My Book For Sale During Wee Faerie Village Exhibition

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Wee Faerie Village 1My book, The Lioness of Brumley Hall, is being carried in the Florence Griswold Museum gift shop during the Wee Faerie Village exhibition. The museum is located in Old Lyme, Ct for those of you who live nearby.  I took the Wee Faerie Village tour last Saturday. Sweet miniature faerie story settings (from Harry Potter to Cinderella) located throughout the beautiful grounds. Many of the kids dress up as you can see. Fun innocent times still exist! If you live near the area, go see this sweet exhibition and give your little ones, kids and WeeFaerieVillage Faeriegrandkids, a wonderful time.

Musical Soundtrack For Your Reading Pleasure! Enjoy The Lioness’s Preface and First Chapter!

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Booktrack allows an author to create a soundtrack for their book.  I created one for The Lioness of Brumley and Her Most Unusual Grandchildren.  Now you can enjoy the preface and first chapter by reading along with a musical soundtrack and audio effects.  Click on the link below and enjoy!

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Join in on the fun at Brumley Hall.

“A colorful cast of characters illuminates every page…fantasy in the C.S. Lewis tradition…”  Beloit Magazine

Loness CubEnjoy my new family oriented action fantasy adventure about a magically gifted family pushing the limits of their powers to battle against dark magical forces with surprising results – all in the service of protecting the Faerie Queen and her daughter of the faerie realm of Urwelt. My first book in this middle grade (8 to 12 years) visionary fiction book series, The Lioness of Brumley Hall and Her Most Unusual Grandchildrenintroduces you to the world of Brumley Hall and the Lioness (grandmother matriarch) who oversees the magic, mystery and mayhem.  Grandparents will also find the book an entertaining read, especially to share with a favorite grandchild (yes, I know, every grandchild is your favorite). Gran’s eldest ten year-old granddaughter, Azalea, will keep you “in the know” as she knows everything there is to know about Brumley Hall, except what will happen next!  Join in on the rollicking misadventures at Brumley Hall. Order your print or Kindle book here.

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Five Ways to Attract the Faerie

Just Beyond the Veil
Just Beyond the Veil

My second book (still in the writing process) in the Urwelt Chronicles series, The Lioness and the Faerie Enchantment, features a greater integration of the Faerie and their particular magick into the story.  Phineas Treadworthy, a faerie seer from the land of Urwelt, comes to Brumley Hall causing a disconcerting amount of mayhem, but also bringing his special brand of merriment and magick. Faeries are not disneyfied, always benevolent creatures.  They are sentient beings of varied dispositions and sensitivities.  Some are small sprites with wings, while others take a human appearance.  For the most part they lie beyond the veil of our consciousness taking many mysterious forms.  Attaching themselves to certain geographical areas such as Europe and particularly to certain countries such as Ireland, Wales and Scotland (the Celtic world) they live their lives in close proximity to us under

Woodland Faeries by Richard Doyle
Woodland Faeries by Richard Doyle

secluded hills, deep within the surrounding woods and forests and in and about bodies of inland waterways such as lakes, ponds and rivers.  Their domains are spiritual and they seek to instruct us with the inner knowledge of our sacred role.  This role is to recognize and redeem our creative forces in serving the living magic of individual and collective integration within the whole of nature, both human and non-human. With this in mind, I have listed five ways to attract the Faerie.  There are others to be sure, but this is the beginning of the Faerie journey.

Under Secluded Hills in Celtic Lands
Under Secluded Hills in Celtic Lands
  1. Incorporate the Faerie into your domestic life, both ordinary and ritualistic.  This lessens the veil between our world and theirs and helps our connection to grow stronger.  By setting aside a special dwelling within the home and offering them food to their liking, such as milk, bread, honey, cake or apples, the household faeries will guard and protect your home from harm (theft, fire, and
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    By Streams, Rivers and Lakes

    other damage).  Bring them into your holiday festivities and make them a part of your magickal practices.  Use herbs and roots such as mandrake which possess the Faerie spirit but beware to harvest it according to tradition to make use of its guardian energy.  Magickal ritual with the Faerie is a partnership and mutual exchange, not an authoritarian summoning.  The Faerie which is a force of nature cannot be commanded to do ones bidding. The exchange must be mutual.

  2. Communication is on their terms, not ours. The humanseekerwill be advised when the Faerie wish to communicate.  They are threshold beings living in the mists between the living and dead, inner and outer worlds and the gloaming (dawn or twilight). Contactmay be easier during times of the year when the veil is thinner such as All Hollows Eve and Beltane (Halloween and May Day).  They may also be present along the roads and trails that lead into and out of the Faerie world or in places they hold sacred.

