Thursday, December 25, 2014

Purple snow nails

One more holiday manicure. This

A little different as far as colors goes. I felt in a bit of a darker mood. Picture a Christmas night. A purply-blue background with silver snowflake (or because I'm not exactly a vituroso with a nail pen) a snowflake-like design. The two shades are from a Hot Designs kit. Unfortunately, I don't have the box anymore so the name of the colors escapes me.

 Oh well, anyway, I  hope you have fun with this and a merry Christmas.
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas nails

Another holiday inspired me to try another round of nail art. For my first set, last week, I started with basic stripes in Christmas colors.
The red, green, and silver work well together I think...

Then I realized, they do look very close to the Italian flag. Not a downside as I am from an Italian heritage, but I must say it wasn't exactly my original intent. And it was, I must confess, a bit of a mess. The tape tore off some of the polish and I had to fill in the gaps. Feh. Oh, well. I'm happy with the way it came out. This is Sephora by O.P.I in "A Color that Can't be Tamed" (the silver);  Sinful Colors in Gogo Girl; and the green is a mixture of a Sinful Colors shade of green, and Pure Ice in Saddle Me Up. That brand is one of my favorites.

 Are you doing any special nail art for the holiday?

Monday, December 22, 2014

Review: Journey of the Magi by Barbara Edwards

cover art by Debbie Taylor


Barbara Edwards

(Published by The Wild Rose Press)

My review copy purchased at Amazon

JOURNEY OF THE MAGI by Barbara Edwards tells a slightly different Christmas tale than you might be thinking, just on a glance at the title. In this story, widowed Noel Martin shows up in a Minnesota diner seeking shelter from a winter storm. The diner’s owner, Dan Longstreet, offers she and her children a meal and a place to sleep that night. Noel piques Dan’s interest and when she asks for a job, he gives her one.

Noel has promised to get her children home to Connecticut for Christmas, and so doesn’t plan on staying in town more than a week. But something about Dan warms the widow inside and she finds herself falling in love with him. When a snowplow driver wrecks her car, she has no choice but to stay longer. Christmas is nigh, will Noel decide to accept the gift of Dan’s love, or will she keep to her plan and head off for her home, as she planned?

In JOURNEY OF THE MAGI, Barbara Edwards has penned a short, sweet Christmas novella of family and romance that moves along at a nice clip. I think fans of holiday romances will enjoy it. I know I did.

If you’d like to add Journey of the Magi to your holiday reading list, it’s available for ebook readers at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Itunes, Kobo, and All Romance Ebooks.

You can learn more about Barbara and all her works at

or her blog:


If you wish to add Journey of the Magi to your Good Reads to be read list, you can do so here.


Friday, November 28, 2014

#BlackFriday paperback and #ebook #sale

Doesn't everyone love unwrapping gifts for Christmas/Yule? Well, I do. I thought then, I'd give you all who like it too a little treat. For Black Friday, the paperbacks of select titles of my body of work will be on sale.

First for the paranormal or Christmas mystery lover, my Christmas paranormal mystery romance MURDER UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR is also on sale. List Price= $8.25, is on sale for $8.05.
'Tis the season ... for death. Murder reminds Detective Helene Collias of Holly PD that crime doesn't respect holidays. And the last victim she ever expected to find in her case files is the sister of her old flame, Sean Grant. Ordinarily, Helene's psychic gifts give her an edge but this time, that gift has short-circuited. Could her lingering attraction to Sean be blurring her abilities, or is something more sinister at work?

This one is...well, a little higher on the heat scale than my other books. If you'd like it, it's available at  Amazon.

For the New Adult fantasy or fairy tale lover, CHANGELING'S CROWN is on sale:

When Ianthe began her career as a faery godmother, she stumbled so badly that Snow White will probably never speak to her again. After a long suspension, she’s finally been given a chance to redeem herself…but everything on this latest assignment is going wrong. But why?

Worse, she definitely doesn’t need an attractive mortal man distracting her from her duties. Of course, needs and wants are two different things.

Briak has had his eye on Ianthe for a very, very long time, but he’s been waiting for just the right moment to make his move. Despite the fact all hell’s about to break loose on his watch...

List Price: $9.50 for $1 off=$8.50. You can order a copy at  Amazon.

The Artist's Inheritance, by Juli D. Revezzo, Pagan paranormal fiction, witch fiction
The balance between good and evil can be an art... or a curse. Trevor and Caitlin were once happy newlyweds, profiting from Trevor's art. Until Trevor inherits his brother's house, and with it, his part of an old Welsh family curse. Now, Caitlin will stop at nothing to save her beloved husband from insanity and suicide, even if it means she must embrace her destiny and become a witch.

You can get it at Amazon.

Passion's Sacred Dance, by Juli D. Revezzo, Pagan paranormal fiction, pagan paranormal romance, borrow with Amazon Prime
And finally, my Celtic flavored paranormal romance, PASSION'S SACRED DANCE.

Unless Stacy Macken can stave off her creditors, she may lose her renowned history center. Yet she knows in her heart that the center is sacred and what a catastrophe losing it would be. How much of a catastrophe, she hasn't a clue. Until Aaron Fielding arrives with his tales of magical guardians and the Tuatha dé Danann, sworn warriors from Celtic legend who protect humanity from a wicked enemy seeking their destruction. Is the end of the world imminent? What can she, a modern woman and her warrior lover, possibly have to offer when a long-prophesied druidic mythic battle explodes around them?

