Friday, September 30, 2016

A new book--what do the cards foretell?

I hope you're having a good night. I'm stepping in here to pass along news of my latest--news I've been anxiously waiting to share! :) If y'all have followed my writing journey thus far, you might recall a little story I've been working on for the last few years. One that stems from a Gothic short story I published back in 2011. That's right.... Lady of the Tarot has finally seen the light of day!

A little taste of it is as follows:

Lady of the Tarot by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic romance, historical romance, tarot

1793: Having escaped the Reign of Terror, Emilie Maigny took refuge in England, trying to come to grips with the life and loss she left behind. When her brother, Sinjon, returns, a terrifying evil swoops down upon her. Nightmares plague her now, providing strange clues ... but to what?

Scottish-born Linton Morrison spent his entire life in luxury, whiling away the hours in intense study of the tarot and the cards' hidden meanings, but until he met the lovely Emilie Maigny, he would never have guessed how important his study might be--to his life and Emilie's survival when terrible evil strikes.

A Cypher is all Emilie needs, but what is it? Is Linton the key? He may charm her heart--and he may be her only salvation.
Romantic, yes, but a little....suspenseful and paranormal-y too! :) If you'd like to check it out, it's available at Amazon for Kindle ebook and in paperback (This book has 304 paperback pages.)

If you enjoy Lady of the Tarot, could you please post a review at Amazon? Reviews and sharing news of your favorite books with others is very important to an author's growth and success. I appreciate them all!

As you know, this August, I participated in the Tarot Perspectives challenge and posted some blog posts about it. You can see them here.

Just to name a few. 

Also, I'm going to be participating in a Facebook event at the end of the month called Magickal Samhain. I'm scheduled for October 28 at 6-7PM. I will post the links to my blog, (and probably Facebook and Twitter too), as it creeps closer, so you shouldn't miss out. I hope ya'll can stop by. :)

Once again, thanks for reading and do enjoy Lady of the Tarot!  Have a nice, dark and spooky October!

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Gothic Romance Lady of the Tarot. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere

Thursday, September 29, 2016

What is life without coffee?

So who needs a cup of coffee?
 I've been finishing up some work around here today, and...why yes, I do need more. :)
coffee smile by kaboom pics
I have to be honest. Many of my friends are big fans of tea, but for the jolt in the morning, nothing is better, for me, than coffee. :) I hear tell I wanted to try it before the age of 12 but my mother wouldn't let me drink it. Said it would stunt my growth. Well..... too late! ;)
Once I was allowed to drink it, it's turned into my morning go-to drink. Probably because it was denied me for so long.
Don't get me wrong, I like tea, too. *waves to Mia* But I'm a coffee girl, for sure. :) Does it help fuel my writing? No doubt. I know for a fact that Caitlin and Trevor love it.
  Ever since I began studying pagan folklore and magic, I've had a tendency to even have a certain way of stirring my coffee, to bring in all the good things of life. Sugar and cream isn't the only thing you can stir into your cup of joe, my dears! ;) Good intentions too can sweeten any elixir be it made from a bean or not. :)

Did you know, coffee wasn't drunk in England until the 1580s? It's one of many fun facts that makes writing historical set novels a challenge! (No coffee? The horror! The shock!)

So, do y'all drink a lot of coffee? Did you have an extra cup, today?
Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the MOURNING DOVE LOCKET, the latest in the Antique Magic paranormal series, also the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Steampunk romance Watchmaker's Heart. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Why write about Greek gods, by Amanda Washington, author of Lucky Blow. #bewitchingbooktours @AmandaWash

Today I'm welcoming New Adult fantasy author Amanda Washington, whose new release, Lucky Blow (Gods and Pawns, book 1) I think y'all will enjoy. Do read on, and don't miss the giveaway at the end of this post!

