Witch Trial Legacy #Snippet Sunday

Today’s snippet is Sybilla’s vision from Witch Trial Legacy.

Sybilla Sanborn must break a centuries old curse before everything she cares about goes up in smoke.

Sybilla is a nurse gifted with the ability to heal with her touch but cursed with visions of future tragedies she cannot prevent because no one heeds her warnings. With help from the mediums of the spiritualist town of Cassadaga, Florida, she learns she is descended from both the first person executed for witchcraft in this country and the man who accused her.

Conn Ahern is an Iraq war vet dealing with pain and PTSD while working as a paramedic and struggling to save the ranch his grandmother founded. He’s an atheist who wants nothing to do with the people of the town.

When Conn and Sybilla meet, sparks fly, but not always in a good way, and their relationship fans the flames of jealousy and revenge in someone who doesn’t want them to work things out.

During a séance, her ancestor’s spirit reveals how Sybilla can rid herself of the curse and save Conn, but the price may be too high.

Sybilla’s Vision

Something tickled Sybilla’s pharynx, then clogged her chest.

Neelie turned to her. “Are you okay?”

Sybilla’s eyes burned and watered. Her lungs constricted, and she gasped. The contaminated air sent her into a coughing jag. Finally, she caught her breath and cleared her throat. “Smoke.”

Neelie sniffed. “I don’t smell anything.”

Tears streamed from Sybilla’s eyes and blurred her vision. She blinked and brushed away the moisture. Flashes of orange light, searing heat, and acrid fumes spewed forth around her. Where is it?

Neelie led her to a bench next to the store. “Sit down.” Grabbing a pamphlet from a nearby table, she fanned Sybilla.

Old wooden structures are tinderboxes. The whole town is in danger, but where do I tell the fire department to go to? Sybilla swiped at her eyes again and stood. With panicked glances around her, she searched for the source of the flames.

Neelie shook her. “Tell me what’s wrong.”

“Fire. Call 911.”

Neelie turned in all directions. “Nothing’s burning.”

Sybilla’s eyes cleared. The suffocating odor disappeared. Oh no, not again. Her gut churned. Must find out more, but I don’t want to worry Neelie and I know better than to tell anyone about the visions. The people I confide in always react the same way.

Brow furrowed and lips pursed, Neelie stared at her.

Sybilla strained her lips into a grin. “Sorry, something made me dizzy for a minute, but I’m okay now. Let’s eat.”

Take a Vacation with the Magic of Books ~ Jennifer Taylor Writes

Jennifer Taylor, Author
Jennifer Taylor is a friend and one of the finest writers I know. Her books flow with lyrical, beautiful prose. This month I’m featuring her because I love her novels and think you will too.

Reading this series will take you on a fascinating journey even if you’re staying at home.

Here is my review of the first book in her Rhythm of the Moon Series, Mercy of the Moon:

Mercy of the Moon, Jennifer Taylor’s elegant, engrossing novel of a midwife in eighteenth century England, compels the reader to turn page after page.

Maggie Wilson, the midwife who the townspeople of King’s Harbour consider a spinster workhorse, cares for the women of the town as they labor and deliver, always putting their needs ahead of her own. However, when her pregnant sister’s time arrives, Maggie is away and cannot assist with the delivery. When she comes home, she learns of the tragedy—her sister died during childbirth. When Maggie visits her grave, she encounters an intriguing man whose mournful singing reduces her to grief-stricken sobs.

Ian Pierce has returned to England from a trip abroad, only to discover his brother, the town apothecary, died during his absence. As he sings a lament for his brother at the cemetery, he meets Maggie, who soothes his compulsions with her presence. He walks her home and cannot stop thinking of her.

Mercy of the Moon is an enchanting historical romance with a hint of paranormal, which adds a fascinating layer to the tale. 

Jennifer Taylor does a magnificent job of bringing the place and time to life, incorporating eighteenth century terms into her lyrical style, so the reader feels transported, and sees, hears, smells, and tastes what it must have been like there and then. She also presents an accurate medical picture of Ian’s “affliction” and the treatment for it. 

