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What’s a Red Pearl? And 9 Other Things to Know About C.K. Brooke’s Next Adventure
The Red Pearl is coming to 48fourteen this fall! What’s the least you need to know? Let me fill you in… 1. In a nutshell, what’s the story-line? Girl meets man, girl saves man’s life, man is…FURIOUS with her? The Red Pearl is an old-fashioned, action-packed love story about Antonia, a priestess-in-training who flees her temple only to get tangled up with Robin, a fiery adventurer on a harebrained treasure hunt. 2. Where does it take place? Rob and Annie live in a fantasy land called Innía, on the continent of Otlantica. Readers of my Jordinia novels (The Duchess Quest & The Duchess Inheritance) might recognize a few references, pegging this story in the same universe as Jordinia.3. What’s the era?It takes place in a more modern era than my previous works. There are guns, for example, and a sort of automobile prototype. Think turn of the 20th century. 4. Define the genre. It’s a streamlined romance. But it’s also an adventure, in the vein of “Indiana Jones” and “Romancing the Stone.” Sub-genre-wise, it classifies as fantasy (although without supernatural elements). 5. What’s the heat level of the romance? Mostly mild…except for one chapter. Age seventeen and up, folks! 6. So, what exactly is the Red Pearl? It’s not a ship…or a Chinese restaurant…as some of my friends were wondering, LOL! It’s literally a pearl that’s red. You’ll learn in the book why it’s so valuable…and if it even truly exists. 😉 7. The Jordinia books oscillate between several characters’ points-of-view. Is Pearl set up the same way? No. In line with producing a more mainstream romance, this novel only focuses on two alternating POVs: that of the heroine, and that of the hero. 8. What inspired you to write this book? I was inspired to try my hand at more punctuated, traditional adventure-romance after reading my first paperback category romance novel and being perfectly delighted by it. 9. Is it part of a series? No, it’s a stand-alone. 10. When can I read it? Soon! It’ll be released by 48fourteen this fall/winter in eBook and paperback, exclusively on Amazon for 90 days. After that, look for it online at Barnes & Noble and all other book retailers. “Like” my page at Facebook.com/CK.Brooke to be the first to know the release date, to see the fabulous cover art when it’s revealed, and for chances to win a free e-ARC! — THE RED PEARL by C.K. Brooke (Coming Soon!) Full Book Description: Treasure lost…passion found? Antonia Korelli is on the run from her coven of priestesses. She never desired a life confined to the temple, relegated to chastity and service to the goddess, Azea. Instead, she longs for true love and adventure in the Kingdom of Elat. Enter Robin Watkins, a fiery dreamer on a mission of his own: to uncover the legendary lost Red Pearl. Only, he must first regain his treasure map, which – along with his conniving ex-girlfriend – was stolen by his former best mate. When Antonia becomes unwittingly entangled with Rob, she is more than dismayed to find herself stuck on his harebrained hunt. But somewhere amidst their bickering and banter, their plight for survival through desert and tropics, and the joint pursuit of impossible dreams, Antonia begins to realize that perhaps Rob’s might be the unforgettable adventure – and romance – she’d sought.
Writing Beautiful Something Else
The writing of Beautiful Something Else began as a “writerly” challenge between my writer friend Sandra Hurtes and me. We went to graduate school together in New York City and received our MFAs in Creative Nonfiction. We don’t get to see each other too often anymore now that I live in Connecticut. Well, one summer day in 2011, Sandy came to visit me and we went to my favorite restaurant on the water, Marnick’s. While we were eating, we discussed what projects we wanted to work on next, both of us having written memoirs. We thought it would be fun to write something just for fun and I thought—romance! I wasn’t sure if I could pull it off, but I decided to try. I didn’t know where to start, so I decided to start with where the idea was born. You’ll notice the opening scene of Beautiful Something Else takes place in a fictionalized version of the restaurant and the heroine’s friend was jumpstarted by my friend Sandy. I knew I wanted the story to be fun and quirky because that’s how I see myself, so I made Lizbeth a version of who I see myself as or a version of me who could have existed in another dimension. I also knew I wanted to include some of the subjects that are important to me when I write creative nonfiction, so I wove yoga, self-esteem and body image threads throughout the story. I have three young children, so finding the time to write a novel had to be made very important in my mind. I set a goal of 1,000 words a day and just focused on quantity instead of quality. That helped to free me from writer’s block because the goal was just to get the story down. I knew there would be time for revisions later. I feel proud of myself for accomplishing my goal. I hope that readers will enjoy following the many self-discoveries that Lizbeth and Chip make in finding their way to more beautiful versions of themselves in Beautiful Something Else.
On the Other Side: Cover Reveal!
