Good Morning! I hope everyone had a lovely weekend and that those in the USA had a beautiful Mother's Day. We have a new to us author today, Barbara Edwards, who'll be giving valuable hints about using the Tarot. Barbara also has a contest running so make sure you check out how to enter.
Now, sit back and enjoy!
I’m Barbara Edwards and a native New Englander. My dark paranormal stories evolve from nightmares. The romance comes from my belief in people’s basic goodness and longing for love. I lived in Florida for several years and am past president of the Central Florida Romance Writers and a member of Romance Writers of America. When I returned to Connecticut, I founded the Charter Oak Romance Writers, a Chapter of Romance Writers of America, along with several close friends.
My husband is a retired Police Sergeant. We share an interest in Civil War re-enacting and travel the Eastern states to participate in events. I’m fond of gardening and growing antique roses with limited success. I exercise when my Belgian Shepherd, Dixie, demands a walk.
My Tarot Talent
I’ve owned and used Tarot cards for years. The first set was generic with the easily recognized Magician, the Tower, Death, The Hanging Man, etc. I was very casual with them. Did a reading for fun occasionally and left them lying around. Until the night my best friend wanted me to read the cards for her. I laid them out and every card portended unhappy events in her future. You have to understand. I thought it was for fun and I never told anyone anything bad. So I quickly reshuffled the deck while I mumbled that I’d laid them out wrong. To my horror, the same cards appeared. To this day I remember blathering on about changes and a trip. A month later her husband raped her, stole her kids and left. She moved to another state. I still miss her and wonder if warning her would have made a difference.
I learned a valuable lesson: I can read Tarot. I could read them before I learned the basic descriptions.
And that ability is frightening.
In order to use the Tarot, I now know about protecting myself. I wrap my cards in black silk. I have a black silk cloth to lay them out on and never let anyone else use them. I sleep with a new deck for three nights to tune it to my spirit. This is also necessary whenever the cards feel cold. I have five decks but only one reverberates consistently with me. I think it’s a feminine set. One deck I rarely use since the readings are always dark- it feels masculine.
Although every reading has value, I don’t charge money. I ask the recipient to do something good for someone else. I did readings at the RT conferences for several years for charity so you could have been one of my sitters.
Although I’ve used paranormal abilities like the psychic link between twins in my writing, it wasn’t until these paranormals about Rhodes End that had me delving deeply into its mysteries.
Do I advise you to read the Tarot? Maybe.
Find a deck that appeals to you. There are thousands. I’m currently searching for a dragon-styled set since I love dragons. My favorite is an Earth mother/goddess set. As to learning how to read each card, you’ll learn what each one says if you have talent. I didn’t know I could and most people can’t. If you can, then treat your talent with respect. Take protective precautions.
Any paranormal ability can be dangerous.
Tell me what you think.
Thank you, Lynda for having me here. I enjoyed it. Barbara
Ancient Awakening by Barbara Edwards
In Ancient Awakening, Police Officer ‘Mel’ Petersen investigates a death only she believes is murder. By disobeying direct orders from the Rhodes End Chief, she risks her career to follow clues that twist in circles to her backyard and lead the killer to her.
Her neighbor Stephen Zoriak is a prime suspect. Steve worked for a major pharmaceutical company where he discovered a weapon so dangerous he destroys the research. He is exposed to the dangerous organism. Steve suspects he is the killer and agrees to help her find the truth.
In the course of their investigation Mel and Steve find the real killer and a love that defies death.
“Don’t touch me, Mel, not unless you’re willing to do a lot more,” he warned as her hazel eyes flared golden.
“Don’t threaten me, Steve. You’re…”
He pulled her into his arms despite the alarm bells clanging in his head.
Danger! Danger! Danger!
Her widened eyes met his. Mel’s hands were trapped against his chest, but she didn’t push him away. Instead, her fingers curled into his shirt.
Her mistake. His mistake was to crush her mouth under his.
Mel’s soft lips parted. Need exploded. The taste of black coffee didn’t hide her sweet flavor. As her tongue tangled with his, her arms slid around his neck and her fingers burrowed through his hair.
Steve hungered to peel the starched shirt off her soft shoulders, lay her on the thick turf and ease his desire. He tasted her brows, her cheek, along her throat, seeking the source of her call. Her pulse whipped under his mouth, awakening another need.
His teeth gently closed on the vulnerable vein.
He wanted, wanted, wanted…
Cold alarm chilled his pounding blood.
Steve gasped for air. He’d forgotten his own ironclad rule. Mel’s eyelids flittered open to reveal the molten glow of desire but he forced himself free.
He had no right to touch any woman. Not until he knew he hadn’t become what he had set out to destroy.
Print ISBN: 1-60154-552-5
Print ISBN 13: 9781601545527
Website Link: http://www.barbaraedwards.net
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Ancient Blood by Barbara Edwards
Paranormal, strong romantic elements, sensuous
Lily Alban escapes a murderous stalker, but his vicious attack leaves her with the ability to see auras. She finds safety in the tiny hamlet of Rhodes End where a stranger stands out like a red light. Try as she might to deny her growing desire for Cole, she seeks his help but soon discovers the man she loves is not a man at all.
Werewolf Cole Benedict resists his attraction to Lily. A botanist researching the healing herbs to find a cure for Lycanthropy, he’s determined to protect Lily from her stalker as well as himself even in human form, but instinct takes over when he changes to his inner beast.
Together they must use their extraordinary gifts to catch Lily’s stalker before he attacks again, but revealing their secrets to one another could destroy their growing love or save them both.
“What makes you so important? Or is this another secret?”
Cole’s eyes darkened. “Lily. I’m pushing the line with you. Give me some slack.”
“I want answers, Cole.” She grabbed his arm as he turned and pulled him to a halt.
He gently, carefully drew her fierce grip into his grasp. His golden eyes heated as he lifted her hand to his lips. “I already told you, Lily. You’d have to mate with me to learn all my secrets.”
Urgent need raced from his lips to her center. His scorching gaze melted her from the inside out. All her being longed to step into his arms, to become one in a way she’d never known. She trembled as she recognized the danger.
Ancient Blood Available May 27 at www.TheWildRosePress.com/
Print ISBN 1-60154-916-4
A Black Rose
Contest: I’m giving away an e-book copy of Ancient Blood on May 27th. Just go to one of my May blog appearances and leave a comment where I’m appearing from May 1- May 27, 2011 or at my blog. Enter often. After leaving a comment, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can notify the winner. The winner will be randomly drawn on May 27, 2011 at midnight.
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-- Lynda Again
I hope everyone enjoyed this very interesting blog post as much as I did.
Thank you, Barbara, for stopping by to chat with us.
Thank you, Barbara, for stopping by to chat with us.