by Patricia C. Lee
Knife Throwing: Not every knife is suitable for hurling. According to Wikipedia, throwing knives are specially designed and weighted so that it can be thrown effectively. They are a distinct category from regular knives. Although a number of European and American museums have extensive collections of these types of knives in history, the collectors failed to record the origin of the blades or their use resulting in a poorly understood history. Throwing knives saw some use in Central Africa but it has also been suggested that the same is depicted in Libyan wall scriptures dating around 1350 BCE. More recently, there are communities of people in USA and Europe that are pursuing knife throwing as a sport, like archery.
Blue Rose: On deciding a favorite flower for my heroine, Kelly, I wanted something that was unique (because of the circumstance) but not so rare that it couldn’t be feasibly grown in the continental US (the location for the first half of the book.) Although the blue rose does not exist in nature, in 2004 researchers used genetic modification to create roses that contain the blue pigment delphinidin. A neat fact is that blue roses are often portrayed in literature as a symbol of love and prosperity.
Brazen Bull: When it was time for the villain to get his dues (sorry no spoilers here, you’ll have to find out who that is!) I wanted to get as authentic as I could. I did find an ancient torture device called a Brazen Bull which was designed in ancient Greece as a new means of executing criminals. The bull was made entirely of bronze, hollow with a door in one side. It was in the form and actual size of a bull and had an acoustic apparatus that converted screams of the prisoners into the sound of a bull The condemned were locked in the device, and a fire was set under it, heating the metal until the person inside roasted to death.
Her full-length play, The Truth About Lies, was staged at a regional theatrical competition in 2006. She was selected as "One of 50 Authors You Should be Reading" in 2012. One of her novels achieved a finalist slot in the 2013 International Book Award Contest - fantasy category. She is also the winner of the 15th Annual Writer's Digest Short Story contest for A Holy Night.
Although still in pursuit of a place truly called home, Pat shares her life with her husband and three cats, all of which claim rule over the house at one point or another. Besides dreaming up the next novel, she enjoys traveling, baking, camping, wine, and of course reading – not necessarily in that order.
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Patricia's Newest Release: Destiny's Past
When Jarek, Prince of Leisos, discovers someone he trusts has been slowly poisoning him, he travels to the future in search of a cure. Driven by vengeance, he enlists the help of an impudent scientist to return him to his time.
As they try to find a solution, Kelly struggles with her feelings for Jarek while dodging the police and a visitor from her past.
Caught between his growing desire for Kelly and the need to expose his would-be assassin before they strike again, Jarek must decide between forfeiting his ticket home or losing the only woman he’s ever loved.
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