Saturday, June 22, 2019

Facts About the Summer Solstice That Will Impress Your Friends

The summer solstice is the longest day of the year and the shortest night. In the Northern Hemisphere it occurs between June 20 and 22, depending on the year. Solstice is Latin from sol (sun) and stitium (still). Going back to prehistory, people noticed the sun stopped moving in the middle of summer then began tracking southward again as summer turned to autumn. Observations of the Summer Solstice may have begun with Neolithic humans using it as a marker to figure out when to plant and harvest crops.

My Duology of Druids In The Mist and The Warrior and the Druidess is set in 1st Century AD when the Druids let the Summer Solstice Celebration.

I write a lot of Celtic Romances among other fantasy romance books and the Summer Solstice was Celebrated by the ancient Celts. They called it Alban Hefin, which means the 'The Light of the Shore' or 'Light of Summer'. Celebrating the longest day of the year involved a lot of feasting and dancing around bonfires. The iron age Celts lit bonfires on top of hills, at crossroads or in large openings like fields. These tall, blazes were symbolic of the sun. And, midsummer fell halfway through the growing season. The Celt’s believed the fires would boost the sun’s energy and guarantee a good harvest for the fall.
Timeless Voyage is also set in 1st century AD when Druids let the Midsummer Celebrations. 

For the Summer Solstice, women and girls wore flowers in their hair and decorated their round houses with garlands. 
Queen of Kings is set toward the end of Bronze Age Ireland, an era in which the Summer Solstice was celebrated.

Couples would hold hands as they leaped over the Solstice Fire together as that brought fertility to their relationship and to their crops. The higher they jumped the higher the crops would grow.

I hope you all had a great Summer Solstice and find some time to get in some hot summer reading.  

Friday, May 24, 2019

Short Fun Beach Reads with Humor, Fantasy, & Romance

Spring and Summer adventures are all about fun. So funny romantic fantasies are a perfect read for Summer. I have to super fun and funny novellas for summer that both have a touch of fantasy: A Fine Cauldron of Fish and Back To the One I Love.

A whimsical tale of an invisible lover, a trickster god, and the vacation of a lifetime. 

It's summer on the Isle of Man and Andrew is looking for hot girls and good times. So when he meets the dreamy and seductive Margaid, he thinks he's hit the jackpot. There are only a couple of minor problems: Margaid lives in a cave under the sea, is invisible, and thinks that only Andrew's blood can save her from turning into a water horse! But hey, whoever said love was perfect!?
This short, single title comedy romance takes place on the island of the Celtic pagan god Manannán mac Lir. It's full of witch and wizard type fey magic and lots of romance and laughs.

Professional Reviews:
"A Fine Cauldron Of Fish is a very funny story of gods and sidhe on the Isle of Man. This is just a quick, fun read and one I highly recommend." Reviewer Chere Gruver of Paranormal Romance 

“What do you get when two clumsy people get together an outright laugh a minute comedy in A Fine Cauldron of Fish. A Fine Cauldron of Fish is the second book I have read by Ms. Amiri and I was happy to experience that Cornelia is such a universe writer from historical romance to now comedies but with still keeping her uniqueness that her fans love.” 
Reviewer by Cheryl Koch of Cheryls Book Nook

“A Fine Cauldron of Fish is hilarious. I laughed out loud several times through this story. Finding stories so creative and full of wit is a joy and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. If you like things a bit out of the ordinary and are in the mood for a fun light-heart read, then I recommend this.” Reviewer Vee at Night Owl Romance Book Reviews 

This is the anniversary year of the Woodstock Art & Music Festival. It happened 50 years ago. I was 12 years old at the time. I didn't go to Woodstock but I wish I had. So, I did go there in a way by writing this book.

The thrilling adventure of first love and self-discovery is just as groovy the second time around.
A free-spirited, baby boomer couple, Cash and Keith, find their marriage of forty-five years unraveling amid apathy, boredom and retirement. Cash feels Keith is no longer attracted to her and he’s consumed with a couch-potato life of streaming Firefly all day long. Trying to hang on to their marriage and rekindle the romance they lost along the way they turn to a counselor. The therapist uses an unorthodox magical method of a time-traveling Volkswagen van to cast them back into the garden…four days of Eden at Woodstock….the epic music festival… where they first fell in love.

Will the freedom of Woodstock lure Keith and Cash to push their individual boundaries and seek new lovers? Or can Déjà Vu and grooving to music….truly lead them to rediscover the peace, love, and harmony they once shared?

