Monday, March 28, 2016

History Book Haul (with a little fiction thrown in)

For us history buffs! Some new books I acquired for both research purposes and personal interest.



Books:
Escaping Salem: The Other Witch Hunt of 1692

Salem Possessed: The Social Origins of Witchcraft

The Games People Play

An Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey

Jane Austen's England: Daily Life in the Georgian and Regency Periods

Eleanor of Aquitaine and the Four Kings

The Vanishing American 1925 Promotional Brochure

A Social History of Tea

Ashes on the Waves

The Lair


My Book Review on The Vanishing American:



Zane Grey's West Society
http://zgws.org

The Society of King Charles the Martyr (website):
http://skcm.org/

Hannah Dawson Interview on "The History of Ideas and Obeying the Law"



And last but not least, check out my appearance on Red Horse Radio!
http://redhorseradio.podomatic.com/entry/2016-03-26T11_35_24-07_00




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My Appearance on Red Horse Radio!

Check out my newest podcast appearance on Red Horse Radio with Jon Towers!

My Red Horse Radio Appearance


And some video footage I took before the show. :)







DESCENT GIVEAWAY (Smashwords offers download formats for all types of e-readers):













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My music projects are available at CDBaby
My filmwork is on IMDb
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 My books and music are also on Amazon and iTunes
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Thursday, March 24, 2016

Back to Blogging Soon, I Swear

Just need to finish up a couple things and get the next Parting of Veils episode up.

In the meantime, here is a video taken before my appearance on Red Horse Radio (which is to air this Monday).

Talk to you all soon!


Saturday, March 19, 2016

ST. PATRICK'S DAY BLOG HOP, Day 4: A Journey into the 18th Century and KINDRED (THE BIRTHRITE, #2) Excerpt

On this last day of the St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop, I bring you the latest episode of The Parting of Veils, a journey into the 18th century (Thanks to William Max Miller for the beautiful thumbnail art). Also a new excerpt of Kindred (The Birthrite Series, #1). You can also get a free copy of the ebook Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) until April 15th (details below). Enjoy!

Also, thanks to Roma Gray for featuring an excerpt of Descent on her website, Trick or Treat Thrillers:

http://trickortreatthrillers.com/2016/03/19/excerpt-birthrite-series-1/






KINDRED Excerpt:


PREFACE
Florence, Italy
1856

An elderly artisan sat in the dim studio, looking over his most recently completed work. With this particular painting, he was quite satisfied, and it would be only a matter of time before his apprentice arrived to travel it to a Tuscan seaport.
The artist knew of the ship this portrait was to board. He also knew what La Suerte, was, newly built with only weeks at sea after being launched on her maiden voyage. She was no ordinary ship, and this would be her only year carrying his paintings to where they needed to be. La Suerte had a destiny, he knew, and would soon be changing ports and purpose. For now, though, she was what he and the subjects of his paintings needed. And she needed them.
With great care, the artisan packaged the newest painting, taking a moment to gaze once more into the eyes of the middle-aged man whose image was on the canvas. This particular work had not been commissioned, but he knew that the public figure in America would be most appreciative. In his mind's eye, he could see this new work hanging in the entryway of a library, one located in a little town just outside the city of New York. The same town for which he had been asked to create a statue displayed as a fountain in the park at the time of its founding. Of all his highly sought after works, the seraph statue was among his very best (even if he had to say so himself).
The artisan had just finished wrapping his parcel when he heard a knock at the door. He turned, bidding his visitor to enter. The door opened, revealing the old man's young apprentice.
No words were exchanged between the two; there was no need. Both knew what had to be done and why.
The artisan barely heard the door to his chamber close as the young man left. Alone again, he walked to the other end of his modest studio, toward three shrouded canvases. These three paintings were unfinished and he was in no rush. When the time was right, they would be complete. He knew well of the individuals whose images were being formed on the canvas, even if they knew nothing of him.
Once these portraits reached completion, he would paint three more of three others. Three individuals not from the world or time in which he dwelt.


