New Release – Blood Rite By E J Stevens

Blood Rite is book six in the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective Series, by author E J Stevens.  This is an awesome series, I would say right up there with the likes of Patricia Briggs.  It starts with book one Frostbite which is currently free on Amazon.

Blood Rite

 

 

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Ivy Granger takes on a simple grave robbing case, but in Harborsmouth nothing is ever simple when dealing with the dead.

Grave robbing is Harborsmouth’s second best-kept secret. The first is the existence of supernatural creatures that live alongside the city’s humans. In fact, the dirtiest little secret of all might be the truth behind most of those empty graves.

Most supernaturals eke out a pretty mundane existence. Nobody wants a return to the Burning Times. Well, nobody sane.

The creature that was stealing the more odoriferous of Harborsmouth’s citizens from their graves had to be crazy. Sir Gaius, ruler of the local vamps, owned the harvesting rights to every corpse buried within the city limits. No one touched the vampire master of the city’s property without permission and lived to scream about it–until now.

Warning: This book features necromancy, grave robbing, an abandoned amusement park, and zombie clowns.

Blood Rite is the sixth novel in the award-winning Ivy Granger urban fantasy series by E.J. Stevens. The world of Ivy Granger, including the Ivy Granger, Psychic Detective series and the Hunters’ Guild series, is filled with bloodsucking vampires, psychotic faeries, and snarky, kick-butt heroines.

 

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Ostara in Southern Hemisphere – Mabon in Northern Hemisphere

Blessed Ostara to those of us in the Southern Hemisphere as we come into warmer weather.  Sadly we in Australia have been having bush fires already, they say we are having a long dry summer, so any prayers and good energy sent our way will be appreciated.  Otherwise we will enjoy the warmer days.  Blessed Be!

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Ostara in the Southern Hemisphere

As Spring reaches its midpoint, night and day stand in perfect balance, with light on the increase. The young Sun God now celebrates a hierogamy (sacred marriage) with the young Maiden Goddess, who conceives. In nine months, she will again become the Great Mother. It is a time of great fertility, new growth, and newborn animals.

The next full moon (a time of increased births) is called the Ostara and is sacred to Eostre the Saxon Lunar Goddess of fertility (from whence we get the word estrogen, whose two symbols were the egg and the rabbit.

 

Mabon in Northern Hemisphere

To all in the Northern Hemisphere I wish you a blessed Mabon as the days grow cooler and you get ready for the snow, stay warm and safe Blessed Be!

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Magic for Mabon

Posted on March 20, 2015 by Lady Beltane

“Many types of magic may be performed during Mabon. Since we are entering the dark half of the year, now is the time to use magic for personal growth. Here are some ideas.

  • Mediation and dream work are very potent at this time. You can use dreams to uncover past lives.
  • Honor your ancestors and if you wish, using your spiritual path, you may contact them.
  • In some traditions Mabon was believed to have been held captive in the mystical land of Avalon, also called “Land of the Apples.” For this reason, Avalon was known as a place of reincarnation and magic. Charms and spells involving apples would tie nicely with this day. Or, use and apple to symbolize a departed love one during a special ceremony.
  • I have found Mabon to be an ideal time to cleanse magical tools. I like to smudge them in a smoke of sage and cedar.

Getting rid of bad habits is a classic Mabon ritual, and the following spell may help.  Using blue ink, write the habit you wish to break on plain white paper. Think about what you have written, then crumble the paper as if you’re angry. Burn the paper saying this charm–“Fire fleet and candlelight, let this habit take flight! Smoke, curl, white and gray, let this habit go away!” As the smoke rises, see your habit drifting away with it.”

Copyright 2003 James Kambos Lleweylln’s Witches’ Datebook 2003 Pages 12-13

 

 

 

New Release – Deadly Geezer By T. Jackson King

Today I have a new release for you by my friend T. Jackson KingDeadly Geezer is book two in the Transcendent series.  They are on  my TBR list and I look forward to reading them.

