Celebrating Lughnasadh, or Lammas

Happy Lughnasadh! Celebrate the harvest. ❤

The Sisters of the Fey

I follow the Wheel of the Year Wiccan (Celtic) Sabbats which celebrate the eternal circle of life – birth, death, and rebirth. These holidays mix well with my Buddhist path and also that of Faery Wicca.

There are eight Sabbats, and they follow the changing seasons of our year always in sync with nature. This cycle represents the continuing saga of life, death, and rebirth of the god and the fertility of the goddess.

Agriculture figures prominently in this calendar with the four major festivals of Samhain, Imbolc, Beltane, and Lughnasadh (Lammas). The minor Sabbats include the solar festivals of the equinoxes and solstices, Yule, Ostara, Litha, and Mabon.

The midpoint of the four seasons is where I celebrate the major Sabbats. The beginning of each season is when I celebrate the minor Sabbats.

Our next festival occurs on August 2nd and is called…

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More Notes from: The Modern Witch’s Masterclass with Phyllis Curott, “How to Cast a Spell,” via Hay House


I’ve been enjoying this free series on Wiccan Witchcraft by Phyllis Curott via Hay House. Here is the link to this lesson so can watch it yourself. These are my notes and I’ve tried to catch her words as closely as possible, but much of the following is paraphrased. ❤

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HOW TO CAST A SPELL

What is your definition of magic? Do you think witches cast spells to control the world? That simply isn’t true.

Magic is what a living cosmos does with you once you’ve awakened to its divinity and your own.

The secret to magic is your relationship with the sacred. All real magic is the manifestation of the divine.

Everyone is capable of magic. It’s not a supernatural way to control reality. Making magic is a co-creative process with the divine that dwells inside and all around you when you’re open and aware and connected to that divinity.

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MAGIC IS EVERYWHERE

Magic is in the synchronicities, signs, and messages your receive in dreams that come true. Magic is found in the healing that defies prognosis, and in the opportunities that appear when none were there before. It’s found in the unexpected help you receive, and in the harmony with which your life begins to take shape.

Magic changes everything, and the first thing it changes is you. It breaks down your barriers, shifting your perceptions and awakening your soul. When you do it right, it awakens the witch within you.

Magic and meditation go hand in hand. Altering our state of consciousness opens us to the divine and meditation does that. It allows us to enter realms of spirit and for you to move freely outside the bounds of space and time. It allows you to dive deep within to find where divinity dwells.

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Meditation can be magic! Meditating is one of the fastest ways to change your consciousness.

The next time you are meditating – go ahead… cast a spell. What exactly is a spell? A spell is like poetry, an incantation, a rhyme. Rhyming has a powerful effect on your mind and emotions. In fact, like singing, chanting a spell with two or more witches magnifies the effect.

In order for a spell to work in partnership with the sacred source of creation, you need a change of consciousness. Meditation is the answer.

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AFFIRMATIONS ARE SPELLS

The power of positive affirmations as a repetition of phrases, alter our self perception and our behavior to manifest desired changes in our psyche and in our life.

Here is a chant created by Louise Hay:

“I am one with the divine power that created me. I use my power with love, success, and generosity.”

In the video, Phyllis sings a Wiccan chant, I’ve shared below:

“She changes every thing she touches, and every thing she touches, changes.”

If you repeat this chant a number of times you will feel your energy improve. The longer you chant, the stronger the effect. This chant alters your heart and connects you to the universe.

When you’ve finished your chant, thank creation for receiving your intention, your energy, and your magic!

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& BLESSED BE!

“How to Cast a Circle” ~ My Notes from Phyllis Curott & the “Modern Witch’s Masterclass via Hay House

In her first free video, Phyllis will teach us how to start your day the Witch’s way through setting positive and grounded intentions for the day ahead. She’ll also share how to cast a circle—a fundamental Witchcraft practice—to help you open up your senses and connect with Mother Earth.”

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How do you cast a circle?

