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In My Mailbox (2)…Daughters of Artemis author’s copies (Month of Thanksgiving Days 11 – 20)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

So I have failed at posting daily for Month of Thanksgiving, but I have been intentionally thankful each day, and I will share some of them here.

Day 11: I am thankful for solo road trips. I love being alone in my car, just me and my music and my machine, the road stretched out before us. I do a lot of driving at night, on lesser used highways, my lights the only thing breaking up the darkness for miles at a time.

Day 12: I am thankful for people who put up their outdoor holiday lights even though it’s still before Thanksgiving. Isolated farm houses appearing from the fields as I pass, bright white lights framing windows and doors, dangling from the roof, and trees wrapped in colorful strands. It’s beautiful and fleeting and an excellent reminder that some of the most amazing moments happen unexpectedly and then are gone.

Day 13: I am thankful for reading stories to other people. I spent some time with Tech Guru during my trip. One of those days, we were lounging around, me with a book, him watching old Whose Line Is It Anyway? episodes, and he asked me to read to him what I was reading. I was in the middle of the book, in the middle of the chapter, in the middle of the page, but I started reading aloud and continued on that way until my voice broke. He didn’t really care about the book or the story or the characters, but it was so nice to share that time together, laughing over the story.

(Laughing over the way I read so much faster than I can speak, and my brain runs ahead of me when I read aloud, and then I stumble a little to keep from skipping paragraphs at a time.)

Day 14: I am thankful for hot drinks (peppermint mocha) and cold drinks (iced caramel mocha) and the buzz of caffeine carrying me through the many, many entries on my to do list.

Day 15: I am thankful for Hulu, and for the network websites that offer streaming, which allows me to stay fairly current on the shows I enjoy without having to buy a television and order cable. I don’t mind being a week or so behind for some shows. I like being able to watch on my own schedule.

Day 16: I am thankful for good coworkers and team building lunches and having a job that I love a lot most of the time. Two jobs, really, because I also love my writing career.

Day 17: I am thankful for my publishers, with whom I have had such amazing experiences. I have been very, very lucky, and though I frequently focus on all the things I haven’t yet done, I need to take the time to remember all the things I have and all the things I love about what I’ve done.

Day 18: I am thankful for friends who remind me that I am doing more than I think I am, despite how much I feel like I have everything yet to do.

Day 19: I am thankful for the broiler, which I used for the first time today and which is amazing. How have I ever lived without it? Melty cheese on my sandwich, sourdough crunchy at the edges — I can’t wait to figure out more ways to use.

Day 20: I am thankful for author’s copies of gorgeous books. I opened my author’s copies of Daughters of Artemis today, and it is a beautiful book in person, just absolutely beautiful.

Daughters of Artemis cover

(Image description: A book cover in grays and shadows, with a full moon in the upper right, partially obscurred by dark clouds and the anthology title, “Daughters of Artemis: A Storm Moon Press Anthology.” A bare tree takes up the left side of the cover, and there are rocks at the bottom. On the rocks is a wolf and two women with pale skin. One woman is naked, the other wearing a dark dress. The clothed woman stands above the wolf and the other woman, the alpha to her pack. Contributors names are in the bottom right corner: Shashauna Thomas, Della Buckland, S.L. Armstrong, Marie Carlson, Erik Moore and K. Piet.)

It’s a crappy picture because I’m in a hurry, but oh, author’s copies, amazing.

Moon Cycle…November’s Full Moon (Month of Thanksgiving Day 10)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am thankful for the gorgeous full moon. The Frosty Moon, the Full Beaver Moon, the Moon of Thanksgiving, whatever you want to call it, it is gorgeous. It was gorgeous last night, too. The Kansas City area was horribly gray and cloudy and stormy on Monday and Tuesday, so the sky had been invisible earlier in the week. Add that to the fact that I can’t believe it is really November 10, and I was taken by surprise this month. I got out of my car when I came home from work (late), and suddenly I was bathed in moonlight. The sky was perfectly clear, the stars bright, the moon brighter still, the air no longer bitter, but crisp in my lungs. I took a moment to stand there, head tilted back so I could gaze up at the sky, and in that moment, there was peace. Peace I desperately needed.

So yes, today I am thankful for the full moon.

Site…Search Terms (Month of Thanksgiving Day 7)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am thankful for ease of access to site statistics. (I’ve used Dreamhost for years, and am really pleased with the service and the tools I have access to through them.) Sometimes, as with most website owners, I take a look at the search terms that send people to the website. Frequently they make me grin, and today I thought I would share them with you all.

marie carlson: Fitting, obviously.
blood moon werewolf mask: The new werewolf western?
dominant woman submissive man (and variations): Fitting in a certain way. I do write a lot of dominant women.
female werewolf tf: I found this delightful animation when performing this search myself.
wolves and werewolves pack a.d: I featured this song in a couple of the Music Mondays posts. It’s a gorgeous song.
authors who write about submissive men: I write more about dominant women, but I hope you all found what you wanted.
dont fear the reaper artist in the howling reborn: Like I said in a Werewolf Wednesday post, I think it is the Gus cover, but I don’t know for sure. Can anyone confirm that?

