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World of Magic

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Fiction

Six Sentence Sunday

 

 

 

Last week Tori drove around the gazebo in the park, knowing there were milk and honey offerings to the fairies. You can catch up with the entire story with the links below.

Town dropped away as Tori drove further up the Main Street hill.  The town’s gas street lights gave way to the shadows and inky darkness of the old growth forest to the dead end of Main Street.

This drive into the forest sent pin prick shivers up and down Tori’s spine.  The forest choked out dazzling sunshine even on the brightest day. The limbs stretched out like spindly fingers clawing at the road. Moonlight somehow filtered through and danced like wispy ghosts up to Firefly Lane.

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Teaser Tuesday ~ Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot

 

 

 

 

Stephanie’s already figured it out, thanks to Cooper’s hint. I can tell the exact moment I go from being the shrewish college administrator in Stephanie’s eyes to Heather Wells, former pop teen sensation, and one of her boss’s biggest success stories…until I gained a few pounds, insisted on writing my own songs, and suddenly wasn’t so successful anymore.

pg 47 Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot

*** and just one more tease from the same page, cause the writing is just that darned good!!

“Right,” I say as Stephanie crushes my finger in her own. She must do Pilates. Or press diamonds out of coal with her bare hands.

pg 47 Size 12 and Ready to Rock by Meg Cabot

 

Synopsis: Summer break . . . and the livin’ ain’t easy!

Just because the students at New York College have flown the coop doesn’t mean assistant residence hall director Heather Wells can relax. Fischer Hall is busier than ever, filled with squealing thirteen- and fourteen-year-old girls attending the first ever Tania Trace Teen Rock Camp, hosted by pop sensation Tania Trace herself—who just happens to be newly married to Heather’s ex-boyfriend, heartthrob Jordan Cartwright. But the real headache begins when the producer of a reality TV show starring Tania winds up dead . . . and it’s clear that the star was the intended victim.

Grant Cartwright, head of Cartwright Records, wants to keep his daughter-in-law (and his highest-earning performer) alive. So he hires his oldest son, black sheep of the family and private investigator Cooper Cartwright—who just happens to be Heather’s new fiancÉ. Heather should leave the detecting to Cooper. But with a dorm full of hysterical mini-divas-in-training, she can’t help but get involved. And after Tania shares a really shocking secret with her, this reality suddenly becomes more dangerously real than anyone ever anticipated.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Mythic Monday ~ Mother Nature

 

 

 

What image springs to mind when you picture Mother Nature? Would it surprise you that she gave birth to the Greek Gods and mythology? She’s been around a long, long, LONG time.

As I was world building, it was important for me to find a way to hide magic. Sure I could have pulled a reason out of my proverbial ‘hat’, but I like grounding my writing in history and mythology. I had a basic idea of the reasons, but I needed to familiarize myself with the lady that dropped the veil in the first place, Mother Nature.

 

The first Greek God was actually a Goddess, Mother Nature, or as they named her, Gaia. She sprang from chaos and gave birth to the flowers, trees, mountains and rivers. Our entire ecosystem is her child. She is a very nurturing Goddess. Her only desire is harmony. When an unbalance occurs, she will do anything within her natural powers to restore harmony. Earthquake, tornado, and even volcanic eruptions are her tools to restore her ‘child’ to its natural balance.

 

In Slavic traditions, she has a duality. Lada is the goddess of spring, love and beauty. She lives in the ‘otherworld’ and emerges every spring equinox to shower the land with her gifts. Marzanna is the goddess of death and winter, an old crone that lulls the earth and her children to sleep.

 

Mokosh, is the Russian Goddess of Earth, worshipped by the ancients. Mokosh spins the thread of life and became the patron of women as time progressed. She is widely known throughout Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine and the Czechoslovakia.

 

The Hindu culture’s divine mother is Maimatawhich literally means Mother Earth.

Mother Goddess (Matrika)

 

Ancient Egypt worshipped Hathor, who held the sky.

Dendera Temple, showing Hathor on the capitals...

 

 

The Inca’s had Pachamama.

English: Pachamama or Mama Pacha "Mother ...

 

The Neolithic settlement of Anatolia, which dates back to 7500 BC also worshipped a divine mother goddess. Figurines of a woman seated on a throne, flanked by two lions, have been excavated by archeologists. They are believed to be the goddess Chatal Huyuk.

 

 

Mother Nature has been worshipped by every culture around the globe for as long as time has been recorded.  She is exactly who I need to make the rules of magic work in my world.

 

What have you heard about Mother Nature? I’m interested in hearing your stories and beliefs

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Six Sentence Sunday #10

 

 

Last week Mayor Carver jumped out in front of Tori as she drove Otis’s taxi up Main Street to her mother’s house. Her missing mother has brought her back to Starlight Cove, a tiny island town in the Pacific Northwest, where she grew up.

 

Mayor Carver chased behind the family, lighting their path back to their coop. Why did the chickens cross the road? To see if the Mayor would follow. One summer when Tori was little, Mayor Carver pulled a little red wagon behind him for an entire month because Mu Shu, his pot belly pig, was sick. He was such a…mother hen.

Soon as the fuzzy family safely crossed, Tori proceeded round the Town Square which was actually a large circle with the giant gazebo in the center. Tori knew if she walked over there on any given day, she would find several offerings of milk and honey, perhaps even a few copper coins. The fairies liked sweet and shiny offerings. 

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Flash Fiction

 

 

 

The Guidelines Are Simple:

Look at the photo posted each Friday.

Remember this is flash fiction, so you  just need to post a scene or a character sketch. If it grows into something larger, that is fantastic!

You have the option of posting it here in the comments section or on your blog.

If you post on your blog, please leave a link here, in the comments, so everyone can check it out.

