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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The first vulture of spring

I’m convinced that writers tend to notice odd details that escape most people. Take, for instance, the first vulture of spring…

March in Michigan. Not the prettiest time or place. Don’t get me wrong, my home state can be beautiful. The phenomenal Great Lakes, lots of brilliant green in the summer, urban architectural grandeur in Detroit and Grand Rapids, and magnificent color in the fall. But in March? Yuck. Melting snow that’s more gray than white. Leafless trees and brown muddy grass.  But there is hope! Birds are chattering away outside my window this morning. Yesterday I saw the first vulture of the season. Yeah, that’s a weird sign I know, but they do migrate, so if they’re back it is a sign of spring. And instead of jackets and sweaters, the stores are full of swimsuits. There’s another clue

So spring is springing, albeit at its own leisurely pace. And I am anxious. I’m tired of trudging through snow and I miss having the windows open while I type. Knowing the weather in my part of the world we’re due for one or two more snowstorms before winter gives up the fight, but for today I’ll move my computer to a sunny spot  and pretend. Some day, I tell myself, I’ll be able to move me and my computer someplace warm, where I can sit on a shady porch and look out at the ocean while I type. Hey, we all have to have dreams, right? Goals are important, and all that. And for a writer, imagination is a prerequisite. So if I want to sit here and pretend that the palm tree on my computer screen is actually right outside my window…well, probably shouldn’t mention it, or I might be getting a visit from the nice men in the white coats.

Ah, but that’s the life of a writer. If we admitted to half the stuff that goes on in our twisted little brains, the psych wards would be packed with us, all frantically scribbling away with crayons, and saying, “not until I finish this scene,” when it’s time for our medication. No, much better to put all our craziness down in our fiction and pretend that’s where it came from all along.

If you’re looking to heat up your day a bit, you might want to check out my Gaslight Chronicles series, with a new book  Cards & Caravans, out next week, from Carina Press. Have a wonderful spring. (Or autumn, for my friends in the southern hemisphere.)

Contest: In conjunction with the release of Cards and Caravans, Cindy is running a contest for a $25.00 gift card to the e-book distributor of your choice, plus the chance to name a character in the next Gaslight Chronicles story. To enter, visit the “Contact Cindy” page on her website and send her a note. Mention which blog you saw this on. One entry per person per blog post. A list of posts is available on the Contest page on Cindy's site.


About the Book: Cards and Caravans is book 5 in the Gaslight Chronicles steampunk romance series, and releases from Carina Press on March 18. Find out more here.

Blurb: Belinda Danvers isn't a witch. But that won't stop them burning her at the stake...

Connor McKay can tell at a glance that Belinda's magickal powers are minimal at best. She can't be guilty of murdering village children. There's something suspicious about her arrest and lightning-quick sentence. Unfortunately, telling anyone how he knows would mean revealing his own powers. He's been sent by the Order of the Round Table to help and he can't just let her die.

Escaping from jail and running from vindictive villagers in her grandfather's steam-powered caravan is more excitement than Belinda's had in years. And despite the danger--or maybe because of it--she loves the time spent with her sexy rescuer. But there's more to his magick than he's letting on...

There's something going on that's bigger than the two of them. It's time for good to make a stand.
Review: 4 Stars from Romantic Times: “All the trappings of a good steampunk novel are here..but most enchanting of all is the love that develops between the hero and heroine.


About the Author: Cindy Spencer Pape firmly believes in happily-ever-after and brings that to her writing. Award-winning and best-selling author of 16 novels and more than 30 shorter works, Cindy lives in southeast Michigan with her husband, two sons and a houseful of pets. When not hard at work writing she can be found dressing up for steampunk parties and Renaissance fairs, or with her nose buried in a book. Catch her online at:
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Nicole Morgan said...

Great Post, Cindy! I agree, us authors do pay more attention to those little things in life. I was amazed just a few weeks ago when I was driving my kids to school and saw a beautiful bald eagle perched atop a tree near their school. It was just gorgeous.

Cards and Caravans sounds great! :)

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Thanks, Nicole!

Molly Daniels said...

I did NOT know vultures migrated. See? Learn something new every day, lol:)

I'm a few books behind on your GC series; I really need to read faster and resist the urge to buy unfamiliar free books!

Paris said...

Loved the post! You do know a lot about vultures:)

I was so excited today because I wrote the release date for Cards & Caravans down for the thirteenth! Guess I'll just have to wait...

BTW, great outfit!

Cindy Spencer Pape said...

Molly, I'm all in favor of scooping up free books when I can! Paris, I have more stories about vultures, including the scar on my hand...

flchen1 said...

How neat! I have to say that I don't tend to notice the vultures and definitely haven't thought of them as harbingers of spring! Glad you authors DO notice the details!

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