THE WINTER SOLSTICE, YULE, SEASON OF PEACE AND QUIET BEAUTY
The darkness is upon us, the shortest days and the longest nights of the year.
As we cheer ourselves with gift-giving, Nature gives us the true gifts of the season—our ancient faith in earth’s cycle, time to rest, reflect, and restore our creative energy, and the quiet beauty of peaceful winter scenes.
In every faith, congregants are lighting candles in observance of all they have been taught to believe. If we go back far enough in time to the earliest celebrations of the winter solstice, all those candles and bonfires and burning logs were originally intended to encourage the weak sun of winter to grow stronger, to return to its former glory, to reign over a lush growing season, the long, hot summer.
The holiday season is never the perfect occasion that we have been programmed to expect. Things go awry that we hope we’ll laugh about later. With mayhem in mind, I have delighted in writing about Yule celebrations in my Circle books, At one merry Yule, Fiona accidentally shoots out Heather’s bay window—that was fun, and serendipitous, resulting as it did it in some Wiccan matchmaking. On another Winter Equinox, Cass and Joe got married, not without some tense moments when the bridegroom was delayed at sea. And in a later manuscript, Yule is celebrated at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a kind of real-life nativity scene.
May your holiday be filled with light, love, and forgiveness in advance for the season’s delightful imperfections.
Just in time for Samhain!
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!
Haunted by the spirit of an ancient Druid chieftain, a young woman comes to terms with her her unusual powers.
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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.
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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.