April Landry had always been drawn to Ten Peaks. When she moved there with David, she never expected him to die on her, and leave her battling his sister, Miriam, for the family estate. Her only solaces are her paintings and the kind check-ins from the young, hunky Brad Peterson next door.
When April plants a rosebush in David’s garden, next to an unfortunate slab of stone, something deep within the mountain awakens and uncovers David’s darkest secrets. She belongs to Him now…
And make sure to look for the first in Dalliances with Demon series: Temple of Lilith by Anne O’Connell!
And as a special treat for my readers, here is a mini-version of the soundtrack that I mentioned in my last post. Music is truly magical for me. At a very young age, I learned to travel to the astral plane thanks to the strains of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” I refined my technique when I picked up a drum and began to explore core shamanism over twenty years ago. I still use song (and dance!) frequently in my rituals, and sang praises to Belphegore during my time working intently with him just like the main character in my novella, April. Now that spring has passed and the heat of summer has claimed my city, I leave Belphegore offerings before I go for my walk in the cool of the mornings, often with music that reminds me of him streaming through my headphone. Hail to the Mountain King!
I’m so excited! All of the work for Belphegore comes to fruition tomorrow with the release of my novella and the debut of my new pen name. Right now, I am “rush and scurry” mode, like I’m trying to prepare for the arrival of a very important guest. The thing is, that guest arrived well over a month ago, and my head is still reeling from his visit!
Although my story for him is done, I find Belphegore still frequently on my mind. The soundtrack I created for the novella remains on my phone, and it seems like the shuffle function brings its tracks up over and over during my morning walks. Through their lyrics, I feel like my main characters are still interacting with one another—aching for one another. I can only hope that desire made it onto the page. Is that what every romance writer wants?
One thing I definitely want: to return to the setting of The Altar of Belphegore someday. I don’t mean by setting another story there, either, though that is a possibility. The town of Ten Peaks is based on a real place, a beauty of a vacation spot nestled in the Canadian Rockies. It attracts thousands of tourists every year thanks to the glacier-fed, startlingly blue lake at the center of its nearby valley. The little hamlet itself if no secret… but I will let you figure out its true name yourself. All the better to preserve a little of Ten Peaks’ mystery.
Yet the Valley of the Ten Peaks is more than just a tourist spot. Before white men renamed the summits of the Rockies, those around the great blue lake were known only by the numbers one through ten by the Stony tribe indigenous to the area. They rode their horses in the shadows of these great silent giants, paying homage to them and the rest of nature. Even today, you can still hear the spirit of these immense beings of stone if you take the time to listen. Their voices are in every gust of wind coming down the mountains, in every drop of rain. May your life be full of their blessings!
Hey there. Long time, no post! I’ve been busy writing and editing my next book, Daemonic Dreams. I’ve taken a new editor on board, and she pointed out several places where I could expand my original ideas. I had to go back to my original notes! Even so, her advice plus my usual line editor’s keen eyes are truly helping bring Daemonic Dreams together.
By working through the exercises in the book, you can learn to recall your dreams better, plan what you want to dream about in advance, and even control the very fabric of your dreams themselves. More importantly, what your dreams are about need no longer puzzle you, as you’ll have figured out how to interpret them without a dream dictionary. I’ve included rituals involving dream deities from ancient Sumeria, Egypt, and Greece, all in a Daemonolatry context, as well as dream daemons from The Ars Goetia, The Grimorium Verum, and Dukanté Hierarchy. I have also provided nightmare protection and creation rites for those who either suffer from such horrible dreams or wish to terrify their enemies.
Daemonic Dreams is in its final editing stage and should release on the Kindle by April 7, with paperback to quickly follow. I’ll say it then and I’ll say it now: a hundred thanks to those of you who helped get the book to market. I couldn’t have done it without you.
The September Domagick challenge encourages us to think like a beginner again and pick up a new magical technique. I recently had to adopt this mindset when I wrote my book, Daemonic Shamanism: A Beginner’s Guide. To create the original class material, I asked myself what I wished I’d known twenty years ago when I first picked up a drum and began to practice shamanic journey-work. What tricks could have made my travels easier and safer? The lessons came quickly once I answered those questions. If interest warrants, I may write about more advanced techniques in the future.
My work next month springs from an even older interest of mine, however. I became fascinated with card reading in my early teens when my local cable access channel gave a fortune-teller her own show. I watched her avidly each Wednesday night and soon bought my first Tarot deck. I quickly realized my cards’ symbolism went far beyond the meanings in their Little White Book. This led to a passion for divination and oracles in general. In September, I’ll learn my latest: the Petit Lenormand, a thirty-six-card system.
The Lenormand differs from the Tarot in a few ways. Besides having a smaller number of cards, Lenormand decks have neither a Major nor Minor Arcana. The cards are numbered but, rather than depicting the evolution of the soul as the Major Arcana does, their numbers harken back to the Game of Hope, the German racing game from which Lenormand descended.
Lastly, the pictures on the Lenormand card possess nowhere near as much symbolism as those on the Tarot. Because the symbolism is less complex, meanings allow less room for interpretation. While Tarot can be used for deep meditation, soul searching, and communing with deity, the Petit Lenormand is best suited for direct, day-to-day fortune-telling in the most strict sense of the word.
Keep in mind that cards which share names between systems may not necessarily share meanings, either. Both the Lenormand and the Tarot have Sun, Moon, and Tower cards. Compare these Tower cards and you will see how each system’s cards remain unique.
Into the Abyss collects eleven tales of suspense and horror written by some of today’s most formidable magicians. From the toad rite, to chthonic gnosis, to witches, werewolves and ghosts, to gods, daemons, and madmen, these stories are sure to have something for every reader. Pull up the blankets and turn on the lights – take a journey up the river Styx, Into the Abyss. Pre-order now and receive on November 30 !