Bonus: Includes brand new flash fiction piece, "About A Warrior" You can get it here.

All the other books should all be on sale at Amazon too, but I recommend Createspace for the best deal this morning. I hope you find something you'll enjoy!

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

New release: Do you sing a mournful melody?

I have a new release! Entitled “Sing A Mournful Melody” it’s a piece I have been sitting on for quite a while. Thanks to my mentor, Patty G. Henderson, it finally sees the light of day. :) Set in 1900, it is a short historical Gothic fantasy–with vampires. :) Yes, yes, I know, but I couldn’t resist. My heroine (Maribelle) needed someone extraordinary to…well, you’ll have to read it yourself to see what she needs him for.


At the turn of the 20th century, tragedy has left Maribelle grief-stricken. After her beloved husband is murdered, his body disappears from his crypt. Worse, ghostly voices call from the widow's Graphophone. Is she losing her mind, or does something wicked this way come?

 Cover art:
Sing A Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic Fiction, vampire fiction, Short Story

 What's a Graphophone, you ask? Well, it's something Alexander Graham Bell created, something of a competitor and precursor to Edison's Gramophone and instead of using a disk for recording and listening, it used a cylinder. They're pretty nifty little devices, so I thought, perfect for Maribelle's home use. But hers is...well, a You'll have to read to see what I mean. :)

I always hesitate to classify myself, but yeah, I hear tell this is right at home next to Cait and her ghosts. (I tried to get it out by Halloween, but things didn't go to plan....) Still, I do try to channel my inner H.P. Lovecraft on pieces like this. *g* And, of course, there's soundtrack for this one, besides Mozart's Lacrimosa, there's this:

Apparently, it's long enough to warrant a preview on Amazon, so here's a little taste of the opening:

London, 1900
“Jonah, my love,” Maribelle said, leaning her head against the carriage window. “Jonah.” The gloom descended on her beloved’s shining new crypt. No matter she knew the logical truth that the marble had been replaced she could still see its cracks. Weeks had passed since the destruction and yet, she remembered as if it were yesterday. Who had violated this terrible tomb?

No answer here or anywhere. As the carriage pulled away from the graveyard, Maribelle determined that this would be the last time she left him there alone.

Once home, she took in the room: There Jonah’s piano stood underneath the wide windows, strewn with sheet music she dare not touch as if it comprised some necromantic charm to bring him home. Letters from her mother. “Come visit,” they said one after another. “Come ease your grief with us.” Mere visitations wouldn’t lighten her heart, she knew. How could they, when the one balm she needed lay under six feet of cold earth? Like some mummy in the ancient desert.

The Graphophone waited beside this piano-shaped monument of dead wood, eager to fill her lonely nights with Jonah’s music. All she had left of him now...

If you would like to read more of the story, "Sing a Mournful Melody" is currently available in Kindle Select/Unlimited. You can get it here.  I've also added it to Good Reads, too. If you'd like to add it to your To Be Read lists you can do so here.

If you'd like to review it on GR or on Amazon, please do. Reviews are very important to authors. I hope you enjoy this short offering. :)


Juli D. Revezzo has written the Victorian romance novel WATCHMAKER'S HEART. Check it out at Amazon.
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The Gothic Romances of Patty G. Henderson: Nostalgia, Homage and Diversity

These are two posts that, a sudden trip, interrupted my posting. Though they reference Halloween, I'm sorry, I'm just getting to posting them now. Still, I hope you enjoy them!

Befitting the Halloween season, we move now into the land of spooky castles, haunted moors, and heroines stuck in a foreboding situation, ladies determined to unlock the riddles and curses upon their beloveds lives and homes. Yep, I mean Gothic Romances. Don't you just love them? I am happy to have a friend along who not only adores them, but writes them as well. Author Patty G. Henderson (who has been called the Queen of Gothics!) dropped by upon this witching hour to talk about the genre and her latest release, a Gothic lesbian romance, SHADOWS OF THE HEART. I've had a sneak peek of it and it looks like another winner. :) While I go grab an ice cream float--erm, cup of tea--settle back and let's visit this enchanting realm together, shall we?

Guest post by Patty G. Henderson
Anyone remember those corner drugstores that dotted every city and small town in America during the 50s, 60, and 70s? You know, the one with the small soda fountain counter with aluminum stools covered in colorful vinyl where you could order cheap hot dogs, sodas and malts. And somewhere in the middle of the drugstore was an old metal rack stuffed with paperback books with covers that were bold, colorful and some would say, cheap. Romances, science fiction, and adventure tales. And if you were lucky, some great Gothic Romances. You could tell they were Gothic Romances because of the dark, painted covers featuring a frightened heroine running from a stormy castle or mansion in the middle of a night or at the foot of some deserted lighthouse. Ah, yes, I loved those Gothic Romances.

In my neighborhood, we had Cox’s Drugstore. It was exactly how I described above, right down to a rack full of paperbacks with lots of Gothic Romances stuck among the tawdry regular romances and other paperbacks. I discovered some of my faves there, like Mary Stewart, Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt. But I also discovered many authors who never became famous or household names. But many of those wrote my favorite kind of Gothic Romance. The Historical Gothic Romance. So many of the Gothic Romance classics of those hey days were actually written in their contemporary times. But I always preferred the Gothics set back in the 1800s. Those were not as common as you might think. The Gothic Historical Romance is almost like a sub-sub-genre of Gothic Romance.

