Celebrate International Fairy Day: June 24, 2018

HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE & International Fairy Day!

As a tribute to the Summer Solstice, my first book of poetry and short stories has become a reality. Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration is now available on Amazon.

From June 21st through June 27th, this book will be featured at the introductory price of $.99! Grab your copy today!

Here is the Country Tagged Universal Book Link: Smarturl.it.FairiesMythsMagic

Blurb:

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

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From the Summer Solstice Eve through International Fairy Day, (June 20th – June 25th) the veil thins between our existence and that of the fairy realm. This is the best time of the year to experience magic in all its forms.

On International Fairy Day, we honor these supernatural creatures who have enchanted us for generations—the fairies, the fey, the sprites, and pixies of lore. Everywhere you look, fairies have permeated our culture through movies, stories, and even in our gardens!

In my research, I’ve discovered that fairies or some similar creature appear in the written and oral traditions of most cultures. Often there is a connection between the good or evil deeds the tiny beings to perform. The fairies, sprites, pixies, brownies, all fall into the category of mischievous little beings. The myths and legends are filled with sightings of these ethereal creatures performing both good and bad deeds.

Almost like parables or myths, fairy sightings were also used to teach lessons. Many a mother warned their offspring not to venture near the creek alone or the fairies would get ye! In reality, the warning was meant to scare children away so they wouldn’t drown.

My own experience in meeting a swamp fairy is recounted in Fairies, Myths, & Magic. I believe they reveal themselves to us for a reason. Fairies are elementals, the protectors of nature. As humankind wreaks havoc on the environment, these beings are alerting us to the damage we have caused. Their message is clear—fix the destruction before it is too late. An apropos message for the times, wouldn’t you say?

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Celebrate International Fairy Day with me by grabbing your copy of Fairies, Myths, & Magic. You can also bring the love of fairy lore into your family by reading classics like Peter Pan together. Attend an outdoor summer play like A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Better yet, create a fairy garden with flowers that attract the bees. Enjoy your day! ❤

Colleen Turquoise

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist of YA fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet.

A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams.

Colleen won the Little and Laugh Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the CarrotRanch Literary Community.com in November 2017 for her piece, called “The Bus Stop.” Her debut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy won gold in the 2017 AuthorsDB.com cover contest.

Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband, Ron. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at www.colleenchesebro.com.

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You can find Colleen in all the usual places. Drop by anytime.

colleenchesebro.com Author Blog

Amazon Author Page

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Sisters of the Fey Group Blog

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Hugs n kissesfor sharing in my joy! Happy International Fairy Day! ❤

 

 

Happy Summer Solstice: Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration Available NOW!

 

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HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!

I’ve planned this day out in my mind for over a year… Today, as a tribute to the Summer Solstice, my first book of poetry and short stories has become a reality. Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration is now available on Amazon.

From June 21st through June 27th, this book will be featured at the introductory price of $.99! Grab your copy today!

Here is the Country Tagged Universal Book Link: Smarturl.it.FairiesMythsMagic

Blurb:

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

What’s Litha ~ the Summer Solstice?

Litha is the celebration of the Summer Solstice—June in the Northern Hemisphere, and December in the Southern Hemisphere. Here in North America, the Litha Sabbat honors the longest day of the year with the most hours of sunlight.

Pagans celebrated Litha by observing and honoring the power of the sun. The sun’s influence reminded the people that the summer months represented fertility, ensuring the survival of the species.

During midsummer, magnificent fruit burst forth from the flowers, shrubs, and trees, providing ample food for all. Summer was also the most favorable time for the birthing and survival of animals, birds, and insects. This also included humans where the most births occurred during the months of July through October, which still continues today.

For the ancients, nothing represented the power of the sun more than fire. On the Solstice Eve, huge bonfires were erected on hilltops celebrating the link between the earth and heavens. Festivities lasted for days before and after the main event.

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Yet, the primitive people recognized the need for balance between fire and water. Some celebrations included setting a wheel on fire, then rolling it downhill into a body of water, signaling the power of the sun at it’s mightiest, and also the day the sun’s power begins to diminish.

For me, a Summer Solstice celebration was the perfect day to share my collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the magic of the ancient pagans. I hope you’ll enjoy this collection. ❤

Colleen Turquoise

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist writing YA fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet.

A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams.

