Thursday, 27 April 2017

Awake in Purple Dreams - ***Cover Reveal*** - Book Two

A different kind of fairy tale for adults. 

Awake in Purple Dreams is a story about love overcoming all obstacles. Elements of fantasy weave with reality in this epic romance derived from ancient folklore. An enchanted but a brutal tale of a soul trying to find its way back home.

Blurb ~
Having thought that she had finally escaped the past, Bea finds herself hunted down by an unknown enemy who violently rips her life apart. The harsh changes that follow catapult her on a journey which not only brings personal transformation but one that marks a new era for two worlds.

Secrets long hidden are finally revealed and a war like no other is on the horizon.
Karma never forgets and until the cycle of a soul is complete, the past will never fade away.

The final book cover was a collaboration with Rebecca covers HERE

Below, my early design using free commons images. 
I couldn't get the title to stand out but loved the different colour tone in the font. In the end, I thought it best to stick as closely to book one as possible and so decided to keep the text white. I also needed help with placing stars in the background and with book formatting for print. Rebeca was wonderful and so here we are ~ a completed cover design. 
Early Designs 
Front and Back
Placing the early design next to Book One for comparison ~ 
Did they compliment each other enough to be visually recognised as the same in a series? 
Yup! I think so. 😁
The silhouette of the couple sets the theme of romance and their souls. The purple flowers reminiscent of 'A Carpet of Purple Flowers', a place which echoes in both books. The stars and cosmos giving a subtle message of the story being Otherworldly. 
Want to find out more about book two? 
Click HERE
Will be available to Pre-order on Amazon in late summer 2017.
Love and light,

Youtube Book Review by Laura 'A Carpet of Purple Flowers'

Book Review
I was sent this book from the lovely Author to read and do an honest review on.. can I just say how LOVELY Tracey-Anne is! I have been talking with her on Twitter and she's been sweet and friendly!
This book was sooooo GOOD! Mystical..magical..spiritual.. romantic ... liked the way magic and the real world mixed together. the characters were great esp. Bea the main girl. Lots of Twists and turns and emotional. This is book 1 in the series and I am soooo excited to read book 2! The ending was a real twist which I loved! This book is really great :) (Source)
Where Laura can be found ~ 
MinxLaura123's Wacky World - Youtube Channel ~ HERE
Twitter ~ HERE

I was blown away by Laura's kind review posting. Such kind words. Thank you so much, it really lifted my writing spirit. I've never received a youtube review, absolutely wonderful. 😍 
Love and light,

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Happy St. George's Day - UK

April 23 marks the saint’s day of England’s patron saint St George. 
Saint George and the Dragon by Gustave Moreau.
Who was Saint George? 
Why is he England's patron saint?

In hagiography, as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and one of the most prominent military saints, he is immortalised in the myth of Saint George and the Dragon. 

English schoolchildren are always taught that he was a knight who slew dragons but is there more to the historical figure?

According to legend, St George was a Roman soldier born in what is now modern-day Turkey in around 280AD and died around 303.

George's parents were Christians of Greek background, his father Gerontius (Greek: Γερόντιος, Gerontios meaning "old man" in Greek) was a Roman army official from Cappadocia, and his mother Polychronia (Greek name, meaning she who lives many years) was a Christian and a Greek native from Lydda in the Roman province of Syria Palaestina. Accounts differ regarding whether George was born in Cappadocia or Syria Palaestina but agree that he was raised at least partly in Lydda.

Very little is known about his early life but it is believed he was born to a wealthy Christian noble family. When he grew up he became a soldier and joined the retinue of Emperor Diocletian.

In 303 Diocletian, as part of a crackdown on the growing influence of the Christian community ordered that all Christian soldiers in the army should be expelled and all Roman soldiers were forced to make the traditional pagan sacrifice.

St George refused and denounced the edict in front of his fellow soldiers, declaring he was a Christian.

Diocletian initially tried to convert him with offers of wealth and land but when he refused he was beheaded on 23 April 303.

So what does he have to do with dragons? 

The myth of St George slaying a dragon originally appeared in stories told by the medieval Eastern Orthodox Church which was brought back to Europe by the Crusaders in the 10th and 11th centuries.

If he was from Turkey how did he become the patron saint of England?

King Edward III made St George the country’s official saint just after he came to the throne in 1327.

According to historian Ian Mortimer, a patron saint did not have to be from the country they were born in - they just needed to embody the characteristics the kingdom wanted to project to the outside world.

After all, as well as England, St George is also the patron saint of Portugal, Venice, Beirut, Malta, Ethiopia, Georgia, the Palestinian territories, Serbia and Lithuania.

