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Seal Mother Retold by Rose English

This new book has been a long time in coming. Seal Mother is the re-telling of a Selkie folktale many cultures have versions of the story of the seal maiden who comes onto the land, sheds her skin and takes on a human form. This is my original story and the one that inspired the children’s book ‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’.

‘Seal Maiden: a Celtic Musical’

Thank you to Karan Casey & Friends for permission to use snippets from the beautiful album ‘Seal Maiden: a Celtic Musical’

My favourite ‘The Seasons’ is composed by Ger Wolfe with vocals by Karan.

The Silkie Song’ vocals again by Karan Casey

‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’

To celebrate the release of ‘Seal Mother Retold’ the children’s book is FREE to download for two days. Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th October 2019. The beautiful illustrations were created by a young artist in the US – Hannah Ryan. See the samples below.

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The seal watches over
the child on the sand.
Her lovely young daughter
born of the land.
The girl sits on a rock
with her feet in the water,
Not yet aware
she’s the pretty seal’s daughter.

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Camp NaNoWriMo Day 06 Part 2 #Selkie

Day 06 Camp NaNoWriMo

Today I believe fate was giving me a guiding hand because I spotted a special offer on an editing package available for September. I sent off an email and was lucky enough to bag the final spot. So now I have something to aim for.

YouTube The Grey Selkie of Sule Skerry

I also came across a wonderful YouTube video the Icicle Divers swimming with grey seals. The short film was accompanied by the most beautiful version of the old folk ballad that I have ever heard by Maz O’Connor check it out. So very inspiring I’ve been listening to it most of the day.

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I have been toying with the idea of using the original cover for Seal Mother as the basis of this new story. Love to read your thoughts, drop me a message below. Thank you. Click the image to enlarge (opens in a new window).

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Character Name Meaning

Nursemaid  (Main Character)

Múirne MUR neh ~ Affection, beloved
Grandmother Matriach Brighde BREE ju ~ celtic goddess of strength, Bree for short
Mother of Múirne Alana A LAR na ~ Beautiful
Father of Múirne (deceased) Coinneach KON ik ~ Gaelic meaning handsome

In her youth Múirne was loved by many because her great kindness over spilled from every pore. Like her grandmother Brighde she had become a nurse-maid caring for the fishermen and their families, who lived at the furthest edge of the land.

Múirne had little time for a love of her own, always putting others first. Her father had been a fisherman, but like so many others he had lost his life at sea leaving a young widow and babe barely out of the crib. Alana the child’s mother was heartbroken and she became bitter blaming the girl, if not for the extra mouth to feed Coinneach would still be there. He would never before have gone out in an approaching storm, but they needed to eat so he braved the waves but never returned.

As the girl grew she spent more time with her grandmother in the small but homely cottage on the edge of the village close to the shore. Granny Bree taught her the healing ways using herbs grown in her seaside garden, and kelp taken from the water’s edge. As Brighde took more and more care of her granddaughter Alana felt herself becoming free of the burden of motherhood. Eventually she left the little coastal village with a fish merchant who delivered fresh fish to the hotels and taverns of the city down in the south of the country. He promised her new dresses, jewels and a warm home where no sea storms would ever pound upon her door again.

It was no great loss for the child for she loved her grandmother dearly and the old nurse was more a mother to her than her own ever could have been. Wise beyond her years the girl grew strong, intelligent and independent with a love for all things. Her caring nature passed down from the great matriarch. Life was good.

(Please don’t forget this is un-edited in Camp NaNo we are only trying to get words on paper. Thank you).

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Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse New Release

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Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse by Rose English

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One lonely seal
in the midst of the ocean
rolls on the waves
to the rhythmical motion.
The seal watches over
the child on the sand.
Her lovely young daughter
born of the land.

On Midsummer’s Eve seals swim up onto the sand, shed their skin and transform into beautiful young women to give thanks to the mysterious Moon Goddess.

Lost in dance, no one notices a shimmering sealskin being stolen; leaving one beautiful Selkie trapped on the land forever.
Can an unlikely friend help her reclaim her skin, or is she destined to remain forever in human form?

‘Seal Mother’ – a magical Selkie tale of love, loss and deceit, told in verse. (Click image to enlarge)

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Buy Links

Amazon: http://viewbook.at/SealMother

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40745694-seal-mother—a-selkie-tale-in-verse

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YouTube Teaser:

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About Rose English:

Rose English, author

Living on ‘England’s Green & Pleasant Land’, among the gentle rolling hills of the Herefordshire Countryside, Rose’s house is wall to wall books. She even has a ‘Leaning Tower of Paperbacks’.

Rose is a dreamer, preferring a simple & quiet life. Often spending time alone, although never lonely, being ever surrounded by great characters when lost in a good book. She loves theatre and the arts, adoring live performances on stage. Rose has very eclectic tastes.

Working as a school librarian, and sharing her love of books with children, was the best job she ever had. However, life moves on and another chapter was only a page turn away.

Author Links

Website: https://roseenglishukauthor.wordpress.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RoseEnglish.UK.Author/

Twitter:  @RoseEnglishUK

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Rafflecopter Giveaway ***CLOSED***

Chance to win either a signed copy of ‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’ or an eBook version.

