The Magic of Winter…

Originally Posted By Debbie Peterson (Check it out to comment and enter the giveaway)

On this windy, cold and cloudy, New Year’s Eve, the weatherman is calling for snow. Call me skeptical if you will, but so far today, I haven’t seen so much as a drop of rain here in Las Vegas. Now that doesn’t mean we never get snow here. We have had some on occasion. So when we do, I sit back with a hot cup of cocoa, and watch it through the window–from the comfort of my heated home–with a fire roaring in the fireplace.

American Homestead Winter – Currier & Ives

I bet I had an ancestor or two that would’ve loved to have traded places with me. Long ago–when life depended on the planting and harvesting of crops–the long days of winter were filled with various magical rituals. They had rituals for the fields they hoped would ensure an increase in flocks, herds and the harvest. Rituals were held to protect hearth and home. They even had rituals meant to bring back the light of the sun.

Feast of St Martin

In several countries in Europe winter began on Saint Marin’s Day. Those gifted with “sight” would see this saint riding his beautiful white horse across the grasslands. This patron saint of wine and vintners would open his cloak and release the first snow of winter. On the eve of this day bonfires were lit and the animals that would not live through the season were slaughtered and salted. A feast in Martin’s honor was held and the first of the new wine served to all in attendance.

In memory of this saint, the children in Germany would put containers of water on their doorstep with childlike faith that St. Martin would stop by and change the water to wine. As they awoke on Martinmas day, they would run to the door and indeed find the water changed to wine. Beside the wine they would find a special horseshoe shaped cookie, providing proof that St. Martin had stopped by.

There were customs for New Year’s Eve as well. In many places all throughout Britain and spreading all the way to Austria, a body fashioned from straw was carried through the streets. “Death,” as they called this hapless form, was then burned, buried, or drowned, whichever was the handiest way to rid themselves of this demon, so that the new year could bring prosperity without hindrance.

In other places, revelers donned masks and costumes so that they could elude the evil powers lurking about as they paraded throughout their towns. They would crack their whips, clang bells and beat on their drums, all in order to drive out the ghosts of the waning old year and bring in the new.

I guess in our own way, we still do a little “town-rattling” of our own with the party favors, feasts, reveling, and fireworks.

So tell me, how do you bring in the New Year?
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Today, on the final December stop of our book tour, I am answering questions at Bunny’s Book Reviews, so if you have the chance, stop by and say hello!

AND… to Celebrate the New Year…drum roll please… Inkspell Publishing has agreed to put Shadow of the Witte Wieven on sale for one month only! Now through January 31st you can enjoy both Shadow of the Witte Wieven and Van Locken’s Witch for just 99 cents each!

Remaining Tour Stops:

January      7:  Coffee Books and Art
January     14: The Avid Reader
January     21:  Booklover Sue
January     28:  Yeah Books! Blog

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Release Day from Avon!!!

Some many to add to my TBR List from my Favorite Authors…

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Avon New Releases

The Duke of Dark Desires by Miranda NevilleTHE DUKE OF DARK DESIRES by Miranda Neville
Release Date: December 30, 2014
Julian Fortescue never expected to inherit a dukedom, nor to find himself guardian to three young half-sisters. In the market for a governess, he lays eyes on Jane Grey and knows immediately she is qualified–to become his mistress. To find the man responsible for the deaths of her family, Jeanne de Falleron enters the Duke of Denford’s house as governess Jane Gray. As she discovers more clues about the villain she seeks, she’s faced with a possibility more disturbing than her growing feelings for the duke: What will she do if the man she loves is also the man she has sworn to kill? Library Journal called The Duke of Dark Desires “a passionate tale that is enhanced by a dash of danger.”Read an excerpt at Miranda’s website.
Love Me If You Dare by Toni BlakeLOVE ME IF YOU DARE, Coral Cove Book…

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More Releases~!!!

I am looking forward to reading the one by Amelia Grey, but the other ones seem jut as fun…

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The Duke in My Bed (The Heirs' Club of Scoundrels Trilogy, #1)THE DUKE IN MY BED (The Heirs’ Club of Scoundrels Trilogy, #1) by Amelia Grey

From bestselling author Amelia Grey comes a wickedly romantic tale of one reckless bachelor, five unwed sisters, and a wildly unconventional game of love…

HERE COMES THE GROOM

As a notorious member of the Heirs’ Club, Bray Drakestone can’t resist a challenge from one of his well-heeled colleagues—especially when it involves money and horses. But the friendly wager takes an unexpected and deadly turn. Bray is forced to agree to marry one of his challenger’s five sisters—sight unseen. Now gamblers all over London are placing bets on whether Bray will actually go through with it…

THERE GOES THE BRIDE

Miss Louisa Prim, the eldest sister, doesn’t care a whit what the reckless rogue at the Heirs’ Club promised her brother—she has no intention of marrying the future Duke of Drakestone. Bray, however, sees her rejection…

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Merry Christmas!!!

