Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Temple of Fyre #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #Fantasy #romance #fyrestones #magic #free at most venues

 

 

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Sold by her family to the priestesses of the Temple of Fyre, Ria soon masters using each of the four fyrestones, white, yellow, orange and scarlet. Her curiosity leads her to the archives and there, she learns things that disturb her. There are no men serving as priests but in the past there were. Men are kept in the harras where the priestesses visit. On the day of her testing she is ordered to perform a task she dislikes and refuses to destroy a town. Many of the priestesses fall into unconsciousness. Melera, the chief priestess, beats and banishes Ria for the carrion crows to consume. Ari was abandoned as a child and found by two elderly firestone miners. He has pursued this and is the best of the finders. He goes to the temple to sell the stones he has gleaned. On leaving, Ria attempts to steal the fyrestone he has worn since the day he was found. He thinks she is a boy and a thief and he takes her to his room at the inn. On discovering her identity, he refuses to turn her over to the priestesses and they leave town. They are searching for the fabled blue fyrestones. They also learn to use them they must be bonded physically, emotionally and spiritually. Can they learn to master the blue stones and defeat Malera so they can rule the temple with love and understanding?

Kryssie Fortune
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous start to a fantasy series. Don't miss this one

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 13, 2019

Ria has power but lacks knowledge. When challenged by the head of the all female Temple of Fyre, she loses and goes into exile. As she learns how to hone her strengths, she also learns the history of the Temple. Along the way she learns about love, but the priestesses have taught her that mating with a male costs a priestess her power. And another confrontation with the head priestess looms.


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Ria stuffed the scroll she’d taken from the shelves beneath her caftan and tightened the sash to make sure the cylinder holding the rolled papyrus remained hidden. Beads of perspiration covered her forehead. She rubbed the sleeve of her robe over her face. The night air held sultry remnants of the heat of the day. Usually, the thick walls of the temple complex kept the rooms and corridors cool. Tonight was different. The usual night breezes were absent, so the heat remained. Perhaps the approaching solstice was the cause?

Or, maybe her fear of discovery caused her heart to thump against her chest and her muscles to tighten into confining bands? She was in a place where she had no right to be without the presence of one of the priestesses. Acolytes were forbidden full access to the scrolls in the scriptorium. She drew a deep breath. She’d acted out of necessity. The scroll beneath her caftan was one she’d discovered during another of her night searches. She wasn’t permitted to read this one, but she had, and the words stirred questions her tutors refused to address.

On the morrow, her ability to control the flames of the fyrestones would be tested. She would be ordered to call flames from a pair of scarlet crystals and blend her blaze with those raised by the priestesses of the circle. Then, the chief priestess would assign her a task. Ria believed the things she’d read in this particular scroll would help her during the ordeal. The test was not without risk. One slip and the flames she sought to control could turn her into a living torch.

She crept to the scriptorium door and peered into the hall. With senses alert, she listened and searched the shadows cast by the flickering torches on the white plaster of the walls. Sensing no one was nearby she scurried along the corridor toward the living quarters of the priestesses and acolytes. With luck, she would reach her room without being discovered.

Her hand pressed against the scroll she wanted to read again. The words of this particular one were vastly different from the lessons she’d been taught by the priestesses. Had they lied? Were the ways to use the fyrestones described in these writings true, or were they only a fable invented by some ancient scribe?

There were other scrolls which told tales that seemed unreal. The aged priestess in charge of the scriptorium had laughed when Ria asked about dragons with eyes the color of the scarlet fyrestones. The old woman scoffed when Ria showed her passages describing wands wielded by wizards that sent lashes of bright or dark flames to control people.

There was no one she could ask if this scroll contained truths. Questions weren’t encouraged. Still, she wanted to believe what she’d read in this scroll about the uses of the stones. They told of helping the people, and that appealed to her.

Ria sighed. Since the day she’d been bought from the slavers by the chief priestess, her life, though interesting had been lonely. Not for her the crowded classrooms, or the dormitory where she could form friendships with the other acolytes. She had her own chamber and a private bathing room. During her lessons, she’d been the only student. Even her meals had been taken with the priestesses, not the other acolytes.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Tuesday's Writer's Tip About Setting @BWLAuthor @MFRWAuthor #Places #weather #time of day

 Settings is an important part of a story. This is the Where and When of a story. There are severalelements in setting a story in a particular place. There is the country, town or city. Also there is the time of year, and the time of day.  There is also the weather at the time of your story.  All have ways to influence the story.

Place can be used in a variety of ways. Every country has a culture and also important places. The same goes for a town, city or village. Also in each setting there is a particular place such as a house, a room or the surroundings. Giving these particular places a voice in the story can add to the tension. Think of a spooky house or a hotel room, an office or a hospital. All can add to the ambiance of a story.

