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As many of you may know, our beloved sister hostess SHARON DONOVAN, tragically passed away on 11th April 2012. We who knew her, loved her, and were inspired by her courage and determination to face head on whatever life threw at her. When she could no longer see to paint she turned to writing and showed her amazing talent in the Inspirational Romance and Romantic Suspense genres, and her story 'Charade Of Hearts' was awarded the coveted Predators and Editors Award in January 2011.

This Blog was a source of great delight to her, she was one of the founder hostesses and she contributed to the fun and silliness in her own original way, and was kind enough to let her unique creation, the hunky butler 'Oliver' join us for our Friday romp and prepare 'virtual breakfast' for the guests on the following morning. It's beyond hard to have to go on without her, but we know that she would have been the first to insist that 'the show must go on.' She is, and will always be with us in spirit.
Sharon, dear friend, we will never forget you.
The Author Roast and Toast is part of the legacy you left us. Let's raise a Toast to you as well as all our guests.
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Friday, October 26, 2012

The Muses get Roasted and Toasted


 "Oh this is so exciting," Mary shrieks, as she adjusts the strap of her too-tight bikini top for the hundredth time.




 "I can't believe it, some of the muses of inspiration and their authors are actually visiting our Roast!" Mac says.

"Ooh, do hurry up," Lyn urges her sister hostesses, "I bet Terpsichore is there already, and if I'm late she'll never let me hear the end of it!"

"Patsy flexes her biceps, her bikini moulding itself to her statuesque form. "I wonder if bikinis are the right thing to wear in a divine spring? It was nice of them to invite us to have a party at the Spring of Hippocrene wasn' it, isn't it one of the 'springs of Pegasus?"

"That's right," Lyn tells them."The springs are located at the foot of Mount Helicon and the myths say the waters that became the springs of Hippocrene, Pirene and Aganippe gushed forth from beneath the hoof of Pegasus when he struck a rock - " she pauses and frowns at Cuddles who is stamping his little hoof in the dust. "Stop that Cuddles, you're a unicorn, not a Pegasus! Hippocrene means ‘Spring of the Horse'. Pirene means ‘to flow around’ and Aganippe means ‘The Gentle Mare’."

"Ooh get her!" Mary grins, and Lyn treads on her foot, accidentally on purpose,

"Ow!" Mary shrieks, "How come your muse is the muse of dancing, when your own feet are so big and clumsy?"

"These sidekicks of ours had better behave themselves," Mac says frowning at Fraser, and Patsy glances at Hampy, riding on Nibby's back. "We don't want to upset the muses!"

"...or bring down the wrath of their dad, Zeus! Lyn agrees, with a shudder.

 
"Legend has it that anyone who drinks from the springs or immerses themselves in the waters has poetic inspiration conferred upon them," Patsy says as they approach the springs and see the muses already gathered, and dancing around the crystal clear springs.

"Oh look!" Mac points at Oliver, setting out tables loaded with food, "Oliver's dressed up as Dionyssus!"


"And  - there's ale and Mead!" Lyn exclaims,

"and roasted lamb and 

Cretan Dakos,  made from whole wheat and barley with feta cheese and  sweet tomatoes, olives, Imam Baildi, which is eggplants, stuffed with vegetables and feta cheese, and lobster, and cheeses and Domas ...yum!"


















Ambrosia (Courtesy of Flickr)
and that must be Ambrosia, and Nectar, for the muses, and pom, the muses' favourite fruit!"
Nectar (Courtesy of flickr)






Pierus..


Ceris
Then the hostesses spot some handsome hunks making their way to the springs

Myrddyn


Jim Carrey

"Oooh!" Mary drools. "Hurry sisters, there's man candy - and there's Jim Carrey in the clouds just like the painting ..." Patsy, Mac and Lyn look at each other and shake their heads in despair. "You have a wonderful imagination Mary, and we haven't even bathed in the springs yet!"

The hostesses hurry down to the springs, to welcome the Muses and their authors. Let the party begin!


(Books, authors and muses in the order they appeared  in the original 'Song Of the Muses' series written for The Wild Rose Press. Unless otherwise stated, these have been revised and re-published independently by their authors.)


1. ANCIENT MUSINGS (Calliope)
One's darkness proves the other's light

Bored with her muse duties and unable to 
face immortality another day, Calliope, the muse of writing and epic poetry, asks Zeus to end her eternal existence. Zeus sends her to Hades instead. Deep down in the underworld lies a pool from which all life springs. If Calliope can find it, she can request death of Gaia at Gaia's pool.
image by M Holl

Deceased twentieth-century 

archaeologist's psyche, Jake Genoese, comes to her aid. More from the fact he's riding her coattails. He's embarking on a journey to whatever lies beyond the River Acheron--early. He wasn't buried with an obol to expedite his trip to the afterlife. So, he "borrows" Calliope's.