But these were all written for and consumed by the mainstream readers. Girl meets boy. Beautiful heroine and brooding hero. Very straight and very heterosexual. But what about the Gothic Romance in today’s alternative and encompassing reading public? As a lesbian writer writing within the lesbian fiction niche, I wanted to bring my love for the classic, traditional Gothic Romance to a whole new group of readers: Lesbians looking for lesbian fiction. Why not bring the atmosphere, the suspense, the beauty of Gothic Romance into the 21st Century? Beautiful heroine and brooding heroine! Girl meets girl. All the trappings, all the mood and drama and mystery, everything that makes a Gothic Romance a scrumptious read, to lesbian fiction readers. My wish was to pay homage to the classic Gothic Romance while offering alternative readers something to identify with.

I’ve written four Gothic Historical Romances for the lesbian fiction niche. But I would also like to think that anyone, whether gay or not, who loves a good Gothic Romance and can appreciate an homage to those classics but with a sexual twist, could read and appreciate my books.

My newest and latest Gothic Romance is SHADOWS OF THE HEART, released this September by Blanca Rosa Publishing.

This is the blurb to the book:

Shadows of the Heart by Patty G. Henderson, Gothic Romance, Lesbian Romance, available at Amazon

England during the early 1820s was a hostile place for unmarried women without family or home. After losing upper class standing because of her father's gambling habit and scandalous suicide, Annalee Stewart believes her fortunes improved when she is hired as companion to the young but sickly and frail Lady Lenore Blackstone. Although the adjustment from being a member of the wealthy class to finding oneself suddenly in service to it promises to be difficult, Annalee has no choice but to accept where fate has thrown her. She did not expect, however, to be thrown into the dark and dangerous world of poisons and premeditated murder forcing her into protector status as well as companion.

Annalee's growing attraction to Lenore, and Lenore's unexpected positive response, puts them both in the treacherous path of Lenore's husband, the cold and pre-occupied Earl of Blackstone. Annalee has also captured the eye of the Earl’s sister, Victoria. Her bold flirtations serve to confuse Annalee’s heart.

Thrown into this tumultuous triangle of love, seduction, and deception, Annalee must sort through her real feelings and confounded passions. Faced with the potential demise of one lover whilst falling inexplicably toward the heart of another, her own life is threatened from within Blackstone Castle. In the deepest shadows of love and loss, Annalee must feel her way through the darkness; face her fears and trust that she will uncover the beacon she needs to find her path to true love.

 You’ll find all the trappings of the old, classic Gothic Historical Romances in SHADOWS OF THE HEART, as you will in each of my other Gothic Romances and I do hope you will take the chance and read my newest and latest, SHADOWS OF THE HEART, and try the other three Gothics as well, THE SECRET OF LIGHTHOUSE POINTE, CASTLE OF DARK SHADOWS and PASSION FOR VENGEANCE. All are available as eBooks and trade paper on and Barnes and
Thank you to Juli for allowing me to introduce you to my homage to the classic Gothic Romance in a new set of clothes!

You're welcome, Patty! It's always a pleasure to have you visit.

Where to buy SHADOWS OF THE HEART and my other Gothic Romances:

Patty G. Henderson is an author, artist and publisher. She loves historical fiction, especially historical mysteries, film and television. She’s also a fan of supernatural literature and films, and the author of the Brenda Strange Paranormal Mystery Series as well as three Gothic Historical Romances and several anthologies.

“My passion to write comes from a desire to entertain. Nothing more. I come from a family who loved to tell tales around the dinner table, my grandmother fondest of ghost stories. If I’ve managed to lure a reader into another place and time, and after they close the book, the story still lingers, then I’ve done what I love doing as a writer.”

“If I succeeded in doing that, I would be very grateful if you took a few minutes to write a review on Amazon for SHADOWS OF THE HEART or any of my books that you should happen across. Reviews can be very helpful, and I absolutely love to read the various insights from satisfied readers. Thank you so very much. Until we meet again…”

My author web site:

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Thank you, Patty! As ever, it's been a pleasure having you. SHADOWS OF THE HEART looks intriguing! We wish you all the best with it. Folks, if you'd like to check out more about SHADOWS OF THE HEART, see Patty's website and find the book online at Amazon, and Barnes and Noble, and in ebook and paperback formats. We hope you enjoy it!


Juli D. Revezzo has written the Victorian romance novel WATCHMAKER'S HEART. Check it out at Amazon.

Something Wicked In LA--What happens with Demons by Suzanne G. Rogers

I love the Halloween season, don't you? It's the one time of the year when we can get a bang out of scaring ourselves silly. ;) Okay, paranormal fans get that giddy feeling every day of the year when they go ghost hunting or pick up a favorite book on the subject, but still, to the rest of the world, it's the one time of the year. So, once again, I've gathered up some pals to celebrate this fun time of the year. Today, we start off with author S. G. Rogers whose baddies in her new book Something Wicked In L.A., fit very well into this spooky time of year. So let's offer up the candy and welcome, Suzanne G. Rogers! (although, maybe not because now, I have an earworm stuck in my head. Let me see if where that dungeon key is.... ;) No? Oh very well. My assistants are telling me I shouldn't open the dungeon. Who knows, they say, what might crawl out. *shudder* So we'll just go put on some Metallica and let that be the theme for dear Suzanne G. Rogers' little talk about...
What Happens With Demons
Halloween! It's the most wonderful time of the year… Okay, perhaps that’s a Christmas tune, but the point still stands.

