Witch of the Cards is historical, supernatural romantic suspense set in 1932 on the Jersey shore. Twenty-two year-old Fiera has recently left the Brooklyn orphanage where she was raised, and works in Manhattan as a nanny.
Cover Artist: Mae I Designs
Fiera was born a sea witch with no inkling of her power. And now it might be too late.
Witch of the Cards is historical, supernatural romantic suspense set in 1932 on the Jersey shore. Twenty-two year-old Fiera has recently left the Brooklyn orphanage where she was raised, and works in Manhattan as a nanny. She gets a lucky break when her boss pays for her short vacation in Asbury Park. One evening, Fiera and her new friend Dulcie wander down the boardwalk and into Peter Dune’s Tarot & Séance, where they attend a card reading.
Fiera has always had an unsettling ability to know things before they happen and sense people’s hidden agendas. She longs to either find out the origin of her powers or else banish them because as is, they make her feel crazy. When, during the reading, her energies somehow bond with Peter Dune’s and form an undeniable ethereal force, a chain of revelations and dangerous events begin to unspool. For one, Fiera finds out she is a witch from a powerful sea clan, but that someone is out to stop her blossoming power forever. And though she is falling in love with Peter, he also has a secret side. He’s no card reader, but a private detective working to expose mediums. Despite this terrible betrayal, Fiera must make the choice to save Peter from a tragic Morro Cruise boat fire, or let him perish with his fellow investigators. Told in alternating viewpoints, we hear Fiera and Peter each struggle against their deep attraction. Secrets, lies, even murder, lace this dark fantasy.
Pen Names – The Advantages & Disadvantages
Hi dear readers, booklovers and fellow authors,
This topic is right on target in regards to my new release, Witch of the Cards. Because it is an adult novel, and it does have some romance in it, and yet I made the decision to use my Catherine Stine name for it. Up until my cover designer sent me the roughs, the name on it was my penname, Kitsy Clare. So, why change it? Because I had a revelation that my Kitsy Clare branding is also about contemporary realism, and my Catherine Stine brand in large part, is more about fantasy.
I’m sure I made the right choice. Witch of the Cards has a romance with some sexual aspects but it’s not always front and center. Because Witch of the Cards also has suspense, mystery, historical details about the 1930s and boatloads of magic!
Though I must say, I like having two personas. It’s fun! Sometimes I feel like a sexy Kitsy Clare, and other times I feel like a spellbound and mysterious Catherine Stine, weaving my dark tales of the fantastic.
What do you think of pennames? Are you a fan of them? If so, why?
Thanks for having me on your blog, Mystical Books! For those who read Witch of the Cards, I hope you like Fiera’s dangerous journey as much as I enjoyed writing it.
About the author:
Catherine Stine’s novels span the range from futuristic to supernatural to contemporary. Her YA sci-fi thrillers Fireseed One and Ruby’s Fire are Amazon bestsellers and indie award winners. Her YA, Dorianna won Best Horror Book in the Kindle Hub Awards. Heart in a Box, her contemporary YA was an Amazon Hot New Release in Teen and Alternative Family for over eight weeks. She also writes romance as Kitsy Clare. Her Art of Love series includes Model Position and Private Internship. Book three, Girl and the Gamer, launches this summer. She suspects her love of dark fantasy came from her father reading Edgar Allen Poe to her as a child, and her love of contemporary fiction comes from being a jubilant realist. To unwind she loves to watch “bad” reality TV and travel to offbeat places.
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