Enjoy December Differences

by Nancy Lee Badger

December can mean different things to different people.

To some, it is the end of the year. To others it is the best time of the year. Many people realize snow and ice are obstacles they need to contend with. Others wonder how they can celebrate Santa when palm trees are swaying outside their condos.

For me, it is too soon after my birthday and Thanksgiving to worry about the Christmas holiday.

I had my son drag boxes down from the attic, and the cat and I will fight over what I want to display and what ornaments he wants to eat, but I will find time to keep writing. Even if snow hits us here in sunny Raleigh, North Carolina, I can visit the NC Museum of Art and enjoy reflecting on the future…spring! Here is one of my favorite paintings hanging there. It is called Morning on the Seine, near Giverny by Claude Monet.

The art at this museum, which is only 5 miles from our home, is extraordinary, especially the 30+ works by the famous French sculptor, Auguste Rodin. It affected me in such a way that I planned my next book series there!

Book #1 of my Warriors in Bronze series is Heaven-sent Warrior. Asleep inside Heaven-sent Warriora bronze statue, a naked Frenchman wakes a century later to save a half-Fae museum curator from a demon bent on ruling our present-day world.

Check it out in ebook and print. The buy links are HERE

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

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The History of Science Fiction

With the passing of Stan Lee this month at the age of 95, I got to wondering about how old the genre actually is. Talk about getting bogged down in research, you can go back as far as the Epic of Gilgamesh, which is 2000 BCE, but I wasn’t looking that far back.

Scholar Robert Scholes calls the history of science fiction “the history of humanity’s changing attitudes toward space and time … the history of our growing understanding of the universe and the position of our species in that universe.” In recent decades, the genre has diversified and become firmly established as a major influence on global culture and thought.

It was more personal for me. I learned to read by devouring Superman comics. Dick, Jane and Sally held no interest for me. Man, were those kids boring! So, on Sunday afternoons Daddy would walk to town on the train tracks with my sister and me togo to the drug store in downtown Hudson and look at the comic books. They cost 12¢ back then and I still have most of them, carefully preserved now in plastic. I know Stan Lee was Marvel and Superman is DC but I love characters in both universes.

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I was always drawn to science fiction, with its endless possibilities. I admit I preferred Gene Roddenberry’s concept of a peaceful future to what I read in the pulp fiction of Daddy’s basement. Scary aliens didn’t entice me, but ET and Close Encounters were made for me and I’ve seen both countless times.

It’s what drew me to write Alien Embrace. A young woman who wakes in a hospital with no memory—where did she come from and why? Throw in a little of the ecological, and you’ve got the kind of story I go looking for.

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Have you been a sci fi (never SyFy!!) fan long or do you gravitate toward fantasy or paranormal? Who are some of your favorite authors – Larry Niven, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ursula K. LeGuin, Sherri Tepper, Philip Dick, Jules Verne? Let me know, maybe there’re some out there I haven’t found yet!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and be careful out there if you go Black Friday-ing!

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Christmas Shadow – New Release

After falling and suffering a concussion, I wasn’t sure if I could get a Christmas story out this year. SURPRISE!
Newly released, I bring you:Christmas Shadow

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Book One of the Shadow Walker-Lycan Hybrid Second Generation Romance Series

Aleksei Sokolov, a Shadow Walker-Lycan Hybrid, is trying to protect his best friend, Daven McCloud. He installs an Isanti security system in Daven’s Beverly Hills estate and assumes his identity. Stepping into Daven’s shoes puts him directly in the path of a killer, but it also puts him in the path of Sheridan Harbrook, who has been contracted to decorate Daven’s estate for Christmas.
One whiff of her elusive scent and Aleksei thinks he’s found his mate, but where is the Lycan Heartmate Bond? How could he be falling in love with a woman who isn’t his mate?
Sheridan Harbrook is struggling to care for her terminally ill mother and keep her business afloat. She has no time for anything else, let alone love. She’s seen Daven McCloud at parties before and thought him an immature playboy. Despite his reputation, she agrees to decorate his estate for his company’s annual Christmas gala.
When she meets with the man she believes is Daven, she can’t help but be surprised at how different he is when he doesn’t have a starlet on his arm. Feeling that she’s misjudged him, she lets him kiss her goodnight, even though the evening was strictly business.
She likes the man and one kiss tells her she could more than like him. But as their relationship progresses, danger surrounds them both. Will involving herself with a client put her in the crosshairs of a murderer and will this Christmas be her last?

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A Few Kilts Can Thaw a November Chill

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I recently attended two very different Scottish Highland Games – one in New Hampshire and the other in Georgia. Both these USA-based gatherings had one thing in common…kilts in a wide variety of Tartans.

