#TuesdayRunes – Introduction

Welcome to a brand new series where we will explore the mysteries and magic of the runes!

I want to start with a brief history of and introduction to the runes.

To most, the various symbols that make up what we call “the runes” may be seen simply as archaic remnants of a primitive and long-abandoned alphabet. While this is true to some degree, those who work with these mystical symbols in divination know they are far more.

Although the runes have not been in widespread use for several centuries, the past few decades have seen quite a revival of interest in runic magic and divination. If you are a fan of J.R.R. Tolkein, you’re bound to be familiar with some of these symbols, which appeared in The Hobbitt, and inspired the invented “runic” alphabet in The Lord of the Rings.

In the academic sense, the runes are known as the characters in a group of alphabets used to write in various languages spoken by the Germanic peoples of Europe during a period starting roughly in the first century B.C.E. (before The Common Era) and ending several hundred years later.

However, unlike our modern letters, the runic symbols had been in use for magical purposes long before they were fashioned into a writing system. The runes carried deep meanings for the people who used them, and for this reason they never disappeared completely, even though they were once banned by the Christian church.

The English word rune, comes from the Norse word runa, which means “a secret” or “to whisper.” The Norse runa is also the root for the English word we use to identify a very magical tree, the rowan. Found throughout Northern Europe, the rowan tree has long been sacred to various magical traditions and is used widely for protection. It is known by many folk names, including “rune tree” and “whisper tree.”

The oldest written record of the runes comes from the Nordic region. Throughout Nordic literature, the runes are portrayed as powerful and even potentially dangerous magical tools

The runes most widely used today in divination and magic practices are known as the Elder Futhark (footh-ark), the oldest known runic script.

And that is the script that we will be exploring throughout this series.

There is a total of 24 runic symbols and one blank in each set.

Another important aspect of a rune set is the pouch in which you keep them. When I was studying them as part of a psychic development class in Denver, many years ago, we were instructed to make our own set of runes plus a personal pouch. The bag I made is the one on the left below and I keep my wooden set of runes inside it. On the right is a silk bag in which I store a set of opalescent rune stones which I purchased.

The runes I made at that time, are the runes I will mostly be using throughout this series. There was something magical in that process. I found myself often in a meditative state.

I will do much like I did with the #TarotTuesday series in that we will explore each rune symbol, then I will do some three rune and five rune readings. So, settle in and I hope you will enjoy this journey with me as together, we learn more about this ancient method of divination!

**Also, on a side note: If you are interested in making your own set of runes, this is the guide I highly recommend.**

Monday #Meditation #Motivation

Good morning. I am inspired to start a new series that I hope you will find beneficial.

Each Monday, I will post a different short meditation that will help to ground, yet uplift you. If you are not familiar with, and new to meditation, these short guided journeys is a great place to start. Meditation may help enhance self-awareness, eliminate stress and anxiety, and promote emotional health.

Today’s short meditation with Jason Stephenson:

Have a great start to your week and banish ALL negative self-talk!

“Sleighed” – New Release from WJ Scott! @WendyJayneScott @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

There is nothing like a fresh new Christmas story from Santa’s workshop to keep the spirit of Christmas going into the new year! And that’s what W.J. Scott has done. I’ll let her tell you about it!

Youtube link: https://youtu.be/QGx59ifI3Aw

Blurb:

Tinsel is the newest apprentice in Santa’s Workshop, but this young elf lands himself in strife on his first day!

He’s sent to care for the reindeer and instead ends up on a magical adventure.

Will the Toy-Inspector allow him back into the Workshop?

A fun Christmas story for younger readers and those young at heart.

Amazon Universal Link http://mybook.to/Sleighed

In March 2019, my sister (who lives in Canada), visited me in New Zealand, and we embarked on a memory tour. We revisited places from our childhood, including Queenstown, where our grandmother used to live.

Our great-grandfather had been an engineer on the iconic century-old coal fired steamship, the TSS Earnslaw, back in the day when it transported stock and supplies across Lake Wakatipu. We enjoyed a delightful sunny cruise to Walter Peak High Country Farm.

During our travels, we set a challenge, to each write a 1500 word story. I chose to write a Children’s Christmas story, based on a writing prompt from my Aspiring Author Series, and that’s how, ‘Sleighed’, came to be created. 

Aspiring Author Series Link Aspiring Author Series (6 book series) Kindle Edition (amazon.com)

Author Bio:

Wendy Scott has a New Zealand Certificate in Science (Chemistry), which allows her to dabble with fuming potions and strange substances, satisfying her inner witch.

Wendy writes short stories, fantasy, and children’s novels. Her books have won multiple awards.

