Picking a Favourite Mythological Beast by Laura Greenwood

I’ve loved mythology since I was really small, so much so that I’d buy books on Ancient Egypt (that was my absolute favourite mythology) with my pocket money. But picking just one favourite creature is really tough! There are so many, and as a paranormal romance author, that gets all the harder! I’ve written about shifters, vampires, necromancers, dryads and sirens…Which makes it really hard to pick.

So I’m going with Ammit, mostly in homage to my love of Ancient Egypt as a child. Ammit is an Ancient Egyptian demon who was part lion, part hippo and part crocodile, and she was also known as the devourer of the dead. Which sounds kind of ominous, but actually is really interesting. The Ancient Egyptians believed that when a person’s soul traveled to the afterlife, their heart was weighed by Anubis (the God of Cemeteries & Embalming) against the feather of Ma’at (the Goddess of Truth). If the heart was heavier than the feather, then the soul had led a bad life, and Ammit devoured the heart, stopping that soul from reaching the afterlife. 

Sorry, history lesson is now over! I find it all so fascinating that I can’t help myself! Which is why I chose Ammit in the first place. The whole mythology is fascinating to me, and I’m planning to write a series based on the Ancient Egyptian Gods & Goddesses at some point…I don’t think they get enough page time!

My love for Ancient Egypt and its mythology is about to make itself known in books too! This week I’m launching Protectors of Poison, the first look into my paranormal romance Ancient Egyptian mythology inspired world! It follows the goddess, Serket, as she discovers who is trying to steal her name.

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Blurb:

Sera is used to being forgotten and is happy to be, even if her healing powers have waned in the years since people forgot her real name.

Everything changes when a minor god turns up and reveals her scorpions are being blamed for a poisoning. Determined to prove her innocence, Sera must take her place as a goddess once more and uncover the plot threatening to destroy her.

Protectors of Poison can be read as a standalone story and is based on Ancient Egyptian mythology.

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The Story of An Immigrant Family by Susan Hanniford Crowley

Before the start of World War I, Julia Holland journeyed from the Ukrainian part of the Austria-Hungary Empire on a holiday to New York City. Her father was a farmer, and he owned several farms. Her mother was originally from Vienna. She came into the country under a visitor’s visa. She was a well-to-do young woman with furs and jewelry. When war broke out, she was stuck and wasn’t able to return to her country. Her uncle who owned a restaurant in the city took her in. To earn her keep, she worked in his Manhattan bistro. She had auburn hair and sparkling blue eyes. She applied for citizenship and went to citizenship classes. She spoke German, Hungarian, Polish, Russian, Ukranian, and English.
James Menelaus Issideridy with his brother George arrived through Ellis Island to apply for legal entry to the United States and start a business here. They were furriers from Greece. They applied for a license to have their store in Manhattan. My grandfather also applied for citizenship and took English language and citizenship classes. He was tall with dark hair and eyes.

He was eating lunch at his favorite restaurant, when he saw Julia’s delicate face through the little window where trays of food was pushed out by the cook staff to the waiters. At that time, women could not wait on tables. Every day at lunchtime, James would make sure he sat at a table where he could easily see her. She saw him and would always smile shyly.

James inquired about Julia, but her uncle was firm that he had two other daughters to get married. James persevered and eventually won him over. But on the day they were to be married, her uncle said that if James wanted to marry her, he would take her with the clothes on her back. He was keeping the furs and jewelry to pay him back for housing and feeding her. She would have no dowry. Julia was furious, but James insisted it didn’t matter to him. They were married. She did love him and learned to speak Greek.

The years passed and James and George prospered in their business. The family lived in a townhouse in Manhattan with a grand piano in the parlor.
From the left, there is James, then Sultana, his eldest daughter, Helen the youngest, and his wife Julia. This picture was taken before 1929 and the Stock Market Crash when he lost his business.

They moved from Manhattan to Queens and made ends meet.

