Friday, October 18, 2013

Beltane - Ten Tales of Witchcraft by TEN Authors (Edited by Rayne Hall)

Ten witchcraft stories by ten authors, edited by Rayne Hall

If you meet a witch, will you know if they're the kind or the evil sort? If you hear about someone practising witchcraft, how do you judge if their magic is real? If rumours spread through your neighbourhood or mass hysteria sweeps through your community, will you be able to keep a clear head? If the only way to solve your problem is by resorting to witchcraft, will you desist or give it a try? 

In this book, all the witches are real. They practice different kinds of witchcraft: Traditional, Stregheria, Santeria, Wicca and more. Some are good, some are evil, and others are in between, so beware of jumping to early conclusions. 

Ten authors share their visions of witches and witchcraft, and each tells their story in a different writing style. To reflect the authors' individual voices, you will find both American and British English words and spellings in this book. 

See which story of these ten resonates most with you. Enjoy the tales - but be warned: these witches may not be what they seem.

1. AN ACCIDENTAL WITCH by Liv Rancourt
A little harmless magic nearly turns into more than this Wiccan can handle.

2. ALBA by Karen Heard
In a race against the clock, will Sgt. Taylor discover the witch behind the murders at Bindings Wood?

3. BY THE PRICKING OF MY THUMBS by Jonathan Broughton
Hell hath no fury like a witch scorned.

4. THE CAT MAIDEN by Mertianna Georgia
This kitty cat is a lot more than what she seems.

5. THE MAY LADY VANISHES by Pamela Turner
A missing witch may tear this coven apart.

On Painter Mountain, your lust for life or death is measured.

7. THIRTEEN STEPS by Debbie Christiana
The past returns, seeking justice.

8. FOUR BONY HANDS by Rayne Hall
Nasty things sometimes come in small packages.

9. MISHMASH MAGICK by Carole Ann Moleti
Surviving in The Bronx requires new ways of doing things.

10. LOVE MAGICK by Debra Dunbar
Sometimes magic will only show you what was there all along.

Some of these stories have been previously published in magazines, ezines, anthologies and collections.

My Opinion

What really can I say, but WOW!!!!
I truly loved that each story is totally different from other. I don't mean by characters or setting (that's a given), what I mean is the feeling you get while reading it. The way each author puts their own take on the stories is wonderful.
It's not like reading a story and guessing the outcome...these stories have you guessing even after your done.
Take ALBA for example...The story starts with what you think is just some girl with issues, living on the streets, doesn't talk...etc
However then people die and things come to the dirt of the matter and you are left like..
"What the wholly heck just happened?"
I think her story was one of my favorites by far. I still wonder about that story!
The authors do a marvelous job including a story for everyone. One story or another will grab you and make you think......
It's a great read for anyone wanting a little witch in their lives. Since this is a book broken into mini stories, you can easily finish one story and go back later for the next. 
Or read each one in one sitting, but fair warning I did that and I wondered about everything afterwards! I literally questioned everything and everyone...
Witch or not....Good or bad....

About the Authors

Rayne Hall
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Rayne Hall writes horror and fantasy fiction. She is the author of forty books in different genres and under different pen names, published by twelve publishers in six countries, translated into several languages. Her short stories have been published in magazines, ezines, collections and anthologies.

After living in Germany, China, Nepal and Mongolia, she has settled in a small Victorian seaside town in southern England. Rayne holds a college degree in publishing management and a masters degree in creative writing. Over three decades, she has worked in the publishing industry as a trainee, investigative journalist, feature writer, magazine editor, production editor, page designer, concept editor for non-fiction book series, anthology editor, editorial consultant and more.

Currently, Rayne Hall writes fantasy and horror fiction and tries to regain the rights to her out-of-print books so she can republish them as e-books.

Her books on the writing craft (Writing Fight Scenes, Writing Scary Scenes, The Word-Loss Diet, Writing About Magic, Writing About Villains,) are bestsellers.

The other authors-
Jonathan Broughton - Amazon Author Page
Debra Dunbar - Website
Liv Rancourt - Website
Pamela Turner - Amazon Author Page
Lawrence Barker - Goodreads
Mertianna Georgia - Website
Karen Heard - Website
Carol Ann Moleti - Website 
Debbie Christiana - Website
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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