Though, in a way, they are...



DESCENT GIVEAWAY (Smashwords offers download formats for all types of e-readers):


























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My filmwork is on IMDb

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Tiffany on Goodreads
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Friday, March 18, 2016

ST. PATRICK'S DAY BLOG HOP, Day 3: Featured Author, Roma Gray

Greetings everyone!

On Day 3 of this blog hop, I feature author Roma Gray, who also happens to be one of the authors on this blog hop! :)

Here is a summary and review excerpt from her latest novel, The Hunted Tribe (Book 1: Declaration of War)






The Hunted Tribe: (Book 1: Declaration of War)

Readers' Favorite Review - 5 stars! "If you love well written YA, you will love this book. If you love monsters and horror, you will love this book. I’m guessing most readers in general will love this book. It’s that good."

Book Summary:
Deep in the North American forests lurks an animal spirit known as the Grishla. The Grishla is so ancient it pre-dates the human race by several million years, and it is so powerful and reclusive only very insightful witches know of its existence.

Five hundred years ago, the Dwanake tribe possessed such witches. Drunk on their own power and arrogance, these witches attempted to enslave the Grishla. Enraged, the creature began hunting and killing the Dwanake.

Desperate, the tribal elders ordered experiments on the Dwanake children to create the ultimate witch to defend their people.

Sixteen-year-old Sean Wolf is that witch.

But Sean is so powerful that he cannot control his own magic. Will he be able to defeat the Grishla or will he destroy himself and everyone that he loves?  



The Hunted Tribe (Book 1: Declaration of War) at Amazon


Check out Roma Gray at Goodreads:


And check out her blog, Trick or Treat Thrillers;
























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Tiffany on Goodreads
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Thursday, March 17, 2016

ST. PATRICK'S DAY BLOG HOP, Day 2: Some of My Favorite Celtic and Irish Music (plus a little of how I did St. Patrick's Day)

Greetings!

Today I am bringing you some amazing musical artists within the Celtic and Irish genres.
Also, author Francis H. Powell (the host of this blog hop) conducted a fun interview with me for this blog hopping event:

https://francishpowellwriter.wordpress.com/2016/03/17/tiffany-apans-st-patricks-day-questionaire/

And here is another little glimpse at how I did St. Patrick's Day:

Churn has become one of my favorite coffee shops and I chilled out here for a little with some appropriate reading material. I also had a mint chocolate chip milk shake (a much better alternative to a McDonald's Shamrock Shake in my opinion) made from their homemade ice cream.


Check out Churn at their website:

http://homemadeicecreamandcoffee.com/

Now without further ado, enjoy the music and be sure to pick up the free ebook of my novel, Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1).

































Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)












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My filmwork is on IMDb

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 My books and music are also on Amazon and iTunes
Tiffany on Goodreads
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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

ST. PATRICK'S DAY BLOG HOP, Day 1: Excerpt from DESCENT and Ebook Giveaway

Greetings!

Once again, I am happy to be part of a blog hop with some pretty amazing authors, and will even be featuring some of them here in the next couple days.

On this first day, I am giving a couple excerpts from my book Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) that feature some characters of Irish descent. :) There is also a giveaway of the book after the post. So if you haven't started the series yet, here is your chance. :)

Now without further ado, here is the blurb and the excerpts...

BLURB:

Visions of infant twin boys, clouds, a young woman taking her own life, and a collision of space, time, and realms...
On the eve of Summer Solstice in 1844, four men in different areas of the world share an experience that impacts not only their own lives, but those of the future generations. The first man is Nicolae Ganoush, a young Romany fugitive from a slave village in Wallachia. The second is Jonathan Blake, an eighteen-year-old Irishman in the American Midwest who finds himself falling in love with a young woman from a nearby Sioux village. The third is James Livingston, a prominent figure in colonial America, and the fourth is Hector de Fuentes, a sixteen-year-old from Tuxpan, Mexico with special gifts and visions enhanced by a mysterious and wondrous cave. Each man carries his own inner battle, unbelievable ancient truths deep within their lineages, and demons that are much closer to home than any of them would like. 

