Monday, May 14, 2018

Wayne's Legion Militia Encampment Event at Woodville

So just as I was winding down from Fort Frederick, it was not too long before I was on my way to another event, this one being the Wayne's Legion Militia Encampment Event at the Woodville Plantation in Bridgeville, PA. While my traditional folk music group, Wayward Companions have performed and done quite a few events here (just this past weekend we performed a candlelight concert with the Pittsburgh Historical Music Society Orchestra, which we are affiliated with), I recently have been added to their roster of tour guides, which is pretty cool. I'm also helping them out with things like period attire and some of their programs. This is a cool group of people and if you haven't visited the Neville House at Woodville and you'll be in the area this summer, make sure you do so. :)

For starters, I recently and finally completed a new outfit that I started sewing a couple years ago. It was finished just in time for the Wayne's Legion event and now I look forward to adding it to my options of 18th century attire. :)


Upon my arrival, I was able to capture some photos of the soldiers about to drill, along with the blacksmith and the encampment area prior to the public's arrival. The specific time and war that they are reenacting is the Whiskey Rebellion (1791-1794), when a militia was brought in to defend the Neville House (the Neville were among those taxing the whiskey, therefore making them not too well-liked by the average person at one time).




I also wanted to point this clock out. It is the original clock owned by one of the inhabitants of the Neville House, Christopher Cowen, who lived in the house during the early part of the 19th century.


In between tours, I ventured over to where a few sutlers were. Pictured below are Wild Willy's Powder Horns and Skrimshaw, Old Plank Forge, and The Wylde Celt.





I will also add that the fine gentlemen of  The Wylde Celt and Old Plank Forge also help with running the Whiskey Rebellion Festival, where Wayward Companions will be returning to this summer (we will be on the main stage and then at the Bradford House).


 All three of these men have some really cool wares. You can catch them at reenacting events, festivals (The Whiskey Rebellion being one), and show them some love online:
Old Plank Forge Website
The Wylde Celt on Facebook
Wild Willy's Powderhorns Website


These were also some gorgeous flowers growing on the site's grounds and I got to take some of them home. :)


There are also Dominique chickens on the property. They are quite a popular attraction, especially among the children that love feeding them raisins. Dominique chickens are considered to be America's oldest breed and would likely have been residents of several farms. They were particularly popular in the late 18th century.


An last but not least, this photo taken of me by Susan O'Toole, one of Woodville's coordinators. :)



If you would like to visit The Neville House at Woodville this summer (and you might just end up with me as your tour guide!), visit their website for more info. :)

Neville House at Woodville

Friday, May 11, 2018

Going to Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair (Big Pool, MD), Part 2

Hey there,

So now we are on to part 2 of my Fort Frederick post and in this one, we get to the really good stuff. Yep, the sutler and blanket traders I had the pleasure of doing business with. For some it was a reunion from the previous year and for others I was just coming to know them for the first time. Either way, they were awesome. :)


If you didn't catch my interview with Kristin of The Drunken Apprentice or Part 1 of the Fort Frederick blogs, here are the links so you can catch up:

A Chat with The Drunken Apprentice

Going to Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair (Big Pool, MD), Part 1


Like last year, I started the shopping expedition off right by visiting April at the Fashions Revisited tent. Here are examples of what you might find at her store:




And here is what I ended up taking out of there. A really beautiful fan (you can never have too many), new sewing needles and pins, hat pins, and a tea strainer. I love it all. She has the most adorable shopping bags too. And come on, who doesn't just love cute shopping bags?



