#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic 2018 AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT GUEST POSTS: “Poems of Nature & Life,” by Khor Hui-Min

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Welcome to my author spotlight guest posts where I introduce you to independent authors from various genres from around the globe. You never know. You might meet your new favorite author!

My guest today is Kohr Hui-Min. We met through Twitter and share a love of poetry. I always marvel at how our blogs allow us to connect with people from all over the world. Khor lives in Malaysia and her blog is called Project Prose. She also writes about meditation, and the environment, all things dear to my heart.

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Poet & Author, Khor Hui-Min

Khor Hui Min thinks of life as a continuous learning process and believes in a healthy balance between work and life. She is a freelance writer, who is active in publishing poems and short stories. She moonlights as a face painter for the Malaysian Nature Society and also enjoys creating and carving pottery. She has a Bachelor of Computer Science and Master of Science (Environmental Science). You can read more of her writing at https://projectprose.wordpress.com/ and https://huiminskitchen.wordpress.com/

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Meet Khor Hui-Min:

I have always loved to write. In my student days, I would write perhaps one poem a year. But in 2014, I attended a writing workshop by author Zen Cho at the Cooler Lumpur Festival, entitled ‘Inspiration, Influence, and Interaction’. I wrote a poem as an assignment at the end of the workshop.

Something in me changed. I decided that I would start a writing blog, and post something once a week. It turned out that when I sat down to write, what invariable came out was poetry. I wrote poetry every week. To find inspiration to keep the momentum going, I searched on the Internet for writing prompts, and those have been very helpful, even if the prompt was just a single word. I would challenge myself to think of something to write, anything. What came out was, of course, poetry.

I also liked to read about stories of myths, legends, and magic finding them very interesting. They are a source of inspiration to me too. That was how I came across Colleen’s blog, which I follow with interest. I also follow her on Twitter.

“I told myself that at the rate I’m going, in a few years’ time, I would have enough material to produce a book.”

In 2017, I took a leap of faith – I quit my editorial job in the educational publishing industry to become a self-employed writer. For a few months, busy with my new direction, I forgot about my intention to publish. But in April 2018, as the dust settled, my dream of publishing surfaced again. It just so happened that a friend in a writers group had published with Kindle in Amazon.com, so I asked her how to do it, and she patiently answered all my questions.

So, I published on 27 April 2018. The book has a collection of 53 poems, mainly focusing on nature and life. Nature has always been the No.1 inspiration for me, and it is reflected in my poems and articles. I also write poems on life.

I have always wondered why there are so many unhappy poems out there – people write poetry on heartbreak, general unhappiness, and as an outlet to vent their frustration and dissatisfaction. I, on the other hand, like to write happy, positive and uplifting poetry. There is so much negativity in the world. Why add to it?

Instead, I want to bring more light and joy into the world instead. When people are down, they can pick up my book, flip to a random page, and read something that makes them feel better.

Here is a poem about forest folk from the book, which I hope you will like.

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Dancing, twirling, in the moonlight
Skirts of petals, shimmering bright
Light as air; fluttering, gliding
Pleasant laughter like bells, tinkling
Twirling round in a ring, so wide
Graceful and lively, side by side
Dancing and singing, with delight
Pretty elves and nymphs, what a sight
Springtime homage to mother moon
So alluring; makes young hearts swoon

© Khor Hui Min, 20 May 2015

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Here’s how to find Khor Hui-Min:

Facebook at Khor Hui Min

Twitter at @MinKhor

Blogs: projectprose.wordpress.com and huiminskitchen.wordpress.com

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Poems of Nature & Life is available in paperback and Kindle ebook format from Amazon.

You can see the paperback version here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1980944490

And you can see the ebook version here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CPBLK63

bluebird morning Thanks for stopping by to meet Khor Hui-Min. I look forward to reviewing her debut poetry novel, “Poems of Nature & Life.” ❤

By the way, would you be interested in appearing in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts? I’m looking for posts dedicated to the themes of fairies, myths, and magic where published authors can show off their writing skills by stretching their wings and stepping out of their genre comfort zones if need be.

I want self-published authors to share their books and to tell us about the magic it took to create them.  If you are an enthusiastic published author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~

 

#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic 2018 AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT GUEST POSTS: Meet Elliot, from “The Fire Born” by Trent P. McDonald

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Welcome to my author spotlight guest posts where I introduce you to independent authors from various genres from around the globe. You never know. You might meet your new favorite author!

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Today, my guest is Trent P. McDonald. I met Trent through his participation in my weekly poetry challenge. He is an avid poet and quite the artist. I always enjoy his humor, and he takes some great photos!

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Author, Poet, Artist, Trent P. McDonald

Meet Trent McDonald

I never decided what I wanted to do when I grew up.  I compose and play music, draw and paint, take a lot of pictures, and yes, I write.  I’ve written a couple of books that are sitting on my shelf waiting to go out. I write a new short story almost every week, which I often post on my blog at trentsworldblog.wordpress.com.

I also like to eat, so I work as a computer nerd during the day while I figure out what it is I really want to do.

If you really need details, I was born and raised in Ohio by the shore of beautiful Lake Erie and now split my time between mountainous New Hampshire and the coast of Massachusetts.

One thing to know about me is that I hate to write bio-blurbs in the third person.

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Thanks, Colleen, for having me over!  However, I have decided that I am going to let Elliot, the protagonist of my book The Fireborn, write my guest post.  Even though he is a fictional character, he is an author in his own right.  Elliot, if you will just please…

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(Elliot, from the novel Fireborn as depicted by the author)

Fictional character indeed.  Next, you’ll be saying that I believe in Fairies.

Uhm, Elliot?  Colleen is the Fairy Whisperer, you know. Belief in fairies is, well, we all do around here.  Besides, you believe in some pretty fantastical things yourself.  Just saying.

Right, then, I’ll give you that some, a-hum, my brother, cough, cough, uhm, that some people don’t always respect my ideas.  But just because I can think outside of the box and have not confined my brain to a straitjacket, like my detractors, doesn’t mean….

You are the king of alternative history, are you not?  A bit of old myth, some half-forgotten legend, a dash of magic and mysticism, a few lines by an undistinguished source who quotes an unknown sixth-century poet, who, you know…

I say, you are as bad as my brother, William. But I stand by my sources!  Or at I least sit by them in a pub as I enjoy a nice pint of ale.   But I have never had an irrational thought…

Let’s see, you rewrote the Arthurian Legends to meet your latest whim, you ran around Somerset looking for a forever young ancient lady to pop out of a lake to hand over a magic sword.  You called an archeological artifact that your brother discovered an object from a myth, the Pair Dadeni, to be exact, or, in English, the Cauldron of Rebirth.  You go on about the magical undead that can’t be killed.  And then you…

OK, Ok, I get the point.  You are right, I did meet a few that doubted that I could actually find Caledfwlch, or Excalibur if you must, on some back road.  Hmm.  You know, now that I think about it, I do have some great sources about fairies.  Let me see, I think I once found an ancient script that had the first-hand witness to the Tuath Dé Danann, ah, yes, and then a few years back I started a book about the aos sí, but William made me stop, and hmm, that’s right.  Let me think, back in the early 19th century…

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…there were a few authors who…

Hey, Eliot.  I’m sorry, but we are out of time.

