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Suffer A Witch: To suffer or to soar? #giveaway

When I can’t sleep I read, but sometimes I am involved in books that are so captivating that I want to read the story during any free moment I find. Claudia Hall Christian is an author who writes that kind of book. Her latest release is called “Suffer A Witch” and it takes places in Salem Village circa 1692. Fans of Claudia have know about this book for awhile now and she has shared the first seven chapters for free as she has been writing.

So I love everything witches and most definitely have always been interested in the Salem Witch trials. There were more than 200 people falsely accused of practicing witchcraft and were tried in 1692 in Massachusetts. It was a time of irrational fears when people were constantly worrying about the devil infiltrating their communities. We all know what happens when we let our fears get the best of us.

Here is a quick synapsis of her new book from her website:

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They call her “Em.” Em for Martha. Em for “Emogene Peres” the name she received in Boston less than a day after she’d been hanged in Salem Village in September 1692. Em and most of those hanged as Salem Witches were transformed into immortal witches only a few hours after they were deemed Salem Witches. Three hundred and twenty-two years later, they live, work, and love in modern day Boston, Massachusetts where Em runs a spiritual store called the Mystic Divine, just off the Boston Commons.

On the anniversary of the first hanging, June 10, 2014, Em learns that a young man and a team of ghost hunters have dedicated themselves to finding the crevice where the Salem Twenty’s bodies were stuffed after hanging. The problem is that Em and the rest of the Salem Twenty are making full use of those skeletons. What starts with a young man with big ideas brings the Salem Witches face to face with their demons.

I’m excited to share that Claudia Hall Christian has offered one of our readers the chance to win the book. So the idea I cam up with to get everyone in the spirit is to have you think about what you would do if you were a witch. Specifically, if you had special witchy powers, what would you do to advocate for good in the world?

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* Winner is eligible to win One (1) Suffer A Witch book from Claudia Hall Christian. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Must be 18 years or older.

The Fey by Claudia Hall Christian

In the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the 2009 holiday season I began reading Claudia Hall Christian’s novel The Fey. It immediately pulled me in and so I found myself having to “go to the bathroom” more frequently, because when you have a 6 year old and 7 month old baby it’s not easy to find peace and quiet to read. So I brought the book with me wherever I could and even read it under my desk at work sometimes (during lunch hour of course).

“Champagne or whiskey?”
“Whiskey,” Alex replied as if it was obvious.

From beginning to end I could hear the characters while reading their dialogue. It was as if I was watching a movie, I felt connected with Sergeant Alexandra Hargreaves (Alex The Fey) right off the bat and enjoyed finding out how she would develop and what would happen next. In many ways, yes, this was a thrilling suspense, but it was also so much more. It was a story of growing, evolving, adapting, loving, persevering and letting go.

My favorite relationship in the story is between Alex and Max, they are twins (not adopted or aliens..you’ll understand after you read the book). Their relationship as brother and sister is just incredible. They have an unbreakable bond, probably because they are twins. And they would each die for each other in a heart beat.

Admittedly, I found myself wanting to read more and more about Alex “The Fey’s” relationship with John. I mean, how can you not blush when you read a line like ““And a very good morning to you,” he replied in his wonderful London accent.” Knowing the aroused wake up call they were taking part in…

But more than the romance, I have always absolutely loved any story about Central Intelligence, spies, madness and mayhem. The Fey, centers around Middle Eastern countries with Alex working situations in Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. The main man they were hunting down was Eleazar and he hated The Fey as much as she hated him. In addition to the main bad guy, there is talk about Homeland Security, servers crashing, military police shootings, espionage and antics, it’s just great!

You think you have been through a lot and then you read a book like this and realize your life is pretty damn easy-bake-oven-cake-easy. Don’t get me wrong, I know it’s fiction, but it’s well written fiction.

“That hot chick is the Fey?”

When I read that after the soldiers were rescued I just laughed. And I literally said aloud “Damn straight she is.” Haha, as if I knew her and we were friends or something. So eat those flowers Eleazar!

I don’t want to share all the other tempting secrets with you, but trust me there are a lot of twists and turns. By chapter 12 you will feel topsy turvey and even then you’ll only be half way there. In spite of the whirl wind and fast pace, I can assure you that if you stick through it you will be so sad when you are done reading. It’s a quick, fabulously entertaining, nail biting amazing story. I cannot wait until February 1, 2010 when the next in the series comes out!

Learning to Stand will be released on February 1, 2010.