Monday, July 12, 2010

Guest - Linda Robinson

Good morning, everyone! I hope you're all having a great day. It's a fabulous Monday with a fabulous guest (how can she not be with a name like Linda? LOL). Linda is offering a give away and I have some great news so read all the way to the bottom!

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First, let me say I’m delighted to be here and thanks so much to Lynda for having me on the blog!




With so many blog-obligations (would that be blogligations?) this month with the release of my third book, FATAL CIRCLE, it’s hard to keep coming up with topics. I know what you’re thinking. I’m a writer and writing something up should be easy…it is pretty easy to write it. It’s the topic that is troublesome. What can I write about that is entertaining and has some merit to it, and is not just me blathering on? (Like I’m doing now.)

My solution? I cheated. I pulled my tarot deck from my purse (yes, the cards are almost always with me) and I pulled a card at random. Queen of Wands. An auburn haired queen sits on her throne with a lioness at her feet; she represents creativity, industriousness, versatility and she is very strong-willed. This card is often representative of me.

(Sigh. I don’t like writing about “me-me-me” stuff. So I examine the card a little deeper, wondering how does this apply to the writing process or to the characters?)

This card also represents the “strength of the creative imagination to sustain the heart’s chosen goals.” (According to the Mythic Tarot by Juliet Sharman-Burke and Liz Greene) Writing and being published is certainly my heart’s chosen goal. One I stuck with for twenty-some years before a manuscript was accepted for publication. Who chases a dream with such long odds for so long? It does sound ridiculous, doesn’t it? But the Mythic Tarot also says, “{The Queen of Wands} holds her great strength and energy within, and devotes them to those few things to which she has given her heart.”

So what does this tell me? Dreams. Goals of our hearts. What it takes to achieve them. And in that, I begin to see my main character, Persephone. In the circle series, she’s been living a decent life, working in a field she pursued and has created a home for herself. She’s satisfied. Complacent. Content. But that’s pre-story. When VICIOUS CIRCLE opens, her grandmother has moved in with her. Then her grandmother acquires a puppy. She ends up as the foster mother to the daughter of a friend who’s been murdered. And she has love interests springing up everywhere. Suddenly Persephone isn’t just living her life, her life has taken on challenges like never before and because of them—her heart has developed some definite goals. Pursuing them, she’s alive like never before.


In HALLOWED CIRCLE the stakes are raised a little more, but she rises to the challenge, still it is more altruistic. In FATAL CIRCLE, Persephone is starting to learn what she truly desires and what it will take to achieve that goal.

So…what do you think? Contentedness versus the pursuit of your heart’s goals? Does contentedness inspire the need for a new goal that sets thing in motion…or does the achievement of the heart’s goal supply a never-ending contentedness? Or do you have some other idea about? Do share! What is your heart's goal and are you on the path to achieving it?

Leave a comment telling me what YOU think AND send me an email with your snail mail address to rockinwriterlinda@yahoo.com by noon on Friday, July 16 and you’ll be entered to win a signed copy of FATAL CIRCLE. Sorry, the contest is open to US & CANADA only.

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-- Lynda Again

It's been a long wait but I'm delighted to announce that Heartstone is finally available! (Yea! Woo hoo! The crowd goes wild! LOL) And that means that my Grand Prize Contest has come to a close. And that means I get to announce the winner whose name Wookie pulled from the box. (You can see her pic on my website www.lyndakscott.com She's the fabulous kitten perched on the window sill :-) And, no, she doesn't fall off that narrow ledge (I suspect velcro is involved).

And the winner is....

Joy Isley!

Thanks to everyone who joined my newsgroup and entered the drawing! And thanks to all of you who wrote to express your happiness that Heartstone was in print. Your support is much appreciated!

If you're interested, Heartstone is available in Trade paperback as well as pdf. You can find it at http://www.mundania.com/book.php?title=Heartstone

Have a great day and good luck to you all!

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16 comments:

Jacqueline Seewald said...

Hi, Lynda and Linda!

