Hello, and good day! Welcome to my June Tea Party! Much like the weekend coffee sharing event from Part-Time Monster, my monthly tea party is where I like to catch up with friends, old and new! This is also a way for me to introduce you to some great new blogs and people that I have virtually met along the way! In addition, I want to share my great love of tea, and all things TEA!
I have a special celebration this month! Today, June 24, 2016, is National
Days of the Year.com shares:
“Whether you see them as small winged tenders of the deep natural places of the earth, or as tall stately figures with fair skin and hair, there’s one thing for certain. The world has been absolutely captured by the Fairy Craze. These creatures appear on everything from mugs to t-shirts and have been the subject of children’s fairy tales and even supernatural romances. Fairy Day celebrates these incredible mythological creatures that have captured the imagination of people everywhere and their diverse history.”
The History of Fairy Day
Did you know that fairies of one kind or another exist in just about every culture in the world? The only difference is that their names have changed with their geographical locations. The name, faerie actually originates from the Old French.
The word that best describes these tiny supernatural beings is the Greek word – daimon, which means spirit.
Fairyname.net gives a list of “human” names that originated from some of the names fairies have been called: gnome, brownie, gremlin, puck, goblin, elf, hob, siren, imp, enchanter, mermaid, spirit, leprechaun, fay, nymph, sprite, bogie, genie, pixie, sylph and nissie. Check it out and see if your name is on the list!
If you don’t believe in fairies… then check out this list of names from the United Kingdom for the word “fairy”courtesy of timelessmyths.com: (IF they aren’t real… why are there so many names for them?)
|Faerie, Færie, Faery, Fairy.
Faeries (plural).Irish: sidheog (unreformed); síóg (reformed); sheogue (anglicised).
daoine maithe (“good people”), daoine sidhe;
áes sidhe (“people of the mound”);
daoine uaisle (“the noble people”);
bunadh na cro, bunadh na gcnoc (“host of the hills”);
bunadh beag na farraige (“wee folk of the sea”).Scottish Gaelic: boctogaí, s’thiche.
daoine s’th (“people of the mound”).
ny guillyn beggey (“the little boys”);
ny mooinjer veggey (“the little kindred”);
ny sleih veggey (“the little people”).
Welsh: y tylwyth teg (the fair folk).
bendith y mamau (“mother’s blessing”).
an bobel vyghan (“the little people”).
Breton: korriganez, boudig.
By now, you should have a great visual in your mind of a fairy with the delicate wings of a butterfly flying around the countryside like the image above. In fact, the fairies of long ago were once thought to be angelic in nature. Not all fairies had wings, even though their magic allowed them to fly. Many fairies were known to fly on the backs of birds, great transportation if you get it. Fairies and birds are connected in many of the old and new myths. **Wait until you read my novel, The Swamp Fairy! 😉
Much of the lore that surrounds fairies is shrouded in darkness. Fairies were thought to be demons or spirits of those who were trapped in the earthly realm. It was thought they could not pass into the next life or into heaven as if trapped by their earthly deeds. This thought process led to the belief that humans needed to be protected from the fairies. It was believed that metals, like iron, were deadly to fairies.
Everyone knows about fairies… but did you know that Dwarves and Gnomes are part of the fairy lineage on their tree of life? Dwarves and Gnomes were known to live amongst the Germanic folk for centuries and still do. Some of these gnomes resided deep inside caves where the human workers mined. There were even fairies called, “knockers,” who lived within the mines and knocked on the walls to alert the miners of danger.
The fat jolly looking gnomes who wear red hats are gentle folk. These unassuming beings come from the forests in lands far to the north and love living in our gardens. They are not afraid of human contact and will gladly help if they can…
Many more stories exist of the goodness that fairies bring to those who believe.
How to Celebrate Fairy Day
There are many ways to celebrate Fairy Day! You could even participate in one of the festivals held around the world. You can always have your own festival and celebrate the magic in your own backyard! Just remember to honor the fairies by leaving out a plate of cookies and some milk. Your blessings will multiply tenfold!
Fairy Day in the UK is celebrated on July 9th. Check out this link to the festival in Cumbria!
will let you register and name your house fairy. Once registered, you will immediately receive an email with your Official Fairy Lease Agreement and household rules for your fairy and little human friend to follow!
Remember… in all of the ancient stories and legends, fairies and mythological creatures are portrayed as smart, mischievous and magical! They can cast spells and have the ability to fly and even shapeshift into other creatures.
You can see fairies early in the morning when the dew is still fresh and at twilight just before the sun sets. Not to be forgotten, the summer Solstice, Halloween, and the winter Solstice have all been celebrations when fairy magic is found to be afoot.
“In his 1904 play Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie wrote that when the first baby laughed, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces, and that was the beginning of fairies. International Fairy Day is the perfect opportunity to relive your childhood fantasies and celebrate the joy and magic of the fairy world. Read a classic fairy tale, build a fairy house, or take a stroll through the woods. You never know when you might stumble across something magical!”
Since I have been granted the title of “Fairy Whisperer,” my writing has undergone a miraculous change. Words flow easier as the messages of the nymphs are whispered into my ears. My fingers fly over the keys and happiness fills my heart. I hope to delight young and old with the tales of the fairy nymphs through my books, The Heart Stone Chronicles. Book One is called “The Swamp Fairy.” Stay tuned… there will be other stories to follow.
Guess what? My dear friend Wendy Anne Darling from The Dragon’s Lair has written a special poem for us today! The best part is… it’s about my book, The Heart Stone Chronicles – The Swamp Fairy!