…wrote about…  What?  You don’t want to know about the…?

No.

Or the…?

Oh my gosh, no, not that!

How about…?

Not that either. Sigh. I guess the readers can just use their imaginations then.  Remember, you fictional readers, that I am a very brilliant historian, so when you imagine what I wanted to say, please…

Elliot!  That’s enough.

Hmm.  Creators.  Can’t live with them, and, being a bit of a philosopher, I must say, it would be quite impossible to live without them.

Thank you, Elliot.

In the shadowy area where myth and history collide…

In the shadowy area where myth and history collide, an unlikely hero is forced to save the world from an ancient Celtic curse. Dr. Elliot Everett-Jones knows that shadowy area well, having spent most of his life exploring its dimensions as given by a host of unreliable sources and imaginative speculation. Some would say he daydreams over the improbable plots of second-rate Romantic-era authors. These fantasies, however, come to life after the discovery of the Cauldron of Resurrection.

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When the Cauldron produces the evil fireborn, Elliot is forced to confront an army of the mythic undead with nothing but his obscure knowledge, and the hope of finding the legendary Lady of the Lake to give him Arthur’s sword. Even more frightening is the idea that he might have to confront his ex-wife, Eleanor.

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The Fireborn is part joyful romp through history, myth, and legend, and part fast-paced adventure set in modern England and New York. The entire book, though, revolves around Elliot’s relationships with a large variety of characters. These relationships form the key that may unlock the mystery or lead to utter defeat.

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Follow Trent P. McDonald at:

Blog: trentsworldblog.wordpress.com

Facebook: Trent McDonald author page

Twitter: @trentpmcd

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Witchey ReadsThanks for stopping by to hear about The Fire Born and to meet Trent McDonald. His book sounds like its right up my alley. You know, fantasy and all that…

By the way, would you be interested in appearing in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts? I’m looking for posts dedicated to the themes of fairies, myths, and magic where published authors can show off their writing skills by stretching their wings and stepping out of their genre comfort zones if need be.

I want self-published authors to share their books and to tell us about the magic it took to create them.  If you are an enthusiastic published author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~

#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic 2018 Author Spotlight Guest Post:

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Hello, and welcome to my Spotlight Author Guest posts where you can meet independently published authors and sample some of their work. My inspiration was to give independent authors another place where they could connect with readers.

I asked for posts dedicated to the themes of fairies, myths, and magic where authors could show off their writing skills by stretching their wings and stepping out of their genre comfort zones if need be. I also wanted them to tell you about their books and to share the magic it took to create them.

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It’s Valentine’s Day and what a better way to celebrate the holiday by introducing you to a new author. Let me introduce you to Anne Marie Andrus who is a New Jersey author, with a New Orleans obsession.

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Author, Anne Marie Andrus

Hi Colleen!

Thank you so much for the invitation to guest post your blog! I feel honored to be in the company of so many awesome indie authors!

Just this past October, I published my first novel Monsters & Angels, a vampire romance set in 1936. The story begins in New York City and travels through the brutal jungles of Nepal, but the main setting is the spooky and sultry streets of New Orleans.

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Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, New Orleans, LA

Wow, October—was that 4 months ago already? Time flies and 2017 was certainly an action-packed year for me.

Taking the plunge and hitting the publish button for Monsters was pretty scary, but it gave me the privilege of introducing the world to leading lady, Sorcha Alden. As a newly graduated nurse, Sorcha confronts tragedy, accepts the challenge and finds herself in the center of a world beyond her imagination Along the way, she falls in love with Dr. Vir Ashayle. Of course, it’s complicated. Isn’t it always?

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From Raimond, her charismatic mentor, Sorcha learns that nobody chooses who they love, not even vampires. So, she follows her heart and she keeps a diary…

“At this late hour, the tall windows are dark and the iron balcony empty.

Perfect timing for a visit.

The address is the same and my skeleton key still fits.

Evidence of the modern world is everywhere yet this city never really changes. The shutters are repainted, but they’re still crooked. The roofs are patched, but they still sag. My guess—it was built this way. A perpetual state of elegant disrepair.

This building is no exception, though our love nest is less of a secret now. From exclusive parties and private séances to quiet nights when locals slip through the back door—insiders know where the supernatural fringe and the mortal world collide.

It wasn’t our first time. That night in the Himalayas was innocent, or as innocent as it gets. This place witnessed different firsts. The vampire and her human lover, facing down fearsome legend and dire warnings in the name of love. And later, after the plague, the undead couple just scratching the surface of their potential. Nobody imagined the magic that would come from our union.

The round table sits in darkness, place settings untouched, though one wineglass is missing.

Eight steps up the creaky staircase. Distant chanting tickles my ears while incense wafts through the dark foyer. Candles remain unlit until I pass through the outer chambers and step under a brick arch. Flames jump to life, illuminating crimson tassels, antique paintings and the faces of ancient royalty.

The chair at the farthest end of the room beckons, the best seat in the house. I can see my reflection flickering in every gilded mirror. There, the missing wineglass awaits, as if left by a phantom. One sip and I know it was meant for me.

The exquisite taste, intoxicating scent and thundering power of your desert blood, floating on the velvet melody of bells.”

-Sorcha Alden

I mentioned earlier that 2017 was a very busy year! I entered Dan Alatorre’s Word Weaver Writing Contest twice, and won second place both times! Two of my stories were accepted for the supernatural/horror anthology, The Box Under The Bed.

The community and support I discovered while participating in the contest and anthology is incredible! I encourage everyone to take part in the upcoming Word Weaver Contest in March 2018!

For 2018, I’m working on a prequel to Monsters & Angels, called simply, The Vampire Raimond. This novella was a bit unplanned, but I received so much love for Raimond, I feel compelled to write his story.

The sequel to Monsters is also in progress, with the working title Blood & Diamonds.

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HOW TO CONNECT WITH THE AUTHOR

Author Blog: AnneMarieAndrus.com

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Twitter @MonstersNAngels

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Night nightThanks for stopping by to hear about Monsters & Angels and to meet Anne Marie Andrus. By the way, would you be interested in appearing in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts? I’m looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an enthusiastic author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~

#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic 2018 Author Spotlight Guest Posts, “Myths of the Mirror,” by Author, D. Wallace Peach

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Hello, and welcome to my Spotlight Author Guest posts where you can meet independently published authors and sample some of their work. My inspiration was to give independent authors another place where they could connect with readers.

