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A great British tradition takes place in early September each year (Wakes Monday).
In the village of Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire a team dance the Horn Dance.
There are six dancers, a musician, a Maid Marion figure (played by a man), a Hobby Horse, the Fool, a boy with a bow and arrow, and another with a triangle. In ancient times, the dancers were all male, but recently girls have taken the triangle and bow and arrow roles.
The horns are actually reindeer antlers dated to around 1065, a time when no reindeer lived in England.
The dance moves are related to Morris dancing, and similar dances from Europe and Africa.
It boggles my mind, as a writer, how limited my imagination is.
I couldn’t make this stuff up.
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Check out Rhonda Davies’ website right here!
When asked why she writes, her answer is,
“It’s a need, really, like breathing … I have to do it.”
[We can relate! Ed]
R. J. Davies also known as R. J. Davies Mornix, was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario lived in Toronto for a few years, currently resides in the Sault. She has been writing since she was 8 years of age, (if you ask her mother she would say she was telling stories since she was 6) daydreaming, creating, developing characters, places and tales of woe. Attended Sault College, started out in Police Foundations and then graduated from Computer Engineering.
Constantly researching story ideas, conversations, and scenes in ratty notebooks, napkins and slips of torn coffee stained envelopes. Most favorite questions start off with “What if” … what if this happens, what if that happens, what would it be like if this was real? Or what if that was real? She likes reading theoretical physics books, science fiction and hanging out with her son.
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Meet Dice Maddox, she’s 20 years old and lives in Toronto, Ontario. She is a Private Investigator for Lawson Investigation, Eric Lawson is her Uncle. Dice got her Private Investigator’s License when she was 18 and found Eric Lawson in the help wanted ads. There are some things she is very good at and others where she is still learning on the job.
Eric Lawson got a mysterious call from a friend and is out of the office, Dice decides to pick up the slack and take on the open missing person file on his desk. The client is Jason Mawr, the person missing is his girlfriend Adriely Garcia, she was last seen with her ex-boyfriend Jin Chen who is the right-hand man of the local Asian Triad. No one believes Adriely left Jin, is Jason telling the truth?
Before she knows it Dice is in deep … she’s in over her head!
Check out the prolific Mark Mackey right here!
Amanda Hansen and her friend Gillian Matthews have just made the biggest mistake of their lives. They’ve humiliated new student Julie Argyles in the worst way imaginable.
In retaliation, Julie and her mom Katherine, both witches, use magic exact revenge on Amanda and Gillian.
Now Amanda and Gillian must take a road trip to find Julie before seven days pass, and are stuck the way they are forever.
Check out Sarah Woodard’s FB page right here!
Sarah Woodard is a writer and shaman. She hopes to inspire children and adults to reach for their dreams through her writing.
Sarah is a freelance writer for a variety of businesses and publications, fulfilling a life-long dream to be a writer. She lives in Nashua, NH with her cats. When she’s not writing, Sarah enjoys hiking, crafts and putting her personal touch on her home.
In this touching folktale, Adri, a rock, follows her dream to become a plant. She faces many challenges and hardships along the way. Will she make her dream come true? Go on this journey with Adri to find out.
Check out Robin Praytor’s blog right here!
Robin Praytor spent her corporate days drafting legal documents and creating training materials. To distract from the deadlines and to-do lists that kept her awake at night, she thought up stories. Those complex and quirky stories demanded written versions.
Thus, her debut novel, TRANSMUTED, finally saw daylight.
A Michigan native, Robin now lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her patient and long-suffering husband. She is a card-carrying geek and Comicon aficionado, with a penchant for science fiction and the paranormal.
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Dark Landing hums, a cocoon of harmony in the cold vacuum of space. The only excitement occurs at the Saturday night poker games. That’s the way Drew Cutter likes it. Chief of Security in charge of the farthest trading post from any planet, Earth or alien—and wrestling with an overwhelming fear of space—he’s living his dream. When Letty Taleen arrives on the station, Drew thinks he’s met the consummate bluffer, but learns Dark Landing and the Alliance may be threatened by an alien race whose technology has outlived its biology.
Head of the largest conglomerate in the known universe, Letty Taleen receives a message from her father, missing for several weeks, ordering her to travel to Dark Landing. Within days of her arrival, the station sustains an airlock explosion, an inexplicable security breach, and a grisly murder.
Babylon 5 meets Firefly: Transmuted, book one of the Dark Landing series, is a space mystery/adventure, jam-packed with action, humor, and romance.
