Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Teen Wytche Saga Relaunch!


“Spell Check is a great story for the young adult or the young at heart. I enjoyed the vicarious experience of falling in love, dealing with secrets, and working out best friend issues.” ~ Long and Short Reviews



 The Teen Wytche Saga Returns!

If you like sweet Young Adult romances - and who doesn't love stories about first love - you will be happy to learn The Teen Wytche Saga relaunch has begun with the publication of Spell Check.



Excerpt
About ten minutes into class, while Mr. Esenberg wrote on the board, I heard Jordan slide his feet under my desk. My breath wedged in my throat as the tips of his size nine high-performance sneakers nudged the heels of my shoes. Could the girl in front of me hear my heart thudding? Should I move my feet forward?
My feet tingled and refused to move. A blush blazed across my cheeks. I struggled to pay attention to Mr. Esenberg without making eye contact. Forty minutes passed, the bell blared, and I had no idea what had transpired. Hopefully, my notes will make sense. I think I took notes.
Jordan slid his feet back and thudded his book closed. We both bent down and reached for our backpacks. His leaned against mine. Our hands brushed and our heads were so close I could smell his herbal shampoo.
Students walked past us. I’m sure some of them were talking to each other or flipping open their cell phones. But it all faded away along with the smell of chalk, highlighters, and sweat. Everything receded except the warmth of Jordan’s skin, his cinnamon gum-scented breath, and the heart-stopping rush sprinting up my arm.
“Evie?”
We jerked apart. Seeing Parvani in the doorway looking hurt and shocked snapped my senses into hyper focus. Conversations sounded extra loud. Colors seemed too bright. It felt like a movie had started, full blast, in a hushed theater.


About Ariella Moon

Ariella Moon draws upon her experiences as a shaman to create magical Young Adult fiction. Her series include The Two Realms Trilogy, a medieval fantasy adventure, and The Teen Wytche Saga, a series of sweet contemporary paranormal romances.
Ariella spent her childhood searching for a magical wardrobe that would transport her to Narnia. Extreme math anxiety, and taller students that mistook her for a leaning post, marred her youth. Despite these horrors, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of California at Davis. She lives a nearly normal life doting on her extraordinary daughter, two shamelessly spoiled dogs, and a media-shy dragon.
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Monday, May 22, 2017

RONE Awards!



The Beltane Escape has been nominated for a RONE Award for excellence in YA Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi!


Reader voting begins today, May 22, and is open for one quick week until May 28.

To vote:
1. Go to http://www.indtale.com/2017-rone-awards-week-six
2. Follow the instructions to vote, follow("Click to register)
3. Click the verification link sent to you via email. If you do not verify that you registered, you will be unable to vote.
4. Return to www.indtale.com.
You will find The Beltane Escape under the YA Paranormal/Fantasy/Sci-Fi category.

All votes will be greatly appreciated!


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Beltane Flower Magic





In ancient times, Beltane festivals celebrated the Celtic sun god, Belenus, and heralded the start of the Celtic summer and growing season. Beltane (“bright fire”) is a time to celebrate renewal, fertility, and growth. In the past, the festivals incorporated the protection of herds, crops, and villagers.

Beltane symbols include the maypole, Green Man, May Queen, bonfires, The Lovers tarot card, May baskets, and May wreaths. Since the celebration marks the emergence of life after winter’s harshness, let us focus on three flowers associated with the festival, their symbolism, and their magical properties.

Hawthorn
Folk names: Whitethorn, Fairy Bush, Hagthorn, May Bush, Mayflower.
Gender: Masculine.
Planet: Mars.
Element: Fire.

The blossoming of the hawthorn tree marked the start of Belenus’s festival. Flowering hawthorn sprigs, which symbolize protection and fertility, would adorn the maypole. (Although conversely, hawthorn leaves placed under a mattress were thought to promote chastity.) In Britain, hawthorn, along with ash and oak, is considered sacred to fairies.



Cowslip
Folk names: Arthritica, Fairy Cup, Key Flower, Our Lady’s Keys.
Gender: Feminine.
Planet Venus.
Element: Water.

Beltane celebrates youthful fertility, and cowslip was believed to restore or preserve youth. Holding a bunch of cowslip flowers would help you find hidden treasure. But tossing a ball of cowslip flowers into the air while naming a profession, would act as a divination ritual. Whichever profession was shouted when the ball of flowers fell apart would indicate one’s future career.


Elecampane
Folk names: Elf Dock, Elfwort, Horseheal.
Gender: Masculine.
Planet: Mercury.
Element: Air.

Elecampane is associated with fairies, but when worn or sewn into a pink sachet, it attracts love. Elecampane can also be carried for magical protection.

Love, protection, renewal, and fertility are themes woven like maypole ribbons into every aspect of modern and ancient Beltane festivities. 

For more Beltane photos, please visit http://www.pinterest.com/ariellamoon

For an excellent overview of Beltane, I recommend, Jhenah Telyndru's "Beltane: Portal of Transformation"



Don't have a maypole to dance around? You can experience a medieval Beltane festival by reading The Beltane Escape, only $2.99 as an ebook on Kindle, Barnes and Noble, and itunes. Also available in paperback. 

Coming soon: The Amber Elixir, a Two Realms Novella, and The Viking Mist, Book 2, The Two Realms Trilogy.

Reviews for The Beltane Escape
“Ms. Moon creates a magical world and a complex cast of characters that leap right off the page!” InD’tale Magazine, Crowned Heart for Excellence review.

“…a fast-paced adventure that is equal parts Harry Potter, Game of Thrones (a PG version) and Alice in Wonderland.” An iTunes Reader

“Moon really takes fantasy stories to the next level and I’d recommend this to anyone that enjoys them.” Haley, A Page Unbound book reviews.

“I want the second one, I want more of everything. More Fenella, more Wizards, more Fae, more half-Viking hotties…just more of everything! If this novel has any foreshadowing of how the rest of the series is going to be, I can’t wait!” Jessica, Taking It One Book at a Time


Blurb

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Lady Fenella, Thaness of Thorburn, has no idea her fate is shackled to a powerful sorceress. She believes Merlin and the Lady of the Lake are myths, Gran’s warnings about Fairy are superstition, and Fairy was invented to make children behave. But a spell cast forward to sixteenth century Scotland finds Fenella and leads to her being branded, stolen, and betrothed. Traumatized and separated from her clan, the Highland heiress finds an unexpected ally in her kidnapper’s son. But their fragile romance is tested when the Lady of the Lake lures Fenella’s cousin into Fairy. Fenella has seconds to decide. Should she remain with Edward, or should she dive into Fairy to rescue her beloved cousin, endangering her clan, and abandoning Edward to his ruthless father?


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