Tag Archive | Celts

I’m guesting with Marilyn Meredith

Come on over and visit me at Marilyn Meredith’s blog. I’ll be there today, March 20th and tomorrow the 21st. Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to meet you.

Marilyn Meredith                                                http://www.marilynmeredith.blogspot.com

Stop By and Visit

Join me today as author Marian Lanouette has graciously invited me for a visit.

My novel Trove, is a story layered with rich sub-plots and intrigues that keeps your mind involved as your fingers turn the page. As one reviewer stated: “Trove has so many facets: as the story unfolds, the richer the tale becomes.”

Stop by and find out more:

http://marianl.com/main

http://marianl.com/main/?p=1132

Feel free to leave a comment. I look forward to “seeing” you!

KJ

New Link: I’m Guesting Today … Join me

Join me today as author Marian Lanouette has graciously invited me for a visit.

My novel Trove, is a story layered with rich sub-plots and intrigues that keeps your mind involved as your fingers turn the page. As one reviewer stated: “Trove has so many facets: as the story unfolds, the richer the tale becomes.”

Stop by and find out more:

http://marianl.com/main

http://marianl.com/main/?p=1132

Feel free to leave a comment. I look forward to “seeing” you!

KJ

Is it a Lava Tube?

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Photo is of the Thurston Lava Tube – Hawaii Volcanoes National Park/USGS

Lava Tubes

Have any of you walked through a lava tube? I was lucky enough to have had the experience while visiting Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. There was an eerie and otherworldly feeling that settled over me as I walked the slanted pathway. When you add the cool ambient atmosphere, you’re talking a prime setting for a mystery.

Lava tubes are created when molten lava flows cool and crust over forming near solid walls and roofs. I say near solid because lava rock is porous. Pick up a piece of lava rock and you’ll noticed the pock-marked surface. The rock is honey-combed with nooks and crannies reminiscent of a certain brand of English muffin.

In my novel Trove, mythologist Katie Walsh finds herself in a long tunnel that leads from the coast into the heart of the mountain. She wonders if it is in-fact a lava tube. The geology of the Isle of Skye reveals that the Isle was formed by ancient volcanoes so she surmises she is correct. Katie has only the limited illumination of a flashlight to help guide her, but she questions exactly what the tunnel is when the light reveals something not noticed before.

Join Katie as she journeys inward and upward through the tunnel and find out what she discovers as she nears the top of the  mountain. Her trove forms the basis of the subsequent volumes in The Katie Walsh Mysteries. It all starts here!

Trove is now available in print and on Kindle.

Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Trove-Katie-Walsh-Mysteries-ebook/dp/B00BTPB9W8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1363404200&sr=8-1&keywords=trove+by+kj+montgomery

Print: http://www.amazon.com/Trove-Katie-Walsh-Mysteries-Volume/dp/1482758431/ref=sr_1_cc_2?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1363419580&sr=1-2-catcorr&keywords=trove+by+kj+montgomery

 

The Power of Crystals

CrystalThe Power of Crystals

What is the first thing that comes to mind when I mention “crystals?” Do you think of the obvious choices: crystal stemware; crystal chandeliers; childhood prisms? Or are you more in-tune with your spiritual side and focus on crystals and their healing powers? If you think of crystals in these examples, you’re missing how important crystals are in our everyday lives.

So know I can see you crossing your arms and striking a skeptical pose, and the word “How” forming on your lips. Wonderful, at least I’ve captured your attention for a moment. Is that your cell phone ringing? Are you watching television? Are you surfing the ‘net? Well my friends then you are using crystals and they have a direct impact on your daily life.

How many of you wear a watch? Is it a quartz (crystal) movement, or is it a digital (liquid crystal) device? And let’s not forget the holy of holies in modern technology: silicon, which is a derivative of the process of melting (silicate) crystals and then molding them so we can use them in microprocessors which power our computers.

