Book One is on Amazon just before midnight on Halloween!
It is the paperback version of the stories in the ebooks Episodes One to Four,
with a few illustrations.
The Witches series is a tale about modern day witches derived from legends and told in soap opera format. Two brothers, Jack and Aron, find themselves thrown into a strange world of witches and legends.
Episode Three: "Stone Cold" brings a visitor from an ancient legend to visit the world of Witches. And he brings vengeance with him. Aron finds himself needing the witches' help again, and Jack finds the witches need his help this time.
Episode Four: Vodou, Introduces a visitor to the Witches world, Marinette.
Marinette-Bwa-Chech is a loa in Haitian Vodou. It is believed that Marinette was burned alive for fighting against slavery and for the Bois Caiman ceremony that began the Haitian revolution. She relates to the horrible conditions that slaves had to endure. She is often considered to be angry loa, used in black magic. She is feared and acts upon those she possesses violently. The screeching owl is the emblem of Marinette. When she posesses someone they behave as an owl, hooking their fingers, lowering their heads and scratching. But she can also be seen as one who frees her people from bondage. Marinette is not cruel.
She is called up by the bokor (pronounce baw-kaw) who are priests and priestesses who work black magic. The ones who would be consulted to have an enemy killed, raise the dead necromancy, or bind someone in blind love. They will call upon Marinette. She has been known to be invoked for revenge against cheating boyfriends and husbands. Many say she should never be invoked because she is too dangerous and hostile. She is not a spirit for a Vodou novice like Sunder, no matter how self confident. In fact, Marinette can immediately identify a novice.
Marinette should never be invoked within the home. She literally burns with rage and may burn down buildings while within them, intentionally or not.
Marinette is the matron of werewolves and loups-garoux. She protects them. She is respected by werewolves, and some hold services in her honor. She likes salvia, black pepper, lavender, and sweets. Her colors are black and deep blood red. She is a bitter spirit who prefers to be alone. People disappointed her.
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Episode Three: Stone Cold, brings a legend of the Cherokee to the Witches world, Stone. He comes seeking revenge.
An internet search for the word Adawehi (Ah-dah-way-hee) in the Cherokee language returns several meanings: the spirit of healing, water conjurer, medicine man, magician, conjurer witch.
One of the Adawehi of legends is called Stoneclad or Nûñ'yunu'wï, which means “dressed in stone” or “Stone Clad”. He was an ancient ada'wehi that preyed on the Cherokee. Then later, before they killed him, he gave them many of their traditional medicines and ceremonies.
The stories of Stoneclad vary from one telling to another. In some versions there is only one. In others there is a race of Stoneclads. Stoneclad can be a man-sized human witch that turned himself into an invulnerable monster. Or he can be a stone-skinned giant. Always, he has rock armor that protect him from weapons, fire, and cold.
In the Creek account the monster is stone-covered and his only vulnerable spot is in his ear. This myth has variations at other places in North America. The monster may be cad with stone, scales, or metal. Or may be only magically invulnerable. The vulnerable spot may be located in the foot, nose, ear. He can only be defeated through draining his power. This may be achieved by destroying his talismans or exposing him to menstruating women.
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The first ebook Episode One - A Bad Spell and the second Episode Two - Finding Aron introduce the main characters in the Witches series, and send Jack and Aron into a world they did not know existed. They have inspiration from the fairytale of the Seven Ravens.
The first 2012 Witches webseries footage is online. Witches 2011 webseries episode 1
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