UK Indie Lit Fest 2018 International Author Friends 04

So excited to have these two wonderful Indie Authors featured on our International Friends Table at this year’s UK Indie Lit Fest

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International Author Table

International TableThe 3rd UK Indie Lit Fest is on 28/07/2018

At the third UK Indie Lit Fest FREE Book Event the Roses & Dreams author table is being expanded to include our International Indie Army Family. Today I would like to introduce you to two of our wonderful members  from the USA.

Sherri A. Wingler

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Sherri is one of our original Indie Army Family members, a wonderful author and great mentor to many. She offers constant encouragement and is such a beautiful and inspiring soul it is always a pleasure to share her phenomenal YA books. ‘Wings of Darkness‘ ~ The Immortal Sorrows Series Book 1 comes very highly recommended. This and other books by the author will be available to order in advance or order on the day.  Click the PC logo to visit Sherri’s website.

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06 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

Happy Mother’s Day to All

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Today being Mother’s Day in the UK the theme for #ShakespeareSunday is of course Mothers.  I have chosen my short verse featuring Roses in Literature from Hamlet, so thought it befitting to feature Queen Gertrude the widow of the late King of Denmark he now the Ghost in the story.

The Tragedy of Hamlet Prince of Denmark

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The scene I chose to share is where Hamlet meets the Ghost of his Father and the truth of his death is revealed. Telling how the King was killed by his brother Claudius who has now sweet talked Queen Gertrude into becoming his wife, therefore making him the new King. The Ghost is asking his son to seek revenge. The above quote is at the very end of the video.


I am really enjoying my Shakespeare Sunday’s, I hope you are too? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thank you for visiting. Happy Sunday.


Shakespeare & Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

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William Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 3 celebrates how a young man takes on the looks of his Mother. The poem encourages him to take a wife so they might have children of their own that one day he will look upon their beautiful faces and remember himself in his own youth and how he resembles his Mother.

Sonnet No. 03 on YouTube celebrating Mothers

William Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 03 in full

Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest
Now is the time that face should form another;
Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest,
Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother.
For where is she so fair whose uneared womb
Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry?
Or who is he so fond will be the tomb
Of his self-love, to stop posterity?
Thou art thy mother’s glass and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime;
So thou through windows of thine age shalt see,
Despite of wrinkles, this thy golden time.
But if thou live, remembered not to be,
Die single and thine image dies with thee.

To find out what a sonnet is, visit my 1st post click  HERE and read about William Shakespeare’s Sonnet No.1

I hope you enjoyed this little post and if you are a Mother hope you have a wonderful day.

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#FolkloreThursday 04 Helen of Troy

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Helen of Troy

Today is International Women’s Day celebrating women around the world. So for #FolkloreThursday I am sharing my story of ‘Helen of the Fields’. She was quite a woman, although many only know her for the cause of the Trojan War. However, she was so much more.

It is believed that the medicinal plant Elecampane grew from the tears of Helen and is sometimes known as ‘Helen of the Fields’. This story of the plant and my version of Helen’s tale of woe feature in ‘Lost Love in Spring’ by Rose English. Click the image to enlarge.

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Helen of the Fields ~ The Story of Helen of Troy

On the edge of the dry dusty field, below the shade of stately trees, strolls the most beautiful woman in the world. Glistening tears fill soft blue eyes, which slowly spill over the lids leaving a silver trail of moisture on the smooth flawless skin. As each teardrop falls upon the fertile earth, a flower grows up in its place. The golden petals of Elecampane are Helen’s favourite, and resemble the rays of the sun. They evoke mixed memories some good, of her distant happy days of childhood spent with her siblings. As well as some sad, when she was stolen from her family.

 The locals call the flowers ‘Helen of the Field’ after their Queen who wanders the countryside as if lost and alone. How can this be, you may well wonder? The fact is that Helen is no ordinary woman; she is the daughter of Zeus the King of the Gods.

Egg Born Siblings

Helen was destined to be a true beauty from birth. She was conceived after the liaison of her mother Leda with the God Zeus, who had disguised himself as a majestic swan. The union led to a quartet of egg born siblings. Helen and her brother Polydeuces emerged from the first egg, then brother Castor and sister Clytemnestra from a second egg.

Some believe that the mortal father Tyndareaus must have guessed at the indiscretion of his wife, yet still he loved his children particularly Helen.


