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A new illustration of enchanted items has been created by Tauseef Ahmed for The Blood Inheritance Quartet and it has been added to the Illustrations page.
For those that cant make it, I will be running a discount on Rise: A Blood Inheritance Novel (Amazon Kindle Edition only) from now until September 4th.
…And here are the new bookmarks:
Rise was recently reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite!
“M. Ainihi’s dark fantasy novel for young and new adults, Rise: A Blood Inheritance Novel, grabs the reader with the dramatic opening chapters, and it doesn’t let go until the final pages.”-Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
You can read his full review here: ReadersFavorite.com
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Wisp Related Quotes:
“If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, we are chasing a will-o’-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp, until the future, and ourselves, vanish into the abyss of death.”-Alan Watts
“Some evil Spirit attends. Hovering and blazing with delusive Light, Misleads th’amaz’d Night wanderer from his way”-John Milton
“Gollum: All dead. All rotten. Elves, and Men, and Orcses. A great battle long ago… The Dead Marshes. Yes, yes, that is the name! This way. Don’t follow the lights.”-J. R. R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
Definition of will-o’-the-wisp:
Definition of a wisp:
In folklore, stories of mysterious floating orbs or wisp like creatures have been told all around the world.
The Will-o’-the-Wisp, The Ellylldan, Jack-o’-Lantern, Ghost lights, Aleya, Wanderlight, Hitodama, Min Min lights, and Feu follet are just a few of the names that these similar apparitions go by.
With behavior’s ranging anywhere from mischievous to malevolent its most often said that these creatures take pleasure in leading you into dangerous situations. We have all heard variations of stories about travelers becoming lost or never being seen again after following mysterious lights.
A will-o-the wisp is described as resembling a flickering lamp and if approached, it will recede, drawing travelers away from safe paths. With a tendency to act like living beings, it’s a common theme that these lights are said to be the work of evil spirits, souls of the dead or fairies dancing in the night.
For the most part these strange light phenomena are seen as evil trickster figures to be feared and avoided. However in some northern and central European cultures these lights are said to reveal where a thief or fairy has buried a treasure.
Often truth is hidden in legend. We all fear becoming lost, deception, and death.
Some of these tales were probably started as warnings, to teach us to be careful and to not chase goals that are impossible to reach. Many refer to places that are quit dangerous. Bogs, moors, and marshy lands can be filled with poisonous plants and unstable ground, they are not places you want to find yourself lost in at night.
There really are strange lights in swamps and forests…
The scientific explanation for this phenomena is that the wispy lights are caused by burning “swamp gas” or “marsh gas” that develops from the breakdown of organic matter in persistently wet areas. which explains why these stories are so prevalent in places with many marshes, bogs and moors.
Ghost lights are one of the most common paranormal phenomena in forests. Many of these reports don’t fit the above scientific explanation. Instead, its suggested that the culprit may be a rare phenomenon known as ball lightning.
Ball lightning is usually seen during thunderstorms as a ball of light about the size of a grapefruit and moving at walking speed. This phenomena lasts only seconds but can be formed inside closed rooms, move through glass plates and is even said to produce odors and sound.
According to Researchers from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China in a research paper published in Scientific Reports. -“At the tip of a lightning stroke reaching the ground, a relativistic electron bunch can be produced, which in turn excites intense microwave radiation. The latter ionizes the local air and the radiation pressure evacuates the resulting plasma, forming a spherical plasma bubble that stably traps the radiation.”
In 1993 Professors Persinger and Derr proposed another theory, that the lights were merely an outcome of geological activities, stating that the lights were piezoelectrically produced due to tectonic strains. According to them, when faults move because of the strains, the rocks are heated up and the water is vaporized. Arsenic, silicon or quartz (piezoelectric) found in rocks generate electricity when the faults moved. The electricity then moves up along with vaporized water columns and appear as lights. According to the professors, the lights therefore are seemingly intelligent with erratic and electrical appearance.
These and other down to earth theories have not dispelled the belief that the majority of such lights have far weirder origins.
One other explanation, associated with the realm of the dead in many stories, suggest that these apparitions appear in zones where our dimension overlaps.
Learn more about Wisps and orbs, from balls of smoke to light filled bubble like apparitions:
Wisps in The Blood Inheritance Quartet
In Rise both Amanda and Emily encounter illuminated wisp like creatures during their separate imprisonments.
Although the exact nature of the wisps is not revealed to Amanda, during her time in the sorcerers dungeon she is quick to accept their help. Why wouldn’t she? They certainly seem harmless enough.
For Emily the wisps brief appearance seems to comfort her in her time of need, but you will see that relationship evolve further in Lost…
To avoid spoilers I will only say that Kiami, whom is introduced in Lost has a much different idea about the nature of the wisps and it will take more than a little convincing for her to accept their presence.
Giveaway- Kindle Edition
Living Like A Vampire (Suckers Book 1)
By: Jacky Dahlhaus
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Staying alive is hard in a world full of bloodsuckers. What do you do to survive?
Kate has just begun her new job as a high school teacher and is looking forward to living her suburban dream life. All her hopes and dreams turn into smoke as a virus turns people into vampires, roaming the world in packs and killing everybody they can get their hands on. Kate has to pretend to be one of them to stay alive. When she accidentally bumps into a handsome sucker who then mysteriously disappears, surviving is no longer the only thing on Kate’s mind.
Will Kate stay alive and human while pursuing this mysterious stranger?
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By M. Ainihi
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When Amanda Garrett stumbles across a strange artifact in the woods, she has no idea of the dangerous secret it holds. The teen soon discovers that she has unwittingly released Erol, an imprisoned jinni, and whether she likes it or not, they are bound together until death. Amanda’s life soon begins to spiral out of control and she finds herself orphaned, kidnapped, and thrust into a terrifying reality.
Rise is a fast-paced (standalone) introductory novel to an alternate world where mundane humans are oblivious to the existence of the realms that separate them from other magical races.
When she feels, the darkness closing in around her, Amanda is not sure if she can hold onto a single speck of light, and soon she comes to understand that some secrets are better left buried.
You can also enter the giveaway here :See this #AmazonGiveaway for a chance to win: Rise: A Blood Inheritance Novel (Kindle Edition). https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/ee9f1c36cd0ceb18 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Ends the earlier of Aug 31, 2018 11:59 PM PDT, or when all prizes are claimed. See Official Rules http://amzn.to/GArules.
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