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I spend most of my time daydreaming and creating otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic, and romance. All of my heroes have long hair, and my heroines are strong-willed. 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, January 30, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite book

Favorite book: Night Calls by Katharine Eliska Kimbriel

Book description:

"When you have the Gift, your life is not your own."
I was born to a family that harnessed the winds and could read futures in fire and water. Yet my mother kept her secrets.
Then the werewolf came, sharing his madness.
Now it's my turn to keep secrets....
Descended from powerful magic-users, but ignorant of her heritage, young Alfreda Sorensson learns magic and wisdom from her extended family in an alternate early 1800s Michigan Territory.

 

This is Little House on the Prairie with werewolves, vampires, witches and magic. Alfreda is born into a family with special powers and lots of secrets.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

BABESIA

ba·be·sia

noun \bə-ˈbē-zh(ē-)ə\

Definition of BABESIA

:  any of a genus (Babesia) of sporozoans parasitic in mammalian red blood cells (as in Texas fever) and transmitted by the bite of a tick —called also piroplasm

Origin of BABESIA

New Latin, from Victor Babeş †1926 Roman bacteriologist

First Known Use: 1911

 

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Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday Musings: Overview of Spartacus—Character studies

I just finished watching the final Spartacus series. One thing that struck me was how many coldhearted characters were on each side, but I think the Romans scored more in this department, starting with the House of Batiatus and ending with Marcus Crassus.

If only Spartacus had been able to forgive for what happened to his wife then maybe he could have escaped and lived out his life. I have to wonder if this lack of forgiveness has something to do with serving gods that don’t preach forgiveness. But despite this, Spartacus, a slave and a murderer, ended up having the kindest heart in my opinion. He gave his life so that other slaves could escape to freedom.

I was surprised that the two remaining warriors from Spartacus’s army were the two gay lovers. But after thinking it over, I realized their love was the truest of them all. Spartacus couldn’t find love after losing his first wife; Gannicus couldn’t find peace after losing Melita who really belonged to his best friend; Crixus couldn’t be satisfied unless he was avenging what happened to his love and she(Naevia) couldn’t rest until all the Romans were dead.

The one that bothered me the most was the coldhearted Marcus Crassus and the way he treated his slave, a slave I thought he loved but then realized she was only a possession to him. But to crucify her—that beat all the rest. Even though she did join the rebellion for a time, it was for a good reason. And yeah, she killed his son, but his son brutally raped her. He couldn’t forgive her? No. He could only see in black and white.

With so much treachery going on, it’s hard to find a kind-hearted character in this bunch. Even the ones who started out as innocent ended up with ice around their hearts. And despite all of this, I couldn’t hate any of these characters because they were so complex in their cruelty. We should hate them but instead we are drawn to them and even feel sorry for them in a way. That’s great writing.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Friday, January 23, 2015

kboards: Book Discovery! (Friday Jan 23)

kboards: Book Discovery! (Friday Jan 23): It's Book Discovery Day! Twice a week we bring you a selection of books that are newly-published, or that have been overlooked. Every ...

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite movie

Favorite movie: Prince of Persia, The Sands of Time

A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables the magic sand inside to reverse time. I really enjoyed the banter between Jake Gyllenhaal’s character ( the prince) and the princess who resents his people for destroying her temple. The mix of magic and some time travel drew me in to the story.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

BABA GHANOUSH

ba·ba gha·noush

noun \ˌbä-bə-gə-ˈnüsh\

Definition of BABA GHANOUSH

:  an appetizer or spread made chiefly of eggplant, tahini, garlic, olive oil, and lemon

Variants of BABA GHANOUSH

ba·ba gha·noush or baba gha·nouj

Origin of BABA GHANOUSH

Arabic dialect bābaghanūj

First Known Use: 1977

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Vampires, Werewolves & Fairies. Oh My!: Kelley Heckart's THE BEAR GODDESS Spotlight, Guest...

Vampires, Werewolves & Fairies. Oh My!: Kelley Heckart's THE BEAR GODDESS Spotlight, Guest...: Sexy Centaurs Guest Post  by Kelley Heckart When deciding on a romantic lead for my nymph in The Bear Goddess, I knew he had to...

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Musings: Thoughts on The Red Tent mini-series

This post came about because I read a scornful review by Neal Justin about The Red Tent, a Lifetime mini-series based on a novel by Anita Diamant about Jacob’s (from the Bible) only daughter. What really struck me is why was a man reviewing this obviously female-oriented series in the first place? How can a man possibly understand what female’s have to endure? Well, it was quite obvious that this man had no clue.

The Rent Tent is about Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob. She is only given one line of mention in the Bible. No surprise there. The female’s of Jacob’s tribe, his many wives and their daughters, meet in the red tent during their monthly bleeding and when someone is giving birth, which happened quite often then. The red tent is more than just a place where “its club members gossip like desperate housewives.” But I wouldn’t expect a man to understand. It’s a place where women can bond and share stories handed down from their mothers, where they can go for comfort in dealing with what women had to endure in a time when life was difficult for females, when they were treated like livestock, when they were nothing but a piece of property.

Another quote from the review that bothered me is: “No matter how much you try to beef up the role of the Genesis gals their stories have a hard time living up to the trials and tribulations of Jacob and his favorite son, Joseph.” Really? Is this guy serious? I’d like to see him try to give birth without modern medicine (most women died giving birth in that time period) or be treated like property by a father and then by a husband, to live in constant fear of being sold into slavery or to an abusive husband, of having no control over his destiny. Or how would he like to live in constant fear of being killed for not pleasing a father or husband and have the killers go unpunished because that was the law—women had no rights. Zero rights. How is that for trials and tribulations?

