Cora Blu…Did You Know?

Named "Red" in volume II of the Blakemore Saga.

Named “Red” in volume II of the Blakemore Saga. Picture purchased from Dreamstime.

Although, the Perrigrine Falcon is a tiny portion of the love story between Jonathan and Kenya, I found the bird interesting and wanted to share.
A bit geeky, I know.
Every Alpha must have a passion that softens him.
The falcon is a private enjoyment of  Jonathan’s that he shares with Kenya in “Wait For Me” and it shows a lighter side to the serious man.
A little falcon info.
This excerpt was taken from http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/peregrine_falcon/id
Size & Shape
Peregrine Falcons are the largest falcon over most of the continent, with long, pointed wings and a long tail. Be sure to look at shape as well as size—long primary feathers give the Peregrine a long-winged shape. As with most raptors, males are smaller than females, so Peregrines can overlap with large female Merlins or small male Gyrfalcons.
Color Pattern
Adults are blue-gray above with barred underparts and a dark head with thick sideburns. Juveniles are heavily marked, with vertical streaks instead of horizontal bars on the breast. Despite considerable age-related and geographic variation, an overall steely, barred look remains.
Behavior
Peregrine Falcons catch medium-sized birds in the air with swift, spectacular dives, called stoops. In cities they are masterful at catching pigeons. Elsewhere they feed especially on shorebirds and ducks. They often sit on high perches, waiting for the right opportunity to make their aerial assault.
Habitat
Look for Peregrine Falcons perching or nesting on skyscrapers, water towers, cliffs, power pylons, and other tall structures. If a mudflat full of shorebirds and ducks suddenly erupts from the ground, scan the skies. A Peregrine (or Merlin) is probably in the area. Peregrines can be seen all over North America, but they are more common along coasts.
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Coming June 30th

Coming June 30th

Excerpt from “Wait For Me” where Jonathan is showing Kenya how to call in his falcon, Red. (For those who don’t know, Mo Ru’n means my dear.)
“Oh Lord, he’s humongous, Jonathan, he’ll break my arm.”
Cuddling in closer, he braced his right arm under hers clasping her forearm in the leather glove. Crowding her hips, Jonathan cradled her between his legs.
“Mo Ru’n, he’s smaller than an American eagle.”
“We’re not in America and that’s not an eagle looking to land on my arm, Blakemore. From this angle that falcon looks like a 747 with talons.”
“Be still.” He grinned, brushing a kiss over her face. “He’s a bird of prey, he’ll carry you away, babe,” Jonathan teased.
Kenya flinched, eyes wide and he couldn’t help laughing at his woman. “Great day in the morning, Jonathan! If he poops on me, you are so sleeping alone tonight…after you wash my hair.”
Red, his falcon, made a few passes overhead before his talons splayed out preparing to land. Kenya angled her face into his chest as the bird landed on her arm, had him laughing in her hair something he was doing more and more of since meeting this woman.
Catch their love story from the beginning in “You Called Me” then “Wait For Me” soon to be followed by “Stand By Me” in mid summer.

Cora Blu "What's in there to Eat

jicama and pear salad.
A refreshing salad. We also use it as a salsa by adding chopped mangos and pouring over grilled chicken.
Cut all fruit and veggies into small bite sized cubes.
1 medium jicama. (jicama’s are extremely hard, but after you peel off the skin, and cut it into bite size pieces it tastes like a cross between a pear and celery)
1 crunchy apple. (my preference, Braeburn or Fuji)
1 medium cucumber
2 large pears
1 cup white grapes sliced in half
2 tbsp lemon juice Fresh if you have it
Three mint leaves torn into small pieces. I don’t like to cut herbs as some react negatively to metal, turning brown quickly.
Mix together and let chill for about thirty minutes. Keep in a ziploc and it gets better as the days go by in the frig. My girls love it. My one daughter takes it and a bag of my homemade granola to school.
Enjoy the summer fruits and veggies.
Cora Blu.

