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Guest Blog & Giveaway: Faeries and “Black Moon”

Oh, my lovely readers . . . I have such a delectable treat for you today! Author Jessica McQuay is blogging about Faeries and her new release, “Black Moon”. And to make your day a little sweeter, she’s also hosting a scrumptious giveaway. I’m talking SWAG~! Be sure to read to the very end for contest details and more information about “Black Moon”. 

Faeries and Black Moon
by Jessica McQuay

Hello everyone! First I’d like to take a moment to thank Deb for hosting me today! It’s an honor to be here posting with your followers. =)

Growing up, I was a huge fan of fairies. I had mad Tinkerbell love going on. LOL! I watched every movie she made an appearance in, read every book I could get my hands on with her in it and I collected tons of little porcelain and glass Tink figurines. I couldn’t get enough of the magical creatures with wings. I was obsessed with the ability to fly and the fairy attachment to nature.

As I grew, my love waned, but only slightly. It started to morph into something else. Of course I learned along the way that fairies weren’t real. But I was still captivated by the idea of magic…but not just any magic, fairy magic. Then I discovered the world of books out there about fey! I shed my Tinkerbell loving days for the magical world of the Faery.

Black Moon is about a girl that believes she’s ordinary. But within a few pages of the story she finds out that she is anything but. She is then thrust into a magical, foreign world where the things she grew up believing were fairytales are actually based on reality. She gets to experience not only the life of a Fae, but the life of Fae royalty. The land of Varulean, (the Faery dimension), is run by the Queen and the King, but the Queen is the one with the power. The line of Fae women are the ones that take over the throne when the time comes. And the magical abilities of the Fae on Varulean range from simple nature related spells to being able to read the minds of others.

My love for Faeries ties into the magical feeling you have as a child. You know the one I’m talking about, right? Where you believe anything is possible and magic is real and Santa really DOES bring you presents every Christmas Eve! Despite being forced to grow up, that sense of magic has never left me. Yep, you read that right. I still believe in magic. I just hope that I can pass that same sense of something magical on to my own children. =D

Thank you again to Deb! I truly appreciate you allowing me to stop by and talk about my love of Fae with your readers!

Happy Reading everyone!

CONTEST DETAILS:

Tour Wide Giveaway
3 Small Book Swag Packages including a $10 amazon.com gift card, bookmark, bracelets, notebook, and other fun reading/writing related items. At least 5 items in each package. Open to US Shipping

3 Signed Paperback Copies of Black Moon open to US Shipping

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Black Moon
Paige Tailor Series Book One

Jessica McQuay

Genre: YA/NA Paranormal Fantasy
ISBN: 1936185741
Number of pages: 240
Cover Artist: Miriam Grunhaus

 

Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/YapSh2lxRnc

Amazon   BN

Book Description:

“Am I losing my mind?”

Paige couldn’t help but question her sanity. What other explanation could there be for her hearing a conversation held barely above a whisper in the back of a classroom full of students? What about coming home to find one of those very classmates lying in wait in the darkness of her home, ready to attack her?

Confused, frustrated and feeling every ounce of her social ostracism, Paige confides in the one person she’s always been able to count on: her mom. But when her mom reveals a deeply rooted, unbelievable family secret, Paige discovers her world is filled with more than she ever imagined possible. A world where fairytales live alongside nightmares and secrets are the glue that binds them together. Suddenly no one is who they seem and Paige is faced with more questions than answers. Can she survive in a world filled with creatures scarier than anything she could imagine and where deceit runs as thick as blood? Or will the truth send her over the edge?

About the Author:

jessica

There were three things Jessica loved to do growing up; reading, writing and playing music. She discovered her love for writing at a young age, when she realized she could create anything she wanted with words. Jessica lives in Sacramento, CA with her husband, four children, a goldfish named Sparkle and their cat, Talula. When she isn’t working on the next Paige Tailor novel, taking her children to one activity or another, or folding the never ending laundry of a six person family, Jessica enjoys playing her clarinet in the community band, reading while enjoying a cup of coffee or heading to the theater and catching a movie with her husband.

www.jessicamcquay.com

http://paigetailorseries.blogspot.com/

https://twitter.com/JessicaMcQuay

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-McQuay-Author-of-the-Paige-Tailor-Series/217414364984840

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16005072-black-moon

Do You Believe in Fae?

My good friend and fellow writer, Janet Brooks, is one of the best researchers I’ve ever met. She can uncover delicious tidbits long after most folks have said “enough”. An example is the following guest blog, which Janet graciously agreed to write. She explores the topic of Fae and portals to the Underworld, a central theme in Book Two of Clans of Tagus series, The WARRIOR. By blending elements from Janet’s research with a contemporary plot and characters, The WARRIOR is sure to uphold the five star ranking Amazon readers have lavished on Book One, The GATEKEEPER. 

Do You Believe in Fae?

By: Janet Brooks

A long time ago, in a mountain far, far way, Celtic legend tells of a warrior, Fionn mac Cumhaill, who fervently pursued his betrothed, Gráinne, when she eloped with another. It was also a time when people told stories of how the Fae were vanquished by mortals and forced to descend into the Underworld through portals, similar to the one on the left in this photo of Ben Bulben, located in Sligo County, Ireland.

Even today Ben Bulben is a place often shrouded in mist and mystery – from its multiple names and spellings to the frequency with which its colors appear to change throughout the day, shifting from dark hues to bright green. Arctic flora found nowhere else in Ireland still grows on this mountain, which was formed by glaciers approximately 320 million years ago.

(In The WARRIOR, Artimon, a Tagusian shape shifter, accompanies Zara, a Dark Fae, to Ben Bulben where they must access the portal in a desperate attempt to save her twin sister from the Tagusian Warlords, the same clan that slaughtered many of her Fae ancestors and forced them into hiding.  In Book One, The GATEKEEPER,the original portal between the Earth and Tagus was located at Hamilton Pool, a tropical oasis hidden away in the Texas Hill Country. The waters of this landmark  exhibit similar characteristics as the Irish landscape near Ben Bulben, such as changing hues and emitting a green glow.)

The surrounding area is known as “Yeats Country” and is immortalized in “Under Ben Bulben,” which W.B. Yeats wrote in the year before his death. At his request, Yeats is buried in a churchyard near the base of the mountain, close to the land and legends he credited as the source of his inspiration. I’m inspired by the Celtic legends of Ben Bulben and another poem from Yeats, “Where My Books Go.”

     All the words that I gather,
     And all the words that I write,
     Must spread out their wings untiring,
     And never rest in their flight,
     Till they come where your sad, sad heart is,
     And sing to you in the night,
     Beyond where the waters are moving,
     Storm darkened or starry bright.

LINKS:

Videos of Ben Bulben:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MMNVFAv6SQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7k-PoQCPGA&feature=related (with ad you can skip)

http://www.rtbot.net/sligo_ireland (Click on the second video which has the best time lapse photography of the changing colors of Ben Bulben but no narrative.)

 

Article/Photos of Ben Bulben:

http://www.greentraveller.co.uk/blog/mountain-legends-sligo-northwest-ireland

Celtic Legends:

http://www.myguideireland.com/irish-mythology

http://www.shee-eire.com/Magic&Mythology/Fairylore/main.htm

Irish Fairy Tales edited by W.B. Yeats:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/31763 (Includes poem quoted above.)