Suitors came from far and wide to compete for the hand of the fairest maiden in the land, although some sent messengers, not even attempting to make the journey to Sparta themselves. Because Helen was a rare prize Tyndareaus had all suitors swear an oath, should the princess be abducted, (as she had been previously) then they were to provide military assistance to retrieve her. The distinguished noble men and officers all agreed.

Helen had little, if any, say in choosing her second husband; Menelaus was chosen by her father, because of his political status, wealth and power. Agamemnon, his brother, was already married to Helen’s sister. The two families became very powerful, a force to be reckoned with.

 Helen had no love for Menelaus; she was silently heartbroken that her father had not selected a more handsome man, out of the forty or so heroic and wealthy heirs whom he had entertained in their home. However, she was thankful to her brothers and glad to be back amongst her kin, and was very eager to please Tyndareaus.

Menelaus was a power to contend with, and when he became King of Sparta, Helen his Queen was loved by all. She put on a brave face yet was as before, when abducted by Theseus, she often became sorrowful.

Not long into her marriage Helen fell pregnant and was confined to her rooms, whilst her new husband surrounded himself with rich, powerful friends. He flaunted his wealth and power showing the whole of Sparta exactly who he was. Even staff in his household was numerous, counting amongst them many exotic servants. It was known by all, that he sired two sons by different concubines.

Helen’s Tears & The Plague

In the palace of King Menelaus, Helen had given birth to a daughter. However, the King once again wanted to show his power and hired the best nursemaids and staff to care for the baby, so Helen rarely saw her child. To escape the overwhelming presence of the slaves within the palace, she spent her time wandering the surrounding fields.

When no one was around she allowed her sorrow to spill over. Being the daughter of the King of Gods, Helen’s tears brought forth her beloved flowers, Elecampane. She studied these plants and one day, by chance discovered that the roots had medicinal virtues.

An exceptionally large root was peeking through the fertile soil; Helen knelt down to take a closer look and with her delicate hands she pulled the root up. Curious to see what its structure was like inside she cut the root in half, finding it to be moist and juicy. Lost in her thoughts she was surprised to hear a child’s cry nearby. With hands covered in the essence of the root she turned to discover a young boy sitting at the edge of the field nursing his hand. He had been stung by a bee whilst collecting a flower to take home to his mother. Helen took hold of the child’s hand and the residue of the elecampane root smeared over the wound. His cries died down and he told Helen that the pain had gone. She learned over time the different benefits of using the root to heal.

At last Helen felt she had a purpose. When the plague arrived she used the root to help reduce the fever of patients who had succumbed to the disease. The fluids were of great help in drying out the pestilent pustules.

During this time the King was told by the Oracle to go to Troy to observe a ritual. Whilst Menelaus was there he met Paris, who had had to leave his home country and seek purification, after accidentally killing his friend in a sporting accident. The King invited Paris to his homeland of Sparta, giving Paris his opportunity to fulfil the prophecy from Aphrodite of meeting his future wife.

Love at First Sight

Menelaus was keen to show the Prince how royalty lived and entertained in Sparta, so he invited him to stay in the palace. Although he was a prince by birth, Paris had been brought up in a humble home; riches were of no importance to him.

When Paris set his eyes upon Helen, he knew he had found his promised love. He was shocked to learn that she was the Queen of Sparta and wife to Menelaus but his ardour could not be dampened. The Prince had many opportunities to see Helen and be in her company, as the King had requested that she entertain their guest.

Paris was already handsome, but Aphrodite had bestowed upon him irresistibility, she also sent cupid along to shoot Helen with one of his arrows of love. Soon Helen was also besotted; Paris was unlike any she had met for he was not only handsome but humble. They fell in love but remained chaste, with Paris believing it indecorous to violate the host’s hospitality by sleeping with his wife in the home into which he had been most graciously welcomed.

During the time Menelaus was in Crete for the funeral of his grandfather, Paris asked Helen to leave with him. It was an easy decision to make. Paris had his own ship, so the pair left Sparta immediately. Upon reaching the Port of Gythium, Paris dedicated a sanctuary to Aphrodite to thank her for the assistance she had given him.

When Paris and Helen arrived back in Troy a great feast was prepared, and the beautiful couple were wed. Consummating the marriage must have been pure bliss for Helen as she had only previously lain with aged men, Theseus and then her husband Menelaus.

Helen’s destiny intertwined Troy’s; it was as though she had married the city and its entire population.

The Face That Launched A Thousand Ships

The couple savoured the joy of each other’s company. Meanwhile back in Sparta, Menelaus had returned to find his wife gone, said to have been abducted by his so called guest Paris. Some of his treasure was also missing believed stolen by the Trojan.