The creation of a book cover is not something I’m new to. I make e-book covers myself, but I’ve never actually made my own book cover. Well, let me rephrase that. I made sample covers for On the Other Side long before it was ever picked up by 48fourteen (when I thought I was brave enough to self-publish it), and let’s just say… nothing I made compares to the beauty that is the finished product! I am guilty of buying books based on the cover alone, and I think the OTOS cover has the “Please, buy me now!” appeal readers love to see. It’s artsy as well grungy; it’s smooth yet just rough enough; it’s lovely to behold but thought-provoking, too. How the heck does a cover do all that in one shot? I’m not sure, and I’m being a little braggadocios when I say that this one does! Also, the mixing, swirling colors in the middle are such a visual metaphor for the novel’s conflict that I have trouble believing it’s spot on to what Hilaria, Anthony, and Job experience. Anyway, I made you wait long enough. Here is it, people–may I have a drum roll, please? *brrrrrrrrrrrrrrr* (<–That’s my lame attempt at snare drum onomatopoeia! lol) Thanks to Veronica Riga for the awesome design and Lyndsay Johnson for the text treatment! It’s breathtaking. I can’t wait to hold it in my hands. =D ~Nicole
Visions from the Other Side
So…. even though I’m a writer, I am not a visual person AT ALL. Words are my bread and butter, but when I read, I completely skip over character and setting description. (I consider this my most major reading flaw. What’s yours?) “Why do you participate in such a bad habit?” you may ask. Why, thank you for asking! I do this because A.) No matter what, I will insert who I want into the place of a character, i.e. some actor with black hair, blue eyes, and a killer smirk. (Like every time, people! Even if the character is supposedly “blonde.” And see how I didn’t even address female leads.) B.) I thrive on dialogue. I don’t like excessively descriptive dialogue either. The classic “says” or “said” does more for me than “‘Go away now, you hoodlum! I will not buy your cookies!’ Susan cried vehemently.'” That’s too much, wayyy too much. Let me feel it out, fill in the blanks. (‘Cause I’m a talker. If you can’t figure out how to say it, I WILL. I consider it a challenge!) Obviously, this poses a giant problem when writing. When I sat down to write On the Other Side, I couldn’t figure out how to describe a lot of what I “saw” in my head… because I didn’t really see anything AT ALL. I heard it in my characters’ voices, in the swish of water against a dock, in the chirping of crickets in trees overhead, and more sounds that I associate with New Orleans. Here’s how I solved the problem: I turned to photography. I moonlight as a photographer, and New Orleans is my second home and sweetest muse. When crafting particular scenes or elements of the city, I needed a source for the language I chose–my own photography. Of course, the Orleans in OTOS is dystopic. A Wall divides the city into the Ward and the Quarter–where Flood waters from the River reach near the second story on every building. This I created from scratch, but all of the little details Hilaria, my protag, sees and hears sometimes, too, are pulled from my second favorite form of expression. DETAILS: A huge part of NoLa is the dark underworld of voodoo. Personally, I think it’s all rather beautiful… how there are museums dedicated to this Haitian contribution to the city and how people sincerely embrace it not only as a religion but as an art. Likewise, set up around the St. Louis Cathedral are dozens of palm and tarot readers; one I met inspired the character of Hilaria’s mom, a tarot card reader named Cleo. The top right picture is Cleo’s own view from where she sets up her table on a little dry platform, right in the midst of the flood water. In Hilaria’s present, the French Quarter is in a state of decay. I think the decay, like the voodoo, has its own richness and beauty, and this is a trait of mine Hilaria embraces. For description of the cast iron and wrought iron she sees, broken-off piers, ivy, and the color of the water at night, I turned to these photos. New Orleans is filled with jewels of detail if you only look hard enough. MUSIC: Unfortunately, Hilaria doesn’t know jazz; she imagines what it sounds like because all she understands of the art is what she’s read in books. Music oozes out of the bricks in her NoLa (at least in her imagination), and much of what I heard in my head is from my friend, Ms. Doreen here. I snapped these during one of her many street performances I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. She’s great, by the way! CEMETERY, THE QUARTER, AND THE CATHEDRAL: Two pivotal scenes in the novel occur within the Lafayette Cemetery in New Orleans. I love the sublime quality of walking through the cemetery in the middle of a hot, humid day, and suffering the sensation of someone looking over your shoulder. That eerie quality is what Hilaria loves the most about her city, and what better way to show it than to have her life change among those who can’t grow older. That’s Marie Laveau’s tomb in bottom right picture. Hilaria also spends a great deal of time in old Jackson Square. Mr. Andrew Jackson looks down upon many of her adventures with her best friend, Anthony, and who wouldn’t feel up to a little mischief with a beautiful boy if that sky was above them? Tujague’s doesn’t make an appearance in the novel, but Cafe du Monde and Galatoire’s do. Finally, the opening scene of the OTOS and the final scene of the last novel in the series take place in this beautiful cathedral. Religion isn’t a necessity in Hilaria’s world, but her entire life revolves around her comings and goings from this landmark. Her love for the Cathedral and its place in history will be used against her in ways she can never imagine. I call this my “dreamy” edit of the photo, and so much of Hilaria’s life could be mistaken for a dream (You’ll have to read OTOS to find out why!), why not apply that thought to a photo? ………….Well, friends! I hope you enjoyed this tiny tour through my imagination. Something special is coming tomorrow in regard to my little novel, so stick around for that! Until then, let me know what you think of the photos. Do they match your version of NoLa? I’d love to know! It’s my home away from home. Until next time, Nicole
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Throwing a The Light Side of the Moon Themed Party
Now you might ask yourself: why would anyone throw a party with the themes brought up by a dystopian science fiction novel-especially one where people go hungry? To that I say, Why not? After all people go hungry in the universe of a Christmas Carol and people throw parties with Dickens in mind. So why not The Light Side of the Moon? The desserts The truth is any novel can be used as a themed event. Watch what the characters eat and the food that is mentioned. Look at methods of communication for your invitations. What traditions are shown during holidays? In The Light Side of the Moon, the reader sees two holiday celebrations one is Easter and the other is the French version of April Fools. In this blog, I’m going to focus on the “April Fools” celebration shown in the book. “Celebrating April Fool’s a month early had been a good idea. It kept the children busy and brought happiness to a day that might have been filled with tears. For that Theodore was grateful. He would need those memories to tide him over. ” Excerpt From: “The Light Side of the Moon.” iBooks. Invitations: If this event needs invitations, an e-vite would be the most appropriate because we don’t have society-wide holographic projectors yet and paper is used only for important documents, but if paper Invitations are your thing, consider making them fish shaped out of colored paper. (Especially if you want to throw said party on March 1st!) Menu Drinks In the novel many drinks are mentioned. Raspberry Armagnac liquor (juice for the two youngest Kessler Boys) Red Wine Lemoncello and Tea with Milk Starters / Hors’ D’oeuvre Interesting to note: the word Hors’ D’oeuvre is a French word with originally meant outside the main course. Olives stuffed with cheese almonds Entree Courses: There are so many options when it comes to the entree courses in The Light Side of the Moon. Mixed Vegetable Salad and Biscuits (American) Rice and Beans (American) Daniel Sethson’s Stewed Rabbit and Carrots Anne Blacksmith’s Beef and Veg Pie (English) Baked Ham with the all the trimmings (French) Pork Chops with English Gravy and veg Steaks with English Gravy and veg Desserts When I set up my dessert table, I set out nuts because I had them and I often will set out extra snacks to fill up the party. Chocolate Cookies because In the novel, almost every holiday there was mention of sweets especially chocolate and Ellie often got sweets as rewards. Sean’s Walnut Shortbread Cookies which is something Ellie makes in the book.
