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Back Listt Blitz! – Night Myst
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 8 am by

Eons ago, vampires tried to turn the Dark Fae in order to harness their power. Instead, they created a demonic enemy more powerful than they dared to dream. Bent on enslaving the world, the Vampiric Fae have been quietly massing their strength for centuries. Now, Myst, queen of the Indigo Court, is rising again…and a long-prophesied war is brewing…

Born a witch, Cicely Waters can control the wind. When her Elemental warns her that her aunt and cousin are in danger, she packs her Pontiac GTO and returns home for the first time in twenty years. But the magical town of New Forest, Washington has changed. The Indigo Court holds the city in fear; people are vanishing, and strange deaths plague the town. Swept into an unexpected and passionate reunion with her trusted childhood friend Grieve, the Fae prince who taught her how to harness the wind, Cicely finds herself with a fierce and territorial lover. But Grieve has become enslaved by Myst’s court, and now both lovers must walk a fine line to survive the machinations of the Vampiric Fae Queen. Caught between two evils, both vying for supremacy, Cicely must fight for her family and her future. As she discovers the hidden secrets to her own heritage, will she lose her soul in the process?

This series is complete and no more books are planned.

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And a quick note Mist & ShadowsTales From OtherworldFlight From Hell & Priestess Dreaming are NOW AVAILABLE!  Panther Prowling is available for PREORDER, click on the names for the pre-order page. Also coming soon – Men Of Otherworld : Collection One!

As Flight from Hell, Mist & Shadows and Tales From Otherworld are electronic releases only, you will need either an e-reader or an app to read it.   Amazon offer free e-reader software for you to do just that and read them on your computer, there are also  Kindle apps available in the app stores for both iOS  and Android phones – Marc

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Samhain is Approaching…
Posted on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 8 am by

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Pumpkins, crisp leaves tinged with rust and bronze, a lace-work of frost kissing red-cheeked apples, ghostly mist rises in the shadowed night…Friday night is October 31st, the eve of Samhain, Festival of the Dead and we prepare to honor and remember our ancestors. Samhain is the third harvest, or meat harvest (Lughnasadh being the first harvest (of grain), and Mabon being the second harvest (of fruits).

Samhain (pronounced Sow-en), November 1, is a Celtic festival, generally celebrated the night before (which is where Halloween came from). The festival is focused on our links to our spiritual and physical ancestors, and recognizes death as a necessary part of life. During Samhain, the veils between the world of spirit and the world of mortals are at their thinnest. While the dead roam the earth all the time, during the weeks leading up to Samhain, it’s easiest to sense and communicate with them.

We decorate the Samhain altar with pumpkins and crystal skulls, jeweled spiders and a sickle, and a black hand-carved slate knife a friend made me goes on the altar, as well. We add pictures of the dead we wish to remember, a decanter of port wine, and a new black candle in a brass holder. We also drape silk garlands of autumn leaves around the altar. We add in Jack O’Lanterns, miniature pumpkins, apples, crisp autumn leaves, etc.. While I keep an ancestor altar up year-round, we do set up a special one for Samhain.

On the evening of October 31st, we set out the food for the dead. It’s customary to fix a plate for those you are remembering. Spare no expense here—if Uncle Joe loved chocolate creams, don’t buy him a candy bar, buy him chocolate creams. Of course, your bank account has something to say about this, but if you can afford to splurge, do so! The dead eat of the essence then the food is given back to the Earth. My sister Claudia died in 1986. Every year my ‘family plate’ contains German pickles and onions, two of her favorite foods, and a 3-Musketeers bar and coffee for my mother, and tea for one grandma, and bacon for another and so forth. We fill another plate with kitty kibbles for the cats we have known, loved and lost. Still another plate holds food for Sam’s family. Another plate holds food for our friends who have left us. Do NOT eat the food for the dead—it’s just not a good idea.

For our own dinner, I usually roast a ham, some red potatoes with rosemary for remembrance, we have some sort of vegetables with it—like green beans cooked with bacon—and I make a pumpkin pie.

We cast the Circle and I invoke the Lady of Ice and the Lord of Fire (the gods of Autumn/Death that we recognize and honor). We ask they gently pass by our home. Then, we call the rolls of the dead—listing out those we are remembering this year. Sadly, this year, our beloved Meerclar will join that list. We light a votive candle to light their way, and then hold a twenty minute silent meditation, during which we simply listen and think over the past we’ve had with these people/animals. We listen for messages from them, we acknowledge the impact they had on our lives. After the twenty minutes is up, I ring a bell and we talk over what we felt—and then we eat our own dinner. The dead are invited to stay and be with us during the night. The candle is allowed to burn itself out.

