Sunday, October 22, 2017

What lurks on that horizon?--Druid Warrior Prince snippet #2---Weekend Writing Warriors

 

I thought I'd continue on from where the snippet of my new historical fantasy romance, Druid Warrior Prince, left off in the last post left off. This is the next six lines:


(Gwenevieve) set her jaw as she studied him. Who was this person to tell her what to do? On the other hand, she knew he spoke logic as her father did have his enemies. “Men know my family. If they’re smart, they know to keep their distance until we come to them.”
He narrowed his eyes. “I don’t refer to mere men.”
Her gaze flitted to the landscape. “I’ve seen nothing else so threatening this morn.” 

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(Ah, but is she missing something? You'll have to read to find out!)

If you'd like to check Druid Warrior Prince out, it's now available at Amazon in ebook and the paperback is available here.

Its synopsis is as follows:


Gwenevieve Macken’s well-ordered world falls into chaos as encroaching interlopers scheme to possess both her and her land. Although she’s been trained to spot the signs of inhuman evil in men, the amassing armies take on guises she never expected.

When a foreign guardian presents himself as her only option for salvation, Gwenevieve must make a choice between her desires, and fulfilling the mythic fate to which she was born. A forced marriage to a Tuatha dé Danann warrior isn't part of her plan.



The adventure continues (or, begins, rather) in:

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy/historical fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

New release in Celtic Stewards Chronicles #historicalfantasy #romance

So, as you might've noticed from my previous post, I do have a new book available! Yes. It's true. The next in the Celtic Stewards Chronicles has been unleashed--er, released upon the world! :) What's this one about? Well, in a nutshell, it continues Stacy's introduction to her family history and their history with the war between gods and ...well, the Fomori monsters of which her family are overseers. "Stewards", if you will. This time out, she learns the tale of an ancestor from 6th century Ireland that she never knew about before now. Yes, I said the 6th century!

This explains in part why it took me so long to get this one out to y'all who have been waiting for the third installment in Celtic Stewards Chronicles. :)

 At any rate, the book is entitled DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE and its synopsis is as follows:


Gwenevieve Macken’s well-ordered world falls into chaos as encroaching interlopers scheme to possess both her and her land. Although she’s been trained to spot the signs of inhuman evil in men, the amassing armies take on guises she never expected.

When a foreign guardian presents himself as her only option for salvation, Gwenevieve must make a choice between her desires, and fulfilling the mythic fate to which she was born. A forced marriage to a Tuatha dé Danann warrior isn't part of her plan.



