Midnight Musings with Bertena

2016 Dates

Submitted to CONjuration- waiting to hear back

Penned Con- Book Release and Signing, St Louis, September 23 and 24

Changing Culture in the Classroom- Using Pop Culture in the Classroom- May 10- Southcentral KY Community and Technical College- Bowling Green, KY

Changing Culture in the Classroom- Using Pop Culture in the Classroom- April 15- Hazard Community and Technical College- Hazard, KY

Changing Culture in the Classroom- Using Pop Culture in the Classroom- February 19 and 20, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Lexington, KY

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'Charmed' season 10 volume 2 to be released on May 17

By Bertena Varney, Bowling Green Comic Books Examiner

'Charmed' season 10 volume 2 available in May

Zenescope has announced that “Charmed” season 10 volume 2 trade paper back will be released on May 17 and will continue where volume 1 left off. Here is an official synopsis:Together, the Halliwell sisters have access to…

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SKYCTC Movie Club announces March events

By Bertena Varney, Bowling Green Movie Examiner

SKYCTC Movie Club announces March events

The Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Movie Club announced it’s March events yesterday via their Facebook. They are planning on seeing 10 Cloverfield Lane on March 19, Divergent: Allegiant Part One on March 25, and…

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Local Harry Potter group held successful library event this weekend

By Bertena Varney, Books Examiner

The Harry Potter Alliance

This weekend the children at the Goodnight Memorial Library in Franklin, KY had a magical time at a “Harry Potter Magical Weekend Celebration”. The event was organized by Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Harry…

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Lexington Comic Con coming to Lexington this weekend

By Bertena Varney, Cultural Events Travel Examiner

Lexington Comic Con coming to Lexington this weekend

This weekend is the weekend that all of Lexington’s comic and toy fandom have been looking forward to since last year. The Lexington Comic and Toy Convention is returning for it’s biggest year yet! Come to…

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Fandom of the Phoenix- Bowling Green Harry Potter Alliance Chapter

Fandom of the Phoenix- Bowling Green Harry Potter Alliance Chapter

We are Official. If you want to be part of a non profit Harry Potter fandom group that gets together and have fun but is also a social activist group that supports international, national, regional, and local organizations and events. If you would like to be a part of it or just to get information please join our group – https://www.facebook.com/groups/217739495234012/

If you would like more information on the International Harry Potter Alliance Group please visit their website here http://www.thehpalliance.org/

January 2 Musings- Coloring Books are Great for Meditation

About 2 months ago I discovered the Harry Potter Coloring Books on Amazon. I ordered them and have been waiting for them to print more as they are that far behind because they are so popular. Well, today I became impatient and went to Barnes and  Noble to purchase a copy. Even thought I had to pay $5 more I can tell you that it was worth it.

I normally do meditation daily but over the holidays I have been lax. I have read that coloring is a great meditative practice so I thought that I would try this for a change. So I got the markers and the coloring book and sat down to color.

The next thing I knew it had been two hours and I hadn’t worried or thought about anything. I just relaxed and became part of the moment. I usually get this after meditating for a period but this was with coloring.

I noticed that I watched details and was very precise in my coloring. It seemed like I almost had to be perfect but not the stressful kind.. it was like I was just guided to do what I was doing. It was so peaceful and quiet.

I chose to do my house crest from the Harry Potter Series as I am a huge Potterhead.  Here it is. I have to say it was so much fun. Everyone should try it!

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Midnight Musings with Bertena

Bertena Varney Author

Ms. V’s Harry Potter in the Classroom

Happy 2016 – What are your plans for the new year?

Many times people think that they must make profound New Year’s Resolutions or eliminate things from their life or add something to it. It always has to do with making you think you have done something wrong in the last year since what you wanted didn’t happen within 365 days.

But can everything be “fixed” or “changed” or “improved” in under a year since it took many years of habits, social influences, and negative thoughts to get you to this point.

So instead of beating yourself up for not losing weight or going to the gym, or finding true love or even learning to love yourself why not just look at what you want out of your life and create it and if it takes years- then that is ok because you are going forward and are doing something to improve your life not looking at the past year as a failure or that you can’t do something the next year.

So, envision what you want to be and what you want to receive in your life and make a plan to do it. Don’t worry if it isn’t completed by December 31.. be happy that it is time for you to love yourself and  know that you are enough for now and that as each day goes and learn who you are and who you want to be then you will become stronger and become what you envisioned today…. so go out there and do it!

today you are good enough

CONjuration- Harry Potter Convention looking for Panel Submissions

conjuration 2CONjuration – A Convention that focuses on fandoms such as Harry Potter, Supernatural, Lord of the Rings and more is currently looking for Panel Submissions.

CONjuration takes place in Atlanta, GA from November 4-6. They are offering a 3 day event of panels, roundtables, workshops and more. In order to submit you must read these directions and submit here.

If you submit your idea and it is accepted you must present at 3 different panels- either yours or someone else’s in order to get a 3 day pass.

If you would like to see some ideas from last year you may visit this link. It shows discussions on not only Harry Potter but also Once Upon A Time, Narnia, Game of Thrones, etc.

