Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Five Good Luck Objects from Around the World

I LOVE references to strange objects, peculiar charms, and customs. Here are five mentions of good luck charms from around the world.


victorian illustration acorn

Acorns
According to Norse folklore, acorns and oak trees were thought to bring good fortune. The Vikings associated oak trees with Thor, the god who created thunder and lightning with his great anvil and hammer. Because the tree attracted lightning, it was sacred to Thor. The Vikings believed that the fruit of the oak tree, the acorn, was spared Thor's wrath, so Vikings placed a lone acorn on their windowsills to protect their houses from lightning.

The English oak tree is the national tree of England and symbolizes strength and endurance. It’s abundant in English folklore and history, from Celtic religious leaders who worship in oak groves to lovers reciting their wedding vows under its sturdy branches.


bezoar good luck charm

Bezoars
This “charm” is a mass that forms in the stomach of goats, deer, and other animals. Many cultures believe that crushing the bezoar into powder could save a poison victim, while others dropped the bezoar into a glass to check for poison before drinking. Carrying the stone is thought to offer protection against illness and bad fortune.

victorian buttercup ring

The Buttercup
There are endless floral motif symbols in Victorian jewelry, but perhaps none as favorable as the delightful, buoyant, sweet, and simplistic, golden yellow buttercup flower. They symbolize happiness, friendship, and new beginnings.


good luck charm boar

A Boar on a Hat
The idea of a lucky pig actually has a long history in Europe. Small metal boars were used as amulets or attached to helmets to give good luck to soldiers in Northern Europe.

fumsup doll
fumpsup doll antique


A Creepy Doll Giving the Thumbs Up
The little good luck charms were called fumsups, after the fact that they all gave little thumbs ups. They became popular in the1880s, reaching their peak in popularity during the First World War.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Blog Milestone - 15,000 Pageviews!

The Golden Cricket hit a milestone this week - 15,000 page views. WOOHOO!

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog, and for all of the awesome comments. You guys seriously rock :)

To celebrate, I thought I'd showcase the top three posts I've featured on The Golden Cricket thus far.

Here we go:

writing historical fiction

1)  How To Write Historical Fiction Without Really Trying - Guest Post by Christie Stratos: This article was one of my very first guest posts I featured on the blog. It's written by fellow author, Christie Stratos, who also happens to be my editor.

If you've ever wanted to write historical fiction, but don't know where to get started, you have to check out her post.


tbt writer


2) TBT Writer - Confessions of a Sugarholic: Each month (give or take), I try to post something I wrote way back when accompanied by an awkward pic. I call is #TBTWriter, or Throwback Thursday Writer.

This particular bad story was written about an ice cream sundae. Get ready to laugh! Check it out. 


author first book

3) TBT Writer - Good Ideas, Sometimes: Remarkably, the third most-viewed post on The Golden Cricket is another Throwback Thursday story.

In this post, I share the very first book I wrote, pics, and a peculiar dedication at the front. Hope you enjoy it.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Review of “Strange Luck” & “The Nightmare Birds” by Amie Irene Winters PLUS Early Look at “A Darling Secret”


These lovely reviews by Sunshine Somerville started my week off wonderfully. :)

Take a moment to read the latest kind words about my books!


https://www.amazon.com/Amie-Irene-Winters/e/B00XZ88V5A/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1

Strange Luck

"I loved the complex and unique use of memories. It was a great way to shape the fantastical world Daisy finds herself in, and it was a neat way to bring so many fantastical elements together – in a world of happy memories and dreams, anything goes! Overall, I’d recommend this for anyone who likes YA fantasies that give you a mystery to figure out."

The Nightmare Birds

"I loved how the plot thickened and you were never really sure what to believe – and Daisy wasn’t either. Is her own mind tricking her? Is Mr. Black telling the truth after all and there’s going to be a huge twist on everything we thought we knew as a reader so far? This story definitely kept me turning the pages as I tried to sort it all out. I liked how certain things from the first book tied in here, but it’s definitely a new story. And the end certainly suggests Daisy has more to learn."

Click here to read the full reviews AND read an excerpt from A Darling Secret.

Friday, August 4, 2017

COVER REVEAL of A Darling Secret

I'm beyond thrilled to reveal the cover of A Darling Secret, which will release September 22, 2017. This is the third and FINAL book in the Strange Luck series.

The uber talented Humbert Glaffo created the cover. He's the same designer who did the covers of the first two books.


So without further ado...

young adult fantasy series


fantasy horror series

I love the movement, colors, and mystery of the cover. It really captures the essence of the story and I hope you love it as much as I do :)

Pre-order A DARLING SECRET Today!

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Month In Writing: My Favorite Things and Tips

Writing is hard work, which is why I'm always on the hunt to improve my craft and dream up new story ideas.

Take a look at what I've been reading this month and a few other things that inspired me.

Articles:
How to Become a Happy & Productive Writer

This is such a beneficial article!

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/130393351692275870/


Cool Books:
The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well

I'm obsessed with all things Hygge right now, and after you read this book, you will be too.
 

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/281052832974702353/

Books for Writers:
The Bestseller Code

My good friend gave me this book and had it autographed for me. It's definitely worth a read.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/441000988498614096/


Quotes for Writers:
I Write To Give Myself Strength

Inspo anyone?
























Cool Stuff for Writers:
Octopus Typewriter

Although it's not functional, you still might be able to channel Lovecraft. That's reason enough for me.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/405675878920218232/

Present Tense Mug
He he :)



























Infographics:
190 Ways to Say "Said"

I love these helpful worksheets. They work wonders.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/A7pmTwEQQKEFPQnpYLYT8Z4/