Happy Birthday, Virgo + Mercury Retrograde #astrology

The Sun entered the astrological sign of Virgo today at 3:20PM, Pacific Time.

Virgo image @ vgorbash

Virgo @ vgorbash

Virgo is the sign of the virgin, but in these modern times, don’t take that too literally. The sign is generally symbolized by a young woman in a toga, sometimes with a sheaf of wheat in her arms. Virgo is sometimes associated with Persephone, daughter of Demeter, goddess of the harvest. Persephone was kidnapped by Hades where she spent part of the year as Queen of the Underworld.

Ruled by Mercury, Virgo is thoughtful, practical, analytical and often serious, but with Mercurial charm and wit. Bob Newhart is probably the quintessential Virgo comedian with his sly, dry wit and understated persona. On the negative side, the sign can be “fussy, prissy and dogmatic”, as Linda Goodman puts it. But lest anyone think Virgos can’t be sexy, consider this list of actors and actresses born under the sign: Lauren Bacall, Rachel Bilson, Ingrid Bergman, Beyonce, Sean Connery, Camern Diaz, Greta Garbo, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek, Mark Harmon, Blake Lively, Sophia Loren, Chris Pine, Keanu Reeves, Cliff Robertson, and Raquel Welch!

Zodiac sign Virgo

Zodiac sign Virgo @ natreal

Virgo is an Earth sign, hence the practicality, but since it’s also a mutable sign, Virgos are more adaptable than their fellow earth signs, Taurus and Capricorn. As the sixth sign, Virgo rules over sixth house matters, specifically health and medicine. Virgo colors are green and brown, fitting for an earth sign. Virgo’s gemstone (or starstone) is variously given as the sapphire or sardonyx.

Other famous Virgos include Anne Bancroft, Agatha Christie, Elvis Costello, Queen Elizabeth I (the Virgin Queen), Gloria Estefan, Goethe, O. Henry, Buddy Holly, Ivan the Terrible, Michael Jackson, King Louis XIV, President Lyndon Johnson, the Marquis de Lafayette, D. H. Lawrence, H. L. Mencken, Margaret Sanger, Charlie Sheen, Peter Sellers, President William Howard Taft, and Mother Teresa.

Links to articles on Virgo:

http://www.astrology-online.com/virgo.htm

http://www.astrology-insight.com/virgo.htm

Is there a Virgo in your life?

Note: Mercury went retrograde Aug. 12 and will remain so until Sep. 5. Of course, scientists say all astrology is rubbish and particularly like to use apparent retrograde motion to debunk the notion. They’re right that it shouldn’t work, but somehow it does, at least for me. Since the planet Mercury rules communication and short distance travel, hickups in those areas may be more frequent when the planet is in retrograde. I’ve seen some of those recently. How about you?

Linda

Interview with Beverley Oakley, Author of Devil’s Run

Today I’m happy to interview Beverley Oakley, author of Devil’s Run.

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LM: Welcome to the Reading Room, Beverley!

author photoThank you for having me!

LM: Where did you get the idea for Devil’s Run?

Devil’s Run is the third in the Scandalous Miss Brightwell series, so the idea was sown in the previous book (Rogue’s Kiss) when Eliza, my heroine – seven years earlier – is run over by the carriage of the heroine, Thea, in that book.

All the stories in the series are stand-alones, however the romances in each book are helped along through the match-making efforts of the two beautiful, penniless sisters of book one (Fanny and Antoinette in Rake’s Honour) who’ve made rags-to-riches marriages.

At first, Fanny and Antoinette don’t like my heroine, Eliza, who has just become betrothed to their awful cousin, George Bramley. They think Eliza is cold and distant but when she rescues their children from drowning, they decide they have to do whatever it takes to stop her marrying awful George. Their ideal candidate is the lovely, noble, honourable, kind and gorgeous Rufus Patmore who has come to the estate where they all live to buy a horse from George. The problem is that Eliza has decided she needs to marry George because she’s learned that her long-lost illegitimate son is a regular playmate of the children in George’s household.

series bannerLM: Your series sounds like loads of fun. What aspects of the world of the Regency era appeal to you?