Time can also be an element in a story. What year is the story taking place. What events have occurred around that time. What time of day is your character existing in. There are differences in the light of morning or a moonlit night. All these can be used to influence the characters.

Weather can also add depth to your story. Think of a frain storm, a tornado, a blizzard. Each of these events could have an influence on your character. Think of the difference between a confrontation in the sun or one beneath the moon. This can influence your characters.

So pay attention to your setting and use the elements to add tension to the story.

 

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Monday, August 8, 2022

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #reading #writing #thoughts

 Meander 1 - Reading - Three interesting books last week. Sidelined by Eden Monroe where a bull rider after a horrible fall and stomping from a bull has to retire. He returns to the east coast of Canada for two reasonns. To start a farm raising Paint horses and to win back his former wife. Reading about his fall and the treatment in the hospital was interesting. Rushing the Klondike by Joan Donaldson Yarmey is a historical set in the gold rush days. Was interesting in learning about the growth of Dawson and also a nice romance, too, Wounded Hearts by J.S. Marlo suspense and romance surrounding a bed and breakfast the heroine inherits from an aunt she didn't know she had. Much about family and though she found love in the end, I was a bit disappointed in her choice.

Meander 2 - Thoughts - Not sure there's much on my mind these days except my stories and my --- foot bone fracture. At least the sleeve is off and I was able to sleep last night without fighting through pain from the swelling above the top of the sleeve. Slowly getting back to my schedule of writing.

Meander 3 - Writing - Am nearly finished with the rewrite of Chapter 3 but the typing is far behind. I'll work on that to catch up as soon as I can.

 

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Sunday, August 7, 2022

Sunday's Book Forgotten Dreams @BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Romance #Movies #nurse practitioner

 

 

Chad Morgan is tired of his Hollywood life and his role as action hero Storm. He's ignoring the contracts for two more movies in the franchise. He wants to take a different direction and make a movie of his friend's book. He has bought the rights. But his agent and the studio want more Storm. His personal life is also bouncing from one woman to another. His thoughts have turned to Emma Grassi, the woman he left behind in his quest for fame. He decides to return to Fern Lake and speak to his friend and renew his friendship with Emma.

Emma is now a nurse practitioner sharing an office with her doctor friend. She has waited for Chad to return and has decided this isn't going to happen. She's decided to confront him and put an end to the dream she has remembered and he has forgotten. Life takes a twist when Chad 's auto accident on the outskirts of Fern Lake bring them together. She wants out. He wants in.

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Friday, August 5, 2022

The Katherine Miller series "BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Mint tea #nurse #small town mysteries #church organist

 Since there were no takers for an interview and to push their books this week, I decided I'll share some of  my books via their covers.the first of the mysteries and is Free

This is the first of the mysteries and is Free. Katherine, retired nurse and retired church organist is featured,





For some reason I can;t get Murder and Sweet Tea cover to copy. It is at this point the final book in the series but perhaps Katherine might tell me of another body that ahs found her and there could be another story.


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Thursday, August 4, 2022

Meet the Characters from Divided Dreams #NWKAuthor #MFRWAuthor #nurse practitioner #Author #Divided custody

 Rob Grantlan refused to enter the family business and became a doctor. He'd always wanted to be an author. He resigned from his position as the chief doctor at a local nursing home and took time to write. His first book was a success and he's now considering a movie deal with a former rival and friemd. When his sister dies, he becomes guardian of her child. This means he has to turn his life around. He does hire a nanny.

Andi Sherman is an old flame, her brother is the father of the infant. She is returning to town to become a pediatric nurse practitioner in a group where the head had asked ehr to marry him. She refused. When she arrives in town, she comes upon a wrecked car and calls for help. The driver is badly injured but the child in the rear car seat isn't. Andy removes the child and cares for hr until the ambulance arrives. Being curious about the pair she drives to the hospital since she still has the diaper bag.

Seeing Rob, she wants to run but she gives him the bag and takes off. Why has she come back>

Rob is stunned to see her and his old feelings are rekindled. Will she stay and when he learns about her brother being the father, can he share csutody with her?

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Seducing the Baker #MFRWHooks #BWLAuthor #romance #Bakery #trouble shooter #cupcakes

 

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Blurb:

She was the only girl to turn him down. What will happen when business and a wedding bring them together again.

Jules Grayson was a player as a teen and that hasn’t changed. Business and a friend’s wedding join to bring him to the place where his life had imploded and where his trust issues began. A Ponzi scheme and a suicide forced him into a group home he hated. For ten years he has avoided returning.

