Tare Character Art Reveal! (+ Newsletter!)

Guys, I have art of my character Tare! :O

I’d never commissioned art before, but I won a character commission from the amazing Hazel B. West of Midnight Coffee Art and so I picked Tare because he’s my favorite of my characters. (Don’t tell the others. Just kidding. It’s no secret. XD)

I was nervous about it but Hazel was AMAZING and so patient and helped me figure out what I was looking for in this art piece and she did an INCREDIBLE job taking my vague wishes and coming up with a piece of art that I absolutely adore. She totally blew me away with the result. LOOK AT IT!

Tare from my WIP series (Kedran’s Wood by Deborah O’Carroll). Art by Hazel B. West (@midnight_coffee_art on Instagram).

I cannot! I love it so much! It’s Tare! :O Leaning on a wall being cool and mysterious and a little dangerous! IN HIS LEATHER JACKET. I JUST. *heart-eyes* I mayyyyy be a little obsessed with this art. 😉

I’ve been sitting on this piece since November and it’s been my computer desktop background (and phone wallpaper…) ever since. XD And I’m so excited to share it at last!

I also completely love this ADORABLE Chibi-style artwork of Tare which Hazel also drew for me. Tare will probably never speak to me again. WORTH IT. He’s so tiny! And grumpy! And way too cute!

Adorable Chibi art of my character Tare! Art by Hazel B. West (@midnight_coffee_art on Instagram).

Imagining what his friends known as “the Chess Club” would say about tiny cute Tare art has me in stitches. XD

I also made a silly little banner with Canva and the Cute!Tare art, just for fun. (Tare says “Thanks, I hate it.”) XD

If you don’t hear from me again, I’m probably being held hostage by my own character for having the audacity to parade character art of him in front of my readers. He won’t admit it but he does like the first art of him. 😉 (Even if the attention all this art is getting him is, in his opinion, the worst. Tough, Tare — the burden of having fans and an obsessed author. XD)

All of this also inspired me to make some new mock-covers of the books so far in this modern fantasy series I’m writing. It’s been fun and is inspiring me to work on the series again after way too long!

(These are just-for-fun covers, and for the record, the books are still not anywhere near publication-ready, but I’m currently writing the third book and they’ve been my for-fun writing project for over a decade now. One of these days!)

This also may be a good moment to mention that Tare has a Twitter account! There’s…not much there yet but one of these days I’m sure he’ll start posting. 😉 (Er…if I get inspiration for it.)

Anyway, this was a sort of belated celebration of one decade since finishing the first draft of book one in March of 2013, and eleven years since the first day Tare walked onto the page in April of 2012. One day he’ll hopefully make it onto a shelf as well, it just…may take a bit.

But in the meantime I’m just sooo pleased that he has this cool art by Hazel! ^_^ I love it so much!


Artist (and author) Shout-out!

Let me brag on Hazel B. West for a minute!

I highly recommend this artist for character art commissions and hope to have her do some more of mine someday! Do check out the commissions page at her Ko-Fi page! And art account on Instagram @midnight_coffee_art!

And author account @modern_bard67! And her blog! If I missed any links, they’re most likely HERE!

In addition to being an awesome artist, Hazel also runs an amazing Etsy shop (I love the journals she makes!), and writes incredible books I adore! If you’re impatient for Tare’s series, or, you know, more of Agent Sean’s stories, and it’s taking me awhile to share either . . . well, you can meantime check out some of Hazel B. West’s spectacular books for some modern fantasy featuring snarky guys in cool coats, action, banter, brothers, and humor — all of which are things I enjoy writing and reading about!

Click the covers below to check out my reviews for these books! Or go straight to the latest release, Sweet Vendetta Blues.

But seriously, Hazel is awesome and has been an amazing inspiration and writing buddy over the years. Do give her a follow if you’re not already! ^_^

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Also! I’m hoping to (finally) start sending out newsletters very soon, with writing and life updates!

So if you’d like to make sure you get updates on what’s up with my character Tare — and, you know, other writing updates — you can subscribe to my quarterly (ish) newsletter!

