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Friday, October 31, 2014

Favorite Friday

My favorite quotes about Halloween from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, episode titled “Halloween.”

Buffy: “It’s come as you aren’t night. The perfect chance for a girl to get sexy and wild with no repercussions.”

Buffy: “Look, Halloween is the night that not you ‘is’ you, but not ‘you.’ Y’know?”

I couldn’t have said it better. Halloween is the best night of the year for something magical to happen.

 

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Weird Word Wednesday

AORIST

ao·rist

noun \ˈā-ə-rəst\

Definition of AORIST

:  an inflectional form of a verb typically denoting simple occurrence of an action without reference to its completeness, duration, or repetition

aorist or ao·ris·tic adjective

ao·ris·ti·cal·ly adverb

Origin of AORIST

Late Latin & Greek; Late Latin aoristos, from Greek, fromaoristos undefined, from a + horistos definable, from horizeinto define — more at horizon

First Known Use: 1581

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Tabby's Nocturnal Nights: Jack-o’-Lantern lore

Tabby's Nocturnal Nights: Jack-o’-Lantern lore: Halloween is coming and most people will be carving their pumpkins, putting candles inside and setting them outside on their porches. Did yo...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday Musings: AZ Cloud Formations #4

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The clouds look like fish scales painted in the sky.

 

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This is my favorite one. The setting sun has turned these clouds into a striking vision.

 

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I like the way the white cloud juts upward like the prow of a Viking ship or a long-necked beast.

 

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The dark feathery clouds remind me of the wings of a powerful being.

 

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These pink-tinged clouds were the only clouds in the sky that day, hovering above the mountains as if lost.

 

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At sunrise, these thin pink-tinged clouds match the light shining on the mountains.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Favorite Friday

Favorite Halloween TV Episode

Halloween from Buffy the Vampire

I watch this episode every Halloween. A new Halloween costume shop comes to Sunnydale and people are turned into their costume characters, causing chaos on the streets. Unfortunately, Buffy decides she wants to impress Angel by choosing a noblewoman costume that renders her powerless. “She couldn’t have dressed up like Xena?” Quote from Willow. This is an awesome Halloween-themed episode.

 

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Weird Word Wednesday

AJUGA

aju·ga

noun \ˈa-jə-gə\

plural aju·ga or aju·gas

Definition of AJUGA

: 1bugle

Origin of AJUGA

New Latin, from 2a- + Latin jugum yoke — more at yoke

First Known Use: 1806

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Monday Musings: AZ Monsoon pics #2

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The sunset has turned these threatening storm clouds pink.

 

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I like the dramatic contrast between these storm clouds.

 

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More dramatic storm clouds.

 

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I love the way the middle dark gray cloud spears across the sky, leaving a bright patch of blue.

 

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The sun sets as monsoon storms move in. A striking blend of ominous clouds and the fiery sun.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Favorite Friday

Favorite eerie Halloween song

The lullaby in Hocus Pocus—Come Little Children

This is the song that the youngest witch, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, sings to lure the children to the witches so they can suck the life out of them. The melody is haunting and when I hear it, it reminds me of Halloween and spell casting.

 

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Weird Word Wednesday

AÎNÉE

aî·née

foreign term \e-nā\

Definition of AÎNÉE

:  elder :  senior (feminine)

Origin of AÎNÉE

French

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Monday Musings: More Godzilla news and backyard beauty

The lizard I named Godzilla used to visit my yard and I recently discovered he has moved into my yard. Yeah, he moved in along with some baby lizards, which I assume belong to him and Mrs. Godzilla. I think there are two of the huge lizards and the babies would indicate that is true. We no longer have a bunch of bugs in our yard and house thanks to the lizard community. Godzilla doesn’t appear to feel threatened by me or by my Chihuahua (my Chihuahua isn’t much bigger than him). In fact, as the pictures indicate, he allows me to get really close to him.

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The lizards seem to be enjoying the beautiful weather we are having. This is the time of year when cactus blooms. You wouldn’t think a plant with dangerous, prickly thorns could look beautiful, but I’ve never seen such gorgeous blooms.

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Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Favorite Friday

Since this is October, Halloween month, I am sharing some Halloween favorites.

Favorite Halloween movie

Hocus Pocus

This is my favorite Halloween movie because it mixes drama, comedy and a little bit of scary that is Halloween. I’m not too keen on all witches being portrayed as evil and punished just because of what they are, but the Sanderson sisters did deserve the punishment they received for luring and taking the life out of children.

On Halloween, the three witches return from 17th century Salem after being conjured by innocent pranksters and seek revenge on the people that hanged them. Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimi, is an entertaining Halloween movie for all ages.

