Category Archives: Reesa

Goodbye, Friend Vowel

I never make resolutions. Except this year. It’s time.

In 2017, I vow to wean myself off extraneous U’s. It’s a ridiculous affection I picked up in my teens, enforced by weirdly-integrated British colonial spellings that linger in Hawaii, and my own thwarted plans to move to Canada. Somewhere between “this is cute/will be useful when I move to Ottawa” at 17 and my early 20’s. it became a habit I didn’t even notice anymore.

Now, it means I have to go back through every book I write and strip extra vowels before I can submit a manuscript anywhere.

Goodbye, Friend U. I will miss you. You were the closest I ever got to moving to Canada.


Are You Listening?

I wrote a Thing on Facebook the other day, partially in reaction to a friend who posted some meme, partially in general frustration.  My Facebook isn’t author space, or even public for the most part, but several people asked if they could share the post.  I thought maybe I’d share it here, too, even though I usually don’t get specifically political (or terribly personal) on the old (neglected) blog here.

TW: Discussion of sexual assault, both personal experience and in the media.

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Remembering Black Sunday

Today is the 80th anniversary of Black Sunday, widely regarded as one of the worst days of the Dust Bowl.

I’ve been fascinated by the history of the Dust Bowl since I first saw one of the iconic photographs of a “black blizzard”.  Though the Dust Bowl was an environmental disaster with man-made roots*, there’s a nearly supernatural quality laced through the images and accounts of the time.  Maybe it’s that most of the written and oral accounts were coming from people who lived very closely with the land, and felt as though a friend had betrayed them.  Maybe it’s that nothing of the sort had ever been seen before, and the relentless assault didn’t ever seem likely to end.

I’m captivated by the idea that the environment could be quasi-sentient, and with a landscape so unpredictable that it’s easier to assume there are forces at work other than air currents and a lack of rain.  150,000 words of fascinated with it, but that’s a (long) story for another day.  In the meantime, you can check out what GhostsofNorthDakota.com has to say about Black Sunday.

*-Though most experts agree that a poor understanding of farming practice and the effects of erosion, combined with a drought the likes of which had never been seen, played a role in the creation of the Dust Bowl region and weather, there is growing skepticism about how much of the problem should be laid on the farmers of the time.**

2014 Frederick Book Festival

I’m pleased to be participating in the second annual Frederick Book Festival on Saturday, June 28, 2014.  This year the event will be held at the Hampton Inn (5311 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick, MD 21074), and it’s FREE for readers!  Please come out to join a host of authors, ranging across just about every genre you can imagine, from 10am to 6pm.  There will be a book signing event from 2-3pm, as well as diverse and lively panel discussions and readings all day.

Due to a conflict, Michelle won’t be attending, but I’ll be there, eagerly awaiting the chance to say hi, and hand out chocolate.  Stop by our table to try out the newly-minted Cabinet of Wonders, talk sci fi, romance, fantasy, or anything else… and did I mention chocolate? Because chocolate.

I look forward to seeing some of you there!

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Balticon 48 Draws Nigh!

Woman playing fiddle made of fire and ice, Balticon 48 title banner.

Michelle and I are once again participating in the festivities at Balticon.  We’ll be around Friday-Monday, so if you’re attending, please feel free to say hello.  Our books will be for sale at the Broad Universe table, and we plan to spend a fair amount of time there between panels.  The GoH is Brandon Sanderson, and I’m really excited to see Melissa Scott, Maria V. Snyder, and Myke Cole, as well.  Not to mention all the lovely people I only ever seem to run into at cons.

