The Golden Oriole travels from Asia to South Africa in March Photo by Sonika Agarwal on Unsplash

Marvelous March Madness


Upon Us!

Hellloooooo, and welcome to my UNTAMED*UNEXPECTED*UNFORGETTABLE world. Well, that’s my goal, my bar to reach – with your help of course. Tell me what you’d like to see in this world, and I will strive to please you.

On March 20th, the sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north. On this day the sun rises exactly in the east and sets exactly in the west. (That would matter enormously to Papin and Jock from the novel, ZEBRA, coming soon.)

March is a month of rebirth in the northern hemisphere.

On March 20th in the northern-hemisphere-world I live in now, the Spring Equinox arrives. It’s a glorious time of rebirth.

On this same day in my other world in the southern hemisphere, the one in which I was born and raised, the Autumn Equinox arrives instead. South Africa in March is when things begin to fade, sleep or die.

Do you see how this South African-American girl can get all befuddled? One foot in spring the other in autumn at the same moment…what’s a body to do?

Long-ago I came up with the answer. Love the Autumn and Spring simultaneously. Be the Gemini of two continents. Embrace both north and south homes with all my heart, for each has its own beauty, its own specialness, and both have shaped and pruned me to be who I am: Half spring. Half autumn.

Here’s some cool March folklore:

-Wear a sprig of rosemary in your hair to improve your memory. (Perhaps I could fashion a whole hat???)

-March comes in with adders’ heads and goes out with peacocks’ tails.

-In beginning or in end, March its gifts will send.

-The worm moon signifies the last moon for the first quarter of the year. This is a transitional period. It’s a period of new beginnings. A time to be clear on your intentions and goals for the year ahead.

So how do we put this Folklore into practice apart from the rosemary sprig in your hair and a head-adornment the size of The Mad Hatter’s on mine

I have just the remedy: We abolish the poisonous adders’ heads we’ve been lugging around. We pin the brilliant emerald peacock tail feather somewhere bold to show off how lucky we are. Then we set our intentions for new beginnings and look forward to all the gifts March can’t wait to bestow upon us.

So, climb aboard my safari jeep, hold fast to your rosemary sprig or hairpiece (!) as the southern winds whistle by, and let’s have some Marvelous March Madness of our very own.

Beware the Ides of March? Not us! We have feathers, rosemary, and good intentions. Viva la March!

Cheers, Cheers!


Speaking of Cool Stuff…


JEANNA MASSMAN WINS her choice of unique jewelry from Sandra Springs line, A Gift of Love 29 – on Etsy! Ms. Springs’ creates unique, timeless and affordable art-jewelry for men and women.

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Speaking of Books...

Here’s an interesting writer I’d love you to check out.

JoMarie DeGioia is an exceedingly modest author. Since you’ll never see her show off, so I thought it was time I bragged a little on her behalf. (Believe me, I’ve barely scratched the surface of her writing prowess!)

This astounding writer has published nearly 50 novels. I implore you, if JoMarie DeGioia OR Josie Dennis (more on the latter later :o) are new to you, dive in if you’re a lover of…books!

She writes historical romance, paranormal, and contemporary romantic comedy which she lovingly calls her own brand of sassier Hallmark movies.

JoMarie came out of the gate at a gallop. The first of her historical romances in the ‘Dashing Nobles’ series, was More than Passion which became an international best-seller and hit the 150,000 mark. WOW!

JoMarie DeGioia’s latest historical fiction is The Courtesan Countess, the first in her ‘Secret Hearts’ Regency-set Historical Romance series. I get the vapors just hearing the blurb…

A gentleman who masks his emotions. A lady who pretends to be something she’s not. Secret desires…secret pleasures…And a love to reveal both their hearts.


Shhh... Here's a secret!

Ms. DeGioia as the very, very naughty Josie Dennis, writes only for bold, adventurous readers. Check out Josie…IF YOU DARE!

Whether your tastes be naughty or nice, every literary treasure from JoMarie DeGioia is laced with delicious humor, varying degrees of steam, elements of mystery and of course, tender romance. She strives to produce what she calls ‘hot eye moments’ – when her characters move you to tears – or like me – to a really ugly cry. With this author, you’re guaranteed well written, deep characters, unexpected twists, a satisfying tickled-fancy :o) and of course, a Happily Ever After.

Check out JoMarie DeGioia’s podcast LOVE BY THE PEN found everywhere you get your podcasts. Loved by readers and writers alike, JoMarie talks favorite books, her author’s journey, tips for readers and writers, best research books, how to lead Romance Book Groups and MUCH MORE! Tune in if only for JoMarie’s brilliant, uncensored wit.

War Serenade is now in KU for your reading pleasure, but DON’T FORGET…

War Serenade is available wide in print AND…

War Serenade AUDIO book is available from all major retailers.

Speaking of Interesting People…

It’s not every day when out of the blue a jewelry designer you admire dedicates a collection to you.

I’m sooooo chuffed. Check this out!

And don’t forget to check out the collection crafted by Sandra Springs at her Etsy shop A Gift of Love 29.

Thanks so much for visiting the Untamed, Unexpected, Unforgettable world I strive for.

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