Oh, to live and never know you've lived...The Sacred Hours sing as passion blooms from ANCIENT MUSINGS.

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BIO
Aside from muscled men in fur, leather, denim, or kilts, Skhye  loves cultural ecology, cultural evolution, cultural relativism, and natural processes. Big ideas. Simple concepts that manifest in world building to crazy people like me who studied anthropology and geology before turning to writing romantic fiction. My rule of thumb is to love the good, the bad, and the ugly of every culture in my tales so every aspect of my stories resonates as real as possible.
Check out my free reads at:
www.skhyemoncrief.com
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2HIGHLAND MUSE (Melpomene)
 Melpomene, muse of Tragedy, has a celestial duty to mankind that no love has ever before challenged. But when a Scottish warrior she has always watched over sacrifices himself for another, she is torn from her path and ready to make her own sacrifice: She will defy fate and her father Zeus to make the ultimate sacrifice and change everything for one courageous Scot...
image by M Holl

Rowan Stewart is ready and willing to lay down his life for his kinswoman and Queen, but when he awakens after a fatal blow with a beautiful woman crouching over him, he must struggle to understand his new place in his own displaced life. Driven by duty, Rowan strives to keep an oath that will tear him and Melpomene apart forever. But with her love and her life on the line, Melpomene isn't ready to let go. In a journey fraught with Greek Gods, Scottish politics, and fledgling desire, it's a race to see whether love really can conquer all... before it's too late.

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BIO
Sky is the best-selling author of seven novels and several novellas. A New Englander born and bred, Sky was raised hearing stories of folklore, myth and legend. When combined with a love for nature, romance and time-travel, elements from the stories of her youth found release in her books. Readers have described her work as "Refreshing" and "Unforgettable." Sky loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at Sky@SkyPurington.com. Interested in keeping up with Sky's latest news and releases? Visit Sky's Website, www.skypurington.com to download her free App on iTunes and Android. 
www.skypuringtonwrites.blogspot.com



3. DESTINY'S LIGHT (Euterpe)
A wish to go back would unlock more than she expected…
For as long as Euterpe could remember, the Muses had always been sent to help inspire mankind. She longed to go back again, but man had lost his faith. Centuries drifted by and Eutrepe was certain she would never walk among the humans again. The night Zeus summons her for a final task in the mortal world she jumps at the chance. It was a quest she was willing to take, that is, until the interference of a God and her memory is lost. 
image by M Holl

Ceris is a loner and musician. Stuck at an impasse with a song he needs to complete, but cannot, he wonders if the words will be locked inside his soul forever. Sure he will never release his thoughts, he ventures out into the night in hopes of some kind of inspiration. Never in his dreams did he expect it would come in the form of a woman with no memory who nearly dies at the hands of an oncoming car in the dead of night


In order to reveal the song that fills Ceris' soul they must first unlock Euterpe’s past before it’s too late….
Their future is at stake, but first they must beat back the darkness before it time is up. 

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BIO
RG Porter is an Epic Fantasy as well as Supernatural horror author. She wrote her first novel, Shadow of the Wolf, back in 2005, as a way to escape from a chaotic world. Though she never expected her writing to go anywhere, her first novel debuted through Wild Rose Press in 2007. Since then she has continued to write what she is drawn to. Whether it is a world where magic and shape-shifters exist or a place where ever choice could be your last, her imagination weaves those places into stories. Currently she finds herself writing as much as she can. Now branching out into other genres, she plans to release more supernatural horrors as well as completely some of the series that are still outstanding.

4.THE BRIGHTEST HEAVEN (Ourania)

image by M Holl
Ourania, muse of Astronomy, is disconsolate: technology flourishes, but true creativity seems lost. Then she meets Daniel Kettering, an astrophysicist who shines with inspiration. But he's about to make a discovery which will threaten time, space, and every existing world.

The Olympians order Ourania to carry an ultimatum for Daniel: forget your research and get eternal life. Or else. But first, Ourania and Daniel have to figure out who stole Daniel's research, save the universe, and defeat Chaos; and maybe find happiness.

BIO

Masha Holl was raised in France, astraddle two cultures, on magic tales, Russian literature, Mozart, Verdi, and French cuisine. Today, she writes romantic science fiction and fantasy--that's werewolves, spaceships, and alien universes--to the sounds of Metal Rock. College brought her to America, and romance kept her here, so expect love and happy endings in her stories. She continues to teach university students part-time, but she has also set off on a strange new adventure with a web-based graphic novel.

Ms. Holl also creates illustrations and other graphic art. Her images owe much to the Russian folk tales she heard in her childhood, and which she studied in Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin. A folklorist by calling, she will never fail to remind you that there are no fairies in Russian folklore, and therefore the tales should be called Russian "folk," not "fairy" tales. 
http://mashaholl.com
http://mashaholl.com/wordpress/blog/
 NOTE:  Masha also created the lovely images for most of the muses of our stories.  Thank you Masha, you are so talented!
5. ERATO'S TEARS by Reece Herring  is currently being formatted for re-release, so is not  available at this time. However, the original story can be purchased in the used paperback version of the anthology, in Book II (PURCHASE LINK) of the  SONG OF THE MUSES published by The Wild Rose Press and available from Amazon.




