2016 Must Start Early!

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Some of you may know I was slowed down in 2015 by a need for Rehab, and a day job search that began to take over my life. That’s how hard it is to find a job in Seattle these days!

These things, and a few other special, secret influences, slowly made it extremely difficult to enter the altered states of consciousness from whence the stories flow. Its a miracle Morna: A Celtic Tale of the Selkies made it out into the world when it did. I hope you have all gotten your copies for 99 cents. Please leave a review! The price increases to $2.99 on December 1st.

Astrology

Some of you may also know that I have been a professional Astrologer and Psychic for many years. The celestial influences have not been kind to me. The first half of the year was great in many ways, but Mercury went retrograde in Libra mid-September, triggering all sorts of distasters in my Venus ruled chart. It has been Dance with Death. How many things can you lose at once and still be on the planet?

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2016

One thing I know needs to change in this blog. I feel my entries on here are quite boring. Too businesslike and not really me. That is because all my creative energy goes into writing the novels and I don’t have much left over for the blog. My Winterspells: Life on the Magical Path, Legacy of the Witchblood blog was quite another story, but I wasn’t writing fiction when I was working on it. Go here: http://www/houseofwinterspells.com. Its also in the tab under Magic. All that stuff is woven into the novels now. The posts are really good though, if I do say so myself.

This blog was gaining great popularity when I bailed on it. Silly me! I didn’t see how it could turn into a writing blog at the time. Now I do.

I’d like to do a podcast in 2016. This is a matter of getting the technology together so there is no fan hiss.

Novels

I also need to return to the novels I had planned for 2015. I may get The Vampire’s Bride finished by New Year. Its a novella, sequel to The Vampire’s Mirror. That one took me two weeks to write. This one could make it through!

Then I have the first draft of Dark Reliquary. Its a big project, but it goes well.

Sovay: Prelude to The Lady in Yellow, is in first draft as well. These two books could get finished early next year.

The second Poppy Farrell book, Taller Than Our Souls has been a bear. It got stuck in the middle and I haven’t been able to unravel it. This was actually demoralizing for me. I’d never had writer’s block before.

So these are the plans I can stick to so far. If I got these books out, it would feel great and there would be three series with more than one book in them. Lol!

Please pray for me to stay motivated and you’ll have more to read from me. Let me know what you would like to see for 2016 from me, as well.

Here’s a good winter read!

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The Vampire’s Mirror Hits #1!

The Vampire’s Mirror Hits #1!

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I am happy to announce that during my FREE Kindle book promotion, The Vampire’s Mirror hit #1 in Kindle and stayed there all day. It was #19 in all books and #10 in Gothic Romance in paid books!

This is pretty good, I’d say. I also got some amazing reviews.

This is the first major launch I’ve done for one my books on Amazon. The very first since I knew what I was doing. Paul Coleman of Book Pumper was a great help. He awarded me is invaluable assistance for free, taking my little novella to the top.

At the moment there are 5 Five Star reviews!

What are People Saying?

Pardon my braggadocio, but it is so exciting when people appreciate your work. I have to share a couple of  reviews.

An Old Fashioned Vampire Story

“The mirror possesses me.” Analise whispered…

Indeed, it does possess her. It all begins when a young nobleman, Stefan, enters the grounds of a cursed castle and picks up a mirror and comb. Unknown to him, they belonged to the Lady of Castle Drag, who died long ago. When Stefan gives the mirror to his betrothed, Lady Analise, she falls under the spell of the Lord of Castle Drag, the husband of the woman who owned the mirror and comb. A man, who became an evil creature when he returned from the war to find his wife dead. He now feeds on the blood of others. When Analise peers into the mirror, the Lord of Castle Drag is able to see her and she reminds him of his long dead wife.

This is a gothic style tale one that could have sprung from the Victorian age. A truly, old fashioned Vampire story. Though it has romance elements, it is not a romance, but I think most romance readers will like it. Smoothly written with a Victorian flair. The descriptions are exquisite, even poetic. It’s a short novella that can easily be finished in just a couple of hours. —– Cornelia Amiri

Exciting and Suspensful!

I really enjoy the way this author crafts a story. You feel like you are there watching every step of the way. Her rich descriptions paint a story that makes you see everything clearly, from ruined castles to lush forests. This is a story about a love triangle, but one of the participants is a vampire, so expect something really exciting. Highly recommended. —- Kat

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The Vampire’s Mirror: A Novella by Alyne de Winter

The Vampire’s Mirror: A Novella of Darkness and Doom

Available now on Amazon Kindle!

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Oh! The Dangerous Lure of Shiny Things…

“In the midst of the dragon’s golden coil was a pane of pure silvered glass. The crowned serpent’s head rose in profile at the top.  The eyes, one on each side, were set with rubies that shimmered in the firelight. Raising the mirror to her face, Giselle found her reflection….”

