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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Wolgast Castle by Linda Bell Brighton

Welcome to my stop on the Wolgast Castle Blog Tour
hosted by Michelle Geary (I'm pretty sure).
In this post, you would be able to find a guest post from Linda Bell Brighton and a giveaway.


What if witches really existed during the Burning Times?

Forced to attend the Regent's celebration at Wolgast Castle, 1560 Germany, Sidonia von Bork, fears her magical abilities will be discovered and she'll be burned alive as a witch. When she discovers she is actually a member of an ancient shape-shifting race and the prophesied Golden One, she must face her destiny: to save the multiverse from the daemons determined to destroy all humans, and stay alive in the process.

Thoughts: Hmmm witches. Magic. Hmmm. Romance? I dunno. Either way, I'm gonna (try) to read this book later. So look forward to the review! Chances are is that I have finished the book and it's on my long waiting list of books to be reviewed. Either way, here comes the guest post! :D

Guest Post on Fae and Other Magical Beings by Linda Bell Brighton 

In stories long told, elves have some relationship to fae. Fae have some relationship to other magical creatures. What is the link?

First, we have to ask, who are the fae? Just as during the Shakespearean days, elves and fairies were thought to be the same, so too the fae are now. But then elves whispered their history to Tolkien and others. The distinction came alive. So too, the authors listening to fae voices will be bringing the various fae to life.

In European folklore, what's agreed to is that the fae are a form of spirit. What’s not agreed to is what spirit is. The most common fae in tales is the fairy. Usually described as young and human-like with bodies smaller than elves. But some are tall. Some have wings. All have magic abilities. Their history says they have been driven into hiding by invading humans. Perhaps this is why most stories tell about a human’s need for protection from their malice. The origin of their species is unknown except they are independent from angels and humans.

The best known writing about these beings is The Faerie Queene by Edmund Spenser. That he framed the fairies’ whispered information in a political allegory matters not. Nor does it matter that he set it in the age of Arthur. Even the fact that he’s talking about virtues is irrelevant. What matters is his discoveries about the fae. He doesn’t describe them with wings, nor smaller than humans. Perhaps there are two or more races.

When “nymph” is mentioned, what creature do you think of? For the longest time, I thought of them as beautiful women living in the sea. Actually, they live everywhere.

In the sky (Celestial) nymphs: daughters of Atlas, dazzling light, star clusters, constellations.

Land nymphs live in glens, groves, pastures, meadows, or mountain valleys. Some protect flowers, trees or specific trees types -- laurel, apple, or ash. Some live by protecting flocks. The most famous water nymphs are the three thousand Oceanids, supposedly daughters of Uranus and Gaia. Whether the nymphs living in fountains, wetlands, and springs are Oceanids or another nymph type isn't clear, yet.

Some nymphs live underworld. As cave-dwelling dark elves have less admirable actions, so it is with these. Several love Hades. Others bring nightmares and madness.

Some, like the Muses (originally only memory, knowledge, and art) go wherever they wish. Others, like the daughters of Zeus and Themis, are prophets and guardians of divine artifacts.

Fae, come whisper to me and other writers. Let us tell your story. Is that leaves rustling? Perhaps it’s a wood fae whispering now.

Author Bio: Bell Brighton fell in love with myths, magic, and monsters at an early age. On a thunder-storming day in the Keys, her father—in his bass reading voice—brought The Hound of the Baskerville to too-vivid-life. From that day forward, Greek and Roman myths merged with Wonder Woman and Super girl. After studying medieval and Renaissance literature in college, she now combines her loves by writing an alternate history of the Witch Burning Times that she calls magpunk: real history with myths, magic, monsters—and daemons, too.


Linda is giving away prizes, including an e-copy of her book at each blog stop on her tour AND three Grand Prize Giveaway of one Travel Mug, one T-Shirt and one Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with your choice of fan art, chosen from here: , shipped to anywhere in the world!

1) To win a book: Leave a comment on this blog post on what is your favorite magical creature to be entered to win a book. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. This giveaway ends seven days after the post goes live.

2) To win the Travel Mug or the T-Shirt or the Custom Jumbo Tote Bag with Linda’s fan art of your choice, click the link to go to Linda’s website here and enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the page. The three lucky winners will be selected by October 7, 2013. 

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Happy Reading :) 

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