The Light Side of the Moon Recipe: Sean’s Candied Walnut Shortbread
So here is a recipe for bookclubs or TLSotM enthusiasts or anyone who want to share in some cookie joy. I based this off a shortbread recipe that I’ve used many times. I don’t know exactly where it came from. It creates a not-too buttery shortbread as we don’t like greasy cookies or pie crusts in my house. (And yes, I use the shortbread for both cookies and pie crust.) It uses brown sugar but will be good with granulated sugar if that’s what you have on hand. EXCERPT: Cadi eyed her and murmured, “Hmmm…” To Sean she said, “She looks ashore with her breath in her fist.” Ellie was getting used to Sean and Cadi’s strange idioms, even if she didn’t know what they all meant. “Are you?” “Just to see our mums and Michael,” Sean replied. “Keep your nose out of everyone’s business. A person without prudence is a ship without an anchor.” Cadi gave her a kiss on the cheek. “Be good and stay away from the longshorehands.” Knowing the answer would be yes, Ellie asked, “Can I make cookies—biscuits—while you’re gone?” “Clean up after yourself,” Sean said. “There’s a recipe card for Walnut Shortbread on the wall. Use those candied walnuts.” Ellie slipped back below, took off her jacket, got started preheating the stove, and opened the pantry for ingredients. “What are you up to?” Glenn asked as she poured herself a cuppa from the kettle. “Sean said I could make biscuits.” Ellie set the flour and sugar on the counter, glancing at the kettle to make sure the water was above the blue line. “Good. It’ll keep you away from the longshorehands. I’ll be leaving for a quick meeting, but be back in a few hours. Holds are open, but our space is to be kept locked. Remember the emergency code?” Sean’s Candied Walnut Shortbread Candied Walnuts (Just in case you didn’t have any on hand you need to use up) 150 grams/1 cup of chopped walnuts (or nuts of choice) 50 grams/¼ cup of granulated sugar 30 grams/2 tablespoons of butter Melt butter in skillet over over medium heat. Swirl butter around to coat pan. Add walnuts and sugar. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently so mixture doesn’t burn. Transfer immediately onto a sheet of parchment paper and separate the nuts. Allow to cool while you make cookies Cookies Butter for greasing pans/ or parchment 240 grams/1 cup butter 100 grams/1 cup brown sugar 220 grams/2 cups All Purpose flour Pinch of salt if you use non-salted butter Preheat the oven to 148°C/300°F. Lightly grease cookie sheets or line with parchment In a medium-sized bowl, beat together the butter, sugar until fluffy, then beat in the flour. Hint: This is a stiff dough so the mixture will feel a little dry; keep beating till it comes together, I use my hands to mix cookie dough. (Safety Tip: If you do use hands to mix doughs, wash them!) Once flour is incorporated, mix in the candied nuts. Drop the dough by a rounded teaspoon onto a prepared baking sheet. Flatten each ball of dough to about 1 centimeter (3/8 inches) thick; use the bottom of a drinking glass to flatten. Bake for about 22-25 minutes in a preheated oven. Turn sheet if necessary at 10 minutes. You want them to be set, but not brown. Remove c from the oven, and cool on the pans, or on a rack. Yield: about 4 dozen small cookies
So I have returned from five days of crazy caffine-fueled fun, but hard work at Sasquan aka 2015 Worldcon, an annual gathering of horror, science fiction, and fantasy fans. Hundreds of fans, authors, publishers, artists, scientists, and other creators and intellectual leaders attend. The convention featured a dealer’s room and artist alley. educational panels, author readings, autograph sessions, kaffeeklatsches, literary beers, and discussion groups, as well as workshops about writing, art, cosplaying, filk and other music, games fanzines, children’s programming, and my personal favorite: THE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL. They show blocks of independent/crowdfunded films. (While some are better than others, I love watching them to see what everyone does.) Worldcons is also the site of the Hugo Awards, the premier fan-voted awards in SFF, recognizing the greatest books and stories, related works, film, television, podcasts, and fan works. This year there was a large controversy surrounding the awards, but fortunately the fans voted for diverse and inclusive SFF! But all that aside, The Three Body Problem is also the first translated novel to ever win, so it’s doubly exciting. If you are curious about other winners, please go to sasquan.org And of course, no mention of Spokane could not be complete without mentioning the fact the area had become a national disaster due to the forest fires burning in the Pacific Northwest. While we were safe from fire in town, let’s just say it looked a little too end of the world outside for my liking. No those are not clouds, just smoke completely blocking out the sun. On to my experiences: Tuesday Night, I had a reading at Auntie’s Bookstore, an exciting local bookstore in Spokane. But most of the time, I could be found in the dealer’s room which means I was behind a table for 7 hours every day. Even so I saw some interesting costumes, here are a few of my favorites. And I went out to the events each night such as room parties, book release parties, and balls. The view from above The Time Traveler’s Ball. Here I am making new friends while hanging out in the old ballroom at the Historical Davenport And I tried some excellent food (and coffee) in the restaurants near Spokane’s downtown corridor including a particularly satisfying donut taste test with my convention roommate, Manga translator Su Mon Han. Su Mon and I eating a Sante for breakfast. I know it’s practically blasphemy, but while Donut Parade is the traditional Spokane favorite, the long lines and limited selection made Casual Fridays win. (The donuts are great at both locations!)
