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November 19, 2012
Exciting news! The manga version of “Something Wikkid This Way Comes” is out this week on iTunes (more platforms to follow), from Yen Press. Yen did such a great job, and found a phenomenal artist to draw Cappie and the girls. So, I thought I’d give you some teasers that illustrate how gorgeous Cassandra Jean’s art is for this thing. So today, Wednesday, and Friday, stay tuned for some titillating art samples.
Emphasis on the first syllable.
The first image is one of my absolute favorites, and “amazeballs” is about all I can say about it. I LOVE IT. The devil, throughout this comic, is in the details, and this gives you a great example of how this idea works. Enjoy and let me know what you think!
November 6, 2012
Hey folks! Just found that our little Jane has been nominated by RT Book Review Magazine for Urban Fantasy Protagonist of 2012. She’s with some VERY good company on this one, alongside Richelle Mead and Diana Rowland’s characters.
And if you’re wondering, I will be at the RT Convention this year, doing a ton of panels and workshops. Hope to see you there!
November 4, 2012
Hey folks! Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite (and easiest to prepare) hors d’oeuvres. I have a theory that the best food in the world always has less than five ingredients. I am constantly proven wrong on this theory, but occasionally I’m proven right. Like with this recipe, that only has three ingredients: chopped pecans, goat cheese, and honey.
First, you want to engage in some rigorous stretching to warm up those balling muscles. Or, just dump your nuts into a bowl.
Next, take your goat cheese out of the fridge. You want it cold for maximum rollability; room temperature balls will get all runny and saggy. And nobody likes saggy balls!
When you’re ready to roll, pinch off about 1/4 of your cheese log–about a golf ball sized serving. Next, invoke Andrew Marvell and “roll all our strength, and all/ Our sweetness, up into one ball”…
And then roll your ball in your nuts.
The final step is the money shot. Drizzle yo’ honey all up top your balls. You don’t have to be fancy, I just squeeze about 2-3 tablespoons of honey right on top of each ball, so it oozes down to coat everything in its unctuous sweetness. Mmmm. Sticky.
Here are my honey covered balls in all their golden glory:
Normally I serve them on a slightly fancier tray, but these were for transport to a party. And they DO transport beautifully and can happily sit in your fridge or a cold car for a few hours or overnight.
I like to serve my balls, meanwhile, with these crackers. The cinnamon-sweetness really brings out the tartness of the goat cheese and warms up the honey:
And just because I can, a close up of the money shot. Oh yeah, drizzle that honey…
This hors d’oeuvre could not be simpler, but I do have to warn you: it will bring all the boys to the yard. So be sure to slather yourself a cracker before your balls disappear into someone else’s mouth.
Cuz we all hate it when that happens!
October 29, 2012
I’m pretty sure I have a trapped audience, what with Sandy coming in strong on the East Coast. Stay safe, all my peeps out there, and if you still have internet access I hope this cheers you up.
For everyone else, enjoy your Halloween! With the storms, I know that a lot of places have pushed trick or treating back till Saturday, which means we basically have a whole week to revel. So take advantage! It’s the best holiday EVER (after Thanksgiving) as it’s all about dressing up, letting out your inner wild thang, and eating candy. What’s not to lurve????
And if you ask me “trick or treat,” here’s what I’ll give you:
Hehehehe!!! Stay safe and dry and hope your pumpkins don’t float away!!!
October 18, 2012
Here’s some more me, y’all! Plump and perky as ever. I should come with a whipped topping. (Yes, I’m still feeling a bit crazed from lack of sleep)
First off, we have an awesome video I did for RT and the FABULOUS Morgan. She’s the best interviewer EVER, although you can get a sense of how terrified she is of what I’ll say next. Which I think we both agree is part of the fun!
The best part of this video is my friend’s head popping up right at the beginning then realizing he’s on camera and bolting. I nearly peed myself when I saw that.
You can also see the panel I did! I didn’t really get into stride until after I’d already blathered a bit. It was my first NYCC and I was in total con shock, and of course was almost late to the panel. New York makes me late, all the time, which throws off my midwestern promptness and leaves me all vaklempt. Anyway, here’s the link, but I warn you it’s looooooong! There are also much more fabulous, famous people than me on this bad boy, such as Kevin Hearne, Faith Hunter, F. Paul Wilson and others. So you can always just ignore me and bask in their glory. That’s sort of what I did when I was there!
So that’s probably more me than any of you ever wanted to see. But it was fun! And hopefully I’ll have recovered from all that fun by Monday . . . . . . . now it’s time to sleep. At 8 pm. Don’t judge!
October 16, 2012
Just got home last night from NYCC and was it ever a blast. I gave away tons of books (thanks for that, Orbit!), did two signings, spoke on a panel, and had meetings meetings meetings. My lovely editor Devi Pillai took me and my agent out to a fabulous dinner, and we talked about some very cool things. Hopefully I’ll have something to share, soon! Meanwhile, here’s the crowd at our panel way before we even started speaking. It ended up being standing room early with the guy at the door turning people away:
Of course every single one of them was there to see ME. Or not, but it was still cool. Actually, they were all there to see Kevin Hearne, who was SO MUCH FUN TO MEET. I knew he would be tons of fun, but he was even better than I expected! And if you haven’t read his books already, get on them! You will love, love, love them.
