Of Weddings and Arrows


0002Susan here, with a two-fer: two backlist ebook releases,
and two behind-the-scenes stories about them.

At last, THE STONE MAIDEN and THE SWAN
MAIDEN
, two of my classic Scottish medieval romances, are now available in ebook! They're freshly edited and redesigned with gorgeous covers by Kim
Killion (scroll down to see how pretty!). The “Maiden” series has an official series title — “Celtic Nights: Lady of Legend I, II and III.” The third book – THE
SWORD MAIDEN – will be available soon as well.
Each novel in the trilogy was inspired by Celtic legends. 



SusanKing_TheStoneMaiden200THE STONE MAIDEN
is one of those personally meaningful books -– I wrote it through the ordeal of an sudden family tragedy, and the writing became
one of those rare instances in an author’s life where the creative experience is
transcendant and healing. A tidbit of historical fact inspired the story, set
in 12th century Scotland—a Highland girl must wed a Norman
knight by order of the king–yet these two willful characters refuse to give in. Long ago, land was offered to Norman knights to attract their
military strength, and foreign knights came up for land and Scottish
brides, founding new clans with French roots, such as Fraser (my own
heritage). A few foreign knights adopted the names of their
Scottish brides.

What would happen, I wondered, if Norman honor met Highland stubbornness? That’s the premise of THE STONE MAIDEN. Alainna MacLaren, a stonecarver, is the last hope of her diminished Highland clan—and the man she marries must take the clan's name before it vanishes. But the king orders Sebastien le Bret, a hardened Norman knight, to marry the lady–and there is no way he will ever give up his name for hers. Both are fiercely proud and passionate, and both must discover that love is its own legacy. I particularly love this story for lots of reasons.

Last year, something truly wonderful happened: two dear friends of my son were planning their wedding—and asked if they
could borrow the wedding scene in THE STONE MAIDEN for their own
Celtic-style ceremony. They incorporated
the wedding verses in the book (based on ancient Celtic
poetry) –- and they also did a handfasting with a rope braided in the harvest
colors of their wedding theme. I was so happy to witness these two special ones getting
married, and thrilled to see my wedding scene come to life. Here are the verses from The Stone Maiden, and a couple of photos from Kate and
Drew’s beautiful wedding:


Wed-00225  Alainna came toward Sebastien, then stepped to her left and walked around him in a
circle, brushing behind him, circling in front, and again, twice more, until
she stood before him. He held out his hands and she offered hers, joining left
to left, right to right, so their arms made a crossed loop like an interlaced design. They stood, gazes steady
upon one another. . . She
clung to his hands, drew a breath, and began: 

A
shade you are in summer

A
shelter you are in winter

A
rock you are

A
fortress you are

A shield you are about me
I
cherish you

I
help you

I
enfold you

I
promise you.


Wed-00234. . . Sebastien drew a breath,
overcome. He knew what to say, but he had not known until this moment that he would say it with such conviction. The poem that came to him was
not the one he had learned that morning, but one the bard had recited a few
nights ago.  Somehow it seemed perfect.

 

I
found in the garden

My
jewel, my love

Her
eye like a star

Her
lip like a berry

Her
voice like a harp.

I
found in the meadow

The
bright-eyed maiden

Her
eye like a star

Her
cheek like a rose

Her
kiss like honey.

"It
is done," he whispered.  "So be
it." His 
heart leapt in a
new pattern, and he was caught in its infinite turning.

(Thank
you, Drew and Kate, for giving the verses true meaning!)

THE SWAN MAIDEN

SusanKing_TheSwanMaiden200The second book in the series “Celtic Nights: Lady of
Legend II” is based on the legend of a swan maiden, set in the 14th century—it’s a sequel to Laird of the Wind, a tale of the Scottish
rebellion. Juliana Lindsay, cousin to the hero of Laird, is an archer among forest rebels, captured by the
English—and Gawain Avenel is the English knight who risks his life for the
beautiful freedom fighter who turns out to be somewhat of a handful — not only is she a crack shot, but swans do whatever she wants.

There’s a fun story behind the research for this book,
which I've mentioned in a previous post here on Word Wenches – the author as arrow-catcher. 

