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How to tell if you are haunted, possessed or cursed?

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Haunted, Bewitched, Cursed?

Haunted, Bewitched, Cursed?

 

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.



What’s Next? A New Western Historical Release in September

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

THE WARRIOR’S CAPTIVE BRIDE

A Crow warrior captures the woman who cursed him and discovers only she holds the cure.

A Crow warrior captures the woman who cursed him and discovers only she holds the cure.

What a joy to create two sequential stories that include Native American heroes and heroes from the Sioux and Crow people.  Thank you to all who reviewed by last story, RUNNING WOLF, and who wrote to tell me how much you enjoyed hearing the story of my warrior woman.

This tale is of a woman who wants to be a great healer like her grandmother and a man who wants only to regain what he has lost, his ability to fight for his people.  For anyone as anyone who has ever suffered a life altering injury or accident knows, it is sometimes impossible to return to the life one lead.  This is the story of a warriors struggle to become what he once was and the healer who believes he can be so much more.  As you already suspected, the ride will be rough, the stakes high and the outcome uncertain.

In this story, I have blended real medical issues with the mysticism of the Plains Indian tribes in the 1800s.  I hope readers will indulge my blending of science and mysticism and enjoy the adventure of Night Storm and Skylark.

To help you keep time with the Crow people, I added a moon calendar in the back of this story.  Each tribe called the moons by different names so this is my interpretation of appropriate names the moons in each season.

I hope you’ll let me know how you like this new release.