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A Tartan is a plaid of certain colors that pertain to a clan or family that have traced their roots to Scotland. Many ‘Ancient’ tartans, or plaids, have muted colors. Before weaving, the original homemakers of the early centuries dyed the wool strands by using bugs, berries, grasses, and the like. Today’s tartans are more brilliant and though most are still woven of wool with a multitude of pleats at the back, others are made in solid colors of waterproof duck or soft cotton blends. Many of these have wider and fewer pleats and even add-on pockets. Some choose a military branch’s specific pattern.

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Whatever a person chooses to wear, these men, women, marching band members and even performing musicians wear their plaids with pride. Here is a link to a video of one of favorite groups, Albannach, who played at the September 2018 NH Highland Games   https://youtu.be/uENuWEoFwOk     Listening to them was a pleasure!

Other sites, including the kilted athletes, were not to be missed. I am glad we were able to attend both and I gained quite a few plot ideas for future books!

That Paranormal Time of Year…

Okay, Halloween is almost here and the spooky is in full force.

It gets dark earlier and cool, as though a spirit has brushed past you at times. This is when I think about my experiences with the paranormal. I’ll relate one here and save some for other blogs.

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I remember one from shortly after my Grandmother, Mama Corey, who lived with us passed away. After going to bed I kept hearing something in the formal living room. That wasn’t a room I was welcome in most of the year (only after the Christmas tree went up) but my grandmother watched TV in there alone most of the time. Since she was deaf, she turned it up to a painful volume and the rest of the family watched TV on the other side of the house. (Yes, we had two TVs before the rest of the world, because Daddy sold them). I finally got up to find Daddy and have him look around. He did because he trusted my hearing, but he found nothing. I went back to bed and closed my eyes, but something made me open them again and there stood Mama Corey at the foot of the bed. Yes, I panicked and raced down the hall to get Daddy.

Now that was one smart man. He looked right at me and said, “What’s the problem? She came in to check on you every night.” Those simple words put it all in perspective for me.

I never saw her again, but I knew it would be okay if I did. She wasn’t a scary spirit, just a grandma making sure I was covered up and not cold.

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One more – there is a story I’m working on but have put aside for now. Why? Because whenever I wrote on it, a book would fall from one of my bookcases. Not a book that was badly balanced on an edge, or even the same bookcase. But something always fell when I was writing on it. Haven’t worked on it since moving to the condo after we downsized, but I’ll let you know if it followed me.

What about you? Any unexplained phenomena happen around your house? I’d love to hear about it, so please share.

Remember to check out my stories – Wraith’s Heart or Before You – for your spooky pleasure!

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October Rushes in to Frighten or Entertain?

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Pumpkins, Witches, bats…

Like this sign in my yard, October is filled with crazy things that kids and candy companies look forward to. Halloween is known in the Celtic community as Samhain. My readers are often unaware of the celebration’s strong Scottish connections. With Scotland’s beautiful yet harsh landscape, haunted castles, and superstitions, it is not surprising that Halloween first took root there.

My heroine in Heaven-sent Warrior is an American of Scottish descent, but my hero is French. Halloween is not a typical French holiday, although you might find carved pumpkins at the grocery store. The French translation concerning this holiday is “des bonbons ou un sort” (candies or a spell) or even “betises oufriandises” (mischiefs or sweets).

However you call it, this is a holiday that brings us the beauty of pumpkins, harvested red apples, changing leaves, and sweet-smelling wood fires. Enjoy these with a good book…    

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How about Heaven-sent Warrior
With Every Spark
 Or, With Every Spark

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The Coming Fall

We’re heading toward my favorite time of year. Not quite to Halloween yet, but the heat of the summer is broken and cool evenings are finally returning. The dark comes earlier and the spookiness re-enters the world.  Man walking on a path in a dark forest with fog

It’s time for a touch of the paranormal. This term is so wide spread I always have to read the book description to find out where I’m going. It can mean anything from vampires, werewolves and gods to psychic children. Me, I’m more on the side of the kids, just a touch of the weird, something that makes you slightly uneasy but you want to keep going. And it might be real.

That’s what I write, that little twist that’s not apparent immediately. In Learning Trust, Becca Brandywine has been a psychic her whole life, but has never flaunted it, most people don’t even know. In Small Changes, Emma appears to be a normal little girl, unless you look too closely, and in Before You, everything looks ordinary, until they look below the surface.

I really enjoy that kind of story. Stephen King is the master of it, everything seems commonplace until . . . What’s your favorite flavor of paranormal? I’d love to hear from you.

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