Welcome, YES participants!

Posted on November 3, 2011

Hello, and best of luck to you. 🙂 Welcome to my little blog, which is mostly about whatever I can think of at the time I want to write a post. I also wrote Bluebeard’s Machine, one of three steampunk romance novellas in the Silk, Steel and Steam anthology from Samhain.


PS. Want to know what kind of candy bears like? I saw a black bear polish off an entire box of hot tamales once! Darned bear stole it right out of my camp, then had the gall to sit within sight of where I was to chow down. Bears. They’re such jerks.

Where I’m At: Scientists in Love

Posted on October 30, 2011

I’ve got a blog post over at the Samhain Blog today, and I’m talking the sexy-talk: scientific nomenclature!

Check it out!

YES! Party

Posted on October 12, 2011

The Romance Reviews Year End Splash (YES!) party is coming up, and I’ll be giving away a few copies of BLUEBEARD’S MACHINE as well as a print copy of SILK, STEEL AND STEAM – stay tuned!

There are over 100 authors and publishers participating, so even if you’ve read my little novella, there’ll be plenty of other delicious fictions to win! Click on the poster for more details, and to practice a match-that-cover game that might win you a little something later on. 🙂

Technological Alternatives

Posted on October 7, 2011

How awesomely steampunk is this little… er… LARGE contraption!?

From The Retronaut:

I wonder if they had to put a penny into a slot and turn a crank to get their car back? Could you complain if the car above you leaked oil? Why isn’t every parkade a giant ferris wheel for your car? Questions to ponder.

What Sexy Is

Posted on October 6, 2011

This pretty much encapsulates what I like about “sexy” – fun, playful, cheeky and got great gams.

Actually, I love pin-ups in general. I like the cheekiness and the sense of doing something naughy (vs. dirty – which can also be fun!). And never let it be said that I’m not equal opportunity:

Rion Sabean Photography

Rion Sabean Photography

Rion Sabean takes a damn good photograph.

It’s Book Day!

Posted on October 4, 2011

NOW it’s book day!

Go! Be free in a physical sense my little novella!

…wait, that sounded bad…



But also good? *eg*

SILK, STEEL AND STEAM, this time in ink and paper!

Posted on October 3, 2011

It’s book day!

Well, it’s book day tomorrow but SILK, STEEL AND STEAM is already shipping from Samhain Publishing if you can’t wait. 🙂

SILK, STEEL AND STEAM is now available in print through the publisher, Amazon (and Amazon.ca) as well as Chapters/Indigo. Samhain’s sale price is also only $11.20 USD – three great steampunk romances for the price of one!

I’ll also be lurking in and around the Samhain Cafe this Wednesday doing give-aways, chatting and avoiding the TAs (I’m in class 12-9 Wednesdays) so stop by and say hi! I don’t want to do THAT well in school.

Don’t remember what the book is all about? Here’s an excerpt from my novella in the anthology, BLUEBEARD’S MACHINE, which you can also buy as an ebook stand alone: (more…)

October 1

Posted on October 1, 2011

I love fall. I hate what it heralds, but I love, love love fall. I love the crisp weather, I love the jackets and boots, I love the smell of leaves and they way they crunch.

It’s also SILK, STEEL AND STEAM month – my novella’s print release is a measly 4 sleeps away! Click the link to order it and revel in the scent of fresh ink – Samhain has it on sale for $11.20 US instead of $16 US.

Fall is also canning season, and between making drawings like this for class:

I have been canning. See?

So far I`ve made green tomato apple chutney, cantaloupe pickles and apple butter. It`s my first year making anything but crabapple jelly (which I did not make this year since I still have 3 2010 jars) but canning has been providing a very satisfying respite from the back-to-school grind. After 6 years of blissful, easy working, school is kicking my butt and sapping my writing time in a big way. I can’t wait for reading week – stories are burbling!

But at least I can draw a cool 3D house.

Just don’t ask how long it took.

…where am I, again?

Posted on September 25, 2011

The hardest part of moving to a new city is losing your mental map. In the last three weeks, any time I’ve had to go somewhere I have to hit up GoogleMaps first, with the exception of the grocery store which is within a 5 minute walk of my new house. But anything else – the bookstore, post office, drug store, tea shop – I have to look them up.

It’s most disorienting. And humbling. And exciting.

There are a multitude of good things that come with moving to a new city, too. New restaurants, for one. There’s a Szechuan restaurant across the alley from us (called, succinctly enough, Szechuan Restaurant) that’s absolutely delicious. I’ve also found a Chinese grocery and a climbing wall in the neighbourhood, although I haven’t yet visited either one.

There’s also new places to go, like new indie movie theatres – where I saw The Increadable Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. If you can get your hands on a subtitled version, do it. It’s absolutely delightful! But keep your eyes peeled – apparently it hasn’t had a wide release in English and the dubbed version was done especially for the film festival circuit.

My next mission is to find a good bookstore. In the mean time, I think I’ll finish making cantaloupe pickles.*

*I’m totally not joking!


Posted on September 13, 2011

I can’t remember if I talked about it here before or not, but Adele Blanc-Sec is finally, finally coming to a theatre near me. Thank you Calgary International Film Festival!

Adele Blanc-Sec

Seriously, I’ve been waiting for this movie for over a year. It was made for me, I swear it. Lovely ladies, beautiful clothes, monsters, mummies, archaeology, adventure… *happy sigh* All these ingredients pretty much make the perfect anything for me. Movie? Sure! Book? Love to! And it is a book too, ladies and gentlemen! A graphic novel of French origin that I must, simply must, get my grubby little paws on!