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13 Zoraida Grey Tricks and Treats–Happy Halloween, Witches!

She’s one crazy witch and she went live on October ZoraidaGreyandtheFamilyStones_w10984_30028. Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones is the first in a three-book series that will take Zoraida from Arkansas to Scotland to the Yucatan Jungle and back again. Since we are at the heart of Witching Season, here are Thirteen Tricks and Treats you’ll find in the book.
And be sure to enter the contest for a chance to win a smoky quartz necklace.

  1. A Castle: Fantastic Castle Logan in far north Scotland has a history stretching back to the Picts. When the Logans claimed the spot, a Pictish broch sat like a fat spider on a precipice over the Loch of the Black Bridge. What lurks beneath the broch in the crystal encrusted cavern?
  2. Ghosts: Castle Logan is infested with phantasms of various descriptions including a psychotic lady in lilac who tosses hapless women to their deaths. A Spaniard in glowing green armor haunts the East Tower. Is he looking for revenge?
  3. Crystals: From the crystal doorknobs to the crystal chandeliers, Castle Logan vibrates with crystal energy.
  4. A man in kilts: Michael Logan nurtures black roses in the gardens as skillfully as he tends the Logan clan. But to make one thing grow, he may have to sacrifice something—or someone.
  5. Herbs: The Logan witches have tricks in their gardens that may beguile even Zoraida.
  6. Magic: What is it about Zhu, Zoraida’s best friend, that repels magic? She’s always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Trapped in Castle Logan, Zhu may find magic isn’t all fairies and roses.
  7. Another man in kilts: Shea Logan wraps himself in protective spells and chooses his words carefully. Blue lightning flashes from his black Logan eyes and indigo tattoos spiral around his arms. What’s he hiding?
  8. Cats: Grimalkin, Pyewacket, and Johnny Lee Hooker, the black cat who lives with Zoraida, creep through the story, batting the dangling ends of knotted cords and watching with luminescent eyes. If only they could talk, what secrets could they reveal?
  9. An oubliette: This place of forgetting beneath the ancient East Tower came in handy to the Logans in the past. Zoraida gets the heebie jeebies just looking at it. No one has ever escaped from its dark depths.
  10. Curses and Spells: Curses and spells drip from the fingers of all in the Logan clan. Can small-town fortuneteller Zoraida compete with their malevolent power? Of course, she has a little Logan blood running through her veins, too.
  11. Scotland:From steel gray lochs to rocky hillsides to windswept shores, Scotland casts a spell every bit as powerful as those hurled by the witches of Castle Logan.
  12. Legends: Creatures and stories of Scotland peek from the pages of Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones. Zoraida finds fairytales come to life when witches are involved.
  13. Whisky: Smooth, peaty Laphroaig single-malt Scotch in a Cairngorm glass steadies Zoraida’s nerves. She better lay in a good store because the story’s just getting started.

Grab a copy and find out which of these 13 are tricks and which are treats.


Take a minute to enter my Zoraida Grey Release Celebration Giveaway for a chance to win this necklace of smoky quartz-BYOS (Bring Your Own Skull–skull not included.)

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We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Blogging–

–To bring you a little more news about Zoraida Grey.

First–the deal with Wild Rose is on and we are trying for an October release—if I can stop pestering Mary, my patient and saintly editor.

Next–earlier this year I promised everyone who follows this blog a chance for a free book of Zoraida Grey short stories in May. Now that I am a big-time author with Wild Rose and publishing a book with those same characters, I have a contractual obligation to offer any sequels or prequels to Wild Rose before I can publish anywhere else, including on my own. So I will send the anthology through Wild Rose and see if they want to take it on. Either way, I will get it out and offer it to my dear Sorchialites (you hardy souls who follow Sorchia’s Universe) as soon as possible.

Finally–keep an eye here and on Sorchia’s Universe on FB, Twitter, and Pinterest—along with Google + and LinkedIn and a few I’ve probably forgotten (See the links in the right column and at the bottom of the page if you want to connect with me at any of these places.) A bunch of stuff is going to happen between now and October—and beyond. I will be blogging my little heart out as a guest on several sites in the coming months. We’ll have a cover reveal—for real this time, a couple of contests, at least one Facebook party, and who knows what else.

