We've all come to know this little face.
THIS IS OUR Leontine! Our little sweetheart of the blogging world...but how many of you know Leontine has a talent with the paintbrush and pencil?
I was quite impressed with your artwork. Oh...it looks as if talent runs in the family. This beautiful artwork below is done by your sister Natascha Both you girl have an awesome talent!
I also love to draw. What got you started in sketching?
I once saw an intuitive artist working with soft pastel crayons and instantly fell in love with this method of drawing. With just a few lines I could smudge the colors and make them as bold or as soft as I wanted. These kind of crayons aren’t cheap so when I got some unexpected money I invested in my case full of rainbow colors and started on a sheet of paper. When I “open up” to the energy I let that guide me to whatever drawing is willing to come out and at the same time it nurtures the creative side of me.
Have you taken your talents with art further? Do you do Graphic’s?
Yes, I’ve always been a creative person and I expressed this via my drawings and later on my brother introduced me to the wonders of the photoshop program. A new way for me to express my creativity was born and I am still learning the ropes in making this program my own. I also enjoy making photographs but my dogs won’t sit and do pretty when I ask them, neither does my family and I’ve never taken my digi camara into nature.
Obviously, reading romance has captured most of your interest, why?
Ever since I was this pre-teen and opened up my first romance I was taken by all the emotional ups and downs two people had to go through, to get to that moment where they took that ultimate leap of faith and declared their love to each other, that’s when I knew I wanted lots more of those stories. Life isn’t all fairytale happy but love is one of the strongest emotions out there that makes all the lesser things in life worthwhile!
You have an awesome blog that reviews books called
Leontine’s Book Realm
and you also share a review site with your sister,
Ashleagh, at Realms On Our Bookshelves.
How did you get into doing reviews?
Ones upon a time there was this site called eBay where I purchased my first book by Karen Marie Moning titled; THE IMMORTAL HIGHLANDER. I received it on a Friday, opened it up to the first page and started reading. I don’t think I put that book down for anything save to get me a drink and after closing the book I knew I had to tell my fellow romance lovers out there that this book was made of pure awesome. I wrote me up a summary of the tale and a short impression of what I thought. I was still such a green horn and had no clue I wrote me my first review. It was the moment when I got more involved with the online romance community and we started ROOB that I took reviewing a step further.
What made you want to read American Books of Romance?
I can be a very stubborn person *did I just really admit that?!*
Yes, you did! LOL
Since we were teens my sister told me to go read in the original language, which was mainly English. I told her the translated novels contained the same story so I didn’t see the necessity in it. Until I wanted to explore more authors, the translations didn’t keep up with my appetite for the romance novels. So I turned to the original language…English. I fell for the discovered authors and how I experienced the emotions/humor and storyline even more in its original English. America has a huge romance novel industry and is the Walhalla for a gal like me : )
Which do you prefer Netherlands or American authors?
The Netherlands has a very small author community and I don’t think all that many are romance authors, or at least not the ones I tent to read. Just about every romance novel I have read is a translation from mainly foreign published authors. So I can’t really compare one to the other since basically every author I read was an American or foreign author.
You also raise dogs? What kind of pups are they and how long have you been doing this with your sweeties?
It was at the tender age of 20 when I moved in with my hubby and I went from a nine person family to a two person household and I fell into a gap. It was so very quiet in our apartment and I cooked dinners where hubby and I could eat three days from *sigh* I had to learn to cook small portions. Anyway, I missed the energetic household and that is when my mother and her neighbor got a litter of Shih-Tzu pups. I discussed it with hubby and we decided to get two pups so in the hours that I worked they would have each other. Shih-Tzu’s are known for their need to be around people. So when my mother called the litter was born we went, we saw Romy
Aah, now me hearts melting...such sweeties! Sooo cute!
and she concurred our hearts at the spot. A few weeks later the neighbors litter was born and I chose Esmé.
I was there each step as they grew but they weren’t ours until the moment we brought them home. It is really weird how that emotions was instantly there, seeing them dally with their toys, they were home and they were ours to raise. If we did a good job is up for interpretation *grin* They have quite the arrogant streak inside them. After Romy and Esmé we got Jasmijn (who died a few years back) and we got our to Alpha dogs;
Luka and Eros. I had a total of 7 litters with my three ladies and I just absolutely had a grand time, to feel the pups grow inside the mothers, feel the pups move, see them get born, hear their little first sounds and see their wobbly first steps.
Now Romy and Esmé are twelve and Eros and Luka 10, they are getting old, they love to do nothing more than cuddle, sleep, walk outside and sleep some more. I really hope I get to keep them for another three-four years and I so do not want to think of the time they’re not around anymore.
***NOW, WHAT WE’VE ALL BEEN DYING TO KNOW!***
So, tell us Leontine, many true gypsies don’t really know where their bloodline come from, do you?
