Summer Solstice 2017

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Wishing you and yours a magical summer!

 

This year’s summer solstice  was at 12:24 AM EDT in the Northern Hemisphere. I love this time of year–long days of sunlight. I spent the morning tidying the garden. Weeding, trimming shrubs, and deadheading blooms. Such activity makes me feel productive.

This afternoon, I’ll dig into my current WIP (work-in-progress), Just His Fae Kiss, the sixth tale in the Highland Gardens Scottish fantasy time travel romance series. This is Caitrina and Douglas’s story. I’ve created a Pinterest board for Just His Fae Kiss. Follow along as I create the tale.

If you are interested in a sneak peek, visit my blog for Excerpt Wednesday.

How do you celebrate the summer solstice?

~Dawn Marie

Recent Release: Just Within a Highland Mist by Dawn Marie Hamilton

Just Within a Highland Mist

The 5th tale in the Highland Gardens series.

 
Fae pixies are meddling with Gregor’s heart…

Gregor MacLachlan returns to Castle Lachlan, where he fostered as a green lad, ignoring rumors of fae activity. As a warrior with his cousin’s elite private guard, he hopes to prove to the clan he’s matured and has worth. A trio of pesky pixies have other plans for his heart. While hunting, a wayward shot from his bow nearly hits a strange lass who appears as if by magic.

Emily Smith follows one of the young boys in her care onto a forbidden mound in the woods behind the local garden center’s display garden and wakes in a strange bed, in a place and time not her own. Can she rise above the heartache caused by the untimely death of her fiancé and find love in the arms of the dark-eyed stranger who becomes her champion?

 

Emily gazed at her new husband with awe. It didn’t matter they were strangers. She sensed there was something special between them, perhaps magical, something that bound them together even though they were from different places. Different times.

She studied his full lips, anticipating the feel of them against her mouth. She moistened her lips, wanting him more than she would have imagined possible only a few days prior.

His pupils dilated, and he sucked in a ragged breath. He lifted a loose tendril of her hair and tucked it behind an ear. His calloused fingers brushed along the sensitive skin at the nape of her neck.

 Fire and ice. She shivered. A delicious chill tingled over her shoulder blades. Why was he making her wait?

 

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~Dawn Marie

It’s May!

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It’s May!

by Caryn Moya Block

I don’t know about you, but May is my favorite month. I start the month off singing “Tra la” and finish the month with a stronger focus on what the future holds. This year is no different as I prepare to move to Pennsylvania.

Unlike many of my previous moves, this one is going to start slow with me traveling back and forth from Virginia to Pennsylvania. Writing has taken a back seat while I concentrate on what gets to move and what gets to be recycled. Spring cleaning at its finest.

So, I ask that you have patience with me as you wait for the next book. I’m sure to have something out for Christmas and hope to finish “Aqua Magic” before the summer ends.

Wish me luck that the move goes smoothly. The quicker I get settled, the quicker I can get back into my paranormal world.

I hope May brings many wonderful experiences to you and yours,

Caryn

Aqua-Magic

Aqua Magic

Book Four of the Witch Guardian Romance Series

 Brenna Ross is trapped in her own mind. Possessed by a Marwolaeth, that is slowly killing her, it used her to murder those she loves. As hard as she struggles to regain control of her body, she can’t break free. Still she will fight, desperately trying to tell her sister she’s sorry.

Marcus Ondine knew the minute the little witch and her older sister walked into his pub, The Blue Dolphin, that she was “the one” — what the magical folk call his “Destined One.” Now he’s returned to Earth to find her possessed by the Marwolaeth. Only by taking her to his home world of Aquarius can he save her from death, but what will happen when she wakes and finds herself in an underwater world?

When Fires Burn for Beltane

On the eve of Beltane, what we now consider May Day, the Celts built large fires.

These fires were fed with the nine sacred woods to honor the coming of summer, such as the branches of rowan, apple, dogwood, poplar, juniper, cedar, pine, holly and oak. Some use alder, ash, birch, hazel, and willow. 

Animals were then herded between the two blazing bonfires in order to purify and protect them in the upcoming year. It is also said that these fires celebrated the return of life and fruitfulness to the earth after the long winter months, especially in the Highlands of old Scotland.

Besides leading their cows and sheep between huge bonfires to bless them with fertility, the annual celebration included joyous dancing, beverage-downing, traipsing across the countryside, a sensuous ballet around the Maypole by young maidens, and leaping over fires by young warriors. It was customary for young lovers to spend the night in the forest. 

Hmmm…how many new bairns were born each winter following this annual May Day celebration? Have a lovely Beltane, and check out my latest release.

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April Fools!

A joke is a joke but today is my turn to post and I thought I would pull a joke on you….

Feast your eyes on these fellas and think about what it is about them that stirs me to write books filled with kilted hunks! (And one of them is my son! No fooling!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Read an E-Book Week

12801173_1210963422254989_6245768049487553520_n.jpgRead an E-Book Week is now live on Smashwords.com! Check out the many Free and Discounted books available, including “Destined Magic,” “My Magic Mate,” and “Shadow of My Heart.”