Elizabeth’s First WorldCon Photos!
As many know, I am at WorldCon/Sasquan in Spokane, WA this week. Here are a few photos from the dealer’s room. I got my badge and three ribbons so far. I have the most important information down for all to see- hopefully I’ll collect more. Here I am at Table B-3 selling my comics, illustrations, Other Systems and The Light Side of the Moon!. (Taken by my booth neighbor Warsong Press who make bardgames such as Antarus 7 & Wizards and Realms) Book Closeup! Look at my booth swag…don’t you wish you were here now?
The Light Side of the Moon Recipe: Anne Blacksmith’s Beef and Veg Pie
Anne Blacksmith’s Beef and Veg Pie This is the third recipe inspired by The Light Side of the Moon. A meat pie is a hearty main dish. This is a great recipe for any ground meat you may have. My husband’s favorite is ground pork. I tend to do all the prepwork for meat pie early in the day or even the day before and then bake it prior to serving. Excerpt: [Ian] jumped at the clatter, as Ms. Blacksmith set down a baked beef pie more heavily than usual. “Grace deserved better than her spouse and only-child in quiet dispute.” Scraping the knife over the bottom of the pie plate, she cut the pasty and served Ian a large slice with the look she used when he was small and made mischief. She handed Dad a piece of pie with the same look. “Fix this. Or this is the last meal I cook for you.” She stomped into the kitchen. Pie Crust (This is the pie crust recipe I use for savory fillings as well as anytime I want a fruit pie.) 220 grams / 2 cups All Purpose Flour 5.5 grams / 1 teaspoon salt 180 grams / 3/4 cup Vegetable Shortening or Lard 60 – 120 ml / 4 to 8 tablespoons ice cold water Blend flour and salt in large bowl. Cut shortening into flour mixture using pastry blender or fork until it looks like small peas. By the spoonful stir in just enough water with fork until dough holds together. Shape dough into a ball. Flatten ball into 1/2-inch thick round disk. Chill while you prepare filling. Filling 16 ml / 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil 3 stalks of Celery 3 Carrots ½ Onion .45 kg / 1 pound of Ground (Minced) Beef 85 grams / ¾ cup flour .7 liter / 3 cups of milk 150 grams / 1 cup peas Salt and pepper if needed Small dice celery, carrots and onions. Over medium heat, cook celery, carrots, and onions in vegetable oil until onions grow translucent. Remove from pan. Brown beef until no pink remains and remove from pan Whisk in the flour to the drippings/ Cook and stir over medium heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Gradually stir in milk so that no lumps form, and continue cooking and stirring until thickened. Taste gravy and add salt and peppers if desired Mix all filling ingredients adding the peas last. Chill for 1 hour. Take dough from refrigerator cut dough in half. Roll 1/2 dough from center outward into a 12 x 8 inch rectangle on lightly floured surface for the crust. Transfer dough to baking sheet. Roll second half of dough into rectangle. Put aside Scoop filling on dough on baking sheet leaving a 1/2 inch of exposed dough all around. Lie second rectangle on top. Flute dough as desired. Cut slits in top crust or prick with fork to vent steam. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 45 – 50 minutes. Tip: I like to use a baking sheet with foil to catch any escaping gravy.
Cover Reveal: Copper Reign
Book covers are like an amazing recipe. Starting out, there are all these separate ingredients that are fine by themselves, but if they’re thrown in a pot together, or baked in an oven, they change on a fundamental level. Suddenly, the flavors meld in ways you never imagined, and sometimes, something richer and more decadent than you could’ve ever imagined emerges. This recipe is one of those instances. Lyndsay Johnson caught the essence of Copper Reign by orchestrating the basic themes of this story through her artwork. Then she weaved in subtle lighting and texture to bring this novel to life. All I can say, is this girl can cook a wicked cover! Let me introduce you to Copper Reign, Book One of the Heartstone Collection: The tale of Sinauf was a secret nineteen-year-old Nina Douglas’ ancestors kept hidden for generations. But after six-hundred years of concealment, their protection has failed, bringing Nina’s fate into light, and revealing an inescapable truth. The dark god of legend is real. Caught in an ancient war still raging in the modern world, Nina is confronted with Sinauf—the embodiment of all she fears and desires. Like a moth drawn to a deadly flame, she must resist the seductive charm of an alluring monster, or prepare for the destruction of an entire universe. Temptation is known by many names, and he is coming for her.
