Skywatchers Alert ~ Blood Moon Tonight aka a Total Lunar Eclipse!

Just a heads up, Everyone…

There’s a total eclipse of the moon tonight!

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This is a ‘Blood Moon’ because total lunar eclipses often show the full moon turning orange or blood-red.

It’s a pretty special Blood Moon, too, as it heralds a ‘tetrad,’ an amazing series of four total lunar eclipses!  That’s remarkable and puts a mega-ton of celestial energy in the Kosmos!

North America is the place to be to see it, too!

As a bonus, Mars will be super-close to tonight’s full moon and stay so near throughout the lunar eclipse.  This will be the closest Mars is to the moon all year.

So there’s a good reason to stay up late tonight.

Here are the timings (courtesy of EarthSky.org)

Eclipse times for North American time zones.

Eastern Daylight Time (April 15, 2014)
Partial umbral eclipse begins: 1:58 a.m. EDT on April 15
Total eclipse begins: 3:07 a.m. EDT
Greatest eclipse: 3:46 a.m. EDT
Total eclipse ends: 4:25 a.m. EDT
Partial eclipse ends: 5:33 a.m. EDT

To learn more and check timings in your own time zone, visit the experts at EarthSky.org.

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**Please note I’ll be re-posting my promo post about TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER’s Countdown Begin tomorrow.  Thanks for understanding.  SE

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TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER Countdown Has Started!

If you’re interested…

I’ve started the countdown for the April 29th release of TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER.

FINAL - To Love A Highlander

Reviews are coming in and I’m especially pleased that the book pulled in a super review from RT, earning 4 1/2 Stars and TOP PICK.  Fresh Fiction also gave Sorley and Mirabelle a rave review and I’ve just posted it on my Book-Info Only site.

To see what RT, Fresh Fiction, and others, including our own dear Leah Weller, have to say about TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER, click here.

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To Love A Highlander

A TEMPTING PROPOSITION

As one of the bastards born to the Stirling court, Sorley the Hawk has never known his mother or father. It’s a burning quest he has devoted himself to uncovering at any cost. But as a roguish warrior who serves at the pleasure of the King, his prowess-both on the battlefield and in his bedchamber-is legendary. So when a flame-haired Highland lass sneaks into his quarters with a tantalizing proposition, he can’t resist taking her up on her offer . . .

AN UNQUENCHABLE DESIRE

Lady Mirabelle MacLaren will do anything to keep from marrying her odious suitor, even sully her own good name. And who better to despoil her than his sworn enemy, the one they call “Hawk?” As they set about the enjoyable task of ruining her reputation, Hawk and Mirabelle soon learn that rebellion never tasted so sweet.

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 TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER!

4 1/2 Stars TOP PICK from RT!

Available April 29th

Scandalous Scots are coming your way soon! Are you ready?

Buy Links:

Amazon BN BAM Book Depository iTunes Goodreads

 

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Great Scots Blog Tour Schedule is Posted!

Just sending in wee Silly Belly with a special announcement..

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My joint blog tour schedule with Paula Quinn is now available at my book-info only site.

If you’d like to follow us around the blog stops, you can see the dates and places by clicking here.

Hope to see you there!

 

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Book & Blog Tour News!

Just FYI…

My publisher is sending me on tour soon!  I’ll be joining the delightful, mega-talented Paula Quinn on our joint “Great Scots Blog Tour!’

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The entire tour schedule will be posted on my book-news only site on Monday!

Paula and I have a great group of hosts for the tour and we have lots of fun planned for you.

I hope you’ll join us!

Other news…

RT gave me a super-fantastic review for my Apr. 29th release, TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER, Scandalous Scots #1.

Here’s a snippet..

RT 4 ½ Stars TOP PICK!

TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER

With the Scandalous Scots series, Welfonder demonstrates why she’s one of the finest writers of Scottish romance. This deeply emotional novel and its memorable characters are steeped in the legend and lore of the Highlands. Welfonder crafts another sensual, touching unforgettable tale with a bit of ghostly magic. laughter, and love.  HOT

~ Kathe Robin, RT Bookreviews

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Other early reviews have been equally sweet, so I am very, very grateful.  Watch my book-news only site beginning April 1st to see what others are saying about TO LOVE A HIGHLANDER!

Scandalous Scots are coming your way soon!  Are you ready?

FINAL - To Love A Highlander

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Sending All My Love To Aberdeen…

There are times when my heart just aches to be where it should be, and this is one of them.   Of all Scottish cities, Aberdeen is dearest to me, and I really should be winging my way there now.

As I am not (sadly), I’m listening to this tune tonight..

These lines, especially, speak to my soul..

“God speed the day when I’m on my way
To my home in Aberdeen…”

and

“The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen are what I long to see…”

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Here are the full lyrics, if you’d like to join me in my current aching-for-Scotland mood..