Here's a snippet from chapter one:
CHAPTER ONE

Ireland, 512 AD

A SPECTER OF war hung heavy on the Irish horizon. Gwenevieve scanned the yard, seeking it out. Surely, an outline of its ghost hung there in the bare branches of the trees. Would that she had a little more light, but the sun was slow to rise this morning. Bucket in hand, she strode out the door of her family’s roundhouse, headed for the spring. Dots of ice hung here and there from the trees and as the sun’s first tentative rays touched them, sparks plumed across the emerald landscape. She adjusted the gold clip that held her grass-hued wool cloak closed. She wore green to beckon spring.
A little sympathetic magic never hurts.
A dozen or so new huts dotted her family’s property. One was for her mother’s laying in, but they’d built the others for a different purpose.
She remembered the work their family put into them in preparation for the arrival of the harshad warriors, only praying they never arrived. The Tanny and other men around the area whispered that the Macken family must be out of their minds to build structures that would stand empty. But their family knew that they would be put to good use.
Last night, several men and women had come. They now occupied those huts.
She prayed they weren’t the warriors for whom they’d been built. Though, she suspected otherwise.
Gwenevieve sniffed the air, seeking a sign the fabled war crept ever closer, but smelled only frost. A raven, sitting on a tangled branch in the grove, sensed something amiss and let out a screech.
“Hush you,” she said. Whether or not the bird listened or grew tired of screaming, it fell silent. The silence satisfied her. She didn’t need its prophetic voice. She felt the dread thick in the air.
Regardless, there was no going back to sleep. She paused at the edge of the spring and knelt down, dipping the bucket in.
Filled, she set it aside and drew her hands through the icy water. Shock tingled down her fingers. She grimaced at her reflection, the pink the weak sun was already placing in her light, thin cheeks and nose. Her red curls askew, the crimson sleepy streaks radiating across the whites of her forest green eyes.
Gwenevieve drew her hands from the water. Cold wind threatened to chafe her skin and still, she raised her hands to the sky, ignoring how the breeze affected her bones. Cows and horses called for their breakfast and she knew it wouldn’t be long before more members of her clan joined the morning routine.
With the chill tickling her nose, she took a deep breath and settled herself. “Hallowed Mother, bless our night, and our day.” She lowered her hands, sprinkling droplets on the dried grass beside her. She leaned forward to splash water on her face. Wind whipped up her sleeve.
“You’ll never catch a fish that way.”
She gasped, lunged for the knife in her boot, and flumped, forearms first, into the water.
Enraged, she growled and pushed herself away from the spring. A man stood not far away. Tall, with strong arms crossed over a broad chest.
“By the gods!” she gasped, wiping water from her arms. “Warn a lady if you plan on sneaking up on her.”
She couldn’t remember seeing anyone out this morning save herself.
“Where is the fun in that?” He offered her his strong hand. That hand connected to a fine forearm, to a bulging bicep. If one didn’t stare above his throat, anyone might consider him fetching. That craggy face of his, though, ruined the effect.
“Come, now,” he said, a hint of mirth in his voice, “it’s too cold to play in the water like that.”
Her father’s guards always watched over her, but this one was new, arrived only last night. She didn’t recall his name. Malcolm or Marchan, or some such name like that. “What if I was stepping out for a bath?”
The man smiled. “Then it is indeed my lucky day.” He grasped her forearm and helped her stand.
Water trickled between her breasts. She frowned and swiped at it with annoyance. “If you followed me there was no luck involved.”
“Aye, maybe I was following you, but you’re Sir Fintan Macken’s daughter. Gwenevieve by name, if I remember correctly.”
She nodded. “That I am.”
“Then you, especially, shouldn’t be out here alone.”
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If you'd like to check it out, it's now available at in ebook and the paperback is available here.


I hope you'll enjoy it. If so, reviews (at Amazon, Good Reads, or on your blog, if you have one, are truly appreciated!
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy romance, DRUID WARRIOR PRINCE,  FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Friday, October 20, 2017

New covers for the Celtic Stewards Chronicles series!

Because I thought it was time to give it a fresh look. Something a tad big more  "fantasy"and fitting this fantasy/historical fantasy/historical fantasy romance blended series than men with swords. 


Druid Warrior's Heart:


(Which I think is my favorite.Thank you Patty G. Henderson for helping me find the perfect mask!)

Passion's Sacred Dance


Because, Stacy's a bookworm!

 The color scheme follows a (mixed up)  druid scale: blue (novice),  green (ovate), white--well...the character falls into a weird gray area. What do I mean? The hero of Druid Warrior Prince...works under the auspices of the Harshad druids.


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Clean Indie fantasy reads #99cents #sale #fantasybooks


Hi everyone. I hope you're doing well. Sorry I've let this blog get "dark" for a while. I've been working on edits. I've got something new for you. I'm just waiting for some tweaks to take effect at Amazon, before I share more. 

But first, I wanted to let you know that I'm taking part in the Clean Indie Fantasy Reads sale right now.




There are some really great looking books involved, besides mine, like Suzanne G. Rogers, USA Today Bestselling author Melle Amade, Cate Dean, and many more. There's also a chance to win an Amazon gift card. 

So check it out, and I hope you find something you'll love!


And more on that new release, soon. :)

 


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Books and more books and...Nanowrimo again? #writerslife #amreading #amwriting #Authorblogs

books and more books, Juli D. Revezzo's blog, authorblog

I have not have time to blog. Yes, I've been reading...a lot this week. I've finished not one, but  three books I had on my TBR list.And... those three? The Tower's Alchemist by Alesha Escobar, an Ovid (which I've had on my shelf for years [ I want to say seven or eight] meaning to read), and Shadows of the Heart by Patty G. Henderson, which I got from the author. I enjoyed all, especially Ms. Escobar's. (WW2, wizards fighting against the Nazis and Fascism, what's not to love?) I don't have a review written up for it yet (by "finished" I mean I just finished it, here, at midnight). I will try to get a little something written up for my blog though, asap.

(Oh! And I learned something, I don't like the "review" feature on the audible app. Why? Well, I tried to leave a review for an audiobook I consumed...you know how wordy I can be? The damned thing gave me a word limit that amounted to a short sentence, and while that may be okay?

(Yes, a short sentence is just fine, note to future reviewers, however...)