The Light Side of the Moon Recipe: Cucumber and Sun-dried Tomato Sandwiches
Here is the second recipe. This is actually from a deleted scene which you can read here, however I wanted to share it so here is goes. CUCUMBER AND SUNDRIED TOMATO “SANDWICHES” 1 large cucumber, chilled 120 grams / 1/2 cup sun-dried tomato spread, chilled 67 grams / 3 tablespoons crumbled chèvre (goat cheese) A few basil leaves Directions Make lines or indentations lengthwise down cucumber at 1/4-inch intervals, using vegetable peeler or tines of fork. Cut cucumber into slices, 1/4 inch each. Place on paper towels to drain. Spread each slice with about spoonfull of tomato spread. Sprinkle each with the cheese. Chiffonade basil and sprinkle it on top and cover with second cumcumber slice Serve immediately, or refrigerate up to 1 hour. SUNDRIED TOMATO SPREAD 27 grams / 1/2 cup of “dry” sundried tomatoes (I make this with the kind in a bag. However, if you can only find the kind in oil, you can use them, but do not rehydrate them in the warm water.) 235 ml / 1 cup warm water ¼ red onion 1 clove of garlic 30 ml / 2 tablespoons olive oil 15 ml / 1 tablespoon lemon juice 10 ml / 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar Directions: Put the sundried tomatoes in a small bowl and cover them with the warm water for 15 minutes. While the tomatoes soak, chop onions and garlic. Cook in a small pan with a little bit of olive oil until they become translucent. Take the tomatoes out of the water and chop them up into pieces but save the water they were soaking in. Put sundried tomatoes, onions, and 2 tablespoons of the water from the tomatoes in a food processor or blender and rough chop. Add the rest of the ingredients and give it another pulse or two. Add a bit the soaking water if it looks a little dry. Notes: Spread will last a week in the fridge covered if you don’t eat it faster. Leftover soaking water is a good base for soups and sauces. Not only is it great on the above recipe, but this is an awesome high flavor condiment for sandwiches.
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The Light Side of the Moon Deleted Scenes: The Ferryman
Ever wonder what happens when a book goes through a full rewrite? A lot of deleted scenes. Some of the scenes were deleted for length and pacing. Some were cut because I realized they confused my main plot line. Such as the one below. When I wrote this “Ferryman” scene, I was trying to show the poverty that the average person faced and how love had nothing to do with their marriages. HOWEVER, I realized the scene needed to be cut, because though the ferryman is willing to marry an under-aged girl, I did not write him as a villain nor consider the ferryman a bad man. Notice: he isn’t trying to screw her over, he is trying to find an honest marriage arrangement. I actually imagined him having this conversation at least a few other times with girls/women he ferries across the river until someone agrees to marry him. He has no money or family to arrange a marriage for him. He’s doing the best he can in a world that doesn’t care about him. But that confused the greater conflict. NOTE: This was not edited by anyone, but me. ♦ LISTENING FOR WATER, ELLIE EDGED towards Missoula proper until she found the river. Not sure where to go, she wandered eastwards until she found a sign reading: FERRY 2 CREDITS in front a wide flat-bottom boat tied to the shore. The ship didn’t moving at night, so she hid on the leeward side of a fishing shack. As it did every day, dawn lightened the sky as the sun rose over the Rocky Mountains. She waited in her hiding place until she saw the ferryman stretching out of his blankets. “Excuse me, I don’t have any money, but I’ll clean the deck if you get me across the river to the mills,” Ellie said. “Girl, get yourself back home.” “Look, I heard there were jobs at the mills. I need a way across the river.” “You’re about to get my boot,” he snarled, but he didn’t lift his foot. Deciding the ferryman wasn’t likely to call to police or the convent, Ellie stood her ground. “I’ll run an errand if that’s what you need.” The ferryman narrowed his eyes. Then glanced at his torn cuff. “You know how to sew?” “Yes, sir, but I haven’t any needle or thread.” “I keep some line and needles in the tool kit. I want my jacket mended and my boots shined. Do a good job, and when I have another customer, I’ll ferry you across.” “Thank you.” She put her hands together and bowed in respect. Grumbling, the man repeated the gesture towards her and pushed his toolbox with his foot. Ellie’s fingers ached in the cold, but she sat beside his chair and mended the rip with fishing line. She took a rag out of the man’s tool kit and shined his boots. It would have been easier if he hadn’t been wearing them. He opened his thermos. The smell of fish broth made her stomach growl. “You hungry, girl?” Ellie nodded. He poured her a bit of broth in the thermos top. It was hot. Though her lips stung from the salt, Ellie drank the soup greedily. “So how long have you been homeless?” Licking the salt from her lips, she said, “Only a few days. My mama died. Papa died a few years ago.” The ferryman nodded. “Yeah, you don’t seem the type. They just beg.” “I’ll find a job and never have to beg.” “Times are hard. People might not be willing to chance a job on an untested girl. Why don’t you be my wife?” She pressed her legs together and pulled her sweater tighter around her. “I’m only fourteen,” she lied. “I need a ride.” “You are? Shit, I thought you were older,” The man frowned. “Well, now, your mama’s dead, no one will mind. Better than being homeless anyway.” Ellie looked closely at the man’s face. His beard was brown scraggly, windswept, but his brow and cheeks were unlined. In fact, if it wasn’t for the beard, she guessed he was about Peter’s age. He was just a lonely guy with a newly mended jacket and hardly any gift in cooking. If she married him, it would be her own choice, but she wouldn’t get to the moon. Still she found herself asking, “Do you have a house?” “Nope, just the boat.” “I’ve never cooked a fish before. Only rabbits and eggs. I don’t know if I’d be a good wife for you,” Ellie said. He shrugged. He pulled out a narrow fishing rod as long