The idea for my newest series—Gods and Pawns—came while I was writing mafia fiction. I’ve always been a fantasy/paranormal reader, but couldn’t find a story angle that was compelling and unique enough to write. My friend Jackson Jackson challenged me to write a series that combined mythology with mafia. I’ve always been fascinated by mythology, more specifically, by Greek mythology, so I decided to do some research. The more I read, the more I realized how mobster-esque the gods were, with their shady backroom deals and constant plays for power and dominance over humans and each other. The lore was fascinating and consuming, reminding me of gods, demigods, monsters, and beasts that had been mostly forgotten.

For example, my main character, as the daughter of Tyche (the goddess of luck) and granddaughter of Erebus (god of darkness and shadows), comes from two lines that have barely been explored by other authors. I mean honestly…Rick Riordan gave us a peek into the gods through the eyes of teenagers, but they were more of the well-known deities and monsters. What I’m attempting to do is go deeper and explore some of the lesser-known gods (while putting my own spin on all the gods), through the eyes of a modern-day twenty-something-year-old with her own baggage and secrets.

So, why Greek gods? Because it’s a virtually untapped, bottomless well of rich lore and complicated characters and I am absolutely geeking out over the material!

And to encourage readers to join me on this crazy journey and give Lucky Blow a try, I’m offering the ebook for only $0.99 for a limited time.

Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to share a little with your readers!

You're welcome, Amanda! Do you mind sharing a little more about your book?

Lucky Blow, by Amanda Brown. New Adult urban fantasy novel, Greek gods
Lucky Blow   
Gods and Pawns
Book 1
Amanda Washington   

Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

Date of Publication: 9/27/16

ISBN: 978-1537101279

Number of pages: 189
Word Count: 55,746

Cover Artist: Lindsay Cimina

Book Description:

Thanks to the deities in her family tree, Romi has been enslaved to a life of larceny since birth. Well, except for that one night, four years ago, when the goddess of love and debauchery sprang her from her prison, slipped her some sort of magical roofie, and introduced her to an irresistible blacksmith for a little tryst resulting in a child. So when two powerful gods show up and offer her a way out of her thieving lifestyle for good, she jumps at the opportunity. All she has to do is blow on a magical sword and imbue it with luck.

Then she can finally find that guy she’s been dreaming about and introduce him to their son. If only she knew the blacksmith’s name…

But when the same gods use the sword to rip Zeus’s essence from his body, Romi’s son is kidnapped and held for ransom. Now Romi, her mysterious fling, and her teenage griffin babysitter have to steal back Zeus’s essence from a cast of powerful gods, or they’ll lose the child forever.