    Communication When Ready
    Communication When Ready
  3. Respect sacred space guarded by the Faerie. Refine your consciousness through meditation andawarenessto be sensitive to such places.  Ecosystems such as woodlands and watersheds contain their own central point of intelligence where clusters of species have a potent affinity.  Attune to the inner power of place by honoring the balance and integrity of nature.  Respect this interlocking pattern of intelligence and walk lightly leaving no trace but your respectful footfalls behind.

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    Leave Only Your Footfalls
  4.  Develop powers of the Faerie. Cultivate inner stillness and second sight.  Healing powers and other magickal abilities may be given by the Faerie.  Be in tune to the subtle forces surrounding you and be willing to alter your lifestyle of excessive consumption to live in harmony with the natural world.  Be the transformation you seek.
  5.  Understand the Faerie culture, traditions, rules and prohibitions. You may be asked to fulfill certain tasks and as stated before, commit to inner changes of transformation.  You will be tested by the Faerie and undergo an ordeal of shadows and strange forces along the journey.  Transport to hidden realms every seven years may occur whereby you will be expected to pay a tithe or offering.  Enchantment goes without saying as one attunes to the distinction between the two worlds, illusion and vision.

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Visionary Fiction Guest Post on Magical Realism

Magical Realism Art by Tomek Setowski
Magical Realism Art by Tomek Setowski

Revealing the Magical

Today’s post, Revealing the Magical,concludes last week’s post, The Visionary Perspectivein which I attempt to distinguish between the genres of visionary fiction and magical realism—how they differ and where they may overlap.

Magical Realism

The genre of magical realism blends the supernatural or what is typically unseen by human consciousness with the natural and familiar world by using the existence of fantasy elements in the real world. This is not done by inventing new worlds as fantasy books do, but in revealing the magical in this world.

The magical is a common and ordinary occurrence in my book, The Lioness of Brumley Hall, and harnessing these magical elements is one of its key themes. Political critique is often a main focus or subtext used to challenge the reality of established viewpoints. Cultural clashes are part of this critique. The Lioness does this by briefly highlighting the political/cultural clashes between China and Tibet and accessing the Celtic mythology of the Faerie. Continue reading “Visionary Fiction Guest Post on Magical Realism”

My Visionary Fiction Guest Post on Visionary Alliance Website

The Visionary Perspective

The Visionary Perspective

I suspect many of you, like me, struggle to define visionary fiction, not to mention how it differs from magical realism.

In today’s post, The Visionary Perspective, and next week’s post, Revealing the Magical, I will make an attempt to distinguish between the two genres—how they differ and where they may overlap.

An Accurate Place to Land

For me, an integration of visionary metaphysical and magical realism seems to be the most accurate place to land—a combination of the embrace of esoteric wisdom emphasizing the human transformative capacity and the hidden mystery of the magical elements breaking through into ordinary “real” life.

This type of fiction, according to Italian writer, Massimo Bontempelli, attempts to change the collective consciousness by “opening new mythical and magical perspectives on reality”.

The Unseen Within the Visible

Visionary FictionI knew exactly what I wanted to write about for my book, The Lioness of Brumley Hall, but struggled with how to explain it and where to place it on Amazon, Goodreads and even in bricks and mortar bookstores.

I knew the book was not pure children’s literature or fantasy.  My story takes place in a real world setting but with some unusual occurrences.

My main character, Gran, possesses a spiritual consciousness and attitude towards the daily world and tries her best to maintain this perspective in response to the unseen within the visible.

However, I thought it would be more interesting for children, particularly if they lived in the everyday world where magic was a part of their existence and used to achieve a deeper understanding of the transcendent.

Both visionary fiction and magical realism speak to the notion that reality is more than what is seen by what I call consensus consciousness. Continue reading “My Visionary Fiction Guest Post on Visionary Alliance Website”

The Mistaken Notion of Spirituality

Sometimes I get bogged down in everyday concerns and feel disconnected from my spiritual peace.  The main character in my book, Gran, feels overwhelmed by all she must attend to in her daily life.  I wrote about this to show that even if we think we are spiritually conscious and advanced, we can easily get stuck in “our stuff” and forget who we really are and how connected we are to all of existence.  Here is a wonderful quote on the notion of separation from our spiritual selves.      Music

GardeningSometimes people get the mistaken notion that spirituality is a separate department of life, the penthouse of our existence.  But rightly understood, it is a vital awareness that pervades all realness of our being.  Someone will say, “I come alive when I listen to music,” or “I come to life when I garden,” or “I come alive when I play golf.”  Wherever we come alive, that is the area in which we are spiritual.  And then we can say, “I know at least how one is spiritual in that area.”  To be vital, awake, aware, in all areas of our lives, is the task that is never accomplished, but it remains a goal.

                                                 Brother David Steindl-Rast in The Music of Silence

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