Chasing Dragons in Moravia – FREE on Kindle

Download your copy today. This sale won’t last.

The Magical World of G. Michael Vasey

This weekend, I have made the kindle version of Chasing Dragons in Moravia free to download on Kindle… Please do go download it and if you read it, please do leave a review…

Chasing Dragons in Moravia: The Magic of Connecting with the Land Book 2

The Slavic pantheon is a mysterious and complex set of deities but the eternal battle between Perun, god of thunder and Veles, god of the underworld is intriguing. As Vasey invokes one and then the other of this duality, things happen. Magic happens and what seem like unrelated visits and happenings suddenly take their place in what turns out to be a shamanic process of connecting with the energies of the gods and the Slavic lands.

Dragons, Gateways to Hell (Houska Castle), Stone Circles (Kraluv Stul), Earth energies, Butterflies and Birds……… it’s all in this true and magical tale.

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Camping in the House

Today, we’re dealing with the aftermath of a major winter storm that swept across Nova Scotia in the past 24 hours, dumping more than a foot of snow and blowing that snow into drifts, some five feet tall. I’ve done my share of shovelling, including clearing the large deck before it collapsed from the weight of three feet of snow and clearing paths to feed the animals. My oldest son was out ploughing driveways and hauled out my son-in-law when he got stuck ploughing five o’clock this morning. My youngest son has been out shovelling with a crew since 10:00 pm Sunday night. It’s 3:00 pm Monday, and he’s still not home yet. He’ll be one tired and hungry fellow by the time he rolls in.

It is February, and I think of this month as the snow month. January is the cold month. March the ice month.

Of course, this is relevant to Nova Scotia; other locations will see the seasons differently.

This is the second storm in a week. Last Tuesday February 2nd, we dealt with a major wind, snow and rain storm that blew our electrical panel. We spent two days without power and only after replacing the fuse panel, sinking two 10-foot ground rods into the ground and building a platform to meet safety code did power surge through the wires again.

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A Special Blogger – Sue Vincent

I’ve only recently been reading Sue’s blog. It’s very interesting. Check it out. And, of course, if you can help in any way, please, do so, even if that’s only sharing the news about this fund-raising event.

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Sue Vincent is one of those special bloggers and writers that inspire people all over the world. Readers have long been captivated by her posts about mythology, ancient ruins and medieval churches, and her daily #midnighthaiku. Many have participated in and grown as a result of her #writephoto prompts. She is a person of considerable talents, and in addition to posting her prompts, Sue has tirelessly supported bloggers by hosting guest bloggers and sharing blog posts. She has 19,000 and counting followers.

I’ve not met Sue in person but feel I know her through her wonderful blog posts and consider her a friend. She has taken me the width and breadth of Great Britain, to places I would have never got to myself, providing amazing historic details and wonderful photographs. To appreciate just how talented and wise Sue is, pop over to her blog. I particularly love her outlook…

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Celebrating 10 Years of Blogging – Most Popular Posts

As the title states: This blog is ten years old. It turned ten on January 3rd (The First Step in Blogland), but I had forgotten about the milestone. When I started this blog, I had no idea I’d still be blogging a decade later. I’ve covered a lot of material and had a few controversial posts. How controversial? I was threatened with a lawsuit for one incident, but I’m not allowed to speak about that. Those who know, know.

Ultimately, I stand on the side of writers, not publishers, book sellers or anyone else. Well, let me clarify that. I stand on the right and just side regardless of the costs to my reputation and book sales. I despise those who take advantage of writers; it’s one reason I keep this blog alive.

Statistics

Over the past ten years, I’ve made 667 posts, had 97,205 visitors and 168,374 views. I have 860 followers through WordPress and 75 by email (total: 935).

WordPress also breaks down years with stats. In 2020, I wrote 69 posts totalling 38,894 words, averaging 564 words per post.

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Finding Don and Wen ~ Stuart France and Sue Vincent

France & Vincent

Available via Amazon in paperback and for Kindle.

Dear Don,

Whoo hoo! Finding Don & Wen is now live!