as he was tall. “You couldn’t be any worse of a cook than me.” “I’d poison you if you ever beat me or our children if we had ‘em.” “Your pa hit you, did he? Hit your ma?” Her throat tensed. She refused to show emotion so she didn’t answer him. “I won’t hit you,” he said. “But I expect a faithful and hardworking wife. I need help cooking and mending. Sometimes there’s work around the boat, but I’ll catch and clean the fish. The money from passengers keeps the boat afloat. Sometimes I catch enough to trade for bread and eggs.” The ferryman threaded the end of his fishing line through his hook, and wrapped it four times. “But you don’t have extra for a bride price,” she said. “No, I don’t. But you obviously don’t have any money either, so I figure we could help each other out. Two people work better than one. I’ll even put your name on the title of the boat.” He fed the end of his fishing line back through the looped hook and pulled it tight. He pulled out a dark wriggling worm from a small cup. Ellie looked away as he pierced the worm with his hook then attached three pieces of rusted metal to his line above his bait. Then he cocked back the rod, pushed the button on his spinner, and when he pointed it back to the water, he released the button to cast his line into the dark water. Fingering the map in her pocket, her mind spun with worry. What if I can’t make it any farther? What if I get arrested and taken to the convent again? “Do you catch fish everyday?” she asked softly. “Nearly,” he replied. Then leaned back and shoved his hands in his pockets. “Have you gone hungry?” The ferryman studied her. “No. And I’d be damned before I let my wife or kids go hungry. And I know it looks rickety, but the shelter is pretty warm at night.” If I married someone else, my brothers and betrothed wouldn’t ever come after me. Ellie bit her lip. “I’ll expect a faithful and hardworking husband, so I’ll think about it. I still want to see if I can get a job.” He shrugged. “Your life, but if that doesn’t work out, come back. My offer will stand ‘til I find someone else.” They sat in silence as he fished. He looked over his shoulder as a young couple with a baby asked if they could be ferried across. The ferryman gestured at the payment pad. The man pressed his hand on to it. Four credits were charged, two for each adult passenger. The family took a seat on the cracked polymer bench under the shelter. The ferryman pumped a lever, which opened a slot in the engine panel. He turned another cylinder. Methane belched out of the pipe as the ferry jolted off the dock. Ellie’s stomach lurched as the water grew deeper and faster moving underneath the boat. Though the dark water underneath the hull frightened her, she wondered if the ferryman’s proposal was genuine. He didn’t seem like a bad man. Thirty minutes later, she was across the river. The ferryman was happy to see five people waiting to cross back to the other side. As she disembarked, he tipped his hat towards her. “Remember what I said.” “I’ll remember, and thank you.” Ellie pressed her palms together and inclined her head. She followed the couple towards the city center. She hugged to the outskirts of the mill to the eastbound trucking lane. Glad she had mittens, she put out her thumb. If you liked this, check the rest of the deleted scenes here. http://other-systems.com/dscenes.html
“New York Dolls” Book Club Questions
New York City could be viewed as a character in the novel. In what ways does “the city that never sleeps” influence Denton’s story? It’s your first big assignment for Glitter magazine, and at the venue, Amber Donovan stumbles out of a bathroom stall right in front of you. What do you do? Denton and Josie commiserate about life, love, and all things gossip at Mamie’s. How does the bakeshop impact Denton’s perception of life in the city and the events surrounding the fashion show? How would you answer MD’s signature question, “Who is you?” Denton and Chris West enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich following the after-party at Chase. What’s your favorite late-night treat? Where do you see Denton five years following the end of the novel? Lemon meringue pie or bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough?
The Light Side of the Moon Recipe: Cheese Stuffed Olives
It may sound odd to have a recipes based upon a novel where so many characters are starving, but there is A LOT of food within the book. In fact as an author, I find that meal times show so things about the characters and their culture. And as a person, I admit I enjoy food. This is the first of several recipes inspired by the food of The Light Side of the Moon. I will be putting up a recipe each week ending in a menu plan for a meal or party. Let me know if you use any of them. I’d love to know what you think! Excerpt: The Talliers’ butler entered with a tray full of aperitif—Raspberry Armagnac liquor for the adults, raspberry juice for the two younger boys along with almonds and cheese-filled olives. Andre ignored his juice and kept showing Ian pictures. Ham smiled at Ian and set the boy’s juice on a nearby table. Since I used Kalamata olives and have red plates, I put a few chopped chives on mine as a final garnish Cheese Stuffed Olives: These are an easy make ahead no cook appetizer for a party Ingredients 225 grams / 1 1/2 cups pitted large green or Kalamata olives 43 grams / 1/2 cup toasted almonds sliced 55 grams /1/2 cup of brie 36 ml / 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 large cloves garlic pinch dried hot pepper flakes or a dash of pepper oil dash of chives (optional) Olives: If olives are canned or from a jar, rinse and drain well. Check for pits and remove, if necessary. Stuffing: I tend to buy precut nuts, but if you didn’t, chop them into slivers or small pieces. Remove rind from brie. Put brie in warmed bowl and stir in almonds. Stuff the olives with the almond and brie mixture Thinly sliced garlic and combine with oil and red pepper flakes. Marinate the olives in mixture overnight, in refrigerator, stirring occasionally. The almonds will soften after a few hours. Serve chilled with a dash of chives on the plate for color if you wish
What’s On the Other Side? Well, let me tell you.
