We’re in the home stretch of the Elysian Fields
tour with about a week to go. Today, I’m over at Reading Reality
, theorizing about why New Orleans is considered such a hotbed of paranormal activity. Come on over and leave a comment, and enter to win the iPad and other tour prizes–not many chances to enter left, and I’d sure like to see one of my blog readers win!
And thanks to Doctor’s Notes today, for the awesome review! You can also enter for the tour prizes at this stop!
I’ll be working the (inserted Mirren Kincaid’s favorite epithet here) football game tomorrow for seven straight hours, but head back Sunday, where you’ll find weekly winners and, I dunno, maybe a scene snippet or deleted scene.
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Today, please help me welcome fellow author Paula Millhouse to Preternatura to talk about fairies! Paula’s latest release is Three Wishes, which was published in March by Boroughs Publishing Group.
Paula Millhouse grew up in Savannah, Ga., where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. As a child, she soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the south. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter, the Mystery/Suspense chapter (Kiss of Death), and a member of Savvy Authors. She lives with her husband at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their pack and pride of furry babies. In the southern tradition of storytellers, she loves sharing the lives of her characters with readers, and following her muse on the quest for happily-ever-afters in thrilling romantic fiction. You can learn more about Paula by visiting her website, on Facebook, or by following her on twitter.
ABOUT THREE WISHES: Abigail O’Malley wants to find true love…which is about as easy as catching a leprechaun. Abby’s world turns upside down when a rival Irishman threatens to take her bar, a historic Savannah landmark, mere days before the start of the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. When she captures Michael McKnight, her three wishes include his gold, fairy magic, and the mystery of her One True Love. Will Michael have time to prove he’s up to the task of granting her wishes before the bad guys close in and destroy Abby’s dreams forever?
And now, let’s hear from Paula…
A Fairy Holiday Shopping Guide for your garden and home
With Fairy Doors cropping up all over the US, from Ann Arbor to San Francisco and abroad, one wonders what fairies want, and what will make them happy? Here’s a top ten list of whimsical items for the fairies in your garden.
1. Shoes. Fairies love dancing shoes. Offer them the best of what’s available so when they wear them, they’ll think fondly of you. If in doubt, consult a leprechaun. They apparently make their living designing and supplying outstanding fairy shoes.
2. Garden whimsy. Most likely whatever you like, your fairies will prefer. Whether you choose wind chimes, or whirly-gigs, fairies seem partial to beautiful things. Trust your gut. Put out fairy charms.
3. Fans. Especially in the dead-heat of summer a simple fan can do the trick. It can stir up a breeze your fairies can use to take flight.
4. A water source – simple fountains are favorites of all living creatures. The trickle of water drops has brought man and beast pleasure for millennia – I think fairies like them too.
5. Avoid predators in your yard. Cats are fine, as long as you teach them when they’re kittens that fairies share the land. Nothing is better than Watch-cats for a fairy enclave.
6. Live in an Urban setting? No fear – simply set out some whimsy in the form of a plant, a simple Japanese sand garden in a terra cotta basin, or a whimsical solar charged nightlight. Fairies love any offering from a soul of good cheer.
7. If you’re really into fairy charms, go further than Abby did in Three Wishes – build your fairies a home made from twigs, rocks and other findings. Check out fairies on Pinterest and Facebook to see photos of what other folks are setting out. My Pinterest Page
8. Buy or rent a copy of the movie Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997). Harvey Keitel and Peter O’Toole lead a cast of disbelievers into a journey that lifts the spirits of the people of England during World War I. Play it at random times. Fairies will come to your window.
So, what whimsical ideas do you have for asking the Universe for your Three Wishes?
Do you have any ideas for seeking your Three Wishes? I have a rusty metal replica of my dog Shane outside my front door…wonder if that would entice a garden fairy? On the other hand, I just drove out a slew of bats. I might not want house fairies!
What about you? Got a good fairy gift? Or, what would one of your three wishes be? Leave a comment for you chance to win a copy of Paula Millhouse’s Three Wishes.