JANE JORDAN’S BLOG:
16th April 2017 – Happy Easter – May all your Bunny Rabbits be the chocolate kind and not the real thing–very sad statistic is that rabbits are the moist abandoned pet in the USA.
On a brighter note, my Hot Plant profile on the spectacularly beautiful Tropical Hydrangea was just published in Florida Garden Magazine.
March 2017 Inclusion in Scene Magazine
2nd March 2017 – A Few Recent Great Reviews for the Beekeepers Daughter: http://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/news/2017-03-01/PDF/Page_073.pdf http://www.featheredquill.com/reviews/romance/jordan.shtml https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R2A0A0MMDV2H4D/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1626945683
13th Feb. 2017 – Guest Blog – Mystery Thriller Week – https://kristinastanley.com/2017/02/13/mystery-mondays-jane-jordan-with-advice-to-aspiring-writers/
26th Jan. 2017 – Guest Blog – Deconstructing Dark Romance – http://jordongreene.com/?p=
25th Jan. 2017 – The Book Breeze Interview – https://thebookbreeze.wordpress.com/
19th Jan. 2017 – MTW Historical Mysteries & Thrillers Theme – Jennifer Alderson Blog – http://jennifersalderson.com/2017/01/19/mtw-historical-mysteries-and-thrillers-theme/
13th Jan. 2017 – Character Interview – Annabel Taylor from The Beekeeper’s Daughter – https://beyondthebooks.wordpress.com/2016/12/29/character-interview-annabel-taylor-from-jane-jordans-dark-romance-the-beekeepers-daughter/
4th Jan. 2017 – The Story Behind The Beekeeper’s Daughter Interview – https://thestorybehindthebook.wordpress.com/…/the-story-be…/
3rd January 2017 – A New Year already and I am busy answering questions for upcoming interviews and looking forward to my participation in the Mystery Thriller Writer Week, February 12th – 22nd 2017. I am also writing another article for Florida Gardening Magazine. My New Year’s Resolution is to find the time to edit my fifth book, and a publishing contract would be the icing on the cake. I also have several short stories that need to be sent to magazines etc. From a writers point of view 2017 promises to be very interesting!
The Big Thrill – The Magazine of the International Thriller Writer’s – Interview – http://www.thebigthrill.org/2017/01/the-beekeepers-daughter-by-jane-jordan/
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
29th Dec. 2016 – A Chat with Dark Romance Author Jane Jordan – http://www.bloggernews.net/139123
29th Dec. 2016 – Blogcritics Interview – http://blogcritics.org/interview-jane-jordan-author-of-the-beekeepers-daughter/
21st Dec. 2016 – To Write or Not to Write – An Interview – http://thewriterslife.blogspot.com/2016/12/guest-post-writers-life-to-write-or-not.html
20th Dec. 2016 – The Writer’s Life Interview – http://thewriterslife.blogspot.com/2016/12/the-writing-life-with-dark-romance.html
16th Dec. 2016 – Straight from the Author’s Mouth Interview – http://straightfromtheauthorsmouth.blogspot.co.nz/
15th Dec. 2016 – Confessions of an Eccentric Bookaholic Interview – http://eccentricbookaholic.blogspot.be/2016/12/5-questions-with-jane-jordan-author-of.html
14th Dec. 2016 – Broadway World Books – PRESS RELEASE http://www.broadwayworld.com/portland/article/Black-Opal-Books-Announces-the-Release-of-The-Beekeepers-Daughter-by-Jane-Jordan-2016121365
14th Dec. 2016 – A Conversation with Suspense Novelist Jane Jordan – http://www.omnimysterynews.com/2016/12/a-conversation-with-suspense-novelist-jane-jordan-601702e0.html
13th Dec. 2016 – My Bookish Pleasures – An Interview with Jane Jordan – http://mybookishpleasures.blogspot.be/2016/12/an-interview-with-jane-jordan-author-of.html
7th Dec. 2016 – Publishing Secrets of Authors – An Interview with Jane Jordan – http://publishingsecretsofauthors.blogspot.be/2016/12/book-publishing-secrets-with-author.html
6th Dec. 2016 – The Beekeeper’s Daughter – Chapter Reveal – http://readmyfirstchapter.blogspot.be/2016/12/chapter-reveal-beekeepers-daughter-by.html
5th Dec. 2016 – Blog Tour has begun – https://plugyourbook.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/chapter-reveal-the-beekeepers-daughter-by-jane-jordan/
1st Dec. 2016 – Florida Book News – Press Release http://www.floridabooknews.com/2016/12/black-opal-books-announces-release-of.html
26th Nov. 2016 – BOOK RELEASE – THE BEEKEEPER”S DAUGHTER
Nov. 11th 2016
In the wake of one of the most memorable Elections in history, we will have to wait and see if America made a mistake!
I am hopeful that once Mr. Trump takes office his views will become a little more moderate as he realizes even he is not above the law, and he has to adhere to the check and balances system. Very good news that President Obama has signed off on a law which will protect Planned Parenthood, a non-profit organization which offer women access to birth control, sexual health checks, cancer screenings and abortions at some clinics.