Check out the works of Bryan Caron right here!
Bryan Caron is an award-winning writer, director, film editor and graphic designer, who has written and directed many pieces in all forms and genres. His favorite genres include science-fiction and fantasy, however he never limits himself, writing in whatever genre that strikes him at any given time. His interest in film directing and editing give him an extra creative outlet, as does his graphic design work (which you can see on all covers and marketing materials of his work, all courtesy of Phoenix Moirai), but his first love will always be writing and that is where he excels.
Learn more about him at www.bryancaron.com, view his design and video portfolio at bryancaron.prosite.com or visit his blog Chaos breeds Chaos for reviews on movies, books and television, as well as thoughts on everyday life, entertainment and whatever strikes his fancy.
Year of the Songbird
“When I was given the opportunity of sight, I wasn’t afraid of what I would see; I was afraid of what I would feel. And what I felt was a burning need to return to the fruit of my blindness, for only in the dark was I truly able to see.” — Madeline of the Ark, R.H. 28
“Year of the Songbird,” written by award-winning writer/director Bryan Caron, is an emotional journey exploring one young girl’s passage from the bed of innocence to the grave of immorality.
Set twenty-six years after World War III, Madeline, who lost her sight in a fire as an infant, lives a healthy life in a small Utopian community built as an anti-thesis to what initially caused the war, the history of which has been romanticized to keep the knowledge of sin, corruption and vice from the consciousness of its kin. When Grayland, a stranger from the outside world, stumbles upon the community, Madeline becomes intoxicated by his presence, sensing a connection to him that she doesn’t understand. When he offers her the chance to experience the world she so desires to be a part of, Madeline follows him into a truth she’s not at all ready to accept.
Spiritually resonant and genuine in its conviction, “Year of the Songbird” speaks on many different levels, dealing with the power of addiction, sexual and spiritual awakening, the corruption of labels, how outside influences can devour even the strongest of convictions, and how weakness and vice are more easily attained than virtue and happiness.
(Caution: This book contains adult language and adult situations)
Check out the works of Ian Martyn right here!
I’m Ian Martyn, science fiction and fantasy writer. I live in Surrey in the United Kingdom. One long hot summer as a teenager (they were all long hot summers then, weren’t they?) I visited a friend’s house. Her Dad had a collection of sc-fi and fantasy paperbacks. The covers looked great. I picked one at random, started to read and I’ve been hooked ever since. Now, I’m writing them.
My books are available through Amazon on Kindle and on other e-reading platforms. ‘Bleak – the first mission’ is now free on Smashwords.
I am currently working on a mystery with a magical edge to it, working title ‘Inspector Kirby and Harold Longcoat’. I also have two follow-up volumes to ‘Ancestral Dreams’ in draft.
Check out the works of Miranda Nading right here!
Though she started writing short stories in the third grade, she tackled her first novel-length manuscript, Witch Hunt in 1992. As a single mother, time was a precious commodity and though she had little to spare, she continued writing and completed her second manuscript, Exodus, in 1994. Echoes of Harmony followed in 1996 and would become her breakout novel in 2014.
Her other works include Caliban and Canyon Echoes, and the emergent Extinction Series: Genesis, Flash Point, and Judas. As she continues working on the ten book series, Extinction, Miranda also participates in a short story anthology whose proceeds go to charity. It will later end up in a short story collection which will include her favorites. Also planned is Eldorado: A Cottonwood Cove Adventure.
The genres Miranda prefers to write are also among her favorite reads: Thrillers, Science Fiction, and Horror, all with a suspenseful edge that leaves the reader riding the edge of their seat and turning the pages. The Extinction Series is her first exploration into Post-Apocalyptic suspense with a hard dystopian edge and more than a little science fiction. Though she has read some historical romance, she prefers romance to be the seasoning in the dish, not the main course.
Her favorite writers include but are in no way limited to Agatha Christie, Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Author Conan Doyle, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Robert Browning, Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, and Stephen King. These are authors whose work she rereads once every year or two as she says, it is like visiting an old friend.
The trail of a Civil War ghost leads Isabel Byrne to the Colorado River and Lake Mohave. When a diver washes up with evidence of the Holy Grail of Civil War legends, she finds herself caught between a group that would kill her to keep their secrets and prison time.
Tomas Armijo does not trust Isabel Byrne as far as he could throw her. He has fallen for the wrong woman before, and it had cost him two years in the slam. To find the diver’s missing brother, Tomas is going to have to stand up to his past and put his heart on the line.