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Building a Bridge

… and a hell of a lot of other amusing things, as I find myself buried under a ever growing mountain of research. I’ve somewhat insanely decided to throw my hat in the ring for Harlequin’s Historical Romance “Warriors Wanted” Blitz.

Honestly, I’m a tad scared. It’s taken days to get to this point. I have 25 point very rough synopsis that needs some TLC.

Two main characters I don’t really know… and yet… I’m still drawn, irrevocably so, to Wales – yet again. It doesn’t take much, really. Wales is in my blood. Granted, only 25%… down from my maternal grandmother, but still.

What period? Well… that would be telling. And just for now I’m keeping it a secret. I’ll reveal my chosen time period And lots more in another blog post.

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

The graveyard stretched out before me as far as I could see.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Follow Friday

In an effort to get more eyes on my social media, I’ve decided to participate in a #followfriday!

But I’m putting a twist on mine.

Any authors, editors, book lovers who see this are welcome to join in.

As I’ve been primarily focused on the paranormal/speculative fiction part of my Paranormal Romance brand as an author, I’d like to focus on the Romance part for a change… So, if you’re a Romance writer, author, reader, editor or cover designer. Let’s connect and help each other grow!

And please follow my blog, leave a comment and I’ll follow yours right back. ❤️

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

The human mind is a scary place.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Arcane Writing Competition

In 12 days time, Iron Faerie Publishing are holding there first ever writing competition!

The competition starts on June 1st and runs til the end of August. There’s still plenty of time to join, so what are you waiting for?

Contest information can be found below!

The contest will consist of four rounds.
Minimum of 4,000 words. Maximum of 8,000 words per story.
4 stories in total.
You’ll have 3 weeks to write each story and then submit it.
Competition will begin on June 1st 2020.
Story Prompts will be delivered via our facebook page at the start of each phase.

TO ENTER
Select a mythical creature and let us know via private message through our Facebook Group or email it to us. (be it dragon, werewolves, witch… something supernatural)
Send (a one-time fee of) $10US via paypal to ironfaeriepublishing@yahoo.com once your choice as been confirmed.
June 1st-21st 2020 is PHASE 1
June 22nd-July 12th 2020 is PHASE 2
July 13th- August 2nd is PHASE 3
August 3rd-August 23rd is PHASE 4

WINNERS
The TOP 4 authors will be published in an anthology.

PAYMENT
Royalties will be split between the authors and Iron Faerie Publishing. 50/50.

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

Dark shadows fell over the academy.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line… and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

“You have no idea who I am, do you?”

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

At first glance, the shiny ball looked like a crystal ball, only it wasn’t.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Goodbye April, Hello May

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Goodbye April, Hello May!

As another month passes by and these are very different times, I’ve decided to take a moment and list a few of the smaller things I want to accomplish this month.

1. Write every day.

2. Read at least 4 books.

3. Finish something! (and by something, I mean one of my longer 10k stories.)

Alright! So, it’s only three things but when you’ve got four kids who are currently homeschooling even small things like those three can seem huge momentous things.

They’re not… by the way, but April was a mess of stress and anxiety for me. I’m hoping May will be a little better.

Fingers crossed May is kind to all of you, too.

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

Icy fingers grabbed at her arm as she made her way through the darkness.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Lest We Forget

Today is Anzac Day.

It’s a national day of remembrance held every year on April 25th.

It stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps And commemorates all the Australian and New Zealanders who served and died in all wars, conflicts and peace keeping missions and was originally devised to honour those who had served in the Gallipoli Campaign, the first engagement of World War 1. (1914-1918)

But for the first time in over a century, there are no official services. COVID-19 has changed how we celebrate things.

So, today I got up and paid my respects from my driveway at 5:55am.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

As we won’t be participating in an official Dawn Service this year, as like last year, I am sharing a recipe for Anzac Biscuits. Yes, I said biscuit not cookie.

ingredients

 

1 cup plain flour

1 cup rolled oats

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup coconut

125 g butter

2 tbs golden syrup

1 tbs water

1/2 tsp bicarbonate of soda

 

method

 

Sift the flour into a bowl. Add sugar, rolled oats and coconut.