Later in 1931, seventeen-year-old Dorothy Blake, a descendant of Jonathan and his Sioux wife, is living in Plains, New York, the town founded by James Livingston. The notorious Fleming Orphanage has long fallen into disuse but kept by the town as a landmark. The buildings loom high on a hill, overlooking the town, taunting the townsfolk with its lore. On Halloween night, Dorothy ventures up with friends, and the group of six expects nothing more than a good time along with a few laughs. But they fall into a dark, brutal evil; one that extends beyond the orphanage and town of Plains, far back into history. Their descent is only the beginning…

The Birthrite Series is an epic journey into the vast unknown, plunging deep into the dark crevices of the mind, begging the question of what sanity really is and if the insane truly are. Are we really shown the whole truth of what surrounds us or is it an illusion? It also tells of deep-rooted love, planted centuries ago and a story of family, forgiveness, and redemption.


EXCERPT 1:

...when he pulled on the reigns, slowing Samson to a halt just in front of her.
She ceased her singing and regarded him with dark, inquiring eyes. His heart pounded as his gaze traveled from her moccasined feet to her long, silky mane of black hair. She appeared a couple of years younger than he (possibly sixteen years of age), and Jonathan immediately figured her to be from the nearby Dakota Sioux village.
I have never seen such beauty before, he thought.
He observed his surroundings, a habit he had developed from living on the frontier. Somehow though, he felt safe within this patch of trees.
In an attempt to put her at ease, he masked his own nerves, offering a friendly smile that was met with apprehensiveness.
Please, lass,” he said. “My intention is not to hurt you.”
The girl relaxed her stance a little but remained silent.
He slowly dismounted and hooked Samson’s reigns to a strong branch on the closest tree. When he turned back to face her, their eyes locked: her near black to his grayish-blue.
The evening’s light wind carried strands of her hair, and Jonathan could feel the world around him fading until he existed with only her on that covered path.
As his feet took him toward her, visions of them together in a paradise with no physical or emotional barriers between them burned his mind’s eye. 'Can I take you away to find the Garden of Eden to find our Heaven together?' he desperately wanted to ask her.
She stood frozen in her place as he closed the distance between them.
The two were close to touching as he struggled with the urge to lift her into his arms and claim her lips. He drew in a breath and opened his mouth to speak again, but before any words could be said, she jumped back and ran toward the other end of the trail.
Please! Don’t run away,” he called after her, but she had already disappeared into the outside field, leaving Jonathan alone on the trail with Samson.

A strong wanting to run after her pulsed in his every fiber, but he resisted. His steps were heavy as he moved down the path, stopping to stare out to the field she had run to…


EXCERPT 2:

