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Shadow of the Witch Excerpt

Shadow of the Witch Excerpt

Shadow of the Witch

For decades, the people of the small southern town of Jefferson have unknowingly lived on the precipice of hell. Their salvation relied on the protective spells of the soul tracker Melinda Devaroe Bronson.  

When Melinda Devaroe Bronson is found dead among her purple asters, their fate falls into the hands of her granddaughter Celeste. But Celeste swore she’d never set foot in Jefferson again. Or use her magic after what happened. Or speak to the man it happened with. 

But fate has made the choice for her. 

Detective Kennon Jeffries favors the rule of law, and the alpha werewolf certainly doesn’t condone Celeste’s recent choices. But if Melinda really was cursed, he’ll be damned if he’s going to let the monster get away with it.

 Even if it means confronting Celeste after all these years.     

Celeste knows an assassin’s’ bullet when she sees one, and her grandmother’s death and her own conviction are riddled with them.

But to help Kennon uncover the curse wielder, she’ll have to take on her grandmother’s mantel and the magic she fears more than the evil hiding in the shadows of her hometown.

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“Are you going to read the cards?”

I tapped the deck with my index and middle fingers. “She said she couldn’t see everything when it came to me.” I wanted answers to my questions and for the first time in a long time, I didn’t care how I got them.

“Hmm.” Nina walked into the storage room. 

“Hmmm what? What does that mean?” I called after her. “Nina?”

The back door chimed. 

I turned back to the cards, took a few deep breaths to clear my head. I focused on my heart, on my breath, on the cool, smooth feel of the cards in my hands trying to calm myself. I reassured myself that reading Tarot wasn’t technically witchcraft. Well, you didn’t need any magic to use them. At least that’s what I told myself. 

I laid out seven cards in a row and stared down at the resulting spread in shock. Dear God, what I had just drawn? 

Death. Okay, well, that could be change, transformation but something in the core of my being knew damn well it wasn’t on some esoteric level. Something real, inevitable and inescapable was on its way. 

Seven of Swords. A man sneaking away with five swords in his hands. He carried them by the blade, not the hilts. Stealing that would have a price. We never get away with the things we think we do.

The Five of Cups. A man in a black cloak brooded over spilled goblets. Two stood behind him. Regret, resentment, dark feelings that blind us from what we really need to pay attention to.

Three of Swords. Three swords piercing a heart in a thunderstorm. Heart break and sorrow. The questions always remains: is it of our own making?

Oh, it just kept getting better and better. 

The Ten of swords—a man lying on the bank of a river at sunset or sunrise depending on your point of view, with ten swords sticking out of his back. Painful, final endings. 

The betrayal and deceit of the Seven of Swords made the message very clear. 

Jesus. 

I touched a shaking finger to the Tower. Sudden and complete destruction.  

And finally, the Devil. I touched the two horns on his head with two fingers. 

I abruptly stood and walked toward the front of the shop, not seeing, not hearing anything.

 What had Nana said in her letter? Someone had loosed a curse on the town. Good God, I hadn’t had such a negative reading in my life! I tripped over something and glanced down. A black power cord stretched across the wooden floor. 

The Devil spoke of obsession. Possessiveness. Addiction. 

My stomach tightened in degrees until I thought I was going to be sick.  My vision tunneled down to a dark, square hole. Something shifted, as if the room itself had tilted. Cold, damp air caressed my cheeks as I peered down into the pitch black, only there was a gleam of something metal catching the light. The floor tilted another degree under my feet.

“Celeste?” Nina called from the back of the shop. 

A red demon with cloven hooves and a two twisted black horns roared as it threw itself up the dark shaft, it’s clawed hands reaching for me. I screamed and the sound of my own voice snapped me out of the vision. I stumbled to my feet. My heart thudded painfully against my ribs. Blood rushed in my ears. 

A vision. I’d had a vision. 

That was all it was. 

I staggered toward the front of the shop, blinked at the last rays of sunset drifting in the plate glass window, the one with Southern Charms etched in big, beautiful, swirled Serif font. Quil opened the front door from the outside and stepped in, the shopkeeper’s bell jingled merrily. 

I blinked at the tall, handsome man in his white thermal shirt and blue jeans, his long black hair still tied partially back from his face. 

Cold shot through my limbs. 

My hands went clammy. 

