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{Indie Spotlight Feature} Guest Post by Sally Dubats (+ eBook giveaway!!!)

Today, I have a very special post for you all. Author Sally Dubats has written a wonderful guest post for my blog. I hope you find it as interesting a read as I did, and if you have yet to check out her book, why not request a free copy in the comments below?!

I thought a long time about what would be the best topic to write about for Nicole’s guest blog, and I thought the perfect thing would be to write about something my main character, Cassie, would do, and sprinkle a little magick!
My book, “The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds”, is about a young girl who is a Witch, but not a “Hollywood Stereotype”. She’s real. Wicca is her religion. Nicole had asked a question for my interview about why I wrote the book, and I said because I want everyone to know who Witches really are. I also want people to feel empowered and take charge of their lives. My main character, Cassie, might not always make the best decisions in life, so when life turns sour, Cassie does magick. And I think that’s the point. I think we can be conscientious and make better choices, but we can also be guided by God, Spirit, Goddess, the Universe, or our Higher Self when making those decisions, and feel empowered.
When Witches have a challenge, we do spells. I certainly can’t speak for all Witches, but many who I know turn to the Craft for guidance, or to turn their lives around, and create the life they want to live. That’s what “Grimoire” is all about. Well, that and an urban fantasy combined with a love story 🙂
So, back to sprinkling a little magick. This is something Cassie would do, and something you can do no matter what your religion is, and even if you choose not to practice any religion. It’s candle magick. The roots of lighting a candle as a spiritual practice pre-date Judaism and Christianity and are used in Buddhism and Hinduism and other religions. Here is one of the most basic forms of candle magick (except for blowing out birthday candles, which is about as basic as you can get!).
Think about what you want to bring more of into your life, more love, prosperity, devotion, being open to a new direction, feeling better for any reason, joy, better grades, being healthier, peace in your home — the possibilities are infinite. Buy a candle, the kind that fills a tall glass container. You can get them with religious symbols and figures or flowers, or plain. Most candle magick is very specific, but this particular kind of candle magick allows you to be very broad and general.
Begin on a new moon, and each night after dinner or when the day has calmed down, just focus for a moment on the property or trait you selected, and light the candle. Go about your business, whether it’s reading, working out, watching tv, homework, or whatever. Each time you see the candle or become aware of it, feel that you already have drawn the change into your life. If you want more Peace in your home, visualize your home at Peace. Feel it. Own it! Smile with the knowledge that it already exists, and just allow.
Please be safe, and extinguish the candle at the end of each night, and don’t leave the candle unattended when lit.
Re-light your candle the next night with the same intention, and each night until the moon is full. It’s okay if you skip a night. The candle will be there when you’re ready to light it. When the full moon comes, see how your life has changed in the short time between the New Moon and the Full moon! Sometimes the change is subtle; sometimes the change is profound. This simple candle magick is just a general gentle reminder that you are manifesting a Better You.
Thank you so much for reading! I’m always happy to get e-mail!
Brightest blessings!

A “thank you” to Sally:

I just wanted to say thank you to Sally for being a joy to work with this past month! You’ve definitely been one of the nicest authors I’ve ever had the chance to work with. 🙂

I will be posting my review over the weekend for VEIL BETWEEN WORLDS!

{Indie Spotlight} Excerpt and Giveaway: VEIL BETWEEN WORLDS by Sally Dubats

Welcome to week three of my Indie Spotlight Feature for January. The book this month, for those unaware, is Veil Between Worlds by Sally Dubat! For today’s post, she’s provided an excerpt, as well as ten e-book copies for giveaway. Want to win a copy? Comment on this post! It’s easy! The first ten people to comment will receive an e-book copy of Veil Between Worlds.

{Indie Spotlight} Book Trailer + Giveaway: Veil Between Worlds!

You’ve probably seen me talking about Veil Between Worlds on Twitter a lot. For those unaware, Veil Between Worlds by Sally Dubats is the January Indie Spotlight Feature selection. Every Friday throughout January, I will be giving away TEN e-book copies of Veil Between Worlds (because Sally is awesome like that).

