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Hello Beautiful People!

I'm baaaaaack! Our vacation to south Texas was awesome - except the whole rainy part at the end, but it's Texas and weather cannot be predicted. However, I realized two things on this vacation. 1. I really need a DSLR camera. Pictures taken on your phone just don't do the scenery justice and 2. I'm so glad I decided to set my second book series in that area because now I have a legit, tax right-off excuse to go back. Just look at this:

Big Bend National Park

Big Bend National Park

This trip came at an awesome time because I REALLY needed a break. I've been working on some final touches on the third and final book of The Caelian Cycle's outline and finished the preliminary's on a Caelian Cycle Novella that will be released before the final book next year. YAY! 

MIND. BLOWN.

I didn't set out to write any novella's, but Kian's story kept begging to be told. (Plus, I know a few fangirls who love themselves some Kian and I aim to please).The novella is from Kian's perspective and WILL NOT contain spoilers to the series (it will have hints though), but will open up some of the mystery to Kian's past and explain some of the weirdo choices he has made throughout the series. 

This week, I will resume my weekly inspirational board posts, finishing my Caelian Crew from Lost. I haven't quite decided if I'm going to do the norms or start on the new characters from Bound to celebrate it's release next Monday. Which reminds me, this is your last week to purchase Lost for $0.99.

As always, STAY AWESOME!


Inspiration Board - Rebecca

Hello Beautiful People!

I've received quite a few emails lately asking some questions about The Caelian Cycle. (please hold while I run around and squee) It warms my heart to see people interested in the books and characters. I will answer your questions in a blog post soon, but first here's an in-depth look at...

Rebecca 

Rebecca was a character I HAD to put in the book series. Every girl needs loyal BFF's and Sadie is lucky to have two. Her name and a few of her personality quirks are a nod to my own high school best friend who was the glue that held my sanity together during some trying times. I also borrowed a few of her traits, the ones I admire most, from my bestie and sister in law. 

To me, Rebecca is a study of opposites. She's not your typical beauty, but her siren Talent makes her attractive to others. Her personality is both sultry, but with an undertone of innocence. She's outgoing and others are drawn to her, but clings to her small group of friends instead of going out to party like Madison. If she has a strong opinion about something, she fights for it and doesn't let anyone sway her focus. Her look-at-the-bright-side attitude brightens the group and her gentle wisdom guides her friends. 

Sadie and Rebecca are connected on a deeper level than with the others in the group. They've lived together since childhood and as two of six Caelian's with colored skin at St. Vincent's, they've had a whole different set of issues than the other's.

In Bound, Rebecca will go through some life altering changes and will have to dig deep into her soul for strength that she didn't know she possessed. That is true for any person. Growth and change are always hard, but its how we handle them that makes us better or in some cases, worse. Rebecca and the others will have to grow in order to become the adults needed to change the world.

Stay Awesome!

How to pronounce Caelian

Hi!

I've been asked a few times on how to pronounce Caelian properly and as always I'm here to serve. But first, I want to give you a little history on how I came up with the name.

When researching for Lost, I wanted the race of altered human's and their history to be as believable as possible. So I gathered facts: I knew the meteorite would land in southern Europe, around Rome during the great war. In the early 19th century we didn't have the technology to monitor the space around Earth consistently or have the ability to warn of an impending collision and that means rogue meteors "could" have happened. Science as we know it today was just started to emerge, but the laymen was still superstitious (especially in rural areas).

With these facts, I began looking into Roman mythology and found Caelus.

Caelus appears at the top of the curiass of Augustus of Prima Porta. One of the few depictions of Caelus in art.

Caelus appears at the top of the curiass of Augustus of Prima Porta. One of the few depictions of Caelus in art.

PAUSE for a brief mythology lesson: 

Caelus, the Roman god of the Sky and the equivalent to the Greek god Uranus.  Caelus is the son of Aether (primordial deity representing the upper air in our atmosphere) and Dies or "Daylight". He is often paired with Terra "Earth" as the mother & father (mother earth & father sky), although to my knowledge they did not have children together. Caelus is the father of the Roman god Janus, Saturn, and Ops. Caelus is also the father of one of the three forms of Jupiter. 

Random fact: Caelum is the Latin work for "sky" which is where we get our English word celestial.

Back to our regularly scheduled programming.

I loved the idea that the name of this new race of human's to derive from a meteor/ meteorite  named after the Roman god of the sky and it's believable since nearly all celestial bodies are named in that manner. So I created the Caelian's. 

To figure out how to pronounce Caelian, I had to look at its root work Caelus. There are two camps of pronunciation: Classical that uses a hard 'C' and modern that pronounces the 'C' as an 'S'. I decided to firmly place myself in the classical camp. Caelus is Latin in it's roots, not English after all.

Random Fact: Caelian is also the name of one of the seven hills in Rome, but that version is pronounced with an 'S'.

Caelum is pronounced kae̯.lum

Caelus is very similar kae̯.lus. 

So Caelian would be pronounced kae̯.lē-ən. However, my southern tends to come out and sometimes it comes out as Kay instead of Kae. Either way is fine with me, but just don't just the soft 'S'. That would drive me insane.

Stay Awesome!