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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.
 

Monday, March 30, 2015

Monday Musings: AZ Cloud and Jet Stream pics #6

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A jet stream streaks across the twilight sky.

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Feathery pink clouds decorate the sky.

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A dramatic sunset mixed with jet streams.

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Nice texture, almost like shimmering fish scales.

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Layers of colors paint the sky.

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The setting sun turns the clouds a bright pink.

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Angel or Faerie wings span the sky.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite movie

Favorite movie: Bram Stoker’s Dracula

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This is one of my favorite versions of Dracula. I thought Gary Oldman did a great job in the starring role, how he changed from young to old. I’m not a Winona Ryder fan. Not sure why, but I never liked her acting, so that was my only disappointment with this movie. This version of Dracula reveals the hidden sexuality in the original story using vivid colors and sensual scenes. Highly recommended for Dracula fans.

 

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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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

Balalaika

bal·a·lai·ka

noun \ˌba-lə-ˈlī-kə\

Definition of BALALAIKA

:  a usually 3-stringed instrument of Russian origin with a triangular body played by plucking or strumming

Illustration of BALALAIKA

Origin of BALALAIKA

Russian

First Known Use: 1780

 

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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Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday Musings: Moon pics #7

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Almost full moon floating above the clouds.

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Taken from the car on our way back from CA. The way the moon

hangs there above the barren desert reminds me of another planet.

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The full moon led us home from CA.

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Full moon at sunset.

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Full moon peeking out from the top of the tree.

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There is a planet shining just to the left of this crescent moon.

 

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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Friday, March 20, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite new TV series

Favorite new TV Show: 12 Monkeys

Series description: 27 years after a virus wipes out most of humanity, scientists send a man (James Cole) back to 2015 to stop the plague from ever happening. Cole's only lead is a virologist (Dr. Cassandra Railly), who knows the dangerous source of the outbreak.

I loved the movie version with Bruce Willis, Brad Pitt and Madeline Stowe, so I was curious how the SyFy series would handle this story. So far I like what they are doing with it. Time travel opens up a lot of possibilities for storylines.

 

 

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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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Interview of Author Kelley Heckart

Interview of Author Kelley Heckart

Weird Word Wednesday

Bauhinia

bau·hin·ia

noun \bō-ˈi-nē-ə, -ˈhi-, bȯ-\

Definition of BAUHINIA

:  any of a genus (Bauhinia) of leguminous vines, shrubs, and trees of the legume family that grow in tropical and subtropical regions and include some that are grown especially for their fragrant orchid-like flowers

Origin of BAUHINIA

New Latin, from Jean Bauhin †1613 and Gaspard Bauhin†1624 Swiss botanists

First Known Use: 1725

 

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, March 16, 2015

Monday Musings: AZ Sunset pics #6

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Dark and fiery hues blend in the twilight sky.

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Softer pink hues float over the golden strokes of the setting sun.

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I like this mix of dark and light clouds floating in the twilight sky.

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These clouds remind me of feathers.

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The sky looks like its on fire.

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I like the silhouette of the trees against the bold reds in the sunset-tinged clouds. 

 

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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Friday, March 13, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite supernatural creature

Sexy Centaurs
When deciding on a romantic lead for my nymph in The Bear Goddess, I knew he had to be a follower of Zeus, and he had to be an enemy of Artemis and her nymphs. At first I was going to make him human, but that didn’t seem exciting enough for such a popular Greek myth. After some brainstorming, I decided to make my hero a centaur but this posed a problem—centaurs are known for their savagery, not to mention they are part horse. So, how was I going to create a likeable centaur and not have uncomfortable romantic scenes? After giving it some thought I came up with an idea—my hero, and a few other centaurs, could take human shape.
This worked for a number of reasons. The centaurs who could take human shape were viewed as outsiders within their centaur community and due to their unusual parentage, had milder personalities than their brutal relatives. This also made a romance between a nymph and a centaur more believable and not weird when it came time to write sex scenes. Plus, it added a level of sexiness for my hero to be something as exciting and dangerous as a centaur but also able to transform into a hunky human. In his centaur body, Kasin is powerful and formidable with a pure black horse body and in his human shape, he is still intimidating but striking and handsome with long black hair and war braids.
As a follower of Zeus, Kasin is a warrior above all else, but he also has some favorite activities he keeps hidden from the rest of the centaurs. One of these is singing. Music, unless it is a battle horn, is not allowed among the fierce centaurs. My hero also likes to take scented baths; another activity frowned upon among the hygienically challenged centaurs. I had to make him attractive to a nymph who bathed often, and I’m sure readers appreciate a clean, well-mannered hero too.
Not all centaurs have to be savage and some can be downright sexy.
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Short excerpt:
Everything had happened so fast—being caught with Kasin, being bound with silver, Kasin changing into a centaur—Callisto hadn’t had time to absorb the shock of discovering the man she loved was a centaur. Weakened by the silver chain still binding her hands, she couldn’t escape. All she could do was lay helpless in his arms while he galloped with her off into the night.
He came to an abrupt halt at the edge of a steep plateau, searching the darkened forest lit by faint beams of moonlight. The fierce set of his handsome face made her breath catch in her throat. His arms held her in a confident, strong grip. With some hesitancy, she admitted to herself that she found him exciting. He was a centaur, her enemy who she was supposed to hate, but he had never mistreated her and he saved her life once again. She could only stare at him, stunned.


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Multi-published author Kelley Heckart lives in Arizona with her musician husband, dog and a number of backyard “pets,” including Godzilla the desert iguana. Her stories reflect her passion for ancient and medieval time periods, storytelling and the supernatural. Inspired by the ancient Celts, her tales are filled with fierce warriors, bold women, otherworldly creatures, magic and romance. When not writing, she works as an editor/proofreader and practices target archery. She can be found online at http://www.kelleyheckart.com/
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Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author
Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly
Website: http://www.kelleyheckart.com
Blog: http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CelticChick
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

Baobab

bao·bab

noun \ˈbau̇-ˌbab, ˈbā-ə-\

Definition of BAOBAB

:  a broad-trunked tropical tree (Adansonia digitata) of the silk-cotton family that is native to Africa and has an edible acidic fruit resembling a gourd and bark used in making paper, cloth, and rope; also :  any of several related trees chiefly of Madagascar and Australia

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Origin of BAOBAB

New Latin bahobab

First Known Use: 1640

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Monday, March 09, 2015

Monday Musings: More Havasu Snow pics

Here are some more pictures from the rare snowfall we had here in Lake Havasu, AZ on New Year’s Eve.

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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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Friday, March 06, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite time of day

Twilight

Twilight is considered a magical time because it’s the time between times. As the sun sinks behind the horizon, in the gathering darkness doorways to other realms can be opened and magic cast, that is if you believe in that kind of stuff. But it’s no wonder twilight is considered a magical time since it’s filled with beauty and stillness as the black banner of night engulfs the sun.

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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, March 04, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

Bagasse

ba·gasse

noun \bə-ˈgas\

Definition of BAGASSE

:  plant residue (as of sugarcane or grapes) left after a product (as juice) has been extracted

Origin of BAGASSE

French

First Known Use: circa 1826

 

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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Monday, March 02, 2015

Monday Musings: Jet Streams in a clear AZ sky

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Jet streams fill the AZ sky. I think this was sunrise.

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A lone jet stream splits the blue sky.

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Two jet streams cross in the setting sun.

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A crescent moon and a jet stream share the sky.

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This jet stream moved so fast I almost missed it.

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Forming a straight line in the cloudless sky.

 

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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