A graphic artist, Wendy has also been working hard designing an image of the swamp fairy for my book cover. I am telling you, Wendy’s fairy magic is strong!
From our tiny shelters, we hear them come,
Their feet stamp earthquakes on the marshy ground
And every bird and creature hides away.
Long years on years I search
To no avail
It is not time
Yet time is growing short.
Is there yet one?
Just one, alone
In whom I can confide?
Perhaps there’s one who tiptoes, softly,
Who listens, silently?
Who feels the magic of this place inside her soul?
Then suddenly, one breathless morning,
There’s a presence;
A sweet voice whispering songs of hope.
Feet that softly touch the soil
And hope ignites within our hearts.
I fly towards her
And she blinks… Seeing a bird yet sensing a friend
And the long years dissipate into magic.
She has come home!
Wendy Anne Darling
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I have had several more friends publish books this month or the last couple of months. How exciting! Many congratulations to all of you!
Firefly465, Adele Ulnais mentioned in the comments of my May Tea Party that the Fantasy Writers Anthology called “Betrayals of Another Kind,” is now out. Click the link to find the book on Amazon.
No one pays attention to the sidekicks, the apprentices, the stable boys, the second class characters, and they’re tired of it. Now the ones considered the heroes will become the victims of betrayal; whether deliberate or accidental, it makes no difference.
See the products of these betrayals in stories by
Joann M. Shevock, R. Judas Brown, Angel Blackwood, Melissa Robitille, Daniel Eastman, Layne Calry, Gary Lee Webb, Sydnie Beaupre, Adele Marie Park, Kyle Della-Rocco, Michael R. Baker, and Victoria Harrison.
My dear friend, Eloise De Susa, will be releasing her new thriller, “The Iron Pendulum.” You can still view her books on at http://eloisedesousa.wordpress.com or http://amazon.com/author/eloisedesousa. I will update you when the book is available to the public! I was a BETA reader and I can tell you, it is a juicy mystery! COMING SOON!
Julia Webster and Hugo del Fuego are missing from their third-floor apartment in Bagley. The grisly display discovered in their home leaves Detectives Perkins and Jones with little evidence to follow and, as more remains turn up, the pressure mounts to find the killer. Time is the key element in solving a case riddled with dead ends and a strange family hiding its true evil behind the façade of money and power.
Can they unravel the secrets hidden behind the closed doors and will it be enough to solve the case and rescue the couple in time?
Author, Eloise De Susa
Eloise has written over ten books in the past few years, most of them personalized stories for younger children. She loves creating magical worlds where a child can be the hero, using their natural talents and abilities to overcome obstacles.
Eloise has also published an adult crime romance called Deception and is currently working on her new book, The Iron Pendulum.
Her children’s books, Spoilt Miranda, and Scat the Black Cat, have been enjoyed by children everywhere and is a current favorite at her local school. More projects are being finalized, including a collection of fun poems and short stories called Children’s Shorts! Look out for her next book in the Spoilt Miranda series called Cecil the Bully.
For more information on her work and weekly updates, follow her blog at http://www.eloisedesousa.wordpress.com and at www.facebook.com/eloisebookcorner. A full list of Eloise De Sousa’s books and ebooks can be found at www.lulu.com/spotlight/eloisedesousa.
Another dear friend, Ritu Bhathal from But I Smile Anyway… has released her new book, Poetic RITUals. Click the link to connect to Amazon.
Delve into a book of verse exploring different topics and different genres, all with a RITUal twist. A collection of poetry drawing on the experiences of the writer, ranging from matters of the heart, love for the family, situations in life and some verses written with a humorous twist.
Author, Ritu Bhathal
Ritu Bhathal was born in Birmingham, UK, in the mid-1970’s to migrant parents, hailing from Kenya but with Indian origins. This colorful background has been a constant source of inspiration to her. From childhood, she always enjoyed reading. This love of books is mostly credited to her mother. The joy of reading spurred her on to become creative in her own writing, from fiction to poetry.
Winning little writing competitions at school and locally gave her the encouragement to continue writing.
As a wife, mother, daughter, sister, and teacher, she has drawn on inspiration from many avenues to create the poems that she writes.
A qualified teacher, having studied at Kingston University, she now deals with classes of children as a sideline to her writing!
Ritu also writes a blog, a mixture of life and creativity, thoughts and opinions, which recently was awarded second place in the Best Overall Blog Category at the Annual Bloggers Bash Awards.
Ritu is happily married, and living in Kent, with her Hubby Dearest, and two children, not forgetting the furbaby Sonu Singh.
She is currently working on some short stories, and a novel, to be published in the near future.
Two other friends are offering their books for free right now. Hurry up and claim your copy!
First, is Amber Wake, by P. S. Bartlett and Ronovan Hester. HURRY! Today is the last day to claim your free copy!
Click here to get your copy NOW!
Second is Eccentric Odds and Ends, by Regina Puckett. Her free book promotion starts today. Don’t delay!
Regina Puckett – My collection of short stories is free to download on 6/24-28. In it, you’ll find a little horror, romance, Sci-Fi and a few true tales. What’s not to love? There’s something for everyone.
Free 6/24-28 – Eccentric Odds and Ends
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Click here to grab your copy!
That’s it for this month! HAPPY NATIONAL FAIRY DAY! Make sure to let me know how you celebrated the day. I can’t wait to hear!
Fairy Tea Parties are the Best!!
Herb Fairy Tea – Courtsey of MountainRoseBlog.com
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