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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Birthday Bash! Its my birthday and Ruta Sepetys!

Today’s post is going to be a little different because today is my birthday! I am 21 years old today and I feel like I have now crossed some sort of invisible bridge into adulthood and I suddenly have to act mature and grown up.
On my birthday much like the holiday’s I cannot help but think about how extraordinarily lucky I am to have such a blessed and amazing life! When I moved to Tennessee three years ago, halfway through my senior year of high school, I could not wait to graduate and move back to Michigan. Fast-forward to today and there is no way that I could ever move away from Tennessee. So many amazing things have happened to me since I moved down here and I have met so many wonderful people. I miss all of my family and friends every day but I have been so fortunate to have so many new experiences down here.
I have no doubt in my mind that I would never have started blogging or even going to book signings if I had stayed in Michigan. I’ve been able to travel to Georgia and to North Carolina to travel to the sets of Water for Elephants and The Hunger Games.
This year on my birthday I have so many things to be thankful for, my job, the school I get to attend (UTC), the people and friends that I have made, and most of all my wonderful and amazing family who I learn to appreciate more and more every single day.
Without my amazing family I could never have gone from this:

To this (I’m on the right, that’s my sister Tessa on the left):

So with all the sappy stuff out of the way on the site today we have Ruta Sepetys with a short little post about birthday’s in her real life as they relate to Between Shades of Gray! As you all know I am a huge supporter of Ruta and even run RutaFans with Marla (Starting the Next Chapter).

My book Between Shades of Gray has many special birthdays woven into the text. Several of the dates listed in the book are the birth dates of my family members and Andrius’s birthday – November 20th – is actually my husband’s birthday. By coincidence, the original publication date of the book, March 22nd, was my mother’s birthday. We had a fantastic celebration! And now I just need to figure out how to incorporate Hannah’s birthday into a book. Hmm…

Happy Birthday Hannah!

Thanks so much Ruta! Here is a little bit about the book from Goodreads

It’s 1941 and fifteen-year-old artist Lina Vilkas is on Stalin’s extermination list. Deported to a prison camp in Siberia, Lina fights for her life, fearless, risking everything to save her family. It’s a long and harrowing journey and it is only their incredible strength, love, and hope that pull Lina and her family through each day. But will love be enough to keep them alive?

I also have one UNSIGNED paperback copy of Between Shades of Gray to give out to you all!

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After today all raffleopter forms will be placed in the Few and Far Between section of the site for easier access. =D

In honor of the Birthday Bash I joined together with Operation Smile to create a Smile Circle page for this website. If you click on the widget on the right side of the site it will take you to my Smile Circle. I can no longer give away extra points for donating but I would still greatly appreciate it if you would donate anything you could even if it is just $1. Together we can build Smiles!