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Twist Cover Reveal

There is a lot of excitement this fall…TWIST, the exciting sequel to SPIN is being released! WOOT!

Enjoy a sneak peek at the new cover and BONUS BLURB!

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TWIST

In this heart-stopping continuation of the Spindlewind Trilogy, Rumpelstiltskin finds himself locked in a battle of blood, debts, and destiny.

For the past nineteen years, Rumpelstiltskin has kept his promise to Laila, the miller’s daughter. Her son, Tristan, must never know the dark deal they made surrounded by straw and gold.

But keeping the truth from a curious Tristan is the least of his troubles. He can’t escape the chill of bodiless eyes watching him. Wanting him. Hunting him.

When an Oracle confirms his greatest fear, she also confirms his greatest hope. A hope and desire he believed long dead.

Laila lives.

Or is it a trick to lure him into what he wants most to avoid?

Unable not to take the risk, he descends into a realm rife with danger, dreams, and shadows to face the deity he despises: Fate.

Soon, dream turns to nightmare as Rumpelstiltskin finds himself again propelled on a path he never wanted.

Caught between love and fate, Rumpelstiltskin must decide if he will choose the path to protect his own soul, or save that of the woman he damned.

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Crimp and other NEW RELEASES

The next few months will see many new and exciting releases! In fall TWIST, the exciting continuation of SPIN will be available followed by THE CROWN, a dark retelling of the Twelve Dancing Princesses, on October 17th!

Stay tuned!

But for now, I want to announce a brand new release of CRIMP. Crimp is a fairy tale romance novella and can be read stand alone, or as a companion to SPIN and the Spindlewind Trilogy!

A king made him an outcast.

Magic made him dangerous.

Love made him a villain.

Long before Rumpelstiltskin met the miller’s daughter, there was another woman.

Click here!

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SPIN Release

A necklace, a ring, a child…There is always a price one is willing to pay. My debut novel, SPIN, is available now on Amazon!

 

Are you ready to strike a deal?

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A necklace, a ring, a child…There is always a price one is willing to pay.

Laila sees her impending death in the mountains of straw waiting to be spun into gold. Faced with the impossible, she makes the impossible decision to survive, no matter what the cost.

A shadowy stranger sees an opportunity for vengeance. Born to a nightmarish destiny that crushed and embittered his faith in humanity, he devotes himself to dealing in dark desires and desperate souls, and Laila’s is ripe for the trade.

When the stranger asks his price, Laila is bound by blood and magic to pay. His own heart was never supposed to be part of the deal, but when honor drives Laila to break their bargain, he ends up tangled in his own web of deceit and destruction in a desperate attempt to save her life. In the black of night, there are no fairytales, only choices.

One choice makes a queen. One choice consumes a soul. It’s a roll of the dice in a game where love is everyone’s undoing.

Spin, Genevieve Raas’ debut fantasy novel, is a twisted, sexy retelling of one of Grimm’s classic tales and the first book in the Spindlewind series.

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A Little Bit of Chaos

I finally accepted that the writing process is never the same. One project might come to me in a series of unconnected scenes. Other times, it presents itself as one whole, and my outline will resemble a synopsis instead of a fractured puzzle.

Fact is, I never know how the story is going to come together and I know I can’t decide how it will happen.
I hate it. It is chaos, and my order-loving little heart is smashed. But, the writing gods don’t care.

Either way I get the idea, once I have it wrangled into a workable form of some sort, I start to type. I used to try and go for that hallowed one, perfect draft (I love order, I told you). However, three and four rewrites of an entire novel quickly beat that method out of me. Now, I do what I swore I never would: write one, chaos filled first draft. And I write it as quickly as I can.

I look at it as a sketch: Mostly dialogue and points describing how I want the characters to react. As I go along through the drafts, I fill in the emotion and tighten the plot. In the end, I will have about three to four drafts before it is ready to be published.

I won’t lie, there are days I think, “what am I doing to myself?” but ever since I got bit by the writing bug as a child, I knew this is ultimately what I wanted to do. I was first inspired by fairytales, then moved on to the worlds created by C. S. Lewis. I wanted to find my way into magical wardrobes and befriend umbrella carrying fauns (especially if the faun is James McAvoy).

I have since been inspired by others. Jane Austen (I am team Darcy, fyi) and from there moved into the darker fantasy of Anne Rice and Neil Gaiman. These authors will always be close to my heart. They showed me it was ok to see the world differently and question the unquestionable.

Thanks to them, my bookshelf is an interesting hodgepodge of genres. Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles sit next to the collected autobiography of Casanova. The Phantom of the Opera and Perfume are snuggled against my beloved Harry Potter. Don’t even get me started on non-fiction…I have an unhealthy collection of all things Mozart.

