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I’m excited to announce THE FALLEN SHADOW: BOOK THREE OF THE REVEL NIGHT SAGA is out today!

I’d like to wish a happy book birthday to some amazing characters!

 

Tynan Tenebris:
Black mist uncoiled from his fingertips and reached out toward the boy, his body deformed into an emaciated hunched posture. His face altered, eye sockets hollowing to black, his mouth spread into a gapping maw lined with sharp silver fangs. The ominous creature’s voice cut like a cold dagger….

Livia Windancer:
“Where did you get off to?”
She pushed the food around her plate and gave a noncommittal shrug. “Nowhere really, just, around.”
“You know,” Her father peered at her with narrowed eyes, “the tip of your nose gets red when you lie, just like your mother’s used to.”
“It does not!” She shot him a guilty glance and rubbed the tip of her nose.
“So you’re saying you have no idea why your life signature was all over the Stairway I found to the Mortal realm?”
Her shoulders sagged. Busted.

Conah Windancer:
Conah sighed and slumped back into his seat at the table. He scrubbed his face with his hands.
“That went well,” he said to the portrait of his wife.
He was Heaven’s most decorated warrior, he commanded the elite Golden Skein; his reputation was both respected and feared, but he was totally out of his element when dealing with his own child. Daughters, it turned out, didn’t take orders well, if at all.

Aurora Dawnbreaker:
Suddenly Aurora’s face was a mere inch from hers, “If you think,” she spat, “that you can win Cassian from me then think again!”
“That’s…no, that’s not what…” she stammered, Aurora was seething, Livia took a step back. “I don’t want him!”
“Good!” Aurora said. “Keep it that way. Challenge me, however, and I’ll knock you out of the sky!”

Cassian Stormcloud:
Cassian had a strong mind. Yes, he was upset at his parents infestation, horrified at what he had seen the Serpents do to his people, but instead of fueling his fears, it strengthened his resolve to eradicate this enemy from the Angelic realm. He was willing to do anything, even if it cost his life. The guy was a good soldier, Tynan had to admit, a good leader. He was still going to kick his ass.

 

All your favorites from THE BRIGHTEST STAR & THE DARK STAR are back too: Fraxinus & Tam, Nox & Stella, Juno, Sibah, Sam, and of course your favorite troublemaker tomcat, Jones!

You can find excerpts and book trailers in the EXTRAS section, go have a look!

I hope you enjoy Tynan and Livia’s story! The hardback will be available in July so stay tuned to the blog as well as my social media for more info!

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You’re going aren’t you?
What!?
You’ve never been to Revel Night?
It’s the last night of the yearly celebration for the Summer Solstice, they have it on the beach at the lakeside camping resort.
There will be food carts and a DJ on stage, and the best part of the whole evening is the bonfire lighting ceremony at the moment of sunset. That’s when the party really gets going!
Everyone will be there…everyone, even that certain someone you’ve been crushing on 😉
And, don’t forget your cosplay!
Did I not mention that? The revelers dress up like Faeries, Pixies, Dryads and Demons, and you might glimpse an Angel too!
So you’ll come? Excellent!
Meet me on the beach, I have the best spot picked out. 

READ THE FIRST CHAPTER HERE! 

THE FALLEN SHADOW: BOOK THREE OF THE REVEL NIGHT SAGA is out on June 20!
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In THE DARK STAR Tynan’s twin sister is trapped in Hell, for the third story in THE REVEL NIGHT SAGA Tynan steals into Heaven on a mission that will change everything in the fight  for the freedom of the Four Realms.

In THE FALLEN SHADOW I rewind the timeline to show the events of Revel Night from Tynan’s point of view. Little does he know it’s a night the will alter the course of his life forever.

Tynan is compared to his father, the legendary Nox Tenebris, all the time. As you can imagine, it’s a heavy burden. He has has put up barriers believing that he can’t be an effective leader if he becomes too friendly with the Shadows he commands. He’s lived a lonely life, dedicating his energy toward his duty to the Four Realms. What he needs is a kick in the butt, someone to bring a little chaos to his orderly world.

Enter, (or rather crash land) Livia. An Angel fallen from Heaven, Livia is stubborn and knows what she wants and is not shy about going after it. Rule breaking seems to be her specialty, all you need to do to ensure Livia will step up to a challenge is to tell her she’s not allowed to do it!

She throws Tynan completely off balance, in a good way.

