2020 CONVERSATIONS WITH COLLEEN: MEET the characters from “JACK HUGHES & THOMAS THE RHYMER” BY AUTHOR, PAUL ANDRUSS, @PAUL_JHBOOKS

Hello everyone! This week I’m thrilled to bring you an interview with Jack, Ken, and Catherine, from the novel, “Jack Hughes & Thomas the Rhymer.”

Everyone knows how much I adore faery lore… not the Hollywood version of faeries, but the actual Celtic mythology surrounding the kingdoms of the good neighbors. Paul Andruss has written a fantastic trilogy filled with magic, suspense, and unbelievable events. I can’t say enough about how much I’m enjoying this tale!

Read my book review of the first book, HERE.

First, meet Paul Andruss:

Paul Andruss was born and raised in Liverpool. The city’s legendary Scouse wit and dogged stoicism left its mark. Keen to get out into the world, Paul dropped out of college at 17. A year later he was taking exams at Night School, while working in the local Tax Office. On the grounds that anything was better than work, he applied to study Psychology at Liverpool University. Considering his grades (just plumb lazy) no one was more surprised than he when they accepted his application.

After graduation, Paul worked near the romantic Lake District, so beloved of William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. No, not Harry’s mum, Peter Rabbit, and Jemima Puddle-duck’s. He worked in Manchester and London before moving to Bodrum in Turkey. 

To finance a passion for exploring the heartland of the Ancient Greek Empire, Paul wrote short travel articles focusing on the history and myths of ruined cities and temples. He began illustrating the pieces, using Photoshop to remove power lines and the odd Esso sign from his photographs of ancient sites.

Returning to the U.K. to focus on writing and illustration, he settled in the foothills of the Brecon Beacons. Paul is the author of the Young Adult magical realism trilogy, the Jack Hughes Books, and the forthcoming (very adult) Finn Mac Cool – a gritty, raunchy mythological saga. He has also written a number of short stories and novellas. All scheduled for release with exciting new, independent Scottish publisher, Black Wolf Books.

Colleen: Today we have 3 special guests via Zoom. Let me introduce Jack, Catherine, and Ken to tell us about their fantastic adventure in the fairy realm.

JACK: Dunno where to start.

KEN: How about when Dan went missing, Jack?

CATH: When you saw Queen Sylvie in the park.

Colleen: Who is Queen Sylvie?

JACK: A fairy queen. But I didn’t know she was a fairy queen. She looked like some old tramp.

CATH: Until she turned young and beautiful.

KEN: Hang on, Catherine, let Jack tell it.

JACK: I was spying on my brother Dan with his girlfriend Alison. No one would tell me what was wrong with Mum. But I knew if Dan knew he’d tell Alison. He tells her everything.

KEN: When he’s not snogging the face off her.

JACK: I didn’t know they’d be snogging, did I? It was horrible. When I followed Dan home, some old woman stopped him in the middle of the park. I couldn’t believe my eyes when she changed from a scruffy old tramp into a beautiful lady; or when she took Dan’s hand, and they vanished into thin air. 

Colleen: Was this the mysterious Queen Sylvie?

CATH: Yes, but as Jack said, we did not know that until later. First, we had to meet Thomas the Rhymer.

KEN: Before that Jack had to meet us, Catherine. He didn’t know us then, did he?

CATH: Jack knew me because we sat next to each other in class. He was the new boy. For some reason, the only spare seat in the class was next to me. After Dan vanished, there were some very strange rumours going around school.

JACK: After Dan vanished, I dreamed about Dan in some weird place. One night I dreamed I woke up and there was a strange tramp in my bedroom.

Still a nightmare – Donata Zawadzka

KEN: That was Thomas the Rhymer.

JACK: I didn’t know that then either, did I? When I saw him in school. It freaked me out.

CATH: That was when we became friends. Although I did not believe Jack about Thomas the Rhymer.

KEN: I met Jack and Catherine when I saw a gang of bullies tormenting them in the park.

