Friday, April 6, 2018

Spring Cleaning Writer Challenge





Hi!

I was tagged by the charming & very talented author H.L. Burke for this springtime challenge! In spite of the fact that I find the idea of spring cleaning reprehensible, here's my post!




1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)

 My Big Fat Goal is to get my current novel-in-progress into shape so I can query agents and sign with a really great one by the end of 2018! Easy as pie...I wish!

2. Which Stage Are You At? Expound!

a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)

As usual, I’m doing  a. and b. at the same time…and a little c.  Which may explain why it takes me so long to write a book!

3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)

The fever lit on the town of Loughgillan like a flock of Death's own crows, at first perching wherever their talons could grip easily--upon the very old and the very young. And then, the birds seemed to settle anywhere and everywhere.

“Hush, now,” she whispers in her gentle tide voice. “I must be what I am, dear, as much as it pains me to leave you.”
“If I were truly a stork’s child, if I had wings to carry me, I would fly until I found a cure for you. I would fly until my last feather dropped to the earth.”
“I know, sister. Hush, now. Can’t you hear the sea birds’ wings above us? Can you not hear the sailors singing as they unfurl their great sails? Can you not hear the low bellows of the whales speaking to their children in the deepest deep?”
No, I think. I hear nothing but the sound of my heart breaking into one million tiny pieces, each smaller than a singular grain of sand.


3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (And share a picture!)

Here’s a “spring-like” picture…

As part of this challenge, I hereby tag J.M. Hackman, Sue Fairchild, and Amanda C. Davis! Do as you will, friends!

Here are the rules:

Rules


1. Dust-bunnies and Plot-bunnies: Reorganize Your Writing Goals (Or Make New Ones)

2. Which Stage Are You At? Expound!

a. Remodeling layouts (planning the story)
b. Painting the walls in colorful hues (writing)
c. Polishing the windows and scrubbing the floors and putting flowers in vases (editing)
d. Blueprints (not to the cleaning or remodeling yet… just drawing up plans for the very beginning inklings of a story)
e. Some combination of those things (cleaning out a closet)

3. Treasure From the Back of the Closet (Share one to three snippets you love!)

3.5. Bonus: Do Some Actual Spring Cleaning of Your Writer Self! (And share a picture!)


1. Link back to the person who tagged you
2. Share the picture
3. Answer the questions (naturally…) or even pick and choose which ones you answer
3.5. Tag 3 other writers and inform them that you tagged them (via comment/message/email or hey, even carrier-pigeon or smoke signal; I’m not picky)


Happy Spring, everyone!



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Podcast Fun & More

Hi, all!

I recently had the thrilling opportunity to be a guest on the fun Indie Book Magic Podcast, hosted by Janeen Ippolito and H.L. Burke (who are both great spec fiction writers as well!).
Listen here or on iTunes:
https://soundcloud.com/user-83348230/ep-13-mermaids-leprechauns-and-hedgehogs-an-interview-with-author-carrie-anne-noble




In other news, I will be at the Williamsport Comic Con on April 22 with my books!  This is my first comic con and I'm really looking forward to it!
Here's a link to more info: https://www.facebook.com/williamsportcomiccon/




Keep reading & happy spring!

~Carrie

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Book Trailer for The Gold-Son!


Happy New Year to you!



 It's been an exciting year with the book's release, signings, and interviews! I'm pleased that so many readers have enjoyed Tommin and Eve's story, and I look forward to creating more stories for you in 2018! 



I'm also thrilled that the audiobook was chosen by Audiofile Magazine as one of the year's best for teens! 
See their review here: 

Wishing you every good thing in the new year and beyond!
Thanks for reading!

~Carrie 
 

Monday, December 11, 2017

The 12 Fantasy Fiction Foods of Christmas (and the Rest of the Year)

12 Novel Treats I'd Like to Eat


One of the things I enjoy in a good book is learning what the characters love (or hate) to eat. Who wouldn't want to feast with Hobbits or sample Willy Wonka's peculiar sweets? As a writer, I love feeding my characters interesting dishes--some real (such as the hot grape pudding in The Mermaid's Sister) and some imaginary (like the horrid, squishy, gray, mushroom bread toast served by the leprechauns in The Gold-Son).


Just for fun, here's a list of 12 foods (and drinks) from books that I'd like to sample (in no particular order).