Sometimes stacks of history books or open links through
Google are just not enough to complete the research for a book. We all bring
something more to the work than what we glean from research—and though, thanks
to graduate years in art history, I can research the heck out of anything, sometimes
we just gotta roll up our sleeves and experience something before we put it on the page. For THE SWAN MAIDEN, I wanted the hero to catch an arrow in mid-flight. I couldn’t find
any sources about it, but wanted to be sure it could be done. I thought it would be very cool for the hero to catch an arrow in the instant before
it struck the heroine.

One evening I was telling my husband about my
arrow-catching idea, and one of our sons (now a black belt) looked up from his
homework and said, "Sensei can do that." Sensei was his karate
instructor. What??A phone call to the sensei confirmed it,
and he offered to teach me how to do it myself. Umm, okay.


ArrowshandArrow catching is a lot harder than it looks. Trust me. It’s
definitely one of those Don’t Ever Try This At Home or Anywhere things.
Seriously. Unless you have an expert teaching you how to do it, and there
aren’t many of those out there, it's not something to mess with.

My husband and I showed up, and at first Sensei tossed a bo (a wooden staff) toward us to catch in one hand, out to the side. We progressed to hand-tossed
arrows, and then to blunt arrow shafts released from a bow a few feet away. Thunk, grab, oh hey, that’s easy, even I, a myopic writer, could do it.

Then he got out the REAL bow, and the REAL arrows.
And he backed up about thirty feet.

There’s nothing quite like facing a tenth-degree black belt, an ex-Marine, a massive towering guy, as he raises a real nasty looking bow nocked
with a very sharp arrow – and aims it straight at you. “Don’t worry,” says
he, “I’m not going to shoot you.” Right, cuz I’m not moving.


SusancatchingarrowHe let the arrow go. It zoomed right past me, though I
snatched for it. He released another. Zooooooopp. A blur. Another. Zzzzzzip.
Missed that—and with the next one, I touched feathers!  Zzzzzzzzzzzip.  More feathers! Then I reached out and grabbed the shaft smack in the middle. After that, I caught them consistently. The secret is in the timing, and senses on alert, a bit of coordination, a little courage, and making sure to listen for the release more than watch the thing. 

My husband, I have to admit, caught an arrow on the
first try. Argh! But I walked out of the dojo that day with a great research
experience—and a feeling of achievement that I hadn't expected. And Sensei was
so pleased (and found it so very amusing) that he asked me to demonstrate it
at dojo parties. Yup—we took it on the road. Here’s a photo – that's little ol' me by the Christmas tree. I caught that arrow too.    

The third book in the series, THE SWORD MAIDEN, will be out soon–and that has an amazing cover too, that I can't wait to share!

Have you been to a Celtic wedding, or had one yourself? Have you ever caught an arrow, or thought about it?  (I know, those questions are SO related, right!) — comments and thoughts welcome! I'll be giving away a print copy of the original paperback of THE STONE MAIDEN or THE SWAN MAIDEN (winner's choice) to one lucky commenter! 

Susan

 

70 thoughts on “Of Weddings and Arrows”

  1. Susan, this was so much fun to read. I always learn such interesting things from all the Wenches, thank you all.
    No, I have never experienced a Celtic wedding, nor have I ever thought of catching an arrow. Kudos to you for having the nerve to try and then for doing it so successfully. I did have to chuckle when you wrote it is much harder to do than it looks. I, for one, would never have assumed otherwise. Whenever I put myself out there, to try something beyond my usual comfort zone, I always feel an enormous sense of well-being when I accomplish it.

    Reply
  2. Susan, this was so much fun to read. I always learn such interesting things from all the Wenches, thank you all.
    No, I have never experienced a Celtic wedding, nor have I ever thought of catching an arrow. Kudos to you for having the nerve to try and then for doing it so successfully. I did have to chuckle when you wrote it is much harder to do than it looks. I, for one, would never have assumed otherwise. Whenever I put myself out there, to try something beyond my usual comfort zone, I always feel an enormous sense of well-being when I accomplish it.

    Reply
  3. Susan, this was so much fun to read. I always learn such interesting things from all the Wenches, thank you all.
    No, I have never experienced a Celtic wedding, nor have I ever thought of catching an arrow. Kudos to you for having the nerve to try and then for doing it so successfully. I did have to chuckle when you wrote it is much harder to do than it looks. I, for one, would never have assumed otherwise. Whenever I put myself out there, to try something beyond my usual comfort zone, I always feel an enormous sense of well-being when I accomplish it.

