Countdown to a prophecy

My first step to starting the year right was to send my book to my editor. After a nail-biting week I received the file back and to my relief she liked it. There weren’t major changes and the story was pretty solid. I accepted the grammar changes and fleshed out scenes she thought needed a little bit more. The file is back with her and my wait started again.

In the meantime I created a Facebook cover photo featuring the book. Also updated Twitter with a cover photo. Once it goes live I’ll post everywhere I can think of. I will be so happy once it’s out in the world, finally. It’s been a long time coming.

I first conceived the story in July 2015. Yes, almost three years ago. Why did it take so long to actually write it and get to a point where I can release the story? Fear. I’m releasing it under my name. If the story is horrible, if people hate it, they’ll know I wrote it. For my other stories it didn’t matter because they’re under pen names. No one will know it’s me if they don’t like them. I have twenty of those out there. But I vowed to stop hiding behind those names and release stories under my name. Start advertising them, tell family and friends, and hopefully at some point be able to do this writing thing full time.

The cover I posted before is now the old cover. I’ll keep it for something else perhaps. Maybe something that is more romance than science fiction. Or maybe I’ll add a spaceship to the cover and use it for a different scifi romance. I have a new cover! It’s below with the blurb again!

The Princess Prophecy

An ancient throne. An unknown prophecy. A reluctant princess controls the fate of the world…

Sophie thinks she’s a typical college freshman. She spends her days making friends and coping with classes, until her whole world changes forever. A group of strange men try to kidnap her, and the only thing that saves her is a long-lost friend who’s sworn to protect his princess…

Nathan tells Sophie that she’s not only half-alien, but she’s royalty on another planet. To make things more complicated, she’s forced to go to that planet to take the throne… or her entire kingdom will suffer.

As Nathan helps her train for her second life, she can’t help but fall for him. But when their ship comes under attack, she wonders if any of them will survive the journey.

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Mission accomplished – Sort of

The key to having a successful year in 2018 meant I had to start the year off right. I hung out with my husband and our cat. It was low key. Partiers we are not. We watched TV, had a drink, and totally missed that it was the New Year until six minutes after the hour. For me it was perfect.

In the morning I got down to business. My first goal of the New Year was to get my science fiction romance, The Princess Prophecy, to my editor. Releasing it on target (January 18) hinges on me getting it to her on time. I still had revisions to key before sending it to her. I found some errors I missed during the first two passes. But, I finally got it sent! Now I wait nervously to get her edits back and hope she didn’t hate the story or find huge problems that will take me more than a week to fix.

I thought that would be the last thing I needed to do. After all, I had the cover done ages ago. Or did I? I love the cover I have for it but I think it screams romance and only whispers science fiction. I’ve been thinking about redoing the cover. Given the short description below and the current cover, what do you think? Go with this cover or get a new one? Keeping in mind future books in the series will still feature the same couple.

The Princess Prophecy

An ancient throne. An unknown prophecy. A reluctant princess controls the fate of the world…

Sophie thinks she’s a typical college freshman. She spends her days making friends and coping with classes, until her whole world changes forever. A group of strange men try to kidnap her, and the only thing that saves her is a long-lost friend who’s sworn to protect his princess…

Nathan tells Sophie that she’s not only half-alien, but she’s royalty on another planet. To make things more complicated, she’s forced to go to that planet to take the throne… or her entire kingdom will suffer.

As Nathan helps her train for her second life, she can’t help but fall for him. But when their ship comes under attack, she wonders if any of them will survive the journey.

Check out my website: http://www.cindycarroll.com
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How Had She Known?

 

105182105411111CDPby Neva Bodin

She was destined to remain a vivid memory for many reasons, but one memory was etched on my mind with indelible ink.

Each line on her face exemplified a challenge met and dealt with during her 86 years, like rivulets in a dry stream bed, the substance creating them gone now, their mark still there none-the-less. Obviously, there had been many challenges.

winter window jpeg.Confined to her wheelchair throne, she now watched seasons roll by, framed by a four-foot by four-foot window, from the safety of her room in the nursing home. She spent much time looking out that window and humming old spirituals to herself. From this throne, she ruled the shrinking boundaries of her world with finesse.Senior woman with nurse

This finesse sometimes made nursing aides cry. She sometimes grumbled at the nurses. Yet, the gentleness of her soul shone through. The overcompensation for losing control of her physical capabilities was understandable.

