Myristica here!

I’m not quite certain when to start this day, as I live in the PST zone, and 8:00 doesn’t get here for another 90 minutes (give or take), but I wanted to go ahead and pop in and say ‘hey’ to anyone out there who might already be here.  I have some things to share throughout the day, and I hope we get some great discussions going.  I’ll be back in a minute as I need to check my e-mails, so hang in there!  I’m here all day, if you have any questions about what I post or about my book “Crimson Dawn: Volume One – Hallowed Echoes” through Dark Roast Press, please drop them to me and I’ll answer throughout the day!  I’m looking forward to this!  Hope you are, too!

Hugs,

Myristica

Book Review: Cat’s Curse by Kelly Heckart

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CAT’S CURSE

by Kelley Heckart

Author Name: Kelley Heckart

Author Website: www.kelleyheckart.com

Book Title: Cat’s Curse

Series: Dark Goddess Trilogy

Genre: Celtic historical romance/fantasy

Length: Novel length

Publisher: www.awe-struck.net

Buy Link:
http://www.king-cart.com/Awe-Struck/category=Kelley+Heckart/exact_match=exact

Rating: 4 Cards

4 Tarot

The Book:

Cardea lives alone in the forest and stalks her prey by night, living on the blood of others. One night she finds herself on the business end of a sword held by the hand of the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen. Unable to take her mind off him, Cardea manages to appear wherever he is; yet the man seems uninterested in her.

Aedan mac Gabrain has been cursed. In fact, the witch, Cat Anna who stalks the forests as a black cat, cursed his whole family. Aedan’s brother didn’t believe the curse, and now he’s also a black cat. All Aedan has to do is find the witch and force her to reverse the curse. Of course there’s one little problem. The most beautiful woman he’s ever seen appears everywhere he goes and keeping his hands off of her is getting more difficult with each passing moment. But if he touches her he knows he’ll be joining his brother as a black cat.

The Review:

This is a solidly written tale that is romantic and charming. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and was totally caught up in the magic and romance. Ms. Heckart has written an entertaining tale that combines both history and fantasy in a way that will enchant the reader. Definitely put this one in your “I’m gonna read it next” pile!

Book Review: Bound by Blood: The Awakening by C.H. Scarlett

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Bound By Blood: The Awakening

Author Name: C.H. Scarlett
Author Website: http://chscarlett.net
Book Title: Bound by Blood: The Awakening
Series (if any): Yes, this book is the first in its series.
Release Date: February 14th, 2009
Genre: Dark Fantasy, Paranormal. sub-genre–romance/erotica
Length: 714 pages (includes glossary)
Publisher: Dark Roast Press http://darkroastpress.com
Buy Link: http://www.darkroastpress.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=20

Rating: 4 Cards

4 Tarot

The book:

Before the earth existed, there dimensions where doors opened to other dimensions and twelve powerful and ancient bloodlines existed. Though others have forgotten, the Crone has not and she is the only one who can still read the writing on the wall. Taking a young girl of the blood to the cave with her, the Crone enters the secret room and the girl watches as a time forgotten appears before her. Like a ghost unable to comment or interfere with what she sees, the girl must watch and feel everything before her.

Samanthra Lmpir is one of seven sisters born under the same stars on the same day, and she’s high priestess of their clan. Samanthra’s father has kept the sisters apart all of their lives and claims it’s for their own good, especially Samanthra’s. He claims that he is protecting her from the “awakening” and a curse, but his intentions may not be as caring as he hopes she will believe.

Now the festival of Beal-Tene has arrived and Samanthra’s father has ordered his daughters to stay away, but Samanthra must attend. As high priestess, she can’t miss the celebration, so she and her sisters defy their father’s orders and begin their journey.

Samanthra has told no one of her dreams of a man she can’t quite see in her mind’s eye, yet when she arrives at the festival, he’s there; at the pub, he’s there. And he is determined to claim her.