    Reply
  4. Susan, this was so much fun to read. I always learn such interesting things from all the Wenches, thank you all.
    No, I have never experienced a Celtic wedding, nor have I ever thought of catching an arrow. Kudos to you for having the nerve to try and then for doing it so successfully. I did have to chuckle when you wrote it is much harder to do than it looks. I, for one, would never have assumed otherwise. Whenever I put myself out there, to try something beyond my usual comfort zone, I always feel an enormous sense of well-being when I accomplish it.

    Reply
  5. Susan, this was so much fun to read. I always learn such interesting things from all the Wenches, thank you all.
    No, I have never experienced a Celtic wedding, nor have I ever thought of catching an arrow. Kudos to you for having the nerve to try and then for doing it so successfully. I did have to chuckle when you wrote it is much harder to do than it looks. I, for one, would never have assumed otherwise. Whenever I put myself out there, to try something beyond my usual comfort zone, I always feel an enormous sense of well-being when I accomplish it.

    Reply
  6. Hallo, Hallo Ms. King! 🙂
    A few years back, whilst browsing through my local library’s book sale, I came across an extraordinary find: a hardback of “Lady Macbeth”! Each time I visit the Wenches, I have memories floating to mind about how I might have crossed paths with your writings, and the shortcomings on my end to read them! One day, I promise! I will dip into the pages! At least I get to wink at it whenever I walk past!
    Backlists fascinate me because they show an arc of where a writer has been and the little nudges of how their writings will evolve in future works,… it’s quite a lovely bookaway to receive one of these in print on the brink of them going electronic! How wicked!
    It took me a bit to find the original coverarts, but I loved how they hinted at the story by locale without giving anything away at the same time! Quite classic! 🙂
    Now then, as to your question, no I haven’t attended a Celtic wedding per se, but I am very familiar with Celtic weddings! Bourne out of my love of the Celtics! As I love their traditions,…did the couple have claddagh rings? And, the *music!*, some of the most romantically inclined ballards are of Celtic origins! Swoon! I always felt hand fasting was such a unique way to showcase a couple’s union.
    The verses of a Celtic wedding are reminicent of a Hindu wedding I once read about, as it’s a love poem at the core, yet, it fuses together such a warmth for a long lasting loving marriage! The compassion, friendship, generosity, kindness, and honesty that is always present and needed.
    *Smiles noting that I bespoke of the ceremony by way of the pictures & the verses without reading of what you had written on their behalf!
    What an honour for you that the very words you breathed to life in a novel inspired a modern couple to pull back the veils on ancient tradition? Heart-warming!
    I am intrigued by the premise of “The Stone Maiden” because I am of French & Highlander Scot heritage! Although mine are from opposites sides of the ancestral lines, it is still just as curious to me how different origins fuse together!
    As soon as I read “Laird” my mind floated back to last year, whereupon I watched the entire series of *Monarch of the Glen*! And, I definitely think writers have the most fun when their able to bring a true-to-life experience in a book to the surface by buckle down braverity in their own life! Rock on!
    My favourite collection of Celtic music is called: Celtic Tales. There are at least 9 in the sequence!