April does have social media, a website, and an etsy shop. And thank God because I'm just a tad obsessed. By the way, you might see me sporting this fan at the concert with Pittsburgh Historical Music Society and my group Wayward Companions this Saturday. In the meantime, check out her links:
Fashions Revisited Facebook Page
Fashions Revisited Website (which also links to her etsy shop


Another one of my faves is Liberty Linens. In fact, I made some of my first pieces of 18th century clothing from their fabulous linen. When I first started with this whole living history/reenacting thing, I was ordering online from them quite a bit, so imagine my excitement when I saw that they were going to be at some of the market faires, Fort Frederick in particular. This year, I kept it simple with them, but I am still happy with their product nonetheless.
For the photos, I paired what I bought from Liberty Linens (the twill tape, linen thread, and silk ribbons) with my purchases from two other great 18th century retailers, 96 District Fabrics from Bishopville, SC and Burnley & Trowbridge Co. , a retailer from Williamsburg, Virgina. From 96 District Fabrics and Burnley & Trowbridge, I bought the beautiful fabrics that I am looking forward to making clothing articles out of at the next sewing circle/stitch 'n' bitch. I'm still deciding on what those clothing articles will be, but whatever they are, I look forward to sporting them when they are complete! The folks at 96 District Fabrics also seemed to appreciate my very 18th century appropriate leopard print sunglasses. :D


You can visit Liberty Linens, 96 District Fabrics, and Burnley and Trowbridge at the following links:
Liberty Linens Website
Burnley & Trowbridge Website
96 District Fabrics

Also, here is where to show them some love on social media:
Liberty Linens on Facebook
Burnley & Trowbridge on Facebook
96 District Fabrics on Facebook


Another sutler I love to visit is Amey's Adornments. Over the last couple years, I not only consider Andrea and Mark Amey awesome sutlers, but also cool friends to hang with at these events. She makes some beautiful jewelry and unfortunately, I didn't get a photo until the end of the event when their cases were more sparse, but I'm happy they did well. :)



In addition, they have beautiful dinnerware and I added to my own 18th century dinner set collection from their inventory. :)


Amey's Adornments is currently working on getting an etsy shop and I will post an update on this once it is set up. :)

Now as someone who makes her own personal care products, handmade soaps typically get my attention almost immediately. I am starting to make my own soap, but it is definitely a process, more so than pretty much any other personal care products I make. In addition to their beautiful soaps, absolutely loved visiting and talking with the very kind and lovely elderly couple of Grandma's Soap and Stuff. Hanging out with them kind of reminded me of hanging out with my own grandparents.

 the beautiful display of handmade soap at Grandma's Soap & Stuff

It was difficult to make a selection as their product is absolutely amazing, but I finally decided on a couple of things. One was Scottish Heather soap (heather is said to be placed in a bride's bouquet for good luck) and a goat's milk shampoo bar (I typically use either a dry shampoo or a shampoo bar...it's been years since I've used regular shampoo on my hair). In addition I bought some Moroccan Argan and Vitamin E Oil. I started using this on my face and at the ends of my hair, combined with Young Living's Copaiba Essential Oil (which is also great for smoothing out frayed ends...I'll be going into more on this in the health and beauty section of this blog). I absolutely love it and will also be adding it to some of the personal care products I make.
In addition to soap and personal care products, Grandma Soaps & Stuff also has some jewelry pieces, as the beautiful pendant beneath the shampoo bar was also handmade by her.


Definitely check out Grandma's Soap and Stuff at their website:
Grandma's Soap and Stuff Website

They also gift wrap, so if you are looking for a great gift idea, definitely consider their soap and other products. :)

Another place I like to stop at is the book binders, so Colonial Printer & Bookbindery it was. This year, I got a book on 18th century personal care recipes (which is another thing I will be going into in the healthy and beauty area of this blog) and of course, some laid paper, which I also don't think you can have too much of.


Check them out Colonial Printer & Bookbindery at:
Colonial Printer & Bookbindery website

Now this next purchase is probably among my favorites. There was one such sutler that made replicas of old maps and the prices were quite reasonable. Since I have a fondness for old maps, I ventured into his tent. Now the map pictured below really caught my attention and it appears to be not only a map, but also a cartoon making very inappropriate jokes about tax collectors (because tax collectors were not what you would call popular back in the day). Once I buy a frame, I will proudly be hanging this in my main living space, not too far from Basil Rathbone and Lon Cheney.