One of the creeds she lives by is to always – Live a life less ordinary!

Full book list http://www.wendyjscott.com/

Amazon Universal Link http://mybook.to/Sleighed

Connect with Wendy:

Children’s Websites

http://www.authorchildrens.com

http://www.hieroglyph.ws

http://www.tails-wjscott.com

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ChildrenAuthorWJScott

Twitter:

@WendyJayneScott

Pinterest:

#Bookreviews – Ghostly Interference and Brazos Wind by Jan Sikes

My heart is overflowing with appreciation for not only one but two amazing reviews from Robbie Cheadle!

Ghostly Interference

Ghostly Interference (The White Rune Series) Kindle Edition

What Amazon says

Jag Peters has one goal in his quiet comfortable life—to keep his karma slate wiped clean. A near-miss crash with a candy apple red Harley threatens to upend his safe world. He tracks down the rider to apologize properly. Slipping into a seedy biker bar, he discovers the rider isn’t a “he”, it’s a “she”, a dark-haired beauty.

Rena Jett is a troubled soul, who lives in a rough world. She wants no part of Jag’s apology, but even while she pushes him away, she is attracted to him. When he claims to see a ghost—her brother—can she trust him? And could her brother’s final gift, a magical rune stone with the symbol for “happily ever after” have the power to heal her wounds and allow opposites to find common ground—perhaps even love?

My review

Ghostly Interference is an unusual romance between a middle class…

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Rise of Gadreel – #NewRelease @VashtiQV @RRBC_Org

I am happy to share a new book release from fellow RRBC author, Vashti Quiroz-Vega!

Hi, everyone! Thanks for stopping by. I’m grateful to be a guest on Jan’s fabulous blog.

Which type of heroes do you like best in stories?

I prefer heroes who have flaws. Someone who is genuinely good but who has made mistakes, who has faced challenges and doubts, and who is sometimes vulnerable . . . a person who perhaps starts off ordinary, and as the story unfolds, becomes more apparent. I enjoy reading about heroes who are intelligent, selfless, kind, and courageous. They feel the fear and do what needs to be done anyway. I find the classic hero, who is perfect in every way and completely fearless, kind of boring. Gadreel is the type of hero I enjoy reading about.

Excerpt:

Sabina dismounted her horse and treaded up to the gate. She placed a hand on the stone wall and lurched back. “A witch cast a binding spell on this town.”

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“A magical binding is a hex that restrains people, preventing them from doing something.” Sabina placed both palms against the gate and closed her eyes briefly. “An effective sorcerer did not want the people of this town to leave.”

“Why?” I asked.

“I’m not sure.”

I rode past the gate into Warwick, and the others followed me.

We climbed off our mounts. I kissed my horse on its neck and told him to lead the others to water. They galloped away, and we ambled on. Every surface, every blade of grass and twig, grew long ice crystals. In the distance a low clinging fog concealed the homes at the top of the road. 

We continued toward the east of town and ran across a monastery. Blackened and charred walls crumbled under the weight of ashes. The ruins were still smoking, even in this frigid weather. We maneuvered the creaking threshold and came across the charred remains of several monks. One of them lay curled knee-to-nose, while another gripped his pectoral cross with both hands. Glass littered the floor where the windows had broken, and oil lamps lay blackened and twisted on the ground amid the corpses.

“Almost nothing escaped the bloody fire,” Golem said.

Dracúl banged his fist against a wall, almost knocking it down, and stormed out of the monastery. I followed him, and the others trailed behind.

“There’s a castle on the hill,” I said. “Let’s go there. Perhaps there’s someone who can tell us what happened here.”

Dracúl stared ahead, blood tears pooling in his eyes, and we moved on. 

More rotting bodies lay strewn on the streets as we made our way to the castle. Most had missing parts. Many of the corpses’ middles had a strange bowl-shaped appearance. Upon closer inspection, we realized that their organs had been removed. Their chests and abdomens caved in because they were hollow. 

“Why?” Golem whispered. 

There should have been a foul stench in the air, but the cold, dry winds somehow inhibited the release of the disgusting stink coming off the dead bodies. 

We knocked on doors and searched inside the dwellings. We passed the charred remains of a house. Upon investigation, we learned that the only edifices burned down were those that stored food and sheltered livestock, but this particular house was a regular family home. Why was it burned? Only its skeleton stood under the vibrant wintry sun. Sabina rushed inside, and before long, a scream pierced the air. We hurried in to find Sabina motionless with her hands covering her mouth. I steeled myself, went to her, and gasped at the gruesome scene. 

