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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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Six Sentence Sunday #8

 

 

 

Last week, Otis got in the taxi with Tori, telling her that he was sorry to hear that her mother was missing.

This six picks up, where Tori is driving the taxi up main street, Otis is in the passenger seat.

(He is over 80 and can hardly see! Welcome to Starlight Cove!!)

 

An old man wearing a lighted miner’s cap rushed out into the foggy road and held up his palms. Come on, she was only going 12 mph and the only vehicle in the road.  He kept glancing down at his spread eagle feet while he held up his hand towards the taxi. Tori looked to the right and then to the left for a pedestrian wanting to cross the street. No sign of anyone.

Was that Mayor Carver?  What was he up to in that hat?

 

 

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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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Teaser Tuesday ~ Hourglass by Myra McEntire

 

 

My small Southern hometown is beautiful in the haunting way and aging debutante is beautiful. The Bones are exquisite, but the skin could use a lift. You could say my brother, the architect, is Ivy Spring’s plastic surgeon.

pg 1 Hourglass by MyraMcEntire

Synopsis: 

One hour to rewrite the past . . . 
 
For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.
Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

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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Blog Awards!

 

I was quite surprised to be nominated for several blog awards by Jen Wagner!  This lady has been a blessing in my life. Her comments make me feel like a best seller and I haven’t even published YET 😉 If you haven’t visited Jen, stop by her blog and say hello. She has amazing YA book reviews and fun posts 🙂

Now for the awards ~

 

1. Thank the nominator

2. Nominate others that are worthy of that award in your opinion (see below.)

3.  Tell us 7 things about yourself (and let us know where to read them, you can use your blog, but not everyone does).  Make sure the people you nominate know they have been nominated.

OK, to begin, here are 7 things about me that you may not know…

1. My favorite breakfast food is scrapple. If you live on the east coast you are familiar with this delicious breakfast meat! Since I am living on the west coast, I miss it something fierce.

2. I’ve worked in 2 Washington zoos. In research and as education coordinator. It was an amazing experience and I miss the animals. I used to share my morning cup of tea with a cougar named Merlin. He would purr and ‘tell’ me all about his evening while the zoo was closed. I miss that!!!

3. My favorite chocolate is infused with chili peppers.

4. I worked my way through college as a nanny. Several of ‘my kids’ are now in college themselves.

5. I quilt by hand the way my grandmother taught me. I prefer to hand piece. It’s soothing, almost like a meditation.

6. Jasmine tea is my favorite tea. I’m a tea drinker!!

7. I have a huge collection of rocks. When I was little, my dad would take me to caverns and I became fascinated with them. Now I have calcite, galena, malachite, quartz and dozens of other rocks from around the world lined up in my windowsills.

 

 

 

Rules for Reader Appreciate Award

1. Include the award logo somewhere in your blog.
2. Answer the 9 questions below
3. Nominate 10 to 12 blogs you enjoy. Or you pick the number. My nominations are below.

4. Pay the love forward: Provide your nominee’s link in your post and comment on their blog to let them know they’ve been included and invited to participate.

5. Pay the love back with gratitude and a link to the blogger(s) who nominated you.

Questions for me to answer for the Reader Appreciate Award :

What is your favorite color?

Orange or yellow has always been my color of choice. They just make me so happy. My office is a pumpkin color and my entryway is a buttery yellow. When the rays of sunset hit them, it has the most beautiful glow.

What’s your favorite animal?

Don’t think I have a favorite. They all have a charm and beauty all their own.

What is your favorite pattern?

stars!!! I’ve always had a thing for stars since I was a little girl.

Favorite number?

13

Favorite day of the week?

Friday, what do you expect from a Fringe addict? And before Fringe, there was Stargate SG1. Gotta love SciFi Fridays!

Favorite flower?

Jasmine

What is your passion?

World building. I absolutely love creating a storybook world that opens readers eyes, makes them think in different way or see things in a new light.  It’s what I’ve always dreamed of doing.

 

For this award you are supposed to list 7 things about yourself which I did above 😉

But since you’ve read this far, I’ll give you one more…

I’ve traced my family tree on my dad’s side back to the early 1600s and the Brady family originated in Scotland. When I visited Scotland a few years ago, before my research, I fell in love with Scotland. Almost the feeling of coming home!! Makes me very curious about genetics and preferences.

 

And now for me to nominate some amazing writers for these awards:

D.T. Dyllin (@DTDyllin) Check out her bog, she has exciting news!!

Nicolette Reed (@Nicolette_Reed) She has a fantabulous sense of humor and  wonderful person!!

Cyndi Briggs (@DrCyndiBriggs) She is an amazing woman full of insight and inspiration. She even took time from her busy schedule once to talk to a very nervous beginning blogger (me!) and helped me through the fears.

 

I completely understand if you do not wish to participate in the awards. Time is a premium in the writing life. YOU are a creative and inspiring group of bloggers and I am blessed to know you!!

 

Thank you Jen Wagner, Cathy Givans, and Sarah Fox. You each are a continued source of inspiration and friendship. HUGS to each of you!!!

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“The Next Big Thing” (TNBT) Challenge

 

 

Yes, it is another challenge 🙂

I’ve been tagged in”The Next Big Thing” (TNBT) Challenge not once, but twice, by my friends Cathy Givans and Jen Wagner.