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The winners were

Sandra B & Lisa S

Congratulations Ladies books will be in the post shortly

Finally a big thank you to all who participated.

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#InternationalKissingDay & Seal Mother Reveal

Mwwahh! Happy #InternationalKissingDay

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It has been a pleasant, but very busy evening and I thank you all for visiting on #InternationalKissingDay Hope you have been giving out those token’s of love to your nearest and dearest?

Well you have all waited long enough so let me share with you a final teaser and then the big reveal. I hope you like it. The cover illustrations, when I reveal them shortly are by the very talented young artist Hannah Ryan.

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My lovely Indie Author friend Maria Gibbs the Dreams to my Roses when we are at book events as Roses & Dreams let me use one of her beautiful holiday pics as a background.  You can see it above in the teaser, but watch how it makes the beautiful ‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’ stand out in the reveal.

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On an oyster and pearl
kind of day
and oh how the waves
gently play.
As the sun pours down
upon waters calm,
the waves whisper to shore
like a soft spoken psalm.

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There will be a chance to win a copy of the book at this evenings event over on Facebook later. Go check out the page by clicking the image below. Giveaway will be open until 12noon GMT UK Sunday 7th July 2018.

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Finally the Seal Mother Reveal

Ta Dah!!

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Well I do hope you like it? Love to hear your thoughts, the Kindle Copy will shortly be available to download on Amazon. Hardback versions can be ordered through me very soon.

There will be a chance to win extra goodies for those ordering to collect at the UK Indie Lit Fest on 28th July 2018 in Bradford UK

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I made a short sample of a reading from the book have a listen when you have a spare moment.

 

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Happy Kissing on #InternationalKissingDay

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#InternationalKissingDay & Seal Mother Teaser 2

Mwwahh! Happy #InternationalKissingDay

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In my search for images this I believe came from @farneislands click HERE

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For my second teaser we have a beautiful seal rolling in the waves. Click the image to enlarge (opens in a new window)

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Remember it is kissing day so my teasers will include some kissing.

Seal Mother verses 67 & 68

One final kiss
on the toes of the child,
and the seal swam away
back into the wild.
The girl held the shell
now close to her heart,
and gazed on with sadness
as the seal did depart.

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On the warm gentle breeze
blowing in from the ocean.
On the crest of a wave,
with its rhythmical motion
came Seal Mother’s last words
from far ‘cross the water.
“Farewell. Just for now,
my dear youngest daughter.”

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There will be a chance to win a copy of the book at this evenings event over on Facebook later. Go check out the page by clicking the image below. Event starts at 7pm GMT UK

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Don’t forget to share the love and offer that extra kiss to you loved ones.

Thanks for visiting Happy Reading

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Happy Kissing on #InternationalKissingDay

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#InternationalKissingDay & Seal Mother Teaser 1

Mwwahh! Happy #InternationalKissingDay

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This evening I am doing my cover reveal for ‘Seal Mother ~ A Selkie Tale in Verse’ but to get you in the mood I am going to share a couple of teasers from the book. I hope you like them.

There will be a chance to win a copy of the book at this evenings event over on Facebook later.

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Remember it is kissing day so my teasers will include some kissing.

Seal Mother verses 1 & 2

On an oyster and pearl
kind of day
and oh how the waves
gently play.
As the sun pours down
upon waters calm,
the waves whisper to shore
like a soft spoken psalm.
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The sea reaches out
to kiss golden sand,
like the gentle caress
of a warm mother’s hand.
One lonely seal
in the midst of the ocean
rolls on the waves
to the rhythmical motion.
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Don’t forget to share the love and offer that extra kiss to you loved ones.

Thanks for visiting Happy Reading

&

Happy Kissing on #InternationalKissingDay

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#InternationalKissingDay

Mmwahh! Happy Kissing Day

Sending out the love and kisses to you all for #InternationalKissingDay

International Kissing Day is also known as World Kissing Day as you would guess it is celebrated in many different countries. Little is known of when it first started but it is believed to have been right here in the UK in the 19th Century. To find out more about the day visit Holidays Calendar by clicking HERE.

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Seal Mother Cover Reveal

What better way to celebrate #InternationalKissingDay  than by sharing a Cover Reveal for the beautiful folktale of the Selkie Seal Mother. The actual reveal will be around 9pm GMT UK this evening over on Facebook but I will be sure to share it here immediately after.

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Poetry & Kissing

There must be millions of poems that deal with the subject of kissing and love. However, my favourite of all has to be Love’s Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley. Click the image to enlarge (opens in a new window)

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Love’s Philosophy by Percy Bysshe Shelley

The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;
Nothing in the world is single;
All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle.
Why not I with thine?—
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See the mountains kiss high heaven
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdained its brother;
And the sunlight clasps the earth
And the moonbeams kiss the sea:
What is all this sweet work worth
If thou kiss not me?
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Thanks for dropping in. If you have a favourite poem that features kissing I would love to see it. Drop your favourite line from it and a link perhaps in the comments below.

Happy #InternationalKissingDay

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