I picked up this book while dealing with an episode of insomnia. Reading about Ian’s struggle with his condition, which included insomnia, helped me pass the long, dark, hours. I felt like I had a companion to share my misery. I couldn’t have put it down, even if I had been sleepy. 

Be warned: read Mercy of the Moon in the daytime, or risk staying up all night to find out what happens to Maggie and Ian.

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Blurb: Strange things are happening in King’s Harbour. Midwife Maggie Wilson vows to find the person who almost murdered her sister. When her sister’s behavior ignites old superstitions, the townspeople threaten to send her to an asylum. Maggie turns to handsome Ian for help in a town where everybody is against her.

Apothecary Ian Pierce wants nothing more than to feel whole, as he does when he is near the beautiful midwife, singing to her soul with his music. Only then can he forget the horrors from his past when false accusations sent him to Bedlam.

When they unearth the deeds of a sinister killer, Ian’s most daunting battle will be to safeguard his sanity . . . and win Maggie’s heart.

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Jennifer Taylor is the award-winning author of the Rhythm of the Moon series, historical romance set in an 18th Century English port town. She blends love, music, humor, and the supernatural with a lively, lyrical voice similar to Diana Gabaldon and Susanna Kearsley. Jennifer spent her childhood running wild on an Idaho mountainside, and has worked as a roofer, a stay-at-home mom and a professional dancer and singer. Music plays a huge part in her books, and she can often be heard singing at her desk… unless her heroine midwife is delivering a baby, and screaming is more appropriate.

She lives in rural Florida with her husband of thirty-seven years, and an entitled Great Dane.

All Fired Up: A Contemporary Romance by Dylan Newton

Although I loved How Sweet It Is, which is also set in the fictional town of Wellsville in western New York and starred Imani’s friends Kate and Drake, I think All Fired Up is even better! This book includes plenty of fun and laugh-out-loud moments from Imani’s wise-cracking grandmother and her card-playing, whiskey-drinking friends to her foul-mouthed African gray parrot named Lancelot who steals every scene he’s in. Yet, it’s a book that deals unflinchingly with difficult issues including mental health problems and grief and loss. The characters are so well crafted I feel like I know them well. Zander, especially, is one of the most endearing romantic heroes ever. Although he’s a tough, alpha male, strong, capable of handling anything life throws at him and helps Imani over and over, he’s also sensitive, artistic, understanding, and never acts like a jerk.

Imani Lewis is the publicist for horror writer Drake Matthews, known as the Knight of Nightmares, and best friend to his wife, Kate Sweet. Imani has come to Wellsville for the summer to help out her grandmother, who needs knee surgery, and Kate, who is pregnant. Imani carries the weight of guilt over the loss of her mother sixteen years ago in a fire while Imani was away at dance camp. She believes if she had been home, she could have saved her mother. Now, she plans every detail of her life, determined not to make any more mistakes.

Zander Matthews is Drake’s younger brother and owner of three pottery studios. His motto is to enjoy the present to the fullest because there’s no guarantee of tomorrow. As a marine who served in Afghanistan, he knows how precarious life can be, and he’s determined not to miss out on anything by worrying about the future or fretting about the past.

Imani and Zander are deeply attracted to one another from the moment they meet. However, they are complete opposites, and their philosophies about life conflict. Imani and Zander both have a long journey and fundamental changes they must make before they can be right for each other.

All Fired Up releases on May 17, 2022 and is available for preorder. This book can be read as a stand-alone or as the sequel to How Sweet It Is. Both are spectacular reads, and I can’t wait for the next book from Dylan Newton! I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Author Dylan Newton was born and raised in a small town where the library was her favorite hang-out. After over a decade working in corporate America, Dylan quit to pursue her passion: writing books. When she isn’t writing her next romantic comedy, Dylan is pursuing her own happily ever after with her high school sweetheart as they split time between Florida and Upstate New York with their two much cooler daughters and a tone-deaf cockatiel.

Visit Dylan at http://www.DylanNewton.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DylanNewtonAuthor

How Well Do You Know the History of this Country’s Witch Trials?

Who was the first person executed for witchcraft in this country? When and where did it happen?

If you said Bridget Bishop in Salem, Massachusetts in 1692, you would be wrong.

