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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.
 

Friday, January 23, 2015

kboards: Book Discovery! (Friday Jan 23)

kboards: Book Discovery! (Friday Jan 23): It's Book Discovery Day! Twice a week we bring you a selection of books that are newly-published, or that have been overlooked. Every ...

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite movie

Favorite movie: Prince of Persia, The Sands of Time

A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables the magic sand inside to reverse time. I really enjoyed the banter between Jake Gyllenhaal’s character ( the prince) and the princess who resents his people for destroying her temple. The mix of magic and some time travel drew me in to the story.

 

Kelley Heckart, Historical fantasy romance author

Captivating...Sensual...Otherworldly

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

BABA GHANOUSH

ba·ba gha·noush

noun \ˌbä-bə-gə-ˈnüsh\

Definition of BABA GHANOUSH

:  an appetizer or spread made chiefly of eggplant, tahini, garlic, olive oil, and lemon

Variants of BABA GHANOUSH

ba·ba gha·noush or baba gha·nouj

Origin of BABA GHANOUSH

Arabic dialect bābaghanūj

First Known Use: 1977

 

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

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Musings: Thoughts on The Red Tent mini-series

This post came about because I read a scornful review by Neal Justin about The Red Tent, a Lifetime mini-series based on a novel by Anita Diamant about Jacob’s (from the Bible) only daughter. What really struck me is why was a man reviewing this obviously female-oriented series in the first place? How can a man possibly understand what female’s have to endure? Well, it was quite obvious that this man had no clue.

The Rent Tent is about Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob. She is only given one line of mention in the Bible. No surprise there. The female’s of Jacob’s tribe, his many wives and their daughters, meet in the red tent during their monthly bleeding and when someone is giving birth, which happened quite often then. The red tent is more than just a place where “its club members gossip like desperate housewives.” But I wouldn’t expect a man to understand. It’s a place where women can bond and share stories handed down from their mothers, where they can go for comfort in dealing with what women had to endure in a time when life was difficult for females, when they were treated like livestock, when they were nothing but a piece of property.

Another quote from the review that bothered me is: “No matter how much you try to beef up the role of the Genesis gals their stories have a hard time living up to the trials and tribulations of Jacob and his favorite son, Joseph.” Really? Is this guy serious? I’d like to see him try to give birth without modern medicine (most women died giving birth in that time period) or be treated like property by a father and then by a husband, to live in constant fear of being sold into slavery or to an abusive husband, of having no control over his destiny. Or how would he like to live in constant fear of being killed for not pleasing a father or husband and have the killers go unpunished because that was the law—women had no rights. Zero rights. How is that for trials and tribulations?

I did agree with one of his comments in the review, which was “It’s a fairly safe bet to say “The Red Tent” won’t be screened at Sunday schools.” Yeah, and you know why? Because no one wants to point out the reality of life as a woman in Biblical times: women weren’t just treated like livestock, they were treated much worse, and this mistreatment came at the hands of the men who are the heroes of the Bible and who the male reviewer places on a pedestal. I applaud author Anita Diamant, for giving a voice to these beautiful, courageous women who are barely mentioned in the Bible. They deserve much more than that.

 

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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Sunday, January 18, 2015

Fifty Authors from Fifty States: Kelley Heckart’s Arizona Desert Home

Fifty Authors from Fifty States: Kelley Heckart’s Arizona Desert Home: I have lived in Arizona since 2001 after living in Southern California for most of my life. I never thought much about the desert, dismi...


Friday, January 16, 2015

Favorite Friday: Sharing a favorite dog breed

Favorite dog breed: Chihuahua

I don’t know why but I love the smaller dogs. I think because they are easier for me to take care of and they can sit on my lap when I work. Chihuahuas are really cool dogs. Ours is a trickster. That’s how he earned his name: Loki.

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He waits patiently for me to finish taking my sunset and/or moon pics

 

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He loves to lay in my husband’s lap. It’s so cute. LOL

 

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Our family Christmas pic for 2014.

 

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Christmas morning 2014. He likes his new toy—a frog.

 

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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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Weird Word Wednesday

BABASSU

ba·bas·su

noun \ˌbä-bə-ˈsü\

Definition of

:  a tall pinnate-leaved palm (Orbignya phalerata syn. O. barbosiana) of Brazil with hard-shelled nuts yielding a valuable oil

Origin of BABASSU

Portuguese babaçú, from Tupi * i̵βáwasú, from i̵βá fruit + -wasú large

First Known Use: 1917

 

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