Sweat trickled down my back. 

Something wicked this way comes.

Quil gave me a quizzical look, and then in slow motion the front window exploded in a million shards of glass. I screamed, throwing up my arms to cover my face just as something slammed into my shoulder. I went down in a pile of glass and searing pain. A sick, slick of bad magic slid over my skin.

“Celeste! Quil!” I heard Nina yelling, but it sounded far off and far away. I struggled to sit upright through a haze of pain and a black cloud of dark magic.

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I spent a lot of time last year rewriting my very first series ever published, Love and Light. Why? Because I LOVE this story and I never felt I’d really done the story justice, but sometimes you have to let it go. So I did.

Until 2019. That’s when I finally figured out what was missing. And I’m extremely happy with how it came out. I feel like it’s finally “right” and done. Part of the metamorphosis was a new series title, so the Love and Light series has now become the Of Light and Blood Saga!

And you can get Book 1, Enlightened for FREE but hurry! Because the sale will end soon!

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Karma’s a bitch.

Loti and Wolf have learned that the hard way. After saving Heather MacGregor’s life, their three-way blood bond now threatens Wolf’s sanity and Loti’s life. And Heather wishes they had just let her die.

Until an unexpected ray of light shines in her dark night of the soul and she finds a passion that puts everything she’s ever held dear into question. Now torn between unspeakable pleasures and the love she’s lost, Heather is vulnerable to an insidious attack. Unable to resist an enthralling temptation, her choices leave them all facing certain death.

Through a maze of blood debts and soul-contracts, exquisite passion and unparalleled desire, and more treachery and deceit, the threesome slips ever deeper into Modore’s ancient trap, one that will finally give him the key to his six-thousand-year-old obsession and the utter destruction of humankind.

**Fans of the reverse harem genre will love this polyamorous paranormal romance**

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Pre-Order Sealed and Claim Your FREE Gift is available for pre-order!

To celebrate the release of book 4, Sealed, I’ve:

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There’s a smorgasbord of good stuff on this page so make sure you scroll all the way to end!

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What she doesn’t know could get them all killed.

Loti Dupree’s healing powers could change the nature of life itself, and she doesn’t even know it. But 500-year-old vampire Wolf Arrighi does. He’s been living outside the boundaries of his own kind, seeking her for centuries, and when their worlds finally collide, the passion ignited between them is more than either bargained for.

Together, their powers become something entirely new–and entirely dangerous. The sudden surge of elemental magic attracts an ancient evil hell-bent on nothing less than the utter destruction of humankind. And they’ve just handed him the key. One by one, the people they love become casualties, and Loti and Wolf are in a desperate race against time to fight an epic battle that could cost them not just their lives, but their very souls.


Karma’s a bitch.

Loti and Wolf have learned that the hard way. After saving Heather MacGregor’s life, their three-way blood bond now threatens Wolf’s sanity and Loti’s life. And Heather wishes they had just let her die.

Until an unexpected ray of light shines in her dark night of the soul and she finds a passion that puts everything she’s ever held dear into question. Now torn between unspeakable pleasures and the love she’s lost, Heather is vulnerable to an insidious attack. Unable to resist an enthralling temptation, her choices leave them all facing certain death.

Through a maze of blood debts and soul-contracts, exquisite passion and unparalleled desire, and more treachery and deceit, the threesome slips ever deeper into Modore’s ancient trap, one that will finally give him the key to his six-thousand-year-old obsession and the utter destruction of humankind.

**Fans of the reverse harem genre will love this polyamorous paranormal romance**

A FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE!

Thank you so much for ordering SEALED, book 4 in the Of Light and Blood Saga! Everyone who pre-orders SEALED before release day, JANUARY 20, 2020, gets a free copy of my ebook 5 Tarot Practices for Activating Your Intuition!

CLAIM YOUR FREE GIFT

 

 

And last but not least, enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win a Labradorite wishing bottle and mini book of shadows!

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Pre-Order Illuminated and Claim Your FREE Gift

Illuminated, book 3 in the Of Light and Blood Saga is available for pre-order!

To celebrate the release of book 3, Illuminated, I’ve:

  • created a giveaway for a chance to win an Illuminated Moon Heart Necklace
  • a gift w/pre-order!
  • AND put Enlightened, Book 1 is on sale for just 99 cents.

