Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Summer Solstice Selkie Spells

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Summer in Ireland is pure magic. Fiddles and flutes beckon you out of colorful shops into cobblestone streets. Laughter and rich lilting Irish voices spill out of packed pubs that smell of wet wool and pipe smoke. You can strike up a conversation with almost anyone and they'll spin you a tale if you buy them a pint.

One of my most magical memories is of the enchanted island of Inishbofin. It was late--nearly eleven at night--but the sun was just dipping into the ocean. I sat at a picnic table outside the pub surrounded by islanders, sipping a Guinness and watching the clouds edge with pink. A handful of children kicked a soccer ball around, chasing each other through the rutted streets.

The call of the sea was strong that night, a restless luring whisper of magical things to come. If I'd known what I know now, I would have gone down to the beach on that enchanted solstice eve. I would have hidden behind the rocks and waited, hoping to catch a glimpse of the selkies casting their summer spells.

But perhaps, somehow, I knew deep down they were there. Even if I could not see them. I felt their magic. I knew they existed. And I believed. I think that night the selkies cast a spell on me--a powerful, dream-come-true spell. That one day I would be an author. That strangers would read my stories. That they would ask for more.

I hope I can return one day to that beach and thank them. For sharing their fairy tale, for letting me tell their stories. I would bring a handful of rose petals, and sprinkle them into the waves. And whisper words in Gaelic. That only they would understand.

On this glorious eve of the first day of summer, I ask only this... What is your most magical memory?

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Drinking in a Lavender Rose Petal Spell

I should never have cast the spell. But I am merely their servant. They speak. And I must do as they say. The roses call me home tonight. A silver trail, bathed in moonlight, leads to the garden gate. I fumble for the wrought iron latch. The hinges squeak over the rustle of petals.

My beloved's scent lingers in the branches tangled in my hair. Drops of dew cling to my dress. River water drips from the hem from when we stumbled into the brook. Too wrapped up in each other to notice the dip in the path.

I left him under the hawthorn tree. Drunk from our love. His kiss still tingles on my rosebud lips. But tomorrow he will wake and find me gone. He will not understand. That I cannot love just one man.

For I am true love. I am the spell. I wake the ones who've fallen. The ones who've lost their way. I shake them from their slumber. There is another, somewhere, who waits for you. Who aches to hold you and care for you. She whispers words at midnight, praying for a love as strong as yours. Go find her, beloved. Go find her. She is yours.

I leave them after. I've learned that. Because if I stay, they think I am the one. But I am not. I am no one's beloved. I am nothing more than a spell. My fingers curl into the braided vines. I drag myself into the swing. And close my eyes.  

My head falls forward. I breathe in their scent. The essence of all that is life. Their beauty fills me. Restoring my power. Re-awakening the spell. I sink back into their velvet folds. They carry me as I sleep. And dream of you. Beloved.

Until we meet again.

This, dear friends, is my first flash fiction piece ever. The lovely Anna Meade of the enchanting Yearning for Wonderland blog and @ruanna3 on Twitter came up with the idea to hold a Pinterest Faerytaleish Flash Fiction Contest based on fairy tale photos pinned to her group board. The contest has come and gone, but after reading the stunning entries, I was inspired to dip my toe in the water of flash fiction. Who knows if it will ever happen again. :) 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Be Inspired Blog Hop!

The lovely Meg McNulty tagged me in this delightful hop. If you're not following Meg, you should! She's wonderfully witty and an exceptionally talented writer! Check out her blog From Darcy to Dionysus or say hi on Twitter ~ @charitygirlblog.

Launched by Vicki Orions, this blog hop is about how we as writers get our inspiration. What inspires our stories? How do we come up with our ideas? Which actors and actresses do we wish could play the roles of our main characters? :) It's pretty simple. I answer ten questions about my current work in progress and then I tag five writers to do the same. Don't forget to pop over to Vicki's blog Page After Page to see her answers, too!

 1. What is the name of your book?
The Selkie Enchantress

2. Where did the idea of your book come from?
The Selkie Enchantress is the second book in the Seal Island Trilogy. It's a magical Irish romance starring Liam O'Sullivan and Caitlin Conner, two secondary characters in The Selkie Spell (the first book in the trilogy).

3. In what genre would you classify your book?
Fantasy Romance/Irish Fairy Tale Romance

4. If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition, who would you choose?

The oh-so-dreamy Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Liam O'Sullivan, Professor of Irish Mythology.

The fiery beauty Kate Winslet as Irish Islander Caitlin Conner.

Irresistible Scarlett Johansson as the mysterious otherworldy beauty Nuala Morrigan who stirs up trouble the moment she sets foot on Seal Island.

5. Give us a one sentence synopsis of your book.
Caitlin Conner must find the key to unlocking a mysterious Irish fairy tale that has remained hidden for hundreds of years to save her true love from a powerful sorceress who has three days on land to win his love and take him with her back into the sea.

6. Is your book already published/represented?
The Selkie Enchantress is set to release summer 2012!

7. How long did it take you to write your book?
Six months.

8. What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or, readers of which books would enjoy yours?
Readers of Nora Roberts magical Irish trilogies might like the Seal Island Trilogy.

9. Which authors inspired you to write this book?
In am constantly inspired by Alice Hoffman's stunning prose and dazzling magical realism. My stories push the edge of genre fiction, dipping into a deeper darker fairy tale realm while still conforming to the general rules of the genre of romance.

10. Tell us anything which might pique our interest in this book?
The Selkie Enchantress is a modern-day fairy tale set on a magical Irish island where wild roses hold secrets to powerful spells and enchantments that can only be broken by true love's spell. The magical roses in this story are white, grown in the dead of winter. Their petals cold and hard as ice. Every time a petal falls it shatters like glass. And Caitlin will have to find a way to break the spell and save her love before that last petal falls, or the Selkie Enchantress wins. And Liam is lost to the sea forever.

Now... you're tagged!

Rachel Kall

Laura Howard

Liv Rancourt

Melanie Sherman

Juliette Sobanet