(If you’ve already subscribed, you don’t have to re-subscribe! I’m just migrating it to a different provider and planning to dust off the newsletter and start sending it out next week, hopefully!)

What do you think about the Tare art? Leave a comment below to let me know!

Thanks for reading!

Final (For Now!) Story Episode!

The last (for now) episode of my serial story is up today!

Part 5: “Of Portal Chases and Chocolate” brings the Twelve Dancing Princesses mission arc to a close, and it’s all I have ready so far . . .

I DO however have some Plans And Ideas (bwahahaha) for a NEW batch of episodes continuing to follow Sean and co. on their next mission, so hopefully that will happen someday if I can get more written!

Meantime, I hope it’s been fun, and if you missed the first few episodes, now is a great time to catch up on this urban fantasy/fairy tale/snarky agent serial short story since they’re all up now!

(The episodes are 1-2K words, for a total of 8K words.)

If you check it out, leave a comment below letting me know what you think? Or if you’d like more stories? Or a comment or like on Wattpad, if you’re on there, would be so helpful too.

Thanks sooo much for reading! I’ve had a blast writing and sharing this story and I hope y’all enjoy too!

New Story Episode!

Happy National Tell a Fairy Tale Day!

Felt appropriate that I’m sharing a new episode of my Snow Queen/Twelve Dancing Princesses urban fantasy serial short story today. 😉

Part 4: In Which My Past Catches Up With Me is up now!

New episode!

Next week will be the final episode to pretty much wrap up this arc. (I…suspect it won’t toootally feel wrapped up to readers, so I may have to write more at some point.)

Anyway, I hope you enjoy!

Feel free to leave a comment here (or there) if you read it! Thanks for reading!

Girls/Spies/Faeries 3rd Episode Is Up!

Just a really quick post to say that the new episode of my serial short story is finally up today!

So yep, any of you who read the original two episodes here on my blog ages ago can finally find out what happens next. 😀

Part 3: How To Make A Deal With An Ice Queen: https://www.wattpad.com/1021818290-girls-spies-and-other-things-the-faeries-stole

(And if you haven’t read the first two parts, they’re up there too!)

So excited for the next part of my snarky boi Sean’s story to be available at long last! ^_^

Episode 4 will be up next Friday!

Thanks for reading! (If you check it out, I’d be thrilled if you’d leave a comment on Wattpad or here!)

Girls/Spies/Faeries: Moving to Wattpad!

Heya, blog friends! Long time no see. XD

Sooo, remember that serial short story, Girls, Spies, and Other Things the Faeries Stole, about my snarky boy Sean and the twelve dancing girls and the snow queen?

Wellll, it’s back! Ish.

The first two parts were inspired in part by prompts from Fairy Tale Central, about The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Snow Queen. Both parts I posted here on this blog awhile back — Part 1 was in October 2019, and Part 2 was in January 2020. Since then, I’ve written three more installments, finishing that main arc, and I’m super excited to share them with you all!

Along with a cover I made! (Thanks to the magic of Unsplash, Krita, Canva, and sibling help.)

They new episodes aren’t based on prompts, and are simply carrying on from the first two parts to see how Sean and Riel get out of this, or if they do. XD

ANYWAY. I decided I wanted to share them as a serial over on Wattpad! I have an account there and have shared a couple of short stories but have been meaning to do something more there.

So I’m posting all five episodes over there — which means if you’ve already read the first two, you have to wait a smiiidge longer to find out what happens until I get those posted and can get to the new episodes.

But if you’re new, or if you read them but want a quick refresher (both parts have been slightly updated/edited, but the basic story is the same), I hope you’ll enjoy popping over to my Wattpad and reading them!

Part 1: Operation Twelve Dancing Daughters is up now!

Part 2: In Which Agent Riel Annoys Me (As Usual) will hopefully be up this Friday (February 12).

I’ll try to share about it here when part 3 goes up! But I’m hoping to post them each Friday.

It’s been ages since I shared any of my stories and I’m super excited to finally get to share this fun, snarky, urban fantasy/fairytale adventure serial with y’all.

I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

More coming soon, and thanks so much for reading! ^_^