If you’d like to see the dog and pony show in action, please drop in to our panels!  Our schedules are below:

 

Michelle

Kicking Yourself Into Gear (Panel) (Participant), Friday 20:00 – 20:50, Parlor 1026

Broad Universe Reading Rapid Fire Reading Saturday Afternoon (Panel) (Participant), Saturday 16:00 – 16:50, Pimlico

Open Heart Surgery with a Chain-saw: Deep Edits (Panel) (Participant), Sunday 13:00 – 13:50, Parlor 1026

How to write Polyamory and not a train wreck (Panel) (Participant), Mon 09:00 – 09:50, Chase

 

Reesa

Kicking Yourself Into Gear (Panel) (Participant), Fri 20:00 – 20:50, Parlor 1026

Broad Universe Reading Rapid Fire Reading Saturday Afternoon (Panel) (Participant), Sat 16:00 – 16:50, Pimlico

How and Why Romance is 53% of the Market (Panel) (Moderator), Mon 08:00 – 08:50, Derby

How to write Polyamory and not a train wreck (Panel) (Participant), Mon 09:00 – 09:50, Chase

 


Indiscreet Valentines

I’m featured over on The Book Belle’s blog today with a passel of other Riptide authors.  We’ve all got special excerpts and treats for everyone, so please pop over and help yourself to some literary truffles.  Or, in my case, wildly inappropriate valentines!  Here’s one that didn’t make it to their page, just for all of you:

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Don’t forget, you can woo me (easily!) with a little space station not!zombie love poetry of your own, and be entered to win a free book- just drop me a tweet (@reesah) or comment on the blog. More details here.


In Discretion Blog Tour: The Delighted Reader & M/M Good Book Reviews

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The Delighted Reader gave me the chance to tell everyone about the probable title of my biography, my secret plan to write a historical mystery, and- best of all- share some of the soundtrack to In Discretion.  Sophia Rose also gave the book four stars in her recent review!

M/M Good Book Reviews is featuring us in a spotlight today- thanks to them for the chance to drop by.

Stops for this tour:

December 29, 2013 – Smart Girls Love Scifi
December 30, 2013 – Sid Love
December 31, 2013 – Cup O’ Porn
January 1, 2014 – The Novel Approach
January 2, 2014 – Pants Off Reviews
January 3, 2014 – Delighted Reader
January 4, 2014 – The Bookaholic – Spotlight Stop
January 5, 2014 – The Galaxy Express

In Discretion Blog Tour: Pants Off Reviews

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It’s my day to hang out with the folks at Pants Off Reviews, and we’ve got a great interview to share.  Stop by to find out about my Not-So-Evil Day Job, what I’ve been reading lately, and how I accidentally turned my sister into a not!zombie.  (I apologized!)

Stops for this tour:

December 29, 2013 – Smart Girls Love Scifi
December 30, 2013 – Sid Love
December 31, 2013 – Cup O’ Porn
January 1, 2014 – The Novel Approach
January 2, 2014 – Pants Off Reviews
January 3, 2014 – Delighted Reader
January 4, 2014 – The Bookaholic – Spotlight Stop
January 5, 2014 – The Galaxy Express

In Discretion Blog Tour: The Novel Approach & Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Have you heard the crazy rumours swirling around the release of my new book, In Discretion?  Join me today at The Novel Approach as I debunk the Top 5 Myths About In Discretion.

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words was also kind enough to give me a spotlight stop today.

Stops for this tour:

December 29, 2013 – Smart Girls Love Scifi
December 30, 2013 – Sid Love
December 31, 2013 – Cup O’ Porn
January 1, 2014 – The Novel Approach
January 2, 2014 – Pants Off Reviews
January 3, 2014 – Delighted Reader
January 4, 2014 – The Bookaholic – Spotlight Stop
January 5, 2014 – The Galaxy Express

Release Day Is Upon Us – Buy In Discretion Now!

Release day is upon us, and you can find the new Ylendrian Empire book, In Discretion, at any of the fine retailers listed below.  It should be up for sale on Kobo and Sony Ereader soon!

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Buy In DiscretionAmazon Kindle
Buy In DiscretionBarnes & Noble Nook
Buy In Discretion: AReBooks
Buy In DiscretionRiptide Publishing