“Bullies” by Donata Zawadzka

JACK: I thought we were going to get beaten up until Ken saved us.

KEN: Mum told me to keep an eye on them.

JACK: Because she knows about fairies and what they’re like. Ken saved us from the bullies because he can do things with his mind. He’s got powers, like fairy powers.

KEN: I’m not that good, Jack.

JACK: You are, Ken. Ken’s powers are better because fairy powers aren’t real.

CATH: Some fairy powers are real, Jack.

Colleen: What do you mean by fairy powers?

CATH: Fairies live for hundreds of years and travel the fairy roads. Even when their powers are illusions, they feel real. Look at the griffins Queen Sylvie created. And that party in her magnificent mansion.

JACK: Which was a bit of a smelly old dump, really; even though it didn’t seem that way at the time. It seemed totally real when we went to rescue my brother.

KEN: We saw all sorts of people; a centaur, and a Minotaur talking to a matador, and a woman with a bird’s head.

CATH: I think it’s called a scarlet ibis.

JACK: She used her long bird’s beak like a straw to drink her drink.

CATH: There were fauns and tree nymphs, moulted leaves and lichen. Water nymphs, sopping wet like drowned women, spouted streams and rivulets that soaked the carpet.

JACK: The normal people were no better. We saw cowboys and Indians, pirates, ballerinas …

CATH: Harem girls, dancing girls, chorus girls, sheiks of Araby, Paladins of Saladin, Chinamen from Aladdin, gypsy queens and harlequins, columbines and demon kings.

 KEN: It was like an explosion in a pantomime factory.

JACK: The best bit was the orchestra of man-sized frogs in dinner suits.

KEN: And what about the little golden fairies?

JACK: They were vicious little rotters.

CATH: Fairies are not individuals like us, with families. They are like a hive ruled by a queen who weaves a dream for her subjects to live in. To do that, she needed Thomas the Rhymer.

JACK: Thomas is like a phone charger. He takes the … What’s it called?

CATH: Psychic energy.

JACK: Yeah, … from the queen’s subjects who send the dream the queen creates back to them.

Colleen: How did you meet Thomas the Rhymer?

JACK: Thomas the Rhymer was haunting me like I said. Ken sensed him, though Catherine didn’t believe me.

CATH: Until he appeared in front of my eyes.

KEN: I was terrified when he chased us. Thomas was afraid and his thoughts messed up my head. When we couldn’t escape, I ran to hide in a church. I don’t know what I was thinking. Jack and Catherine followed me. As I opened the church door, we fell into a ley line.

CATH: A fairy road.

JACK: They’re the same thing.

CATH: I read about ley lines in a book called The Old Straight Track. Ley lines are paths of earth energy flowing across the globe. Fairies travel on them. In the olden days they were called fairy paths or corpse roads because people said if you stood on one you would die, or be whisked off to fairyland. People with houses built on fairy roads leave the doors open on certain nights of the year so the fairies can pass through, otherwise they are afraid the house will fall down …

Colleen: Oh dear me, we have lost the connection. Perhaps we should take a little look at fairy roads ourselves …

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Halfway down the church was a small side door that Jack did not even notice; until he saw Ken making for it.

“No Ken, we’ll be trapped inside.”

Forced to follow when Ken ignored him, Jack and Catherine grabbed him as he rattled the door handle in desperation. The door jerked open and they fell inside. Instead of a gloomy church, it was filled with a swirling tunnel of shiny blue light.

Jack felt a tingling in his stomach.

“What’s that?” he asked.

The tingle grew, buzzing through him like an electric saw. Without warning, he shot towards the stained glass windows on the far side of the church. Hearing Ken gasp, he screwed his eyes shut for the collision.

“What just happened?” Catherine demanded.

Jack opened his eyes. No longer in the church, they were shooting across the car park towards a big brick wall. Despite wanting to see what would happen, he closed his eyes again, feeling something slow him down for the tiniest second. He only managed to open them once he speeded up.

