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Seal Mother Cover Reveal Friday 6th July

Happy Thursday

So great news my cover is complete and the correct resolution to be uploaded ready for printing and as it is International Kissing Day tomorrow I will reveal it then.

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In the meantime here below is the last illustration drawn by the wonderfully talented Hannah Ryan.

Seal Mother & her family

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Hope to see you tomorrow

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#WIP Seal Mother 1st July 2018

Seal Mother Sneak Peek 5

Well Happy #IndiePrideDay today we celebrate books by Indie Authors, and Spread The Word far and wide in hope of trending on Twitter. (It didn’t help that I got blocked  for retweeting too many times with similar # Hastags LOL).

Sadly I have been unable to get together a cover release to celebrate the day but I have put up a short teaser.

The Seal Mother YouTube Preview

So here hopefully for your pleasure, I have created a short preview on YouTube the first three verses. You will notice at the end there are a couple of faint images, they are a glimpse into what the illustrations could be like in the book and hopefully the final sketch will be the one to adorn the front of the final cover of the book.

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.

~*~*~*~
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.

~*~*~*~
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 seals daughter.

~*~*~*~

 


Seal Mother Sketches

TA DAH! The sketch Hannah has done for the design of the front cover. I have added the fonts just to give a very basic idea of what I have been looking for. I am no graphic artist so this is only a very VERY rough idea. Plus there is a peek at the image of Seal Mother finding her sealskin. Happy #IndiePrideDay

I still love it, I hope you do too. Click to enlarge.

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Thank you for visiting, I hope to have news on a cover reveal soon.

Happy Reading

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#WIP Seal Mother 30th June 2018

Seal Mother Sneak Peek 4

There is absolutley nothing like the satisfaction you get when you type and print out ‘The End’ on a final draft document, of your up coming book.  The illustrations are all by the young, talented, Hannah Ryan.

The End

The Seal-Maid & children down on the sand.

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So you already saw that I have written the end, but editing is not easy and being passed from one person to another means it can take such a long time. But I am almost there now.

In the distance he heard
his family outside.
So quick in the trunk
the skin he did hide.
He locked up the chest
with seconds to spare.
When they all stepped inside
they just stopped to stare.


Seal Mother Updates

Oh I have just discovered that Hannah’s beautiful illustrations have not translated well into digital. Meaning that the resolution is currently too small to use on the front of a book cover. It looks like I probably will not be able to do a cover reveal for #IndiePrideDay after all.

Hopefully that will be remedied soon. Meanwhile I will think on whether I should allow you a peek of the sketches done for the cover or not. Watch this space.

Thank you for your wonderful comments throughout social media concerning Seal Mother. Drop by tomorrow for #IndiePrideDay celebrating Indie Authors and their books.

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Happy Reading

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#WIP Seal Mother 27th June 2018

Seal Mother Sneak Peek 3

Click the image to enlarge. The illustrations are all by the young, talented, Hannah Ryan.

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The Seal-Maid & Fisherman Marry.

So for today’s sneak peek you should already know that the handsome fisherman guided the Selkie home from the beach. Slowly she is adapting to her life on land but she longs for her family in the ocean.

Still no wiser about her missing sealskin, (which is locked in the deep dark, chest in the bedroom). She believes the fisherman to be a kind soul, he does indeed love her dearly and treats her with great kindness. The magical creature has brought light into his mundane life, and one day he asks her to marry him.

It has been many weeks since the Seal-maid’s beautiful pelt disappeared and she is losing hope. She needs protection in this strange world. Fearing humans, she keeps well away from them. However, slowly she grows fond of the fisherman, with his gentle caring ways. Eventually the Seal-maiden gives him a little piece of her heart, and then the pair are joined in wedlock.

On land it was hard for
the Seal-maid to cope.
Of finding her skin,
she was losing all hope.
Then the fisherman said
“You’ve brought light to my life,
I love you most dearly
so please be my wife?”


Seal Mother Updates

I hope you are enjoying these little insights into my Seal Mother – Selkie Tale in Verse. So the latest news is that Hannah is working on the cover for the book to be in FULL COLOUR, and fingers crossed we may be able to do a cover reveal on Sunday for #IndiePrideDay.

But to tease you a little bit more here is a sketch of one of the seals that could very well be adorning the cover.

Hannah Seal 01

 

Watch this space. Thanks for visiting if you enjoyed being here please share with your reader friends.

Happy Reading

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#WIP ‘Seal Mother’ 25th June 2018

Seal Mother Sneak Peek 2

The illustrations are all by the young, talented, Hannah Ryan.

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Seal Maiden Rescued??

So for today’s sneak peek the beautiful Seal-Maiden is trapped in her human form –  naked. Having had her sealskin stolen away on Midsummer’s Eve. (Click the image above to enlarge).

Meanwhile the young fisherman, who actually stole the prized shimmering skin, (under the sight of the Moon Goddess) is strolling along the beach hoping that the Selkie will be there and he can take her home to be his bride.

