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“Do not teach witchcraft to fools” by Ashlyn Chase #paranormal #Wicca #Halloween

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Witch meant “wise woman” to our Pagan ancestors, as it does to me. I cannot think of any more appropriate term.

The Official Witch of Salem: Laurie Cabot www.lauriecabot.com/

The Official Witch of Salem: Laurie Cabot
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Laurie Cabot (the official witch of Salem, MA) warned, “Do not teach this craft to fools.” I don’t think I hear that quite enough. There is great power, thus great responsibility, at our wand-tips. Those who are governed by knee-jerk reactions or vindictiveness have no business wielding magic as a weapon. For those who fear modern day Wicca, know that the number one fundamental lesson we are taught is “Harm none.” The next item on the Witchcraft 101 lesson plan is the rule of three. If you send out any black magic, it will backfire on the sender three times.

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casting a magic circle
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A craft is something creative. It’s also something we practice. Authors create and practice their craft each time they write a story. Wiccans may draw a magic circle and put an intention out to the universe as part of practicing their craft. Because I wish to be a wise-woman, I never told a certain ex-friend that I was involved with the craft. She had a hair trigger temper and revenge was something she thought was good to get. Right after Hollywood released, “The Craft” she asked me if I knew where she could learn witchcraft. I told her she should probably realize that Hollywood wasn’t real. I went on to mention that Witches today were more like a bunch of earthy, peace-loving hippies. She quickly lost interest.

Cupcake Coven Cover-edit (2)My latest series, Love Spells Gone Wrong  is about a coven of good witches that goof! Hey, we all make mistakes, right? How did I get the idea for this series? Well, it happened to someone who asked for my help. (By the way, other than sending healing white light, witches can’t perform magic for another person without their specific request.)

So, my male friend asked for a date for New Year’s Eve. I felt he was a tough case, because he wasn’t exactly good looking (putting it mildly.) I supercharged my spell, using red (passion) instead of pink (romantic love.) My mistake! On January first he called me and demanded, “What TugCover-453x680did you do?”

Uh oh. “Why? What happened,” I asked, innocently.

He shouted, “I was practically date-raped last night.”

Yikes! As it turned out, he bumped into an old girlfriend who was obsessed with him. Coincidence? People who don’t believe in magic would say ‘yes.’ People who do believe in magic would tsk-tsk and tell him to find another witch.

Ashlyn Chase

Ashlyn Chase

Now, I have to confess, I’m a lazy Wiccan. I haven’t practiced in years and no one has asked for my help recently. (Thank goodness.) I don’t do spells for myself anymore, because my life is almost perfect, and I don’t want to mess it up!

But nothing is wasted on a writer! I’m able to use what I know to craft a believable story. And maybe that’s all I should do!

Ashlyn Chase is a best selling author who writes funny and sexy, light paranormal romances and erotic romances. Her latest releases for Lachesis Publishing include the The Cupcake Coven and Tug of Attraction in the Love Spells Gone Wrong Series. Connect with Ashlyn on her website and on facebook and twitter.

Copy of Fall reader_author conferenceAshlyn is organizing a reader/writer conference called FALL IN LOVE WITH NEW ENGLAD: ROMANCE READER/AUTHOR CONFERENCE in 2016.

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NO REST FOR THE WICCA by TONI LOTEMPIO (paranorma/mystery/urban fantasy)

THE REVOLVING BOOK FOR TUESDAY APRIL 10TH, 2012 IS THE URBAN FANTASY “NO REST FOR THE WICCA”.

AUTHOR: TONI LOTEMPIO
GENRE: URBAN FANTASY/PARANORMAL/MYSTERY
WHERE YOU CAN BUY THE BOOK:
AMAZON KINDLE: http://tinyurl.com/89s6x25 (priced right at $.99 CENTS)
BARNES AND NOBLE NOOK BOOK: http://tinyurl.com/7koetdf ($.99)
PUBLISHER: independent (Amazon)

SYNOPSIS:
Communing with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes. A half-Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits of those caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exorcise the trapped ghost or demon as part of the Paranormal Investigation Squad—until a string of murders with a voodoo slant prompts the Special Forces Agency to ask for her assistance. Someone’s killing pureblood witches- and the SFA is convinced Morgan’s voodoo heritage could be instrumental in solving the mystery. Teamed with dashing SF agent Cole St. John—an Inheritor Vampire that sets her blood racing —the two of them must fight their deep attraction as they race to stop a madman from unleashing a demonic force upon the world.

