The historic festival of Beltane took place on the first day of May. Gaelic in origin, it marked the beginning of summer and, to celebrate the occasion, houses were decorated with flowers cut from Hawthorne trees. To protect people, animals and cops from evil spirits, or fairies, believed to be especially active at this time of year, eccentric rituals were …
Review for Where the Heart is, Book Three, by Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Review for A Year in the Life of Leah Brand: A Psychological Thriller by Lucinda Clarke
April comes from a Greek word meaning ‘opening’, which is appropriate when one thinks of the flowers and trees that burst into life after lying dormant throughout the cold, dark winter months in the northern hemisphere. Meanwhile, at the southern end of the globe, autumn has arrived with some longed-for cooler weather. As an ex-pat Yorkshire woman, I recall the …
My review for An Easter Killing (Detective Inspector Zig Batten Book 3) by Paul Toolan
Trials of Food Preparation in the 14th Century
During the writing of a medieval adventure trilogy, I researched festivals and customs. Oric, the main character in my books, gifted trinkets to his ladylove on various occasions, but nothing on the 14th of February. This caused me to question whether St Valentine’s Day existed in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. My curiosity aroused; I began looking for …
My review for The Woman in the Green Dress by Tea Cooper
My review of Carmel McMurdo Audsley’s ‘The Seven Deadly Sinners’.
My guest today is Carmel McMurdo Audsey and she shares about her novella Seven Deadly Siners.