Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Once Book Blast

Book Blast Once…

Damsels in distress, curses, echoes of faery tales and tragic love affairs swirl together in sixteen stories found in a dragon’s lair by a curious half-fae.
Unexpected changes to reality causes more than one damsel to turn into a strong, independent woman who takes charge of her own life.
A collection of short stories about Faerie and the fae that live in the human realm. A few of the stories had won competitions and all of them had enchanted readers.
Learn their secrets and enter the realm of the fae…
ISBN EPUB: 978-0-6399476-2-4
ISBN Paperback: 978-0-6399476-3-1
My Books Page https://ronelthemythmaker.wordpress.com/my-books/
Publication date: 23 May 2018
Mortals cannot perceive the veil unless they are invited to – or extremely gifted. For centuries, Man and Fae have been kept apart, for nothing good ever comes from them mixing. The collection of The Adventures of Saphira the Faery Dog is proof of this.
Still, there are magical creatures that side neither with Man nor Fae.
Dragons are such creatures. They hold the knowledge of both worlds. Some even collect it in the written word, keeping it safe in their lairs.
An inquisitive half-fae once broke into the lair of a dragon known to hoard books. The knowledge she found was too much to keep to herself…
Here are a few tales, myths and legends from Faerie. Some may sound remarkably similar to legends held by mortals, while others are… well… as otherworldly as the fae themselves.
Ronel Janse van Vuuren is the author of New Adult, Young Adult and children’s fiction filled with mythology and folklore. Her dark fantasy stories can be read for free on Wattpad and on her blog Ronel the Mythmaker. She won Fiction Writer of the Year 2016 for her Afrikaans stories on INK: Skryf in Afrikaans. Her published works can be viewed on Goodreads.
Ronel can be found tweeting about writing and other things that interest her, arguing with her characters, researching folklore for her newest story or playing with her Rottweilers when she’s not
actually writing.

All of her books are available for purchase on Amazon.

Connect with Ronel on:
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Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17528826.Ronel_Janse_van_Vuuren
Ronel the Mythmaker: https://ronelthemythmaker.wordpress.com/

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Monday, May 28, 2018

Memorial Day

To Those who serve. To those who will serve. To those who have served. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Garden Tidbits

Grab your coffee/tea and take a quick stroll with me.
The roses.
A corner of the garden.
The liatris is a bit bedraggled after the heavy rains.
A Mother's Day gift from the HH.
A Mother's Day gift from the HH.
Heh. The umbrella is doubling as an awning for my Christmas/Easter Rose (which still has a bloom or two on it) since it does not care for sunlight.
Daisies and friends.
Is anyone out there familiar with watermelon radishes? I'd never heard of them till I ordered this salad. As you probably guessed they're the pink sliced veggies rimmed in green. They are about the size of a tomato with a flavor much blander than regular radishes and very pretty. I'd love to have some more.
What about you? How's your garden doing? Have you ever had or heard of watermelon radishes?

Monday, May 21, 2018


I love retirement. After getting up before six more years than I care to remember, these days my first alarm goes off around eight.  Belle stands outside the door announcing it's time for her breakfast. I swear she's had lessons on how to throw her voice. I mentally hit the snooze button. About a half hour later, Penny (the dog) informs me by scratching at the door that she really, really needs to go out.  This one I pay more attention to.  I drag myself out of bed, do about five minutes of yoga/meditation then the dog, four cats and I go trooping outside. After we've meandered through the garden a few times it's time for breakfast. Their breakfast.  Then and only then am I allowed to grab my coffee, settle on the sofa and watch CNN and/or MSNBC.  If current affairs are too much to deal with I switch over to Murder She Wrote. There's nothing like a spot of murder to take one's mind off world events.

The HH and the baby boy went to Atlanta last week to catch a Cubs' game and the HH brought me back this mug. Given my routine I thought it the perfect gift:)

What about you? How do you spend your mornings?

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Medieval Magic

We are in for a treat today. Our blogger bud and awesome writer C. Lee McKenzie has a new release to share with us, Medieval Magic.

Thanks so much for giving me some space on your blog today. I really appreciate it. Book #3 in The Adventures of Pete and Weasel arrives May 15. This one was as much fun to write as the others, and I loved getting into the history during the time of Richard II! I even re-read Ivanhoe. That was interesting. One of the dogs in that book was named Bragge, so as a homage to Sir Walter Scott, I named one of the dogs in Some Very Messy Medieval Magic, Bragge.

The Adventures of Pete and Weasel now has three books
Some Very Messy Medieval Magic arrives
May 15

Instead of writing a tagline to explain what this series is about, here's the trailer that sums of the three books very quickly.

Here's how this latest adventure begins. 

By the fourth week of eighth grade, everybody in class, including know-it-all, Curtis Lamont,  decided that having Dr. Dread Wraith as a teacher until June was going to be worse than a bowl of turnips for dessert.
The pop quizzes weren’t even a surprise anymore because he gave one almost every day. And all any kid had to do was squirm when Wraith was giving one of his lectures on the theory of general relativity, which nobody—even Weasel—had ever heard of, and he’d slap them with detention.
They cringed every time they heard his name. It was a cringe-able name after all. Pete wanted to tell the kids the reason Dr. Dread Wraith called himself that, but he didn’t want to bring up how their sub was really a bigwig in the Cross-Temporal Consortium of Witches and Wizards. Or that he had to go toe to toe with bad dudes like Genghis Khan. Like Wraith told him, without his bone-chilling name, he didn’t have the clout he needed.  
If Pete did explain all of that, then that would lead to having to explain how Wraith, who wasn’t really a bad guy, just a menace of a teacher, had followed Pete and Weasel back from their last time trip.  And that. . .well, that was just too much for any eighth grader to swallow.
All my books are available online. 
Some Very Messy Medieval Magic is available at these locations. 
Print ISBN 9781939844460 / EBook ISBN 9781939844477
Order through Ingram, Follett, or from the publisher
EBook available in all formats 
My publisher has created a library request letter that I'm including. If people want to check out the book, rather than buy a copy, this is one way to make that possible.

I hope you enjoy this next adventure, and if you do, please leave a review. That's the only way any author knows what you think about their work. I really appreciate it when someone takes the time to write a review for me.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day

To all the moms and mother-figures out there, may your day be filled with  the joy you've given others.
I historically post a 'Scarlett' trailer on Mother's Day because she exemplifies courage, selflessness and a Mother's Love.


A thank you from Yvonne for the birthday wishes.

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Irises

The Irises are blooming. In fact, they've almost bloomed out.

It's tradition: When I see the first Iris of the year unfurl I put out this dishcloth that my sister got me when we visited the botanical gardens many years ago.
The garden:

Irises blooming and regal,
With promises made by the sun.
                                    ~S. Cox
Norma, thanks for sharing your flowers.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

IWSG Wednesday

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Members post about their doubts and fears, discuss struggles and triumphs, and offer words of encouragement to others who are struggling.

May 2 question - It’s spring! Does this season inspire you to write more than others, or not?

Another great question.  As far as my response...who wants to write or do housework, for that matter, when Mother Nature is singing her siren song, seducing us with good weather and gardening, especially when it has been an extremely long winter? Not me.
FYI: The IWSG monthly question can be found under the IWSG Sign-up tab on the Insecure Writer's Support Group Blog.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

May 1

Can you believe it? We're going from snow and ice into May. Mother Nature has really been on a tear this year. Hopefully she'll calm down and give us some beautiful weather.

'I thought that spring must last forever; for I was young and loved and it was May.' ~ Vera Brittain