Regine Allison Claire: Author of YA Fiction

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Happy Halloween–and last day of Foxtober!

Hallowe’en is over, and so is August Li’s Foxtober on the Fox-Hat and Friends blog. But there’s still plenty of time to read this short story and poem, both fox-themed! So if you love foxes — especially shifter foxes — this post is for you. For your reading pleasure, here are “Home”, a short story by Edie Montreux, and my poem, “Lost Fox Woods”! Both were based on the picture in this post.🦊🦊

Happy November!

Fox-Hat and Friends

Happy Samhain, Halloween, or whatever name you give to the changing of the seasons. Today is the last day of our Foxtober celebration, and we’re sending it off properly. Two wonderful authors have donated their time and talent for your enjoyment in a story and a poem based on this prompt:

Foxtober graphic

Please enjoy, and surely the authors would love a quick note to thank them for their work.


By Edie Montreux

Once upon a time, fox shifters had magic. They were known as kitsune, powerful spirit masters with nine tails.

No longer. Bijou was a fox shifter. He had one tail, and no magic. Hell, after all the bullying at school, he had very little spirit left.

Only his best friend Remmy, who was a cat shifter, understood why he smelled scents his human classmates, neighbors, and now coworkers could not. Remmy also understood why he avoided the men…

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Authors and Memory

Yep. Editing can really suck the brain away from all those other things. Kind of like the last major round of edits I did: I kept calling cordon bleu”grilled cheese”… Ah, the fun. We’ll chalk it up to a necessary work hazard. 😉

Having said that: thanks to all the spouses and loved ones who put up with it! It’s not always easy, I know.



When I edit lots
My brain gets fried
And I forget things
Like (a) whether or not I had a coffee;
(b) What my name is;
(c) What the time is;
(d) Whether I stopped for that red light or not;
(e) What the name of this student in front of me is,
And (f) why I’m an author.

When I write,
My memory improves.
I remember point (f).

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Please, Whatever You Do…Don’t Ask Him How Much A Candy Bar Cost in 1952

“Reason for tardy? Depression-era sandwich rage.”
Enough said!

Fisticuffs and Shenanigans


(Ironically, my father complains when my daughter texts all the way to school…if only he knew.)

Caolinn: Grandpa’s been complaining about a 20 cent increase in the price of a McMuffin for ten minutes.  Please send a rope.

Me: Snort

Caolinn: “It’s a twenty percent increase!  That’s INSANE!”

Me:That’s fabulous.

Caolinn: Glad you think so, because guess who’s gonna be late to school because of breakfast sandwich inflation?

Me: I’ll call the attendance office.

Caolinn: God, I can’t wait to hear that one.  “Reason for tardy? Depression-era sandwich rage.”

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Post #001: What It Means to Be a Reader

“You, like so many of us, know the value of words, the weight that they can carry. They can melt you down, they can freeze your blood, they can soothe. But words can hurt you, too. They can leave scars, they can break your heart. Maybe you turn those scars into tattoos. Maybe you write down those seven magic words and tape them to your desk. Or maybe you just lock them away and keep them as a treasure for yourself. That’s fine, too.

Whatever the case, you’re a reader. You’re one of us.”

I loved this article. So many great things in it to think about and remember!
♥ to readers everywhere.

November Notebook: A YA Lit Blog

Post #1: What It Means to Be a Reader

By Grant Goodman, 9/21/2014

You get it. You’re in on the big secret. You know the password.

You have an active imagination. You know how to tune out the noise around you. You’re a page-turner, you have ink on your fingers, your homepage is set to GoodReads.

To be a reader, of course, means everything.

It means that you’re willing to jump into other people’s shoes. You’re okay with exploring a new world. You understand that it’s fine to feel like fiction can surpass reality. You spend so much time surrounded by reality, anyway. So you open up a little door to somewhere else, you test the waters, and when you come back to your own world, you see things a little differently.

Being a reader makes you a magician. You make something out of nothing. You bring life to…

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Why Amazon Reviews Aren’t As Meaningful As We’d Like to Think

I’m certainly aware of this happening, though it has yet to happen to me personally. It irks me, too, Joseph Mulak. Thanks for putting it out there. We all love positive reviews but the negative ones keep it real. Not that I’m saying I want a flood of “I hate your work” reviews. But I’m in for honesty. Even “the greats” have scores of negative reviews.

But that’s the thing about art. Hello subjective. Goodbye one size fits all.


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Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic

YAY! YA courses are awesome. Interesting course list.

Open Graves, Open Minds

After much deliberation I’m excited to reveal that my ‘Generation Dead: YA Fiction and the Gothic’ course list is finally complete!! Choosing the final list has been tricky. Phillip Pullman once said ‘There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book’ (Carnegie Medal Acceptance Speech, 1996). This is even truer of YA fictions. The novels I have chosen are strangely affecting and deeply questioning, and they explore undeadness and difference in surprising and interesting ways. There are those who will ask ‘why study YA fiction in universities?’ I will seek to respond to some of these criticisms. I am no stranger to sneeriness having taught taught vampire studies at MA level at the University of Hertfordshire and introduced the undead into the academy via my own research. We  first began to discuss the importance of YA fictions…

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Just another first post


Thanks for dropping in. I know, it’s looking sparse around here. I’m working on getting this theme fixed up and info loaded in. The virtual curtains, sofa, TV and munchies should arrive soon.

In the meantime, a little about me: I write fiction for young adults. It tends to come up fantasy but I’m not one bit surprised when something of other speculative forms comes up.

I’ll make this post short … which could be considered amazing in some cases since my favourite things to write are novels. With that said, I’ll leave you with a touch of trivia about me.

(1) One of my favourite YA books: Master of Murder by Christopher Pike. I’ve read it so much, the cover of my paperback is no longer attached. No wonder: it’s about a writer.

(2) One of my favourite movies: Taming of the Shrew starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. ♥ “AAAAMENNNNNN” (watch it and this will make perfect sense).

(3) What I wanted to be when I graduated high school: A cryptozoologist. Awesome job combining the study of animals with the unknown. Did you know that Giant pandas were considered a cryptid? People didn’t know what they were and believed they were only found in Chinese folklore. They turned out to be real. Nice.
Wrapping this up now … be back again soon.

♥ Regine