I asked for posts dedicated to the themes of fairies, myths, and magic where authors could show off their writing skills by stretching their wings and stepping out of their genre comfort zones if need be. I also wanted them to tell you about their books and to share the magic it took to create them.

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This week, I am pleased to introduce you to author, D. Wallace Peach. I’ve just recently started reading The Rose Shield series also written by Diana. I’ve reviewed the first book, “Catling’s Bane,” and you can read that review HERE. If you LOVE fantasy, this is an author whose writing will speak to you in ways you didn’t think possible. I am enthralled by her writing, her world-building, and the magical stories she weaves.

So, grab a cup of coffee or tea and take a few minutes to meet and read the magic behind D. Wallace Peach’s first book, Myths of the Mirror.

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Author, D. Wallace Peach started writing later in life after the kids were grown and a move left her with hours to fill. Years of working in business surrendered to a full-time indulgence in the imaginative world of books, and when she started writing, she was instantly hooked. Diana lives in a log cabin amongst the tall evergreens and emerald moss of Oregon’s Coastal Mountains with her husband, two dogs, and Pinky the Cat.

In the distant mountains of the Mirror, exiled skyriders fly dragons in the old Way, merged in flesh, blood, and bone. Twenty years past, they fought for the freedom of the valley’s dragons … and lost.

 

Imprisoned in the stone lair, the captive dragons beat their webbed wings and thrash serpentine tails. They tear their flesh and batter their bodies against the black bars of their cells, iron grating against iron. The once peaceful creatures howl, tormented by spine and spur, their fury matched only by their despair.

 

Treasa, the daughter of exiles, seeks the secrets of a hidden past and a father she never knew. Gifted with visions, she glimpses pieces of years long lost and a veiled future that only raises more questions. The dragons visit her dreams, laden with contradictions that tear at her heart—for one day she sails in unfettered flight, her arms thrown wide, and the next she writhes in tortured darkness, desperate to be free.

 

The lair’s black-garbed riders sense the dragons’ growing savagery. Yet Conall longs to grasp their power, to subdue them and soar. He will endure the reek, filth, and terror of the lair to earn his right to fly. With a heart encased in steel, he masters the weapons of compliance to see his will done. At the cost of the woman he loves.

 

Then, a curved talon rends flesh and dragon scale, rattling against white ribs. Blood falls like rain and the world shifts. Treasa and Conall must decide who they are and what they stand for. Thus the battle for the dragon soul begins again. Alliances form, old myths are revealed, and new myths are born.

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Myths of the Mirror may be read as a stand-alone coming of age fantasy novel appropriate for young adult readers or as the first book in an epic adventure that stretches from the small village of Taran Leigh and the mountains of the Mirror to the Anghard Archipelago in the western sea.

 

Conall and Treasa face a world where wealth and power rule. Fear is the weapon of choice, and cruelty is tolerated for a pocket of gold. It’s a world that forces a choice—indifference, complicity, or defiance—each choice defining the core of who they are and who they will become.

 

The dragons of Taran Leigh, souls of grace and beauty, hang in the balance. Will they descend into the howling violence of terror and pain inflicted upon them by their tormentors? Or will they fly free, the creatures they were born to be? With each book, the stakes rise and far more than the dragons’ souls lie at risk.

 

“The nervousness he felt upon mounting the dragon had ebbed, and he stroked its back, almost affectionately. He sensed a growing bond between them, a grace in their flight as natural as breathing. There were times when he glided over green fields, gazed into the weave and texture of leaves, that he released the reins and simply let the dragon fly. In those rare moments, he felt a profound sense of peace and deeply free.” –Myths of the Mirror.

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I used magic to write my first book.

In a way, I suppose all first books are magical. Characters barge into our heads. They start yapping and running off on adventures, falling in love, and making choices regardless of our opinions and plots. It’s surprising the first time it happens. I thought I was channeling spirits. Honestly, I did.

I pantsered that book with only the barest inkling of a plan, and I let those characters run amok. Who was I to argue with magical beings pouring their stories from the ethosphere? I followed wherever they wandered, on tangents and around in circles.

It wasn’t until I dotted the last sentence that I learned all writers feel their characters’ tugging on their stories this way. So maybe it wasn’t magic, or maybe we all have a little magic in us.

But that’s not the only way that magic had a role in writing that book. Each morning, I meditated and the next chapter played in my head like a movie. All I had to do was write it down – describe what I saw and transcribe the conversations. I wrote 189K words in 30 days without breaking a sweat. (Then it took a year to carve 70K words out! That part wasn’t magic at all – it was pure unadulterated torture!)

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And that wasn’t all! At intervals in the writing process, I chose runes from a blue velvet bag.

Runes are small stones with ancient symbols, a means of divination, of receiving guidance, or perhaps more accurately, they guide us to ponder and find our answers within. I’ve had my bag of runes for 30 years, and their wisdom has always felt pertinent.

The runes I chose determined the story’s direction, and I never wavered from their guidance. I never groaned and shuffled through the bag for a different one that fit my preconceived ideas of where I wanted the story to go. I bequeathed the rune’s messages to the Droom, the book’s cryptic healer, so when she chose a rune (an “eye”), it was the one I chose in real life.

At one point, halfway through my first draft, I had a severely injured character I intended to kill off. The Droom (me) picked a rune, and suddenly, not only was the guy destined to live, but he became THE main character of the book!

Well, well, well. I had to backtrack and rewrite huge chunks of the story to accommodate that rune!

Here’s the message that saved his life, as spoken by the Droom:

“Ahhh. The shift come into hisself, open to blessings, joy here.

Now crossed through the gap by the will of the World.

Draw light down to the Mirror,

Light up from deep hisself.

All is changed, nothing the same.

New knowing, now hisself here Belonging.

Eye of rebirth.”

The Droom picked many runes, all but that one puzzling into the story with uncanny precision. And despite the hours of toil it demanded, the wisdom of that rune proved sound.

Funny thing… like my character, I was also experiencing a significant shift. I’d begun my writing journey, one of joy, lightness, and belonging, and coming into my own – a rebirth.

The book, Myths of the Mirror, continued its magical journey and was my first book picked up by a publisher.

Now you know its secret.

©D. Wallace Peach, 2018

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Ready for an adventure? Click HERE to visit D. Wallace Peach’s Amazon Author Page to find all of her books.

