Nestled within Snowdonia National Park Wales is a small little village that thousands are drawn to every year. In a deep valley surrounded by hills and mountains sits Beddgelert.
The literal translation of the name is Gelert’s Grave. Although this may in fact be a mistranslation and the origin of the name is somewhat murky, possibly relating to a seventh century saint known as Gelert or Celert. The most popular belief comes from a 19th century tale, the story of Prince Llewelyn and his faithful hound Gelert.
The tale, which can be read on a large piece of slate, speaks of the day Prince Llewelyn left on a hunting trip leaving behind his beloved son and his favourite hound Gelert, whom for some reason he couldn’t find. When he returned from the hunt he found the door of his house opened and to his horror he discovered the babies crib covered in blood with the swaddling ripped.
From a corner happily bounded Gelert whom was also covered in blood, believing that his favoured hound had killed his son he drew his blade and slew Gelert. As the dog howled his final breath his howls were responded to by cries from the baby.
Investigating the Prince discovered the baby safe and unharmed, a body of a wolf laying near by.
Realising he had jumped to the wrong conclusion he became overwhelmed with grief and buried Gelert in his favourite place.
It may be only a story, but it is one that draws people to the village over and over. However from one village many stories can develop and Beddgelert is also famous for being the home of the creator of the endearing bear Rupert. Many of the paintings used in the cartoons were based on the mountains all around the village and trails can be taken to visit those areas.
More about the area can be found here: http://www.beddgelerttourism.com/gelert/
If you ever get the chance to go to Snowdonia, make sure to stop by!
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Today on the day of lovers my free ebook Vision in Green is finally out.
It’s a short f/f story about two woman who meet in a night club. The main character Samantha is also packing, a topic I wanted to write about for a while.
Here is the cover and a short excerpt:
Samantha wound her way around the nightclub, her fingers tapping with the rhythm of the music as she moved. The beat vibrated through her whole body, making her heart race and her feet want to dance.
As she walked she looked at the faces of the dancers lost in the moment, their bodies writhing close to one another, glistening with sweat. Samantha felt turned on just watching the scene in front of her, her hand unconsciously running over the fabric that covered her new toy.
She wondered if any of them could tell that tonight she was packing. She was nervous but excited; she could feel it pushed up hard against her leg as it tried to break free of her trouser fabric.
The best thing about this story is it’s totally free just go over to Phaze and pick it up from here: http://www.phaze.com/valentinesday.html
And if you are curious about packing please head over here to find more information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Packing_(phallus)
Enjoy and Happy Valentines Day!
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Tomorrow is Valentines day a time for all lovers to get romantic and exchange gifts, cards you name it.
However in Wales there is a similar celebration but a month early. St Dwynwen’s Day (Dybb Santes Dwynwen) is on the 25th of January.
She is the welsh the patron saint of lovers and her tale as most saints are, is filled with heartache.
She lived it is said around the 5th Century and was one of twenty-four children. After being betrothed with someone more or less from birth she was devastated to fall in love with another whom she could not marry.
She prayed to God to let her forget all about her beloved and be able to carry out her father’s wishes. In response he was turned into a block of ice and she was given three wishes.
Using the wishes wisely she asked for him to be thawed out, and for lovers everywhere to have their hopes and dreams met.
After which she devoted her life to the service of god and formed a small convent off the west coat of Anglesey the remains of which can still be found today.
So next year why not celebrate the day of the lovers a few weeks early?
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I would proudly like to announce the ‘birth’ of my newest ebook Cold Fire.
This short story is the first fantasy that I have written but I am very proud of it. I hope that this book will be shortly followed by others linking into the story since this one touches upon planar travel, and of course a sexy fantastical ‘ice man’
Cold Fire front cover, available from Phaze.com
Here is the blurb:
In his ice palace Kevalan spends his time visiting different planes bringing cold and ice at certain times of the year. On a brief visit to one he rescues a young woman. He carries her to his palace for her safety all the while worried about his feelings for her. He only has one night on this world is it enough to form a strong enough bond, and why does she look upon him so fearfully?
For a hot excerpt visit here (but be warned 18+ only and it is not work safe!): http://phazebooksexcerpts.blogspot.com/2008/07/cold-fire-by-nicole-gestalt.html
Cold Fire is available for only $2, so go and get yourself a hot slice of ice!