Deadly Geezer

 

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Jack Hansen has survived the white flash that turned him into a Transcendent, a near-immortal with mind powers that allow him to stop a heart, burn up a mugger in a fireball or melt down a killer into a puddle of flesh and bones. But survival was just the beginning. More Princes of Blackness pursue him and try to possess his buddies, his children and his ex-wife. His battles against the Realm of Blackness take him to Hawai’i, Denver, Philadelphia, New York City, Albuquerque and into outer space. Even with the help of mentors Jack is faced with a stark choice—should he just fight local evil? Or should he try to destroy the Realm of Blackness from which flows all forms of supernatural evil?

 

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New Release – Moths:A Trio of Dark Novellas By Sam Kates

New Release today is Moths:A Trio of Dark Novellas by my friend Sam Kates.  They sound suitably dark and potentially scary and I have added them to my reading list, why don’t you.

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A collection of three dark novellas.

The Goldfish Syndrome
A girl with amnesia. An irregular police investigation.
Apprentice journalist Jonathan Fry is assigned the case. His investigations lead him to a former lunatic asylum on Dartmoor. There he learns the secrets of The Goldfish Syndrome.
But some secrets are best left undiscovered…

Moths
Karl Jordan is not a boy with prospects. From a broken home, excelling at nothing, his path into adulthood is marked by mediocrity. His only friend seems to have it all. But looks can be deceiving.
While the line between reality and fantasy becomes blurred, Karl’s behaviour becomes as erratic as the flight of a moth seeking the eternal darkness which lies beyond the light.

Returned
People return from the most unexpected places. The afterlife isn’t normally one of them.
Paul Duffy has defied nature, but not by choice. And he hasn’t returned alone.
Trying to avoid his wife, who still thinks she’s a widow, aided by friends and a local clergyman, who guards an ancient secret, Paul strives to thwart the evil that shares his body.
There’s only one way to succeed—sometimes, the dead would prefer to stay that way.

 

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New Release – Answers From Alyce By Mistral Dawn

Today I have a new release for you, Answers From Alyce by my friend Mistral Dawn.  Looking forward to reading this.

Mistral Dawn

 

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If someone asked you to explain what’s going on in the world right now, would you be able to? What if the person who was asking had no prior knowledge of our world, how difficult would it be to help them makes sense of current events? That’s the challenge Alyce is presented with when she’s kidnapped by aliens who want her help in creating a museum of curiosities based on Earth’s culture. Follow Alyce down the rabbit hole as she experiences the journey of a lifetime; the trip might just paint the reality you’ve become accustomed to in a new color…

 

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Yule in Southern Hemisphere – Litha in Northern Hemisphere

Blessed Yule to all of us in the Southern Hemisphere.  It is a cold, wet, blustery day, I have one of the cats curled up beside me, the other is sitting on the heating vent.  I am hosting my usual Yule lunch this weekend for a group of friends who love the feast I create for them.  I hope everyone else stays warm and cosy. Blessed Be!

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Midwinter or Yule (21st & 22nd June)

Yule falls at the Midwinter Solstice, when the nights are longer and the days shorter than at any other time of the year. Yule corresponds in many ways with the Northern Hemisphere Christian Christmas festival, and is associated with the Alban Arthan (Scottish). The history behind this is that the early Christian Church sought to gain converts by placing its festivals on or near the existing Pagan festivals.

At this time, Yule logs are burned. The Yule log must traditionally be the root of a hardwood tree, and in Australia mallee roots are ideal for this purpose, as are Tasmanian oaks and all types of Eucalyptus. The Yule log is burned down until nothing but a small piece remains, which is saved and kept to be used as a lighter for the following year’s Yule fire. A Yule tree is placed within the traditional Wiccan home, with a pentagram (five pointed star) at the top, symbolizing the five elements.

At Midwinter, homes are decorated with evergreen, non-deciduous trees, and gifts are given to all family members and all who pass the threshold. It is traditional to give to charities at this time, and to care, even more than usual, for the sick and poverty-stricken members of the community. Midwinter is also a special time to care for animals. As an antithesis to the traditional (but necessary) slaughter that used to occur at this time of year, modern Australian Witches may choose to donate time and / or money to animal charities such as the RSPCA. By doing so, we honour and acknowledge the importance of all Her creatures in this world.

