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Trying on a New Hat with Pen and Muse Press

Today’s Brew:  I drank enough Diet Coke today I’ve probably corroded my innards.

by Kristen

If you’ve been hanging around the Twitter box lately, you’ve probably seen the buzz about the new division of Pen and Muse, run by the fabulous Kristen Jett and Jolene Haley.

Introducing Pen and Muse Press!


What does that mean for you?

Pen and Muse Press is an accompaniment to Pen and Muse, a writer’s haven, for writers of all ages and genres. Receive personalized marketing, branding, and writing to help further your writing career.  Pen and Muse Press is the side of Pen and Muse for writers who are serious about treating their writing career as a business.

 “Found your writing Muse but need a little inspiration in the marketing department? We’re your Muses!”

What does this mean for me?

I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the publicity interns for Pen and Muse Press, to be launched on July 22 (date tentative).  July 22 is a big day round these parts.  Julie’s just releasing her debut novel that day.  So as you can imagine, it will be like any other Monday.

You’ll be seeing me musing on social media.  Facebook, Google Plus, possibly some Twitter action.  We will be hosting some of Pen and Muse Press clients’ blog tours here on Deadly Ever After as well, so stay tuned to see the some of the best fresh new talent as they launch their new projects.

I’m really excited about this position, and I thank Kristen and Jolene for choosing me.  I have discovered that I really enjoy the publicity end of book marketing, and these ladies know their stuff!  I’m looking forward to soaking in all the knowledge they are willing to give me, while giving authors the recognition they need to get their books off the shelf and into your hot little hands.  Stay tuned to Pen and Muse Press for more information, or follow us on Twitter!



I Get Around

Today’s Brew:  Starbuckian Goodness

Guest Post: Kristen Strassel and Writing in a Crowded Genre

The fabulous Muses, aka Jolene Haley and Kristen Jett, at Pen and Muse asked me to do a guest post for them, and it’s up today!  Go check it out!  I talk about writing in a crowded genre.  We all hear that there’s too many vampire books, young adult, new adult, erotica, insert popular genre here.  I tell you why I stuck to my guns, and what you can do to make your work stand out.

How Naming a Character Tristan Instantly Makes Him Ridiculously Hot

Today’s Brew:  As much caffeine as it takes to make this headache GO AWAY.

Reblogged from  Not only do we share a name, we also feel the same about another one, since Tristan is a driving force in Immortal Dilemma.

I’m a firm believer that some names just destine a person for particular behavior or traits.

Take the name Tristan, for example. Have you ever met a Tristan who wasn’t ridiculously attractive, slightly poetic, and swoonworthy romantic?

The first place I heard the name was from the classic tale of  Tristan and Isolde, the tragic romance of the knight and Cornish princess.  If you’re not familiar with the story, the theme is similar to Guinevere and Arthur – some even believe that this tale inspired the story of Guinevere and Arthur.  At some point the two legends were blended to the point that Tristan became a knight of the Round table.

Tristan and Isolde, Tristan

I pretty much picture every Tristan like this, by the way. You know – poetic, romantic, and noble. All the traits of a loyal romantic hero.



Tristan is originally a Celtic name. There isn’t a general consensus on the meaning of the name. The most common theory is that it means “bold and melancholy”  or “bold and sorrowful”. I would take a safe bet that these name meanings come solely from the tragic tale of Tristan and Isolde, and not from any actual meaning – which is good if you are superstitious about naming characters or babies.

The name is most likely derived from the Old French Drustan or Drystan. Both of those mean “riot, tumultuous.” Take that for what you will when deciding how you want to interpret Tristan’s meaning.

Variations: Trystan, Triston, Tristen, Tristin

Diminutives: Tris, or Trist – if you like to nickname people as affairs. (I do not).

Famous NameBearers: Knight Tristan

Okay, so I can’t think of anyone real. However Brad Pitt’s character in Legends of the Falls was named Tristan. This gives points to my hunky name theory, right?

Google found  Tristan Rogers, Tristan Gemmill, and a very hunky adult film star who shall go unnamed. I rest my case.

USA popularity: Tristan has been ranking between #87 and #81 in the US for the past five years.


What’s your favorite hunky and romantic name?
About Kristen Jett:  Kristen (or KJ) writes YA fiction – often with a touch of paranormal presence. She hopes if vampires exist that it’s the drop dead gorgeous kind, and not the eat you for dinner kind.

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