I did agree with one of his comments in the review, which was “It’s a fairly safe bet to say “The Red Tent” won’t be screened at Sunday schools.” Yeah, and you know why? Because no one wants to point out the reality of life as a woman in Biblical times: women weren’t just treated like livestock, they were treated much worse, and this mistreatment came at the hands of the men who are the heroes of the Bible and who the male reviewer places on a pedestal. I applaud author Anita Diamant, for giving a voice to these beautiful, courageous women who are barely mentioned in the Bible. They deserve much more than that.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fifty Authors from Fifty States: Kelley Heckart’s Arizona Desert Home

Fifty Authors from Fifty States: Kelley Heckart’s Arizona Desert Home: I have lived in Arizona since 2001 after living in Southern California for most of my life. I never thought much about the desert, dismi...


Friday, January 16, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite dog breed

Favorite dog breed: Chihuahua

I don’t know why but I love the smaller dogs. I think because they are easier for me to take care of and they can sit on my lap when I work. Chihuahuas are really cool dogs. Ours is a trickster. That’s how he earned his name: Loki.

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He waits patiently for me to finish taking my sunset and/or moon pics

 

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He loves to lay in my husband’s lap. It’s so cute. LOL

 

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Our family Christmas pic for 2014.

 

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Christmas morning 2014. He likes his new toy—a frog.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

BABASSU

ba·bas·su

noun \ˌbä-bə-ˈsü\

Definition of

:  a tall pinnate-leaved palm (Orbignya phalerata syn. O. barbosiana) of Brazil with hard-shelled nuts yielding a valuable oil

Origin of BABASSU

Portuguese babaçú, from Tupi * i̵βáwasú, from i̵βá fruit + -wasú large

First Known Use: 1917

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Musings: AZ Monsoon pics #3

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Monsoon storms turn the sky an eerie pink hue.

 

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A rainbow let in the wake of the monsoon storm.

 

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A sunset against monsoon storm clouds.

 

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The remnants of the monsoon paint the sky.

 

 

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Friday, January 09, 2015

Favorite Friday: A favorite vacation place

Favorite vacation place: Sedona, AZ

Beautiful and magical.

Sedona_Oak Creek Canyon

Oak Creek Canyon

 

Sedona_On top of Devil's Bridge

View from on top of Devil’s Bridge

 

Sedona_Scene from Airport Rd.

View from Airport Rd.

 

Sedona_Kel and Mike jamming

Hiking with hubby and playing music.

 

Sedona_Kel and Ripper

Horseback riding. My horse’s name was Ripper. LOL

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

AZOOSPERMIA

azo·o·sper·mia

noun \(ˌ)ā-ˌzō-ə-ˈspər-mē-ə\

Definition of AZOOSPERMIA

:  absence of spermatozoa from the seminal fluid

Origin of AZOOSPERMIA

New Latin, from Greek azoos lifeless (from a- 2a- + zōē life) + sperma semen, seed — more at sperm

First Known Use: circa 1881

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Monday Musings: Excerpt #3 from The Bear Goddess PG-13

The Bear Goddess, Greek myths/fantasy/shapeshifters/romance
In Print and Kindle on amazon.com
Release date: 11/9/14
Page Count: 284 in print
ISBN-10: 1502982684
ISBN-13: 978-1502982681
ASIN: B00P74X0WY
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Forbidden love… Broken vows… Betrayal…
A nymph. A centaur. Enemies in love.
Will love be enough to save them?
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He nudged the animal with his bare foot. The boar didn’t move. Convinced it was dead, Kasin faced Callisto. A small amount of blood pooled from a wound in her right side. He knelt next to her and shook her. “Callisto, wake up.”
She let out a soft moan.
He brushed her hair to one side of her face. Dark lashes fluttered against smooth olive skin. Her pink lips fascinated him, looking soft and dew-kissed.
Glancing at the boar whose tusks came within a finger length of goring her in the chest, he realized he had found her just in time. The injury she had received didn’t look like a deep cut. She had lost only a small amount of blood, yet she was unconscious. He searched for other wounds, but found nothing, no bumps or gashes on her head. Why wasn’t she awake?
It was then that he remembered the silver-tipped tusks. He didn’t know if silver in a minor cut could kill a nymph or if the wound had to be a mortal one, but it appeared the silver had poisoned her body.
What was he going to do with her? When he looked down at her, he didn’t see an enemy, only a wounded, vulnerable female. He had been taught to hate Artemis’s nymphs, but the betrayal happened long before his birth. What if everything he had been told was a lie? Doubts plagued him. He couldn’t just leave her to die. Maybe if he had not caused her to lose her spear, she would have been able to defend herself. He wasn’t sure he could help her, but he would do what he could for her.
He scooped her up into his arms and headed back to his camp at the hidden waterfall where he left his clothes, weapons and supplies, and where he had bedding and blankets to make her comfortable.
Moaning, she wrapped her arms around his neck, resting her head against his shoulder.
His body stirred with desire. A dangerous and possibly stupid idea began to form in his mind. If she survived her wound, he would claim her as his war prize.
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Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly
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Friday, January 02, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite beauty product

Favorite beauty product

Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm

This is the only lip balm that makes my lips soft without leaving behind an unpleasant waxy coating. It also comes in other flavors without the tint. I also use the peppermint one. Highly recommended.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

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A nymph. A centaur. Enemies in love.

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