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Tue
Oct 22 2013 9:30am

First Look: Nora Roberts’s Dark Witch (October 29, 2013)

Dark Witch by Nora RobertsNora Roberts
Dark Witch
Berkley / October 29, 2013 / $17.00 print, $9.99 digital

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.

Ireland.

County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.

When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…

Nora Roberts’s newest book, Dark Witch, takes readers on a trip to the land of full of green fields, old ruins, and lots of magick. This is not the first time that Nora Roberts has presented us with a trilogy which will build up to epic battle of good vs. evil, nor is it the first time she has traveled the scenic back roads of Ireland, but Dark Witch is as much a story about the connection of family (“blood talks to blood”) as it is a story of witches and magic.

[Witches and magic and romance, oh my...]

Mon
Oct 7 2013 4:30pm

The Witching Hour: Meeting The Witches of East End

Julia Ormond in The Witches of East EndIn the first episode for The Witches of East End, we learned a few things. One is that the women of the Beauchamp family are cursed—the daughters to die over and over again for centuries because of their magic, and the mother to watch her daughters die, only to give birth again to them immediately after the last daughter is dead. The other is that there is an extremely hot cast, which includes Julia Ormond as the mother, Jenna Dewan-Tatum (yes, Channing Tatum’s wife) as younger daughter, Freya, and Rachel Boston as older sister Ingrid.

The show's premise might seem extremely campy, but for those who have been waiting for years for a show like Charmed to come back on the air, this might be the ticket.

Freya is engaged to the handsome Dash (Eric Winter), but has been having weird dreams where a stranger seduces her. Could it be cold feet (as Ingrid and mom Joanna suggest) or a weird psychic connection? Well, this is a show about witches, so it’s gonna be the latter. And as it turns out that weird stranger in Freya’s dreams is none other than Dash’s estranged bad-boy brother, Killian.

[That certainly complicates things...]

Sat
Aug 24 2013 2:30pm

First Look: Lisa Van Allen’s The Wishing Thread (August 27, 2013)

The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van AllenLisa Van Allen
The Wishing Thread
Ballantine / August 27, 2013 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

The Van Ripper women have been the talk of Tarrytown, New York, for centuries. Some say they’re angels; some say they’re crooks. In their tumbledown “Stitchery,” not far from the stomping grounds of the legendary Headless Horseman, the Van Ripper sisters—Aubrey, Bitty, and Meggie—are said to knit people’s most ardent wishes into beautiful scarves and mittens, granting them health, success, or even a blossoming romance. But for the magic to work, sacrifices must be made—and no one knows that better than the Van Rippers.

When the Stitchery matriarch, Mariah, dies, she leaves the yarn shop to her three nieces. Aubrey, shy and reliable, has dedicated her life to weaving spells for the community, though her sisters have long stayed away. Bitty, pragmatic and persistent, has always been skeptical of magic and wants her children to have a normal, nonmagical life. Meggie, restless and free-spirited, follows her own set of rules. Now, after Mariah’s death forces a reunion, the sisters must reassess the state of their lives even as they decide the fate of the Stitchery. But their relationships with one another—and their beliefs in magic—are put to the test. Will the threads hold?

I am not an especially crafty person, but I am fascinated by the creative process whether it be sewing, cooking, or knitting. I also adore books around folklore and legends. So the synopsis of Lisa Van Allen's The Wishing Thread proved to be irresistible.

Aubrey, Bitty, and Meggie’s ancestor Helen's first attempt at stitchery magic arose because of her foolish husband. The British forces were holed up in Stoney Point, an almost impenetrable fort, especially to the Carolinians in the valley. But if the British aren’t stopped, they then would be able to proceed up the Hudson River. If they took the Hudson, they then would control the Northeast.

[Then her husband had a (not-so) bright idea...]

Thu
Jun 27 2013 12:00pm
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The Entity Within: Exclusive Excerpt

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The Entity Within by Cat DevonIS LOVE SOMETHING…

Zoe Adams and her grandmother Irma are witches who have been banished from Boston. With nowhere to go, they accept an invitation to come to Chicago...but what they don’t realize is that their new space puts them right in the heart of the most dangerous spot of all: Vamptown.

 YOU CAN SINK YOUR TEETH INTO?

 Damon Thornheart is just that—virtually untouchable when it comes to love. As Vamptown’s highest-ranking demon hunter, he sees red flags when he meets Zoe and Irma, who unwittingly unleashed a brutal evil upon the community. But the more Damon gets to know the stunning, spirited Zoe, the less he understands about his own true nature. Vamps and witches have always been archrivals in the entity world; surrendering to their passion could mean losing their immortal powers. Is their desire worth the risk? Only one thing is for certain: Damon will make it his mission to find out…

Get a sneak peek of Cat Devon's The Entity Within (available July 2, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.


Chapter 1

“I don’t want any trouble,” Zoe Adams said as she eyed the two vampires staring at her from across the table at the All Nighter Bar and Grill.

One of the vampires, Damon Thornheart, had an extremely threatening aura about him. Everything about him was dark, from his inky black hair to his deep blue eyes. He was glaring at her as if he wanted to consume her for lunch.

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Thu
May 23 2013 2:00pm

First Look: Molly Harper’s A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses (May 28, 2013)

A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly HarperMolly Harper
A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses
Pocket / May 28, 2013 / $7.99 print, $7.59 digital

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.

Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor Jed Trudeau keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially since Jed’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard. Can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses is Molly Harper’s latest trip to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky—home to vampires, werewolves and now witches, oh my! Well, maybe just one witch; Nola Leary has come all the way from the very small village of Kilcairy, Ireland, to find Gilbert Wainwright, former lover of her grandmother, although she really doesn’t want to think about that too much. The secret Nana Fee has been keeping all these years is that Gilbert Wainwright is Nola’s grandfather. While Mr. Wainwright might have left Ireland without knowing his passionate encounters with Fiona led to more than just happy memories, Fiona did entrusted him with the McGavock witches’ mystical treasures for safekeeping.

[Mystical treasures, you say?...]

Tue
May 21 2013 2:30pm

Witch Will You Choose?: What to Read and Watch If You Like the Witches of Lost Girl

Witches in Lost GirlTowards the end of season three, Gabrielle Miller (an actress well known in Canada) guest starred on Lost Girl as the ringleader for a small coven of witches. She had enough power to cause a bit of trouble for Bo and the gang, but when it came down to it, she was no match for Bo’s amped up strength. Whether Bo’s help is thanks to friend or foe we’re still not sure yet, but will hopefully discover quickly when the new run begins.

The witches portrayed in Lost Girl were of the suburban variety, complete with talismans and herbal remedies in their retinue, and practicing their ‘craft’ behind closed doors. In fiction, you have everything under the sun when it comes to the composition of a witch. From the green-skinned Wicked Witch in L. Frank Baum’s (and Gregory Maguire’s) stories to the dark, addictive Chess Putnam series by Stacia Kane, no altar stone is left unturned.

In fact, searching for popular fiction that contains this variation of the supernatural provides results that could possibly rival the vast collection of vampire novels out there. From this list, it’s hard to narrow down the best of the best when it comes to witchy literature, but let’s see if a cross section of this subgenre will help.

[It's the witching hour...]