  1. From the Grimm Brothers' Hansel and Gretel: the little house "built of bread and covered with cakes," with "windows...of clear sugar." Note: check for lurking witch before sampling.
  2. From The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien: Elvish lembas or way bread, "more strengthening than any food made by Men," and "better than...honey-cakes."
  3. From The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern: Chocolate mice with licorice tails. So cute!
  4. From The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis: Turkish Delight.
  5. From Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins: The cheese buns Peeta baked for Katniss. (Oh how I love cheese and bread!)
  6. From Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: three course dinner chewing gum. I know it's dangerous stuff, but...
  7. From Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland: "Eat me" cakes and "Drink me" potion--for growing and shrinking purposes.
  8. From my novel The Mermaid's Sister: The "mysterious pastries" from Scarff's caravan served at the bonfire party (lemon and sage, or honey and black pepper).
  9. From The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater: November Cakes (buttery yeast rolls glazed with honey and brown sugar). I've got to make some of these soon!
  10. From the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling: Chocolate frogs 
  11. From Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Miruvor,  "a warm and fragrant clear cordial" made by the Elves, thought to be made from "the honey of the undying flowers in the gardens of Yavanna." Invigorating and restorative--just what I need about now!
  12. From The Mermaid's Sister: Auntie's special Christmas morning apricot scones.Yum.
 
 What are your favorite fictional foods?
 Here's my Pinterest board of recipes for some of the treats I've mentioned:
 Fun Foods from Fiction 

Wishing you happy and frequent feasting throughout this holiday season!

~Carrie



Friday, July 7, 2017

The Gold-Son News


Launch Party and Beyond

Hi, all! I thought I'd share some photos from the launch party we had for The Gold-Son on June 30th. The James V. Brown Library of Williamsport, PA kindly allowed us to use their beautiful media room for our enchanted woods-themed festivities.

A Leprechaun showed up for the party, courtesy of Dad's Garage Art. Thanks, Wayne Parfitt!
Pot o' gold cupcakes sprouting rainbows, and other goodies!

Bat cookies in honor of our Faerie-bat friend Copper
Meringue mushrooms, chocolate mushrooms, shamrock cookies, forest berries...
The author read aloud and then gave out fabulous prizes!
Yes, I wanted to show off my cute dress.
Author & her wonderful husband--who gave her the shiny tree.

Not part of the party--but amazing gifts my publisher sent me to celebrate the book's release. Skyscape is the best!


 Also...great news! Audiofile Magazine gave the audio book their Earphones Award for outstanding audio book! See their review here: Audiofile Magazine Review



Enjoy your summer & keep on reading! Or listening... :)

~Carrie















 

Saturday, June 3, 2017

New Book Excitement & a Giveaway

The Gold-Son is coming soon!

 

It's finally June & the release of The Gold-Son is mere weeks away as I write this! I've started preparations for the fantastic launch party I'll be having at the James V. Brown Library on Friday, June 30th. We're going to have lovely snacks at this enchanted forest themed party, as well as a book signing, prizes, and a reading from the book!
I hope you can join us!

 
  In celebration of the release, I will be giving away a signed copy of the novel. To enter the drawing, follow me on Twitter (@noblebat) or Instagram (@carrieannenoble7) and post your favorite Irish quote or image (but please keep it clean, kids!). Be sure to tag your post with #thegoldson. My leprechaun friends will help me select a favorite, and I'll announce the winner July 1st. 
May the luck of the Irish be with you! 

 

 In other VERY exciting news, an excerpt from The Gold-Son will be featured in the June 2017 issue of Deep Magic--along with writing by Terry Brooks, Jeff Wheeler, Charlie N. Holmberg, and more! Be sure to check out this excellent e-zine chock full of great science fiction and fantasy!



Beir bua agus beannach,
(Take victory & blessings),

Carrie
 

Friday, April 21, 2017

20 Witty Irish Sayings to Warm (or Chill) Your Heart

Irish Blessings, Curses, & Wisdom

 

In honor of the upcoming June 2017 release of my novel The Gold-Son (which features Irish characters, lore, and settings), I offer you a collection of Irish sayings—some sweet, some humorous, and a few downright nasty (things an ornery leprechaun might say!). Enjoy!  

 

 Wisdom & Good Wishes

1. May the hinges of our friendship never grow rusty.
2. Enough is as good as a feast.
3. There's no need to fear the wind if your haystacks are tied down.
4. God is good, but never dance in a small boat.
5. It's no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking.
6. A trout in the pot is better than a salmon in the sea.
7. May the frost never afflict your spuds. May the outside leaves of your cabbage always be free from worms. May the crow never pick your haystack, and may your donkey always be in foal.
8. May I see you old and grey and combing out your grandchildren's hair.
9. May the grass grow long on the road to hell for want of use
10. May the rocks in your field turn to gold.


Cruelty & Curses

"May the cat eat you and the devil eat the cat."

1. She has a tongue that would clip a hedge.
2. May you melt off the earth like snow off the ditch. 
3. May the seven terriers of hell sit on the spool of your breast and bark in at your soul-case.  
4. The treatment of the boiled, broken, little fish to you!   
5. The devil swallow him sideways!  
6. Dysentery on you!   
7. Six eggs to you, and half a dozen of them rotten!
8. May you not see the cuckoo nor the corncrake. 
9. The devil go with you and sixpence, then you'll want neither money nor company.
10. The death of the kittens to you!  


 Have any Irish sayings to add? Post them below in the comments--but please keep it clean for the kiddies & grannies!

Beir bua agus beannacht,*

Carrie 


*Take victory & blessings!