Now, I feel horrible with this one because I totally spaced on picking up this sutler's business card so that I may appropriately list his website and such. I did try looking through the list of sutlers in this year's Fort Frederick program, but did not see any businesses calling themselves anything along the lines of 'so and so's maps.' So if anyone reading this was at Fort Frederick and knows the name of the business, please let me know and I will update it accordingly. :)

Sunday at Fort Frederick was basically walk around and pick up some last minute small items until I had to leave to go to the film screening. Last year, I visited Turkey Foot Trading Co. & Forge and found some Rose Wax Cologne that I absolutely loved. So this year, I went hoping to stock up on a little more, but alas they either did not have any or were out of stock by the time I got there. They did, however, have Jasmine, which I ended up purchasing. I do like the scent of Jasmine and the cologne is quite nice. I do still have a good bit of Rose left, and (great news!) they have it on their website catalog, so it's all good. :)


Turkey Foot Trading Co. & Forge Website

Welp, that about sums up my Fort Frederick adventures. There will be more of these to come as my 18th century band performs at various historical venues and events. I will also be camping 18th century style at a variety of places such as Fort Niagra and others. I am also finding myself becoming somewhat of a 'beauty blogger', so more of my favorite products and such will be included at the Healthy Living section of the blog. :)

Up next is the Wayne's Legion Militia Encampment at Woodville. I got to be a tour guide in this one. :)

a photo I took of the fort (Fort Frederick) just before I left

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Going to Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair (Big Pool, MD), Part 1


Fort Frederick 18th Century Market Fair is an event that takes place in Big Pool, MD every year during the last weekend of April. A couple weeks ago, I went for the second time with some friends in the living history/reenactment realm. Fort Frederick and many similar events include sutlers, blanket traders, reenacting (usually battles that are specific to such sites), and camping. All around, it's a great time and gives one an excuse to dress as though they are straight off the set of Turn or Outlander. Seriously, we spend a lot of time sewing and making this stuff!

So typically, as it works with the group I attend these events with, half of our camping group heads out on Thursday to get the campsite set up, though this year, my friend Sarah and I decided to hotel it. A large part of my reason for deciding to hotel it was the fact that I had a film screening to attend upon my return from Maryland. Since I prefer to be showered for such an event, hotel triumphed over camping in a tent.
Anyway, we arrived at Fort Frederick State Park late Friday night and dropped her dad off at camp where we met up with the rest of our group and hung out for a while. I took a couple cool pictures of the moon (which was gorgeous as it shone through the clouds) and the campfire we had going on.




After the campfire hangout, Sarah and I went to the hotel. Yeah, we really roughed it up this year at the Holiday Inn.


The hotel fitness center

By the way, I do love a hotel with a proper gym. I always pack my resistance bands when I travel because sometimes hotel gyms include a treadmill and a treadmill. And when I do camp at these events (which is most of the time), I often get up early and either jog or walk a trail. If I combine that with resistance bands, I can get in a pretty decent workout. But this particular hotel gym made me very happy. I even met two guys from Jersey in there while working out. They were lifting and I was on the elliptical. They were very nice and together we bemoaned the elevator music they had playing over the gym intercom. Sure we could have put on our headphones and drowned out the incessant noise, but then we wouldn't have been able to talk and moan about the music. Personally, I'd rather talk and moan about the music.


Fort Frederick early in the morning

On Saturday, after getting up super early and putting on our 18th century attire, we returned to Fort Frederick State Park and the campsite. I took some photo and video of the beautiful misty morning that welcomed us there. Dennis also made us some pretty decent coffee over the campfire (if you follow me on Facebook and Instagram, you can see the coffee video I captured).





Video of Fort Frederick early in the morning.



