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.
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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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