The Sorcerer’s Garden
Sunwielder
The Bone Wall
The Melding of Aeris

The Rose Shield Tetralogy:
Catling’s Bane, Book I
Oathbreakers’ Guild, Book II
Farlanders’ Law, Book III
Kari’s Reckoning, Book IV

The Dragon Soul Saga:
Myths of the Mirror, Book I
Eye of Fire, Book II
Eye of Blind, Book III
Eye of Fire, Book IV

Grumpy Ana and the Grouchy Monsters: A Children’s Space Tale

How to Connect with the Author

For book descriptions, excerpts, maps, and behind the scenes info, please visit:  http://dwallacepeachbooks.com.

For her blog on all things writing, please visit http://mythsofthemirror.com.

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witchey kissesThanks for stopping by to hear about Myths of the Mirror and to meet D. Wallace Peach. By the way, would you be interested in appearing in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts? I’m looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an enthusiastic author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~

2018 #Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic Author Spotlight Guest Posts: “The Hat,” by Author, C. S. Boyack

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Hello, and welcome to my Spotlight Author Guest posts where you can meet independently published authors by sampling their work. The whole idea was to give independent authors another place where they could connect with readers.

I asked for posts dedicated to the themes of fairies, myths, and magic where authors could show off their writing skills by stretching their wings and stepping out of their genre comfort zones if need be.

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This week, I am pleased to introduce you to author, C. S. Boyack. Craig is a paranormal fantasy author. I have read and reviewed quite a few of his books. His stories always deliver a few chills and thrills!

Craig has a new novella out called, The Hat. And, here’s Craig doing his other favorite thing when he’s not writing… Take it away, Craig!

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“I was born in a town called Elko, Nevada. I like to tell everyone I was born in a small town in the 1940s. I’m not quite that old, but Elko has always been a little behind the times. This gives me a unique perspective of earlier times, and other ways of getting by. Some of this bleeds through into my fiction.

 

I moved to Idaho right after the turn of the century and never looked back. My writing career was born here, with access to other writers and critique groups I jumped in with both feet.

 

I like to write about things that have something unusual. My works are in the realm of science fiction, paranormal, and fantasy. The goal is to entertain you for a few hours. I hope you enjoy the ride.”

“Lizzie St. Laurent is dealing with many of the struggles of young life. She lost her grandmother and her living arrangements. Her new roommate abandoned her, and she’s working multiple jobs just to keep her head above water.

 

She inherits an old hat from her grandmother’s estate, but it belonged to her grandfather. This is no ordinary hat, but a being from an alternate dimension. One with special powers.

 

Lizzie and the hat don’t exactly hit it off right away, but when her best friend’s newborn is kidnapped by a ring of baby traffickers, Lizzie turns to the hat for help. This leads her deep into her family history and a world she’s never known.

 

Lizzie gives up everything to rescue the babies. She loses her jobs and may wind up in jail before it’s over. Along the way, she and the hat may have a new way of making ends meet.

 

Humorous and fun, The Hat is novella length. Wonderful escapism for an afternoon.”

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Thanks for inviting me over today, Colleen. I have a new book out that I want to talk about. It’s kind of a paranormal superhero story with my own brand of craziness included. It’s a novella, so it’s only going to take an afternoon to read. Or, you can stretch it out if you’d like. It’s called “THE HAT,” and I’ll provide a cover and blurb so you can check it out.

I’ve had loose threads of something like this floating around in my mind for a long time. It never came together until Christmas time of 2016. I must have heard the song, Frosty the Snowman, a billion times in my life.

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Then one day the line about magic in that old silk hat kind of brought everything together.

Lizzie St. Laurent meets up with the hat, and the two of them have to form a symbiotic relationship to rescue some missing babies. It’s the sum of the two that makes everything work here. They both bring skills to the table, but cannot completely function alone.

I mention that so I can walk you through a bit of “hat” backstory. Dating back to the Greek city-states, one of the warriors noticed his friends were all disappearing over time. As one of the older soldiers, he wanted to give himself an edge. He visited a witch and paid her to whammy his helmet so he could have eyes in the back of his head.

Things worked out the way he wanted, with a little something extra.

The hat is a creature from another dimension.

He’s been magically bound into the shape of a hat in our world for what seems like all time. His fate is tied to Lizzie’s bloodline, but not her family name. The bloodline can jump across family names, making his sentence pretty much forever.

This leads to some untold stories that I think give depth to the one I’m telling. There is a historical line of superheroes dating back thousands of years. There must be some good tales in that history somewhere. I’m not telling those stories, but it gives a nice feeling of depth to the tale. It also leaves the door open to Lizzie learning about her family via the hat.

I pepper tiny bits of that history into the story, but as a novella, it’s doubly important to stick with Lizzie’s tale. It might be a fascinating backstory, but it’s still backstory.

They start out on kind of a bad foot, and that’s part of the fun here. These two aren’t likely to forge much of a relationship. This is when I circled back to Frosty. Music helps the two create a kind of mentor and student relationship.

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The hat owns an old upright bass. He can only play it if Lizzie lends him her arms and fingers.

The bass gave me an opportunity to add a training sequence, which is part of most speculative fiction, and yet keep it fresh in many ways too. Lizzie also appears to have a musician’s future ahead of her, even if nobody knows the hat has all the talent.

I’m really happy with the way a larger world revealed itself in this book without bogging down the story. Lizzie isn’t a witch, but witchcraft exists. There are genuine monsters in our world, but I only glanced upon them. Magical artifacts are rare, but Lizzie can use them if she finds any. Lizzie’s grandfather was a monster hunter, and nobody knew about it.

I’d kind of like to revisit Lizzie and the hat one day. I’m known for writing stand-alone stories, but these two may have more stories in them.

I’d really appreciate it if the readers today would check it out. Getting a book off the ground these days is a tough gig. I’m only asking 99¢, and as a novella, it tells a decent story without requiring a bunch of your time. Purchase Link:  http://a-fwd.com/asin-com=B078YYCNSF

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witchey kissesThe Hat sounds like an excellent read. I’ve already gotten my copy! And you know, I’m all about my hat! Hey, would you be interested in appearing in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts? I’m looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an enthusiastic author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more.” ~Colleen~

 

#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic 2018 Author Spotlight Guest Post: “Annie’s Story, Blessed With a Gift,” by Deborah A. Bowman

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My special guest today is Deborah Bowman, who I’ve just recently met. Our friendship is new, but already I feel a kinship. I’m sure it’s because of our love of the paranormal and YA fiction. Funny how magic always seems to find its way to me. So, before we begin, let me share a bit about Deborah.

