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Jami Gold
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Writer friends! Big news for those who publish paperbacks through CreateSpace. CS is going away and books are being moved into KDP.
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If you ever need a reminder of beauty hiding in the world around us, may I suggest following Don's photographs. :)
Snowflake-a-Day No. 18
From the incredibly small to one of the giants! This snowflake was photographed yesterday and measures a whopping 7.5mm across. Not quite as big as they come, but definitely a heavyweight. View large!

In the middle of the day yesterday, it started snowing. There was nothing on the forecast, and nothing on the radar. It was sunny outside. Yet, a light fluttering collection of snowflakes decided to fall from the sky, and this was one of them. The snowfall had some of the biggest and most beautiful crystals I have ever seen, quite literally out of the blue. The snowfall was also incredibly short-lived, lasting no more than 10 minutes… so time was of the essence.

I’ve encountered this scenario once before, an unexpected snowfall with nothing predicting or identifying it, back in 2014. A colleague of mine, Bryan Weiss, notified me that some of the most magical snowflakes were falling near him in a neighbouring city, and within the hour it reached me as well. The same type of crystals were photographed then, so there might be some reason for this – I have only ever seen snowflakes like this when you expect to find nothing at all.

This snowflake was an afterthought – it didn’t fall on my black mitten, so I resorted to a little-used tactic when the best snowflakes come and go so quickly – I go dumpster diving. Snowflakes sublimate quickly so the window of opportunity is very narrow, but the black mitten I use to photograph these gems can function like a snowflake magnet. Gently placing the mitten on the surface of the snow and lifting it back up will catch some of the freshly fallen crystals. This one was photographed 15 minutes after it fell, and the tips have already started to decay – but it’d still undeniably beautiful in its demise.

At this size, to fill the frame of my camera I only needed 3.4x magnification, so these larger snowflakes can be photographed with just a standard macro lens and hopefully a set of extension tubes. The chances of getting snowflakes this big are slim to none in ordinary winter conditions, but keep your eyes out for every single snowfall to see what it’s delivering. You might end up with these complex mazes of snow falling from the sky.

And this wasn’t even the most complex or the most beautiful one that I photographed. That’s still to come. :)

If you’d like to know more about the science of snowflakes with an exhaustive and comprehensive tutorial on how to photograph and edit these little gems, check out my book Sky Crystals:
Hardcover: https://www.skycrystals.ca/book/
eBook: https://www.skycrystals.ca/ebook/

Other things you might be interested in:

2018 Ice Crystals Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint featuring my snowflakes: http://www.mint.ca/store/coins/coin-prod3040427

“The Snowflake” print, taking 2500 hours to create: http://skycrystals.ca/product/poster-proof/

Photo Geek Weekly, my new podcast: http://www.photogeekweekly.com/
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Here's a post I wrote about the research I did for my latest story, Stone-Cold Heart, and about how even if authors have the facts right, readers still might not believe us.

To overcome that problem, I'm sharing insights from my experience for how to help readers believe our premise. :)
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Thanks so much for spotlighting my book! I hope readers enjoy it. :)
Stone-Cold Heart by Jami Gold
Stone-Cold Heart by Jami Gold
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Research is part of every story I write, and that was especially true of my latest story, Stone-Cold Heart. The heroine, Raquel, is a spitfire who doesn't take any crap from the hero, and with her military background, she has the strength to stand up to this indestructible gargoyle. :)

Raquel's character was inspired by the Army's Cultural Support Teams (a squishy name for fierce female soldiers who served side-by-side with special operations teams in combat situations). Want to learn more about these amazing warriors and check out this story with touches of Beauty and the Beast? Go to http://jamigold.com/sch

In addition to information about the book, I've also included several links and videos about these CST heroes. :D
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Mix a little U.S. history with Star Wars fever, and you get... :)
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One of my favorite aspects of writing is discovering who my characters are. Drafting by the seat of my pants is like meeting a new friend as I first get to know them.

I especially loved playing with my characters in my latest release, Ironclad Devotion. The heroine is a motorcycle-riding faerie princess (yes, really!), and the hero is a cowboy blacksmith.

(Hmm, don't blacksmiths work with iron, and iron is bad for faeries? Could be trouble... ;) )

http://jamigold.com/ironclad-devotion/
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Pure Sacrifice, my second full-length novel releases today! Yay!

This one features a virgin hero (who's a shapeshifting unicorn). Too bad the heroine is determined to seduce him. ;)

http://jamigold.com/pure-sacrifice/
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Write romance? Use Scrivener? Check out this Scrivener template set up for the beats of my popular Romance Beat Sheet. :)

http://snip.ly/2pEf
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Yay! Treasured Claim, my debut novel is out!

She's a dragon shifter with a taste for stealing jewels, and he's a billionaire who catches her with a stolen necklace. ;)

http://jamigold.com/treasured-claim/
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