Welcome to the HARLEQUIN TEEN Halloween tour. To help celebrate this fabulous time of year, we're featuring author Victoria Lamb and her magical tale Witchstruck, which is part of The Tudor Witch Trilogy. Perfect reading for this time of year, it conjures up images of dark magic, forbidden romance and spellbinding intrigue.
Series: The Tudor Witch Trilogy #1
By: Victoria Lamb
If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned.
If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.
Meg Lytton has always known she is different—that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practise witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne.
With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg’s hand in marriage, and Meg’s own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn’t a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice.
The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck, the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy. Check out my review Here!
Guest Post: MY SCARIEST MOMENT AS AN AUTHOR – Victoria Lamb
While writing the sequel to Witchstruck, the first novel in my Tudor Witch Trilogy, I spent two weeks alone in a remote cottage on the wild and windswept Yorkshire Moors in the north of England. Glancing through the guest book on arrival, I was amused to read: ‘Watch out for the old lady standing at the foot of the bed every night!’
I wasn’t afraid, of course. I didn’t believe in ghosts. And if the cottage was a little spooky, it would add atmosphere to the book.
Spooky was right! During my fortnight there, I heard unexplained noises, found doors wide open which I had left closed, objects moved during the night, books inexplicably knocked to the floor. Sometimes it felt as though someone was watching me while I was writing ….
Then a chapter I had saved had bizarrely vanished when I came back to the computer. It featured a hair-raising séance by the infamous Tudor ‘conjuror of spirits’, John Dee. Thoroughly spooked, I rewrote the chapter, but sensed a presence in the room – an angry, disapproving presence.
In the second week, my car broke down. I had been driving out most days for an internet signal to save my work online. Stranded, I wrote till dawn most nights, too jumpy to sleep during the hours of darkness, and almost finished the novel.
On my last day, disaster struck. I clicked Save on my novel, heard a terrible bang inside my laptop, then the screen went blank. The machine was dead.
Suddenly aware of a hostile presence watching me, I threw everything into the car, locked up the cottage, and drove out of there in a big hurry. At home, I sent the laptop off to a data retrieval lab, but was told the hard drive was beyond repair.
I had lost the final third of my novel!
I had not taken a data stick with me on retreat, so had no choice but to rewrite those 25,000 words, only a few days before my deadline. It certainly felt like something – or someone – did not want me to finish Witchfall.
A series of unfortunate incidents or a genuine haunting? You decide. As for me, I will never again say, ‘I don’t believe in ghosts!’
About Victoria Lamb -
Victoria Lamb grew up in the peaceful Isle of Man, benefiting from a vast library of books and a family of writers from which to take inspiration. She now lives with her own family in a three-hundred year old farmhouse on the fringes of Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor, where she walks most days and writes in a study overlooking fields of moorland ponies.
She has a serious addiction to Twitter, and invites other such addicts to chat with her there about books and nonsense.
It's time to celebrate Halloween! There are two giveaways for those following this spooktacular tour, a TRICK and a TREAT of course!
For my stop I'll be giving away the TREAT: I'm so excited for this amazing treat guys! Harlequin TEEN is tricking out your wrist with some holiday bling! A unique and brand new Bracelet from X by Trollbeads with a Halloween themed link among black rubber links!
Please note that both trick and treat prize give-aways are for US/Canada participants only. See full contest rules here.
Don't forget to check out more of the HARLEQUIN TEEN Halloween tour Schedule:
Monday, September 30th - Cara Lynn Shultz and Spellbound - The Irish Banana
Wednesday, October 2nd - Cara Lynn Shultz and Spellcaster – Alice Marvels
Friday, October 4th - Gena Showalter and Alice in Zombieland & Through The Zombieglass – The Page Turners
Monday, October 7th - Dawn Metcalf – Indelible – Refracted Lights
Wednesday, October 9th - Rachel Vincent and The Soul Screamers Series - Such A Novel Idea
Friday, October 11th - Victoria Lamb and Witchstruck – Book Swoon
Monday, October 14th - Melissa Darnell and Crave & Covet – The Book Swarm
Wednesday, October 16th - Melissa Darnell and Consume – A Bookish Escape
Friday, October 18th - Julie Kagawa and The Immortal Rules – Tyngas Reviews
Monday, October 21st – Julie Kagawa and The Eternity Cure – Bittersweet Enchantment
Wednesday, October 23rd -Michelle Rowen and Dark Kiss – Books & Things
Friday, October 25th -Michelle Rowen and Wicked Kiss – Bewitched Bookworms