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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

noun  dy·ad \ˈdī-ˌad, -əd\
Popularity: Bottom 50% of words
Examples: dyad in a sentence

Definition of dyad
:  pair; specifically, sociology :  two individuals (as husband and wife) maintaining a sociologically significant relationship
genetics :  a meiotic chromosome after separation of the two homologous (see homologous 1a(2)) members of a tetrad
mathematics :  an operator (see operator 3a) indicated by writing the symbols of two vectors (see 1vector 1a) without a dot or cross between (as AB)
dyadicplay \dī-ˈa-dik\ adjective
dyadicallyplay \-di-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
Examples of dyad in a sentence

Origin and Etymology of dyad
Late Latin dyad-, dyas, from Greek, from dyo —see dy-

First Known Use: 1675

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

noun \ˈdwēb\
Popularity: Bottom 50% of words

Definition of dweeb
:  an unattractive, insignificant, or inept person
dweebishplay \ˈdwē-bish\ adjective, slang
dweebyplay \-bē\ adjective, slang
See dweeb defined for English-language learners
Origin and Etymology of dweeb
origin unknown

First Known Use: 1964

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

noun  dux·elles \ˌdük-ˈsel, (ˌ)dü-ˈsel\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words

Definition of duxelles
:  a garnish or stuffing made especially of finely chopped sautéed mushrooms
Origin and Etymology of duxelles
Louis Chalon du Blé, Marquis d'Uxelles †1658 French nobleman

First Known Use: 1877

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday Musings: A dog's life, The different expressions of Loki

I think most would agree that all of these expressions say one thing: contentment. We can all learn something from dogs and how they are able to live in the moment.

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

noun  du·um·vir \du̇-ˈəm-vər also dyu̇-\
Popularity: Bottom 20% of words

Definition of duumvir
:  one of two Roman officers or magistrates constituting a board or court
:  one of two people jointly holding power
duumvirateplay \-və-rət\ noun
Origin and Etymology of duumvir
Latin, from duum (genitive of duo two) + vir man

First Known Use: 1600

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Monday Musings: The Crow Maiden--Revenge themes in books and movies

Revenge is one of the oldest themes in literature. It’s a huge part of Beowulf when Grendel’s mother decides to seek vengeance against the Danes for killing her son. Then Beowulf kills her in revenge. Shakespeare’s Hamlet also has a revenge theme.
Nothing gets readers’ hearts pounding harder than a good revenge story, especially when a nasty villain is getting just what he deserves. I found a list of the 7 best revenge stories in literature:
1. The Iliad by Homer. This is one of my favorite reads, one that is filled with revenge. Menelaus raises the entire Greek army to get revenge on Paris for stealing his wife, Helen. Achilles gets revenge on Hector for killing his cousin. Even the gods are involved.
2. Carrie by Stephen King. I read this one a long time ago. What’s better than getting revenge on all those nasty kids at high school that tormented you?
3. Hamlet by William Shakespeare.
4. True Grit by Charles Portis. Gotta love the spunk of the teenage girl seeking vengeance for her father’s death.
5. The Princess Bride by William Goldman. “My name in Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” Enough said.
6. Sin City: The Hard Goodbye by Frank Miller. I’m not familiar with this one, but it sounds like a great revenge story.
7. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumos. This might be one of the best planned retaliations of all time. Edmund Dantes was so patient. Maybe this is where “the best things come to those who wait” came from?

The Crow Maiden has a revenge theme with a twist. Nahla to Balin: “We are bound by revenge. What good can come of it?” 