Last week, I brought you an interview (which you can read here). This week, I’m bringing you the book trailer!

If you’d like to win one of TEN e-book copies, send an e-mail over to NicoleSobonBooks (at) gmail (dot) com with which format you’d prefer. 🙂

Indie Spotlight Feature: Interview with Author Sally Dubats (+ Giveaway)!

I’m thrilled to be able to bring you an interview with Sally Dubats, author of The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds.

Here’s more about Sally’s book:

Description From Goodreads: The Witches’ New Year looms, and the Veil Between Worlds thins. Seventeen-year-old Cassie heads home from school and meets Trenton, a beautiful boy with an enchanting voice. Darkness blankets the encounter so Cassie forgets she ever met him. . . and what he did to her. For other girls the lost time would be the end of the story, but Cassie is Wiccan and she uses her intelligence and authentic witchcraft to remember the truth. Her spell sets in motion a mind-blowing adventure that takes her to another dimension, the astral plane, where anything is possible and a dangerous romance with Trenton blossoms.

But who. . . or what. . . is Trenton?

The story is fantasy. The spells are real.

Watch for the next book in the series,
“The Grimoire Chronicles: Winter Solstice”.

About Sally: Sally Dubats is a published author of a non-fiction compendium on the practice of witchcraft. She has held editorial positions for green non-profit organizations, and was the editor of a metaphysical newspaper for several years. Sally is Wiccan and continues to practice and research the Craft.

When did you know you wanted to be a writer?

I have always loved writing, and I have always loved creative expression in all forms. I still have a book from the fourth grade that I wrote about preying mantises. Yes. The bugs. I literally made a cardboard cover for the book, did the cover art and title, and “bound” it. I was pretty proud of that book, and I’ve been writing ever since! Plus, I’ve had so many mentors along the way. I believe people show up in our lives like angels to show us our Path. Writing is my way of honoring them. I think the other part of this question is that we should ALL be doing what we love on our Path, and that’s the best way to give back to society.

How did you come up with the story for The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds?

I love reading, and I’ve read a lot of Young Adult books with great female characters. What I felt was missing was a Wiccan protagonist. And that evolved into, “I wonder what a real Witch would do if faced with some kind of supernatural situation.” And then I began to think that there weren’t many real Witches represented in literature. I could only think of “Hollywood Witches,” stereotypes who could fly, move things with their mind, and make things disappear. That’s not real. Witches are real people who care about the earth, our families, natural healing, and, yes, magick, but not “Hollywood magic”. I wanted to write about THAT – real magick and real spells. The story is fantasy, but the spells are real! The last thing about the story was that it had to be FUN.

What do you hope readers will take away from reading The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds?

Great question! First and foremost, I want readers to have a thrilling read and get lost in an adventure in a new world! I love reading about people from different backgrounds and new places. I want to warmly welcome “Grimoire” readers into a new world! I want people to know that Pagans and Witches are like everyone else, and we’re coming out of the broom closet. We are all connected, and we all want the same things: to be happy, find our Path, and be joyful in life!

If there was one thing you could tell aspiring writers, what would it be?

Write! I was involved in theatre for about ten years, and have directed a lot of shows. A new director once came to me before directing her first show to ask some final advice. I told her to put as much of her own personality into the production as possible, and put THAT onstage – bigger than life! She did, and the production was great. I feel the same way about painting and dancing. I feel that way about writing. We’ve all got something incredible to say! Write a lot. Find YOUR voice. And put as much of your own personality into the writing as possible – all the sorrow, the laughter, the tears, the joy. Make it bigger than life – and put THAT on the page!

What can we expect from you in the future? How many Grimoire books do you think you’ll write?