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MY DAY STARTED upside down. No joke, I was harnessed, suspended midair, with my feet up and head down, looking over a room full of priceless artifacts when the antique grandfather clock beside the door struck midnight. Dings and dongs thundered, reminding me I was running out of time. As much as I’d like to pretend my days didn’t normally begin in an upside-down race against the clock, I’m not a liar, just a thief. But hey, a girl’s gotta make a living somehow, and this was what I was created to do—there’s a contract and everything—but that’s a story for a time when my life isn’t literally hanging from the ceiling.
As I released another inch of rope and lowered myself further, the black cocktail dress I’d hastily tucked into the knife sheaths around my thighs tumbled free, covering my upper body in chiffon and revealing my panties to the vacant room. I sighed. This was exactly why I hated dresses. But since I couldn’t magically make my normal work pants and T-shirt appear, I ignored my wardrobe malfunction and focused on my objective.
My target rested two feet, five inches below my head, locked away in an engraved metal display box chained to a pedestal, which was bolted to the wooden floor and surrounded by trip wires. Red lasers sliced the air between me and the box, rotating randomly. Randomly…that’s what the alarm company’s brochure says.
I smirked. Human security…so quaint.
Everything has a pattern if you’re patient enough to find it, and I was so patient, my new harness dug craters into my shoulders while I memorized the cycle. Random, my ass. As my opening approached, I bent at the waist and let out a foot more rope. The lasers shifted. I spit a small key out of my mouth and sprang back down, sliding it into the lock. I technically didn’t need the key, but picking the lock could potentially take longer than I had between laser cycles.
Besides, the owner of this building was a sleazeball who’d been too busy “accidentally” bumping into his party guests to notice my hand sliding into his pocket. A little piece of me felt like I was doing a solid for women everywhere by ripping the jerk off.
Getting back to the task at hand, I turned the key and popped open the box. Magic flooded the room like a pulsating glow of sunlight and power. Music sprang forth—some sort of ancient battle song—forcing a vision into my mind. I suddenly found myself in a bed chamber, watching an enormous brute swing a singing sword back and forth as he advanced on the figure asleep in the bed. Shaking myself free of the vision, I ignored the deafening tune and fought to stay focused on my orders. Get in, get the weapon, get out.
The bedchamber dissipated and I was once again in some rich guy’s trophy room, hanging upside down and staring at a metal box. Within the box, a magical sword almost as long as my legs and hooked at the end like a sickle, kept right on singing, declaring its greatness to the world.
The lasers were coming back around. I should have grabbed the sword, but the familiarity of it gave me pause. I pulled back from the lasers and struggled to process what I was seeing. I’d stolen some pretty high-value goods before, but this sword…I knew this sword. I’d seen pictures of it in books and read the lore about it. I was almost certain I knew what I was looking at, but I couldn’t accept it.
The Harpē?
It seemed to glow brighter in response.
It can’t be.
Nobody seems to know where the Harpē came from, but its lore began when Gaia, the goddess of earth, and Uranus, god of the sky, birthed a handful of hideous children, known as the cyclops and giants. Uranus sent the uglies to live in a hell-like prison for deities, pissing off Momma Gaia so much she gave the weapon to their son, Cronus, and asked him to whack off his father’s junk.
And I couldn’t think of a single reason why a weapon powerful enough to take down the god of the sky would be locked away in the trophy room of a human.
Was he human?
I’d done my homework. Public records had the owner of this place listed as Aaron Blake, some corporate CEO spawned from old money and raised to power on the backs of blue-collar workers. The guy was textbook for a hit. I had no reason to believe he was anything more than some greedy player.
Stupid, Romi.
If Aaron Blake wasn’t human, what was he? A god or a demigod in disguise? Everyone called the disguises glamours. They were more like a trick of the eye…easy to create. I’d used the same type of magic to disguise the daggers strapped to my thighs, assuring nobody would see so much as the outline of them through my dress. Yet I hadn’t even looked for a glamour surrounding Mr. Blake.
I wasn’t prepared to go up against a god, but the more I stared at the sword, the more certain I was of its identity, which meant touching it would bring someone’s ire down upon me.
Damn. What does Shade want with the Harpē?
Shade was terrifying enough without a magical sword at his beck and call. He already wielded me like a weapon, and the idea of arming him with the Harpē made my stomach churn.
No. I won’t take it! I won’t give him this.
Determined to follow through with my decision, I pressed the button on my harness and let the rope retract. Pain blossomed inside my chest, and the further I got from the sword—and the task Shade had ordered me to complete—the more I hurt. My insides seemed to fold inward, squeezing the air from my lungs. I knew from experience it wouldn’t let up. The pain would drive me crazy until I gave in and did my sire’s bidding. 
Stars danced before my eyes, I smelled copper, and felt blood welling up in my nasal cavity, especially unpleasant due to my upside-down position. Swearing, I pressed the button again, halting my retreat. I’d only managed to get about five feet away. I dangled midair, cursing both my sire and the mother who’d abandoned me with him. Once again accepting the fact I had no choice, I lowered myself back down to hover above the sword and wait out the next cycle of lasers.
Giving in to Shade’s commands despite my personal convictions always left a sour taste in my mouth, but I couldn’t disobey. Not with my kid counting on me to make it home.

About the Author:

Amanda Washington is a lover of wacky animals, enthralling books, dark chocolate, and red wine. She's always up for a good adventure (real or fictional), and when she's not building imaginary worlds, she's dipping her toes into reality in southwest Washington with her husband and their boys.  

Tour giveaway

1 $25 Amazon gift card

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Thanks for being with us, Amanda! Good luck with Lucky Blow! Folks, do take a moment and leave Amanda a comment or question. And if you like, give the giveaway a shot! As ever, thanks for reading.

