Posts Categorized: Daughter of Ravenswood

I love the fresh clean scent of herbs and flowers in my home. I’m a sucker for attractive candles, sweet incense, and diffusing scent climbing slowly up bamboo reeds and wafting through a room. It’s probably no surprise that I love the thought of Sage Smudging to cleanse and purify. Burning incense has been around… Read the rest »

I’ve had a lot of really positive feedback about my covers, especially my first book Path Unchosen. The solitary raven perched on a gravest one is such a strong symbol of otherworldliness. A suggestion of a connection with live after death.   I’ve always liked birds. The ravens at the Tower of London with their intense stares… Read the rest »

I remember hugging the huge oak tree at the bottom of a garden when I was a child, and feeling a connection I couldn’t explain. Oak forests once covered much of northern Europe. Few old-growth forests remain now, and people from all walks of life fight vigorously to defend the tracts that still survive. Folklore… Read the rest »

I really enjoy researching herbs and potions for my writing. Some plants have more mythology associated with them than others and happily legends about the mandrake plant abound 😀 From the book of Genesis, to Shakespeare, to J K Rowling, authors have used mandrake root in their stories. It’s been associated with fertility, used as an early anesthetic… Read the rest »

Fantasy readers know that a lich is an undead sorcerer. He or she probably become undead as they tried to become immortal. Their soul is stored in a phylactery or soul jar, and immortality is guaranteed as long as the container remains safe. Or is it? The word lich has its roots in an old English word lic which meant corpse.… Read the rest »

Imps are one of those mythical creatures we all have an image in our heads for. In my Daughter of Ravenswood series, Lyken is my own creation – but he is rooted in all of the imagined imps that have preceded him. I don’t have a drawing of him and I wish I did! I can… Read the rest »

With its lacy leaves and small white flowers this plant doesn’t look nasty, but hemlock is a seriously poisonous plant. Every part of it – the leaves, flowers, bark, roots – all carry dangerous alkaloids that kill in fairly small quantities. Just about everyone knows the story of Socrates and how he was executed with a dose of hemlock back… Read the rest »

To be a little more accurate, G is for gemstone but rubies are gemstones so I figure I can talk about rubies for the G in the A-Z challenge 🙂 Sometimes research for a book uncovers interesting information. I’ve always loved Rubies, but I didn’t know much about them. I could’ve just made stuff up… But instead… Read the rest »

An evocation is an event in which a necromancer calls or summons a spirit (it is also used in many belief systems and mythologies for any act in which spirits, demons, gods or any other supernatural agents are called.) I know from my readers that Evie is a favorite character in the Daughter of Ravenswood… Read the rest »