Some Breton Love Spells

The following is a reblog of a post entitled, “Some Breton Love Spells,” that was published on 4 Feb 2023 by Bonjour From Brittany. Throughout history, people looking for love often turned to rituals, love potions and spells to obtain the affections of one you desire.

Bonjour From Brittany

Spells to attract that most elusive of treasure, true love, have been noted in disparate cultures across the world since the earliest times. It is therefore no surprise that in the Brittany of yesterday, spells and charms to inspire romantic desire were also once quite widespread.

Consumed with hard work from before dawn to after dusk, opportunities for young people to meet and mix with folk outside their immediate neighbourhood were largely limited to communal events such as weddings, fairs, saints’ pardons and church services. If one was fortunate enough to have found someone that quickened their heart, the challenge then lay in trusting in their sincerity and the depth of their devotion.

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In Brittany, pins, coins, bread and even broken pottery were used at sacred springs in the quest to find true love. Different sites had their own rituals but people traditionally took an omen from the behaviour…

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The Myth of Lycaon

The following is a reblog of a post entitled,The Myth of Lycaon, at the website: Myth on the Web. It is fascinating tale of what happens when a human opposes and attempts to kill a god. It involves the idea of lycanthropy (a transformation into a wolf) and is told within Ovid’s Metamorphoses.

Myth on the Web

The myth of Lycaon is a classic story of what happens when a human opposes and attempts to kill a god. It involves the idea of lycanthropy (a transformation into a wolf) and is told within Ovid’sMetamorphoses.

The story involves a murderous, impious king who defies the gods and refuses to worship them; this individual described isLycaon, the king of Arcadia. While many different sources list that he is the son of Pelasgus, his mother varies between three different ones; Meliboia, Kyllene, or Deianeira. The god Lycaon opposes in the myth is Jupiter, the narrator of the story, and is the Roman version of the Greek god Zeus, who is associated with lightning. Lycaon shows his characterization as he attempts to trick Jupiter into eating a captive he slaughtered, intending to kill Jupiter after serving him a dish made from the hostage’s flesh. Jupiter is not…

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Skull’s Vengeance Linnea Tanner Goddess Fish Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway @GoddessFish

Goddess Fish Promotions Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway

Skull’s Vengeance

(Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 4)


Follow the virtual Goddess Fish Promotions Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway for Skull’s Vengeance (Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 4) for a chance to win an Amazon or a Barnes & Noble gift card. The tour runs from 26 December 2022 through 20 January 2023. Guest blog posts, interviews, and reviews will be posted at each blog tour site with instructions on how to enter the giveaway. 
A randomly drawn winner will receive a $50 Amazon/BN gift card.

Follow the Tour Below

(As each post is published each day, the link will be highlighted in blue)

December 26: Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read
December 26: The Faerie Review
December 27: fundinmental
December 28: Gina Rae Mitchell
December 28: Rogue’s Angels
December 29: B-gina Review
December 30: Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews
December 30: Guatemala Paula Loves to Read
January 2: Beyond Romance
January 3: Lady Hawkeye
January 3: FUONLYKNEW
January 4: The Avid Reader
January 5: Dawn’s Reading Nook
January 5: Hope. Dreams. Life… Love
January 6: Kit ‘N Kabookle
January 9: Candlelight Reading
January 9: Joanne Guidoccio
January 10: Write. Read. Live.
January 10: Literary Gold
January 11: Lynn’s Romance Enthusiasm
January 12: Author Deb Bailey
January 13: Sybrina’s Book Blog
January 13: Ilovebooksandstuffblog
January 16: All the Ups and Downs
January 17: Fabulous and Brunette
January 17: Sandra’s Book Club
January 18: Westveil Publishing
January 19: Straight From the Library
January 19: Jazzy Book Reviews
January 20: Long and Short Reviews

The Fairies of the Swells

I’m pleased to share the article entitled, The Fairies of the Swells,” at that was published by the website Bonjour From Brittany on 14 Jan 2023.

Bonjour From Brittany

According to Breton tradition, the fairies abandoned Brittany all at once and over the course of a single night. Local legends differ as to when that time was but at the end of the 19th century it was usually said to have been when one’s grandparents were very young or even during the turmoil of the Revolution; dates so distant that nothing then resembled what exists here today.

The travellers and ethnographers that visited the region in the mid to late 19th century noted many beliefs surrounding the little folk of Brittany. As you might expect, the names given to these diminutive supernatural beings often differed from community to community but there appears to have been fairly broad agreement about the characteristics exhibited by certain beings seemingly based on their habitat.

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The fairies of north-east Brittany and along an associated coastal strip about 130km (80 miles) long…

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Skull’s Vengeance Book Tour

It is a pleasure to share a post about the blog tour of Skull’s Vengeance, which was published on January 13,2023 at the ilovebooksandstuffblog website.

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Skull’s Vengeance

(Curse of Clansmen and Kings Book 4)

byLinnea Tanner

GENRE:Historical Fantasy

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A Celtic warrior queen must do the impossible—defeat her sorcerer half-brother and claim the throne. But to do so, she must learn how to strike vengeance from her father’s skull.

