Patricia Burroughs

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I love to check out your [yes, your] ratings and comments about the books I love, the books I hate, the books I am not sure I want to read and am trying to decide, and books I'm not sure that I've read before and am skimming your comments to see if they shake a memory loose. But the best is when I can wallow in your love for the books I love and your annoyance for the books that annoy me. Best ever.

I avoid spoilers of any kind so a lot of times I read the first sentence you wrote, think "oh yeah, that is something I want to investigate and/or read!!!" and don't read another word you wrote because I don't want to know the details.

As for me, the analysis and time it takes for me to come up with a real review is beyond calculation. My brain do
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Patricia Burroughs I have to admit, I took lessons from JK Rowling.

Well, maybe I took lessons in how she named the Blacks and Weasleys, anyway. If you remember, all of …more
I have to admit, I took lessons from JK Rowling.

Well, maybe I took lessons in how she named the Blacks and Weasleys, anyway. If you remember, all of the Black family (except Narcissa) had astronomical names: Andromeda, Sirius, and Regulus had roles in the series, but certainly Bellatrix trumped them all! Other Black family members mentioned also followed this naming scheme.

Then we look at the Weasleys. Unlike the pompous purebloods, their names are down-to-earth. Even though their real names are often just as pretentious sounding to us Muggles, they go by Arthur, Molly, Bill, Charlie, Fred & George, Ron, and Ginny. Salt of the earth, and their names support that.

With a cast of characters that from the beginning was expansive, I decided to go in a similar direction. The Furys, so proud of their heritage, always use names from mythology. I am not sure if Mrs Fury's given name has been used, yet, but she is the only one who doesn't have a myth-based name, and that's because, of course, she wasn't born a Fury.

The Royal family took on the Arthurian names and called themselves the House of Pendragon at the time Bardán Fury set up the first magical dynasty in Tudor times. While typically only those born into the Royal family are given those names at birth, a woman marrying into the Royal line takes an Arthurian name, and sometimes they are 'gifted' on infants who are born into the extended family but not in the hereditary line for the throne. Thus, because Queen Ygraine loved her niece, she requested that her grand-nephew be named Gawain, a great honour, indeed!

Finally, the Earthborn tend to take names from nature, some sound normal to us, and some that don't. Also, some of the names are in the languages of their native land, or part of the country. English names like Coal, Lily and Phlox are joined by names like Golvan, which is Cornish for sparrow, or Mellyon, Cornish for clover. Clary in the story is short for Clary Sage, and other names may have come from the botanical designation if the family is likely to know of it.

Few names were chosen without a lot more thought than they probably merited, but it's so much fun finding them. Thanks for asking such a great question!

ETA: And now, here is a teaser for The Dead Shall Live. My favorite new character is Akachi Redshanks. And yes, that name has meaning, too. But I'll wait and let Akachi tell you herself when the book rolls out!
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Patricia Burroughs Ah, you've been reading my blog or following me on Pinterest! Cornwall will definitely play a big part in the trilogy.

My husband and I have made sever…more
Ah, you've been reading my blog or following me on Pinterest! Cornwall will definitely play a big part in the trilogy.

My husband and I have made several research trips to England, Wales, Ireland, and Scotland. Not everywhere we've visited will make it into this series, however. And one of the most significant locations was discovered through long distance research. I looked for Tudor manors online and after I found some that were part of the National Trust, I sent off for their guidebooks. Once I realized that a form of Baddesley Clinton would be amazing for my purposes, I nabbed it and started writing. It was only after This Crumbling Pageant was complete that I got to actually visit that wonderful manor house. I could have moved right in. I wanted to live there. I want to go back!

You can read more about my experiences choosing it here: http://wordwenches.typepad.com/word_w...(less)
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Day Fourteen: We Shall Overcome


 


Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Over the past few years, the most visited post on this site is a previous tribute to “We Shall Overcome.”


We have such a deep need now.


Deep in my heart I still believe.

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This Crumbling Pageant, Volume One of The Fury Triad (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: <b>Persephone Fury is the Dark daughter, the one they hide.</b> <i>England, 1811.</i> Few are aware of a hidden magical England, a people not ruled by poormad George, but the dying King Pellinore of the House of Pendragon. The Furys are known for their music, their magic, and their historic roleas kingmakers. When Fury ambitions demand a political marriage,Persephone is drugged and presented to Society-- Only to be abducted from the man she loves by the man she loathes. But devious and ruthless, Persephone must defy ancient prophecy, embrace her Dark magic, and seize her own fate. <b>Get swept away into the first book of a dark fantasy series combining sorcery and magic, Arthurian legend turned upside down, and a coming of age that leaves the Dark daughter, the one they can no longer hide, choosing between love and honour, between desire and destiny.</b> Winner, Golden Quill for best Romantic Fantasy in 2015 ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ <i>The Dead Shall Live, Volume Two of The Fury Triad</i> will be available from Story Spring Publishing soon!
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“She shot up, the pain in her right shoulder tearing through her. “How dare you!”

His wand flicked out, aimed at her heart, though beyond the movement of that one agile hand, the rest of his body remained as still and dangerously relaxed as before. “Quite easily,” he purred.”
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C. Hi Patricia! I made "Gentle Spectrums" group changes. It is for pets, books, nature, gardening, music and anything important; including helpful social commentary. It always was but minus reading challenges in 2020. I hope we renew participation. Your friend, Carolyn.


Patricia Burroughs Thanks! I love reading about other people's reading habits!


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L Dear Patricia,
Thank you so much for acepting my friendship request! I look forward to reading and discovering your work.

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