The King now called upon all of the suitors who had competed for Helen’s hand and asked them to honour their oath, given to Helen’s father Tyndareaus. They all willingly accepted. One thousand ships were launched, setting sail for Troy in order to bring back their Queen, and the stolen treasures of Sparta. This was the beginning of the Trojan War said to last ten years.

(The saying ‘the face that launched a thousand ships’ came from ‘Doctor Faustus’ a poem written by Christopher Marlowe in 1604.)

Helen’s Death & Immortality

 After the war Helen returned to her Sparta home. For a time Menelaus and Helen reigned happily, but upon his death Megapenthe was made King and the brothers had their revenge. Helen was removed from the throne, and banished from Sparta

Alone, Helen was unsure where to go. Believing she had a friend in Rhodes she eventually made her way there. Polyxo did offer Helen refuge, but turned traitor in revenge for the death of her husband in the Trojan War.

Bathing alone one evening, Helen was set upon by the handmaidens of Polyxo who had been disguised as furies with murderous intentions. The women pulled her from the pool and hung her upon a tree. Afterwards the Rhodians created a sanctuary to the old queen and now worship ‘Helen of the Tree.’

As the daughter of Zeus, Helen was snatched away from the brink of death. She was after all an immortalised human. Helen was taken to live with others of her kind, upon the Elysian Fields and the Isles of the Blessed.

Stories tell of her being reunited with Menelaus who was also elevated to a status of immortalised human. Spartans built a temple to the old King and Queen, offering up sacrifices and worshipping them as Gods.

Helen was also said to have been reunited with her brothers, and together they were sometimes seen upon the earth usually to make something happen or prevent an act. They are mainly known for acting as saviours to sailors.

Ancient poets and scribes would also have us believe that in the afterlife Helen became the wife of Achilles, the most beautiful and the most heroic joined together as one. They were alleged to have lived on the White Island, a place akin to the Elysian Fields, the beloved home of the immortalised Achilles.

Ultimately, Helen had been an instrument of ‘justice’, her father Zeus used her and Paris as pawns to reduce the human population on earth. When her work was finally done he called her to him, and she lived by her father’s side as a Goddess. Helen became known as the protector of adolescent girls and young married women.

 She leaves behind her legacy of ‘Helen of the Field’, Elecampane, the healing Inula Helenium, or wild sunflowers that grew from her many tears.

The End

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05 Roses in Literature (Shakespeare)

Shakespeare’s Sonnet No.1

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The sonnets of William Shakespeare are said to have been published in 1609 by Thomas Thorpe. Supposedly without permission of William himself. Thorpe did however get himself a licence to publish these works of fiction.

There are 154 sonnets by Shakespeare. Sonnets 01 to 126 are aimed at a young man, 127 to 152 are to a dark lady, and the final two are adaptations of Greek Poems.

What is a Sonnet?

Originating in Italy, the sonnet derives from the word ‘sonetto little poem or son for song from the Latin sonus meaning sound, so little song’. Traditionally the Italian version was eight lines in length. The Italian’s introduced the sonnets to England in the time of the Tudors.

Now the English version exists as fourteen lines, each line ten syllables in length. The most common form is generally three quatrains (a verse of four lines with often alternating rhymes) followed by a rhyming couplet (a pair of lines that rhyme generally of the same length) .  ABAB CDCD EFEF GG 

William Shakespeare was one of the most famous ‘sonneteers’ the name sometimes given to the writers of sonnets. One of the most well known of the Shakespearean Sonnets is No. 18 “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

Sonnet No. 1 on YouTube

William Shakespeare’s Sonnet No. 01 in full

 From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty’s rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:
But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed’st thy light’st flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thyself thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.
Thou that art now the world’s fresh ornament
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud buriest thy content
And, tender churl, makest waste in niggarding.
Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
To eat the world’s due, by the grave and thee

Many scholars study the meaning of the sonnets and the general idea behind this one is that the poet is speaking to a young man. Telling him he is handsome but he should get his act together, stop playing around and take on a wife so that he might have children to carry on his memories and pass his beauty on to the next generation.

I am really enjoying my Shakespeare Sunday’s, I hope you are too? i would love to hear your thoughts.

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#Snowmaggedon UK snowfall the worst I have ever seen.


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Early snow in Herefordshire, BEFORE #SNOWMAGGEDON

#Snowmaggedon UK Herefordshire.

