#ShareAReviewDay – Children of the Mist by Hywela Lyn

This afternoon, Hywela Lyn is back with a review of her second book in the Destiny Trilogy, Children of the Mist. I’m sure you’ll enjoy reading this one, and will pass it along to the Immediate World, via social media. Thanks so much!

REVIEW:

Orchid – Long and Short Reviews
5 Stars and ‘Best Book’

A viral plague decimates the people of Earth Colony Niflheim. First their telepathic powers disappear cutting them off from the rest of the planet, then death takes them from their loved ones. 

The elders call representatives from all the settlements to gather at Gladsheim. Their aim is to send a telepathic message to the stars to the only person who can help. 

Vidarh arrives at Gladsheim as the representative from Sleipnir. The manner in which he arrives startles the people of Gladsheim, especially Tamarith. Vidarh takes an instant liking to Tamarith but realizes she is far above him in ability and station. He knows he has no chance to win her affection when he finds out Tamarith is in love with someone else. 

In the depths of space Jess  receives the telepathic message from Niflheim. She and Dahl head for Niflheim in their ship Quest. Due to past help received from the Nifls they are only too pleased to offer their assistance. Samples of the disease are collected for them to take offplanet to the Phidians in the hope a cure for the virus can be found. 

Everything goes to plan until Jess and Dahl try to leave the planet. They are forced to return to Gladsheim where the Nifls have discovered sinister undertones to the sickness. Strangers on Niflheim are causing death and destruction to the telepaths way of life. The technology and knowledge of Jess and Dahl combined with the telepathic and kinetic ability of Vidahr and Tamarith are needed to save the planet. But is there enough time? 

This book is wonderful! There are few books that hold my interest to the point where I can’t bear to put it down, but Children of the Mist is most certainly at the top of this list. The attraction between Tamarith and Vidarh is beautifully written. The involvement of telepathy would appear to make it easier for them to share their feelings, but this isn’t the case. If anything telepathy makes it harder as they hide their minds from one another. This puts their lives in danger more than once. 

Jess and Dahl are not the main characters of this book, but they are not really minor characters either. Their story complements and intertwines with that of Tamarith and Vidarh providing a perfect balance between technology and mind power. 

From the beginning I thought I knew what was going to happen but Ms Lyn cleverly develops the story so that I was never quite sure I’d got it right. This kept my interest at its peak to the spectacular, but totally unexpected finale. 

Well done Hywela Lyn. I haven’t read the first book in this series, but you can be sure I’m going to buy it as soon as I can. This is the type of book I love to read.

BLURB:

Two minds united against a common foe. Two hearts afraid to show their love: 

Long ago Tamarith fell in love with a man she can never have, and is convinced she will never love another. However, she cannot help but be intrigued by a handsome stranger whose psychic powers exceed even her own. 

Vidarh seeks only to find his true purpose in life and to win the regard of his father, who eschews his son’s psychic abilities. Thrown together by a common threat to their planet, then torn apart by an evil greater than any they could have imagined, can Vidarh save the lovely Nifl woman who has captivated him, before it is too late? 

Will Tamarith and Vidarh overcome the deadly enemy who threatens to destroy all they know and love? Will they find the happiness they both seek? Or are they fated to live their lives alone?

Buy Children of the Mist HERE on Amazon, or HERE on The Wild Rose Press

Author Hywela Lyn

Hywela Lyn lives in a small village in England, with her long suffering husband Dave,  although her heart remains in her native rural Wales, which inspired so much of her writing. 

Although most her writing tends to be futuristic, the worlds she creates are usually untainted by crowded cities and technology, embracing the beauty and wildness of nature.  Her characters often have to fight the elements and the terrain itself.  Her heroines are strong and courageous, while never losing their femininity. a worthy match for the handsome hero.  However difficult the journey, love will always win in the end. 

Her  first novel, Starquest a futuristic romance released by the Wild Rose Press was followed by a second book featuring some of the same characters, entitled Children Of The Mist.  A third novel Beloved Enemy continues what has now become a series known as The Destiny Trilogy. Each book is complete and can be read as a ‘stand alone’, although best read in order. 

