Author of Circle of Five and its sequels; Spirit; The Ghost Who Came Home from the Auction; Superfoods - a cookbook series; and two collections of poems, Doors to the Universe and The Nature of Things
It’s May, it’s May…
BELTANE! The faeries are coming to a leafy woodland near you.
It’s a magical moment of the year when faeries may appear to ordinary folk. If you sit under a tree on Beltane Eve, you may see the Faery Queen herself or hear her horse’s bells tinkling as she rides through the woods.
Woodruff and Hawthorn are the sacred blossoms of May. The traditional May wine is simply white wine flavored with woodruff that blooms at this time of year. The May bowl combines May wine with strawberry liqueur and strawberry slices. Doesn’t that sound good!
As the wheel of seasons turns to Beltane, think Fire and Water.
Beltane is a Fire Festival. The bonfires of Beltane often were started with a bundle of branches from the nine sacred trees. In olden times, flocks would have been run between two fires to purify them, and young folk would leap over fires for good fortune.
And Beltane is also a time to consecrate the holy element of Water. Wells are blessed on Beltane, and the dawn dew of May Morning brings beauty to the face and health to the body.
As with Samhain (Halloween), its counterpart, Beltane is that other “no time” of the year, meaning time itself is suspended and veils between the seen and unseen worlds are thinnest on May Day. The perfect moment to look into the future or to contact those who have gone before.
All gardens are wild.
Resolutely you tear out weeds,
and before dawn the next day,
they grow back thicker.
The rain is their sister.
The sun is their lover.
Every time they thrust up,
their leaves grow fuller,
their roots stronger.
With spare untidy blossoms,
their tendrils reach out
to throttle your roses.
Wilderness is the name
of the way that has no name.
Here in your walled garden,
lush, lawless broods
encroach night after night.
Each morning when you wake,
you pray to a lucid god,
you begin again to restore order,
while in your darkly beating heart
some Other laughs.
Dolores Stewart--from my collection Doors to the Universe
A family ghost. A lost treasure. A vengeful enemy from the past. A would-be Jack the Ripper. The Circle of Five takes off on another wild, wacky adventure!
London bridge is falling down, falling down, my fair lady…when the fair ladies of Plymouth, Massachusetts, meet at Burial Hill to raise the ghost of Heather’s sea captain ancestor, they don’t expect to be sent flying across the Atlantic in search of a mysterious family treasure!
Clever, clairvoyant Cass; intrepid Heather , champion of animals in need; wickedly witty Phillipa; feisty young mom Deidre; and wise woman Fiona—they’re five ordinary women, everyday Wiccans, who get together to sip tea, trade stories, and work the odd spell. With the exciting prospect of an impromptu holiday, they’re really looking forward to a few merry days in England, shopping, sight-seeing, and taking in the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge. Yet somehow, they soon find themselves embroiled in another harrowing adventure, facing evil-doers both at home and abroad
Armed with their high spirits, good old-fashioned common sense, and a few quirky paranormal talents, they’re always ready to combat evil wherever they find it. But this time they’ll have their hands full dealing with a talented young psychopath bent on revenge, a ghost-guarded Aztec artifact, and an obsessed furniture importer out to restore the family honor—challenges that will call upon all their powers and test the magic of friendship as never before. Get set for another walk on the wild side with the five fabulous witches-next-door!
SPIRIT A romance of past and present lives.
Brigit, a young woman gifted with clairvoyant abilities, struggles to come to terms with her unusual powers in a story that spans the late 1930s through World War II. As a lonely child growing up on the Isle of Man, Brigit turns for companionship to her imaginary friend Michael.
Later, while Brigit is working with psychic researchers studying her skill as a medium, Michael reappears as her control. He identifies himself as the spirit of an ancient Druid priest. Michael guides Brigit through her personal crises and various adventures in which she employs her paranormal powers in the war effort.
In order for the time-crossed couple to consummate their deep love, Michael takes spiritual possession of intelligence officer James Grey. Brigit and Michael share an idyllic time together in war-ravaged England until, as Grey, Michael must return to the fighting The story of Brigit is bracketed by the present-day experiences of Brigit’s daughter Michelle, who is excavating the cairn on the Isle of Man. In the aura of past lives and passions, Michelle falls in love with the chief archeologist and finds the strength to fulfill her own life.
"Spirit is enthusiastically recommended reading as being a particularly unique and touching story embedded with both a necessary hope and ultimate renewal." MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"...enchanting novel..." MENSA BULLETIN
THE GHOST WHO CAME HOME FROM THE AUCTION
When Olivia Andreas goes to an auction with her friend Jamie Finch, she doesn’t expect to bring home a ghost!
A professional records organizer who starts every day with a “To Do” list and is always on time for appointments, Olivia is not a believer in the paranormal or even an afterlife. In fact, she never glances at her astrology in the newspaper (even though she’s a perfect Virgo). But on a whim, she buys a silver frame and decides to keep intact its photo of a smiling blonde woman whose curious collections were sold that night.
Soon afterwards, a series of strange events completely upsets Olivia’s orderly world. Various ghostly manifestations of former showgirl Lily Lamoureaux shake up Olivia’s personal beliefs. A number of break-ins at Olivia’s home, with nothing stolen, defy explanation. Scary as these events are, there’s an upside. The investigating detective is an attractive guy named Dave Lowenstein who may almost meet Olivia’s carefully listed criteria for a husband.
Olivia’s orderly life becomes increasingly complicated and perilous as evidence surfaces of Mafia involvement in Lily’s death. Seeking revenge, Lily’s ghost draws Olivia and Dave ever deeper into danger as their investigations escalate into a fast-moving, spine-chilling adventure that culminates on the 4th of July in an explosive conclusion.
LADIES DIGGING THE DIRT
THE BEWITCHING LADIES OF THE CIRCLE
ARE DIGGING UP TROUBLE AGAIN!
The serenity of summer in Plymouth, Massachusetts, is rudely disturbed when a rabid preacher and his ragtag following begins to picket military funerals, liberal churches, and Pagan businesses. This hateful campaign naturally rouses the ire of the Circle of Five: Deidre, Phillipa, Heather, Fiona, and Cass, ladies who follow the Wiccan way—especially since Deidre’s Faeryland is one of the targeted shops.
Before they have time to thwart the preacher for good and all, however, Heather, with characteristic enthusiasm, throws herself into an archeological “dig” at the Morse Homestead in Salem where American Indian artifacts have been unearthed in the strata below the historic “witch” house. Great fun, until a mysterious sniper starts wounding and killing members of the team. Rushing to Heather’s aid, the ladies find themselves lodged in a haunted inn, which, along with an unearthly cold spot at the foot of the stairway, also offers a congenial bar where the five often gather to plan their strategy and fortify their spirits.
Believing that they have confounded the Salem Sniper, the Circle heads home, only to encounter a new challenge. A little girl named Molly Larsson has disappeared! The Circle resolves to employ all their witchy arts and off-the-wall brainstorms to find her. Mayhem, mischief, and magic are non-stop in this exciting new adventure for Cass and her Circle.
The 8th Cass Shipton Adventure
The 7th Cass Shipton Adventure
The 6th Cass Shipton Adventure
The 5th Circle Adventure
The 4th Circle Adventure