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Happy Holidays All!

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***** 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)  are   available for the low price of $17.00 at my  Official Website My store and product line, Antiquity & Illusion is now available online at  my website's store  and at  Storevny . If your a first time visitor, enter the coupon code, ANTIQUITY for 15% off of your entire first order. Note that this discount is only available at the website store. I will be setting something up for the Storenvy site very soon. :) 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

Free Christmas Single!

Hello friends, Each year, I try to do a special YouTube Living Room Music Session at around Christmas time and my good friend, Chuck Owston​ has always been kind enough to take part in these. This was the very first session that he and I did a few Christmases ago. The song we did was the old English folk song said to have been written by King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn when they were courting. It was offered as a free single at its release, and I am offering it again for free this Christmas season. It will be available until February 1, 2017. So swing on by the page and add it to your holiday/winter solstice playlist! ***** 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)  are   available for the low price of $17.00 at my  Official Website My store and product line, Antiquity & Illus

Sons of Heros Author Takeover Event!

Good morning all! I am happy to announce that I am part of this book release event, presented by Brain to Books this Sunday. A few of us authors in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Dark Fantasy realm are doing author takeovers, each for an hour where we will also be discussing our own works. My time slot will be 3pm (I will be taking about The Birthrite and other things I'm working on), so be sure to head over to the Facebook event page and join the conversation this Sunday with some amazing authors. And check out Stars of Heros by Ani H. Manjikian. :) Have a great day, Tiffany ***** 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)  are   available for the low price of $17.00 at my  Official Website My store and product line, Antiquity & Illusion is now available

NEW BOOK SAMPLE: Chapter 2 of Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #2)

Hi all, Hope everyone had a great weekend! On Thursday, I was at a Christmas event with the museum. We had a display and I discussed folk and herb healing while wearing 18th century attire (this week I will be editing photo and video of the events I've been doing...I'm WAY behind on that). I also had a great gig yesterday with my historical music group at a reenactors Christmas party and tomorrow, I'm starting a fitness challenge with a new fitness challenge group. I am blogging all about that journey on my new fitness blog if you want to follow me. :) For those that follow me on Facebook, I promised another excerpt of Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #2) if I was feeling generous. :P And I am! Here is Chapter 2! I will still revise it at least once more before release (I'll be announcing an actual release date here soon) but this is basically it. :) And as I did with the previous sample, I do have a jump cut just before the excerpt as there are spoilers for t

Preface and Chapter 1 of Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #2)...

Hello all, I hope you all are having a great holiday season! My 40% discount at my store is still going on until tomorrow. Simply visit http://officialtiffanyapanstore.bigcartel.com and enter the coupon code BLACKFOREST at check out! Now I give you another preview of Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #2). There is a jump break after the Preface, as Chapter 1 does include spoilers (and some parts of the chapter might be NSFW). But if you've read Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) or if you don't mind spoilers, read on! Enjoy the preview and stay tuned for a release date soon. :) KINDRED (THE BIRTHRITE SERIES, #2) Preview: PREFACE Florence, Italy 1856 In the dim light of a small studio, an elderly artisan pondered his most recently completed work. He smiled slightly and decided to give the canvas a final brush stroke. This subtle addition was indeed what the new portrait needed to be complete and finished. Satisfied, the old man rose from the chair he was seated

Lynn Riggs and The Cherokee Night...

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More history that is almost never talked about (and this one is also for my theater friends): Many are familiar with the musical Oklahoma as being one of Rogers & Hammerstein's more famous works. But did you know that they only adapted it from a musical written by a playwright of Native American descent by the name of Lynn Riggs? Riggs - a man of Cherokee descent on his mother's side - wrote the original "Oklahoma" under the original title of "Green Grow the Lilacs." Lilacs w ent to Broadway in 1931 and starred Tex Ritter and June Walker. It was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Much of Riggs's plays involved characters of mixed Native and European descent as he was. This included Green Grow the Lilacs where many of the main characters were mixed. Another of Riggs's more popular plays was one called The Cherokee Night, which followed the lives of Americans who were of Cherokee and European descent. This was also performed by several theate

Post-Halloween Q&A with Author, Ashley Nestler

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Halloween is never quite over (for some of us, at least). Today, I do a little post-Halloween Q&A with author, Ashley Nestler. Be sure to check out her work as well! TA:  Describe your typical Halloween. AN:  My typical Halloween is binge watching horror movies, handing out candy, and pigging out on candy myself!   I also love going for a nighttime walk.   The wind on Halloween is just the most interesting feeling. TA: What about Halloween appeals you? AN:  I adore the lore around Halloween (Samhain).  I am Wiccan, so I do believe that souls come to visit us on Halloween.  I also set out food and drink for travelling souls, and I love how that day seems to connect life with death. TA:  Halloween all year round or one day a year? AN:  Halloween year round, absolutely!  I always leave some Halloween decorations up.  I am just a bit obsessed. Links Blog: https://mypeachykeenbookreviews.com/ Go Indie Now! Box: https://goindienow.crate

The Depreciation Lands Museum's Halloween Lantern Tour, 2016...