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, October 08, 2014

Weird Word Wednesday

AÎNÉ

aî·né

foreign term \e-nā\

Definition of AÎNÉ

:  elder :  senior (masculine)

Origin of AÎNÉ

French

 

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, October 06, 2014

Monday Musings: AZ Sunset pics #3

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Beautiful colors and layers paint the sky.

 

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Sunset viewed through my Arizona desert plant.

 

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I like the dark clouds surrounding the orange-pink cloud.

 

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Soft orange-tinged clouds adorn this sunset.

 

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I like the contrasting dark red clouds that look threatening with the soft orange-tinged ones that look tranquil.

 

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Ethereal.

 

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The dark clouds remind me of large wings.

 

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Very peaceful.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

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Saturday, October 04, 2014

Exquisite Quills!: Photo Interview: Kelley Heckart

Exquisite Quills!: Photo Interview: Kelley Heckart: EQ: Welcome to EQ! Tell us a little bit about yourself! Kelley: Thank you for having me at EQ. I am a multi-published author living...



Click on the link above to see the photos I shared with EQ.

Friday, October 03, 2014

Favorite Friday

Favorite song—Wheel in the Sky by Journey

This is one of my favorite songs because of the message in the lyrics. Time keeps turning and life goes on.

 

 

 

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, October 01, 2014

Weird Word Wednesday

Ailurophile

ai·lu·ro·phile

noun \ī-ˈlu̇r-ə-ˌfī(-ə)l, ā-\

Definition of AILUROPHILE

:  a cat fancier :  a lover of cats

Origin of AILUROPHILE

Greek ailouros cat

First Known Use: 1914

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Welcome JoAnne Meyers to my blog, a gifted author, poet, and artist.

JoAnne will be giving away 2 print copies of one of her books to 2 lucky winners. All you have to do is leave a comment.

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“Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between” is a poetry collection that provides a glimpse into the heart, mind and soul, of its author JoAnne Myers. It is a heartwarming read, written with love and respect for others. Some poems were written in times of sorrow, other poems were written in times of joyous celebration. Life if like that.

Cliffside View

Painting by JoAnne, Cliffside View

SOULFUL THOUGHTS

My sun dried hands clutch my heart of dreams.

I look beyond my longing,

forsaking lustful means.

Consumed by sins of desires,

I escape insanity by releasing unblemished charms.

Soothing my sweet youthful soul,

I reject the lust, but still hold on.

Without dwelling on material things,

I release soulful thoughts within.

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Path To Heaven

Painting by JoAnne, Path to Heaven

LIFE’S PRECIOUS THINGS

Tears of a child, is a knife through the heart.

They try so hard, with all their might.

With tender minds and a soft touch,

their innocent love is never enough.

Through the years, and past the pain,

pride and hope is their greatest gain.

The smile of a child and the joy they bring,

is one of life’s most precious things.

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This collection of personal poems is available at http://outskirtspress.com/bookstore/1478734760.html.

These poems were inspired by JoAnne’s love for nature, God, veterans, family and friendships, it is a heartwarming read written with love and respect for others.

JoAnne will be awarding two winners a print copy of one of her unique and page turning books for commenting. The choices are: Poems About Life, Love, and Everything in Between, Murder Most Foul-a detective/mystery, Wicked Intentions-a paranormal anthology, or Loves, Myths, and Monsters-a fantasy anthology.

Soon available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble and other book distributors.

Up A Tree

Painting by JoAnne, Up a Tree

Author Bio:

I have been a long-time resident of southeastern Ohio, and worked in the blue-collar industry most of my life. Besides having several novels under my belt, I canvas paint.

When not busy with hobbies or working outside the home, I spend time with relatives, my dog Jasmine, and volunteer my time within the community. I am a member of the International Women’s Writing Guild, Savvy Authors, Coffee Time Romance, Paranormal Romance Guild, True Romance Studios, National Writers Association, the Hocking Hill's Arts and Craftsmen Association, The Hocking County Historical Society and Museum, and the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center. I believe in family values and following your dreams. My original canvas paintings, can be found at: http://www.booksandpaintingsbyjoanne.com

my photo apr 2011

Other books by Jo Anne:

"TWISTED LOVE," a true-crime anthology

"MURDER MOST FOUL" a detective/mystery anthology

"LOVES', MYTHS' AND MONSTERS'," a fantasy anthology

"THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY," a biography true-crime

“WICKED INTENTIONS” a paranormal anthology

“FLAGITIOUS,” a detective/mystery anthology available in September

Email: joannemyers@frontier.com

Amazon Author Page: http://amazon.com/author/joannemyers

Facebook Author Page: http://facebook.com/authorpage.joannemyers

Website: Books and Paintings by JoAnne

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Musings: AZ Cloud pics #3

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The clouds look painted across the sky.

 

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I like the different layers and colors.

 

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Floating above the palm tree.