The clock on the nightstand pointed to three 'o' clock in the early morning when Kimimela was wrenched from sleep. Perspiration matted strands of black hair to her face and shoulders as she pressed her palms against the cool sheets spread over a goose-feather mattress. She willed her breath to slow, and her eyes turned toward her husband who lay in a peaceful sleep beside her. His bare chest moved with the rhythm of his breathing, and the blanket had slid down, revealing the slightest hint of his defined hip.
A small smile played across her lips; the mere site of Jonathan was enough to bring light to her darkest moments. “What would I do without you?” she whispered.
Her first thought was to wake him. She had done so several times in the last three months after experiencing the terrifyingly vivid dreams. Without question, he always took her into his arms and stayed up for as long as she needed him, even if he had to work or tend to some other business in the morning. On some nights, his protective comforting turned to romance (as a couple regularly intimate with one another, the two preferred sleeping without the barriers of clothing even on the coldest nights). Being close to him quelled her night terrors and in that moment, she wanted nothing more than to hear his soothing voice, feel his strength and the warmth of his skin.
Kimimela lifted a hand to gently shake him but stopped herself. His worrying for her had escalated in the last month after the confirmation of her pregnancy.
I cannot keep doing this to him. The arrival of our little one will bring plenty of sleepless nights...
She brought the lifted hand to her stomach. On the other side grew a baby that was half of her and half of Jonathan. According to her symptoms, she was about three months along with her belly just starting to grow. After being married for a little over a year, this child would be their first.
Kimimela inhaled deeply and turned back to him. “Just sleep tonight, my love.”
She lightly brushed her fingertips down the side of his face before pausing to place her hand over his heart. As she felt the gentle beats, Jonathan stirred slightly.
In the last two years since their initial meeting on that wooded trail, he had given her many firsts. He was the first man she truly fell in love with, the first to kiss her, the first to intimately touch her, and the first to be with her as a lover. Her heart raced as images of their wedding night played through her mind, along with the events that led up to it.
She turned her eyes toward the window at the other end of the room. The waxing moon peered in at them through a small opening in the curtains as she remembered that day two years ago when she ventured out alone against her father's adament warnings about never wandering the frontier.
Kimimela had discovered the small pocket of forest in the spring of her twelfth year. The pocket that seemed out of place from its surroundings. From her first moment setting foot on the canopied trail, she was filled with a sense of belonging she never felt anywhere. In the four years that would follow, a young Kimimela fell in love with its serenity. No one could touch her here and she truly felt free from the confines of her village and the uncertainty of the outside world. In the Sioux language, her name meant ‘butterfly’ and suited her well.
In the time she was regularly visiting her secret place, Kimimela had never seen so much as a footprint on the path other than her own; therefore, she assumed herself as the only one who knew of it. That is, until the day a young Irishman by the name of Jonathan Joseph Blake rode toward her on a large, black horse, catching her by surprise (and slight dismay). It was two days prior to the summer solstice...













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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

St. Patrick's Day Blog Hop

Hi everyone!

I'm happy to announce that from March 17-20, I will be part of a blog hop with a sort of St. Patrick's Day theme. The blog hop is being hosted by Francis H. Powell and some pretty awesome authors are part of it:

http://francishpowellauthor.weebly.com/st-patricks-day-blog-hop.html

So tune in to the blog from March 17-20, as I will also be featuring some of these authors here. :) And, you will also have a chance to score a free ebook copy of my novel, Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1). 

After that, I will be blogging regularly again and filling you all in on a little of what I've been up to. It's a lot!









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My music projects are available at CDBaby
My filmwork is on IMDb

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Tiffany on Goodreads
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Men's Suffrage...

I plan to return to regularly blogging next week, along with fill you guys in on what I've been up to and what's been going on.
But in the meantime, here is an article about something I just started reading about. The Men's Suffrage (which happened before the Women's Suffrage did).

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/thinking-man/11509811/Why-has-everyone-forgotten-about-male-suffrage.html

Always uncovering something new (or shall I say, something hidden in plain site...).

Anyway, I will catch you all next week. In the meantime, check out my paranormal/historical/entertainment webzine/webseries The Parting of Veils.








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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
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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Music Reviews! Ashagal, Blackmore's Night, and Ginger Ackley (The Parting of Veils Episodes)

Hi everyone,

So I've been busier than I thought I would be with trying to get the newest installments in The Birthrite done, the audiobook version of Descent (The Birthrite Series, #1) going, a song for a paranormal documentary recorded, and two school programs for the museum along with coming up with the music list for the colonial tea its hosting. Therefore, my regular blogging was delayed which I will get back to as soon as I can (I'm dying to blog about the ORIGINAL Grease that was quite different from the musical we all know...in fact, it was raunchier). But for now, feel free to check out the last couple episodes from my new webseries/webzine/soon-to-be-podcast, The Parting of Veils.

This includes music reviews and my last trip up to the awesome year-round haunted attraction, Castle Blood. :)

And don't forget to check out everyone's websites:

Ashagal
http://ashagal.com

Blackmore's Night
http://blackmoresnight.com

Castle Blood
http://castleblood.com

Ginger Ackley
http://gingerackley.com

The Parting of Veils
http://partingofveilswebzine.blogspot.com



















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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