She is a member of The Romantic Novelists’ Association (UK)  and Chiltern Writers, her local writing group. 

A keen animal lover, she has a ‘mare with attitude, called Flying T’pau,a ‘feral’ stable cat, Dusty, and a rescued terrier, Choccy, who manages to twist her round his little paw.  When she is not writing, she can usually be found enjoying the outdoors with the horses and dog – or just  eating chocolate! 

Email Hywela at HywelaLyn@HywelaLyn.co.uk

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#ShareAReviewDay – Mourning Dove by Claire Fullerton

This morning, please help me welcome author Claire Fullerton who is sharing a lovely review of her novel, Mourning Dove. I think you’ll really enjoy this one! Be sure to let Claire know your thoughts in the comments section, and remember to share this on your social media. (We’ll happily do the same for you when you need us to.) 🙂 Thanks!

REVIEW:

Review by Sally G. Cronin of Smorgasbord.
By
S. G. Cronin on 29 June 2018

I am not sure that anyone who is not born into the opulent, and long cultivated upper echelons of Southern culture, would be able to slip into its charming, but strictly adhered to rules of engagement easily. Especially when you are on the cusp of your teen years and brought up in the very different environment. As are Millie aged ten and her brother Finlay, who is eighteen months older.

“We had Minnesota accents, we were white as the driven snow, and we both had a painfully difficult time deciphering the Southern accent, which operates at lightening speed, and doesn’t feel the need for enunciation. Instead, it trips along the lines of implication.”

Posey comes from an affluent Southern family and was brought up in a sprawling stucco French Chateau which she left having met a charismatic and rich Yankee. Her marriage is over, and the wealth that she is accustomed to is gone; and she has little choice but to return to her family home in Memphis. She slips right back into society where she left off, as she takes over the running of the house, and with four years until an income will be available from her inherited trust fund, other means must be found.

The intricacies of the society that the two children find themselves inserted into, has little relation to the outside world. Steeped in tradition, long forged alliances, eccentricities and acceptable behaviour, stretching back through many generations. Little has changed, and that is the way it is orchestrated to remain. Clearly defined roles for males and females are perpetuated in the schooling that prepares the young to continue the status quo into the future, and non-conformity is frowned upon. You will fit in or face exclusion.
I was provided with an ARC copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

This novel is about the relationship between a brother and sister and is written from Millie’s perspective, now 36 years old, as she revisits their childhood and teenage years. She is looking for answers and clues as to where her relationship with Finlay, which had been so solid and close, began to disconnect. Without a doubt for me one of elements that is crucial to this, is their mother, and Claire Fullerton has done a masterful job in creating her self-absorbed but somehow vulnerable character.

“My mother did not walk into a room, she sashayed, borne from the swivel of her twenty-four inch waist. Her name was Posey, and although there was a lot more to her that she ever let on, to all appearances, the name suited her perfectly.”

The story is not fast paced, flowing smoothly as it meanders through their lives of Posey, Millie and Finlay. You are drawn into their experiences, and you find yourself mentally bookmarking certain events and revelations, that explain how such a close bond became disconnected. I found myself engaging with the main characters early on, and I became emotionally attached to them all. Those of us with brothers and sisters can find parallels in our own relationships, especially those that might not be as close as they were when growing up.

Mourning Dove is elegantly written with a brilliantly descriptive language that has you immersed in this very exclusive and opulent society. I dare you not to read, and not come away with a distinctive drawl of lightening speed, without the need of enunciation!

BLURB:

“An accurate and heart-wrenching picture of the sensibilities of the American South.” Kirkus Book Reviews

The heart has a home when it has an ally.

If Millie Crossan doesn’t know anything else, she knows this one truth simply because her brother Finley grew up beside her. Charismatic Finley, eighteen months her senior, becomes Millie’s guide when their mother Posey leaves their father and moves her children from Minnesota to Memphis shortly after Millie’s tenth birthday.