So this week in the UK we have had all types of weather, but mainly snow. Last night it turned progressively worse and Twitter Folk of the UK are now saying ‘The Beast from the East’ & ‘Storm Emma’ are causing a #SNOWMAGGEDON.

I can certainly vouch for that today,  here in Herefordshire in the UK’s West Midlands.

YouTube and #Snowmaggedon in Herefordshire

Shortly after taking this little video, I ventured out onto the country lane where the car promptly got stuck. The snow was powdery and the blustery wind just kept on blowing it over the tracks made by cars that had already passed through.

The snow drifts were almost as high as the hedgerow in parts. I have never seen snow this bad in the UK.

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Needless to say I made it home safely, after digging the car out of the snow. Fortunately I remembered to take my trusty snow shovel.

So if you have had adverse weather conditions in your part of the world I would love to know how you coped.

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‘At the End of the Summer’ Cover Reveal by June Moonbridge

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At the End of the Summer by June Moonbridge

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: 1st May 2018

Joshua’s life as a rock guitarist seems like a dream come true. Sold out concerts, red carpet events and wild nights portray him as a confident young man with the world at his feet. Only few friends know the scars he carries.

When freelance photographer Caroline meets the rock band Burning Ruins at the after party, an irresistible chemistry of attraction between her and the sexy rock guitarist is clearly seen to everybody. However, after a forced conversation from Joshua’s side, Caroline’s convinced the attraction is not mutual.

Waking up the next morning, Caroline has no idea what happened. She flees out of the hotel room mortified, convinced she’d become another of the band’s trophies. Determined never to meet anyone from Burning Ruins ever again, she has no clue people around her have different ideas.

In a summer that takes them from London to Wales and to the sultry heat of Rome, they’re desperately fighting their demons from the past, while trying to protect their broken hearts. Will they ever let each other mend their broken hearts or will they try to heal them alone?

About June Moonbridge

June Moonbridge ~ aka ~ Petra Rovere

June was born in June and she always loved the moon. She comes from Slovenia, a country in the middle of Europe.

She studied economics, and quickly realised she hated it. Afterwards, she found herself working in mainly male-dominated businesses; at first in automotive and later steel products. She can choose the best steel for your project, but don’t, please don’t, ask her which lipstick brand you should use.

She started to write in high school and was criticised by her teacher. Stubborn as she is, that didn’t stop her. Under different pen names, she had stories published in magazines, and then went on to publish three books.

After having two children, and learning that her second child has autism, she married their father and carried on working. Work and family life left her with little free time. But the desire to write didn’t die.

 When life somehow sorted itself out, she challenged herself to write a novel in English and her first submissions were rejected…

For what happened then, re-read the third paragraph, second sentence above…

 Since then she has published two novels: All that the Heart Desires and Caught Between Two Worlds are both stand alone and can be found on Amazon Worldwide, currently on discount or you can read them for free on KU.

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All That the Heart Desires

Hearts Desire

Not your ordinary romance novel.

A vacation on the shores of the Egyptian Red Sea was Veronica Blake’s long lasting dream.

But dreams turn into nightmares. Controlling boyfriend Peter complains and embarrasses her frequently in front of everybody from the start. A trip to the ancient sites turns into a disaster. But the salvation comes in the form of the mysterious Nicholas, a blue-eyed man she remembers from the hotel.

Deep in the Sahara desert Veronica encounters a totally different way of life. She desperately seeks the truth about everything that happened. Alone and afraid of her new written future she finds consolation with Nicholas, the only man she’s left to trust.

Will she ever accept the truth she seeks, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

Will she be able to find a way back to the life she was forced to leave behind?

Caught Between Two Worlds

Caught between Two WorldsAt twenty-five, Desire Hart has experienced enough grief for a lifetime.

Changing everything in her life – her identity, her hometown and her country of residence, Desire is determined that nothing will prevent her achieving from finding her missing son. Not even love.

On a spring evening, she meets the golden boy of F1 racing, Lorcan Shore, and finds herself falling for him. Struggling to suppress her feelings, she realises he could help her get closer to the child she believes is her long lost son.

But nothing goes according to plan. Her identity is revealed by the press, Lorcan has a terrifying accident, and the trail to her son finishes in another dead end. So Desire does what she does best – she runs away.

Set against the glamorous backdrops of Monaco, Paris and Nice, ‘All That the Heart Desires’ mixes romance and mystery as Desire struggles to come to terms with her past.

Will she learn to accept love into her life again?

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