Although the Salem witch trials are the most well-known, Alse (Alice) Young was the first person executed for witchcraft in this country in the colony of Connecticut on May 26, 1647, around 45 years before the hysteria in Salem. Like most of those victims, Alse was hanged.

Little is known about her. She lived in Windsor and had a daughter also named Alse who was accused of the same crime about 30 years after her mother’s death but was never indicted. It was common practice at that time to name daughters after their mothers. Sadly, family members of the people arrested were frequently persecuted as well.

Historians believe the senior Alse’s husband was John Young. However, the only substantiation of this was a notation on the back of an alchemical physician’s note stating Young had been married to a woman who was executed for witchcraft in Hartford.

There is no record of why Alse was denounced, or any evidence presented against her. There was an outbreak of influenza at the time and many people died. Alse may have been blamed due to superstition and fear.

The Windsor town council formally exonerated Alse on February 6, 2017. A memorial service for her was held there on May 26, 2017, and a brick engraved with her name is among the memorial bricks beneath the flagpole near town hall.

Here are a couple of references to learn more about Alse.

https://www.jud.ct.gov/lawlib/history/witches.htm (This link has a photo of the memorial brick.)

In my recently released novel, Witch Trial Legacy, Alse appears in spirit form to help the heroine, who is a descendant of hers, break a curse which gives her visions of future tragedies but prevents anyone from believing her when she tries to warn them.

I took some writer’s license with Alse’s story. I made her an attractive, well-to-do widow pursued by a greedy neighbor and changed her daughter’s name to “Truth”. Having mother and daughter characters with the same name could be confusing for readers, and since Puritans often named babies after virtues, I thought “Truth” would be the perfect name for Alse’s daughter. She is the only one who acknowledges the real reasons behind Alse’s execution. She also manipulates the town’s perceptions of reality in order to obtain her revenge.

It’s a shame that Alse and other victims from Connecticut are not better known today. We hear a lot about Salem, but little about other areas. Too many lives were lost due to superstition. I’m hoping to help spread the word so that more people realize the tragic circumstances and commemorate these little known victims.

Review of 3 Minutes to Midnight by L.M. Hatchell: 4 Stars

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Refreshing Premise with a Well-written Story

I really enjoyed this book! For a change from many books in this genre, the ancient prophecy doesn’t foretell the birth of the savior of the world, but the one who will destroy it. Phoenix knows she’s considered an abomination in the supernatural world, and she doesn’t want any part of it anyway. She loves her simple life with humans, but the paranormals are not about to let her get away. This story had plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing and surprises around every corner. I liked the characters and rooted for Phoenix throughout the book. Of course, I had to buy the second book in the series, and now I can’t wait for the third. The books do end on cliff-hangers. I would have preferred that each book complete a narrative arc, but I’ll definitely buy more from this author.

Here’s the blurb:

A small Dublin pub …

… holds the key to humanity’s survival.


Who will learn its secret?

Half vampire, half fae, Phoenix is an abomination in the eyes of the supernatural community. Screw them! She’s more than happy to play human in the cosy Irish pub she calls home.

At least until an annoying werewolf comes knocking.

Because Phoenix may be done with the supernatural world, but it’s not quite done with her.

Her birth has triggered a prophecy, and now the clock is ticking. Humanity will be the first to suffer for her existence.

Everything, and everyone, she loves is in danger, and as the body count rises Phoenix must learn to embrace the darkest parts of herself.

Or lose it all.

If you like gripping urban fantasy with some serious attitude, you’ll love this debut novel from Irish author L.M. Hatchell.

For the Love of Horses and Books

Do you love horses and enjoy reading about them?

My equine partner is a sweet mare named Corrin Castle, an Irish Sport Horse enjoying retirement at a farm in Ocala, Florida. Below is a picture of us together.

I belong to a group of fantasy/romance writers called the Pen Dames who find horses inspiring, and we include them in our books. Most of us own horses now or rode in the past. Since May is Derby and Preakness month, we decided to celebrate our love of horses by holding a contest with bales of books and buckets of prizes for our readers! The horse name game is fun, the prizes are fantastic, and all the books include horses.