Every woman that the right to choose what happens to her body, anyone that thinks otherwise should be living in a dictator run country, and not in democratic America.
Anyway, enough about politics. I have just approved my front and back cover design for The Beekeeper’s Daughter, and the book is off to the printer this weekend. My release date of 26th November is getting closer. I am very excited to be nearing the end of this long publishing journey and cannot wait to actually hold a copy of the novel in my hands.
October 31st 2016 – Happy Halloween
Halloween — Lost in Translation
For many of us Halloween has become little more than a consumer spending spree. We are persuaded to buy candies shaped like ghosts and pumpkins, or invest in an ever-increasing supply of plastic figures and decorations to adorn our homes. It is the time of year when children demand elaborate and expensive costumes, not only in the images of witches and vampires, but any superhero their imagination can envision — long gone are the days when a simple white sheet would have sufficed.
Only rarely do we remember that there is more to Halloween than the obligatory carved pumpkin and the reference to witches. Halloween is one of the oldest traditions. Its origins stretch back more than two thousand years as do its associations as a darkly sinister occasion, and a time when ghosts and ghouls might rise from their graves, and even though the majority of customs can be traced to the British Isles, they are not alone in their references and cultural beliefs. Other societies also have their own symbols and rituals.
The Romans celebrate Poloma day named after their goddess of fruit trees, gardens and orchards. Fruit, especially the apple is an ancient divining tool and has links with immortality, resurrection and knowledge. Their celebration of the dead is known as Feralia. Whereas, in Mexico a much-celebrated festival; Dia de Muertos or The Day of the Dead remains a significant occasion.
The origin of Halloween lies in the traditions of the Celtic people, with later influences coming from Christianity and their All Saints and All Souls Day. The Pagan, Samhain, was a fire festival and coincided with the end of autumn. It was a farewell celebration to the old year and a welcome to the new. The Celtic new year begun with the dark phase of the year, and this was believed to be the most magical time of the year. Druids believed the veil between this world and the next could be penetrated from the other side, it allowed the dark spirits to once again inhabit the earth. It was a time when family or friends could return, their souls could dwell in an animal’s body, a cat being the favorite choice.
The significance of the fire, served to light the path of departed souls back to the other side. Although bonfires have lost popularity, black cats have remained a symbol of Halloween to this day, as well as the custom of dressing in costume, in Celtic times people dressed as saints, angels and devils to ward off evil spirits. During the festivities, an effigy was burnt in the fire, this was known as ‘The Hag — a main deity in Pagan times. Later that name was changed to witch. During the ‘Burning Times’ between 1450AD and 1700AD, Samhain was a good time to burn a witch, for witches were most prevalent on this night.
The Celtic festival of Samhain, is also known as All Hallows Eve which was its original name, now we know it as Halloween, and falls on October 31st. All these names can be confusing, and one might be forgiven for believing that they have entirely different meanings or even indicate separate days. The truth is it was more to do with various religions, the different phases in our past, and dependent on whether you were Celtic, Pagan or Christian.
Samhain is the Irish name for the month of November. Literally translated it means summers end. All Hallow Tide was the feast of the dead in both Pagan and Christian times and lasted three days, with the Christian All Saints Day falling on November 1st and All Soul’s Day on November 2nd. To simplify all these strange old terms, we can take the literal translation back to basics. Hallow simply means to bless, consecrate or sanctify, and understand that All saints day, and All hallows or Hallowmas is in honor of all saints. This day was originally celebrated on May 13th back in the seventh century, then, it was moved by Pope Gregory III. Perhaps an attempt to distract people from observing the pagan Samhain.
All Souls Day commemorates the Christian faithful who have not yet reached heaven. It is a holy day of obligation in the Roman Catholic church, when followers must attend mass. During the 19th and 20th century poor Christians offered prayers in return for alms and soul cakes, and children would go souling — singing a begging song. They would be accompanied by their hooden (hobby) horse. Others believed it a day when the souls of the dead returned to their rightful place, and were that the case, these ancients must have been relieved that the evil spirits were locked away under the dark veil for another year.
The dark, powerful imagery of Halloween still holds us under a spell, for we secretly relish its historic value and dark attraction, and allow it to remain a dominant date in our calendar. Halloween also marks end of the witch’s year; 31st October being one of the four greater Sabbats. It is a time for witches to congregate, and to say farewell to the end of an old year and thus begin a new a time of celebration.
Halloween has long been associated with the wicked witch flying across the sky on a broomstick. This idea has been documented by the countless picture books and stories. They depict the powerful imagery of the proverbial old crone with her black cat surrounded by dark magic. This impression conjures up negative and evil connotations, and in turn witches have always been persecuted. Even today’s modern world, they receive bad press. In reality most witches throughout history have been healers or wise women, someone that was knowledgeable and actually helped rather than hindered.
History tells us that in past times, the lawmakers of the land did not look favorably on woman, and what they saw as their unnatural powers. Practices of unmarried girls, borne out of innocent tradition, may have been perceived as magic spells. Long ago Halloween traditions would have seen young girls place hazelnuts along a fire grate, each one to symbolize a different suitor, she could then divine her future husband by chanting. If you love me pop and fly, if you hate me burn and die. This simple love charm could have been construed as a curse and consequently the girl perhaps deemed a witch. Throughout history local superstitions added fuel to the fire of the darkly sinister night of Halloween, and dictated that journeys must be finished before sunset and the devil could take the shape of a witches familiar, rat, cat, bat etc.
