Birthdays, Battles, and Books!

nancy lee badger cakeMy birthday is this month but it usually gets missed. Sending me a card? It probably will get delayed due to Veteran’s Day which the USA celebrates every year on November 11th. That’s okay. As the daughter, daughter-in-law, and mother of veterans, I will not complain (loudly).

The books I mentioned are my latest release, Rescuing Christmas and Heaven-sent Highlander. That second book, which is the second in my Warriors in Bronze series, was released months earlier BUT my publisher has released the PRINT VERSION today! I don’t know about you, but I prefer to read print books because the feel of the paper and the scent of the ink is comforting.

So, here is the scoop on Heaven-sent Highlander, released in ebook and print by Soul Mate Publishing:

At an American museum, surrounded by Auguste Rodin’s bronze statues, a Scottish Fae beauty is at a crossroads. Now that Gwendolyn’s friends are engaged, and the demon they fought vanquished, should she return home? After committing a terrible act, she could not explain to her cousin why she had appeared on his doorstep.

Alexander awoke in darkness inside a bronze statue, remembering how the green of Scotland’s Culloden field had turned red with blood that day in 1746. Had he died before awakening nude and sightless in front of strangers in present-day Raleigh, North Carolina? The mystery of how was overshadowed by why. Told that another warrior awoke when a demon threatened to take over the world, had a second demon escaped Hell? When the demon appears and demands Gwen join him, Alex must use all his new skills, weapons, and Heaven-sent powers to keep her and the world safe.

Heaven-sent Highlander

 

BUY THE PRINT BOOK AT THESE LOCATIONS!

Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CAN  

Amazon AUS    Quail Ridge Books    B-A-M

Book Depository   Barnes & Noble  

Getting back to MY BIRTHDAY, I am giving away a prize package, no purchase necessary, so follow the link HERE (Ends Nov. 13, 2019)

…and don’t miss… Rescuing christmas

 

Ghoulies, Ghosties and Vampires, Oh My!

pumpkin in chairIt’s that time of year when the veil is thin and the eerie takes over. Halloween originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and disguise themselves with costumes to ward off ghosts. To outsmart these ghostly beings, people would put on masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would think they were fellow spirits.

That jack o’lantern you have on your porch dates back to the Celts. As part of their autumnal celebration, they wanted to light the way to their homes for the good spirits, so they carved faces into vegetables such as turnips and squash.

tombstone in treeThe Pilgrims banned the celebrating of Halloween in American due to its pagan roots. In fact, Halloween wasn’t celebrated here until 1845. One of the reasons for its resurgence here was the immigration of the Irish due to the Potato Famine of 1845-46 bringing the Druid holiday with them.

I admit, I love that so many of our traditions such as Halloween, Christmas and Easter come from pagan roots. They’ve been changed slightly, and most people are unaware of the origins, but I know and secretly smile.

If you’re into the eerie or mysterious, check out Before You or Learning Trust or Wraith’s Heart – with just a touch of the unexplained.

Before-you-flat-med-reso    Learning Trust cover for Amazon    Wraith's Heart final 6x9

Secret Magicks Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Giveaway

Halloween. Sexy witch portrait. Beautiful young woman in witches

Secret Magicks

Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Romance & Urban Fantasy Giveaway
October 11 – 31

Kindle Fire 7 • Ebook Prize Packs • Amazon Gift Cards
Leather-Bound Spell Book

Paranormal romance, fantasy romance and urban fantasy lovers, how would you like to take home a Kindle Fire, Amazon gift card, or ebook prize pack where you get to choose the list of books you want from Amazon? Enter now for a chance to win!

 

Plus, check out the Secret Magicks Book Fair for a scavenger hunt game with a personal, leather-bound spell book up for grabs, and a huge shelf’s worth of page-turning vampire, angel, shifter, witch, fae, and other reads for 2.99 or less, some FREE!

Spell book, magic potion and dryed herbs on the wizard table bac

VISIT THE BOOK FAIR

 

(Sponsored by the authors listed below)

Alex Gordon • Angelica R. Jackson • Bernadette Rowley • C.D. Gorri
Carrie Pulkinen • Christa Paige • Christina McKnight • Dawn Marie Hamilton
 Denise D. Young • E.B. Black • Eichin Chang-Lim • Elizabeth Rose
Erica Monroe • 
Greg Alldredge • J.L. Myers • JC Andrijeski
Karen Michelle Nutt •   Katherine Gilbert • L.E. Harrison
Lisa Voisin • Megan Starks • Mimi Barbour
N.D. Jones • Rebecca Hefner • Sedona Venez
Sharon Ashwood •  Stephanie West • Zoe Dawson

~Dawn Marie

Dancing with the Muse

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Dancing with the Muse

Since receiving a concussion in February of 2018, I have been struggling with writer’s block and can’t dance with my muse. I’ve read several books on the subject trying to find help. They suggest that you just have to push forward, or find a new routine, or and I love this one “Just write.”

I’ve tried all of those things, but sadly none of them have really worked for me. It’s not like I don’t know how to write a book. I have over twenty novels published. Then I read a self-help book that stated the only way to reconnect with your creativity was to take care of yourself.

I had a sudden epiphany. When I wrote those first books back in 2011, I was recovering from an illness that put me into bed for about six month. I couldn’t do anything except take care of myself.

Now in 2019, I am taking care of many things: family, friends, a new house, being temporarily separated from my husband, two new puppies, and the list goes on. I worry about what the puppies are chewing on in the backyard when I’m not home. My youngest granddaughter has been diagnosed with in toeing and I worry she will need surgery. My husband has diabetes and I worry that he isn’t eating correctly. Finally, my biggest worry, will I get a book finished this year? So many worries, so little time.