Scientists are working with lasers to store data not just on the surface of crystals, as do DVDs and CDs, but inside the crystals making super-efficient use of the many-planed surfaces found there. This affords an incredible advance in the ability to store massive amounts of data in ever-smaller physical units.  In the meantime, pick up your land-line phone or cell phone and call someone. Odds are you are using a fiber optic system somewhere in that communication link. Now you’re saying “So what” (I swear I can hear you). Well in case you’re not keeping up with the discussion, fiber optics are composed of glass and … wait for it…yep, you guessed it …crystals.

So you see, crystals are an integral part of our modern-day living and most of us aren’t even remotely aware of it. We tend to focus on what is front of us, in our sight-line. But if our information-processing and communication devices continue to decrease in size as their power increases, and since crystals have been known to mankind for millennium, it is entirely possible that they could have been used to power the technology of Atlantis. And due to their durability, it is possible that the crystals have survived and are waiting to be discovered.

In my novel Trove, Katie Walsh, investigative mythologist, believes that crystals were used by Atlanteans and she also believes that there were survivors of the cataclysm that destroyed their world. Join her as she sets out on her quest to prove her theory, and then follow her in the next book “Harbinger” to be released later in 2013!

Duntulm, Isle of Skye

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This photo of Isle of Skye is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Duntulm, Isle of Skye

Even today with the remnants of Duntulm castle luring visitors, it is rather a remote location on the Isle of Skye. Situated on the far northern coast, at what one might consider the top of Skye when looking at a map, it stands sentinel over the Outer Hebrides.

It has been host to several cultures: the Picts, the Celts, the Norse and in my novel Trove, the survivors of the destruction of the legendary Atlantis.

There is a strong possibility, if one believes in the tale of Atlantis, that they were a seafaring race. Along with their rumored advanced technology, they most certainly would have maintained contact with other peoples by means of water. So when the nation was destroyed in a cataclysmic event, it was certainly plausible that some Atlanteans were away from their homeland and survived.

Have you ever pondered why pyramids seemed to have almost simultaneously “popped” up at disparate points across the globe? Was it the “100 hundred monkey” effect, or was it the guiding hands of the descendants of Atlantis who found sanctuary far away from the catastrophe. Why couldn’t have some headed North to the protected isles of the Inner Hebrides? Prehistoric (referring to the time prior to 3,000 BC) cairns are found in the area. Could these have served as beacons, guideposts, or symbols, alerting to those in the know? These, along with the legends and myths were designed to exist long past the time their creators faded into ancient history. We can only conjecture as to what they really mean.

Get to know Katie Walsh, investigative mythologist, in Trove as she makes a discovery supporting her theory of Atlantis survivors establishing a settlement near what is today known as Duntulm and then get ready for Book 2 in “The Katie Walsh Mysteries” where she starts to trace the origins of the Celtic Legend of the Green Man.

What is a Legend

Stone Chamber Entrance

What is a Legend

A legend, at least in my belief, is a representation of a historical event. One of the more important elements of a legend is that, at its core, the events recorded in the narrative are within in the realm of the possible.

Legends from far back in human history had been sent forward into the future by various means. The farther back in time we venture, we find that the narratives had passed down through oral recitation. This method raises two issues. How far back in time do the origins go and how much has the oral tradition changed or morphed from the original source?

At the point in time when legends were converted to a written format, essentially freezing them in place, we can trace any changes going forward. But much like the childhood game of “Telephone,” we can surmise that the original story was probably quite different. Add to that the issue of language evolution and our modern-day interpretations can be quite different from the accepted meaning at the time of the legends were captured in written format and thus from their remote origins.

The Celtic and Norse civilizations are rich in legends and mythic tales of super beings and their interactions with mortals. Though not as well-known as the Greek myths, they are every bit, if not more intriguing. The basis of “The Katie Walsh Mysteries” will introduce readers to the Celtic and Norse legends and weave them into connected adventures that will tie their meanings to current events.

It all starts here! Get to know Katie Walsh and her colleagues in Trove, and then get ready for the second of “The Katie Walsh Mysteries,” when the “Legends come to Light.