Thursday, April 7, 2016

Two Excerpts from Catherine Stine's Witch of the Cards #historical #fantasy #witches


“Oh, Ivy?” Mr. Dune implored. He grabbed a card deck from a basket on a shelf. In three long strides, he was in front of me, looking as imposing and dashing as he had when we’d entered his establishment. “I want you to have this.” He held it out. 

One of his illustrated Tarot decks wrapped in cellophane! A hot flush of pleasure and embarrassment shivered up my neck. “Oh, I couldn’t, really.” I didn’t even know him. Why would he do this? “It doesn’t seem right. I can’t pay you.”

“I insist.” He held it out further, the light glinting off his silver fox-head ring.

***

“Have you always had a talent for the unseen?” Peter asked me.

“Whatever do you mean? It was you who saw things that weren’t there.” I had to right myself because I was swooning and swaying so much I nearly fell into his lap. 

“But it was you who eked it out of me.”

“Little old me?” I giggled.

Fiera was born a sea witch with no inkling of her power. And now it might be too late. 

Witch of the Cards is historical, supernatural romantic suspense set in 1932 on the Jersey shore. Twenty-two year-old Fiera has recently left the Brooklyn orphanage where she was raised, and works in Manhattan as a nanny. She gets a lucky break when her boss pays for her short vacation in Asbury Park. One evening, Fiera and her new friend Dulcie wander down the boardwalk and into Peter Dune’s Tarot & Séance, where they attend a card reading. 

Fiera has always had an unsettling ability to know things before they happen and sense people’s hidden agendas. She longs to either find out the origin of her powers or else banish them because as is, they make her feel crazy. When, during the reading, her energies somehow bond with Peter Dune’s and form an undeniable ethereal force, a chain of revelations and dangerous events begin to unspool. For one, Fiera finds out she is a witch from a powerful sea clan, but that someone is out to stop her blossoming power forever. And though she is falling in love with Peter, he also has a secret side. He’s no card reader, but a private detective working to expose mediums. Despite this terrible betrayal, Fiera must make the choice to save Peter from a tragic Morro Cruise boat fire, or let him perish with his fellow investigators. Told in alternating viewpoints, we hear Fiera and Peter each struggle against their deep attraction. Secrets, lies, even murder, lace this dark fantasy.

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One $40 gift card, two hand-painted heart-boxes (by Catherine) with secret treasure inside, one signed paperback of Dorianna by Catherine Stine, one signed paperback of Witch of the Cards by Catherine Stine, one brand new collector Tarot deck along with an envelope full of special swag!
I had the honor of meeting Catherine in person on Saturday, April 2 at the Roanoke Author Invasion. It was awesome to meet her, and I'm looking forward to reading my signed copy of Witch of the Cards soon.

15 comments:

Catherine Stine said...

Yes, so much fun to meet, talk about books and generally hang out! Plus, I got my signed copy of your book Reborn! Thanks for posting about Witch of the Cards.
Catherine

M.J. Fifield said...

Interesting excepts. I'd really love to read this novel in its entirety.

Congrats, Catherine!

Tamara Narayan said...

This sounds like a fun read. I've always wanted to know more about tarot cards, and I can appreciate historical fiction much more now that I've tried writing it myself.

cleemckenzie said...

How great that you hooked up! Loved the picture.

DMS said...

I love that you two got to meet! How totally awesome! I wish I lived closer and got to go too. :) Catherine's books sound SO great. What an amazing giveaway. :) Thanks!
~Jess

Christine Rains said...

Yay for Catherine! And it's so cool you two got to meet.

Medeia Sharif said...

I love meeting bloggers in person. Those are great excerpts.

Romance Reader said...

Must have enjoyed meeting up with someone we only know online!

Libby said...

Was that Roanoke VA? How cool! Great excerpts. :)

Yvette Carol said...

Marvellous review. Good job, Cherie!

Yolanda Renee said...

Tarot cards are so interesting and to learn to read them was once a goal. But it took more time and brain power than I wanted to give to it. LOL

Love the premise of your book, Catherine, and the cover is amazing!

Olivia Rose said...

Interesting excerpt. What's next? Hooked!

Mark Noce said...

Very cool mix of the mystical and reality, sounds awesome! :)

Emilyann Girdner said...

Oh cool, sounds very interesting! Congrats on the signed copy and it sounds like the author invasion was fun. :)

Emilyann Girdner said...

Oh cool, sounds very interesting! Congrats on the signed copy and it sounds like the author invasion was fun. :)