But what I haven’t been doing is making myself happy. Taking time to ponder the mysteries of the universe, playing, laughing, or taking time to smell the roses.  Because all my energy is going into worrying, I haven’t had the energy to write.

Being a panster, I need time to think, dream, and visualize. My characters are trapped in a bubble I can’t seem to break. Now that I am aware of the problem of being scattered by too many worries, I am taking time to sit still and put my worries on hold. The bubble is getting thinner and I can see a few scenes coming together. I have hope and a few chapters are written.

I still don’t have a book done, but with baby steps, I can see one coming closer. I just need to remember to take care of myself, first. It seems selfish to do so, I know. Like you, I am expected to care for everyone else and put my needs last. But the creative process doesn’t allow it. You cannot dream up new worlds and new people unless you focus within.

So if you can’t seem to find your muse to dance with and create, I suggest you take the time to be yourself. The you that likes to play, sing, dance, and dream. Keep at it and those worlds will start to come closer and those characters will begin to whisper in your ear. Then the magic can happen and the words will appear on the page.  How do you take care of yourself so you can dance with your muse?

Scotland means Folktales and … dead people?

Hostoric Scottish peopleI recently returned from my family’s whirlwind trip to volunteer at the New Hampshire Highland Games in Lincoln, NH. This Scottish gathering of the clans and athletic competitors is an annual event, and the largest in New England. We help descendants remember their Scottish roots. Speaking of dead people…

Scotland is a lovely country. The hills, moors, and deep-water lochs are beautiful, but unexplained observations such as thunder, lightning, and the movement of planets, are the basis of many Scottish folktales. These word-of-mouth explanations have changed with the frequency of their telling which is why one myth could have many different descriptions or endings.

Scottish marching band

Fairies, brownies, and Scottish bogles are believed to live across the land.The distinctive features of Scottish folklore are filled with the characteristics of Scotland’s varied scenery. Serene mountain lochs, tiny creeks, the harsh splendor of the mountains, and the solitude of the moor. These are all reflected in their folk tales and myths. Mine, too, including my Clan of Dragons Series.

Clan of Dragons book

Clan of Dragons series by Nancy Lee Badger. Find all Buy Links HERE

p.s. my son, Eric Badger, modeled for the 3 covers on the right!

Whether you can enjoy a local Highland gathering, or have the $$ to travel to Scotland, enjoy. Slainte!

Nancy Lee Badger

Autumnal Equinox 2019

Fall is coming! Finally, the heat will break (hopefully), the world will turn bright colors and nature gets ready to hibernate. We get the Autumnal Equinox or Mabon. It starts getting dark earlier and there’s a spookiness that comes into being. You might want to look over your shoulder occasionally. Yes, it’s my favorite season of the year.

I’m celebrating this Fall with a new paranormal, shifter book. Budapest Fairy Tale is a story in the continuing Conall Clan series. It drops October 5. Having never planned to write shifters (or vampires) I found I’ve really enjoyed creating my own world with this. Yes, there are some werewolf myths that I’d tried to adhere to, but mainly these characters are the way I want that world to be. Just a little removed from the normal world, with many intersections. Marcel, who you met in book two–Family Ties—demanded his own book, and who was I to deny him. I’m working on another one after that. Yes, this different paranormal world on the fringes of “normal” really drew me in.

You already know how I love the paranormal. It’s always my go to first for reading and as we head into the end of the year, I recommend it highly. It’s the time of year to read Duma Key by Stephen King, or something by Heather Graham, or JR Ward, or Lara Adrian. Ghosts and things that go bump in the night are coming. No, it’s not Halloween yet but we’re headed that way.

I’d love recommendations from you on your favorites. So the TBR pile will grow some more, at least I’ll never get bored!

Happy Autumn!

New Distribution Channels for ‘Just Within a Highland Mist’ by Dawn Marie Hamilton and an Excerpt

I’ve been doing some more formatting this month. Just Within a Highland Mist, a Highland Gardens novella, the fifth tale in the series is now available at Apple and Kobo.

Fae pixies are meddling with Gregor’s heart…

At the garden archway, he slipped her hand into his and entered first to ensure naught was awry. He’d vowed to keep her safe.

“Oh, this is lovely,” she said as they traversed the path through the garden beds filled with vegetables and herbs to the rose garden, where he seated her on the turf bench, abloom with small, fragrant white flowers. The gentle scent was heady. As was her beauty.

“I owe you an apology,” she said.

He frowned. “Whatever for?”

“For not believing your story about the pixies.”

“I guess ’tis hard to believe in something you have never seen.”

“I saw one last night.”

Her admission made his brows rise. “You did?”

“Yeah. In my room, while I was bathing. Before you came. She wore a purple gown and had sheer lavender wings. Like that one there.” Emily pointed to a dragonfly-like creature perched on a shiny rose leaf.

He held out a hand and the ebony-haired pixie jounced onto his palm.

Tee teehee hee. Tee teehee hee. Tee teehee hee.

The wee creature’s voice tinkled like the sweetest chimes.

“Here is another!” Emily leapt to her feet and held out a hand. A blonde pixie with green wings landed on an outstretched finger. “This one has iridescent peridot wings.”

Gregor brought his hand closer to his face for a better look at the one he held.

Emily did the same with hers. “Hello,” she murmured.

Tee teehee hee. The pixies giggled again, before blowing dust into their faces. Then with more giggles, they flew away, high over the garden wall.

Emily and Gregor sneezed in unison, and then dropped onto the bench, overcome with laughter. Tears of merriment streamed from both their eyes.

“They are so cute,” Emily said, when she sobered.

 

Trail through a magic forest in fog with vintage toning

New Distribution Channels for

Just Within a Highland Mist

 

Now available at:

Apple and KOBO.

Also available at:

Amazon and Barnes & Noble

 

~Dawn Marie