Midwinter is a traditional time of feasting, and the seasonal colours are green and red. Yule was the traditional time of birth of Dionysus, Mithras and Baal, and the birth of the Norse Goddess Freya was also celebrated at this time.

Midwinter represents the rebirth of light in the midst of greatest darkness. At midwinter, the Goddess gives birth to the Sun God, springing forth new hope for the year to come.

In the Southern hemisphere, Yule is celebrated on June 21st and June 22nd, and in the Northern hemisphere it falls on the 21st and 22nd of December.

(From http://www.akashawitchcraft.net – website no longer available.)

 

LITHA – NORTHERN HEMISPHERE

Blessed Litha to all in the Northern Hemisphere as the warmer weather heads your way.  Stay safe as the days grow hotter, but enjoy the glorious warmth and new growth in the garden. Blessed Be!

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Litha, or Midsummer, is celebrated at the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the Year, and the shortest night.

Litha celebrates the very height of the powers of the Sun and of Life. But it also acknowledges that after this date the Sun will begin to weaken and the days to grow shorter. Litha is a time of purification.  An Example of a purification Litha spell is to take a small herbal bag filled with Litha herbs/flowers, put all your problems, worries etc. into the bag, and drop it into the Litha fire to burn all those worries away.

Litha is also a time to pay attention to your dreams, as these could contain messages for the future.  This Sabbat is a good time to perform any Magikal workings, and jumping over a Litha balefire will increase the Magikal energy and give purification  Herbs and plants for ritual use can be harvested at Litha to make use of the high level of Magik power at this time.

Litha is also a time to make protection amulets, and bless people or animals.

Plants for Litha:  Mugwort, Vervain, Chamomile, Rose, lily, Oak, Lavender, Ivy, Yarrow, Fern, Elder, Wild thyme, Daisy, Carnation, St John’s Wort.

Stones: Moonstone, Quartz, Pearl.

Colours:  Green, Orange, Yellow, Gold.

Element:  Water.

Planet:  Moon.

Zodiac:  Cancer.

Pagan Beliefs:  The Goddess is mature.  The God prepares for his death.  Some traditions have the Holly King and the Oak King fighting again, but this time the Holly King wins, and rules until Yule.

Litha Goddesses: Athena, Bona Dea, Freya, Hathor, Isis, Juno, Nuit, Artemis, Dana, Eos, Kali, Sekhmet, Vesta.

Litha Gods: Apollo, Baal, Dagda, Balder, Helios, lugh, Oak king, Holly King, Prometheus, Ra, Thor, Sol, Zeus.

 

New Release – Cursed Legacy By Jade Kerrion

Today I have a New Release, Cursed Legacy, book three in the Lord of Ocean series by my friend Jade Kerrion.  This is a totally awesome series and I highly recommend it.

Cursed Legacy

 

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Family is all he has left…
What–or who–will he pay to save the Earth?

Transformed by dark energy, the mer-king Zamir is a chimera–a seamless tapestry of skills…a mangled mess of memories.

Yet through all the catastrophes he has witnessed–many of his own making–he has learned one thing.

Family matters; especially the last of his bloodline, his grandson, Kai.

A straightforward quest to rebuild his shattered empire and set his grandson upon the throne is thwarted by the soul shards in his chimeric personality.

Zamir has enemies, far more than he imagined. And their hate is brutally raw.

One of them, Marduk, possesses the power of a god, and in his attempt to right a perceived wrong, he will incinerate the Earth.

To stop Marduk, Zamir must draw upon all facets of his fragmented personalities, even the one he despises and cannot trust. But nothing prepares Zamir for the devastating realization that sacrificing Kai may be the only way to stop Marduk’s apocalyptic plans…

ONE-CLICK to dive into this heart-pounding new series featuring a blend of urban fantasy, mythology and science fiction from USA Today Bestselling Author Jade Kerrion.

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