Cora Blu Katana Sword

Katana Sword.  Some information is just fascinating.
I found this weapon to be very interesting when researching for this story. Growing up with brothers that did karate, wrestled and weight lifting, I find I’m drawn to physical activities. A little background information on the Katana sword used in “Blade”. Although my heroine uses the bamboo cane more the sword, it  has a special meaning between she and the hero, if only he could remember what before he becomes pry to the rampant shark finning attacking his shifters.
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The bond between the katana and samurai welder was sacred. The sword was always used as a last resort. The samurai believed the katana was linked to their soul and should only be drawn under the most dire of circumstances (which could include saving a nobleman or family members, defending oneself from certain death, or chopping sausages for dinner or lunch (only acceptable if you’re really hungry).
The katana was often worn paired with another smaller sword or dagger. The shorter sword, called a wazashi (also known alternately as Wakizashi and, occasionally, Fred) measured twelve to twenty-four inches in length. The dagger, a tanto measured six to twelve inches in length. Tonto, from the Lone Ranger series, has nothing to do with Asian weapons, but for the record, he was 67 inches long. The paired weapons (katana and wazashi) were referred to as daisho(the big and the small). The long sword was used for cutting and the short blade for stabbing. The most skilled practitioners of Kenjutsu(the samurai sword art) could even wield both weapons at the same time. The legendary swordsman and author of the “Book of Five Rings”, Miyamoto Musashi (1584-1645) perfected a two-sword kenjutsu technique he called niten’ichi (two heavens as one) or nito’ichi (two swords as one). In that technique, the swordsman uses both katana and wakizashi at the same time. Musashi was rumored to have participated in more than 60 duels. He was never defeated.

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The katana is a long curved blade with a chisel like point. Because the katana is a single-edged sword it is also referred to as a back-sword, meaning it had an unsharpened edge or back, rather than a sharpened edge on both sides. Because of its curved shape and chisel point, the katana could be used as both a slashing and thrusting weapon.
The katana has a blade length that measures approximately 28 inches. It was worn blade up through a belt-sash. Another curved Japanese sword is the tachi, which is slightly longer than the katana with an average blade length of 31 inches. The tachi was worn suspended by cords from the belt. The tachi was favored by warriors on horseback where the added blade length provided the reach required to battle a samurai on foot.

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I hope you get a chance to read it and tell me what you think. “Blade” has more action than, “Dagger” yet many of the players in Dagger are in Blade. Plus I introduce you to the next brother in the series, Ridge. And look for some special attributes to “Drew” now that she’s a shifter.

Enjoy, Sincerely, Cora Blu

Someone was finning his people at an alarming rate, but restoring their friendship was the only way to save his ocean.

Someone was finning his people at an alarming rate, but restoring their friendship was the only way to save his ocean.

Cora Blu-Memories

Memories.

We all have those that stay with us and we can recall without much thought. Other memories show up seemingly out of the blue and those send you flipping through the photo albums for all the old pictures.

The gray corduroy are my fathers. See the plaid shirt with the paint, that's the clean around the house shirt.

The gray corduroy are my fathers. See the plaid shirt with the paint, that’s the clean around the house shirt.

Well years ago, when my father-in-law died,  my mother-in-law gave my husband a ton of his father’s clothes. I’ve known my father-in-law since I was five years old so many of those items held memories for me as well.  Sadly now, my girls would never really know their grandfather especially since they had retired to Arizona.  Our two girls at the time were 6yrs and 15 mnths.

Going through the clothes my husband and I had a good time as the memories surfaced with each item we laid out over the table. It was surprising to see how many blazers had similar prints as my husbands.

Needing to find the best way to not lose those memories we decided to make a memory quilt out of some of the more special items.

This led to me getting material from my father and husband to start the quilt. I finally made three as we had another daughter years later.  My father died eight years ago April 25th and seeing the quilt with his plaid shirt squares that he’d cut the grass made me laugh instead of cry.

So now I’m collecting more material for more memories, but I’m certain my girls will appreciate the memories that the material conjures up for them.

Now with all that said, you know why my stories highlight family. How do you remember those in your life?

Love to hear your thoughts as I’m a scrapbooker also.

Sincerely, Cora Blu.

To Contest or Not

 

The other day I asked for feedback on finishing the quilt with “Dagger’s” book cover and feedback on Blade.

dagger quilt in pieces

As I’m not seeing any responses, I’ll set the quilt aside. It’s a lot of work and I thought a reader might like to have it. The trend appears to be in free book give-a-ways, but I felt my readers deserved better than that as they already have the books.

This is not the latest picture of the quilt, just the one I had loaded.

With everyone being so busy, I’d rather not spend the time on a contest where there’s no participants.

I have a few commitments to fulfill for a golf tournament this summer, which I’m excited about, then I’m back in the cave. 

Have a great weekend, a safe day and keep on reading. 

Sincerely, Cora Blu