I hope the excerpt intrigued you. Please let me know in the comments below. Thanks again for the visit.

A Stellar Review for Ghostly Interference! @Wildrosepress @sdaileyauthor

Author, Sandra Dailey, has posted a 5-Star review on her blog site today. Check out what she has to say about the story! I am on cloud nine!!

https://sandradailey.blogspot.com/2021/01/review-of-ghostly-interference-by-jan.html

Ghostly Interference is still on sale through January 22nd!!

PURCHASE LINK

Blog Tour Has Ended – What I Learned

After making many magical miles around the globe in my virtual bus, for a total of thirty-one stops, it’s down for repairs! And so am I. 🙂

One thing I learned from this tour is that bloggers are the most generous and giving people on the face of the earth!

While there was a core group (my virtual blogger family) who showed up at every stop, there were also new potential readers discovered along the way. In the blogging world, we all tend to move in a circle and through tours like this one, my circle widened.

The most shared post was the one at Jacquie Biggar’s site. Jacquie, you have an amazing base of followers, and I am grateful that you allowed me to share my story with them! I’m still seeing new shares show up on Twitter.

The blog stop with the most comments was Mae Clair. What a fun topic we had to discuss that day!

The average number of comments per blog stop was an astounding sixty.

The most interaction came from posts that included something personal about myself such as the one I shared on John Howell’s blog site. It seems that folks want to know more about the author and personal experiences and I totally get that. You can find out about the book through a simple blurb, but the author behind the book seems to be more intriguing. I’ve never thought of myself as intriguing or even slightly interesting, but it was fun sharing little known facts about me.

The facebook shares and tweets were amazing. For me, Twitter is a better platform for this kind of promotion as the retweets can keep it going. Each time I logged into Twitter, I saw my book being blasted.

My fear was that everyone would get sick of me and Ghostly Interference before the tour ended. But, with new people stopping by, I hope that didn’t happen.

Will I do it again?

I don’t know. I feel that this was a very successful blog tour and I had fun writing all the different blog posts. If you missed any of the stops and want to go back, here’s the link. https://jansikesblog.com/2021/01/16/book-tour-ended-ghostly-interference-wildrosepress/

But for now, I’m exhausted and ready to take a break from marketing and dive back into writing book 3 of The White Rune Series.

I sincerely thank ALL of you from the bottom of my heart for your generosity in sharing, commenting and uplifting me along the way! It’s been quite a ride!

This is me today.

Courtesy of Vector Stock

BOOK TOUR Ended – GHOSTLY INTERFERENCE @WildRosePress

This has been one helluva ride!

If you missed any of the stops, you can still visit and join in the fun!

Day 1: D.L. Finn and Amber Daulton

Day 2: Petticoats & PistolsStaci TroiloMarcia Meara

Day 3: Gwen Plano

Day 4: Joan Hall

Day 5: Mark Bierman

Day 6: Patty Perrin

Day 7: Miriam Hurdle and Balroop Singh

Day 8: C.S. Boyack

Day 9: John W. Howell

Day 10: Debby Gies

Day ll: Harmony Kent

Day 12: Pete Springer

Day 13: Pat Garcia

Day 14: Judith Barrow

Day 15: Heather Kindt

Day 16: Mae Clair and Jacquie Biggar

Day 17: Yvette Calleiro

Day 18: Sarah Stuart and Julie Samrick

Day 19: Robbie Cheadle

Day 20: Kimberly Baer

Day 21: 4 Wills Publishing

Rox Burkey

Shirley Harris Slaughter

Charles W. Jones

The Blog Tour Maven

Susanne Leist

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BOOK TOUR Final Stop! GHOSTLY INTERFERENCE @4WillsPub @4WP11 @RRBC_Org @1rburkey @ChuckWesJ @SusanneLeist @shirleyharrislaughter @ @wildrosepress @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA

The tour bus is rolling one final day! I think it’s going to head straight into the shop for a 100,000-mile tune-up after this.

4 Wills Publishing offers blog tours at very affordable rates and they have provided the final stops for me, as I conclude the Ghostly Interference Tour. And don’t forget! The book is on sale through January 22nd, so if you haven’t grabbed a copy yet, now’s the time! Just click on the highlighted title above for a purchase link.