    Reply
  7. Hallo, Hallo Ms. King! 🙂
    A few years back, whilst browsing through my local library’s book sale, I came across an extraordinary find: a hardback of “Lady Macbeth”! Each time I visit the Wenches, I have memories floating to mind about how I might have crossed paths with your writings, and the shortcomings on my end to read them! One day, I promise! I will dip into the pages! At least I get to wink at it whenever I walk past!
    Backlists fascinate me because they show an arc of where a writer has been and the little nudges of how their writings will evolve in future works,… it’s quite a lovely bookaway to receive one of these in print on the brink of them going electronic! How wicked!
    It took me a bit to find the original coverarts, but I loved how they hinted at the story by locale without giving anything away at the same time! Quite classic! 🙂
    Now then, as to your question, no I haven’t attended a Celtic wedding per se, but I am very familiar with Celtic weddings! Bourne out of my love of the Celtics! As I love their traditions,…did the couple have claddagh rings? And, the *music!*, some of the most romantically inclined ballards are of Celtic origins! Swoon! I always felt hand fasting was such a unique way to showcase a couple’s union.
    The verses of a Celtic wedding are reminicent of a Hindu wedding I once read about, as it’s a love poem at the core, yet, it fuses together such a warmth for a long lasting loving marriage! The compassion, friendship, generosity, kindness, and honesty that is always present and needed.
    *Smiles noting that I bespoke of the ceremony by way of the pictures & the verses without reading of what you had written on their behalf!
    What an honour for you that the very words you breathed to life in a novel inspired a modern couple to pull back the veils on ancient tradition? Heart-warming!
    I am intrigued by the premise of “The Stone Maiden” because I am of French & Highlander Scot heritage! Although mine are from opposites sides of the ancestral lines, it is still just as curious to me how different origins fuse together!
    As soon as I read “Laird” my mind floated back to last year, whereupon I watched the entire series of *Monarch of the Glen*! And, I definitely think writers have the most fun when their able to bring a true-to-life experience in a book to the surface by buckle down braverity in their own life! Rock on!
    My favourite collection of Celtic music is called: Celtic Tales. There are at least 9 in the sequence!

    Reply
  8. Hallo, Hallo Ms. King! 🙂
    A few years back, whilst browsing through my local library’s book sale, I came across an extraordinary find: a hardback of “Lady Macbeth”! Each time I visit the Wenches, I have memories floating to mind about how I might have crossed paths with your writings, and the shortcomings on my end to read them! One day, I promise! I will dip into the pages! At least I get to wink at it whenever I walk past!
    Backlists fascinate me because they show an arc of where a writer has been and the little nudges of how their writings will evolve in future works,… it’s quite a lovely bookaway to receive one of these in print on the brink of them going electronic! How wicked!
    It took me a bit to find the original coverarts, but I loved how they hinted at the story by locale without giving anything away at the same time! Quite classic! 🙂
    Now then, as to your question, no I haven’t attended a Celtic wedding per se, but I am very familiar with Celtic weddings! Bourne out of my love of the Celtics! As I love their traditions,…did the couple have claddagh rings? And, the *music!*, some of the most romantically inclined ballards are of Celtic origins! Swoon! I always felt hand fasting was such a unique way to showcase a couple’s union.
    The verses of a Celtic wedding are reminicent of a Hindu wedding I once read about, as it’s a love poem at the core, yet, it fuses together such a warmth for a long lasting loving marriage! The compassion, friendship, generosity, kindness, and honesty that is always present and needed.
    *Smiles noting that I bespoke of the ceremony by way of the pictures & the verses without reading of what you had written on their behalf!
    What an honour for you that the very words you breathed to life in a novel inspired a modern couple to pull back the veils on ancient tradition? Heart-warming!
    I am intrigued by the premise of “The Stone Maiden” because I am of French & Highlander Scot heritage! Although mine are from opposites sides of the ancestral lines, it is still just as curious to me how different origins fuse together!
    As soon as I read “Laird” my mind floated back to last year, whereupon I watched the entire series of *Monarch of the Glen*! And, I definitely think writers have the most fun when their able to bring a true-to-life experience in a book to the surface by buckle down braverity in their own life! Rock on!
    My favourite collection of Celtic music is called: Celtic Tales. There are at least 9 in the sequence!

