Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tools and terms every witch should know: The Magic in the EMBRACE SERIES

There are several tools and terms that a practicing witch needs to know. Below are just a few that appear in the Embrace Series. To learn even more about the Powers and the magic in the series, be sure to click here. 

Tools and terms:

Athame—knife used in magic
Chalice—goblet or drinking vessel with a stem and base.
Circle—a protected space created by the Powers used to practice magic
Coven—a group of people who possess the Powers
Crystal balls—a clear glass or crystal ball used as a medium for scrying. Often used by a person who is clairvoyant to communicate with spirits or to gain information on a person, location, or an object.
Curse—the use of witchcraft to cause trouble or bad luck for another person, or the condition that results in such use of magic.
Divination—the art or practice of discovering hidden knowledge with the aid of supernatural powers.
Four elements—air, earth, fire, and water
Hex—used in witchcraft often to cause harm to others
Hex bags—a small pouch used to hold various items needed to cast a hex
Iron—a natural metal used for protection against faerie and other supernatural creatures
Scrying—the art of looking into an object or medium with the goal of seeing the past, present or future, or to gain knowledge about a person, location, or an object.
Spell—spoken words used to have magical power

Magical talismans in the Embrace Series:

Hemp Bracelets—used to bind the summoning spell cast in book one. Connects members of a coven’s wills, allowing them to call each other without the need of a phone.
Kaylee and Madison’s bronze necklaces—the bronze heart protected the wearer against evil and the different strings of beads dangling from the base of the charm offer their own benefits: blue for inspiration, green for growth, and yellow for courage.
Poppets—a small figure or doll that represents a person. Used in witchcraft and other forms of magic.
Scrying bowls—a shallow bowl filled with watered used to scry.

Color Magic:
Blue—infinity, peace, inspiration eternity, truth, hope, dreams, and imagination
Dark blue—tranquility, truth inspiration
Green—healing, growth, money, luck, faith
Light blue—wisdom, intuition, patience, harmony
Pink—friendship, harmony, affection
Red—energy, passion, courage, love
Sea Green—ward against jealousy, anger
Turquoise—awareness, protection against bad influences
Yellow—warmth, joy, courage, creativity, and self confidence
Black—ward of negative energy

White—purity, truth, protection, innocence

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Saturday, April 12, 2014

It's a Double Reveal: Ex-Factor & Unbreakable by Elisa Dane

So excited for the wonderful Elisa Dane and her YA Cheerleading Romance Series! These covers have me intrigued.

First up is Ex-Factor:
Ex Factor
Release Date: 04/22/14

Summary from Goodreads:

Nevaeh Evan’s life is uprooted after her father’s death, when she moves in with her aunt and cousin, Livvie. Her plan to lay low at her new high school isn’t working. Her friend’s jerky boyfriend keeps asking her out, the guy she likes treats her like garbage, and the thought of tumbling again makes her want to hurl.

So when her aunt pushes her into joining the elite X-FACTOR cheer leading squad, Navaeh goes along with it.

But Nev feels she doesn’t deserve to be happy. Not after what happened the night her father died.

Bodie Scott knows about grief all too well. Critically injured in an alcohol related accident the year before, Bodie struggles with the fact that he’ll never play football again, and he’s so far behind in credits he can’t see straight. That is, until he meets Nev. Haunted by their bloody pasts and wary of a shared future, Nev and Bodie turn to one another for comfort and support, and realize they’re not so alone after all. And when the party scene at school threatens the life of a loved one, the two stop at nothing to keep the past from repeating itself.

Second in line is Unbreakable:

Release Date: 06/10/14

Summary from Goodreads:

Perception is everything to sixteen-year-old Olivia Brown. With her freakishly hot boyfriend, volunteer work at the local animal shelter, successful beauty channel on YouTube, and well-earned spot on X Factor Cheer's elite level five Diamond Girl team, Livvie's the girl every other girl wants to be. At least, that's the illusion she's aiming for.

But Livvie's seemingly perfect life is anything but. Lying about the bruises her boyfriend gives her, and cowering beneath his raging temper becomes a regular way of life until she unwittingly witnesses her drunken neighbor beating his step-son, the town bad boy, Reid Tate.