Colleen won the Little and Laugh Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the CarrotRanch Literary Community.com in November 2017 for her piece, called “The Bus Stop.” Her debut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy won gold in the 2017 AuthorsDB.com cover contest.

Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband, Ron. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at www.colleenchesebro.com.

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You can find Colleen in all the usual places. Drop by anytime.

colleenchesebro.com Author Blog

Amazon Author Page

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Hugs n kissesfor sharing in my joy! Happy Blessed Litha! ❤

Colleen’s 2018 #Book #Reviews – “Eye of Blind, Dragon Soul Quartet, Book 3” by Author, @Dwallacepeach

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Title: Eye of Blind (Dragon Soul Quartet, Book 3)

Amazon Author Page: D. Wallace Peach

Publication Date: August 19, 2016

Formats: Paperback & Kindle

Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Fantasy, Sword & Sorcery, Epic Fantasy

IN THE AUTHOR’S WORDS:

In the epic sequel to Myths of the Mirror, the black-barred cells groan open and webbed wings sweep the sky. The dragons fly free of their bonds, as do the ruthless men who enslaved them. Armed with fresh power, Earlin leads the village of Taran Leigh in search of a new myth. Not all forgive their ruin at her hands, and fires blaze in retribution.

Driven by flames from the mountains of the Mirror, Conall and his skyriders descend on Taran Leigh, complicating Earlin’s life. Malice flows with the governors as they escape down the silver-green Argantael to the sea.

Across the western sea, those wielding authority discover new forces at play. A master of fear, Phelan plots for control, skimmers raid ports for grift, the wealthy hoard, and children starve.

Morgen, captain of the Seabourne, sails the archipelago without a care until visitors from the Mirror arrive and voices of conscience dare him to see. No longer can he ignore the desperately poor, the hunting of dragons, and the political manipulations that threaten to tear apart his home. Yet, he cannot save the islands alone.

MY RECOMMENDATION:

Eye of Blind is the third book in the Dragon Soul Quartet by D. Wallace Peach. Please find my review of book two, Eye of Fire, HERE, and my review of book one, Myths of the Mirror, HERE.

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Before I get into the heart of this book, I wanted to draw everyone’s attention to the artistry of the book covers in this series. Each book title refers to a Rune Stone which the Droom (the ancient healer) draws at the onset of the book which then sets the tone for the adventures that follow.

This third book weaves the characters and stories from Taran Leigh, with that of Mirror, spreading into the archipelago changing the paths and lives of all involved. From the Mirror, the spiritual psychology of “the belonging,” spreads throughout the lands. Once the magical merging occurs, the people are changed forever.

The dragons of Taran Leigh are finally free but not without significate damage to the village. Fires rage in protest, yet Earlin leads the village into a new time, where the old ways of the belonging are retaught to the sky riders. A new awakening has occurred and the people embrace the past with their future.

The governers flee to the sea looking for a quick escape. These men are propelled by their hunger for coin and power. Phelan, the brutal governor from Taran Leigh has a plan to further his power and control. He will stop at nothing to win.

The inhabitants of the Mirror have their own problems to deal with when a forest fire forces their hurried escape to the village of Taran Leigh. The villagers welcome the refugees with open arms willing to help the people recover.

Muriel’s friend, Gallard continues his travels to the islands with the intention of saving the dragons of the archipelago by spreading the meaning of the belonging.

Meanwhile, Morgan, the captain of the Seaborne, is introduced to visitors from the Mirror. When they share the stories of the dragons and the belonging, he suddenly realizes he must take a stand to help the people of the islands, where dragons are killed, and harvested for their bejeweled skins and sold for coin.

Eye of Blind reinforces the magical gifts of the belonging where man and dragon merge as one. The main theme that runs through this series is how the thirst for power and greed corrupts. It is the realization that the belonging defines a WAY of being in the world that precludes violence. The dragons are the link representing the inter-relatedness of all life.

D. Wallace Peach has created a memorable saga filled with how the myths of the people and the mystique of the dragons intertwine in representing the oneness of life. The characters are rich and multifaceted. I can’t get them out of my head, nor do I want to!

MY RATING:

Character Believability: 5
Flow and Pace: 5
Reader Engagement: 5
Reader Enrichment: 5
Reader Enjoyment: 5
Overall Rate: 5 out of 5 Fairies

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*I follow the Amazon Rating System*

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About the Author:

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Author, D. Wallace Peach

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.