I really wanted to say more. Yet, when I signed into the audible site to edit the review? Guess what I couldn't do? Yeah, make changes to the review posted via the app and expand on it. :(  Guess what I won't be doing from now on? That's right. Posting a rating or review from the Audible app. Whatever. Aha, methinks me sees a reason for the drop in reviews, fellows authors!

(Business side rant, sorry folks)

Back on topic: I must say the Ovid was a bit repetitive--and though I enjoyed the read, (this was the Erotic Poems, by the way) he makes it sound like couples in 1st century Rome weren't faithful to each other at all...I figure that was just the women he knew. Oh, well. But, his writing's lasted 2000 ... so, Props to him. May we all be so lucky! (best seller lists? *snaps* What about still being read in 2000 years? Now that's a goal, dontcha think? :))

*thinks* What else? 


What else was I doing that took up so much of my time? When I wasn't doing that I was critiquing a manuscript chapter for a fellow author.  Outside that, I worked a little on a mss that's been percolating for a year, and ...also, I have been busy working on the final proof  (yes, final. I swear) of the next Celtic Stewards Chronicles book. :) Yeah, technically that means I read four books+ this week. Or rather finished reading four books, +. My eyes are a little bleary, why do you ask?. I have a little bit more to go but I think I am on track for my original release plan for DWP, might even make it early. I dunno.  Stay tuned.

And finally. Nanowrimo. (Blergh) As we speak, I've a couple ideas of stuff I want to get done before the end of the year. Technically, I'm pretty much over the rush-rush-rush write x-amount of words in one month frenzy. I've proven to myself many times over I can do it (case in point that critique swap, was on a book I wrote 45,000 words...in 15 days...last year. Yeah. not 30 days. 15. As for my manuscript from last year. I hit the 50k goal with it last November 29th, "Won" Nanowrimo...and had 20k more to write in it before it was finished. As it stands now, I tore down the original ending, just early last week, just before the proof of the next Celtic Stewards Chronicles book arrived, and rewrote it, to which I still have to sign off (because, you know, CSC manuscript was more important). So, wrote that book in a month plus almost 1 year. :p (and yet, the 15 day book, I wrote beginning to end, in 15 days. Go figure.)


And while I'm a little short of my release goal for the year, I'm not for my word count, not adding in the "couple of ideas" that are sitting in my head saying "you want to work on me". So with all that, I'm not sure if I'm going to make an official Nanowrimo log this year. I may just to keep track of the pace of those couple ideas. I've said before I wouldn't and I've signed on anyway. The hardest part for me, always, is picking the one to log. Because, like my reading, I always seem to have more than one going at once. (And before you ask, yes, the next Antique Magic is coming. It's been like *cough* the Nanowrimo book from last year, this year. It took me from June to now to get unstuck on that one and I have to go put all that into the typed manuscript). So, yeah...Nanowrimo log this year? Not sure. It might be good for someone who's never written but for me, with three ideas going at once (currently), it's like throwing the breaks on and doing a u-turn. But, we'll see.

And one more thing before I let you go...I've an interview up over at Lisette Brody's blog. If you'd like, you can see it here.


Anybody up for a coffee break? :)


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Podcasts and astrology -- #30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge @Plentiful_Earth

#30daysMagicalRootsChallenge by @Plentiful_ Earth

Writing and editing has distracted me from finishing this, but we're almost done! And, look! Day 29 (and 28). (Okay, so it was supposed to posted on August 28th and 29th, but still. :))

Day 29 asked about podcasts. (These would go alongside the Youtube channels, I think)  Well? My favorite podcast used to be Other Worlds of Romance, (yeah, I know. It's a writers show more than a pagan show. Sadly, it's ended. But I have a few more podcasts I listen to that would fit better in the pagan realm.

First and foremost, the Biddy Tarot Podcast has helped a lot in my understanding of ...well, tarot. 

Others I've enjoyed are (obviously) the Pagan Musings Podcast (and yes, they did have me on as a guest a while back). There's also the Myth and Legends Podcast,  Celtic Myth Podshow and Druidcast. You might have to open Itunes to see these because their website won't let me, anymore.


 But anyway, there are the few I enjoy.