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Steampunk romance Watchmaker's Heart. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere

Monday, September 26, 2016

Good morning test post #life #WebsiteTesting

chalkboard image by Geralt/Pixabay; test post by Juli D. Revezzo
Testing. Please excuse this test post, folks. I just want to see what this might come across like. Yeah, it's one of *those* sort of not behind the scenes things again before I welcome my next author guest tomorrow. Nothing to see here, I suppose.  I hope y'all are having a good morning.
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Caffeinated weekend update--yes, even on a Sunday! #SundayBlogShare

Sunday Post was conceived by Kimberly at Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

Good morning, my friends. Today I'm caffeinated, just like Kimberly. :) I need it. I feel like Wall-E a bit but the brain's in more overdrive. How's your weekend treating you? Mine has been good. We had a visit with a grandmother yesterday whose returned to town after several years living with her daughter out of state. And we got to meet a new family baby. So that was all nice.

For the most part this last week has been filled with work behind the scenes. While I did post some things here, I have final edits to do on a brand new book. If you follow me on Instagram at all you've seen hints of it. :) It's almost ready to reveal and let out into the world and check it off my editing list! Patience, my friends! :)

(This year seems all about the editing instead of the writing. Is that driving me crazy? You bet!)

I did some knitting too. Got a new piece in the works. Seems easy enough. easier than the last one!

But between all that it's left me not thinking much about journaling about...well? Anything else. I haven't even had time to pull a tarot or oracle card from the Moon Phases Oracle except once this week.
moon phases oracle, photo by Juli D. Revezzo, tarot cards, oracle cards

Isn't that a lovely card? Action, not haste, it said--and that's the truth! Advice to younger writers, no matter what anyone tells you, don't be tempted to race through your edits!

Blog posts I managed this week.
Uleashed by Shelley R. Pickens (the giveaway is over, alas but you should check out her book!

What's on your Shuffle this week?

And in honor of the season: Autumnal Equinox--Honoring the darkness

Sites I managed to be able to visit this week, in between edits
(Hey, sometimes, a girl's got to do some mindless websurfing to regain her sanity)

Write better headlines: This one's neat as it gives you a tool to analyze your blog post titles. Not sure I really trust it, as it liked some headlines I thought were horrible and rated low some headlines I've heard others say worked wonders for them, so, use with a grain of salt.

9 Facebook Groups for Entrepreneurs and Bloggers (Plus a New TNC Group!) Yep still researching.

Alice's My TBR List I always enjoy Alice's posts. :)

And this video of a glass spinning wheel on Youtube. Lovely thing, isn't it? So faery tale-like! I'd love to have one, but I'm still getting the hang of the knitting thing.

And....I caught the premiere episode of Exorcist. I've come to appreciate the movie more in recent decades than I did in the 80s when I first saw it (dating myself, I know) and had trepidations about the series. But the first episode ...wasn't bad. I enjoyed the nods to the movie but wonder where they'll take it over 13 episodes. We shall see!

And final revisions.... and final revisions! that a light I see at the end there? *fingers crossed*

What am I reading this week?
 The super secret manuscript that will emerge sometime soon! This week, even,if I can. *fingers crossed* And Rake & Romance by Suzanne G. Rogers.

What books did I acquire this week?
Not much, really. But something for your paranormal romance fans: Eternity by Maggie Shayne.

Random stupid shit my husband blurted that made me laugh (not something I usually post but I thought you might get a chuckle out of it.) I thought I heard him say: You always need a cake. :) Well, that goes without saying.  (He turned out to be saying something else but he was in another room at the time and that's what filtered through to my ears. :))

So that was my week. How was yours?


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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Steampunk romance Watchmaker's Heart. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autumnal Equinox--Honoring the darkness

Honoring the darkness

spiritual meaning of autumn equinox, autumnal equinox, magic of equinox, autumn equinox traditions, celebrating the equinox, autumn countryside picture by Juli D. Revezzo

Today is the Autumnal equinox (or Mabon as it's sometimes known) and with it comes what most in the pagan community think of as the dark end of the year.

