At last! On the Edge, originally published by Club Lighthouse Publishing in May 2010 has been completely revised. Now titled "AT THE EDGE."
This week I posted an exclusive excerpt for my readers to get glimpse of the YA, magic realism, paranormal book. I'm leaving this excerpt up for only a few days, and then will be taking the read down. I'm excited to search for aYA book publisher to discover the best home for the new and improved story.
About the Book "AT THE EDGE," - Real people developing relationships; while Carm is struggling to pick up the pieces after the death of her husband.
Two Quick Questions - 1. How important is it to you to create likeable characters?
I portray the characters inner characteristics and emotions as they struggle with issues of their own. The characters are realistic that the readers will believe. Tough and practical Paige takes command; Roxy under a watchful eye intimidates; always helpful Lizzy goes with the flow and Carm is consumed with sorrow and mental anguish. Gretchen, a witch is a welcome relief from life's pressures. To add support and conflict to the story are Thomas a friend everyone wants to deserve and Philip is certainly not safe to trust.
2. What do you most hope that readers will take away from the book?
In this book I provide a unique insight into the drug world and mysticism – addiction and the belief that direct knowledge of ultimate reality is attainable through intuition and the unseen world. I hope the reader will begin to believe if you change your choices while guided by Spirit you can change your life for the better.
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Smile and the world Smiles with you!
I would like to thank my readers who rushed out to bookstores to read my paranormal book Severed Ties. http://DamnationBooks.com/book.php?isbn=9781615728206 Till Death and Beyond - The bond of love can bring two forbidden opposites together.
Till Death and Beyond opens with a teenage girl named Zoe, inexperienced in witchcraft, in the woods on a Full Moon cast a spell for a love she feels is lost to her. The teenager new to magic, is careless of her words for her desire. The spirit of a maiden witch appears. At first the teenager is afraid of the ghostly figure, and then her curiosity calms her nerves.
The Spirit tells the tale how she and the love of her life were separated by ignorance. Zoe, the teenage girl experiments with magic to reunite the Spirit with her long lost love.
As a direct result of the long hours I spent reading the history of witchcraft my novella Till Death and Beyond was created.
The main conflict in the short read is the Puritans attempting to keep evil from tarnishing their community and the witches strong belief based on the oneness of self an nature. Puritans against the witches. What happened and what it meant.
Historically the Puritans and witches were two very different groups of people with two very different belief systems. Puritan America was based on clear roles between men, women, and God. Witchcraft served as a system of explanations for the ways of nature and a method by which one could gain control over their life. Witches were considered enemies to their God.
Puritans linked witchcraft with the devil and hell because their first responsibility was to serve one God. The Biblical regulative principle of worship and commandments was the puritan blueprint toward that duty. Witchcraft became a crime against the church to rid those who did not dedicate themselves to their faith. They became known as immoral and wicked people even though their faith exsisted long before the Purtian's belief system did.
I had a very specific idea in mind when I wrote Till Death and Beyond a love story between Emery a Puritan and Frye a witch and the petty rivalry connecting the two faith driven neighbors. The main conflict between the Puritans and the witches' belief systems is the the theme of the romantic story. I wanted to tell the important elements that are in the traditions and of the similarities and difference among them. I hope to say to the reader the story isn't strictly romantic; it will have some history. Check out the first chapter
Till Death and Beyond
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Season of Solstice Work:
Solstice - either of the two points in the ecliptic (the first points of the sign Cancer and Capricorn respectively) at which the sun is furthest from the equator and consequently appears to pause and turn in course: the time when the sun reaches these two points in its orbit, about 21st June and about 21st December.
Around December 21, the Sun enters Capricorn and witches celebrate the Winter Solstice.
In the Northern Hemisphere the Winter Solstice around December 21, marks the beginning of winter and occurs when the North Pole is tilted away from the sun. The word Solstice literally means "standing still." At the Winter Solstice the sun rises, stands still, for a brief moment,then quickly dwindles to disappear beneath the horizon.
The Winter Solstice marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Yule, one of the four lesser Sabbats, takes place each year around December 25. Legend of Santa Claus-Santa is the Holly King, the sleigh is the Solar Chariot, the eight Sabbats and the horns represent the Horn God, the North Pole symbolizes the Land of the Shadows and the dying solar year, and the gifts meant both to welcome the Oak King as the sun reborn and as a reminder of the gift of the Holly King who must depart for the Oak King to rule.
This is a great time to reflect upon the past and make plans for your future as the Sun illumines a pathway toward the achievement of your goals.
Three days before Winter Solstice - Yule:
First Quest of Mastery -
to be granted an identity Discover your roots...your idenity in this world.
If you seek to understand the whole universe, you will understand nothing at all...but seek to understand yourself, and you will come to understand the whole universe.
It can take a life time to understand who you are and your purpose in life.
Live your outer life as a leader, while maintaining the heart and conscience of a Pagan.
The Eve of Winter Solstice - A Midwinter's Dream:
The main ancient formulae guidelines in magic are followed: An herb, a flower and a tree make three.
Herb - sacred to God Form or Spirit Guide being called, Flower - mistletoe, Tree - oak leaf or bark
Incense Dragon's Blood - the breath of the Dragon - burn incense for good psychic atmosphere to be felt.
On the eve of the shortest day call upon your God Form or Spirit Guide to make their will known (speak to your higher power ).
Trust the road you take is a guided one. Just because your God Form or Spirit Guide insn't here in body doesn't mean their love isn't with you.
To call forth Elders from the Deep, one need only to pass into sleep with palms of both hands upon the cheek.
Pose your question. ASK: "Please tell me how to continue; in what direction
shall I search, and for what end?"