Phyllis suggests casting a circle each morning. She usually includes an offering, like birdseed. However, she does stress that you can cast your circle anywhere you feel most comfortable. Offerings are optional. After you’ve completed your circle, take note of how your day progressed. ❤


First, start by facing east. Close your eyes and take a deep breath. She holds up the birdseed and says, “Spirit of Air, may my mind be clear today.”

Then, scatter some of the bird seed.

Next, turn toward the south and say, “Spirit of Fire, may my courage be firm today.”

Scatter more seed.

Now, turn toward the west and say, “Spirit of Water, may my heart be open and full of love today.”

Scatter more seed.

Pivot and turn toward the north. Cup your hands in front of you and say, “Spirit of Mother Earth, may my work be creative, rewarding, and fulfilling today.”

Scatter the last of the seed.

Turn back toward the east which ends the full circle and places you back where you began. Reach your hands toward the sun above and then down to the earth under your feet.

Say, “I reach to the sky and sun above, and down to the earth upon which I stand. I give thanks at the center – between sky and earth. I draw the energy from both knowing I’m at the place where spirit, nature, and energy are one.”

While standing in balance between the sky and earth finish your blessing by saying, “May my day go forward with blessings.”

Once your circle is complete move with gladness into your day.

& Blessed Be!

The Sisters of the Fey, #Double #Etheree

I’ve been remiss in my poetry writing. Somehow, with all the writing I do, you would think I could fit in my own challenge… So, today I did! It’s the first of the month, so poets get to choose their own words – No synonym’s unless you want to add them.

What have I been doing with my time? Writing, of course! The first book in the Sisters of the Fey is almost finished. Then, I can get into the editing portion before I send it off to my editor.

I haven’t written a book blurb yet, but here is the gist of the the story. (Please understand, that this is rough and will probably change). The Sisters of the Fey is a group blog I compiled from a group of my authorly friends who love all things magical, including the fey, as much as I do. The two books will illustrate how I imagine we met in our past lives. Purely fiction, it has been great fun to write.

“The first wave of the Byzantine faith has found its way into the back country of Russia, forcing the people to abandon their beliefs in the old ways of magic. The mother goddess, the ancestors, and Tatiana, the Queen of the Rusalki Fey have conspired to bring together eight Slavic witches to save the old ways. The eight women align with the Rusalki Fey and set out on a journey to stop Brother Basil, a Vukodlak werewolf from destroying the land and the people they love.”

“The Sisters of the Fey”

We are a circle within a circle
with no beginning, never-ending.
Connected by invisible 
threads of love which carry us
when we're most defenseless
and supports us when
we're strong. Sisters
spinning our
magic
bright.
Earth,
Air, Fire,
and Water,
guard our spirits
on this full moon night.
Bind us with powerful
love and healing light
to guide us on
our journey
to save
love.
The good neighbors visited my home Thursday night. This image has not appeared again. In fact, as soon as I snapped this photo, the vision was gone. This is how you see into the realm of the faery. ❤

“The Dream,” #FlashFiction

The Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction Prompt for February 7, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story that includes a sign. It can be a posted sign, a universal sign, a wonder. Go where the prompt leads. Respond by February 12, 2019.


I’ve been writing like a mad woman for months on my newest creation – The Sisters of the Fey – Genesis. I thought a sneak peek might be in order… This is the actual beginning of the book, plus or minus a few words. Are you intrigued?

It began with a dream so real that I woke up on the hard floor beside my bed. My first thought was that the ancestors were trying to tell me something. They often spoke with signs, like the day I found a feather on the ground where no birds tarried or how the wind caressed my face a certain way.

Sometimes, they spoke by invoking a change in the weather, such as when the clouds blocked out the sun leaving a coldness behind. Then, the ancestors spoke to me through the shadows. And, when the ancestors spoke, I listened.

