True Witch’s Halloween
Now that the Fall Equinox has passed us by, the days growing cooler (at least in some parts of the country) the signs of autumn are everywhere. Stores are decorating their windows with Indian corn and pumpkins. Witches are readying for the dark half of the year.
Did I say witches? Yeah, I guess I did, didn’t I? Though most people only think of witches as something in faery tales—like the wicked queen in Snow White (or lately Regina of the extremely popular television show Once Upon A Time) witches have long been with us. Long before people grew scared of them and thought to burn and otherwise exterminate them, they were seen as cultural healers, and even in some cases advisors. It was only in the Middle Ages, around the time of the plagues that the people—and the Church thought to stamp out wickedness.
Thankfully, for the most part, those days are gone (though there are still some instances of it around the world, unfortunately). True witches are neither hags, nor evil, nor likely to eat children (like in Hansel and Gretel). These days, they tend toward their old roots, they try to live in harmony with their world and with nature, they’re likely to live low-key lives, with only a hint of their true selves showing. A pentacle necklace or a crescent moon earring here, a bumper sticker of some pagan saying (Like, The Goddess Is Alive And Magic Is Afoot!) there, maybe they have an herb garden in the yard. If you hear of them at all, it’s likely to be when Halloween (AKA Samhain) comes around, and the news media seeks out the more open of witches.
The witches in my book, The Artist’s Inheritance, are just this kind. Oh, they may know a little magic ;) but they only dress up on Halloween for fun, are more likely to celebrate it as Samhain anyway (Samhain is the Celtic New Year to them) and the spells they use, they use to help out my poor, imp-beleaguered couple. They might stir pots now and again, and know a little something about potions, but like the witches of old, they only work for good, and would blast anything that even looked demon-like, if given half a chance.
So all in all, Good Witches….Now about that evil queen… ;)
Want to know a little more about my witches? Okay.
The Artist’s Inheritance.
Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.
When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?
Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family.
If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.
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