Family bonding around the bonfire

Family bonding around the bonfire
Family bonding around the bonfire

 

Saturday night my family gathered at my sister’s farm. It was almost midnight, but that didn’t stop us from lighting the bonfire. We ate marshmallows, uniformly charred on the outside until perfection, laughed, roasted apples in the coals just for the heck of it, threw said roasted apples at each other, and had this conversation:

Me: “Daddy, is there somewhere on the farm you wouldn’t mind broken glass?”

Dad (with a gleam in his eye): “Why?”

Me: “I want to make Molotov cocktails.”

Mom: “No!”

Dad: “Yes! As long as I get to help.”

I love my family. Who else encourages literary career exploration through improvised incendiary weapons?

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See This: Cover Reveal for SEE ME by Wendy Higgins

I heart Wendy Higgins. In what was probably the dorkiest fangirl move of my life, I took brownie mix to her Sweet Peril book launch. (It’s not as insane as it sounds, I promise. It’s in the book.) Today dorky fangirl is back! I’m tickled to help reveal the cover of Wendy’s newest YA, See Me, coming October 1st, 2013.

See Me by Wendy Higgins

While most seventeen-year-old American girls would refuse to let their parents marry them off to a stranger, Robyn Mason dreams of the mysterious McKale in Ireland, wondering how he’ll look and imagining his cute Irish accent. Prearranged bindings are common for magical families like her own, however when she travels to the whimsical Emerald Isle she discovers there’s more to her betrothal and McKale’s clan than she could have imagined.

What starts as an obligatory pairing between Robyn and McKale morphs over time into something they both need. But one giant obstacle stands the way of their budding romance: a seductive and deadly Fae princess accustomed to getting what she wants—and what she wants is McKale as her plaything. Love, desire, and jealousies collide as Robyn’s family and McKale’s clan must work together to outsmart the powerful Faeries and preserve the only hope left for their people.

See Me will be available in ebook from Amazon, B&N, and Kobo for $3.99, and paperback will be for sale through Amazon and Createspace for $10.99.  It will not be available for preorder.

Wendy Higgins is the author of Sweet Evil and Sweet Peril from HarperTeen. She lives in the Washington D.C. area with her husband, daughter, son, and puppy Rue.

Check out Wendy’s blog for the story behind the story and the challenge to create a sexy leprechaun.

Happy reading!

Research Video II: NYC drainpipe

Here I am walking up a 4′ diameter drainpipe under New York. This pipe carries stormwater from the area surrounding Highbridge Park down to the Harlem River. Today I’m writing a scene set in this pipe. I love my life. I really enjoyed the exploration, and I hope my beta readers will enjoy my depiction.

The video starts when Steve and I are over 75% up the pipe. Here is a photo of Steve on his way down the pipe.

Companion descending 4' diameter drain pipe

See the tiny light speck in the photo below? It’s not your monitor. That’s Steve’s headlamp at the bottom of the pipe.

Speck in the middle of the photo is the same headlamp one minute later

Thank you to my wonderful husband for filming. You can see more photos and a video from our trip here.

Check out “Inside An Illegal Party In An Abandoned Subway Station Deep Under NYC”

Tod Seelie / Gothamist.
Tod Seelie / Gothamist.

Check out “Inside An Illegal Party In An Abandoned Subway Station Deep Under NYC” by Tod Seelie. Gothamist. June 24, 2013.

I wish I’d been there.