Monday, June 29, 2020
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Thursday, June 18, 2020
I have a new book out today - sort of. It's releasing on Kobo today, so if epub and/or Kobo is your jam, you can pick it up now. It releases at the rest of the sites next week so you can go hit preorder.
Rafe has been using charm both in and out of work. Finding himself the only groomsman at a weather interrupted bachelor party isn't going to stop him from having fun. Felicia has made a living for herself helping out brides by posing as one of their bridesmaids. She's used to handling all sorts of unexpected hitches, but a solo groomsman who keeps showing up at all the bachelorette events is a new one for her. It doesn't matter if he's hot, Felicia's there to make the bride happy not herself. Not even if the bride decides a little matchmaking might make her happy.
1. This book is written to stand alone, but it is part of the City Complications series, so if you have read Aloha to You you will already know who Rafe's friend Seth is. In fact, you will have met Rafe too.
2. I don't always know exactly what inspired my stories, because my writer brain is often like a sticky ball, gathering up bits of things until it coalesces into something. For this one I know. I was listening to NPR's "Ask Me Another" and on that same show they had a woman who was for some time a professional bridesmaid, and a gentleman who had garnered internet fame for being the only member of his bachelor party. And I thought what if I stuck them together?
3. It is a particularly odd thing to have a book that involves travel to three different cities, and a number of non-socially distant gatherings amid a moment where essentially none of these things are really possible. I have friends trying to figure out if they should even get married right now.
4. I have watched a lot of TV shows about animal rescue. I myself have a cat from a shelter. The people who dedicate some or all of their time to animal rescue, are wonderful people who do a lot of work, and see a lot. This book contains many fictional dogs, who all survive and are happy. Let's not tell my cat that I have now written more fictional dogs than cats, mmkay?
5. This book starts in New Orleans, a city that called to me so much the first time I visited. I've been lucky enough to visit it several times since. With groups and on my own.
6. This book, in addition to DC and it's suburbs (because of course) also spends some time in New York City. New York City and New Orleans have been hard hit by both the COVID 19 pandemic, and police brutality. (DC also.) Here's hoping the world that we build going forward is better on all fronts.
7. There is a teeny Broadway reference in here. Let me know if you spot it.
Oh also, if you are playing Ripped Bodice Bingo, this works for I'm on a Boat and Secret Identity.
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
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Thursday, June 11, 2020
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Wednesday, June 03, 2020
Secret Identity - See also Nothing to Fear, Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite
Title is a pun - Unsung Heroine by Sarah Kuhn (see, there's karaoke. That's punny.)
Healthcare professional - See also He's Come Undone - Ruby Lang's story has a healthcare professional
Tuesday, June 02, 2020
4. In theory they are designed to be aimed at the thigh, since that's a fleshy part of the body to minimize damage.
Monday, June 01, 2020
1. Pepper spray is a weapons grade chemical agent. Pepper spray comes in multiple strengths, but what determines that strength is not regulated. It is designed to inflame any mucous membranes, so eyes, nose, throat, lungs. It generally causes burning, wheezing, cough, and shortness of breath. It can also cause bluish discoloration of the skin. If any of these also sound like the symptoms you have been told to watch out for with COVID 19, you are correct. It was terrible before we had a pandemic. It is especially terrible within one.
2. Repeated exposure can change your corneas.
3. If you have asthma, take certain medications (no I have not been able to find a clear list) or are otherwise experiencing breathing issues, the additional information caused by pepper spray can be lethal. Pepper spray has also been found to cause cardiovascular, pulmonary, and neurological toxicity.
Because it is based on a plant, it also possible for someone to be allergic to it.
4. When pepper spray or pepper balls are released into a public area, there is no way to contain the spray, or be certain no one there has a pre-existing condition.
5. When pepper spray is deployed by law enforcement they often use large amounts designed to target a large area. They train on being pepper sprayed because most of their methods are so widespread they know they will also be sprayed. Also, studies have shown that police often employ racial bias (which yes, is a fancy way to say racism) in determining who to spray.
Also, pepper spray - though often the balls or pellets used to deploy it, damages nearby buildings.
6. Pepper spray cannot be rinsed off. It cannot be removed from the respiratory system.
7. Pepper spray is banned for use in war by the Chemical Weapons Convention. It is currently only legal for use on your own citizens in the US. Oh and bears. It is legal to use on bears.