Dolores Stewart Riccio

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Dolores at Stonehenge in June. This awesome trip was a gift from my daughter Lucy-Marie Sanel.

With Britta in Warwick RI

My novel SPIRIT, a romance of past and present lives, is now available on KINDLE!

Rick and I in Warwick...happy days.

Second collection of poems The Nature of Things

My collection of poems published 2008 by Bellowing Ark. A new collection The Nature of Things is also available. To buy either book, contact me for private sale or or mail to Cover photo of Doors to the Universeis by Cate Kerr, whose accomplished art photos can be seen at

C'est moi.

With Sidd (Siddhartha), a friend forever remembered.

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Author of Circle of Five and its sequels; Spirit, a novel; the Superfoods cookbook series; and two collections of poems, Doors to the Universe and The Nature of Things

Here's my new book! Ready for sale in just a few more weeks.

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.



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!

Maying(as in “a-maying we will go”) is a woodland excursion for lovers to admire the beauty of nature and to make love, supposed to be a very good thing for the fertility of the earth

And ah, the Maypole, with its colorful streamers and enclosing dance, hails back to the earliest times. It’s a symbolic descendent of the World Tree, and also a classic phallic symbol. (Pagans are rarely subtle.) It was usually made of a fir tree stripped of its branches and bark but retaining its topknot of green. Later, the green symbol was replaced with a cross so that Christian communities could still celebrate May Day.

No matter what the madness in the nightly news, at Beltane we know that the earth is true to its promise of rebirth and reawakening. May the lovely month of May revive your spirit and inspire your creativity!

You don’t have to be Pagan to dance with the spirit of spring, no matter how old the bones.

NOW AVAILABLE The Divine Circle of


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 DSR Book Store Catalog

Books from my personal book store will be signed copies. Media mail is slow but cheap: $3.00 ea. You can contact me via email: doloresriccio@​, or by snail mail, 50 Pinehills Dr., Apt.215, Plymouth MA 02360.

Circle of Five
I have hardcover as well as trade paperbacks for sale.
Hardcovers: $12.00 ea plus shipping
Trade paperbacks: $10.00 ea plus shipping

Charmed Circle
Special purchase!
Trade paperbacks: $5.00 plus shipping

Ladies Making Mischief
Trade paperbacks: $12.00 ea plus shipping

Ladies Courting Trouble
trade paperbacks $12.00 ea plus shipping

Ladies Playing with Fire
Trade paperbacks: $15.00 ea plus shipping

Ladies Rocking the Boat
Trade paperbacks: $15.00 ea plus shipping

Ladies Tipping the Scales
Trade paperbacks: $14.00 ea plus shipping

Ladies Painting the Town
Trade paperbacks: $11.00 ea plus shipping

Ladies Digging the Dirt
Trade paperbacks: $12.00 ea plus shipping

Spirit: a novel of past and present lives
Trade paperbacks:$24.00 ea plus shipping

Doors to the Universe
A collection of poems published by Bellowing Ark Press 2008
Trade paperback: $14.00 ea plus shipping

The Nature of Things
A collection of poems published by Bellowing Ark Press 2011
Trade paperback: $14.00 ea plus shipping


The Fabulous Five are out for justice—one way or another!

The ladies of the Circle are rushing to the rescue again, crusading for the Goddess of Justice in their own preternatural way—even if that means tipping Her scales a bit. It all begins at Lammas, the August Festival of Bread, when Cass Shipton is called to jury duty in Plymouth County—the tragic case of a home invasion, the brutal death of a mother and daughter. Although she considers it her Libran calling to weigh evidence in the most impartial way, Cass the Clairvoyant soon finds herself knowing too much for comfort. Meanwhile, Heather Devlin, the Circle’s intrepid animal activist, pursues a local dog-fighting ring with her own zany brand of “special ops.” Fiona helps a light-footed young widow named Ashling lay to rest the ghost of her late husband, an irascible poet. Phillipa cooks up trouble at favorite local restaurant. And Deidre runs into an old flame. Clearly, the ladies have a full agenda on their hands. With their usual flair for mischief, mayhem, and a little judicious spell-working, the ladies of the Circle are off on another wickedly exciting romp.

Available online from (just click on the title below the cover) and from many book distributors.

Do urge your library to order a copy!


The 7th Cass Shipton Adventure
THE DIVINE CIRCLE OF LADIES TIPPING THE SCALES The ladies of the Circle are rushing to the rescue again, crusading for the Goddess of Justice in their own preternatural way—even if that means tipping Her scales a bit.
The 8th Cass Shipton Adventure
As the Harvest Moon rises over the Atlantic, the fantastic five embark on an adventure that spans two continents--coming to the aid of a disturbed ex-model in Plymouth, Massachuetts, then flying off to Rome, Italy, to rescue a dear friend and paint the town their own brand of reckless red.
The 6th Cass Shipton Adventure
The Divine Circle of Ladies Rocking the Boat All aboard for high seas and misdemeanors! A cruise through the Bermuda Triangle--right in time to celebrate Samhain. How can Cass Shipton and her bewitching circle resist such an enchanting prospect?
The 5th Circle Adventure
The bewitching ladies of the Wiccan Circle of Five have returned for more crime-solving escapades on the historic South Shore of Massachusetts.
The 4th Circle Adventure
The most fascinating women in Plymouth MA are back in action solving a case of multiple poisonings with their unorthodox recipe of magic, clairvoyance, and good old common sense.
Kensington Books, November 2003.
Kensington Books, March 2003.
PublishAmerica, 2001