Astrology. Well...honestly? I've not yet gotten the hang of this subject. I mean, I've known my sun sign for years, but the rest of it never really interested me and I can't figure out how an overall sign (er, set of signs?) like you get from your chart, gets extrapolated down to day to day predictive newspaper columns. *scratches head* I must be missing a book, somewhere. So I know I'm a ...Cancer Moon? I think? Yeah. Cancer Moon. But...so what? It sortakinda maybe/maybenot points out some things about my overall personality, (I mean, I am a total water baby :)) but do the stars and planets have any baring on my day-to-day life? That's where my skeptic side comes in.

 But, I've investigated it. (Case in point, I read an online horoscope supposedly relating to my sign  just this morning--a morning that started out shitty--that had no mention of that, at all. In fact, the horoscope was the exact opposite of the way it happened). I even have one of those astrological charts (you know where you put all your pertinent information into a who-knows-if-it's-safe--I can't believe they don't ask for your freakin' SS# and street address!--websites. I hate that!!) and it spit out a chart that...I can't make heads or tails of, which doesn't seem to show my moon sign, unless it's in one of these geometric little glyphs that I don't understand. And I know someone who has studied this subject for years and has explained to me what my rising sign was ...but I can never remember what she said.  I have to keep asking. *shakes head*

And this month the full new moon was in Virgo so you should "look to where your moon's supposed to be in Virgo" and...er. Well...Mine is where it's always been? In Cancer. So...yeah. I have no idea what people mean when they say things like that. Trigonometry (because I understand Trig about as much as I do astrology, so Trigonometry=astrology?)  isn't my forte.😒  I'm also not supposed to be compatible with my husband at all and well.... We've got 30 years of mind-melding bliss, baby. There's us, then there's the rest of the world. :) (And he doesn't believe in any witchy stuff, not even the stuff I do!) Fwiw, we share another sign...I think.

So...Confused much. Yes.


If it works for you, great. I wish I understood it,then at least that'd be one more witchy thing to add to my list but...I'm afraid Astrology and me aren't meant to be. Tarot's easier to understand.The only reason I ever looked up my other signs was for for fun, for checking out Arwen's tarot videos.I might work on that in the next month...(to answer the final day's question: What practice are you going to continue past this month? ) Or...herm...Maybe the energy work and plant magic. Definitely reading and staying curious!

And just as a final digression, LADY OF THE TAROT is officially one year old, and I now have the galley copy of Druid Warrior Prince (the next Celtic Stewards Chronicles book *points to signature*) in hand. Combing of said-galley will commence, this weekend. :) I hope y'all have a good one. I shall be...reading.

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Healing and Self Care--#30DaysMagicalRoots Challenge @Plentiful_Earth


Though the month ended, I wanted to finish these up. However, a funeral, then a hurricane got in the way, so here we are, halfway into the next month (are we already??)  and I've got a few more to go. 
Day 27's topic was:

 Healing
Focus on some self-care today. What are you doing in your life to bring health and vitality to your physical and emotional body? Do you practice magical healing, or energy healing like reiki? If so, practice some healing magic today! If not, take some time today to learn a little bit about different kinds magical healing.

Well, at the time of the 27th day of August, I was doing (or trying to do) yoga every day. That didn't go over with my body well. Though exercise is good for you, too much is not good. So I had to go back to only 2 or 3 days a week.

And then.... OMG, all the things happened. Not only that damned storm and the stress of that and all that came afterwards, but...yes, a friend passed. Ugh! (and thinking that there might be another cat 3 or 4 around the corner. Oh crap!! Make it stop!)

So there's been a barrage of stress battering us around, here.

Magical healing? Does vegging and trying to breathe count? Because I myself don't practice reiki, but I have a friend who does and she's sent some my way a time or two. Also, years ago, I got into a car wreck and damaged my back, and a friend of mine charged a little icon with healing energy and brought it over to ...essentially apply it reiki style to me. I wish I had a picture of the little thing to show you but alas, I do not. (I don't even know if she still has it, that's how long ago this was!). I have no clue how to do it, though, beyond what I've read. And this even says you can't learn it on your own, so there we go. (Yoohoo, reiki practitioner friend o' mine! ;)

 Oh, well... I will admit to having invoked some healing gods and goddesses in the past(Apollo, Asclepius, and such) and a time or two for other people who were in dire situations (read: hospitals involved) that, as I've mentioned before, didn't work  ... I know we can't cure everything (can we not? Or are the cures for everything under the sun locked away by the powers that be because there's more $$ to be made in treatment?) but hell, it would be nice.

Did/does asking the gods to send healing magic my way work? Or (and this is a category where my skeptical side pipes up) was it just time and being attentive to my body and doing what my doctors said that did/does the trick? 