On the other side of the wall was an empty site earmarked for luxury flats. They rushed over it at astonishing speed. The next second, they were charging across a road, plummeting towards a house.

This time Jack did keep his eyes open. The wall slowed them down, hanging on like glue. Everything went dark for an instant as he passed through brick, insulation, and plasterboard into someone’s front room, kitchen and back garden. Then it was through the fence into next door’s garden, and off into the fields beyond housing estate. It all happened so fast, he barely had time to think.

Suddenly it dawned on Jack, they were not moving. The world outside the tunnel was rushing past.

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Colleen: Hello, hello, can you hear me? Good, we have the friends back. What other powers do fairies have?

CATH: I do not know if it is a power exactly, but fairy queens weave their memories into a living tapestry.

JACK: Catherine touched one and we thought she was dead. She was trapped in the tapestry with Queen Bess’ memories of London. We had to go in to rescue her.

KEN: Hang on a sec please …  Oh, Mum, you’re embarrassing me. This is important. We’re speaking to a lady in America. What do you mean, it’s late? Another five minutes. Sorry we’ve got to go. Jack’s dad on the way over to pick up him and Catherine.

Colleen: Perhaps we can talk again about more of your adventures.

JACK, CATH & KEN: That would be great. Bye. Bye.

Colleen: Sorry for this abrupt ending. It must be the time difference between here and England. In the absence of the friends, shall we have a little look at what happened to Catherine inside the fairy queen’s tapestry?

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Catherine woke on a piece of embroidery stretching for miles in every direction. Turning her head, she saw the whole world move.

It was so weird, she sat up for a better look. When everything moved again, as if adjusting to her viewpoint, she realised she was not so much lying on the cloth as woven into its very warp and weft.

More fascinated than scared, she stretched her fingers, turning hands back and forth to watch the pink and beige threads move within her changing contours. It was hard to imagine how she could move normally, while her body was nothing more than stitches in a cloth.

With a mighty effort, Catherine stood up, causing streets of narrow houses to spring up all about. She was standing in the shadow of Saint Paul’s Cathedral, a towering white cliff in cross-stitch and cable. Looking around caused the embroidery to race by in a blur of colour which left her quite sick.

Nauseous, she stopped and stood perfectly still. A moment later, when the stitching also stopped, she found herself looking down Ludgate Hill to Fleet Street, where an old steam engine on an overhead railway puffed out clouds of white and slate thread. Ragged knots fluttered from the sky, descending as a flock of pigeons, featherstitched in dove grey.

“I am in the tapestry.”

“Where you wanted to be,” rang out a magnificent voice.

Spinning back to face the Bilquis, Catherine moved too fast and experienced another moment of sickening vertigo, before shape and colour settled to reveal Bess in front of the cathedral.

Bess, dressed in ivory, shot with silver thread. Hair wove close from orange and red. Seamless face, stitched marble smooth. Twinkling eyes–sunshine blue. Spoke from needlepoint lips, the shape and colour of a bloodied rosebud, “If you wish but to adieu, let nothing here restrain you.”

“No! I want to stay, but it so strange,” Catherine grumbled.

Bess half smiled. “One often sees what one expects.”

“How can that be when I am in your tapestry?”

“This is not the tapestry. This is my world.”

“Then help me understand it,” Catherine pleaded.

Even as she spoke, Bess was vanishing, dress and skin fading into the cathedral walls, hair and lips into the terracotta floor tiles, while her sky blue eyes were lost to the wide blue sky.

Her abrupt departure left Catherine frustrated and a little peeved. It seemed you had to do everything for yourself. Nobody would help, not even Bess. True, she wanted to see the wonders of London hidden in the tapestry. But she thought she would be flesh and blood in a real London, not a picture within a picture.

Conscious of sudden popping noises, Catherine was taken aback by the sight of fat sausage-like swellings on the ends of her hands. More pops and her feet ballooned. Horrified by the misshapen lump she was becoming, Catherine suddenly realised she was turning normal again. She was so used to being flat, round came as a bit of a shock.

