Thursday, October 29, 2009

Halloween Week Guest Blog & Giveaway Day 4: Robin Owens

UPDATE: The winner of a book of their choice from Robin D. Owens's backlist is Tannun! Congrats! Please email your physical addy to contests(AT)knightagency.net.
My "Heart" series of fantasy romances are set on Celta, a planet colonized by people with psi powers that have essentially developed into magic. Animals have developed some sentience, enough intelligence that they have become Familiar Companions. I've written of cats with attitude (redundant), puppies and noble hound and the occasional fox. These make appearances as friends, mentors and tricksters.
The holidays of Celta are based on general and popular opinion of ancient Celtic and Druidic culture. Since it's my world, what I want that society to be like, and how I've made the planet turn...
A Glimpse @ Samhain (November 1), as celebrated on Celta:

The twinmoons are high and golden in the sky this chill midnight when Halloween tips over into Samhain. Soon the ritual to honor those lost in the past year and to bless the new year will begin. This is the last harvest festival, summer's end the acceptance that winter is coming. An altar has food for the living...and a platter for the dead on this night when the walls between the worlds are thin.
At first the people in the grove are quiet as the circle is made, then the bonfire is lit and stories of those who passed away are recounted. Toasts are drunk and written regrets from the past are tossed into the fire. The new year is embraced. Stars – galaxies – seem to whirl through the sky, spinning white and bright as people circle the fire, hand clasped to hand, dancing.

Laughter and fellowship are celebrated, friends and family eat and drink of the harvest bounty. Cider – soft and hard – lays tangy on the tongue, ready to be followed by savory meat pies, then sugar-dusted pastries.

After sharing food comes meditation, and some may stare into the bonfire and try to see the future in the flames. Again people stand linked and let their magic and their hopes and dreams for themselves and their loved ones flow around the ritual circle. Then the circle is opened and folk will slip from the night and the silver and shadow grove into the warm and welcoming house.
Or they will teleport to their own special places and other, more intimate celebrations may commence...
May you enjoy whatever holidays you celebrate, and always make them your own with your own traditions.
Robin
Blog on Writing & Publishing: http://robindowens.blogspot.com/
HALLOWEEN WEEK CONTESTS: Remember, there are TWO ways to win! Each day this week (Oct. 26 thru Oct. 30th) a guest blogger will give away a signed book to one person randomly chosen from the comment section. Today's prize is a book of YOUR CHOICE from Robin Owens's backlist. Check back in this post tomorrow to find out if you are the winner!
Also, at the bottom of each post there is a scavenger hunt question. The answer can be located somewhere on the author's website. Send in all 5 correct answers* to the scavenger hunt questions, and you will be entered in a drawing to win a $50 Visa gift card!!!
SCAVENGER HUNT QUESTION (4 of 5): What is the title of Robin's book with the following cover blurb: Twins, both with a healing gift, are Summoned to another world to fight a disease sent by the Dark to weaken Lladrana. They must use all their resources to save lives. And one twin will risk her own on an experiment that might doom them both....
*Please note, that the correct answers to the scavenger hunt questions must be sent in at one time. You must collect all 5 answers and send them in one email. Entries for the scavenger hunt will be accepted from Friday, October 30th thru Sunday, November 1st at midnight. The winner will be announed on this blog Monday, November 2nd, 2009. If you have any questions about this contest, please contact contests(AT)knightagency.net.

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26 Comments:

Blogger LSUReader said...

I haven't yet read this series, but your world sounds interesting. Thanks for the post.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 8:38:00 AM EDT  
Blogger elnice said...

Sounds like a great party. Your world sounds very complex. Do you have a hard time keeping it organized?

Elie (Ellz Readz)

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 8:54:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Emily C. said...

Sounds like some great worldbuilding. I'm in!

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 9:07:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Deb S said...

I'm with the others. Sounds like some great worldbuilding going on here.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 9:33:00 AM EDT  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

Hi Robin. Your "Heart" series sounds good. Samhain sounds like it would be an interesting celebration to attend.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 9:51:00 AM EDT  
Blogger tetewa said...

