Ostara/Spring Equinox

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The welcoming of Spring has been celebrated in ritual for over 12,000 years by many cultures around the world. As the sun appears to cross the earth’s equator on the 20th or 21st of March, (in 2017 it will fall on Monday, March 20th @ 6:28 AM EDT) entering the Zodiacal sign of Aries, day and night will be equal in length.

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Imbolc – Festival of Brighid

Brighid:  Beloved Goddess of Imbolc

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Great Lady, Exalted One

King Maker, Bright Arrow

We call on you;

Brighid of the Eternal Flame

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Mistress of poets, healers & Smiths

We invite you to our circle;

Enter and give us your blessing

 

 

Brighid was a much loved and primary Goddess of the Celtic people.  She has been known by many names depending on where you were located and the time period you were in.  Her festival, Imbolc, is held each year on February 1st or 2nd and is seen as welcoming the first vestiges of Spring.  She is known by many names including Bright Arrow, The High One, The Bright One, Lady of the Sacred Flame & Healing Waters and Brighid of the Green Mantle.

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Winter Solstice

winter solstice3The returning of the sun in the northern hemisphere at Winter Solstice has been celebrated by various religions for thousands of years. Over that time the holiday has evolved into what we recognize as Christmas or Yule today.

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Introducing Historical Fiction/Thriller Author NICKOLAS HIGHT

 

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Betrayal. Murder. Revenge. Just another day in medieval Italy.

The year is 1377. Angelo Anchioni has served in the Hospitaller Order for fourteen years. Determination, diligence and skill have made him a squire, but he remains unaware of the evil that those closest to him have within them.

Returning home after a long absence, he finds his beloved family has been savagely murdered by the fickle decree of Bernabo Visconti, the lord of Milan and one of the most powerful men in Europe. Enraged, Anchioni sets out on a reckless quest through the deadly and dangerous landscape of 14th century Italy.

As Anchioni and his fellow squire, Stuart Heton, become embroiled in the simmering feud between Visconti and the ruthless English mercenary, Sir John Hawkwood, the young men discover they are ill-equipped to survive for long in a land torn asunder by conflict. Anchioni must pursue vengeance and thus forfeit all he holds dear, or he must become a willing pawn in a violent struggle that may very well redefine the balance of power throughout Christendom.

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Introducing Mystery Novelist DEBBIE DE LOUISE

 

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Librarian Alicia McKinney has put the past behind her…

Two years ago, Alicia discovered both a terrible truth and lasting love with John McKinney in the small town of Cobble Cove, New York. Now a busy mother of twin babies and co-author of a mystery series, Alicia couldn’t be happier.

Alicia’s contentment and safety are challenged…

Walking home alone from the library, Alicia senses someone following her, and on more than one occasion, she believes she is being watched. Does she have a stalker? When the local gift shop is burglarized, the troubling event causes unrest among Alicia and the residents of the quiet town.

John and Alicia receive an offer they can’t refuse…

When John’s sister offers to babysit while she and John take a much-needed vacation in New York City, Alicia is reluctant to leave her children because of the disturbances in Cobble Cove. John assures her the town is safe in the hands of Sheriff-elect Ramsay. Although Alicia’s experience with and dislike of the former Long Island detective don’t alleviate her concern, she and John take their trip.

Alicia faces her worst nightmare…

The McKinneys’ vacation is cut short when they learn their babies have been kidnapped and John’s sister shot. Alicia and John’s situation puts them between a rock and a hard place when the main suspect is found dead before the ransom is paid. In order to save their children, the McKinneys race against the clock to solve a mystery more puzzling than those found in their own books. Can they do it before time runs out?

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Meet Multi-Genre Author Marie Lavender

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Brooke Sanders just wants to get away from her life for awhile. A remote cabin in Montana fits the bill. She doesn’t expect to encounter a mysterious stranger with unusual blue eyes, or events that cannot be explained…

 

Colin Fielding is on a mission – scout a planet and return home to Endhivar. Simple really. What he doesn’t anticipate is that fate has a pretty twisted sense of humor. Suddenly, this human calls to him, every part of him, like the call of a true mate, and he can’t deny the connection as he gets closer to her.

 

Little do they know, someone is out to do them harm, as well as the world Brooke holds so dear. Can they stop what’s coming before it’s too late? Or will the universe lose a perfect gem?

 

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Bestselling multi-genre author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 21 other books. March 2016 Empress of the Universe title – winner of the “Broken Heart” themed contest and the “I Love You” themed contest on Poetry Universe. SECOND CHANCE HEART and A LITTLE MAGICK placed in the TOP 10 on the 2015 P&E Readers’ Poll. Nominated in the TRR Readers’ Choice Awards for Winter 2015. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. The Versatile Blogger Award for 2015. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial’s Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader’s Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 10 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. Since 2010, Marie has published 22 books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. She has also contributed to several anthologies. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series.

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Meet multi genre Author, Vicki Ann Bush

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Driving across the desert in their ’67 Chevelle, Sam and Edith were looking forward to a four day getaway to Wasteland Weekend. A post apocalyptic event that neither one had been to before. It was their first real vacation together, and Sam wanted to be sure Edith enjoyed every moment of it.

Until their car breaks down on the highway.

Forced to spend the night in a small ominous town, the couple soon learns the secret to all the missing townspeople and the frightening truth of the Joshua trees.
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Meet Vintage Romance Author JUDY NICKLES

 

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In a moment of loss and crushing despair, she struck a deceptive bargain with her husband to protect his name as he built his Texas empire. Years later, when he was gone in a hail of bullets, it came back to haunt her in ways she never imagined. Now she must strip away the hatred which has festered over a lifetime before it destroys her. But will the truth, reborn like the Phoenix, sever the carefully forged bonds between herself and her children? Susanna feels fenced in and ripe for slaughter like the longhorns beyond her window. Damn you, Nathan Kingsley! Damn you for what you did! Damn you for dying and leaving me with the mess you made!

 
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Meet Multi-Genre Author KAREN KING

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Local journalist Cassie is getting married to hot-shot lawyer, reliable Timothy and his ‘Monster-in-Law’ mother Sylvia wants to plan the entire wedding. When Sylvia books the exclusive ID images to take photographs of the extravagant wedding, Cassie has no idea what she’s walking into. The elusive JM who is the newest photographer employed just so happens to be Jared, Cassie’s first love and ex-fiancée, who broke off their engagement to follow his life-long dreams. Jared is back to earn some cash before jetting off on his next wild adventure. When Cassie is asked to write an article with top tips and advice for Brides to Be, she jokingly writes a column depicting her current scenario and a co-worker submits it in place of the real article. Cassie’s column is soon making the headlines with readers asking the age old question Who Will She Choose?

 

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Meet Thriller/Humour Author JEAN GUY JACQUES

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You might fall prey to an insidious blackmail scam, but can you ever bail yourself out of the mess?

Senator Harry Day lies to his wife telling her that he has business to attend and blows off an important family reunion dinner.

Instead he attends his best friend’s bachelor party at the Wild Irish Rose Pub.

The party gets out of hand when Patricia, a stunning lady accidently trips and spills her red wine on Harry shirt.

Harry is fuming. She offers to take him to her home and clean his shirt. After throwing his shirt in the washing machine Patricia begins to seduce him, dragging him to her bedroom and setting him up for one of the most insidious scam ever conceived.

Will he be able to save his reputation?

 

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