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Season's Greetings!

Sparkling Quill
Merry Christmas to one and all!


May your fondest dreams and dearest wishes be fulfilled in the year to come.

From my sickbed

Lady of the Quill
I know, it's an over dramatic title but unfortunately it's true. I came down with chills, aching muscles and wobbly knees last Wednesday. I felt better Thursday morning and idiotically thought I was up to baking twelve dozen cookies for my youngest son's Christmas gift exchange with his school friends. Long story short, I wound up back in bed feeling terrible and pretty stupid.

This is the just the latest snag in my writing schedule. The moment the month got underway, everything turned hectic and I found myself unable to write continuously for any length of time. I also ceased to check in online so my apologies to everyone who emailed me or sent me comments here or elsewhere. This is my first peek at any of the sites I frequent in weeks!

I'd like to thank Lynda for the Advent Calendar. Every one you've sent me has been wonderful and my sons get a kick out of the "projects" like designing personal Christmas stockings, putting up a tree and dressing up a wreath. I lost the first two you sent me when my laptop was stolen and was really happy to receive a new one this year and so were they. Again thank you so much. :D

Once I feel up to it, I'll respond to everyone else who contacted me and didn't receive a response. Again, my apologies.

Regretfully,
Eressë

Guest Post & Giveaway: Selina Kray

Lady of the Quill
I'm so happy to welcome my dear friend and fellow writer Selina Kray (aka gloromeien) to my humble blog. Her debut novel will be out on November 14, 2014. Finally!

Like Stars is a tug-at-the-heartstrings take on the fascinating, almost unbelievable story upon which the films Le Retour de Martin Guerre and Sommersby were based.

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Take a gander at Selina's fantastic trailer (Wish I could put together something as wonderful!) and read what inspired her to write this story of forbidden romance, mysteries galore and love against all odds. And if you comment on this post, you will have the chance to win one e-copy of Like Stars in the format of your choice. So include your email address if you're interested.



Blurb
What if your true love walked back into your life five years after his death?

Nathaniel Thredgold has finally returned from the war. Or has he? His lover, Wesley Douglas, isn’t sure. Wesley must put aside his engagement, his disbelief, and his anger to give his professional opinion. The truth about their relationship isn’t an option. But is this stranger really the Ravensworth heir and Wesley’s long-lost love? When your heart’s at stake, there’s no room for doubt.

Set in the Edwardian era, Like Stars is a tale of mysterious identities, scandalous family secrets, and lovers in a dangerous time.

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If you've read Selina's wonderful fan fiction, you already know what a brilliant writer she is. I heartily urge you all to indulge yourselves with this must-have, must-read literary treat.

~ Eressë :) ~

Author Interview

Lady of the Quill
Larissa, one of the reviewers of the popular now defunct m/m books review site Reviews by Jessewave, wrote an honest yet delightful review of In Fine Form for her new blog Bookwinked which she hopes will be "a fun little corner to discuss everything related to (gay) romance books." She also interviewed me, an experience I thoroughly enjoyed. Her questions were fun, in-depth and insightful. Interested? You can read the interview here. As always, I hope it pleases.

~ Eressë

No longer MIA

Lady of the Quill
My apologies for going MIA the past several weeks. I was busy dealing with the loss of some files when my laptop also went MIA. Thank God I'd backed up the majority of my stuff but I still had to wait for the new laptop and when I got it, transfer/upload files I'd saved and then reconstruct whatever I didn't remember to back up.

Unfortunately, that included some research stuff like my colour charts (eyes, hair, skin, fabric—why yes, I keep stuff like that on hand), pictures of people I modelled or am considering modelling my characters on, my CoY glossary which, thank goodness, I had the sense to post on my website, and the latest CoY timeline. I make individual timelines per book and a comprehensive one covering the entire series so I can keep track of what happened when to who relative to everything else without checking several different lists. Unhappily, that's the one I lost. So I had to collate the different timelines all over again. It's a tedious job but necessary if I want to avoid continuity errors. *sigh* I've certainly learned a lesson from this experience and am now backing up everything within a centimetre of their figurative lives.

