Guest Post by Sandy Wright
Late October is my favorite time of year, especially Halloween. For me, it’s magic in the truest sense. A time when all bets are off, and we can act out, children and adults, without restraint or fear of judgment. This holiday is the dark aesthetic blended with romance, myth, and rebellion. When the leaves change and the evenings go chilly, I’m transported back to running the neighborhood with my pals in Zorro capes, witch’s hats, and black cat costumes complete with swishing tail. I recall a knot of children screaming on a front porch when the homeowner, a normally mild-mannered adult, opens the door in full wolf’s garb and growls, “Do you dare ask for candy?”
On this one extraordinary night, we willingly run into the dark rather than away from it. We grope in the pitch black field of cornstalks, brittle and bleached white like bones in the light of a crescent moon. We pay to scream with strangers in dark haunted houses, stuffy with billowing fog.
Wait! Listen: I think I hear something scratching outside. Halloween waits. Let’s have some fun. You coming?
3 teaspoon whole cloves
1 gallon apple cider
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup orange juice
Wash the oranges, then stud them with the cloves. Pour the cider into a large pot and warm over low heat. Add the studded oranges, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and cinnamon stick. Let simmer uncovered for 13 minutes. Add the orange juice. Serve in your favorite Halloween mugs.
Sandy Wright lives in Arizona with her husband, a super-smart Border Collie/Aussie mix named Teak, and two huge black panther cats (18 pounds each), named Salem and Shadow Moon. Their daddy, Magick, was even bigger! He's featured in her debut novel, Song of the Ancients, the first book in a paranormal suspense series, Ancient Magic.
Her debut novel involves witchcraft and Native American medicine magic, and is set in the energy-laden town of Sedona, Arizona.
"It was interesting to introduce the concept of witchcraft, seen through the eyes of an ordinary, non-magical woman, and go through her reactions and disbelief along with her," Sandy says. "While I did a lot of research for this book, most of the magical stuff I drew from my own Wiccan background and practice.”
Sedona is but one earth "power site" around the world. The Ancient Magic series will take Samantha and Nicholas, as well as a few secondary characters, to adventures at other sacred sites. The second book, tentatively titled Stones of the Ancients, will take us to the ancient standing stones of Wales and Scotland, where Sandy traced her own heritage while researching the book. The series continues to Hawaii to learn about Pele, the Goddess of fire and volcanos, and it will conclude somewhere along the ancient icy land bridge of the First People, maybe Alaska or Siberia.
Brinda's Review: Song of the Ancients
Fans of Deborah Harness' Discovery of Witches will love Song of the Ancients. Samantha is a strong young woman who moves to a new place so she might recover from a divorce. Enter the mysterious and sexy Nicholas, a man with questionable intentions. He's a definite alpha who kept me guessing his next move.