Northern Lights Of Old Aberdeen

  1. When I was a lad, a tiny wee lad My mother said to me Come see the Northern Lights my boy They’ re bright as they can be She called them the heavenly dancers Merry dancers in the sky I’ll never forget, that wonderful sight They made the heavens bright
    The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen Mean home sweet home to me The Northern Lights of old Aberdeen Are what I long to see I’ve been a wanderer all of my life Any many a sight I’ve seen God speed the day when l’ m on my way To my home in Aberdeen
  2. I’ve wandered in many far-off lands And travelled many a mile I’ve missed the folk I cherished most The joy of a friendly smile It warms up the heart of a wand’rer The clasp of a welcoming hand To greet me when, I return Home to my native land
  3. Chorus

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Here’s wishing you happiness, light, and love.  May those you cherish be near and if you aren’t where you long to be, may you get there soon.  No one should be parted from that which they hold most dear.

Scotland Forever!

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Just Spreading the Book Love…

Great news for book bargain hunters!

My Book Addiction, Bargains, Deals & More is now live!

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Tartan Ink friends, AprilR and WendyK at My Book Addiction and More have launched a new site to alert readers to super deals on great books!  This will be your new ‘it place’ to nab bargains.

Pretty cool, isn’t it?

We all love a good deal.  So please help make AprilR and WendyK’s new venture a success by spreading the word.  The more readers hear about the new site, the better!

To visit the new site, click here.

Wishing you happy reading!

** There just might be a few of my books on the site!  Thanks so much, AprilR and WendyK.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

imagesCA1NI2JUKathy here…

Happy St. Patrick’s Day Tarts!

Up here in the greater Boston area St Patrick’s Day is a big deal.  Once you leave colonial times and all that is related to that Boston grabs hold of its Celtic tradition and does not let go.  Of course everyone knows our basketball team is the Celtics with the green and white colors.  But did you know that there is Boston Red Soxs  team wear in green?  Yes, even though there is no green in the team colors you will find team hats, shirts, jackets and other wear in green.

We have traditions here as well; one being the St. Patrick’s Day breakfast in Boston.  This is a political roast.  Every year the local news reports on the fun and has sound bits of area politicians singing Irish songs.  This breakfast actually was held this morning.  We also have a St. Patrick’s day parade through Southie, an area of Boston that has traditionally been very Irish.

I grew up in Ohio where we had a strong German and Polish influence.  But if you had any Irish in you, then it was green you wore that day.  We cut out a shamrock or two, colored a rainbow and a pot of gold and were done.  There were no special foods, no parades and I was too young to know or care about political breakfasts.  When I was in school, I always wore green on St. Patrick’s Day as I believed my heritage was cut and dry, 100% Scottish on my mother’s side and 100% Irish on my father’s side. Simple!untitled (7)

Well I grew up and married a half English, half Italian boy (and that is what his heritage is, nothing else) and moved to his parents hometown of Plymouth.  Once here I learned of the above mentioned happening.  I was introduced to corn beef and cabbage as a feast meal.  To tell the truth I really don’t remember my mother ever cooking such a meal.  The frenzied shopping for the corned beef, the cabbage, the potatoes, the carrots and the onions.  Can you believe the last couple of days that by the time I was able to shop in my store for cabbage we were sold out!  Some of you my know this meal by the name of New England Boiled Dinner or simply Boiled dinner.  It is so good!  We usually have Irish soda bread with it.  Yum!

untitled (9)My girls wore green and had much more fun at school on this day.  There were many more crafts and such surrounding the day.  There were Irish children’s stories, legends and lore shared.  One year the school was renamed Federal O’Furnace.  It was there in plain sight as I drove my bus load of students up the drive.  After the next rain it returned to plain Federal Furnace.  There were math contests where shamrocks were posted all over the school and students followed a trail by solving the math problems.  The kindergarten chased a leprechaun who had escape out of a hole in the bottom of the sack their teacher had.  There were always a few minutes taken for a special cookie or cupcake.  It was always a grand day.

Even though my girls are long grown to adulthood it is still a much anticipated day.  My younger daughter claims it is her favorite holiday.  We have our dinner which I will be cooking tomorrow. The girls usually go to Boston for the festivities but did not this year as both worked today.

Each year I see the display of St. Patrick’s Day merchandise getting a little larger.  There are more tee shirts, hats and costume jewelry.  There is glass ware and party goods as well as decorations.  It is just plain fun.

Oh, and that simply heritage, well I did some genealogy a few years back.  I found that one of my Scottish great-grandmothers was actually Irish and one further back in a different line was also Irish.  Then in my American Irish family I found one of my great grandmothers was a Henderson, therefore at least part Scottish and she married a my great-grandfather who was half Welsh.  So far I do seem to be pure Celt but who knows what I will find if I can ever get past my current road blocks.

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So wear green today proudly, for on this day all are Irish.

My question for you is:  What are the traditions in your neck of the woods?

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