 

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A distant thunderstorm and the sunset caused these brilliant, eerie red clouds.

 

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This was caused by that same thunderstorm.

 

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I like the deep pinks and the darker blue sky in this shot.

 

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I like the different layers and the space with a jet stream cutting across the sky.

 

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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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Tabby's Nocturnal Nights: Do supernatural creatures belong in a modern setti...

Tabby's Nocturnal Nights: Do supernatural creatures belong in a modern setti...: When I think of vampires and other supernatural creatures, I picture them in time periods without electricity and other modern technology. I...

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dragonbride (The Dragon Chronicles, Book #1)

Welcome Raani York, my guest today. Her new fantasy novel is available now.
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Dragonbride
(The Dragon Chronicles, Book #1)
Shalima, “Daughter of the Light”, was born under special circumstances. She was raised by her aunts instead of her mother because she needed to be prepared to fulfill the prophecies of the Old Scriptures, which told that she was the only Magician on Earth.

Her aunts carefully prepared her for her obligations and her sacred duty. She will have to get married to the Holy Golden Dragon, the King of the Dragons, a huge Earth Dragon with magical talents. She cannot believe that she is the “Chosen One”, who has to protect the Dragon Species, all of Nature and finally the Earth. But when she turned into a teenager it seemed that the Old Scriptures were right.
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Raani York
Raani York has been a high volume writer for years. She has published articles, letters, short stories, poems, continuation stories and descriptions of all kind. She also writes novels, some of which can found on her website.

Raani has been educated in Switzerland and in the U.S. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She also obtained diplomas in Graphic Design, Color Studies and won a prize as a Logo Designer. She speaks four languages and several dialects.

Next to her writing and her cats, Raani likes reading, blogging, Martial Arts, skiing, horseback riding, sky diving and enjoys playing the classical piano.
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Teaser:
The mountains possessed a dark but seductive beauty, and they lay in wait for the ones who came through the Fire Hell. The powdered white peaks of the sparkling black mountain-world watched for them with longing.
The Diamond Mountains gave the illusion of being much closer than they really were, and many a pilgrim had been lured to his death by the promise of riches hidden on their slopes. These mountains were so named because of the rough gems strewn about the black volcanic soil. When the sun shone overhead the gems made the mountains sparkle and shimmer brightly, and at night they made the moonlit mountains glow with a soft silver light.
People, blinded by both their greed and the tantalizing glittering of the sunlit earth, imagined that there was immeasurable wealth lying there on the ground, just waiting to be picked. However, the mountains never betrayed the secrets they held. None who had ever walked those slopes could find the diamonds hidden within the black soil, for the mountains protected themselves.
Although healthy forest still grew in the foothills, the undergrowth became sparser just a few hundred feet up, and then the treeline ended. Where stunted trees would normally grow the forest just stopped, as if some unseen hand had cut it short. All that remained were dangerously sharp, dry rocks. Just below the snowline, the rocks disappeared, and the glittering black soil took their place.
Moreover, at the summit it seemed as if the Creator of All Things had dusted the peaks of the fissured mountain range with powdered sugar, for they were covered with a deceptively soft-looking, yet extremely sharp-edged eternal snow.
The mountains never betrayed their secrets...
And if a wanderer were to climb those peaks, going up to the Fire Hell and searching to quench his thirst at a splashing mountain spring, he would find no cool, refreshing water. Instead, these living mountains would seek to frighten him by shrouding the ground with a mysterious fog that made it impossible to see where he was putting his feet. Pilgrims sometimes drowned in the sulfurous pools of water hidden within the hellish rocks when the fog appeared, and if they left the main trails, they would know true fear, for they would be led down treacherous sidepaths that seemed to take them somewhere, yet actually led them nowhere but to their doom.
The mountains never betrayed their secrets...
Though many thought they would find the cool relief of the shadows by early evening, the ascent would continue for another three torturous days. During those three days, their throats would scream for water, and their eyes would tear up in the swirling sand. Blown up by the hot desert winds, the sand burned as it fell upon a traveler's face and skin. Eventually their limbs would become heavy, and they would barely be able to move; thus, the wanderers would be forced to crawl on, farther and farther, until sheer luck eventually brought them to civilization... to people.
In a canyon between two hills below the mountain range there was a village. It had no official name, but the people living there called it Alpcateçu, which meant Oasis of the Mountains. Anyone who wanted to climb the mountains had to pass through the village. A few taverns and inns surrounded the village fountain, where a market was sometimes held.
Some houses and huts had been built in the wide hills and even at the edge of the forest... and in one such place, hidden within the woods, almost four hundred feet past the deepest thicket and connected to the village only by a sidepath lay the place in which I had been born.
Raani York works and lives in Switzerland and the U.S. and travels often.