(And don’t you just love the word Autumnal? It’s so much more lyrical and poetic than “Fall”, don’t you think? Especially in our part of the world where the leaves don’t actually change colors and fall off the trees until—if at all—November).

But I digress. In ancient days the approach of the dark half of the year struck dread into the hearts of our ancestors—the sun was dying, in their view, after all. With the advent of modern society, “the death of the sun” doesn’t bother us quite so much. In fact, we do tend to look forward to the lower temperatures and the change from shorts to sweaters; which seems a time of rejoice for the knitters who can start planning that autumn wardrobe (at least in some parts of the world *points  designers to that 90 degrees on the temperature gauge*--come on winter!) ahem...

But there is another phenomena tied to the “dark half of the year”.

Let’s face it, this year has been an incredibly, erm, shall we say aggravating one? Just step onto Facebook or Twitter for five minutes and you can’t help but be thwacked in the face with indignation and strife. I’m looking forward to autumn, not just for the idea of getting the freakin’ election behind us, but hoping that with the change in seasons, moods will change too.

They do tend to, around this time of year, to an inward focus. I think some of us in the pagan community are more sensitive to it. I hear many witches refer to it and to being able to sense the wild hunt in full swing. Even those in the tarot community speak of changing to “darker” decks this time of year (I’ve found myself using one with a bit of a heavier vibe the last few weeks: The Fenestra tarot). Some of us find we’re inundated with stuff that ain’t too sunshiny and rainbows and for those I send hugs. You’ll get through this, you always do.

So with the darkness folding itself out for us starting today, how does one weather it? Simple. Honor the darkness. It comes, and thankfully here in the modern world, we’ve come to realize (with apologies to my friends in colder climes) it goes just as quickly.

How does one honor it?  That’s a personal choice. Of course you can pull out the harvest decorations, the pumpkins and cornstalks (personally, I usually keep those for a little later in the autumn). Sometimes, you’ll hear people refer to this being the time of the harvest, so try to harvest the good life’s given you this year, and like any good farmer, throw the gunk on the dung heap. 

Also, giving yourself a break isn’t a bad idea. Stop. Breathe, and repeat. Shut off the Internet if necessary, get a cup of spiced tea, pick a good book,  (of course, I have a *cough* thought on some titles for you ;)), and hunker down. Hey, if you like you can even put on some fall like music. (Vivaldi has a symphony for that! And Loreena McKennit's Mummer's Dance and All Hallow's Eve is always good).  If you like, you can bake some apples, or apple pie. Or if you want to pamper yourself,  pick an autumnal color of nail polish and paint your fingers and toes! :) But whatever you do,  don’t lose your cool over stupid shit. Let the aggravation go. Take a breather, be nice to each other.

That’s what I intend to do. Breathe, let it go, repeat.

May your autumn harvest be full of happiness, warm sweaters, (or light jackets if it suits), and magic!

Related Posts:
YT Pagan Challenge--Wheel of the Year
Saturday Snapshot: Fall Flowers
So, Lughnasadh
Gratitude for Today

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Steampunk romance Watchmaker's Heart. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

What's on your Shuffle this week?

radioheart by Juli D. Revezzo; radio photo from Free digital Photos; heart from scrapkit

Reposting this because, I didn't remember it was set for the same day as author Shelley Pickens' promo post. My apologies.

I saw this question on another blog (Jessica's Ramblings On Readings, actually) and thought it would be fun.

Shuffle. Well, today it's a sortakinda throwback. "One Word" off Heart's new cd Beautiful Broken
Why do I say sortakinda? Well, this song was one that they recorded in 1982 for their then-new album Private Audition.

I always loved the song. I hear-tell (from articles around time and on their own website) that the ladies in Heart never were happy with how some of the older songs  they've included on Beautiful Broken came out. For myself I adore those songs both the new and the 80s versions, which yes, I did first hear way back then. Bebe Le Strange was the first Heart record I ever bought--heck, it was the first record! And to this day I love all the songs on it. Private Audition too, though at first the eclectic mix of songs had to grow on me (if one of these don't fit with the other, it'd be Private Audition itself and the song [off PA] This Man is Mine. I like them both but at the time, they just didn't fit, especially coming off Bebe Le Strange.

