Posts Tagged: atozchallenge

Wormwood has been used for healing and in magical spells for centuries. Earliest references to it are in ancient Egyptian medical tracts that explain how to use an infusion of wormwood to expel bodily worms! Wormwood is most famously known as the bitter herb used to flavor the now banned liqueur absinthe (the favorite of… Read the rest »

A paranormal A-Z wouldn’t be complete without a V for vampire section¬† ūüôā I don’t write about vampires. I’m not sure why, because in the past I’ve read vampire books voraciously, and fallen in love with any number of impossibly gorgeous vampire hero’s. There are already a number of best vampire book lists around, but… Read the rest »

In my Daughter of Ravenswood series, I’ve created my own vision of a two layered underworld. In the Shadow Glades, spirits who are not yet ready to be dead roam freely. In the Sanctum of the Dead, the spirits of those who have died and never want to return, rest in peace. When Meagan learns… Read the rest »

It’s the letter T and I’m running a couple of days late! I’ve been looking forward to the letter T because I want to write about table turning ūüôā I’m still writing a novella in my daughter of Ravenswood series ‚Äď I’m enjoying it, it takes Meagan and Glynn deep into one of the old… Read the rest »

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 »

Regular readers will know that I have some experience with feeling, seeing, or sensing things that can’t be explained easily. Or at least, are¬†easily explained away, but with questions tapping¬†at the edges of our understanding of the¬†physical world. I’ve sensed curious ghosts, sad ghosts and one rather angry ghost‚Ķbut I¬†don’t think¬†I’ve¬†experienced a poltergeist. Not that… 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 ūüėÄ 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 »