Powerful love is cut tragically short. Beyond Hades domain their destiny burns eternally bright. Two lost souls search through time to discover their hidden passion. In Delphi, Mathias, an outcast Spartan finds a reason at last to abandon his wanderlust in the vulnerable Ambrosia. With the unseen aid of Erato, he tries desperately to conquer her hatred of warriors and bring peace to his unsettled soul. A tenuous hold on love develops, but will their untried bond endure? Can the Muse of Love overcome the destructive power of one god's revenge, and right the wrongs of history? Only ERATOS TEARS will determine.

 6. DANCING WITH FATE (Terpsichore)
A Greek Muse’s life changes for ever when she meets a legendary character with a mindblowing destiny, Celtic Wales

When Terpsichore, the Greek Muse of Dance, is assigned to revisit 5th Century Wales, and help the people regain their love of dancing, her task seems simple enough. She is unaware there is a hidden agenda. Before she can return to Olympus her path crosses that of the mysterious Myrddin, and her heart is lost.
image by M Holl

But Myrddin is promised to another. His mind is set on the dangerous task that lies before him, and the woman he has sworn to save. Nevertheless, he cannot deny the growing attraction between him and the beautiful stranger he meets along the way.

Terpsichore and Myrddin face a deadly force that threatens to part them forever.  Is there nothing she can do to save him? Finally, when all seems lost, in desperation she finds herself DANCING WITH FATE
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BIO
Lyn and Harri (Myrddyn's horse)
Lyn is Welsh and very proud of it, although at present she lives away from the wild beauty of her beloved homeland, in a small village in England, surrounded by pretty countryside, with her long-suffering husband.

She loves horses and dogs and has two horses of her own, Harri and T'pau, and a rescued Jack Russell terrier, Bouncer. Hywela and Lyn are her first two names and when she was first published she decided to use them both and drop her surname, since she's always been called `Lyn' and thought it was time her Welsh first name was used. Being easily confused herself, Lyn thought she should explain this to avoid confusing everyone else! 
(Unlike her muse, she has no skill at dancing at all:) )
www.hywelalyn.co.uk
www.hywelayn.blogspot.com
7. The Hour Glass Witch (Clio)
A Romantic Altered History Time Travel Tale with a splash of Greek Myth.


image by M Holl

Travel back to the Salem Witch Hunt when a wicked glance could have you hanging from the gallows, convicted of lustful witchcraft! Accused of being a witch, Clio, the Muse of History is thrown in prison by a former lover from another life. To escape the gallows, she flees back in time, to the Italian Renaissance, where she becomes a courtesan for a famous Italian painter, living a life of luxury while pining for her lost love. Her favorite god and good friend, Dionysus, is living it up in Tuscany. He invites her to a wild party at his palace where she runs smack-dab into her destiny, only to be separated once more by the Queen of Gorgons. While the sands of time run out, she travels to Hades to face the hounds of Hell in search of her love. Can she salvage her one true love, please the gods and save the lost souls of Salem?

BIO






Alisha Paige lives in the Deep South and loves history, much like her muse, Clio. She still has a crush on her husband, has three beautiful children, two nutty dogs...a yellow lab named Strawberry and a Great Pyrs names Scrappy and a ragdoll siamese named Frankie Nelson who warms her feet while she writes. She just recently became a freaking soccer mom and loves to watch her son play soccer. Her favorite things are hearing her kids laugh, rain storms, snowy nights, hazlenut coffee, red wine and Halloween.
http://alishapaige.blogspot.

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8. No Funny Stuff (Thalia by Michelle Hart, originally  published by the Wild Rose Press, in Book III is re-published and available  HERE

Something's Rotten at the Gates of Heaven. Under conspiratorial inspiration of Olympian thrones, Thalia, the muse of comedy, sends a blessing of love and laughter to Drew Murphy, a young man cursed to a short and miserable life. But when her favorite messenger Daisy Sullivan accidentally launches the magic--wrong time, wrong place, wrong method, wrong everything! Thalia must force to light buried secrets of a millennia-old family curse and face down a most vengeful Immortal on his own battlefield.

9.The Dance Of The Dracon (Polyhymnia)
image by M Holl
Hymnia, the muse of glorious praise, in an unusual display of arrogance is thrust through time to medieval Scotland. She encounters Dacien Lugh MacEthnenn the Laird of Castle Lugh, a rogue dragon who seems anything but god-like. She uncovers the mystery of the disappearing women of his castle but loses her heart to the very person she suspects of doing the killing, in THE DANCE OF THE DRACON.