So here is how it works:

  1. Answer the ten TNBT questions listed below about your current WIP.
  2. Tag five other writers and link to their blogs so we can hop over and read their answers! ~ this part I will skip, it is a holiday weekend after all 🙂

 

What is the title of your book/WIP?

I have it narrowed down to either ‘Siren Song’ or ‘Awaken’.

Where did the idea for the book come from?

Ever since I moved to the Pacific Northwest I have been hypnotized by the Native American culture and mythology. Soon it blossomed to the Pacific Cultures and mythology. Asia, Russia, Alaskan tribes, BC Tribes, Northwest tribes and Hawaiian cultures intrigue me. I created a magical world based on these myths and legends. It exists within our reality, only the magical can see it. Siren Song is the first story and gives the reader a glimpse into this world.

What genre would your book fall under?

Young Adult / Paranormal with a taste of adventure, mystery and romance.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

This is such a difficult question. The best visual representation can be found on my ‘pinterest‘ board titled character reference. I use pinterest as a visual storyboard, character reference tool. Satori is the lead character in Siren Song and the 1st pin on the board. If Vanessa Marano (Switched at Birth)  had green eyes, she’d be the 1st actress of choice for the part!

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Satori Winters is forced to return home to Starlight Cove when her mother vanishes, only to uncover a magical world she forgot.

Is your book published or represented?

I’m Indie!

How long did it take you to write?

The world has been building in my imagination ever since I moved to Seattle. This story is still being polished. I’d say a year so far.

What other books within your genre would you compare it to?

Harry Potter meets Gilmore Girls!!

Which authors inspired you to write this book?

I think the biggest influences are of course, J.K. Rowling, Meg Cabot, and P.C.Cast’s Partholon books.

Tell us anything else that might pique our interest in your book.

These books will open your eyes to a magical world that has been here all along, if you only believe! I have a huge affection for animals, I used to work at 2 local zoos. That affection will be incorporated, hopefully, in surprising ways.

I love comments and questions!! Thanks for visiting.
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Flash Fiction Friday #2

 

 

 

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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Teaser Tuesday ~ A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King

 

 

My Tuesday Teaser this week is from Penelope King’s

A Demon Made Me Do It, a very fun read!!

The thing people don’t understand about demons is that we’re not all the horrible, evil-for-the-sake-of-being-evil, rotten, eternally-damning monsters everyone makes us out to be.

Okay, I admit, some are pretty terrible, but who amongst us can throw stones?

p 79 A Demon Made Me Do It by Penelope King

 

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Liora Greyson has never been a “normal” girl. But the walls she’s carefully constructed to keep people away crack wide open once she meets the sexy and mysterious Kieron Ambrose.The more she falls for him, the more worried she becomes. She can’t let him know she transforms into demon named ‘Lucky’ at dusk…a demon with an entirely separate personality who spends her nights drinking, tormenting humans, slaying unsuspecting demons, and lusting after her gorgeous and unattainable incubus/hellhound BFF. But it turns out Kieron has a few dark secrets of his own. Secrets that will either save Liora…or completely destroy her.

Fighting your demons is one thing. Having one who fights back, messes with your guy, and leaves you with nasty hangovers is total hell.

 

 

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 ~ Portals

 

 

 

What images stir in your imagination when you think of portals? You’ve met several in childhood, I’m sure. The magical doorway to another place, another time or quite possibly another dimension. A land of mysticism, wonder, and adventure, far away from the mundane world.

By this definition alone, a portal can be the dream you float into when you close your eyes at night. The book you stay up late with, hypnotized by its magic, eagerly turning the page. It can even be the heart of someone you love. They are energetic portals to another realm.

Childhood literature abounds with physical ‘doorways’ into another world. Alice had the rabbit hole. Mike and Sully had a closet door. There is also the famous train platform in London! No muggle could ever walk through it.

My novel’s portal can only be unlocked by the siren’s song. What happens when the siren doesn’t believe in magic any longer? That is the hurdle I’m working with as I write.

Long ago, Native Americans and Aborigine peoples believed that dark caves were portals that led into the land of the Gods.

Portals are a valuable tool. They allow our imagination to soar and believe anything is possible. Through them we can meet interesting new people, visit extraordinary worlds, and return to the mundane world a new person.

What is your favorite portal? That ‘thing’ that whisks you away from the ordinary and mundane to the land of possibilities…

How did it change you?

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Teaser Tuesday ~ Reckless by Cornelia Funke

 

My Tuesday Teaser is from one of my favorite authors ~

 

The night breathed through the apartment like a dark animal….But Jacob loved the night. He felt it on his skin like a promise.

Outside the stars were paled by the glaring lights of the city, and the large apartment was stale with his mother’s sorrow.

Reckless  (p 1) by Cornelia Funke (2012/9/14)

 

 

Synopsis: Ever since Jacob Reckless was a child, he has been escaping to a hidden world through a portal in his father’s abandoned study. Over the years, he has made a name for himself as a finder of enchanted items and buried secrets. He’s also made many enemies and allies–most important, Fox, a beautiful shape-shifting vixen whom Jacob cares for more than he lets on.

 
But life in this other world is about to change. Tragedy strikes when Jacob’s younger brother, Will, follows him through the portal. Brutally attacked, Will is infected with a curse that is quickly transforming him into a Goyl–a ruthless killing machine, with skin made of stone.
 
Jacob is prepared to fight to save his brother, but in a land built on trickery and lies, Jacob will need all the wit, courage, and reckless spirit he can summon to reverse the dark spell–before it’s too late.

 

 

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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