Sounds like another fun series to check out! tWarner419@aol.com

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:18:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Pamk said...

love your stories and absolutely can't wait for Heart Change. Please don't enter me in this contest. Since Heart Change is only one of yours I don't have I have all your back list lol. Any hints on what your coming soon series is about. Any hints would be appreciated

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:31:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Leona said...

I love the sound of this and I'm looking for a new fantasy author to read. Also, how do you keep track? Your world sounds even more complex than mine (I'm having continuity issues with my second book!) Would love a tip on how to keep this all straight. I'm running two series at once - totally different in style and genre - and could use the help!

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:56:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Poppy said...

Wow this sounds really interesting!

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 11:12:00 AM EDT  
Blogger ddurance said...

It would be interesting to participate in such a ceremony. I'm sure it would leave you relaxed and renewed.

Deidre

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 11:20:00 AM EDT  
Blogger azteclady said...

*waving to Ms Owens*

I would love to win any of the Hert books--you know how much I loved HeartMate!

Best of luck, Ms Owens!

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 11:48:00 AM EDT  
Blogger BrigidsBlest said...

I'd never heard of this series before; now I just have to get the whole thing.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 12:38:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Rain Maiden said...

I am new to Robin's books, but they sound awesome. I will have to check her out. I love finding new authors.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 1:57:00 PM EDT  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Hi, folks!

Thanks for stopping by. It's about a foot of snow and still falling in Denver, so I've been keeping close to the heater.

Organizing: I DO have notes, I have someone who is compiling a bible for me, and I tend to do searches of all my books if I need info, then compile -- like on the Great Labyrinth.

The backlist contest is because I haven't received my author copies yet...

I just turned in Heart Journey last week, the story of an actor, Raz Cherry (seen in Heart Fate) and a cartographer, "Del" Elecampane.

Robin

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 2:37:00 PM EDT  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

More on Organization:

I have various files:
Timeline (the dates all the books take place, it's been stretched over 7 years).

World:
Days, Hours, Months
Physical Characteristics,

FirstFamilies:
The 25 FirstFamilies, the highest nobles because they funded the ships to colonize Celta.

On my Worlds page I have maps, character interviews, photos...
http://knightagency.blogspot.com/

On my READS page I have excerpts and cut scenes.

Thanks for all the enthusiasm!
Robin

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 2:42:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Suzette said...

have loved this series for quite some time now and look forward to more from Robin Owens!

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 3:01:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Razlover's Book Blog said...

Hi Robin,

I love your series and all the covers! Keep up the good work!

Congrats on the upcoming new release next month!

Thanks for the cool giveaway!

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 4:00:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Chelsea B. said...

Great post! I've never read your books, but they sound good!

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 4:31:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sue (okibi_insanity) said...

I also havent read your series yet but I already drawn to it. It sounds like a fantastic world. Thanks for stopping by. Now I have another series to add to my reading list.

Sue

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 4:54:00 PM EDT  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Thanks again! I now have a computer playdate (good since we have 15 inches of snow and it continues). I'll be checking in much later.

Again, excerpts on my READS page so you can try before you buy!

Robin

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 6:34:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Tannun said...

Yay! Glad to see you getting the word out about your wonderful books!

If you haven't read this series shame on you! Robin is one of my top 5 authors.

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 9:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger s7anna said...

I love your Celta series...I've been addicted since I first started reading your work!!! Love it!!!

Happy Reading!!!
Anna Shah Hoque

Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 10:33:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Pam P said...

Hi Robin, love both your series, a fan since the first came out.

Not entering contest since I have everything except Heart Change.

Friday, October 30, 2009 at 12:25:00 AM EDT  
Blogger FantasyAuthor RobinDOwens said...

Thanks again, all, it's been a pleasure.

Robin

Friday, October 30, 2009 at 1:45:00 AM EDT  
Blogger LDFerris said...

Oh! I love it! Thanks for the pictures that you created for us with your words. (Both here and in your books!) Have a great Halloween!

Friday, October 30, 2009 at 1:59:00 AM EDT  
Blogger RKCharron said...

Hi :)
Thanks for the great post Robin.
All the best,
RKCharron
xoxo
PS - Robin Owens is on Twitter!
She's @RobinDOwens - although she isn't on there very often :(

Friday, October 30, 2009 at 11:43:00 AM EDT  

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