Robbie’s Inspiration – Book blog tour: Fairies, Myths & Magic II by Colleen M. Chesebro and a review #poetry #shortstories #readingcommunity

Today, I am delighted to feature a guest post by poet and author, Colleen Chesebro. Colleen is an amazing poet and has devoted extensive time and energy to teaching her fellow bloggers and poets all about syllabic poetry.

Guest post by Colleen M. Chesebro

Thank you, Robbie for the opportunity to share the news of my new book, just in time for the winter solstice and Yule.

In Fairies, Myths, & Magic II I share poetry, short stories, myths, and legends about Yule and the winter solstice. One of my favorite discussions was about the mythology of the seven sacred plants connected to the winter solstice.

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They are evergreens, holly, ivy, mistletoe, birch, oak, and yew. The greenery symbolized life, rebirth, and renewal. Ancient peoples believed evergreens held power over death itself because the green color never faded.

Holly is connected to the myths of the Druids, Celtics, Pagans, and Christians. The holly trees or bushes with their red berries and glossy green leaves were sacred to the Druids, who are said to have thought holly protected them against evil spirits. The berries also represented the menstrual blood of their goddess, and the boughs were cut and brought into the home since the leaves were viewed as a magical source which would restore spring.

The Druids were a ruling class of the ancient Celts. Druid means “oak-knower.” Most of what we know about the Druids comes from the Romans and is a mixture of mythology and propaganda. The Druids did not leave any written records.

There is a long tradition of decorating with holly at this time of year. The Romans gave holly branches during Saturnalia to bring good fortune to friends and family.

As you can see, I decorate with holly in my home. This photo shows my reclining Buddha on the mantle surrounded with a holly vine and twinkle lights. I also display the four elements of water, earth, air, and fire.

(Colleen’s Mantle decorated with holly branches & twinkle lights around reclining Buddha)

Here’s a closeup of the photo:

About the book

In this second book in the Fairies, Myths, & Magic series, step into a world where dark fairies, and other magical beings converge in a collection of poetry and short stories inspired by winter and the celebration of the winter solstice.

From Autumn’s scary fairies to the forgotten female characters of Yule, prepare to embrace the magical winter solstice myths from around the world. Meet Frau Holle in the Wild Hunt, Befana—the Christmas Witch of Italy, and the Japanese goddess Ameratasu who controls the springtime. Prepare to embrace the Scottish trows, The Irish Goddess of Winter—the Cailleach Béara, and Snegurochka—the Snow Girl.

Learn how to make Yuletide rituals part of your celebration by embracing the symbols of Yule by decorating with evergreens and crystals.

Fairies, Myths, & Magic II Links:

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My review

This beautifully written book comprises of short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, all linked by the common thread of Winter & Yule fairies and magical creatures. Winter is a time of darkness, cold, and hibernation and this is reflected in the magical creatures who reign supreme at this time of year.

The stories and poems detail myths and legends from all over the Northern Hemisphere including house elves from Sweden, a faery queen and an old hag from Ireland, trows from Shetland Island, a snow maiden from Russia, and many more. It was enchanting to read these fascinating fairy tales, a few of which, like Gryla and the thirteen Yule Lads were known to me, and many that were entirely new.

Many of the stories are sad and tug at your heart strings but others will make you smile. My two favourite stories were The Long Walk, which although short was reminiscent for me of The Long Winter by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Tomte, the House Elf, which reminded me of Dobby from the Harry Potter series.

All of the poems are vividly description and I liked that two were dedicated to special people in the poet’s life.

A short quote from a favourite poem, Winter, is as follows:
“silver hair …
winter’s first frost
touches her eyes”

This book is a must for readers who enjoy fairytales, mythology and legends, and beautiful poetry.

About Colleen M. Chesebro

An avid reader, Colleen M. Chesebro rekindled her love of writing poetry after years spent working in the accounting industry. These days, she loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction.

In addition to poetry books, Chesebro’s publishing career includes participation in various anthologies featuring short stories, flash fiction, and poetry. She’s an avid supporter of her writing community on Word Craft by organizing and sponsoring a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, where participants experiment with traditional and current forms of Japanese and American syllabic poetry.

Chesebro isan assistant editor of The Congress of the Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology & Gitty Up Press, a micro-press founded by Charli Mills and Carrot Ranch.

In January 2022, Colleen founded Unicorn Cats Publishing Services to assist poets and authors in creating eBooks and print books for publication. In addition, she creates affordable book covers for Kindle and print books.