And, of course, if you have not already got a copy of Just Like Gravity—you need to rectify this deficit at once. Go HERE to buy it.

As for the Zoraida Grey series—Book 1, Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones, will be out sometime this fall––I am hoping before Halloween. Book 2, Zoraida Grey and the Voodoo Queen, should follow in short order—December or January. Book 3, Zoraida Grey and the Pictish Stone, will finish the series sometime next spring. We are hoping to have about three months between books in the series so you won’t have to wait so long to see how things work out. In the midst of these three big books, I plan to have a couple of short story anthologies of Zoraida Grey stories and other tidbits. Then on to the next project which is already simmering in my head.

Next week, I’ll get back to blogging about Scotland, hauntings, Celtic legend, Voodoo, whisky, and other stuff like that.

In the meantime, here is the working blurb for Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones.


Granny’s dying, but Zoraida can save her with a magic crystal of smoky quartz.

Too bad the crystal is in Scotland.

In a haunted castle.

Guarded by mind-reading, psychopathic sorcerers.

Getting inside Castle Logan is easy. Getting out––not so much. Before she can snatch the stone, Zoraida stumbles into a family feud, uncovers a wicked ancient curse, and finds herself ensorcelled by not one but two handsome Scottish witches.

Up to their necks in family intrigue and smack-dab in the middle of a simmering clan war, Zoraida and her bff Zhu discover Granny hasn’t told them everything.

Not by a long shot.



A-Z Blog Challenge 2015–Crystal Fix–Iolite


Is for Iolite

Iolite-a vision stone

  • Use Iolite to enhance and activate the third eye.Iolite
  • Align chakras first to get the full benefit.
  • Iolite aids in out of body experiences by increasing understanding.
  • It frees your true self and is the stone to use to break an addiction whether to a substance or a person.
  • Place it against the skin as needed—over the third eye to enhance the experience of out of body journeys.
  • When in contact with your aura, the stone will give off a tiny charge that reenergizes and aligns.

I carried a lovely blue iolite stone around for a couple of days and definitely felt the enhanced vision. It produced a very mellow, blissful mood.



 Tomorrow’s Crystal fix: Jade

Bonus–Last year for the A-Z Blog challenge, my theme was Magic. See the I is for Incantation post HERE.

Do you love witches and crystals and romance and danger?  Make a note on your Calendar: Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones will be released by Oghma Creative Media in September.  Go HERE to find out more!

If you can’t wait that long, get a copy of Just Like Gravity HERE or HEREcropped-final-gravity-front-3-527x800-422x640-280x4251.jpg.

A-Z Blog Challenge 2015–Crystal Fix–Diamonds

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Dis for Diamonds.

Diamond’s bring purity, clarity, fidelity to a relationship, but they can increase negative power as well as positive. It’s piercing, white light will illuminate everything—  the bad as well a s the good. Diamonds clear the aura of fog, allowing the truth to  shine through.

  • Helps with Glaucoma and re-balances metabolism.
  • Used to protect against poisons
  • Diamonds can nullify the effects of cellphone use especially if you wear diamond earrings.
  • Once the diamond spots negative energy, the harsh, bright light requires transformation.
  • It is a stone of protection, but not the protection of a good defense. Instead the diamond believes a good defense is a good offense and advises dynamic action to protect one’s interests.
  • It ensures for a good nights rest free of nightmares when worn for that purpose.
  • It is a military stone, worn by Roman soldiers to increase strength and ensure victory.


 Tomorrow’s Crystal fix: Emerald

Bonus–Last year for the A-Z Blog challenge, my theme was Magic. See the D is for Damn post HERE.

Do you love witches and crystals and romance and danger?  Make a note on your Calendar: Zoraida Grey and the Family Stones will be released by Oghma Creative Media in September.  Go HERE to find out more!

If you can’t wait that long, get a copy of Just Like Gravity HERE or HEREcropped-final-gravity-front-3-527x800-422x640-280x4251.jpg.