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From Mia’s Desk: December 12th, 2016

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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.

Release Day!

Doing right can hurt.

When the key witness in a high profile trial needs protection, “human taser” Special Agent Serafina Torres is put on protective detail.

But when said witness is a vampire and those in the spotlight are anti-preternatural activists, how could it possibly go smoothly?

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Note: This story was previously released in the anthology Good Things, which raises money for Random Acts, a charity to promote kindness through the world.

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From Mia’s Desk: November 14th, 2016

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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.

Gutted

I’m happy to announce that the third story in the new Adelheid sequence releases today! Gutted is a short story featuring Abby, the Ancient vampire trapped in the body of a ten-year-old who we met in Voracious. It also goes and plays in a bit of historical fiction, looking at the time of Jack the Ripper, because Abby was old enough to be there.

A Ripper tale has been something I’ve wanted to write for a while, and this one–and the theory I posit–is one I had fun with and am excited for readers to check out!

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From Mia’s Desk: October 17th, 2016

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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.

Release Day!

The next Adelheid story is, at long last, finally available! It’s the first in a series of seven short stories working on a loose theme. I explain more in the book’s introduction, but suffice it to say, the first one is now available and the others will be coming every two weeks. There will be pre-orders available!

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Apex (Adelheid #6)

There are certain things you don’t mess with.

You don’t tug on Superman’s cape. You don’t spit into the wind. You don’t play with preternatural genetics. And you don’t screw around with Dakota.

People seem to have forgotten that.

She’ll just have to remind them.

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From Mia’s Desk: September 12th, 2016

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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.

Book Signings

I’m happy to announce that I’m going to be attending three book signings in 2017! I’ll be spreading the word more as we get closer, but if you are or will be in any of the areas, feel free to stop by and see me. 🙂

All About the Indies – Sharing a table with Diantha Jones
18 February 2017 in DC

A Royal Affair – Sharing a table with Diantha Jones
19-20 May 2017 in Winchester, VA

Books in Vacationland
14 October 2017 in Portland, ME

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From Mia’s Desk: August 8th, 2016

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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.

Good Things in Ten Days!

Check out this teaser from the anthology, which comes out out August 18th–but you don’t have to wait to pre-order it, and have it delivered right to your reader as soon as it’s available!

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When the key witness in a high profile trial needs protection, “human taser” Special Agent Serafina Torres is put on protective detail. But when said witness is a vampire and those in the spotlight are anti-preternatural activists, how could it possibly go smoothly?

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From Mia’s Desk: July 12th, 2016

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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.

Good Things

I have a new story and a new anthology coming out next month! And here’s the cover! 😀

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TO BE RELEASED: 18th August 2016

GENRE: Urban Fantasy

Good things come from unexpected places…

Magic and mayhem. Vampires and gods. Cops and werewolves. The binding thread of mysticism in the modern world and acts of kindness, small and large, random and focused. Join these ten authors as we travel through their worlds.

All of the author proceeds from the sales of this anthology will go to the Random Acts Organization, sponsoring kindness throughout the world. This is not official Random Acts merchandise, but is a fundraising project under permission from the charity.

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From Mia’s Desk: May 16th, 2016

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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.

Reality

No, I’m not actually going to talk about real reality. That’s no fun. Instead, I’m just going to share a funny food for thought. I happen to be a person who likes several of the reality competition shows. Lately it’s been, like, Cutthroat Kitchen and Chopped, used to be Dancing with the Stars.

It always makes me a little sad that they don’t have such shows about my own profession! …then I actually THINK that one through. A reality show about writers would be the most boring show ever, haha! I mean, a half hour to an hour of watching people stare at a screen until blood comes out of their pores? 😉

What do you think? Think there’s any way to make reality TV show about writers?

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From Mia’s Desk: April 11th, 2016

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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.

Sense & Sensibility

Another of my favorite classic novels would have to be Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility. While everyone seems to be all about Pride & Prejudice and Mr. Darcy, I’m not. I’m all about the other & story, and Colonel Brandon. I also strongly identify with Elinor. I’ve often been, or at least felt like, the most adult person in the room even when I was half of everyone’s age. So, Elinor–sensible, practical, even-headed Elinor–being stuck with her very emotional family… Well, I get it.