When the pair disobey the Angelic Hierarchy and sneak into Heaven they face a realm shattered by war and terror. They band together with the few Angels that remain free and…. well, You’ll just have to read what happens next in:

THE FALLEN SHADOW: BOOK THREE OF THE REVEL NIGHT SAGA

“Plucked from Heavens flames, the Fallen Shadow will rise again to smite those who feed upon the kingdom of Angels”
Born to be a weapon of war and commander of his father’s army of Shadows, Tynan Tenebris takes his duty seriously, but he didn’t expect to meet someone like Livia Windancer.

Their passionate liaison on Revel Night is always on his mind though he knows a relationship is doomed. She is an angel, a creature of immeasurable light, and he is a Shadow who haunts the darkness.

Then, ancient enemies attack the Angelic realm. Livia is injured during the battle and falls from Heaven. An outcast now, she turns to her only ally—Tynan.

Staunch isolationists, the Angelic Hierarchy will not allow the Shadows of Faerie to come to their aid; even though Livia’s father is the prize captive of the traitorous Sons of the Serpent.

But Tynan and Livia have other ideas. They will free her father, even if the cost is their lives.

THE FALLEN SHADOW releases on June 20. You can Pre-order now on Amazon for Kindle

Hello Friends!

There is a lot going on in the world right now, isn’t there? Things are confusing and intense and it might not feel like the time for a lighthearted links post, so just leave this in your inbox for when you’re ready or if you need a few moments of diversion in the future.

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This is the wall paper i’ve been enjoying in May.

These tiny (incredibly sweet) apples are so good! 

NASA engineer tries to build a squirrel proof bird feeder…hilarity ensues.

I currently have more pajamas than I do regular clothes so trust me when I say the Uniqlo soft stretch Hawaiian print PJs are amazing! 

Coveting these Tiki glasses so hard! I wish I had a birthday coming up, alas I’m a winter baby. 

The PopGrip with lip balm pot is kind of genius! 

And finally, I’ve been really enjoying this miniaturist’s YouTube channel, my mind has been blown by all the tiny teensy things… books that have pages that turn, a sink, stove and fan that works! I kind of wish I could shrink myself  and hang out in the tiny worlds they create. No talking just creating with nice mellow music. 

Until next time, be well!

 

 

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Hello Everyone!

I’m excited for the release of THE FALLEN SHADOW next month! The third book in the Revel Night Saga will be out on June 20, but until then here is another special excerpt…

 

The Stairway blinked out of existence and Livia experienced a moment where she thought she might be okay, but then the Earth’s gravity caught her, it yanked her away from the portal and she was helpless against the powerful hold. The last thing she saw was the man and his soldiers dragging her unconscious father away as the portal closed.

Flailing and fighting, she began to register the heat as she fell. Hotter and hotter, she folded her wings in front of her hoping that they could protect her. They began to glow as she passed through the upper atmosphere. Her feathers crisped and burst into flame, the pain so intense she couldn’t even scream.

She knew then that she would not survive this. Black spots began forming in her vision and she felt the tug of unconsciousness, a slumber from which she knew she would not wake. She only had a few moments more, time enough to picture his face and remember the sound of his ghostly voice. One last good thought…

Tynan.

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I hope everyone had a nice celebration. I got texts from loved ones and long phone calls from my sons.  🥰  I also took the opportunity to cook some of my favorite dishes, plus have fun trying out new ones!

First off I made Rosie Londoner’s Easy French Yogurt Pot Cake and had it for breakfast. What? It’s Mother’s Day I can have cake for breakfast if I want to!

French Yogurt Pot Cake
Preheat oven to 350F degrees.

1  4-5oz pot of Unsweetened Plain Yogurt
(Empty the yogurt into a bowl and then use the clean pot for the rest of your measurements…that’s why it’s so easy!)
2 pots Self Raising Flour
1 pot White Sugar
3 Large Eggs
1/2 pot Vegetable or Coconut Oil
A splash of Vanilla Extract
Pinch of Salt
Handful of Blueberries (or chocolate chips!)

Combine all of the above ingredients and stir to mix well.
Line a 8×4 loaf pan with parchment or coat very well with cooking spray.
Scrape batter into the loaf pan and wiggle it until the batter is smooth, pop your berries or chips into the top.
Bake in the oven for 45mins to 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Allow to cool in the pan then serve with a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

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For cocktail hour my husband made a Bees Knees!

