Like most aspiring writers, you probably didn’t think at a certain age, like five-years-old, that you wanted to take your imaginary places in your mind to pen and paper. These were your secret longings; these fantasy images, stories, and playmates that lived in your imagination.
These things, when you are five-years-old, are real. They lived, they breathed. The magical Jinn of your imagination tells you of adventures that once taken through the woods, down a secret path, will lead you to hidden wonders like dragons and princesses in towering castles.
The Jinn will warn you of witches and golems that walk at night to take you far away, never to return, if you get lost in the forest, down that darkened path. Now, at last, you finally take that path, the writer’s journey to the hidden wonders you still seek.
Kurt Vonnegut created some of the most outrageously memorable novels of our time, such as Cat’s Cradle, Breakfast Of Champions, and Slaughterhouse Five. His work is a mesh of contradictions: both science fiction and literary, dark and funny, classic and counter-culture, warm-blooded and very cool. And it’s all completely unique. With his customary wisdom and […]
A compelling tale of two Scotlands-one modern, one ancient-and the woman who parts the veil between them by Claire R. McDougall
Imagine, if you can, waking up one morning to find you have gone back in time. You find it is difficult to breathe and you might even start hyperventilating. You hear strange noises as you sit underneath an outcrop of stones wondering “if there be dragons”. You hear the sound of what might be Gaelic and hear what sounds like savages. Early human hunters are now climbing up the stone ridge not far from your hiding place. You suddenly realize, you are barefoot in your summer P.J.s, the ones that bought for a special occasion, rather sheer and lacy. The voices of the hunters are getting closer. You see them now! And, god save me, they see me. The hunters are tall, broadly muscled and near naked. You close your eyes and click your heels three times, knowing you are not in Kansas anymore.
The following description of A Veil in Time describes perfectly what this book is about.The medication that treats Maggie’s seizures leaves her in a haze, but it can’t dull her grief at losing her daughter to the same condition. With her marriage dissolved and her son away at school, Maggie retreats to a cottage below the ruins of Dunadd, once the royal seat of Scotland. But is it fantasy or reality when she awakens in a bustling village within the massive walls of eighth-century Dunadd? In a time and place so strange yet somehow familiar, Maggie is drawn to the striking, somber Fergus, brother of the king and father of Illa, who bears a keen resemblance to Maggie’s late daughter. With each dreamlike journey to the past, Maggie grows closer to Fergus and embraces the possibility of staying in this Dunadd. But with present-day demands calling her back, can Maggie leave behind the Scottish prince who dubs her mo chridhe, my heart?
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I am a romantic and although I love a good mystery, a good thriller, and a terrifying horror story from time to time, I love a gloriously written love story. Dreamspell is G rated andis one of those stories that you will fall in love with. It is about hearts and souls, not the physicality that haunts so many romance stories. It is difficult to find the words to express how emotionally driven this novel is and how I fell in love with this timeless love story, complete with trials and tribulations, betrayal and redemption that soar in this beautifully written historical romance. Of all the historical romance novels, I have read; this one will stay with me long after all the others have faded from my memory. There are heart-stopping moments, unparalleled bravery, a love that transcends time, and characters that come to life so vividly that you will know them as if you really do know them. This one, you must read and you will fall in love with it.