 

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ILLUMINATED

A DARK SECRET HOLDS THE KEY TO THEIR PAST.

From the moment Loti Dupree and Wolf Arrighi arrive at their not-so-quaint hotel, they sense something timeworn and awful pulsing inside its very walls. It’s not the cockroaches or the old, dirty linens. It’s not the unkempt room or the mite-ridden parrots in the lobby. It’s something far more sinister, some lingering evil crossing time and space.

 

Somewhere, sometime in the depths of the strange, otherworldly hotel is something too ghastly to be witnessed. Buried in the dark recesses is an unspeakable horror they must bring to the light– and a connection to their past that can help them save everything and everyone they love.

 

 

 

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ENLIGHTENED

WHAT SHE DOESN’T KNOW COULD GET THEM ALL KILLED.

Loti Dupree’s healing powers could change the nature of life itself, and she doesn’t have a clue. But 500-year-old vampire Wolf Arrighi does. He’s been living outside the boundaries of his own kind, stalking her power for centuries, and when their worlds finally collide, the passion they ignite is more than he bargained for.

Together, their powers become something entirely new—and entirely dangerous, something neither Loti nor Wolf is prepared for. And to make matters even worse the sudden surge of elemental magic has attracted an ancient evil hell-bent on nothing less than the utter destruction of humankind. And they’ve just handed him the key. One by one, the people they love become casualties, and Loti and Wolf are in a desperate race against time to fight an epic battle that could cost them not only their lives but their very souls.

 

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Learn More About Of Light and Blood and Enter to Win The Modern Witch Kit!

I’m stoked to share my latest Urban Fantasy series, Of Light and Blood with you!

To celebrate the release of book 2, Shattered, I’ve created a month’s worth of celebrations! Included on this page:

  • Information about Of Light and Blood
  • A FREE gift for everyone who orders Shattered
  • A J.R. Ward book GIVEAWAY
  • A $100 Amazon Gift Card GIVEAWAY
  • and The Modern Witch Kit GIVEAWAY co-sponsored by me, Olivia Hardin, and Bella Andrews.

LET’S GET STARTED!

WHAT SHE DOESN’T KNOW COULD GET THEM ALL KILLED.

Loti Dupree’s healing powers could change the nature of life itself, and she doesn’t even know it. But 500-year-old vampire Wolf Arrighi does. He’s been living outside the boundaries of his own kind, seeking her for centuries, and when their worlds finally collide, the passion ignited between them is more than either bargained for.

Together, their powers become something entirely new–and entirely dangerous. The sudden surge of elemental magic attracts an ancient evil hell-bent on nothing less than the utter destruction of humankind. And they’ve just handed him the key. One by one, the people they love become casualties, and Loti and Wolf are in a desperate race against time to fight an epic battle that could cost them not just their lives, but their very souls

 

 

 

 

PREORDER SHATTEREDHE SURRENDERED HIS SOUL TO THE DEVIL. SHE MAY BE THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN GET IT BACK.

More than a century ago, Christian Harris gave up everything in a last desperate attempt to finally have the revenge that had consumed him. The vampire that turned him promised him wealth, power, and the revenge he most wanted. But Christian found no satisfaction in his final triumph, and he wanted nothing more than to disappear into the depths of darkness and forget everything he hadn’t done right– and everyone he couldn’t save.

But when he’s brought before his Master and sent on a mission to seduce Heather Macgregor, he finds himself captive to the untrained red-headed witch who wakes him to buried longings and something he never expected: hope. In her bed, he finds passion without boundaries and in her heart, redemption. But Heather also unwittingly provides him with the key to his Master’s obsession, the Light Walker Loti Dupree.

Now a pawn in a dangerous game, Christian must make an impossible choice: save the one who saved his soul and condemn the World to darkness or save the world and forever lose the only love he’s ever known.

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ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE BOOK!

To celebrate the release of my series, I’m hosting a giveaway for a book by my favorite author, J.R. Ward.

Click on the book cover to enter the giveaway!


ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A $100 AMAZON GIFT CARD!

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AND FINALLY…CONNECT WITH ME, OLIVIA HARDIN, AND BELLA ANDREWS TO ENTER TO WIN THE MODERN WITCH KIT!

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How to Build an Empire with the Moon

 

Did y’all know I use the phases of the moon to set goals, run my business, and build my empire

It’s true!