I really enjoyed getting this one put together. Who would have thought it would work out quite so well?

Can you believe how much stuff we were already working with, right back at the beginning? And we understood so little… but every quest has to start somewhere, even before you realise what is happening.

From our early speculations on how the layers of history and earth energies work together, through all the intertwined stories and weirdly interchangeable symbolism that doesn’t seem to mind to which system you apply it, and whether we found both clues and answers in stone circles, forgotten chapels or the great cathedrals… it has been an amazing journey so far. And we are not finished yet…

It goes right back to that first wander along the Ridgeway…

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Independent Research…

The cure is shaping up to be worse than the illness.

Stuart France

First of all, up until this point, there has never been any successful vaccine for coronaviruses in humans due to a problem typical of coronavirus vaccine development called antibody-dependent enhancement or ADE. In preliminary animal trials for previous coronavirus vaccines (SARS and MERS), animals were vaccinated and seemed to exhibit a robust antibody response, but upon exposure to the wild virus, they developed a paradoxical immune enhancement leading to severe organ inflammation (especially in lungs), and they died. Paradoxical immune response in coronavirus vaccines has also taken place in human trials, which occurred during testing of the failed RSV vaccines of the 1950s. Alarmingly, there are some statistical indications of ADE in covid vaccine trials, but there is no way to know for sure because many key signifiers of ADE weren’t specifically addressed. Due to emergency protocol, the usual method of testing animals prior to humans was bypassed, limited animal…

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Results for January FREE Book Promotion

My survival and adventure laced with romance novel Northern Survival has done quite well since it’s release in September 2020. I’m using this book as my flagship. It’s a quick read, contains all the elements most of my novels do (survival, adventure, romance) and has been well received by readers.

For the next couple of years, I’m going to focus my promotions on this book to introduce Diane McGyver to new readers, who will hopefully check out my other books. My philosophy at this time is to have one book promoted like crazy that does excellent and leads to my other books instead of spreading my energy thin to promote multiple books. I’ll let you know how it goes.

In the three months it has been available, Northern Survival has sold (as of December 31, 2020) 498 copies and the number of pages read by Kindle Unlimited Members is 21,441 (x $0.0045 = $96.48). Since the book is about 200 pages, that’s about 107 copies read, give or take. Several readers may have read only part of the book and lost interest or was distracted by life.

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Relishing Winter

Embrace winter with a little adventure and magic.

The Magical World of G. Michael Vasey

It’s a proper winter. Cold everywhere and shattering records for snowfall and coldness everywhere from Japan and China to the Sahara. Bad news for The Guardian – more snow than I have seen in a year or two and certainly NOT a thing of the past. Why anyone should be surprised given that the Sun went into one of its cooling cycles (Oh yes, some people think CO2 is the driver of climate/weather – that gas that plants breathe and is currently about 1/3rd of where on average it has been for the last 100 million years and despite all of the published science clearly showing that it isn’t).

Apologies – I hadn’t intended this as a climate change blog at all – I just got a tad carried away!

My walk around the Castle today took place in magnificent winter sun sparkling off of fresh snowfall amid -2C temperatures…

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Self-publishing from Scratch: Article 5

In Article 4 for Self-publishing from Scratch, I wrote about building a website, why you should and what it might contain. If you missed it, it’s here. All posts are organised under the drop-down menu above: Self-publishing / Self-publishing from Scratch.

What do I focus on now?

Diana, now that you’ve shared the news that you’re writing a book with family and friends, and those you’re connected with on Facebook, including Aunt Pearl, who shared it to her 3,539 friends, and you’ve created your first website to have a home for your book, it’s time to increase your knowledge.

To be honest, every day should provide a window of opportunity to increase knowledge. It might be only five minutes, but personally, I dedicate a minimum of 30 minutes a day to expand my horizons. It’s not always about writing but more often than not, it is something I can use in my writing to enrich my stories.

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I’ve Banned Twitter

Due to Twitter’s heavy censoring of free speech and bias towards politics and news, I have banned it. There is no longer a Twitter share button at the bottom of my posts or pages. I’ve deleted the lone account I held onto (Quarter Castle Publishing), so I can’t share news I’ve enjoyed on it.