When I see my bookshelf, I see an extension of myself. I also see an unending stream of inspiration and motivation. When I struggle to get through the chaos of writing a book, or angered when my writing plan gets blown to bits, I look up at my books on the shelves. Small books are wedged between large, dark fantasy next to non-fiction, and Garfield comics shoved against The Master and Margarita. It is chaotic. Yet, it does not collapse and I realize that from chaos can arise beauty. I know all will be ok.

 

This blog also posted on Captive Quill Press

 

 

Crimson Peak and Monstrous Love: A Review

“Love makes monsters of us all.”

 

Crimson Peak is one of those rare films that left me haunted.

Not because of the ghosts that are rather grisly, or the large amounts of blood that splatter the actors in their fine Victorian clothing. Either of those are bound to keep you up a little bit through the night.

What left me haunted was the violence of emotions. Witnessing a tragedy unfold supported by the exquisite use of symbolism and metaphor was a true delight to witness. This film was able to say everything without saying anything at all.

Crimson Peak is a gothic romance telling the story of a young, American writer, Edith (Mia Wasikowska.), who falls in love with the mysterious, and sadly destitute, Baronet Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston). Visiting America with his sister, Lucille (Jessica Chastain), Thomas Sharp hopes to find funding for his machine that will mine the red clay of his deteriorating estate in order to create an income.

He whisks Edith away back to his crumbling mansion, Allerdale Hall, where she encounters more than she bargained for. A set of ghosts wants her to solve a mystery she doesn’t want to see.

The film’s lush visuals transport you into another world and time, seducing you so effectively you don’t even notice the slow decent into hell until you arrive.

The beginning of the film utilizes rich and vibrant colors with soft candlelit evenings. However, once Thomas Sharp arrives dressed in his fine black suits, an aura of darkness begins to decay the happiness surrounding Edith.

After Edith and Thomas are married the couple goes back to England and we receive our first glimpse of Allerdale Hall. The golden candlelights grow dim and cold. In an instant we are submerged into Thomas’ and Lucille’s world of gloom and deterioration. One of the aspects of the film I appreciated most was the representation of ghosts. Not only is Allerdale Hall sinking into the red clay, but the specters haunting its halls turn the environment from cold to sinister.

We are witnessing the insides of the characters revealing themselves to us.

Yet, whereas in most films the ghosts are the monsters, Director Guillermo Del Toro chose to twist the concept showing that humans are the true monsters.

Brilliant!

Though the film is overwhelmed by darkness, love is the one source of light that is allowed to flicker. The individual pasts of each character threaten them in some aspect, and it is only with love that they can choose to move forward.

One scene in particular in the middle of the film we see the warm glow of the candlelight’s return for a final time. Edith and Thomas find themselves unable to return to Allerdale Hall for the night due to a snowstorm. You can see Thomas fighting against the pull of the past, Edith coaxing him to think only of the future.

“You won’t find me there,” she tells him.

This scene was particularly moving, and Tom Hiddleston imparted beautifully the torment of wanting to let go of inner demons. However, upon returning to Allerdale Hall, leaving the warmth and light behind them, the spiral down hill accelerates into a violent madness.

The agony is palpable as choices must be made.

The entire film is a slow slope downhill, gradually growing darker and more filled with violence with each passing moment. It is shocking and terrifying, and brings about the true horror that one feels when discovering a secret you wished never to admit.

Truly a wonderful directorial choice on Del Toro’s part.

Crimson Peak is a movie that will be remembered. Whether it be for the passionate and moving acting, or stunning visuals of a true gothic romance. But what will always stay with me is the darker power of love, and that, yes, love can indeed make monsters of us all.

 

This review also appears on The Fabulous Fictionistas

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The Nightmare: A Loki Fan Fiction

I have a confession: Last week I decided to have some fun and wrote a short Loki fan fiction.

I know, I know…but, fan fiction is a bit of a weakness of mine. I love the character of Loki and the original norse mythology. The depth of emotions he presents in both narratives is a gold mine for a writer, and I just couldn’t help myself but explore them more fully.

I also thought it would be a fun challenge to weave together both the movie world AND the original norse myths.

Hope you enjoy!

Synopsis:

Loki is haunted by a recurrent nightmare as Thor’s coronation day approaches. Mocked and tormented as he sleeps, only the presence of an unknown woman helps him see the true cause of the torture he endures.

Read it here on Wattpad!

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Let the Frenzy Begin!

I knew 2016 would be a busy year, but I didn’t realize how busy until I stopped and took a look at all I have planned.

The first novel in my series is currently in its final stage of editing, while the second has just been corralled into an eleven page outline.

Then, there is still that NaNoWriMo novel I wrote back in November just waiting for me to show it some much needed TLC.

I should be panicking, but I’m not. I’m way too excited to start the career I always knew I was meant for.

In other words, let the frenzy begin!