    Reply
  9. Hallo, Hallo Ms. King! 🙂
    A few years back, whilst browsing through my local library’s book sale, I came across an extraordinary find: a hardback of “Lady Macbeth”! Each time I visit the Wenches, I have memories floating to mind about how I might have crossed paths with your writings, and the shortcomings on my end to read them! One day, I promise! I will dip into the pages! At least I get to wink at it whenever I walk past!
    Backlists fascinate me because they show an arc of where a writer has been and the little nudges of how their writings will evolve in future works,… it’s quite a lovely bookaway to receive one of these in print on the brink of them going electronic! How wicked!
    It took me a bit to find the original coverarts, but I loved how they hinted at the story by locale without giving anything away at the same time! Quite classic! 🙂
    Now then, as to your question, no I haven’t attended a Celtic wedding per se, but I am very familiar with Celtic weddings! Bourne out of my love of the Celtics! As I love their traditions,…did the couple have claddagh rings? And, the *music!*, some of the most romantically inclined ballards are of Celtic origins! Swoon! I always felt hand fasting was such a unique way to showcase a couple’s union.
    The verses of a Celtic wedding are reminicent of a Hindu wedding I once read about, as it’s a love poem at the core, yet, it fuses together such a warmth for a long lasting loving marriage! The compassion, friendship, generosity, kindness, and honesty that is always present and needed.
    *Smiles noting that I bespoke of the ceremony by way of the pictures & the verses without reading of what you had written on their behalf!
    What an honour for you that the very words you breathed to life in a novel inspired a modern couple to pull back the veils on ancient tradition? Heart-warming!
    I am intrigued by the premise of “The Stone Maiden” because I am of French & Highlander Scot heritage! Although mine are from opposites sides of the ancestral lines, it is still just as curious to me how different origins fuse together!
    As soon as I read “Laird” my mind floated back to last year, whereupon I watched the entire series of *Monarch of the Glen*! And, I definitely think writers have the most fun when their able to bring a true-to-life experience in a book to the surface by buckle down braverity in their own life! Rock on!
    My favourite collection of Celtic music is called: Celtic Tales. There are at least 9 in the sequence!

    Reply
  10. Hallo, Hallo Ms. King! 🙂
    A few years back, whilst browsing through my local library’s book sale, I came across an extraordinary find: a hardback of “Lady Macbeth”! Each time I visit the Wenches, I have memories floating to mind about how I might have crossed paths with your writings, and the shortcomings on my end to read them! One day, I promise! I will dip into the pages! At least I get to wink at it whenever I walk past!
    Backlists fascinate me because they show an arc of where a writer has been and the little nudges of how their writings will evolve in future works,… it’s quite a lovely bookaway to receive one of these in print on the brink of them going electronic! How wicked!
    It took me a bit to find the original coverarts, but I loved how they hinted at the story by locale without giving anything away at the same time! Quite classic! 🙂
    Now then, as to your question, no I haven’t attended a Celtic wedding per se, but I am very familiar with Celtic weddings! Bourne out of my love of the Celtics! As I love their traditions,…did the couple have claddagh rings? And, the *music!*, some of the most romantically inclined ballards are of Celtic origins! Swoon! I always felt hand fasting was such a unique way to showcase a couple’s union.
    The verses of a Celtic wedding are reminicent of a Hindu wedding I once read about, as it’s a love poem at the core, yet, it fuses together such a warmth for a long lasting loving marriage! The compassion, friendship, generosity, kindness, and honesty that is always present and needed.
    *Smiles noting that I bespoke of the ceremony by way of the pictures & the verses without reading of what you had written on their behalf!
    What an honour for you that the very words you breathed to life in a novel inspired a modern couple to pull back the veils on ancient tradition? Heart-warming!
    I am intrigued by the premise of “The Stone Maiden” because I am of French & Highlander Scot heritage! Although mine are from opposites sides of the ancestral lines, it is still just as curious to me how different origins fuse together!
    As soon as I read “Laird” my mind floated back to last year, whereupon I watched the entire series of *Monarch of the Glen*! And, I definitely think writers have the most fun when their able to bring a true-to-life experience in a book to the surface by buckle down braverity in their own life! Rock on!
    My favourite collection of Celtic music is called: Celtic Tales. There are at least 9 in the sequence!

    Reply
  11. Wow. What a great idea about catching arrows. You are very brave to do that. I love the wedding vow/poetry too. Gosh I hope I win this book. I love Highland romances. I’m a great fan of yours too. I’m always wishing I could write like you. Your books make the time and place so real to me. I keep trying but I need to learn so much. I am so glad I found this article. Good luck with everything. Susan your covers are the best too. Who does your cover art most of the time?
    Can’t wait to read your new books!
    Love and Hug
    Linda Hays-Gibbs

    Reply
  12. Wow. What a great idea about catching arrows. You are very brave to do that. I love the wedding vow/poetry too. Gosh I hope I win this book. I love Highland romances. I’m a great fan of yours too. I’m always wishing I could write like you. Your books make the time and place so real to me. I keep trying but I need to learn so much. I am so glad I found this article. Good luck with everything. Susan your covers are the best too. Who does your cover art most of the time?
    Can’t wait to read your new books!
    Love and Hug
    Linda Hays-Gibbs

