Sunday, 21 June 2015

21 June is the Summer Solstice

That's right people, tomorrow is the Solstice, the very same as in my book - Solstice Magic & Mayhem.

Tonight thousands of people are gathering at Stone Henge in Wiltshire, England, and camping over night ready to welcome the Solstice sunrise. In fact I just heard a news report that there are over 30,000 people there right now and more are expected.
You might think there would be trouble at a gathering that large, but no. People meet there every year, to celebrate in one way or another (religiously or just to party) and it is always a joyous and peaceful event.
I wish I had the time to write a long post on both the significance of the Solstice and of the particular significance of Stone Henge (only one of many many amazing stone circles in the UK, I myself live only a couple of miles from one that is a mere 4000 years old) but you can easily look up the details. So I shall simply add in the words of an email I was sent by a reader.
So, thank you Linda for your outline of the Solstice (see below) and I will send you free paperback copies of my relevant books: Halloween Magic & Mayhem, Werewolf Magic & Mayhem and, of course, Solstice Magic & Mayhem. And if anyone else would like to send me anything to add to my blog then please don't forget to include your address so that I can send you a paperback or two too! Stella!

The Summer Solstice

Not written by me! Article supplied to me written by Linda Wright:

Summer solstice is a ritual of Celtic origin. This tradition dates back to thousands of years. The specific place where this biannual ritual takes place is at Salisbury Plains and the particular stone formation is called
Stonehenge. Every year on the twenty first of June and on the first day of winter marks as the day of summer solstice and winter solstice. It is celebrated by the pagans and druids who in the modern day are also known as neo-pagans and neo-druids. Every year, thousands of people head towards Salisbury plains a day before the set date and they spend the whole night over there. Meanwhile, the groups of people either hangout separately or share parties together.

It is a universal cycle when the sun has such a setting that it aligns with the central stone of the Stonehenge as it rises at dawn. Along with this, two other stones perfectly align with the sun and the central stone and this repeats every year. The difference between winter and summer solstice is that in summer solstice sun is at its highest while in winter solstice, it is the exact opposite. Summer solstice also marks the beginning of the harvest season. According to pagans, this is done in order to thank to all the major forces, sun being the most powerful of all, because of which is the harvest was made possible. In winter, however, the solstice has a whole new meaning.

A lot of people of pagan and druid community consider it a good omen to start a new cultivating season, while other consider it a good opportunity to get married and even get united with their older folks in solidarity. There is folk music to brighten up the atmosphere as well as cultural costumes of pagan and druid origins.

Apart from the believers of Stonehenge solstice, there are general public as well in the audience. At times their attendance is more than the followers of solstice. The celebrations start at dusk and last till dawn when the sun rises and lights up the world with its first rays. At the time of dawn there is pin drop silence as sun approached the horizon. The first ray of sun is followed by a specific prayer that the pagans chant in order to pay tribute. These chants become louder and louder and so is the specific of drum. And when the sun is perfectly aligned, the ritual attendees kiss it and hug it in order to than for the previous years.

It is a great opportunity for the people who do not believe in solstice as well. They get to know more people and interact with them. While all this is going on, in the central area of Stonehenge, celebratory events keep on happening from time to time which keeps the attendees not only interested in the ritual but also their culture. This has been an going process for ages to come now and it takes place twice a year which actually supports the consistency of summer solstice in the Salisbury plains of England.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Me? Cook?

Today's blog is about cooking... Something I must confess to sucking at. I bake brownies, that's about it. Yet I was actually invited to submit a recipe to an author cookbook! Why? I don't know. Because I was willing maybe :-)

I had an idea I might secretly be an excellent cook, a domestic goddess waiting to burst out, I got enthusiastic an envisioned myself as the next Nigella and started to cook. It started well...





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Then went a bit wrong...

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I took a long hard look at my kitchen skill set

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Hmmm, providing an original recipe might be harder than I thought...

I worked on it, I truly did

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More disasters followed




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I began to lose motivation for the project

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Then the man in my life stepped in and showed me a few tricks

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Which led to one or two spats between us


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But eventually we got on the same page and I mastered the recipe just in time

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Check it out if you feel brave, and support a great cause

Author Cookbook on Amazon.com

But hopefully you do at least get my love of baking in my latest release :-)

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Stella Wilkinson - New Release : Romancing the Stove

Dear Readers

Romancing the Stove is out now on Amazon

About the book:
Typical lad Harvey is embarrassed to be seen taking lessons in Home Economics, but he needs to pass the class to get his place at college. Having to sit next to girly-girl Paige makes him dislike it even more, but gradually he begins to be seduced by her cooking if not by the subject itself.