Besides doing tons of cool work stuff, NYCC was also super fun. My friends were over from the UK so we all shared an apartment, and I also got to see one of my oldest and dearest friends, Wendy. We also went to the Yen party, which was in a karaoke bar that was all private karaoke rooms…what a trip! We had this big room with all these couches and a couple of TV screens, and two microphones we could pass. There were also phones to order drinks which were then sent to our room. And everyone at Yen was AMAZING, with Kurt Hassler the ultimate host.
But that isn’t the only upcoming release I have to crow about. Because I have TWO coming up myself, and I have some covers to show you! The first is for Jane True Book Six. It is, I think, the hottest cover yet. I LOVE the black and there are DRAGONS and Jane looks HOT. Right????
You can click above to find the Kindle link, although the paperback link doesn’t exist. If you DO click on it, can you give it a “like”? Thanks!
BUT THAT’S NOT ALL, FOLKS. For even crazier things are brewing in my always chaotic career. After all, you may be wondering what I was doing hanging out with the folks from Yen, the manga publisher?
Because I gots me some manga coming out, that’s why! The short story with Triptych, “Something Wikkid This Way Comes,” is to be released as manga. Spicy hot manga. And I mean SPICEH. Here’s the cover to prove it. Don’t faint, y’all!
So what do you guys think? I, for one, am EXCITED.
September 28, 2012
Just a post telling you where I’ll be in the upcoming weeks. Next weekend finds me at BOUCHERCON, the crime convention. I’m not speaking there, just going to schmooze and see my friends, but I will definitely be around if you want something signed. Let me know on FB, on Twitter, or here in comments that you’d like to meet, and I will do what I’m famous for: hold court in the bar.
The following weekend I’ll be in Manhattan, for New York Comic Con! There I will be appearing, and I’d love to see you. For those only going Friday, I’ll be autographing at the Orbit booth at 4:00 pm. Then, on Saturday, I have the following events:
Myth Mixology: How Urban Fantasists Create the Perfect Cocktail
Date: Saturday, October 13
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Speakers: Allison Pang , Anton Strout , F. Paul Wilson , Faith Hunter , Kevin Hearne , Kim Alexander , Nicole Peeler , Theo Lawrence
Many New Yorkers know their Manhattans, Cosmos and Long Island Iced Teas. While the average happy hour drink takes gin, rum or vodka, these authors spice things up with mystics, witches, daemons, Celtic gods and other magical beings. Join top-shelf authors, F. Paul Wilson, Kevin Hearne, Theo Lawrence, Anton Strout, Faith Hunter, Allison Pang and Nicole Peeler, as they discuss the elements of mythology that go into making your favorite cocktails of urban fantasy. Moderated by Kim Alexander from Sirius XM radio.
Sci-Fi / Fantasy
MYTH MIXOLOGY: How Urban Fantasists Create the Perfect Cocktail Autographing
Date: Saturday, October 13
1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Location: Autographing Tables 2, 3 and 4
Speakers: Allison Pang , Anton Strout , F. Paul Wilson , Faith Hunter , Kevin Hearne , Kim Alexander , Nicole Peeler , Theo Lawrence
Come meet authors from the MYTH MIXOLOGY: How Urban Fantasists Create the Perfect Cocktail panel! There will be one line to see all the authors, starting at Autographing Table 2. Please note, guests may only sign one item per person.
NYCC has also made this awesome mobile app, on which you can create and track your schedule. Awesome!
So hopefully see you at either of these events. If not, I’ll be at RT and Dreamin’ in Dallas in the fall, for sure. And probably a few others.
September 13, 2012
It’s an anthology called CARNIEPUNK, in which I have a story called “The Inside Man.” Here’s the announcement from Publisher’s Weekly:
CARNIEPUNK, an anthology which combines the carnival setting and the world of urban fantasy, a place of deception, where monsters wait silently in the dark, featuring short stories by authors Rachel Caine, Jennifer Estep, Seanan McGuire, Rob Thurman, Delilah Dawson, Kelly Gay, Kevin Hearne, Mark Henry, Hillary Jacques, Jackie Kessler, Kelly Meding, Allison Pang, Nicole Peeler and Jaye Wells, to Adam Wilson at Pocket, for publication in August 2013, by Suzie Townsend at New Leaf Literary & Media.
Fun! Huzzah! Yay!
September 8, 2012
Sorry I’ve been sooooo bad about blogging. Everything’s been crazy and blogging is always the easiest thing to conveniently forget to do. But there’s been tons going on at Casa Peeler; here’s what I’ve been up to:
School started! This semester I’m teaching two composition classes (a basic composition and our Writing About Literature for our English majors) and doing my usual MFA duties (teaching a class on building author platforms and mentoring). I’m also doing an independent study with three students that will culminate in them doing Nanowrimo. They’re all students who did my Urban Fantasy class last semester, in which they plotted out a novel in a “worldbuilding book.” Now they have to write it! Should be fun (at least for me).