    Reply
  13. Wow. What a great idea about catching arrows. You are very brave to do that. I love the wedding vow/poetry too. Gosh I hope I win this book. I love Highland romances. I’m a great fan of yours too. I’m always wishing I could write like you. Your books make the time and place so real to me. I keep trying but I need to learn so much. I am so glad I found this article. Good luck with everything. Susan your covers are the best too. Who does your cover art most of the time?
    Can’t wait to read your new books!
    Love and Hug
    Linda Hays-Gibbs

    Reply
  14. Wow. What a great idea about catching arrows. You are very brave to do that. I love the wedding vow/poetry too. Gosh I hope I win this book. I love Highland romances. I’m a great fan of yours too. I’m always wishing I could write like you. Your books make the time and place so real to me. I keep trying but I need to learn so much. I am so glad I found this article. Good luck with everything. Susan your covers are the best too. Who does your cover art most of the time?
    Can’t wait to read your new books!
    Love and Hug
    Linda Hays-Gibbs

    Reply
  15. Wow. What a great idea about catching arrows. You are very brave to do that. I love the wedding vow/poetry too. Gosh I hope I win this book. I love Highland romances. I’m a great fan of yours too. I’m always wishing I could write like you. Your books make the time and place so real to me. I keep trying but I need to learn so much. I am so glad I found this article. Good luck with everything. Susan your covers are the best too. Who does your cover art most of the time?
    Can’t wait to read your new books!
    Love and Hug
    Linda Hays-Gibbs

    Reply
  16. Thanks for this informative and fascinating post. I haven’t attended a Celtic wedding nor caught an arrow. Both are out of my grasp.

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  17. Thanks for this informative and fascinating post. I haven’t attended a Celtic wedding nor caught an arrow. Both are out of my grasp.

    Reply
  18. Thanks for this informative and fascinating post. I haven’t attended a Celtic wedding nor caught an arrow. Both are out of my grasp.

    Reply
  19. Thanks for this informative and fascinating post. I haven’t attended a Celtic wedding nor caught an arrow. Both are out of my grasp.

    Reply
  20. Thanks for this informative and fascinating post. I haven’t attended a Celtic wedding nor caught an arrow. Both are out of my grasp.

    Reply
  21. I love the Celtic wedding ceremony. The young couple were very wise to choose such beauty to make their wedding unique.
    I have never attempted to catch an arrow. If I remember correctly William Tell’s son did not even try that.
    Thank you for the informative post. And I hope that you realize that the sorrow you worked through in your writing created beauty to be shared with so many.

    Reply
  22. I love the Celtic wedding ceremony. The young couple were very wise to choose such beauty to make their wedding unique.
    I have never attempted to catch an arrow. If I remember correctly William Tell’s son did not even try that.
    Thank you for the informative post. And I hope that you realize that the sorrow you worked through in your writing created beauty to be shared with so many.

    Reply
  23. I love the Celtic wedding ceremony. The young couple were very wise to choose such beauty to make their wedding unique.
    I have never attempted to catch an arrow. If I remember correctly William Tell’s son did not even try that.
    Thank you for the informative post. And I hope that you realize that the sorrow you worked through in your writing created beauty to be shared with so many.

    Reply
  24. I love the Celtic wedding ceremony. The young couple were very wise to choose such beauty to make their wedding unique.
    I have never attempted to catch an arrow. If I remember correctly William Tell’s son did not even try that.
    Thank you for the informative post. And I hope that you realize that the sorrow you worked through in your writing created beauty to be shared with so many.

    Reply
  25. I love the Celtic wedding ceremony. The young couple were very wise to choose such beauty to make their wedding unique.
    I have never attempted to catch an arrow. If I remember correctly William Tell’s son did not even try that.
    Thank you for the informative post. And I hope that you realize that the sorrow you worked through in your writing created beauty to be shared with so many.

    Reply
  26. How romantic! The premis for the Stone Maiden sounds neat. I ended up downloading it to my Nook. I’ve been on a contemporary kick lately, but will be moving this up to the top of my TBR pile.

