• Book Chatter--Book Friend

    She spies the newcomer from her chalk-board shroud—who can her mistress have invited in—invited into their private sanctuary? He is a dashing, dapper ‘Royal’—a size to match her own with shiny gloss finish and a racy title in bold hand-strike. She has no time to shrink into any shadow; her mistress lays him right beside her, under the covers, no less! How forward is that? But she is quietly thrilled; it is about time she had a new friend—and a literary friend to boot. She spends her time in hiding—no family can know of her existence for she is an illicit, secret treat. Crisp cotton and damson silk wrap her dense identity. She makes her dusk and dawn appearances in silence; her mistress plucking morsels to post on line. Yes, she is to be shared, but not by immediate family and friends. Her tale is too shocking—too raw.

    She is bold—turning to face his brazen humility—his honest simplicity decorated by language that draws her in—into a private conversation she is delighted to share. He lies in complete contrast beside her; light/dark; gloss/matt; photo/chalk drawing—and yet—there is a strong connection for together they bare their souls to the world; moments so precious between the covers.

    His paper a slightly darker cream than hers—but the print is larger. Her pages thicker in number—392 to be exact-- but she has no pictures to compare, although she has The Craftsman who scatters spiritual gems throughout the chapters.

    Would he like her tale? She is unsure—'The Celestial Sea' favours the feminine, although a male hand features throughout. “Come to me,” she dares whisper into the dawn. “Come to me for I am forlorn and need to share your tender pen strokes.” And so her mistress fans the pages of both books, interlinking them before she has a moment to object. Well—what can she say? She will have to face him now.

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  • Christmas Comfort

    Of mistletoe and holly,

    Berries white and red,

    Travel far the Holy Family,

    Mince pie surprise in biscuits' stead.

    Baubles dangle, candles chatter,

    Quick to light the fire; that's right,

    Mary's sighing, Angels singing,

    Don't put the cat outside tonight!

    The brightest star in Heaven is shining,

    Frosty silence cloaks the heath,

    Time to close the heavy curtains,

    Did you hang the Christmas wreath?

    Glad tidings to all friends and family,

    Please know that in our hearts you reign,

    Though hemisphere divide belonging,

    Love and memories never wane.

    Wishing everyone a Blessed and Holy Christmas

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  • Hello Fellow Mariners

    Hello fellow mariners----thank you for daring to stride up the gang-plank onto the deck of The Celestial Sea; a mystical vessel I hope you will grow to love as much as her crew. Although I have been writing copiously for 7 years this is my first attempt at writing a blog. Please bear with me and do comment or ask questions. I think the first post should be the synopsis I wrote for the entire series, {as some attempt at explaining the complexity of the story}, so here goes----I hope you enjoy it:

    Pick a subject for adult readers----a subject to cause a stir; something to feed story-hungry minds. What would you choose? Romance? Adventure? Spirituality? Sensuality? Betrayal? Religious Quandary? Erotica? How about Domestic Hilarity? Live Magic would be different. A Battle between Honour, Integrity and True Love might be novel. What about Psychology? Karmic Enlightenment? Or a Mystery Wrapping an Unborn Child? That could be interesting. Forbidden Love is a good subject too; would that grab the reader?

    How about a story including all the above? A story that might be true from beginning to end; a story directed by the ‘Something Other’ that makes the magic real and sails a Mystical Boat across uncharted seas?

    If you are interested-----read on. Eight of the books in this unusual epic are complete. The others are recorded and part written. As the subject, I have had no pre-knowledge of the storyline’s intention; suffice to say the conclusion of the 7th book surprises the writer as much as the reader and leads naturally into the second series. All I can say is that the writing reveals a glorious----exciting----and heart-wrenching tale.

    In a nutshell, this story is written as the on-going, diary narrative of an English housewife who finds herself in the beautiful land of New Zealand, stepping into the adventure of a lifetime; a fantastic adventure where she discovers a love match so potent that neither she nor her Lover can stamp out the flame that appears fanned by Angelic forces, no matter how high the barriers they either self-impose or others demand. The bond of her twenty-two-year marriage is seriously challenged as all involved come to terms with the truth that refuses to subside; the moral quandary escalating at the same pace as the undeniable joy.

    The Lovers’ combined imagination and enjoyment of the written word dances the saga across the pages----pages that spiral the reader into revelatory intimacy of magical proportions, which the subjects hardly dare believe is theirs, let alone claim forever. The quality of the writing grows with the gaining intensity of the story, and with it the terrible realization that a destructive force has been unleashed----a force that requires their full armoury. The unfurling, personal voyages,{ both negative and positive}, are reflected in the ensuing chapters, moving from straightforward prose to more complex content as the central characters play out their destiny journeys on what is to become a spiritual battlefield.

    Across oceans and family ties, disgrace and unashamed truth the struggle between moral law and joy gains pace until those involved are reduced to a combination of despair, denial and heartbreak. Where is the karmic battle headed? There are more than two caught up in this unusual saga. Each of the Books has its own synopsis. I won’t say more----the intrigue and spiritual passion cannot be conveyed without reading the whole.

    Marina

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