This is the post I’ve been waiting to write for years. YEARS! My fantasy novel, LOVE IN A TIME OF MONSTERS, is on sale!

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He has a monster problem

Scotland, 1867. When Rob Stevenson’s brother is killed—and eaten—in the forest outside their estate, Rob’s sheltered world is shattered by a monster infestation. Determined to keep his village safe, Rob’s first duty as laird involves hiring a professional hunter.

She kills monsters

The sole survivor of a massacre in the Congo, Catriona Mornay is rumored to have lost her mind in the jungle. In Edinburgh’s gas-lit streets, Cat’s skill as a hunter is unmatched. Her reputation as a killer of unnatural creatures, legendary.

Two worlds collide

Faced with a rising body count, Rob takes a chance on Cat, hoping that somewhere inside this tortured yet charismatic girl is the hero he’s been searching for. But in this shadow realm of secrets, lies, and underworld crime, their lives overlap in more ways than one. And in an age where harpies flock the sky and serpents rule the sea, it’s even possible for a boy and his hunter to fall in love.

But can their love survive in a time of monsters?

You can buy it here:


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The ebook is cheaper than the price of popcorn chicken (or Girl Scout cookies for those of you who do not gorge yourself on popcorn chicken) and will net you hours of entertainment. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll feel a little scared and perhaps… a little sexy? I have a dirty mind, and while that’s no secret, aren’t you curious about my dirty mind when applied to a fantasy setting?

As an added bonus, if you buy the paperback version on Amazon, you’ll get the kindle version for $0.99.

I’m thrilled to share this book with you and hope you enjoy it! And once you’ve enjoyed it… please consider leaving a review (I won’t direct you to where, but allow me to point in Amazon’s general direction) to help others find my work and spread my dirty mind around… rather like herpes but in a more pleasant way.



A New Sandbox

Come August, The Lit Connection will turn six.  Six years is a long time, my friends, but sadly, all good things must come to an end. You’ve probably noticed in the past year (or more…apologies!) that my regular posting schedule has taken a dive. For me, anyway, blogging has lost some of its former glory, which is a nice way of saying ‘WordPress is soooo 2006.”  After seeing so many of my book-blogging homies come and go and the great Google Reader gone to RSS-feed-heaven (OH GOD WHY?), it’s time to turn over a new leaf. Plus, need I mention that Outlander is finally going to be a TV show and my Jamie Fraser casting skills will be as defunct as Google Reader (again, WHY?!?!?!?) Also, also, many things have changed. I got engaged earlier this year and things are looking up for my writing endeavors (mums the word for now, more on this later).

So I’m taking The Lit Connection to the pound and putting her to sleep. But fear not, I’m keeping her open in case you ever feel the need to troll her archives and read about the first time I discovered Twilight and gushed over Edward/Jacob, in which case, I’ll DIE of embarrassment. That being said, you can still find me all over the interwebs.

Stalkers take note: 1) You can find me at my revamped tumblr:

I’m still blogging about books, musicals, shirtless men, swoon-worthy characters, and sexy sinister villains. Tumblr is a smaller garden, easier to maintain. The same silliness still applies. Y’all know me here as T.Y., but I’m taking a cue from Marky Mark and going by my full name. Consider me the ‘Blogger Formerly known as T.Y.’ So come over to my new sandbox and we shall continue to play. Put me in your new feed reader…if you have one now that Google Reader is deceased (I’M STILL PICKING THE SHATTERED PIECES OF MY HEART OFF THE FLOOR. SOB!)

2) Twitter @teresayea  

3) My Pinterest  With that said, I will be mounting my stallion and riding off into the sunset. I heart you all. Let us engage in a big pervy group hug. T.Y.

The Next Big Thing

The Next Big Thing:

I’ve been tagged by my critique partner Kristina and to be fair, tagged eons ago by my other CP Rhiann for this meme. So without further ado…

What is your working title of your book (or story)?

Where did the idea come from for the book?

I wish I could say it came to me in a dream a la S.Meyer, but I usually have to hunt down my ideas and whip them into shape like a lion tamer.