Below is a photo of Sultana with friends at the fashionable Stork Club. She became a clerk at Lord & Taylor store. Her sister became a secretary for the department store.
Sultana is on the lower left, Terry, then Terry’s friend. Upper left is Normand, Guy and to the right Rene. Terry liked to set up Sultana on blind dates. That’s how she meet a young sailor from Detroit named John Hanniford. They would get married and have two daughters. Sultana would also be remembered as an artist and a past President of the Lyme Art Association.

That’s the story of my mother’s side of the family.

-Susan (daughter of John and Sultana Hanniford)
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
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Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

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Let’s Keep In Touch by Stacy Hoff

Recently I went to a writers’ conference. Many of the classes at this two-day event focused on book promotion. I agree that promoting books is a necessary evil for any author. (Most authors just want to write novels all day long.) The speakers said that newsletters are an author’s most effective promotional tool. The rationale is that newsletters give authors the ability to:

  • directly communicate with readers when new releases come out.
  • not be at the mercy of social media platforms.
  • have sufficient space to give readers what they want: book excerpts, bonus material, teasers, etc.

I am new to newsletters, but I agree. I have sent out two newsletters so far to my readers. I will keep reaching out by sending them more. I send, however, only when I have major news, like a contest win, a book signing event, or when a new release comes out. No more than four newsletters will go out a year. I don’t want anyone to feel spammed.

Most importantly, I hope you will become one of my subscribers! My last blog post on Nights of Passion will be Friday, November 16th. I hope my newsletter will be our way of staying in touch. So here’s the link:

SIGN UP FOR STACY’S NEWSLETTER! http://eepurl.com/bG0HZD

There are other ways of staying in touch with me, too!

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Let’s stay in touch! Readers are the very reason why I write!

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Feel the Impact

As I’m writing this blog, I can’t help but think about how impactful a week this will be. I’m not going to take sides or go into politics on this blog, but I will bring up the importance of making an impact or even a difference in our lives. Politics just happens to be one way many believe they can make a difference or an impact but there are many ways to do so and the season of giving is upon us.

As a writer, I’ve often thought of having an impact on my reader- even if that is simply creating a story for them to enjoy and get lost in for a bit. After all, many of us enjoy fictional reading simply for the characters and worlds we get pulled into.

As a person, I’ve also thought of having an impact or making a difference in other ways – volunteer work, donations, coaching. Sometimes it is more rewarding than we can ever expect and other times, it reveals a different type of reality than we were expecting.

As a mother, I worry about making a difference in a different way. I worry about how to teach my children to have a positive impact and make a difference in the lives of those around them. This role is by far, the hardest role for me to play. It is certainly the most time consuming and despite all the resources out there, one can’t help but feel they are flying blind most of the time because you really don’t know how everything is turning out until your child does or doesn’t do something you thought you taught them. Either way, I feel I must try because at least then I have some chance of making a difference.

Happy writing and have a wonderfully impactful week!

 

 

 

 

 

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Shipping Books in a Postal Strike by Mandy Rosko

I use Canada Post often enough that I need it to ship out the books I get for my Patrons, and I need it to get those books to me on a fairly regular basis.

 

So when I heard that there was going to be a postal strike in Canada, I got a little worried. I tend to run a little late with most things, so the idea that my Patrons who pay me good money to bring them the books that they are generous enough to let me write for them ^_^

I don’t have all the details, but when I went to the post office today to drop off the first small batch of Patreon print books, I learned that the strike isn’t entirely what I thought it was.

So if you’re in Canada and you want to ship out prizes, books, and/or swag to your readers, you don’t need to fear (too much)

 

Shipping out to the United States will be all right. If the information I got from the worker behind the counter is correct. If you are in Canada and not in one of the cities where the strike is currently taking place, shipping to the US through regular means should be all right. As should shipping to other Canadian cities where the strikes are not taking place.

