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!
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.
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!