Poetry in Ariella’s Escape

12th century poetryI’m very old school about my fantasy. I once had a conversation with another writer about the poetry in Lord of the Rings, and she insisted that the poetry and songs should have just been taken out by a competent editor. All I could think was, “You have no soul!”

Any self-respecting fantasy book should have some poems and songs in it. After all, if you’re creating a whole fantasy universe, people in this universe must have some literature of their own, and what better way for a reader to get a feel for the fantasy world?

5bfe5abefb1c1262a92a17d91b6fe5f5--roman-gladiators-long-black-hairBesides, I like to have poetry along with my handsome heroes, ’cause that’s how I roll.

The trouble is, poetry is pretty darn hard to write, but I gave it a shot anyway.

Here’s one example of a song which I wrote in a medieval style. It is sung by the captain of the guards, who annoys the main character by always singing the same song every night:

Hand me my trusty bow,

If I should fall, my bow in hand

The archer’s soul will fly like an arrow

To the Blessed Lands.

Also, each book in the series is prefaced with stanzas taken from this poem:

Wild Nights – Wild Nights!
Were I with thee
Wild Nights should be
Our luxury!

Futile – the winds –
To a heart in port –
Done with the compass –
Done with the chart!

Rowing in Eden –
Ah, the sea!
Might I but moor – tonight –
In thee!

As you could probably tell by those crazy dashes, that poem is by Emily Dickinson. “What?” you exclaim, “Emily Dickinson the famous reclusive poet has written such  overtly sexual sounding verse?” Yes , I was surprised as you are. Maybe Emily did sneak out of her house once in a while for a secret rendezvous?

This poem has played an important part in inspiring the Stars at Zenith Trilogy, of which Ariella’s Escape is the first book. Each stanza corresponds to each book of the trilogy in its general plot and theme.

Ariella's Escape E-Book CoverThe first stanza, which goes with Ariella’s Escape is all about general naughtiness as my characters have lots of ‘wild nights’ together.

The second one, and this is just my own strange interpretation of the poem, is about shutting one’s heart away, not wanting to risk being hurt again. The mention of ‘a heart in port’ makes me think of not wanting to send the ship out onto the dangerous seas.

And the third one I’m not yet sure what that’s all about. Maybe a happy ending…

Last but not least, there is a very dirty song sung by Mara, who is a young beggar and thief with a very filthy mind. I’m not even going to put the lyrics here because it might motivate you to search for them in the pages of the novel 😉 Have fun!

Ariella’s Escape is available on Amazon USAmazon Canada, Amazon UK, and  Amazon Australia

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Free Book: In the Vampire’s Lair

Vampire's Lair

In the Vampire’s Lair is free starting today, November 6 to November 9. Please grab your free copy of this clever, romantic, and sexy story.

Her boss is a vampire, but a girl’s got to make a living…

Liv Fairhaven is intrigued by working for a man who calls himself Dameon, Lord of Darkness. He says he is a vampire, and he fits the profile with his long, dark hair and his gothic style, but to Liv he seems just an ‘adorkable’ guy…

When she realizes that Dameon really does have supernatural powers, it is too late to back out as she is seduced by his dominant personality.

This story is for readers who are 18+ only.

Available at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia and all other Amazon stores.

In the Vampire’s Lair: Second Edition

I’m re-publishing In the Vampire’s Lair today with a sexy new cover, so if you haven’t read it, please grab your copy.

Her boss is a vampire, but a girl’s got to make a living…

Liv Fairhaven is intrigued by working for a man who calls himself Dameon, Lord of Darkness. He says he is a vampire, and he fits the profile with his long, dark hair and his gothic style, but to Liv he seems just an ‘adorkable’ guy…

When she realizes that Dameon really does have supernatural powers, it is too late to back out as she is seduced by his dominant personality.

This story is for readers who are 18+ only.

Available at Amazon US, Amazon UK, Amazon Canada, Amazon Australia and all other Amazon stores.

Dangerous Elves and the Mysteries of Faerie Lore

I’m being hosted by fantasy author R.K. lander today where we continue talking about elves…

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Carolee Croft is with me today on the subject of elves, (of course), Faeries and the different perspectives we authors have. Here is her take on the subject and how she portrays them in her novel Ariella’s Escape.

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What would you do if you were invited to a magical kingdom of faeries? Would you go without question, knowing that you might never be able to come back? Would you be the same person if you did come back to the real world?

If you’re familiar with a lot of faerie lore, you probably know, these creatures should not be trusted.

Many of us have come to know elves as a force for good through books like the Hobbit, but in medieval folk tales, the elves or faeries are fickle creatures with child-like tempers, sometimes bestowing blessings, sometimes bringing complete ruination or death.

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Possibly the best example of these qualities is…

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Awkward Romance: I don’t feel at home in this world anymore

i don't feel at homeI just love quirky romances where the characters seem like they have no chance in hell of falling in love or being loved by somebody because they’re so damn weird.

I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore is exactly that, an unexpectedly sweet movie despite also being a sort of crime dramedy.

Ruth (Melanie Lynskey) is a nursing assistant who is just about fed up with the human race…

Things go wrong for her all day, like drivers cutting her off, people cutting in front of her in line, and a man spoiling the ending to the book she was reading. But when she gets home to find out her house had been robbed, Ruth has obviously reached a breaking point.

When the police refuse to help find the robber, Ruth takes matters into her own hands, setting herself on the path of very awkward vigilante justice. Tony, her geeky neighbor is there to back her up. Played by Elijah Wood, Tony is a bit like Napoleon Dynamite’s older brother. He’s the perfect counterbalance to Ruth’s depressed character with his naive faith in his own ability to wield ninja weapons.

Their amateur crime fighting endeavor is sometimes funny, sometimes violent, and strangely touching as it brings these two lonely people closer together.

It could be interpreted as just a friendship since the most physical contact we see is some hand-holding, but it doesn’t matter. These two are soul mates.

Their quest is not just about returning Ruth’s stolen stuff. It’s a quest for justice. It’s about wanting “for people to not be assholes,” as our heroine cries out in exasperation.

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They may not succeed in changing the world, but maybe simply making the effort to shift the balance can be a reward in itself.

With a soundtrack that features old fashioned country music with an unexpectedly Christian vibe, alt-rock and even a dash of metal, this movie has a stirring emotional quality that takes you from a place of depression to a glimmer of hope and stays with you long after the credits roll.

Staircase of Dreams – São Paulo

Another post of my adventures in Brazil… Many thanks to Resa of Graffiti Lux and Murals for hosting my photos on her amazing street art blog.

Graffiti Lux and Murals

São Paulo, Brazil is back with a look at “Staircase of Dreams”: in Portuguese, “Escadão dos Sonhos” courtesy of  Carolee Croft! “

Photo © Carolee Croft

“Staircase of Dreams” the title given to the project by the community organization, is described by Carolee.

” This staircase is located in the Pompeia neighbourhood of São Paulo, Brazil.”

Photo © Carolee Croft

“The artwork was commissioned by a local community organization, Cidade Ativa (Active City).”

Photo © Carolee Croft

“Previously, there had been concrete walls around each platform. These structures had enabled a lot of drug deals in the area due to the tall walls that could hide dealers from view.”

Photo © Carolee Croft

“Now, the metal railings allow this beautiful art to be seen instead. There are some pictures and videos of what it used to look like and how the project was done (it looks like they had a…

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