I don’t know what can be more fun than to dress up as something or someone else, and one's costume is only limited by one's creativity! Similarly, I unleashed my creativity when I sat down to write Something Wicked IN LA, my first full-length paranormal novel. It’s set in Los Angeles, where all good ghouls go to strut their stuff, and uses much of the local geography and natural phenomenon to fashion an otherworldly paradigm. The premise revolves around the modern-day Nephilim (offspring of sons of God and daughters of men) who have banded together to fight demons. Amongst the Nephilim, there’s one law than cannot be broken; the Leap Day birth prohibition. If a Nephilim born on Leap Day is sacrificed in a demonic ritual on his or her eighteenth birthday, it will result in the Apocalypse. Despite their best intentions, Tori’s parents give birth to her on Leap Day and must go into hiding to save her life. Tori is kept in the dark, of course, and almost eighteen years later, she and her friends must figure out who she can trust and who wants to kill her. Enjoy the excerpt, below, and most of all…
Happy Halloween! ~ Suzanne G. Rogers

The address Cody had given Felicia was for a former movie props and costume warehouse in Hollywood. The large brick edifice had a For Rent sign posted and a pair of enormous demons were patrolling the walkway out front. As Tori dismounted Raven’s motorcycle, her eyes widened at the size of the seven-foot tall creatures.
“What are those?” she whispered. “Trolls?”
“Security goblins,” Raven said. “You don’t want to mess with security goblins. They’re much harder to kill than other sorts of demons.”
Felicia pulled a small spray bottle out of her pocket. “Lift your hair so I can spray this on your neck, Tori.”
“Is that perfume?”
“Colloidal silver. Discourages vamps from taking a nibble.”
A pang of fear shot through Tori, along with a surge of adrenaline. “Would they really do that?”
“It’s considered bad manners for anyone to eat, maim, or kill one another at these sorts of parties, but accidents have been known to happen. Better safe than sorry.”
Felicia sprayed Tori, Raven, her brother, and herself with the clear, odorless liquid, and then they crossed the dark street toward the warehouse. One of the security goblins pointed them to the side entrance of an adjacent soundstage, which was guarded by another pair of goblins dressed up as ancient Egyptian pharaohs. Inside the door, a woman clad in a gold toga sat behind a replica of an Egyptian coffin.
Tori leaned closer to Raven. “I’m sensing a theme.”
The toga-clad woman peered at them through her heavy black eyeliner. “Who invited you?”
“Cody Mime,” Felicia said.
The woman’s severe expression softened. “That goat’s a charmer.” Her shiny black hair rippled, and Tori realized it was actually a mass of asps. “All right, boys and girls. No weapons past this point. No fighting with anyone. No photographs or video. Trash talk is strictly prohibited. What happens at the party stays at the party. Do you agree to abide by these rules?”
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Folks, I hope you've enjoyed this post as much as I. Thanks for joining the Halloween party with us, this year, Suzanne!
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Fall into Fantasy giveaway

I am participating in New Adult speculative fiction author Ash Krafton's Fall into Fantasy giveaway. Many other authors are participating as well, authors of fantasy, New Adult, and Young Adult fantasy. Aside from the main prize pack featuring, Ash Krafton, April Aasheim, Marsha A. Moore, Julie Reece, James Garcia Jr, and many more. I'll be giving away a Smashwords coupon for an e-copy of my New Adult fantasy romance CHANGELING'S CROWN.

Go see all of the fine participating authors here, and have fun!

The NA Fantasy portion of the Rafflecopter giveaway is here.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Witch or what?



Well... You know, that's a hard question to answer. When I started out, lo many, many decades ago, I studied all the Wicca books, leaned toward the Farrars, and Cunningham. Cunningham is still one of my favorite writers on the subject. But in recent years, due to allergies and lack of time and whatnot, I moved away from the strict ritual forms and schedules followed by most Wiccans. Most of my ritual forms moved into my storytelling, and one wouldn't be surprised to find my characters noting the phase of the moon. As my signature states, even my characters are witches of some sort.

Loose as my practice became, within the last year I started I attending monthly drum circles. I still "lock up" the house at night as I always have, I still stir my cooking dinner clockwise for good intentions and health. Yet I've gotten more interested in Druidic belief and forms. I follow the Druidic gods I've followed for the last ten years of my life and doubt that will ever change. I don't know where that might lead, but those that have followed this blog for a while will remember, I'm nothing if not a bookworm. ;) I've delved back into my reading about the ancient Celts and that research is showing up in my stories, and elsewhere. The drum circles may not have been part of the life of the ancient Celts (although I do know they drummed) it somehow fits in if only in that I've enjoyed attending them once a month.

I've even gone, as you can see from my previous posts, a little more organic. I believe in Karma, and reincarnation, and always will; whatever title I want to use for myself, or you want to use for me, I seriously doubt that will ever change. So is that witchy? Druidic? An evolution and a combination of both, I'd say.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

William Shakespeare, Demon Hunter--#newrelease by Suzanne G. Rogers

Painting depicting the Weird sisters by William Rimmer

Suzanne G. Rogers has a new release today combining two of my favorite things, classic literature  and fantasy. :) So when I found out about SOMETHING WICKED IN L.A., I asked her to come tell my readers a little more about it. Suzanne, take it away!