Author, Deborah A. Bowman

I have been an avid reader and creative spirit since childhood, my first poem being published in a 4-H magazine when I was only 12 years old. My career has been involved in all aspects of the written word and its presentation. I am a fiction author with eight published books in the genre of historical fiction; psychological suspense; thriller YA paranormal crime series; time-travel YA series; poetry, short stories, and creative visualization meditation. I am an award-winning song writer and lyricist. I am a ghostwriter, nonfiction only, specializing in memoirs and spiritual/transformational books. I am a content and development editor, graphic designer, layout formatter, book coach, and publishing advisor.

My education is a Master’s in Technical Writing/Editing with a minor in Psychology from the Department of the Army Grad School. I was the youngest and first female civilian-support Authorization Publications Control Officer for DOD. Hence, my experience in cover-to-cover writing and producing all media, but my passion has always been fiction.

I was integral in establishing ebookstand.com, rated #3 on Oprah Winfrey’s printing-on-demand websites. I wrote hypnotherapy scripts for members of the National Guild of Hypnotists as an Advanced Certified Psychological Hypnotherapist (A.C.P.H). I was interviewed in the Washington Post Parenting Magazine for my hypnotherapy work with ADHD and ASD children and teenagers. I wrote a monthly column for the Medical News newspaper and have been featured in Army newspapers and public affairs media. As Editor-In-Chief of The Federal Women’s Newspaper, it was distributed for over a decade to all of DOD.

With fiction as my passion, I advise, edit, rewrite, and launch other authors, guiding them through the publishing process, explaining their options, and keeping my clients abreast of current trends in publishing, writing, and ever-changing technologies. This feeds my passion by reading, researching, and reviewing–both editorial and reader’s reviews–all genre of novels, novellas, anthologies, and promotional media to include book trailers, video, podcasts, and websites.

All of my fiction writing stems from personal crusades to aid others in need–victims of abuse, illness, birth defects, and the injustices of the world. I am a 28-year survivor of Systemic Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis. My empathy for humankind fuels my passion for writing. My faith and belief in all things whimsical, spiritual, and magical creeps into my fiction and guides all my creative, artistic venues.

Now that you’ve met Deborah, you can hear about the magical inspiration that led her to write the story…

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“Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift” by Deborah A. Bowman is historical fiction based on fact from a past-life hypnotic regression. Was I Annie? Did she really live in the mid-1600s in Colonial America? Mayhap, ’tis true!

Annie says, “Granny told me I was a beautiful sprite like one of the faeries from our native Highlands. She described my eyes as filled with light and love for all creation. She said my special healing gift and ability to communicate with animals and ethereal spirits came from the auld country.”

Annie is so innocent and childlike. Surprisingly, from memory or perhaps precognition, she knows intricate rituals and formulae for medicines and potions using flowers, herbs, and roots, including the recognition, cultivation, and harvesting of the plants. She talks to the animals, creatures, and faeries of the forest, which she calls “her friends or little people” and communes with the gods and goddesses of the spirit world, especially the Mother Earth goddess.

Annie was born prematurely in 1630 and nursed back to health by her Granny, The Healer Blackbain. Alas, the wee lass was left mentally slow and dwarfed by the plague which took both of her parents’ lives. As she grows up, her whimsical, loving ways endear her to The Clan MacKinnon in the secreted Scottish village of Lynn, Massachusetts.

From an early age, Annie was given a gift by the Mother goddess from the Spiritual Universe. Annie, a shining savant who could heal with white-light and a loving touch.

I never found conclusive evidence that Annie lived, but I did find evidence that she could have lived and an explanation for her existence being cleansed from all church and legal records. I also suspect that I may have discovered factual information that ties her lineage to one of the most disturbing and inhuman times associated with the British Colonies in North America.

Nameless lonely graves are scattered throughout the empty fields and forests of New England. I believe I was once Annie, and she is in one of those unmarked burial plots. She lies hidden beneath the soil of an infamous hill. I shudder and will not pen its name.

This story of love and faith, coupled with the treatment of different people (now called “special” people) begs to be told. “Annie’s Story” is about an unusual girl coming-of-age in Colonial America, who is “Blessed With A Gift.”

Here is a Recent Review of “Annie’s Story, Blessed With a Gift”

4.0 out of 5 stars
A remarkable historical story with an unforgettable protagonist and topics that still apply

 

“This book leads you back in time, introducing you to Agnes Blackbain and her granddaughter Annie.

With Annie’s Story, Blessed With A Gift, Deborah A. Bowman has written a story that will stay etched in your memory. It is a very unusual and captivating read, drawing you into Annie’s world. During a regression, Deborah A. Bowman encountered Annie – who then became a part of her. She carefully develops the story about Annie and the people around her, painting a clear picture of Annie and life in New England (1630 – 1648) while the story evolves. Annie is likable, complex, and hopeful. The story comprises historical elements (among others the Puritans, Salem, witches); it has a steady pace, comprises interesting turns, and has a really good flow. I have been keeping my fingers crossed – hoping the best for Annie – sometimes smiling, sometimes having to cry.

This is a book for you if you like historical fiction, the metaphysical, food for thought, and if you like intense female characters.

A sequel has been announced and – I am looking forward to reading it.”

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How to Connect with Deborah Bowman

blog: http://www.bowmanauthor.com

website: http://www.clasidconsultantspublishing.com

Twitter: @bowmanauthor

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bowmanbooks

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Amazon Reviewer’s Page: Deborah Bowman, author

email: livinginashadow@outlook.com

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My Most Popular Post of 2017 featuring Author, D.G. Kaye

Happy New Year 2018!

I want to wish all of my friends a happy and healthy New Year. We’ve all been through a doozy of a year. There are great things ahead for all of us, I can feel it. To my followers and readers, thank you for making my first year as a published author a great success. You all fill my heart with joy. ❤

As a special thank you, I wanted to reshare my most “liked post,” written by my dear friend and authorly colleague, D. G. Kaye, aka Debby Gies. This post received 162 COMMENTS! How’s that for some love? ❤

Since that post was published, Debby has released a new book called, “Twenty Years: After “I Do”: Reflections on Love and Changes Through Aging.”

#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic October Spooktacular Author Spotlight Guest Post – “The Ouija Board,” by Author, D. G. Kaye

I’ve had the pleasure of becoming acquainted with D. G. Kaye through her writing and the friendship we’ve developed online. I’m always surprised by how drawn we writers are to each other even though we’ve never met in person. I believe there is something deeply spiritual about reading something another person writes. The bonus is that when you connect with the author’s words, you glimpse a part of their soul.

That’s just how it is for me and D. G. Kaye. I can tell you for a fact, that D. G. Kaye’s latest book will make you reexamine how you feel about your family and yourself. I reviewed her most recent release, P. S. I Forgive YouHERE, on my, A Mindful Journey blog. Check out a sample below:

Today, I have a spooky tale to share from D.G. Kaye. Do you remember when you were a kid and how certain things scared you more than they do now? Or do they still scare you? Take a deep breath and prepare to hear a tale that will give you a spine-tingling scare!