Contacting The Dead

Samhain is one of the few times I’m all that comfortable contacting the dead. I do not hold séances or call up spirits who don’t want to be disturbed—it interferes with their transition, and can

be disruptive to your psyche. Death is a transition, signaling movement from one realm to another and it’s not a good idea to encourage spirits to hang around our realm too long.

While some spirits involve themselves in our world as guides and mentors, others remain connected in more negative ways–through an unawareness of their condition (some don’t really understand that they’re dead), through fear or an unwillingness to release physical existence.

Spirits need to be free to move on and we can best help them by leaving them alone or, if we are experienced, by guiding them out of the limbo between life and death. During Samhain, we invite those whom we wish to remember to be part of our celebrations if they choose to join us, but we never coerce.

Samhain is also a great time for divination. Since the veils between worlds is thinnest then and we can easily see into the realms of spirit and faerie, we can also tap into potential paths for the future.

One caveat (and as a shamanic witch with well over thirty years in the Craft I’m going to bluntly tell you that if you ignore this advice, you’re an idiot who is asking for trouble): do NOT use an Ouija board. I’ve heard from too many people who opened the door to entities they couldn’t get rid of without professional psychic help.

But there are many other forms of divination. Tarot Cards, Celtic Ogham Runes, the Norse Runes, crystal balls, magic mirrors—these are all good ways to contact the other side without leaving yourself fair game.

So yes, Samhain is approaching, and the veils are lifting, and the dead will be whispering in our ears.

Yasmine

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Monday Snippet! – Panther Prowling
Posted on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 8 am by

Good morning folks!  Week two of the snippet run down to Panther Prowling! Let’s start the week off well with a snippet from Panther Prowling! With a title like that, it can only feature that fantastic feline, Delilah!

Panther Prowling is available for pre-order right now, click on the names for the pre order page – and if you want to preorder a signed copy of Panther Prowling, you can always head on over to Seattle Mystery Bookshop

Oh, and if you can’t wait to talk about it, why not head over to Yasmine’s forums and start a thread if there isn’t one already? We don’t bite. Much. I promise

And as a final word from me before we get to the snippet, remember that Priestess Dreaming is now out, available in print, e-format, and audio.

Mist And Shadows and  Tales From Otherworld (Which features a small prequel to Priestess Dreaming!) and are both out but they are electronic releases only, you will need either an e-reader or an app to read it.  Amazon offers free e-reader software for you to do just that and read them on your computer or your smartphone.

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A Year of Trees: Week 8 and The First Storm of the Season
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 4 pm by

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There is a street nearby that I absolutely love. Really, it could be any street, there’s nothing really outstanding about it, except for the fact that it is lined with trees. Now this a common sight around here except these are all deciduous trees. And every autumn they blaze into color around the same time. And every spring, they suddenly burst forth with leaves around the same time.

We have lived in this neighborhood since September 2010, so for four years now Samwise and I have driven down that street several times a week and I have watched the trees change through the year. So yesterday, when I was commenting on how much I like that street, Samwise suggested an idea and it seemed like a cool project. We’ll see if I can manage it — or rather manage to remember to do it — but I want to give it a try.

Every week, every Sunday, we will drive over there and I will take a picture from the same place. And I will post that picture on my blog. For a year, I will chronicle the change of seasons through these pictures. Maybe I’ll get bored partway through and stop, or maybe in a year I’ll have 52 pictures of the street from the same position. I guess we’ll find out!

Week 8: Okay then, you will notice a BIG change this week. We had our first major storm of the season last night–wind gusts were clocking up to 60 mph in the area. And um…yeah…the leaves? Not so much there anymore. I’m also going to create a gallery of some of the damage around the area we saw today.

Some of the storm damage…a lot of trees went down, there were spots of urban flooding, typical autumn weather here. We get big windstorms and this was our first of the season. Left the air feeling crackling and charged. :)

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Yet Another Blog On How Not To Stalk Reviewers (Or, WTF Are You Thinking?)
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 6 pm by

Everyone has at least one unstable friend. I just happen to be that friend.

Well…yes, and no.

Okay, I’m not really coming late to this party, except in posting a blog about the issue. The whole mess has been turning and tossing in my head for what…a week now? Not which point of view I support, but just…in what I really wanted to say about it and whether I wanted to say anything at all. I’ve already talked about it on Twitter, and my opinion is clear…but still…

I wrote this post before, about how to deal with negative reviews (as an author but it could relate to an artist or musician or anybody who creates art of any form). But …then last week, the Guardian printed an article by an author who basically was expounding on her decision to obsess over and stalk a reviewer who gave her a negative review. The author showed up at the reviewer’s doorstep. I’m linking to a post that covers the subject pretty well, and you will find all the pertinent links there.