I told my boyfriend I wanted to write YA Raiders of the Lost Ark with the love/hate romantic chemistry found in Pride and Prejudice. Following the Indiana Jones route, I needed my MacGuffin or  ‘the object all the characters desire and are willing to plot, manipulate, kill, and die for.’ Think the Ark of the Covenant, the glowing brief case in Pulp Fiction, the ring in Lord of the Rings, etc…   In high school, I wrote a short story about a cursed ruby. I recycled said ruby and gave it resurrection powers. BAM! MacGuffin in the house!

As for my main character, I turned her into Captain Ahab and made the ruby her white whale. She gets a little intense, obsessive. Somewhere during my master planning, I read that ‘no one could hurt you more than your family’ so I gave those closest to her secret evil. They are the snakes in the pit, so to speak.

It’s all very premeditated. I might have a PowerPoint presentation of this book floating around my hard drive.  I would be happy to give you a lecture after I locate my laser pointer and um, get a life.
What genre does your book fall under?

YA gothic horror
Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Remember when this blog used to be the hot spot for my Outlander and Witch of Blackbird Pond fantasy casting? Aside from writer, my other dream job is casting director. I made a casting board of the main characters because that’s how I roll. That thing about getting a life? Yeah, I need to start…pronto.

This is probably for my critique partners’ benefit or for the agent(s) who currently have my manuscript and decide to drop by to confirm that I’m not an ax murderer (no, I’m just a nerd). Anyway, do I have the character descriptions down or what?


Ava Nolan: Felicity Jones with more eyeliner. She was my model for Ava since the beginning.

Ben Wolcott: Andrew Garfield. Originally Gaspard Ulliell and Ben Whishaw (notice a similarity in names?). I needed someone cute, nerdy, on the scrawny side, but creepy…

Cam: Tom Felton after a few sessions at the gym.

Uncle Tav: Richard Armitage.  Oh man, this picture! It’s like he’s undressing me with his eyes.  Also, this role is secretly ‘Oscar bait’ so Daniel Day Lewis, you know you want it.

Ava’s mother: Eva Green because I am charmed by her wicked eyes and come-hither stares.

Ava’s Dad: Michael Fassbender because he can play the ‘man on the verge of a nihilistic abyss’ role  and ugly cry with the best of them. Ava’s ‘daddy issues’ explained.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Seventeen-year-old Ava Nolan’s life as an amateur relic hunter is filled with backstabbing—not to mention literal stabbing—when her hunt for an occult ruby pits her against her graverobber uncle and her ambitious boyfriend.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

As God as my witness, it will be pimped by an agent!

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

I give you the Goldilocks answer: long enough but not too long.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?

Nevermore by Kelly Creagh and the recently published Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd for the gothic-y vibe. The Pretty Little Liars and The Luxe series for the salacious dramarama.


Who or what inspired you to write this book?

 See Raiders answer above. And all the V.C. Andrews novels I read as a pre-teen. The DRAMA, the SCANDAL, the creepy family portraits, the ‘daddy issues’ and ‘mommy issues.’

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Sex, lies, murder, madness, macabre artifacts, haunted houses, tomb raiding, and sinister family secrets. Need I bust out my PowerPoint presentation?


Books Read 2012

Books I Read (Minus the DNF) with random commentary.
JAN 2012

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

Comments: Incest is icky, but this is a heartbreaking love story between siblings.  And I say this with absolute seriousness. Remember in V.C. Andrews’ Dawn when Philip Cutler is all ‘It’s not incest if we turn the lights off’? and that was um, gross, but in Forbidden, I was really rooting for Maya and Lochan and hoping they’d run away (but not procreate). I felt so TORMENTED after this read.

FEB 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Comments: Pretty Cover!

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Comments: Hazel’s quest to meet that Peter Van author dude mirrors my Christopher Pike stalking. I can relate. Unlike Peter Van Mumble Mumble, Christopher Pike is really nice and HE WROTE ON MY FB WALL WISHING ME A HAPPY BIRTHDAY ONE WEEK BEFORE MY ACTUAL BIRTHDAY WHICH MEANS HE HAS ME MARKED ON HIS CALENDER. ZOMG I’VE BEEN MARKED BY THE PIKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! To quote Hazel: What is this life?????

MARCH 2012

Misery by Stephen King

Comments: The book is much freakier than the movie. I learned a new word: man gland. And when Annie Wilkes threatened to cut off Paul Sheldon’s man gland, I was secretly worshipping Stephen King’s sick mind.