Search the depths of the inner world. Leave not a single dream darkened -
until you know beyond doubt who you are, and why you are here; search out your identy...your own destiny.
Remember that dreams are the true interpreters of our desires. To say 'it is
only a dream' is a foolish thing.
Keep moving forward until your dreams come true. Of course, you’ll encounter
obstacles along the way, but you should try to see them as tests of your will and motivation, rather than as setbacks. Seeing obstacles as stepping-stones to success, rather than as barriers, will help you evolve to ever-higher states of awareness.
Morning of Winter Solstice - Yule
At dawn on the Shortest Day light a small Yule fire of oak, and then triumpt rebirth with bells and boughs of everygreen. Hold a chalice filled with promagrant juice and toast the morning sun. Trust your intial respomse. Follow your intuitions. Ritual inspired by The 21 Lessons of Merlyn A Study in Druid Magic & Lore by Douglas Monroe
-Yule Sabbat-Green Witchcraft SeriesAuthor Ann Moura
"Keep your eye on the bunny and bird," is a Faery expression meaning that the answers you seek are in nature. Birds are the harbinger of growth and promise. The morning of Winter Solstice, Yule 2012, in the new-fallen snow a Cardinal was the first bird I saw come by and stayed for a meal. The Cardinal represents self-worth, an aspect of one's personality---value - that quality which renders you valuable (important). To see a cardinal or find a cardinal feather means fortunes await love.
Pay special attention to your dreams this week. They could be trying to tell you
something about your innermost desires. Keep a sleep journal to write down the
exact plots and people that pop up the most. Listen to your subconscious.
ONEIROMANCY - foretelling the future through dreams - is one of the most common types of love divination. Dreams are a way the Celestial Powers use to tell you what path to follow.
April 30th - May 1 Beltane is a good time to request a mate. This is a spell to see him/her in your
dreams. The ingredients below that possess the aroma and strength to fit the spell to create a Dream Pillow.
Begin by gathering herbs of Venus (for love) and the Sun (for prosperity) -
Fennel - to cleanse the space - purifies
Wild Thyme - to open self to the land of dreams - protects against nightmares
Vase of Daffodils and Tulips - scent of spring - to bring or find love - to claim love ( dry a few petals to add to spell)
Rosemary - for loyalty, devotion, love and strength
Mertle - for love and peace (only a few leaves)
Crumble in a wooden bowl the dried herbs and petals.
The bird feather is a magical tool. A witch may use them for guidance when needing an answer or for adding color and energy to spells.
Feathers for dream pillow filler - chose one or all
Cardinal - fortunate in love
Pigeon - to hear from a loved one
Chick-a-dee - clarity
Canary - communication
Blue Bird - happiness
Material and thread for Dream Pillow - choose the color that is compatible to your magic making.
Red - passion
Pink - friendship
Orange - strength and calming animal instincts
White - truth
Green - spreading newness
Blue - intuition and security
To make a pillow, simply cut two rectangles out of felt, cotton, silk or linen, and sew them together along three of the sides, leaving the fourth side open for inserting the herb and feathers. Carefully insert the feathers and the dried herb and petal mixture in the small pouch and seal with thread.
Before going to bed place your dream pillow under pillow and say as you enter dreamland:
CLEAR, CLEAR, CLEAR, YOU BE
MAGICAL HERBS SCENTS OF LOVE AND PROSPERITY
PLEASE BRING ME A VISION
OF MY MATE NOBLE, LOYAL, TRUSTWORTHY, KIND AND TRUE
MAY WE WALK HOLDING HANDS THROUGH DREAMLAND.
On that night, as well as on the nights that follow, you should have a lot of dreams. I recommend writing down what you dream when you wake up in the morning. When the time comes you’ll be sure to recognize him/her.
Dreams have many functions. They help to process and integrate the day's events. They provide clues, often in the form of symbols and metaphors, that help solve the problems of everyday life - relationships, fears, work, emotions, illness, and much more. They can assist us in achieving our desires and goals if not physically then at least in the form of wish fulfilment.
They aid us in reviewing past events, reminding us of parallels in the resent. They protect sleep by disguising stimuli such as anxieties that would otherwise awaken us. Dreams have a deeper functions as well. They may provide pathways to recovering repressed or forgotten memories, whether from childhood, infancy, into-utro experiences, or even from past life. Past life memory fragments often emerge in the dream state, particularly in those dreams in which the dreamer sees scenes from the years of centuries preceding his or her birth.
Dreams can be psychic or precognitive. Often these particular dreams can predict the future. Accuracy varies because the future appears to be a system of probabilities, and because the ability of people accurately interpret their dreams itself varies tremendously. These psychic or precognitive dreams are experienced by many of all cultures and background. However, many people are shocked when their dreams literally come true.
Another type of psychic dream occurs when communication with a person at a distance is experienced. The person may be alive and geographically distant, or the communication may be with the soul or consciousness of someone who has died, such as a relative or dear friend. Similarly, there may be communication with an angelic spirit, a teacher, or guide. The messages in these dreams are usually genuinely moving and very important.
Travlling dreams also occur. During these dreams, people have experienced of visiting places to which they have never physically been. Details of what they see can later be confirmed. When one actually visits the geographical place, months or years after the dream, a feeling of deja vu or familiarity may occur. Sometimes the dream traveler visits places that do not seem to exist on this planet. These dreams may be far more than nocturnal imaginings. They may be mystical or spiritual experiences, accessed because the usual ego and cognitive barriers are relaxed during sleep dreaming. Knowledge and wisdom acquired during this type of traveling dream can transform lives.