N is for Never Found

This is the big one! I’ve been looking forward to N…

Tricia Colt lost her family when she was thirteen. She’d run away from home and the amnesia magic she never knew she had flared; the backlash hit her hard enough that she forgot a lot of details about her family, and she’s sure they’ve forgotten more about her. Even her name is one that she made up while in the foster care system in Toronto.

Now Tricia’s turned her amnesia and stealth magic to a life of crime in her twenties. But when a gang of werewolves recruit her to help steal a magical plant from the wood nymphs, Tricia finds out that the magical world she was hoping to find is a lot more trouble than she bargained for, Will she figure out who to trust before it’s too late?

J is for Jewelry

Sorry, but ‘Jewelry’ is going to be one of those rambly idea topics where I’m not quite sure why I picked this. The clearest connection I can think of to a book I’ve written is in “Gotta Have That Look”, where the ubiquitous piece of electronic tech that everybody uses is a Smartlet, a piece of wearable tech that goes around your wrist like a bracelet, or maybe more like an armband.

But it’s definitely one of those notions that’s going to pop up again, maybe in “Never Found” (stay tuned for that under N,) or the Witch of Arion/Storm Mirror universe. Part of the fascination dates back to the first D&D books I ever read, where jewelry was one of the major treasure categories, along with coins, gems, and magical items, (which could also be jewelry, such as magic rings!) And jewelry is more interesting, to me, than coins or gems, because they’re items that are made for esthetics and a kind of a function, (admittedly an esthetic function,) as opposed to coins, which are made simply to be a medium of exchange, and gems, which are found and then possibly cut down for esthetics.

Another thing that jewelry associates with me is that quite often, wearing it is something that’s powerfully feminine. (Yes, I know, ornamentation is fundamentally passive, but you can have an active, dynamic female character who still likes to dress up and wear jewelry. 😉 )

I guess that’s it for now. What are your favorite examples of jewelry in fiction? Magic rings like the ones in Lord of the Rings of The Vampire Diaries?