Jul 17, 2013

Guest Post on Mommy Reads Too Much

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New England has a rich history of different cultures and people landing on our shores.
Occasionally secrets and treasures from those times are unearthed. 
The Black Ledge Series reveals one of those ancient secrets. A dark secret. 
A secret from the time of The Red Paint People, thousands of years ago, when humans were Aware of the magical world.

Camedon, a Keeper of the Realm, explains being Aware much better than I can. In this excerpt from
The Keeper and the Rune Stone, Book I of The Black Ledge Series, the four Driscoll children have just met Camedon in a cavern on the beach of their new home: 

The Keeper straightened, and the star on his fingertips disappeared with a tiny POP. “Human Beings are not the only intelligent life in the world.” He smiled. “They just think they are.”
Jack sidled closer to the conversation. “What else is there?”
“All sorts. You’ve heard of many in fairy tales. Elves, Dwarves, Fae, Water Sprites ...” the Keeper’s voice trailed off.
“How come Humans aren’t aware of this so-called Realm?” Jack pressed.
“They used to be—they used to be part of the Realm,” the Keeper said. “Thousands of years ago. Most of your myths are stories from that time.”
“What changed?” Rob asked.
“As science and technology advanced, Humans pulled away from the natural order. Eventually all interaction ceased to exist, and with it, awareness. Memories and stories of the Realm became nothing more than fairy tales.” The little man held out his hand. “Let’s try this again. My name is Camedon.”

How did these Magical Beings end up in Maine?
The Red Paint People were a tribe of indigenous people who lived on the coasts of New England and Atlantic Canada regions of North America thousands of years ago. 
The name The Red Paint People arose from their use of Red Ochre to decorate their belongings, and themselves. They decorated tools, clothing, and the bodies of their dead in burial preparation.
They were bold seafarers. Swordfish bones discovered in archaeological sites tell us they were navigating deep and treacherous waters in the Atlantic. Thousands of years ago, in canoes.
And here's where the plot thickens. Archaeological excavations in Norway have unearthed tools and belongings with similar red marks/patterns to those discovered on the coast of Maine. Eerily similar red markings. Other clues point to trans-Atlantic travel. Rune Stones in North America that date long before the defined Viking Age.  A breed of domestic cat (the Maine Coon) shares DNA with the Norwegian Forest Cat. Strong similarities between some Native American and Ancient Norse myths suggest they gathered around the same campfire more than once. 
Did Elves and Dwarves stow away on one of the return trips to Maine?  It appears they did. 

Our story then takes a darker turn, as things tend to do on the coast of Maine, but our Once upon a time began in a land far, far away.

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