“The Ouija Board”

By D. G. Kaye

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My fascination with the occult and spirits began at a young age. As curious as I was to learn about magic and mysticism, I was also afraid of it and always the skeptic until I had my own encounters with spirit eventually proving to me there is more to life than only the world we exist in. If you haven’t been visited by spirit, it’s sometimes hard to become a believer.

My curiosity for magic and spirit evolved when I was a child. Entranced by TV shows such as Bewitched, and I Dream of Jeannie, I was inspired and fascinated by the phenomena of making things appear and disappear by the twitch of a nose or by folding my arms and blinking as I’d nod my head to make the impossible happen. I’d practice in front of a mirror after watching a new episode, hoping I’d see something move or change, to no avail. And soon to follow in that era of my childhood, I discovered the Ouija Board.

As curious as I was about using my Ouija board, I was apprehensive and afraid of the dark, which I believed from the things I watched on TV, to be a requirement for concentration to call up spirits with a Ouija board. So, I convinced my younger brother to ‘do’ the Ouija board with me for protection, and we went downstairs to the dark den where Pedro resided on the wall to begin my investigation.

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The den was decorated in a Spanish theme – black slate furniture, black leather couches, and heavy red drapes always drawn and blocking all signs of sunlight. On one of the walls hung a dark wood-carved portrait of a Matador bust. That room was where our hi-fi stereo was, and my brother and I used to sit in there and listen to music after school.

I was brave when my brother was in there with me, but I was petrified to be in that room by myself because I was convinced that Pedro, the name we christened the Matador on the wall, was always watching us.

Something about the way his eyes were carved into his face seemed to have a 3D effect, making me feel as though his eyes shifted to watch me wherever I moved in the room.

One stormy, Sunday afternoon, I decided to try out the new Ouija board I recently received as a gift (odd gift for a child really) and convinced my brother to join me. I decided that ‘the Spanish’ room’ would be the perfect place for dark and quiet to use the board.

I was eight and he seven, and I really didn’t have much clue about the potential for the board to call to spirits, other than we both had to place our hands on the heart-shaped disc and ask a question while concentrating on the question and repeating it a few times. The board was a mere wooden board with the alphabet covering the board and the words ‘Yes’ and ‘No printed at the bottom of the board. The objective was that spirit would hear our question and guide our hands to spell out the answer on the board.

We began by asking questions about things we knew the answers to, and after a short time passed, I found myself bored and skeptical because I was convinced my brother had swayed the disc to spell out what he wanted it to say. So, I decided we had to ask some questions we didn’t know the answers to, to see if that board game was real. We made a list of ‘test questions’ we thought we’d ask and then go verify answers with my parents who were in the next room entertaining friends in the kitchen.

I decided to test Ouija’s answers by asking it what were the middle names of my grandfather and my Uncle Robert. I had no idea if they even had middle names, but I figured the all-knowing Ouija would inform me either way. We got into concentration mode and asked the Ouija both questions. And it wasn’t long before the answers were spelled out by our moving hands over the disc.

I was somewhat uncomfortable as I felt Pedro’s eyes watching me in the darkened room, and as soon as I received the answers to the questions, I beelined it out of the room, excited to find out if the answers I received were true. And they were!

After that first encounter with the Ouija board, I was scared to use it again. I was afraid of the unknown and couldn’t understand how ‘a board’ could know answers to questions that I didn’t even know. I was convinced my brother and I were playing around with spirit, and I didn’t think it was such a good idea, even at the age of eight. I put the Ouija and disc back in its box and put it back with games in my bedroom closet.

Many nights after I’d put the board away, I was scared to go to sleep at night. I didn’t know why or what was scaring me, only that I felt an eerie presence in my room, as though I wasn’t alone in it. I would only go to sleep with lights on – not a lamp, but full bright light fixture above my bed. After a week or so of the unsettling feeling I had in my room, I decided that I should throw out the Ouija board stored in the closet in front of my bed.

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I never felt that eerie discomfort again in my room after trashing the Ouija board. The only place I still felt at unease was when I sat alone in the Spanish den where Pedro watched all who entered.

© 2017 D.G. Kaye

Author, D. G. Kaye

D.G. Kaye is a Canadian nonfiction/memoir writer who writes about her own life experiences and about how she learned to overcome emotional abuse and low self-esteem. She writes on topics such as: kindness, forgiveness self-growth, and compassion. Her sunny outlook on life developed from learning to overcome challenges in her life, and finding the upside from those situations while practicing gratitude for all the positives.

When she isn’t writing books, you can find her on her blog at DGKayewriter.com where you’ll find an eclectic mix of life lessons, rants of injustice, writing tips, book reviews, and featured interviews with guest authors. She’s known to inject humor into her work whenever it’s warranted. D.G.’s motto is: Live Laugh Love . . . And Don’t Forget to Breathe.

Connect with D.G. Kaye

Blog www.dgkayewriter.com

Goodreads www.goodreads.com/dgkaye

Amazon Author Page www.amazon.com/author/dgkaye7

Twitter www.twitter.com/@pokercubster (Of course there’s a story to this name!)

Facebook www.facebook.com/dgkaye

Wise Intro http://www.wiseintro.co/dgkaye7

LinkedIn www.linkedin.com/in/DGKaye7

Google+ www.google.com/+debbydgkayegies

Instagram www.instagram.com/dgkaye

Stumbled Upon www.stumbleupon/stumbler/DGKaye

Pinterest www.pinterest.com/dgkaye7

BOOKLINKS:

Conflicted Hearts

MenoWhat? A Memoir

Words We Carry

Have Bags, Will Travel

P.S. I Forgive You

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#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic Author Spotlight Guest Post: “Magic is Absolute,” by Tina Frisco

Welcome! Happy Yule, Christmas, Hanukkah, & Kwanza.

My special guest today is my dear friend, Tina Frisco. You know how you meet someone online and as you get to know them you feel like you’ve known them in real life? That’s how it is for Tina and me. I love her philosophical discussions, and her spiritual advice is the best. I recently read her book, Plateau: Beyond the Trees. You can read my review HERE. I’ve recently grabbed a copy of her new book, Vampyrie. It promises to be an interesting read.

Author, Tina Frisco

“Tina Frisco is an author, singer-songwriter, RN, activist, and student of shamanism. Born in Pennsylvania USA, she attended nursing school in New York and lives in California. She began writing as a young child and received her first guitar at age 14, which launched her passion for music and songwriting. She has performed publicly in many different venues. Her publishing history includes book reviews; essays; articles in the field of medicine; her début novel, PLATEAU; her children’s book, GABBY AND THE QUADS; and her latest novel, VAMPYRIE. She enjoys writing, reading, music, dancing, arts, and crafts, exploring nature, and frequently getting lost in working crossword puzzles.

