Tuesday, June 26, 2012

LET'S GET COZY! IN A WITCH'S WARDROBE: A PREVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

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IN A WITCH'S WARDROBE
A Witchcraft Mystery
BY JULIET BLACKWELL

ABOUT THE BOOK:
Lily Ivory is living her dream of owning a vintage clothing store—and practicing magic on the side. But when she encounters a sinister sleeping spell, Lily comes face-to-face with a nightmarish evil…

Taking a night off from running her successful San Francisco clothing store, Lily attends a local art deco ball where vintage fashions steal the show. But when a young woman at the event falls under a mysterious sleeping sickness, Lily senses that a curse was placed on the woman’s corsage.

Before Lily can solve the woman’s magical ailment, she’s asked to assist in investigating a string of poisonings in the Bay Area witchcraft community. She’s gained the trust of the local covens by supporting women’s charities through her clothing store. But soon, Lily suspects that one of her new acquaintances might not be so well intentioned and could be dabbling in dark magic and deadly botany… 


AN EXCERPT FROM IN A WITCH'S WARDROBE:
Lily Ivory is at the Art Deco ball when she comes across an unfortunate guest...
Miriam lay upon the chaise, her eyes closed, the silk dress splayed out around her. She had the odd stillness of one who wasn't merely sleeping.

"Wake up, sweetheart," an elderly woman gently shook Miriam's shoulder. "Are you all right? Would you like us to find your escort?"

The women stood back when I approached, as though I were a physician who would know what to do.

I knelt beside her. "Miriam?"

My heart caught in my throat at the sight of her. Bright red flags of color on her cheeks stood out against an unnatural, ashen pallor. I placed a hand on her brow, and felt her neck for a pulse. It was weak, thready. But it was there.

"Call 911," I said over my shoulder.

As one of the women pulled a small cell phone from her beaded purse, Susan appeared.

"Lily? What can I do?"

"See if they have anyone on duty, a first aid person maybe? Oh! And tell Aidan I need him."

"Aidan has medical training?"

"In a manner of speaking."....To finish reading this excerpt from IN A WITCH'S WARDROBE visit Author Juliet Blackwell's website HERE.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Juliet Blackwell (aka Julie Goodson-Lawes, aka Hailey Lind) started out life in Palo Alto, California, borne of a Texan mother and a Yankee father. The family soon moved to what were, at the time, the sticks of Cupertino, an hour south of San Francisco. Walking to and from kindergarten every day she would indulge in her earliest larcenous activity: stealing walnuts and apricots from surrounding orchards. By the time she graduated middle school, the orchards were disappearing and the valley at the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay had become the cradle of the silicon semi-conductor. A man named Steve Jobs was working in his garage in Cupertino, just down the street. Juliet’s father advised his daughters to enter the lucrative and soon-to-flourish field of computers.

“Bah” said Juliet, as she went on to major in Latin American Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz (they had, by far, the best parties of any department). Rather than making scads of money in computers, she read, painted, learned Spanish and a little French and Vietnamese, lived in Spain and traveled through Europe, Mexico, and Central America. She had a very good time.

Juliet pursued Masters Degrees in Anthropology and Social Work at the State University of New York at Albany, where she published several non-fiction articles on immigration as well as one book-length translation. Fascinated with other cultural systems, she studied the religions, folklore and medical beliefs of peoples around the world, especially Latin America. Juliet taught the anthropology of health and health care at SUNY-Albany, and worked as an elementary school social worker in upstate New York. She also did field projects in Mexico and Cuba, studied in Spain, Italy, and France, worked on a BBC production in the Philippines, taught English as a second language in San Jose, and learned how to faux finish walls in Princeton, New Jersey. After having a son, moving back to California, and abandoning her half-written dissertation in cultural anthropology, Juliet started painting murals and portraits for a living. She has run her own mural/faux finish design studio in Oakland, across the bay from San Francisco, for more than a decade. Finally, to round out her tour of lucrative careers, Juliet turned to writing. Under the pseudonym of Hailey Lind, Juliet penned the Art Lover’s Mystery Series with her sister Carolyn, about an ex-art forger trying to go straight by working as a muralist and faux finisher in San Francisco. The first of these, Feint of Art, was nominated for an Agatha Award; Shooting Gallery and Brush with Death were both IMBA bestsellers.

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