#RRBC Back-to-School Book & Blog Block Party

Blog Party 1

 

 

 

 

LOCATION: Southern New Hampshire, USA, EDT

# of PRIZES: 4
*2 audio books: The Christmas Thief
WINNERS: JOY NWOSU LO-BAMIJOKO & NATALIE DUCEY

*1 ebook: Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey
WINNER: C. S. BOYACK

*1 ebook: Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore
WINNER: HANNAH HOWE

You are nearing the end of the RRBC Book & Blog Party. We hope you’ve had a pleasant time and have met a lot of wonderful, talented authors. If you’ve missed any, here’s a link for you to go back and visit the others:

Rave Reviews Book & Blog Block Party Lineup

While you’re here, please leave a non-spam comment on this page for a chance to win one of the above prizes. Contest ends midnight CDT, August 27, 2016. Winners will be drawn by RRBC and announced shortly after the contest ends.

Want to learn more about Ronesa? Check out her RRBC Spotlight interview.

Welcome to
The Land of Bulgaria

mystical_emona_add_V1MYSTICAL EMONA: SOUL’S JOURNEY

We’d like to start you off with what inspired “Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey.” Henry James once said, “It takes an endless amount of history to make even a little tradition.”

So, while the main theme of the story is soul mates finding each other after centuries apart, the book unveils much more than a love story. It’s a story about the modern Bulgarian people and their culture. The book introduces readers to ancient Thracian customs and rituals that have survived through the ages. As one reviewer stated so beautifully: “The relationships are handled with loving care as the story weaves a tapestry of ancient myths and traditions, mingled with the world of today.”

MYSTICAL EMONA:
An RRBC Book of the Month Selection

In addition to these traditions, the wild beauty of a real village called Emona was the inspiration behind this book. This secluded, mystical place located on the Black Sea, its people hidden from the eyes of the world, is filled with history and a soul of its own – from being the legendary birthplace of Thracian king Rhesus, who fought in the Trojan War, to being the site of a fortress during the Middle Ages.

Interview with Bulgarian National Radio: http://bnr.bg/en/post/100485397/mystical-emona-where-ancient-legends-are-still-alive-to-this-day

Love Light Rituals

LIGHT LOVE RITUALS: BULGARIAN MYTHS, LEGENDS, AND FOLKLORE

Bulgarians take pride in their heritage and culture, which is rich in colorful folklore and traditions. The nation practices more than ten thousand rites from a person’s birth through his death. Many of these date back to an era when people both feared and worshiped nature. In the process of writing Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey, I found myself asking “Why?” on numerous occasions. Why did people do the things they did? Those “whys” resulted in further research. What were the origins of these customs and rituals? What did they mean?

What I discovered was an overlap of pagan and Christian beliefs. Many customs originated in the days when Thracians inhabited the area that is now modern-day Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey. So much of the material I read said Bulgarian traditions had Thracian origins, but few articles delved into what those Thracian beliefs actually were. So I continued digging.

This book is a summation of many months spent researching. Al­though I did search for reliable sources to validate the claims articles made, Light Love Rituals is not meant to be a scholarly document. Nor is it an exhaustive study of rituals. Its purpose is to provide readers with a glimpse into Bulgarian culture. It’s information I found interesting and wanted to share, so other people could take the same journey to discover the way others live and believe.

The following, among many other traditions, are part of the cultural heritage thriving in the Balkans today. The book will take you on a journey to discover some of these unique festivals.

  • Illuminated by the light of the full moon, a woman in a long, white robe holds an icon while she dances in a trance over burning coals. The mystical music of a shepherd’s pipe plays in the background.
  • Women dressed in colorful outfits dance in a circle, then pass through an enormous wreath made of magical healing herbs.
  • Wild spring flowers decorate the hair of young girls. Laden with baskets filled with colorful Easter eggs, the youths travel from house to house singing about health and prosperity.
  • Men clothed like wild animals with colorful, scary masks parade around a village. Attached around their waists, giant bells resound, announcing their arrival. The men jump and yell to scare away evil spirits.