The Review:

Bound by Blood is a romantic, poetically written story that takes the reader on a journey like no other I’ve read. Full of beautiful imagery, spells and poetry, this is a book to get lost in. The author has written a wonderful, magical, spellbinding tale that will capture the reader’s imagination, as well as their heart. This is a “don’t miss this book” read!

My pendants…

Okay, found batteries for the digital camera and snapped a pic of my pendants. Not extremely clear, but you get the idea. I got the cross at a tiny store in a MCC church in Austin, TX. I bought the stag pentacle a few years ago at a pagan store in Dover, DE. You can find the necklace here, too: Stag Pentacle.

pendants

Howdy, howdy

*pokes his head in and waves*

Hey, folks!

I’m new to The Pagan and the Pen, but certainly not to writing or paganism. I’ve been writing professionally since 2005 as Mychael Black, but I’ve been a pagan since I was 13, about 19 years ago. (Wow, that makes me feel old…)

The first story I ever wrote and published was ‘The Holly King’ and it appeared in the free ezine, Forbidden Fruit. I’ve come a long way since then, and my writing has matured, but that story is still close to my heart.

For me, writing is a form of worship in my Druid faith. Every word is dedicated to my gods Cernunnos and Michael (yes, the Archangel, who was, incidentally, a Chaldean god), and ‘The Holly King’ was written specifically FOR Cernunnos, shortly after I started down a Druid path.

They (Cernunnos and Michael) tend to show up in my stories, whether by name(s) or not. Many of my men end up pagan (some even as Druids).

I’ve posted ‘The Holly King’ on my website, if you’d like to read it. It’s not very work-safe, but it’s also not overly explicit. Remember: it’s an older story, and not my best in terms of technical details, but it’s still very important to me. I even had a Druid friend once tell me that he printed it out and carried it in his wallet, reading it whenever he needed a pick-me-up. I hope you all enjoy it as much as he did.

The Holly King

Magical Healing

Loveyoudivine has a whole line devoted to medical fiction. I can’t claim to be a fan of mainstream medicine, but I’ve written a few tales none the less. My stories are largely about magic, not conventional prescriptions.

Nothing hurts the soul like a lack of love in someone’s life. Isolation, loneliness, loss of self worth and depression so often stem from not feeling loved. Many more physical diseases are caused, or agrivated by stress. Affection, care and love will all ease these in a way that pills can’t. We all need to be loved, and there is no greater magic than soul deep connection between people.

‘Enchanted Waters’ is a heart healing, magical story, involving two women who meet at a sacred spring during critical moments in the lives. Passion and desire play their part in easing wounded souls.

‘Alternative Therapies’ is another f/f tale, this time pitching a conventional doctor against an alternative practitioner, with dramatic results! The culture clash may be fierce, but so is the love that grows from it.

‘Headfuck’ is the tale of soul healer Bee, who encounters a severly damaged man, and can’t get him out of her head. Once again, it is the power of love that brings healing – her magic, determination and courage will save him from despair.

‘Dream Doctor’ explores some of the stranger conditions that exist around sleep dysfunction, and a psychologist brave enough to bring a deeply distubed woman out of a living hell.

My most recent medical tale has a Victorian setting, and is less overtly pagan. When the Doctor Comes is a tale about throwing cauton to the wind, defying convention and choosing love rather than security. It’s a passionate story of a taboo relationship between a doctor and a married woman who is his patient. Fellow pagan and pen blogger NJ Winter did me a gorgeous cover for this one.

All of my healing stories are available from www.loveyoudivine.com

Midsummer

It’s Midsummer’s day, and St John’s day – when according to folklore the St Johnswort is supposed to bloom. It’s been in flower for a while.

This morning, Druids gathered at Stonehenge to greet the dawn. I’ve been to Cor Gawr gatherings before, watched the sun come up over Salisbury plain, the light penetrating the circle. I’ve sung to the standing stones, shared bread and mead, seen visions of wild horses and elementals in the mist. It’s a beautiful place. Today the sun shines, and it is a good time to honour life, love and community.

Below is a little something I’m not going to explain just yet. For now, enjoy the scenery, and remember where you saw it!

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