Title: A Witch’s Journey
Author: Tena Stetler
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pepper McKay comes from a long line of powerful witches. Unfortunately, magic brings her nothing but trouble. She learned the love of wildlife rescue and rehab from her Aunt Ashling. After graduating from college, Pepper works for Salem Wildlife Sanctuary and lives from paycheck to paycheck until she inherits the McKay property in Lobster Cove. With the family land and resources, she dares to dream of starting her own wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.
Lathen Quartz, a former Navy SEAL turned handyman maintains the enchanted McKay property for the McKay estate. But someone is trying to steal the McKay magic. Lathen offers to help Pepper achieve her life-long dream of building a wildlife center. During the long hours spent together on the project, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. But each harbors a deep, dark secret. Will they overcome their demons and give love a chance?
Lathen put his hand on her shoulder. “Where’d you go? Been sitting there, knife extended above the pumpkin, for fifteen minutes. Are you going to carve it or just threaten it?” He guffawed and wrapped his large callused hand around hers holding the knife, brought it to the pumpkin, and made carving motions, then tried to hand her an erasable marker. “Try using this first.”
She pushed his hand away and frowned at him. “Oh, stop it. I was thinking about this evening after the celebration. I don’t want anything to go wrong.”
“It won’t. We have a solid plan and several powerful witches to bring it to fruition. So relax and enjoy the festivities of your favorite holiday. But the decorations will be lacking if you don’t get to carving. We need twenty-five jack-o-lanterns, by your own count, for the gazebo and surrounding area tables in the town square. I have the candles and holders for each right here.” As he swung the bag in front of Pepper, the tinkling sound of glass clinking together had her frowning.
“Careful, or you’ll be looking for more holders.” Snagging the bag from him, she sat it on the ground under her bench and then spun the pumpkin around searching for the best side to carve a face. “Funny or scary?” she asked, drawing her bottom lip through her teeth as she peered at all of the pumpkins arranged around her. They’d carved several last night but still had eleven to go and would deliver them all to the gazebo by two this afternoon. The sun peeked over the eastern horizon, flooding through the window in warm golden shards of light. Got plenty of time. Pepper looked forward to joining with the locals to decorate the center of town for the festivities. It felt good to be a welcome member of the community.
Lathen and Duncan set up the booth complete with warming pots and insulated cups for hot chocolate. Pepper took three giant bags of candy from the crate and poured them into a big basket. Hands on hips, Pepper glanced around and nodded to Lathen. “I think we’re ready.”
Trick or treat stations were set up all over the area with a few adjacent merchants sponsoring costume contests and prizes.
Various organizations set up booths to sell or promote their wares. They doubled as additional trick or treat stops for the kids, handing out alternative treats such as popcorn balls, hot apple cider, and sugar free candy. The high school’s booth had bobbing for apples set up.
The Lobster Cove Wildlife Rescue and Rehab Center booth was a popular stop serving mugs of hot chocolate to chase away the autumn chill. Pepper, Lathen, Klaren, and Duncan took turns manning the booth and mingling among friends and acquaintances.
Just before dusk, Pepper lit all the pumpkins, and Lathen started the portable propane heater inside the gazebo to act as a warming station for the remainder of the festivities. He stayed close to the gazebo, making sure it didn’t turn into a bonfire.
The orange glow of the evil, funny, and traditionally carved jack-o-lanterns completed the Halloween ambiance. As Pepper returned to the booth, she was met by a fairy princess accompanied by a young vampire with plastic pumpkins held in their hands. “Trick or treat,” the little princess with sparkly wings said. A chorus of trick or treats echoed by the approaching tiny witch in a pointy hat and black and orange striped stockings. A pair of children dressed as M&M’s and a couple of popular movie characters rounded out the group.
Pepper reached into the basket, grabbed a handful of candy, and dropped several pieces in each child’s pumpkin. The children laughed and hooted as they scurried off to the next candy station. A shiver shot up her spine. How would this night end?
If you could dress up as anything or anyone this Halloween, what or who would it be and why?
The whole fun of Halloween is to dress up as anyone or thing you want and no one bats an eye. LOL
I’ve dressed up as a vampire for years to hand out candy. The kids love it and expect it. This year I am going to throw them a curve, I’ll dress up as a broom riding witch. Still I’ll appear out of the fog of the fog machine, because it’s so much fun scaring the older kids. I’m careful around the little ones so as not to scare them.
Explain why your featured book is a treat to read:
A Witch’s Journey is a feel good read all about second chances and paying it forward with a bit of mystery mixed it. Leave your ordinary world behind, be swept into a magical, romantic fantasy adventure you’ll never want to leave.
The book is not only about magic and love between two people, but the dedication of Pepper McKay, a witch - wildlife rehabilitator and a compassionate former Navy SEAL, Lathen Quartz, with physical and psychological scars of his own. Their journey begins with building a wildlife rescue and rehab center, her life-long dream. Along the way, they discover the healing power of love and family. But when someone tries to steal the McKay magic, all bets are off. There in is the mystery.
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Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends. After many years as a paralegal, then an IT Manager, she decided to live out her dream of pursuing a publishing career.
With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of witches, shapeshifters, demons, faeries, and gryphons, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a fifty-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. During the winter you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn. Visit Tena’s website at tenastetler.com where you’ll find links to all of her books, blog and pictures of recent travels and setting of her books.
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