Okay, so maybe it sounds a little wack-a-do, but really, it works. It’s a little dash of magic and little smidge of common sense. See, the moon cycles through eight phases throughout the month, from New Moon to Full and back again. Those phrases have a lot to teach us about how to organize our time.

 

The Moon Has a Lot to Teach Us

The moon also has a lot to teach us about setting goals, letting go of what’s not working, and trusting that there will be another chance. I don’t believe we only get one chance in this life at anything. I know there’s this fear if we don’t take advantage of an opportunity it will never come around again.

Maybe.

But the moon tells a different story.

 

First Four Phases

Four of her phases teaches us about growth: new moon, waxing crescent, first quarter, waxing gibbous. We plant seeds of intention with the new moon and work toward growing that intention into full bloom, the full moon.

BUT then comes the letting go. A flower is not the end fo the process, see. After the full bloom, comes the fertilization and then comes the fruit, right?

 

Second Four Phases

So think of the next four phases as the fertilization and the fruiting: full moon, waning gibbous, third quarter, and waning crescent. This half of the lunar cycle reminds us that some things need to be released in order for new things to take shape. The flower petals die so the fruit can grow.

That’s the very basics. I use the phases of the moon to organize my time during the month, when I create when I relax, and when I do the business backend work. From a practical standpoint, it means everything gets addressed every month.

And when feel time-crunched and anxious about something getting done, the moon cycle always reminds there’s always next month. It’s helped me ask the question: what absolutely has to happen this week/this month? And what can be done next week/next month?

 

Full Moon is for Reflecting

Going into the details of how I use it phases is too much info for one blog post, so I’ll give one example, with the promise I’ll about the other phases in future posts. Today, we’re coming up on the Full Moon. This is the time every month when I shine a big, bright light on the work I’ve been doing, both spiritually and professionally and make some hard decisions. I ask myself:

What have I accomplished?

What hasn’t gotten done?

What’s working?

What’s not?

What do I need to refocus my efforts on?

What do I need to let go of?

Then I  pivot my efforts so I’m working on what really matters. I also spend the evening of the full moon letting go and forgiving. Seriously. Holding on to grudges and bad feelings is the biggest handicap ever. Think of them as literal baggage that you’re carrying while also trying to lead a happy and productive life.

It gets impossible at some point if we don’t start jettisoning those burdens.

Why not give it a try tonight? The moon is technical full at 12:32 am tonight, September 14, 2019, but you can do this anytime tonight or even in the morning if you prefer.

 

Full Moon Forgiveness Rite:

1. Cleanse your energy. Light a candle, burn some sage, diffuse some essential oil.

2. Meditate. Sit still and close your eyes. Take a few deep breaths and imagine the light of the full moon flowing down through the crown of your head, fill and purifying your entire body.

3. Journal. Open your eyes and spend a few minutes writing about what you need to let go of. Is it a grudge? A bad feeling about a mistake you made? Resentment? Something you’ve been holding onto that makes you feel sad and heavy?

4. Visualize. If there’s a person involved, you’re going to imagine a big pink bubble with them inside. It appears in the sky very small, floats toward you like Glenda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz.

5. Forgive. Once they get close, imagine putting your hands up to there’s though the bubble and say, “I forgive you.” If it’s something about you, picture yourself. If it’s a situation, picture the situation or something that represents it.

6. Release. Then blow the bubble away. Let rise into the sky until it disappears into the sky and tear up the piece of paper with what you needed to let go of.

And here’s a bonus aromatherapy blend to diffuse on the Full Moon! Use it during your full moon ritual or anytime you want to channel the Full Moon’s energy.

Let me know how it goes!
Stay magical

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Enlightened is LIVE and only 99 cents!

Enlightened is here!

I’m really excited to share this book!

I spent a lot of time this past year rewriting my very first series ever published, Love and Light. Why? Because I never felt the story was really done, but sometimes you have to let it go. So I did.

Until this past year when I finally figured out what was missing. And I’m extremely happy with how it came out. I feel like it’s finally “right” and done. AND The Love and Light series is now the Of Light and Blood Saga!

And you can get Book 1, Enlightened for just $0.99, but hurry! Because the sale will end soon!

Click HERE to get Enlightened! And if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you’re in luck. ALL my books are currently enrolled in KU for a limited time. Keep an eye out for Book 2, Shattered! The pre-order will be up shortly.