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  27. How romantic! The premis for the Stone Maiden sounds neat. I ended up downloading it to my Nook. I’ve been on a contemporary kick lately, but will be moving this up to the top of my TBR pile.

    Reply
  28. How romantic! The premis for the Stone Maiden sounds neat. I ended up downloading it to my Nook. I’ve been on a contemporary kick lately, but will be moving this up to the top of my TBR pile.

    Reply
  29. How romantic! The premis for the Stone Maiden sounds neat. I ended up downloading it to my Nook. I’ve been on a contemporary kick lately, but will be moving this up to the top of my TBR pile.

    Reply
  30. How romantic! The premis for the Stone Maiden sounds neat. I ended up downloading it to my Nook. I’ve been on a contemporary kick lately, but will be moving this up to the top of my TBR pile.

    Reply
  31. I don’t know if I could catch any arrows now – it’s been a while, though now and then I see my son’s sensei and he wants to do another demo! *g*
    Alison – it is harder than it looks, and yet way easier than I expected it to be!
    Jorie – thanks so much for your heartfelt thoughts. I hadn’t thought of a Celtic wedding verse being like Hindu, but you’re right in a way, that anticipation of a future together. Nice! Thanks for reading Laird of the Wind – and I hope one day you find some time to sit down with Lady Macbeth and enjoy it too.

    Reply
  32. I don’t know if I could catch any arrows now – it’s been a while, though now and then I see my son’s sensei and he wants to do another demo! *g*
    Alison – it is harder than it looks, and yet way easier than I expected it to be!
    Jorie – thanks so much for your heartfelt thoughts. I hadn’t thought of a Celtic wedding verse being like Hindu, but you’re right in a way, that anticipation of a future together. Nice! Thanks for reading Laird of the Wind – and I hope one day you find some time to sit down with Lady Macbeth and enjoy it too.

    Reply
  33. I don’t know if I could catch any arrows now – it’s been a while, though now and then I see my son’s sensei and he wants to do another demo! *g*
    Alison – it is harder than it looks, and yet way easier than I expected it to be!
    Jorie – thanks so much for your heartfelt thoughts. I hadn’t thought of a Celtic wedding verse being like Hindu, but you’re right in a way, that anticipation of a future together. Nice! Thanks for reading Laird of the Wind – and I hope one day you find some time to sit down with Lady Macbeth and enjoy it too.

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  34. I don’t know if I could catch any arrows now – it’s been a while, though now and then I see my son’s sensei and he wants to do another demo! *g*
    Alison – it is harder than it looks, and yet way easier than I expected it to be!
    Jorie – thanks so much for your heartfelt thoughts. I hadn’t thought of a Celtic wedding verse being like Hindu, but you’re right in a way, that anticipation of a future together. Nice! Thanks for reading Laird of the Wind – and I hope one day you find some time to sit down with Lady Macbeth and enjoy it too.

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  35. I don’t know if I could catch any arrows now – it’s been a while, though now and then I see my son’s sensei and he wants to do another demo! *g*
    Alison – it is harder than it looks, and yet way easier than I expected it to be!
    Jorie – thanks so much for your heartfelt thoughts. I hadn’t thought of a Celtic wedding verse being like Hindu, but you’re right in a way, that anticipation of a future together. Nice! Thanks for reading Laird of the Wind – and I hope one day you find some time to sit down with Lady Macbeth and enjoy it too.

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  36. Linda, thank you! Kim Killion did the covers for the Maiden books. Wait until you see The Sword Maiden, out next month – it’s fabulous.
    Diane – out of your grasp, LOL. Good one!
    Annette, thanks for the very kind thoughts on the writing. The wedding was beautiful and very touching. Though a handfasting can be dissolved after a year and a day – I may remind them of that … but it was a legal deal, and I know this one will stick. 😉

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  37. Linda, thank you! Kim Killion did the covers for the Maiden books. Wait until you see The Sword Maiden, out next month – it’s fabulous.
    Diane – out of your grasp, LOL. Good one!
    Annette, thanks for the very kind thoughts on the writing. The wedding was beautiful and very touching. Though a handfasting can be dissolved after a year and a day – I may remind them of that … but it was a legal deal, and I know this one will stick. 😉