The Slavic Witch, Baba Danica & Crow

“Ancient Truths” – Flash Fiction

It’s the beginning of a new year and I’m thrilled to be writing flash fiction again. Our resident flash fiction guru, Charli Mills, is back in action at Carrot Ranch.com. Thank goodness. Check out the rules below:

January 3, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story about a character who looks back. It can be a metaphorical reflection or a glance in the rear-view mirror. Who is looking back, and why? Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by January 8, 2019.

Many of you know that I’ve been working on a book called, “The Sisters of the Fey – Genesis.” My inspiration for the story and characters came from seven other “writerly” friends. We even created a mystical blog together called… The Sisters of the Fey.com. Stop by and visit.

The eight of us are featured characters in this book. I think after this book is published, you will have great fun trying to figure out which character belongs to which writer.

So, to start my new book teasing process early, I’ve written a flash fiction piece that I hope will entice you into wanting more of this story. The setting is ancient Russia, on the shores of the Volga River…

“Ancient Truths”

Staring into the river, Dennitsa felt the ancient memories drag her back into the past. As if she had lived long ago, the hazy recollections played out in her mind.

The truth stared her in the face. The Slavic witches were descended from the flying dragons who were the spirits of the fallen angels. They had tumbled out of the skies at the beginning of time. Those spirits copulated with human women, creating offspring who were known as the Vedma. The Vedma became the female witches, and the Leshovik became the dragon men.

Dennitsa had been born a witch!

© 2019 Colleen M. Chesebro

I’m still dreaming of snow…

New Moon Blessings January 2019

Are you ready to manifest your energies? Learn about the law of abundance and write your check today! ❤

The Sisters of the Fey

Welcome to New Moon Blessings for January 2019! We are about to write our NEW MOON checks and this is your reminder. The NEW MOON for January is the 6th, so  on the 6th or the 7th, write your Law of Abundance check. How do you do that? What would that look like? I have an example right here:

If you do not have a checking account or paper checks available, you can always use a blank piece of paper (this is what I do). Then fold up your check and place it on your altar or in some other sacred place/space. I have a copper treasure chest filled with crystals and talismans, so this is where I place my check.

On the next FULL MOON, I will rip my check into tiny pieces and flush it down the toilet. Why? Because I have…

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Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Adele Marie Park

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Hello everyone! This week I’m happy to share with you one of my dearest friends, Scottish author, Adele Marie Park. Over the years, Adele and I have formed a common interest in all things magical, and especially our love for the faerie craft.

When I asked Adele to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE, she didn’t even blink! We all aspire to be successful authors and the best way to learn some of the tricks of the trade is to ask questions.

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Adele is also a member of the Sisters of the Fey blog, a group of eight authors who came together to share their love of all things magical. Adele’s specialty is all things pagan. She shares tarot readings and even a few tried and tested spells! Check out this post HERE. ❤

Please meet my guest, Adele Marie Park.

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Scottish Author, Adele Marie Park

Scottish Author, Adele Marie Park was born in the north-east of Scotland, and at the age of six months, she moved to live with family on the Orcadian island of Rousay.

Her childhood was surrounded by the tales and legends of old, and these became the themes and beliefs she’s carried with her through life as they now emerge and live within the pages of her books.

Adele’s first published book is “Wisp,” a tale of murder, passion, and intrigue set in the mythical world of Edra.

She has won awards for her short stories and many have been published in successful anthologies.

Her writing crosses genres between fantasy and horror but is always character driven by transforming the pictures and characters in her head as if by magic onto the pages of her books. Her belief in magic, faeries and the paranormal has never wavered.

She connects with people through her writing, and her wish is for everyone to live every moment of the story and feel it as if they has been on the journey with the characters.

When not writing, she enjoys painting and playing music. Her preferred instrument is the guitar although she has been known to play the tin whistle.

Hi, Colleen. Thanks so much for the invitation to do this interview. What fun!

You’re welcome. Adele, you and I have crossed paths in the blogging world for about four years now, so I know how sensitive and kind you are. What was the first book you read that made you cry?