REVIEWS:

* The Next Laurell K. Hamilton – Intense and Gripping Read!
No Rest for the Wicca was, in one word…Amazing – B&N, customer review

* This book is the perfect blend of the paranormal, thriller, suspense and romance mixed with a well-written plot and great characters. What more can you ask for? – Paromantasy

* Warning – Extremely Addictive Reading! – The Bookish Snob

AUTHOR BIO:

Toni LoTempio is an admin by day, writer by night. While her agent currently shops around her latest UF, she’s busy working on other indie projects, among them a YA fantasy with a Dark Shadows tie in.  She resides in NJ with four tubby, spoiled cats. Toni loves to hear from fans —visit her website at http://www.tonilotempio.webs.com, or visit her (and ROCCO’s) blog at http://www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com.

CONNECT WITH TONI ONLINE:

http://www.tonilotempio.webs.com
http://www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com
Twitter@RoccoBlogger

SNEAK PEEK:

I felt a tremendous surge of energy course through my body. Off to my left, a shadowy outline took form.
Who are you? Why are you disturbing me?
I took a step forward. “I’m someone who can help you cross planes, daemon. I’m here to help you find peace.”
Ah, now I can sense you. A white witch. Hmmm. Too bad I’m not alive, you’d make one tasty meal. Get out of here and leave me be.
“Sorry. I can’t do that.”
I crossed my arms over my chest and shivered slightly. It seemed I’d never get used to the chill that came with the territory, but I forced my discomfort to the back of my mind and advanced further into the room. “What’s your name?”
Phenor. Now go away.
“No can do, pal. I’m being paid good money to exorcise you. Now talk to me. Tell me what happened here.”
I said no.
“Hey, I sympathize. Really, I do. Taken before your time—even though it was most likely your fault—“
Why do you assume so?
“Oh, come on, we all know how you Friezes are. You’d sell your mother if the opportunity were right. Plus, you’re all stubborn as all get out. I know you don’t want to leave this mortal coil, but face it, bucko—you’re dead. It’s over. Go out with some dignity.” I paused. “Your aura is stifling. You must have pissed off someone pretty powerful, huh?”
You’re a pushy one, aren’t you?
I felt a rush of hot, fetid air. Promising. I’d made him sigh.
You want to know so bad, fine. I had A little disagreement with the head daemon. We both found the same woman attractive, and she chose me.
I nodded. Nine out of ten daemon-slayings were over women, usually mortal women who found the bad-boy perennially attractive.
“I feel your pain. You won, but you lost. Anyway, you have to give it up now. You have to let yourself go onto the next plane.”
Why? So I can let a low-life troll have my home? Never!
I squared my shoulders.  Now came the part where I made them realize they had no choice but to go toward the light, to a far, far better place. A speech I’d said so often over the last year and a half, I could recite it backwards in my sleep.
“I understand how you feel, but you have to come to grips with the fact you’re dead now, and this place doesn’t belong to you anymore. You’ve got to come to grips with your situation and leave this plane you’re trapped in. Trust me, once you let go and find peace, you’re going to end up in a much better place. I can help you do it, but you’ve got to cooperate.”
Pretty words. But I doubt where I’m headed would be considered a better place.
Oh, goody. He had attitude. Just what I needed – a difficult daemon.
I heard a sound behind me and whirled. An ominous dark shadow hung in the doorway, floating back and forth. As I watched, it stretched, elongated into another form, one with scales, talons for fingers, and deep red eyes.
Yep. Definitely Frieze.

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“NO REST FOR THE WICCA” by TONI LOTEMPIO (urban fantasy/paranormal)

THE REVOLVING BOOK TUESDAY EDITION IS THE PARANORMAL/URBAN FANTASY “NO REST FOR THE WICCA” BY TONI LOTEMPIO:

POSTED: TUESDAY DEC. 13, 2012

AUTHOR: TONI LOTEMPIO
TITLE:   NO REST FOR THE WICCA
GENRE:  PARNAMORMAL/URBAN FANTASY
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SYNOPSIS:
Communing with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes. A half-Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exorcise the trapped ghosts for demons as part of the Paranormal Investigation Squad – until a string of murders with a voodoo slant prompts the Special Forces Agency to ask for her assistance. Someone’s killing pureblood witches- and the SFA’s convinced Morgan’s voodoo heritage could be instrumental in solving the mystery. Teamed with sexy SF agent Cole St. John – an Inheritor Vampire that sets her blood racing – the two must fight their deep attraction as they race to stop a madman from unleashing a demonic force upon the world.
REVIEWS:

The Next Laurell K. Hamilton – Intense and Gripping Read!

