Friday, March 29, 2013

Demon, Book Two in the Dark Musicals Trilogy, inspired by Sweeney Todd is available now!


When Justyn and Rebecca set off for the New York School of Performing Arts, they think their dreams are about to come true. To their dismay, they aren’t in high school anymore, and the competition is steep. Rebecca must compete against accomplished singers for a role in the production of Demon Barber, including a stunning Gothic diva with her sights set on Justyn
It doesn't help that things keep disappearing from their apartment or that Rebecca's father refuses to accept that Justyn is an essential part of her life. Yet, all this seems minimal in comparison to the serial rapist terrorizing the campus.
Consumed by fear and obsessed with revenge, Rebecca and Justyn start living the story of Sweeney Todd—both on and off the stage.
 Head to face book to join the Demon Release Party.  You can also add Demon to your shelf on good reads.

If you haven't read the first book in the series, now is a great time to get your copy. To celebrate the release of Demon,  Phantom is now on sale for only $1.99 exclusively on Amazon!


Phantom, Dark Musicals Book #1

The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.

Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.

Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister. Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed? Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.


      Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player and Demon. She also has short stories featured in two anthologies called HerStory and A Celtic Tapestry.

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To celebrate the release of Demon, Author Laura DeLuca has put together a Demon themed prize pack. It includes a signed copy of Phantom, geode and geode slice, rough crystal points, incense and holders, Gothic style leather key chains, smudge stick with abalone shell, mini Buddha and elephant statue, crystal, natural stone and pentacle pendants, and a $10 GC to Little Caesars, . 

The The Sisters Elemental Etsy shop has also created custom Lavender Purification  bath salts and a set of ammonite necklaces, both of which are featured in the book.

And finally, the awesome mommy bloggers at  Mom Powered Media are also throwing in a $50 Amazon GC to support one of their own!

One lucky winner is going to receive all these fabulous prizes. To enter, just fill in the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end on  5/17/13. Open to the US only. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply. Thanks again to Mom Powered Media, The Sisters Elemental and the author for offering these fantastic prizes.

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Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Celtic Tapestry Anthology

The wheel of the year turns, bringing the joy of spring, the warmth of summer, the richness of autumn, and the merriment of winter. But eight Celtic festivals link these seasons together, bringing with them romance, lust, danger, and even magic. From a city under threat from night-time creatures at Ostara, to a selkie caught by the light of the Lughnasadh moon, to a writer caught in the flames of a fiery goddess at Imbolc.

Eight authors have come together to give their own twist on these festivals, weaving each story with a blend of myth, magic, and contemporary telling…to create A Celtic Tapestry


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Guest Post by Laura DeLuca - Author of Brigid's Flame
Brigid’s Flame is my contribution to the anthology and it was inspired by my patron goddess, Brigid. She is the goddess of poetry, smith craft and childbirth.  In my story, a struggling writer invokes Brigid on the sacred night of Imbolc to help rekindle his creativity with her eternal flame.  The chant my hero uses in one I wrote myself and have used many times to help overcome writers block.

“Brigid, I call you on this sacred night.
I summon your flame. I invoke your might.
The words will come. My mind will soar.
My strength and confidence will endure.
Goddess Brigid, fill me with creativity.
As I will it, so mote it be.”

Here is a simple spell anyone can use along with the chant to help bring some inspiration into their lives.  All you need is a candle (preferably orange or yellow, but white can also be used), a bowl, and a few ice cubes. If available, snow or icicles would be even better.  Set the items up on your altar or some other space where you have privacy. Place the ice cubes or snow into the bowl and light your candle.  Star into the flame and focus of what you are trying to accomplish. Imagine that the ice is your creativity. Right now it’s frozen and blocked.  Now see that flame warming the ice, melting away those blocks. Continue this visualization as you chant the spell.  Once the ice has melted it, drink the water. This is your creativity flowing freely back into you. 

The Giveaway

To help celebrate the release of The Celtic Tapestry, our friends over at A Celtic Attic are offering one lucky winner a beautiful Brigid's Cross wall plaque. To enter just fill out the rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end on 4/11/13 Open WORLDWIDE. The winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to reply. Thanks again A Celtic Attic for offering this fantastic prize.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ostara by ~*Spirit*~

It’s that time again for another Sabbat! This is one I am especially excited for because it marks the beginning of Spring, which I love!! After a bland winter my soul gets itchy to be outside and see all the beautiful colors that Mother Earth has to share with us. This sabbat is Ostara, and a special note as it’s also my youngest daughter’s birthday.

The spring equinox is called by many names: Ostara, Oestara, Eostre’s Day, Rite of Eostre, Alban Elir, Festival of the Trees (I like that one lol) and Lady Day. It is known as one of the lesser sabbats, however I think solstices and equinoxes have added punch to their power through the energy of the universe, as on this day, the night and day are of equal lengths.

A quick tip on remembering which are the main sabbats and which are the lesser are the dates:
Solstices & Equinoxes (lesser sabbats) (March 21, June 21, September 21, December 21) – all on or close to the 21st.
4 Major Imbolc Feb 2, Beltane May 1, Lammas Aug 1 and Samhain 31 – First or last day of the month, barring Imbolc.

Winter is a time where everything is dead and/or dormant. Spring is when everything is brought back to life, so for spell work, Ostara is the time to invoke those qualities/personalities into your life that you are wanting and letting go of those that you don’t want with the passing winter. This is the perfect time to renew yourself and find balance within.

An example of a great spell/ritual that you can do on Ostara is to take some old leaves, write on them qualities that you wish to get rid of and plant it in the ground to “ground out” those qualities. You can also do the same thing but plant it with a seedling, yet these words are to qualities that you want to bring forth in your life, as the plant grows, the abundance will flow to you.

The symbolisms for Ostara are much the same as Easter, eggs (fertility/abundance), rabbits (fertility) and fertility in and of itself is the embodiment of LIFE, which spring is all about bringing the earth back to life.

Here is an explanation of the word Ostara and Easter in comparison from The Real Witches Handbook, by Kate West:
It is no coincidence that the name for this Sabbat sounds similar to the word “Easter”. Eostre, or Ostara, is an Anglo-Saxon Dawn Goddess whose symbols are the egg and the hare. She, in turn, is the European version of the Goddess Ishtar or Astarte, whose worship dates back thousands of years and is certainly pre-Christian. Eostre also lives on in our medical language in the words “oestrous’ (the sexual impulse in female animals) and ‘oestrogen’ (a female hormone).

Now in my personal life, I have been blessed with seeing rabbits the other day. One had just given birth and I saw it’s babies! I also watched as two more female rabbits made their nests and I got to learn a bit about the nature of rabbits as well. The whole time I just smiled and kept thinking, “Well, Ostara IS coming up…,” seeing what you believe in IN action is pretty cool. I felt honored to have experienced that so close to the sabbat that embodies it.

Now before I forget, this is also the time to get planting! Fertility isn’t just for the cute little bunnies and other critters, it’s for us to reap the benefits of our own gardening.

I’m not going to list animal/color/candle/herb/oil/food correspondences because I believe we each walk a unique path and what’s right for one isn’t right for another.

Enjoy this Blessed time! ~*Spirit*~