Sunday, December 4, 2011

My Guest Today

Penny Lockwood Ehrenkranz is visiting my blog today to tell us about her latest releases from MuseItUp. Lady In Waiting, an historical romance, was released in November and Mirror, Mirror, a time-travel romance releases in December.  She wants to let my readers know that she's holding a contest. Everyone who leaves a comment and contact information will be entered into a drawing at the end of the tour. At that time, she will choose two names. One person will receive a copy of Lady In Waiting and the other a copy of Mirror, Mirror.

Both Lady In Waiting and Mirror, Mirror take place during the fifteenth century. Here’s a bit of information about the books.

TITLE: Lady-in-Waiting

Tag Line: Through a series of misunderstandings, Mabriona is forced to live a lie, but when the man she loves awakes from his coma, will she confess her deceit?

Blurb: Mabriona is cousin to the beautiful and spoiled Princess Alana. When Alana is forced to marry a man she despises, Mabriona is torn between her loyalty to her cousin and her attraction to the handsome Prince Blayne.

Tragedy befalls the cousins on the way to Prince Blayne’s castle. Servants, believing Mabriona to be Alana, refuse to listen when she tries to explain.

While she waits for Blayne to recover, Mabriona meets his equally handsome younger brother, Madoc, a bard.

When Blayne awakes, will Mabriona choose life with a future king, will she be sent home in disgrace because of her inadvertent lies, or will Madoc win her love with his poetry?

TITLE: Mirror, Mirror

Tag Line: Lindsay Baker’s purchase of an antique mirror sends her back in time to salvage a love torn apart by class restrictions.

Blurb: Lindsay Baker is intrigued by everything about the middle ages, but when she purchases an antique mirror and a costume to attend a Renaissance Faire, she suddenly finds herself transported back in time. There she finds she’s been called by a witch to right a terrible wrong.

Graham loves Prudence, but he can’t marry her because he’s landed gentry, and she is only the baker’s daughter. Before Lindsay can return to her own time, she must convince Graham to marry against his father’s wishes. Unfortunately, she also finds herself falling for the handsome gentleman.

Can she find her way back to her own time, or will she be stuck in a time when women had no rights?

Lady in Waiting released November 18th from MuseItUp. Direct buy link: http://tinyurl.com/6u4keh5

Mirror, Mirror will release in December. The MuseItUp Bookstore buy link: 
http://museituppublishing.com/bookstore2

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Penny also has some interesting information on scrying.

I wanted to talk today about the art of scrying. In Mirror, Mirror, a wise woman uses her special scrying mirror to local Lindsey Baker in the twenty-first century. Lindsey looks exactly like Prudence, a young girl who is in love with Master Graham. Unfortunately, Graham cannot marry Prudence because she is the baker’s daughter. Graham’s father insists he has to marry a young woman with more influence and money and thus has arranged a marriage for him with the burgher’s daughter.
Lindsey purchases a mirror which the shopkeeper jokingly tells her is a scrying mirror. Through this mirror, Lindsey is transported back to the fifteen century where she is given the task of convincing Graham that he must marry Prudence.
Scrying is the ancient art of divination achieved by a person of talent focusing on an object with a shiny surface until visions appear.

The term scrying comes from the English word “descry.” This is defined as “to see,” “to make out dimly” or “to reveal.” Scryers were sought by people who wanted to know about their future, or needed answers to questions, solutions to problems, or help in finding lost items or people. During the Middle Ages when scrying was popular, most scryers were wise women or wise men who were sometimes referred to as witches. These people were naturally gifted with second sight.

We usually think of scryers using crystal balls, but crystal balls were expensive, and not many scyers could afford them. Many of the early scryers used ponds or lakes on moonlit nights. They also used mirrors, polished stones or metal, or bowls of water.

Mirrors which are used are generally painted black on the concave side. Witches may make the magic mirrors themselves, painting and decorating them during the waxing moon and then consecrating them in traditional rituals used for other witches tools.

Traditionally, a witch uses a magic circle to work her scrying. The best results are obtained at night. The witch will concentrate upon her chosen tool and will be rewarded with visions either on the surface of the tool or by receiving mental images. To be able to scry, the witch needs to turn off all distractions and enter an altered state of consciousness. Some ancient grimoires indicate a great deal of preparation was necessary for the witch to perform a scrying. Some of the steps included fasting, prayers, and summoning various spirits. They would definitely have to do a psychic cleansing of both themselves and the area where they would be scrying.

First the person scrying will quiet her mind, relax and concentrate on the reflective surface. Keeping her mind blank, the witch will look within the glass, ignoring reflections or light on the surface. Sinking into the glass, the witch forms a question in her mind. The glass will appear to cloud over, become smoky, and a dark patch appears. At this point, pictures, signs or other symbols that the witch must interpret will appear in the glass.

Prudence approached the wise woman in Mirror, Mirror to learn what she could do to make Graham go against his father’s wishes. When Lindsey is brought through time, Prudence disappears. Mirror, Mirror doesn’t follow Prudence to see where she goes, but I’ll let you know that her spirit is inhabiting Lindsey’s body in the twenty-first century while Lindsey’s spirit is trapped in Prudence’s.

Please join me in these journeys through time to see what happens to Mabriona in Lady In Waiting and Lindsey in Mirror, Mirror.