William Shakespeare, Demon Hunter
by Suzanne G.Rogers

 Shakespearean plays were often populated by paranormal creatures, such as witches, ghosts, and monsters, but did you know William Shakespeare was secretly a demon hunter? That’s the premise of SOMETHING WICKED IN L.A., in which a secret demon hunting organization, The Shakespearean Institute, is named after one of the most famous demon slayers of all time.

Comprised of the Nephilim (descendants of humans who had children with angels), Shakespeareans have one particularly critical prohibition: they are forbidden to bear a child on Leap Day. Such a child, if demonically sacrificed on his or her eighteenth birthday, will usher in the Apocalypse.

The violation of this prohibition forms the basis for SOMETHING WICKED IN L.A.  

Here’s the blurb: 
  Tori has spent the past seventeen years trying to ignore her ability to see unnatural creatures. As she prepares to transition from high school to the world of professional ballet, however, seismic activity in Los Angeles is increasing and the number of demons is multiplying at an alarming rate. After a new student from London transfers to her performing arts school, she soon discovers her life has been a lie and someone wants her dead.

Raven’s father, a renowned British demon hunter, has tasked him with guarding the one person who can inadvertently bring about the end of the world. Unfortunately, Raven’s record of success has fallen short lately and his confidence is shaken. Worse, Tori seems determined to freeze him out. Can he win her trust quickly enough to prevent the Apocalypse?

Something Wicked In L.A. is the first book of a series, and I’m having a wonderful time with it. If you like magical realism, the paranormal, and the performing arts, this book is for you! ~ S.G. Rogers

SOMETHING WICKED IN L.A. is available at Amazon.

Ooh! This sounds intriguing! Will Raven stop the Apocalypse, I wonder? The author wouldn't tell me. What do you think, readers?  You can find out more about Suzanne G. Rogers' SOMETHING WICKED IN L.A. , and all her works  at:

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

paranormal freebie alert

Just ran across this in my Facebook feed and thought I'd share it. Paranormal author Patti Roberts is giving away copies of 'Witchwood Estate - Going Home (bk 1) (Witchwood Estate - Episodic, short story) free on Amazon today. If you'd like it, you can get it here.
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

In case you're wondering ....

In case you're wondering why all these posts are showing up all of a sudden, I've decided to back up some of my older ones here. If you've read these before please forgive the repeats; if you have not seen these before, I hope you enjoy them! :)
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Nineteenth century physicians by Susan Macatee

Today, I have invited a historical romance author friend of mine to stop by. She’s got a new story out, The Physician’s Irish Lady, and having read it, I really enjoyed it. So here is Susan Macatee to tell us a little more about it. And keep reading for her giveaway.
Susan, thanks for coming!
In my new release, The Physician’s Irish Lady, the hero is a late nineteenth century physician.
This character originally appeared as a minor character, a friend of the hero, in my 2009 Civil War romance, Confederate Rose. In that novel, he served as a physician in the Union army, but now practices at home in a small Pennsylvania town in a rural setting.
In the story, he travels to his patients’ homes to treat illnesses and wounds caused by accidents.
The late eighteen-hundreds saw many advances in both medical knowledge and technology. As a result, the medical profession itself went through drastic changes. The acceptance of germs causing diseases, unheard of before the nineteenth century, along with research of the human body and development of specialized tools, caused a revolution in treatments of illness. The practice of hygiene, put into use during the American Civil War, aided patients and improved outcomes for recovery.
Late nineteenth century physicians visited patients’ homes or occasionally worked out of an office in their own home. Doctors in rural areas needed to be able to travel in a wide area.
Doctors would travel by foot or horseback and needed to carry tools and drugs they could pack into a small case or saddlebag.
During the Industrial Revolution, hospitals in big cities were looked on as being dirty, breeding grounds for disease and infection. Because doctors didn’t practice methods for keeping germs from spreading from patient to patient, a hospital stay would likely cause a person to contract a new disease, so people avoided them.
Because most doctors worked in large geographic areas, they were expected to treat such ailments as toothaches, stomach aches, fevers and even sick livestock. It wasn’t until later in the century that physicians developed specialties in medicine.
Even surgical procedures would be carried out in a patient’s home. Anesthesia was not widely in use until the end of the century, so complex surgeries weren’t usually performed. And the types of anesthesia available, ether or chloroform, could asphyxiate a patient. Antiseptic practices also weren’t common until the turn of the century, so a surgical risk of infection after the fact ran high.

To learn more about nineteenth century physicians, visit this site:

The Physician’s Irish Lady available from Amazon, B&N, All-Romance Ebooks, and from The Wild Rose Press.

Blurb: After escaping indentured servitude in late nineteenth century Australia, Keara Fagan is now on the run in America. The Irish native was falsely accused of insurrection against the British and abandoned by the man she thought loved her. Now, she must survive on her own in a strange land.
As Dr. Elliot James travels by train from Philadelphia to York, a young woman faints at his feet.
He’s sworn, as a physician, to aid the sick and injured, but fears this woman requires more than medical help. Enchanted by her beauty and touched by her dignity, despite appearing to be alone in the world, he buys her a meal and offers to find her a place to stay in his small Pennsylvania town.

