Throwback Thursday #3

It’s my third Throwback Thursday and I blame Lauren at The Housework Can Wait, and Mandi Kaye for my obsession with this idea! From Lauren’s website, Throwback Thursday is a day to:

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

Published on March 2, 2001 I don’t think that I will ever fully be able to express how much I love this book. I read it again and again to this very day. I take insanely good care of my books, I hate if it doesn’t look brand new, but this book is about falling apart. If I had to give it a rating today it would be five stars for sure. As I’ve mentioned before I had a really hard reading when I was younger and any book that I could get through was an achievement. The Two Princesses of Bamarre is a mythopoeic fantasy novel for children.
I read a book recently that gave me such an incredible feeling when I read it. I couldn’t figure out why I was feeling the way that I was, almost as if I had found something that I lost. It took me a while to realize that it was the fantasy concept of reading. I have read so many books recently that are contemporary, or dystopian, or post apocalyptic. It was amazing to get back to the books that I read and fell in love with when I was younger. Immediately this book came into my mind after reading the other one. It helped me realize that I need to make an effort to include more high fantasy and mythopoeic fantasy into my bookshelf.
I know that no one else will have the emotional connection to this story like I have but seriously you guys, you should check it out. It’s so good!

Blog Tour- Call of the Sea

Today I am honored to take part in the Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart blog tour! This was such a unique book that I truly loved and I know I will be reading again and again. It really reminded me of Pirates of the Caribbean! You guys can all check out my review here
I am really lucky and grateful to Rebecca Hart because she is providing a guest post for my tour stop! Check out why she chose to write about selkies.

Why I Chose to Feature Selkies in Call of the Sea

If you take a look at my bio information, do a little research into my internet history, or even talk to my kids, it won’t take you long to learn I really am a reformed gaming junkie. For me, the addiction started with Ultima Online (UO) and private role playing servers and progressed to the level of ridiculous when I started playing World of Warcraft (WoW). Video crack is not a euphemism; it is an honest reality.

Anyway, during my time playing UO, one of the private servers created a playing realm where the characters were all of a magical, or mythical nature. I’ve always been a sort of “against the grain” type of person, so I wanted to find something unique. I stumbled across the selkie myth and my mouth fell open. I’d always considered myself versed in Irish folk tales and myths, so why had I never heard of a selkie?

The search was on. In the end, I found very little about selkies beyond what is easy to find. For the sake of reference, this is the basic Myth of the Selkie:

From Wiki: Selkies (also known as silkies or selchies) are mythological creatures found in Faroese, Icelandic, Irish, Scottish folklore. The word derives from earlier Scots selich, (from Old English seolh meaning seal.) Selkies are said to live as seals n the sea but shed their skin to become human on land. The legend apparently originated on the Orkney and Shetland Islands

The Legend:

Stories concerning selkies are generally romantic tragedies. Sometimes the human will not know that their lover is a selkie, and wakes to find them gone. In other stories the human will hide the selkie’s skin, thus preventing it from returning to its seal form. A selkie can only make contact with one human for a short amount of time before they must return to the sea.

Male selkies are very handsome in their human form, and have great seductive powers over human women. They typically seek those who are dissatisfied with their life, such as married women waiting for their fishermen husbands. If a woman wishes to make contact with a selkie male, she has to go to a beach and shed seven tears into the sea.

If a man steals a female selkie’s skin she is in his power and is forced to become his wife. Female selkies are said to make excellent wives, but because their true home is the sea, they will often be seen gazing longingly at the ocean. If she finds her skin she will immediately return to her true home, and sometimes to her selkie husband, in the sea.

Sometimes, a selkie maiden is taken as a wife by a human man and she has several children by him. In these stories, it is one of her children who discovers her sealskin (often unwitting of its significance) and she soon returns to the sea. The selkie woman usually avoids seeing her human husband again but is sometimes shown visiting her children and playing with them in the waves.

Selkies are not always faithless lovers. One tale tells of the fisherman Cagan who married a seal-woman. Against his wife’s wishes he set sail dangerously late in the year, and was trapped battling a terrible storm, unable to return home. His wife shifted to her seal form and saved him, even though this meant she could never return to her human body and hence her happy home.