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.

Ready for an adventure?

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

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

TWITTER: @Dwallacepeach

FACEBOOK: Myths of the Mirror: @DWPeachbooks

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bedtime readingThanks for stopping by to meet D. Wallace Peach. I read this series before bed and had the best dreams. I think you will too! ❤

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The Faery Folklorist: The Fairy Folk of the Cairngorms

Have you ever heard about The Fairy Folk of the Cairngorms? No? You will want to visit this blog. Here’s what you will read about: Folklore from the Cairngorms, including Fairy Sweethearts, Green Fairy Dogs, Kelpies, Brownies, and Well Spirits

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and experience the magic! ❤

Click this link: https://faeryfolklorist.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/the-fairy-folk-of-cairngorms.html

Celtic Tree Of Life – Portal To Invisible Worlds And Source Of Sacred Knowledge | Ancient Pages

Some of the stories we consider to be myths are actually steeped in ancient beliefs. The tree of life appears in most major religions and its symbolism is recognized around the world. “The Celtic Tree of Life served as a portal to invisible worlds and became a source of sacred knowledge, guarded by the most enlightened ones.” Read more by clicking the link below.

Ellen Lloyd – AncientPages.com shares: To ancient Celt’s nature and animals were sacred and must be treated with respect. The spiritual world was invisible. There were gateways leading from the material into the spiritual world. The physical world was believed to be much more complex than we can even imagine. The Celtic Tree of Life […]

Source: Celtic Tree Of Life – Portal To Invisible Worlds And Source Of Sacred Knowledge | Ancient Pages

Confessions of a History Student: Messages and Intuition

Ali Isaac writes about Irish myths, legends, and tales. Today she has a special offer – a free book! I got my copy… did you get yours?

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You may have noticed there was no blog post from me last week. I try really hard to keep the blog updated as often as I can, but sometimes things happen which change that, and this was one of those…

Source: Confessions of a History Student: Messages and Intuition

#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~

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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I’m looking forward to hearing from you. ❤

Happy Samhain Blessings & Happy Halloween

I’m celebrating Samhain a day early because I have something special planned for tomorrow, so make sure to stop by.

Halloween has always been my favorite holiday of the year. I don’t know if it was the idea that for one day out of the year, I could be whoever or whatever I wanted, or that I just loved the revelry and beauty of the autumn season. Those reasons are all tied up together like a gift with a huge bow.

My happiest childhood memories always occurred during the fall. My parents were avid photographers (stereo), and I remember traipsing around the state of Wisconsin gazing at fall color, walking in the woods, and posing for photos. To this day, I have never seen fall color that rivaled those days long ago.

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I consider myself to be a Pagan Buddhist which involved my departure from the traditional Christian holidays and traditions. My spiritual journey has allowed me to become comfortable with who I have evolved into. What a great place to be.

Did you know that Halloween derived from the pagan holiday, Samhain (pronounced Sow-in, “Irish”)? The roots of the holiday are based on the Gaelic festival of the harvest and the beginning of winter.

Wikipedia shares:

“This is about halfway between the autumn equinox and the winter solstice. It is one of the four Gaelic seasonal festivals, along with ImbolcBealtaine, and Lughnasadh. Historically, it was widely observed throughout IrelandScotland and the Isle of Man. Similar festivals are held at the same time of year in other Celtic lands; for example the Brythonic Calan Gaeaf (in Wales), Kalan Gwav (in Cornwall), Kalan Goañv (in Brittany), and Samaín (in Galicia).”

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Samhain is much more than trick-or-treating, although if I still had little ones, I would be right there leading the pack of kids down the street. The weather will be too cold to sit outside and hand out candy this year. I will miss that.

This will be the second year that my husband and I will celebrate Samhain. Homemade chili and gluten-free cornbread are on the menu. I have prayers planned for our deceased ancestors and will make sure to recharge my crystals in the moonlight if possible. I’ll raise a glass of ginger rum and toast the changing of the seasons. Won’t you join me?

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NOW – You know I can’t stray far from the myths of the fairies… especially on Samhain!

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It has been rumored that Samhain Eve is when the veil lifts between our two worlds (Earthly and the Otherworld) and the fairies and other immortals freely roam the earth. Only the bravest of men ventured out on Samhain Eve. The possibility of meeting one of these lost souls or “scary fairies,” was just too high! Many folks stayed safe inside their homes.