BIO 
Born in Traverse City, Michigan, situated between the lovely East and West Bays leading to Old Mission Peninsula,Val now resides in the Appalachian Mountains of Boone, North Carolina, near the Blue Ridge Parkway. Most days, you can find her at her laptop, in a little cabin atop a mountain with her husband, Louis, two sons, and a few pets! And when she isn't writing, go around back and check the garden...she should be there.

The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games is a playground for her writing imagination, as is the picturesque beauty of northern Michigan. Mystery and suspense, love and romance along with courageous heroes and heroines. Share her world for a spell...magic isn't optional...it's a guarantee.
www.vallebower.com






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96 comments:

  1. Oh, the food looks scrumptious! Thanks so much for hosting us today! (((hugs)))

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  2. Good Morning Muses - Fellow Hostesses. What a great party! So many great authors to visit with. Oops, I accidentally rubbed against that great looking Pierus! Sorry Man! Anyway, looking forward to visiting and so excited to see everyone here!

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  3. By the way... I'll take Pierus. He looks like he could use a little loving from Melpomene. ;-)

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  4. Uh, Melpomene - I believe I rubbed...errr...saw him first!

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  5. Hi sisters - hugs both Patsy and Sky.

    Good morning Pierius, you're looking veryn hunk- I mean fit and well today!

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  6. Good morning everyone. *Waves to Sky and Melpomone, and jumps off Sal shake Patsy's hand.*

    Sorry Patsy m'dear, I think Melpomone has a prior claim to Pierus. However I'm sure there are plenty of available males around. My Myrddyn will be around soon, but I'm afraid he's taken too! :)

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  7. *Waves frantically at everyone and spins in a circle*

    Oh, my. Where to start? *eyes Pierus* Okay, who do I have to arm wrestle for him! I hope it's not you, Patsy.

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  8. *runs in* Coffee! I need coffee!

    *runs back out to inflict test on students*

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  9. Hi Lyn - Mac - everyone! I am so depressed - Pierus is taken already! I just know he was impressed by my muscular arms - most men are! *sigh* - well, I just have to rub...er...introduce myself to another hunky male around here - and there seems to be quite a few! You Muses know how to pull them in!

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  10. Good morning. Look at all the yummy food and man candy! Oh all those stories sound really good. Darn chilly here today. Was some frost on the windows. At least the sun is out.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Hi Mac, sister hostess, isn't it great to have so many Guests of Honour - not to mention these hunky males! I see Pierus is in great demand today!

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  12. Hey Lyn. So many great sounding books, so little time. I'm trying to read through the taglines but my attention keeps getting snagged by the eye candy. Who included all those hunks? I can't concentrate!

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  13. Good morning, Sue. Frost on the windows, you say? *shivers* That's why I'm hunkered down in Arizona. I don't do cold!

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  14. Oh Patsy, don't be depressed, there are plenty of hunks around. I actually thought Pierus belonged to Clio but I might be confused. It's difficult trying to keep up with eight sisters!

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  15. Good morning Sue - why not join us in the spring, the water is really warm, I promise!

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  16. Hi Sue and S,art Cookie Parents. Welcome to the Roast.

    Coffee we can supply, we like to keep our guests happy!

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  17. Good morning Smart Cookie Parents (What a positively divine name!)

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  18. Hands off, girls! Pierus belongs to Clio, the Muse of History. Clio? Where are you?

    Well, I'll just eat a few dolmas and have some mead while I wait.

    Oooh, Terp...your horse is lovely. Can I pet her or is it a him? Does he or she eat Poms? We've got some extras!

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  19. Love coffee! Somewhere warm sounds really good right now.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  20. Love this! I have read 3 of the books and they are all awesome!

    clm_77@verizon.net

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  21. Swooping in for a moment. Great to see all my Muse sisters hanging out. Food, men and mead. What more can a girl want? Oh, more books! :)

    I'll be back and forth. Zeus is in a mood today.

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  22. Hi Alisha

    I tried to tell them Pierus belongs to Clio - but really can you blame them? He is a bit of a hunk, Clio sholdn't leave him alone so long!
    (I think Ceris is sulking though as no-one's mentioned him yet"

    Hi Robyn, hi Cathy, nice to know you've read some of our stories!

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  23. Hi Cathy, welcome to the Roast. Hi Robyn. Oh dear, Zeus is in one of hos moods? That's scary!

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  24. Oops I repeated myself there! This mead is stronger than nectar! Oh Alisha, Sal thanks you for the nice compliment. She's a 'she' and she eats most things, not sure if poms are terribly good for her, but then she's immortal too so it doesn't really matter, Lol!

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  25. Hi Cathy, hi Robyn, do help yourself to some refreshments!

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  26. I am having so much fun here today! And I loved the muse stories! Mead? Did someone say mead? I have to check this out. Only 10:30 in the morning you say? Well mead is good anytime! By the way, I've read 3 of the books myself! Maybe 4, I'll have to recheck the list!