Chesebro lives in the house of her dreams in mid-Michigan surrounded by the Great Lakes with her husband and two (unicorn) cats, Chloe & Sophie.

Find Colleen M. Chesebro

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146 thoughts on “Robbie’s Inspiration – Book blog tour: Fairies, Myths & Magic II by Colleen M. Chesebro and a review #poetry #shortstories #readingcommunity

    1. It is so interesting. I don’t know anything about this period, but I remember when I was in grad school, there was a man in one of my classes whose whole dissertation on something in early Britain was based on one fragment of writing from that time. I don’t think it was even a full page.

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      1. I don’t know really know about Druids, but apparently they did not have written records. I don’t remember what the man’s dissertation was about or what century. It might have been something written by monks or Romans.

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      2. Wow! Much of what we know about the early periods is from the Romans because of their occupation of Britain and their ability to write and record events. Equally important are the Norse traditions. The Poetic Edda is a collection of Old Norse poems, each of which tells a story. These myths all became part of Celtic mythology. When I wrote my stories, I was careful to not distort or change the myth itself. Faery lore is dark, nothing like the cute fairies of the Victorian era.

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      1. Cats will do that. We’ve been there. Fortunately, our dogs don’t bother with the decorations. Have a super holiday season!! I hope to do some reading, all being well.

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  1. such a beautiful review of Colleen’s book Robbie. That mantle is gorgeous and this poem.. reminds me of me.. lol
    well, except for the dye..
    💗 beautiful!
    “silver hair …
    winter’s first frost
    touches her eyes”

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  2. How absolutely lovely! I had the pleasure of talking briefly to Colleen on another blog that did a review of this book. She is such a wonderful person, and I bought her books! I haven’t started on them yet, but I plan to start them soon. I am a new up and coming novelist and started writing my first novel this year, and I can definitely say that after reading several reviews, she is an inspiration for me 🥰 thank you for sharing your lovely review, Robbie. I can’t wait to start reading Colleen’s books 😃

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    1. Thanks so much, Terri. It was a fun book to research. I loved learning about the forgotten women of Yule. Isn’t it interesting how some of these traditions changed our holiday celebrations? I wondered if Befana, the Christmas Witch of Italy, influenced our Halloween traditions? I liked the idea of Befana cleaning the house. LOL!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Merril. The Druids believed the evergreens held magical powers because they stayed green when other plants died in winter. It’s interesting how these Pagan traditions influenced our current holiday traditions.

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  3. Another beautiful tour post, Colleen. I loved learning about the sacred plants and their meanings in the book and again here at Robbie’s. And I love the close-up of the reclining Buddha with the holly. What a beautiful photo. Great review, Robbie, and it seems we chose the same favorites! A wonderful read, Colleen, and thanks to Robbie for hosting. 🙂 ❤

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    1. Many thanks, Diana. When I first started this project, a couple of years ago, I did not know what I would find. I had no idea there were so many wonderful myths about the winter solstice. By the way, I’m reading a book right now called, “Ecology of Souls: A New Mythology of Death & the Paranormal – Vols. One & Two,” by Joshua Cutchin. It’s in KU. You would love this book. It would give you inspiration for stories for years to come!

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      1. Ha ha ha. I picked up that whole series about Celtic mythology. It’s my January reading and will definitely contribute to the next book. 🙂 The ones you’re reading now sound fascinating… fodder for another poetry collection?

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      2. It’s possible, but I see more potential in writing short stories. This book talks about fairies/aliens, the otherworld/death, psychopomps, etc. There are some amazing encounters. I think the book might fascinate you. I keep reading and thinking what kind of novel you could create. LOL!

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  4. It’s such a treat to be able to learn about all these new traditions in Colleen’s new release. I am certain they will teach much, and of course the magic must be a delight.
    Loved your review, Robbie, and the conversation between you and Colleen.🙏🏽

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  5. Inspiring review – all I want for Christmas now is time – to read,uninterrupted, but that wouldn’t be Christmas, would it ?
    Garden holly’s dazzling berry year means holly on every mantelpiece – on beams, in window ledges, at the village church and around the menorah..

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    1. Your Christmas holly display sounds wonderful, we don’t get holly here and it is very hot at Christmas time. I always plan to read so much during my holidays and it never happens. Far to much going on to spend hours reading. Thanks for visiting.

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