Want to enter? (U.S. residents only) Come on over to my facebook author page and reply to my pinned post there. Contest ends May 15th, so click on the link now: https://www.facebook.com/KatherineSmits.author

#horses #fantasyromance

Valentine’s Day & the Gift of Love

  “One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love.” ~ Sophocles

On Valentine’s Day most of us think of hearts and flowers and the giddy feeling of meeting The One. Romance is fantastic, but love is about relationships of all kinds and fundamentally involves acceptance.

I’d like to share an excerpt from Siren Descending which examines the different kinds of love. 

The main character, Athenia, is trapped in the underworld after trading herself to the devil in exchange for her lover’s freedom. Though she knows her life, her powers, and her soul are forfeit, she agrees to sing her siren song one last time for the inhabitants of Hades. At first, she only wants to delay her fate for as long as possible, but she ends up giving even the most repellent creatures the gift of love through her song.

Keeping her promise, Athenia gave everything to the song. Opening her soul, she let all her pain, fear, loneliness, and desperation suffuse her voice. At first, the notes jangled with sharp edges and discordances, evidence of her anguish. Minor chords overwhelmed the music with their overtones of alarm. When the inhabitants of the underworld came out to listen, they milled about, whispering, and glaring at one another. At a gesture from Gelion, they stilled, but tension filled the air. Eyes narrowed, Gelion started toward her.

While her deepest emotions took over, she ignored everything else. She sang of her grief for Delphie, for what might have been with Thorne, and for the soon to come loss of her identity. Next, she poured out her longing for the sea and her acceptance of kinship with the Atlantean Nerei, especially Deme, who had been a friend.

She trilled a refrain for the other mages, who would have accepted her, if she hadn’t been so secretive.

When all else drained away, she let the ballad take her back to her first time with Thorne. The moment when she’d realized how perfect he was for her played like a movie in her mind. She crooned her love for him. So long as he survives and goes on to lead a happy life, I can tolerate all this.

The pure notes echoed around them, and the denizens of the underworld stood with arms around each other, swaying in rhythm to her music, staring at her as though hypnotized. 

Three-headed Cerberus rolled on his back, whining through all his mouths. 

After the harpy landed beside him, she reached over and rubbed his belly. No one moved away from the winged creature this time, though her stench rolled through the area in an almost palpable haze.

Staring at Athenia intently, Gelion stood behind the crowd. Clear-eyed, he didn’t appear mesmerized like the others. However, the corners of his lips turned up, and he tapped his foot.

As long as I’m singing, he won’t make me have sex with him. A vision of him naked and jamming himself inside her made her stomach heave. Worse, he’ll make me enjoy being raped, long for more, and beg him not to stop. She shuddered.

Momentarily, her song shrieked into a register so high human ears probably ached. The demons clenched their claws, some digging talons into boulders, scraping long gouges out of the rock. Growling, Cerberus shook his head. Then, he snapped at the harpy, who snatched her hand out of reach of his jaws.

Can’t let my fear stop me. Must face this with as much dignity as I can summon up. With an effort, she brought her voice back to the pleasing range and added a hint of hope. Not for me since I’m doomed. For these poor creatures. Maybe this moment of solidarity will be all they ever experience, but this small amount of peace is my gift to them. For once, I can offer something to someone else without needing or wanting repayment. Besides, they aren’t the reason I’m here.

Everyone settled down. Now, her voice strained to reach the high, pure notes, and lost some clarity. I never used my siren ability so long or with so much emotion before, so I won’t last much longer. When my voice dies, Gelion will come for me, and that will be the end of me, too.

Sadness threatened again, but she refused to give in to despair. For as long as I can, I’m going to focus on joy, even in difficult circumstances. All I want now is to be fully present for every moment of my precious life while I possess free will. Though my time is almost over, I’ll make the most of every second.

At the top of her aria, her voice cut out. She lost a few notes, but not enough to end the enthrallment of the crowd. To preserve her vocal cords for as long as possible, she lowered her range. A siren with no voice. How ironic, I’m morphing into a Disney character.

Time passed. How long has it been, hours? Can’t keep on more than a few more minutes.

From the depths of her soul, Athenia poured every form of love into a haunting chorale.

Philia, the deep connection between comrades in arms, who are loyal and willing to sacrifice for each other. Though this was partly what I felt for Thorne, I realize now I care so much more for him.

