Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ladybug on Bark - Wordless Wednesday

A small speckled visitor
Wearing a crimson cape
Brighter than a cherry
Smaller than a grape
A polka-dotted someone
Walking on my wall
A black-hooded lady
In a scarlet shawl.
~Joan Walsh Anglund

"Beltane Ten Tales of Witchcraft" Book Review

The book Beltane: Ten Tales of Witchcraft is a short story anthology edited by Rayne Hall.  Since I have read and reviewed other Rayne Hall collections I knew I would not be let down.

Beltane gives us then different stories by ten different authors.  The stories in this collection include:  "An Accidental Witch" by Liv Rancourt,  "Alba" by Karen Heard,  "By the Pricking of My Thumbs" by Jonathan Broughton,  "The Cat Maiden" by Mertianna Georgia,  "The May Lady Vanishes" by Pamela Turner,  "The Hanging Witch of Painter Mountain" by Lawrence Baker,  "Thirteen Steps" by Debbie Christiana,  "Four Bony Hands" by Rayne Hall
"Mishmash Magick" by Carole Ann Moleti, and "Love Magick" by Debra Dunbar

The Ten Tales of Witchcraft in this collection vary from peaceful practitioners of Wicca, to the less savory evil witch, without ever quite going as far as the green be-warted "I'll get you my pretty" witch stereotype.  Although the title of the book is Beltane, and a couple of the stories do take place during the holiday, it is not a running theme through all ten tales.

My favorite tale of the ten was "Love Magick", which many other amazon reviewers are echoing.  Bravo to Debra Dunbar who brings us Blossom, who only wants what every teenaged girl wants.  She wants to have friends and not be the outsider, not be the WEIRD girl.  She wants it so bad she would even do magick in order to tempt the boy she loves most to date another girl.  The climax is very teen drama movie-ish.  Think "She's all that" or "Mean Girls."

"The Cat Maiden" runs a close second.  It teaches a good moral on not being a bully, and that true love will come to everyone in the end.

And coming across "Four Bony Hands" was a pleasant surprise.  I had read that one once before in another Rayne Hall collection, Thirty Scary Tales  which also has an extra tale or two of witches if you want more.

At the end of this e-book you are given a special treat too.  Many of the authors who penned tales for this anthology have their work in other anthologies, or have novels of their own.  At the end of this book you get to read samples from many of their other works.  Desert at the end of a literary meal.


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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Share a Link Sunday - 1/18/15

Hello again to all my blogging friends!  I'm super happy that you are here with us today.

Last week's linky brought us a few interesting things to read, like how to pick a good dog food, and Plush Playtime playsets for children.

I love it when new people share links with me, it gives me something new to read!

I hope to see many, many new posts on this week's linky, especially since I'm getting it up super early this time!

And remember, if you share a link you shoudl visit a link.  Its just the polite thing to do, since I know you'd love to have other people visit your stuff too, right?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Creature Comforts - Wordless Wednesday

A couple of weeks ago I shared a picture of my son and one of our dogs having taken over my bed.

Well, here is another shining example of how spoiled our pooches are.  Some people don't let their pets on their furniture at all.  But in our house this happens:

Rusty laying under my husbands blankets on the sofa.
Now doesn't that look like one dog-gone comfortable pooch? 

Rain, Rain, Rain, and the Flu too?

Rat under Mushroom Postcard

The Sky is Falling

The sun forgot to come out today.  I woke up to dark skys and the sound of water pouring off the corners of my house.

It made me think of my childhood home.  We had a tin roof.  There is something a little big magical about the sound of rain on a tin roof.

The sound of pecans and limbs falling onto a tin roof is less magical, but a price that had to be paid.

I don't generally mind the rain.  As long as there is no thunder and lightning, no threat of tornados or of the power going out, I think rain can be good.

What am I saying, of COURSE rain can be good.  It has a major place in the world.  There would BE no world without rain.

Later in the day it stopped raining but stayed grey.

That is the part that I don't like.  I don't like long grey hours where the sky is heavy but nothing falls out of it.  Low cloud cover is oppressive and depressive to me.

EVEN LATER in the day I realized I was getting sick.  I blame the low cloud cover of course.

No, not really, I blame the sick co-workers.  There have been a few of them now.

So when I got home tonight I started taking everything even remotely resembling a vitamin in the house, including drinking OJ and V8.

Now, if I could only get a full nights sleep so my body can get the rest it needs to fight the infection before it settles in.  Too bad its not possible to occasionally pause motherhood.  lol


I write at many places online.  I'd love it if you visited some of my other work.  Many of these links might earn me a penny if you visit them and stay on the page for more than 60 seconds.

 Coffee Chat - Rain and Wet
Reading List 2015
The Fall of the Governor Part 2 Book Review

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Share a Link Sunday

Hello again my wonderful friends!  I hope you all had an amazing and eventful week!  I just KNOW you have a lot of interesting things to link up with us this week.

Just to be clear, the things you share don't have to be NEW.  You don't have to have written them this week.  You could have written it 3 years ago and just want it to get new views.

It also doesn't have to be a blog.  If you write for hubpages, wizzley or other sites of that ilk, you are also welcome to share a link if you'd like to!

Just remember, be nice and check out some of the things other people have shared.  Its worth it!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Horror Movie Blur - Wordless Wednesday

On New Years Day I tried to get a picture of my son playing with our neighbor.  What I got instead was a picture of our neighbor with a blur that looks like it belongs in one of the psychological horror films that are so popular these days.