Who knows? I won't be doing gymnastics ever, but I am doing better today than I was all those years ago, so ... yes? As for the energy, a intent-filled wiping down may work (or not. I don't know if I'm still vibrating though, so that's a good thing, right?) I've never actually done reiki on myself though, as far some sort of energy healing goes, but yeah, I have had it done for me. Usually, I just pop whatever the doctor tells me and rest.

 What about you? Do you practice energy healing at all?

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Post Irma Sunday--#Sundayblogs #BloggersBlast


Meme hosted by Kimberley of Caffeinated Book Reviews


So, Sunday again. This week has flown by! Why did I not notice? Well, do you recall me mentioning that hurricane we got last week? Yeah, I've had tree cutting and outside work to do. The good news is, we're almost completely finished. Said-tree is such a huge mother we don't have anymore space in our pile to put more cuttings.

stump by Juli D. Revezzo

That would be my husband's hand against the stump there. As a point of reference, his hands are bigger than mine. So it was....yeah. A job. (No, he didn't cut it with that rinky dink little saw. That was in the picture as a joke. :))

So now we just wait for the trash men to come and get it. That means...blessed time to veg! Woohoo!
Luckily we didn't get as much damage (or a power outage!) as others south of us.

Why yes, I am sore all over from the work that tree cutting took, why do you ask? While I did manage to find a new template for my blog (which I'm not certain I'm happy with all its bells and whistles yet) I haven't had much time to read this week, except for after nightfall. But I did manage to a) post a review for Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants on my book blog (Can't believe I forgot to do that.. I read it...like, over a year ago). And b) finished reading the second book: Second Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares. What?? I didn't do any writing? Didn't even think about it?? Something must be wrong. Yeah....er, brain, fried? I did realize I didn't review the first Sisterhood book, so I've quickly posted one on my review blog. My review for Second Summer is scheduled to go up on the blog later this week.


Or so...

As for blogging, other than the review I just posted on my book blog, I did manage to get one out--no two! :)

Top 5 places I'd like to visit
and
So, that hurricane
and
Almost Ready (Which, thanks to Irma what's said in that post is pushed back. Grrr...)


Books I bought this week...only one:
a pre-order of A Mother's Love by Jolene Dawe

So that was my week. I hope you had a good one!


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Top 5 places I'd like to visit.



Top Five Places I'd like to visit.
If you're following along, I'm getting my inspiration for these posts from this list here.

 I think we all have some place other than home we'd like to be sometimes, don't we?  For me this list is easy. The hard part is putting them in order. I find sometimes my list changes depending on what I'm writing about that week/month/whatever. I do have a limitation, though. So often, there's not just a place I'd like to visit, but a time.

1) For instance, I'm sure everyone wants to visit Paris--but what about the 19th century Paris? :) I'd love to see what life was like there, then.

2) I'd like to go to Ireland, pre-Roman invasion. As part of that, I think I'd like to go...wherever it started and see what we could do to validate the existence (or lack thereof?) of King Arthur. :)
And Avalon, of course.


3) The time of the witch trials. I'd do what I could to see them stopped. On second thought, maybe that's not a good idea..  I'd end up dead, because time traveling would certainly brand me as a witch--eep!

4) Pompeii--1st century, of course. Why? OMG, for some reason I am obsessed with it right now. I think I'd like to land there early. Before August 24 (or whatever the date of the eruption of Vesuvius was--some say it wasn't August 24). Then I'd bop the first government official I saw over the head and tell them to evacuate the city--and coast! Yesterday. If I had to tell them I was an oracle and they better listen and get their butts in gear, or else, what would be the harm? ;)

5) And this one is, a realistic one, Italy in general. I've wanted to see Florence, ever since college (but what art history student didn't?). I may, one day. I just wish we would figure out how to build a working teleporter, first. :)

And those would be my top 5 ...er, places and times.

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romance HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

So...that hurricane




Hiho, everyone! I hope you're well.

I haven't had a chance to post or do much of anything online since Friday.For those of you wondering, yes, we are alive and well, even though freakin' Irma decided to go right over my house! Yes, we evacuated, yes, we are safe. We went to a family member's house, and she had power the entire time, until about 1:30 AM Monday night. We had some storm damage that made my hubby nervous so we came home. Since then, we've been on cleanup duty (if you've seen my Instagram, you've seen a little of it). The storm was by no means as powerful by the time it got to us as it was over the Keys (I feel terrible for them--and Naples and Miami!) so we did not get that much of it here. Thank gods, because when we left, the news was making it sound like we would come back to just the foundation left! (picture Homestead, circa Hurricane Andrew, that's what we were picturing)

Thank the gods, no.

