Today, please join me in welcoming my friend and fellow author, Betty Bolté, back to Preternatura. Betty is the author of the A More Perfect Union historical fiction series, as well as the Ghosts of Roseville paranormal romance series. Books in each series include Emily’s Vow (A More Perfect Union #1), Amy’s Choice (A More Perfect Union #2), Traces (Ghosts of Roseville #1) and Remnants (Ghosts of Roseville #2).
Betty Bolté writes both historical and contemporary stories featuring strong, loving women and brave, compassionate men. No matter whether the stories are set in the past or the present, she loves to include a touch of the paranormal. In addition to her romantic fiction, she’s the author of several nonfiction books and earned a masters in English in 2008. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, the Historical Novel Society, the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, and the Authors Guild. You can learn more about Betty by visiting her website. on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.
ABOUT REMNANTS: Paulette O’Connell is focused on building her costume and home decorating business in order to ensure a stable home for her unborn child. When she accidentally summons her grandfather’s ghost, he demands she needed him and must learn the reason before he’ll reveal how to banish him. Meanwhile, a sexy chemist desires her attention despite her refusal to act upon her heart’s desires. After all, following her heart only lands her in trouble. Zak Markel journeys to Roseville in the desperate hunt for the missing ingredient for the Elixir of Life he hopes will save his brother’s eyesight and career. But he discovers more than he bargained for when his search turns up the gorgeous woman of his dreams, distracting him from his focus at the worst possible time, even though she staunchly refuses to allow him past her defenses. Can he convince Paulette to open her mind to possibilities and follow her heart to true happiness before it’s too late?
And now, let’s hear from Betty…
Haunted by Owls
By Betty Bolté
Coming down the front stairs inside my house the other day, I found myself looking at a string art owl I made when I was a teenager. It hangs on the wall, an immense great horned owl keeping watch in my house. Why ponder this relic of my childhood? Because it dawned on me…
Owls are a theme, a recurrence, a haunting in my life and ultimately my books.
I’ve always been fascinated by owls. Their eyes, the way they mirror the world they see. Their short necks that practically pivot 360 degrees so they can supervise all around them. They’re associated with wisdom and calm, at least to me.
In fact, as I’m writing this I recall one of the first, if not the actual first, times I used an owl in my “work.” In third grade, some organization (I don’t recall which one! It’s been a few years…) held a poster drawing contest for pollution and fire prevention. What did I choose? You guessed it. I drew an owl sitting on a tree branch with the words “Give a hoot! Don’t Pollute!” The wise owl telling everyone to be smart and don’t litter. I wonder whatever happened to that poster?
Next comes the knotty string art owl hanging in my house to this day. In my middle school and high school years, I belonged to 4-H (among many other clubs; I’m a real joiner!), serving as secretary and then as junior leader. Crafts were a huge part of my life back then! I worked on project after project. String art was one of my go-to crafts. I won a blue ribbon for my owl at the local county fair. I’m amazed it’s survived—with its plastic beak and claws still glued on—the many moves and related packing and unpacking between then and now.
Most recently, a great horned owl is used as a symbol of the Golden Owl Books and Brews book store in Remnants (Ghosts of Roseville Book 2).
If you look closely at the upper left corner of the front cover, just behind the sexy man’s ear, you’ll see the owl keeping watch. The symbol is repeated on the back of the paperback cover as well, ghosted in the background of the back cover copy.
I did my research on owls and the symbolism and uses associated with them, and then incorporated relevant facts into my story. As I did the digging into this background, it occurred to me that perhaps owls are a larger part of my experience than I had ever acknowledged. In fact, the owl is variously associated with the Greek goddess of learning, Athena, as well as guardianship of the underworlds, protector of the dead, ruler of the night and seer of souls.
Do you have a particular animal that has been a part of your life, haunting who you are? I’m reaching beyond pets since we’re often owned by cats and dogs, etc., but a recurrence to a wild, untamed creature? Tell me in the comments for a chance to win a digital or print (winner’s choice) copy of either Traces (Ghosts of Roseville Book 1) or Remnants!
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Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and opinions!
As always, it’s a pleasure having you drop by, Betty. Wild, untamed creatures, eh? I’m looking forward to reading the comments. Remember, you must leave a comment answering Betty’s question in order to be entered to win.