Edward III wanted to rebuild the strength of the English monarchy after the disastrous reign of his father - St George was part of his strategy to make England one of the most powerful and warlike nations in Europe.
Source: HERE

Love and light,

Thursday, 20 April 2017

A Carpet of Purple Flowers - Laura's Early Thoughts (prior to review)


Laura creates ASMR videos but what is it?
Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterised by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia. Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) signifies the subjective experience of 'low-grade euphoria' characterised by 'a combination of positive feelings, and a distinct static-like tingling sensation on the skin'. It is most commonly triggered by specific acoustic, visual and digital media stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attentional control.
Read more HERE

You can find Laura here:

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Playing around with Gif Creation

More info HERE
Create your own Gif - HERE

Dorcha Crùn Theatre ~ 'The Alptraum of Alithia'

Dorcha Crùn Theatre 
(Fictional title - Scottish Gaelic meaning ~ Dark Crown)
Sarolta Bán
 'The Alptraum of Alithia'~ (The elf dream/nightmare of Alithia).
A play mentioned in the book 'A Carpet of Purple Flowers'.
Dylan Cole
The Dorcha Crun Theatre is not your traditional theatre. 
Inspired by the old theatres left in decay dotted about SW London. Such as - STREATHAM -  REGAL CINEMA (aka ABC & Cannon). Unfortunately in 2004, the auditorium was demolished & apartments were built on the site with the original cinema facade and foyer retained as an entrance.
Stage ~ Ruins
The play is a bizarre mix of ballet and less traditional expression. 
It serves a purpose for the character, Karian, and isn't meant to represent an actual theatre or specific method of delivery. It is fantasy. 
 Realm of Fantasy by Anacorreal.
Het National Ballet - Romeo and Juliet.
Haunting Denied Love
 Jacques Dequeker
Alithia and the Well
Connecting Worlds
Below, the superb dance of 'Sergei Polunin' reminds me of a certain scene played by a male role in 'The Alptraum of Alithia'.
Full Dance
Wanted for murder ~ On the run
Portal Escape 
Finding Love in a New World
Love and light,

Alithia and Karian ~ A Love Story

 Book Character Inspired Post
Rogelio de Egusquiza - Tristan and Isolt
The story within a story, Karian, and Alithia by the elders ruins.
It is by this tragic love story that the character, Karian, loses his way and finds himself on earth. Condemned by his own people in Emeritias for Alithia's sudden death, he searches for a place to belong. A place where his heart can find the peace that's eluded him for centuries. Feeling empty, he is desperate to fill the hole Alithia's love left. 
 Alithia loved to ride over the lands of Emeritias. 
The young couple would meet and race and finally stop at the ruins.
 Both were torn in the ancient feud between their families. Each to be a successor on opposing sides in a war not of their making..
Their Hidden World
The Infamous Well 
 Bellwood Gardens
Read more on the character page on the book website - HERE
Meaning and history of Alithia's name:  
The name Alithia is a Teutonic baby name. In Teutonic the meaning of the name is: Noble humour.
People with this name have a deep inner desire for love and companionship, and want to work with others to achieve peace and harmony.
Soul Number: 2   Expression Number: 6
Pinterest Character Inspiration Board ~ HERE
Video still of Isolde's Death by Bill Viola, from the Opéra national de Paris production. Photo Credit: Kira Perov 
Meaning and history of Karian's name: 
(Pronounced as KEH-RIY-AHN) -  
Pinterest Character Board ~ HERE
A Nordic (Swedish) name meaning pure.
Bearer's of this name, feel and sense much. There are many things that they do not fully understand, and can possibly be deeply influenced through the thoughts of others without realizing just how  they're being affected. Moods are a problem, as can be highly inspired one minute, and the next become quite irritated and annoyed over some ill-timed remark or lack of consideration on the part of someone close to them. They may experience suffering, caused by being abandoned and sacrificed at the hands of others. It is overall a tough and challenging name to have. He has a certain flair and charm that he tends to abuse.
Karian (Persian: also Romanized as Karīān, Kareyān, and Karīyan; also known as Kariūn) is a village in Karian Rural District, in the Central District of Minab County, Hormozgan Province, Iran.
Greek spelling - Carian - The Greek historian Herodotus recorded that Carians themselves believed to be aborigines of Caria but they were also, by general consensus of ancient sources, a maritime people before being gradually pushed inland.
Soul Number: 11    Expression Number: 5
People with theses numbers tend to fight being restricted by rules and conventions. They are usually optimistic, energetic, intelligent, and make friends easily. They may be changeable, restless and rebellious.
Relating to Bethany
Three Hearts
Four Souls
and a whole lot of history
Bethany aka Bea

Love and light,