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Sunday, November 9, 2014

My epic fantasy novel, The Stone of the Tenth Realm, re-release in the works for Winter 2015

A new writing adventure: How to re-release a novel when you have your rights back. The Stone of the Tenth Realm was my first published novel. The novel is an epic fantasy with strong romantic elements. Below is my original cover. My hired artist will be working on a fresh new cover soon. Cover reveal coming in December 2014. I reduced the word count and hired an editor to revise it for my second version. Next I copyrighted and then sent off to my trusty beta readers. I plan to re-release the revised and updated new edition Winter 2015.

As you can see it was well received and even my dog enjoyed reading it. He gave it 5 Paws.

Here is the blurb:

Sophie Katz, a Jewish chemistry student, escapes a Nazi concentration camp. By way of Prague and with the help of a golem and a magic stone she is transported into the Tenth Realm a magical dimension that parallels the world she left behind.

Logan MacLeod, hunted for a crime he did not mean to commit, runs to the Bestiary, a forest so dangerous no man dares enter. Drawn by his bagpipes, Sophie and Logan meet.

Even as love ensues, the dark evil of the Third Reich parallels the Tenth Realm, led by Gustaf Hissler, Adolph Hitler’s doppelganger.

Together they must join the forces against Hissler from the Tenth Realm and stop Hitler from her realm. Will they survive?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop: Join the fun for great prizes: I'm blogging :Hooty Owl-o-Ween

(Oct. 27 - Oct. 31, 2014)

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Hooty Owl-o-Ween
By Eva Gordon

On Halloween, as you walk down the streets and to the storefronts, you will see a decorative owl or two. Throughout our history and across many cultures, people have had a great fascination with owls. You can spend days, reading about global owl myths and lore. The owl can evoke a series of emotions, from fear to admiration. Owls are associated with witchcraft and therefore a favorite Halloween decoration. In Romania, vampires were known as Strigoli, from the Roman word, strix, which referred to the screech owl. Strega, which is Italian for witch is also derived from the word, strix. They are also associated with medicine, birth, death, the weather, and wisdom. 
Eva the Witch and Screech owl (during molt, hence bald head)

According to Paul Johnsgard (North American Owls: Biology and Natural History, Smithsonian Institution Press), Mesopotamian tablets from 2,300 B.C. depict the goddess Lilith as "winged, bird-footed, and typically accompanied by owls," a significant association because Lilith was Sumeria's goddess of death. Pallas Athene--Greek goddess of fertility and power--was also affiliated with the owl, possibly "because of the nocturnal (and especially the lunar) . . . associations between female fertility goddesses and the cycles of the moon."

To the ancient Romans, to hear the hoot of an Owl presaged imminent death. The deaths of Julius Caesar, Augustus, Commodus Aurelius, and Agrippa were apparently all predicted by an Owl.
"...yesterday, the bird of night did sit Even at noonday, upon the market place, Hooting and shrieking" (from Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar")
Fortunately, for me and other owl enthusiasts, owl hooting has not presaged our deaths. Though stumbling over a log in the dark, while listening to hooting can cause injury.
So why has the owl earned a special place in our lore? Allow me to muse.

For one thing, owls are crepuscular, which means they come out at the most mysterious time of the day, twilight. The sun is setting, darkness rises and these nocturnal creatures become vocal and active. Man’s fear of the dark, or night has added to the fear of the owl as a harbinger of death.
Owls look so darn human. This is due to the position of their huge eyes. Unlike most birds whose eyes are on the sides of their heads, the owl’s eyes look ahead as our do, and they have to rotate their heads to see all round them, again, as man does, but owls are a bit better at it, their heads can swivel nearly 180 degrees to each side, adding up to nearly 360 degrees. A pretty freaky thing to see.

Figure 1 Willie our education barn owl from Blackprairie Raptor Center
Here are reasons why Owls appear supernatural:
They swoop in silently because of downy feathers. Without a warning the owl’s powerful talons silently crushes the mouse.  Fan an owl’s feather compared to another bird’s feather to hear the difference.
Owls have amazing night vision and can see in almost complete darkness.
Their hearing is also superior and they can pinpoint a mouse’s footsteps despite other ambient sounds. At a raptor center, there was one barn owl that was nervous around a handler. It detected that she had a heart murmur.
They have a ravenous (sorry ravens) appetite. Researchers found that one barn owl family can consume 3,000 voles/year. Owls are our best ally in eating rodent pests. The owl regurgitates undigested bones and fur called owl pellets or castings. Finding such pellets might have inspired ancient people to associate owls with death.
Other reasons why owls contributed to eerie legends:
Often owl vocalizations and screeching cans sound very human and even evil.
Seeing a white owl at night might have been one of the reasons the lore of white ghosts evolved. Even recently, mystery lights can possibly be blamed on owls. Or what about those aliens we call the greys with their owlish faces and huge black barn owl like eyes?

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