(Can you tell I'm a fan?)

Time went on and the "What doesn't fit" here grew. I confess,I'm more a fan of their sound pre-Private Audition. (Thanking the gods that they returned to that sound with Jupiter's Darling and Red Velvet Car).

Ahem, sorry. Didn't mean to wax fangirly nostalgic. :) Looking back, I enjoy PA more than I did then. But Beautiful Broken has been on repeat on my player since it came out. And, hell, let's face it, you can't go wrong by dueting with Metallica's James Hetfield!  OMG, wouldn't it be cool if Ann Wilson sang on the next Metallica album? [She doesn't, but still, maybe the next?] Or even better, covered...I dunno. "Fade to Black"? *dream*

Sorry, didn't mean to go off vamping on the theme. Yes, I am a fangirl (Heart's song Dreamboat Annie made a mark on a very early version of  the manuscript that became my book Passion's Sacred Dance, incidentally--so did Metallica, actually).

When speaking of the shuffle button on my player, though? Honestly, I don't really like it. Maybe it dates me, but if I was going to mix them, I might as well just listen to the radio. My hubby likes it, I don't. There it is. But when I have someone's album playing (say Beautiful Broken, Bebe Le Strange, Death Magnetic, Master of Puppets!) I enjoy listening to said-album beginning to end.

Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Steampunk romance Watchmaker's Heart. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bewitching Book Tour--Unleashed: The Haunting of Secrets by Shelley R. Pickens--paranormal YA & Giveaway

Welcome author Shelly Pickens who has come today to tell us a little about her new paranormal novel, Unleashed.

The Haunting of Secrets Book Three
by Shelley R. Pickens
Genre: Paranormal YA
ISBN: 978-1-68046-353-8
ISBN EBOOK: 978-1-68046-354-5

Tag Line: With her ascension, she gained great power. Now the lure of infinite power over others will cause the monster within to be Unleashed.

Book Descripton:

Aimee killed a man. Worse yet, she enjoyed it.

Aimee has survived a bombing, a killer’s torture chamber, countless evils harbored deep within the minds of psychopaths and killers, and even death. But now, the greatest threat is the evil barely contained within.

With her ascension, Aimee gained great power. She no longer needs to touch a person for their every memory and thoughts to be divulged. With that power, she now feels the pull to become judge, jury, and executioner to those who commit evil in this world.

Despite her desire to be alone with Logan and live a normal life, she soon realizes that she, in fact, is the greatest threat to the normality she craves. Without control of her own powers, she inadvertently causes harm to those she loves the most.

Aimee is forced to seek out the only other person in this world that can help her: Brett.

Together, they explore the world as ascended beings, reveling in the intoxication of mind control, as flames of love ignite between them. With each new emotion explored, the reasons behind the origin of her powers are slowly revealed.

But a dark threat looms in the horizon —a sinister plot that will cause the monster within Aimee to emerge.

With Logan kidnapped and Brett unable to face his sinister father, Aimee must battle the lure of infinite power to save the two boys that hold her heart captive.
Or risk being lost to the evil forever.