When young nobleman, Stefan stumbles on the ruins of Castle Drag, he ignores the advice of his friends not to enter, and finds an ornate, golden hand mirror lying in the grass along with a golden comb. Dazzled by the beauty of the dragon-ish designs, he takes the mirror and comb as gifts for his secret fiancé, Lady Analise, a woman whose beauty awakens an ancient evil…

This is no sparkly vampire!

In the grand tradition of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Vampire’s Mirror is filled with mystery and menace, beauty and terror, poetry and drama.

Indeed, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions. Poor Analise! Her lover, Stefan, doth love her beauty too much!

Go here and find out what happens when Analise is given the gift of an ancient vampire’s mirror…

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Coming Soon: Brides of Darkness: Tales of Opulent Darkness

Brides of Darkness: Tales of Opulent Darkness

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Cover by Davi Panzera

I am very excited to bring out my first collection of short stories. I have wanted to have a book like this since I was teenager. You don’t just get one story, but several. What a deal!

These six stories all involve characters who find themselves in horrific situations they cannot escape. They are, in that sense, wed to darkness either by intention, or fatal flaw.

Three of these stories were published elsewhere, one on Kindle and Smashwords where it has sold well, and one is exclusive to this collection. It should be available by the end of Summer, 2013.

Contents:

The Vampire’s Mirror   — Exclusive to Brides of Darkness

Cast out by her wealthy employer for stealing, Giselle wanders into a ruined castle. There she finds a mirror and a comb that once belonged to the wife of a Count from the House of Dracul. One hundred years later, young Stefan finds the comb and mirror in the ruins and takes them as gift for the woman he loves, the beautiful Lady Analise, who has never had a mirror. When Analise sees herself in the mirror, the Count sees her as well. Can Stefan save Analise from the Vampire’s attentions before her life is drained away? Or will his attempt be thwarted by a terrible twist of fate?

The House Witch — 2011, Variations on a Theme 

Andre Fournier deserts Napoleon’s army in the depth of a Russian winter. On the brink of starvation, he meets a child who directs him to a ruined palace with a ghostly gambling casino. The tables are presided over by a beautiful lady who reminds Andre of a girl he left behind. What does she want with Andre? Surely not just a card game!

 The Red Masque2011, Danse Macabre Magazine

A hedonistic Marquise despairs when he sees a guillotine being erected below his palace windows. He flees with his family and friends to his country estate where they continue their debauched soirees. Alisdaire and Odile, local witches, have other plans for him. Can he really escape his fate?

This story, inspired by E.A. Poe’s Mask of the Red Death, is meant to be part of a longer work involving generations of an aristocratic family and their macabre relationship with the spirits of the land.

Portrait of a Vampire — 2011,  Oberon’s Law

When Goth girl, Gina, meets the gorgeous, aristocratic  Laurence, (whom she affectionately calls Lorenzo),  in a Seattle nightclub, he sweeps her off her feet.  She knows it’s love, but he will not see her outside the club, will not take their relationship where she, and her friends, Amylie and Jen, long for it to go. When Lorenzo suddenly dies, Gina becomes obsessed with painting his portrait. Obsession turns to possession when he returns from the grave to model for her.

Priestess — 2012,  Amazon Kindle and Smashwords

5.0 out of 5 stars

Look closely at the death mask of Hiero-Dia! March 28, 2012

By Brian

Format:Kindle Edition

The Priestess’s Tale is fantastic. Great details, and an phantasmal mix of Roman and Gothic elements that requires close attention be paid at every turn. There are a succession of character transformations that are important to keep track of–Portia and her daughter at the beginning, and then Sylvana’s introduction to the rites, including a great scene in which the author draws on elements from the story of Actaeon, familiar to readers of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. The story takes a deeply mysterious turn towards the end; without giving too much away, a play of mirrors in the context of an ancient mystery religion disolves time, love and death in a way that both unified a number of strands in the story and caught me by surprise. This is a great work for readers with imaginative intelligence, if not a familiarity with ancient mystery religions, and younger readers will enjoy de Winter’s creation of moods and an atmosphere in a world that is both mysterious and exquisitely described.

The Strange Marriage of Lady Crawford — 2011, Lissette’s Tales of the Imagination 

Coming out of mourning, Lady Mary Crawford  holds a masquerade party to reunite with her friends. The only requirement is that the guests dress as animals,  the most convincing costume to win a secret prize.

The line between human and animal, and good and evil, are blurred in this Gothic story inspired by a photograph of a ruined house in Scotland and the story of a beautiful, wealthy recluse who loved animals more than people.

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