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Joy Nash is a USA Today Bestselling Author and RITA Award Finalist applauded by Booklist for her "tart wit, superbly crafted characters, and sexy, magic-steeped plots."

» Thursday, June 30, 2016

Unworkshopping



 

I went on a writer's retreat last week! Three author friends and I packed up our manuscripts, left our families behind, and headed into the northeastern Pennsylvania wilderness. Our destination? The Highlights Foundation farm.


Yes, Highlights, as in Highlights Magazine for Children, the publication I so eagerly looked forward to each month as a kid. Founded in the 1930s, Highlights and associated children's literature publisher Boyd's Mills Press is still going strong in Honesdale, PA. The Highlights Foundation, down a country lane about twenty minutes out of town, is the site of wonderful workshops children's authors and illustrators. (Check out the workshop schedule here.)



 
So, I don't exactly write children's books! Luckily for me, whenever there's extra space at the Highlights farm, any author can sign up for an "Unworkshop." This includes a private room, three gourmet meals a day, and very spotty cellphone reception. In other words, the perfect setup for getting a lot of writing done!

Here are some pics from my Unbelievable Highlights Unworkshop!

  

 

 

The Barn, where workshops and meals happen








 

 

The Lodge, where I stayed




  

 

 

 

Individual writers' cabins







 







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» Tuesday, June 07, 2016

The Night Everything Fell Apart

Here's the cover for my upcoming paranormal! Isn't it cool? :-)

 



They appear human
The Nephilim, demon descendants of fallen angels and human women, walk among us. These powerful beings play a deadly game, battling for control of fractured Nephil magic and the mastery of the human race.

He should be dead
Arthur Camulus is the heir of Merlin Ambrosius, the most powerful Nephil ever to walk the Earth. Merlin’s vision—a world in which Nephilim and humans live in peace—is a radical notion, one Arthur has risked his life for. But now the ancient magic he’s inherited is driving him insane and threatening Earth’s balance of power. Forces both dark and light seek his destruction.

She’s his one link to sanity
The moment Cybele Herne saw the grieving boy the Druid clan alpha brought to Texas from England, she knew he was different. Seven years later, Arthur is her best friend and lover. He’s risked everything to give them both a chance at freedom, but the price is steep. If Arthur can’t tame his wild power and destroy their enemies, Cybele’s dormant Nephil magic will be usurped by rivals. She’ll live out her life as a thrall.

With time running short, Arthur and Cybele search for a way out of the maze of treachery. One fateful night, a beacon of hope shines. But when Arthur reaches for it, the forces of Heaven and Hell collide.

And everything falls apart.

Read an Excerpt 



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» Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Snow Day

"No way am I going out there. Some maniac dumped cold white stuff all over the ground!"

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» Wednesday, January 06, 2016

“Don’t you think you should call me Elsie?” “Mrs. Hughes! Not while we’re at WORK!”



Downton Abbey's back (yay!), and for the last season (sob!). It’s a bittersweet reunion. I’ve got some mixed feelings. So many interesting story lines were wrapped up last season, and two of my favorite characters – Tom and Rose – have scooted off to carefree and (presumably) egalitarian lives in America.  

I’m rooting for Lady Edith this season. This girl needs some love!! She can’t even win when she’s settling. She’s been dissed by her big sister, deceived by a scurrilous scarred war veteran, left at the altar by a near-senior citizen, scorned for getting a job, and seduced by her boss—who just happened to be hiding a secret insane wife (hello, Jane Eyre!). When Edith’s lover tries to get a divorce in Germany, he’s murdered by fucking 1920’s Hitler! Can’t a girl catch a break? No! She’s pregnant. After giving the baby to a nice tenant farmer family, she can’t stay away. The farmer’s wife flips out, convinced Edith is sleeping with her (come on, he’s not so great a prize) husband. Currently Edith owns and runs her former fiancé’s newspaper empire, and Ep 1 has her on the phone with her passive-aggressive dick of an editor, who can’t handle having a female boss. My advice? Move to London, Edith! Yesterday! Fire the dick editor! Knock some heads together! Get yourself some of that Roaring Twenties sexual freedom!

My hopes for Lady Edith aside, the prize for best story line in Season 6, Ep 1? Hands down it’s nervous bride Mrs. Hughes, who sends flighty cook Mrs. Patmore to broach the delicate subject of marital sex expectations with Mr. Carson!

Oh. My. God.

“She wants to know if you’d expect her to do her…ahem…wifely duty?” 
“Why of course, I’d expect any good wife would want to do her wifely d—OH! THAT DUTY!”

Cue scarlet-faced butler.

Mr. Carson’s subsequent soliloquy on the merits of his beloved Mrs. Hughes was very, very proper, and very, very touching. And that’s why we all love Downton.



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