Not only did Dennis make us coffee in the morning, but he also cooked us lunch and dinner over the campfire. I will say that the food was phenomenal and Dennis really knows how to cook. We should have him cook for us more often. :D

Lunch brought to us by Dennis

I also took more photos throughout the day and weekend as I walked around, shopped, and hung out with some of the blanket traders and sutlers:

The fort and some of the sutler tents after the event closed on Saturday



Hanging out around another campfire at dusk



Packing to leave on Sunday morning :( I dressed in civilians clothes for the last day due to having an event to attend after getting back from Maryland

Fort Frederick campsite on Sunday morning

My next post will cover the really cool vendors I visited and purchased from, some of whom I knew from previous years and others that were new to me. If you check out the post previous to this one or event my Facebook page and YouTube channel, you can see my chat with the lovely Drunken Apprentice. :)

So I will be bringing more in the next day or two. :)

Sunday, May 6, 2018

A Chat with The Drunken Apprentice (at Fort Frederick in Big Pool, MD)


The Fort Frederick Market Faire that takes place every year in late April in Big Pool, MD brings many cool and talented sutlers and blanket traders with some gorgeous 18th century wares, many of which is handcrafted. One such blanket trader is the lovely woman behind The Drunken Apprentice Glassware. So check out my interview with her where she discusses her glass blowing technique and the history behind the specific designs. Enjoy! :)



Here is my own firing/Freemason glass that I use for my morning apple cider vinegar, Frankincense oil, and Ningxia Red shot. I will add that I very much enjoy rapping it on the table in true 18th century fashion once I've taken the shot. :D



Saturday, May 5, 2018

MUSIC REVIEW: Tempest's New Album, Thirty Little Turns


April was a really good and busy month for me, between my own music gigs, a premiere film screening at Steel City Comic Con, and the Fort Frederick Market Faire (recap of that coming in the next day or two). In the last week of the month, I also had the pleasure of seeing the Celtic Rock band, Tempest on the Pittsburgh area stop of their Spring 2018 tour. I have been going to see them since 2013 and have also gotten to know them over those years too. In their 2018 show, they perform songs from their newest effort, "Thirty Little Turns." After the show, I picked it up and now I am doing a short review of it for you.






Enjoy and please check out Tempest at their website:
http://www.tempestmusic.com/html/cdorder.html

Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Thirty-Little-Turns-Tempest/dp/B078XR421N





Me chilling after the show with Tempest frontman and founding member, Leif Sorbye


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Winner in the Romance Genre Category!

Hi there!

Well, they've announced it so it is now okay for me to.  I am very happy to announce that The Birthrite won in this year's B2BCyCon. One of the main characters in the series, Dorothy Blake (or Dorothy Blake Turner as she later becomes) was the one that reigned supreme in the Romance Genre Character Tournaments!
As for the Cover Wars, Descent (The Birthrite, #1) didn't do too shabby. The book cover that Rowen Poole and I collaborated on made it pretty far in the Horror/Thriller Genre category and came in at a very close second (to A.M. Nestler's gorgeous cover for her book Beautiful Nightmare) in the Romance Genre category.
I want to thank everyone who voted and for the awesome support thus far. The competition this year was pretty steep. 
I am featuring Dorothy at my website, Facebook page, Instagram, email list, and blog this week. Thank you again to the voters, to Ashley for doing an awesome job with running the Romance Genre this year, and to Angela, Joe and company for yet another great event this year.