It is winding down to the last few hours of my Christmas day, and just wanted to take the opportunity to wish everyone A Merry Christmas!!!

Christmas is my favorite time of the year. My whole family always makes it very special, and I am truly grateful for each and every one of them for all they do to make it one of my favorite days of the year. I love decorating for Christmas, finding a special gift for every one of my family members and wrapping it in either the cutest or the prettiest wrapping paper we have, the Christmas Songs and Movies that we get to play, Christmas Baking (I was designated to make Maple Bars every year), and spending time with my family.

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(An earlier Christmas tree that was decorated!)

I hope that everyone had just as good a time as I did, and that you were able to spend it with your loved ones. “Merry Christmas To All And To All A Good Night!” –Clement Clarke Moore

Shadow of the Witte Wieven by Debbie Peterson – Guest Blog and Giveaway

Originally Posted By It’s Raining Books (Check It Out! ^-^)

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Debbie will be awarding a $15 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

Hello! I am so excited to visit with you today. Thank you so much for the invitation and the opportunity to give our lovely readers a story from my vast paranormal files!

When it comes to Shadow of the Witte Wieven—and because I am a writer of both fantasy and paranormal romance—my thoughts often turn to the many legends concerning ghost ships. After all, any sighting of Wolf’s ship as he sails in this dimension is deemed a ghost ship by those who can actually see his brigantine. Not many can, you know… 😉

Anyway, one of my favorite legends concerns the American schooner known as the Young Teazer, which targeted the sea trade of the British Empire during the War of 1812, and for a time, she was rather successful in her pursuits.

Yet, as fate would have it, in June of 1813, British ships finally trapped the Young Teazer in Mahone Bay which is situated between Mason Island and Rafuse Island. Escape was impossible and the hands aboard the Teazer knew it. Without delay, the British dispatched a five boat boarding party to take possession of their prize. But, as they made their approach, the Young Teazer suddenly and unexpectedly exploded.

Survivors later claimed they saw Frederick Johnson, the Teazer’s First Lieutenant, toss flaming embers into the cache of ammunition which instantly ignited. The ship caught fire and that fire spread rapidly. The tactic killed Johnson and many of his fellow crew members that day.

Not long thereafter, very credible reports about the sighting of a fiery ghost ship began to surface. Then one year later, on June 27th of 1814, the people of Mahone Bay swore up and down they saw a spectral ship sailing exactly where the Young Teazer had met its demise. The ship vanished in a huge cloud of smoke and fire, but not before the witnesses positively identified it as the Young Teazer.

Even without the help of Facebook or Twitter, it didn’t take long for this story to circulate coast to coast. As the anniversary of the event came around again, a throng of people gathered in Mahone Bay with high expectations of seeing the flaming ghost ship for themselves. They were not disappointed. From that day to the present, people continue to stand as witness to the reality of the phantom ship which continues to sail, two hundred years later. More often than not, Young Teazer can be seen on misty nights which fall within three days of the full moon…

So, tell me, what do you think of ghost ships… fact or fiction? (Visit It’s Raining Books to answer the question and enter the giveaway.)

Despite a contract on her head, lone Drug Enforcement Agent, Aliyana Montijo must ferret out a mole and stop the assassination of top DEA officials, as so ordered by the Colombian drug lord she seeks to take down. The task is a daunting one, for there is no one she can trust. No one that is, until she encounters a most unlikely ally.

Former seventeenth century captain of the Dutch West Indies Company, Wolfaert Dircksen Van Ness, now from a parallel dimension, encounters the beautiful agent during an unearthly storm in the Bermuda triangle. Drawn to the Spanish beauty he rescues, he pledges his assistance, despite her reluctance to accept either his help or his heart.

Can Wolf bridge both space and time to claim the woman he loves?

Enjoy an excerpt:

Something terrible had happened. She could feel it. She raced toward her supplies and grabbed hold of her backpack. Her fingers shook as she unzipped the bag and yanked out her phone. She tried to call Greg several times over before it dawned on her that he had already boarded a plane headed for Colombia. She wouldn’t be able to contact him until the morning.

Despite all attempts to banish it, the dread grew stronger with each passing hour. A growing notion that Wolf and his crew never vacated the sub, took firm hold. The conscientious men of the Wieven could very well have remained behind to ensure that all went according to plan. The thought of such an occurrence made her sick to her stomach. She couldn’t sleep, and she couldn’t eat. All throughout the long hours of the night, she restlessly paced along the shore, waiting, hoping—and praying.

By the time the gloomy morning arrived, what little hope she’d carried throughout the long night, dissipated. Somewhere in her heart, she finally accepted that her beloved captain wouldn’t be coming for her. Not now. Not ever again. Excruciating pain accompanied that knowledge, and in that same moment, she could feel her heart shattering into an infinite number of pieces. Even though she had endured such pain many times before, it had never assaulted her with the intensity it did right now. She didn’t know if she could survive it. Indeed, she didn’t know if she wanted to survive it.

