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New Mexico's state flag.

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This decal helps keep birds from crashing into the window.  Getting a little faded after a few years of service.

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My spouse, saying "surprise" in American Sign Language.

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Bluebirds and a robin sharing the bird bath this morning.  The bath is heated, so on a cold day like today it's the only water around.

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Cool colors are my favorite.  During a particularly stressful time in 2012, I stuck these pages on my whiteboard where I could see them from my desk.  Very soothing.

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My every day begins with tea.


Day 6: Mine

Jan. 6th, 2013 08:18 am
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Golden, New Mexico was originally a mining town.  These ruins are part of the remains of a mine there.

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I'm fascinated by the motion of flames.  I could stare at the fire all day.

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This is the view from our deck.  The San Pedro Mountains.

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I keep this little glass heart on my nightstand.  It was a gift - I believe from my niece.
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My Christmas present from the spouse:  an immersible blender.  Awesome!  Makes fabulous smoothies.  Also, it's PURPLE!

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Nagle-GladYule133x200In all the holiday bustle, I forgot to post that I've got a new ebook out.  "Glad Yule" is a fantasy novella (short novel) that first appeared in Fred Saberhagen's An Armory of Swords.  Now it's an ebook!

Available at Book View Café or your favorite ebook seller.
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Noticed this on Facebook and decided to play for a month, anyway.  The original post about January and the thematic prompts is here.

Starting off with "today" I took a photo of New Mexico's traditional good luck food for New Year's Day:  posole (hominy).

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This "Blog Hop" is a question and answer game that some of my writer pals are playing.  Here's some information about my current Work In Progress, followed by links to other writers posting about theirs.  Enjoy!

Q: What is the working title of your book?  
A: CURSE OF THE FALLEN or CURSE OF THE ALBEN, not sure which.  What do you think?  Is CURSE OF THE ALBEN confusing?

Q: Where did the idea come from for the book?
A: Short answer: This is book 4 of my Blood of the Kindred series, inspired by my short story, "Kind Hunter" (which you can read at Book View Café - it's the free sample from the anthology DRAGON LORDS AND WARRIOR WOMEN).

Q: What genre does your book fall under?
A: Fantasy

Q: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
A: Well, Orlando Bloom is the quintessential elf in my eyes, so I'd cast him as Turisan.  For Eliani - yanno, Zooey Deschanel might work!  For Shalár, I think Kaley Cuoco would do a very good job.  And for Luruthin, perhaps Matthew Gray Gubler.

Q: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
A: As war with the alben intensifies in Fireshore, Eliani and Turisan return to Highstone, where the Ælven Council must decide the future of the Lost: will they be exiled like the alben, or will they become allies whose aid might tip the balance in the war?

Q: Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
A: Well, kind of neither.  Since the series was dropped after book 2 by the original publisher, I have elected to continue publishing it with the help of the wonderful publishing cooperative Book View Café.  Book 3, Swords Over Fireshore, came out in 2012.  Oh, and this book should be out in spring of 2013.

Q: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
A: About a year.

Q: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
A: It's my take on a Lord of the Rings type of fantasy.

Q: Who or What inspired you to write this book?
A: Tolkein, of course.  I've been a fan of LotR since I was around 12, I guess, when I first read it.  I especially love elves, so my own stories are about the Ælven.  Also, see question 2.

Q: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
A: The Blood of the Kindred series is my exploration of the question posed in "Kind Hunter," namely:  what if elves and vampires were originally the same race?

Book 1: The Betrayal
Book 2: Heart of the Exiled
Book 3: Swords Over Fireshore

And now, here are some other writers who are playing this game:

Patricia Burroughs

Jeffrey A. Carver

Katharine Eliska "Cat" Kimbriel

Steven Harper Piziks

Deborah J. Ross

Laura Underwood

Edited to add: 

Kelly A. Harmon

Cindie Geddes

Have fun!

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Coyote UglyFall was kind of hectic, and I forgot to announce this.  I know many of my readers have been wanting a print edition of my short story collection, Coyote Ugly.  Well, it's now available!  You can order it here, or request it from your favorite bookstore.
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It was surreal to watch Sandy make landfall near Atlantic City even as my new novel, much of which takes place in that town, was released.

Whenever a natural disaster occurs, I get a sick feeling of helplessness. I’ve learned to counter that by doing something, even something small, to offset the overwhelming feelings.

So I’ve picked out a charity near Atlantic City, the Food Bank of South Jersey, and for every sale of Dead Man’s Hand at BVC during November, I’ll donate $2 to them.

I’m starting off with a $50 donation now, because I know they need the funds now. If the book sells more than 25 copies at BVC this month, I’ll send more.

So tell your friends. If you’d like to read a nice poker zombie story, and want to do a little something to help the folks who got hit hard by Sandy, this is a way to do both.

DEAD MAN'S HAND by Pati Nagle Dead Man’s Hand by Pati Nagle

Wild Bill Hickok awakens to the feel of flesh crawling onto his bones. Alive again, in the graveyard in Deadwood on a cold October night, he has an irresistible compulsion to go to Atlantic City.

There, in the mysterious and magical Black Queen casino, he joins a rogue’s gallery of resurrected scoundrels, all gamblers who were murdered like himself. Will the father of organized crime revert to his bad habits and attempt to take over the Queen? Will Wild Bill finally find out if those aces and eights are winners? Five murdered men sit down to a poker tournament for the highest possible stakes: the right to stay alive.

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This photo is from a couple of weeks ago. 

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This one's making the rounds.  Here's how it works:

The Meme:
1. Go to page 77 (or 7th) of your current ms
2. Go to line 7
3. Copy down the next 7 lines – sentences or paragraphs – and post them as they’re written. No cheating.

And here's mine:

So sorry to hear about the tragic event, Ms Rosings. Do you have a few minutes to tell us about it?”

Well, I—”

Out on the porch would be best, I think,” said Gina, shepherding us outside to where two young men waited next to several cases that probably held electronic gear.

I only have a few minutes,” I said. “We open at eleven.”

Ms Algodones smiled. “This won’t take long.”



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