Happy Memorial Day weekend, everyone! I know this weekend is both solemn and celebratory. Whatever your plans are, I hope they are exactly what you want to be doing.
Today’s post is a mishmash of all sorts of good stuff: some beautiful pictures from a hike I took with my girls last weekend, a link to my guest post at Christina McKnight’s blog where I discuss how I reinvented the Celtic Goddess of Sleep for White Heart of Justice, a link to Bitten by Books wonderful review of WHOJ, and a happy picture of my grandfather, who was a WWII pilot.
A Walk In The Woods
Caer Ibormeith, the Celtic Goddess of Sleep and Dreams
Yesterday, I guest blogged at Christina McKnight’s site. I talked about how I used the legend of Caer Ibormeith as loose inspiration for Crae Ibeimorth, the Patron Demon of Sleep, in White Heart of Justice. I tell the story of how Angus, the Celtic God of Love fell in love with Yew Berry (Caer Ibormeith). It’s a great story! I also share some sleep facts and wax poetic about how much coffee means to me. 😀
Stop by for a chance to win my awesome blog tour prizes and to confess whether you’ve ever been inspired by Celtic mythology, anagrams, or are spending your nights reading instead of sleeping. (Shhhh instead of Zzzzzz — I won’t tell. 😉 )
Bitten by Books Review and Release Day Party!
Bitten by Books posted their review of White Heart of Justice today. It’s a wonderful summary of what readers can expect from the book. Here’s a fun quote from the review:
“The prologue…ah, the prologue, like a gritty rum on the tongue, demanding, powerful, full-flavored and utterly destructive… I spent the entire novel compulsively reading, racing to the finish to see what would happen [next].”
😀 How can I *not* smile about this review? I was very flattered to read Terrie’s thoughts on the book. A big thank you to both her and Bitten By Books for their enthusiasm and support!
An interesting aside: the prologue was a late addition to the manuscript. I also wrote a bunch of other scenes for the book similar to the prologue… but took them out during the final round of edits. My editor thought that, since I’d always written the story from Noon’s point of view, including them would be breaking my own rules so her advice was to leave them out. I agreed and deleted. But I still have them and I’m in the process of trying to decide what to do with them. 🙂
DON’T FORGET => I’M HAVING A RELEASE DAY PARTY AT BITTEN BY BOOKS ON TUESDAY, MAY 27TH FOR WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE. EVERYONE IS INVITED!!!
Happy Memorial Day!
Memorial Day is a holiday of mixed emotions. It’s sad, because its purpose is to remember those who have died while serving in the U.S. military. And yet it’s also an acknowledgement of their lives, accomplishments, and sacrifice. And I don’t think it’s a bad thing that it’s also the unofficial kick-off to summer. It’s hard not to have tears for those who aren’t with us anymore, but I like to remember those who’ve passed away with a smile. After all, that’s how I want to be remembered.
So, in honor of the holiday and in memory of my grandfather, who served in WWII as a pilot, here’s a happy picture of him and my grandmother that was taken in 1938 — two years before they got married.
Want to read more about my grandfather, the WWII pilot, or see more vintage pictures?
- Veteran’s Day: A Day of Gratitude and Remembrance
- Happy Father’s Day: Vintage Photos of My Dad, Grandfather, and Me
Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! See you Tuesday for THE BIG RELEASE!!!!! 😀