 

You should check online for a current list of the cities that are striking, but there will still be a way to get mail if you are ordering art items (Deserres is using Canpar) or your books from Amazon (I don’t believe UPS is striking. Yet. There are threats of it if you just do a search)

 

So whether you use the mailing system in Canada to get your goodies, presents for family, or to ship out your books and prizes to the readers you want to reward, do your homework, plan ahead, and find secondary mailing services if the need is great enough.

 

Good luck, and happy writing 🙂

 

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Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Day Paranormal-Scope

In England, on this day in 1605, Guy Fawkes and company tried and failed to blow up Parliment. Every year, bonfires are lit in celebration of the failed plot. Let’s see what the paranormals are plotting this week.

While I am not qualified in any way to read neither stars nor planets, I am intimately linked to the paranormal in the world in many ways. So are you.

The paranormal-scope is for entertainment purposes only and is not meant to guide your life by.

The week for not so innocent baby animals and you:

Aries:
Dragons love a good party. Get together with family and friends. Dress your best. Invite a new friend.

Taurus:
Abominable Snowman laments it is too warm to snow. Enjoy what you have. Be careful what you wish for.

Gemini :
Imps enjoy laughing. Watch funny movies to get in the mood.

Cancer:
Shapeshifters love yoga and mediation. Do your favorite things to relax and de-stress.

Leo:
Ghosts fly through the trees, but keep getting caught in the branches. Don’t overextend yourself this week.

Virgo:
An evil clown is walking through your neighborhood. It’s attracted to clutter. Declutter your home.

Libra:
A vampire strolls down your street. Time to meet up with old friends and go out for fun.

Scorpio:
Pixies think you are fun! Beware of the mischief of others this week. Laugh along with the joke as long as it’s funny.

Sagittarius:
Werewolves love chasing balls. It’s good exercise. Are you getting enough?

Capricorn:
Mermaids sing. Unexpected company are headed your way.

Aquarius:
Wizards will tell you that mixing potions can be hazardous. Get a new cookbook and take care with these directions and all directions in general this week.

Pisces:
Zombies are running down your street. Time to take it easy and enjoy some solitude.

-Susan
Susan Hanniford Crowley, Amazon Kindle Bestselling Author of Vampire Romance
www.susanhannifordcrowley.com
Where love burns eternal and whispers in the dark!

NEW: Vampire Princess of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 2 available in Kindle! In Amazon Print! In Barnes and Noble Print!
Vampire King of New York, Arnhem Knights of New York, Book 1 now in Kindle and Print!
Vampire in the Basement, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 4 available in Kindle.
Poseidon’s Catch (mythology romance) available in Kindle.
Mrs. Bright’s Tea Room (steampunk romance) available in Kindle.
A Vampire for Christmas,Vampires in Manhattan, Book 3 available in Kindle.
The Stormy Love Life of Laura Cordelais, Vampires in Manhattan, Book 2 available in Kindle and Print and Barnes and Noble Print
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Happy Bonfire Night (One Day Early!) by Laura Greenwood

Here in the UK, the 5th November (or the weekend just before like this one is!) means lots of fires up and down the country and some beautiful firework displays. Bonfire Night is a truly odd tradition where we basically celebrate someone failing to commit treason and in doing so, became the symbol of everything opposite to what he stood for. Saying that, his name is still remembered 500 years after he was executed…maybe that’s a win for Guy Fawkes. Then again, maybe not. His effigy is burned thousands of times up and down the country every single year. Not a great legacy really.

The last time I missed going to Bonfire on Bonfire Night was when I lived in France in 2012…so imagine my excitement when I got to share this truly British tradition with one of my closest friends (and fellow author), Arizona Tape, for the first time (she moved to the UK earlier this year!)

As we watched the fireworks, we compared them to things, seeing the imagery above us. Some of the sparkling ones looked like dandelions, others like lillies, and even more like fireflies. Despite the fact they’re just dancing sparks in the sky, we were creating stories about them. Imagination can be sparked anywhere (see what I did there!)

Next year, I might even write a special story for Bonfire Night. I really do love it a crazy amount!

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