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Book Review: Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration by Colleen M. Chesebro

The most wonderful thing an author receives is praise for their writing. Many thanks to James Cudney for this review of my book. ❤

Conversations With Colleen: Meet Author, Sally Cronin

Conversations with ColleenThe December Edition

Hello everyone! This week I’m happy to bring you an author we all know and love, Sally Cronin.

Sally is a fixture in our blogging community who supports authors in every stage of the game. Her blog, Smorgasbord Blog Magazine, is a blog magazine for lovers of health, food, books, music, humor, and life in general.

Here are a few of the features you will find in the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine:

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – FREE Book Promotion

Writer in Residence- Paul Andruss

Carol Taylor’s Food and Cookery Column 2018

Smorgasbord Health Column – News, Nutrients, Health Conditions, Anti-Aging

The Travel Column with D.G.Kaye

Guest writer Linda Bethea

And, these are only a few of the highlights offered on Sally Cronin’s blog. You will definitely want to stop by and have a visit. Her blog is a virtual magazine filled with love, humor, and music! There’s something for everyone.

 With the Christmas season well underway, it occurred to me that one way to thank Sally for everything she’s done for our writing community is to share more about this lovely lady. When I asked her to pick three or four questions from my huge list HERE, she willingly complied. I didn’t have to beg or anything! Now, that’s a true friend! ❤

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Sally Cronin – Author & Blog Community Organizer

I have been a storyteller most of my life (my mother called them fibs!). Poetry, song lyrics and short stories were left behind when work and life intruded, but that all changed in 1996. My first book Size Matters was a health and weight loss book based on my own experiences of losing 70kilo. I have written another ten books since then on health and also fiction including three collections of short stories. I am an indie author and proud to be one. My greatest pleasure comes from those readers who enjoy my take on health, characters and twisted endings… and of course come back for more.

REVIEWS are so very important for an author and I am very grateful for the feedback that my books receive. If you have purchased or been gifted one of my books I would love to hear what you think about it.

As a writer I know how important it is to have help in marketing books.. as important as my own promotion is, I believe it is important to support others. I offer a number of FREE promotional opportunities on my blog and linked to my social media. If you are an author who would like to be promoted to a new audience of dedicated readers, please contact me via my blog. All it will cost you is a few minutes of your time. Look forward to hearing from you.

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Thank you so much, Colleen, for inviting me over to visit… particularly at this special time of the year.

I love visiting with you, Sally. I’m thrilled you’re here. I’ve been meaning to ask you… What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

When writing about the opposite sex I believe the most difficult thing is getting emotional interactions right. Men are just as emotional as women but usually show it in a different way. Not all men are emotionally demonstrative, telling you they love you all the time and wanting to hug every five minutes. They tend to show you how much they love you by actions rather than words. It is useful to remember that telling a man you have a problem prompts him into immediate action to solve the issue.

When two women get together, they talk out the problem and come up with a solution that usually does not require calling out the National Guard or dismantling half the kitchen. If you get my drift? This does require some careful thought about how your lead characters are going to react.

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However, it is fun to create that spark between two people or to create a male character that is not stereotypical and who approaches both females and other males in a unique way.

That’s fabulous advice. You know, I think you’re a prolific writer. So, what does the word ‘retirement’ mean to you? Do you think writers ever retire?

I think that women never retire anyway. And these days even men approach it very differently than even 10 years ago. Our middle age has spread (not middle age spread) between 50 and 70 now and our attitudes are different.

There is still work to be done, whether it is taking care of the three main investments in life such as our body, the roof over our heads or the next generation. With the cost of elderly care, and in a lot of cases the quality of care offered, staying in our own homes, as healthy as possible, is a full-time job in itself. At least you can put off the day you have to leave as long as possible and have sufficient equity in both body and home, to end up somewhere that offers us a chance to end our lives still being stimulated and well fed!