 

Hope you have fun!

 

Today would have been my dad’s 75th birthday, so in honor of him, I chose something he would love…

Miss you dad!!!

 

And here is this Friday’s prompt ~

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Tuesday Teaser ~ Shadow’s Edge by J.T. Geissinger

 

 

 

No! she thought, panicked, No! I’m not – I can’t –

Just before she fainted, Jenna saw the feral green-eyed stranger lick his lips.

p 13 Shadow’s Edge by J.T. Geissinger

Synopsis: Deep within the primeval forests of southern England, a race of beautiful, savage shape-shifters lives hidden from the everyday world. Bound together by ancient bloodlines and a ruthless code of secrecy that punishes traitors with death, the Ikati send their leader Leander on a mission to capture one raised outside the tribe before she can expose their secret. When Leander tracks the unsuspecting outsider to Southern California, the hardened warrior is prepared for a fight—but not for the effect the sensual young beauty has on his heart.

Jenna spent her childhood in hiding, on the run from someone—or something—her parents refused to discuss. She trusts no one, not since her father’s mysterious disappearance, not since her mother’s sudden death, and definitely not since she began exhibiting strange, superhuman abilities. When handsome, enigmatic Leander appears, promising answers to the mysteries that shroud her past, she knows she shouldn’t trust him either. But their connection is undeniable, and as powerful as the enemy hell-bent on destroying every one of their kind…

What can I say, I LOVE a good shapeshifter story and this is, so far, a wonderful one!!

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Six Sentence Sunday #9

 

 

 

Last week Tori had just arrived home. Otis met her at the ferry in his taxi cab. As Tori was driving the taxi up Main Street, Mayor Carver jumped out in front of her wearing a miner’s hat.

 

Tori rolled down the window and heard chirping before she uttered a word.

“New peeps.” Otis said.

Not exactly certain why hearing those words out of Otis’s mouth felt uncomfortable, Tori giggled. “I don’t see any people Otis.” He really did need to wear his glasses.

“Not people, Satori. George and Gracie hatched a clutch of peeps just last week.”

A little line of fuzzy yellow balls stretched across the road following behind one of the wild chickens that called Starlight Cove home. Gracie’s copper feathers glowed in Janine’s headlights as she led her kids across the road. Other towns had stray alley cats, this place had stray chickens and the occasional stray egg. 

 

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Teaser Tuesday ~ Divine by Mistake by P. C. Cast

 

 

 

“Centaurs have more stamina than a horse—” pause for effect “—or a man.” His voice had deepened and I felt a rush of pleasure, a little like electricity, pass down my spine, and for a moment I thought I felt trapped in a steamy romance novel. Not that I’d mind.

p159 Divine By Mistake P.C. Cast

Synopsis: The most excitement teacher Shannon Parker expected on her summer vacation was a little shopping. But then her latest purchase–a vase with the Celtic goddess Epona on it–somehow switches her into the world of Partholon, where she’s treated like a goddess. A very temperamental goddess…

It seems that Shannon has stepped into another’s role as the Goddess Incarnate of Epona. And while it has some very appealing moments–what woman doesn’t like a little pampering now and then?–it also comes with a ritual marriage to a centaur and the threat of war against the evil Fomorians. Oh, and everyone disliking her because they think she’s her double.

Somehow Shannon needs to figure out how to get back to Oklahoma without being killed, married to a horse or losing her mind… .

This is by far one of my all time favorite books! I wore out my first paperback version and am now on my 3rd. The 2nd was loaned to a friend and they refused to return it 😉 I hope someday that my own novels are infused with the magic and humor of this story.

 

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Mythic Monday ~ Portal Days

 

 

 

Portals intrigue me. I tend to photograph doorways when I travel. I also write about doorways into other worlds. So I chose to explore them further for my Mythic Monday post.

A portal is just a doorway. A portal ‘day’ is a gateway…To another reality, another plane of existence, ‘heaven’, or perhaps a parallel world.

One of the most famous and celebrated portal days is All Hallows Eve (Samhain). The Celts believed this was a magical day when the spirits of the dead could return to our world. It’s a beautiful belief that your loved ones can return and make a connection on this day. So beautiful in fact, the following day was named All Soul’s Day or All Saint’s Day depending on your faith.

The Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that traces back three thousand years to their pre-Hispanic ancestors. It is a national holiday. (banks and government close for the day!) Families visit their dead family members in the cemetery.  Shrines are constructed and decorated with  their favorite foods, drink, flowers and trinkets.  All of this, in hopes that it draws their lost family member closer to them on this day.

Many cultures have a strong faith and belief in these days when the doorway opens between worlds. The Obon festival in Japan, Gai Jatra in Napal, and the Qingming in China.

The Mayans constructed an elaborate calendar system that incorporated portal days.  They strongly believed these portal days were doorways into a higher spiritual world. A day of strong spiritual energy exchange between worlds. Wouldn’t that be ‘heavenly’? The stars aligned for these scheduled spiritual days when the planet is showered with unconditional spiritual love.

July 17th and 18th are Mayan portal days this year.

Maybe, if you are open to it, you will have an inspired thought, breath of clarity, or perchance you will dream of a passed loved one.

What are your thoughts on portal days? Have you had amazing dreams or inspired thoughts that you believed were plucked from the heavens?

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Flash Fiction #3

 

 

 

The Guidelines Are Simple:

Look at the photo posted each Friday.

Remember this is flash fiction, so you  just need to post a scene or a character sketch. If it grows into something larger, that is fantastic!

You have the option of posting it here in the comments section or on your blog.

If you post on your blog, please leave a link here, in the comments, so everyone can check it out.

 

Hope you have fun!

 

And here is this Friday’s prompt ~

 

 

 

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