In October, the veil between worlds thins and our Beloved Dead attempt to contact us through our thoughts and dreams. Glimpses of my past replay like mini-movies in my head. I see my grandmother’s brownies cooling on the stove, the day my long departed dog Emily first came to live with us, and the last day I saw my stepfather alive.
Because I am a shaman and medium, spirits seep into my Teen Wytche Saga, in which the lives of ordinary teens are disrupted when they acquire an ever-morphing spell book. The Saga begins near Halloween with Spell Check, a sweet romance about a teen’s attempt to prevent her secret crush from being ensnared by her best friend’s binding love spell.
About ten minutes into class, while Mr. Esenberg wrote on the board, I heard Jordan slide his feet under my desk. My breath wedged in my throat as the tips of his size nine high-performance sneakers nudged the heels of my shoes. Could the girl in front of me hear my heart thudding? Should I move my feet forward?
My feet tingled and refused to move. A blush blazed across my cheeks. I struggled to pay attention to Mr. Esenberg without making eye contact. Forty minutes passed, the bell blared, and I had no idea what had transpired. Hopefully, my notes will make sense. I think I took notes.
Jordan slid his feet back and thudded his book closed. We both bent down and reached for our backpacks. His leaned against mine. Our hands brushed and our heads were so close I could smell his herbal shampoo.
Students walked past us. I’m sure some of them were talking to each other or pulling out their cell phones. But it all faded away along with the smell of chalk, highlighters, and sweat. Everything receded except the warmth of Jordan’s skin, his cinnamon gum-scented breath, and the heart-stopping rush sprinting up my arm.
We jerked apart. Seeing Parvani in the doorway looking hurt and shocked snapped my senses into hyper focus. Conversations sounded extra loud. Colors seemed too bright. It felt like a movie had started, full blast, in a hushed theater.
Fans of medieval Scottish romances, Arthurian legends, and fairies will enjoy my Two Realms series, including my new release, THE AMBER ELIXIR — an Arthurian tale of magic, shape-shifters, and the quest to win back a forbidden love. An exciting follow-up to THE BELTANE ESCAPE, THE AMBER ELIXIR is now available in paperback and ebook.
Viviane, the new Lady of the Lake and High Priestess of Avalon, accepts a challenge from Merlin unaware her bold actions will have tragic consequences. Two of her priestesses are turned to stone. A forbidden love deserts her. Now alone, she has six young handmaidens to train and protect.
When Morgan le Fay demands assistance with a spell that could change the balance of power in the Two Realms, Viviane refuses her. But what if Morgan’s secret knowledge could restore the stone priestesses? Would an alliance with the sorceress prompt Viviane’s love to return? Or will the gamble cost her all she holds dear?
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