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  27. Sorry for being late. My over the air issues are fixed for now!
    What a talented bunch of authors for sure. Still not sure who my favorite is...
    But you guys sure know how to eat!
    Any guys left for me?

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  28. Is Masha here yet? It's raining cats and dogs and buckets over where she is. I hope she makes it up the hill from her classroom. I imagine she is hungry now. What do we have? dolmas? mmm... Pass the mead!

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  29. Oh yes Patsy, there's plenty of mead. Time is irrelevant! :) Glad you've been muse reading, they're all great tales!

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  30. Hi Mary, ^Hugs^

    And Masha, brave the rain dear muse sister, we have dolmas aplenty!

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  31. Mead, keep it away from Lyn! She has a mead issue! She won't share!

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  32. Lyn passes the mead to Mary, snatches it back, hesitates as she catches her muse's disapproving look and reluctantly gives it back to Mary.

    See, I will share too - just make sure you give it back!

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  33. Hi Mary. *Pours her a mug of mead.* Are my teeth red? I can't get enough of those pomegranates. They make marvelous martinis, right Oliver?

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  34. I'm still scrolling through the bios of you lovely ladies. Trying to catch up. Maybe I should slow down on your mead, Lyn. It makes my head fuzzy.

    A New Englander, Sky? I was raised just north of Boston. A gorgeous area, full of history.

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  35. Your teeth aren't TOO pink Mac, just a tad. Have some more ale, er ok, I mean mead.

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  36. Oooh, can Oliver make me a martini with poms too? Lyn...maybe you should eat a dolma before you have more mead...oh.my...HOLY ZEUS...Lyn is now wearing her bikini and dancing on a table.

    Lyn! Lyn! Hywela!!! Get down from off of there!!!

    **Alisha just shakes her head and accepts a Pom martini from Oliver as she watches him walk away, smiling all the while at the view**

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  37. Oh, good Lord. Look out, Lyn!! *cringes as Lyn does a pirouette and lands on the tray of lobster tails* Yikes, that's gonna leave a mark. You okay, sweetie? Have another glass of mead and you won't feel a thing.

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  38. You can dress her up...
    Oh wait, she's wearing a biking, so Lyn how was the lobster.
    Look darned if she ain't dancing on the table of lobster tails. Watch out, don't step on the shells, could hurt. Oh Lyn, the Lobster Shuffle??
    She looks like she's having fun, pass that mead again. Wow, pink teeth, how cool!

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  39. I hope you all made sure to keep loads of mead in the back. We are going to run out before the party is done. That would be very bad.

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  40. I want some!!!!! Mead time. Dealing with tragedy so often takes alot out of a girl!

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  41. Well, Masha is still at school... I mean at the University, but I made it. I should have let Daniel set up our connections for the Roast and Toast, but Masha is usually quite good at it. I guess teaching 2 languages AND handling web connections is a bit much for a mortal. What's that pink stuff you're drinking? Looks so cute!

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  42. Hey that was fun! I'm so glad I let Terpsichore teach me those dance steps!

    Hello Ourania, so nice to see you here, glad you could come. Hope Masha manages to make it too - perhaps Daniel might pay us a visit as well!

    Anyway, come and help yourself to some mead, ir's rather good.

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  43. Hi! Sorry I'm late. I fell asleep on the couch. It's 12 hours later here, and I'd been watching that PROMETHEUS movie. Um, NOBODY told me it was an Alien flick. :( I thought aliens NOT "Alien". *rolls eyes* It wasn't bad. I just wasn't expecting the ending--and all the "Hm, they copied that from ALIEN" from my husband! LOL

    I'm giving away a KINDLE COPY of ANCIENT MUSINGS. It's the only version available at the moment until the end of November. *wink*

    So, I see you've all been dancing on the tables...and rubbing up against hot guys. Since there's no need for more inspiration, *clears throat* I'm just going to grab my candy-corn jar because 'Tis the season and I could use an intravenous sugar jolt.

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  44. Hello, Skhye! I actually thought you were ahead of then US and UK timewise! No problem, it's great to see you. Ancient Musings is a fantastic story (literally) as are all the muse stories (I've red 'em all!

    Sit down and make yourself comfy, Skhye and partake of some refreshments.

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  45. Skhye - I just bought that movie too, watched about 4 times already. Love alien movies although this was somewhat different. MORE MEAD - *hic*

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  46. Son wanted to see that movie. I love Alien movies but; I didn't care for that one. Did you know it's the same director that did the Alien movie? I thought they copied a lot too. My son said he heard it was leading up to the Alien movies. I don't know cause I hadn't heard that. And the first Alien movie is my favorite. I fell asleep too. LOL. Have to have my afternoon nap. Did I miss anything really good?
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. Yes, MacKenzie. I'm actually in southern New Hampshire. Love it up here. Huge fan of Boston! :-)

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  48. Very cool, Sky. I probably went right by your house on a Sunday packie run. ;-)

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  49. Sue, my sons said the same thing but I didn't see it as a lead in - only at the very end and was confusing if you looked at it that way.