DOROTHY BLAKE TURNER 




Dorothy Elizabeth Blake was born inside an old mid 19th century home in Plains, New York, a small suburban town outside of the city. She came into the world at the stroke of midnight on December 1, 1913, letting out her first cries as the grandfather clock in the hallway tolled the twelfth chime.
Dorothy’s parents are Matthew Charles Blake and Elizabeth Alice Blake (nee, Winthrop). Her father is ¾ Irish and ¼ Native American (Dakota Sioux with a touch of Ojibwe). He is a grandson of Jonathan, a young Irish immigrant of the earlier part of the 19th century, and Kimimela, a young woman from a Dakota Sioux encampment who married Jonathan. Circumstances surrounding the family of Dorothy’s mother, Elizabeth (or “Liz” as Matthew calls her), is one of several shrouded mysteries haunting the family. Dorothy is also an only child as Matthew and Liz had much difficulty in conceiving. Even Liz’s pregnancy with Dorothy was a difficult and high risk one (she was confined to the bedroom during the last months until after she gave birth).
Growing up, Dorothy was a quiet but precocious child and the light of her parents’ life, especially her father who was quite protective. For a reason he can’t explain, the old Fleming Orphanage that had been abandoned since the latter part of the 19th century is an area of town that he feels strongly repelled by and a place he does not want Dorothy going near. Matthew’s second cousin, Tahatan (a full-blooded AmerIndian who is a spiritualist and healer following in the footsteps of their great-grandfather Howahkan), confirms the validity of those fears, though can’t fully explain why as of yet.
As Dorothy grows, she spends much of her childhood in Plains, playing with her two best friends Linda Parker and Gail Carr. While Gail is the most outspoken and brash of the three, Linda exudes being softer, more feminine, and very high maintenance. Dorothy’s strong but quiet energy offers them a balance. While she and Gail share a lot of opinions regarding politics and women’s issues, Dorothy is more reserved and not as bold as her friend. When it comes to Linda, Dorothy doesn’t get the concept of having one’s life completely revolve around cosmetics, the latest fashions, and one’s boyfriend (Linda views her boyfriend Jimmy Kratz as her entire world), but she does have romantic feelings for Carl Turner, one of their classmates and a popular though wayward young man. Feelings she harbored since their freshman year of high school. Her crush on him is revealed to Gail and Linda just prior to their senior year and of course Linda, who has been determined to find a guy for Dorothy, intercedes in getting the message of her friend’s feelings to Carl.
At first, Dorothy is horrified and furious with Linda, but that horror and anger subsides when Carl starts showing a little interest. Shortly thereafter, Carl and Dorothy start going together and slowly build their relationship.
As their relationship builds itself and the feelings the two have for one another grow, events also begin to unravel, including dark events from Carl’s past and the mysterious events haunting and hovering over Dorothy’s family. Their relationship and feelings the two have for one another is put through what seems like a neverending test. When all hell starts to break loose and the supernatural reveals itself, there seem to be forces that will stop at nothing to keep the young couple apart, and the question of why they are being targeted is raised.
In Descent (The Birthrite, #1) and throughout the series, the devotion that Carl and Dorothy have for one another faces one challenge after another, and the question of how the two will stay together, persevering against the odds and their love remaining unconditional is constant.

Begin the epic journey with Descent (The Birthrite, #1):

Thursday, April 5, 2018

B2BCyCon 2018: Love is in the Air...Meet the Romance Genre Authors






*Sometimes changing one thing can change everything.*
Max Alexander, Hollywood’s king of the silver screen, has made hearts flutter all over the world. He’s just wrapped his latest blockbuster, and is planning to visit on old college friend in Switzerland when his plans unexpectedly change. To make it up to him, Thomas Meenan, right hand man of his old friend, offers him a stay at Escape, a remote North Carolina B&B on the Atlantic coast. Unsure of the offer, but unwilling to offend his long term friend, he agrees to check it out. When he arrives there at four in the morning he finds something he never expected, but soon realizes is exactly what he needed.
Annie Clemons has lived her entire life at Escape, painting in her attic studio, and walking on the beach. Not long ago she almost lost it to the bank before Thomas Meenan and the Chimera Group invested in the B&B in exchange for occasional use of the property for their special private events. Now, with Meenan as her partner, her home is secure and her financial troubles are behind her. She can’t imagine life getting any better until Max Alexander shows up in the middle of the night, and announces his plan to spend a month there alone with her.
When Max and Annie meet hearts pound, and fantasies bloom, but as they grow closer someone else is watching their romance unfold, someone who She specializes in big strong handsome men who listen, and know their way around in the bedroom. Her heroines are filled with sass and brains. Her stories are filled with insta-love and wild memorable rides that start the second their eyes meet, and end in sweet glorious cheesy love filled HEA’s, like pastries for the mind.