The sealskin was hers
this he knew from the start,
but they’d soon be together
she would be his sweetheart.
So he took off his coat
then when he felt bolder,
with tenderness he wrapped
the coat round her shoulders.

The handsome fisherman falls madly in love, he takes the lost, lonely maiden back to his cottage on the edge of the beach. He feeds and clothes this magical creature, whom he longs to take as his own. He is determined that she will become his wife.

All she longs for is to find her skin and return to her family in the sea. The Seal-maid is quite unaware that her beautiful pelt is only in the next room, locked away. Hidden from view in a deep, dark chest.


Seal Mother Updates

I hope you are enjoying these little insights into my Seal Mother – Selkie Tale in Verse

It is unbelievable how quickly the tale is now coming together, after my sister-in-law Sylvia suggested I write the story in verse. It was only a matter of months since I went to visit her in Frecklton, Lancashire.

Sylv had to go to work, so she told me to perhaps look at turning the Seal Mother into a poem. Using a similar style to Young Ebenezer ~ A New Christmas Carol which I released Christmas 2017.

So I took myself to the pub, settled down with a latte (and then a white wine spritzer, well it was a pub it would have been rude not to). Within the 2hrs I waited I had re-written the whole story, and converted it into approximately a sixty verse poem. WOW I admit I shocked myself.

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Finding an Illustrator

Hannah Ryan was sent to me by fate I believe. But I’ll tell you about that in another blog.

Watch this space. Thanks for visiting if you enjoyed being here please share with your reader friends.

Happy Reading

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#WIP ‘Seal Mother’ 24th June 2018

Old Seal Mother Blog Posts

Oh my goodness I cannot believe how time flies, ‘Seal Mother’ has been a work in progress (WIP) for many years now. I cannot believe that when I just did a blog search it took me back to 2015. Below is a teaser from my original story. Click HERE to go to the earliest post I found.

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About Seal Mother and the Selkie Sealfolk

‘Seal Mother’  is finally about to be released. It is the re-telling of a Selkie Tale. Legend has it that on certain times of the year a seal can come onto the land, shed their skin and take on a human form. Sadly if a seal had their skin stolen they would have to remain in human form. It is said fishermen often stole the skin and hid it away so as to get themselves a bride.

Many stories of the Selkie Sealfolk can be found online but my favourite source is Orkneyjar and the Heritage of the Orkney Islands. Click the Selkie image below to visit the website to find out a whole wealth of information on these magical creatures.

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2018 Seal Mother Updates Sneak Peek 1

Now I am in the middle of final formatting, and even put my almost completed book into the CreatSpace reviewer for proof reading. I must say I am secretly pleased with how things are turning out. Take a sneak peek at the images below. The illustrations are lovingly created by Hannah Ryan a wonderful young lady currently studying at art college in the US. Click the image to enlarge (opens in a new window).

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Seal Mother video on YouTube 2016

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 Maiden

Thank you for visiting, watch this space for further updates and a cover reveal coming soon.

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The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry

#FolkloreThursday and today as previously mentioned is the theme of the sea. So here I am sharing my #WIP or Work in Progress.

The Selkie Male

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The Orkneyjar Selkie Male

Selkie~Seal Folk are all said to be strickingly handsome or stunningly beautiful. The males are said to come ashore to seek out amorous encounters with women married or unmarried he cared not which. If a maid wished to call upon such a man she only had to shed 7 tears into the sea at high tide. Click the image above to find out more on the wonderful Orkneyjar website (Opens in a ne tab). Next is a teaser from my #WIP sharing with you the words of the old folksong.

The Great Selkie of Sule Skerry

Great Selkie of Suleskerry folksong

 

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The list below is of characters in my WIP mainly old Scottic Gaelic

Great Selkie of Suleskerry Names

Standing vigil upon the rocky outcrop at the edge of the vast ocean is the nurse-maid. Hair now as white as the foam upon the crest of a wave, her routine has not changed in half a century. The fine mist tickles her aged face and the salty sea droplets lodge within the wrinkles of time upon her forehead.

In her hand, clutched tightly is a golden rope of kelp, secured to it is a small shell shimmering in rose gold, a gift given to their son. Daily she prays that the family will be re-united but in her heart she knows all are lost.

Weary bones now barely support the frail, stooped body, and as twilight approaches she feels the tiredness taking over and just wishes to lie down upon the sand and let the waves carry her out into the open waters.

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. Granny Bree taught her the healing ways using herbs grown in her seaside garden, and kelp taken from the water’s edge. The pair would sit in companionable silence listening to the crackle of the fire and the ocean crashing upon the shingle shore.

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 in the city down in the south of the country.

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 and intelligent with a love for all things. Her caring nature passed down from the great mariachi (matriarch). Life was good.

Thanks for visiting watch this space for further updates

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