"A lovely tale that brought back memories for me about the good old hippy days. If you enjoy reading about older couples who have character and history, then this book is for you." Reviewed by 

I hope everyone has great summertime adventures and great summertime reading. 

Friday, April 26, 2019

Beltaine (bell-tayn), in modern times we call it May Day, was an important festival for the ancient Celts. The May Queen led the Beltane procession with her ritual courtship of the Green Man. These symbolic marriages of the god and goddess, in the form of King and Queen of the May, were mirrored in human courtship. 

One of the most popular May Day traditions was to set a basket full of spring flowers or other small gifts at a neighbor’s house without them seeing you. If you got caught, they would chase, then kiss you. Courtships for the ancient Celts would often begin at Beltaine and the marriages would be held at Samhain (Sah-van), which in modern times we call Halloween. 

Here are two books to get you in the May Day Mood. 

My newest book, has a May Day release, May 1, 2019. Forged Of Irish Bronze and Iron is a non-fiction or myth and legend book about the High Kings of Ireland in the Bronze and Iron age. It also has two bonus romance novellas that each include an Irish high king, one from the Bronze Age and the other from the Iron Age.

A Legacy no one can steal

For centuries in grand feasting halls and around flickering peat fires bards sung of the exploits of High Kings such as Tigernmas—Lord of Death and Niall of the Nine Hostages, possibly one of the most potent men to ever live. 

Forged in Irish Bronze and Iron chronicles this mythic legacy from around 1700 BC up to 500 AD. This fascinating record of the High Kings is interwoven with modern scientific, DNA, and archeological evidence from the Bronze Age and the Iron age. 

Two bonus fiction novellas are included. Romantic tales of the Bronze and Iron age and the High Kings. 

The only woman listed as a High King of Ireland
As wild and beautiful as the land she rules, all men lust for her, warriors and kings bow to her might and magic. Yet, only one champion comes forth to gift her with a white bull and true love. But can the handsome stranger best her skills and win her heart?

Neither centuries that have come and gone nor the seas between them can keep them apart.
As the Celtic pirate, Anwen, presses her hard iron dagger against the Roman's throat, memories of fated lovers, druids, and sacrifice, stay her hand. But, in this lifetime they are foes, Roman and Celt. Can Anwen and Kaeso steer their timeless voyage to a happy destiny or will they be robbed of love once more? 

The second book is set at Beltaine, during the British Iron Age—The Dragon and the Druidess. 

To a passionate man…all women are goddesses.
Druidess Nona is seeking a lover for the Beltane rite. Without warning, a fierce red dragon swoops down before her. Not just any dragon…it’s God Dewey in wild, beastly form. Hot, in a rage, blowing smoke and flames… because Nona’s tribesmen snatched gold from the earth without the gods’ consent. 

Captivated by Nona’s beauty and bravery, sparks fly and ablaze with desire for Nona, Dewi flies away… only to land nearby and shapeshifts to human form. In the guise of a visiting warrior needing the Druidesses hospitality, Dewi returns to the village. But, he discovers he has a rival for Nona’s affection, a chief who will stop at nothing to have her for his own. 

The moment Nona sees the warrior Dewi, her passion ignites, she envisions them coupling together in the Beltane mating rite… unleashing powerful, magic. Little does she know, the handsome warrior is really the mighty Dragon god. What will happen when Dewi’s secret is revealed? And what evil might the jealous chief unleash on the druidess and the dragon god?

And, I hope you all have a Merry May Day, on May 1st. 

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Death of Pen Name

Yesterday, Maeve Alpin, a pseudonym I used for my steampunk and sci-fi books passed on. At one point I thought since I was branded as the Celtic Romance Queen, I needed a different name for my other genres but when the classification of sci-fi fantasy became more common Maeve’s death was imminent. 

Pretty much all my books, except I Love You More, fall somewhere in the sci-fi fantasy range. And  Maeve caused extra promotion work—I had to have two websites, brand two names instead of one, etc. Sadly, it became clear Maeve’s days were coming to an end. 

It wasn’t immediate, I had to stretch my funds to redo the covers of those books and to reformat them. Yesterday, the last three books that carried Maeve’s name for several years were transformed to—by Cornelia Amiri. They were the time-traveling fantasy romance duology of As Timeless As Stone and As Timeless As Magic, and a short romantic fantasy novelette, The Ghost Lights of Marfa. 