Memphis is a world foreign to Millie and Finley. This is the 1970s Memphis, the genteel world of their mother’s upbringing and vastly different from anything they’ve ever known. Here they are the outsiders. Here, they only have each other. And here, as the years fold over themselves, they mature in a manicured Southern culture where they learn firsthand that much of what glitters isn’t gold. Nuance, tradition, and Southern eccentrics flavor Millie and Finley’s world as they find their way to belonging.

But what hidden variables take their shared history to leave both brother and sister at such disparate ends?

Buy Mourning Dove HERE

Author Claire Fullerton

Claire Fullerton grew up in Memphis, TN and now lives in Malibu, CA. She is the author of contemporary fiction, Dancing to an Irish Reel, set in Connemara, Ireland, where she once lived. Dancing to an Irish Reel is a finalist in the 2016 Kindle Book Review Awards, and a 2016 Readers’ Favorite. Claire is the author of A Portal in Time, a paranormal mystery that unfolds in two time periods, set on California’s hauntingly beautiful Monterey Peninsula, in a village called Carmel-by-the-Sea. Both of Claire’s novels are published by Vinspire Publishing. Her third novel, Mourning Dove, is a Southern family saga, published in June, 2018 by Firefly Southern Fiction. She is one of four contributors to the book, Southern Seasons, with her novella, Through an Autumn Window, to be published in November 2018 by Firefly Southern Fiction. Claire is represented by Julie Gwinn, of The Seymour Literary Agency, and can be found on WordPress, Twitter (cfullerton3) Goodreads, Instagram ( cffullerton) as well as the website under her name.

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#HurricaneMichael and a Few Thoughts on Gratitude

 


Mexico Beach (Ground Zero) Before Hurricane Michael
(Those are homes and business, packed this tightly for about 7 miles)

I promised one last update on Hurricane Michael’s devastating path through the Florida panhandle, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. Some of you across the Atlantic felt Michael’s last, dying winds, too, and hopefully survived with no serious damage. But today, I want to share a few pictures of exactly what we are dealing with here in Florida, because I think images explain the situation far better than words do. Please send your thoughts and prayers to these people who have lost everything, including in some cases, their lives.

After Michael (Shot is lined up as a continuation of the left image)

This is what the area looks like now. The rectangles on the ground everywhere you look are all that’s left of hundreds of homes. Entire neighborhoods gone. In most cases, there isn’t anything left to sort through for belongings. It’s all been blown (or washed) blocks and blocks away! For as far as you can see.

 
Most homes are gone completely. Here’s an entire block that has been leveled.

But even the homes that are still somewhat in place will likely be condemned. (These pictured here were occupied dwellings, that have been blown off their pilings & had the siding ripped off, as well.

This larger house was lifted off the foundations and left atilt.

In other cases, while neighboring house sustained serious damage to roofs and walls, the house in the middle was lifted right off its pilings altogether and deposited blocks away!

Walls were torn off of some homes, and INTERIOR drywall completely torn out.  

The debris piled up in front of the remains of this house probably came from blocks away, carried on the 10+ feet of storm surge.

One of the reasons it’s so difficult to get utility trucks into the area. They estimate that most of these homes will be without power or drinking water for weeks, maybe a month or longer, due to difficulty of access. Those who evacuated are being asked to stay away until it’s safer to return.

This was a block of businesses and shops. Gone. You can see the remains of the pottery shop in the foregound. These were permanent buildings, often concrete block construction. Not street fair tents or the like. The livelihood of all these business owners is pretty much gone.

I dont’ know about you, but I wouldn’t drive down a road like this. Not even on the far side. Yet many first responders have had to brave such conditions in order to help where they can. TEN area hospitals have had to relocate all their patients, due to loss of power and water!

These folks are probably trying to figure out where their house ended up, and if there is anything at all left of their personal belongings. I saw one man being interviewed who said he was able to reach his house, but found it “severely damaged and filled with furniture that wasn’t his!” Imagine.

I want to end with this shot (though I have dozens more) of two men who are happy to see each other still alive! The death toll has so far been much lower than feared, but that’s no consolation to anyone who lost a family member in this storm. And one more reason to try to get the message across: If they tell you to get out, GET OUT! It isn’t worth the risk of ending up under a pile of debris that used to be your home. GO.

