What a pain

I hope everyone is having a great week, and a wonderful Easter. Me, I’ve been working my fingers off, and managed to trip up the stairs (yes, it’s possible, apparently!) and scraped my hand. But it’s superficial and not causing as much pain as I thought it might.

What is the pain…I can’t get into my usual blog. Why? Huh, who knows? I’ve had the stupid thing for 11 years and Blogger.com keeps throwing “confirm your profile” pages in my face.

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Why the heck is this happening? I’ve dumped my cache…several times, and yet, sign in is still directing me to that page. There’s a community post about it with 800 comments. And it seems like Blogger doesn’t care. Until they do, I guess I’m back to WordPress (and I also have a Tumblr blog, if you like that site). At least there’s that, but no way to let my other blog followers know what’s going on. Feh!!

Watchmaker’s Heart audiobook

New audiobook release!

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Just popping in to add another. I’ve been working on revisions for a new book, lately, as well as some other stuff (non-writing), mostly just refilling the well, as it were. But, I wanted to put this here, for those of you still following this old blog, instead of the new one.

My Victorian steampunk romance Watchmaker’s Heart just hit audiobook.*happy dance*

Everything about it is just delightful! I think my narrator, the talented and charming Rachael Beresford, did a fantastic job. I hope you will enjoy listening to the tale as much as we enjoyed working on it!

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Ahem, the audiobook is 6 hours and 2 minutes and is available at Amazon, Audible, and Itunes, should you like to add it to your audiobook collection. 🙂 If you wish, you may listen to a sample here:

Synopsis:

For Miss Phoebe Lockswell, fashionable London tea parties and balls aren’t her style. Instead, she prefers to tinker tirelessly with a clockwork diffuser she’s built from scratch. If only she can get the invention to work on command, she might earn her way out of an arranged marriage to a repugnant member of the House of Commons.

London watchmaker Mortimer Kidd was brought up hard in the arms of an infamous London gang. Despite the respectability he strives for now, the gang leader is blackmailing him. When Mortimer sees Phoebe’s diffuser, he thinks he’s found a way to buy himself out of trouble. The brash Phoebe manages to steal his heart, however, before he can purloin her invention.

Will Mortimer’s unsavory past catch up to him before he convinces Phoebe of his devotion? Worse, once Phoebe learns the truth, will she ever trust him again?

Watchmaker’s Heart is a light, fun Victorian steampunk romance with a spunky heroine!

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Or get it from  Audible or Itunes. Do check it out and if you enjoy this new rendition of the story and would be so kind, please leave us a review?

For those of you who love print, yes the book’s available in ebook and paperback, as well. Thanks for reading!

New release

Lady of the Tarot is now out in audiobook. 🙂 You can listen to a sample below.

 

I think my narrator, Christina Marie Morris, did a fantastic job, so please do check it out!

genre: Gothic romance, historical fantasy romance

Setting: France and London

Synopsis:

WHAT THE CARDS FORETELL MAY BE REAL, AFTER ALL

1793: Having escaped the Reign of Terror, Emilie Maigny took refuge in England, trying to come to grips with the life and loss she left behind. When her brother, Sinjon, returns, a terrifying evil swoops down upon her. Nightmares plague her now, providing strange clues … but to what?

Scottish-born Linton Morrison spent his entire life in luxury, whiling away the hours in intense study of the tarot and the cards’ hidden meanings, but until he met the lovely Emilie Maigny, he would never have guessed how important his study might be–to his life and Emilie’s survival when terrible evil strikes.

A Cypher is all Emilie needs, but what is it? Is Linton the key? He may charm her heart–and he may be her only salvation.

Lady of the Tarot audiobook is available at Amazon, Audible, and Itunes. The hardcopy version is available at Amazon in ebook and in paperback.

Also this past week, I released another new novel, (*at least, it was new in the original date of this post, but today (circa 2020) it has a new cover) This book is an historical fantasy called Frigga’s Lost Army.

Synopsis:
In the winter of 1943, Benjamin is just a grunt and Army cook—until he finds himself captured, along with his unit, taken prisoner by Mussolini’s troops after the Battle of Tunisia.

Transported to a POW camp in Italy, Benjamin is plagued with intense visions of the Norse Goddess Frigga and her retinue of Valkyries, berserkers, and other magical beings.

When he encounters a woman bearing an uncanny resemblance to the goddess, he wonders if he hasn’t been entangled in a battle between the natural and the supernatural—a battle for the present and the future.

Which is available at Amazon in ebook, and the paperback. This book is also available at Barnes and Noble, Itunes and Kobo. Should you want those formats, you can find them here.

