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I love the work of Indie Author Deb McEwan go check out her interview on #IndieBookBanter

Introducing Deb McEwan

1. #IndieBookBanter today welcomes one of our #IndieFriends International Author Deb McEwan. Please tell us a little bit about yourself, and the best place for us to find out more.

Hi Everyone. I’m Deb McEwan. Originally from South Wales I joined the British Army aged seventeen and have spent more time outside the […]

via 25 Book Banter with Deb McEwan — Indie Book Banter

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#ChillWithABookAward Winner author Maria Gibbs talks all things bookish

170507 Chill Award A Boy From The Streets by Maria Gibbs[834]

My lovely friend Maria Gibbs won a special Readers Chill with a Book Award and now she features in this wonderful interview below go check it out 🙂

Source: #ChillWithABookAward Winner author Maria Gibbs talks all things bookish @gibbsdream @ChillBooks @PaulineMBarclay

Editing tips worth checking out from Rachel

Time has a way of getting away from us. One of the biggest complaints from every writer is: “I don’t have time to write!” Or they can’t find the time or whatever other variation you can think of. The point is writers lack time when it comes to trying to build a writing career when they’re […]

via How To Find Your Editing Schedule — Rachel Poli

Grab these novelettes now before the price increase

So disheartening at times for Indie Authors, costs are barely covered for books that are  self-published. Check out this blog by Maria Gibbs. Prices of her phenomenal novelettes are having to increase this weekend so grab copies before that then.

I have decided to increase the kindle price for all my novelettes this weekend from £0.99/$0.99 to £1.99/£$1.99 If you’ve been meaning to pick up a copy and haven’t done so yet then you have the chance to do so before the increase. The reason I have decided to do this is two-fold. One is […]

via Price Increase — gibbsdream

‘Lost Love In Spring ~ Hawthorn’

170428 Lost Love Hawthorn

So to celebrate May Day I am sharing a section from my book ‘Lost Love in Spring’

Hawthorn

‘Going A-Maying’ by John Ingram

Oh, we will go a-Maying, love,
A-Maying we will go.
Beneath the branches swaying, love,
With weight of scented snow.
Laburnum’s golden tresses, love.
Float in the perfumed air;
Which heedless their caresses, love.
Seeks violets in their lair;
And with their scents a-playing, love.
It gambols to and fro,—
Where we will go a-Maying, love,
Where we will Maying go.

The bees are busy humming, love,
Amid the opening blooms.
Foretelling Summer’s coming, love,
Farewell to wintry glooms.
The primrose pale, from crinkly sheen.
Up from the ground now speeds;
And cowslips slim, ‘mid leafy green,
Else in the unknown meads.
And buttercups are weighing, love,
The gold they soon -must strow,—
Where we will go a-Maying, love,
‘Where we will Maying go.

The hawthorn’s bloom is falling, love,
We must no longer wait;
Each bird is blithely calling, love.
Unto his chosen mate;
Each bud unblown is swelling, love.
Green grow the vernal fields;
Each insect leaves its dwelling, love,
And all to Summer yields:
The mowers are out haying, love,
Woodbine is in full blow,—
Where we will go a-Maying, love,
Where we will Maying go.

(Featured in Mrs Kirtland Poetry of Flowers 1800)

History

The hawthorn is known by many names one of the most popular being The May Bush or May Blossom but it is also known as Quickthorn.

Country folk used to take themselves to the woods on May Day and snip branches off the flowering hawthorn hence the old custom of ‘Going – A – Maying’. They did this in order to celebrate the Goddess of Flowers – Flora.

Plant Features

Hawthorn is a fast growing plant and often used as cheap hedging. It can grow into a tree of around thirty feet. When the plant is young its twigs are a reddish colour with small leaves. Flowering in late spring the hawthorn produces white flowers each having five petals with reddish centres.

Berries also grow on the hawthorn tree but are not ripe until the autumn.

Ancient Medicinal Use

The flowers were distilled and if applied to areas on the skin that may have been pierced by thorns or splinters then the liquid would draw them out.

Any inward pains were eased by bruising the seeds and boiling them in wine.

Modern Medicinal Use

The hawthorn is more popular today than ever, as the berries are found to increase the muscle action of the heart. A tonic is made using two tablespoons of berries to one cup of boiling water. For a mild tonic the flower buds may be used again – two tablespoons of buds to one cup of boiling water taken twice a day.

Alternatively tinctures are available from herbalists and used as preventative treatment for many diseases connected with the heart: angina, palpitations, poor circulation and atherosclerosis or fatty degeneration.

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I hope you enjoyed this little snippet from ‘Lost Love in Spring’

To take a peek inside the book visit Amazon by clicking the image

170428 Lost Love Summer

Happy Reading

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