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I spend most of my time daydreaming and creating tales filled with romance, conflict and magic. Prior to being a writer, I played bass guitar in an all-girl hard rock/metal band in southern California. When I'm not writing, editing or reading, I enjoy practicing target archery.
 

Monday, April 27, 2015

Monday Musings: AZ Cloud formation pics # 7

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An eerie light makes the cloud look dark and forbidding.

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The sunset turns ordinary clouds into something ethereal.

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Clouds bathed in golden light.

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Clouds hovering in the brilliance of the setting sun.

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Red and gold fills the sky.

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Golden waves.

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In an instant gold turns to pink.

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Deep colors contrast with the soft warmer hues.

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a new TV show

Favorite new TV show: iZombie

A medical student finds that being a zombie has its perks, which she uses to assist the police.

Creators:
Diane Ruggiero, Rob Thomas
Stars:

Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli

 

So far I really like this new CW show. It’s funny and has serious moments, which reminds me of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It’s refreshing to watch a zombie show that isn’t so dark all the time.

 

 

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

Bawcock

baw·cock

noun \ˈbȯ-ˌkäk\

Definition of BAWCOCK

archaic

:  a fine fellow

Origin of BAWCOCK

French beau coq, from beau fine + coq fellow, cock

First Known Use: 1599

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/CelticChick

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelley-Heckart/111838455604

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday Musings: Signs of spring in Lake Havasu City, AZ

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Hummingbird enjoys the warm weather.

 

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This roadrunner suddenly jumped up on the wall while I was trying to photograph a lizard. I’m pretty sure he was hunting the lizard and didn’t see me. I think I saved the lizard’s life because I frightened the roadrunner as much as he frightened me--he left as fast as he appeared, I barely captured this shot.

 

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A beautiful cactus bloom—such beauty among such dangerous thorns.

 

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Palo Verde tree in full bloom.

 

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Loki enjoying the nice spring weather.

 

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My first sighting of Godzilla, the desert iguana—maybe. I’m not quite sure if this is Godzilla or his mate, or possibly his offspring. This lizard didn’t look quite as big as Godzilla.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/CelticChick

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelley-Heckart/111838455604

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite fiction book about Celtic Britain

After Rome: A Novel of Celtic Britain by Morgan Llywelyn

Book Description:

After more than four hundred years of Roman rule, the island its conquerors called Britannia was abandoned-left to its own devices as the Roman empire contracted in a futile effort to defend itself from the barbarian hordes encroaching upon its heart. As Britannia falls into anarchy and the city of Viroconium is left undefended, two cousins who remained behind when the imperial forces withdrew pursue very different courses in the ensuing struggle to unite the disparate tribes and factions throughout the land.

In Morgan Llywelyn's stunning medieval novel After Rome, passionate, adventurous Dinas recruits followers and dreams of kingship. Thoughtful Cadogan saves a group of citizens when Saxons invade and burn Viroconium, then becomes the reluctant founder and leader of a new community that rises in the wilderness. The two cousins could not be more different, but their parallel stories encapsulate the era of a new civilization struggling to be born in the Middle Ages.

 

My Review:

Not a fantasy, but a real depiction of life in Dark Age Britain

4 Stars

Morgan Llywelyn is one of my favorite authors. That being said, this wasn't my favorite book of hers, but I still enjoyed it. I like how she handles the beginning of the Dark Ages in Britain after the Roman legions leave. There is nothing to tell us what really happened, and her story, how she shows what the people must have endured, is believable enough. Dinas is a flawed main character and that's okay. People aren't perfect. I liked Cadogan better, but he wasn't perfect either. That's probably what I like about Ms. Llywelyn: she keeps it real. What I had a problem with was the comma errors, lots of them. I still recommend this book for historical fantasy readers, especially those interested in Dark Age Britain.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/CelticChick

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelley-Heckart/111838455604

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

Barracoon

bar·ra·coon

noun \ˌber-ə-ˈkün, ˌba-rə-\

Definition of BARRACOON

:  an enclosure or barracks formerly used for temporary confinement of slaves or convicts —often used in plural

Origin of BARRACOON

Spanish barracón, augmentative of barraca hut, from Catalan

First Known Use: 1848

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/CelticChick

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelley-Heckart/111838455604

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Monday Musings: Don’t rush to self-publish your book

I’ve been doing some spring cleaning, well, more like a 15-year cleaning, and found my collection of rejection letters from 2000-2004. I forgot I saved them. Curious, I read a couple. Of course, at the time I received the rejections I thought they (magazine editors) didn’t possibly know what they were talking about—there was nothing wrong with my stories. Uh huh. Now I understand why they were rejected—they weren’t very good. Sure, the grammar was good, but there is much more to writing a story than good grammar. So much more. Plus, I was missing something even more important—a professional edit.

This made me think about all the changes that have been made in the book publishing world, how easy it is to slap together a story and self-publish. On one hand, it is a great opportunity for writers. On the other hand, it might cause newbie writers to rush to publish before they have perfected their craft.

If I could give one bit of advice to new writers it would be: don’t rush to get that first book published. Take the time to learn the craft of writing and take the editing process seriously—hire a good editor. If I had done that with my old stories, they just might have been accepted. Or maybe not.

Think twice before publishing that first book. That one is for practice. Write the next one. And work with a good editor. I didn’t realize it at the time, but my first stories were practice for better things to come.

Think of it this way—does an artist sell that first painting? It’s probably not going to be as good as the next one. Or the one after that. Honing your craft, whether it’s creating a painting or a story, takes time. Having a good grasp of grammar isn’t enough. It took years for me to understand all aspects of writing a novel. The important thing is to not give up.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

http://www.kelleyheckart.com

http://kelleysrealm.blogspot.com/

http://twitter.com/CelticChick

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kelley-Heckart/111838455604

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