I have always said I would never, ever build a house on a beach or a barrier island. I personally think the risk is far too high. That doesn’t mean I don’t feel immensely saddened for those who made a different choice, and have now paid a huge price for it. And truthfully, storms can come inland to wreak havoc, too, as this one did going through the middle of Georgia and northward.

My final thoughts are these. Be grateful for every day you are given. Life is a gift. Use it fully, but wisely. Enjoy the moment, but don’t be foolish. Taking selfies on the edge of a cliff is foolish. Dangling your child over the edge of the alligator enclosure is downright criminally dumb. And refusing to evacuate an area targeted by a hurricane when you’ve been BEGGED to go is just plain stupid. Don’t do any of these things! You have a life to live, things to do, people to love and be loved by. There are already dangers out there you have no control over. Don’t add to them unnecessarily.

Just my thoughts, for what they’re worth.

To you people who live in areas where hurricanes are not a problem, YAY! Count your blessings. And to ALL of you, stay safe, please! And count YOUR blessings, too. Remember to send your thoughts and prayers to the people impacted by Hurricane Michael. Many of them will be months and months trying to put their lives back together again. Thanks!

 

Still Alive and Kicking, Here! #HurricaneMichael


Photos of Hurricane Michael Destruction
(Not here in central Florida)

Just wanted to touch base with you guys and let you know Hurricane Michael spared my area of Central FLorida of all but one outer band of storm. That one penetrated 100 miles into the peninsula to dump some torrential rains and gusty winds on us here in the Sanford area. It was over in an hour, though the day was dark and gloomy from dawn to dusk.

Sadly, the panhandle region of the state did not get off so lightly. Catagory 4 Michael came roaring ashore with 155mph winds exactly where they predicted it would, and damage assessment is underway. I’ve seen images of entire roofs torn right off homes, leaving the house completely open on top, like a dollhouse, and there have already been two deaths reported.

The good news is that, unlike Hurricane Florence which hung out for DAYS, Michael was in a big hurry to get elsewhere. Had it paused over Apalachicola/Panama City for very long, the destruction would have been unimagineable. It tore through Georgia still at Catagory 3 strength, and is now crossing South Carolina as a tropical storm. (That’s still a dangerous storm with winds up to 75mph and lots of rain.)

It looks like it will exit close to the North Carolina/Virginia border and move into the Atlantic, pointed in the general direction of Ireland, I believe. Whether it will die out mid-ocean or make the crossing remains to be seen. I’m voting for DEATH to Hurricane Michael! It’s caused enough misery!

Thank you for all your well wishes and prayers, both for me and my family, and for those in the path of this terrible storm. Knowing there were friends around the world sending positive thoughts this way kept me buoyed throughout the long hours of tracking the storm’s progress. I love each and every one of you! ❤ ❤ ❤

A few more photos of the kind of damage left behind. I’m sure there will be more and more photos appearing over the next few days, but these will give you an idea.

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#HurricaneMichael


A Recent Trajectory Map of Hurricane Michael
(This has already been updated to indicate possible
hurricane strength winds the entire way to the Atlantic)

For those who aren’t following this story, Hurricane Michael,  currently a Category 4 storm and feared to become a Category 5, charged up the Gulf of Mexico yesterday and is just a couple of hours away from slamming into the panhandle/big bend region of Florida. It is being called the worst storm to hit the area in over 100 years, and is a monster, over 200 miles wide! The panhandle is going to take a terrible beating and those who have ignored the evactuation orders have put their lives at risk.

Those of us in central Florida–I’m 100 miles from the coast, just above the “E” in Wed on the map–can expect heavy rains and winds as the day progresses, and likely loss of power. A storm surge of more than 14′ is predicted in panhandle region, and continues to one degree or another along MOST of the Gulf coast of Florida. There will be flooding in those areas.

Michael is moving fast, which is good in that it isn’t likely to stall over land like Florence did, dumping an ocean of water into rivers and lakes. The downside of moving that fast is that it may not lose any strength as it moves across the states in jeopardy. The current windspeeds are 145 mph, and it is predicted to sweep through all of Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and into Virginia! Since this includes my daughter’s area, I’m praying that making landfall DOES cause those winds to drop, but it’s anybody’s guess.

