Help Needed from Readers

July 20, 2014


Check out this new book

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

I’m really excited my newest book, Owl Light, has been published. I’ve added owl information and videos to Whimsical Words, but I need help from my friends and readers to make Owl Light a success.

My publisher, Cold Moon Press, is indie. What that means is their marketing budget is tiny, but YOU, my friends and readers are mighty.

I’ve compiled a list of things you can do (#1 requires spending money, but the rest are free) to help promote Owl Light. (And, if you choose, my other 2 recent books, The Enchanted Skean and The Greener Forest, also from indie presses).

I’ve tried to make the tasks on this list as easy as I can – in some cases, a simple cut-and-paste. But, as easy as these tasks seem, each and every one of them will have a huge impact.

I hope you’ll consider taking…

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More Barn Owls

July 19, 2014


Check out the book about Wesley the true life orphaned barn owl chick

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

This is the ninth blog in a series of owl-focused posts to promote Owl Light, my new YA-friendly collection of stories featuring owls. Each post features a mix of owl art, facts, folklore, quotes, and links to owlish sites. If you’re a fan of owls, or know someone whooo is, follow my blog, buy my book, and be kind to these beautiful birds.

12 Bells large Owl art: One of my owl pen and ink sketches from Owl Light.

Owl fact: A barn owl can eat up to 1,000 mice per year. No wonder farmers try to attract barn owls to help control rodents!

Owl folklore: Because of their association with the goddess Athena, owls are sometimes viewed as guardians with a magical inner light that enabled them to see at night.

Owl link: The Barn Owl Conservatory Network focuses on British Barn Owls. Still, there is a lot of information…

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Quotable Diana Gabaldon

July 17, 2014


Makes me think of Gabrielle, Merthwyn, Moti and more

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

Oct 2013 import 459 “Character, I think, is the single most important thing in fiction. You might read a book once for its interesting plot—but not twice.” – Diana Gabaldon

I agree with this quote. I return to books to revisit the characters I’ve grown to love. I enjoyed Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie books as a girl because of central character, Laura, and her family and friends. I re-read Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, because I wanted to be like Jo. I’ve twice-read Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and its sequels because of Katniss Everdeen. And I’m currently caught up in Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress because of the characters.

Today’s quotable author, Diana Gabaldon, created two wonderful central characters: Claire and Jamie. And let’s be honest, most women would fall for Jaime.

Here’s another Gabaldon quote which would send many women into a swoon: “When the day…

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3 Mistakes New Authors Make

July 10, 2014


Good link about writing

Originally posted on Whimsical Words:

Here’s a post (and blog) worth reading if you’re an author. Funny, I have to remind myself sometimes that I can’t be an expert at everything! I built my website, so I thought setting up my blog would be just as easy – and to some extent it was. But ocassional help from friend Katie is needed to add and manipulate some features.

Do you ask for help when you need it, or do you always have to do things yourself?

I hope you’re enjoying my blog posts and links. Want to show some love? Visit my Amazon page and consider buying a book. :-)

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Deja Vu All Over Again by Rachael Ikins appearing on today!

July 10, 2014

Four Waves and counting

July 7, 2014

Four Waves and counting.

Summer Things

July 7, 2014


Lovely images

Originally posted on Clover's pages:

Summer, and nature seems to take off with activity.  These photos were  all taken July 5, 2014.

Ripening Currants

Ripening Currants

Currants are an old-fashion berry, used mainly for jelly!  And it is delicious.

Honey bee Enjoys Knockout Rose

HoneybeeEnjoys Knockout Rose

 Honeybees were busy on many flowers.



This bluebird was a complete surprise to me.  I went out with my 150-500 mm lens to see if I might see one; they had been calling as they hunted for supper for their nestlings.  I took some test shots of the nest box, and accidentally photoed one!

Evening Sun

Evening Sun

Late day sun can great beautiful rays!

Moon, Early Evening

Moon, Early Evening

White this moon photo isn’t the greatest, it’s part of my first efforts at taking the moon during  early evening with the long lens.  I’m pleased at the size of the moon when shot with this lens!  It’s always been just a “pimple” on a photo with other…

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July 5, 2014

Haiku, fireworks
Rachael Z. Ikins (c) 2014

Sulfur scent, dragons
linger, glowing jellyfish,
floating dark, spit smoke

New publication

July 4, 2014

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