Ludus, playful love or affection. Not as serious as Philia, but important to help us remember we’re not alone in our mortal condition, and we can make connections with many people, including those different from us. Like when Bathin helped me.

Philautia, or love of self. Through all this, I discovered I’m not a horrible person. Of course, I was misguided to think I needed to protect myself from everyone, even Thorne. Yet, though I did some awful things, I’m not bad. I care about myself and want to live, but it’s too late now. At least, I figured this out before the end.

Eros, or sexual passion. What I felt for Thorne all along, what I thought was the most important kind of love, but it’s not. Romance is wonderful when combined with friendship and affection, and when both lovers care about themselves, but sex isn’t everything and is empty without the other dimensions.

Pragma, or longstanding love. The pain of loss in her chest increased. This is the type of love I’ll never experience with Thorne.

Agape, the selfless love, which encompasses all people. This is what I offer you today. She sent agape to every creature assembled, even Gelion. He’s still part of the universe and needs whatever caring anyone can spare for him. Odd, to pity someone so powerful, but I do now. In these final moments, I understand so much more than I ever did before.

The rasp in her voice became huskiness. Then a whisper. Finally, she stopped. I’m done. There’s nothing left to do or say, no way to fight the inevitable any longer. Strangely at peace, she bowed her head.

Through the silent throng, Gelion marched toward her. None made a move. All of Hell’s occupants sat as if turned to stone.

Thank you for joining me. I hope you enjoyed the excerpt. This post was first published on the Pen Dames blog. Please come on over and join us for more wonderful posts from my fabulous colleagues. https://pendames.blogspot.com/

Alone in the Dark ~ Excerpt and Interview with Khardine Gray

Welcome to October! This post continues the series of excerpts and interviews with authors of A Darker Shade of Evil: A Demon and Devil Anthology available now!

Many thanks to Muffy Wilson for creating and compiling the interviews and excerpts.

     

Alone in the Dark

Tagline 1:  The Demons and devils threatened to take everything and rip their world apart.

Tagline 2:  I shouldn’t want him, we want different things. 
I’ve always known I should stay away from the alpha wolf. But when the demons and devils unleash their evil it’s only us who can stop them from tearing everything apart.  

BLURB:

He was a werewolf…


There, that should have been reason enough to keep me away.


Witches from the Coven of Shadows and werewolves do not mix.
Even before it was forbidden, they didn’t do it.


But… that never stopped me from wanting him, the alpha wolf.


Attraction brought us together, but the demons and devils may drive us apart.
A war is coming, we both know it.


If he plays by his own rules, I’ll be alone in the dark…

 

EXCERPT:

I looked around the room and my spirits fell.

That was the best words I could find to describe how I felt.

I knew this would happen. After Father’s betrayal, it was a wonder how anyone was here at all.

This was the first Realm’s Council meeting since we found out who and what he was.

This was the state of us four months later. A shadow of what we’d previously been.

A meeting hall that was once full of magical and mystical beings from every realm known to man and creature was now less than half. I’d counted a total of sixteen people present, and that included me. The room was designed to hold sixty people. We had a long table that seated each and every one of them. All representatives from the mystical and magical community who’d trusted us as the Ravenwood family to be their leaders.

Us who were high witches from the Coven of Shadows. The oldest witching coven that had been around since the dawn of time.

Bad enough that we were already rare with the few numbers we had since you belonged to the coven by birthright but add this debacle to it and I would say it was a sign of serious change.

When people no longer trusted you to lead that was a big problem. Never mind the fact that it wasn’t you who dealt the damage. It was sufficient that the same blood flowed through my veins.

It was all however, problems I would have to deal with because it would be me taking over from Father. Not my mother as I assumed.

That was what she wanted to tell everyone today.

Everyone which included my sisters: Juliana and Gabrielle, The three vampires from the Order of Raphael- Tristan my soon to be brother in law and his brothers, Ivan and Virgil, and ten others. The ten were a mixture of fae folk. The weaker beings who’d always looked to us for protection over the centuries.

It was a given that they’d always follow us, and I got the feeling that the Order of Raphael were only here because of Tristan. Ivan was leader but Tristan had a strong influence over them. They were brothers and much like my sisters they’d support me.