Grace Sutton is faced with a dilemma added to by the appearance of Jules in her Sweet and Spicy Cupcake bakery. Years ago she turned Jules down but she had a crush. His appearance erodes the vow she made years ago. Men had used her mother and led the woman into drugs and alcohol. Grace vowed to forego relationships with men until she could support herself. Though the bakery is making money, she doesn’t feel secure. When Jules arrives with a contract for a magazine feature, she is conflicted and attracted.




Excerpt

The arrival of several customers distracted the clerk. Jules couldn’t wait. He made a snap decision. On Monday morning he intended to have the signed contract delivered to Allie.

“You can’t go back there.”

Ignoring the young woman’s shout he slipped around the end of the display case and opened the door. Heat, a touch of vanilla and a jolt of rum and lemon hit him. The aromas gathered in a collage of scent.

The baker stood beside a marble topped table. She wore a long apron tied at her slender waist. Temptation to discover if his hands could span her waist nearly caused him to forget why he’d come into this room. A white hairnet covered hair as dark as his. Would her face match the delectable rear view? She held a plastic bag and swirled icing on a cupcake. The door closed with a loud snap.

Without turning she held out one of the confections. “Try this one and let me know if I’ve mastered the flavor.”

Jules accepted. The voice belonged to the woman of his brief phone conversations. During those moments he’d conjured a face to match the throaty voice. The image belonged to the only girl who had turned him down.

What if? Such an occurrence would be beyond belief. Still the thought stirred his desire.

Cool it, dude.

Jules bit into the cupcake. Rum and lemon, spices and small bits of fruit blended into perfection.

“What do you think?”

The question pulled him from a haze of tastes and desire. What about me licking this icing from your breasts? Had he said that aloud?

“Well?” She turned.

He nearly dropped the rest of the cupcake. Her face belonged to his memories of the star of his teenage fantasies. Alarms clanged. Trouble. He drew a deep breath. This time he intended to succeed.

“Actually the flavor’s great. Fruitcake but light. The spices, fruit and icing blend perfectly.”

 


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Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Tuesday's Writer's Tip - Characters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Writing #Characters

 Last week I looked at Plot. That is the How of the questions one asks Who, What, When, Where, Why and How. The characters are the who and are most vital. Years ago, I did an experimental story using a park bench as the main character. This was an interesting experiment but a park bench doesn't have enough character to be a character.

When writing a story, there are the main characters. We look on them as hero, heroine and villain. There are also the secondary characters and the minor ones. Developing a character takes time and thought. I use Astrology when doing this and that's a plus. Since I look at Sun, Moon and Ascendant giving me a picture of the character. Besides this, it's nic e to know about their career, their background and their experiences. These days, I often set these things in my mind by telling myself a story about the character I'm developing as I fall asleep. 

Major characters have to have a full sense of who they are and what and why they want something. Secondayr characters are the friends and perhaps minor enemies of the characters. When developing them, their traits belong to their interaction and feelings for the major characters. They may have unique characteristics, but if these are too interesting and blatant, they take away from the main characters. Minor characters are those who walk on for apurpose, like the doorman who alwasy smiles when opening the door and other characters who have a single purpose.

So choose your characters with care and make sure they all stay in their place. Having a secondary character take over cn make the story muddy,





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Monday, August 1, 2022

Meandering on Monday with Janet Lane Walters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Reading #Writing #Thoughts

 Meander 1 - Reading - Read two books by Anne Perry, one with Monk and one with the Pitt's enjoyed both. Also read several By Balough. One was sort of strange but good. Others were light and airy.

Meander 2 Thoughts - Been wondering what to do this time. There are so many things in the news that want to set me off but I think what I'm most upset with is the Supreme Court. I believe there should be a term limit of twelve years. Perhaps it made sense back in the day when people didn't live as long to give them a life time position but these days most of them are old and while they may not seem senile and do still have their wits. They are too old to understand the will of the people. I also think they should have to retire at seventy-two like the rest of the people. Sure I am 86 and can still function as a writer but I could not do the physical work I used to do. Then there are the conservative drift of the Court. Do they ever look at what the people want or are they not listening to anything but their personal and religious beliefs. Are they speaking to the will of the people. Then there is the Justice who dared make fun of others who offered criticism of a decision the Court made. Is this dignified - Hardly. Was rather like a five-year-old ahving a temper tantrum. I do hope something gives the Supreme Court a kick in the rear and some rules that make sense in this day and age take effect and there will be term or age limits imposed on this body of what has now become dictators of the American way of life.

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 ong. But I am eking out words and typing in pages and will hit a better pace soon.