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#LookingBackat2015 Bloghop: Reading Angela B. Chrysler's Dolor and Shadow

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UPDATE (12/31/25): Angela B. Chrysler's website is down due to maintenance. She is hosting the Looking Back at 2015 Blog Hop at the following Facebook Page:   https://www.facebook.com/ events/941960112546622/ Greetings! For my share of the #Lookingbackat2015 Blog hop, I bring you the final episode of The Underworld TV. Yes, The Underworld TV is coming to an end, simply because it has run its course and it's time to move on and make changes. However, I will be announcing a new webseries and podcast after the new year, one that will allow me to encompass all my interests (or at least most of them). So stay tune for that announcement after the turn of 2016! Now without further ado, in this final episode, I am reading another excerpt from the lovely Angela B. Chrysler's epic dark fantasy novel, Dolor and Shadow . As I said before, it seems like an excellent read, so definitely check it out. :) Check out more of Angela B. Chrysler and her work at http://angela

Festive Spirit Blog Hop, Day 7: Angela B. Chrysler Reads an Excerpt from Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1)

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Greetings! I hope everyone is close to being done with all their shopping for the holidays! And I bring you Day 7 of the #festivespiritbloghop. One of the authors on this blog hop is Angela B. Chrysler. Yesterday, I did a reading of an excerpt from her dark fantasy book, Dolor and Shadow. In return she also did a reading from Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1). I think she did a great job and it is always interesting to hear your words spoken by someone else. She and I will be doing another reading swap for a Looking Back at 2015 bloghop, but for now here is Angela's first reading of Descent:   And check out Angela's interview with me, my review of 2015: http://www.angelabchrysler.com/tiffany-apan/ http://francishpowellauthor. weebly.com/festive-spirit- blog-hop.html a Rafflecopter giveaway ***** For first access to giveaways and other content not seen by the rest of the world, sign up for the free Messages from the La

Festive Spirit Blog Hop, Day 6: A Reading from Angela B. Chrysler's DOLOR AND SHADOW

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Greetings! For this 6th day of the #festivespiritbloghop, I bring you an episode of The Underworld TV. In this episode, I am reading an excerpt from the lovely Angela B. Chrysler's epic dark fantasy novel, Dolor and Shadow . It seems like an excellent read, so definitely check it out. :) Check out more of Angela B. Chrysler and her work at http://angelabchrysler.com http://www.angelabchrysler.com/featured-reads/dolor-and-shadow/ And don't forget to check out the other authors involved with this #festivespiritbloghop: http://francishpowellauthor. weebly.com/festive-spirit- blog-hop.html And enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win a signed copy of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) along with a mystery gift! :) a Rafflecopter giveaway

Festive Spirit Blog Hop, Day 4: Christmas Shopping in the 19th Century and at an Alpaca Farm

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Greetings, Here is Day 4 of the #festivespiritbloghop. First, here is an interview that author Francis Powell (who is also part of this blog hop) conducted with me. Check it out at the following link: https://francishpowellwriter. wordpress.com/2015/12/19/ tiffany-apans-2015/ Now, I want to share with you all a couple places I did some of my Christmas shopping at this year. First, we went to Old Economy Village' s Christmas at the Village. Sort of like what we do for the 18th century at the Depreciation Lands Museum, Old Economy Village brings history of the 19th century to life. Their event, Christmas at the Village is an evening event that allows you to walk their cobblestone streets by candlelight while shopping for handmade gifts from some really cool vendors. Definitely looks like something straight out of a Charles Dickens novel. :) Among the very awesome vendors I bought from that night, I met the Burns family, owners of an alpaca farm. They also sell y

Festive Spirit Blog Hop Day 3: Listen to my short story, The Cemetery by the Lake

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Greetings, Welcome to Day 3 of #festivespiritbloghop :) In keeping with the ancient ghost story telling tradition of Christmases long past, I am giving you all the audiobook version of my short story, The Cemetery by the Lake. Narrated by the author. ;) Enjoy! And don't forget to check out the blogsites of the other amazing authors at the end. Also, enter for a chance to win a copy of my novel, Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) along with a mystery gift. :) http://francishpowellauthor. weebly.com/festive-spirit- blog-hop.html a Rafflecopter giveaway   ***** For first access to giveaways and other content not seen by the rest of the world, sign up for the free Messages from the Labyrinth Newsletter! Paperback copies of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and Sacred Atonement:Novelette (The Birthrite Series, # 1.5) available together for the low price of $21.00 at my Official Website My music projects are available at CDBaby My filmwork i

Festive Spirit Blog Hop: Ghost Story Legend from Topeka, Kansas

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Hi everyone, Welcome to Day 1 of the #festivespiritbloghop! Be sure to click on the link at the end of this article to check out all the other awesome authors involved. Also, enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win a signed copy of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and a special mystery surprise! Now onto the first posting. This article was originally posted at my online magazine, The Parting of Veils . Since ghost stories and legends were a popular staple in the more ancient Christmas celebrations, I felt this would be an appropriate start. :) One night this passed Halloween season, I was watching Destination America and caught a few programs covering supposedly real life ghostly encounters. One legend in particular caught my attention, one that I had never heard of before until I was watching that program. And that was of a legend from Topeka, Kansas about a specter known as the Blue Albino Woman (or "Witch") haunting Rochester Cemetery, located on the no

Three Widely Spread Historical Myths Debunked: Bathing, Death by Petticoat, and Pregnancy was Gross