Mother stood and looked around the room. We’d given time for lateness and waited for half an hour already just waiting to see who would be coming.

She looked to me and I nodded. Yes, better to start than piss off the people who were already here . It would be disrespectful.

She waved her hand and the large oakwood doors closed at her will. With them my heart crumbled.

No point looking out for anyone else. This was it.

It was just that there was one person I’d always looked out for and it crushed me to see he really wasn’t coming.

Lucian Feynnoir.

Lucian the leader of the lycans and werewolves.

We used lycans and werewolves interchangeable here no matter you were who was born with the lycanthropic abilities and or a human who’d been bitten and changes with the moon. They all answered to him as their leader regardless of whichever pack they traveled in or what part of the world or realm they came from.

It was him. His absence meant they were no longer with us.

It also meant he truly didn’t care about me.

He never did. I was a witch and he was a werewolf. Why would he?

Even if I thought he did, I was totally wrong. If I wasn’t then I would have seen him after Father’s betrayal and he would be here now.

 

INTERVIEW WITH KHARDINE GRAY:

Why do you write?

Writing is my passion. I’ve never gone a day without writing. I love creating characters with their own wonderful stories.

What genre does your work fall in?

I write contemporary, paranormal, and interracial romance.

Why did you chose that genre?

I love love and writing about people falling in love and the adventures they go on.

How does your work contribute to that genre?

I write with a creative passion that evokes the essence of romance. I take my time to ensure my pages leap out at you with the story as you read my work.

What would the title of your life story be?

The Girl who did everything and never stopped trying.

 Besides writing do you have any other creative passions?

I love ice skating and dancing.

 

Khardine Gray

Khardine Gray is an USA Today Bestselling author.

She writes contemporary romance, multicultural romance, paranormal romance, and romantic suspense.


Her books have sexy, drool-worthy heroes who will make you melt, and sassy, fun loving, ambitious heroines.


She simply adores her readers and loves spoiling them.

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Katherine Eddinger Smits grew up wanting to be a mermaid but discovered to her dismay this was not a viable career choice. Instead, she became a clinical social worker and helped veterans and their families.

Now she brings social work training and experience to her stories of mermaids, mages and magical creatures. Within the context of fantasy and romance, her novels explore real-life issues of self-acceptance, body image, relationship dynamics, and fears and phobias. Mystery, suspense, and a little sex add spice to her books.

She is the author of four paranormal romances.

Katherine and her husband divide their time between Florida and West Virginia. Their children and granddaughters live in Virginia.

Besides writing, Katherine is a blogger, mom, Mimi, dressage rider, and clog dancer.

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Wytchfae Runes ~ Interview with Flossie Benton Rogers

Welcome to the Katherine Eddinger Smits blog. I’m inspired by interesting and unusual locations and my favorite books include settings so  fascinating that they make the story indelible in my mind. So, I decided to write a series of blogs about the exotic locations in books from some of my favorite authors. They were kind enough to answer a series of questions about the settings of their books. Today I’m featuring Flossie Benton Rogers and her novel, Wytchfae Runes.

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Book blurb:

Wytchfae Kelly O’Day’s job is to transition ghosts to the afterlife. The last thing she expects is to fall for one of them — sexy Viking Ingvar Hrothson.

Cursed to roam the earth as a restless spirit, Ingvar is hell bent on destroying the sorceress responsible. Hating all forms of dark power, his reaction to Kelly sends him reeling. He never dreamed he would be bewitched by a flesh and blood woman with magical powers.

Kelly and Ingvar battle sinister forces and multiple attempts on their lives. With their attraction approaching supernova, the couple must decide whether their romance of a lifetime is also worth fighting for.

Interview with Flossie Benton Rogers:

 What is the setting for Wytchfae Runes? Please describe it.

Wytchfae Runes has three major settings: 1) a casual Florida beach community based on New Smyrna Beach 2) ancient Norway, home of the hero, the Viking ghost Ingvar, and 3) the Underworld.

 Why did you choose this setting for your story?

The small Florida beach town at the beginning of Wytchfae Runes shows the relatively normal life experienced by Kelly, a Wytchfae with training in witchery who has faery blood running through her veins. She basks in the casual atmosphere of Florida sun and sea air.