A mysterious Irishman pursues her to the idyllic town surrounded by farmland. Is he an abusive husband come to claim his runaway wife, or someone more sinister?

And an excerpt:
Elliot cantered his mare to the house. Twilight made it difficult to make out the fence post, but a
soft glow shimmered through the first floor windows. He slid from the horse and tied her to the
post. He’d take her around to the backyard stable once he’d checked on the women.
He stepped in the door expecting his aunt and Miss Fagan to be warming dinner in the kitchen.
His footsteps echoed over the floor. “Aunt Millie?” he called. “Miss Fagan?”
The kitchen door burst open. Millie’s eyes were wide, her hands knotted in her apron.
Elliot’s heart lurched. “Miss Fagan!” he gasped. “Where is she?”
“Oh, Elliot! She’s gone.”
“Gone! Gone where?” Elliot’s pulse raced.
“She went with Jim. His poor boy is very sick. You must go right away.” She worked her hands in the folds of her gown.
Elliot blew out a sigh. He’d feared either Morrissey had taken Miss Fagan, or she’d run again. “I’ll get right over there.” He patted his aunt’s gnarled hand. “Don’t worry.”
He hopped back on his mare and hurried to the sheriff’s home. Light shone through the windows. He tied up the horse and let himself in. “Jim!” he called, “Miss Fagan?”
Jim appeared, a smile lighting his face. “Your guest is a miracle worker. You should take her on as a partner.”
Elliot followed Jim up the stairs to the boy’s bedroom. His wife, Maggie, hovered at the foot of the bed, while Miss Fagan sat beside the boy crooning a lullaby. The boy actually let out a weak laugh.
She turned and started when she caught sight of Elliot. “Did Aunt Millie send you?”
He nodded and stepped toward the bed. “You gave me a scare, Danny.” He placed his hand on the boy’s forehead. He seemed a bit flushed but wasn’t burning up.
“What did you do?” he asked Miss Fagan.
She shrugged. “Used compresses and some home remedies I learned back in Ireland from me grandmother. It took the fever out of him.” She nodded at the boy.
Jim’s wife clasped her hands. She seemed on the verge of tears. “Miss Fagan is a miracle worker, Doc.”
“So your husband’s told me.” Elliot glanced at Jim who hovered in the doorway.
Miss Fagan stood and motioned for Elliot to take her place by the bed. He sat and gave the boy a quick examination. “He’ll need plenty of fluids and lots of sleep, but I think he’s on the mend.”
He nodded at the anxious parents.
He stood so Mrs. Buckley could sit by her son, then motioned Miss Fagan and Jim into the hall. “I’d like to thank you, Miss Fagan, for coming with me.” Jim glanced at Elliot. “I came to get you, but you were out on a call.”
Elliot studied Miss Fagan. She glanced away, appearing embarrassed at Jim’s praise. “Glad I was to help, Sheriff. He seems like a fine lad.”
Elliot’s gaze slid over her. If he’d been around when Jim had come to call, he wasn’t sure he’d have done any better.
The Physician’s Irish Lady is available today from The Wild Rose Press
Also available at Amazon
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author Susan Macatee
author Susan Macatee
Susan Macatee writes American Civil War romance, some with a paranormal twist. From time travels to vampire tales, her stories are always full of love and adventure. She’s spent many years as a Civil War civilian reenactor with the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment. She’s a wife, mother of three grown sons, and has recently become a grandmother. Outside of spending time with family, she spends her free time watching favorite old movies, and inhaling books.

Thank you for visiting us, Susan and for this peek into The Physician’s Irish Lady. Congrats on its release and good luck with it! Folks, thanks for stopping in. Enjoy Susan's book and Thanks for reading!


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To escape the clutches of the evil Wizard Gaelleod, Rowena and Caedmon flee to the future. With her memories intact and the help of her dear friends, Rowena is confident they can uncover the clues behind her connection to the key.
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Q and A with author/editor Rebecca Buchanan

This morning I have something a little different for you. I’ve been following the pagan writing community for quite a few years now. Along the way, I’ve met some very talented authors and poets, made some good friends, and wanted to introduce you, my readers, to a few. Recently, I had the pleasure to interview editor of Eternal Haunted Summer, Rebecca Buchanan. Rebecca is the editor-in-chief of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and the editor of pagan fiction and non-fiction ‘zine Eternal Haunted Summer. She has been published in Bards and Sages Quarterly, Cliterature, The Future Fire, Into the Great Below, Fire Jewel: A Devotional For Freyja, Linguistic Erosion, and Luna Station Quarterly, as well as Beyond the Pillars, The Shining Cities, Unbound: A Devotional Anthology for Artemis, Written in Wine, and other venues. She blogs semi-regularly at BookMusings: (Re)Discovering Pagan Literature.

Hi, Rebecca! Thanks for being here. I know you’re busy and I appreciate your time! What would you like people to know about Paganism?

Rebecca Buchanan: Primarily, I would like people outside of Paganism to understand that — whichever path or tradition we follow — we are completely serious and sincere in our devotions. This is not playacting or a phase.

Most pagan writers have a personal pantheon they’re dedicated to, and to which they dedicate their art.
How did you connect with your personal pantheon?

Rebecca: I have loved mythology since childhood, especially Greek and Egyptian; those were always the books I lugged home from the library (along with the fairy tales). I would read the stories over and over again, study the paintings and sculptures, the photographs and schematics of the old temples.

