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The author I’m pleased to be hosting for Virtual FantasyCon’s Blog Hop Hunt today is author, Marsha A. Moore of paranormal and fantasy romance novels.
Hello! I’m Marsha A. Moore and I’d like to share with you one of my popular mini-stories from my collection of fantasy flash fiction Tea Leaf Tales.
Tea Leaf Tales: The Witches’ Skull Game
Nearly a fortnight has passed since an outcry of shrill cackles chilled my spine, a fearful incident I will relate in this tale.
As the full moon rose, I followed the raucous laughter to what I thought was an abandoned arcade, where, lit by the Hunter’s Sanguine Moon, dozens of women swept from the entrance. The door, heavy with its burden of criss-crossing boards, creaked in grating harmony with their raucous voices. Dressed in whirls of dark fabric, only their faces, pale as lilies, and glittering dark eyes reflected the blood-red light. After the last of the women was swallowed by the night, the door remained ajar, tempting me…calling to my curiosity.
Too timid to investigate the shop in darkness, I returned the next morning to find it still open…still waiting. With sweat beading across my brow, I approached with care, and hearing no noise and seeing no sign of movement, I tiptoed around the cracked door, taking care not to touch anything. Inside, a bare bulb shone above a table littered with animal bones. I picked up a long bone, and the skull resting on the table gnashed its teeth and snarled, “The curious shall be visited on All Hallow’s Eve.” I dropped the bone and bolted through the door to find nightfall had already descended, and a woman’s laugh winged past me on a chill breeze.
Tea Leaf Tales is a series of original ten-sentence short stories by Marsha A. Moore, relating to photos/scenes that resonate with her.
Visit my website www.MarshaAMoore.com to read more archived episodes in my Mercantile of Tea Leaf Tales and watch my blog for new episodes.
I would also like to introduce you to my two book series: Coon Hollow Coven Tales and The Enchanted Bookstore Legends.
~Coon Hollow Coven Tales~
Genre: paranormal fantasy romance
The series is about a coven of witches in a fictitious southern Indiana community, south of Bloomington, the neck of the woods where I spent my favorite childhood years surrounded by the love of a big family. The books are rich with a warm Hoosier down-home feel. There are interesting interactions between coven members and locals from the nearby small town of Bentbone. If magic wasn’t enough of a difference between the two groups, the coven folk adhere to the nineteen thirties lifestyle that existed when the coven formed.
A note to readers: the books in the Coon Hollow Coven Tales series are written to be read in any order. The series is about one community, and its residents may pass in and out of various books, but each book has its own unique and special story to be told.
In this series, Witch’s Moonstone Locket and Witch’s Cursed Cabin are available now, and the third book, Blood Ice & Oak Moon.
More about Witch’s Moonstone Locket:
Twenty-three-year-old Jancie Sadler was out of the room when her mother died, and her heart still longs for their lost goodbye. Aching to ease her sorrow, Aunt Starla gives Jancie a diary that changes her entire life. In entries from the 1930s, her great grandmother revealed how she coped with her own painful loss by seeking out a witch from nearby Coon Hollow Coven. The witch wore the griever’s moonstone locket, which allowed whoever could unlock its enchantment to talk with the dead.
Determined to find that locket, Jancie goes to the coven’s annual carnival held in her small southern Indiana town of Bentbone. This opposes her father’s strict rule: stay away from witches. But she’s an adult now and can make her own decisions. She meets Rowe McCoy, the kind and handsome witch who wears the moonstone. He agrees to let her try to open the locket, but they’re opposed by High Priestess Adara and her jealous desire to possess him. Desperate for closure with her mother, Jancie persists and cannot turn away from a perilous path filled with magic, romance, and danger.
Available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00V2DG0HG
More about Witch’s Cursed Cabin:
Eager to be on her own away from home, twenty-year-old Aggie Anders accepts a relative’s invitation to live in Coon Hollow Coven. Although she’s a witch from a different coven, what locals say about the Hollow confuses her. How can witchcraft there live and breathe through souls of the dead?