    Oh you New Englanders - only part of the United States I haven't been to yet, oh, not Kentucky or Tennessee either. Would like to visit New England, hear it is beautiful.

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  50. P.L.Parker I didn't know till after the movie was done and me and my big mouth said they sure toke alot from other movies. Son let me know then. LOL. I was kind of lost. I think I will have try some of that stuff you all are drinking.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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  51. Did I tell you one of my favorite all time foods is pomegranates! I will have to go snag several and find a nice lap...er...chair to sit and enjoy!

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  52. Oooh, Patsy, I love poms too!

    Sue, here you go, a nice chalice of mead. It'll do the the world of good!

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  53. Thanks, Lyn (& for hosting us). We are 12 hours ahead (compared to EST in the US). I fell asleep at 9:30 right after the movie ended...I stayed awake to see the end because I had no idea it was part of the Alien saga and wanted to know what was up with that perspective of the universe.

    Patsy, I thought the movie had a lot of meat to it. Not gore. But the gore did begin to ring true of Alien. My husband said "Oh, they did that in Alien." LOL Then the creature hatches out of the guy's body at the end. I said "THat looks just like an ALIEN creature." My husband said "I think this is an Alien movie." Well, duh! We just hadn't heard all they hype in our state of moving overseas. Anyway, it was a nice prequel that you only need to see once. ;P And I agree, it was misleading to have the bit at the end...I think they should have just plastered ALIEN PREQUEL on the title shot...

    PROMETHEUS: ALIEN PREQUEL

    I loved the idea that "we" went for knowledge and got burned by the sun! LOL

    Katsrus, my husband kept saying throughout the movie "The guy who made this movie made ALIEN." LOL So, yes, I did. But we had no idea until that thing busted out of the guy's chest at the end---that is was the ALIEN series' prequel. I was left wondering what the "invitation" was really all about other than bad aliens visited earth in the past for whatever reasons and didn't wipe out humanity. ??? I guess they left that open for Prequel #2?

    Where are you MacKenzie? I'm in Perth.


    And save me some pomegranates! Although, they are quite messy and stain your hands...I wish I could just learn to eat the seeds. No, I must spit them out! ;P

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  54. Well, wind does knock your electricity off when bamboo strikes the power lines in someone else's yard.
    When I complained before they told me to pay someone to fix the problem.
    Oliver send help.

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  55. BTW Sky, how was the movie? I love to be scared, it takes quite a bit to do it!
    Wow, all the muses in one place, it's like a muse reunion!
    Go girls! Where are those guys one of you mentioned?
    I see lots of empty mead bottles, a drunk, (sorry Lyn, passed out critters and lots of Chaos? Where did he go anyhow?

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  56. Gosh Skhye, hadn't realised you were so far ahead of us although I knew it was more than the Us.

    Haven't seen Promethius so can't comment. Not sure if I like the sound of it or not actually.

    Help yourself to Poms. They are a bit messy, but nice.

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  57. Lol Mary *hic* I can take my mead you know! Yes, this place is quite aMUSEing isn't it! Alright, don't groan. You mean you haven't paired off with a hunk yet? You're slipping dear x .

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  58. Ahhh... Here I am. I want some of that roast lamb. And a couple dozen dolmas. Got some tatziki to dip the lamb in? I'll have to satisfy myself with some humble kefir because I still have to go out once more and take my youngest daughter to the homecoming game. Oh dear, I'm hungry. I see Ourania made it. *waves* She's having a pom martini? How cosmopolitan of her. Is it good? I never had a martini of any kind.

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  59. Hi Masha,

    Yes Ourania's been here quite a while actually, respelendant in her new chiton. tatziki coming up.
    You must try a pom martini, alcohol at the roast is non tipsy making *Hic* well not much anyway.

    It's gone midnight over here so I'll have to go shortly, but y'all welcome to keep the party going over the weekend.

    It's wonderful having the muses here at the roast and the hunks are a bonus!

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  60. Oh pooh. It's barely 6:30 here and I'm just getting started. I haven't even settled down. Oh, and I brought some homemade baklava. All gooey with local honey. Have at it before I make it disappear.

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  61. Oooh Masha, I love honey! Must have some before I go bye-byes, then perhaps I can persuade Terpsichore to lend me Sal to get home!

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  62. That's real baklava. I saw her make it. Good thing she didn't need help, because I'm certainly not the Muse of Cooking. *shudders* Housewifery is so not my thing.

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  63. Lol Ourania, a muse can't be expected to do menial tasks like that! :) It is delicious though, yum!

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  64. YUMMMMMMMM baklava. It's not hurting my cyberhips either!