Sneak Peek! First page from the rewrite of Enlightened

And so it begins...

Cold rain pelted the big front window of Loti Dupree’s studio. She stared through the rivulets streaming down the darkening glass, wondering if she should have canceled class.

“Be careful, okay?” She held the door open for the last of her yoga students.

“No worries. I think it looks worse than it actually is.” Jeremy tucked his yoga mat under one arm and grinned down at Loti. “You, uh, want a ride home? I’ve got the Jeep, so you know. Probably safer than that Bug of yours.”

Loti swallowed and shook her head. Jeremy stood just a tad too close and despite the butterflies in her stomach, she made herself meet his gaze. “I’m good. Meeting Rachel for dinner at Rosemary and Thyme.” She cleared her throat. “She’s got the truck. We’ll be fine.”

Jeremey reached out and took the door knob out of her hand, stepping even closer. Loti was caught between the open door and his body.

“You want me to walk you over there?” His husky voice hitched her breath.

They were so close she could smell the soap he’d washed with and the musky, workout sweat drying on his skin. She exhaled sharply, turning to escape as fast as she could but instead tripped over the threshold and into his arms. Wide-eyed and shaking, she froze. He didn’t try some flirty line. He stared down, his eyes asking questions she couldn’t—or didn’t want to—answer.

“I need to go. Rachel’s waiting for—”

He pressed warm lips to her trembling ones.

WHAT DO YOU THINK??? Do you remember the original opening of Enlightened? How is this different? Do you like it better or not so much?

Even if you’ve never read Enlightened, what do you think will happen next???

Leave a comment and let me know what you think! 😀

The Little Flame Gets a Makeover Giveaway!

The Little Flame Series has gotten a complete cover MAKEOVER! And to celebrate it’s SENSATIONAL new look courtesy of Meg Murrey Designs, I’m celebrating the entire month of April (my birthday month!) with giveaways, freebies, games!

This page is packed with special offers & GIVEAWAYS! Scroll down to see them all, including a Rafflecopter giveaway of A Discovery of Witches, a FREE gift for everyone who downloads their copy of NINE30, and 22 Days of Little Flame Prizes.

 


NINE30: The Little Flame – Book 1

“WANTED: The reincarnated ex-boyfriend who ruined my life.”

Fiamette Jurato, the most powerful healer to the supernatural, is looking for the ex-lover who can save her from an eternity of blood slavery. The one tiny complication? He’s been dead for over 200 years.

Not one to let the little things get in her way, Fia’s joined the world famous DJ Maximillian Barbosa on his EDM whirlwind tour. It seemed like an easy way to blend in and avoid detection by her would-be masters, but she didn’t count on one thing: the crazy attraction between her and the DJ. A heat like that can make you forget the mission you’re on…and the danger you’re in.

 

 

 


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JOIN THE 22 DAYS OF LITTLE FLAME GAMES and PRIZES

We’re going to be celebrating the Little Flame Makeover for the entire month of April (my birthday month!) with a new game every 2 days! Each time play will enter you for a chance to win signed paperback copies with the ORIGINAL Little Flame cover art, gift cards, and swag packs including either a wishing bottle necklace OR a chakra necklace.

To participate, join the Little Flame Tour group on Facebook! If you’re not already a member, make sure you join through the Little Flame Makeover Giveaway Rafflecopter so you’re also entered for a chance to win an ebook of A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness.

Episode #003 – Tarot Card of the Day & Never Give Up

Click on the image to watch the replay of my Periscope Live: Episode #003

On today’s Periscope Live I talked about the Tarot Card of the Day, The Moon, and why you should never give up. As usual, I gave a few 1 card Tarot readings to live viewers at the end. Make sure you’re following me on Periscope to catch me live and stick around until the end of the broadcast. You just might get a free reading. 😉

Do you know you set intentions every day whether you mean to or not? Your state of mind determines how you will experience your day. It doesn’t matter what happens; what matters is how you perceive and respond to the events of your day. So don’t give up! No matter what, there is always hope because you can ALWAYS change your intentions. Remember: it’s just a bad day, not a bad life and if you work on creating thought patterns and subconscious programs to support you instead of tearing yourself or your life down, you can be the badass I know that you can be.

Love and light!

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