Aggie’s new residence in this strange southern Indiana world is a deserted homestead cabin. The property’s carriage house serves as the coven’s haunted Halloween fundraiser. It’s a great opportunity for her to make new friends, especially with the coven’s sexy new High Priest Logan.
But living in the homestead also brings Aggie enemies. Outsiders aren’t welcome. A cantankerous, old neighbor tries to frighten her off by warning her that the homestead is cursed. Local witches who practice black magic attempt to use their evil to drive Aggie away and rid their coven of her unusual 2 powers as a sun witch.
Determined to stay and fit in, Aggie discovers not only that the cabin is cursed, but she alone is destined to break the curse before moonrise on Samhain. If she fails, neither the living nor the dead will be safe.
Available at Amazon: http://amzn.to/1VyO0US
More about Blood Ice & Oak Moon:
Pick up your copy today!
Esme Underhill is about to discover a darkness hidden inside her that could destroy her chance for independence and possibly kill her.
Esme’s mother took her young daughter away from Southern Indiana’s Coon Hollow Coven to prevent her from learning about the unusual witchcraft she had inherited. When Esme is twenty-seven, her beloved Grammy Flora passes away and leaves her property in the Hollow to her granddaughter. With this opportunity to remake her life and gain independence, Esme attempts to emulate Grammy Flora as a wildwood mystic who relies on the hedge world of faeries to locate healing herbs. But fae are shrewd traders. When they open their world to her, she must meet the unknown malevolence of her birthright.
Thayne, the handsome king of the fae Winter Court, faces his own struggle to establish autonomy as a new regent. He is swept into the tempest of Esme’s unfolding powers, a dangerous threat to his court. His sworn duty is to protect his people, despite Esme’s beauty and allure, which tear at his resolve.
Both Esme’s and Thayne’s dreams of personal freedom are lost…unless they can trust each other and overcome surmounting dangers.
Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31248013-blood-ice-oak-moon
~The Enchanted Bookstore Legends~
Genre: epic fantasy romance
The Enchanted Bookstore Legends are about Lyra McCauley, a woman destined to become one of five strong women in her family who possess unique magical abilities and serve as Scribes in Dragonspeir. The Scribes span a long history, dating from twelve hundred to present day. Each Scribe is expected to journey through Dragonspeir, both the good and evil factions, then draft a written account. Each book contains magic with vast implications.
Lyra was first introduced to Dragonspeir as a young girl, when she met the high sorcerer, Cullen Drake, through a gift of one of those enchanted books. Using its magic, he escorted her into the parallel world of Dragonspeir. Years later, she lost that volume and forgot the world and Cullen. These legends begin where he finds her again—she is thirty-five, standing in his enchanted bookstore, and Dragonspeir needs her.
When Lyra reopens that enchanted book, she confronts a series of quests where she is expected to save the good Alliance from destruction by the evil Black Dragon. While learning about her role, Lyra and Cullen fall in love. He is two hundred and twenty years old and kept alive by Dragonspeir magic. Cullen will die if Dragonspeir is taken over by the evil faction…Lyra becomes the Scribe.
Books available: Seeking a Scribe (book one); Heritage Avenged (book two); Lost Volumes (book three); Staurolite (book four); Quintessence (book five, series completion)
Available at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00XM1KLCQ
I love to write fantasy romance and paranormal romance. So much in my life feeds the creative flow I use to weave highly imaginative tales.
The magic of art and nature spark life into my writing, as well as other creative pursuits of watercolor painting and drawing. I’ve been a yoga enthusiast for over a decade and am a registered yoga teacher. My practice helps weave the mystical into my writing. After a move from Toledo to Tampa in two thousand and eight, I’ve happily transformed into a Floridian, in love with the outdoors where I’m always on the lookout for portals to other worlds. I’m crazy about cycling. I live with my husband on a large saltwater lagoon, where taking my kayak out is a real treat. I never have enough days spent at the beach, usually scribbling away at stories with toes wiggling in the sand. Every day at the beach is magical!
Social Media Links:
Google +: http://google.com/+MarshaAMoore
Amazon author page: amazon.com/author/marshaamoore
Goodreads author page http://www.goodreads.com/marshaamoore
Thanks for checking out my books and have a great time on the rest of the Scavenger Hunt!
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