Saturday, July 22, 2017

Handmaids Tale Short Story

Back in June I wrote a short story to enter into Wattpad's contest tied in with Hulu and The Handmaids Tale. It was to be something inspired and set in that world but not using any of the characters or plot. Oh, and only 500 words.

I'm sharing because I found out that my story The Flood got chosen as one of the Top 25.

They'll eventually pick 10 out of those to be the real winners (or already have, it's hard to tell), but it's just nice to be nominated.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Free Books

For the past year I've lost my mind and taken to writing a ton of Dragon Age fanfic.

I collected all four books about my Cullen and the Hero of Ferelden into one giant one, which you can download for free at Smashwords.

My Love

The entire series of my Cullen and Lana Amell stories as they travel from Kirkwall to Skyhold and beyond. A what if story if the mage Warden required Cullen's assistance while he was in Kirkwall. After connecting in the deep roads, they begin to rekindle their momentary romance in Skyhold. But with Adamant looming, it's not meant to be.

Romance, humor, pain, loss, and a few happy tears during this colossal epic that crosses all of thedas. From Ferelden to Tevinter and beyond, the story includes many familiar Dragon Age faces from Alistair to Zevran and everyone in the middle.

Contains My Warden, My Templar, My Hope, and My Future in chronological order.

Read the entire epic in one book with a few special pictures. 

Or there's the latest one I just finished up about Alistair falling in love with his bodyguard.

Guarded Love

Alistair's life isn't all bad. He's King, he's got two kids he adores, a wife he's vaguely aware exists, and pants that fit. The only thing missing in that blissful domestic picture is someone to love. But all in all, things were weirdly working out for him.

That all changes when assassins dare to come after him and his children on the little prince's naming day. With a threat brash enough to attack the King in broad daylight, he takes on a personal bodyguard. Picked seemingly at random from the City Watch, Reiss thought she was little more than an average elf trying to make it in thedas. Now it's all on her to keep the King alive against this enigmatic threat and try to ignore the fact she keeps blushing whenever he smiles.

A follow up to my Cullen/Amell saga My Love.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

The Cake

It's that time when I pull out my pitiful cake decorating skills all in honor of my husband's birth. I give you his banana birthday cake for 2017.

I decided to not want to try too hard, so I added drops of food dye to the frosting and then proceeded to mash it all around to create a lazy tie-die look.

To the frosting and cake itself I added some rum flavor to make it taste a bit more like banana's foster. But we're mostly here to marinate in my terrible decorating skills over the years. Let 'er rip!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Marvel Yule Log

Do you love watching the slow combustion of logs on your television or mobile app for hours at a time? What if it's tied in with your favorite Marvel heroes?

Have I got a deal for you!

To get us out of the bleak midwinter, Marvel + Coke teamed up with the polar bears to bring us the apartments of five of their beloved heroes.

First is Cap's, complete with his old shield plus folded up flag on the mantle and his round shield on the floor. There's even a picture of Peggy Carter on the end table. It'll play the same O Christmas Tree song in old jazzy tunes throughout the hour. I assume that's because Cap adores the song and thinks there's nothing weird about binging on it as he's dancing off screen in the kitchen while handwashing dishes.

Ms. Marvel's comes complete with her New Jersey homestead where the teenager of course left her clothes laying on the couch as well as an Avenger's comic book. You'll hear the apartment life throughout the hour as her parents shuffle around preparing dinner.

Thor's is surprisingly modern with stucco walls instead of stone. He did seem to murder and skin a Coca-Cola polar bear for a rug. Not sure how that helps with the crossbranding. You can see Mjolnir and his cape left on the left side bench as well as a tiny hammer on the mantle. Randomly, green light will flash as I assume Loki comes home for Noremas dinner to make his mom happy.

Iron Man's is all about Tony Stark's favorite character -- himself. With a giant painting over the mantle that's also holding every various helmet of the armor, it's clear who this room belongs to. There's a tiny picture of Pepper up in the corner. The pizza box is left open because, if you notice at 4:52, there's a giant man who looks a bit like Galactus hanging around outside the window. Christmas can wait when there's a world to save.

Saved for last is quite possibly the cutest of them all, the Guardian's of the Galaxy ship. A bit weird, it's not a fireplace but some kind of orange plasma ball. What makes it so adorable? At about 30 seconds in the music kicks in and...well, you have to watch the video to see. Spoilers and all.

You can see it even better in the close up, which Marvel was also nice enough to include for all the heroes.

I know what I'm putting on in the background for my Christmas Eve cooking and present unwrapping this year.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, A Survivable Boxing Day, and general Happy Holidays from me, Cap dancing to O Christmas Tree for the 50th time, Iron Man bashing in Galactus' big big head, Thor falling for Loki's christmas cracker, Ms. Marvel sledding with Lock Jaw, and the most adorable baby dancing tree there is.