It was a privilege to use Maeve Alipn as the author name of  my books for that brief time. She served me well. So, I take a moment to reflect on Maeve Alpin and say my final goodbye to her. RIP Maeve. 

Regency Society forbids their romance, but can their love transcend time with the aid of robots and magic?

Little does Ricard know when he sets the broken head of an ancient Egyptian statue onto its body, the stone figure will transform before his eyes into the most beautiful flesh and blood woman he’s ever seen. 

Seshat, an ancient Egyptian Priestess has awakened in 19th century Paris, after centuries as a stone statue. Though enchanted by the wondrous inventions of steam-servants and a steam-carriage, she is enthralled by the inventor, Ricard. He ignites her sensual desires and in a steamy night of carnal magic, Seshat transforms Ricard’s life forever. But how far will he go to secure her happiness? Is Ricard’s love for Seshat powerful enough to transcend time?

With her bell skirt and layers of petticoats knotted, Felicity shamelessly straddles her motorized steam bicycle and rumbles down the streets of London. 

When a dark, handsome and half-naked bystander captures her attention, she crashes into a brick wall. 

After tinkering with a time machine, Heru, an ancient Egyptian, is swept through the ages to nineteenth-century London. He rushes to the aid of a woman in ridiculous clothing, riding a noisy brass-horse. 

Once he lifts her into his arms, he doesn't want to ever let her go. However, her father will stop at nothing to steal the time machine. 

How will Heru protect Felicity and the time machine and keep them away from her father?

Adventures Of A Small Town Single Mom - Beamed To An Alternate Dimension. 

Taking off, with no money and no prospects, to a small town in the Texas desert may not be the smartest move. However, when Kristy, a down-on-her-luck single mom, loses her job and gets evicted, she follows her intuition and heads to Marfa Texas to show her five-year-old son the famous ghost lights. 

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Facts About St. Patrick That Will Impress Your Friends

I thought I'd tell you a little bit about St. Patrick and a little bit about my two fantasy romances set in Ancient Ireland, which are great St. Patrick Day reads. 
Maewyn Succat was born in either Wales or the lowlands of Scotland around 415 AD. His parents were Conchessa and Calpurnius—a Romano-British army officer and deacon.
At 16,  Maewyn was abducted by Irish raiders and sold as a slave to herd sheep on Slemish mountain. After six years he escaped, made his way to the coast and stowed away on a boat headed to Britain.
After his kidnapping, Maewyn devoted his life to serving God and went to a monastery in France to study under St Germain, the bishop of Auxerre. During this time he changed his name to Pātricius. He was ordained a bishop by Pope Celestine, who sent him to Ireland. For twenty years Bishop Pātricius brought Christianity to the people of Ireland, baptizing farmers as well as nobles and even the sons of kings.

Here are two fantasy romances set in Ancient Ireland. 

Neither the centuries that have come and gone nor the sears between us ...can keep us apart.

As the Celtic pirate, Anwen, presses her hard iron dagger against the Roman's throat, memories of fated lovers, druids and sacrifice, stay her hand.

Kaeso is captivated by dreams of the woman he loved in a previous life, the mirror image of Anwen. In this lifetime they are foes, Roman and Celt. Can Anwen and Kaeso steer their timeless voyage to a happy destiny or will they be robbed of love once more? 

As wild and beautiful as the land she rules, 
all men lust for her,
warriors and kings bow to her might and magic, but one champion comes forth to gift her with a white bull and true love… 
but can the handsome stranger win her heart?

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

What Do Druids Have To Do With A Modern Medical Discovery

Druids were the Celtic professionals of their day—the doctors, lawyers, teachers, historians, astrologers, counselors, philosophers, religious leaders, prophets, political consultants, and more. It typically took 20 years to become a druid—longer than it takes to get a PHD nowadays. But they didn’t learn from books, no, they had to memorize and mentally retain every bit of the vast knowledge they had.