You can presently buy it from: http://www.king-cart.com/Phaze/product=Cold+Fire
If you would like to talk to me about my ebook you will be able to find me at the Realms of Love chat tomorrow 9pm EDT/6pm PDT/2am GMT. The website: http://www.realmsoflove.com/
You will need to join the site first but it is free and you will be able to talk to some fantastic erotica authors
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Posted in Britain, Nicole Gestalt, People of Britain, Scenery, tagged Longest Day, Midsummer, Nicole Gestalt, Pagan, Salisbury Plain, Solstice, Stonehenge, Summer on June 21, 2008|
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The Summer Solstice is a turning point for many people for many different reasons. Each year it waited upon and celebrated. It marks the one day of the year where there are more daylight hours than darkness, from this day onward things only get shorter (until the Winter Solstice when the days begin to increase once more).
The Summer Solstice in Britain is celebrated by pagans in many different ways but the most spectacular and indeed the best known celebration occurs at Stonehenge.
Stonehenge is a site of great importance although it’s true meaning and reason for being has yet been fully agreed upon. Stonehenge is found upon Salisbury Plain and is estimated to have been erected sometime around 3,000 – 1,600 BC. The circular ring of bluestones where brought down from the Preseli Hills via methods fully unknown although this was a process that took many many years to complete. Each stone serves a purpose and it is only in recent years that archaeologists are really beginning to get to grips with the possible meanings behind each one. Early this year some exploratory ‘holes’ where dug allowing people to excavate Stonehenge for the first time in many years, the findings of which are still being processed.
When Stonehenge was created people lived more by the sun and the moon which is why the solstices where important to them. In the time we live in now these moments can very often pass by unnoticed unless a conscious effort is taken to follow them. The Summer Solstice as Stonehenge is a very important day of the year as it is the one time that a large number of people can go and celebrate actually amongst the stones themselves (within permissible times and access). Normally visitors to Stonehenge can only walk in a circle around the stones a small barrier marking the permissible boundaries.
More information can be found here: http://www.stonehenge.co.uk/
This years celebration had a police presence however the mood always tends to be rather jovial and it is very rare to have a large amount of trouble. Bands play all be it without speakers (rules are rather strict to help preserve the stones and the site), whilst people in many colours and from all over the world stand/dance/sit together to watch the sun rise (and in case you’re wondering it was at approximately 4.45 GMT this morning).
I wont go into the reasons behind why the solstice is an important day for me, or others since I’m sure if people would like to know more they will be able to look it up and I don’t want to drag religion into this journal.
Although I will say today is a joyful day and if it would only stop raining it would be perfect 🙂
The photographs were all taken from the Stonehenge site showing people’s experience of the Solstice in 2005 (as well as the henge itself)
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Now today isn’t meant to be my day in posting but I’m popping in briefly to say a happy summer solstice to everyone.
I hope everyone is having a great day and I will post more about this event later today once the celebrations have begun to fully wind down.
So all enjoy the longest day of the year!
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The latest Coming Together charity anthology has been released today. Coming Together: With Pride contains my short hot erotic story Freedom to Serve. It is a m/f BDSM piece that I hope people will enjoy reading. You can read an excerpt of Freedom to Serve here: Be warned however the content is 18+ and therefore not work safe and adults only!
Introduction (Will Belegon)
Today (Kally Jo Surbeck)
Raven (James Buchanan)
A Girl’s Best and Earthy Things (Heather Fowler)
Don’t Look Down (Mari Freeman)
Echoes of the Past (Mychael Black )
A Brief Discourse… (P.S. Haven)
When the Angels Fall (Helen Madden)
Customer Service (Eon de Beaumont)
Nuit Blanche (Giselle Renarde)
Western Pleasure (Shanna Germain)
Chemistry (Lisabet Sarai)
Fire and Ice (Cassie Exline)
An Early Winter Train (C. Sanchez-Garcia)
Selling Foxx (I.M. Cupnjava)
Be Prepared (Storm Grant)
Freedom to Serve (Nicole Gestalt)
The Personal Is Political (Jean Roberta)
Past Perfect (Alessia Brio)
About Coming Together (Alessia Brio)
The author’s involved will not be making any money via royalties for this anthology, instead it will be donated to the charity in question. In this case that charity is AVERT.
The book is available presently from Phaze (ebook $6, print $14) however it will soon also be available from the following places:
PHAZE (ebook & print)
AMAZON (print) & AMAZON (Kindle ebook)
FICTIONWISE (ebook) & MOBIPOCKET (ebook)
BARNES & NOBLE (print) & BOOKS-A-MILLION (print)
It’s ISBN numbers are:
Ebook: 1-59426-891-6 / 978-1-59426-891-5
Print: 1-59426-892-4 / 978-1-59426-892-2
Buying directly from Phaze will allow the organisers to donate a larger amount to the charity involved since overhead costs are decreased considerably. However wherever you buy it from I hope you will enjoy feeling good about a product that will also be doing some good behind the scenes!
You can find more information from the books homepage here: Coming Together: With Pride
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