A sweet fun romance novella, from Stella Wilkinson, award winning author of The Flirting Games Series

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Werewolf Magic & Mayhem (Book Two)
Solstice Magic & Mayhem (Book Three)
Notice Me
A Christmas Gift
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Thursday, 30 April 2015

Writing Romance is Hard

Writing romance is hard when you just aren't in a romantic mood. If you feel at all bad tempered it's almost impossible to write about being in love, and most of all it's hard to write romantic comedy. My books are supposed to be light and fluffy, but also a little bit funny and a little bit sexy. 

All day I've been chasing the romance like this:

Somehow just missing that elusive connection between the characters. I even ended up putting in an extra scene because I just didn't want them to meet while I was feeling like this in case I set their relationship off on completely the wrong path and they never came back from it.

But you know what, there is always something to find on the internet that can turn your mood around. I was grumpily searching gifs to find something that set the tone to help me and I found it. This one made me laugh out loud, and is it wrong that I also think it is also totally sexy too? Yeah it probably is, but I don't care. It made my day and put my romance right back on track.
I love you Nathan and yeah okay, I would ;-)



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Saturday, 25 April 2015

Winning Title for Book Five!

The title of the new book will be : Flirting with Friends

Thank you to everyone who took part in suggesting names for the title and I'm very sorry if your title was not the one selected. As a bonus I will be sending each of you who entered, a free copy of book five when it comes out, simply because you are fantastic.
Love Stella xx

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Thursday, 23 April 2015

Those covers are all wrong...

Today I was telling my great aunt about the design of the cover of my latest book, Book 5 in The Flirting Games Series, and she told me that my covers were all wrong. Apparently readers want more romance and my "quirky" covers are not selling that.

Bare in mind that my great aunt has not actually ever read one of my books, but she suggested I should have more "Fabio" on the front. Well, I had to look that one up. It turns out that Fabio was the model used on hundreds of book covers back in the 1980's. Even you, dear readers born after that date will probably recognise him, heck he even wrote a few books starring - yes you guessed it - himself on the cover!
Check these out:





So what do you think? Is this really the type of romance I write? I think my aunt has a very different view of my work than I do. 

She thinks my books are like this:
But in reality they are much more like this:

So what do you think? Should my covers be way more slushy? Or do you like them as they are? Keep checking the website for a sneak preview of the new cover, coming soon!


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Sunday, 19 April 2015

Teen Flirting Tips


Disclaimer: I didn't write this, it was sent to me by a fan who asked if I would consider using it, and of course I am happy to put it on my blog as the subject is relevant. I have not changed anything and none of these words are mine or edited by me. Stella x

(Though I did get a good laugh when I found this flirting gif and just had to insert it!)

 




Teen flirting tips by Linda Wright

The first and foremost step while initiating any advance towards a person whom you’d like to flirt with is to get to know that you have got their attention and to make sure that they know you have got an eye on them. As difficult as it may sound, it actually isn’t that tedious of a job. All you have to do is to make a proper eye contact. It doesn’t have to be a long uninterrupted gaze sort of act rather a subtle and multiple eye contacts followed by a subtle smile might just work. In all the settings, it is a rule of thumb to keep it smooth because as these situations might act up towards something more firm similar and rather greater are the chances of such advances backfiring resulting in making the other person conscious of your actions.

Once a proper conversation setting is set up, next comes the step of establishing and maintaining a good flow of conversation. The topic of which does not always have to be you or the other person. It can literally be anything, but the important part is to keep on doubling back and coming to the point where you pass a smooth remark to appraise them or just to let them know that you are interested in them as well. This can be in the form of a compliment towards their outlook, and particular habit or something that they said earlier. A good sense of humor is a plus and essentially a must in some par difficult situation when the other person is hard to get. While using sense of humor, keep it low key. It does not always have to be a joke. One can always act dumb and let themselves become the target of some situation going on and hence become a way of the other person to chuckle. Overdoing humor always kills the whole thing.

In the last but not least is the body language that one uses while flirting with the other person. Expression of interest as mentioned earlier is essential and it has to be maintained by your verbal language and body actions. One has to be a good listener and an active one. Express your interest in everything that they say. Sit while facing in their direction. Lean forward while saying something to them and try to speak in the same tone as they are. The ups and downs of voice can also come handy in situations that are not paying much attention to your conversation. Hand gestures are crucial and must be dealt with carefully. A lot of movement might just kill the whole thing as the other person will be busier judging your fidgeting leg or the swaying hand then in the conversation itself. Make appropriate physical contact but not too much. A brush of hand against their arm or a gentle poke might just do the trick in most of the occasions. No matter what manner you chose to flirt, the important thing is to be yourself. It is only then that you can flirt as well as keep yourself in a happy zone as well otherwise it might just come off as a job which one is not always in the mood to pull off.