I’ve had the pleasure of reading a few of your books, and have loved each of them. Which of your books would you want to be adapted for the silver screen?

I am hoping you mean one of mine… as I would love to see Just an Odd Job Girl made into a film. I am biased of course, but because most of the stories about the jobs are based on my own experiences, it would be great to see on the big screen. It is not a bestseller by any means, but it has romance, humour and seems to touch people. Who knows?  What it needs is for me to get off my backside and finish the screenplay that I have started.

Sally, I’ve learned a lot about self-publishing from your blog. How do you think concepts such as Kindle and e-books have changed the present or future of reading?

I love print books and have far too many to read again in my lifetime on our real bookshelves. However, I do believe that e-books that are available on all devices, encourage all ages to read more.

Young people have access to books for learning purposes as well as in so many fiction genres, with most suitable for younger age groups.  The vast majority of books will broaden your mind in some way; they make you think and use your imagination, and that is part of the learning process.

Travel these days is so different to only 10 years ago when I used to cart five of six books away with me on trips. Today there is barely room for a change of underwear in the luggage allowance, so my Kobo is my most treasured travel companion.

My mother stopped reading books when she began to suffer from cataracts, and even after the two operations, she still found it hard to focus in poor light and with small print. And I notice even with reading glasses, that the print in my older books is so small, that I have to resort to wearing two pairs at a time… Not a good look, especially in public. The varying format function on e-book readers is an absolute boon.

There is, of course, the question of cost too, that makes e-books so much more available to nearly everyone. Whilst as an author, I do think about the months, years, toil and strive that went into writing the book, placing a much higher value on them as a commodity. I do love it that more people can enjoy.

I know you blog, Sally. Can you explain how blogging helps you to sell books?

Do I blog?… Do I ever, and according to some, far too frequently to be effective or healthy. Firstly, I am not particularly keen on the term hobby blogger. For me, and for many who spend as many hours putting together posts and promoting them, as they did in any full-time job, this is work. And yes, I doubt very much that I would have sold any of my books if it was not for my blogging.

It is every author’s dream that readers will rush to buy their books, but unfortunately, with millions of titles per year being published, it takes quite a bit of effort to get your own noticed.

“It is a cliché, but we do need to build a brand that brings us up in searches and a platform to market ourselves and our books.”   ~ Sally Cronin~

Blogging is the heart of social media and offers an opportunity for writers to showcase their creative skills, even it if is a post on the weather. It fixes them in the minds of their readers and when and if they publish a book, those readers are far more likely to buy it.

You cannot blog without linking to social media. To be honest I find it easier and more effective to focus on just three social media sites and build them over time to be effective carriers of the message you want to spread.

My blog is my testing ground for my books, it is a way to share the knowledge I have gained in the last twenty years as a nutritional therapist, and is also a watering hole where other writers and importantly readers can meet, discuss and share.

I love the fact that I have followers from around the world and I can be chatting to someone in India in the morning and in California a few hours later. I adore reading their posts and am only sorry that I don’t have enough hours in the day to read more. The generosity of the blogging community is legendary and I am privileged to be a part of it.

This time of year in the run-up to Christmas is magical in Blogland, and I am looking forward to discovering even more talented bloggers in the next few weeks.

So be prepared… I intend continuing to break the rules for many years to come…

I have one more question. I just finished reading “Tales of the Irish Garden. “You’re an Irish lass (I think)… What was your inspiration for the fairies and the fairy kingdom? Do you have a connection to the good neighbors? If so, I would love to hear that story.

I am Irish on my mother’s side and it turns out way back on my father’s too. My husband is Irish from Waterford and also Wexford and with family in Dublin and surroundings we decided to settle back in Wexford after our travels. 

The original story of the fairy court set in our Spanish garden was triggered by a couple of incidents. One day I was sitting on our back terrace by the Magnolia tree, which happened to be in bloom at the time, and I suddenly saw movement in the blossoms. I went closer and discovered it was bees who were very excited by the nectar from these short-lived flowers. It made the tree come alive.

