5 Facts About Witchcraft by author @PippaJayGreen & a #Giveaway! #PNR

5 Facts About Witchcraft

Hi, I’m Pippa Jay, author of scifi and the supernatural with a romantic soul. As a teen, I was actually a practicing witch. Mostly simple spells for good fortune and protection, though I had some others as well (much like my character Hal refers to in the story as something much worse he could have done). But I certainly didn’t fly around on a broomstick or turn people into toads. In fact, a lot of what we believe about witches isn’t exactly true. So here are five facts about witchcraft that you might not know, and that helped me in creating my story about a heartbroken warlock.

  1. The word “witchcraft” is believed to derive from Old English – “wicce” meaning “witch” and “cræft” for “craft”.
  2. During the witch hunts of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries in Europe, many women were burned at the stake as witches merely because they had red hair. As a redhead with a family of redheads, I’m kind of upset about that. :P
  3. Most people found guilty of witchcraft weren’t burned at the stake at all, but hanged instead. One person is recorded as having been crushed by large stones. Eww!
  4. Not all those accused of witchcraft were women. Just as often men were accused and found guilty of witchcraft, and sometimes children as well.
  5. England’s Witchcraft Act of 1735 remained in place until 1951, and a woman was convicted in 1944…but on the basis of holding fake séances to defraud people. In the US, witchcraft was actually acknowledged as a legitimate religion in the 1980s (though there are still laws against fraudulent divinatory practices).

So there you go. Please tell me in the comments who is your favourite witch and enter the rafflecopter for your chance to win a pentagram necklace and six jasmine-scented glitter candles!
 
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Hallow's Eve by Pippa JayCan one night of magic heal his heart?

Twelve months ago, Hal’s world crashed and burned, taking the love of his life with it. He’s waited all year for that one special night when the souls of the departed come home, hoping his candle will summon back one in particular to heal his broken heart. But the forbidden knowledge he’s learned could call something far worse, and put more than his own soul at risk…

 

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The thud and chink of beer bottles and glasses on the bar announced Dan’s return.

“So?”

Hal shook his head. “Not tonight.”

“Oh, c’mon, man. Just one beer.”

Hal dropped his gaze to the glass he was still drying with a vehemence it didn’t deserve, avoiding his friend’s pleading stare. “Thanks, but I’m not in the mood.”

Dan made an exasperated sound. “Look, I know it’s nearly a year—”

Pain lanced into his chest. “Stop.” He looked up.

A frown creasing his tanned face, Dan glared back, but he shut up.

Hal sucked in a breath. He didn’t want to fight with Dan over this. The guy had stopped Hal’s life completely falling apart after last Halloween. “I know what you’re trying to do,” he murmured, and relief flickered in Dan’s brown eyes. “But I’m not ready to let it go.”

“I’m not saying you should, man. But how about getting back into some social interaction? You can’t spend the rest of your life as a recluse.”

“I won’t.” Hal smiled. Dan had no idea.

“Then come out for a beer.”

“Another time.”

“Tomorrow then. I know you’ve got the Halloween shift off.”

Hal put down the glass he’d abused. “I’m busy.”

“Oh, yeah? Doing what? Trick or treating?” Dan scoffed. “What is it with you and Halloween? You never struck me as religious enough to find it offensive, but you don’t go out and have any fun either. So how come you always take the night off?”

Hal looked around the bar at all the tawdry holiday decorations, and debated how to answer. Maybe Dan thought he was a closet Christian or something. The truth would shock the hell out of him. Especially with what Hal had planned this year. “My…family don’t see it as something to joke about.”

“Oh. Strict Catholic or something?”

“Something like that.” Hal smiled at the thought of his parents taking Holy Communion. But let Dan interpret it any way he liked.

 

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About the Author

Pippa JayAfter spending twelve years working as an Analytical Chemist in a Metals and Minerals laboratory, Pippa Jay is now a stay-at-home mum who writes scifi and the supernatural. Somewhere along the way a touch of romance crept into her work and refused to leave. In between torturing her plethora of characters, she spends the odd free moment playing guitar very badly, punishing herself with freestyle street dance, and studying the Dark Side of the Force. Although happily settled in the historical town of Colchester in the UK with her husband of 21 years and three little monsters, she continues to roam the rest of the Universe in her head.