Please keep the people in Hurricane Michael’s path in your thoughts and prayers. In many ways, this is a far worse storm than Hurricane Florence was, and tremendous loss of property (and possibly life) is likely to occur.

If I disappear for a day or two, it will likely be due to power outages, but I’ll report in when I can.

Okay, that’s my bad news for the day. As you were, folks! Hope most of you will have a good day, and will remember to count your blessings if you are safely out of Michael’s path!

#ShareAReviewDay – Out of Time by Jaye Marie


Please help me welcome this afternoon’s guest, Jaye Marie, witha  review of her book, Out of Time. I know you’ll enjoy this one, and will help Jaye get the word out by sharing everywhere on  your social media. Thanks!

REVIEW:

Janet Gogerty
4.0 out of 5 starsIn the mind of a killer.
21 September 2018

I hadn’t read the previous novel about Kate, so knew nothing about her, but Kate knows nothing about herself either when she wakes up. This is a thriller with no heroes, the Snowman is desperate to help her and it seems at last he can, but it is not to be. If this was a television thriller the Snowman would save the day, but the story becomes more complex. We follow the killer’s thoughts as well as the other main characters, an advantage of books over screens. The reader will never sympathise, but we might comprehend what’s going on in Jack’s mind. Michael is another character who we think might save the day, but he is a mix of flaws and must face up to the grief he has caused the woman he loved and the other woman who loves him. This is not a novel for the faint hearted; what starts as a mystery of unconnected murders is also the story of those unfotunate enough to be in the path of a killer or know his intended victim. We know from the news that bizarre killings can occur when a murderer becomes obsessed and this murderer is obsessed with Kate.

BLURB:

Kate wakes up in hospital, unable to speak or move.

Her brain has shut down, refusing to acknowledge the horror of what happened to her.

With the help of Detective Snow, Kate will gradually put her life back together, only to discover her nightmare is far from being over.

A nightmare that must become worse before it can get better.

Haunted by his own demons, will the Snowman manage to catch the twisted killer before he gets to Kate?

Evil lurks in this story as people die, but amidst the tears and heartache, a lost love struggles to survive…

BUY Out of Time HERE

Author Jaye Marie

My name is Jaye Marie, the ‘oily rag’ of the establishment https://jenanita01.com and usually, I prefer to stay in the background.
Since we decided to publish our books ourselves, most of my other interests have had to take a back seat, and as I am not half as clever as I want to be, they may well have to leave the country for a while. Well, some of them can but not all. I have a Bonsai collection that demands my attention in the growing season, or they will die, so no ignoring them! (It is a bit like having children…)

I always prefer to be busy, although I did think that now I am 74, I might be able to relax a bit more. I don’t think that will happen, far too much going on and I’m too nosey. I have to be doing or looking or trying something new. I make plans in my head, knowing that I am probably wasting my time, but I just can’t help it.

For someone who loathes computers, I think I have learnt an awful lot. Not that much really, when you consider how much I still don’t know. But as long as there is life in this old body, I will keep on trying, and you never know, our books might just be a little famous one day!
It won’t be for the lack of trying, believe me!

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#ShareAReviewDay – Starquest Book 1 by Hywela Lyn

This morning, please help me welcome Hywela Lyn to The Write Stuff. She is sharing a review of her Sci-Fi/Fantasy novel Starquest, Book 1, and I know you’ll enjoy reading it, then sharing far and wide. Thanks!

REVIEW:
Review by Snapdragon – Long And Short Reviews
4-1/2 stars

A love that will carry the heroine across the galaxy; a challenge that will threaten her life. Starquest by Hywela Lyn leaps into the deep end of galaxy right from the start, as the Jaii-onboard-computer announces a calamity that is but moments away. The navigational corrections are not enough, the starship’s drive is compromised; prepare to abandon ship…

Starquest kicks off with a literal bang, and you will feel your heart thumping at the race to abandon ship. The heroine, Jestine Darnell, is setting off on a desperate quest and does not quite know why. Her personal trajectory is impossible to predict, as she soon finds herself in the hands of telepaths – who are telepaths and more. Unsought friendships emerge, but can she trust them? And can that sort of reliance (no matter how good a navigator she is) come to matter among a large starship crew? It doesn’t help that she has to start off with a lie, then wonders if they can see through it. 

