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Ostara (Southern Hemisphere) – Mabon (Northern Hemisphere)

Originally posted on Ch'kara SilverWolf:

Blessings to all those of us in the Southern Hemisphere as we celebrate Ostara and the coming of Spring.


This festival is named after the Anglo-Saxon Goddess Eostre, also known in Old German as Ostara. Little is known about this Goddess except that Her festival was celebrated at the Spring Equinox. She was a Goddess of Fertility and was connected with hares and eggs. She may have been a Goddess of the Dawn. She may also be connected with the Greek Eos and the Roman Aurora, both Dawn Goddesses, and with the Babylonian Ishtar and Phoenician Astarte, both who are Love Goddesses.

The Spring Equinox is a time both of fertility and new life, and of balance and harmony. Light and dark are here in balance, but the light is growing stronger. It is a time of birth, and of manifestation.

The days grow lighter and the Earth grows…

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Eyebomb, therefore, I am.


O K, we are all a little bit mad, aren’t we? I’m off to buy some eyes.

Originally posted on M T McGuire Authorholic:

That’s right, after a distinctly maudlin post about baddies and world affairs I’ve an even whingier one coming next week about what, in the name of heaven, I write next I thought it might be time to add a little light fluff to proceedings.

Enter eyebombing. If you haven’t tried eyebombing you should. It’s a scream, it’s a little bit naughty, a little bit out there and yet at the same time, harmless. Eyebombing delivers that delicious frisson you get from being bad because it’s naughty and you’re not meant to, without the pang of worry that it might hurt someone.

Here’s what you do.

  1. Find a bit of street furniture that looks like it could be a face.
  2. Stick eyes on it to make it come alive.
  3. Photograph it.
  4. Repeat.

Is it illegal? Um… probably but it’s not as if sticking googly eyes on things does any damage. They…

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First Chapters – Deathtalker by P.L. Blair

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Today’s First Chapter is from Deathtalker book 3 in the Portals series by my friend and fellow author P.L.Blair.  This is another fantastic series I have read.


He was born without a soul … called into being with only one purpose: to bring death to women who are caught in his seductive snare. Will Kat, Tevis and their allies stop him? Or will Kat become another of his growing tally of victims?

If Halloween is your favorite holiday, then this book is for you. Deathtalker is the fourth book in P.L. Blair’s “Portals” series about Kat Morales, a detective with the Corpus Christie police force, and Tevis McLeod, her elven partner. Together they chase down criminals who have traveled to our world through magical portals between our earth and a parallel world where magic and mythical creatures live.

In this book, Kat and Tevis are on the trail…

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Works In Progress – Snort & Wobbles 2: The Return of The Goblins! by Will Macmillan Jones

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Today’s taste of Works in Progress is from Snort & Wobbles 2: The Return of The Goblins! –   from friend and fellow author Will Macmillan Jones. To see his other works check out his links below.


Yes, it’s Snort & Wobbles 2: The Return of The Goblins!

The next in the Snort & Wobbles collection about an eight year old girl and her friendly dragon.

This should be out soon, I’m just waiting for the illustrations from my awesome friend Sophie ( and it will be on release!

Snort & Wobbles can be found from  or

Here’s chapter one, as a taste

Chapter One

Wobbles wiggled her bottom on the hard chair in the waiting room, and giggled. When you are only eight years old and sitting outside a Doctor’s room, you don’t always want to giggle. But Wobbles did.

Today, she thought…

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Works In Progress – Pirates Keep by Jean Kilczer

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I am starting a new section today called Works In Progress to give you a taste of what is to come from some terrific and talented authors.  Today’s is from Pirates Keep by my friend and fellow author Jean Kilczer.  To See more of Jean’s works check out her links at the bottom.


(Working Title)


I scanned the encampment below from where I lay on a ledge moist with sticky mud, and overgrown with spongy twines of alien plants. Their syrupy aroma was in my throat as new buds sprang up overnight in the heat and humidity of the jungle floor.

Ground cars and air hovairs were parked around the tents. Behind them, two starships, pointing skyward, gleamed in the light of the planet’s ruddy moon.

“No sign of Joe,” I told Chancey over the chirps, grunts, whistles and snorts of creatures that were uncomfortably…

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Like a circle in a spiral…

And now for something a little different. I’ve been invited (for no good reason that I can think of, to be honest) to be today’s host for a blog tour by my good friend Holly Barbo. Yes, she has a new book out and the best thing that I can do is tell you all to go out and read it…

So, without further ado, here’s Holly!

Thank you, Will, for hosting me on The Unraveling blog tour and for asking me the one question no one has: Why did you decide to have animals as characters and how did you choose these three?

I can answer for the first part with a question of my own. Haven’t you ever wanted to communicate with an animal? These critters are secondary characters and this isn’t a Doctor Dolittle sort of book but while Erin is running from a murderer it would be helpful to have some companions that would blend in and have a different perspective. Three wild creatures provide that.

As for why I chose the ones I did…there are reasons. A “bird’s-eye view” could come in handy to get the overall idea of how people are moving around and possibly detecting an individual lurking near the protagonist Erin. To manage that, I needed a day and night bird-of-prey. I chose a merlin falcon (Keir) and a great-horned owl (Nuit).

