August 3rd is National Watermelon Day …and I will enjoy several slices!
August 7 is International Beer Day …but I will have to miss that, my doctor says.
August 16th is the Battle of Bennington Day. This battle of the American Revolutionary war, part of the Saratoga campaign, occurred back in 1777. Most people thought it took place in Bennington, Vermont (itself, a lovely town) but actually occurred in Walloomsac, New York. My family and I had the privilege to attend the 225th anniversary. Soldiers and tents and women taking care of the injured men as well as cannons filling the air with thunder was thrilling. War is never to be celebrated, but my boys needed to see this.
August is also know for being celebrated all 31 days as:
Black Business Month… please support each and every one.
National Back to School Month. During this COVID-19 pandemic, I feel for the parents struggling with whatever their government decides about how their children will be schooled.
On a lighter note, how will you celebrate National Sandwich Month? How about a bacon, lettuce, and tomato on whole wheat toast sandwich? Yum!
Best of all, the entire month is
Romance Awareness Month
and with this on my mind, please check out all the books published by ‘lil ole me!
The rumor is that ancient Egyptians revered cats. I have always spoiled mine. The ancients saw them as symbols of grace and poise, and I agree they are agile felines, less angular or bulky than dogs and other pets. They can be aloof and will ignore you, then surprise you.
The other day, I sat on my living room couch to read. Normally, I am working in my office or in the den watching TV. Was it the quiet of the room that made Blaze hop up and stretch out near me? He looked much younger than his twelve years at that moment. Kittens are fluffy and fun to watch, but the love of a mature cat is priceless (and rarely visualized).
I have neglected adding a cat to my recent novels. They can be a great addition to a paranormal plot, especially black ones. My latest stories are filled with horses and a particularly beautiful white Samoyed breed of dog, so maybe it is time to rethink cats. In the meantime, check out my series Warriors in Bronze.The holiday lands on June 4th each year, so do not forget to hug your cat and enjoy a purrrfectly fine week!
p.s. We named him Blaze for 2 reasons: the white slash across his nose, and because of our stint years earlier as volunteer firefighters.
What do you do when forced to stay-at-home? Did you get furloughed? Was your school closed? Are you tired of take-out food? Are you getting bored?
Solutions are out there even though the country isn’t going back to work anytime soon. I suggest you READ A BOOK! There are so many choices on-line. I just released my 28th book in eBook form (print to come out later this year).
An English lass grows up in a Scottish coven only to awaken in a strange new world with sculptures, a handsome man, and a hate-filled demon. Falling in love while saving the world was not the plan!
This COVID-19 pandemis is scary, worrisome, and has been going on too long. Escapism is one way for my readers to relax; to put yourself in another world and to meet characters with problems that trump yours!
All three books in my Warriors in Bronze series offer this. Find all buy links HERE
Recently, a miracle occurred. As a writer of Scottish romance, I hid the fact I wasn’t Scottish. My husband is, according to Clan MacBean which can trace him as a direct descent of John Bean of Exeter (John’s name was changed from MacBean when he was transported to New Hampshire as an indentured servant in the 17th century). Also, this makes my two sons Scottish.
All I knew was that my mom had a relative that came from Sweden via Ellis Island in New York and dad said we had German roots. The German information was harder to track due to the destruction during the 2nd World War.
Imagine my joy when I took a DNA test. Yes, my spit said the words I was happy to hear… “Nancy, you are part Irish and Scottish.”
I knew it! I have always felt it in my bones, which is why I plan to continue writing books either set in Scotland or filled with Scottish characters!
A big surprise was Norway, which includes Iceland. Could this be why I love the ocean? I have always wanted to live near water and managed to while growing up on Long Island (swimming in the Long Island Sound and the ocean off Fire Island) and in New Hampshire with a house on Lake Winnisquam. I hope we can visit the Atlantic coast again as hubby and I did by staying in Virginia Beach in January. I plan to soon visit the ocean off the Florida coast with my son Eric and my mom. I will wave to my countries of origin. Until then, I am a happy ‘mutt’.
Wow! I can hardly believe we’re into 2020 already. I’ve added a short list of my favorite reads from 2019 to my writing blog, Dawn Marie Hamilton Writes. Since the Supernatural Superlatives blog is all about the supernatural, I thought I would mention my favorite 2019 paranormal read here.
The All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness
My niece brought these books to my attention. I enjoyed the whole series plus the companion novel, but my favorite was the first story—A Discovery of Witches.
In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.
Although many of my books take place in the United States, sometimes I include characters from Scotland. Scots celebrate holidays a little differently, especially in centuries past. One such celebration is called HOGMANAY.
When I first heard of it I thought of pigs. Wrong! it is simply what Scots call the last day of the year, what we all call New Year’s Eve. Some scholars believe this to have its roots in ancient times when Nordic tribes acknowledged the Winter Solstice, the Vikings enjoyed The Yule, and many Scots celebrated Samhain. Roots are important, but for people of the world welcoming in the year 2020, whether you do it with the bang of fireworks or the clink of glasses of whisky, enjoy the season…
While my edits for my next book are in the hands of my editor, I thought about what I could do to stir up some new readers. With 27 books published so far, I am always looking for a bigger and wider audience. This is one reason why I wrote Rescuing Christmas. It is a small-town sweet romance.
A Manhattan businessman on a December vacation to Canada, is stuck in Boston due to a snowstorm. Instead of waiting for another flight, he drives through the Vermont woods. Forced off the road, his rental ends up in a pond. When a firefighter sliding down the muddy slope to help him slams into him instead, his papers go flying and his phone disappears. Before he can complain, his mud-covered rescuer in firefighting bunker gear is a woman!
The other sale item is my Scottish Time-Travel series, Highland Games Through Time. This 4 book Boxed set contains over 900 pages!
Set in both the Scottish Highlands around Wick, near the North Sea, as well as present day New England, experience the athletics, the pipers, crafters, witches, and sensual romance. Dragon in the Mist, a bonus novella, is set in Scotland’s present day Loch Ness, where the Loch Ness monster lives on land as a Scottish bar maid. When an America scientist arrives to study earthquakes around the loch, romance erupts.
My 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 Christmasand 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.
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?
I 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.
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 DragonsSeries.
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!