I went to Anaheim/Oakland for RWA! Well, I went to Anaheim for RWA. But I went to Oakland to visit Juliet Blackwell, Sophie Littlefield, and Rachael Herron. It was a BLAST. There are pics up on my Instagram, including loads of Juliet and me acting like children at Disneyland. The whole trip was wonderful and RWA was very cool.
I went to NOLA for AAD! Which was awesome, obviously, although I came back exhausted. A lot of my friends from Shreveport now live in NOLA, and the rest all came down to see me, which was amazing. We had loads of fun, and I hung out a ton with my author friends, too. So I was doing double duty on the socializing, as well as the eating. But it was such a great time and it was SO good to be back in Louisiana and New Orleans, places I’ve come to love very much.
I sold a graphic novel! Yes, a graphic novel, of “Something Wikkid This Way Come,” the short story involving Triptych. It’s going to be manga, through Yen Press, and the initial artwork I’ve seen is already amazing. I’m so excited about this! We’ll hopefully be doing something cool for it at New York Comic Con. Because…
I’m going to New York Comic Con! I’ll be doing a panel on Myth Mixology and some signings, and generally mootching. So be sure to come see me if you’re in the area!
I’ve written a short story for an anthology I can’t talk about yet! But it’s going to be super cool and the announcement should be up shortly, and you’ll hear all of us hollering about it. I can tell you it’s another Triptych story, so if you like the girls, you’re in luck!
Other than that I’ve been working working working working working. In that order! And my soundtrack to all that work has been the new Gaslight Anthem CD, Handwritten. I may be a little obsessed. Here are a couple of tracks to make your Saturday that much brighter:
Enjoy your weekend. I’ll be working.
July 22, 2012
Hello my pretties! I’m just back from London. I was up with the birds, and have been impatiently waiting for the soup fog surrounding Greensburg to lift, so I can take my walkies.
In the meantime, I will say hello to all of you.
Being in the UK was fab, as ever. I’ve got tons of pics up on my Facebook (feel free to add me as a friend), but here’s a wee album for you in the meantime:
That first morning at Heathrow, I met up with Heather Osborn, of Samhain Publishing fame. She was in town for a Romance convention in Wales, so we shared an apartment. That night my friends came over and we played Cards Against Humanity, which was AMAZING.
The next day we went to Highgate Cemetery with Suzanne McLeod. It was so much fun and very inspiring. That night we met up with people from her publishing company, and we were also met by my friend from York, who came down to spend the week with us.
The following afternoon we went out to all the comic and books shops, then we met up with one of my fave human beings, Philip Palmer, and our wonderful editors from Orbit UK.
Friday Heather left for Wales, and I had a girls night out with my friends. It was wonderful to see them and catch up and be a bit mad together. Saturday, he and I went shopping for SHOES, and then we went to see Agatha Christie’s The Moustrap, the oldest running play in history. It was very fun, and good research for both of us.
Sunday we went to a BBQ at my friend’s in Whitton, after meeting some of his friends at a comic expo near Russell Square. We came back to Heather, returned from her own travels. Monday he went back up north to prepare for my impending visit, and Heather and I went to the V&A. It rained all day, so we weren’t able to do some of the things we wanted, but we still had a very touristy day wandering Knightsbridge and going to Harrod’s.
Tuesday Heather left for the US, and I left for York, to stay with the boy for a few days. We had a wonderful time wandering around to our favorite haunts in York and discovering new ones. We also took a day trip to Scarborough again, and I beat him at crazy golf. The day was windy and gorgeous, and I absolutely adore the seaside. So it was, altogether, just a little bit perfect.
I finally had to leave, though, and I had a typically harrowing experience of broken down trains, being towed by a recovery engine named Thunderbird (!!), barely making my flight, getting hung up at Newark for an extra few hours, then coming home to find my suitcase had been brutally gang inspected by TSA. I didn’t get home till around 2 AM that night, but as if to make up for it my car service sent a stretch limo. Watching the driver put my raggedy ass taped up suitcase into the back of that limo made up for everything, and I giggled for at least five seconds before I passed out in the backseat.
But I’m alive, although already missing the UK rather desperately. Luckily I have much to distract me, like a SHIT TON of work and, even MORE distracting, RWA is coming up!
Yes, my friends, in two days I pack up again and go the other way! I’m flying to Oakland, where I will be meeting up with Rachael Herron and Juliet Blackwell to drive to Anaheim, where RWA and Sophie Littlefield await. Our gang will be back together, undoubtedly causing havoc, and I can’t wait.
I will also be taking part in the charity literacy signing! Here’s the info:
2012 “Readers for Life” Literacy Autographing
Wednesday, July 25, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Anaheim Convention Center, Ballroom (third floor)
Proceeds from book sales go to ProLiteracy Worldwide, Read Orange County, and Literacy Volunteers—Huntington Valley.
No outside books are allowed in the event.
I’d love to see you there if you can make it!