Posted by : Heather Coulter Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Celebrate Halloween with K.A. M’Lady
Eye of black bird, bone of fox, dust of graveyard in a pot.
Mix with blood-drop of a sure-footed male,
Potion, potion ye must inhale.
On a mountain clearing in La Paz, Bolivia you’ll find the Witches' Market, also known as El Mercado de las Brujas. It is a popular tourist attraction located in Cerro Cumbre. Here along its cluttered rows of jars and viles you’ll find various mixtures of bones and teeth, eyes and fingernails. Every mixture has its function, all items and their secrets passed down for generations in the dark arts and liberal ceremonies of the craft.
Typically run by local Witch Doctors known as Yatiri, these markets includes potions, dried frogs, and headless rodents, medicinal plants like Retama and armadillos used in various rituals. The Witch Doctors can be easily identified by their black hats and coco pouches. These coco pouches, or medicine bags contain powders that ensure luck, beauty and fertility. Amulets and talismans to ward off evil and repel the dead.
A bin of hatun hampi, a mixture of various Peruvian seeds, vegetables, dirt, minerals and spices, are sold inside the market in Lima, Peru. Hatun hampi is used in ceremonies as an offering to Pachamama or Mother Earth.
Mandrake and marigold, walnut and fig, each nut and berry is used as a curative, a concoction, a potion to give. So whether the familiar toad or the venomous snakes, or virgin blood to tame a rake. Great or small, nefarious or tame, for a price you can purchase a potion, a spell, a concoction or two, but three-fold the karma might come back to you….
Under the dark skies of Vranthia The Wasting has spread, claiming victims by the thousands. Disease, madness and death shroud this fierce warrior race.
With the recent death of their mother, Queen Srionna Balacjek, and the imminent demise of their grieving father, King Kamet; three brothers must now find their own path. Will The Wasting’s dark madness claim them all as deceit and lies turn brother against brother. Or, is the key to saving their people in the legend of the trion. And will they find it in time?
Draven Balacjek -- warrior, Prince, immortal. Fierce in battle, sure and deadly as a dark a storm or the shadows he walks among, must choose between the ties of brotherhood or the possibility of a life without the parts of his soul he has bound in blood and magic.
The Vranthians have taken everything from Ook. Desecrated the Darengy people as a whole. But the visions of a grave-warrior tell no lies and the spirit of the human along with the fierce strength of his Prince, Draven Balacjek call to him as nothing before. Can their love together heal the wounds that time has wrought and free him of his darkness?
For singer, Leah Allen, the choice was never hers to make. But life, like the music her heart clings to, has a way of playing itself out. Will this strange new world and the fierce warriors she meets within it bring her shattered past the healing she has always needed or will the strangers she finds herself bound to be her hearts undoing? Can she make a choice between dark, intense Draven and exotic, muscular Ook?
About the Author
Author K.A. M’Lady lives a few stone throws from corn fields, chaos and congestion; all lying on the outskirts of the many burbs of Chicago. KA M'lady spends her days calculating life expectancies, mortality and the certainty of death and taxes while in her free time the dead wander freely, buy shoes, homes, the occasional odd business or two and, if you even think of charging them too much in taxes…well, let’s just say the tax man may never come back. But if he does he might just shamble a bit.
An All Romance eBooks bestselling author, K.A. M'lady's work has been described as scary, descriptive, beautiful, dark, frightening, addictive, sexy and believable. She loves to read paranormal romances, watching horror movies, westerns on Sundays with her husband, playing fetch with her pocket beagle, Chevy and buying weird shoes. Her friends call her eccentric, her family refuses to comment. She’s been lost in the world of fiction since she was a small child, and frankly, never wants to be found—at least not any time soon. “Myth and magic builds dreams and inspirations – and in an insane world, it is our dreams that spark the revolution of change. No matter which world is being conquered. Within our dreams – all things are possible.”