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MDP On MusicVids: “This is What it Feels Like” by Armin van Buuren feat.Trevor Guthrie

MDP On MusicVids: This is What it Feels Like by Armin van Buuren feat.Trevor Guthrie

I really like this song. A lot. It has that D.J. dance beat that characterises club music of the last five years; Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Afrojack, Calvin Harris, blah, blah... But I don't think I've been irritated by a video clip so much in a long while. Two men boysing ...

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Peacemaker Blog Tour

Peacemaker Blog Tour

My blog tour has begun. I'll be adding each link into this post and pinning the post to the front page so you can check back and keep track of where I've been. Day 1: An interview with Donna Maree Hanson - how is Peacemaker different from Parrish Plessis? Day 2: Over ...

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Because Rock of Ages

Because Rock of Ages

I just felt the need to revisit one of the best nights of my life: Rock of Ages on Broadway! So below here are videos of some of the best songs. Catherine Zeta-Jones rocks the twinset and pearls like no one else can. And soooooo many mullets. Russell Brand looks right at ...

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MDP On TV: Longmire

MDP On TV: Longmire

Having recently feasted upon modern day cowboy series Justified (I'm up to season 4), I was interested to see whether Longmire could steal my affections. However, Walt Longmire is definitely not Ralen Givens. He's older, (occasionally) wiser, even more set in his ways, and twice as prickly. Walt is Ralen in ...

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Review: Heaven is a Place on Earth by Graham Storrs

Review: Heaven is a Place on Earth by Graham Storrs

reviewed by Jamie Marriage What is reality when all people see is artificial? What is control when all people have is submission? What is truth when all people know is a lie? Graham Storrs doesn’t answer these questions, but he touches on them and attempts to reveal the morality of all-encompassing change. Heaven ...

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MDP ON TV: The Bridge

MDP ON TV: The Bridge

First thing I have to say is, that The Bridge has the most exceptional theme song. Hollow Talk by The Choir of Young Believers is a moody, delicate, depressing song. Perfect for a series, which is all of the above. The Bridge snuck up on me. I had it in the ...

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MDP ON TV: Being Human

MDP ON TV: Being Human

The UK series premiered in 2009 and I heard a lot about it back then. As often happens with me, I watched a half an episode on TV and got distracted and never got back to it. Then I bought series one, but that languished on my shelves for a ...

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The PEACEMAKER Soundtrack

The PEACEMAKER Soundtrack

Quite a few people have asked me if I had a soundtrack for PEACEMAKER. So thanks to Spotify, you can now hear it. Be prepared to surprised! Big Iron - Marty Robins Wild, Wild West - The Escape Club Riders on the Storm - The Doors Timber - Pitbull/Kesha Rawhide - Frankie Laine Prairie Fire - ...

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Freedom Fall Launch

Freedom Fall Launch

by Kim McMinn Kim McMinn is a fantasy writer who masquerades as a librarian by day while she completes her first novel. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Arts from Murdoch University and lives in Perth, Western Australia with her husband and three world-domination-plotting cats.  On a rooftop ...

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MDP On MusicVids: Dark Horse by Katy Perry ft. Juicy J.

MDP On MusicVids: Dark Horse by Katy Perry ft. Juicy J.

Though I'm not strictly a Katy Perry fan, it's hard not to admire how hard she works and what a marketing genius she is. I loved the ROAR video clip but this one is even better. With SUPER high production values, as you would expect, and colourful sets, Perry lets ...

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Maybe it is inevitable that I became a fantasy writer.

As the daughter of an adult immigrant (my mother) and the great-grandchild of immigrants on my fathers side, I grew up with an awareness of living between worlds.

While I very much lived within mainstream rural America (such as rural America is mainstream, but it was moreso then than now), at home we had special foods, a second language, ways of going about things and expectations of how one ought to act that were subtly or sometimes quite overtly different from the general culture around us.

Also, for the year I was five, my father was teaching on a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship in Denmark (my mothers birthplace and my fathers ancestral home), so I was additionally dislocated for a year at a young and formative age.  First I didnt want to speak Danish;  later, I didnt want to speak English.  (I was a stubborn and opinionated child.)

So even though I was entirely at home growing up in rural Oregon, playing outdoors, climbing trees, swimming in the river, and making up adventures, there was a part of me that always felt at one remove.  Like maybe I wasnt quite in the place I was supposed to be.  Like if I just found the hidden gate, I could step through into that other world.

Which world, precisely, was that other world?  My true home?  No, for I never felt that I was a changeling or a secret orphan.

Maybe by that other world I meant a place where I felt I fully belonged.  I cant be sure;  Im speculating;  Im certainly comfortable in this world, even if at times I feel a yearning in my heart for something I cant quite describe or put my finger on.  But from an early age I found myself drawing maps and writing snippets of scene and story about those other places.  These landscapes changed as I changed and grew, but the fundamental process of seeking did not change.

Eventually, of course, I wrote a couple of not very good novels, and with practice, I got better, and eventually began publishing what I sincerely hope are much better novels than those early attempts.  I am still writing novels set in other worlds.  If there is one constant in all those plots, it is one of characters who are seeking to find their place, maybe by crossing from one land into another or else by uncovering the hidden landscapes of the world they live in.

My latest novel, Cold Magic, fits seamlessly into this personal tradition, about a girl who, quite unexpectedly, is forced into a journey in which she uncovers secrets about her own past and about the world she lives in.  The character of Cat Barahal is not based on me, nor is she meant to be in any way a secret second persona for myself.  But her story is definitely the kind of story I have been exploring for a long time, and one that I really truly love to write.

Bio:

“Kate Elliott” published her first novel with DAW Books in 1992.

She is currently working on the Crossroads series (Spirit Gate and Shadow Gate, with Traitors’ Gate ), published by Tor Books (USA) and Orbit Books (UK). It’s an “HBO-style” fantasy with a focus on character and landscape, and an epic plot.

Earlier, she wrote the seven volume epic fantasy series, Crown of Stars, set in an alternate European landscape where magic has been (literally) woven through the land. The first volume,King’s Dragon, was a Nebula Award finalist in 1998.  Crown of Stars is published by DAW Books (USA) and Orbit Books (UK) and has been translated into German, Russian, Polish, and Spanish.

Her Novels of the Jaran, set in a speculative future, follow the nomadic people known as the jaran after their first contact with the technologically more advanced society of Earth. The author has described Jaran, the first in the series, as “Jane Austen meets Genghis Khan” in a science fiction setting.  The series is published by DAW Books.

With Melanie Rawn and Jennifer Roberson, she co-wrote the bestselling fantasy novel The Golden Key, a 1997 World Fantasy Award finalist (published by DAW Books in the USA and Pan Books in the UK).

She has also published short fiction in various anthologies.

In a previous literary life, she published four novels under her real name, Alis A. Rasmussen.

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