Check out the the latest cover reveal in The Lia Fail Chronicles!!
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The Lia Fail Short Stories
A Kiss (Lia Fail Short Story 1.3)
The next story in the Lia Fail Chronicles is coming.
Look for it to be available by June 19, 2014.
Winter has given way to Spring in the hamlet of Lia Fail, and with the season comes rebirth and new love. We continue to learn more about the Fahey and Mercer families as well as how the magic of the New World is growing.
In addition, Molly Creegan has always been a dedicated soldier, but now new feelings are awakening inside her. Her courage on the field of battle has never been in question, but is she brave enough to offer up her heart with… A Kiss.
For more information, please see S.L. Dearing’s website: https://sldearing.com
Cover artist Rene Folsom at Phycel Designs https://Phycel.com
I wrote this over three years ago and at this moment, I feel exactly the same… I just want him back…
Originally posted on ...And Everything in Between...:
Ten days ago I walked into my dad’s house. He was in his chair, napping as he does, but something told me he wasn’t just asleep. I called out to him and said “Hey, Daddy, wake up, I’m here.” But he didn’t move, so I called again, but nothing. Then I touched his cold hand and the back of his neck, tears running down my face as I yelled for him to wake up, but he didn’t. I sat down next to him and sobbed, my hands shaking until I had the presence of mind to call for help. The rest of the day was surreal and it didn’t help that it took hours for them to come and get him, because he looked like he was asleep. I kept looking over at him and waiting for him to wake up, with that groggy look on his face, and…
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This Article was written by me and originally published in 2012 ~ I recently “cleaned” up my site and moved items here, this was one of them
I think that many people don’t believe that a Third World War is in the cards, I’m not so sure. I can tell you that Utopia will never happen. Why? Simple, there will always be that one person with brilliance, charisma and agenda, and their agenda is to rule the world. A super villain. They don’t just exist in comic books and novels, they are real. That’s why we writers create them and use them.
I’m watching the news and there are so many people with different ideas about what is right and what is wrong and so many are based on their religious ideologies. One reason I split most of my colonies into religious based groups is because it seems that’s how most people would choose to follow, their faith. Not everyone, but most would. Their church is their community and their home away from home. I watch Christians who are under attack by non-religious groups, but then I see Christians attacking equal rights for the homosexuals living in the USA. I see anti-Semitic rhetoric and I see the attacks on peaceful Muslims.
Across the board, a zealot is a zealot and a distortion of your deity’s teachings can create a cataclysm. Iran’s president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, stated in that he would not rest until the West was under one God… he meant his god. The absolute fascism of dictatorship, deciding for the people what is best for them. Forcing ones ideologies on others. We’ve seen this before, twice it led to a World War and in other instances the death of millions, destruction of countries and freedoms that have yet to be re-established.
These people exist right now. They are in our back yard, in our neighborhoods and in our churches. They are Muslim, and Christian and Jew and Atheist. They are everyone who cannot be tolerant of another person’s opinions and beliefs. We are all different and yet all the same.
Is World War III ready to come? All the time. Look around and take notice. I can’t tell you how it will happen or if it will happen in out lifetime, but the seeds are being sown everyday. Will it be fought with Sound weapons and Bio warfare? Maybe… or maybe it will be fought with nuclear weapons, destroying everything. Maybe it will be fought with guns. Who knows? The point is, as long as we are vigilant and strive to be caring and thoughtful and tolerant, we might be able to stop it and until then, we’ll write books where we can teach the people there how to be more tolerant.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with WWI and WWII, please do research and absorb all the information you can. There is much to be learned, about how it started and the atrocities that occurred. To quote the SHOAH foundation, Never Forget. Click here to learn about the SHOAH Foundation
While researching places and mythology for my book, The Gathering: Book One of the Lia Fail Chronicles, I came across a lot of interesting facts about the Celts, Ireland, Magik and even Los Angeles. Having been raised in Los Angeles, it was great to learn new things about my home, but I was even more intrigued to discover so much information about the Celts.
The ancient Celts believed they were descended from the Tuatha Du Danann. A “god-like” or fae people (fae being fairy like) who had arrived in Ireland for a mythical land. There are several articles online that I have read and these people claim to have read and re-read ancient Celtic texts and they often discuss how these texts often contradict themselves. I have read what they have to say and I have come to my own conclusions.
Lia Fail (the Stone of Destiny) is often referred to as the Coronation Stone or Jacob’s Pillar. It is connected to the Kings of Israel and supposedly found it’s way to Briton when an Israeli princess was married to a British King. That stone is currently in Westminster Abbey; well, according to those passionate about it on the internet. And I don’t think that the Coronation Stone and Jacob’s Pillar are the same stone. The Pillar is in County Meath at Tara and is believed to be the Danann Stone. The Coronation Stone, at the Abbey, is the Israeli stone.
There is great debate over the Coronation Stone. Does it belong back in Israel of today? The Scots have laid claim to it… should it stay in England, after all, it’s been there for quite some time. Not sure, but I do not believe that Jacob’s Pillar, the Coronation Stone, is the “real” Lai Fail.
Lia Fail, the Stone of Destiny, was believed to be brought by the Tuatha Du Danann when they arrived in Ireland. It was held as sacred and protected. It was often said that when one touched the Lai Fail, it would roar. When you look a little deeper you see that Lia Fail actually seems to translate into something like a “keeper of the sacred knowledge”. Maybe it was a book or stone that held the secrets of the Danann. Unfortunately, we will most likely never know for certain, as it is thought that the original Lia Fail disappeared many, many years ago. Maybe, the Fail was just a representation of the wisdom of the magical people of the Danann… maybe its just an idea, or a way of being.
Either way, I was inspired enough by the concept of the stone to name the main village of my stories after the mystical stone of the people of my ancestors… Lia Fail. I would like to think that the knowledge and magik of the Tuatha Du Danann might be here now. Searching near and far to find those that believe… after all, magik is everywhere.
Information discovered at http://www.danann.org/library/symb/lia.html, http://jahtruth.net/liafail.htm,http://www.alba.org.uk/scotching/liafail.html, http://www.knowth.com, http://www.redicecreations.com/winterwonderland/stoneofscone.html
News was reported on May 29, 2014 – Someone had vandalized the 5,000 year-old-stone by pouring paint over it. - http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/garda-investigation-after-iconic-ancient-stone-at-hill-of-tara-vandalised-with-paint-30314709.html
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I began reading Hidden Truthsbut I found a truly wonderful book about moving past the horrible things that happen in our lives and finding the best in others and ourselves.
Brenda Youngerman has written an amazing book about the lives of four children who experience a loss and subsequently their lives change forever. Two of the children grow up in loving families and the other two are subjected to lives with parents who are not there. Their journeys, all tragic in some form, come full circle and giving the reader a satisfying ending.
The subject matter could have been horribly depressing, but the author shows us how each of these children grow and change, finding hope and rising above their past. This book was truly inspirational and a great read.