When she encounters the Viking ghost Ingvar, the frozen crags of ancient Norway mirror a more precarious existence involving treacherous humans, crazed demons, and evil magic of the highest order.

To battle this evil, she and Ingvar then travel to the Underworld itself, where appearances are illusory and nothing is as expected.

Is this a real place, or did you create it for the story?

The Florida beach town is fictional but based on the charming community of New Smyrna Beach. Ancient Norway is a real location set in times just before the Vikings began to depend extensively on trade and conquest. The Underworld is a product of imagination, based on Norse, Greek, and other mythologies.

Have you written other books in this setting, or do you plan to write more in the future?

All of the books in the Wytchfae series balance between our everyday world and the Wytchfae world, a parallel realm with witches, faeries, demons, angels, goddesses, dark guardians, ghosts and other magical beings.

 Is this the start of a series or a standalone?

This is the first book in the Wytchfae series. Each book is totally standalone, with different heroines and heroes.

Flossie Benton Rogers

This mystic adventurer writes action-packed paranormal fantasy and is known for conjuring the magic in romance. Former library director and teacher. Essential Energy Balancing and Reiki master. Passionate about true love, mystical realms, mythology, cosmology, and hidden realities. Coffee aficionado. Bedazzled thrall of Marigold the fur fae. Loves to hang out with myth, magic, and mayhem.

 

Thank you so much, Flossie! I didn’t know the small town in this book was based on New Smyrna Beach. That’s one of my favorite Florida places!

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Katherine Eddinger Smits grew up wanting to be a mermaid but discovered to her dismay this was not a viable career choice. Instead, she became a clinical social worker and helped veterans and their families.

Now she brings social work training and experience to her stories of mermaids, mages and magical creatures. Within the context of fantasy and romance, her novels explore real-life issues of self-acceptance, body image, relationship dynamics, and fears and phobias. Mystery, suspense, and a little sex add spice to her books.

She is the author of four paranormal romances.

Katherine and her husband divide their time between Florida and West Virginia. Their children and granddaughters live in Virginia.

Besides writing, Katherine is a blogger, mom, Mimi, dressage rider, and clog dancer.

Sign up for her quarterly newsletter and receive a free short story! Newsletters always include contests, freebies and fun.  http://katherineeddingersmits.weebly.com/

A Heart for all Time ~ Excerpt and Interview with Linda Tillis

Welcome to the Katherine Eddinger Smits blog. I’m inspired by interesting and unusual locations and my favorite books include settings so  fascinating that they make the story indelible in my mind. So, I decided to write a series of blogs about books from some of my favorite authors. They were kind enough to answer a series of questions about the settings of their books. Today I would like to share with you the story behind the location for A Heart for all Time by Linda Tillis as well as an excerpt from the book.

Tagline:  Love is neither measured nor bound by time.

Blurb:

Sarah Haskins’ last family member died months ago, and since then she’s put in way too much overtime at her job as a 911 dispatcher. Looking forward to a much-needed vacation and some peace of mind, she has no way of knowing that buying a piece of antique Cherokee Indian jewelry will forever change her life.

When Aaron Kramer wakes on a beautiful August morning in 1890, there is nothing to warn him he is going to be hanged that day—hanged and them saved from death by a very confused woman. Beautiful but not quite right in the head, poor thing, she thinks she’s from the future.

While FBI Agent Frank Kramer investigates Sarah’s disappearance from the present, she must adjust to the farm life of a century earlier—and to the man who makes her skin tingle and her heart beat faster. If she returns to her own time, can she be happy there, longing for the only family she has left?

Interview with Linda Tillis 

Welcome to the Katherine Eddinger Smits blog. Please tell readers a little about A Heart for all Time.

A Heart For All Time is my first attempt at a time travel/historical romance. Since all of my books reflect my twenty years as a Crime Scene Investigator, there is always an element of danger.

What is the setting for the book? Please describe it.

This book is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, specifically the area around Greeneville, Tennessee.

Why did you choose this setting for your story?

My sister lives in Greeneville and wanted me to set a book in the area. She helped me research some of the geography information I needed. Thanks Karen Thomas!

