of his beautiful home and grounds, especially if you were now at least a little bit in love with that man but were pretty sure that while he had once “esteemed” you, he was pretty sick of all your snarky crap.  Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad if he showed up after stumbling out of a lake looking like this Image but in actuality I’d probably be even more mortified if that happened.

In PRIDE AND PREP SCHOOL, Georgia agrees to accompany her mom on a tour of historic homes because (1) she is dying to find out more about Michael (she’s crushing pretty hard now) and (2) she’s sure Michael won’t be there. So she decides to do a little snooping:

Suddenly a force greater than my common sense—which, I’ll admit, has been pretty faulty lately, propels me—and I find myself creeping up the long staircase to the forbidden second floor. 

         I need to see Michael’s room. 

          I need to find out if he is a secret slob, or if there’s even more interesting evidence of whom he is up there.  I’m not expecting to find anything big, like a literal skeleton in his closet.  But I am going to find it, whatever it is. And I will know once and for all who he is.

      I make it to the landing when I hear a burst of barking below me and I freeze.

      Someone has let a dog in. 

      Which means that some member of the Endicott family is actually in the house.

      Which means that one of Michael’s parents is about to catch me snooping.

You’ll have to read to see what happens, but I can tell you that what she discovers there is a pretty shocking.

I won’t say what, exactly, but here are some shocking things you could find while snooping around your crush’s house:

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or evidence of devil worship.

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So what do YOU think Georgia finds in Michael’s house? (Hint: It is way nicer than any of these creepy things). The most entertaining guess wins a copy of PRIDE AND PREP SCHOOL!

Leave a comment here, on my Facebook page, or tweet me at s_wardrop. Good luck, good snark, and good reading.

What I’m reading now:

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