Saturday, March 30, 2013

Welcoming A Celtic Tapestry, new release, on their blog tour

Moon Rose Publishing has just released their newest book, A CELTIC TAPESTRY 
 An anthology between eight authors, each one has taken their own twist on one of the Celtic festivals of the year. From sunny spring to chilly winter, everyone’s favourite season is given a fresh and enticing take in this wonderful collection. To celebrate, Moon Rose Publishing is also hosting a fabulous giveaway as part of the release!

The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.

Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create,
 A Celtic Tapestry

Excerpt from Beltane Fires, Livia Ellis
Fionnuala hummed for a moment then went to the door. “Fenton!” she called to the woods. “Fenton, show yourself and I’ll give you a treat.” She left the door open before returning to her basket of cuttings and withdrawing a bundle of mistletoe. “Take this.” She shoved the bundle at Cormac and instantly he looked healthier.

“Thank you,” he sighed. “I’ve lost my knife.”

“You really are in trouble,” Aoife snorted.

“What to do with you is the question,” Sorcha mumbled as she put the kettle on the fire.

“Make him take a bath?” Aoife suggested, sniffing the air.

A throat clearing at the door caught their attention. “You promised me a treat?”

“Fenton,” Fionnuala said. “Look at the druid. Is there an enchantment on him?”

Fenton looked at Cormac. “Yes. My treat?”

Cormac made a face. “A  leprechaun?”

“Druid.” Fenton made a face like a bug had flown in his mouth at Cormac.

“He’s quite harmless,” Sorcha smeareda large hunk of brown bread with strawberry jam. “I have his pot of gold. He’s also quite useful on occasion.”

“What is the enchantment?” Fionnuala asked. “Leprechaun? Elf? Selkie?”

Fenton scrunched up his nose. “Looks like a witche’s spell to me. It’s not very powerful, but it does sort of buzz. I was wondering what that flickering through the bushes was last night. Thought it might be a pixie. Check his skin. He probably has a mark on him.”

Sorcha handed the leprechaun a plate with the slice of jam- covered bread. With a deep intake of breath, she opened her third eye and gave Cormac a good look. Then she laughed. She knew what the enchantment was, and who had put it on the significantly weakened druid. It was a love charm and she was the witch that had sent it out into the world in search of a man. A man with blue eyes and black hair with a gift for music. Life truly was funny, and the moon had an excellent sense of humor.

“Cup of tea?” Fenton asked. “Please? I’ll tell you another secret.”

“What’s the secret?” Aoife asked.

“Someone’s coming.” Fenton gobbled his bread. “Riders approaching. Four. There’s a hunter with them. He’s got a magical googaa. Sort of makes me feel a bit ill.”

“Give him a cup of tea,” Fionnuala told Aoife, putting an apron on over her dress and smoothing her hair. “I’m going outside to have a sniff around.”

“What about me?” Cormac asked, looking around. For the first time, he noted the house as it appeared on the outside couldn't possibly be as spacious as it appeared on the inside. Although it was hardly a palace, it was certainly comfortable.

“Just sit and be quiet,” Sorcha said as she slid an apron over her dress and tidied her hair. When she was in the guise of a simple country woman, she took a stoneware jar from above the hearth. From it she drew a handful of flour and tossed it over him with a muttered word.

*‘Copyright of Livia Ellis*

About Livia

Blond. Blue. 5'6". A lady never discloses her weight, but I've never had any complaints. I only run if I'm being chased by a gun wielding maniac, but I do love yoga. Bit of a shoe hound. Have had issues passing up handbags. Trying to learn to play the Irish harp. Enjoy both theater and concerts. Love to read fantasy and science fiction. Am not ashamed to admit I adore Star Trek. Have a picture of myself (dressed as a nun) and the late Patrick Swayze (dressed as a medieval warrior) in a frame (Yes - I did cry when he died). Perpetual student with advanced degrees that are mostly useless when seeking job opportunities outside academia. Vivid imagination. Sexually adventurous only on paper. I never know what to say when people end a conversation with 'god bless'. Occasionally play the lottery - but generally only when I'm feeling really poor. Love to travel. Fluent French speaker. Seeks readers whom enjoy what I write.

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And now for the giveaway! Well, what IS the free stuff? Moon Rose Publishing, as part of the A CELTIC TAPESTRY tour, is giving away a ton of good stuff. You could win a print copy of A CELTIC TAPESTRY, a sticker pack, bookmarks, a beautiful necklace and jewelled bookmark from Tara S Wood, or an e-book of the anthology!

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