Anyone who knows me well enough is aware that May is my favourite month. It has perfect weather for cleaning one's home, for outdoor activities, for moving and stretching your body and ... planting seeds.
You may already know this but May 1st is the date of Beltane, a Pagan celebration. "In the old Celtic times, young people would spend the entire night in the woods "A-Maying," and then dance around the phallic Maypole the next morning." Fun times! Well, except if it ends up with an unexpected teen pregnancy which is what happens in my novel "The Year of the Rabbit".
Picture the month of May with greening woods and blossoming trees. It provides perfect outdoor weather for children and young lovers. Handsome Daniel Fletcher has returned from his first year at military college with hopes of a carefree summer vacation. Family and friends gather for a barbecue on the Fletcher property.
Read an excerpt called: Hide and Seek - Childhood games and Lovers' Initiation
You will notice reference to the Pin cherry tree that is featured throughout the story - until its sad, symbolic demise. I wanted to include reference to the Japanese tradition of Sakura where they celebrate the beauty of cherry blossoms. This year, it provides a time of reflection.