Brooms, Weddings and May Day Dew

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Bluebells in our local wood on May Day 2016

Did you remember to wash your face in the early May morning dew today? According to superstition, the dew has magic properties on this day and anyone who washes their face in it will have a beautiful complexion for the rest of the year. Now I don’t usually hold with superstition, but I admit to rubbing my dew-laden hands over my face this morning 🙂 Well, you never know, right?

While researching folklore specific to the day, I’ve found tons of superstitions and customs which are providing fabulous fodder for future stories. They range from not buying a new broom to avoiding getting married… “Marry in May, and you’ll Rue the Day”. The latter doesn’t hold for me though because I married the love of my life in May and we’ve been happily hitched for, ahem, a few decades now.

If you want to read more about the customs and beliefs associated with the month of May take a look at this site

Enjoy!

 

My second Beast releases today…

Beast Denied 72lgToday sees the release of Beast Denied, Book 2 in the Beasts of Bodmin Moor series. It’s Tynan and Naomi’s story. Tynan is Caleb’s (First Beast) second in command and he’s had a tough time of it. Of course, I have a soft spot for all my heroes (and heroines) but Tynan is…well, special. Like all the male shifters of the Bodmin Pack, he’s tough, uncompromising, and just a lot arrogant, but when push comes to shove you’d want him on your side.

Beast Denied received a great 4.5 Star review from Night Owl Reviews and was voted a Top Pick. “…the fast paced and smooth flowing plot captivates readers with lots of suspensereviewertoppick2, turmoil and romance…I was completely spellbound.” Read the full review here.

Here’s the blurb:

To embrace the future, they must defy the past.

Naomi Flynn never intends to mate or marry. Either one would leave her open to the manipulation she’s sworn never to endure again. Besides, no panther male will want her once they know the truth behind what happened a decade ago.

She’s happy to burn up the sheets in a buddy-with-benefits arrangement, until a craving for a three-way sexual adventure thrusts her right back into the arms of the man she can’t afford to remember.

Tynan Galloway doesn’t intend to stand by and watch the woman he wants throw herself at every male with a pulse except him. Ten years ago, a brutal assault robbed him of his destiny as a protector of the pack, but damned if Naomi is going to be another casualty of his fate.

In the heat of a fantasy come true, Naomi’s resolve to keep her emotional distance weakens. But when Tynan discovers she’s in potential danger, he dares her to deny he’s the only man who can protect her. Never expecting she’ll go to extremes to prove him wrong…

Product Warnings

A hot panther shifter with something to prove, a heroine with a secret to keep, and a threesome arrangement which brings out the teeth and claws.

Fancy an excerpt?  Click HERE.

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Okay, I give up. Who stole my tenacity?

Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end, then stop.” Lewis Carroll

Untitled designA few weeks into my very first job, my employer told me that I was very tenacious. Since I didn’t know what that meant, I rushed to the nearest dictionary. How thrilled I was to read the definition. Tenacious sounded so sophisticated, and much better than the stubborn that was more usually attributed to me. Now I was forceful, determined, dogged and I played on that strength for all I was worth.

Seems I’ve always had that stubborn streak, even as a small child. It was not in my nature to give up on anything, and usually I’d see projects through to the bitter end. That was especially true of a certain fire-engine red tricycle. Learning to ride that thing cost me three separate visits to the hospital with two dislocated shoulders (the same shoulder twice) and a broken arm, until my grandfather decided enough was enough and broke up the cycle so I could no longer risk life and limb. But that didn’t stop me, and I remember bartering with a friend that she could push my super-duper consolation dolls’ pram to the end of the street and back if she’d let me ride her cycle. No more broken limbs later, I mastered that sucker.

The same was true with reading material. Always a great reader, if I picked up a book to read I’d continue on to the end even if the initial interest waned halfway through. There was always the hope that something would reignite that initial spark and in my head it was not right to give up on a book. But lately I’ve decided life’s too short. There are simply too many books out there, many of which I can’t wait to read.

Writing hasn’t escaped this current mood either, although giving up on a story is much more of a struggle. Once the germ of an idea took hold, I’d go off on the journey of creation and keep at it until I typed ‘The End’. But recently there have been a couple of stories I just can’t seem to finish. Nope. Just can’t get the enthusiasm going. Which means I currently have several stories on the go, each with about three or four chapters written. Every writer knows how important it is to batten down and get the story written, and I’m no exception, but hmm, where has my ‘must finish at any cost’ determination gone?

I’m sure this is a temporary thing and that soon my tenacious mojo will return. Meanwhile, any suggestions for getting it back would be most gratefully received.

 

 

 

It wasn’t me, mum!

20151128_085901Guess who decided to pull up one of my young plants, and then hang around looking as if butter wouldn’t melt? Not sure why Ms. V has suddenly developed this desire to rearrange the garden, but I hope it doesn’t last too long.

In other news, she has also realized what fun it can be to dig holes and then trudge indoors with cakes of muddy earth beween the pads of her paws.

Ahh, the joys of being a puppy mum!

Time to Party!

Come join me over at The Romance Studio‘s annual Christmas Party! They’re giving away an Amazon gift ecard to one lucky reader and loads of other prizes from their prize vault, as well as prizes from featured authors, including me! Hop on over and join the fun and games. See you there!

TRS Christmas Party 2015

First Beast

FirstBeast72lgFirst Beast releases on Tuesday, 8 December from Samhain Publishing and is already receiving some great reviews. 4 Stars from Romantic Times (“a hot, exciting read.”) and 5 stars from Yearwood Book Reviews (“This book was fantastic.”

Beasts of Bodmin Moor, Book 1

To protect his pack, he must guard his heart.

Lost on Bodmin Moor, twelve-year-old Talia Summers was cold, hurt and terrified, before being saved by a black panther that materialized out of the night.

Years later, Talia returns to the moor in search of that magnificent beast, but instead finds a man leading a clan of shape shifters. Yet the connection she remembers is strangely absent. She despairs of ever finding it again—until a stranger steps into her shower.

Back to claim his rightful place, Caleb McLeod’s fierce attraction to his half-brother’s female is tempered by the fact she’s a human. Worse, a journalist. He’ll not have his people’s survival threatened by a human female who continually pushes the boundaries of pack rules.

His solution? Mate with her. Control her. And if his brother doesn’t like it, they’ll simply have to share. For now.

But suspicion and lies threaten the growing bond between Talia and Caleb, and the past has a way of catching up. A way of destroying the bridge built between two worlds…between two hearts.

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