APRIL 2012

Cujo by Stephen King

Comments: Rabid dogs are scary. That’s all. Read with some liberal skimming as there were lots of exposition on ad agencies and whatnot. Could use a ‘man-gland’ now and then.

MAY 2012

The Dressmaker by Kate Alcott.

Comments: Stopped page 195. Reason: Library book due. Aspiring dressmaker on Titanic. I liked the pacing and rapid scene breaks, but when my copy went back to the library, I felt like I could live without finishing it. I’d probably pick it back up again when the Titanic mood strikes.

Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Comments: Derek Craven is one sexy gambling kingpin. And he speaks with a cockney accent, much like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins, except Derek gets it ON with mousy romance novelist. Not that Dick Van Dyke doesn’t get it ON now and again. If you recall his Penguin dance, he is very flexible and… feral.

JULY 2012

Cracked by K.M. Walton

Comments: The bully and the boy he bullied become roommates in a psych ward. This is neither here nor there, but I kept imagining Biff and George McFly as roommates.


Phantom by Susan Kay

Comments: This is one big mother of a book, but I am obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera and sort of want to marry the man behind the mask. This book is about his life and is so scrumptiously written that I actually looked up from the text to mouth “Wow.” Oh Phantom, you are like the most perfect man EVER. Master architect, magician, composer, tortured genius—who cares about your face? Christine doesn’t deserve you…Please take me to your secret lair and let me play with your mechanical monkey (oh how wrong this sounds).


The Aviary by Kathleen O’Dell

Comments: Gothic-y middle grade involving a tumbledown mansion and an aviary filled with creepy birds. Birds freak me out. Feathers. Beaks. Scaly feet. Nasty avian scum! I once saw a man at the beach with two parrots on his arm and nearly tossed my cookies. Do not EVER ask me to pet your pigeon.

God-Shaped Hole by Tiffanie Debartolo

Comments: This book is like a love letter to LA from characters who hate LA. This book is hilarious and the voice, my God the voice…Since this is blurbed as “This generation’s Love Story” on the cover, I already knew what was coming and yet, the end felt like a million daggers into my heart all the same. And when I finished picking up the shattered pieces of my heart off the floor, I thought about all the tragic endings I encountered this year. The Phantom. This book. A Fault in Our Stars. Forbidden. It’s the year of tempestuous love and untimely deaths. P.S. I pictured Jacob and Trixie as Winona Ryder and Ethan Hawke circa Reality Bites.

GUTGAA Meet and Greet

So there’s a writing extravaganza going on (See badge) during the month of Sept where all query-ready writers are gearing up to get an agent. And since I’ve been having DREAMS about signing with an awesome agent and spent most of this year tweaking (Oh man, have I been tweaking!) my manuscript and query letter, I’ve joined…
Oh look… A meme!
A few extremely random things about me: My name is Teresa. On this blog, I go by T.Y. cuz that’s how I roll…
I’m a science geek by degree, bookworm at heart. My favorite book is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon because Jamie Fraser is the hottest man alive who doesn’t really exist. I’ve also had a lifelong crush on Nat Eaton from The Witch of Blackbird Pond, a book I’ve read 11 times.
Book crushes aside, I’m a huge musical aficionado…meaning you have to PRY The Phantom of the Opera 25th Anniversary DVD from my cold dead hands. Plus, I could literally hum Les Miserables all day every day and annoy you to no end.  If you understand the reference below, then you and I must be friends.

-Where do you write?

A very cramped desk in the corner of my living room.

-Quick. Go to your writing space, sit down and look to your left. What is the first thing you see?

A panda-shaped speaker. Also, a roll of toilet paper to blow my nose since I forgot to buy Kleenex. It is very ‘Joan Wilder-Romancing the Stone’ absent-minded of me.


-Favorite time to write?

10 am to 3 pm. Otherwise, I work around my day job schedule.


-Drink of choice while writing?

During winter: Stash Peach Black Tea.

During summer: Snapple Peach Tea.


-When writing , do you listen to music or do you need complete silence?

Depending on the project, I listen to 1-2 songs on a continuous loop and said song becomes the theme of my novel. For BLACK HEART, RED RUBY, my query-ready YA gothic romance, the songs were Metallica’s ‘Enter Sandman’ and the 19th century Irish Ballad ‘The Last Rose of Summer,’ which is the creepy lullaby featured in the book.