The Chimera Club Stories are stand alone steamy romances that you can read in any order. Some characters will pop up from time to time, but these books are designed to be something you could just relax into, and not worry about where you were in the set.
Grab a blanket, put the cat out, put the phone on silent and let Cybill tuck you in tonight.
Follow her and never miss a bedtime story! Instagram @cybillcainauthor FB: @cybillcain


I have always been an avid reader of romance and science fiction. I decided to merge my two reading passions together and create my own version of paranormal/science fiction romance. I love creating new worlds where there are endless possibilities for finding love. I grew up in a small town in rural Pennsylvania and I am currently living in Indiana with my hopelessly romantic husband (who would never admit it under torture), the cutest and craziest toddler I’ve ever seen, and two mischievous dogs.  While I haven’t sailed around the world I have been to Jamaica where I was married beside the ocean and in a previous career traveled to Germany and Switzerland.




CIRCLE OF LIES
ALIEN PROPHECIES BOOK 1

RAZ DONOVAN
Raz is a former M83 soldier for a secret alien military organization and distrusts all humans and most Sixxers. Betrayed, he leaves his comrades behind to protect his small circle from human Chasers determined to harness their Sixxer power. Hiding among the human population keeps Raz’s people safe. The small town he moves to appears the perfect place to live out his life in peace, and he meets an irresistible human female, Sandra, who breaks away the armor around his soul. She opens his heart. He begins to trust her. Unfortunately, there is nowhere to hide from Chasers. The town is a hotbed of Chaser activity and Raz has to leave or risk capture. He battles Chasers and his love for Sandra knowing he must leave her forever. Until the Chasers target her.

SANDRA ROBINS
Sandra’s personal life and career are in the toilet. Her cheating ex brings an end to her dreams of a family. His connections at the university destroy her reputation in the biology department, and she scrambles to find research time. Wary around the mysterious man who cares for her sick friend, Sandra doesn’t want another relationship,. She can’t resist Raz. He is otherworldly, exciting and … sexy as hell. She’s thrown into situations where she can’t tell the truth from the lies. The energy Sixxers naturally posses is frightening and exhilarating. When she discovers her ex is responsible for the virus sickening Sixxers and possibly herself, she works tirelessly on a cure. As supernatural events unfold, she’ll be thrown into a world beyond imagination. There will be no turning back to her ordinary life when her heart convinces her to fall in love again.


FINDING LOVE’S LIGHT

SENZA CAVANAUGH AND TREVOR GATE
are left alone in a world that no longer makes sense. As they uncover the roots of their mysterious power, Trevor discovers their alien ancestry. Is the light part of their DNA or something evil? Their power is uncontrollable and dangerous. With no one to help them, they search for a way to hold onto each other before the light destroys them.


CIRCLE OF FANTASIES
ALIEN PROPHECIES BOOK 2
COMING SUMMER 2018!
MIA WENDEL
After learning the man who raised Mia isn’t her father, she sets out to find the man responsible for half her DNA. She lands a high profile job at the biotech company her real father owns. Mia is drawn into a dangerous conspiracy regarding experimentation her biological father is accused of doing. She’s assigned to a project promising to reveal the truth, but she’s partnered with sexy nanotechnologist, Daniel Anderson. He gets under her skin, and inside her dreams. She has no room for Daniel’s form of romance when the stakes are so high. Yet, as they dig deeper into the company’s business, they both discover Mia’s DNA is part alien. By then, her passion for Daniel can’t be denied.
DANIEL ANDERSON
Daniel crushes on Mia Wendel the first day he meets her. He doesn’t believe in love at first sight until she’s a part of his life. She needs his clearance levels to dig for information on her emerging psychic ability. She holds herself back from the slightest hint of their budding relationship. As his clearance levels decrease and their relationship changes, Daniel can’t hide he’s falling for her. There’s a pull between them that crosses the boundaries of the mind and filters into their thoughts and dreams. Daniel’s research becomes a catalyst used against them with Mia’s half brother and father targeting her for experiments. Their love forms an impenetrable bond as they fight for their freedom and the truth.



CHERRY SENIEL is a paranormal romance writer who believes that all of the best love stories have one thing in common—one must go against the odds to get there. Her novel tells about that. By day, she applies her skills as a Computer Engineer and leads a team. She pursued her IT career in Singapore for a couple of years and then she went back to her homeland. She loves the Entrepreneur world as well. She finished her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Ateneo de Cagayan University in the Philippines.
At night, she writes her novels and talks to her characters. Her passion for writing is so massive that she cannot disregard its call. She took various courses online to develop her skills and to learn more in the field of literature. Writing about her characters and introduce them to the world is her deepest wish.