The Destiny’s crew find her competent, but they have reservations. Kerry and Jon acknowledge her competence, and you will find yourself hoping against hope that they will give her the benefit of the doubt. It is a troubled time; from the Union’s stranglehold on Earth, to the dangerous Grakk spies lurking all over the universe. Even as we hope for her to be accepted, you will feel a thread of doubt yourself. In an amazing way, Lyn will make you identify – even if just a little bit – with almost every character. 

Some emotions, like a somewhat shared sense of longing, are common among these people that cannot help but remember, a little sadly, the Earth home they left, long ago. What seems like a minor emotion – a loneliness or regret, becomes surprisingly evocative in this tale. 

Ms. Lyn does a great job making surprise characters, like Jaii and other ships’ computers, seem ordinary. And, it’s refreshing that various characters share a sense of pride and enthusiasm in their ships’ capabilities. 

Dialogue tends to be to the point and believable. Events become more and more unpredictable as the story moves forward. The backdrop is a universe – a beautifully envisioned universe. It seems rare to find a story with a science fiction bent so beautifully described. Read a little slice: 

“… watching the rapidly unfolding vista of stars, like shimmering jewels in the black velvet backcloth that was deep space. There was something about the sheer immensity of the Universe that made her feel very insignificant and, at the same time, very tranquil.” 

The lovely, lovely descriptions never slow the action, but manage still to convey emotion and carry the narration forward. This is an incredibly original tale, and – for all the science fiction trappings – is truly a classic quest for love, and the romance, which at first seems very much at the periphery, will become not only a primary motivation, but the chief joy of the tale. Adventure may be the main motif, but the heartwarming side will be a surprising bonus. 

BLURB:

When Jestine Darnell is rescued from her sabotaged starship by the crew of the Destiny her only objective is to complete her mission and keep her promise to save a world from slavery. Love is the last thing on her mind. However, she has not counted on losing her heart to Kerry Marchant the ship’s second in command, who makes his distrust of her painfully obvious, despite the chemistry between them. The completion of her mission has consequences that neither of them could have foreseen. 

Enter Dahll Tarron, who becomes involved in a long and dangerous quest to find the Destiny. Fates become intertwined, perils shared, culminating in the realization that sometimes love may be so close that there is a danger it will not be recognized until it is too late…

BUY Starquest Book 1 HERE and HERE


Author Hywela Lyn

Hywela Lyn lives in a small village in England, with her long suffering husband Dave,  although her heart remains in her native rural Wales, which inspired so much of her writing. 

Although most her writing tends to be futuristic, the worlds she creates are usually untainted by crowded cities and technology, embracing the beauty and wildness of nature.  Her characters often have to fight the elements and the terrain itself.  Her heroines are strong and courageous, while never losing their femininity. a worthy match for the handsome hero.  However difficult the journey, love will always win in the end. 

Her  first novel, Starquest a futuristic romance released by the Wild Rose Press was followed by a second book featuring some of the same characters, entitled Children Of The Mist.  A third novel Beloved Enemy continues what has now become a series known as The Destiny Trilogy. Each book is complete and can be read as a ‘stand alone’, although best read in order. 

She is a member of The Romantic Novelists’ Association (UK)  and Chiltern Writers, her local writing group. 

A keen animal lover, she has ‘mare with attitude, called Flying T’pau,a ‘feral’ stable cat, Dusty, and a rescued terrier, Choccy, who manages to twist her round his little paw.  When she is not writing, she can usually be found enjoying the outdoors with the horses and dog – or just  eating chocolate!

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#BadMoonRising: The Contract by John W. Howell and Gwen M. Plano #thriller #supernatural

Check out Teri Polen’s absolutely brilliant interview of John W. Howell, with some very helpful tips on how to survive being in a horror movie! I’m still laughing! Teri is doing a series of interviews this month, featuring authors of books that go bump in the night. You really should check them all out, and follow along. But start with this one, and be sure to share. (Did I mention I’m still laughing? 😀 Well, I am, but I also enjoyed John’s tips on writing, as well) Head on over!