I am SO excited about this project! There are eight Wiccan Sabbats, so there will be eight books to this series – one book for each Sabbat! We will follow Cassie on her journey during the Wheel of the Year. There are the two equinoxes and two solstices, and the four cross quarters which fall directly in between. So the next book will be “Winter Solstice,” which will be finished soon. (You can see the new book cover on my web site.) After that it will be “Imbolc,” “Spring Equinox,” “May Day,” etc., through the eight Sabbats to the end of the Year and a Day.

Describe The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds in three words.

Mind-Bending Romantic Rollercoaster! (mind-bending is hyphenated, so I’m counting it as one word! Hahaha!) And, Nicole, thank you so very much. This has been a pleasure, and your website is amazing. Keep up the great work! We all appreciate you so very much! May the Fairies bring you luck as plentiful as champagne bubbles!

Thank you Sally for providing wonderful answers to my questions!

Now, onto the giveaway! Sally has been kind enough to offer TEN e-books every Friday for this month. How awesome is that?! To enter, all you need to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address(so that we can contact you) and add The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds to your to-read shelf on Goodreads. Simple, right? Yes! Now get to it!

Since Sally has offered up ten e-book copies per week (again, I will be spotlighting her book EVERY Friday this month), it’ll be first come first served.

FYI: I don’t have access to Photoshop at the moment (its on my Desktop, not my laptop), so the images -Giveaway Rules and Indie Spotlight – are not by me. I found them on Google Images.

January’s Indie Spotlight Feature Selection: “The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds” by Sally Dubats

I’m thrilled to announce that The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds by Sally Dubats will be the very first book featured as part of the Indie Spotlight Feature on Nicole’s YA Book Haven! Given that the posts will start this Friday, I figured I’d give you all an idea of what you can expect.

First, here’s more about The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds:

Halloween looms, and the Veil Between Worlds thins. Seventeen-year-old Cassie heads home from school and meets Trenton, a beautiful boy with an enchanting voice who steals her life force then makes her forget the attack ever happened. For other girls the lost time would be the end of the story, but Cassie is Wiccan and she uses her intelligence and authentic witchcraft to remember the truth. Her spell sets in motion a mind-blowing adventure that takes her to another dimension, the astral plane, where anything is possible and a perilous romance with Trenton blossoms.

Cassie learns that Trenton is a Siren. Ruthless, deadly and elegant, the Sirens are an evolved species, a combination of the Muses, the Graces, and the Undead. They have influenced human art, music, and dance through the ages — with a price, and Trenton’s family is renovating a decaying resort to open a school for teens gifted in the arts. A dangerous love triangle develops between Trenton, his intended Siren Match Iris, and his true Match Cassie, turning Cassie’s world upside down. Halloween looms and the veil between worlds thins. Stereotypes break down when friends come to Cassie’s aid, and she must delve deeper into her knowledge of witchcraft to discover the High Priestess within. The tale culminates at midnight on Halloween, the Witches’ Sabbat called Samhain, in a desperate astral battle to save each other from Iris’s fury or be trapped on the astral plane forever.

At the heart of “The Grimoire Chronicles: Veil Between Worlds” is an incredibly fast-paced mystery with a cliffhanger (sometimes literally!) at the end of each short chapter. Grimoire is fantasy based on research, and in this case it is based on Wicca and Witchcraft, Greek mythology, ancient Hindu/Yogic techniques, and science. The rituals and spells in the book are real, and the story is fascinating — whether you want to learn more about witchcraft, paganism, and earth-based religions or just get lost in a terrific book!

Watch for the next book in the series, “The Grimoire Chronicles: Winter Solstice” – coming soon!

Add it to your to-be-read shelf on Goodreads: here

This is the current posting schedule:

  • week 1 = give-away + interview
  • week 2 = give-away + trailer
  • week 3 = give-away + excerpt
  • week 4 = give-away plus guest post

Again, these posts will go live on Friday’s. I will be posting my review in January as well (although there isn’t a set date).

Sally has been a wonderful author to work with thus far and I can’t wait for to bring her book into focus over this next month!

If you’re an author interested in submitting your book for February, you can do so by heading over here.