It’s October, which means many creative minds are starting to turn toward the spooky, fanged, clawed, and winged.
To celebrate, a small coven of writers has emerged from the darkness to share their harrowing delights with you. Each week, we will tour each other’s blogs and answer questions about our favorite spooky shenanigans.
This week, please welcome Pat Esden
Pat Esden would love to say she spent her childhood in intellectual pursuits. The truth is she was fonder of exploring abandoned houses and old cemeteries. When not out on her own adventures, she can be found in her northern Vermont home writing stories about brave, smart women and
the men who capture their hearts.
She is the author of the contemporary paranormal Dark Heart series from Kensington Books, and the upcoming Northern Circle Coven series. Her short fiction has appeared in a number of publications, including Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, the Mythopoeic Society’s Mythic Circle, George Scither’s Cat Tales Anthology, and the Fragments of Darkness
HIS DARK MAGIC (Northern Circle Coven series book 1)
Coming December 11th
Its power is legendary. It can fulfill every impossible magical desire. But for one young witch seeking redemption, the Northern Circle coven will challenge her skills—and her heart—beyond measure.
One tragic impulsive mistake made Chloe Winslow an outcast to her influential magic family.
As a medical student, she wants to combine science with sorcery to heal those she hurt and right her wrongs. But brilliant, charismatic Devlin Marsh re-routes her plans with a once-in-eternity offer: membership in the exclusive Northern Circle, a mysterious Vermont coven known for pushing the limits.
Enthralled by Devlin and their mesmerizing mutual attraction, Chloe makes a dangerous sacrifice to help the Circle’s high priestess awaken Merlin himself—and learn his timeless cures.
But a foreshadowing soon causes Chloe to doubt the Circle’s real motives, as well as Devlin’s . . .
Now Merlin’s demonic shade is loose in the human world, while Chloe and Devlin’s uneasy alliance will pit them against ancient enemies, malevolent illusions, and shattering betrayal. And with the fate of two realms in the balance, Chloe must risk her untried power against a force she can’t defeat—and a passion that could destroy her.
Hi Rekka, thank you for inviting me to be a guest on your blog today. And, Happy Halloween! It’s almost here.
What is your go-to Halloween movie?
My all-time favorite is Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride. I know, it’s animated and more gothic and eccentric than bloody, but that’s how I like my Halloween. In my book, every Halloween should include a bit of graveyard romance 😉 Here’s a link to the trailer if you aren’t familiar with the movie.
What was the first book (who was the first Author) to frighten you in a story?
Another easy one. Girl Who Trod On The Loaf by Hans Christian Andersen. I believe my mother first read it to me when I was in second or third grade. I loved Hans Christian Andersen’s stories and Grim Fairy Tales, but this one stuck in my head and horrified me like a Twilight Zone episode on steroids. Here it is—if you dare look.
Thanks, Pat Esden, for stopping by! And thanks to my blog readers for joining us for the October-long 2 Questions With… Halloween guest series!