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Hey all, I know I've been writing about some pretty heavy topics lately and today, I wanted to still keep to the subjects of what I've been doing but lightening it up a little (but I still want you to to keep Lie Spotting , Generalizing , and the first part of my Morality post in mind as you read these). But before I do, I wanted to announce that I will be participating in another author blog hop starting on the 16th. And I might be raffling off another copy of Descent. So stay tuned... http://francishpowellauthor. weebly.com/festive-spirit- blog-hop.html Now, onto visiting and debunking a few historical myths, these three particularly popular. In past postings, I've mentioned Mary Miley Theobald's book, Death by Petticoat: American History Myths Debunked.   She also has a website, History Myths Debunked , also dedicated to seeing that historical myths are stopped in their tracks. She is a historian who works for Colonial Williamsburg , has writ

Halloween Blog Hop: MUSIC REVIEW of Midnight Syndicate's A Ghostly Gathering

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Greetings, I know many out there feel a sense of melancholy as Halloween draws to a close. But fear thee not. The Christmas holiday and winter solstice has a long history of being a time when friends and family would gather to celebrate good tidings, cheer, and yes, ghostly tales. Therefore I feel that bringing you this review of Midnight Syndicate's latest effort at this particular time rather appropriate. Team Syndicate (Ed Douglas and Gavin Goszka) has been churning out creepy musical feasts for the ears and imagination since the 1990s, each recording offering a new theme and journey for the listener. And they continue to not disappoint. With  A Ghostly Gathering, Midnight Syndicate crafts symphonic landscapes (and never fear...these landscapes are not the kind that put you to sleep...just the opposite, actually), giving traditional Christmas carols (and some new ones written by Douglas and Goszka) their own twist. Hearing some of the tracks (for example, their version

Halloween Blog Hop: Exploring the History of Witchcraft in Salem and Elsewhere or "Burn the Witch?"

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Greetings and welcome to Day 3 of the Halloween Blog Hop. And Happy Halloween! When I was invited to participate in this blog hop, I wanted to bring to the table a subject that often seems misunderstood by the modern mind. Playing the role of real life "witch" Mary Bliss Parsons for the Depreciation Lands Museum's Cemetery Lantern Tours piqued my interest in this piece of history even more. When we think of witch trials, barbaric mobs of simpletons with their pitchforks, shovels, and torches screaming "burn the witch" as they drag the accused woman from her home is often what comes to mind. While I'm not saying that there may not be a little truth in that, when you really start looking into things, it becomes obvious that the trials and accusations run far deeper. You also start to recognize what was likely over-dramatized for Hollywood. For instance, it is often assumed that once someone was accused of witchcraft, they were automatically sc

Halloween Blog Hop: Interview with Amanda M. Lyons

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For Day 2 of the Halloween Blog Hop, I am interviewing author, Amanda M. Lyons. In a world where paranormal romance has been saturated with brooding vampires with six packs, Ms. Lyons is carving her own niche, harkening back to the gothic vampire novels of the 1990s. So read on and also stop by her blog today where she also features an interview with yours truly. :) And don't forget to enter for a chance to win a copy of DESCENT, the first novel in my series, The Birthrite at the end of this interview (the giveaway is running until November 5). So without further ado, here is Amanda M. Lyons. TA: So first, welcome to my blog! For those that may just be stumbling upon your work, introduce and tell a little about yourself. AL: Thanks for having me, Tiffany! I'm Amanda M. Lyons and I'm an author and editor with J. Ellington Ashton Press, a mom to two kiddos, and a partner to another author, Todd Misura. Most of what I write is horror, right now I have a goth

Behind the Scenes Action at the Depreciation Lands Museum

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Hey everyone, Well this was just an awesome weekend. On Friday I went to see a Vincent Price movie marathon at a local drive-in. Then I spent Saturday and Sunday in the 18th century. Saturday night was our Tavern Night and I am happy to say that it was sold out with an amazing crowd enjoying great food, great conversation, and I was only too happy to perform a few songs from that era for them. The following day (Sunday), I was back at the museum re-enacting life in the 18th century. Because I unfortunately didn't get a video of Tavern Night (we have another coming up in November...maybe I will try to get some footage for that one), I made up for it by getting a quick little walk around video of the museum on Sunday right before we opened and then after we closed. Here it is: I also took a couple photos of one of the books we keep on the back shelf of the schoolhouse (Ruskin's Sesame and Lilies over my penmanship practice):  And it seems that customer punch

Ashagal at the Mythmusica and Faerie Festival

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Check out an awesome band I connected with at my last show. Especially if you like bagpipes and a nice hurdy gurdy. :) You can also visit their website at http://ashagal.com ***** For first access to giveaways and other content not seen by the rest of the world, sign up for the free Messages from the Labyrinth Newsletter! Paperback copies of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) and Sacred Atonement:Novelette (The Birthrite Series, # 1.5) available together for the low price of $21.00 at my Official Website My music projects are available at CDBaby My filmwork is on IMDb "The Birthrite Series" and other books at Smashwords and Barnes & Noble NOOK  My books and music are also on Amazon and iTunes Tiffany on Goodreads Support great authors and independent bookstores at Smashwords and Indiebound

BOOK REVIEW: "The Vanishing American" by Zane Grey

Hi everyone, First I will mention that the Q&A part of the feature and giveaway of Descent ( The Birthrite Series​, #1) at Unusual Historicals is now up. :) http://unusualhistoricals.blogspot.com/2015/08/author-inerview-book-giveaway-tiffany.html So with that said, onto the book review of The Vanishing American by Zane Grey. Zane Grey was born on January 31, 1872 in Zanesville, OH. He was a semiprofessional baseball player during his youth, along with being a "half-hearted dentist". He studied dentistry to appease his father while on a baseball scholarship at the University of Pennsylvania. His true passion, however, was writing and he put himself on a strict regimen when it came to honing the skill of crafting a gripping and compelling story. It would pay off as he would soon go on to become among the bestselling Western authors of all time. For much of his adult life, he had at least one novel in the top ten each year. According to the Official Zane Grey's