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Tuesday Tales: Writing Number

Have you ever seen a ghost?

Welcome to Tuesday Tales, a weekly blog featuring diverse authors who post excerpts from their works in progress based on word and picture prompts. We’re a book hungry troop that enjoys reading as much as you do. Today our word prompt is number. My excerpt is from one of my books in progress, Hannah’s Haint, a vintage paranormal romance set in a small town in the 1950s. Please visit the other fabulous authors at Tuesday Tales.

Hannah cringed at the disbelief on Meg’s face and the eyebrows that were about to take flight. Protest would only fuel the fire. Might as well sing a different number. She pretended to brush grains of sand from her thighs. “To tell the truth, Nate has been on my mind today, but only because of what happened last night.”

Meg lurched up, her eyes wide. “What happened?”

“My resident haint made an appearance.”

“You mean you and Nate actually saw the ghost?”

She shrugged. “No so much saw as saw the effects of.

The teaser was met with a flurry of arm flailing. “Tell me this minute.”

“I had gone up to the attic to look around and straighten…”

“The fortune teller warned you not to go up there.”

“I have to take an inventory for the bank. You know how shoddy the sale papers were.”

“Then you should have waited for Nate to go with you.”

“He was late coming to work. Do you want to know what happened or not?”

At the sight of Meg’s vehement nodding, Hannah continued. “To make a long story short, I hadn’t been up there five minutes when the music started again and the air suddenly smelled like jasmine, and then…” Her playful mood sobered at the memory. She stopped to swallow. “Something, someone touched my arm.”

“Oh, my ever lovin’ God. Old Sarah was right. The ghost is dangerous. What did you do?”

“I ran out to the landing and smack dab into Nate.”

A beatific smile hovered on Meg’s lips, and her voice turned soft. “And Nate comforted you.”

Hannah’s forehead crinkled. “How’d you know?”

“That’s what he would do. Did he investigate?”

“No, I wouldn’t let him. We went downstairs. But he heard the tinkling and smelled the jasmine.”

“Good. I’m glad it’s not just you.”

“You might clear me of hallucinating, but I don’t even want to think about his take on it.”

“You didn’t talk it out?”

Hannah shook her head. “I was a smidge upset, and then Buster came, so no.” She stood up. “Let’s go for another swim before Bryan gets back.”

A few minutes later the fickle ocean had them both laughing. Good natured fun heated her cheeks. The waves stroked her lotion into coconut scented beads. She didn’t care. The beach always took away her troubles, if only for a little while.

I hope you enjoyed the snippet based on the word prompt number. Thanks for stopping by. Please visit the other fabulous authors at Tuesday Tales.

Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic in Romance

Vintage Friday: 11 Kisses for A Girl of the Limberlost

A GIRL OF THE LIMBERLOST GirloftheLimberlost

Author – Gene Stratton Porter
First Published – 1909
Genre – Fiction
Setting – the Limberlost Swamp of rural Indiana
Heroine – Elnora Comstock – Poor country girl with music in her blood who pays for schooling by collecting and selling rare moths.
Hero – Philip Ammon – Pure hearted aristocrat who becomes mesmerized by the untouched beauty of the Limberlost and Elnora.
Antagonist – 1st part of book – Mrs. Comstock – Sour and warped, she resents her daughter Elnora and blames the girl for her husband’s untimely death. 2nd part of book – Edith Carr – Vain and self-centered, she treats her fiancé Philip Ammon like some sort of lap dog minion.
Black Moment – Elnora’s mother stomps on the final moth that Elnora needs to complete a rare collection to pay for college.
Favorite Supporting Character – the orphaned ragamuffin Billy
Fun Tidbit – This wonderful novel was my mother’s favorite. It is like two stories in one. The first story is that of Elnora and her bitter mother. How can a mother dislike her daughter to the point of not caring when she is hurt? Will she ever thaw and open her heart? The second is of the growing bond between Elnora and Philip, with Edith Carr’s shrill voice tinkling around them like shards of ice. 

By Self (Own work) [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Self (Own work) [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)], via Wikimedia Commons

Memorable Line – “But as I figure it, it’s just June, when it comes to these great, velvet-winged night moths which sweep its moonlit skies, consummating their scheme of creation, and dropping like a bloomed-out flower.”

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Cheers & Happy Reading!
Flossie Benton Rogers, Conjuring the Magic with Paranormal Fantasy Romance 

Author on Board: Flossie Benton Rogers Presents Devika Fernando

DevikaFernandoPlayingwithFireToday please welcome author Devika Fernando from Sri Lanka. I enjoyed her previous book, When I See Your Face, and now look forward to helping celebrate her new one, Playing With Fire, as well as learning about the importance of fire in religion. Make sure to check out her website listed below.



Writing the paranormal romance novel “Playing with Fire” has got me interested in the many meanings of fire. I have written a post on people with the element fire and their typical character traits, and today I want to share some interesting facts on fire as a symbol in religion.

 Fire worship

In many ancient religions and cults, worship of fire was an important part – and it seems only logical when you consider how new fire still was to people, and how destructive a force it could be. There was even deification of fire, meaning that the natural occurrence got turned into something mythical and into a god. Holy fires played an important role in an Asian and Indo-European context, supposedly having a cleansing effect. That is where the principle of cremation came from, essential to religious faiths like Hinduism. Interestingly, fire was believed to have a healing power and not (only) a disastrous effect. Fire in Hindu worship, in the form of Agni, was viewed as a “messenger between the people and their gods” (http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/207750/fire). All around the world, high cultures such as the Inca and Aztec in South America practiced sacrificial fires. As for the Greco-Roman people, they believed in controlling fire and associated it with the safety of the hearth. The Romans and the Greeks worshiped goddesses by keeping a sacred flame guarded and burning forever. Fire was also seen as a means to forge something from iron. On the other hand, the powers of the element weren’t ignored. Just think of Zeus and his lightning. Over the course of time, fire turned from a positive to a negative symbol in religion. The Christians with their view of the fires of hell are only one example. One can easily assume that the hellish flames were chosen because of the heat, pain and destruction associated with fire. As a potent method to instill fear in people, the purgatory of hellfire still hasn’t lost its meaning. Surprisingly, fire is also a symbol of the Holy Ghost, presumably because it is connected to such a bright and awe-inspiring light. The Zoroastrian religion relies heavily on fire worship. The element is linked to the God of the Zoroastrians, Ahura Mazda. The ancient Iranian religion used it for ritual purification ceremonies and part of fire temples (alongside water).

 Fire as a religious symbol

It is fascinating how many things fire can symbolize in religion and philosophy, and how contrary those symbolisms are. Here are some examples what fire stands for from a religious point of view: –          Destruction and Renewal –          Justice –          Purification –          Damnation –          Illumination and Enlightenment. From the safety of a campfire and the solace of a light in the dark to the horrors evoked by lightning striking, a volcano erupting or a bush fire devastating plants, animals, people and buildings, fire can mean different things. That is probably why it holds such a special place in many religions. Ultimately, the balance between taming it and being ruled by it is reflected in the diverse beliefs.


Teaser: If you’re playing with fire, prepare to get burned – or to fall in love.

Sparks fly when Felicia and Joshua meet. Discovering her inner fire and unleashing unimaginable powers makes her realize that all her life, she has been hiding her true self. When buildings burn and people are in danger, the tempting game of playing with fire becomes serious. Will their love and desperate struggle for control save her life, or will the fire magic turn itself against its mistress?

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Author Bio:

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark is writing sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

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