    Mary, that movie wasn't really scary (why I kept thinking it wasn't an Alien flick). The suspense was the biggie. I love love love scary. Oh, like jumping out of my chair/skin with I AM LEGEND. But I wasn't with PROMETHEUS. If you want to see something scary, watch PANDORUM. My daughter and I fought over a blanket to hold over our heads during that one. LOL

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  65. Awesome roast. Good food, wine and reading.
    pamblakekenlilly@yahoo.com

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  66. I just got a text from Zeus. Apparently Clio is in trouble..AGAIN!!! She's upset Aprhrodite..sigh..I fear the Goddess will never forgive her for feeding grapes to Pierus and kissing him. Can't say that I blame her though. Anyhow...she may get banished to Hades. I need to text Persephone and see what she has decided. Pass the mead!!! Talk about stressful!!!

    I just returned from a Halloween carnival with the little ones! Fun!!!

    Hey, Lyn..you have some lobster shell stuck in your hair.

    Where's Oliver? Yoohooo, Oliver...

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  67. Tell Clio she better shape up or the Harpies will suck her anemo-less in Hades. There's nothing worse than an immortal being irreversibly turned into stone! ;P

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  68. Skhye, don't even mention that! That's quite literally a fate worse than death.

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  69. *shudders* The Harpies are ABSOLUTELY terrifying.

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  70. *elbows Ourania gently in the ribs*

    Look! They're so cute, all asleep so early.

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  71. Masha, who are you and your alter ego talking about--they're asleep early? The Harpies or people on that side of the globe? ;P

    I was inspired to make chocolate cake this morning. DONE. It must have been the snack list here! Although, I prefer the pretend snacks. That way I can gorge on everything! It sure beats being stuck in the underworld with nothing but Asphodel lilies to eat...

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  72. Lyn stirs and watches the other hostesses sleeping in a heap with their sidekicks and snoring gently.
    Cuddles, Nibby and Hampy all cuddled up together, and Foster using Mac's shoulder as a pillow. Sweet.

    The muses of course are up with the dawn and dancing around the springs.

    "Ooh," Lyn moans,flicking bits of lobster out of her hair. "I had a horrible dream about harpies. Nasty little critters. Oh look there's some chocolate cake and a bit of left over baklava, yum! Just the thing for breakfast."

    Who's that over there? *waves* Hello Slappylilly - another great name! sorry, didn't see you there I must have been asleep. Welcome to the Roast - didn't mean to ignore you!

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  73. Mmm. that was nice! Lyn smacks her lips and heads off to the springs - hey what's going on over there? Looks like a skirmish has broken out. The goddesses and Patsy - fighting over Pierus, LOL. And there's poor Ceris all alone, looks like even Robyn and Euterpe have deserted him for the moment. I'll go and keep him company ... show him some of my sketchings!

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  74. Good morning everyone. Hope you have a great weekend. I have donuts and coffee.
    Sue B

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  75. Hi Sue - for you donuts and coffee!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend too!

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  76. *yawn - stretch* I have to have my tea first. Does Oliver make tea, too? With milk and sugar, please.

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  77. Oliver makes a pefect cup of tea. You're obviously a girl after my own heart! Two teas with milk and sugar please (no make that honey for me.)

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  78. Guess where I learned to drink tea with milk and sugar. It's the universal makes-everything-better drink. It was my English landlady's favored remedy for everything un-right.

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  79. Did someone say tea? Oliver, I'd love a cup too.

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  80. Ooh I'll have some tea too please. I learned to drink tea in Wales. Go to any Welsh home, especially south wales and you immediately be invited to 'come in and have a cup of tea bach' (Bach being Welsh for 'little one' or 'dear')

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  81. In Southampton it was "love" for all females and "mate" for all guys.

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  82. *sips tea blissfully* Oliver, you're a treasure.

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  83. Brrr...it's cold this morning! I'm drinking hot coffee. I remember seeing someone put milk and sugar into hot tea once and since no one drinks their hot tea like that here in Texas, I knew it must be an "over the pond" thing..something I should try. Still haven't tried it. I hear coffee is not a big drink in the as it is in the states..is that true, Lyn?

    Anyhow, now that it is after 9 am here, I'm wondering where Oliver is...oooooooooohhhh..there he is, asleep over there by the springs...he looks absolutely adorable and super hunky with his shirt off, lying in the green grass..isn't he cold? Hmmm...his sexiness must make his blood run warmer.

    Oooh and there's Ceris...oh my...why isn't anyone paying him any attention?

    *Alisha walks over to him and pretends to trip on a stick and falls smack dab into his rather huge chest. He gives her a wide smile..oh goodness..look how messy his hair is in the morning..and all that stubble...she clears her throat*

    Alisha: Forgive me, I'm still half asleep.

    *He grumbles something, runs a hand through his hair and smiles again..Alisha thinks she will just faint dead away*

    Alisha: So, Ceris..have you ever had tea with milk and sugar?

    Ceris: I have. But I like lots of honey in mine. Can I make you a cup? Would you like me to stir you in some honey?