Warned I’d get a yell after giving her a regular morning injection, I quickly gave her a kiss before a yell could erupt. It became our routine, a shot and a kiss each morning I worked. We grew close.

One morning I came to work to learn this wizened lady had made a request of staff the afternoon before.

“Call my son,” she’d said. “I want him to come see me. I’m going to die tomorrow.”

A simple request with an impact. But who could believe her? Nothing about her had changed, neither physically or mentally as far as staff could see.

The staff had called, but the message had to be routed through the son’s neighbor. And had an urgency been implied? Or the reason?

The afternoon following the request, shortly after the noon meal, this lady I’d grown fond of put her call light on. I walked into the room to find her in her usual place, looking out her window.

“He didn’t come, I wonder why he didn’t come,” she mused. “I want to lie down.”

An after dinner nap wasn’t unusual. But I had a disquieting feeling as I assisted her to lie down. After I returned to my nursing station, I remarked to a co-worker, “I think we better keep an eye on her. I think I’ll go take her blood pressure.” I grabbed the equipment and headed back to the lady’s room.

As I walked into her room, I heard a long, deep breath, a sound between a gasp and a sigh. Her last.

Twenty minutes later, her son arrived.

How had she known?

What is a Blood Moon?

105182105411111CDPby Neva Bodin

The words “blood moons” and “lunar tetrad” are being used in media and religious circles. But what do they mean? It is suggested author John Hagee, popularized the term “blood moon” in his 2013 book: Four Blood Moons, Something is About to Change. However I found that the October moon was called the blood moon in Medieval times.

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The moon undergoes a lunar eclipse when the earth gets between the sun and the moon, and blocks direct sun on the moon, causing only the glow to hit the moon. Since the sun’s rays are passing through earth’s atmosphere, which filters out green to violet, the major light waves that reach the moon are red. The moon may appear pinkish or reddish. Because of the reddish color, it is called a blood moon.

On the left of the above picture is the earth seen by an astronaut standing on the moon during a lunar eclipse, and a blood moon as seen from the earth.

A lunar tetrad, which already started with the lunar eclipse (blood moon) on April 14th and 15th, is “four successive total lunar eclipses, with no partial lunar eclipses in between, each of which is separated from the other by six lunar months (six full moons) – in 2014 and 2015.” (http://earthsky.org/space/what-is-a-blood-moon-lunar-eclipses-2014-2015#tetrad).

There are eight tetrads from 2001 to 2100. But the current tetrad is thought to be significant by many because each lunar eclipse falls on a Jewish holiday—either the feast of Tabernacles or the Passover feast.

The dates of the blood moons and a solar eclipse are:

4/15/2014….Passover

10/08/2014….Feast of Tabernacles

03/20/2015….Total Solar Eclipse

04/04/2015….Passover

09/28/2015….Feast of Tabernacles

Using Biblical prophecy, three authors, Mark Hitchcock, John Hagee and Mark Blitz write of what they feel the significance of these astrological events are. The reference verse is Joel 2:31: “The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes.” While not predicting a date, they see events transpiring which they feel are predicted.

There are other names for the moons. I have seen the Harvest Moon rise behind the combine over a wheat field. It is the moon closest to the autumnal equinox. It is huge and reddish and beautiful, and casts a coppery orange glow on the windrows of grain. Some sources say the Hunter’s Moon, which is the full moon after the Harvest Moon, is also called a blood moon because of that reddish appearance as it rises.

Dating back to eastern Native American labeling, there is the Full Wolf Moon, Full Snow, Full Worm, Full Pink, Full Flower, Full Strawberry, Full Buck, Full Sturgeon, Full Corn or Harvest, Full Hunter, Full Beaver and the Full Cold or Full Long Nights Moon. At http://home.hiwaay.net/~krcool/Astro/moon/moonnames.htm you will find many more moon names depending on what culture or nationality you examine. The June moon for Celtics is the Moon of Horses!

Songs have been written about the moon, poems and fairy tales tell of its power, or the man in the moon. Moonlight is romantic. And a boy might “moon” over a girl if he likes her. You can listen to and read lyrics of multiple moon songs at http://www.moonlightsys.com/themoon/lyrics.html.moon and cats jpeg

Obviously the moon has been an important player in lives since the beginning. Might it be an important player at the end?