Hello my dears! I’ve missed you! Although I’ve been a terribly absent and neglectful blogger, I have been thinking about all of you. And most likely, if you know me at all, you know that I’ve been feeling guilty as well. (Sadly for you I’m used to guilt so it wasn’t bad enough for me to be arsed to do anything. >.>) As you see we have Debra Mullins visiting with us! And … talking about 3 – because it’s the 3rd blogiversary and I’m all about my favorite number. I asked generally who wanted to help me celebrate ALBTALBS turning 3, and Debra said she wanted to. WHOO!
All About Three
By Debra Mullins
Congratulations to Limecello on ALBTALBS’s third anniversary! Per her request, my guest post today will focus on the number three.
I wasn’t certain where to start on this topic, so I researched the meaning of the number three on the internet. One thing that stuck in my mind is that the number three is the first time we actually can create a geometric shape. I mean, One is just a line. Two is a set of parallel lines. But Three lines, and we get a triangle.
Maybe this is why we tend to do things in sets of three? That sense of balance? Three little pigs, three blind mice, three times the charm, three strikes and you’re out. The number three is everywhere.
There is three act structure in storytelling, and often three books in a romance series. We measure things in threes. Beginning, middle and end. Past, present and future.
Three is all over TV and the movies. My Three Sons, about a widower with three boys. Charmed, which features three witches whose power is strengthened when they come together with ‘the power of three.’ Each of the Brady parents in The Brady Bunch has three children. (I personally think this was required so you could have some ‘middle child’ syndrome going on.) The Star Wars trilogy, where all three movies together tell a larger story.
In Star Trek, when the starship Enterprise has to activate the self-destruct sequence, it requires three officers to do so. There are Three Musketeers. The most common chord in Western music is the Triad (1,3,5). In Greek mythology, the three-headed dog Cerberus guards the entrance to the underworld. There are three branches of government in the United States. There are Three Stoodges. There are three ghosts that come to visit Ebenezer Scrooge.
Three is everywhere. It gives a sense of balance, of completeness.
I even use three a lot in my new paranormal series, the Truth Seers. I have three books in the series, featuring three siblings descended from the survivors of Atlantis. The Atlantean culture in my world has three types of “super-humans” with three types of other-worldly abilities. Everyone is chasing three special crystals that will bring back the power of Atlantis. (Or at least, the bad guys hope so.) Even the symbol of Atlantis in my book is three triangles linked together with a circle. Three is all over the place in my fictional world, and in the world around us.
Happy 3rd anniversary, Limecello! May there be many more!
So yeah. Three. Maybe by the end of January we can scare up three prizes. XD I’m working on it! What “things of three” can you think of? Inspire us! I’m sure Ms. Mullins would love for you to add to her list!
And cuz we all love the book talk… here’s the cover and back cover copy of the aforementioned book!
Bounty hunter Rafe Montana is a Seer, descended from the fabled Atlanteans. He uses his inherited power to “see” criminals across the globe and track them down, and he’s just started on a new case. Danny Cangialosi is accused of disappearing with a stolen car…but for the first time in his life, when Rafe goes looking, he is unable to “see” him. Instead, his search leads him to Danny’s stubborn, meddling, and very cute stepsister, Cara McGaffigan.
Cara is looking for Danny, too, but not to turn him in. He is her brother, after all, and she’s convinced he has a good heart. If she can just find him before the cops do, she’ll figure out a way to get him out of this. But Cara didn’t count on a scorching-hot bounty hunter getting in her way.
Despite instant chemistry, Rafe and Cara know they’re never going to see eye-to-eye when it comes to Danny. What they don’t know is that Danny didn’t just steal a car—he stole a precious stone, a stone right out of the legends of Atlantis. It holds powers they can only dream of…and its owner wants it back.