The Bees Knees

2 parts Gin
1 part Lemon Juice
1 part Honey Simple Syrup* (I like mine to have a lot of honey flavor add less if you’d prefer less sweet)

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and shake until very cold
Serve up in a coup glass.

*For the Honey Simple Syrup
Add 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup water to a small saucepan over medium heat. (You can experiment and decide how much of a honey flavor you want in your syrup. The more honey you use, the thicker the syrup and stronger in flavor it will be.) Stir until blended. Strain into a jar and seal tightly with a lid. Will keep for 1 month in the refrigerator.

For dinner I made my Indian Spiced Pulled Pork Sandwiches!😋
Along with Coleslaw!

Bon Appetit Mom!

 

 

 

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Hello There!

I’ve used this great wall paper to showcase my daily Oracle card draw on my Instagram

Speaking of…. I bought this amazing oracle deck from Megan Buccere as a cheer me up gift at the beginning of quarantine. They are beautiful and insightful in equal measure!

Another thing I’m enjoying is Ollie and Carrie’s Good Morning/Evening series. Ollie and Carrie are actor/singers in musical theater, they, like most others in the entertainment profession are out of work so, every morning since the beginning of quarantine Oliver Ormson posts a wake up chat with his girlfriend Carrie. Subjects range from feelings about the current state of the world to favorite movies and funny stories from behind the scenes of the West End of London.  (nothing too deep 🙂 )

And in the evening Carrie Hope Fletcher posts the wind up of their day chatting to us while making dinner or having a drink on their back patio, and sometimes they post a duet– they have the most amazing voices!  It’s been something I look forward to everyday.

Also I’ve been enjoying the return of small Spring rituals despite the strangeness that permeates our everyday life right now.  Fires in our fire kettle on cool evenings, getting my annual herb garden planted, the return of our favorite seasonal cocktail the Mint Gimlet.

What are some of the things you’ve been looking forward to these days? Leave a comment and let me know!

Be well, my friends!

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Hello Friends!

I hope you are doing well! It’s been awhile since I did a Surfing episode mostly because thats kind of what we’re all doing full time now 🙂 But I did find a few things of interest out there that you might not have run across.

Quiz: Poisonous Plant or Indie Band?

Weatherman’s cat crashes his home broadcast and now she’s his co-host! 

Purse lost in the 1950’s becomes an unexpected time-capsule. 

Family puts up Jurisdiction of the The Ministry of Silly Walks sign in front of their house…Hilarity ensues.

Out of reading material? Remember the Little Free Library near you! 

Is running in place as good as actually running?

Did you know movie villains can’t use an iPhone?

How to pronounce “Tzatziki” 

See Chicago’s Million Dollar Fairy Castle

This tutorial for cutting men’s hair is the best one I’ve seen yet! (PS I followed it for cutting my husband’s hair)

Cooking 3 meals a day 7 days a week getting to you? You’re not alone. 

What travel might look like post Covid-19

The Madalorian is in pre-production for the 3rd Season! 

Have a great Sunday!

 

Enjoy a special excerpt of THE FALLEN SHADOW. Out June 20

Available now for Pre-order

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You never know who you will meet on Revel Night….

The boathouse was a favorite haunt of Tynan’s; it had all the characteristics a Boogeyman needed. Dark, damp and decrepit, it was a place where Mortal teenagers came looking for a little mischief. Something he was more than qualified to provide.

It was a two level Adirondack style, the upper level a three-season porch and the lower level a sagging launch, the water lapping up over the end of the dock.

He assumed it would be vacant until later, the bonfire having just been lit, so he was surprised when he heard voices below. Melding into the closest shadow, he slipped through the darkness and downstairs.

“There’s a ghost that haunts this place.”

A boy in what Tynan guessed was a slapdash attempt at a Dryad costume and a girl dressed as an Angel was on the dock.

“Have you ever seen him? Does he appear often?” she asked.

“Don’t worry, I’ll protect you.” The boy took hold of her shoulders and clumsily attempted to kiss her. He was more than a little drunk. The girl turned her head and backed away.

“Stop it!”
“Aw c’mon.” He continued to paw at her.

“This was foolish, I should go.”

“Just one kiss, Angel baby, please!” He grabbed onto her wrist and laughed when her attempt to pull away failed.

