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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Witch Hunter By Shari Nichols...

Witch Hunter
By Shari Nichols

Are you into the paranormal, fascinated by myth legend and lore? I grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were commonplace. I’ve always been fascinated with the strange and the unexplained for as long as I can remember and not just ghosts and vampires, but mermaids, UFO’s, Big Foot and witches … especially witches. 

The legend of the sexiest most alluring creatures known to man those that have the power to ensnare the mind and bewitch the body still fascinate readers today. Over one hundred years after Bram Stoker penned the first Dracula novel, vampires are still part of pop culture. TV shows like True Blood and the Vampire Diaries remind us of the allure of the sexy blood suckers that continue to capture our imagination and rev our libido.

The legend of "Dracula" was based on a true Romanian Prince named Vlad Tepes, a ruthless warrior who slaughtered his enemies in cruel and heinous ways, earning him the nickname Vlad the Impale. Eventually, he was killed by the Turks, the very people he brutalized. In the end, his head was presented to the Sultan as proof of his death and his body buried in a monastery. Many years later when his tomb was opened all that was found was a pile of horse bones … hmmm Dracula indeed,  
.Some of my favorite legend and lore surrounds the mystical practice of witchcraft. Witches have often been depicted as evil crones possessed by the devil. Many were tortured, hanged, burned alive and in some cases stoned to death.  For hundreds of years, witches have been portrayed in many forms, from the wrinkled old woman who was possessed by the devil, to the young beautiful sorceress who could enchant a mere mortal.

When the Harry Potter books and movies came out I was hooked. I read every book four times and then reread them with my daughter. JK Rowling‘s tales of potions making, spells and enchantments has become so epic and genius that she has literally created an entire world with her novels. I’m still obsessed with witches, even made my heroine in Book 1 of my Ravens Hollow series a witch. 
Determined MBI (Magickal Bureau of investigations)agent Alex Denopoulos will stop at nothing to catch a killer, including recruit notorious felon, Willow McCray to work for the agency. The lines between duty and passion become blurred the more time he spends with the sultry witch. In the midst of the investigation, they succumb to the dark edges of desire, placing both their lives in danger. Alex will risk more than his badge to keep her alive.
Kick-ass witch Willow must use her powers for good if she wants to stay out of Hellios, a mage prison for those who have broken the Wiccan Rede of ‘Harm ye None.’ Willow never expects to fall so hard for Alex, a mortal with a penchant for justice and a deep seated hatred of witches. Though a future together seems impossible, she doesn’t want to let him go. If only she can vanquish the evil surrounding them and give Alex what he wants, her mind and body-before she loses her heart and maybe her very soul in the process.

Shari Nichols grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were common place, spurring her fascination with all things paranormal. Ever since she read her first Barbara Cartland novel, her life-long dream has been to write sexy, romantic stories. Shari has been married to her own alpha hero for twenty-two years. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, going to the gym, or hanging out with family and friends.
She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two teenagers, and her adoring golden retriever. Shari graduated from Rider University with a degree in Business Administration. After spending several years in the grind of Corporate America, she quit to stay at home with her kids. Now she’s thrilled to spend her days in sweats, eating chocolate while pounding on her keyboard to create her next novel. 
Her first book, Witch Hunter is available with Ellora’s Cave Publishing. Her next book, another steamy, romance, will venture into the world of ghosts and haunted inns. Shari is a member of Romance Writers of America, New Jersey Romance Writers, Liberty States Fiction Writers and Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal Romance Writers.


Best wishes,
~Jennifer Labelle~

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