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  38. Linda, thank you! Kim Killion did the covers for the Maiden books. Wait until you see The Sword Maiden, out next month – it’s fabulous.
    Diane – out of your grasp, LOL. Good one!
    Annette, thanks for the very kind thoughts on the writing. The wedding was beautiful and very touching. Though a handfasting can be dissolved after a year and a day – I may remind them of that … but it was a legal deal, and I know this one will stick. 😉

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  39. Linda, thank you! Kim Killion did the covers for the Maiden books. Wait until you see The Sword Maiden, out next month – it’s fabulous.
    Diane – out of your grasp, LOL. Good one!
    Annette, thanks for the very kind thoughts on the writing. The wedding was beautiful and very touching. Though a handfasting can be dissolved after a year and a day – I may remind them of that … but it was a legal deal, and I know this one will stick. 😉

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  40. Linda, thank you! Kim Killion did the covers for the Maiden books. Wait until you see The Sword Maiden, out next month – it’s fabulous.
    Diane – out of your grasp, LOL. Good one!
    Annette, thanks for the very kind thoughts on the writing. The wedding was beautiful and very touching. Though a handfasting can be dissolved after a year and a day – I may remind them of that … but it was a legal deal, and I know this one will stick. 😉

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  41. I hope it’s not too late to comment and enter as I would love to have the original version of one of those books! Anyway, I haven’t been to a Celtic wedding unfortunately and I never even heard of catching arrows. And, no, I don’t really think I’d like to try it.
    I read Laird of the Wind when it was originally released and enjoyed it very much.

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  42. I hope it’s not too late to comment and enter as I would love to have the original version of one of those books! Anyway, I haven’t been to a Celtic wedding unfortunately and I never even heard of catching arrows. And, no, I don’t really think I’d like to try it.
    I read Laird of the Wind when it was originally released and enjoyed it very much.

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  43. I hope it’s not too late to comment and enter as I would love to have the original version of one of those books! Anyway, I haven’t been to a Celtic wedding unfortunately and I never even heard of catching arrows. And, no, I don’t really think I’d like to try it.
    I read Laird of the Wind when it was originally released and enjoyed it very much.

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  44. I hope it’s not too late to comment and enter as I would love to have the original version of one of those books! Anyway, I haven’t been to a Celtic wedding unfortunately and I never even heard of catching arrows. And, no, I don’t really think I’d like to try it.
    I read Laird of the Wind when it was originally released and enjoyed it very much.

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  45. I hope it’s not too late to comment and enter as I would love to have the original version of one of those books! Anyway, I haven’t been to a Celtic wedding unfortunately and I never even heard of catching arrows. And, no, I don’t really think I’d like to try it.
    I read Laird of the Wind when it was originally released and enjoyed it very much.

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  46. Wow, wow, and wow!
    What amazing stories.
    First one: What a beautiful wedding scene. I can see why your son’s friends would want to incorporate it into their beautiful wedding.
    Second one: yowza. Timing really IS everything! Congratulations. Catching an arrow must be an amazing experience.

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  47. Wow, wow, and wow!
    What amazing stories.
    First one: What a beautiful wedding scene. I can see why your son’s friends would want to incorporate it into their beautiful wedding.
    Second one: yowza. Timing really IS everything! Congratulations. Catching an arrow must be an amazing experience.

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  48. Wow, wow, and wow!
    What amazing stories.
    First one: What a beautiful wedding scene. I can see why your son’s friends would want to incorporate it into their beautiful wedding.
    Second one: yowza. Timing really IS everything! Congratulations. Catching an arrow must be an amazing experience.

    Reply
  49. Wow, wow, and wow!
    What amazing stories.
    First one: What a beautiful wedding scene. I can see why your son’s friends would want to incorporate it into their beautiful wedding.
    Second one: yowza. Timing really IS everything! Congratulations. Catching an arrow must be an amazing experience.

    Reply
  50. Wow, wow, and wow!
    What amazing stories.
    First one: What a beautiful wedding scene. I can see why your son’s friends would want to incorporate it into their beautiful wedding.
    Second one: yowza. Timing really IS everything! Congratulations. Catching an arrow must be an amazing experience.

    Reply

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