When all the December 21st, 2012 doomsday documentaries hit the screen, Tina was compelled to write a novel of hope. Thus PLATEAU: Beyond the Trees, Beyond 2012 was born. Is there any hope for humankind? Will love prevail over fear? A young tribal female is unaware she holds the answers to these questions. Her mettle is tested by the cosmic forces that shaped her destiny. She comes face-to-face with fear in a battle that would shrink the will of the most daring warrior. The fate of all beings in the Universe depends on her defeating the bloodthirsty gondrah and unlocking the mystery of the Great Mosaic of Life.

Tina was inspired to write GABBY AND THE QUADS when her niece had quadruplets. A child’s moral compass develops early, and she wanted to write a book that was ethically as well as traditionally educational. Gabby is an only child who is about to become a big sister to quadruplets! How will she handle this? Her parents decide on a unique approach to introduce her to and help her accept this awesome experience. Follow Gabby as she learns all about babies and the joy of loving.

Tina has always been fascinated by the myth of the vampire and often wondered if the phenomenon actually could exist. Her background in medicine led me to speculate about how this might have a basis in reality. If rooted in science, how might this myth come to life? The most likely answer would be as a physical disorder or disease. All this musing gave rise to her latest novel, VAMPYRIE: Origin of the Vampire. What if vampires were not the undead, but rather the dying? What if there were two factions among vampires: the sustained and the unsustainable? And what if those factions were at war with one another over the life of a young woman who promised them a future? VAMPYRIE brings the myth of the vampire into the realm of possibility.”

Now that you’ve met Tina feel free to grab a cup of coffee or tea and get comfortable to read her feature. Today, Tina shares her thoughts about magic and the possibilities that exist for all of us. ❤

“Magic Is Absolute”

By Tina Frisco

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When I was a small child, I saw magic everywhere – lights around beings, angels floating atop clouds, tiny winged entities riding the suns illuminating rays. All the Earth was alive, and she spoke to me. I would share this with my parents, and their response was always the same: “Oh, you’re just seeing things.” Of course, I was seeing things! I did not know their perception of life was different from mine. With a wave of the hand, they dismissed my reality. I thought I was defective and began to shut down.

I do not resent my parents’ behavior. They did their best with the knowledge they had. Yet over time and repeated denials, I too dismissed my experience as faulty and unreliable. Believing I was flawed, my ability to see the inherent magic in life disappeared. I became a realist.

In my early thirties, I apprenticed to a medicine woman, and my life began to change once again. Deep within me, I knew that all I had seen and heard as a child was not only valid but also undeniable.

We tend to think that ordinary life is reality, a belief reinforced by unmitigated “reason.” We are taught to look no further than what we see, hear, smell, taste, and touch. We are not encouraged to scrutinize beyond our five senses. This is unfortunate because life is so much more than the realm of the third dimension. String theory had all but proved the existence of dimensions beyond spacetime.

We can explore other planes of existence through practices such as meditation and astral travel. Most of us have had out-of-body experiences; but if they were fleeting or frightening or elusive, we probably discounted them. Yet, they are a vehicle by which to navigate the myriad realms many would call magical, and many more would deny.

I see magic as absolute because it is nonrelative and unquantifiable. It is the infinite cosmos from which our third-dimensional reality is conceived.

Taught to fear what we do not understand – what we cannot see with our physical eyes or touch with our physical hands – we confine our thinking and preclude limitless possibility. As Hamlet said, “Thinking makes it so.” Within our finite view of existence, we refer to the supernatural as magic, when it is merely beyond our understanding.

The good news is: We do not have to comprehend something to accept it as being possible. Once we open our minds to the infinite, magic takes the helm and life becomes an exquisite journey ©

What Is String Theory? http://www.nuclecu.unam.mx/~alberto/physics/string.html

Before attempting astral projection, it is important to know how to protect ourselves while out-of-body. The first article below explains the dangers but also has useful tips for keeping our bodies safe. The second article is a step-by-step guide.

The Dangers of Astral Projection https://www.erinpavlina.com/blog/2006/12/the-dangers-of-astral-projection/

How to Perform Astral Projection https://www.wikihow.com/Perform-Astral-Projection

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Many types of stones and crystals can assist in, enhance, and expedite astral travel.

12+ Of The Best Crystals For Astral Projection Compared http://astralhq.com/astral-projection-crystals/

© 2017 Tina Frisco.com

❤ CONNECT WITH TINA FRISCO ❤

Website/Blog ~ https://tinafrisco.com
Amazon US ~  https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B009NMOFNY
Amazon UK ~ https://www.amazon.co.uk/Tina-Frisco/e/B009NMOFNY
Facebook ~ https://www.facebook.com/TinaFrisco.Author
Twitter ~  https://twitter.com/TinaFrisco
LinkedIn ~ https://www.linkedin.com/in/tina-frisco-8230b255
Google+ ~  https://plus.google.com/116772512185963026434
Goodreads ~ https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6497599.Tina_Frisco
Radio Interview ~ http://themagichappensnow.com/tell-me-a-story-with-annette-rochelle-aben/

Vampyrie US: https://www.amazon.com/VAMPYRIE-Origin-Vampire-Tina-Frisco-ebook/dp/B01N2UYDG6
Vampyrie UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/VAMPYRIE-Origin-Vampire-Tina-Frisco-ebook/dp/B01N2UYDG6

Plateau US: https://www.amazon.com/Plateau-Beyond-Trees-Tina-Frisco-ebook/dp/B073W789GB
Plateau UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Plateau-Beyond-Trees-Tina-Frisco-ebook/dp/B073W789GB

Gabby and the Quads US: https://www.amazon.com/Gabby-Quads-illustrated-Amy-Tokarczyk-ebook/dp/B00OOQ8JTK
Gabby and the Quads UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Gabby-Quads-illustrated-Amy-Tokarczyk-ebook/dp/B00OOQ8JTK

I’m so grateful you stopped by! ❤

Are you an author? Would you like to take part in my Author Spotlight – Guest Posts feature? I’m looking for themed posts about fairies, myths, and magic. If you are an interested author and would like to be featured on my blog, please click HERE to find out more. ~Colleen~

Fairies, Myths, & Magic Author Guest Posts Available for 2018


CALLING ALL AUTHORS…

ARE YOUR LOOKING FOR FREE PUBLICITY?

DO YOU HAVE A NEW BOOK RELEASE TO PROMOTE?

I’m here for you! The new year is almost upon us, and I am working on my calendar for 2018. My main objective is to help independent authors spread the word about their books. The best way to do this is to feature your writing talent on blogs that cater to readers, like mine.

However, I don’t want just any guest post.

