|Keepers of the Zodiac||
Yes, that's right--Simone and Raquel have a face! Thank you to the gorgeous and darling Katie Dillen for allowing me to use her for the cover. We had such a fun time on the photo shoot today. I am not going to put any of the potential cover photos on here (narrowed it down to 6 from a little over 100), since I don't want to spoil it. However, I will post some fun ones here.
The sequel is almost done. Finally! I've found that it is a lot harder to write a sequel because you are more restricted. You have to make sure that there are no contradictions, and you can't be as free with the characters as you were when you created them. But, I have to say that I enjoyed writing this book more than the first. I finally found my flow and really like the second story. If I could do it all over again, I would have combined the first and second books and made one long story. Too late for that :-) I will begin a countdown soon...
I love this photo. It's like the perfect blend of fall and summer. It's not really called Pumpkin Beach. I actually have no idea where this was taken, but I'd love to be there right now, because it is just one of those blah days.
The curling up and reading a book by the fireplace kind of days. If I didn't have my own book to work on, I would do just that. I did get a book on cd though, so I can listen to it whenever I'm in heavy traffic, which seems to be a lot of the time.
On a less Debbie Downer note, I saw a hummingbird just now. After my dad died, I decided that hummingbirds would be a symbol of him. Don't ask me why, because he was not into them or anything like that. Maybe it's because it's so rare that you see one...don't know, but it made me feel better. It's funny how even though you can be having an off day, the little things are capable of putting things into perspective.
Tonight I am inspired by Keoni. in honor of my favorite Hawaiian character, I decided to make Spam Musubi. It is not the healthiest food, but boy is it delicious! If you've never had spam, and are not a vegetarian, I suggest you try it. Want my recipe? Just ask.
Looks pretty ono, yeah? Speaking of ono, if there are ever any words Keoni says that you don't understand, look them up! Or you can e-mail me. Or maybe I will do a blog post closer to release that gives some of the definitions. Pidgin is not the easiest to understand :-)
Some of you may recall the naming contest I had last year. I asked my readers to name one of the new characters in the sequel. The only things I divulged about Mister X (what he was called before he was named), was that he was creepy, half human, and grotesque.
I got tons of submissions, so thank you to everyone that participated! It was a lot of fun narrowing down the names, and it was harder than I thought. In the end, I decided to choose not one, but two names, since I created another character similar to Mister X. The names I chose were mostly based on the character fit. I also tried to stay away from names that were attached to other well-known books and/or movies, or anything having to do with religion or cultural folklore as not to offend anyone.
With that said, the names of the icky little creatures are Keme and Scrimshuk. Thank you to Catalina Ballard and my sister Lyn for coming up with the names (and I swear I did not choose Scrimshuk because my sister suggested it).
I plan on having a character naming contest for my next book as well. And no, this sequel will not end on a cliffhanger :-)
I'm officially the worst blogger in the world! However, I vow to change that. Think of it as my pre-New Year's resolution. I am going to try my darndest to blog every single day...even if it's just about the weather.
I want to start by saying thank you to everyone for the past year. I have enjoyed your e-mails, comments, reviews, and general conversation regarding KOTZ. Many of you have waited a long time for the sequel, and it is coming soon, I promise! I'm quite pleased with it, and I hope you will be too.
The cover shoot for the book is going to be taking place in the next few weeks. I am soooo thrilled to have two beautiful, identical twins on board! I promise to post some pics from the shoot as soon as I can.
On another note, I would like to say how saddened I was to hear of the passing of Diane Disney Miller, Walt's daughter. Many of you know that I am a huge Disney fan, so it was naturally upsetting to me. She was the reason that the Walt Disney Family Museum in SF exists, which I have had the pleasure of visiting twice. May she rest in peace.
Here is today's review: http://lostinfictionalworlds.blogspot.com/2012/11/keepers-of-zodiac-blog-tour-review.html?showComment=1353721360743#c1376756799909475794
I appreciate this review a lot, and understand all of her points. These reviews will help me a lot as an author because I can see what people are looking for and not liking as much.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my followers/readers :-) I am thankful to all of you for making my first book a success! Enjoy this day with your family and friends.
Thanks to Emily Ward for interviewing me:
My interview: http://emilyannward.com/
Today was a great stop on the tour :-) http://www.thesolitarybookworm.com/