Archive | April 2013

Night Owl Review gave Trove 4 Stars!

Night Owl Reviews (NOR) has given “Trove  (The Katie Walsh Mysteries)” a 4 star review.

Diana Coyle from NOR says:
“This was an enjoyable story with just the right mix of mystery, murder and romance”

“Ms. Montgomery provided me with plenty of twists and turns in her storyline to keep me riveted to my seat and she sprinkled it with a budding romance between Alec and Katie to make my heart swoon.”

“I enjoyed this book so much that I found myself burning through the pages to see what was going to happen next. If you’re in the market for a book that contains intrigue, mystery, romance and murder, than look no further. Nicely done, Ms. Montgomery!”

http://www.nightowlreviews.com/v5/Reviews/Diana-Coyle-reviews-Trove-by-KJ-Montgomery

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Another 5 star review for Trove

Hello my fellow adventurers, check out another Five Star (out of 5) review:

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Customer Review

5.0 out of 5 stars Can’t wait for the next installment, April 6, 2013
By mak
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This review is from: Trove (The Katie Walsh Mysteries) (Kindle Edition)
Really loved this book! It was the right combination of romance/mystery. Katie is going to be a fun person to follow. She reminds me a bit of Stephanie Plum in the Janet Evonavich “One for the Money” series. An interesting combination of giving closure to this story, but leaving some unanswered questions too!….

Celtic Legend of the Green Man

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Black & white photo was taken by Simon Garbutt and is a carving on the Church of Saint Mary and Saint David in Kilpeck, Herefordshire, England

The Celtic Legend of the Green Man

The Celtic culture is rife with ancient and perplexing myths and legends. One of the more well-known is the legend of the Green Man. The oft-depicted image, of a male face not just surrounded by green (i.e. fertile) foliage, often displays the flora flowing out of his mouth. What could this possibly represent?

General consensus is that the Green Man is a symbol of fertility and rebirth. Every spring life begins anew as the countryside blooms. Early pagan cultures probably added him to their spiritual pantheon to mirror the human cycle of birth. Understanding basic biology, these early groups could have wondered, “How could Mother Earth give birth without some help?”

People think of Britain and envision different colored fields of pastures separated by long linear hedgerows. Thousands of years ago, the countryside was far from civilized and open. The land was in fact heavily forested. These thick, dense woods were often dark, even in the bright, high summer sun. Forests were generally feared and there are many stories that warn people of the dangers of the brooding woodlands. It’s no wonder that tales of a spiritual being became associated with such a fearful place.

But just what is it that erupts from the mouth of the Green Man (see the black & white photo above), is it simply a metaphor for life springing forth? What if it is entirely something different, something that is relatable more to the modern age?

I’ll leave you this to ponder, if the Green Man is a pagan symbol, why is it found on and in many Christian churches in Britain. One of the churches, which may be familiar to you and is known to have over 100 Green Man visages, is Rosslyn Chapel. Do I have your attention now?

In Harbinger (the second book of The Katie Walsh Mysteries), I postulate an entirely different origin and meaning for legend of the Green Man. Start the adventure with Trove (the first of the Katie Walsh Mysteries), then in late Summer 2013, continue the journey with Harbinger.

Trove is available from Amazon.com in two formats:

Trove – Kindle format

Trove — print format