Delightful search terms this time around.

Food…Roast Beef, Potatoes, Carrots, and Celery (Month of Thanksgiving Day 6)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am grateful for the smell of a roast in the slow cooker. I don’t cook all that often, because I don’t actually enjoy it (and a few of my siblings love to cook, so I never really felt the need to, until I started living rather far away from them a few years ago), but I am trying to eat out less and to do that, I need to have lunches and dinners prepared. Right now, I’m making roast beef and veggies, and in the slow cooker, it is incredibly easy. Plus it makes the house smell delicious. Once everything is done, I’ll use the water and bits of meat to make a beef gravy to go with it. (My father taught me that.)

I think I’m warming up for Thanksgiving, when I will be making sweet potatoes and a couple other things. We have a long list of who is cooking what.

But this week, I will eat roast and veggies, and probably pork chops with mashed potatoes later in the week.

Now I am going to make hot chocolate, I think. I bought marshmallows today.

Link…Apocalyptathon 2011 (Month of Thanksgiving Day 5)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am thankful for the Apocalyptathon 2011 celebration over at Moira Rogers’ blog. There are all sorts of prize giveaways, and every day for thirty days, authors and bloggers will talk about their apocalypse books, their favorite apocalypse stories, and on. I love apocalyptic fiction, and I am thrilled at the idea of a month of apocalyptic blog posts.

My favorites so far are: This post about Freeze Line, a post-apocalyptic werewolf and witch novel. (Ice age! Lone werewolf! Witch whose powers are lessened by the ice! It sounds delightful!) This post where E from the Book Pushers talks about great apocalyptic fiction.

Publications…Review of “The Fullness That Love Began” in Daughters of Artemis (Month of Thanksgiving Day 4)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am grateful for delightful reviews. Sally at Bibrary Book Lust posted a really nice review of Daughters of Artemis.

This is what she had to say about werewolves in general: The act of transformation, the duality of spirit, and the tense dichotomy between domesticated human and wild animal make them so exciting to explore. Unlike vampires, there’s never an end to the seduction or to the transformation, which means there’s far less risk of the story growing stale.

And this is what she said about my story, “The Fullness That Love Began”: This was a fun story about suburban werewolves (complete with jobs at Microsoft), hunting rights, pack alliances, the war of the sexes, and the emotional conflict between love and procreation. Visually, the focus here is definitely on the human side of things, but the politics are all werewolf, and the sex is just wild enough to cross (and re-cross that line).

Isn’t that delightful? I love the mix of suburban werewolves and the wilder side. I was trying to capture that in “The Fullness That Love Began,” and based on this review, I was successful more than I ever could have hoped. I love this story of mine, and I am thrilled every time I hear that a reader enjoyed it.

Trailer Thursday…Harbor Moon trailer (Month of Thanksgiving Day 3)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I give thanks for this awesome trailer for Harbor Moon. (Beware fast flashing images that may induce vertigo or seizures. I started to have an issue with it toward the end.)

Blurb: When Timothy Vance receives a call from a man claiming to be his long-lost father, he takes a trip to out-of-the-way Harbor Moon, Maine. But the man is nowhere to be found and unfortunately for Tim, the town doesn’t take very kindly to strangers. As he struggles to stay alive and learn the truth about his father, Tim discovers that Harbor Moon is protecting an incredible secret… and it turns out that Tim may have more in common with its residents than he could ever imagine…

This looks freaking awesome. Blood, guts, the monsters that hunt the night, and the things even monsters fear.

I Recommend…Marquese Scott, dubstep, “Pumped Up Kicks” Foster the People (Month of Thanksgiving Day 2)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

Today I am thankful for this video of an amazing dancer, Marquese Scott, performing to a song I freaking love. The ways he makes his body move are fantastic.

Teaser Tuesday…Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson (Month of Thanksgiving Day 1)

(Month of Thanksgiving is exactly what it sounds like: a [hopefully] daily dose of the things for which I give thanks during the month of November.)

(Teaser Tuesday is a book meme hosted by Miz B at Should Be Reading.)

Today I am grateful for Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson. I finished it yesterday, and it was really a lot of fun. There were some moments of fat hate, and I could have done without the use of “crazy” and similar as pejoratives, and it was really freaking whitewashed, but the story was delightful. I love the focus on girls and women as friends and family, heroes and villains. I can’t wait for the next book, Nocturne, which I have just realized is already out! Excellent, time to put in a book order.

Teaser Tuesday
Grab your current read and open to a random page:
* Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Claire de Lune by Christine Johnson, page 278: But then, whatever was out there twitched again and a pair of yellow eyes flashed in the darkness. [Character] streaked toward the fence, her blackness separating from the shadows of the trees. She was coming for them.