Please Welcome Erin O’Riordan
Thank you, Rue , for having me as a guest on your blog today. Today is April 4th, and Sunday the 8th will be Easter Sunday. Yet my latest e-book project, “The Spell You Cast,” may seem more appropriate for Halloween than for Easter-time. Its female lead, Madeline, is a witch. She belongs to a small coven with three other women…women with a special interest in making love potions. Madeline and her sisters all have their eyes set on Troy, the man Madeline has bewitched.
Actually, the month of April has more in common with Halloween than one might think at first glance. April has its own holiday – April 25th, also known as St. Mark’s Day – like Halloween, when the veil between this world and the unseen one is said to be at its thinnest. (The third of these “spirit nights” is the night of the summer solstice, or St. John’s Day.) Like Halloween, or All Hallow’s Eve, St. Mark’s Eve is traditionally associated with divination; various techniques were used to see the future and determine who would get married and who would die.
It was even possible, folklore had it, to visit the churchyard on St. Mark’s Eve and see a vision of one’s self after death, known as a wraith. Witches also had to visit the churchyard on St. Mark’s Eve and walk backwards around the church, or they would lose their powers.
Easter, too, has aspects associated with Pagan traditions. It’s said that hot cross buns, the sweet Easter treat now associated with the cross of Jesus of Nazareth, came from a much older tradition honoring the moon goddess. The cross on the top of the pastry was to divide it into four sections for the four phases of the moon (new, waxing, full and waning). Some sources say that the name “Easter” itself comes from a European goddess named Eostre or Ostara. This may not be historically accurate, but some trace this goddess-name ultimately back to the great Middle Eastern goddess, called by various names include Ishtar and Astarte. She was a fertility goddess, and the abundance of life in the spring depended on her.
For many reasons, spring has always been the season of love – and the perfect time to indulge in a fantasy escape into an erotic romance.
In The Spell You Cast Troy and Madeline meet and sparks immediately fly. Troy is not concerned that Madeline tells him she is a witch. With a little help from some of Madeline’s concoctions, Troy has the best sex of his life. When it turns out that he is a part of a much bigger plan involving Madeline’s ‘sisters,’ he is more than happy to oblige them all.
You can find The Spell You Cast
at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/130086 and
Erin O’Riordan writes smart, whimsical erotica. Books 1 and 2 of her erotic romance novel series featuring the love lives of twin sisters Allie (a Pagan priestess) and Zen (a witch), are now available. With her husband, she also writes crime novels, most recently Eminent Domain. They love to go for walks, drink Guinness and take care of their cat, James.
Connect with Erin O’Riordan at:
Home page www.aeess.com
Pagan Spirits book blog http://www.erinoriordan.blogspot.com