These rituals have survived thousands of years and have been practiced by Bulgarians, Greeks, and other European. They have been transmitted from generation to generation. Some of these stories and rituals may seem silly, but the fact that they survive today is a testament to just how strong the forces of nature and love are. We encourage you to follow us on this blog tour to discover more about these people and their wealth of traditions and beliefs.

Praise for LLR: This is a charming and interesting book. I was hooked from the start. Our author takes us on an interesting journey to the heart and soul of Bulgaria. The details in this book made me feel as if I was in this ancient and marvelous country. There are instructions to make crafts and, being a story teller at heart, I loved the anecdotal passages. There is also a charming collection of delicious recipes. I loved the illustrations. I thought they added to the excitement and energy of each of the customs. This book will appeal to a wide audience from children to grandparents whether you are from Bulgaria or not. It’s educational, fun and very entertaining. I recommend it highly.

Interview with Bulgarian National Radio: http://bnr.bg/en/post/100570702/anelia-toncheva-the-magic-of-bulgarian-folklore-changes-bulgaria-s-perception-abroad

BABA TREASURE CHEST series of short stories / coloring books for children and adults

The Christmas Thief

The Miracle StorkBorn From the AshesAfter writing these two books, we turned our pen to lighter fare: children’s books. These, too, have Bulgarian customs woven into the story. Although we say these short stories are for children, they are really for the entire family–in the tradition of Bulgarian storytelling, where grandparents preserve customs and pass on traditions to their grandchildren. And they are more than stories. They are activities and coloring pages to provide further entertainment for the entire family.

Interview with Bulgarian National Radio: http://bnr.bg/en/post/100638950/the-christmas-thief-or-tales-from-babas-treasure-chest-with-anelia-toncheva

Do You Like Mermaids?

Mermaids Around the WorldWe have two additions to our collection that will be available soon

Mermaid’s Gift, short story and coloring book, part of the “Baba Treasure Chest” collection.

Mermaids Around the World, an adult coloring book with 26 lovely designs by the talented Nelinda. Each page has the name of the mermaid, her origin, and a tidbit of information about her.

 

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Thank you for visiting. We hope you have learned a little a country many people are unaware of. Please be sure to leave a  comment by the end of today, August 27, 2016, for an opportunity to win one of our prizes.

All of our books are available on Amazon, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, & Smashwords. Discounts are available on the paperback versions of MYSTICAL EMONA, LIGHT LOVE RITUALS, and THE MIRACLE STORK. Contact us for discounts on the others.

 

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ronesa_Aveela

Where to Find Our Books

Amazon: http://viewAuthor.at/Ronesa-Aveela

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/%22Ronesa%20Aveela%22

iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/ronesa-aveela/id1088547343

Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/search?query=Ronesa%20Aveela&fcsearchfield=Author

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/aveela

Author CreateSpace estore:

Mystical Emona: Soul’s Journey (use discount code KH9NBBNU for $3.50 off): https://www.createspace.com/4918010

Light Love Rituals: Bulgarian Myths, Legends, and Folklore (use discount code QXPLP6ZX for $6.00 off): https://www.createspace.com/4987278

The Christmas Thief: https://www.createspace.com/5320238

The Miracle Stork: https://www.createspace.com/6038957 (use discount code 46DR77HG for $2.00 of)

Born From the Ashes: https://www.createspace.com/6279174

70 thoughts on “#RRBC Back-to-School Book & Blog Block Party

  1. Maretha Botha

    Thank you so much for sharing so much culture, folklore and interesting titbits from the Balkans. I really enjoyed reading your blog today and I think the children’s books will be a great success. I hope you have a very successful blog tour.

  2. Natalie Ducey

    Such an intriguing post, Rebecca. The research you’ve done is inspiring. I often have the History channel on, and I love learning about the traditions and cultures of those before us.
    It’s a joy to learn more about you and your work. Have a fabulous party day! 🙂

  3. Jo Ann Wentzel

    The books sound like must read , well researched glimpses into a place and time not well known. hope to read them soon. Very interesting and informative post.

  4. Ronesa Aveela Post author

    If you like learning about other cultures, then you will enjoy them. Emona is a fascinating place hidden from the world. Thanks for stopping by, Jo Ann.

