Hey y’all! Today I have Victoria Lamb, author of WITCHSTRUCK stopping by with a guest post for the WITCHSTRUCK blog tour hosted by Kismet Book Tours! Also there’s an awesome giveaway from Harlequin Teen so make sure to stick around to enter!
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The Tudor Witch Trilogy Book 1
Publication date: September 24th by Harlequin Teen
If she sink, she be no witch and shall be drowned.If she float, she be a witch and must be hanged.Meg Lytton has always known she is different—that she bears a dark and powerful gift. But in 1554 England, in service at Woodstock Palace to the banished Tudor princess Elizabeth, it has never been more dangerous to practise witchcraft. Meg knows she must guard her secret carefully from the many suspicious eyes watching over the princess and her companions. One wrong move could mean her life, and the life of Elizabeth, rightful heir to the English throne.With witchfinder Marcus Dent determined to have Meg’s hand in marriage, and Meg’s own family conspiring against the English queen, there isn’t a single person Meg can trust. Certainly not the enigmatic young Spanish priest Alejandro de Castillo, despite her undeniable feelings. But when all the world turns against her, Meg must open her heart to a dangerous choice.
The Secret Circle meets The Other Boleyn Girl in Witchstruck, the first book of the magical Tudor Witch trilogy
Now on to the Guest Post!
12 Survival Tips for Witches in the 1500s – Victoria Lamb
Avoid being spotted with thy besom – or broom of twigs – out of doors, unless actually sweeping!
Use a cooking pot for a cauldron to make it seem more innocent to prying eyes. Always remember to scour the pot thoroughly after spells!
Cut a short hazel wand or use an ordinary kitchen knife for ritual use, especially if performing spells outdoors. These will be easier to explain if caught than a ceremonial athame - a witch’s dagger – or ceremonial staff.
Keep no familiars that might be seen by those unfriendly to the craft. A toad concealed in your pocket makes a better spell-companion than any black cat or michievous crow, for these are too well-known as portents of the dark arts.
Before casting the circle indoors, throw salt over thy shoulder; if open to the four winds, assuage the fairies and country spirits with offerings before any spell be made.
Keep always a neat wifely cap and bible to hand for when the witchfinder comes calling. Seem biddable and obedient, cast down thine eyes to the floor, and call him ‘Master’. Never speak thy mind before a man: it is the mark of the witch.
When casting the circle, include some charm to protect that sacred space from spies and onlookers, whether innocent or malicious. Dance on clover for best protection, or by a stout holly bush; make a magickal staff from the wood of the ash tree; keep fennel or bay leaves on hand to guard against intruders.
Place only the most natural, chance-found things upon thy altar: a bird’s feather; a rabbit’s foot or skull; a handful of bruised nettles or rosemary sprigs; a bright stone from the stream; the stump or spill of a tallow candle. Then all will be easily cleared away and seem innocent to any visitor.
If there is any Devil’s Mark about thy body, conceal it.
Do not boast of hearing voices or commands from the spirits, nor of casting spells. The witchfinder always listens when the tongue runs loose.
Do not live alone and unmarried, for this invites accusation. Keep a husband about the house, but conceal all grimoires and magickal objects from his sight!
Trust no one with thy secret, for even the most loyal may accuse a witch under torture.
Thanks so much Victoria!
Victoria Lamb grew up in the peaceful Isle of Man, benefiting from a vast library of books and a family of writers from which to take inspiration. She now lives with her own family in a three-hundred year old farmhouse on the fringes of Cornwall’s Bodmin Moor, where she walks most days and writes in a study overlooking fields of moorland ponies.
She has a serious addiction to Twitter, and invites other such addicts to chat with her there about books and nonsense.
Contest Info: There are two giveaways for those following her tour!
The first giveaway is a daily one for the chance to win a copy of WITCHSTRUCK!
The second giveaway is for personalized astrological birth chart and Amazon gift card for framing!!
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