Excerpt (PG-13)
She rummaged through the chest. “You have a comb in here and a mirror and a razor.”
Rolling her eyes, she set those items to the side and continued searching inside the chest. Nahla removed a wide belt made with gold plates as he put on the tunic then strapped on the belt. She stood in front of him holding the razor.
He eyed it with suspicion. “What are you planning to do with that?”
“Trim your beard.” She gestured for him to sit again.
He rubbed the thick hair that had sprouted on his usually clean-shaven face. “I am quite pleased with my beard.”
She put her hands on her hips. “I know how you Hellenes feel about your beards, but you look like the wild goat man who lived in the forest near the temple. He thought the goats talked back to him.”
He peered at her through slitted eyes.
“Sit.” She challenged him with a determined set to her mouth.
“Do not shave it all the way off.” He gave her a hard, warning scowl and sat on the edge of his bed. “I will have you know that I had adopted the Cretan custom of shaving.”
“It is not such a terrible custom. I prefer a man’s face clean and not hidden beneath thick, wiry hair.”
“Do you now? It is my face, and I have grown fond of my thick, wiry hair, but I will allow you to trim it.” He turned a wary glance on the razor. “Only trim it.”
She impatiently raised a delicate brow. “If you continue to halt me, I might decide the entire beard needs to be gone.” She reached down and pulled her dress up to gather the shavings. “Hold my dress like this.”
Sending her a defiant stare, he took hold of her dress. He sat still as she started the first cut. If she shaved off the whole beard, he could grow another, but he didn’t care for a woman telling him what to do.
She stood so close he smelled her flowery scent and felt the warmth emanating from her. His gaze rested on her bare calves, smooth and flawless. He averted his eyes only to discover her breasts close to his face while she worked on his beard. Unable to get the image of her bare, pert, brown-tipped breasts out of his mind, he closed his eyes so she wouldn’t know his carnal thoughts. She hovered in front of him, carefully clipping his beard. Her sweet, natural, womanly perfume was intoxicating.
“There, that should do it.” She lowered the razor.
He opened his eyes and ran his hand along his jawline. She had left a layer of stubble. She held on to her dress and stepped back to admire her work. He wished he could read her mind to know what she truly thought of him.
For a moment, the hardness in her eyes softened, and then she smiled. “I approve of the trimmed beard. Now you look like someone with noble blood.” She backed toward the opening to get rid of his hair shavings. “Shall we eat now? I am starving.”
Her smile brightened her green eyes. His heart thundered inside his chest. This strange woman who had come into his life had him spellbound. His gut tightened. How could a beautiful, passionate woman like Nahla ever desire a defeated, crippled king? The only reason she was here with him was to gain her freedom from Aramon.
Forcing away his unhappy thoughts, he stood and limped toward the food shelf to grab the bread basket. He’d have his revenge soon. Once he was free of her, he could finally move on with his life.

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The Crow Maiden
Book 3: The Arcadia Series
(The Crow Maiden is a standalone story in the Arcadia Series)

She betrayed her goddess for him…
He betrayed her.
Plotting her revenge is her only solace. Until now.

Nahla is the Crow Maiden, an Arcadian, and once a priestess of Artemis. Now she is a captive, a being who lives in the shadows until her vile master the sorcerer-king Aramon summons her. Another releases her from the Shadowlands, and while he might be the champion she has waited for, the gods must be playing a cruel joke. Her champion is crippled.

An Achaean lord who once ruled a great city, Balin is a broken man. He has lost everything—his kingdom and his family. Revenge consumes him. Although wary of the mysterious, cold-eyed female who appears and claims he summoned her, she may be his only hope to exact vengeance on the king who ruined him, the same man Nahla seeks to destroy.

They are bound by revenge, and soon, both learn they are bound by much more, but the secrets she hides might tear them apart and ruin their only opportunity for vengeance—and their chance to love again.

“Ms. Heckart draws the reader into the pages and enchants them with her words.”
Karen McGill, Coffee Time Romance
Multi-published author Kelley Heckart lives in Arizona with her musician husband, dog and a number of backyard “pets.” 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 a freelance editor and practices target archery. She can be found online at http://www.kelleyheckart.com/

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Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Weird Word Wednesday

noun  du·tas·te·ride \dü-ˈtas-tə-ˌrīd\

Medical Definition of dutasteride

:  a synthetic drug C27H30F6N2O2 that inhibits 5-alpha-reductase and is used to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia Dutasteride is marketed under the trademark Avodart.

Kelley Heckart
Otherworldly tales steeped in myth, magic & romance.