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Greetings, Kittens!

I'm going to try this again as LJ ate the post last night. Let's see if Dreamwidth will be more cooperative and cross-post this whenever Livejournal is back up.

We're clearing out our stores of cds and I'm coming across things I haven't seen in forever. I'd forgotten just how many soundtracks we have and I thought I'd share thirteen of them with you since we went through all that work getting them organized.

I'm also at
Simply Sexy Stories today answering 13 Interview Questions. Stop on by comment for a chance to win a copy of Dawn's Early Light. In the meantime here are 13 Soundtracks.

Enjoy.


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1. Star Wars I, IV-VI

2. Dune

3. Spirited Away

4. Princess Mononoke

5. The Crow

6. Hackers

7. The Matrix

8. Triple X

9. Blade I-III

10. Queen of the Damned

11. Buffy Once More with Feeling

12. Grease

13. Camp


Other Thursday Thirteeners
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Greetings, Kittens!

Happy 4th of July! Today is finally the release day for my second PsiCorps book DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT! Your favorites from GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST are all present, but the focus has shifted to a character introduced later in the book, Marshal Matthews. We follow his journey of self-discovery as he embraces the freedom to love without fear of loss. There are a great deal of surprises in store as all the right people find their way into each other's arms.

You can buy a copy
HERE. And can also win a copy of Dawn's Early Light or Ghost of Christmas Past by commenting on the blog post HERE.

I'll be doing a drawing at the end of the week for anyone who has read GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST and posted a review or rating. If you have one up on a blog or book forum, or leave one at Goodreads or Amazon, please leave the link below and I'll enter your name to win DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT. If you can't wait and buy the book, (thank you!), leave a link to your review/rating and you'll be entered to win a reserve copy of either A WAY TO A DRAGON'S HEART or PsiCorps Book 3, the day of release!

Enjoy.
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Blurb:

U.S. Marshal Mackenzie Matthews has spent the last six months on the most important witness protection assignment of his career--protecting PsiCorps’ own. The four agents under his care in the program have always had his admiration, but now, under such close quarters, they’ve earned his affections as well. Bonds formed after a dramatic showdown on Christmas Eve, and the concerted efforts in its wake to build a sense of normalcy around his pregnant charge, has Mackenzie the happiest he’s been in years and the most frightened.

To push for more not only questions his integrity as the lead marshal on the case, but it threatens the surrogate family that has engulfed him in a sense of home. Mackenzie is the only one that can see the danger in every step he takes--so he stands in place. He soon learns that he’s the only one not willing to move forward. In a whirlwind of revelation as the country celebrates the stars and stripes, Mackenzie is faced with what it means to truly be free. He’ll learn that sometimes no amount of caution can save you from what’s meant to be. Sometimes, no matter how deeply you bury secret desires in the darkness, it takes but a single kiss to reveal it all by the dawn’s early light.

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Greetings, Kittens!

Here we are again for Six Sentence Sunday. I'd planned to give you more from A WAY TO A DRAGON'S HEART, but then I noticed the date. It's July 3rd and I have a new release tomorrow July 4th that it would be a shame not to share. We'll head back to Kryssa next week, but let's take a look at how Marshal Mackenzie Matthews is doing in DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT. Available
HERE tomorrow.

I was going to offer a bit of set-up, but I think even without context, the moment speaks for itself in a way I rather like.

Enjoy.
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Mackenzie tried to stall but couldn’t remember how. “To see if I could get away with it; because if what you said was true, you wouldn’t be upset.”

“I’m not upset.”

For the first time in the months of being together, of growing closer, he wasn’t entirely sure about that, and that was the allure. It finally clicked why everyone danced so close to the edge, stepping in time to her mercurial nature. The heightened awareness had his heart in this throat, and his body flooded his system with an adrenaline equivalent somewhere between coming in public and petting a tiger.
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Greetings, Kittens!

Yesterday was my birthday and I'm still recovering, so it's only now at 6:30pm MT that I remembered, I didn't put anything up for you all. In the the birthday cake traditions of celebration, I'm sharing 13 Desserts, I may or may not have had yesterday and/or will continue to indulge in over the next week.

Enjoy.

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Greetings, Kittens!

I'm trying to be more mindful of those of you who don't use Facebook and Twitter or who don't use it often, and share things like interviews and guest blogs here on DW/LJ as well. (Because otherwise I'd have to update my site regularly, and yeah, right.

Today I have an interview up at Cassandra Carr's blog that gives a little insight into me and my writing process, and although it's not explicited stated, I am giving away a copy of GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST (PsiCorps #1) or if the winner has already read it, I will reserve a copy of DAWN'S EARLY LIGHT (PsiCorps #2).

So head on over, comment on questions, ask your own, and generally let me know if it's worth doing these things because it's stuff you all want to know.

Interview Ramble ~ Done

~X

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Greetings, Kittens!

I'm finally feeling myself again after a wonderful, but taxing, week away at the World's Leading Feminist Science Fiction (and Fantasy) Convention, also known as WisCon. I had a fabulous time from day one and was sorry to go on the last day, as ready as my body may have been for it all. I don't have panel write-ups for the convention, but may I suggest that you Go Here and fill up on all the summary goodness provided!

I was scheduled for four panels, but due to the absence of a panelist and the generosity of the moderator and remaining panelist, I got to sit on five. The panel I "crashed" was titled: Paranormal/Sci-fi Erotica: More Room for Feminist and Anti-Racist Discourse? First, the answer to that question is a resounding yes, it is. Second, this panel took place at 10:30 Friday night and set the course for the entire convention, for which I'm exceedingly grateful. I immediately felt back at home at WisCon and remembered why I keep going back.

