Witchcraft and grimoires used in battle in Haunt My Heart: Could magic win a war?

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A grimoire is a magical instruction manual. While researching for Haunt My Heart, I came across one tiny reference in Wikipedia on their Grimoire entry which propelled my story.

The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses were amongst the works that later spread to the countries of Scandinavia, where, in Danish and Swedish, grimoires were know as black books and were commonly found amongst members or the army.” – Wikipedia

This is where those “What if?” questions come into play.

What if the soldiers were using those grimoires to affect the outcome of their military encounters?

What if their leaders were using magic against their enemy?

What if the highest levels of government condoned, encouraged and practiced the use of magic in military strategy…and it worked?

Thus was born the fictional Brothers of Peril. Of course they had to a part of the most maligned and  conspiratorial fraternal organization of modern times – the Freemasons. From there everything fell into place.

Tanner, the hero of Haunt My Heart, was a supernatural liaison working with witches who were utilized as weapons for the Union in the Civil War. When things went wrong, Tanner was hexed and had an impossible choice to make.

Excerpt from Haunt My Heart:

As time went on and tensions ramped up, more and more members were recruited. Their active grimoire was penned from a collaboration of texts through the years, including The Sixth and Seventh Books of Moses and The Philosophical Merlin. It had remained a handwritten guidebook, finally transcribed and encoded by Tanner’s own hand and the key trusted only to the Major General…and Tanner’s memory. All remaining copies of the book had been destroyed under Lincoln’s orders once the transcription was complete to retain the secrets of the Brothers of Peril and their influence. It both pleased and terrified him the book remained intact and was available for public consumption—a fact that would have to be remedied at his first opportunity. The tome’s value and power was staggering to consider, even though he currently saw no evidence of war here in Fredericksburg. The book and its influences, however, had been and were still capable of not only winning a war, but of starting one.

 

Want to know what happens next? Haunt My Heart is coming January 5, 2015 in ebook and print. Read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

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A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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#8Sunday from Haunt My Heart: Who you gonna call?

This week’s selection is from Haunt My Heart, which releases on January 5, 2015. Haunt My Heart is the story of a hexed Civil War soldier who gets a second chance at life and love after he’s freed from a fetter in modern day Fredericksburg, Virginia.

My eight is a selection from the chapter one ghost hunt. Sarah and Ellie arrived late. Allen, the ghost hunt leader, is frustrated when he learns that it’s been Sarah’s phone setting off the EMF detector and not the ghost they’ve been hunting.

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Allen relented, hanging his head, eyes closing briefly as he steeled his patience, most likely deciding any further disturbance of his ghost hunt wasn’t worth it. He handed Sarah’s detector to the grandma. “Before we continue, does anyone else have any devices still powered on? Of any kind? Phone? iPod.” He gave Grandma a second look. “Pacemakers?”

Grandma shook her head no and no one else fessed up to any rule violations. Embarrassed, Sarah wanted to leave. But by the way Ellie coveted her Anomaly Detector like it was the One Ring, she knew there would be no bailing.

 

 

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Want to read more? Haunt My Heart is coming January 5, 2015 in ebook and print. Read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

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A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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Print Cover Reveal for Haunt My Heart

Haunt My Heart’s release day is counting down. See… over there on the right, just above the cover pic? Sooooo close!

Want to know the best part? You’re going to be able to buy it in ebook AND print. Check out this print cover:

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Jaycee over at Sweet & Spicy Designs has been doing a fantastic job for me. What do you think?

Want to read? You can read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

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A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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Fallen and fettered in Haunt My Heart

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The hero of Haunt My Heart is a ghost trapped in a fetter by a pissy witch. Tanner was a Civil War soldier and a supernatural liaison for the Brothers of Peril, a secret sect of the Freemasons. When he gets on the wrong side of one of his charges, he finds himself faced with an impossible choice.

As a result, he’s hexed to an object that’s precious to him and condemned to a life of limbo unless he can find true love and break the hex.

For more information on how to identify a fetter and more importantly, how to exorcise one, I asked Alexandra Chauran, a second-generation fortune teller and professional psychic intuitive from the Seattle area for some advice.

Thanks for joining us today, Alex! Have you ever encountered a fetter? What was the object?

            A fetter is a prison or a home for a spirit, and can be thought of as a haunted object. Cursed objects don’t have to be haunted fetters, but they can be. Cursed objects can also contain energy, elementals, tulpas or egregores. That’s fancy witch speak for “things that go bump in the night.” I’ve encountered fetters and cursed objects. Most often, I encounter fetters that are actually positive in nature. For example, a watch or a locket associated with the energy of the spirit of a loved one who had passed. Less commonly, I’ll find objects that have become repositories for negative energy or that have been used to entrap entities that do not want to be trapped, such as a crystal used to cage an earth elemental, or a jawbone that was used to contain a ghost.