On to my five hosts:

Rox Burkey is an RRBC member and part of a writing duo known as Breakfield and Burkey. They write techno-thrillers and draw from their twenty-five plus years of experience in the IT field to create their stories. The latest release, “Enigma Threat” is hot off the press and promises to be an edge-of-your-seat story with perhaps too much realism for comfort. We are discussing story-layering at her blog stop today. Come on over! Let’s eat an artichoke!

https://roxburkey.com/welcome-to-the-ghostly-interference-1-day-5-blog-tour-jansikes3-4willspub-4wp11-rrbc_org-tweets4rwisa-rrbc-rwisa/

Jade, the Blog Tour Maven hosts authors. She generously devotes her blog to promoting others. At her stop today, we are talking about the similarities and differences between tradition and self-publishing. I’d love to hear from you!

https://blogtourmaven.wordpress.com/2021/01/14/welcome-to-the-ghostly-interference-1-day-5-blog-tour-jansikes3-4willspub-4wp-rrbc_org-tweets4rwisa/

Next, the bus stops in New York at Susanne Leist’s blog site. Susanne is an RRBC member and explores the otherworldly relations between Vampires and humans with her Dead Game Series. Her latest release, “Prey For The Dead,” wraps up the series with an epic battle between good and evil! We are discussing the three P’s of writing at her place, so come on over!

https://susanneleist.wordpress.com/2021/01/14/welcome-to-the-ghostly-interference-1-day-5-blog-tour-jansikes3-4willspub-4wp11-rrbc_org-tweets4rwisa-rrbc-rwisa/

Shirley Harris Slaughter is one of the most supportive members of RRBC. She is always there with a hand-up and offering encouragement. Her latest book release, “Ronald L. Powell: Missing In Action” is a heart-wrenching tale of her brother who went to war and never returned leaving a lot of unanswered questions. At her blog stop, I am sharing five pieces of writing wisdom that I’ve learned the hard way over the years. I’d love to chat!

https://shirleyslaughter.com/2021/01/14/welcome-to-the-ghostly-interference-1-day-5-blog-tour-jansikes3-4willspub-4wp11-rrbc_org-tweets4rwisa-rrbc-rwisa/

Charles W. Jones, another RRBC author, writes horror tales and writes them well. He can make the hair stand up on the back of your neck! His latest dystopian novel, “The Road To Saratin,” made my 2020 Top Ten List. The story gripped me from page one! We will be discussing sexual advances in the workplace at his stop today, so come on over.

https://ravereviewsbookclub.wordpress.com/horror-rrbc/

Also, if you missed any of the stops so far you can still visit and join in the fun!

Day 1: D.L. Finn and Amber Daulton

Day 2: Petticoats & PistolsStaci TroiloMarcia Meara

Day 3: Gwen Plano

Day 4: Joan Hall

Day 5: Mark Bierman

Day 6: Patty Perrin

Day 7: Miriam Hurdle and Balroop Singh

Day 8: C.S. Boyack

Day 9: John W. Howell

Day 10: Debby Gies

Day ll: Harmony Kent

Day 12: Pete Springer

Day 13: Pat Garcia

Day 14: Judith Barrow

Day 15: Heather Kindt

Day 16: Mae Clair and Jacquie Biggar

Day 17: Yvette Calleiro

Day 18: Sarah Stuart and Julie Samrick

Day 19: Robbie Cheadle

Day 20: Kimberly Baer

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BOOK TOUR Day 20! GHOSTLY INTERFERENCE #romance #ghost #newrelease @wildrosepress @KimberlyBaer14

The tour bus is rolling again!

Today I’m honored to be a guest of a Wild Rose Press author, Kimberly Baer. Born in Pennsylvania, Kimberly now resides in Virginia. Her most recent book release, “The Haunted Purse,” is a compelling YA tale about a bag with secrets and imbued with supernatural powers.

I enjoyed answering Kimberly’s questions and got to share a little more about the White Rune Series as a whole. Please head on over and join us!

https://www.kimberlybaer.com/post/interview-with-jan-sikes

Also, if you missed any of the stops so far you can still visit and join in the fun!

Day 1: D.L. Finn and Amber Daulton

Day 2: Petticoats & PistolsStaci TroiloMarcia Meara

Day 3: Gwen Plano

Day 4: Joan Hall

Day 5: Mark Bierman

Day 6: Patty Perrin

Day 7: Miriam Hurdle and Balroop Singh

Day 8: C.S. Boyack

Day 9: John W. Howell

Day 10: Debby Gies

Day ll: Harmony Kent

Day 12: Pete Springer

Day 13: Pat Garcia

Day 14: Judith Barrow

Day 15: Heather Kindt

Day 16: Mae Clair and Jacquie Biggar

Day 17: Yvette Calleiro

Day 18: Sarah Stuart and Julie Samrick

Day 19: Robbie Cheadle

Comments are closed here because I want you to comment on the blog sites, please. 🙂 And Thank You!