Melt butter in a saucepan, then add golden syrup and water.

Stir the bicarbonate of soda into the liquid mixture.

Add liquid to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.

Place walnut-sized balls of mixture on a greased tray and bake at 170 degrees Celsius for 12 minutes.

Biscuits will harden once cool.

For those of you reading this blog post and thinking: but I don’t have/can’t get my hands on any golden syrup there are substitutes, like honey, corn syrup and molasses.

Click here for more information about those substitutes and others that you can use in place of golden syrup.

 

4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Iron Faerie Publishing have opened a new submission call! If you love drabbles and are looking for something with a more apocalyptic horror feel then this call might be for you!


THEY ARE LOOKING FOR: Drabbles about the four horseman of the apocalypse.
Conquest : War : Famine : Plague
Horror and Dark Fantasy genres accepted

WORD COUNT: 100 words (max 5 drabbles accepted per author) Send one and wait for a response.
You can send 1 story each for conquest, war, famine and plague at the same time. Separate emails please.

REPRINTS: Yes, rights must have reverted back to you

SIMULTANEOUS SUBMISSIONS: NO

MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS: YES

PUBLICATION DATE: TBA

AUTHOR COMPENSATION: One eBook copy

If you are submitting a reprint, please include the publisher and date of first publication.

Send your story as an attachment in .doc or .docx format to ironfaeriepublishing@yahoo.com

Your subject line of your email should be Anthology Name – Story Name – Author Name

For example:

CONQUEST – My Story – Author Name

WAR – My Story – Author Name

FAMINE – My Story – Author Name

PLAGUE – My Story – Author Name

Story Prompt Sunday

story prompt

Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

The fire had gone out.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Story Prompt Sunday

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Another Sunday has rolled around again and with it comes another installation of Story Prompt Sunday!

I hope you enjoy today’s opening line…

The Goddess Ostara was missing.

And please, if you’re up for it, and it inspires you, share what you’ve written in the comments below!

Happy Easter

Happy Easter

I still, even as an adult find it totally bizarre that Easter doesn’t have a set date. Every year its in a constant flux.

So, this year, I decided to read up on the reasons why Easter appears to be in a constant flux, even though in reality it isn’t. Not really.

Let me explain.

According to the Church of Nicaea, way back in 325AD, it was determined that Easter should fall on the Sunday that followed the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. Which we all know happened on March 21st 2019 (technically the Autumn Equinox for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere). Coincidentally, there was a Full moon that fell on the Equinox this year, which was excluded because Easter has to fall between March 25th and April 25th, forcing them to go with the next one which fell on April 19th.

Which is why the dates move and Easter festivities are sometimes referred to as moveable feasts.

Chocolate eggs and rabbits are something of a modern invention when it comes to Easter. Although the Goddess Ostara or Eostre is the Goddess of Spring. Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny both featured heavily in the spring festivals of the goddess Ostara. The rabbit was her sacred animal and brightly colored eggs,  baby chicks, and bunnies were all used at festival time to honour this fertility goddess.

And here’s the story of Ostara…

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Already feeling just, a little bit guilty for arriving late one spring, the Goddess Ostara was appalled when the first thing she encountered was a little bird who lay dying on the forest floor, his wings frozen by the snow.

Filled with compassion, Ostara took him as a pet or, as some versions of the tale have it, her lover. Feeling sorry that the poor wingless bird could no longer take flight, she turned him into a snow hare and gave him the ability to run rapidly so he could evade all hunters.

Honouring his earlier life as a bird, she also gave him the ability to lay eggs in all the colours of the rainbow.

Whatever could the goddess Ostara have been thinking when she turned him into a randy rabbit? Eventually the decision backfired when the goddess became enraged with his numerous affairs.

In a fit of anger, she threw him into the skies where he unfortunately landed under the feet  of the constellation Orion (the Hunter).  He remains there to this day, and is known to us the constellation Lepus (The Hare).

Softening her attitude, a bit, Ostara allowed the hare to return to earth once each year to give away his coloured eggs to the children attending the Ostara festivals that were held each spring.