I read this quote on Pinterest the other day and I couldn’t help myself from smiling. I researched to find the original person to quote them, but alas it seems to be anonymous. My parents had a wolf, a coyote and a wolf-mix when I was growing up, so as I always joke I was raised by wolves, so this quote fits my wild heart.
This is often how I feel in life, as though the world is too much. Too many things that need to be done, endless piles of laundry, dreams being pursued, hard work, family, expectations, fear … life. It can all be overwhelming if you don’t take a deep breath and find yourself. But when you open your eyes again let the fierceness of your heart teach you to be the leader of the pack and fight for what you want.
Embrace your untamed soul, be who you are, and never apologize for it.
Check out Ashling and all the wolves in Bloodmark. Buy your copy of Bloodmark and devour it today! The hardcover is available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The ebook is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo and iTunes/iBooks.
I am thrilled to be featured on Live the Fancy Life! My amazing and seriously talented friend interviewed me for her blog. I’ve known Jessica for years and years and years. We went to school together, she worked with me in my parents restaurant, she was in my wedding, and we are still friends today. That is pretty darn cool.
Today she is an amazing event planner, mom, blogger, photographer…really I don’t think there is anything she can’t do! I mean wow! I read her blog and follow her on Instagram and I’m constantly blown away. She was even voted Circle of Moms Top 25 Party Planning Moms in 2013!
Keep an eye on this girl, she’s going places and her blog is beautiful! Check out her interview with me about life, my mom and Bloodmark!
Sometimes when I’m not writing and I find myself watching tv or a movie with my family, I’ll do some sketching. Though Bloodmark is about wolves, they aren’t the only creatures I adore, though they do rank in the number one spot. Today I sat down and doodled up this pretty wolf. I like how the fur almost looks like flames.
For me nature is freedom. On a bad day when I’m frustrated and annoyed and think the world is crazy … then I see a hawk perched in a tree and I remember my place in the world. Perspective is a wonderful thing. Even when we aren’t looking or don’t believe we deserve it, the animals are all around us. Watching us. Loving us. As we are all creatures of the earth and they don’t see themselves above or below us, they see us as one of them.
“Our task must be to free ourselves by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty.” Albert Einstein
Curl up with Bloodmark and enjoy my perspective on Mother Earth and werewolves.
I am so excited! I have been invited on Newbie Writers’ Podcast this Friday, February 28, 2014 at 4:00pm Central (2:00pm Pacific)! Check these guys out Damien and Catharine are so awesome and I can’t wait to talk to them on Friday and share about Bloodmark and me. What a cool experience this will be and a great chance to get Bloodmark in front of an awesome audience. If you don’t get a chance to listen in live and join the chat room on their site, you can always listen to the podcast on their site at any time after the show.
We met and talked logos, business, photography, design, books, life and so much more. I feel endlessly inspired when I spend time with her. The importance of who you surround yourself with is immeasurable. I’m lucky to not only get to work with Eliesa as a designer, but she also took amazing photos of me for Bloodmark and I get to call her my friend. If you’re a creative person and need consulting on photography or creative business she is your girl! Seriously one hell of a smart lady!
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I have been asked many times if Bloodmark becomes a movie, who would I pick to play my characters. It’s an odd question because there is always new talent coming so who knows really and one of those up-and-coming talented actors or actresses could be just the one, but when forced to answer I have a few I can name.
When I close my eyes I always see Maggie Smith playing Mother Rhea Vanir. I adore her from her role on Hook to Harry Potter and Downtown Abbey she is amazing. And if you ask me who I visualize when I think of Baran Killian it is without a doubt Sam Elliott. He is one good looking cowboy and his voice is delightful. King Porr Boru I imagine as Brendan Gleeson and beside him is Queen Nessa Vanir-Boru played by the ever lovely Nicole Kidman. I think of Ashling’s older brother Mund as Orlando Bloom, chivalrous and handsome, but the real question people want to know is who is Grey Donavan. Well he is one part James Dean and one part young Jared Leto, so I suppose that makes him Zac Efron today.
And lastly our protagonist, Ashling Boru. Who plays this fearless red-head? Honestly I just don’t know. There are so many talented and beautiful gingers out there. It is too hard to pick. Who would you choose as Ashling?
Come visit me on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 2pm – 5pm at McKinney’s in Benson, MN. Bring your copy of Bloodmark and have it signed or buy your own copy at the event! I’ll be bringing Bloodmark temporary tattoos, buttons and bookmarks too! Put it on your calendars and come hang out! It’s time for some hometown love!
Check out some of the great reviews for Bloodmark on Amazon! I’m so excited and honored to share my book with the world.
Hey Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding metro filled with my friends and fans, come join me and a bunch of other Minnesota authors at Magers and Quinn on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10am! The MN Publishing Tweet Up brings together all types of book lovers, authors, publishers and readers! It’s going to be amazing. I’m thrilled to be part of the event! So come on out and pick up your copy of Bloodmark and get yours signed by me! Can’t wait to see you all there.
If you’re like a lot of young adult paranormal romance and fantasy readers, you might be leery of werewolves. They tend to be repulsive species in a lot of books or maybe you didn’t like Jacob Black’s character from Twilight. Overall werewolves have always been second to Vampires for preference of readers. I have to say though, as far as werewolves go, I do have a soft spot for Remis Lupin in Harry Potter. He was a delightfully tortured soul.
Renee Reads posted a review for Bloodmark on her blog and she talks about her leery-ness toward the werewolf species in the past, but she gave Bloodmark a shot. I’m thankful and honored she did, because she posted a 4 Star review! Check it out, I love her perspective.
When I started writing Bloodmark, I knew wolves were what I needed. I’ve always been fascinated with them. As a baby my mother had a wolf and a coyote as pets. They were part of our family. So to say I was raised by wolves, is actually pretty accurate. They are mysterious and yet loyal and they thrive in a pack and perish alone. That is a remarkable trait similar to humans. We are all facing challenges every day and are devoted to our families. We are healthiest when we are part of a family and community and the most scared and lonely alone. Humanity is no different than a pack of wolves.
I’m glad Renee read Bloodmark, despite her aversion to the species. Because my twist on werewolves is pretty awesome.