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SHORT EXCERPTS:

LADY-IN-WAITING

“Today’s the day, Mabriona,” Princess Alana said as Mabriona entered the chambers. She wiped tears from her eyes with an embroidered linen. “Prince Blayne will be here, and soon I’ll be his wife. I think the worst part of being father’s daughter is marrying someone I’ve never even met.”

“You’ve always known your marriage would be arranged for the benefit of the kingdom, Princess, but I’m sure he’ll be very nice,” Mabriona replied as she opened the heavy drapes covering the windows. She looked at her cousin and sighed. She wanted to feel sorry for Alana, but they’d had this discussion so many times. Mabriona was tired of it. Alana had known from the time she was a child that she would not wed for love. Why can’t Alana just accept her fate? Outside the day was as wet as the one before and the one before that.

“Nice? Who wants nice? I want someone handsome and dashing. A knight in shining armor who will love me forever. I certainly don’t want someone like my father who will make me do everything I don’t want to do.”

MIRROR, MIRROR

After Stefany left, Lindsey adjusted the water spigots on her tub. A few drops of bubble bath went into the water, and the soothing scent of lavender filled the moist, steamy air. While the tub filled, Lindsey tried on her Renaissance outfit for the upcoming Faire. She couldn’t believe her good luck at finding the perfect pieces. She tested the bath water to be sure it was the right temperature. Then she picked up her antique mirror to get a better view. Was this a scryer’s mirror at some point in time? It slipped from her wet hands into the bathtub.

“Nuts,” she mumbled as she leaned over the tub. She pulled one sleeve up on her blouse and fished around in the bubbles for the mirror. When she pulled the mirror from the water, spots appeared in front of her eyes, and she felt faint. While she watched her reflection in the old mirror, the background changed. She no longer saw the inside of her bathroom. She closed her eyes as the room around her went black.

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If you'd like to follow Penny on her virtual tour, here are her stops. Remember, you can win a copy of her books.

VIRTUAL BLOG TOUR

LADY-IN-WAITING AND MIRROR, MIRROR

November 28 - Lisa Blackwood -
http://blackwoodsforest.wordpress.com/

November 29 – Sandra Cox - http://sandracox.blogspot.com/

November 30 – C K Volnek - http://www.ckvolnek.com/blog.html

December 1 – Lin Holmes – http://linsownminingforgold.blogspot.com/

December 2 – Marva Dasef - http://mgddasef.blogspot.com/

December 3 – Rosalie Skinner - http://rosalieskinner.blogspot.com/

December 4 – Beverly Stowe McClure - http://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com/

December 5 – Lindsay Townsend - http://lindsaysromantics.blogspot.com/

December 6 – Karen Cote - http://www.karencote.tv/karens-chaise-lounge

December 6 – Chastity Bush - http://chastitybush.blogspot.com/

December 7 – Daryl Devore - http://www.myeroticnotions.blogspot.com/

December 8 – Victoria Adams - http://victoriaadams.blogspot.com/

December 9 – Julie Dobbins - http://juliedobbins.blogspot.com/

December 10 – Marsha Moore - http://marshaamoore.blogspot.com/ -

December 11 – Joylene Butler - http://cluculzwriter.blogspot.com/ -






12 comments:

  1. Hi Penny the books sound lovely! I'll be tweeting this for you on #SampleSunday hashtag.

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  2. Thanks for including me in your virtual tour, Penny. I also tweeted and posted on Google +

    Hi LM. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Hi Bev, thank you for hosting me on your blog today. I appreciate your ongoing support of my books.

    LM, thanks for the promo! I didn't know about #SampleSunday.

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  4. Both books sound wonderful. I'll also give this site a tweet even though it will stiffen my competition to win. :) I think you know how to reach me, but I shan't hold my breath. *lol*

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  5. Both books sound great. All the best, Penny.

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  6. Scrying could take a story in so many directions. Lovely description of the process, Penny. Best of luck with these imaginative stories!

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  7. Hi Penny, I'm finally catching up to you on your blog tour! Lovely in depth information on scrying, thank you for sharing. Also both Lady In Waiting and Mirror, Mirror sound like wonderful reads, especially set in 15th century! Sorry I'm so behind and still have another of your releases on my ereader, so will have to kick myself in the derriere and get to reading!

    Hugs, Sara

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  8. Ginger, you're too funny! Thanks for the promo, though. Perhaps your good deed will help you win...
    Sandra, thanks for stopping by and for supporting me on your own blog during the tour.
    Pat, glad you enjoyed my description. I think any story with a touch of magic is well...magical.
    Sara, thanks for stopping by. It's always a pleasure to "see" you, and there's no need to apologize. I appreciate your support.

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  9. Nice post Penny - as usual. Your article on scrying was really interesting. At first, I thought it was a typo! Learn something new everyday.

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  10. Penny, I'm glad you found the post educational. Thanks for following along on the tour.

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  11. Hi Penny. Enjoyed learning about the scrying mirror. I'd never heard the word scrying until following your blog tour. I've enjoyed learning more about you and your books at each tour stop.

    Hi Beverly!
    : )

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  12. Hi Susanne. Penny's article is interesting. It was new for me too. Appreciate you stopping by. :)

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