This will be CONjuration’s third year but it appears to have grown from 800 plus the first year to almost doubling it’s second year. So, let’s see what the 3rd year holds.

According to the website, CONjuration was founded by Chris Seckinger and Angela Hammond, 2 self proclaimed geeks who wanted to make a fan driven convention and so far it looks like they have succeeded.

Tickets and hotel rooms are on sale now through the website here.

I have my tickets and am booking my room now! Will I see you there?




Cover Reveal

Title: Dawn of Ash
Author: Rebecca Ethington
Genre: YA Paranormal
Expected Release Date: Feb. 23rd, 2015
Hosted by: Lady Amber’s Tours

Underneath the deep red barrier Edmund has placed over the city, Prague is in ruins… 

Vilỳ hide in the darkened alleys, waiting to attack anyone who passes, while Edmund’s men roam the blood-soaked streets, scouring every crumbling building in a mad attempt to flush out Ilyan and his men. 

Among the danger, Ilyan and Joclyn are trapped, unable to leave the city. trying to keep their people safe behind a powerful shield, unseen from Edmund and his scouts.

Wyn spends her days haunted by her daughter and watching Thom waste away from the mysterious curse slowly taking him.

Ryland has risen above his father’s control, ready to take his place as his brother’s second. However, Sain needs his help first for a simple assignment, or so he thinks.

Their safety is about to be shattered.

A mole behind those safe, Cathedral walls has begun whispering through the survivors that Joclyn is unstable, that her magic is an uncontainable force that will destroy them all in the end. 

Determined not to let the rumors affect her, Joclyn battles ahead, only to have reality and sight intersect in an explosion that shatters the walls between future, past, and present, leaving her imprisoned in a seamless existence she must learn to control … before Edmund and Ovailia control her.

Before Sain unfurls the plan he has been orchestrating for centuries.

Rebecca Ethington is an internationally bestselling author with almost 700,000 books sold. Her breakout debut, The Imdalind Series, has been featured on bestseller lists since its debut in 2012, reaching thousands of adoring fans worldwide and cited as “Interesting and Intense” by USA Today’s Happily Ever After Blog.

From writing horror to romance and creating every sort of magical creature in be-tween, Rebecca’s imagination weaves vibrant worlds that transport readers into the pages of her books. Her writing has been described as fresh, original, and groundbreaking, with stories that bend genres and create fantastical worlds.

Born and raised under the lights of a stage, Rebecca has written stories by the ghost light, told them in whispers in dark corridors, and never stopped creating within the pages of a notebook.

His Lullaby Baby Release Blitz

Title: His Lullaby Baby
Author: Airicka Phoenix    
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Nothing ever happens by accident.

Ex-combat search and rescue officer Toby McClain had seen all aspects of humanity in his ten years of service until friendly fire took him out of action. But bitterness was something Toby could never do. He was alive. He had his family and, after being ambushed by a door, he had his eyes on the sexy new innkeeper.

Adelaide Nixon had felt the burn of love once already. It was a mistake that cost her six years of her life. It was a punishment she never wanted to feel again, especially when there were two little people who depended on her to keep them safe. The last thing she wanted or needed was the attention of a guy whose family kept the gossip mills turning.

But no secret ever stays hidden in a place like Willow Creek. Even as Toby breaks through Addy’s walls, a new threat comes to town, leaving her no choice but to put more than her heart in Toby’s hands and trust him not to destroy her.

Airicka is the prolific author of over eighteen novels for those who crave strong, female leads, sexy alpha heroes and out of control desires. She’s a multi genre author who writes young adult, new adult and adult contemporary and paranormal romance.

For more about Airicka and the realm she rules with an iron fist—and tons of chocolate—visit her at:

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“I’m sorry,” she whispered, not sure why. It wasn’t like it was her fault.
His chin tilted in her direction. Shadows played chase across that beautifully defined lines of his face from the kitchen lights breaking through the windows. They glimmered off the velvety surface of his breathtaking eyes and collected in dark pools in the hollows of his cheeks and temples. She stared hypnotized as he studied her.
“What are you doing, Addy?”
Having not been doing anything, Addy gave a start at the gruff demand. Her thought scattered as she tried to think.
“I’m not—”
Surprisingly warm fingers cut through the space between them and ghosted lightly along the side of her cheek. The feather light caress rocked her all the way to her toes.
The light shifted and she could just make out the slow curl of his lips. “You just can’t seem to make up your mind which one to call me, can you?” The fingers drifted back and curled around the nape of her neck. She was dragged to him and positioned with her hips cradled between hard thighs. “If it makes any difference, the way you breathe my name, the way you say it with just a hint of pleading, makes me all kinds of crazy with the need to devour you.”
His fingers tightened in her hair, locking her in place, helpless to do anything more than allow it when he pulled her closer. Her hands flew to his shoulders.
“Kiss me, Addy.”
She should have said no. Commonsense demanded it. Logic and rationality insisted. But his mouth was right there, a delicious, taunting sin begging her for just one taste.
Her fingers curled into the material of his sweater, gripping him like a life preserver even as he was the one pulling her under. Her body dipped into his, no longer under her control. His heady scent of man, soap, and cheesecake consumed what little sense she had remaining.
She kissed him.

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