For Reid, vulnerability is the enemy. Opening up, and letting people in gives them the power to disappoint. Growing up with a co-dependent mother and an abusive alcoholic father, Reid has endured all the disappointment he can stomach.

But when his pretty, do-good neighbor witnesses his step-dad beat him to within an inch of his life, and not only call the cops, but keeps quiet at school about what she saw, Reid wonders if maybe, just maybe, he's found someone he can finally trust.

About the Author, Elisa Dane
I'm a lover of books (YA & Adult romance), chocolate, reality television, and am a proud mother to three All Star cheerleaders. Woot! I write Contemporary YA romance with cheerleaders. Yep. I write what I know, and it's my hope that my stories will not only take you on a romantic journey that will warm your heart, but that you'll find a new respect and interest in the sport of Cheerleading you may not have had before.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

THE SEER'S LOVER by Kat de Falla: Excerpt & Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of spotlighting The Seer's Lover by my pub sister Kat de Falla. Plus, The Seer's Lover is free on Kindle this week, so be sure to follow the buy link below to get your copy!

Calise Rowe's question of who walks among us 
leads her into an ancient war between seers and demons.

by Kat de Falla
Genre:  Mainstream Paranormal/Paranormal Romance
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Available on Kindle: February 24th, 2014
Worldwide Release Date: June 4th, 2014

For years, Calise Rowe has been able to sense unusual energy from people, making her believe she is different.  Pulled into an ancient war raging for centuries between demon hunters and seers, she's about to find out she's right.

Her search for the truth leads her to Lucas Rojas, a seer of angels and demons who walk the earth shrouded from normal human eyes.  He's hidden his gift for years and refuses to endanger Calise by sharing it with her.

In the sultry Costa Rican Jungles, their worlds collide.  As their passion and desire ignite, so does the ancient war between demons and seers.  Will their combined efforts be enough to save themselves and the entire human world, or will their new found love be their downfall?

She traced a circle in the sand with her finger.
Why would she disclose her whole existence to someone she’d just met? Someone who talked so little about himself that she found herself talking to fill the void. Saying things she could barely admit in her own head.
His hand covered hers. “I’m lonely, too. Getting to know you this week has been the brightest point in my life and I don’t want you to leave, but I know the only place you’ll be safe is far away from me.”
She swallowed. He had read her mind.
He lay down on his back and closed his eyes. “Cali, you know when you hear a song for the first time and you kind of ingest it? You can’t possibly know right away that it will be one of your favorite songs for the rest of your life. A classic.”
“Yeah.” She hoped he was going somewhere good with this.
“That first listen,” he continued, “you pick up a little of the melody and some lyrics that catch you. But when the song ends, you have to hear it again because you want to memorize all the words and sing along. After you hear it a few times and learn the words inside and out, then you begin to let the melody seep inside you. Next thing you know, you’ve completely digested the song and find yourself humming it while you are doing nothing, like shaving or driving your car. Finally, the song becomes so ingrained it becomes a part of you. Forever. You can recall it and it’s with you whenever you need it. Am I making any sense?”
She nodded, blinking back the tears fighting to fall.
“Cali, I don’t want you to go back because you’re my favorite song.”
Free on Kindle this week!
Read THE SEER"S LOVER today: Amazon 

Enter the giveaway!

About the author:
Author Kat de Falla was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she learned to roller skate, ride a banana seat bike, and love Shakespeare thanks to her high school English teacher.

Four years at the UW-Madison wasn’t enough, so she returned to her beloved college town for her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and is happily employed as a retail pharmacist where she fills prescriptions and chats with her patients.

She is married to her soul mate, classical guitarist, Lee de Falla and raising four kids together ala the Brady Bunch.