Although the book I’m going to talk about is not the first to make me cry it is the one which is most poignant. “Clan of The Cave Bear,” by Jean M Auel. For those who haven’t read the book here’s a synopsis:

“Leave 21st century London and go back to Ice Age Europe. Follow Ayla, a Cro-Magnon child who loses her parents in an earthquake and is adopted by a tribe of Neanderthal, the Clan. See how the Clan’s wary suspicion is gradually transformed into acceptance of this girl, so different from them, under the guidance of its medicine woman Iza and its wise holy man Creb. Immerse yourself in a world dictated by the demands of survival in a hostile environment, and be swept away in an epic tale of love, identity, and struggle.”

(Click HERE to find “Clan of the Cave Bear,” by Jean M. Auel on Amazon.com)

There are some terrible scenes in this book but the one which made me weep was the death of Ayla’s adoptive mother, Iza.

I was brought up by my aunt Adeline and uncle Tommy. As I read the paragraph, tears filled my eyes and for the first time, I thought about Adeline dying. I wept so loudly she came upstairs to my room to see what was wrong. When I told her she hugged me and told me that wasn’t going to happen. A few years later, cancer took her away from me.

I haven’t been able to read the book since.

I can tell you’re an empathic writer. Can you tell us how being empathic affects your writing?

I feel everything that my characters go through, every loss, pain or heartache. My characters are so close to me that I can not help but feel what they go through. I am an empath, having only found out in the last couple of years what that means. It has been an experience which has freed me. Now, I am able to say I am an empath and I’m not the only one.

 READ: What is an Empath

Does it lend a reality to my writing? Yes, I think it comes across. If I weep because one of my character’s experiences a loss of who they hold dear, I want my readers to do the same. I want my readers to become so engrossed in the story that it transports them into my world. That is what I aim for in my writing.

As a writer what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I have several spirit animals. They make themselves known to me when I need them or when they sense that I need comfort. Years ago, when I first started writing again, it was a green dragon. He kept me sane in a very horrible chapter of my life.

Later Wolf came along and inspired me to trust others again and to make peace with myself. When I write now, Wolf is here, but so is otter when I need to lighten up and remember how to play.

Bear is one animal who has been with me since childhood and she brings in the peace of the great mother. Owl and eagle bring me clarity and dreams.

I thought over this question and realised that in every short story or novel that I’ve written, there is usually an animal featured as a prominent character. I can’t choose just one, I can’t.

Do it(CLICK HERE to learn more about how to find your own spirit animal. 

You are so receptive to the vibrations of the universe, Adele. How do you use that superpower to select the names of your characters?

The characters arrive in my head with their names already picked by themselves. My head resembles Grand Central Station at times. All these characters wandering about waiting for me to write about them. It’s quite magical.

Sometimes the idea for a story arrives first. After that, the characters show up. It’s interesting, but they always choose their own names. I don’t think I’ve ever had to change a character’s name. Although, I have changed details about the character, with their permission, of course.

Writers often believe in their writing muse, which is separate from a spirit animal. Do you believe in the muse?

I definitely believe in the muse. I sense mine is female and recently I feel there are two. The old tales warn you never to anger your muse lest she leaves you, so I keep mine as sweet as I can.

People might laugh at these old beliefs today but, what if they are true? Better to pay your respects to the old beliefs than to have your muse turn away from you. Did you know that even Tesla is reported to have credited some otherworldly presence in helping with his inventions? I think that’s fascinating!

There are times when I suffer from writer’s block.  That’s when I call on the muse to help me. I think with everything in life if you are respectful and remember your manners you can’t go wrong.

I read and reviewed Adele’s book, “Wisp.” You can read that review HERE.

Thanks, Colleen for the great discussion. ❤

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How to contact Adele Marie Park

Blog – Firefly 465

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Twitter @Binky567

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k luv u bye Thanks for stopping by to meet Adele Marie Park. Read Wisp! You’ll love it! ❤

New Moon Blessings November 2018

Annette Rochelle Aben is teaching us how to bring abundance into our lives:

“Welcome to New Moon Blessings for November 2018! We are about to write our NEW MOON checks and this is your reminder. The NEW MOON for November is the 7th, so on the 7th or the 8th, write your Law of Abundance check.”