How did your client know there was a spiritual problem with the object?

            People usually know because either they are the people who created the problem with the object by messing around with various magic, or because they received the object from a magical practitioner who outright told them it was cursed. For example, one person received a necklace from a pissy witch who later told her that the necklace was cursed after the woman’s daughter noticed her hair was falling out!

Under what circumstances can/do spirits become trapped in objects?

            Spirits can voluntarily move into an object if invited. This is sometimes how a person might feel close to a beloved deceased grandma when wearing her heirloom ring. However, trapping a spirit in an object is pretty heavy duty magical business. It involves an experienced and competent magical practitioner doing ritual procedures to command powerful energy with just the right equipment at just the perfect point in time. Talk about the complicated recipe from hell.

What steps did you take to free the spirit?

            Destroying the object is usually the best course of action, and happily in most of my experiences people are happy to be rid of them. Some people choose to try to save the object, especially if it’s a valuable piece of jewelry, by verbally releasing the spirit and cleansing the object through methods such as sage smudging, temporary burial, passing the object through fire, packing the object in salt, or washing it. These processes are sometimes called exorcisms.

How did you know it was gone for good?

            The relief that happens afterwards for everybody involved is palpable! Trapped spirits are not happy spirits. Have you ever walked into a home where two people were fighting and felt the tense energy that made you just want to disappear? Imagine the relief you’d feel if those people stopped fighting and were loving and all the energy of the home was loving and calm again. In some cases, the spirit will stick around and be thankful. In other cases, the spirit will make a hasty retreat and some sensitive people can sense its departure as a chill in the air or even by seeing the ghost. I typically perform divination such as a pendulum dowsing or crystal ball reading to confirm everything is good, but that’s because I’m addicted to fortune telling.

Any other advice for dealing with a fetter?

Don’t just throw away the object and possibly scare the garbage man or give it away to somebody unsuspecting by tossing it into a donation bin.  Even if you’re trying to convince yourself that it’s all in your head, that’s not a nice thing to do to somebody else if you happen to be right about the object being cursed or haunted. There are plenty of witches and psychics out there, myself included, who are happy to receive cursed objects by mail if you simply ask nicely. Also, don’t let anybody tell you that it costs a lot of money to remove a curse. From what I’ve explained to you, you can see that it’s pretty easy to take care of the problem yourself for free. Yes, it’s hard to trap spirits against their will effectively using magic, but it’s much easier to set them free. Everything is trying to return to its rightful place. The universe seeks its balance.

Need psychic advice? You can find Alex at Earthshod.comTwitter and Facebook.

Find Alex’s book, Have You Been Hexed? Recognizing and Breaking Curses here: Amazon Nook 

Want to read Haunt My Heart and see her advice in action? Look for it January 5, 2015 in ebook and print. Read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

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A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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A ghost at Chatham Manor? The Lady in White and Haunt My Heart

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When I knew I wanted to write a ghost story about a Civil War hero, it didn’t take much Googling before I came to a post about the haunting of Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Chatham Manor was the Union headquarters and makeshift hospital during the early stages of the Civil War. That alone would be enough to stir up a whole hoard of ghosts but Chatham was haunted well before the war.

The most often sought after spirit is the Lady in White of Chatham Manor. The spirit known as The Lady in White is commonly found in cultures all over the world.

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Intrepid ghost hunters often search for and try to make contact with Chatham’s Lady  on the anniversary of her death. Read about The Lady here:

A ghost at Chatham?  Lady in White legend attracts more than 100 to Chatham grounds on Thursday

Want to read Haunt My Heart? Look for it January 5, 2015 in ebook and print. Read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

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A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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#8Sunday from Haunt My Heart

This week’s selection is from Haunt My Heart, which releases on January 5, 2015. Haunt My Heart is the story of a hexed Civil War soldier who gets a second chance at life and love after he’s freed from a fetter in modern day Fredericksburg, Virginia.

This is the first eight of the story:

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Sarah Knight rolled her eyes in the cold December darkness, but trotted after Ellie’s bouncing flashlight beam. Sarah’s heels crunched through the frozen topsoil as she crossed the lawn, and she worried about the damage being done to her only pair of sensible work shoes. Ellie had failed to mention this would be on an outdoor excursion.

Ellie had been dragging her out on girls’ nights against her better judgment since they graduated from college. Last month, they’d gone to a mixed martial arts fight, complete with blood, screaming and more than one missing tooth. And that had been the spectators.

That’s all until next week, folks. Thanks for visiting.

Click on the WeWriWa link to check out the other participating authors. So many tasty samplings!