Since my earliest exposure to the Gods was through books, I guess that is why my devotions now primarily take the form of writing and publishing.

Can you tell us a bit about how your path influences your own writing?

Rebecca: My devotion to the Greek pantheon has a *huge* influence on my writing. I would say ninety percent of what I write — poetry, short fiction, essays — is about the Gods and Goddesses. Plus, the fact that I could not find a market for my writing led to the creation of Eternal Haunted Summer; I wanted to offer a venue for other frustrated Pagan writers. It also led me to accept the position of editor-in-chief at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, so I could oversee the production of anthologies in honor of the Gods and Goddesses.

As a writer, is there any genre you haven’t tried that you’d like to?

Rebecca: Oh … tough one.

I try. ;)

Rebecca: Aside from the poetry, most of my writing could be broadly defined as science fiction or fantasy; there are a couple of dark fantasy/horror pieces, too. I guess I would like to try my hand at a mystery, an old fashioned, honest to goodness murder mystery. Maybe starring a modern-day devotee of Nemesis … or priest of Thoth ….

Ooh that’s does sound intriguing! What inspired you to take on the editorial spot of Eternal Haunted Summer?

Rebecca: Frustration! Pure, unadulterated frustration! I had written dozens of poems and short stories in honor of the Gods and Goddesses, and yet there were no reliable venues in which to publish them. The majority of religious publishers out there are Christian in their focus, and my stuff was *too* religious for the fantasy publishers. I heard the same complaint from other Pagan writers. Thus, Eternal Haunted Summer was born. It’s been a real honor to host so many talented authors.

It’s been an honor to find you too, Rebecca, and I have to agree. I have had the same experience in my path to publishing too. I’m glad to see that changing a bit. Next question: Is there anything/any aspect of Paganism, or topic you see little of in the submissions that you’d like more of?

Rebecca: I would love, love, love to receive more submissions which deal with myths, heroes, and Gods from outside Europe. I can appreciate a good Dionysus poem or an essay about Freyja as much as the next girl; but there are so *many* pantheons. I want Aztec-themed poems! Essays about the kami! Short stories centered on Spider Woman and Sedna and Marie Laveau. Reviews of books and comics and movies about Mongolian shamans and La Llorona and Maori tattoo traditions.

I would also love more essays which tackle difficult topics. I am not afraid to run a controversial piece; animal sacrifice, veiling, abortion, hexing, whatever. If it is articulate, thoughtful, correctly cited (as necessary), and respectful in tone, I am happy to consider it for publication.

What would you say to encourage a young Pagan writer to apply their path to their art?

Rebecca: Many people feel especially drawn to one or two Deities within a pantheon (though which Deities may change over time). In the case of a writer, my first suggestion would be to focus your writing on that Deity/ies. Create a poem listing the Deity’s epithets, or a short story retelling a favorite myth; or, write about anything you want, but dedicate the work of creating the story and the story itself to the Deity. Oh, and pray before you start working on it.
Same goes for any kind of art, and even such things as exercise and cleaning; dedicating any kind of work or creative act to a Deity will make it more meaningful.

What would you like readers to know about Eternal Haunted Summer?

Rebecca: That I am open to just about everything. There are very few restrictions when it comes to submissions. Sex and gore should be appropriate to the context of the story. The tone should always be respectful (no bashing other people’s Gods). Pieces about Atlantis or Mu or subterranean civilizations or aliens don’t interest me. Submissions with a monotheistic or Abrahamic focus wouldn’t really be appropriate either. Other than that, any format, any genre, any myth, any Deity, any pantheon.

What’s next for you? Any exciting new projects to tease us with?

Rebecca: Bibliotheca Alexandrina has new anthologies in honor of Demeter, the Morrigan, and the Muses, which will be available soon. I am currently editing the Spring Equinox issue of EHS, which is shaping up to be an awesome edition. I personally have a short story which will appear in the next issue of The Future Fire, and I’m working on a few other stories. Um … basically I am keeping busy. Must write!
Unbound, A pagan devotional for Artemis, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Rebecca Buchanan, pagan fiction, witch fiction
fantasy, pagan fiction, pagan fiction authors, metaphysical fiction

I hear that! Thank you again, for being here. Good luck with all you do. I can’t wait for the Spring issue! ;) It should be out by the Equinox, if I’m not mistaken. In the meantime, friends, do check out some of Rebecca’s work. I think you will enjoy it! :) You can find out more about her at:
Eternal Haunted Summer:
and the EHS Facebook group:
or Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Facebook group:


Romcon2014 Readers rated books

I just got some fantastic news. Romcon’s Reader Rated Books awarded my paranormal romance novel Passion’s Sacred Dance, a fantastic rating of:
in their paranormal romance category. *squee*

*This close* To finaling. *This* close! Who, me? Excited? You bet! Would you like to see why? It’s available at the usual places. Amazon. I thought I said something about this, but with everything else going on (more on that soon, I promise!) I guess it slipped my mind. Still… *squee*?