GET READY TO EMBRACE THE LAW OF ABUNDANCE! ❤

The Sisters of the Fey

Welcome to New Moon Blessings for November 2018! We are about to write our NEW MOON checks and this is your reminder. The NEW MOON for November is the 7th, so  on the 7th or the 8th, write your Law of Abundance check. How do you do that? What would that look like? I have an example right here:

If you do not have a checking account or paper checks available, you can always use a blank piece of paper (this is what I do). Then fold up your check and place it on your altar or in some other sacred place/space. I have a copper treasure chest filled with crystals and talismans, so this is where I place my check.

On the next FULL MOON, I will rip my check into tiny pieces and flush it down the toilet. Why? Because I have…

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Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Wendy Anne Darling

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Hello everyone! Happy November! Can you believe it? This week I’m thrilled to bring you the first person I met from our blogging world, my dear friend, Wendy Anne Darling. Over the last few years, I’ve had the pleasure of her company because she lived north of me near Denver. We formed a friendship that gave us the opportunity to meet and correspond on a regular basis. Sadly, she has returned to her home across the sea and is now back in England. I do miss my dear friend being so close.

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Wendy’s cake decorating skills

Wendy is an accomplished cake baker and decorator, author, illustrator, book cover designer, and, she still finds time to record audiobooks! The woman is a true marvel! ❤

Visit Wendy’s blog HERE to hear an audio recording of her reading a piece from her debut novel, “Silver Lightning.” Just click the audio link (Silver-Lightning-Excerpt) beneath the featured image of her book on the header.

Wendy is also a member of the Sisters of the Fey blog; a group of eight authors who came together to share their love of all things magical. Wendy’s specialty is putting her philosophical thoughts into words that make us all think about the magic in our world. Check out this post HERE and see if Wendy’s magical mathematical equation doesn’t fill you with joy!

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I asked Wendy to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE and told her to share her thoughts. One of the best ways to learn more about each other is to ask questions.

First, please meet my guest, Wendy Anne Darling:

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Author, Wendy Anne Darling

Wendy Anne Darling was born in England, spent her high school years in South Africa, and moved the U.S. in 1989. Wendy has two gorgeous daughters and two phenomenal grandkids and lives near Boulder, Colorado with a view of the Rocky Mountains that inspires her every day.

Wendy’s love affair with books started early; her grandmother would bring her piles of slightly imperfect books, courtesy of her job with the Oxford University Press, and her love of reading led her to write her own stories and poetry from a very young age. She has read the entire The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit aloud twice; once to her sisters and again for her daughters and does a mean Gollum!.

Wendy is an author, narrator, artist, and actor. She has degrees in Visual Communications and Paralegal Studies, and studied Theater for a while at CU Boulder and has acted in several plays, including ‘A Taste of Shakespeare.’ She is a trained voice-over artist and is currently narrating and producing audio books for Amazon Audible. When she’s not reading, writing or drawing, she’s watching anything Sci-Fi and is a huge fan of Doctor Who.

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Wendy in her Tardis dress

Silver Lightning is her debut into publishing, and the cover is her own artwork. Wendy currently has 17 audio books to her name.

Hi, Colleen. Here I am visiting with you from across the pond!

Wendy, it’s so good to see you again. You know, I never asked you, but did any of your literary teachers ever tell you growing up that you were going to become a published writer one day?

Nobody ever told me that I would be a published author, but I did have a lot of encouragement to continue writing!  My English teacher in high school asked me if she could use some of my poems in her classes and I – of course – agreed. I found out what she meant when she did a whole class project on my class and others, having the students (all except me!) discuss around a half dozen of them and answer questions, such as; ‘Why did the poet use a certain word in the first verse but use a different word in the last verse, which was, otherwise, identical?’ I found it all amusing and slightly embarrassing to have my classmates discussing my poetry as if I were a ‘real’ poet!

