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October 30, 2010

For some October 31st is Halloween or All Hallows Eve. For me it is Samhein (pronounced Sow-wane). While I am a Christian I have great respect for the 4 Celtic high holy days celebrated by my ancestors, and I celebrate them too. I am Irish, Scots and Welsh by blood descent. When the Christian church entered into the Celtic world it co-opted those days. Since I see no harm in them I continue to recognize them in my own 21st century way.

Samhein celebrates the end of the year as the Celtic peoples knew it. The long harvest which began in August was finally in, the fields gleaned of all they could give up, wood for the coming cold and darkness chopped or being chopped. Foodstuffs were salted and preserved for the lean months ahead. It was a time of drawing in after a long year. It was believed that on the last day of the year the doors between the two worlds were opened so the ancestors could return briefly to visit and be celebrated and thanked.

As the last rays of the October 31st sun set the bondfires all over the Celtic world sprang up as a symbol of the light that would never fail. There was feasting, drinking, and general merriment throughout the entire night and the fires were kept burning until the sun rose the following day which was the first day of the New Year.

I've always thought celebrating a new year in the midst of winter an odd thing. It never feels right to me. But Samhein does. Ancestral memory? It must be. And so dear readers and friends as the old year ends I wish you all a wonderful new year ahead of peace and prosperity. May the wishes granted you be as many as the seeds of the pomegrante to quote a Samhein prayer. The Celestial Actuary bless us and our families and old Mother Earth in the days, weeks and months to come.

~ Bertrice

October 25, 2010

Avon has changed release date of THE KADIN & LOVE WILD AND FAIR. It's now November 16th.

~ Bertrice

October 19, 2010

My dears, exciting news! As of October 26th you can get THE KADIN and LOVE WILD AND FAIR in e-format. It's been Kindlized, and other e-formats will follow. And...drum roll please! This edition of THE KADIN will have the missing last chapter that only the English Severn House edition and the Rhapsody Book club edition had. The Avon paperback never had it although I hope they will add it to any future printings now. Mark your calendars. OCTOBER 26TH! THE KADIN and LOVE WILD AND FAIR available for your e-readers.

And SKYE will be coming soon from Ballantine.

~ Bertrice

October 16, 2010

For those of you seeking books in The World of Hetar series, and unwilling to wait until 2012 for the mass market reprint of these 6 titles, why not try www.redhousebookstore.com. I've checked the site, and the prices seem reasonable.

~ Bertrice

October 12, 2010

Victory at last for my 15 year old grandson who suffers from Aspbergers Syndrome and is bi-Polar. Our local school board has agreed with the medical/mental assessment that he needs to be in a special school for kids with his disability that is located up in Connecticut. I am both relieved and thrilled. Kids like Chandler have to be taught differently because as I like to put it their brains are wired differently. They are, however, extremely bright kids, but without learning, among other things, the social signals we take for granted, that intellect can be wasted. Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes, dear readers.

~ Bertrice

October 6, 2010

Being human I like to think that I am better than those benighted fools who go around committing random acts of violence for one weird reason or another. But the truth is on occasion I am just as capable of nastiness as anyone. Here is the reason for my current rant.

Americans consider themselves a civilized nation. However sometimes I think we are too civilized. Yesterday a man named Faisal Shahzad was convicted in Federal Court of bringing a bomb in a truck into Times Square in NYC. His intent was that the truck would blow up killing and injuring many. Because this guy was a moron the bomb was incorrectly put together and didn't go off. An alert vendor in the area noticed the truck standing where it shouldn't be parked for too long, and alerted the NYC police. A terrible tragedy was averted as you all know. The moron Shahzad was quickly caught, tried, and yesterday convicted to life in prison.

Hello? Life in prison? Well aren't we just the most civilized folks. Here's where I go postal. For the next 30 to 40 years the moron Shahzad will be housed, clothed, fed, and live a generally decent life with all the best medical attention, an excercise room, and a library where he may take out law books in order to appeal his conviction or even get a college degree. Meanwhile decent American citizens are losing their homes, jobs, unemployment benefits in a recession. People are going hungry. Not lazy worthless people, ordinary people come on hard times. But none of this will affect the moron Shahzad in his prison. Those who count themselves among our enemies for whatever reason must be laughing themselves silly right now.

My solution? Upon his conviction the terrorist Faisal Shahzad should have been taken immediately from the courthouse in lower Manhattan up to Times Square where a gibbet would have already been constructed. And there he would be hung by the neck until dead in full public view. This naturalized American was a traitor. Traitors should be hung. And any of his family remaining in this country should be stripped of their citizenships, and sent back to Pakistan.

This man should not be allowed to live off the taxpayer while our own citizens suffer. It's really just that simple. Maybe not civilized, but the U.S. of A.'s message should be clear. PISS ME OFF. PAY THE CONSEQUENCES.

~ Bertrice

October 1, 2010

My dear readers:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and my publisher, Penguin USA, is offering special mass market editions from 8 of their women authors in support of the fight against this terrible disease. Your most humble author, Bertrice Small, is very proud to have been included among the privileged 8. You will find the Signet Eclipse edition of A DANGEROUS LOVE, the first book in my "Border Chronicles" with its Read Pink logo in stores this October.

Other Penguin authors participating in this fight against breast cancer are Nora Roberts, Jayne Ann Krentz, Christina Dodd, Madeline Hunter, Jodi Thomas, Catherine Anderson and Catherine Coulter.

Penguin USA will be donating $25,000. to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Please buy a book with the Read Pink logo, and join with some of your favorite authors, and our publisher in this fight. We also invite you to contribute to your favorite breast cancer charity as well. Women helping other women. And this is a fight we're going to win!

~ Bertrice


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