How tragically romantic, right? A story waiting to be written. A character waiting to be played. I did indeed create my selkie for that role playing server, and the seeds of interest in the selkie myth rooted themselves in my subconscious.

Close to ten years later, I was tossing around the idea for Call of the Sea. I’d conjured Ellie, and knew from the moment I met her, she was meant to twist up gender roles. Her personality is definitely not meek and she made it known her match would have to be something special. Enter romantic tragedy — and the selkie myth into my somewhat sadistic mind. I’d twisted the typical pirate role to a female, so it only made sense to do the same with her male counterpart, and a male selkie fit the bill just perfectly.

And my irresistible Irish selkie, Daniel O’Rourke was born.

I’ve grown quite fond of him. :)

Thank you so much Rebecca! Inkspell and Rebecca have provided a signed copy of Call of the Sea!


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A little bit about Rebecca!


Rebecca Hart is a single parent, full time IT geek, and reformed gaming addict living in Upstate NY. When not at the office with her nose buried in a laptop trying to fix it, she can be found at home with her nose buried in a laptop, writing instead. Her debut novel, a Paranormal Romance titled CALL OF THE SEA, will be published by Inkspell Publishing with a release date of June 21, 2012, giving Rebecca one more reason to look forward to summer. Rebecca’s short stories have been featured in anthologies published by Pill Hill Press, Wicked East Press and DFE Quarterly (erotica). She enjoys hearing and interacting with her readers.

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Review- Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart


Title: Call of the Sea
Author: Rebecca Hart
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Publication Date: June 21, 2012
Source: Publisher- Inkspell Publishing

From Goodreads:

Elysandra Winters has always yearned for a life of adventure on the rolling seas and is willing to do whatever it takes to fulfill her dream. When her Privateer father continually refuses to allow his only daughter to sail, Ellie defies him, disguises herself as a boy, and goes in search of a captain who will give her a chance to prove her worth.

Thanks to the cursed selkie blood coursing through his veins, Daniel O’Rourke needs the sea to survive. After giving up on his humanity and spending three years in seal form, he decides to give his human side another chance. Daniel goes in search of a job and a sense of normalcy, earning himself a position aboard Captain Winter’s ship, The Siren’s Call. However, his new captain’s first assignment has nothing at all to do with sailing, and everything to do with his headstrong young daughter.

Years later, when the leader of a band of bloodthirsty pirates murders Captain Winters, Daniel and Elysandra’s lives come crashing back together with the force of a hurricane. Both experts in deception, they must find a way to trust each other if they are to have any hope of hunting down the captain’s killer.

Ellie Winters longs for the sea and would do almost anything to live her life on it, including running away from boarding school and starting a new life as Ellis. Call of the Sea by Rebecca Hart starts out with a sweet and gentle pace, but once Ellie and Daniel collide as adults the story gets rolling. Daniel happens to be a young selkie man with a tragic past who is in love with Ellie. Ellie is a stubborn young woman with a steadfast head on her shoulders that refuses to admit she loves Daniel. Pushed together by tragedy the reader is able to watch these two grow as individuals and as a couple while they try to avenge a loved ones death.

My thoughts:
I really enjoyed reading this book. Selkie stories have always drawn me in and this was such an amazing telling of the Irish folklore. Hart instantly had me connecting with Ellie, a girl who longs for something that she doesn’t think she can have. Who doesn’t relate to Ellie on that point? She is such a fierce and strong willed character and I really enjoyed reading a strong female lead.

I seriously hope that Rebecca Hart will continue on with this story because I cannot wait to read more about Ellie and Daniel!

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (Cover Reveal)

Last week Marla, my co-admin at RutaFans, and I received a very excited email from Ruta Sepetys informing us the cover reveal for her next novel, Out of the Easy, was going to be on EW.com. There is a really great interview you guys can all check out! Now for the actual cover!

The colors are all amazing, I love the cracks and the roughness in the wall behind her. They put her head behind the cage too which was a really great fit to the story! I LOVE it! I hope you all love it too! I can’t wait to read it!

Hannah