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Monday, June 9, 2014

New Release Secret Love by Christine Warner

How are you fine folks, today? I have a special treat for you today, a fine author and friend, Christine Warner has released her new book. An historical romance novel set in an unusual time period--the mid-fifties. Since y'all know how I like it when a writer tries something unusual, I couldn't help but invite her to tell us about it. So, without further ado, introducing

SECRET LOVE: Book One in the Sweet Fifties Series


Saranac, Michigan 1955

  Lizzie Tarleton has always done things her own way—including the time at the tender age of thirteen when she confessed to her brother’s best friend she loved him. But now she’s a new teacher at the local high school, and independent enough to know that you can’t force love. She’ll find love when the time is right—even though her parents are adamant the time is now. The only downfall to her idyllic life is the fact that her childhood crush—who broke her heart—is now her boss. If only she could stop daydreaming about him.
Wayne Whitmore grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and worked hard to get where he’s at in life. Even though he enjoys being principal at the small town high school, he dreams of coaching baseball. When his best friend asks him to watch over his little sister at her new job at Wayne’s school, he agrees. What he doesn’t count on is how she’s grown from the pig tailed kid who told him she loved him, to the woman who breaks his concentration with her beauty and smile. Unable to get over his fascination, and afraid he’ll ruin his friend’s trust, Wayne applies for his dream job—one that will take him far away.
One night while decorating the school gymnasium for an upcoming sock hop, Lizzie and Wayne find themselves alone. They share a kiss and Lizzie realizes her childhood crush for Wayne has never died. Wayne decides he doesn’t want to let Lizzie get away.

Can they come to terms with their secret love and then overcome the other secrets they are hiding in order to get what they each want? Or is their timing for love still off?


She blinked away the heat of tears forming at the back of her eyes. Their conversation had grown too serious. She needed to lighten things up a bit. “Remember when we used to play ‘What if?’”
He laughed. “What if Lizzie wore a dress?”
“Either she was going to church, or her mom was having a ladies’ social.” Lizzie giggled. “Ricky hated that game.”
“He’d get so mad when you’d start it.” He made the final cut on a small snowflake and added it to the pile before him.
“What if Wayne couldn’t throw his famous curve ball?”
“The school trophy case would be one trophy short. What if Lizzie wasn’t teaching here?”
She pouted. “She’d be sad. I have no idea what I’d be doing if I hadn’t found a job here. What does Lizzie have to do to show Wayne she thanks him?” She winked, enjoying their fun.
He cleared his throat. “What if Wayne said Lizzie owed him a kiss?”
Her belly trembled. What if?
“What if he stole one?” His voice lowered and he leaned in.
“Why don’t you find out?” she whispered.

Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? Would you like to read more? You can find Secret Love at:
  • Buy links Amazon | Barnes & Noble
  • Genre: Sweet Nostalgic Novella
  • Length: 69 Pages
  • The Sweet Fifties Series {Book 1}
  • Release Date: June 9, 2014

Author Christine Warner AUTHOR BIO:

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, one laptop, and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good dose of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing, but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes, and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at

Thanks, Christine, and good luck with Secret Love!


Juli D. Revezzo has written the Victorian romance novel WATCHMAKER'S HEART. Check it out at Amazon.

Summer flowers in bloom

I realize this isn't my usual fare, here on this blog, but I thought I'd back up a few posts. That being said, I'm curious and have a question for you gardeners out there. I have this plant... a pretty purple flower. Well, that's about all I know about it. Do any of you know what this is called?
April Purple Flower by Juli D. Revezzo

This is it now:


The flower itself is still a little stressed, but the rest of the plant looks great. You know me, I'd like to know its name so I can research and make sure I
kill it care for it properly (or stress out over is it a perennial or not so I can replace it if need be and/or put it in a current fiction W.I.P.). Because, dude, trust me, brown patches aside it's lovely. So, if you know what it's called, please leave me a comment!

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Winner of the YATR Literary award for Best Sci-fi book of 2013

Evanescent out now! Winner of the YATR Literary award for Best Sci-fi book of 2013
​IRC nominee for best indie novel and cover design ​ Evanescent release banner
Evanescent is ranked under the top 1000 of Romance science fiction & fantasy! Get it now for 99c at Amazon.


Thursday, February 27, 2014

Teal blue!

Teal mani using Milani Nail Lacquer in "Mint Candy" (that's the teal) and Sinful Colors in a shade called Nova.With a top coat of "Super Dry"  (It's touted to be a cheaper version of Siche Vite) with wrapped tips.

This was for Paint it All The Colours'  Ovarian Cancer Awareness month... Well, better late than never.

 That's pretty much the day I did them. But a shower later and it doesn't look so good.

This is the top coat in question.

So, yeah, try looking that one up online *sheesh*. So, the search goes on....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Fantasy author Marsha A. Moore talks about a grand finale

If you are a fan of Fantasy or fantasy romance, you must have heard of Marsha A. Moore's epic fantasy romance series Enchanted Bookstore series, by now. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. The series combines a worldwide-threatening Power, a determined heroine, a to-die-for hero, plenty of magic…and did I mention dragons? And some of the cutest extra characters you’ll ever meet. I’m quite fond of Marsha’s pseudodragons, myself. :) I’ve been privileged to watch this series evolve from the time Marsha got her first inklings of a plot and happy, once again to host her as she tells us a little about the final title in series, Quintessence: Enchanted Bookstore Legend Five Please stop by my blog to read more of her post.

via Marsha A. Moore--Struggle Over the Child Seer in Quintessence.

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Fifty Measly Bucks (To Save A Witch) by Juli D. Revezzo, time travel, dark fantasy, suspense, Salem Witch Trials, New Adult suspense, Kindle Unlimited
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Passion's Sacred Dance, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 1 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
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