CONNECT

Twitter Page:        https://www.twitter.com/cherryseniel
Website:                https://cherryseniel.wordpress.com/




The Chief of Aplon is dead. The entire village rejoices. His death serves as a reminder to everyone. Never defy the law of the land or succumb to the consequences. Loving a Samardian is against the rule. Did the spirit forbid it or is it a law mandated by man? No one gets immunity—not even the Chief.
Ingrid—the woman he loves. She can’t escape the wrath of the people, including the life she carries. But she will take her chances. Her baby will survive and rule Aplon one day to correct these idiosyncrasies. She will protect this claim even it will cost her life. It shall be done. This is her vow.
Elijah sees nothing but darkness the first time he opens his eyes while in the care of his newfound family. But thanks to his crystal, he pictures the world in black and white. He wants to believe he is normal, but his heart tells otherwise. And with his fatal touch—he knew he isn’t ordinary. He must conceal this secret. It’s the only way not to hurt anyone. But with Hayleya, the world he knew becomes the opposite. He can look into her eyes and feel her touch without fear. And she holds his heart captive the first time their gaze met. If only he can swap his reality with that kind of world he knew in his dream. He would stay in that place where there is no fear and darkness, but love and freedom. Their love is real. The story repeats itself. He fell in love with a Samardian—just like his father. But this time, he will fight for it and he must succeed. The life of Hayleya and the discovery of his true identity hang by a thread. There’s no room for failure. Saving Hayleya means unleashing the words written by a powerful Samardian—his mother.



Two living souls who wish to rekindle a love—born from the past and reborn in the present. It was a love of a lifetime tested by time and age. But fate was elusive. The long days of waiting consumed her peace—it leads to a dark plan. Another soul can spark their flame of love in exchange for something she can never take back—her life. Death is not the end, in the name of love.
Mila opens her eyes and feels her heartbeat again. Thanks to her mysterious donor. Caught between life and death, a dream becomes her key. She knew that a lady gave her a second chance to live. But in return, she made her promise one thing—to find a guy she doesn’t know. The secret of the past is her only clue, but how to find him—she remains oblivious.
The dream can mean nothing—she starts to believe that until fate made its way to unveil the answers to her questions. Joshua’s penetrating gaze awakens a feeling that is new to her. Is it really a new spark? Or is it an old feeling, rooted deeply, waiting to be rekindled? She needs to lead her fate—to embrace the love from the past or to welcome Luke’s love in the present?




Reading and writing have been J.J.’s passion her whole life. Starting out with being the poet, everyone came to in high school to get that “perfect” poem for his or her boyfriend/girlfriend. She spent her weekends locked away in her room, curled up on her bed, writing short stories for only a selected few readers.
She has been happily married for 32 years to her trucker husband. She is a mother of three, grandmother of four and one angel; a lover of dogs, cats, birds, and fish.
J.J. started to pen historical romance as a hobby when her youngest child was a year old. She got serious about her writing career joining Romance Writers of America and Indiana Romance Writers of America. She penned her first paranormal romance, Into the Darkness, 
in 25 days, taking herself beyond her comfort zone and just giving the characters free reign of their story. Now she is a published author both in historical and paranormal romance as well as four anthologies.