However, that damage I spoke of, if we had not boarded up, we very well may not've had a house to come back to (we think). Word to the wise, if they tell you to board up, do it. Yeah, it's a freakin' inconvenience and pain in the backside, and yeah you may just have to come back and take them down again, but you know what?  I'm really glad we did! 

Anyway, I'm all back to normal now, and should be back to my regularly scheduled madness. Remember what I said in my last post about Druid Warrior Prince being up by the end of the month? Given this five day break...I think I'll be lucky to get it (the next Celtic Stewards Chronicles book) out by the end of the month. Probably more like early October at this point. Oh well. Please bear with me. And to everyone affected by Irma, all of you without power, and suffering in the crazy heat, all of you who may've lost your homes to this monster, my heart goes out to you. Please try to stay safe with whatever you're dealing with now.


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Almost ready....pre-release check #amwriting #amwritingfantasy

Why yes, of course we have a freakin' natural disaster headed our way. What else would happen when I'm waiting to get a proof copy in the mail? (*Finger hovers over order button* No, I suppose I should wait to order that final check copy...of what, you say? Oh, a little something of Celticy fantasy goodness!). But now, we wait because mother nature wants to throw a tantrum. :p Hopefully the stupid thing will turn out to sea and leave us all alone.

F-you, trickster gods!  

So anyway, yes, my next book is that close. Probably by the end of the month, (if we're still here, that is!)

If you're in Florida, stay safe, my friends.  *hugs*☔
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Sigils--#30daysmagicalroots: Day 26: Sigils @Plentiful_earth #Blogs #BloggersBlast

Whoa! Now I'm really behind. Okay the prompt for the #30daysmagicalroots challenge day 26 was:

Craft a sigil that represents the path you are on or the path you want to follow. This is a deeply personal creation so put some thought into it. (Recommended Resource: Practical Sigil Magic by Frater U.D.)

I love me some Celtic spirals, but you know what? I don't work with sigils. Or, not for a long, long time. In fact, I can't remember the last time I used one, except...last full moon I was in a group ritual that made one. I'm not sure I can show you that one, and truth to tell,I can't tell (yet) if it "worked". Such is the facts with spells: sometimes they do, sometimes they don't. The thing about sigils, y'all? And I don't think 90% of the people upchucking them onto their covers (ala Full Metal Alchemist) understand this but.... they're used way more in ceremonial magic than in most other paganism--or at least wicca. (in fact so much was taken into paganism from ceremonial magic, I doubt many witches understand what came from where.) but it's always felt too... formal for me. (and slow, in fact, I was struck by that fact when I was reading a recent book,The Tower Alchemist by Alesha Escobar (which I am enjoying despite what I'm about to say). The character has to skitter to find something to draw on then activate the sigil to even trigger the magic. In the middle of a fight. Otherwise, I am enjoying the book. But if it was real life, and real magic,  if I was in the middle of a fight, bopping the bad guy on the head would work faster. *g* Sorry Alesha.


I don't even think Caitlin has ever used one in the Antique Magic books. Her husband, Trevor, doodles of course, but if either of them have ever used true focused sigils in their magic? *shrugs* If they have, they haven't told me. Sigils are used a scant bit in Celtic Stewards Chronicles: there are sigils on the walls and gates and here and there in the background of different buildings the harshad druids inhabit. You might miss them if you don't read close  but they are there :). Not quite as front and center as in  Alesha's book but they are.

But as for using one in my other workings? Like I said, I can't remember the last time I did. But for this blogging experiment, I decided to try one. So I did some research, and found a formula here that I tried. What'd I come up with? This:


sigl by Juli D. Revezzo


:) Now you see why I don't share my doodles much! and you see how it still looks like words. So, make words into images? er, that's too much math for me! *lol*  Anyway, so that would be one made officially for this here blog post. The full moon's coming up again, so we'll see how/if it works. (*fingers crossed loosely*)


If you count less garbled pictures? I don't know if you count this but I have my logo...
*pets logo* Obviously, that's my favorite. It's Bran's/Morrigan's raven and...well, the crown, is not to be arrogant but their sovereignty. *nodnods* And I think means a heck of a lot more than any mixed up little "do it this way" sigil, In fact, it's so personal I would've liked to get it tattooed (but then I had that whole allergic reaction and we're afraid the chemical I'm allergic to might be in tattoo inks and thus, life threatening so I just use it as a logo. After all "They" know what it means, so who cares where it shows up in my life circle, right? :) 


But so, there we go. My babble about sigils.