I grew up watching the version with Emma Thompson and that fantastic cast from 1995. I went to see it in the theater with my mother. I was the youngest person in the room by 23 years. I know this because the next oldest person was my mother! This version is lovely, but reading the book actually ruined it for me. When I learned that the character of Elinor is only 19? Emma, I love you, but at 36, I just could never see you as 19. All of the actors but for the girl playing Margaret and Kate Winslet were at least ten to fifteen years too old for their roles, as much as I adore the actors in it–Alan Rickman, especially. (Winslet was only about five years too old…)

A few years ago, I saw the BBC’s adaptation and this one is truly lovely. Morrissey’s Colonel Brandon feels truer to the character. As much as I love Rickman, he played Brandon too…timid. This character was a colonel and had been to the West Indies. He was wounded, but not timid. Morahan and Wakefield fit the ages of their characters much better and portrayed them well. Elinor was not nearly as emotionally suppressed as Thompson played her, though Winslet was truer to the head-smacking idiocy of the book’s Marianne.

Honestly, I would greatly recommend them both. They both have a stunning cast and top notch production, as well as beautiful scores. The fact that the BBC version’s soundtrack can compete with a Patrick Doyle score for me is impressive. Thompson’s has some elements that the other doesn’t and embraces the spirit, but I think the BBC’s is a bit truer to the book.

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From Mia’s Desk: March 14th, 2016

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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.

Supernatural

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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From Mia’s Desk: February 15th, 2016

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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.

Literature to Cinema: Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is one of my favorite classics. I first read it when I was eleven or twelve, and then again later as an adult. The character of Jane is a wonderful one to me, for in a day and age when girls–especially poor girls–were basically taught to sit down, shut up, and do as they were told (and be grateful for any crumb they got), Jane never lost her sense of self and her sense of self respect.

Even when it would break her heart, she always knew that she must keep both. She was smart and passionate, but it was that sense of self she maintained that was what made me relate to her most. That she always knew herself, and never let anyone tell her otherwise.

And Rochester is your classic Gothic hero. I think he gets a bad wrap for wanting to marry Jane while still being married. He was wrong, yes, but tortured. The younger sons were always a little cast off and his youthful impulsive nature was used against him to bind him to a woman his family knew was crazy, just to get her money. Instead of abandoning her, he tried to take care of her. Then when a former lover cast a child off on him that wasn’t even his, he tried to take care of her.

At the very end, when he had the chance to be rid of the “burden” of his wife, he didn’t; he made sure that everyone in the house was safe and then tried to save her, earning himself grievous injury in the process.

Ultimately, Jane Eyre is a love story, and it’s a love story I love. Jane is a wonderful heroine, one who chooses a relationship, to be in it and stay in it, because she chooses to; she will not accept a marriage that is anything less than what she wants, and what she feels she deserves. And that’s a lot in a female character for that day and age.

Jane Eyre with Samantha Morton and Ciaran Hinds: This was the first one I watched and I did love it for Morton’s suiting-ly plain appearance and she’s a good actress. Hinds is an actor I adore, and he definitely found that rawness to the Rochester character. But it goes too far into the passion, and forgets other important points to the story. It particularly cuts short on Jane’s time at Lowood and friendship with Helen Burns, which is so pivotal to her formation as a character. It works to make the movie so short, as well, that it chops the story line up too much.

Jane Eyre with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender: This one was disappointing to me. I later would realize that Fassbender is a very good actor, but whether a disconnect in him or from the director, he plays Rochester so flat and that is a disservice to the character. Wasikowska does alright in the self-assuredness and stoicness, but she also falls flat. If the version with Morton goes too far into passion, the version with Wasikowska goes too little. It does, however, do better than many of its counterparts in the time at Lowood.

Jane Eyre with Ruth Wilson and Toby Stephens: This is, without a doubt, my favorite and is a fantastic tribute to the book. Wilson can change from plain and stoic to impassioned and radiant. She has every ounce of Jane’s self-assurance and sense of self. It is hard to believe that this was her first role! And Stephens, oh, I could not ask for a better Rochester. He is not classically handsome, like Rochester, but charismatic as hell. He embodied all of the characters faults and virtues, and the chemistry between Wilson and Stephens was very strong and amazingly well-faked. It sadly does cut short on Lowood, though not completely, and there is a strange way they do the timeline towards the end of the movie, but this one does not cut short on her time with St John and his family, which is also hugely important to the story. As with some details about her family shown later. With only a couple minor complaints, I really can’t say enough good things about this version.

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