The Celtic people built bonfires to frighten the evil spirits away, as well as feasting and dancing around fires. These beliefs invoked their old customs, many have been lost, but others are still observed in our time. The old custom of eating an apple before a mirror at midnight on Halloween, would allow a girl to see her future husband, however, peeling an apple in front of a mirror was also said to produce an image of your future husband and producing a long unbroken peel was said to estimate the number of years you had to live — the longer the peel the longer your life expectancy.
Is there any wisdom in these practices of old, or is it just hocus pocus? It can be argued it is just wishful thinking, a little trick of mind over matter. After all mirrors and water have always held strange hypnotic powers, even for the most skeptical amongst us. Strange distorted images can easily be conjured with a little concentration.
Whatever your thoughts or beliefs, Halloween undoubtedly weaves a natural magic, and this year when the day arrives, and the street are awash with trick or treaters and flowing candy, spare a thought or two for this long and enduring tradition. That it may remain a significant part of our future, lest we forget the very old roots of our culture.
Oct. 27th 2016
In the last seven days I have just finished editing the galley proof of the Beekeeper’s Daughter ready for publication next month. I have also finished ten or so interviews for an upcoming blog tour, at the same time my plant profile of a Black Bat Flower Plant has just been published in the November/December issue of Florida Gardening Magazine.
And just to whet your appetite, below is a small taste of, The Beekeeper’s Daughter, — a tale of passion, corruption and dark secrets.
Annabel climbed onto one of the larger stone clappers. She lay down and stretched her body luxuriously like a cat, before fanning her long hair out in all directions, hoping the dappled sunlight might dry it quicker. She had long since discarded her cotton dress on a nearby rock and only her wet chemise, which had become almost transparent, covered her nakedness. Jevan wore no clothes. He pulled himself out of the water and sat close beside her. Even though Annabel’s lids remained closed, she could feel the heat of his gaze over her skin. She smiled and opened her eyes.
He leaned closer. His hair dripped cold water onto her body that sent tiny shocks through her nerves. His hand absently stroked her arm for a few moments, and he moved it low onto her stomach. He bent his head close and brushed his lips lightly across hers. It seemed like the most natural thing, and she did not put up any resistance. Her heartbeat increased and a warmth seemed to radiate from inside. Their lips touched again, and Annabel closed her eyes.
They listened to the sound of the river as it flowed sedately beneath them. Jevan’s hand caressed lower, and with that intimate touch, she felt a fluttering in her stomach. She moved her head fractionally and their lips parted. Jevan was watching her with an expression she had never seen before. She stroked his shoulder, and her hand traveled slowly down his back seemingly of its own accord. He was breathing more rapidly. His skin was soft and yet the tone of the muscle was hard and addictive to her touch. Hypnotized by his gaze and unwavering caress, she no longer felt in control of her own body.
A sudden screech overhead made her jump. They both looked up. The raven flew low through the tree branches, and the spell was broken.
Oct. 20th 2016
Welcome to my blog.
Firstly a little bit about myself. I was born in England and grew up exploring the history and culture of London and the surrounding counties. I was always fascinated with tales of the supernatural and spent a part of my childhood playing in graveyards and listening to ghost stories of old castles and houses. I spent some time in Germany in the 1990’s and then immigrated to Detroit, USA in 1992, eventually settling in South West Florida. After a fifteen year absence I returned to England, and relocated to Exmoor, which is in the county of Somerset.
Exmoor is mysterious and beautiful and has enthralled and captured the hearts and minds of authors and poets alike. None more so than the picturesque Dunster Castle. It is perched on a high hill over-looking the Bristol Channel. With it’s fairy tale turrets and towers and set amidst historical gardens, it is an idyllic setting for a building that has not only been used as a fortress, but a long standing family home over for 600 years, before it was bequeathed to The National Trust. I spent several years working and volunteering at this 1000 year old castle. I also trained for my RHS horticultural certificate, and worked as a horticulturist for the botanical gardens of Cannington.
Inspired by the atmosphere beautiful scenery and ancient history of the places all around me, I began to write.
My first novel, Ravens Deep, combined vampire superstition with a complex and modern love story. That first book turned into three and, Blood & Ashes, and, A Memoir of Carl, followed. Then, inspiration came for my new novel, The Beekeeper’s Daughter, a historical romance, set in Victorian England. This book has taken me a few years to write and finish, but I moved countries twice as I returned to live in Sarasota Florida in 2013, and many other priorities got in the way. Now, I am finally settled, I can again concentrate on my writing. This year I have had a feature article published in the Florida Gardening Magazine, I have had a short horror story published, and have just had a vignette accepted for publication into a literary journal.
The Beekeeper’s Daughter is due to be published next month.
2014 Guest Interview – Morsels & Juices – http://morselsandjuices.com/inspired/author-spotlight-jane-jordan/