Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Dark Siren

At long last, my new novel, Dark Siren, has its cover!

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Dark Siren by Eden Ashley
Publication Date: July 9, 2013
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Design by Victoria Faye of Whit&Ware Design

To survive, their bond must be unbreakable. 

When the mysterious and passionate Rhane rescues Kali from an attacker in the theater parking lot, they form an immediate, smoldering connection. But Kali doesn't remember Rhane or anything from their past. As far as Kali knows, she's just a seventeen-year-old kid coping with an insatiable hunger for the “spark” or energy of others, feeding on classmates to survive.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Feature and Follow Friday!

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Hi! Welcome to my first Feature and Follow post!

Feature and Follow Friday is a weekly meme/feature hosted by Alison Can Read & Parajunkee.

This week's question is:

Activity: Favorite Literary Quote

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Don't Say the "R" Word

On average, women speak upwards of 20,000 words per day. Men say somewhere in the neighborhood of 7,000.

For Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid $15 million. He spoke about 700 words in the film. That’s $21,428.57 per word.
  • Hasta la vista, baby=$85,714
  • Stay here; I’ll be back=$107,142
  • Not bad.

 Famous Stutters: James Earl Jones, Winston Churchill, Samuel L. Jackson (It’s actually why he say’s the f-bomb so much. Swearing helps stop the stutter!), Moses, and Porky the Pig.

Don’t Say the “R” Word
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Henry Cavil in DC's Man of Steel
This one started at the theater.
We went to see Man of Steel this past weekend. And it was awesome! But thirty minutes into the movie, a guy leaves the auditorium in favor of concessions or the bathroom or whatever. The point is--he blocked my view of the screen for about fifteen seconds as he made his way slowly down the steps.  Five minutes later, Henry Cavill is freaking shirtless and on fire. This is the moment the guy chooses to return. Again he blocks the screen and six feet of hotness. Only this time, he sits down and gets back up, moves to another seat, then gets up again and just starts roaming in the aisle. I’m sitting there thinking, freaking seriously? (Actually, I had much stronger language for him.)
So I sat forward, cupped both hands around my face, and whisper-yelled, “Can’t See!”  He immediately ducked his head, whispering an apology as he finally chose the right seat and stayed in it for the rest of the movie.

The backlash hit as soon as Man of Steel ended.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Mermaids, Mythology, and the Mysterious Siren

My debut novel, Dark Siren has hit the bookshelves! Publisher’s Weekly praised the emotional fervor and complex mythology of this fast-paced coming of age story for creatures both young and ancient. Dark Siren is a journey of two characters as they find redemption, a second chance at love, and come to accept that sometimes, great evil is necessary to keep what is loved most. This modern fantasy blends adventure, romance, and plenty of action. Fans of the supernatural definitely won’t be disappointed.

So with that in mind, let’s talk creatures!

Mermaids, Mythology, and the Mysterious Siren

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Mermaid: a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a woman and the tail of a fish. Mermaids can be female or male (mermen). (Merriam Webster).

Books featuring mermaids (or mer) have really gained popularity in the last year. A search in the Amazon Kindle store brings up dozens of titles with some pretty fantastic looking covers.

In European folklore, *mermaids were sometimes referred to as sirens. Mermen were known to have magical and/or prophetic powers.

At this point, you may be thinking of lovely Ariel from Disney’s The Little Mermaid.
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However, in folklore, merkind were mostly dangerous to humans. Encounters with them brought misfortune, even floods or other natural disasters if a mermaid were offended.

Human men would steal a mermaid’s object, something like a comb or mirror, and marry her. As long as the object remained hidden, the relationship endured.  But if the mermaid discovered her object, she would leave her husband and go back to the sea.

Sirens are a bit darker.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Excerpt from DARK SIREN (July 9th)

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The sound of her screams reached him as he neared the dorm. Pausing at the threshold, the man stepped inside. Death and the wind were at his back. Dozens of hollow-eyed students turned to observe his presence. Fear had twisted their youthful faces into horrific masks. A few of them wept. Others clung together as another scream echoed into the night. The man flinched. Then he steeled himself against all emotion. His kind was supposed to feel nothing.
He made his way through the crowd, students eagerly shuffling aside to let him pass. It was as if somehow they had sensed in him the power to end her suffering. When a young man dressed only in boxers and a lettered shirt stepped forward from a cluster of solemn dorm mates, the man stopped. He had recognized the boy.
“You are William. You are the one who called.”
“Yes, sir,” the young man said while nodding. His eyes were wide and frightened as he pointed ahead to a closed door painted prison grey. “She’s in there, sir.”
The man looked at the door, and then back at the boy. “Is she alone?”
William’s shoulders slumped with embarrassment. “I tried to stay with her but…” his voice trailed, dropping to a hoarse whisper. “She looks bad, sir. She wouldn’t stop screaming for me to get out. I got scared. I’m sorry.”
“It’s alright, son. You have done well.” The man laid a hand on the boy’s shoulder with an encouraging smile that reflected none of the sadness he felt. “She’s going to be okay.”
But her cries were becoming more tormented by the second. He quickly continued down the hall to the grey door. Behind it, he found her all alone. Her thin, pale body was curled on a beaten sofa in the center of the room. She was drenched in sweat. Dark hair plastered against her face, framing a beautiful canvas contorted with anguish. He placed a hand gently on her forehead.  
Her eyes fluttered open. “Daddy?”
“I’m here, sweetheart. Everything is fine now.”
Sobbing in relief even as another surge of agony ransacked her strength, she gritted her teeth. “It hurts.”
Squeezing her hand, he spoke in a voice thick with regret. “I know. I’m sorry. Letting you come here was a mistake. I’ve waited too long.”
She was lost in the pain and didn’t seem to hear him. “I see horrible things. I did horrible things. There was so much blood.”

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