About Lady of the Tarot
The novel LADY OF THE TAROT can stand alone but in truth, it's part of a set with part one being a short story ("House of Cards"), and the latest release, LADY OF THE TAROT a full-length novel of just over 300 pages. The story in LADY OF THE TAROT follows a young woman (Emilie) during her flight from the upheaval that gripped Paris during the Reign of Terror in the 18th century. It isn’t until Emilie leaves home and comes in contact with someone new that her intuition and powers begin sparking to life. All along the way, and in the months that follow while she settles into a safe haven in London, she begins getting psychic dreams and flashes of tarot-card related imagery—and demons. Tarot is something new to her, but what Emilie doesn’t know is that both of her brothers (one of whom I wrote about in a short story connected to this novel called “House of Cards”) have working knowledge of the tarot—in fact, one made a pact with the devil…and lost. (Muwhahaha! He deserved it, trust me! You'll see if you read "House of Cards" what happens to him)
But Sinjon, the brother who arrives shortly in London, won’t speak a word on the subject, no matter how Emilie tries to draw him into conversation on it. Sinjon won’t say much of anything but to order her around (most unlike him, to be sure, she thinks)! (You might say she’s a budding witch, but she doesn’t use that word for herself, per se. Nonetheless, I think she qualifies.) When she meets a charming Englishman who happens to be a tarot reader, the clues embedded in her psychic flashes start to make sense.
WHAT THE CARDS FORETELL MAY BE REAL, AFTER ALL
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.
With tarot being a theme of the book, I endeavored to learn as much about it and its history as I could, Though I myself have been following a pagan path for years,I'd never delved into divination. Lady of the Tarot afforded me the opportunity and I have yet to look back.:) So yes, the interpretations in the book are very much intuition driven and from a witch's perspective!
My favorite tarot deck? Hands down the Llewellyn Deck. I'm also fond of the Druidcraft Tarot deck by Will Worthing and Philip Carr-Gomm and Stephanie Gomm. For my characters, I researched era-appropriate tarot decks, however, like the Visconti-Sforza and so forth.
Anyway, I hope you will give Lady of the Tarot a try. If you'd like to, the book is available in kindle ebook and in paperback from Amazon.
If you'd like to put it on your Good Reads To be read lists, you can find it here.