AS FORETOLD BY HER FATHER in a vision, Catrin has become a battle-hardened warrior after her trials in the Roman legion and gladiatorialgames. She must return to Britannia and pull the cursed dagger out of the serpent’s stone to fulfill her destiny. Only then can she unleash the vengeance from the ancient druids to destroy her evil half-brother, the powerful sorcerer, King Marrock. Always two steps ahead and seemingly unstoppable, Marrock can summon destructive natural forces to crush any rival trying to stop him and has charged his deadliest assassin to bring back Catrin’s head.

To have the slightest chance of beating Marrock, Catrin must…

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Interview with Linnea Tanner

It is my pleasure to share my interview with Joanne Guidoccio which was posted on January 9, 2023, in conjunction with the blog tour of “Skull’s Vengeace.”

Joanne Guidoccio

I’m happy to welcome award-winning author Linnea Tanner. Today, Linnea shares her creative journey and new release, Skull’s Vengenance.

Interview

What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you?

I went on a riverboard cruise on the Mississippi River with my elderly mother and sister. My mother tired easily so we arranged a wheelchair for her to get around. She knew I had my eye on a white casual jacket as we browsed the gift shop on board. After lunch, she would rest in her room while my sister and I did other activities. One afternoon, I was alarmed not to find my mother in the cabin when I returned. After searching about thirty minutes, I finally found her with a big smile as she shuffled down the corridor, carrying the white jacket in her arms.

Two months later, she had a stroke and could not travel afterward…

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Mythologies of celtic/irish people

This is a fantastic post that provides an overview of
MYTHOLOGIES OF CELTIC/IRISH PEOPLE along with references to other articles of interview. Hope you enjoy!

Indigenous Peoples Literature

Irelandis a country with countless tales of myth and folklore. But none are more often repeated than the tales ofleprechauns, selkies and the banshees.

LEPRECHAUNS GUARD IRISH TREASURE

TheLeprechaunis perhaps the most famous of all Irish legends. Said to be a type of fairy, the Leprechaun is a cobbler, making the shoes of all other fairy folk. Usually depicted as an old and bearded man, Leprechauns are never female. Legend tells that when the Danes invadedIreland, the fairies hid all there treasure from the marauding hordes. The Leprechauns were given the task of guarding the treasure. Unfortunately, the rainbow always points to the location of the leprechauns treasure, so he must constantly be moving the trove.

Legends of Celtic Mythology

What is the Real Celtic Creation Myth?

What Is Irish Mythology?

Celtic Mythology

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Irish Gods | Celtic myth, Celtic gods, Celtic…

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Skull’s Vengeance: The Coffee Pot Book Blog Tour

It is my pleasure to reblog Day 10 of the blog tour hosted by Pam Lecky’s Official Blog.

Pam Lecky Books

Today on the blog, I am delighted to share an excerpt from Linnea Tanner’s Skull’s Vengeance, book four in the Curse of Clansmen and Kings Series.


You can find out more about the blog tour here: https://maryanneyarde.blogspot.com/2022/01/blog-tour-skulls-vengeance-curse-of.html


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Book Review The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler

The Queen's Poisoner (Kingfountain, #1)The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Queen’s Poisoner by Jeff Wheeler was a delightful read. For the most part, it is told from the perspective of an eight-year old boy, Owen, who is taken as a hostage by the brutal King Severn Argentine. Owen’s life is under constant threat because his father, Duke of Kiskaddon, tried to overthrow the king and must now demonstrate his utmost loyalty to Severn or forfeit his family’s lives. At the beginning of the story, Owen is very timid and afraid, and can hardly utter a word. However, a motherly young woman, the Queen’s poisoner, befriends Owen and teaches him how to survive, to gain the trust of the king and to discern the true nature of friends. Another precocious princess also befriends Owen and shows him how to be courageous. Through the influence of the young woman and princess, Owen gains courage and learns how to use the magic of the KingFountain to control his destiny. The book would be suitable for young adults, as the theme on how to discern trustworthiness and to gain courage is explored. The characters are well developed. I especially love how the female characters, who not only give Owen the love he needs, but give him valuable lessons on how to bravely deal with the king. I highly recommend this book.The Queen’s Poisoner

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Skull’s Vengeance

It is my pleasure to share Paul Walker’s post on the blog tour of SKULL’S VENGEANCE, which includes an excerpt from the novel.

Paul Walker - Author

Welcome Linnea Tanner with an excerpt from her new book. Skull’s Vengeance (Series: Curse of Clansmen and Kings, Book 4)

@linneatanner @maryanneyarde #HistoricalFantasy #HistoricalFiction #HistoricalRomance #AncientRome #AncientBritannia #SkullsVengeance

Publication Date: 18 October 2022 / 402 pages

A Celtic warrior queen must do the impossible—defeat her sorcerer half-brother and claim the throne. But to do so, she must learn how to strike vengeance from her father’s skull.

AS FORETOLD BY HER FATHER in a vision, Catrin has become a battle-hardened warrior after her trials in the Roman legion and gladiatorial games. She must return to Britannia and pull the cursed dagger out of the serpent’s stone to fulfill her destiny. Only then can she unleash the vengeance from the ancient druids to destroy her evil half-brother, the powerful sorcerer, King Marrock. Always two steps ahead and seemingly unstoppable, Marrock can summon destructive natural forces to crush any rival trying to stop…

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