I am looking for posts dedicated to the themes of fairies, myths, and magic.

I want you to show off your writing skills. Stretch your wings and step out of your comfort zone. It has been my experience that these types of posts help to sell books.

Be entertaining. Be creative. Show my readers what you got!

Create an interesting piece and email me at colleenchesebro3@gmail.com to submit your post for my consideration. I reserve the right to make punctuation and spelling changes if need be.

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Be professional. If you want to sell books and introduce people to your writing, you need to put your BEST foot forward in these posts.

You are more than welcome to talk about your book(s). In fact, I encourage it.

At the end of the post, I will be happy to include your author photo, links, and images of your books, along with an author bio.  Please furnish this information to me in your email proposal. Don’t forget to include links to where readers can find you: blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and one other link of your choice.

If you wish to include photos in your post that is fine also. Make sure to give me the photo credits if it is not your photograph.

Here are some links to Author Spotlight Guest Posts I highlighted in 2017 on my blog:

The Story of the Tokoloshe, by Robbie Cheadle

Thistledown – Midsummer Bedlam, by Teagan Geneviene

Effrosyni Moschoudi, Messages From Above

Magical Healing Powers that We Possess, by Author, Balroop Singh

The Charcoal Nomads, by Richard Ankers

The posts above did well and had excellent reader engagement. Remember, the writing must be your own and original. Please add a © to the post.

If your post is accepted, I will let you know the date I have it scheduled. Please come back to the post and comment and interact with my readers. They may very well become your readers too, so don’t overlook a great opportunity to spread the word about your work.

Please be entertaining. Think about the what you like to read on other blogs. This post is your time to shine as a writer.

Show me what you got! Thanks, and I’m looking forward to your presentations.

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dreams work too!

I’m looking forward to hearing from you. ❤

#Fairies, #Myths, & #Magic Author Spotlight Guest Post – Helena Smole, Fantasy Author

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Welcome to my Author Spotlight Guest Posts. Today, I would like to introduce you to a new author, I met last year on FaceBook. Helena Smole is the author of Vivvy and Izzy the Dwarf: A series about relationships – Book 1: Out of the Forest and into the City – A Fantasy Novel. I read and reviewed this book HERE.

You know, I’ve read and reviewed more than one hundred books over the last couple of years on my blog. Many times, a personal connection with the author doesn’t bloom because of my reviewer status. So, you can imagine my surprise when Helena sent me an email asking if I would like to own a copy (an actual book to hold in my hands) of her book. In fact, she explained that she had quoted critical pieces of my review on the back cover and inside the paperback copy! I was gobsmacked! Helena lives in Slovenia – my first mail ever from her country. What a thrill and honor. Thank you, Helena. ❤

Enough about me, how about I introduce you to Helena Smole? She wrote a piece about the motivations and magic she experienced while writing her second novel. Please enjoy.

My Friends – Dwarfs

There is a saying in my mother tongue, Slovenian, which can be loosely translated as: “Fear is hollow inside, and there is nothing on the outside.” It took much more than this saying though to act in spite of my numerous fears and quit my safe job to become a financially supported wife and a writer. Next, to the loving support of my husband, both emotional and technical like creating a Kindle file, it took hours of meditation, nature walks, regular sleeping habits, psychiatric medication, and Tibetan massage, again performed by my husband. What would I do without him?

And what would I do without my dwarfs! I do not actually see or hear them, but I somehow sense their presence at a certain spot in the woods. There is a misty creek I cross while walking along my regular path. The air is always strangely cool there, and there appears to be a perpetual breeze as gentle as silk but giving one confidence in the unseen world.

Below the trail, there is a tiny waterfall over a cliff ascending from the mighty river. Naturally, the dwarfs reside above the track, where the terrain is only slightly descending. Sometimes there is merely one dwarf, yet more often there is a group of them. When I am alone, they invite me to step into their land off the trail.

Whereas, when I come with my husband, they tell me to stay on the walkway. They are always encouraging me and helping me to overcome my fears. I stand there, next to the tiny creek forever flowing, even in the worst drought. I look to the ground and see only fallen leaves from the majestic treetops way above my head providing an ongoing shadow for the invisible dwarfs. There is almost no undergrowth except a small elder tree. It feels as if the dwarfs have removed all the rest of the underbrush.

Some might say that dwarfs, like fears, are hollow inside and that there is nothing on the outside. Nevertheless, for me they are real. Just like all my irrational concerns are real. Dwarfs must exist in another dimension, not accessible to everybody. I do not know this for certain, but I feel it in a profound place in my heart.

My dear friends, the wood dwarfs were supporting me while writing my first book, which is non-fiction and describes my efforts to cope with mental illness. Thus, as a token of gratitude, I dedicated my second book to them: Vivvy and Izzy the Dwarf: A series about relationships – Book 1: Out of the Forest and into the City – A Fantasy Novel.

While Izzy the dwarf gives this fantasy/romance novel a specific fairy-tale nature, he is really just a friend providing useful advice to the young woman Vivvy and her husband, Felix. And true to life, there are no magical interventions by Izzy or the wizards who teach him how to guide Vivvy and Felix. The couple gets all the couples therapy they could want, but they still have to find a way through their conflicts on their own. This novel is a fairy-tale after the fairy-tale. It shows the reader what happens to the lady and her prince charming after they have found each other.

This fantasy novel about relationships enriches the reader with human emotions viewed under a microscope. One is able to relate to Vivvy and Felix in many everyday situations and also in more peculiar ones. Moreover, the two characters show us that when there is a will, there is a way, sometimes a long way.

And it is the same dwarfs from the woods nearby that I will turn to for helping me overcome my current writer’s block. Hey, maybe they are helping me already, for I have written this post.

© 2017 Helena Smole

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Helena Smole abandoned her career as a scientific researcher and decided to dedicate her life to writing. In her first book, Balancing the Beast, she describes how she learned to maintain her mental health. After that, she continued writing novels. She has also authored over 170 analytical blogs on maintaining one’s emotional and mental balance, which can be read at www.helenasmole.com.


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This is a positive thinking book for people with mental illness, as well as for their relatives, friends, and co-workers.

You will discover:
– That you can learn how to live a happy life with schizoaffective disorder.
– That the stickiest label anyone can put on your forehead is the one you put there yourself.
– The way the author lets her psychiatrists deal with her mental illness while she chooses to improve her personality and self-image and to change her lifestyle in order to support the efforts of the psychiatrists.
– That your sensitive brain is your greatest treasure and that it reliably sends you messages that you are under too much stress.
– That you are not responsible for having become ill. However, it is YOUR responsibility to do something about your illness NOW that it has happened.
– And last but not least: you will re-discover the power of humor in wonderful illustrations by Leon Zuodar.

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