About the Author: Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. Stories of love and make believe filled her head for as long as she can remember. However, it was her beloved husband who encouraged, cajoled and inspired her to take up a pen and write some of them down. In 2012, The Wild Rose Press published her first novel, Spirit of the Rebellion.

When she’s not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family. She also pursues her interests in family history which she also teaches, mythology, and all things ancient and historic.

Connect with Debbie:

Website: http://dk-peterson.com/
Blog: http://debbie-peterson.blogspot.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DebbiePeterson1
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Debbie-Peterson-Author/214882805206529?ref=tn_tnmn

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SHADOW OF THE WITTE WIEVEN by Debbie Peterson

Original Post By Kit ‘N Kabookle (Check it out! ^-^)

SHADOW OF THE WITTE WIEVEN
by Debbie Peterson

Despite a contract on her head, lone Drug Enforcement Agent, Aliyana Montijo must ferret out a mole and stop the assassination of top DEA officials, as so ordered by the Colombian drug lord she seeks to take down. The task is a daunting one, for there is no one she can trust. No one that is, until she encounters a most unlikely ally.

Former seventeenth century captain of the Dutch West Indies Company, Wolfaert Dircksen Van Ness, now from a parallel dimension, encounters the beautiful agent during an unearthly storm in the Bermuda triangle. Drawn to the Spanish beauty he rescues, he pledges his assistance, despite her reluctance to accept either his help or his heart.

Can Wolf bridge both space and time to claim the woman he loves?

EXCERPT
The idea one could dream and take part inside another dream never once occurred to Aliyana. Nor, had it ever happened to her before. Yet, she couldn’t find any other explanation for this bizarre experience. She found herself in a strange bed, gazing at a very handsome, broad-shouldered, well-muscled man. The tall, handsome man in question had light brown, shoulder length hair, which he combed back away from his face. His short, well-trimmed beard and mustache seemed darker than his hair or at least it did in this light. He had incredible sky blue eyes, infectious laughter, and a dimpled smile that would melt the iciest heart.

The only trouble with this picture? The form-fitting black doublet he wore looked like something straight out of ‘The Three Musketeers,’ minus the ridiculous broad-brimmed, large feathered hat. And—she wouldn’t be surprised to find him onboard the ship she encountered just before her plane collided with that massive rock. If any of that really happened.

On top of all that, he just told her to call him ‘Wolf’ using a very charming Germanic accent, probably Dutch, gauging from his surname. Okay, Wolf, from which part of my scrambled brain did I conjure a man like you? She closed her eyes once again. Perhaps in so doing she could escape this whacky dream altogether and wake up somewhere else. Some place a little more normal.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH DEBBIE
Please welcome Debbie to Kit ‘N Kabookle!

Hello Mary! Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog! It’s a pleasure to be here and answer some of your questions, so let’s get started, shall we?

-What made you want to write?

I think it was just the desire to put the stories in my head down on paper. I should also mention that my husband gets the credit for turning that desire into a reality. Without his encouragement, my stories might still be floating around inside the imagination portion of my brain.

-What draws you to your genre of choice?

I love making the impossible, possible. As a child I often pretended I was a good witch who could perform magic. In my make believe world, dragons, fairies, unicorns, and the ever majestic pegasus were all common. I also loved the fairytales and the joy of happily ever after. No one should be surprised then, when my genre of choice is paranormal and fantasy romance.

-Name a fun fact you learned researching this project.

In some of my mythology books, I came across the term “Witte Wieven” (which in this book is the name of Wolf’s ship) more than once. But not until I wrote the story did I learn who and what the name referred to. The Germanic “Witte Wieven” or “wise women” of legend are amazing herbalists, healers and seers. They are well respected in many cultures for their abilities, wisdom and benevolence. However, arouse their ire, and you could probably live to regret encountering them at all. Now, why would Wolf name his ship “Witte Wieven” of all things? The answer to that question is revealed in the prequel, Van Locken’s Witch. Suffice it to say, a lovely descendent of the witte wieven saves Wolf’s life and in friendship, respect and gratitude, he named his ship for her.

-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?

I can’t think of a single one I wouldn’t. All of them are fun and fascinating in their own way.

-For aspiring writers, any tips?

Keep writing, polish your work until it shines, and never, ever give up.

ABOUT DEBBIE
Debbie has always had a soft spot for fairy tales, the joy of falling in love, and happily ever after endings. Stories of love and make believe filled her head for as long as she can remember. However, it was her beloved husband who encouraged, cajoled and inspired her to take up a pen and write some of them down. In 2012, The Wild Rose Press published her first novel, “Spirit of the Rebellion.”

When she’s not busy conjuring her latest novel, Debbie spends time with the members of her very large family. She also pursues her interests in family history which she also teaches, mythology, and all things ancient and historic.

Find Debbie online:

website
blog
Facebook
Twitter @DebbiePeterson1


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