"Do you cast spells on people you don't like? Can you fly on a broomstick?"
A group of curious teens was pumping the purveyor of Practical Magik, a fantastic wiccan store located in Sugar Loaf, NY. A teacher at heart (and a patient one at that), she calmly explained the craft to them.
Witchcraft is a tricky thing to talk about. Like everyone else, I've "dabbled," particularly in my younger years. As I have aged, I (sadly) don't believe in magic much anymore. But I have been more attracted to the archetypes of the witch--the maiden, mother and crone--than the spell work, scrying and so forth that appealed to the younger me.
But writing Hell's Belle has re-opened the world of witchcraft once again. Now I am researching Mexican Brujería, Haitian voodoo, as well as the Western wiccan teachings of Raymond Buckland. Reconnecting with something spiritual has been a revelation. Spending my adult life uncomfortable with religion, I now come to it older, wiser and finally ready to absorb what Paganism offers--gratitude, deeper connection to the earth, kindness, compassion.
Of course, I am using witchcraft in the Hollywood sense of it in Hell's Belle. This is, after all, fiction, and a little hocus pocus adds to the excitement. But I am trying to find a balance the fantastical elements of witchcraft and the spiritual.
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Number of pages: 238
Word Count: 74,722
Half-vampire, half-human, Nina Martinez spent most of her life underground as part of an elite secret team of government agents who quietly take down rogue monsters -- the human world none the wiser.
She moves back to her hometown of Providence, RI to keep an eye on the recent uptick in supernatural activity, and to help run the bar she co-owns with her aunt. Her attempt at a “regular” life, not to mention a budding relationship with smoking hot FBI agent Max, is cut short because of a string of ritual murders targeting the city's community of witches.
But Nina's investigation unearths deadly secrets from her long buried parents. Now the target of supernatural assassins, could Nina be the most dangerous vampire hybrid to ever exist? No wonder she can’t get a date.
An urban fantasy set in a decaying Providence, Rhode Island, HELL'S BELLE is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fueled roller-coaster ride through a city on the cusp of becoming an urban wasteland. An energetic, expansive, and cinematic, HELL'S BELLE was called "captivating" by Kirkus Reviews.
Book Chick City gave it 5-stars, calling it "one of the best urban fantasies I have read this year!"
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About the Author:
An award-winning playwright, Karen Greco has spent close to twenty years in New York City, working in publicity and marketing for the entertainment industry.
A life-long obsession with exorcists and Dracula drew her to urban fantasy, where she can decapitate characters with impunity. HELL'S BELLE is her first novel.
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