The second reinforcement was the arrival of a very special moth which looks a little like a hummingbird but much smaller. When I researched it, I discovered it was in fact called the Hummingbird hawk moth. It too would visit the magnolia tree every evening and it looked like a fairy from a distance as it flitted around the leaves and flowers.

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It all happened in the space of the same week and, I decided to build a palace in the roots of the tree with fairies who lived off the honey the bees collected. 

Thanks for sharing your inspiration, Sally. I adored the Tales from the Irish Garden. Check out my review HERE.

Thank you so much, Colleen, for allowing me to spout on my favourite topics and I wish everyone a fabulous Christmas however, or wherever you choose to celebrate this time of year.

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How to contact Sally Cronin

Amazon Author Page : https://www.amazon.com/author/sallycroninbooks

Blog: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sally.cronin

Twitter: https://twitter.com/sgc58

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Celebrate International Fairy Day: June 24, 2018

HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE & International Fairy Day!

As a tribute to the Summer Solstice, my first book of poetry and short stories has become a reality. Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration is now available on Amazon.

From June 21st through June 27th, this book will be featured at the introductory price of $.99! Grab your copy today!

Here is the Country Tagged Universal Book Link: Smarturl.it.FairiesMythsMagic

Blurb:

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

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From the Summer Solstice Eve through International Fairy Day, (June 20th – June 25th) the veil thins between our existence and that of the fairy realm. This is the best time of the year to experience magic in all its forms.

On International Fairy Day, we honor these supernatural creatures who have enchanted us for generations—the fairies, the fey, the sprites, and pixies of lore. Everywhere you look, fairies have permeated our culture through movies, stories, and even in our gardens!

In my research, I’ve discovered that fairies or some similar creature appear in the written and oral traditions of most cultures. Often there is a connection between the good or evil deeds the tiny beings to perform. The fairies, sprites, pixies, brownies, all fall into the category of mischievous little beings. The myths and legends are filled with sightings of these ethereal creatures performing both good and bad deeds.

Almost like parables or myths, fairy sightings were also used to teach lessons. Many a mother warned their offspring not to venture near the creek alone or the fairies would get ye! In reality, the warning was meant to scare children away so they wouldn’t drown.

My own experience in meeting a swamp fairy is recounted in Fairies, Myths, & Magic. I believe they reveal themselves to us for a reason. Fairies are elementals, the protectors of nature. As humankind wreaks havoc on the environment, these beings are alerting us to the damage we have caused. Their message is clear—fix the destruction before it is too late. An apropos message for the times, wouldn’t you say?

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Celebrate International Fairy Day with me by grabbing your copy of Fairies, Myths, & Magic. You can also bring the love of fairy lore into your family by reading classics like Peter Pan together. Attend an outdoor summer play like A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Better yet, create a fairy garden with flowers that attract the bees. Enjoy your day! ❤

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Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist of YA fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet.

A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams.

Colleen won the Little and Laugh Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the CarrotRanch Literary Community.com in November 2017 for her piece, called “The Bus Stop.” Her debut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy won gold in the 2017 AuthorsDB.com cover contest.

Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband, Ron. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at www.colleenchesebro.com.

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You can find Colleen in all the usual places. Drop by anytime.

colleenchesebro.com Author Blog

Amazon Author Page

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Hugs n kissesfor sharing in my joy! Happy International Fairy Day! ❤

 

 

Happy Summer Solstice: Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration Available NOW!

 

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HAPPY SUMMER SOLSTICE!

I’ve planned this day out in my mind for over a year… Today, as a tribute to the Summer Solstice, my first book of poetry and short stories has become a reality. Fairies, Myths, & Magic ~ A Summer Celebration is now available on Amazon.

From June 21st through June 27th, this book will be featured at the introductory price of $.99! Grab your copy today!

Here is the Country Tagged Universal Book Link: Smarturl.it.FairiesMythsMagic

Blurb:

Step into a world where fairies, dragons, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the celebration of Litha, the Summer Solstice.