This same teacher once told me that she always left my creative writing projects until last to read and grade because she loved my stories. I would probably never have known this except for the fact that, on one occasion, I decided to write a horror story. Before class the next day she asked me what I had been thinking to come up with that as she hardly had a wink of sleep after reading it and kept imagining noises in her apartment!

On a later occasion – when I was studying for my graphic design degree – my psychology instructor asked me to promise him that whatever I ended up doing in my future life, it would include writing.

Since I’ve known you, Wendy you have taken quite a few trips. Do you like traveling or do you prefer staying close to home?

I adore traveling and can thank my mum and dad for that. My dad was in the British Navy for 15 years when I was young and had a hard time staying put when his term ended and he suddenly wasn’t sailing all over the world. Our family; Mum, Dad, me, and my two younger sisters, emigrated to South Africa when I was 12 and returned to England when I was 17.

After I got married my ex and I traveled and vacationed often in Europe, then, in 1988, he was recruited for a position in California and we had been in the US ever since. There are still so many places I want to explore!

I hope I have the chance to continue traveling. There’s nothing like living in a different country for a while to expand your horizons! Right now, I’m writing the answers to this interview while sitting on a couch at my sister’s home in Somerset, England!

Is there anything you are currently working on that may capture the interest of your readers?

After my wonderful mum died some years ago, I found out that she had been writing a book about dragons but it was only partly done. She had left a lot of notes as well as a synopsis and my dad suggested that I continue the project in honour of Mum.

Being a huge dragon lover myself, this sounded like a great idea! It has taken me quite a while to get my head around what she was trying to do; the copious notes she left soon made me realize that the story would easily span into a series of at least three books.

I now have a good part of the first volume done and am writing down ideas for the second and third as I go along. I won’t tell you too much yet, but I believe this series will be fantastic!

Dragons? I love dragons! I can’t wait for that book! So, how many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I could easily fill several books with the poetry I’ve written over the last 50 years but most of it will probably remain handwritten scribbles in a pile of old notebooks; my writing style has changed a lot over the half a decade that I have been writing them!

As far as manuscripts go, I have written several chapters of the sequel to my first book – Silver Lightning,’ but that won’t see the light of day until after I rewrite the original one; I believe the story has a lot of promise but I’ve learned a lot more about structure since those days and the book needs a skeleton to cling to!

I have a children’s picture book ready to go but need to do the illustrations.

Aside from that, I’m writing my mum’s dragon story and have a couple of partially written stories. One is a sci-fi mystery, set on a world that humans colonized after Earth became uninhabitable, and the other is sci-fi set in a vast prison where a large percentage of the planet’s population live their lives because of ‘dangerous mental traits.’ I also have several pages of other ideas.

Wendy, if you could write a letter to your younger writing self, what would you say?

Oh, if I only could, Colleen! I believe I was always meant to be a writer. Now, at 60, I look back at all the time I spent pursuing other interests and jobs and I’d like to go back and shake myself until my teeth rattled!

Unfortunately – as far as I know – nobody has yet built a reliable time machine, but I wish I could send myself a letter saying:

“This is it, Wendy! You were born to write and it will be the most important thing you ever do. Thoughts, dreams, and minds can be changed by words and then affect this world we live in. Don’t ever let anyone convince you otherwise.  Oh, and, by the way, get that nose fixed because it’s never going to look any better.”

I do have a new book out that I think everyone will enjoy. I even wrote a sequel to the Peter Pan story! It’s reasonably priced at $.99 for the Kindle. Have a look:

Thanks for the visit, Colleen. We always have such a good time together. ❤

You’re welcome. By the way, I read the Tales from the Realm of the Green Elf, and the link to my review is HERE.

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How to contact Wendy Anne Darling

Blog: https://wendyannedarling.com/

Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/AuthorWendyAnneDarling/

Twitter: @AuthorWDarling

k luv u bye Thanks for stopping by to meet my dear friend, Wendy Anne Darling. ❤