La Dia de Los Muertos, the day of the dead, sprang forth from this belief that the dead walked the earth on Samhain Eve. Sugar skulls are made to commemorate the event to this day.

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Speaking of “scary fairies…” On Saturday, October 28th, I shared a post called, “Six True Magical Encounters With Real Fairies: (True Fairy Encounter Series).” I revealed my fairy encounter (which happened in early November 2014), and I asked readers to share their experiences too.

Here is what they said:

D.G. Kaye reminded me of a photo she shared on Facebook. At the bottom, near her feet was a fairy orb. She had never seen one before and was amazed that the wee ones had made contact with her. Sometimes we don’t know they’re there.

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Ksbeth said: “I always teach my kinders about the fairies and try to get them to keep an open mind to them.”

Liz H, From the Valley of the Trolls, shared this post: Tag You’re It. Yup, she’s had troll sightings! You’ll want to read this!

AutismPsychologySpirituality said: “Wow! I’ve never had encounters with fairies but loved reading your encounter. I’ve been seeing orbs, animals, colors, and rainbows. I’m always seeing fire rainbows. Rainbows around the sun, rainbows everywhere.”


I’m convinced that fairies and rainbows are connected, and I incorporated that belief into my debut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy. A rainbow is a natural gift from the elemental world. When we see one, we believe in magic, if even for a little while.

I’ve seen fairy orbs also. I wrote about fairy orbs HERE and made a video:

DO YOU BELIEVE?

Have a safe and Happy Halloween! ❤

Six True Magical Encounters With Real Fairies: (True Fairy Encounter Series)

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The countdown to Halloween (Samhain) is on!

Do you believe in Fairies? Have you ever had an encounter with a fairy-like being? If so, write about it! What are you waiting for?

Do you know how I became a fairy whisperer? Let me tell you the story of the greatest experience I have ever had.

While on a walk during a warm, foggy morning in November 2014, I had a close encounter of the fairy kind. At the time, we were living in Pensacola, Florida. I still remember the day, as if it has been carved into my memory; something I will never forget.

Road I took on my walk

The road I took on my morning walk

As I walked along the road, I heard a sound that instantly caught my attention. At first, I considered the possibility that the sound might be an injured bird rustling in the thick underbrush. I peered into the foliage and drew back in surprise. At first glance, I thought I saw a ruby-throated hummingbird with brilliant green feathers. However, that was not so.

Instead, appearing in front of my eyes was a tiny green swamp fairy fluttering on delicate wings that looked like transparent leaves. She had hair the color and consistency of corn silk. Bottle green leaves adorned her small body. The heady fragrance of lavender, patchouli, and sandalwood wafted on the air.

I stood there at the edge of the road transfixed by the vision. I realized then, I had witnessed a miracle. I had been given the gift of fairy vision.

Spot where I saw the Swamp Fairy

The spot where I saw the swamp fairy

The petite winged-being stared at me with eyes as green as the leaves she was hiding in. I must tell you, this meeting felt something akin to a spiritual encounter. An overwhelming feeling of peace and love surrounded me and held me within its grasp. In an instant, she was gone. The swamp fairy vanished into the fog that swirled around me.

I shook my head and continued my walk. My feet felt lighter that day. I knew something had changed. The swamp fairy had ignited my imagination. I knew what this fairy encounter meant. I had been granted the ability to become a fairy whisperer.

Soon after, I started to write stories about the swamp fairies which I posted to my blog. The stories came in quick succession. Next, the dreams started. I began to channel the stories of the fairy nymphs that had inspired me that day long ago.

Each day on my walks, I observed the real swamp as it was crowded out by the building of new homes. The natural wetlands were disappearing at a rapid rate. Slowly, a story began to form in my mind.

Land next to fairy swamp

Fairy Swamp is found behind this development site in Pensacola, Florida

By fall of 2015, we moved to Colorado. The dreams continued and have grown even stronger. The stories changed.

The fairy nymphs wanted me to tell their stories. And, that is exactly what I have done. The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy is that story, which I published this year. Click here to read this exciting novel.

OOOO Spooky

So, share your fairy encounter in the comments or link to this post and I’ll mention you on Monday, October 30th in another post dedicated to Samhain.

In the meantime, this video will have you believing… watch it if you dare!

 

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