When Ms. Juanita told me I needed to write a blog post so she could formally introduce me to the 48fourteen family, I was at a loss for words, and for someone as loquacious as I am, that’s a tough feat to accomplish. I mean, I teach English in a secondary classroom by day, and I write by night–words are sort of my thing. Yet, here I am, writing this post, and I’m still not sure how this will end, so please, deal with me as we journey together down what might be a very, very bumpy road. (But there will be cookies at the end for your patience and understanding. I promise.) So, I guess we start with the introductions, eh? My name is Nicole Aube. I am from Southern Mississippi, bred, born, and raised. I have a family–one geeky husband, 2 normal children, and 3 fuzzy ones. My life, for the most part, is simple, quiet, and understated, and I live in a town with literally one red right. I’m not kidding. We got it like 4 years ago. I don’t innumerate all these things to bore you. I do so because I think, as a writer, everything I craft comes back to where I have lived and how I was raised. You see, I grew up going to my great grandparents’ house in Alabama, where we’d lay out, under these big, old drooping oak trees, and I’d get wrapped up in the stories they’d sling around, of relatives I’d never meet and adventures I’d never go on. Somehow, these people were alive to me, breathing, whispering in my ear as the stories were told, but they were dead, stiff in the ground but kept forever young in their legacies. It’s through these stories I bonded with my great uncle who danced with the devil to meet the woman of his dreams, my great-great aunt who robbed a bank with a Tommy gun, and my grandmother who saw black cats before a relative’s passing. As much as these people are characters in stories, they are my family. So, speed to the winter of late January 2014. I sit with my daughter at my feet. She’s drawing in a notebook I normally record manuscript ideas in, and the news tells us that we’re iced into our house for a week. No leaving. No teaching. So what do I do? I bribe my daughter with a cookie for my notebook (Yes, cookies can, indeed, work miracles such as this.), and I start writing. A girl named Hilaria had been on my mind for sometime, and her best friend, a handsome fellow named Anthony, also started talking. A few chapters in, Job, a beautiful yet imperfect boy who vies for Hilaria’s heart, makes his introductions. Four months later, I had 65,000 handwritten words and a little novel called On the Other Side. Yes, I hand-wrote every single word of the manuscript before I typed it! Why? I have expressive issues which make typing much of anything difficult, and when I hand-write my stories, I feel them pulse within me. I know that’s weird, but my brain slows down, and I not only see the words; I feel them, too. The hand-writing process gives me extra time to read and revise as I am going so that it all makes sense at the end. (I actually wrote this out before I typed it. My husband proofed. Send all errors found his way, please.) And it makes for a pretty sweet first draft, with all my professional editing squiggles, doodles, and various notes of “The Future Mrs. So and So” carved into the margins. (I do this routinely. Book boyfriends are the best!) In the end, I literally have a notebook where my characters were born with my hand. How friggin’ awesome is that?! On the Other Side, my first official novel through 48fourteen, is the story of a girl who lives in flooded Orleans. In our future, the Mississippi River rises and floods most of the greater city of New Orleans, as well as the cities along its banks, and half of the city remains underwater permanently. Hilaria, my protagonist, lives on this side of the city, behind a great Wall that also serves as a dam to keep the other side of Orleans bone dry. When Orleans was growing in my head, I didn’t want to do the normal dystopia thing. I wanted to write a dystopic experience that was as real as it could be. (Yes, we could end up killing each other in a gladiatorial style battle 400 years in the future, I admit that, but been there, read it. Sorry, Suzanne Collins. I love you. I really do!) So, I turned to real life inspiration. I pulled up pictures of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and I remembered how, when the storm struck, the last thing I heard from my parents was my dad throwing down the phone, screaming that a tree had come flying into their house. I didn’t talk to him for another week, until I drove home and saw the damage to my home myself, and I used those images and that terror to develop the reality of Hilaria’s hometown. I don’t want to give too much away about the novel, but it follows Hilaria as she enters an intense trial to earn a life on the dry side of the Wall. In doing so, she must trust those who can’t be trusted, and she must sacrifice her relationship with the one person who remembers, at her core, who she truly is. There’s blood. There’s death. There are hot make-out scenes, too. (You know that got your attention.) In the end, I wrote On the Other Side to ask a specific question about the human experience: What makes us human? It can’t be our skin. It isn’t our gender either. Hilaria is stubborn, but when she does learn the answer, she realizes it’s compassion and empathy as well as our desire to preserve those qualities that make us rise above our inherent barbaric natures. Unfortunately, one man in Hilaria’s Orleans will stop at nothing to kill her hope that she can do better–that we can do better when given the choice–and Hilaria is left to decide not only her own fate but that fate of her entire beloved city. And that, my new found friends, is On the Other Side. I can’t wait for you all to meet my girl, one Hilaria McCleod. Thanks to 48fourteen for giving her the chance to live outside my notebook! See! I told you I was loquacious. You didn’t believe me. Did you? Ah yes, one more thing… here are you cookies for making to the end. (I baked them myself.) Until next time, Nicole
Why all the politics in The Light Side of the Moon? Because we can’t escape ourselves.
