Ax and Butterscotch Necklace... and Thorn in Red for the Solstice

Ms Misantropia, the hostess of How do YOU celebrate? is conducting a poll where she asks, “To you, what is the most important part of Jul/Christmas/Yule?”
When I was a teenager, the answer wouldve been simple: Food and Dance!

Yep, we ate pernil (roasted pork shoulder) and telera (fresh French bread), apples and grapes, and even the youngest of the youngest got to drink a bit of vino tinto (red wine). Then we would dance, at a neighbor’s yard or home, until someone turned off the music or we got kicked out. Teenage Magaly loved those days… 

But life and experience complicate things; slow them down. Today, I would have to think about the question for a long time… And I don’t really want to, so I’ll just share the thing that has made me smile like a happy lunatic this holiday season: the most important parts of my 2013 Winter Solstice have been the events that took place around the publication of Thorn in Red.

My Piano Man, Gina, Kestril and my dear friend Betty (who is in serious need of a writing blog!) conjured up time, out of who knows where, in order to do last minute readings of Thorn in Red. I remain enchanted—and so very grateful—for their gift.

Then Eliora took a silver Ax and Butterscotch-flavored kisses; sharp, innocent and sweet like Mattalina and Bran, the main characters of Thorn in Red, and created this stunning necklace: 
Finally, SunshineShelle blessed my season by designing a cover whose perfection was increased by the the fact that I wasn’t expecting it. I LOVE what she did with Mattalina’s necklace! If you read the story, you’ll see why I went nuts with delight when I saw Shelle’s use of the texture and colors on the background. I can’t wait to get the original art; to touch it and feel it sparkle. 
So, to me, the most important part of this Winter Solstice/Jul/Christmas/Yule celebration has been sharing my life with a fiancé and friends who were willing to give me their time, valuable feedback and/or artistic yumminess even when they are busier than Krampus in Yule.

And I, my Wicked Darling Luvs, have a giveaway for you!

Can you guess what it is? Of course you can: a necklace, like the one Mattalina Thorn gets in the story, crafted by Eliora; a sterling silver Ax and a luscious Butterscotch (cat’s eye) bead sway together from a silky, blood-red satin cord. Pendant measures 1- ¾ inches long, the 18-inch necklace has a lobster-claw clasp. The latter and the jewelry findings are silver plated.
Here is what you need to do to enter the giveaway…
Mandatory Entry (1): read Thorn in Red’s blurb (43 words), and tell me what gifts you think Matt and Bran might give each other for the winter holiday season?

Extra Entries (one each):
(add the link to your comment if it applies)
(2). Share this giveaway on Facebook
(3). Tweet about this giveaway
(4). Blog about this giveaway
(5). Add Thorn in Red to your list on Goodreads
(6). Leave an honest review on Amazon
(7). Leave an honest review on Goodreads
(8). Let SunshineShelle know what you think about the cover
(9). Tell Eliora how much you love the necklace
(10). Visit Ms Misantropia and comment
(11). Follow me on Facebook
(12). Follow me on Twitter
(13). Be a Wicked Darling (follow Pagan Culture via GFC)

This is an international giveaway open until the 29th of December, 2013, at 10:13 pm EST. A winner will be chosen using Random.Org, and announced on December 30th. Best of luck, and very Happy Winter Holidays, my Wicked Darling Luvs!

57 comments:

  1. I think that the best gifts they would give & get are Faith (in themselves, in the belief that no matter what, they will recognize each other & triumph) & Starshine (the ability, esp. during the most trying of times, to be able to look up to the night sky & the magic of the stars filter through themselves).

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    1. Sounds like your Yuletide was wonderful! I'm so far behind that Solstice will most likely be observed on New Year's (which fits me better as I've always seemed to be a few steps behind, ahead, or sideways of all manner of astrological/astronomical phenomena). Will be back after I bake a gift-cake for a friend.

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    2. We have been celebrating about 3 days behind. I'm glad to see we are not the only ones.

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  2. I think they need boots! The kind with great traction, flexible enough to run in (because they will get into trouble together) and sturdy enough to take care of business.

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    1. Shared https://www.facebook.com/laura.dogsmom/posts/709359042430403

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    2. Tweet https://twitter.com/DogsMomLaura/status/414773058608435202

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    3. Gave Shelle some honest love and appreciation.

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    4. We are FB friends

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    5. Commented on Ms Misantropia

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    6. Am a GFC follower (even tho they took my GFC away!)

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    7. Commented on Eliora's page.

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    8. Blogged the giveaway http://lovevisiting.blogspot.com/2013/12/how-do-you-celebrate-holiday-traditions.html

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    9. A great pair of boots are always a sign of love. ;-D

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  3. My dearest Magaly, thank you for including my challenge in your giveaway!
    Considering my final post I would give Mattalina and Bran a big basket full of goodies - to bring to grandma's house ;) What they'd give each other... probably something bloody and lovely :)

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    1. Now THAT would be an interesting gift!
      Thanks so much for hosting How do YOU celebrate?
      It was a world of fun.