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Happy Halloween! Here is a quick video I took just before the Halloween Lantern Tour at the Depreciation Lands Museum! This year I was a storyteller, telling a ghost tale from days of old... I also added creepy music for extra atmostphere. :) Music credit: Gone Beyond by Kevin MacLeod http://depreciationlandsmuseum.org http://tiffanyapan.com I will also be part of this Halloween Blog Hop with some amazing authors. So stay tuned! ***** 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 store and product line, Antiquity & Illusion is now available online at  my website's store  and at  Storevny . If your a first time visitor, enter the coupon code, A

Making an 18th Century Fire Bucket, Part 2

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Hello everyone! Here is the continuation of making my 18th century fire bucket in Glunn Klass. When I left off, I had just pounded the mould into the sewn leather that will be my bucket. And now here are the next steps... 1.) Trim the edges that are around the mould. 2.) Mark where the stitching on the edges will be. 3.) Take your best Thor hammer and pound the hell out of that mould until it's out from the bucket. 4.) Mark and drill the holes around what will be the bottom of the bucket.  5.) Glue a strip of leather around the interior of the bottom edge. 6.) Once the glue is dry, take a drill and put it through the original holes and into the inner strip. 7.) Using a saddle stitch, stitch in what will be the bottom of the bucket. 8.) Trim off the edges and you are on your way to the next step...which I will show you at another time. :) ***** For first access to giveaways and oth

Making an 18th Century Fire Bucket

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Hi everyone! So on my neverending historical studies, I joined Gunn Klass, a class that is presented by a couple board members at the museum. It focuses on skills like making flint locks, leather sewing, blacksmithing, and more. For the first project of the Fall semester, we are making fire buckets! This has been a fun and challenging project so far and here are the beginnings of it. :) 1.) We started with a slab of leather that is to eventually be the bucket. It is marked on the side where the holes will be punctured. 2.) Next, we punctured the holes so the sides could be stitched using a saddle stitch to make the seam. 3.) Right before the stitching started, Paul (one of the class instructors) predicted that some of us would break the needles while stitching (by pulling too hard with a pair of pliers). And...I ended up breaking a needle right away. Epic fail... 4.) But I was able to start again with another needle, and this time successfully completed

New Music Video and Halloween Blog!

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Hi everyone, During this very  busy week, I was able to post my newest music video for my song, "A Prayer." The video was directed by my filmmaker friend, Matt Jefferson and also starred Jason English, Jason Fuller, and Eric Prestley. The song is a fan favorite, so enjoy! And check out a little behind the scenes action from when we were shooting it! :) And stay tuned for some more footage from shows, including a forthcoming 18th century tavern night performance with the Wayward Companions . I will also be posting photos of an 18th century fire bucket that I'll be making, and of course I will be back to blogging about topics I love. Stay tuned and have a lovely rest of the week. PS- Also stay tuned for my 31 Days of Halloween Blog... (I'm experimenting with having this as its own separate blog this year) ***** For first access to giveaways and other content not seen by the rest of the world,  sign up for the free Messages from the L

Why I Am Involved with Living History

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A little while back, I wrote a post on this blog explaining a little of why I enjoy studying and talking of history. I will link to that as this current post is a sort of Part 2. A Passion for the Past or Why I Study History When I first embarked on the venture of Living History, I looked forward to not only bringing history to life for others, but also getting into some deeper historical research for my own writing. It ended up becoming much more than that. I've been doing this for probably a little over a year now (close to a year and a half), and in addition to getting an even better grasp on historical events than I had before (which really fuels the history lover in me), more opportunities in music, acting, and writing opened up. I've also gained and even richer insight to my already pretty nuanced takes on history. One thing I always make a point of doing when studying any era is to try and acquire a complete picture of all that was taking place in a given time,

Down By the Salley Gardens - Pittsburgh Historical Music Orchestra w/ Ti...

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My first performance with the Pittsburgh Historical Music Society Orchestra took place at the Depreciation Lands Museum Ice Cream Social in Allison Park, PA on July 17, 2016. For this gig, this was the only way to really position the camera without it getting in everybody's way, so hopefully next gig will bring a better view of us and our fabulous 18th century clothes! Enjoy and more will be coming!

Trailer for a Forthcoming Music Video...

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My Recent Trip to Gettysburg

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Kicking off the next 5 episodes of The Parting of Veils with scenes from my recent trip to Gettysburg, PA, where one of the most brutal battles of the Civil War took place. Sites included in this episode are the Bechtel Victorian Mansion, Miss Betty's Ghosts, The Dobbin House, and The Lincoln Train Museum. Enjoy and if you have a chance to visit Gettysburg, do it! :) Bechtel Victorian Mansion http://www.bechtelvictorianmansion.com/ Miss Betty's Ghosts in Gettysburg http://missbettysghostsingettysburg.com/index.html The Dobbin House http://www.dobbinhouse.com/ The Lincoln Train Museum http://www.lincolntrain.com/ Thumbnail art by William Max Miller