FYI: this is the answer to an early reader question that I received for my FAQ so this is up at the Other Systems Website too. The Light Side of the Moon deals with serious issues that the world must decide is right or wrong. I feel as a species, we are on a precipice of change as our electronic creations become sentient. We can choose to evolve our morals with technology or not. I look at The Light Side of the Moon as a cautionary tale if humanity chooses not to evolve. If we continue to allow adolescent greed or anger rule how we interact with people. For an example: let’s look at something that has nothing to do with the novel. As the internet grows and expands, we keep discovering other inventive ways to hurt eachother: trolling, swatting, revenge porn and doxing. Trolling: purposfully creating strife or confusion within the comments Swatting: Requesting a local swat team to come out to someone’s house AKA Falsely accusing someone of a heinous crime such as murder Revenge Porn: Creating images with someone’s face or using private images to cause someone (generally women) harm. Doxing: putting out someone’s personal information on the internet in order that they are harassed. The internet is not the problem. It can further our understanding of humanity and let us connect on a level that we couldn’t dream of fifty years ago. WE ARE THE PROBLEM! Okay back to The Light Side of the Moon: some of the events that happen in the novel actually occurred when Europe sent prisoners to Australia and the Americas. (For example: women and girls attaching themselves to Correctional Officers for protection.) One might think that these events still don’t occur, but sadly they do. Some say the adult content in the book is the sex and vulgar language, but in my opinion, the true adult content is that the world in the novel allows children to starve, refuses to pay workers a living wage, and humans still have atrocities such as child betrothal and marriage, economic slavery, and an unjust correctional system. We can go to colonize the moon, we can go to other planets, but until we face the problems we have now, they will always be with us. That being said, even in the darkest places, there is hope for humanity, because good people exist. In my opinion, that is the story I wrote in The Light Side of the Moon.
The Light Side of the Moon Book Club Discussion Questions
Book Club Discussion Questions SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT READ QUESTIONS IF YOU WANT SOME OF THE EVENTS IN THE BOOK TO BE A SURPRISE! THESE QUESTIONS ARE TO HELP BOOK CLUBS AND READING GROUPS WITH DISCUSSIONS. How is The Light Side of the Moon atypical of science fiction? Where was the author successful (or not successful) with genre tropes? How does The Light Side of the Moon mix utopian ideas with dystopian ideas? How can it be a dystopian vision if racism and sexism has disappeared? Right now we have public school, do you believe in a future where no public school exists? How do you think that will change a technological society? What do you think about how the book explored marriage? How did you feel about the appearance of a third gender and the openness of sexuality in a monogamous society? How did you feel about the way the author choose to show devout characters and the changes in religions? How do you feel the novel explores classism? How did you feel about how The Light Side of the Moon deals with murder and capital punishment? Do you believe that murder is always wrong? What do you think of the way androids such as Rosalind, Gaston and Vasili are portrayed as “people” with all the rights as humans, but “lesser” bots, such as the medi-bot, are considered tools though they have some intelligence in their programming? During the course of The Light Side of the Moon, Ellie changes in many ways. What do you see as the most significant change she undergoes, and what kind of person do you think she will be two years after the story ends? Why do you think a “good” character, such as Ian, has so many little problems through out the story? Do you believe he and his father are good doctors though they sterilize patients and killed a terminally-ill man? Compare and contrast the decisions that Ian, Ivonne and Ellie make through the novel to ensure the colony’s success. Do you believe space colonization is a viable option for humanity?
Rose’s Will: Book Club Discussion Questions
Hello Bookaholics! Just dropping by to remind you to pick up a few copies of Rose’s Will for your book club. The novel has so many interesting and controversial themes, you might have to take two club sessions to discuss them all. Just sayin’. And to pique your interest, here are the book club questions from the back of the book: BOOK CLUB QUESTIONS: 1. A reviewer noted that any of the three main characters could be the hero. Do you agree? Why or why not? 2. Eli tells us that he loves Rose because he sees a simple goodness inside of her that expresses a desire to do little things for him. Does Eli’s love actually make Rose a better person, or does his love for her cloud his vision? 3. Which character did you most relate to? 4. Which character made you change your mind about something? 5. Rose tells Glory to keep her life to herself. Glory believes that kind of love is an illusion without authenticity. Is there a middle ground? Suppose your parents wanted nothing to do with your mate because of race, religion or sexual preference? What if it were your child? 6. Why do you suppose the author chose third person for Ricky’s sections, while Glory and Eli spoke in the first person? 7. Both Eli and Glory are secular characters and rely on reason rather than religion. But Eli embraces certain cultural traditions of Judaism, like feeding the grieving family and appointing the living to stay with the dead body around the clock until the burial. Do you think that most people hang on to religion for fear of losing community and culture? 8. How does the lack of a father figure affect Ricky’s relationship with Rose? 9. Do Ricky’s children, Alexander and Ashley, enhance or detract from the story? Why? 10. Ricky’s and Glory’s perception of “The Aunts” couldn’t be more different. How do you account for that? 11. Aunt Lucy is the only one who adequately acknowledges the abuse that Glory suffered at the hands of her mother. How do the other characters minimize Glory’s experience? 12. Each of the characters have to find their own personal and moral ground in relation to Rose. How did you feel about the ending? Could you have made the same decision?
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