I really wish I could delve into my memory and deliver some fabulous tales of my bloodline but alas, it isn’t meant to be right now. My grandmother was the result of a gypsy riding into town on his horse one day and have a hot fling with my great-grandmother.
Sounds like that could have been the beginning of a romance tale. I’d love to hear the rest of that story. Now some gypsies claim the only true gypsy is of Romanian birth, what is your take on that?
I think that might well be the case! The one thing I regret is that lots of family and culture history is lost to me as many stories aren’t retold to descendants. My family regurgitates many stories at family events, sometimes hilarious, sometimes to the undying shame of the family member in question of such a story but it keeps those stories alive. You say you’re of the Pagan Religion but are you talking about today’s modern Pagan beliefs; a mix of wicca and new age beliefs, or do your beliefs come from the old kingdom of Druid Pagan style beliefs?
I think it is more of the today’s modern pagan beliefs. Yet I do not like to pin myself down to one religion.
LOL, being an Irish girl of druid pagan past with a modern touch of Irish Catholic but having a full blooded Sioux Indian brother raising me as a child (my parents worked)…I don’t peg into any formed religious hole either. So, I hear you on this.
I absolutely found my niche with nature and the animals, I have a strong affinity with the Pagan religion but I also love the angels, elementals/Faeries/Sidhe etc and the pantheon’s of the gods and goddesses.
Oh, we’re so much alike…me twin’s this way as well.
I also believe that it doesn’t matter in the end to who you might call/evoke or pray to, it is the fact that you do. To ask for guidance, to ask for the energy that can help you to work through the hardships as well as the joy’s in life. To ask for what you need so you might help another person.
I so agree with you on this. It is my joy in life to enjoy what the Gods have offered us and let the Gods/God do the judging of the paths we walked while here. You said when you were young, your sister took you to a New Age occult book store, it’s there you first saw Rune Stones, Tarot cards, and other such items. Items you said drew your soul home. You discovered things that made you feel as if you’d finally found yourself, your woman’s power, your true beliefs and a comfort you hadn’t felt with more structured Christian religions. Can you tell us more about this discovered feeling or power you felt?
It is very difficult for me to explain with words what I felt. It was like a warm glow spreading from within, first gentle giving me a jittery feeling of finally understanding a part of me which I didn’t know I was searching for. Then it became bold, I remember lying on my bed, closing my eyes and just let the energy flow and it was a kaleidoscope of colors going through me. I was a bit scared at first but at the same time I could cry because it felt so much like home, a piece of my soul was discovered and I could rejoice in its strength. I remember calling Miss. X from that new Age shop after the colors and feelings subsided. She picked up and I said my name and all she said was; “Beautiful wasn’t it! That was a welcome for you.”
OMG…what a beautiful recount of a wonderful awakening experience! Sometimes some of us are lucky enough to be touched by someone who has the hand of God to grant such an awareness to our souls.
What was the first item that drew you?
I need to dig my memory again but what I still clearly remember is that I walked through the new age shop and was instantly drawn to the Rune stones and a Tourmaline gemstone necklace. I still have both items, the Rune stones a gift from my sister and the necklace a gift to myself for my birthday.
Do you still work with them?
Yes I still work with my Rune stones from time to time and the necklace is one of my most treasures jewelry, very powerful gemstones.
Being of Native American Indian Beliefs with a wee bit of Ancient Celtic Druidism *if I had to pigeonhole meself* I strongly believe in the energy and power The Gods have given all things. Trees, Rocks, Water...even the air around us...it's called life.
So, how long have you read Tarot Cards?
I think that is for about eight years now, reading Tarot cards is not a black and white answer to any question, it is more a guidance tool. Your own actions and decisions affect your future so you can get a reading one week and the next week again and find some things have altered the outcome of the cards to the same question.
Another favorite subject of yours within New Age is?
That would definitely be Reiki.
To channel an energy and give another a bit of insight in a problem, or healing for emotional wounds, or to transfer the energy in to a drawing, gemstone or other object for that person to use is a very gratifying feeling. That is why I love handmade stuff, perhaps even unknowingly a person can add the energies that be or even something good of themselves into an object that might be picked up by another who buys it. Reiki works with the chakra’s, with symbols, but I like to use it as intuitively as possible. Reiki is something I have by nature but I explored at that New Age shop under the guidance of a wonderful woman.
So, Leontine are you ready to have some fun and give one of our lucky bloggers a free reading?
Flexing fingers, getting in tune with a spirit realm and smile. You bet I’m ready Hawk!
will have their names tossed into me Irish cauldron and a name will be picked for a free reading by The Gypsy of the Netherlands; Leontine.
She has also graciously offer a second place prize! The lucky second place winner will get an intuitive drawing (15 by 20 cm) personally send from Leontine to the winner (internationally)!!! And The winners will be announced next weekend!
Thank you Leontine for the wonderful interview and enlightening us all.
Hugs – May we all keep the positive light and energy around us and those we love!