Thursday, September 25, 2014

Witches, Warlocks, and Wizards - Oh My!


The entire Witches of Galdorheim series has a few characters featured in all the books. I thought introducing the stars of the series a good setup for the Witch Extravaganza month of October. Oh, yeah, it's going to be BIG! All four books in the series will be variously given away in ebook and audio book formats. One of the books, the last in the series, is not yet available in audiobook, so it'll be the headliner for ebook giveaways.

So, onto the cast of the top three characters:

Katrina: The star of the show, Kat is miserable failure at spellcasting, thus the first book's title, "Bad Spelling." The first book has a prologue which explains why a frozen arctic island is a haven for witches. It has to do with the Inquisition in the 15th C. in Europe. Witches (and a lot of people who weren't witches at all) were variously drowned, hung, burned at the stake, stoned, and otherwise treated horribly. Shows what happens with closed minds wrapped up in religious dogma can do. Argue with me later about that if you wish.

The first chapter opens on a scene in the Witches school on Galdorheim Island. The witch children are learning the art of transformation. Kat's familiar, a bunny named Teddy, is the long-suffering subject of Kat's failed attempts at spellcasting. When this latest experiment fails yet again, Kat decides there is no place for her on the island with the witches. She decides to run away to find her Siberian father's family. Dad is dead, or at least somewhere between life and death, having been flash-frozen in an ice cave.

Kat plans to leave the island, but an island situated in an ice-bound sea isn't all that easy to leave. She must rely on her talented brother, Rune, and a crotchety sorceress, Mordita, for assistance.

Rune: Kat's younger brother is the offspring of a witch and a vampire. Don't give me any grief about vampire's not being able to breed yada yada. This is my fantasy book, and I'll write it any way I want to.

Anyway, Rune has a double-dose of magical ability since he has inherited his witch mother's spellcasting talent, but also can call on his vampire side for some benefits. His biggest problem is keeping his vampire side in check. The slightest hint of blood sets him off. He struggles with his blood craving and hopes to overcome it someday. In the meantime, everybody makes sure Rune doesn't see so much as a pricked thumb.

Kat asks Rune for some packaged spells to help her in her scheme to run away from home. Always loving an adventure, Rune decides he has to come along with his sister. Not only does he love her, but he also finds her clumsy spelling a source of infinite amusement.

Mordita: A recent inhabitant of the island, Mordita prefers to be called a sorceress rather than a witch. She avoids contact with the other witches and makes her home about as unwelcoming as possible. The path to her front door is covered with brambles and poisonous plants. She never attends the Witches Council, and just wants to be left alone.

Kat, although Mordita terrifies her, sees her as a provider of useful magic to help her escape. Mordita is happy to go along with Kat's plan, because the opportunity to annoy Kat's Aunt Thordis is too good to pass up. The reader knows Mordita isn't as bad as she pretends to be, but might wonder just why the crotchety old lady decided to settle on Galdorheim amidst a village full of witches, but not be interested in being very social. Gotta wonder if Mordita is hiding a secret. I won't tell you. You'll just have to read the books to find out.
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SCOTCH BROOM: Book 3 of The Witches of Galdorheim
A magical trip to Stonehenge lands a witch in the Otherworld where an ancient goddess is up to no good.



Tales of a Texas Boy
Missing, Assumed Dead
Bad Spelling
Midnight Oil

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