CONNECT

Emailjjdevineauthor@gmail.com
Twitter: @JjDevine2010




Tiffany Apan is an award-winning Symphonic Celtic Folk Rock artist and author of Dark Romantic Fantasy Fiction inspired by history, mythology, ancient texts, and lore. In the thick forests of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Tiffany started honing her musical and artistic abilities with the help of her musician grandparents. She was taught guitar, violin, and accordion before taking up classical piano at age 9. Her interest in history and mythology also began when she was quite young as she was the only one in her fifth grade writing class obsessed with Vikings and Norwegian sea legends to the point of writing poems about them.
Tiffany was also highly active in other parts of the artistic community, starting dance lessons at age 3 (ballet, and later tap, jazz, and hip hop) and formal classical voice training at age 12.  In addition, she appeared in numerous musical theater and operatic productions. Then upon moving to Pittsburgh (Southwestern, PA) in her college years, she landed supporting roles in indie films and started writing what would later be her 2008 debut album, Poet.
In 2008 and into 2009, Poet enjoyed much success, receiving enthusiastic response from music fans and critics alike. Ray Dorsey of Ray’s Realm called Poet “one of 2008’s best albums”. Others have referred to Tiffany’s sound as music of a high standard, commenting on phenomenal classically trained vocals. Her music has also been featured on several compilation albums, in film, and in 2010, the music video for her adaptation of the traditional song, “Scarborough Fair” won first place in the Music Video category at the International Indie Gathering Film Festival. Then in 2012, her writing received recognition when her screenplay, Driving Nowhere won Best Horror Short Script at the same festival.
Since then, she has released EPs and singles, acted in film and theatrical productions (favorite roles include Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, Sally in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, and Maria in The Sound of Music) while planning her next musical project titled, Antiquity, which will involve gothic and Celtic symphonic metal songs inspired by her Dark Romance Fantasy series, The Birthrite. In 2015, she started honing her passion for history by involving herself in the living history and reenactment world and met her current 18th century bandmates, Wayward Companions, when they came to a living history museum tavern night at which she was entertaining and singing tavern songs (alone!), something that made her a rather popular staple at such events. Shortly thereafter, she joined Wayward Companions as a vocalist and percussionist, and became part of the Pittsburgh Historical Music Society’s Orchestra, serving as a vocalist and stand-in percussionist. Outside interests include fitness, holistic health, antiquing, and making her home look like a vintage/antiquity paradise.
Through music and writing, she enjoys merging the past with the present and is looking forward to releasing new music as an individual artist and with Wayward Companions in 2018.

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My music projects are available at CDBaby and iTunes
“The Birthrite Series” and other books at Amazon 







A.M. Nestler is the author of “Beautiful Nightmare”, “Into The Fog”, and “Behind Broken Glass Walls”, as well as numerous short stories and poems. Nestler is an educator on writing and she critiques and reviews books of all kinds. As the founder of Literary Vacation Club – a book subscription that features lesser-known novels and items to tantalize all 5 senses – she has established a new way for smaller authors to get their work into the hands of readers.

What if your true love is only present in your dreams?
In the dystopian town of Lunamoon, everything is structured. Humans are created by science and everyone is programmed to follow certain regulations; but Shawneleigh, never lived up to the Council’s expectations. Shawneleigh hasnarcolepsy, a disorder that causes her to fall asleep at random times without warning. Because of her illness, the Council banned her to life in a hospital since she cannot be counted on to fulfill other duties. Lunamoonians receive prophecies for their lives through dreams that the Dream Maker sends to them, but Shawneleigh hadn’t received a dream in years until she found herself in one during one of her sleeping spells. It is through these dreams that she meets a man named August who claims to be the Dream Maker. He lives in solitude outside of Lunamoon, and they begin to form a bond; however, Shawneleigh cannot control when she falls asleep, and soon August finds a way to manipulate her illness. The only problem is that when he manipulates her disorder, she becomes sicker. But no matter how hard they try, they can’t stay away from one another.
“Beautiful Nightmare: Some Dreams Become Your Reality” is novel about love, life, and the importance of those who care about you. Love, above all else, is the best thing that we have to give.

Abuse. A Gun. And Her Daughter.
You never know how strong you are until you are forced into a situation that tests every ounce of your strength. This is what one mother learns when she finds out that the person who committed a shooting at her daughter’s high school was indeed her daughter. Her feelings are a mix of every emotion, but what bothers her the most is that even though she knows that her daughter took the lives of many others, she can’t help but love her the same that she always did – maybe even more. It is this love for her daughter that curses her existence and makes her question her loyalties. Learn what it means to love a child when everyone else sees her as a murderer, and experience what it feels like to love someone who you no longer understand.
What are the limits on your love?