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Moon shadows.... #30daysmagicalroots: Day 25: Moon phases @Plentiful_earth #Blogs #BloggersBlast

#30DaysmagicalRoots continues with the subject:
Day 25: Esbats


Create a ritual to honor the moon every month. Do you only celebrate the full moon? Try honoring the dark moon this month and see how it changes your practice.

 I have honored the moon phases for a long time. Maybe not every phase, maybe not every month, but there have been times.


More often than not, and this would be one of the more traditionally Wiccan things I do,  I'll try to check the phase, in order to phrase my wishes (waning moon to banish..bad habits or whatever, waxing more to bring in ...whatever the wish is). The waxing to full moons are the best times to pull in the energies of creation and inspiration these, in my opinion. I've used it lately in terms of learning new tarot spreads. 


 I've been trying to add more new moon work lately even if it's only to read tarot regarding some shadow work. Ethony has quite a few tarot spreads I've saved to try. I must say working at the new moon throws me a little off balance. I find it's a little more laid back than a full moon. So will I make this a constant in my practice? I'm not so sure.As ever, we'll see. I think I work them more into my stories than anything, lazy? Maybe but it's always good to try something new, right?


Sometimes I'll just do something like go outside and take a peek at it, if nothing else, throw a kiss to it. (I know some who like to howl at the full moon, even. :))


A formal ritual for it? *thinks* When I first started, yes, I would be more formal about it? How? Cast a circle, anyway you like, invite the attendance of your gods, and if you wish, concentrate on some good habit you'd like to cultivate this month. You can pour a libation of thanks to your gods, if you like, or bring out some crystals to charge with full moon's powers, should you feel like it. Or any other magical tools or jewelry you might wish.  Or just settle down for simple meditation, if you wish. After you're finished, release the circle and thank your gods. That would be the usual format of a full moon ritual.

Not that I always go to all that trouble, but if I'm feeling traditional, I might. Certainly, Caitlin and Beryl and their Starfort coven would do so!

What do you do for the full moon?

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Photo: Moonlight Landscape by Petr Kratochvil /Public Domain Pictures.net
Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Can I have some aspirin? Or #30DaysmagicalRoots Days 24 Sabbats @Plentiful_earth #BloggersBlast

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Sorry this went out early, y'all. I wish blogger would move the buttons so publish and save weren't right freakin' next to one another! Ahem...


#30days Magical Roots Challenge, Day 24's prompt was: Special days.


What holidays from the wheel of the year do you celebrate? Create your own wheel of the year! You are only limited by your imagination.


These are always fun!  :) (And kind of ironic for this to come up again because I've had this conversation with a friend of mine this year).


Ahem. Regarding the traditional "wheel of the year". For years, I honored the 8 dates that most people think of as the pagan wheel of the year. 


1: Samhain

2: Yule

3: Imbolc

4: Spring Equinox

5: Beltaine

6: Summer Solstice

7: Lughnasadh

8: Autumnal equinox


Until, I started looking into the traditional/Reconstructionist side of the question. That's when I came to the conclusion that... it's a bit of a generalization (dare I say stereotype?) to say all pagans and witches follow that Alexandrian/Gardnerian Wiccan calendar (Alexandrian Wicca/Gardnerian Wicca). 


No, no we don't.Which I think is the hardest thing for newbies to grasp.  In fact, the truth of our festival cycles can be a bit more complicated.  Or it can be as simple as just celebrating the moon phases.


As far as the "seasons" historically, not every area of the world celebrated the same holidays (as others have mentioned). The Irish Celts didn't celebrate the equinoxes and solstices, but the Continental and British Celts did (supposedly). And no doubt there are others. Australians, for instance.  I blame trying to force phenomena into dates on the fact that...*drum roll please* the calendar is an arbitrary construct. Is New Years always January 1st? No. In some parts of the world, in the middle ages, under the Julian calendar, New Years happened in March. The Roman year began,variously, May 1, March 15 and January 1st. (Until the Gregorian calendar came along and "normalized" it to January 1) 