Meet Drac, a dragon cursed by his own poisonous deeds, and two pixies who help an old man remember a lost love. You’ll meet a pair of fairies with a sense of humor, and a young girl who fulfills her destiny after being struck by lightning. Learn what happens when a modern witch’s spell goes terribly wrong. Meet the Sisters of the Fey, a group of Slavic Witches who sign a pact with the Rusalki Fey to preserve their magic for the good of all.

Atmospheric and haunting, the prose and poetry, will rewrite the mythologies of the past bringing them into the future.

What’s Litha ~ the Summer Solstice?

Litha is the celebration of the Summer Solstice—June in the Northern Hemisphere, and December in the Southern Hemisphere. Here in North America, the Litha Sabbat honors the longest day of the year with the most hours of sunlight.

Pagans celebrated Litha by observing and honoring the power of the sun. The sun’s influence reminded the people that the summer months represented fertility, ensuring the survival of the species.

During midsummer, magnificent fruit burst forth from the flowers, shrubs, and trees, providing ample food for all. Summer was also the most favorable time for the birthing and survival of animals, birds, and insects. This also included humans where the most births occurred during the months of July through October, which still continues today.

For the ancients, nothing represented the power of the sun more than fire. On the Solstice Eve, huge bonfires were erected on hilltops celebrating the link between the earth and heavens. Festivities lasted for days before and after the main event.

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Yet, the primitive people recognized the need for balance between fire and water. Some celebrations included setting a wheel on fire, then rolling it downhill into a body of water, signaling the power of the sun at it’s mightiest, and also the day the sun’s power begins to diminish.

For me, a Summer Solstice celebration was the perfect day to share my collection of poetry and short stories inspired by the magic of the ancient pagans. I hope you’ll enjoy this collection. ❤

Colleen Turquoise

Colleen M. Chesebro is an American Novelist writing YA fantasy and magical realism, cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. She loves all things magical which may mean that she could be experiencing her second childhood—or not. That part of her life hasn’t been fully decided yet.

A few years ago, a mystical experience led her to renew her passion for writing and storytelling. These days she resides in the fantasy realm of the Fairy Whisperer where she writes the magical poetry and stories that the fairy nymphs whisper to her in her dreams.

Colleen won the Little and Laugh Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the CarrotRanch Literary Community.com in November 2017 for her piece, called “The Bus Stop.” Her debut novel, The Heart Stone Chronicles: The Swamp Fairy won gold in the 2017 AuthorsDB.com cover contest.

Colleen lives in Colorado with her husband, Ron. When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband and friends. She also loves gardening, reading, and crocheting old-fashioned doilies into works of art. You can learn more about Colleen at www.colleenchesebro.com.

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You can find Colleen in all the usual places. Drop by anytime.

colleenchesebro.com Author Blog

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Hugs n kissesfor sharing in my joy! Happy Blessed Litha! ❤

The Faery Folklorist: The Fairy Folk of the Cairngorms

Have you ever heard about The Fairy Folk of the Cairngorms? No? You will want to visit this blog. Here’s what you will read about: Folklore from the Cairngorms, including Fairy Sweethearts, Green Fairy Dogs, Kelpies, Brownies, and Well Spirits

Grab a cup of coffee or tea and experience the magic! ❤

Click this link: https://faeryfolklorist.blogspot.co.uk/2018/04/the-fairy-folk-of-cairngorms.html

The Awakening of the Fey

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April 5, 2018, Carrot Ranch prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a silly sun story. Up north, “sun silly” is the energetic and playful response to returning sunlight. It could also be an April Fool’s jest, a silly story, or a reaction to spring fever. Be silly and write playfully! Go where the prompt leads.

Respond by April 10, 2018. Use the comment section below to share, read and be social. You may leave a link, pingback or story in the comments.

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The hibernating Rusalki fey dangled from cocoons attached to the rafters. They stirred when the rays of father sun streamed in through the window. One by one, they hatched. The tiny creatures floated on newly formed wings.