I hope y’all will like them, and please, come follow my new blog! 🙂

Pagan blog prompts-A for Altar

You might be surprised to know…I don’t use one. It seems I’ve always lived in a small space that doesn’t really allow for them. Years ago, when I was starting out and doing strict circles and ritual, I used to use my coffee table and just set everything up there, and take it down when I was finished.

For the last …seventeen years or so, with my writing taking major precedence in my life, I don’t have time for that–nor space, though the layout of our house is pretty much the same as the apartment where I started this collection. I do however have a small lamp table that “caught all” so to speak my major statuettes (would you believe, except for the Oberon Zell Artemis, I found both Minervas and the bathing Diana at the thrift store?). There are  some pictures of my dad, who passed away. There’s a friend there too who’s now gone, but if I know her, she wouldn’t have wanted her picture in the picture, so I covered it.  Some sand from a Buddhist sand painting ritual I happened upon...sheesh! eight years ago at Borders Books (of all places) and several long-unlit candles sit crammed in there beside them. One of them came from the Autumnal Equinox Drum circle at Witch’s Brew last year. The other is from a Hospice event after my father died so it needed to go  there too.

The “lamp table altar” looks a bit like this.

picture by Juli.

My little drum doesn’t even fit there so it’s off in the other room.

Oh, and yes. 🙂 My little fox. The fox may or may not be my Totem. I just picked him/her up because I think they’re adorable and I was writing a story that featured them at the time I stumbled across him/her at Michael’s. I used to have this really cool branch with these natural, yet very Celtic looking markings from my dad’s yard. But you know? I can’t remember where it is. I think it got tossed out in one of our termite swarms a few years back. My incense burner is there too–again long unused thanks to allergies. That orange bud vase? Oh, it’s my one god representation (hey, it’s orange, for the sun god, it’s phallic, it works). The postcard works too. I believe that’s  Mars in the picture–ah yes. Mars, Diana and Venus by Andrea Mantegna (are you catching a theme here?). And paper, of course, for the writer. 🙂

Part of the problem with the god representations, like so much else I fall in love with, is that I’ve never found a representation of Lugh, Brighid, or many of the  others in my “inner ring” of gods, that I’ve been in love with (oh, there is this Apollo, but I hear tell that’s in Mom’s will for me. So I don’t particularly want that image any time soon!). Most of the representations just don’t fit right to me, especially none of Bran….  Don’t get me started. The closest I’ve come to him is a raven I have around here somewhere.But as I said, the table seems a bit crammed as it is, don’t you think?

I’d love to have a place where I could do something permanent, some eternal flame thing, like my Roman ancestors, but altar-keeping has just never been practical for me.   So while I identify pagan and write  pagan-flavored stuff from time to time, sacred space is sort of…not ritualized and just… wherever is most comfortable for me. I suppose, we could call this a votive altar, if nothing else. Right?

Anyway, that’s my–ahem–story and pictures and I’m sticking to it! 😉

*Actually, the Oberon Zell moon goddess came from an old pagan shop around here.

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Holidays

I’ve not gone missing…I’m thawing…or freezing depending on the day. 😉 And Christmas, well, had to go see the family…it’s a bit of a downer since we’ve lost some members recently but we do love to get together. While trying not to think too much on the downer stuff,  I’ve been enjoying the Venture Brothers. I don’t know if any of you have seen that but it is hilarious!

The bizarre animated escapades of pseudo-heroic scientist Dr. Rusty Venture, his competent, high strung bodyguard, and his two over-enthusiastic sons.

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Solstice was fun, if cold. I got a new drum. Ya!!! Isn’t it pretty?S/W Ver: 97.04.30RI’ve never been a drummer before, but I do love the monthly drumming circles.

For Christmas I was working very diligently on something writing-like–and except for the cookies I made didn’t get it done on time. Hope to have it done  to release soon. It’s formatting currently.

In the meantime, did you see I was interviewed in Eternal Haunted Summer this week? It’s up here if you’d like to see. I also have a new story there as well as do some other very talented authors and poets. Do check the new issue out if you have a chance. Happy Holidays, everyone!

On Today’s Itinerary

Hiho, Minion here, Mistress and Juli are having computer issues, but Juli’s guesting today at Debra Glass’ blog, History For The Taking and Jackie at House Wife Blues and Chihuahua Stories is hosting her, too. Please pop by and say hi.

Debra Glass’ blog, History For The Takinghttp://debraglass.blogspot.com/2012/08/coming-soon-juli-d-revezzos-debut.html

House Wife Blues and Chihuahua Tales http://jacaburintexas.blogspot.com/2012/08/new-release-artists-inheritance-by-juli.html