Fairies Myths & Magic Part 2 by Colleen Chesebro

Today I am delighted to have my dear Blog Sis, Colleen Chesebro over to tell us about her newest book, Fairies, Myths & Magic, part two!

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


I often write about spirituality and faith in my poetry. In Fairies, Myths, & Magic II, I concentrated on some of the more mystical aspects of faith.
It’s not unusual for me to use the symbolism of a tree to represent a connection between the different cosmic zones. There is always an upper, middle, and lower level the mystic travels to arrive at a mystical revelation.
In the story poem “A Prayer to the Rowan Tree,” I share the legend of the Rowan tree as it connects to Paganism. It’s interesting how these myths and legends endure. The Rowan tree is still recognized as protection against witchcraft and enchantment.
The physical characteristics of the tree contribute to its protective reputation. If you examine a berry from the tree, you will see a small five- pointed star or pentagram on the bottom of the fruit. The pentagram is an ancient protective symbol.

(Image by H. Hach from Pixabay)

Another attribute of protection was the colour of the berries—red! Ancient people believed the vibrant red protected them against magic!

I’ll share the poem portion of the story “A Prayer to the Rowan Tree” here:

sacred rowan tree—
life-giver to all women
motherhood, birth, blood,
the fragility of life,
represents to us
protection and survival
under your abundant boughs
fleeting white blossoms
five-pointed starred red berries
start anew each spring
frail trees of the bleak highlands,
grows next to heaven
protects the living from the dead
no evil can enter here…
© Colleen M. Chesebro

Thanks so much, Ritu. I enjoyed spending time with you.

How lovely, Colleen! I had a chance to read an ARC of the book, and I will share my review, below.

My Review:

Fairies, Myths, & Magic II: Book 2: A Winter Celebration by Colleen M. Chesebro
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Fairies, Myths & Magic book 2, as it brought a sprinkling of mysticism to the darkening nights.
Colleen Chesebro has woven her poetic verse and stories within recounts of various myths and legends, all things fae, and it won my heart!
The first story, about the changeling, was my favourite read. These things fascinate me, and if you are looking for something to add a little magic to your life, then you should really pick up a copy of this!


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:
Colleen’s Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Colleen-M-
Chesebro/e/B01N9MV2RX

Amazon Universal Link: https://mybook.to/FairiesMythsMagicII

About the Author:


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
Poetry.com 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 is an 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 here:
Word Craft Poetry: https://wordcraftpoetry.com
Colleen M. Chesebro, Author, Poet & Unicorn Cats Publishing Services:
https://colleenmchesebro.com

Facebook Page: Colleen M. Chesebro, Poet & Author:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100085941528913
LinkedIn: https://linkedin.com/in/colleen-m-chesebro-6b856b237

94 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Dec 14, 2022 @ 09:26:06

    A lovely share and review for Colleen’s new book. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    Reply

  3. judeitakali
    Dec 14, 2022 @ 06:46:41

    Yeah, immediately I knew it was Colleen and that there’d be magic in it, I was sold.💖💖

    Liked by 2 people

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  4. robbiesinspiration
    Dec 13, 2022 @ 17:37:38

    I enjoyed this poem very much. A great review and post, Ritu.

    Liked by 3 people

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  5. Jennie
    Dec 13, 2022 @ 01:35:09

    A great review, and congratulations, Colleen.

    Liked by 3 people

    Reply

  6. OIKOS™- Art, Books & more
    Dec 12, 2022 @ 04:24:16

    A great book for the dark winter days, to get more light. Thanks for the great review on it, Sis! Best wishes, Michael

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  7. Eugenia
    Dec 10, 2022 @ 13:57:43

    Thank you for the review of Colleen’s book, Ritu. I’ve read the book and it’s one I’ll read again because it lends pure magic to the winter season.

    Liked by 3 people

    Reply

  8. merrildsmith
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 23:01:02

    Another lovely review!

    Liked by 3 people

    Reply

  9. Liz Gauffreau
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 18:49:19

    I also found “The Changeling” a fascinating story. I found the book very thought-provoking.

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  10. Lisa
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 17:41:14

    I didn’t know that red was thought to be a protection from magic. Interesting. The rowan looks like my pyracantha, and I see they are both in the same family.

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  11. CarolCooks2
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 15:10:56

    It certainly sounds interesting, Colleen…Happy Yule xx

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  12. Colleen M. Chesebro
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 14:57:23

    Ritu, thank you again for the opportunity to share Fairies, Myths, & Magic II with you and your readers. Happy Yuletide blessings all! 🎄

    Liked by 2 people

    Reply

  13. SelmaMartin
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 14:46:32

    I like this. Splendid for the gift giving of any season. Xoxo thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 3 people

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  14. Erika
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 14:37:52

    Congratulations on the new book, dear Colleen 💖
    Thank you, sis, for hosting our Colleen and leaving a review of the book.

    Liked by 3 people

    Reply

  15. Kymber Hawke
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 14:06:32

    Congratulations, Colleen! I really want to read this. Great review, Ritu.

    Liked by 3 people

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  16. Yaksh singh
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 14:02:56

    Amazing and so awesome post dear Ritu!😉👍

    Liked by 3 people

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  17. D. Wallace Peach
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 13:12:27

    Great to see Colleen here, Ritu, and a wonderful review that captures the magic of the book. I remember that poem, Colleen, and enjoyed the extra bit of information about the tree. I have a rowan in my yard (of a tree from the same family). I’ll have to look for the pentagram then next time it fruits). Great read! Hugs to you both.

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  18. Me
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 13:09:43

    💜

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  20. SC Skillman
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 10:45:08

    Have downloaded it.

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  21. SC Skillman
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 10:40:49

    This sounds good.I am fascinated myself by the Fae and the pre- Christian beliefs that really have permeated our psyche and persisted in the most amazing way despite all the revolutions of every type since then. It is all very deep-rooted and I think that’s because archetypal truths are embedded within this worldview. I tried to make use of the Fae and the laws surrounding them in my new novel ‘Director’s Cut’, with the appearance of a supernatural being from that other world.

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    • Ritu
      Dec 09, 2022 @ 11:53:55

      You’ll love this, then 💛

      Liked by 2 people

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    • Colleen M. Chesebro
      Dec 09, 2022 @ 14:48:10

      You love the same things I do! My research confirms your belief that we embedded many Pagan pre-Christian archetypal truths within our worldview. As Christianity spread, the leaders of the church found the Pagan beliefs so ingrained into the beliefs of the people. So they portrayed the female goddesses as fairy godmothers, etc. Some of the forgotten women of Yule became saints. It was easier to make the myths part of the plan than to fight against it. I’m interested in your books. I’ll look you up on Amazon.com. Thanks so much. 🎄

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  22. beth
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 09:58:55

    wonderful, wonderful. this is beautiful and I love the solstice myths

    Liked by 3 people

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  23. Jaye Marie and Anita Dawes
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 09:46:00

    This is my Christmas present to myself…

    Liked by 3 people

    Reply

  24. Annette Rochelle Aben
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 05:29:47

    A magical read, indeed!

    Liked by 5 people

    Reply

  25. CarolCooks2
    Dec 09, 2022 @ 05:26:06

    Congratulations, Colleen, the cover is beautiful as I’m sure are your poems and stories the solstice myths have always held a fascination for me xx

    Liked by 5 people

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