It’s only one week, so hurry, hurry, hurry, before the offer is over. The three books available by Caryn Moya Block during the promotion will be FREE.

National Peanut Butter Day and Recipe

peanutbutterkiss-flippedMarch is full of holidays, and the popular ones include St. Patrick’s Day, the Ides of March, and so on. Well, I found a delicious one. March 1st is a sticky day.

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day salutes America’s favorite sandwich spread. What kid didn’t grow up loving a PB&J sandwich?

Me.

Personally, I always ate my peanut butter sandwiches NAKED.

On this sticky holiday, I will share with you a simple, yummy recipe.

Peanut Butter Kiss Cookies

Ingredients-

1-8 oz. bag of @Kiss chocolate candies, unwrapped

1/2 cup shortening ( I use Crisco)

3/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/3 cup packed light-brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

2 Tablespoons milk

1 teaspoons vanilla

1  1/2 cups all-purpose floursmolder_lg

1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions: Preheat oven to 375* F. Beat shortening and peanut butter in a large (mixer) bowl until well blended. Add sugars and beat until light & fluffy. Add egg, milk, vanilla and beat well. In another bowl, mix flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to the peanut butter mixture. Shape dough into 1 inch balls and place on un-greased cookie sheet (I place on parchment paper for easy removal.) Bake 8-10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Immediately press a chocolate kiss candy into the center of each cookie. Remove from pan and cool completely. Makes about thirty-six cookies.

Enjoy with a big glass of milk and a book…

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Do witches have a bad name?

tarot-cards-magic-fortune-telling-gypsy-esotericDo witches have a bad name in romance?

I’m just wondering because while we had a vampire craze and a werewolf craze, which merged into a shifter craze, we haven’t really had a witch craze.

If you think about how paranormal romance became so big in pop culture, it was through Harry Potter, a witch, so it’s odd that we haven’t had a huge craze of romances featuring witches. Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t some fantastic romances about witches, we absolutely have. But none have inspired other writers to jump on the bandwagon and write more witch stories.

Is it because the category is so broad? Witches are, after all, simply people with the ability to wield magic. That could be mean anything.

They could be hocus-pocus witches who need a magic tool (like a wand) to create the magic. They could simmering witches who need magical ingredients (snail’s toenails and eye of newt) to create potions that do magical things. They could be innately magical where they just need to think or will something to have and *poof* it happens. Or they could be elemental magic, which is quite popular—although it too has not seen a craze like the vampires and shifters—but it’s a really fun area to explore, tapping into the Earth’s natural energies to control magic.

So, is that the problem? There’s just too much choice? Too many variants?

Personally, I love witches. I find the possibilities a wonderful opportunity to create something new and different. And, as you might have guessed, I really love bringing in an elemental aspect. The Earth itself is so powerful and full of wonder that it’s not a huge leap to think about harnessing that power into something magical.

As I’m working right now on the fourth book of my magical series, I wish that I had more books to read that featured witches. Naturally, with too few books in the sub-genre that I like, I feel compelled to write them myself. But if you know of any good books that feature witches, I’d appreciate it if you could share them below.

 

Book Sale and other News from Dawn Marie Hamilton

Happy Valentine’s Week! Tuesday may have been the day, but many romantics celebrate the entire week, some the whole month. One of the ways I’m celebrating is with a book sale. The e-book version of Just Beyond the Garden Gate, the first novel in the Highland Gardens series, is on sale at Amazon, B&N, Apple, and Kobo for a mere 99 pennies for a limited time. If you haven’t read the series yet, now would be a great time to start.

 

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Other News:

I will be presenting and signing at the St. Mary’s County Library’s Author Fair in Lexington Park MD on April 1st from 10:00 to 2:00. There will be presentations from other local authors, a writing workshop, and an information session on self-publishing. If you are in the Southern Maryland area, stop by and say hello.

On most Wednesdays, I share excerpts from my books at my author blog, Dawn Marie Hamilton Writes. Hop over there on occasion for a short read.

I’m excited and honored to share that Just Wait For Me, the third novel in the Highland Gardens series, is a finalist in the 2017 Scéal Award Contest at Books & Benches for Otherworldly Romance (paranormal, fantasy, and time travel). Winners will be announced in late March. Wish me luck!

 

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Just Wait For Me

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~Dawn Marie

Groundhogs VS Dragons?

What would happen if a Scottish dragon met an

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They’d probably be the best of friends.

Groundhogs hibernate in underground burrows. The most famous groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil is brought out into the sunlight on Gobbler’s Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on the 2nd of February to see his shadow. If he does see it, it would mean six more weeks of winter. 

skye-beach-192975_960_720Dragons loves dark, moist caves, and the ones in my series, Clan of Dragons, prefer caves found at the base of the Black Cuillin Hills, on the Scottish island of Skye.  

 

Whether you wish for winter to continue, or look forward to spring, have a very Happy Groundhog Day!

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