For my current WIP, it’s a cross between ‘The Beauty Underneath‘ from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Love Never Dies’ soundtrack and ‘When You Taught Me How to Dance.

-What was your inspiration for your latest manuscript and where did you find it?

 My heroine, Ava Nolan, is a cross between Captain Ahab, Jeremy Renner’s character from The Hurt Locker, Scarlett O’Hara, and …Larry David. In other words, she’s obsessed with her goal, a master of her domain yet socially clueless, and unknowingly pisses off the supporting characters more than once. But fear not, she redeems herself in the end…

The plot was inspired by Aguirre, Wrath of God, a 70’s German flick about conquistadors searching for the lost city of El Dorado.  Aguirre, the antagonist, gets a little gold-obsessed, offs the commander and pushes the expedition deeper into the Amazon until the crew mutinies and he’s all “If I want the birds to drop dead from the trees…then the birds will drop dead from the trees. I AM THE WRATH OF GOD!” So evil. So demented. So intriguing…  As you can tell, I have a fondness for villains.

I also wanted to write a love-hate romance like Pride and Prejudice. So there’s lots of ‘I RUE the day I ever met you’ followed by ‘I was so wrong about him!’ Swoon!

There’s also quite a bit of…family drama. I am indebted to V.C. Andrews in this regard. No incest, though, sorry to disappoint. And the supernatural ruby quest? Pure Raiders of the Lost Ark, except, you know, with an Indy who tends to get into catfights.  

Anyway, here’s my elevator pitch:

17-year-old Ava Nolan’s life as an amateur relic hunter is filled with backstabbing—not to mention literal stabbing—when her quest for an occult ruby pits her against her graverobber uncle and her ambitious boyfriend. 

And here is what BLACK HEART, RED RUBY looks like in my mind:

-What’s your most valuable writing tip?

Since perfectionism is my worst enemy, I repeat this to myself all the time: ‘There’s no use in arranging deck chairs when the Titanic is sinking.’ Finish the novel first, line edit later, which, for me, is easier said than done.


I’ve been semi-hard at work on my second novel. I have a title. A badass title. Unfortunately, I am artistically superstitious and cannot talk about my work-in-progress(s) until I’ve finished drafting so you must remain in the dark.

This second project is a YA historical fantasy set in Scotland circa 188o. See collage below… There is a high amount of Victorian Era drug use involving absinthe and syringes. Interesting research fact, syringes were invented in the 19th century–in Scotland, in fact–so it was meant to be.

As per my tastes, the fantasy element is very light so it’s more of an ‘alternate history’ than ‘high fantasy.’ Also, character names and places will never contain ‘ae.’

In three simple words: love, drugs, and monsters.

And below is WIP #3, a YA historical fantasy set in Elizabethan England.  It was born out of a NyQuil-induced dream involving Elizabethan-era spies, though the actual premise is pure backstabbing Rome/I,Claudius. A vague description: Ruffle collars, court intrigue, poison, murder, executions, empires, tyrants…

Stranger than Fiction

 It is a truth universally acknowledged by my co-workers that we work in the epicenter of insanity.  Crazies come, crazies go…Oh how I wish they would GO!  Some are nice, some are just plain mean (one of them hurt my feelings and I will never be the same again. SOB!).

So another crazy lady came into the office. She was wearing a sundress and a floppy wicker hat–not too crazy on first impression. She leaves for 5 minutes, presumably to buy a drink, and returns in tie-dyed skinny jeans and a paint-splattered blouse.

Where did she change her outfit? In her car? More importantly, WHY did she change her outfit? Maybe she had to change for work? But tie-dyed skinny jeans???

At first, I thought she was another person because the first lady I was speaking to had on a sundress. I did not expect an outfit change. She asks to use the bathroom and exits wearing another dress. 3 OUTFITS IN 15 MINS. My head is spinning. This lady just performed a Clark Kent to Superman outfit change before my very eyes. The answer: lady=superhero.

Speaking of Superman, I just watched Superman 4 on TV and must quote Nuclear Man: “Take me to her OR I WILL HURT PEOPLE!!!”