    *The world blacks out for a second*

    Um..yeah..I mean..yes, please..will you stir my honey..er..in my tea.

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  84. Hello Alisha -
    (blushes and grins) Why do you think Ceris looks is so sleepy - and who do you think taught him to take honey in his tea? LOL He's a bit of a 'dark horse' methinks!

    As for coffee, I'm not too keen on the stuff myself, unless it's Cappuccinoo. In England they drink it with a little milk and sugar which I think is horrible. In Wales we used to make it with all milk, and sugar. Now I CAN drink it like that!

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  85. What's going on here? Yes, tea is delicious. Great with milk and sugar in the morning, or just plain, if it's a very good tea with a lot of delicate flavor. Then it must be served in pretty cups. But nothing is better than Greek coffee, dark as night and strong enough to carry you through whatever the Universe might throw at you.

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  86. Each to their own taste I guess. I just can't drink dark plain coffee - but funnily enough, I'm one of the few people who seems to like coffee chocolates!

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  87. *clears throat* I drank hot tea all the time in Houston. I only sweetened it. It's my drink of choice these days. Coffee--wellllll, I like lots of creamer with Stevia. ;P If I want some Coffeemate Hazelnut or Vanilla creamer here in Australia, I have to pay $4 for 10 little liquid servings!!! That doesn't last long. LOL So, I don't do much coffee over here. In Australia, they buy INSTANT coffee and laugh at Americans who buy coffeepots. Yes, the instant coffee (no creamer/sugar) tasks horrible. And the instant flavored coffee with creamer/sugar tastes slightly better. I still have to add Stevia to it. But most things here that should have sugar taste like they contain about 50% less! It's not that big of a deal unless you buy Oreos or something that's supposed to taste "right" and sadly falls short.

    It sounds like someone's spiked the tea around here...All that tripping! LOL

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  88. I just came back to get my shoes. Don't ask and here I see you all still partying on! You Muses rock, and really know how to throw a party. But, I still haven't found a free guy since I came here!

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  89. Oh man I would be lost without my coffee pot. I hate instant coffee. Only drink when I am desperate. LOL.
    Sue B

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  90. Skhye - I hate to think what you'd say about out British coffee. Most people use instant over here as well although if you're 'posh' you use a peculator. Can't really comment as I hardly ever drink the stuff myself - and I only discovered Oreos when dear Sharon sent me some!

    Mary, sweetie, where HAVE you been? When the Muses are abroad, anything can happen and the party doesn't end until the fat lady sings (which could be awkward as there aren't any fat ladies around.)

    Poor Ceris was feeklng a bit lonely and looking for you - but I think he's OK now. We all thought you'd gone off with the Ja,es gang, LOL.

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  91. Ditto what I said to Skhye, Sue! :)

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  92. You never had Oreos before? Those are my favorite. I love sweets. LOL. I would have a hissy fit if I didn't have my cookies. Has anyone seen the Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter movie? I want to rent it. It looked good to me. I saw mixed reviews.
    Sue B

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  93. When I came over to the States in May for a trip to meet Sharon's family, with Mary, we swopped a few notes and it's surprising the things that I'd never heard of that are commoplace in the US. But then a lot of Americans don't really know what a haggis is and don't know that Welsh rarebit (often mispronounced Welsh Rabbit) is actually cheese on toast!

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  94. I KNOW WHAT THOSE THINGS ARE, LYN! ;P I am surprised about the instant coffee in the UK. IT's vile in the US. We were forced to drink it I think in the 60s until the populace rebelled. I think that would equate to the Coffee Mutiny. *snort* Just joking. But it was trendy to drink instant for a decade or so until the oldtimers got sick of the toxic stuff. I have a percolator and regular coffee pot. ;P

    I haven't seen that movie, Katsrus. I laughed when I saw the previews and thought they'd run out of vampire story fodder! But, who knows? It might be good. Cowboys vs. Aliens was, um, okay. The last movie I saw that just blew me away was The Hunger Games. It set me off reading the series and working on my next WERESCAPE novel (taking place in the 3rd realm--The Damned with the humans used by aliens aboard their spacecraft). So, let me know if that's a good flick!

    Oreos. Hm. I still didn't get a pack of candy-corn Oreos this year! *whaaaaa* But they have Honeycomb TimTams in this country so I'm happy happy happy. And thank goodness there are only 9 cookies in a pack. Or I'd eat 30 or however many were in there in one sitting.
    Honeycomb Timtams are mighty inspiring!!! It's like eating chocolate-covered ambrosia...

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  95. LOL, I'm sure you do Skhye - but it'surprising how many Brit outside of Wales get it wrong! :) As for Oreos, I've never seen the candy corn ones over here, they sound amazing, I have a very sweet tooth! Sadly I think instant coffee has appealed to the 'instant and throwaway' society we live in nowadays, to the detriment of the real stuff!

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