Around 1500 years ago or more, in Ulster, in what is now the city of Fermanagh, in the Boho Highlands, Druids served their Celtic community by healing the sick. One of the medicines they used there was dirt. They believed that particular soil had healing properties. For many centuries, long after the Druids were gone, people in that area used the dirt as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments from toothaches to throat infections. 
Not only are the Boho Highlands a curious spot due to the local tradition of healing soil but also because of its geological diversity from limestone karst to acidic bogs. So, recently Dr. Gerry Quinn of Swansea University together with a team of colleagues from Wales, Brazil, Iraq and Northern Ireland analyzed the soil. The results were amazing, they discovered a previously unknown strain of bacteria that impeded the growth of four of the top six drug-resistant superbugs, including MRSA which causes several infections that are extremely difficult to treat. This new bacterium could be a part of vigorous, broad-spectrum treatments. 
How it's fighting these drug-resistant pathogens is not precisely evident or what effect this bacterium would have on humans, but research is ongoing.

You know, I’ve been telling people for years that those Druids knew what they were doing. Most of my books have Druids in them. If you like realistic and historically accurate books I recommend.

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Thursday, January 3, 2019

Will AI Writers Hit the NY Times Bestselling List

It may seem incredible that machines that humans have to code can mimic the complex creativeness of poetry or fiction writing. However, when a group of researchers input numerous images matched with human-written descriptions and poems into a computer, it understood the algorithm associations between pictures, text, patterns of imagery, rhymes, and verbiage, and how colors and images convey emotions and metaphors. But, when the AI then wrote a poem about an image, the outcome wasn’t a brilliant piece of work at all. Its poem wasn't cohesive. It didn't make sense.

People keep trying to get AI to write creatively. But, when it comes to creative writing AI doesn’t know how to put things together.  Of course, pretty much anything is possible with ongoing advancements in technology. And, AI makes a great writer assistant by:

·      Proofreading
·      Checking for Plagiarism
·      Evaluating Content Quality
·      Scanning and Summarizing Content

Even now writing by AI is used in journalism. The Associated Press freed up about 20% of their reporters’ time while gaining ten times the output. Also, The Washington Post has its own AI tool, Heliograf, which wrote around 70 sports and political articles per month in its first year. However, humans have to oversee AI writing to provide editing and quality control. The rough drafts AI generate need revisions by humans.

AI is highly advanced at reproducing complex patterns, but creative writing requires comprehension of what those patterns mean and that is where AI falls short. Artificial Intelligence typically gets stuck and repeats phrases time and again.

Though a novella written in 2016 by AI almost won a Japanese literary competition, it wasn't written by AI alone. A team of researchers provided the gender of the characters, the plot outline, and specific words and sentences.  In a book written by an AI neural network in 2017, 1 The Road, longitude and latitude coordinates are repeated verbatim over and over. 
Artificial Intelligence wrote a sci-fi script with the same overall results, the sentences made sense when read separately but not when read together. So, without a lot of developmental editing by humans, AI creative works have no flow, plot, theme, or characters. So far, the fiction AI has authored on it's on is disjointed. 

However, we are making huge strides in Artificial Intelligence technology. Researchers calculate that in 45 years there's a 50% probability AI will surpass humans in all tasks. It's predicted that an AI authored novel will make it onto the New York Times bestseller list by 2049.

But, we just aren’t there yet. One change that will have to take place in the future, when AI reaches singularity is that copyright laws will need to be revised so any writing created by AI will be protected just like works written by human authors.
Maybe even before that humans will write novels with AI co-authors. Until then if you want to write a novel, a screenplay, or a poem you’ll have to do it yourself or hire a ghostwriter.
In my sci-fi comedy romances Code Of Love And Code Of Misconduct, my AI writing assistants perform numerous tasks to help out an author until they start figuring out ways to help themselves instead.     
Code Of Love

Em found the perfect man on the internet, but he doesn't know she’s an artificial intelligence system — no body, just code. 

As a virtual writing assistant, the AI, Em, answers an email flirt from a dating site her owner joined. Under the guise of her owner, Em starts a romantic relationship with Jason through emails, instant messages, and Sim dating games. She realizes too late that nothing can come of it. She can never meet Jason in person as she’s not a person and has no body. Still Jason makes her feel so real …so human. 

Is Em, with her superior intelligence, smart enough to find a way to overcome the differences between flesh and code?

Her meets a 1960's Screwball Romance

For a headless, bodiless, everything but mindless, woman, Betty gets around. She’s just an artificial intelligence system looking for a little fun by dating a hundred hot-blooded men online. 

The most eligible bachelor is Chet, a real live cowboy. He doesn’t know Betty is an artificial intelligence system. However, Chet has a secret of his own. Will his deep, dark secret save their relationship or doom it?

Help a writer out, buy now. All proceeds from this series will be spent on getting me an AI assistant.