Emily’s Trial by Natalie Wright: Guest Post & Excerpt

Posted October 14, 2012 | 45 Comments

Today I have a guest post about Halloween from Natalie Wright to share with you.  We are also sharing an excerpt from her book Emily’s Trial – the 2nd in the Akasha Chronicles.  Enjoy!


About Emily’s Trial:

Two years ago, Emily Adams took a perilous journey, answered the hero’s call and became a modern Celtic Priestess. Armed with a magic dagger and powerful golden torc, she was entrusted with sacred magic and ancient wisdom.

But even a Priestess can know desire, feel temptation, and yearn for love. Will passion entice Emily to use the sacred magic entrusted to her in a forbidden way? Can new love take root in a world of nightmares? And will her friendships survive Emily’s Trial?

The Journey Continues . . .


Graveyards and Portals and Spells – Oh My!

The Zombie Year

Halloween is my absolute favorite time of year! I grew up in the Midwest where October meant a chill in the air, fallen leaves, hot chocolate and football.

Now I live in the desert where it has been known to be in the ‘90’s on Halloween. Now, instead of worrying if our costumes will keep us warm, we consider if it will make us sweat!

But I’ve found the Halloween spirit flourishes in the American desert southwest. Adults and kids alike don costumes, trick-or-treaters come in flocks of faeries and vampires, ghosts and Harry Potters. Our neighborhood is like a Mardi Gras carnival, a giant block party with food, wine and happy kids running and swirling, hyped up on sugar.

Day of the Dead Festival goers, Tucson

It’s a night when we can become someone else and live out a bit of fantasy. Each year I ponder – Will I wear a saucy, sassy, sexy costume (leaving my frumpy shorts, T-shirt and flip flops in the closet)? Or will I go for the scare factor with some spooky contacts, fake blood and face paint?

While researching for Emily’s House, the first book of the Akasha Chronicles, I learned of the ancient Celtic belief that around Halloween, the “veil” between the worlds is thinnest – the best time to converse with souls of the dead and visit parallel worlds. This factoid was too fun not to use! So in Emily’s House, Emily and her pals end up at the site of the portal on Halloween.

The theme of Book 2, Emily’s Trial, is fear. I set out to explore the topic through Emily. I wanted to see what she’d do if she ended up in a land where nightmares come true. Poor Emily!

To amp up the creepy factor, I once again have Emily opening a portal on Halloween. “Halloween night is an excellent time to open the portal. The veil is thinnest then,” Emily says.

But this time, I put her in a cemetery to do it. What will happen when she opens a portal to another world in a graveyard, surrounded by the dead? Will the spooky energy of such a place affect her spells?

I had a blast writing Emily’s Trial! I hope you enjoy reading it J

Do you enjoy Halloween? Do you dress up for it? If so, what’s your best Halloween costume ever?


Excerpt of Emily’s Trial:

The Apocalypse didn’t start with four horsemen, harbingers of the horror to come. It didn’t start with a plague, or pestilence, or even zombies rising from the dead.

It came slowly and without warning. It crept up on people in the shadows, no more than a vague darkness that spread like an unseen cancer.

And it wasn’t set into action by a divine hand. A teenage girl was the catalyst for the End Times.

I should know. I’m the one that started it.

I didn’t plan to. I didn’t want to start the End Times, and I’m not evil.

Madame Wong taught me to tell the truth, and so here it is. I’m the one responsible for the Apocalypse. And this is the story of how I unwittingly unlocked the door to the darkness; of how a Priestess of the Order of Brighid, entrusted with powerful magic that was supposed to be used for the benefit of all humankind, unleashed a force that would destroy it instead.

And it all began with desire.


Thanks for sharing, Natalie.  I wish it would be in the 90’s here for Halloween!


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45 responses to “Emily’s Trial by Natalie Wright: Guest Post & Excerpt

  1. erinf1

    thanks for a great post and giveaway! This is the first I’ve heard of this series and I’m definitely interested 🙂

  2. Samantha D

    OMG I saying many ‘clean’ words to replace curse words. I do so bc my little brother is always around me, so I really made an effort to not curse. Its lead to me using those replacement words where ever I am my friends think its hilarious……..
    f***=frackles, frack, freggin
    b****= gum chuwing funk moster, Son of a gum chuwing funk moster
    So many love to hear me curse now. Even my mom who was the one to encourage this whole habit finds it so funny.

  3. Frick is the only one I can consciously use. The rest of them start with the word and end with me making a frustrated noise. 🙂 I have a terrible potty mouth, the “sh” word just falls out of my mouth without me even being aware of it.

    I don’t dress up for Halloween anymore or even give it out since I live at the end of a subdivision and we rarely even get anyone. The lights stay off, I open up the bag of candy I bought to “give away” (HA!) and I settle in to watch something good on television or read a book.

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  4. This sounds like a really interesting story! I can’t imagine Halloween in the southwest. I live in the Pacific NW so it’s usually raining, but sometimes it’s not and it’s just a chilly evening. But I grew up in SD where sometimes there was even snow on the ground! And it was always so COLD. I hated fall there but here in WA I don’t mind it so much. Just the wind, I hate the wind.

  5. Sam

    This sounds great! I love anything with a touch of creepy. 🙂

    Halloween isn’t as much of a big event in the UK as it seems to be in the US, not even in London. Actually, I don’t think I have dressed up for Halloween in the last ten years or so! 😀

  6. Cyndee Thomas

    What a awesome giveaway and interview. You had my interest with the cover and the setting in a creepy place..Halloween is hot in Florida many times. I watch my DVD of The Great Pumpkin …Linus and Sally! I say “Gee,Golly,Wow
    many times in place of cussing. I say crap and poop too!Thanks for the chance to read more of a good book!(AND SERIES)

  7. Alicia

    I agree with Cyndee, Florida makes for a very different Halloween experience. Right now I am in law school though, so no time for celebrating, but I moved to a new community and there are a lot of kids here so I may get some trick or treaters.

    One of my favorite things (as silly as this is) for Halloween is watching Hocus Pocus on ABC Family.

    Also for bad words – I promised myself no more cursing as soon as I hit law school. Usually I end up substituting “fudge”, “darn”, “bother”, “phooey”, “son of a gun”, “crud”, or sometimes “bloody” which I think I picked up for Harry Potter or something.

      • Alicia

        I’m not going to lie – the whole no cursing thing is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I had to rephrase my promise and turn it into no cursing in front of other people, especially because I go to the University of Florida and I can honestly say the only place where I have ever seen worse drivers was in Manhattan – you do not want to hear what I have to say when I’m driving down here. Whenever I get stuck parking all the way at the bottom of what must be the only significant hill in this state I am usually making up a whole bunch of new words.

  8. Jen Haile

    I love going to parties or festivals at Halloween. Here in California the weather is usually in the 80’s during the day, but in the 50’s at night. So, for me it’s perfect going out weather!

  9. Denise Z

    I used to love to go trick or treating with my son, but now he is too old for mom LOL I really love to see the kids and hand out candy, as well as hanging out on FB for the book and giggles fun 🙂

  10. Karen Arrowood

    My favorite thing to do on Halloween is to take the kids trick-or-treating. BUt I also love decoration for the holiday.

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