To me, Twitter no longer exists. It is the first social media platform that needs to die.

However, I can manually share news on a new platform I’m test driving. If you are on Parler, let me know. I’ll follow. You’ll find me here: Diane McGyver.

For the most part, I’ll share posts made on my pen name blog. For me, social media is going the way of the dinosaur. Eventually, I’ll just have a blog.

Happy Sunday!

Be kind to your future self.

Diane McGyver interviewed at South Branch Scribbler

In October 2020, Allan Hudson reviewed Northern Survival and at that time, he asked for an interview for his South Branch Scribbler website. I agreed, and the interview went live today. In it, I talk about what inspired me to write Northern Survival and my fantasy novels. I also share a memory from my childhood when my family used to camp in my uncle’s old shed where my father was born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia.

You can read it here: Author Diane McGyver of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Allan is from South Branch, Kent County, New Brunswick, Canada. He’s the author of several books, including The Alexanders Vol. 1 1911 – 1920.

Description of The Alexanders Vol. 1 1911 – 1920

In the turbulent waters off Saltcoats, Scotland, Danny Alexander dies in a boating accident. He leaves behind a wife, seven children and no hope. Dominic is the middle child. With a broken heart, his mother is forced to leave him with his bachelor uncle, Duff. None of them are happy with the decision.

Eleven-year-old Dominic Alexander must earn his keep. There are no free rides. Yet despite the difficulties, he finds his place in the structured world of his uncle and overcomes his loneliness.

Fortune and misfortune follow the young man until adversity forces him to make a decision that will affect the rest of his life. Is emigrating to Canada the answer?

Happy Saturday and remember: be kind to your future self.

Nova Scotia: You Have 11 Days to Opt-out of Being an Organ Donor

No discussion. No debate. The Liberal government decided for us.

If you live in Nova Scotia and you do NOT officially register to keep your organs when you die, you automatically become an organ donor.

I’m not here to debate whether you should or not, or whether it is ethical or not. I’m here to tell those in Nova Scotia who have not heard about this legislation that if they want to choose to opt-out of organ donation, they have to do it now.

The deadline is January 18, 2021.

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Book Review: “Where There’s A Will” by Judy Penz Sheluk

My first Sheluk book won’t be my last

While I’ve been following Judy Penz Sheluk for some time, Where There’s a Will is the first book by her that I’ve read. My reason: limited reading time and the mound of books waiting for me to read.

Where There’s a Will is the third book in A Glass Dolphin Mystery, but it can be easily read as a stand-alone book, which I’ve done. I don’t feel I’ve missed a huge part of the story though I’m certain the story would have been more fulfilling if I had met the characters and witnessed their earlier struggles in books one and two.

Unlike the previous two books, which contained murder for the mystery, this one is an estate mystery. No murder, or at least no concrete murder is under investigation. To avoid spoilers, I’ll stick to a general review of the book.

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Assessing 2020 Goals and Making 2021 Goals

If I had to wrap up the year 2020 in one word, that would be extreme. Was anything moderate except the weather? Some rode the wave of this extreme while others were sucked beneath the wave where the undertow tossed them around.

Me, I watched from the sidelines when I wasn’t busy on an adventure.

Assessing 2020

This is the day of the year I assess the goals I had made for 2020. Given the extreme energy in the air, some of those goals were met, some were not, some were exceeded.

Writing Goals

The books I had planned to write were…

  • Within the Myst: Book 2 in the Mystical series
  • Gathered Stones: Book 5 Castle Keepers series
  • The Helmsman: Young Adult Fantasy stand-alone novel
  • Origin of the Stones: Book 6 Castle Keepers series

Here’s what actually happened. The words written went to these books.

  • Seeds of Life: A stand-alone dystopian novel: First Draft Complete
  • Within the Myst: Book 2 in the Mystical Series: 20,105 words written
  • Gathered Stones: Book 5 Castle Keepers series: 19,284 words written
  • Plus a few short stories completed
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