I’ve watched wild animals my whole life and would adore having a hawk or an owl as a friend but the third companion actually comes closer than that. For a brief period in my late teens (close to Erin’s age) I had a young de-scented skunk as a pet. I know how they move and their idiosyncrasies. They are intelligent animals and mine had a slightly feisty personality. Also a skunk would draw a person’s gaze away from Erin and to the animal.

As any developed character, these three have distinct personalities. Here is an excerpt. To set the scene, there has been a series of earthquakes just before this moment in chapter 15.

The first part of the morning went by without incident and everyone was breathing easier. Around lunch time, the train came upon a large crack in the ground. The prairie had ripped; one section of ground had dropped while another had lifted. It was a very sobering sight and they drove by it in silence. Later in the afternoon, Erin and Tempo walked beside the caravan. Erin was checking with the teams and continued to reassure them. She knew there would be more quakes. Tempo was finding more to eat. There were enough vesi, worms, grubs and berries that he was happy. After all, he was a growing skunk and preparing for his winter insulating fat layer.
There were two small aftershocks during the day, but nothing to alarm the horses. Every once in a while they saw other splits in the land. Tempo was intrigued by them because they exposed bugs and worms to the light of day. He had been digging in one of those cracks when an aftershock hit. The ground shifted and Tempo dropped from sight. Without warning, his little growl had an audibly higher pitch. Erin heard in her mind, ‘Caught! I’m stuck! Erin help!’ There was another high-pitched growl of panic. ‘I’m afraid the ground is going to close. I can’t get my footing to get out! The ground just slides under my feet! It’s closing!’
Erin looked around and ran for the slit in the ground. She spotted part of a dirt-covered nose and one little paw that disappeared again. Tempo was trying with all his might to dig himself to the surface, but the ground kept slipping away beneath him. She flattened herself on the ground and reached as far as she could. It wasn’t enough. She could hear his growl punctuated with squeals. Lor saw her on the ground and stopped the wagon. Jumping off, he ran to the torn ground.
“Tempo fell in and the crack is still moving. I can’t quite reach him.” They heard a muffled high-pitched growl.
Lor got down and grabbed her ankles. “I have you. Crawl forward! Does that allow you enough extra arm length? Can you grab him?”
She wiggled forward until her head and shoulders disappeared down the hole. She stretched as far as she could, but it wasn’t quite enough. Inching farther in she reached as far as she could, fingers splayed out in full extension. Yes! She just managed to get a grip on Tempo by the scruff of his neck.
“Got him. Pull us out!”
With a long tug, Erin was out to her forearms and she was able to lift Tempo back to the surface. He was covered with dirt and mud and rocks matted his fur, but he was back on the surface of the prairie.
The rest of the wagon had halted when they saw Lor stop and jump off his wagon. Erin was brushing the debris from the little skunk’s fur after he shook to get some out of his ears and around his eyes. ‘Are you hurt anywhere?’
‘No, I’m fine. I’m not going to look for food in those cracks again. That was…scary! I could feel the ground move and getting tighter around me.’ He was trembling as she picked him up.
“He’s fine. I’ll bet he won’t go hunting near those ground splits again. Sorry to delay you,” she said to the guild members.
“Nonsense,” said Kennet. “How many times has that little critter saved us from disaster by his early warning?” Several heads nodded in agreement.

Hollys blog tour 3

And after that taste, admit it: you all want the links, don’t you?

The Unraveling
By Holly Barbo

Blog Tour Link: (goes live on Sept 7)

Erin’s parents are murdered and she can sense that same malevolent energy hunting her down. With little time to grieve, Erin is forced into hiding and discovers an unusual ability she’s never had before — she can talk to animals!
With the help of her new found animal companions, she eludes the killer. Disguising herself as a boy, she joins the Autumn Gathering and is able to concentrate on the questions she needs to solve: Who killed her parents? Why are they trying to kill her, too?
Quakes, storms, and murders begin plaguing Erin’s world and she soon realizes that they’re all connected. The fabric of her world is just beginning to unravel…

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Holly Barbo’s world is shaped by her love of her family, the beauty of the natural world in Northwest Washington State and an irrepressible creative drive.

Living where the scenery is incredible with a rich abundance of wildlife “is so special and soothing that it feels like a quiet kind of magic,” according to Barbo. She is drawn to creating stories where there is just a bit of something unworldly, perhaps it is magic or psychic skills. Her stories are mostly in non-urban settings and usually have some focus on nature, building a discordant drama inside the peaceful frame.

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First Chapters – Retread Shop by T. Jackson King

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Today’s First Chapter is from Retread Shop by my friend and fellow author T. Jackson King.

Retread_Shop_Cover_for_KindleDESCRIPTION Retread Shop–an alien-controlled galactic bazaar of unimaginable wealth, rigid caste systems, and ancient cutthroat rivalries. Young Billy McGuire, its only human, was unwanted, scorned, and forced to steal for his living. But now he has a patron, a mysterious alien trader and a new ambition–to become the Shop’s first human merchant no matter what the odds!  


“Caught you, little thief!”

Billy looked up at the alien whose tentacles firmly gripped his fruit-laden right hand. He saw a forest of blue-green cords sprouting from a three meter high fleshy green trunk. The trunk stood on hundreds of small, wiggling, worm-like toes that apparently could move the shop owner very quickly. No face was visible on the giant anemone-like alien. He didn’t recognize the species.

He was hungry. His last few…

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