Visiting My Imagination

I’m recently back from a vacation at Disney World with family and my five-year-old grandson. The perfect age for belief. I’ve done Disney many times, but this was the first time for the Star Wars section at Disney Hollywood. I’ve always been a big fan of science fiction and this was ambrosia to me.

 

  

Let me tell you, they did a fantastic job of creating the world I’ve seen on screen. Little imagination was necessary when wandering through the marketplace, seeing the Millennium Falcon and Darth Vadar’s ship. You were there and they left nothing that would take you out of the illusion. Yes, you could buy a Coke, but not in any bottle you’d recognize or with a logo you could read.

  

I’m not used to such a submersive experience into a supernatural world that I’ve visited for decades and I reveled in it. Stormtroopers wandered through, vendors were in perfect costume. Kylo Ren showed up with  his guards and interrogated several of the “innocent” bystanders.

All in all a delightful experience, my highest recs if you’re a Star Wars fan, or science fiction of any kind!

On a personal note – A New Time, 3rd in the Guardians of Now series is available for pre-order and goes live April 15!!

Supernatural Variety

Happy Valentine’s Month!

Paranormal Romance abounds in February. The end of my Rth Rising trilogy came out February 1, Rth Home, and Nancy Lee Badger’s Spark is being highlighted as well! One of things I love about the supernatural is now many variations there are.

                                     

Rth Home started out as science fiction, but when you’re on an unexplored planet you never know what’s going to happen. Spark is the story of a dragon shifter and his brothers. There’s no end to where you can go!

How cool is it that Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and The Stand by Stephen King are both in the same subgenre of supernatural or paranormal – of course one is an eternal love story while the other is classified horror. I’ve read both (multiple times!) and thoroughly enjoyed them.

                                            

It’s a never ending feast of variety whether your go-to is vampires or psychics or time travelers. I encourage you to spread your wings and try something you’ve never read before. Its the month for love, so find somewhere new to fall in love!

Rth Rising Series

My Rth Rising series is coming to an end. Rth Home  is available for pre-order and will go live on February 1. This is a science fiction/colonialization story that takes a slight paranormal twist. Hey, it’s my world! (Rth Rising is on sale for $.99 through January)

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In the first book, Rth Rising, Kat struggles with the restrictions of living under Puter—the computer that governs the colony, as Davd helps with the underground escape from the arcologies.

In the second book, Rth Claimed, the sabotage of Puter is uncovered and Castra, Kat’s aunt along with her protégé, attempt to correct the damage done and keep the colony viable.

Now in the third book, Rth Home, Ralt, Davd’s uncle coordinates true colonization. The exploration of the planet can finally begin, revealing things about the world they never knew.

Hope you’re having a great 2020!!

 

 

Happy Holidays!

Taking a short moment to wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas, Yule, Hanukah, and Kwanza. I hope 2019 was all you wanted and that 2020 will be even better!

      

It’s been a good year for me and a lot of that was due to you guys, reading and checking out my books—the best year I’ve ever had for selling my stories and I want to thank you! For 2020 I already know of two releases, both in the science fiction realm. The third and last book in the Rth Rising Series will release on February 1- Rth Home. And on April 15 (not tax day in my mind, but my 41st wedding anniversary!!) A New Time – the third and last book in the Guardians of Now Series will release. I know that Rth Home will be on Booksprout with some ARC copies available for review if you’d like a free read!

Don’t have the cover for A New Time yet, but here’s Rth Home.

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Please be careful in your holiday travels, indulge judiciously and please meet me back here in January for some more supernatural works!

 

 

Celebrating Yule

I went online to do some research for my latest book and I’m going to share that information this month. It all borders on the supernatural and explains a lot of our traditions for this time of year. Yule is celebrated at the Midwinter Solstice, which is the shortest day of the year. Yule comes from the Germanic “Jul” and means “Wheel.” At Yule, we celebrate winter and the rebirth of the Sun, as it’s the day the sun (and light) begin to return and days to grow longer.

At Yule, we mourn the passing of the Old God who is the Lord of Winter.  This ancient God has many names, including Cernunnos, Odin, Harlequin, and Santa Claus. This God is portrayed as an old man, majestic and often jolly. Sometimes He is shown as a King in ermine-trimmed robes, other times He is shown as a Jester and called the King of Fools. The Old God is the Lord of Death and of the Spirit World and magic. He is the God of the forest, of animals, and of the hunt. Often, He is shown with antlers or horns.

This is a time of new beginnings both physically and spiritually, the wheel of the year has made a complete circle. The darkest night of winter is considered a good time for self-examination and discovering the “seeds” of spiritual growth or hindrance which are lying dormant within us.

The Yule moon of December is the only moon of the year that’s almost consistently claimed by the forces of light on Earth. A full moon whose metaphysical energies are dominated by the Spirit of Christmas as directed by the delightful demi-angel Santa Clause. This full moon is said to cause a peaceful effect.

Here are some of the superstitions –

December is the only month that traditions say older werewolves don’t transform and younger one become white and gentle.

Vampires beyond the 4th generation lose the urge for blood and younger ones become human during the time the moon is completely full.

Alfaheimr the land of Elves was inhabited by spirits who created the Sun. Including Elves in Yule ritual encourages them to rejuvenate the Sun and make it shine again.

Evergreens trees remained green throughout the winter they were thought to have power over death and could defeat winter demons roaming the earth and urge the coming of the Sun.

The vibrant green leaves and bright red berries of holly appear during the winter to symbolize rebirth.

Homes and holiday trees were decorated with candles to frighten away unwanted spirits and to encourage the Sun to shine.

To the Druids, the white berries of mistletoe symbolized semen of the Gods and was used to bring fertility and abundance. Hung over the doorway it protects from thunder, lightning and malicious evil.

 

In Holiday in Maine, my shifters have gathered to celebrate Yule. Please join them!

    

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.

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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!