Map of Faery

Sharon Ashwood
March 6, 2020  •  2 Comments

Here is the map (beautifully done by Zenta Brice) for the Crown of Fae series:

 

Map of Faery


Corsair’s Cove tries the click bait so you don’t have to!

Sharon Ashwood
December 1, 2019  •  No Comments

This is cross-posted from the Corsair’s Cove blog:

Our companion short stories are like chats with a friend, in a cafe or at a kitchen table, with a delicious beverage. Naturally, news of a popular new winter treat caught our attention!

A recipe for a chocolate and red wine combo has been making the rounds of Facebook.  The original came from Shape Magazine’s article How to Make Red Wine Hot Chocolate. Although doubtful, I like the magazine and was curious enough to give the recipe a spin. Twice.

Try number one followed the recipe using a good cabernet sauvignon on the plummy side, figuring that would be a good compliment to the chocolate. I used semi-sweet dark chocolate wafers that were supposed to be better quality than regular chocolate chips. The wafers melted but then the wax and other un-chocolately elements clumped when the wine was added to leave floaty residue in the drink. Maybe heating the wine first would have helped the texture, but that wasn’t the only drawback. The flavour was sweet and sour, but not in the best way. Sort of like heartburn with cake. Adding cinnamon helped. Adding marshmallows did not.

Try number two was better. I used a good instant unsweetened spiced dark chocolate that dissolved and stayed that way. This gave a much better mouth feel and, since I could limit the sugar, the wine didn’t crash the party like an awkward uncle. I’m still not a fan of the flavour combo, but this version had more potential. If I was very cold from, say, shoveling the walks after a foot of snow, I might even appreciate it.

I didn’t persevere to a third attempt. Super high quality grated European drinking chocolate might be worth a try to give a heavier body to the drink, but it might also be a waste of expensive ingredients. Rum, brandy or liqueur are classic adds to hot chocolate for a reason. In my humble opinion, grab the Bailey’s for winter night tipples and leave the reds for the dinner course.

 


Character portrait: Cormac from Shatter

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Character portrait: Stokes from Shatter

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Character portrait: Tessa from Shatter

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Frostbound: The Dark Forgotten coming up

Sharon Ashwood
January 1, 2019  •  No Comments

Last year, my goal was to re-release my Dark Forgotten series (Ravenous, Scorched, Unchained, and Frostbound). I had three purposes in mind:

  • To get the books in the hands of new readers at a sensible price
  • To give myself the chance to revisit the world and build on it if I so choose
  • To get some indie books into the world so that I can build my sales

Check, check and check. I’m just about to release Frostbound, the fourth in the original series, which gets me up to date. I was slow on this one in order to get Gifted out the door in time Frostbound: the Dark Forgottenfor Christmas but, hey, I really wanted to do a holiday-themed novella. I hope you enjoyed it!

Doing an edit pass of these books was educational. I can see improvements from book to book and also how much I’ve learned about writing since. This is completely natural and healthy.  However, at times I’m troubled by errors that got past the previous professional editing team, but I have to let that go. It’s history. Probably much of what’s bugging me are only things I’d notice but, as a professional, I want to put out the best possible product. In any event, the books are better now than before, and that’s what counts.

Case in point—today I added a new final chapter to Frostbound. After a reread, I thought a more fulsome wrap-up would improve it. Poor Talia needed a bit more time to adjust to the new hellhound in her life—not to mention the rest of the pack—and we were all waiting for election results. Now there’s a few more questions answered. Not everything, of course, because Joe and Darak and the rest still have stories in the future.

Release date will be mid January, 2019. For more on this book, look here.

 

 

 


Favorite Supernatural Holiday Carols

Sharon Ashwood
December 6, 2018  •  No Comments

Who doesn’t like a playlist of holiday favorites? Whether you’re rocking around the Yuletide tree or mixing punch in your festive cauldron, no party is complete without a soundtrack of traditional and contemporary tunes. We consulted with the good folks over at CSUP—the station that puts super in supernatural—to get their most-requested numbers for the season.

Here we go with the countdown:

  1. God Rest Ye Hairy Gentlemen
  2. Silent Night, Howly Night
  3. Here Comes Santa Claws
  4. Jingle Hells
  5. We Three Kings Disoriented Are (aka the mummy song)
  6. O Come, All Ye Fateful
  7. The Little Dragon Boy
  8. It Came Upon a Midnight Drear
  9. What Child is This? (Theme from The Gingerbread House in the Woods)
  10. The First Nom Nom (the werewolf did say)

 

For those of you planning a sing-a-long this season, drop by the station for song sheets and a hot drink between now and New Year’s Day. Our doors are always open! As for whether you ever leave again, your mileage may vary.


10 Holiday Gifts for Your Supernatural Friends

Sharon Ashwood
December 3, 2018  •  1 Comment

Christmas poinsettiaChristmas shopping can be challenging at the best of times, but the non-humans on the list can present special problems. Need ideas for what to get the vampire with centuries of clutter in his garage or the mermaid who needs everything waterproofed? Here are some suggestions from our retail experts:

  1. Get that vampire a month’s rental on a storage locker big enough to house his spare coffin collection!
  2. For the shifters we suggest many, many lint rollers or a rechargeable hand vacuum!
  3. For the fussy feline shifters, how about modern art that doubles as a scratching post?
  4. As a stocking stuffer, nothing beats fake human teeth for the vampires!
  5. A definite must have: non-toxic chew toys for the werepuppies.
  6. Environmentally friendly dry cleaning options for the mummies on your list.
  7. Steaks
  8. Stakes
  9. A personal crossroad for that special demon. Top seller: something on Route 666.
  10. High-strength spray adhesive is a thoughtful present for those zombies who just can’t keep it together.

 

Just remember, whatever you choose, it’s the thought that counts—or possibly the deliciously fresh brains that just manufactured that thought …


Gifted hits the road!

Sharon Ashwood
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Gifted is having a wee blog tour.  Here are the dates and places!!

December 3 Mythical Books
December 3 Ogitchida Kwe’s Book Blog
December 4 Supernatural Central
December 4 Boundless Book Reviews
December 5 Ramblings of a Book Nerd
December 6 Urban Fantasy Investigations
December 7 Stormy Vixen’s Book Reviews
December 10 Celia Breslin
December 11 Saph’s Books
December 11 The Book Junkie Reads
December 12 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, and Sissy, Too!
December 12 T’s Stuff
December 13 Don’t Judge, Read
December 13 Fang-tastic Books
December 14 Paranormalists
December 14 Lisa’s World of Books
December 17 Roxanne’s Realm
December 17 JB’s Bookworms with Brandy Mulder
December 18 Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
December 18 The Creatively Green Write at Home Mom
December 19 SImply Kelina
December 20 Jazzy Book Reviews
December 21 Teaser Addicts Book Blog
December 21 Authors’ Secrets
December 21 I Smell Sheep

 


Blood, Sweat and Words Podcast

Sharon Ashwood
November 26, 2018  •  No Comments

I was asked to do a spot on Blood, Sweat and Words, so I chatted about writing about a paranormal Christmas–check it out here.