No Rest for the Wicca was, in one word…Amazing – B&N, customer review

This book is the perfect blend of the paranormal, thriller, suspense and romance mixed with a well-written plot and great characters. What more can you ask for? – Paromantasy

Warning – Extremely Addictive Reading! – The Bookish Snob
READ AN EXCERPT: http://tinyurl.com/cnupc28

AUTHOR BIO:

Toni LoTempio is an administrator by day, writer by night. While her agent currently shops around her latest urban fantasy, she’s busy working on other indie projects, among them a YA fantasy with a Dark Shadows tie-in.  She resides in NJ with four tubby, spoiled cats: Rocco, Maxx, Gata and Trixie Rocco is also known as Rocco the SciFi Blogging Cat and has appeared on the SciFi Saturday Night website and radio show, and also on the Kids Need To Read website where he holds the distinction of being the first (and possibly only!) blogging cat to support this charity.

CONNECT WITH TONI ONLINE:

Toni loves to hear from fans – visit her website at http://www.tonilotempio.webs.com, or visit her (and ROCCO’s) blog at http://www.catsbooksmorecats.blogspot.com Twitter@RoccoBlogger

SNEAK PEEK:
I felt a tremendous surge of energy course through my body. Off to my left, a shadowy outline took form.

Who are you? Why are you disturbing me?

I took a step forward. “I’m someone who can help you cross planes, daemon. I’m here to help you find peace.”

Ah, now I can sense you. A white witch. Hmmm. Too bad I’m not alive, you’d make one tasty meal. Get out of here and leave me be.

“Sorry. I can’t do that.”

I crossed my arms over my chest and shivered slightly. It seemed I’d never get used to the chill that came with the territory, but I forced my discomfort to the back of my mind and advanced further into the room. “What’s your name?”

Phenor. Now go away.

“No can do, pal. I’m being paid good money to exorcise you. Now talk to me. Tell me what happened here.”

I said no.

“Hey, I sympathize. Really, I do. Taken before your time—even though it was most likely your fault—“

Why do you assume so?

“Oh, come on, we all know how you Friezes are. You’d sell your mother if the opportunity were right. Plus, you’re all stubborn as all get out. I know you don’t want to leave this mortal coil, but face it, bucko—you’re dead. It’s over. Go out with some dignity.” I paused. “Your aura is stifling. You must have pissed off someone pretty powerful, huh?”

You’re a pushy one, aren’t you?

I felt a rush of hot, fetid air. Promising. I’d made him sigh.

You want to know so bad, fine. I had A little disagreement with the head daemon. We both found the same woman attractive, and she chose me.

I nodded. Nine out of ten daemon-slayings were over women, usually mortal women who found the bad-boy perennially attractive.

“I feel your pain. You won, but you lost. Anyway, you have to give it up now. You have to let yourself go onto the next plane.”

Why? So I can let a low-life troll have my home? Never!

I squared my shoulders.  Now came the part where I made them realize they had no choice but to go toward the light, to a far, far better place. A speech I’d said so often over the last year and a half, I could recite it backwards in my sleep.

“I understand how you feel, but you have to come to grips with the fact you’re dead now, and this place doesn’t belong to you anymore. You’ve got to come to grips with your situation and leave this plane you’re trapped in. Trust me, once you let go and find peace, you’re going to end up in a much better place. I can help you do it, but you’ve got to cooperate.”

Pretty words. But I doubt where I’m headed would be considered a better place.

Oh, goody. He had attitude. Just what I needed – a difficult daemon.

I heard a sound behind me and whirled. An ominous dark shadow hung in the doorway, floating back and forth. As I watched, it stretched, elongated into another form, one with scales, talons for fingers, and deep red eyes.

Yep. Definitely Frieze.

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