And in some cases, (like Italy) they kept the March date even after good ole George's decree. Some all the way up to ...the mid-18th century? (I believe that's correct). Some stubbornly stuck to the old calendar until the 19th century. So when is new years, exactly? *headache* You can see how, as a writer, this would make trying to pin a certain event to a certain date or day difficult. (Try, 'what day was Imbolc... every 500 years'! Yeesh! Which is why I didn't choose to set the battles in Celtic Stewards Chronicles "at the Spring Equinox" or any other equinox/solstice or saint day, *bigger headache*)


Sometimes, we can't even agree on dates. For instance, (to take a historical subject I'm intrigued by) did Vesuvius erupt in August? Or October or even later, like some scholars think is the case? Or even pinpointing the birthdate of someone. (for instance, a queen I'm fond of: what day was Elinor of Aquitaine born? and what year? Two different astrology sites think she was born in September. Really? The scholars and writers only ever seem to mention a year (which may or may not be 1124.) So where did not one, but two astrologers dig up the exact day?? (either September 17th or September 24th? and one says via the Julian calendar it's the 24th while the other says that by the Gregorian calendar it's the 24th. *shakes head*) Truth probably is, only Elinor's mother knows. Are we even sure she died on April 1st? That seems like a joke to me. So to try to pinpoint "was that date a Monday, Tuesday? "or "did  it coincide with market day" (see Druid Warrior's Heart!). OMG, it's rough.


But I digress (incredibly). So given all this back and forth about the calendars and what date goes where and how and before or after when? It's not surprising that we can't even agree on our holidays, is it? And, as I've mentioned time and again (and again) some of the seasons blend into one, depending on your location. So, by necessity, I've adjusted the wheel to suit my environment (I mean, as pagans, that's what we're supposed to be attuned to, right?). But, to specific holidays... I have about... a million? *lol* 


Samhain
This is an anniversary for me, so to speak, so this is a special one. It may or may not still be sweltering by Samhain, so I tend to use it more as a time to honor my ancestors.


Yule

I'm iffy on whether or not the Celts even celebrated this one before the invasion of/contact with the Norse, but it's Christmas, which I always enjoy, so it stays on my calendar.


Imbolc....

which is a strange one for us because this is the time of the year when we're having our coldest days of the year. Not exactly a "first sign of spring", is it? But... I revere Brighid, and since it's her day, I've kept it on my calendar. (And even used it as the ritual battle date in the Celtic Stewards Chronicles series :)).


Also, Beltaine

Beltaine is the beginning of my summer. Because this is about the time our temperatures start nudging the 90s.


Lughnasadh 

This date would technically be closer to our midsummer. And as I revere Lugh, this is one of my special days.


So what is that? Five?


And this year I've added Venus to my lineup, so maybe I'll do something for the Festival of Venus Genetrix (September 26). We'll see. I tried adding Vinalia Rustica, an Italian festival in honor of Venus (and/or Jupiter) that goes back to antiquity and takes place in August (the 19th). But...never could find anything specific about how she was revered at the time, beyond tending gardens, so just winged it with a libation in Venus' honor. We don't have grapes in my garden, but as she was also a garden goddess, I just, well, tended my flowers. :)

So, that would be seven (if I do that one in September). 

I haven't yet, but plan to, do something for maybe the Veneralia or Vinalia Urban (both in April) but we'll see.


If I add the Solstice and equinoxes (and various other dates), what would that bump it up to?  The solstice/equinoxes sometimes get combined with others. If I don't I skip them altogether. And if you watched my video of last year, you'll know there are even more! Not to mention daily devotions and then moon observations.


So, thinking about it, that's a lot of work! And do you see what I mean now to say "we all celebrate the 8 festivals" is a bit of a generalization?


I have friends who follow other pantheons who do different dates altogether.

I'll tell you a further secret: since so many holy days can get unwieldy, I admit it. Sometimes I don't do more than just mark them on the calendar and nod when I see them there, depending on what I'm doing. Sometimes, I even get lucky and release a book or two. So, I dunno. My calendar of what I do when has always been a work in progress. How about you, my fellow pagans? What are your special days?



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Wagon wheel photo by  Krzysztof Puszczyński from Tookapic.com
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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy FRIGGA'S LOST ARMY, the Gothic fantasy romance LADY OF THE TAROT, now available in Audiobook from Audible and in ebook and paperback, MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Victorian Romances WATCHMAKER'S HEART--now available in audiobook (as well as ebook and paperback), HOUSE OF DARK ENVY, among others. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

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