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Other Side of the Pen: March 28th, 2016


As a writer, as a freelance editor, as a reviewer… Well, sometimes Mia gets mouthy, and the fourth week of the month is when she’s gonna let you know just what she thinks!

Don’t Overreach

I’m really not sure what it is, but it’s like when a person sits down to start writing a book, they think they have to elevate everything. Suddenly, exposition and dialog are both nothing like anyone ever really speaks. Even in a contemporary story, everything the characters say sound like they are trying to live in a Dickens novel.

Stop it, people.

When you write a book and every other word looks like you had the thesaurus open on your lap while you were doing it, it has the exact OPPOSITE effect of what you were trying to achieve and you do not sound more intelligent as a writer. You just read like you’re trying way too hard.

Even when writing epic fantasy, trying to sound “archaic” in everything you write usually backfires too and just makes your story too dense to understand. Readers don’t want to fight their way through your book. Especially in dialog, don’t overdo it. Read your dialog out loud and think, “Does this really sound like how someone would talk?”

Sometimes plainspoken prose really is not an evil, but a way to convey your point and actually make it get through to your reader.

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Nutmegs & the Charter Oak: March 21st, 2016


Mia is from CT, and Adelheid is in CT…so, let’s talk about Connecticut!

Good for CT

It’s my home state, so I can’t help but give it a shout out for doing something good. And this is my blog post series to talk about news and interesting facts about the state, so here’s the current: Connecticut is the second state in the U.S. to end veteran homelessness. (This means having programs in place, as well as having more veterans exiting homelessness than entering.)

We are second only to Virginia in this, but we were the first state to end chronic veteran homelessness. This is just a step on the way to ending homelessness for everyone, but I think it’s a step worth celebrating.

You can read more about it in this article by the Huffington Post.

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From Mia’s Desk: March 14th, 2016


From Mia’s Desk will post the second week of each month and discuss something of interest to Mia, which she hopes others will find interesting too! It may focus on opinion pieces, literature (historical and current), or even movies–because a good story is a good story.


So, I’m about a decade late to the party, but I finally started watching Supernatural. Although, I’m not sure that “watching” really covers it. I’ve been Netflix binging it whenever I can. And when I ran out of Netflix, I found the current playing season on Amazon and now I’ve run out. I’m crushed!

Anyways… So, yeah, this show has definitely given my Adelheid mojo a boost. Aside from the obvious in that they deal with the supernatural–vampires, werewolves, and witches…oh my!–it also has a sense of humor that really reminds me of my own that I put into the Adelheid series.

Also, they’re hunters, so I definitely get a Dakota vibe. Honestly, watching it, it seems to me that Dean (I’m Team Dean all the way) is basically my Dakota, just more biologically male and less shape-shifty…but otherwise, the issues of responsibility, older sibling deal/desperate loyalty to family, the snark, the aggression…

The show also doesn’t take itself too seriously oftentimes. It has a way with arcs that I’m envious of, and can end a season like no show I’ve ever seen. Lots of fun, lots of snark, and lots of supernatural beasties. I may have been late to the party, but I’m glad I’m here.

So if you like Adelheid, I totally recommend this show. I will definitely be a fan from here on out, and will happy let it help get me in the right mindset to write my little supernatural world!

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The Adelheid Chronicle: March 7th, 2016


The Adelheid Chronicle will post the first week of the month to discuss interesting facts about the series, the setting, its creation, about current and future releases, teasers, etc.,

Casting the Adelheid Movie!

Some authors have actors in mind while they write as their “image” for the character. I usually don’t do this, although I have on occasion. But even if I look for the image later, I always enjoy putting the two together. I like seeing them from other authors, because it’s like, Cast the Movie. So, here’s the Adelheid movie!

Sadie Stanton-Johnston, Vampire, Owner of the Stanton Agency (Actress: Rhona Mitra)


Dakota, Theriomorph, Hunter for Stanton Agency (Actress: Mariska Hargitay)


Vance Johnston, Weretiger-turned-Vampire, Detective for the Adelheid PD (Actor: Dominic Purcell)


Madison St John, Werewolf, Secretary for Stanton Agency (Actress: Kaley Cuoco)


D, Vampire, IT Guy & Animator Bodyguard for the Stanton Agency (Actor: Chris Evans)

Chris Evans

Nykk Marlowe, Human, Victim’s Advocate (Actress: Sarah Carter)

(*Note, this is without the scarring she has in the books.)


Donovan, Human, Summoner for Stanton Agency (Actor: Jesse Williams)


Cassandra, Vampire (Actress: Hayden Pantierre)


Albine ‘Abby’, Vampire (Actress: Dakota Fanning, young)


Edward, Theriomorph, Dakota’s Brother (Actor: Charlie Hunnam)


Jackson Lang, Human Psychic (Pyrokinetic), Special Agent for the FBI (Actor: Danny Pina)


Jade, Vampire, Coven Leader (Actress: Maggie Q)


Lorelei, Human, Dog Rescue Owner


Lucia, Human Psychic, Animator for Stanton Agency (Actress: Katrina Kaif)


  Samantha ‘Sam’ Moore, Human Psychic (Psychometric), Detective for the Adelheid PDSam

 Shayna Harel, Vampire, Coven House Head Warden (Actress: Noa Tishby)Shayna

Posey Kai, Fae, Special Agent for the FBI

(*Note, yes, I know, but this Anime character is who I see when I write for her.)


Quintus, Vampire, Owner of the bar 5 (Actor: Kevin Grievoux)


Gabriel Raines, Werewolf, Adelheid Pack Leader (Actor: Karl Urban)

Chance Landry, Weretiger, Preternatural-Heavyweight Boxer (Actor: Jared Padalecki)


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