Lada was not amused. “Not in my tea,” she sputtered placing her hand over her cup. “Sister Serafima, are they like this every year? How do you put up with it?”

A chuckle escaped Serafima’s lips. “They’ve hibernated with me for years. Do you know what this means, sisters?” Lada and Vasilisa shook their heads. “The silly sun of Ostara has arrived.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

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This is a sneak peek into a short story I’m writing called, “The Sisters of the Fey – The Beginning.” This story will be featured in a soon to be released book of short stories and poetry called, Fairies, Myths, & Magic I’ve been working on with my coauthor, Wendy Anne Darling. We’re shooting for publication on June 21st to celebrate the Summer Solstice. ❤

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Talking about the Faeries

There’s fairy magic afoot! Check it out! ❤

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I was recently invited on to Charles Christian‘s Weird Tales Radio Show to discuss some aspects of the faeries. The links are below, and the interview begins at 05.14. What did we talk about?

  • Morgan le Fay and Arthuriana
  • The origins of the faeries
  • Altered states of consciousness and the faeries
  • Are they supposed to have wings?
  • Elves vs Faeries
  • Faerie or Fairy?
  • Brian Froud, Alan Lee and The Lord of the Rings film (where I forgot the name of the director Peter Jackson!)
  • The Fairy Investigation Society and modern faerie encounters
  • Syd Barrett

Download at Paranormal UK Radio Network

Stream at Weird Tales Radio Show, episode #15

Stream at Weird Tales Radio Show You Tube channel

Thanks to Charles for inviting me on to the show.

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“The Fairy Witches,” A #Tanka

The prompt words for my Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge are charm and time, from which to find your synonyms. For charm, I’m using sorcery, and for time, I’m using spells.

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The Fairy Witches

 

Ancient sorcery –
spells shared to nourish others,
a benevolence
toward well being, not gain
my love shared, rewards received.

© 2018 Colleen M. Chesebro

Magic and witchcraft are blended into the Fairy-Faith of the ancients. It was believed that humans, magicians, and sorceresses received powers from the fairies. Primeval witches were mostly healers who cared for the people of their clans or tribes. They were herbalists and midwives who tended the sick and infirm. Most early witches claimed their powers of healing came from the fae folk who bestowed their knowledge of magic to the humans through witches. This knowledge caused witches to remove themselves from society. The cost was high.

Lairbehan.blogspot.com shares:

“The magic of the Good Neighbors that was taught to these witches – what I, in modern practice call Fairy Witchcraft – was about empowering the powerless and giving the witch a way to meet their own needs and to ensure their own safety. It was knowledge and magic that removed the person, to some degree, from human society and this removal made them dangerous because it realigned their allegiance in unpredictable ways. This is magic that is meant to effect real change for the benefit of the witch, not necessarily for some nebulous greater good.”

The first fairy witch I ever read about was Morgan le Fay, from the King Arthur legends. The fables share that Morgan Le Fay resided on the Isle of Avalon. She was considered to be magical and one of the fairy people, but also a witch. It is said that Morgan Le Fay took King Arthur to the magical Isle of Avalon as his last resting place after he succumbed to Mordred’s sword at the Battle of Camlann.

Fairies and witches have a long history together. As a paranormal fantasy author, it is a pleasure to explore those possibilities through my poetry and writing. ❤

Don't forgetTo VOTE for your favorite poem in the challenge post. Visit the links in the comments to find your favorite. Click HERE to vote. Click “OTHER” and type in the name of the poet or the name of their blog. ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Confessions of a History Student: Messages and Intuition

Ali Isaac writes about Irish myths, legends, and tales. Today she has a special offer – a free book! I got my copy… did you get yours?

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You may have noticed there was no blog post from me last week. I try really hard to keep the blog updated as often as I can, but sometimes things happen which change that, and this was one of those…

Source: Confessions of a History Student: Messages and Intuition