Tynan was of a mind to intervene before the boy carried things too far, perhaps manifesting as the ghost the boy had mentioned would break things up. Before he could, the girl balled up her fist and executed a perfect right hook, landing it square on the boy’s jaw. He stumbled back and fell with a splash into the water.

Watching as he flailed in the lake her hands on her hips, the girl’s wings flapped a few times in agitation. It was then that Tynan realized the girl wasn’t dressed like an Angel she was an Angel! He must have made some kind of sound because she spun to face him, her fists at the ready.

“Who is there?” she demanded.

She was lovely. Long red-gold hair fell in waves to her waist. The tumbling mass framed a heart shaped face sprinkled with freckles; her eyes reminded Tynan of buttery brown caramel. It was no wonder the boy had wanted so desperately to kiss her.

“Oh! Hello there,” she said, the hostility draining from her face.

She was looking right at him, she could see him! Not as an apparition but as he truly was. Further proof she was an Angel and not human.

“It’s alright, don’t be shy,” she said.

He stepped forward emerging from the darkness and she took a startled breath, her hand fluttering to her mouth. It was a reaction Tynan was accustomed to but it pained him that he’d alarmed her.

“My Heaven, you’re a Shadow aren’t you?”

Tynan blinked; surprised she had not run in terror. “I… uh, yeah…yes I am.” She had the sweetest smile. He felt his palms go clammy.

“Are you Nox Tenebris?”

“Me?” He could not help but laugh. “Gods no! Nox is my father.”

“Oh.” She blushed. “I’m sorry. My Father said he was the Master and it felt like…” She rolled her eyes and blew out a breath. “So, you must be Tynan?”

He experienced a thrill at her not only knowing but saying his name. “Tynan Tenebris,” he said, executing his best courtly bow. “A pleasure, Mistress.”

“Greetings, Lord Shadow.” She dropped an elegant curtsey her dark wings spreading gracefully outward. “I am Livia Windancer.”

Beautiful.

He took a step closer but noticed her breath was starting to steam so he halted. The cold spots could not be helped; it was his nature to leech the warmth from the air surrounding him.

Sputtering and coughing up lake water, Livia’s unlucky swain hauled himself up onto the dock and crawled to a post. He unsteadily got to his feet and shot Livia a glare. “Bitch!” he snarled. “I should kick you in the ass for that.”

Tynan stepped forward putting himself between the boy and Livia. Black mist uncoiled from his fingertips and reached out toward the boy, his body deformed into an emaciated hunched posture. His face altered, eye sockets hollowing to black, his mouth spread into a gapping maw lined with sharp silver fangs.

The ominous creature’s voice cut like a cold dagger, “Flee, mortal, or face the Wraith!

The boy practically injured himself running away, screaming in terror.

As the Wraith dissipated and Tynan drew himself back into his real appearance, he suddenly realized he might have done more harm than he intended.

“Mistress Windancer, forgive me if I…”

Her mouth was agape and she stared at him wide-eyed. “That was magnificent!”

“You mean…you weren’t scared?”

Her hands were clasped over her heart. “Oh yes! Oh terribly frightened, yes!”

Tynan tipped his head and gave her a befuddled look. “No offense Livia, but you are very strange.”

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Hello Friends!

It’s been a bizarre month hasn’t it? I hope that you and yours are safe and staying healthy! Despite the gloom of the Covid19 outbreak there were still some things to love about March.

First is this beautiful wall paper I’ve enjoyed all month!

This Playlist on Spotify is upbeat and cheerful in the background when working.

Pablo Cimadevila is a master jeweler and great to watch!

If you need something soothing  LIVE VIEWS FROM THE SPACE STATION is just the ticket!

Speaking of soothing, why not tuck into your favorite comfort read? What’s that you ask? It’s the book you’ve read 10 times but would gladly re-read. There’s nothing like hanging out with fictional friends and reading a well loved story…again! Here are some of my comfort books: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-hour Bookstore,   The Starless Sea The House of Spies,   The Black Widow….to name a few.

Also, I’ve got a new cover for my E-reader and I’m EVER so pleased with it!

If you enjoy baking here is Joy The Baker’s English Muffin Bread recipe. Her IG stories are really nice too.

This tutorial on How To Knit A Scarf For The Absolute Beginners is really good!

Finally, here is Esther Walker’s advice about working from home… a little levity to lighten the mood.

Be well my friends!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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