I loved being on Slactivism, Fringe: How is Olivia Duhnam so Awesome? and Your Fandom is Okay, panels. I felt heard, I walked away with expanded views and I could have stayed in each room for hours beyond the time we had. So by no means is this a comparison when I say I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED being on the What Is Queerness? panel! Between being on that panel and attending, I'd Object if I Weren't Invisible: Bisexual Visibility and Princess Boys: Is Male Femininity the Last Wave of Feminism? I have never felt more validated in a public space.

All three panels touched on the things I feel as an out Bisexual/Polysexual author who writes exclusively bisexual, polysexual and sexually fluid characters and worlds. I cannot remember such a sense of community in the last few years as I felt participating on or at those panels. More importantly, I saw what that sense of community and acceptance did for others struggling with where they belong on the spectrum of their own fluid sexuality and/or gender identity.

Comments made at the Queerness panel led to hours of conversation throughout the rest of the convention and online since I've returned home. I was incredibly honored to be a part of where everyone stood in their individual journies, on that given day, in that moment, and I feel blessed for those connections that have extended well beyond. Since moving cross-country, I'd forgotten how vital community can be to someone still finding their way and the convention safe space created by WisCon reminded me that regardless of how inactive it may be, I have a part to play in my local community.

Beyond the intense feeling of community and the desire for more of it, I had a few revelations about my health as well while at WisCon. I didn't take a brace with me due to last minute rushing and I limped, sometimes severely, throughout my entire time away. The issue wasn't merely with my knee but with the muscles surrounding the knee. My lower quad tightened so severely that I couldn't bend my leg and it only got worse as the days went on. I spent each night of the convention popping acetaminephen, crawling into bed and wishing I had something stronger so that I could do more. I missed well more than I thought I'd have to, but I don't regret a single moment. Missing out forced me to come to terms with a few things.

More years ago than I'll bother to count, I was diagnosed with CFS and part of that package is muscle and joint pain, especially centered around older injury sites. I've spent the last year blaming a minor twist and over-exercising as responsible for the, sometimes immobilizing, pain around my left leg, upper back and sciatic nerve. It's not inaccurate, but it's only 10% of the story.

I'm in a down-cycle of the CFS, I've known it for two years and I've ignored it. The energy issue has all been about the insomnia, the pain about this stumble or that fall, the depression related to my bloodsugar issues, there's always been something else to look at; but all of it is on the surface, riding a down-cycle wave of CFS, that I've left unattended. To look at it for what it was, would be to admit that I was no longer in remission and the honeymoon period of late 2006 to 2009 was well and truly over. Instead, during the up cycle in 2009, I worked and pushed too hard and by last year this time, I'd sparked the down-cycle. Every small rebound I treated like a recovery and over did it, only to spark another down-cycle worse than the one before. This particular cycle is the worst I've had since 1994, which ended in double-pneumonia. I kinda don't want to go there again.

So, there it is. I've said it aloud. I'm in a full down-cycle with the CFS and I can't sprint my way out of it as I've tried to time and again this last year. This, as always, is a crawl that will progress to a walk, that will become brisk and determined and end with sprinting somewhere on the horizon. Keeping that in mind and obeying the simple rules of dealing with my CFS the last five days, has led to my first (relatively) pain free movement in almost a full month. You don't get more "The Universe was trying to tell me", than that kind of immediate body feedback.

If I hadn't been forced to sit and think about it all at WisCon, who knows how long I'd have stayed in the self-defeating loop. So this is a thank you to everyone I spoke with, everyone that accomodated my limping and everyone dealing with their own limitations that helped me put mine into perspective. I'll never have the words to thank you, but may the Universe bless you tenfold for the blessings all of you were too me last month.

Namaste My Friends,

~X
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Thanks to everyone that made Wiscon34 everything I remembered from Wiscon32 only better! I attended even more panels, had many more lingering hall discussions, and shared viewpoints that stayed with me and already have me excited for next year.

A special thanks to those who sought me out after panels with compliments, questions and clarifications. I was deeply flattered both that my points were taken so well and that others bothered to make sure I understood their views in a clearer light.

To the moderators and participants of: Flesh-colored Bandages and Skin Jobs in Real Life & Sci-fi (27), Men of Color in Media, SF/F & Horror (46), Feminist, Faculties & Facilities, System Failure (81), Fanfic & Slash:201 (96), Witches, Real and Fictional (113), Must Pleasures Be Guilty (152), Space: Where are the Indians? (162), Writing the Other: Shout-outs (178) Heroism Defined (206), Fanfic: Threat or Menace? (213), and Expressing Fannish Enthusiasm (229), your patience, wisdom and humor kept me informed and ever-thinking.

To Hope and the Consuite volunteers, my inner anti-socialist appreciated always being able to get that bit of protein that kept my blood-sugar up and therefore kept all the rest of the con-goes unafraid of me. Thank you for all the hard work I know must sometimes feel underappreciated. (As I'm not shunned or in jail after a low-bloodsugar sociopathic rant, I definitely appreciated it, as I'm sure do all my potential victims who were spared, and [personal profile] moondancerdrake   and [info]adriandrake  who shared a room with me and survived--both children in tact no less :D)

I have notes to touch on specific things at the con after I have more time to think on them, but I wanted to make sure to share how happy I am I made it.

Lovefest Ramble Done

~X

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