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  4. Shared on Confessions of Crafty Witches
    I don't wanna win it I just want to help get you some exposure so someone else can enjoy and win this
    Daw

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  5. I've loved reading about your Yul traditions the past few weeks. I'm so happy to see you out with a new book - that's so exciting! Congrats on the new cover and lovely necklace. I'm wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas! :-)

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    1. I enjoy my time in Egypt, too. ;-D
      Thanks for the yummy words.
      And I wish you and yours and joys holiday season, too.

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  6. I don't want to be entered because that would be just too selfish but, I did go and comment to Ms. Shelle, I of course have been thrilled to be a part of Ms. Misantropia's blog hop and I will leave an honest review asap. Just wanted you to know I can follow through on some things....sometimes but always with good intentions. hehehehehe Oma Linda

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  7. Oh my heck, I was just told by a certain younger witchling that I do too want to be entered in your giveaway and that I must do all I can...... So orders from headquarters dictates that I shall do more and post about it.

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    1. Ha! That will teach you to make sure you've cleared that kind of stuff with everyone. LOL

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  8. Well After reading not only the blurb, but every wickedly wonderful word of Thorn In Red, I would say they world give each other "Love, Adventure, and Butterscotch flavored Kisses"

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    1. Shared On FB - https://www.facebook.com/ChaoticDreamer68

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    2. Told Shelle what I think Of the cover - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sunshineshelle-Artist-Art/135582209845930

      I Follow you everywhere LOL - FB - Twitter - Blog

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    3. Told Eliora, how much I love the necklace!!!

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    4. Blogged about the give-a-way - http://witchcamefirst.blogspot.com/2013/12/a-homemade-yule-surprises-and-give-way.html

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  9. 1.) Based on the blurb - I'd say a whetstone to sharpen weapons. Second choice - butterscotch lip balm

    I'll add the other things as I get to them!

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    1. Hahaha! I think I would even take a bit of lip balm, mysel. ;-D

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  10. HHhhuummm... Winter gifts... I say butterscotch and tea or maybe a nice soft blanket to read on ;)
    Love it!!!! Best Solstice gift ever is getting to read more about Matt and Bran.

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    1. A thick soft blanket sounds very, very, very thoughtful.

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  11. Love the artwork...Shelle is just awesome :D, and Lori's necklace is perfection! I am ruling myself out of the giveaway...as I already had the unbelievable pleasure of reading the full story. Blessed Yuletide indeed :D XXX

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    1. Blessed Yuletide, right back at you, my beloved Gina!
      Yes, Lori and Shelle outdid themselves!

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  12. Hmmm....Matt and Bran might give each other an axe sharpener, some microbrews, candy, and matching magical rings for their journey together.

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    1. Something to sharpen our most precious possessions is always a gift of love. ;-D

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  13. I shared on facebook https://www.facebook.com/wen.budro/posts/204860036366668

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  14. I tweeted https://twitter.com/wendybudrow/status/415289763000619008

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  15. I added on Goodreads.

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  16. I follow on facebook.

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  17. Nice necklace. The winner is really lucky.

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  18. I've taken long enough to answer that you'd think I would have brilliant ideas. But all I've come up with is that Bran should give Matt a red scarf that will match her dress, and she should give him a flashlight so that he can still read books even when it gets dark.

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    1. She likes red, doesn't she? Guess she would love a scarf. And don't all boys (and girls *cough, cough*) love a little light?

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  19. Hello my special friend ;o) As you know, I've been going through a power outage and today the power was flickering off and on and we have got more snow, so that is why I am late coming around!
    Shelle's art is amazing to go along with your new story! That girl rocks, like you!!! I have won so much in this past year, I will give up my chance to win this stunning necklace!! It is so cool! I hope whomever wins it, cherishes it!
    Big Hugs ;o)

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    1. I read your post! It seems nature decided to decorate your yard herself, and her theme was ice. I'm happy you and your mom decided to go with it and get creative. Love the way you were heating your tea *hehehe*

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  20. I am a Wicked Darling! (My grandchildren have anointed me 'Wicked Ma' as I keep suggesting they read fairy tales ;) )

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    1. I just grinned and said, "Wicked Ma." ;-D

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  21. I follow you on Twitter (jonqilsgrdn).

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  22. I paid my respects to Ms. Misantropia. :)

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  23. I remarked to Eliora on the lovely shiny sharpness of her necklace.

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  24. I also remarked to SunshineShelle on the lovely cover. That green would make for lovely dining room walls!

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  25. I just read the first two chapters of your book on Amazon and I am in love with it. You write so well. It's days like this I wish I was on all those other social media sites, but I'm only a blogger, so I'll have to guess that they would give each other butterscotch kisses. Of course, a back-up ax might not be bad, either. That necklace is practically to die for (pun intended).

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  26. Wishing there were a "Like" button on blog comments. I'd have been giving to a real work-out.

    This was such a fun project. I am thrilled to be part of Magaly's magick.

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