Excerpt: Preface

I killed a man. Worse yet, I wanted to kill him. The darkness I’ve fought so hard to keep out of my life had somehow seeped into my soul without me knowing it. My ascension brought great power, but at a horrible price. All it took was a moment. A fleeting thought, and when it was over, the man before me, lay dead and my soul cried out in agony. I stand above him now, watching my reflection as it bounces off his lifeless eyes. This isn’t the girl I’m supposed to be. The girl I know would never have harmed a living soul. Yet, here’s the proof right in front of me, staring lifelessly into nothingness. I know he never saw death coming for him because his expression is a strange mixture of pain and surprise. I want to help him, but there’s nothing I can do, he’s gone. I watched his thoughts end, his soul disperse to the sky above. Still, his face remains stubbornly determined; like he wants nothing more than to return so he can admonish me for my sins. But he can’t.
And I’m the reason why.
I slowly back away from him, still unsure of what to do. My progress is halted abruptly when I run straight into a solid wall of muscle. His arms come around to embrace me from behind. It’s comforting despite the complete inappropriateness of it in the face of death. He holds me as I stare helplessly; hovering over the body of the man I just destroyed.
“It’s all right,” he begins in a soft tone. “You did what you had to do.”
 I turn around and look at my companion, my equal in both power and stubbornness. “No, I didn’t. I did what I wanted to do. For that, I’m going to burn in hell.”
My self-proclaimed soul mate stares at me with a puzzled look on his face. He seems confused, as if hell is a place that shouldn’t be feared. After all I’ve been through in the short sixteen years of my life, I’m more certain than ever that hell is very real.
 And it’s a place I now seem destined to visit.
Though my companion seems understanding and empathetic of my remorse, he isn’t quite able to hide the pride he feels for my eliminating someone with my powers. I don’t need to see his thoughts; it shines clearly through every aspect of his expression.
He moves his hands up to cup my face, catching the latest tear as it falls from my regret filled eyes. “Then we shall burn in hell together, my dark princess.”

Also Available

The Haunting of Secrets Book 1

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Unhinged The Haunting of Secrets Book 2

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The Haunting of Secrets

About the Author:
Shelley Pickens is a Spanish teacher by day and a novelist by night. She's been in love with everything paranormal since she can remember. After years of teaching high school students, she decided to take her firsthand knowledge of young adults and apply it to her passion for creative writing and fantasy. When not teaching or writing, Shelley likes to spend time with her husband and two beautiful children in Atlanta, Ga. Her escape from reality is her love of complex thriller and science fiction TV series like Supernatural and Sleepy Hollow. In her spare time she is an avid watcher of little league baseball. THE HAUNTING OF SECRETS is her debut novel.

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Tour giveaway

1 - The Haunting of Secrets Necklace
1 – Unhinged Necklace

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Juli D. Revezzo is the author of the Antique Magic paranormal series and the Celtic Stewards Chronicles fantasy romance series, as well as the Steampunk romance Watchmaker's Heart. Her books are available at Amazon and elsewhere.

Juli's Books

Available at now at Itunes:
Bicycle Requiem

Amazon. Some also available at Audible, Barnes and Noble, Draft2Digital
Courting the Stationmaster's Daughter by Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, jilted bride, older man-younger woman romance, Amazon kindle, kindle unlimited
Fifty Measly Bucks (To Save A Witch) by Juli D. Revezzo, time travel, dark fantasy, suspense, Salem Witch Trials, New Adult suspense, Kindle Unlimited
Dark fantasy, time travel
Passion's Sacred Dance, Celtic Stewards Chronicles, book 1 by Juli D. Revezzo, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle Unlimited
free with Audible trial, Watchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, audiobook
New audiobook @ Audible
audiobook @ Audible
Victorian romance, historical romance, Juli D. Revezzo, historical romance, read free with Amazon Prime, Kindle UnlimitedThe Artist's Inheritance, Antique Magic book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionCaitlin's Book of Shadows, Antique Magic book 2, by Juli D. Revezzo, short fiction, free ebook, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fiction
Drawing Down the Shades, Antique Magic book 3, by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, witch fiction, pagan paranormal fictionLady of the Tarot by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic romance, historical romance, tarot
House of Cards, Reign of Tarot book 1, by Juli D. Revezzo, pagan paranormal fiction, witch fiction, tarot-themed fiction, Gothic fiction, supernatural horrorSing a Mournful Melody by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, Vampire fiction, short storyChangeling's Crown by Juli D. Revezzo, New Adult, fantasy, romance, pagan paranormal romance
Murder Upon a Midnight Clear by Juli D. Revezzo, paranromal mystery, Christmas romance, pagan paranormal romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedWatchmaker's Heart by Juli D. Revezzo, Steampunk romance, Victorian romance, read free with Kindle UnlimitedBicycle Requiem by Juli D. Revezzo, Gothic fiction, zombie fiction, novelette, Amazon kindle, Itunes
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