I love the gentility and notions of honour which are the wellsprings of great and inspiring acts of nobility and courage. I also love the clothes which make it much easier for a heroine to run or ride a horse sidesaddle in a desperate bid to escape, or to engage in some hot, sizzling passion since she didn’t have to remove her corset or crinoline.

LM: I love the Regency-era clothing, too, so elegant yet comfortable. What genre(s) do you write in? Why?

I write historicals – mostly Regency but also Georgian and Victorian. The follow-on from Devil’s Run will be early Victorian since it’s the story of the children, Jack and Katherine, who are best friends in Devil’s Run.

LM: Are you a plotter or do you write by the seat of your pants?
I start off writing by the seat of my pants but at the half way point I have to work out where my story is going and start plotting.

LM: What are you working on now?

Book 4 in the Scandalous Miss Brightwell series which is about – as I said – Fanny’s daughter, Katherine, and the foundling child, Jack, who is the illegitimate son of my Devil’s Run heroine, Eliza Montrose.

I’m also half way through a series called Fair Cyprians of London which are novellas about a group of ‘fallen women’ who work in a Victorian high class brothel and who are brought into contact with the men who have caused their fall from grace. Each story has a redemption/happy ever after ending. The first one, Saving Grace, was published by Pan Macmillan Momentum a few years ago and when I got my rights back I decided to turn it into a series.

LM: What would people who read your work be surprised to learn about you?

Perhaps that I was unable to walk until I was seven and had a world-first hip operation for which my surgeon was knighted.

LM: My goodness! Thank heavens for that ground-breaking surgery. So glad it worked.

Thank you so much for having me, Linda!

LM: My pleasure. Here’s another quick look at Beverley’s newest release, Devil’s Run.

Devil's Run cover

Devil’s Run
Scandalous Miss Brightwell series
By Beverley Oakley

Blurb:

A rigged horse race and a marriage offer riding on the outcome. When Miss Eliza Montrose unexpectedly becomes legal owner of the horse tipped to win the East Anglia Cup, her future is finally in her hands – but at what cost?
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George Bramley, nephew to the Earl of Quamby, will wager anything. Even his future bride.

Miss Eliza Montrose will accept any wager to be reunited with the child she was forced to relinquish after an indiscretion — even if it means marrying a man she does not love.

But with her heart suddenly engaged by handsome, charming Rufus Patmore who has just bought a horse from her betrothed, George Bramley, in whose household her son lives as a pauper child, the outcome of the wager is suddenly fraught with peril.

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**This is book 3 in the Scandalous Miss Brightwells series, though it can be read as a stand-alone.

~*~*~*~*~*~About the Author:~*~*~*~*~*~

Beverley Oakley was seventeen when she bundled up her first her 500+ page romance and sent it to a publisher. Unfortunately drowning her heroine on the last page was apparently not in line with the expectations of romance readers so Beverley became a journalist.

Twenty-six years later Beverley was delighted to receive her first publishing contract from Robert Hale (UK) for a romance in which she ensured her heroine was saved from drowning in the icy North Sea.

Since 2009 Beverley has written more than thirteen historical romances, mostly set in England during the early nineteenth century. Mystery, intrigue and adventure spill from their pages and if she can pull off a thrilling race to save someone’s honour – or a worthy damsel from the noose – it’s time to celebrate with a good single malt Scotch.

Beverley lives with her husband, two daughters and a Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy the size of a pony opposite a picturesque nineteenth century lunatic asylum. She also writes Africa-set adventure-filled romances starring handsome bush pilot heroes, and historical romances with less steam and more sexual tension, as Beverley Eikli.

You can get in contact with Beverley at:

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