On the bright side, I've started to write pretty steadily again. Writer's block is dissipating at last and my enthusiasm is on its way up once more. Maybe that has to do with the actors I want to model the characters of Shield Mate on. I saw them on an episode from the latest season of Supernatural. (Caught up with the series over the weekend in a viewing marathon after having missed the last three seasons following the move to our current home. What can I say? The show is a guilty pleasure. But that's neither here nor there and a whole different story besides.) Anyway, the guys were never together in any scene but I could still picture how they'd look side by side and decided I liked the visual chemistry (is there such a thing?) and the contrasts in colouring and features between them. So they're serving as inspiration for the time being and doing so very well.

There are times however when I'm a bit distracted by Misha Collins whose delicious visage and voice and portrayal of a luscious dangerous angel no less now has me seeing him as Yovan Seydon, Rohyr's delectable uncle and advisor. Poor guy, reduced to an edible treat in my mind. And since it's his character that's hooked me on the show all over again, the obvious choice to base his mate Mered on is the guy he shares a "profound bond" with. Oh yes, I can be that shallow. Of course, I could change my mind again by the time I write his book. But I have a feeling I won't.

So that's the latest news from my little corner of the world. I hope you've all been doing much better than I. Have a good week. :) 

In Fine Form is Out!

Lady of the Quill
In Fine Form is now available at Liquid Silver Books and LSB's retail outlets worldwide (see links below). A big, big thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the book—it was thrilling to learn people actually reserved a copy. I hope In Fine Form lives up to your expectations. Thank you one and all for the support and encouragement.
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For details, go to: LSbooks, Amazon, ARe, B&N, Kobo and iBookstore

Interview with a Friend :D

Lady of the Quill
My good friend and prodigiously talented fellow writer gloromeien now aka Selina Kray interviewed me in anticipation of the release of Chronicles of Ylandre Book Six: In Fine Form. It's a very comprehensive interview and the most open I've ever been about who I am and how I write. I guess that's because I trust Selina implicitly and was confident she would advise me to hold my tongue or encourage me to spill the beans as the case may be. Anyway, it's on her blog now. So if you want to read it, go here.

~ Eressë ~
Lady of the Quill
Title: Brink
Author: Eressë
Fandom: JRR Tolkien
Characters: Elladan and Elrohir, Glorfindel, Elrond, Arwen
Prompt: 024. Family
Word Count: 974
Rating: G
Disclaimer: The characters belong to the wizard of storytelling himself, JRR Tolkien and/or his estate. No offence is intended or profit made in my use of them.
Summary: As the dark encroaches on Middle-earth, an unexpected message threatens to pull Elrond’s family apart. Part 49 of Prior Claim.

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Table of Prompts & Story Links

In Fine Form: now available for pre-order

Lady of the Quill
In Fine Form, Book Six of my series Chronicles of Ylandre, is now available for pre-order at LSBooks.com at 20% off the retail cover price. For those who haven't read them yet, here are the blurb and excerpt.     ~ Eressë ~

In Fine Form: To be released June 23, 2014

Lady of the Quill
Chronicles of Ylandre Book Six will be released by Liquid Silver Books on June 23, 2014. My heartfelt thanks to Lynn Perkins who created this mouthwatering cover.

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Guile is an asset in foreign relations, but an affliction when it comes to affairs of the heart.

A bastard of unknown parentage, Yandro Vaidon was born saddled with a huge disadvantage. The nigh rigid class structure of the dual-gendered realm of Ylandre relegated him to the bottom rungs of the social ladder and promised a dim future. Worse, the endeavor to win respectability was arduous—most claimed it was impossible. But by dint of hard work, perseverance and instances of plain good luck, Yandro rises higher than even he had hoped. However, he quickly learns there are hurdles to overcome even at these heights. Not least is his inconvenient attraction to a colleague deemed way beyond his reach.

Scion of House Essendri, the reigning dynasty of Ylandre, Jareth Hadrana is gifted with more than his fair share of beauty and wit. The kingdom’s preeminent ambassador, he has surpassed what is usually expected of a fief-lord’s second son. But while his high birth and family wealth opened doors for him, Jareth’s success stemmed from his own efforts to make something of himself other than the idle fop or swaggering rakehell that was the lot of many younger sons.

A coincidence of interest drew Jareth and Yandro to the same profession, but a king’s intervention throws them together in an association that soon turns into mutual desire. However, prejudices have largely kept the aristocratic True Bloods and lower caste Half Bloods on opposite sides of the social and romantic divide. In addition, reticence born of distrust and a secret like no other hamper their attempts to span the chasm between them. It will take more than their shared passion to convince them to lower their protective walls and risk their hearts in full.


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