And then, another disgruntled author stalked someone who gave his book a bad review and allegedly hit her over the head with a bottle. He also stalked someone he was convinced returned his romantic feelings, who did not. I’m not linking to that yet because while apparently the stalking/romantic obsession part is true (he admits it), I’m not aware of links that prove the veracity of the other charge, though it looks like it’s probably true, too.

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And this last? Made me decide to write this post.

Sigh. And round and round we go. I’m going to get a little heated here, so bear with me.

First: Hale’s behavior was inexcusable. Let’s get this out of the way right now. Stalking? Not acceptable. Stalking? Most likely illegal depending on state laws. Stalking? FREAKSHOW CRAZYPANTS BEHAVIOR.  There is NO excuse for what Hale did.

But, Yasmine, what about—? NO!
Even if—? NO! Just No.
For fuck’s sake…don’t EVEN GO THERE. I don’t care if a reviewer says you’re the scum sucking bitch whore of the devil, you DO NOT go stalking them.

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Second: ATTACKING someone because they don’t like what you write? Get. A. Grip. Really, just get a grip. Please, for the love of the gods, get over yourself and move on and write more books instead of going batshit crazy. Or stop writing books if you can’t control your reactions. Or have someone take away your internet.

Next Up:

How To Deal With Negative Reviews…Redux (I feel like putting dancing lights around this to get your attention).

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Brain Candy Friday: Samhain-Halloween Contest!
Posted on Friday, October 24, 2014 at 9 am by

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It’s one week till Samhain Eve, and one week till Halloween. So for Brain Candy Friday this week, I’m having a Samhain Goody Bag Giveaway. To enter, you must answer my question, and be a subscribed (and confirmed) member of the blog. Here’s what you’ll get (and I may toss in a couple little extra goodies):

 

Samhain Goodie Bag

To Enter:

Samhain is the festival honoring the ancestors and the transition from life to another state of existence. We honor and celebrate our ancestors and those who made a difference in our lives at this time, and remember them even as we help turn the Wheel of the Year.

It’s a time to celebrate the shadow side of life, and all things ‘spooky’…so to enter, tell me about some spooky experience that happened to you. It doesn’t have to be fully paranormal (and no traumatic events please). Have you ever visited a place that gave you chills, or have you seen a ghost, or have you been to an ancient site that made you stand in awe? Tell me about it!

  • Please specify whether you are US or international. You must be subscribed (and confirm your subscription to my blog) to enter/win.
  • One person from the US will win this goodie bag
  • One person who is international (if we have any international entries) will win a $20 Amazon e-gift certificate.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter.
  • Entries MUST be in by midnight Pacific time, October 31st, 2014.

So let’s hear those stories, peeps!!! Follow ALL the rules and be sure you spell your email address right when you enter your comment.

Yasmine

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Backlist Blitz! – One Hex Of A Wedding
Posted on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 8 am by

You aren’t in Pleasantville anymore…

Follow the exploits of Emerald O’Brien, who’s considered the town witch. The owner of the Chintz ‘n China Tea Room, Emerald also happens to be psychic, and a tarot-reader. She lives in the small town of Chiqetaw, Washington, with her two children and four cats. She’s used to hanging out with ghosts and other supernatural beasties, but doesn’t particularly want them bothering her family. Along with her best friends Murray—a cop, and Harlow—an ex-supermodel, Emerald finds herself embroiled in murder, mystery and mayhem that comes at her from both the ‘mundane world’ and the supernatural side of life (and death). This series is complete and no more books are planned.

Order from here on the right

And a quick note Mist & ShadowsTales From OtherworldFlight From Hell & Priestess Dreaming are NOW AVAILABLE!  Panther Prowling is available for PREORDER, click on the names for the pre-order page

As Flight from Hell, Mist & Shadows and Tales From Otherworld are electronic releases only, you will need either an e-reader or an app to read it.  Both Barnes and Noble and Amazon offer free e-reader software for you to do just that and read them on your computer, there are also Nook and Kindle apps available in the app stores for both iOS  and Android phones – Marc

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Guest Post: Linda Wisdom: Women W/Grudges
Posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 8 am by

I’d like to welcome Linda Wisdom to my blog today. Way back in 2005, Linda and I started a blog together with a group of women. For five years the Witchy Chicks blogged day in, day out, and we formed tight friendships through that blog. We disbanded back in 2010…but a few of the Witchy Chicks remain close, dear friends even today.  Please welcome her in and check out her books! –Yasmine

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First off, I’d like to thank Yasmine for allowing me to hang out here and talk about Double Jeopardy, my latest release.

“I won’t be ignored, Dan.”

