27 July (tomorrow as I type this) is going to have a spectacular lunar event. There is going to be a total lunar eclipse and it will be the longest in a century. So the longest one any of us will see in our lifetime.
It's also going to create a dramatic 'blood moon' (the moon will appear to be red as it goes in and out of the eclipse) and not only that but it's the best day of the year to view planet Mars as will be directly in line with the Earth and the sun.
I'm in the UK, so I should be able to see a total eclipse shortly after 9pm. Alas, some countries won't get to see it, but many will. You can check HERE.
Let me know if you get any good photos!
Living next to such a wild gothic Victorian graveyard is wonderful inspiration for writing. And I can't seem to stop taking pictures whenever I stumble across a new hidden grave. It's just somehow kind of beautiful.
In the UK right now the skies are clear, the weather is hot and the moon is full tonight!
This month, June, the full moon is called a Strawberry Moon.
The name is thought to derive from Native Americans and is because June is strawberry picking season (I was disappointed to discover this as I was hoping the moon would turn red or something!)
But, not only do we have a stunning full moon tonight, we also have Saturn. It's the closest to Earth that it's been all year and if you have a telescope then you should be able to see the Saturn's rings quite clearly. (I've been trying, but failing so far. I probably need to wait until it's a bit darker.)
However, for those of you who are wondering if this has suddenly turned into an astronomy website, no, I do have other news too :)
My YA (young adult) pen name has released two books this month. I also write as Stella Wilkinson (yes, I know it's completely different, it was my grandmother's name).
Anyway, the second book came out a few days ago, right on the Summer Solstice, and the book is about ... The Summer Solstice! Well, it's not about that - it's actually about a witch who is kidnapped by a werewolf and uses extremely bumbling magic to rescue herself. Plus throw in a little romantic comedy and a hot alpha wolf/boy, and even a brief time travel experience and that kind of sums it up. Anyway, it's fun and it was relevant, so I thought I'd share here ;-) Go and check them out, the first book is only 0.99c and they are both free to read with Kindle Unlimited.
Finally... Book Four in the Guardians of the Grail series is out now!
A kick-ass heroine and a gargoyle with a stone age view of women
Iona Thorn is an immortal with a gift. She can see into the hearts of man and know exactly how much evil dwells there. But as a Guardian, Iona won’t take a human life, no matter how corrupt they may be. Instead she uses her talents to rid the world of the darker strain of vampires, and L.A. is rife with them.
While battling to hold on to her most treasured possession, a stake that contains a genuine nail of the cross, Iona accidentally awakens a gargoyle. Edrick might share her passion for justice, but he has the manners and instincts of another era, and is determined to protect her, even from herself.
Iona wants to reclaim her holy stake, but the enemy may be too formidable to beat, unless a strapping hunk of stone can be convinced to weigh in. But the longer Edrick remains awake the more human he gets, and even a rock can break…
Hello Potential Guardians,
I thought 2018 would be a good time to meet and greet because this is the year that I go full time as an author and really kick things up (in oh so many ways, ha ha).
There are currently three books in the Guardians of the Grail Series and at least two more coming out this year.
I write with a lot of factual history interwoven with fantasy fiction and I hope you enjoy that. History is a passion of mine and visiting old places fills much of my free time. I'm British and lucky enough to live near the Roman city of Bath and the old maritime port of Bristol. Glastonbury (resting place of King Arthur and where Joseph of Arimathea is said to have planted his staff, resulting in the Holy Thorn, a sprig of which still graces HRH The Queen's Christmas table to this day) is also close by and features in my Guardian series, and we have the impressive stone circles just down the road at Stanton Drew which date back to somewhere between 2000 - 3000 BC.
I also love full moon and am very excited because this month we have two! The first is a Super Moon which is when the moon is very close to the earth and on a crisp and clear winter night you can see the giant craters in the moons surface with the naked eye. Rather excitingly it is also called a Wolf Moon (first full moon of January each year). It is already looking incredible as I write this. The second full moon in a month is, of course, called a Blue Moon. So who knows what will happen, after all anything is possible once in a blue moon...
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Best wishes for a wonderful 2018 to you all,