  5. Stephanie Collins

    Hi! It was a pleasant surprise to see you’re from southern NH! I’m in Washington now, but I’m from Littleton, and I spent a number of years in Plymouth. My sister-in-law is in the Portsmouth area. I enjoyed your post; thanks so much for sharing! Take care and have a wonderful weekend! 🙂 ~Stephanie

  6. Suzanne Burke

    I love a post that both entertains and informs, yours does both. The amount of research you put in must have been exhaustive. I’m fascinated and eager to learn more of the richness of Bulgarian culture. I hope the remainder of your party day is awesome.

  7. Ronesa Aveela Post author

    Hi, Stephanie. I know where Washington, NH, is. Small town, like so many of the NH towns, and I’m glad to keep it that way. Thanks for the visit.

  8. Ronesa Aveela Post author

    Thank you for visiting, Suzanne. So much research often trickles down into a line or two in a story, but it’s knowledge that stays with you that you can use again. I’ve learned so much that a lot of this is familiar to me now.

  9. Jan Sikes

    So very nice to meet you here at the #RRBC Back To School Book and Blog Party! Hope you have enjoyed your day and all of the visitors. Great post!

  10. D.L. Finn

    I enjoyed your post. I loving learning about cultures so I added your book to my kindle. I look forward to reading it soon. I am a fan of mermaids. I will be watching for that! Thanks

  11. Kim Cox

    Interesting books. Ronesa! I’m adding them to my list of next purchases. I love stories based on myth and legend. Have a great party today.

  12. Ronesa Aveela Post author

    Thanks for stopping by, D. L. The coloring book should be out in a couple of days. Just waiting for Amazon to approve the file. The short story will be available in a week or two. Nelly’s finalizing the pictures, and I’ll be putting it all together this coming week. Hope you enjoy our stories.

  13. Mary L. Schmidt

    I visited all three blogs on today’s list. Actually I have been to ALL blogs so far this month and I expect to go to the remainder of the party as well. Great blog chock full of Bulgarian history! I love the blog and the books and I loved reading through all of the pages of this blog. The books, the photos, the narratives are all worth your time to visit.

  14. Ronesa Aveela Post author

    Thank you so much. I’ve been to all the blogs, too. There is a wealth of information and many wonderful books to choose from. Thank you for stopping and you lovely comments. 🙂

  15. Yvette M Calleiro

    The folklores of different cultures are always so interesting. They show us that although we have differences, we are also alike in so many ways. Thank you for sharing these with us. 🙂

  16. Ronesa Aveela Post author

    That’s true. Part of our purpose in writing the books is to close the diversity gap. If people understand more about another culture, they fear or hate them less. Thanks for taking the time to visit.

  17. Shirley Harris-Slaughter

    Hi Rosesa, I stopped by but your post was not up and so I missed it. Hope you have a nice tour.

  18. Mae Clair

    Fascinating post. I love learning about other cultures and, in particular, folklore and myth related to those cultures. You have an intriguing blog. Wishing you a happy party day!

  19. Ronesa Aveela Post author

    Thanks for visiting. I have a special interest in all things mythology, too. I’ve loved it since learning about Greek mythology in high school.

  20. Nonnie Jules

    Rebecca, I hope you had a wonderful time on your stop. I’m late, but I’m here! Just couldn’t miss dropping by. I hope you had a blast and I must get a copy of Mystical! Sounds interesting 🙂

  21. Ronesa Aveela Post author

    Thanks for visiting, Nonnie. With all you have to do, I’m surprised you have time to visit any pages. 🙂 It’s been fun learning about all the other RRBC members.

  22. Ronesa Aveela Post author

    Thanks for visiting, Nicholas. Since the Thracians occupied parts of Bulgaria, Greece, and Turkey, I’m sure many of the customs that originate from these people will be the same.

  23. Jan Hawke

    Hi Rebecca – I made it! Late but enjoying your lovely site and your article about such a vibrant and cultural place. I’ve just got my copy of Light Love Rituals and looking forward to learning more about this ancient land. 😀

  24. SJ Francis

    A lovely blog post here and so informative, too! I enjoyed your varied list of books in different genres. Apologies for my tardiness, but better late than never to lend my support to a fellow writer. Keep writing! Cheers! S.J. Francis

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