Glenn Close’s memorable line from Fatal Attraction can still send chills through a man’s heart. And should. What can I say? The female sex can come up with some pretty inventive ways to make the opposite sex suffer.

When I came up with the idea for Double Jeopardy, I didn’t want to write a woman in peril book. I wanted it to be the man who was looking over his shoulder. Call it equal opportunity fear for one’s peace of mind.

I envisioned a man who was pretty much a nice guy, good looking, popular with the ladies and happily enjoying bachelorhood. So why would a woman target him as the love of her life when he had no idea who she was? What did he do to cause her to send him flowers once a week, break into his house and clean it (raise your hand if you wished someone would do that for you without the scary parts!), leave sexy messages on his voicemail, and even cook him a birthday dinner. Perhaps a good thing he wasn’t there to eat it.

What kind of woman does this to a man she might not have dated or even casually known? And what happens if the source of her obsession meets a woman he can see having a future with? I think we all know she won’t back away. She’ll do what she can to make that woman’s life miserable and possibly even endanger her life.

We all have our obsessions. Just ask my husband what happens if he mentions coffee or chocolate? There is no way he would survive if he tried to withhold those foods from me. How many of us as teens obsessed about rock stars and actors? But how far would we take that one-side attraction? Would we track them down, follow them, try to break into their houses, plot against the loves of their lives? Would we mutter, “She/he’s not good enough for him/her. She/he’s mine and I’ll do whatever it takes to keep it that way.”

The mind of an author can travel in a lot of different directions. Plotting revenge can lead you down some pretty scary trails. What would I do to the person I felt was a rival? It turned out it could be a lot. After a friend read the manuscript she stared at me and said “I never want to be on your bad side.” Who knew I could be scary!

While it’s enjoyable to read the dangerous side of obsessions in books, it’s not a good thing in real life. People end up truly afraid of leaving their houses, feeling the need to look over their shoulders, install high tech security systems, and feel paranoid of every stranger they meet. There is no way they would think of making new friends because they’re afraid to trust their senses. A good night’s sleep isn’t something they can experience, their sense of safety is gone and even if their stalker is caught and incarcerated their lives are never the same again.

Will it stop us from reading books about obsessed stalkers? Never. But perhaps the stories will make us think a little, be little cautious with our lives.

I read for enjoyment, but I also tend to take away something with each story I read.

I hope that will happen with you and that you will give Double Jeopardy a try.

Linda

You can find Linda on her website, on Facebook, and Twitter.

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Black Cats and Halloween
Posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 8 am by

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It’s October, and while Halloween is a lot of fun for a lot of people, and Samhain is sacred for witches and Pagans, there are also a few nutjobs out there who like to hurt black cats–in fact, all cats. Be sure to keep your kitties inside as much as possible around the last week of October. Unfortunately, some wackos like to use holidays like Halloween as an excuse for cruelty.

I know my lovely Meerclar was always an indoor kitty (sigh, first Samhain/Halloween without her), and all our gurlz  are, in fact. And they stay indoors, celebrating Samhain with us, safe and sound.

Be careful if you have candy sitting around–chocolate can be deadly to cats (and dogs). Make sure they can’t get into the candy bowl! Also: remember candy made with Xylitol is deadly to dogs and cats.

Parties are also stressful times for many cats. If you’re having a big party, you might want to make a comfortable place for your cats in a room where you can close the door–give them their litter box and food and water and a soft place to sleep. And watch out for decorations that have stringy parts or that might be small enough for them to swallow.

Have a safe and happy Halloween season this year–both you AND your furbles! And you might want to put a little food out on the mantle for any spirit kitties that might be wandering by, looking for a place to sleep for the most magical night of the year!

Yasmine

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Monday Snippet! – Panther Prowling
Posted on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 8 am by

Good morning folks!  Are you ready to start counting down to the next Otherworld book? Of course you are! Coming soon is Panther Prowling, with a title like that, it can only feature that part-time pussy cat, Delilah!

Panther Prowling is available for pre-order right now, click on the names for the pre order page – and if you want to preorder a signed copy of Panther Prowling, you can always head on over to Seattle Mystery Bookshop

Oh, and if you can’t wait to talk about it, why not head over to Yasmine’s forums and start a thread if there isn’t one already? We don’t bite. Much. I promise

And as a final word from me before we get to the snippet, remember that Priestess Dreaming is now out, available in print, e-format, and audio.

Mist And Shadows and  Tales From Otherworld (Which features a small prequel to Priestess Dreaming!) and are both out but they are electronic releases only, you will need either an e-reader or an app to read it.  Amazon offers free e-reader software for you to do just that and read them on your computer or your smartphone.

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