My September release: The Warrior’s Captive Bride from Harlequin Historicals opens with a warrior convinced he is cursed. But how do you know for sure? Well, it’s difficult, but here is a cheat sheet to help you decide.
WITCHES: These are living beings with the power to curse humans. They are vengeful and make you sick but they are mortal and vulnerable. The best way to stop a witches’ curse is to assuage them. Failing that, a more permanent solution is to kill the witch.
GHOSTS: These are departed, restless earthbound spirits. Particularly dangerous are the fallen ghosts of your enemies, but loved ones can also cause suffering and illness to the living. This is one of the reasons that it is impolite or outright dangerous to speak the name of a person who has died. Owls or owl dreams can summon ghosts and foretell of death. Ghost Sickness is dangerous and the only cure is to stop the ghost from haunting you. The symptoms of ghost symptoms include: nausea, fever, fatigue, suffocating sensation and hallucinations. Breaking a taboo can draw trouble in the form of ghosts. Relief will require a shaman of considerable skill.
SPIRITS & SUPERNATURALS: Supernatural spirits are immortal. They are very powerful and have the ability to influence nature. These beings are most powerful. They are not earthbound and are to be respected and feared. They can and do attack the living but are generally above such things. Appeasing a petulant supernatural or superior spirit will require the help of a powerful, spiritual leader of great skill.