Keep in touch with Kat

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

the Powers: The Magic in the EMBRACE SERIES

I’m often asked about the magic in the Embrace Series. So I decided to do a couple of post for my curious fans. In this post, I discuss the Powers and share the spell Madison does to awaken her powers. Next week I'll be talking about the tools and terms related to witchcraft as they are used in the books.

the Powers:

It is inevitable, when so many possess the Powers, that there will be those who are unable to control them. These individuals pose the biggest threat to us all, for the Powers untamed have no mercy. 
                                                          Jeremy Addington, 1792

Before the first word in Embrace was written, I had done a lot of research on witchcraft and magic. As a fan of all things supernatural, I'd also done a fare amount of research on angels, demons, faeries, vampires, werewolf... You get the idea. And while you won't find any vampires or werewolves in the books, the series isn't limited to witches. I added my own twist to what is known from both history and lore to come up with a unique world where there are those who possess the Powers and, as Madison Riley discovers, magic is not all fun and games.

In the series, there are two types of witches: the ones who call upon outside forces to give them power and the natural witch whose powers lie dormant within them until they are awaken. One of the differences between the two types of witches is that natural witches are rarely evil and have the ability to recognize one another through simple touch. Their magic can be tasted and felt.

Madison’s belief in the Powers began with the discovery of a simple spell that changed her life. Will it change yours?

Test your powers with a simple spell. 
Items needed: athame (ceremonial dagger or knife), chalice, plate, small white candles, water, salt, belief in yourself.
Preparation: Arrange in a circle around you. Set the plate on the ground in front of you and place the chalice to its right. Pour a generous amount of salt on the plate and place the athame on the plate and a candle the middle of the salt.
Believe in yourself: Reach for your strongest, most positive memory—one that will allow you to use positive emotions to fuel your magic. Concentrate on the candle in front of you, willing a flame to burn bright. As you will it, so mote it be, if you possess the Powers.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A Little Inspiration

Hi everyone! Welcome to Insecure Writer's Support Group. During the month of April, many authors participate in the A to Z Challenge. Since there is a lot going on in the blogshere, I'm going to keep my post today simple and share with you a couple of my favorite inspirational quotes.

I'm adding this one because it's fun, most writers can relate to it, and Snoopy always makes me smile...

In news:

My paranormal romance/thriller, CHALLENGING DESTINY released on Kindle last week. To learn more about this book and to enter the giveaway, click here

Good luck to those doing A to Z this month. 

Happy reading and happy writing!

Thursday, March 27, 2014


Welcome to the Challenging Destiny Release Party!!

I'm so excited you could join us!
Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post!

I'd liked to thank the staff at The Wild Rose Press for helping make this day possible. A special thanks goes out to my editor, Eilidh MacKenzie, whose guidance through the editorial process was invaluable. I'd also like to thank my Street Team, Colyer's Clan, and all the authors and bloggers who are celebrating with me today. I'm truly honored to have such wonderful people participating in the event. 

Some of the party guest listed below have excerpts and guest posts on their blogs, so be sure to check them out!

Special thanks goes out to:
Veronica Rundell - Excerpt, April 1st 
Jen - Excerpt, March 27th
Nicki Elson - Excerpt, March 27th
Marian Cheatham - Excerpt, March 28th
CarolOates - Guest Post
Toni Lesatz - Excerpt, March 30th 
Stephanie Ward - Excerpt, March 27th
Joana Arteaga - Guest Post, March 27th

About the book:
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Kindle Release Date: March 27, 2014
Worldwide Release Date: July 11, 2014

Logan Ragsdale and his younger sister, Ariana, have been marked, chosen to be unwilling participants in a war between angels and demons.

Logan can sense something's not quite right. Like an unexpected chill on a summer's day, he can feel the unseen closing in. He's had these feelings before and, each time, someone close to him died. He's afraid this time it might just be Ariana.

Logan's fears are soon confirmed when he discovers their new friends aren't human, but rather representatives from Heaven and Hell sent to Earth to ensure he and Ariana accept their roles in an ancient prophecy. Demons want Logan to open the gates of Hell. Ariana has the power to stop them, but if she chooses to side with Heaven to spare the lives of thousands of innocent people, she'll damn her brother for eternity.

Together, they must derail the biblical event if they hope to save themselves and the future of mankind...but what price are they willing to pay to keep the other safe?

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Fun gifts to celebrate today include:
$10 Amazon Gift Card
Challenging Destiny Swag Package
Challenging Destiny Bookmarks

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