 

Want to read? Haunt My Heart is coming January 5, 2015 in ebook and print. Read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

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A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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How a ghost hunt became a book

Spark an idea. Write a book.

Writers are great collectors and hoarders of snippets, conversations, ideas and experiences. You just never know what tiny spark could conflagrate into a raging fire of words. That’s the hope anyway. I keep a physical folder filled with such writerly tinder. I also have ginormous Evernote file filed with news of the weird where I collate stories and potential characters that catch my eye online.

Facebook and Twitter are virtual breeding grounds of stories ideas.

I’m also a big fan of taking advantage of opportunities when they arise because you never know what small or large life experience might one day lead to something amazing, like a 70K novel. That bucket list of yours? Heck, you could write a story about every ONE of those adventures. Of course, I would have to work a monster into it at some point because…well…monsters.

When I got a chance to go on an actual ghost hunt with The Ozarks Paranormal Society (T.O.P.S.)  a couple of years ago. I knew it would be a fantastic opportunity to study the participants and the hunters for potential characters. But it was my husband’s warning that really got my wheels turning.

“What if something follows you home?” he said.

Hmm…what IF!

I’m sure he was worried about a much more malevolent spirit than Tanner, the hero of Haunt My Heart. Still…what if someone found a haunted object, took it home and then accidentally freed the spirit trapped inside?

And that became the premise for Haunt My Heart.

A spark and then lots of “What if…” questions later, I had a book.

Not that it was all rainbows and unicorns writing it. There were and always will be roadblocks, but Newton’s third law of motion applies to books as well: a book, once in motion, it will remain in motion until you finish or give up.

Never. Give. Up.

And if you find a shiny object on a ghost hunt…you might think twice before bringing it home. You might come home with something more than a souvenir.

Want to read? Haunt My Heart is coming January 5, 2015 in ebook and print. Read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

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A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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A Civil War ghost hero for Veteran’s Day

manIn honor of Veteran’s Day and the upcoming release of Haunt My Heart, I’d like to introduce James “Tanner” Dawson, the hero of my ghost romance.

Writing a romance with a ghost for a hero was a challenge. As you can imagine, there were logistical and communication issues from the start. Thankfully, Tanner and I were equally persistent and determined to make things work. We were equally motivated. I needed to finish a novel and Tanner needed to become and stay corporeal after spending 150 years cursed to his Brother’s of Peril ring.

Tanner was a fictional Union lieutenant in the Civil War. The trouble began for him when he was stationed at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1862 just as the U.S. Civil War was gearing up.

Tanner is fictional, but if you’d like to read about some real Civil War heroes, check out the Battle of Fredericksburg or the Fredericksburg Battlefield pages.

cushing photoHere’s a cool story of a real-life Civil War hero recently awarded the Medal of Honor 150 years after his valiant death in battle. Thanks to the persistent doggedness of one 92-year-old fan, 1st Lt. Alonzo Cushing, who died during the Battle of Gettysburg, was recognized last week by President Obama.

Read his story here:

A Civil War soldier is getting the Medal of Honor. This 94-year-old woman is responsible.

 

Want to read Haunt My Heart? Look for it January 5, 2015 in ebook and print. Read a sneak peek here: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

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A Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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Haunt My Heart Release Date is set! January 5, 2015

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Guess what I have, my pretties. A PLAN!

Haunt My Heart will release Monday, January 5, 2015 in ebook at Amazon and Barnes & Noble and in PRINT on Amazon.

Edits are almost finished and I can hardly wait to share it with you.

Can’t wait?

You can get a sneak peek here and read the first chapter: Haunt My Heart First Chapter

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Here’s the official cover and blurb:

HauntMyHeartFinal (533x800) - CopyA Civil War soldier is hexed and dies to save his men. Can he find true love to live again?

Sarah Knight has a job she’s good at, a quirky BFF and a boyfriend who’s bad for her. When Sarah unearths a Civil War artifact on a ghost hunt at Chatham Manor in Fredericksburg, VA, she brings home more than a souvenir.

Lieutenant James “Tanner” Dawson fought for the Union, working as a supernatural liaison for his Major General in a secret Masonic offset called the Brothers of Peril. When he’s hexed by a witch, he learns the only way to save his men is to die himself. But death is not the end. Awakening 150 years later, he knows if he wants to be corporeal again, he has to find true love to break the hex: a task no easier in 21st century than it was in the 19th.

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First Chapter Friday: Read the first chapters of my books for FREE here!

I have a shiny new page up and I’ve loaded it with the first chapters of the four books I’ve written so far. Take a look!

http://lisa-medley.com/first-chapters/

Let me know if you have a problem or find any glitches. I have the attention span of a squirrel. There’s sure to be trouble, ha!

Reap on!