Books and Such

Today’s featured author is a familiar face in the blogosphere.  Many of us drop by his blog several times a week to read his top ten lists, see pictures of his community, read his Wednesday story updates, and visit with Lucy, Bailey, and Twiggy, his adorable fur babies.  Below, he’s listed the top ten things not to do in a horror movie.  Take note, friends – you never know when Jason, Freddie, or Michael Myers might come calling.  Welcome John W. Howell!

You’re in a horror movie.  Are you the final person, the first to die, the comic relief, the skeptic, the smart one, or the killer?

In a horror movie, I am the comic relief. I’m the one who seems to know what the audience is thinking about what is going on. I say out loud the top ten things not to do in a horror movie. When the…

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#BookLaunch – Tales from the Irish Garden by Sally Cronin…..

Great news from Sally Cronin! Her latest book, Tales From the Irish Garden, has now been released and is ready for your (magical) reading pleasure. You won’t find a more generous blogger anywhere, and now we have a chance to return the favor by helping Sally get the word out. Please check out the post and Tales From the Irish Garden, then help Sally spread the word. THANKS! 🙂

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At last the day has arrived and Tales from the Irish Garden is now available.

The book has been three years in the writing, mainly because what began as short stories in line with the first collection, turned into a full-length book. As we moved back from Spain to Ireland, house hunted, and then embarked on a renovation project, there were breaks from  the process. However, the upside was that I had the time to adapt and create new characters and adventures with more freedom. It also gave me time to meet Donata Zawadzka, courtesy of Paul Andruss, and after seeing her wonderful illustrations, I commissioned a number for the book to showcase some of the lead characters. More about Donata shortly.

Many of those that lived in the palace in Spain in the garden of our house, followed me across land and sea to settle in a magic…

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More Happy Fall, Y’all – Campfire Ghosts from #SummerMagic

Still trying to convince myself it’s actually October. Let’s see, shorts? Check. Air conditioning on? Check. Sun shining down on sidewalk too hot to walk barefooted on? Check. Hmmm. *Looks at calendar again.* October? Not so sure, but that’s what it says. So, here’s a poem from Summer Magic: Poems of Life and Love. This is from the section entitled “Mac at Ten,” and describes one of many camping trips to the North Carolina mountains with his dad. No wonder Mac grew into a man who never wanted to live anywhere else. Enjoy. (And feel free to pass it it along.)

Campfire Ghosts
     by Marcia Meara

Dark clouds
Hide the silver light
From his wide-eyed gaze.
Night reigns
In blackest glory,
Held at bay only
By the orange firelight.
The trees are gone,
Lost in gloom.
Everywhere,
A wall of black,
Except within
The fire’s warm
Circle.

Sparks rise up,
Twisting high
Until they disappear,
Lost in the darkness,
Only to be followed
By legions more.

Whippoorwills call,
And foxes bark,
And the night settles like
A blanket over all.

Grilled food
Is gobbled down,
Leaving behind only
The sweet scorched
Scent of burnt
Marshmallow.
He wears a smile
Dressed in melted chocolate,
And licks his sticky fingers
Clean.

The air turns cooler,
As day is forgotten,
And jewel-bright embers
Glow in heaps of ash.
He’s waited as long
As a young boy can.
Shivering, he asks,
Is it time?

A warm arm
Pulls him close,
Holding him safe,
And he asks again.
Is it time now, dad?

Yes, says his father,
His voice a deep
Familiar comfort
In the ink-dark night.
Yes, I believe it is.
Let me see,
Shall I tell you
A new one?

Will it have
Clacking bones
And eyes that glow?
Will there be cold wind
Whistling through trees,
And bats swooping,
And owls calling?

Of course, says his dad.
All of that, I’m sure,
For isn’t that what
You love the most?

Oh, yes, he sighs,
Safe and warm,
Eyes growing heavy
And sleep close by.
Tell me, dad,
Like you always do.
Tell me a story.

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