Monday, October 30, 2017

Thrifty Shopping ideas for Samhain

I wanted to do a little something for Halloween, this year, but alas, I'm late. I haven't had time to decorate the castle, or get my fangs cleaned.... Certainly no time to cull everything for the spells me and the girls had planned to drop in the cauldron (joke). 


What I did find was a friend suggested some nifty ideas for decorating for the holiday. From there, I found a few other things. Alas, has anyone else noticed that the retail chains seem to have dropped the witch theme? *sigh* How is a witch to dress properly? I ask you.


I hope this mask will do.

From  Lady Spiderwitch:
Thrifty Shopping ideas for Samhain
Good article,  Lady Spiderwitch!


Also, you might want to check out John the Pagan's video: How to Save money on Witchcraft Supplies--which (see what I did there? :)) can also apply to Samhain.


If you're into DYI, this site suggests painting up boxes in Halloween colors. :) That's kind of a neat idea.


And Witchy finds at Walmart. (by the way, Samhain's usually a great time for finding witchy stuff there. But like I said, for some reason, the t-shirts are lacking this year. Feh. )


And some Tarot spreads I found that might be interesting to try, if you read tarot.


Of course, there are a ton of books on sale for the holiday.  Well, one of mine is: Passion's Sacred Dance is on sale for the holiday. And Suzanne G. Rogers has two. Tournament of Chance (fantasy) and her historical romance Grace Unmasked.


And a few of my friends have put theirs on sale too. You can find them all here.
And here are a few more I've found.
Paranormal romance
fantasy
historical romance
Mystery/thrillers
Cozy Mysteries



Blessed Samhain (a little early).


Oh and if you want a little more fun, I'm taking part in a Halloween themed Facebook event this week, October 30 at 6:00-10:00PM.  I'll be on at 6:00OM (That's EST). You can find the event here.



Excuse me while I got pull out the skeletons from their closet, dust off the tarot cards and Cauldron, and dip the candies in...er, some witch's brew. ;) Happy Halloween!

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Images in composite header via Pixabay. Pumpkins by Larisa-K/Pixabay; Haloween Poser woman: DeeDee51 /Pixabay; masked woman: Andreie Kiselev, Dreamstime.com

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels 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.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Would you rather be transported 500 years in the past, or 500 years into the future? #authorblog



Saw this set of prompts on Pinterest and this question caught my eye.


Would you rather be transported 500 years in the past, or 500 years into the future?

Oh boy! Well, if you've poked around any of my books at all, you know I have a thing for history. The 16th century was...well, I think it was awesome. Particularly in Italy, all the art floating around then. Wow. I would so love to have a time machine to be able to see it. There's also the fact that the 1500s were the time of Shakespeare. I think it would be neat to see his plays right then as they came out, don't you? (Maybe sneak back stage, talk him into changing an ending or two. ;))

On the other hand.... There's the downside of the era. It was, to put it nicely, filthy. They didn't quite yet know about the benefits of hygiene, it was very easy to get sick, and even die, the common man didn't have even the basic medical care we take for granted right now. And think about trying to go to the outhouse while it's 30 below zero. No thanks! Plus, you know what? They didn't have affordable paperback books then, either. Or e-readers. Yuck. (although listening to a professional storyteller might be fun. ;))

So, while, yes, I think I wouldn't mind visiting the 1517, I'm not sure I'd like to stay there very long. I'll stick to the once yearly Renaissance fairs, thanks! :) How about you? Where (or should I say when?) would you like to visit?


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the historical fantasy novels 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.

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:


Druid Warrior Prince by Juli D. Revezzo, historical fantasy romance, available on Kindle Unlimited
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--but Suzanne still got the swords in there. :)


Druid Warrior's Heart:



Passion's Sacred Dance


And Druid Warrior Prince is forthcoming. Stay tuned!

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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

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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.

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Sing a Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, Vampire fiction, short storyChangeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, New Adult, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance
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