Is this a real place, or did you create it for the story?

I used the original geographic info as much as possible. But then, we all know that owning a keyboard is a license to “expand” on reality!

Have you written other books in this setting, or do you plan to write more in the future?

This is the first book to be located outside of Florida, however, the area of the Blue Ridge Mountains is so rich in history, to include American Indian lore, that I’m sure there will be another one set in the area.

Is this the start of a series or a standalone?

This book was intended as a standalone, however, the use of American Indian lore leaves me with so many possibilities that I can see a series coming.

Anything else you want readers to know about the book?

I write what is commonly referred to as “sweet heat” books. There will be sexual tension between my characters, but, when consummation occurs, the door is closed.  I like for my readers to interpret what happened in that bedroom based on their individual comfort zone.

Thanks so much for sharing about A Heart for all Time. Here’s an excerpt:

Viking Mountain, Tennessee  August 1890

Sarah was dreaming. Men were arguing. She was cold. She must have kicked the blanket off the bed. She reached out for the blanket, and felt…dirt? The men were louder now. She must have left the television on. Alright, alright, I’ll just have to get up, and turn it off.

Sarah opened her eyes and found herself looking at treetops…and blue sky! She rolled to her side and could see she was lying on the ground. Cold, hard ground. And the arguing men were blocked from her view, by a thick stand of mountain laurel. Some were laughing, and one was yelling.

Sarah froze. What the heck was going on? She slowly removed the revolver from her ankle holster. One voice stood out above the others, and what he said made her blood run cold.

“Taggart, you’ll never get away with killing me. You’ll be the prime suspect when I come up missing.”

“Hell, Kramer, they’ll think you finally fell off the deep end, and hung yourself. That’s if they ever find your body. I mean, we are a far piece up the mountain, and why would they come looking up here?”

“Folks’ll just say the poor soul couldn’t get over his wife disappearing, while he was off roundin’ up horses. Add to that how he was stuck with that kid, who never spoke. Got the best of him, livin’ in that house…lookin’ at all those pictures he drew.”

There was the laughter again.

“And after a few months, I’ll just ride into Greeneville, and lay a claim on the place, pay any back taxes, and it’ll all be mine.”

Sarah crawled closer to the bushes. She could just make out a man on a horse. His back was to her, but she could clearly see the rope around his neck. Oh, Lord, she had no idea how many men there were. Her gun only held five rounds. Without even realizing it, she started to pray.

“Please, Lord, help me. Please don’t let them hang this man, Lord.”

 

Linda Tillis                                About Linda Tillis:

 

I was born in rural Kentucky, a small town on the state line with West Virginia, called Goody. Yes, I was called goody-two-shoes in school.  I was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where I enjoyed all that the big city had to offer in the way of the arts. My parents were divorced, and when my mother passed away, I moved to Florida as a quiet, withdrawn, ten-year old.

Books became my best friends, but it would be decades before it I thought of writing one.

I spent eighteen years in the garment industry, which fed my love of color and style. And when the industry began to die out in the United States, I change vocations. I mean really changed.  I spent the next twenty years as a Crime Scene Investigator.

Those years filled my heart and mind with enough memories to write many books. Writing has become therapy for me, and when I place the stories in the historical context it is easier for me to re-live some of the darker moments. My hope is that one of my stories may speak to a woman who needs to know that she is not alone in her struggles, that prayer and good friends, including law enforcement is always available for her.

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Katherine Eddinger Smits grew up wanting to be a mermaid but discovered to her dismay this was not a viable career choice. Instead, she became a clinical social worker and helped veterans and their families.

Now she brings social work training and experience to her stories of mermaids, mages and magical creatures. Within the context of fantasy and romance, her novels explore real-life issues of self-acceptance, body image, relationship dynamics, and fears and phobias. Mystery, suspense, and a little sex add spice to her books.

She is the author of four paranormal romances.

Katherine and her husband divide their time between Florida and West Virginia. Their children and granddaughters live in Virginia.

Besides writing, Katherine is a mom, Mimi, dressage rider, and clog dancer.

Sign up for her quarterly newsletter and receive a free short story! Newsletters always include contests, freebies and fun.  http://katherineeddingersmits.weebly.com/