Just wanted to say that the book sounds really interesting. I am a
fan of paranormal romance myself.
In fact, coincidentally, my next release from Five Star/Gale is entitled TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS. It will be published in late August.

Wishing you every success.

Pauline B Jones said...

Another interesting blog this week! Congrats to blogger and blog host on their releasing books!

Wolfsbane and Absinthe said...

Hi Jaqueline! Congrats on your new release and thanks for stopping by.

Hi Pauline! Thanks for stopping by!

Linda

van_pham said...

I say follow the heart :) always.

Julie Robinson said...

Hi Linda and Lynda! That's pretty awesome. I often see myself as the Queen of Wands, perhaps reversed at times?? Most times the Q of Swords, though.

Your book sounds great. Congrats on it.
Julie

Julie Robinson said...

Lynda, congratulations on your long awaited day!!
Jumping up and down with you :-)
Julie

Angelique Armae said...

I believe you should always follow your heart and never settle for being content unless that is your heart's desire :)

Great post.

Just discovered your books and they sound awesome. Now I have a few more titles on my TBR pile!

Wolfsbane and Absinthe said...

VAN-- I replied to you earlier, but it doesn't appear to have taken it!!! Glad to see you here!

Julie Robinson-- I really like the Q of Wands, so creative!!!

Angelique Armae-- I never gave up on my writing dream and twenty some years later, its happening, so I definitely agree!!

Thanks to you all for stopping by!!

Linda Andrews said...

What an interesting post. How did you get started reading Tarot cards? Do you use them for creating characters?

I confess that I'm a very analytical person and feeling/emotions are quite sticky and illogical.

But... then I met a guy and somewhere the heart trounced on all logical thoughts/abilities and before I knew it I asked him out. We've been together 23 years and counting now.

Moral of the story- I listen when my heart speaks.

And I've found that the heart is quantum space and where it wants me to go brims with endless possiblities.

Pamk said...

your book sounds great. and congrats to Joy Isley. I have acomplished some of my goals. I have kids and a good job I like most days. I have places that I want t travel too that on my goals list now. But my big goals is getting my 20 yr self supporting and happy and to get my 14 yr through school and self supporting and happy.

Mike Hamilton said...

Hi. I came across your blog and wanted to offer you to be listed on our giveaway blog network: Giveaway Scout (http://www.giveawayscout.com). Have a look and use our online form to add your blog (http://www.giveawayscout.com/addblog/ ). Thanks, Mike

Wolfsbane and Absinthe said...

Linda Andrews-- wow! you're a go-getter! :-) I started dabbling with Tarot about 19 years ago. I've read for others but not often. I have used them for characters or for ideas when in sticky spots plotline-wise. If you're into books with Tarot check out Alayna Williams' Dark Oracle and Rogue Oracle. Not your typical UF, but very, very good. :-)

Pam K-- good luck with those goals! I have 4 boys from 8 to 19 and I'm hoping that they all transition to adulthood and self-sufficiency and are happy, too.

Mike Hamilton--Hmmm...I;m assuming this message is more for Lynda/ Star Crossed ROmance than for me, so...does this mean you want to be in the contest here Mike or are you just promoting the Giveaway Scout??

Marsha A. Moore said...

That was interesting to follow through your interpretation of the tarot card, how it applied to your life.

I am excited to be pursuing my own dreams of writing, after many years spent raising children.

Marsha

Wolfsbane and Absinthe said...

Hi Marsha! Good luck with your writing dreams! I think raising children, working in retail during the holidays, and/or restaurants and office jobs are all good for writersbecause of the variety of people you come in contact with and we see the ups and downs, and the times when there are really no perfect answers to a situation. It helps us see how to heighten the experiences for our characters by making them have ups and downs and imperfect solutions too.

donnas said...

Great post. Sounds like a great series. Thanks for sharing. I always think you should follow your goals and dreams. I dont really think those that settle for being just content are ever really happy.

Lynda K. Scott said...

HI everyone! I just received word that DonnaS won Linda's prize! So congrats, Donna!