Pippa Jay is a dedicated member of the Science Fiction Romance Brigade, blogging at Spacefreighters Lounge, Adventures in Scifi, and Romancing the Genres. Her works include a YA science fiction novel—Gethyon—published through BURST (Champagne Books), a scifi romance novella—Tethered—published by Breathless Press, a YA paranormal romance—Restless In Peaceville—published by Lycaon Press, four self-published short stories (Terms & Conditions Apply, The Bones of the Sea, Reboot and Hallows Eve), and she’s one of eight authors included in a science fiction romance anthology—Tales from the SFR Brigade. She’s also a double SFR Galaxy Award winner, been a finalist in the Heart of Denver RWA Aspen Gold Contest (3rd place), and the GCC RWA Silken Sands Star Awards (2nd place).

You can stalk her at her website, or at her blog, but without doubt her favorite place to hang around and chat is on Twitter as @pippajaygreen.

You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Wattpad
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A SEXY #Halloween story ~ And it’s FREE! #menage

Hello! Are you looking for a short sexy read for Halloween? Check out the short story I wrote a couple of years ago, LAST MINUTE CUSTOMERS. It’s a very short MFM menage story that takes place on Halloween night. Best of all, it’s FREE! Enjoy!

 LAST MINUTE CUSTOMERS

After a long day of helping her customers find the perfect costumes for parties and trick-or-treating, Mandy is ready to close up shop. She just wants to crash on her bed for a few hours before she has to get her party supply store ready for the next holiday. But two sexy last minute customers keep her from locking the door, and she helps them find the perfect outfits. Little does Mandy realize these men want more than just what her shop offers. They want her.

Caution: Contains HOT MFM sex, including anal and double penetration.

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Alice tumbles down the strangest rabbit hole yet ~ THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY by Heather Lyons #giveaway

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THE COLLECTORS’ SOCIETY

by Heather Lyons

The Collectors' Society by Heather LyonsFrom the author of the Fate series and The Deep End of the Sea comes a fantastical romantic adventure that has Alice tumbling down the strangest rabbit hole yet.

After years in Wonderland, Alice has returned to England as an adult, desperate to reclaim sanity and control over her life. An enigmatic gentleman with an intriguing job offer too tempting to resist changes her plans for a calm existence, though. Soon, she’s whisked to New York and initiated into the Collectors’ Society, a secret organization whose members confirm that famous stories are anything but straightforward and that what she knows about the world is only a fraction of the truth.

It’s there she discovers villains are afoot—ones who want to shelve the lives of countless beings. Assigned to work with the mysterious and alluring Finn, Alice and the rest of the Collectors’ Society race against a doomsday clock in order to prevent further destruction . . . but will they make it before all their endings are erased?

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I tell him sweetly, “Call me luv again and you’ll have to go get yourself a nice piece of meat for the bruised eye you’ll be sporting.”

He pretends to swoon, an arm across his forehead. “Be still me heart.” And then, with a rubbery grin, “Do you talk this dirty to all your beaus?”

I’m halfway down the hall when he catches up with me. “You’re no fun, little Miss Alice.”

It’s my turn to playact, a hand pressed against my heart. “That wounds me deeply.” And then I smack his hand as it brushes up against my pocket. He yelps, but thankfully there are a few more feet between us now.

“Steal from me, and I’ll do more than gift you with a black eye. Keep your hands to yourself. Understand?”

“No fun at all,” he mutters sadly once we’re upon the elevator.

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Heather LyonsHeather Lyons has always had a thing for words—she’s been writing stories since she was a kid. In addition to writing, she’s also been an archaeologist and a teacher. Heather is a rabid music fan, as evidenced by her (mostly) music-centric blog, and she’s married to an even larger music snob. They’re happily raising three kids who are mini music fiends who love to read and be read to.

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