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I spend most of my time daydreaming and creating tales filled with romance, conflict and magic. Prior to being a writer, I played bass guitar in an all-girl hard rock/metal band in southern California. When I'm not writing, editing or reading, I enjoy practicing target archery.
 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite TV show

Favorite TV show: The Originals

I enjoy this spin-off of the Vampire Diaries mainly because of Klaus, the troubled vampire/werewolf hybrid of the Mikaelson family. Joseph Morgan plays him well. With Klaus in the family, there is always some kind of conflict happening to keep my attention. He’s the guy you love to hate.

Series description on IMDb:

Many years ago, an original family of vampires lived in the city of New Orleans where they lived happily. However, all has changed and it's up to them to take back what they built.

Creator:
Julie Plec
Stars:
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt |

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

bibelot

noun bi·be·lot \ˈbē-bə-ˌlō\

plural bibelots \-ˌlō(z)\

Definition of BIBELOT

:  a small household ornament or decorative object : trinket

Examples of BIBELOT

  1. <practically every horizontal surface in the Victorian parlor was blanketed with fussy little bibelots>

Origin of BIBELOT

French

First Known Use: 1873

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

BLOGGING WITH BEVERLEY: Tuesday Tips and Tweaks with Kelly Heckart

BLOGGING WITH BEVERLEY: Tuesday Tips and Tweaks with Kelly Heckart: This week author Kelley Heckart joins us with her tip . Kelley Heckart’s stories are steeped in myth and magic, filled with fierce warri...

Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday Musings: Not ordinary nymphs

What do you picture when you hear the word nymph? I’m guessing most people think of a flighty, beautiful woman with flowers in her hair that serves Artemis and romps with satyrs in the forest. In my Arcadia series, this is partly what nymphs might be like. But since I grew up watching Xena: Warrior Princess and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, my nymphs had to be like hunters and warriors.

There are different types of nymphs and some are more serene than others. I decided to give the mountain nymphs that serve Artemis a little more substance and structure. The descriptions I’ve read about them depict them as ferocious hunters. Some of the nymphs that serve Artemis have a gentler nature. I thought about what these nymphs might be like and used the four elements to create different types of nymphs. In my story there are earth, air, fire and water nymphs. Each of these groups of nymphs can control their element. In some stories, the Oreades, or mountain nymphs, were born from the union between five dactyls and five original nymphs. So what was I going to do since I only have four elements? Well, in alchemy there is a fifth element—the aether, the air that fills heaven. The fifth nymph is the aether, but she was banished for betraying the nymphs.

I created Guardian nymphs, the elite warriors that protect Artemis’s forest. They dress in gold and black deerskin to distinguish them from the other nymphs.

I had a lot of fun creating the nymphs for this series. What can be better than a kick-ass nymph?

The first book in this series, The Bear Goddess, is available now on Amazon.

Forbidden love… Broken vows… Betrayal…

A nymph. A centaur. Enemies in love.

On the run, danger and betrayal follow Callisto and Kasin. To survive they must evade those who want to keep them apart and no place is safe.

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Trade Paperback Buy Link on amazon.com:

http://www.amazon.com/Bear-Goddess-Book-Arcadia/dp/1502982684/ref=asap_B002BMOQ3C_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1415503605&sr=1-7

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/CelticChick

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelley-Heckart/111838455604

Friday, May 22, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite Greek goddess

Artemis the the Greek goddess of the hunt, wild animals, childbirth, and virginity. She refused to wed any of Zeus’s brothers, which is one of reasons I like her so much—she was fiercely independent. She is often depicted as a huntress carrying a bow and arrows. Another think I like since I have taken up archery. Her Roman equivalent is Diana. Originally, she was a pre-Greek deity, a great goddess. Here the information I have on this goddess on my website, my Pre-Hellenic goddess page:

ARTEMIS: She is the Goddess of untamed nature. Central to her worship are ecstatic dances and the
sacred bough, probably derived from ancient moon tree worship, the source of immortality, secret
knowledge and inspiration. Artemis assists females of all species in childbirth and gave the name artemisia
to the medicinal herb now called mugwort, which is used to encourage delivery. She was worshipped
throughout Greece, but was most popular in Arcadia where she lived in the wild forests and was the most
virginal of the Goddesses. Another important site for her worship was Ephesus in Anatolia where her
qualities of Mother Goddess were emphasized. Two early forms of Artemis were Britomaris of eastern
Crete and Diktynna of western Crete. In Olympian myths Artemis is Apollo’s sister and she takes on the
role of patron of hunters. 

http://www.kelleyheckart.com/Pre-Hellenic_Goddesses.html

Artemis

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/CelticChick

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

bibber

noun bib·ber \ˈbi-bər\

Definition of BIBBER

:  a person who regularly drinks alcoholic beverages

bib·bery \ˈbi-bə-rē\ noun

First Known Use of BIBBER

1536

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/CelticChick

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday Musings: Too many rules can kill a good story

Don’t have a prologue, don’t use ‘ing’ words, don’t use adverbs, don’t use ‘was’ or ‘were,’ don’t use that, when, once or as—don’t, don’t don’t… Grr. How many writers out there have heard one or more of these? Just about every writing group I’ve been involved with has said all of the above, especially about never having a prologue. I have stories with prologues—published ones. Breaking that rule didn’t seem to hurt me. With all the restrictions, how is a writer supposed to be creative?

It can be stifling to have to follow a bunch of rigid rules. It can also take the feeling out of your story. These words are around for a reason. The key is knowing when to use them and not to overuse. Some stories need a prologue. You do what is right for your story.

Here’s my advice:

Learn the rules but write what feels right and use balance—don’t do too much of one thing. Balance is the key to a well-written story.

I’ve discovered that worrying about the rules too much can take the feeling out of my writing. This is especially true while writing the first draft. In fact, I think some of my earlier writing is better because I wrote more from the heart and worried less about rules. Let it go and let the words flow. Worry about revisions later.

But letting go can be the hardest part. Just take a deep breath and go for it. And don’t ever let anyone tell you that it’s wrong to use any of the above taboo words or techniques.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/CelticChick

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelley-Heckart/111838455604

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