Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Legacy of the Witch

Seeker: As societies grow increasingly fragmented, hopelessness, nihilism, and division are on the rise. But there is another way—a way of mystery and magic, of wholeness and transformation. Do you dare take the first step? Our path is not for the faint-hearted, but for seekers of ancient truths...

All April wants is to start over after her husband’s sudden death. She’s conjuring a new path—finally getting her degree and planning her new business in bucolic Pennsylvania Dutch country. Joining an online mystery school seems like harmless fun.

But when a murdered man leaves her a cryptic message, she catches glimpses of another reality she’s unwilling to acknowledge. A reality where bygone enchantments cast cryptic shadows, and the present brims with unanswered questions.

As April works to unearth the mystery, every step brings her closer to a truth she’s been evading. And to a conspiracy of hexes that may end in her demise.

Legacy of the Witch is a spellbinding, interactive tale of a woman’s midlife quest to understand the complexities of her own heart. A paranormal women’s fiction murder mystery for anyone who’s wondered if there might be more to their own life than meets the eye…

Book 1 in the new Mystery School Series featuring the UnTarot, a deck of cards for meaning making. Start reading now!

UnTarot deck app included!

my review...

Have you ever seen something no one else saw and you were positive it was real? How many times did you just laugh it off because if you told someone they’d think you were crazy? In The Legacy of the Witch, April isn’t sure what to think about all of the Penn Dutch folklore she heard about growing up. Nor does she understand what she’s seeing now, or is it imagining now?

I have written previously that I’m a very black and white thinker and yet I have read many of Kirsten Weiss’ books from various series. I’ve had absolute fun with them all. Many of them have a couple of constant themes. One of those themes is the paranormal genre and the other is humor. Not a comedy book by any means, but rather a story with a character you might say has a somewhat cynical nature. One who always has that little bit of mocking comment in her mind. Sort of the “oh come on” we all bite back sometimes. Somehow, I can’t help but think Ms. Weiss doesn’t have a little bit of a teasing streak running through her to create those characters :)

The Legacy of the Witch is a little different theme according to the other books I have read by Kirsten Weiss. It might be a little more serious even with its Tarot card theme and yet April, the main character, still has that little bit of smart, cynical attitude, although she keeps much of it to herself. I think she’s like me and doesn’t really believe in that “stuff”, or does she?

So, to summarize we have a talented author. One that can keep your attention regardless of what genres you might favor. We also have a prolific author, and I know that means a lot to those readers who are always searching for more of a series. Read some more! I will.

read an excerpt...

And there was someone inside the yellow coat. A silver-haired man.

For a moment I thought it was a bad joke, he wasn’t real. Then, heart banging, I hopped over the stone ledge.

Heedless of the brambles tugging at my clothes, of the muck squelching beneath my shoes, I stumbled to the supine man. He lay staring with one broad hand pressed to his chest. Blood stained his neck and pooled in the hollows around him.

“Oh my God,” I breathed, fumbling for the phone in my jacket pocket.

His head turned toward me, and I yelped.

I dropped to my knees beside him. “You’re alive. It’s okay. I’m calling for help now.” What had happened to him? Had he tripped and fallen? But what had he been doing in the circle?

“Can you put pressure on the wound?” I asked. If he couldn’t, I’d need to. I’d need a cloth, something to staunch the flow.

But first, help. Hands shaking, I called 9-1-1.

He lifted a hand and pointed toward the trees. “Look beneath,” he whispered. “The brotherhood.”

“It’s okay,” I said. “I’m calling now.” I pressed the phone to my ear. “I’m calling...” My voice faded.

His blue eyes grew as cold and impersonal as the Atlantic, and he stared without seeing at the sky. A thick dullness fogged my chest. I was too late. He was dead.


about Kirsten Weiss...

I believe in free-will, and that we all can make a difference. I believe that beauty blossoms in the conscious life, particularly with friends, family, and strangers. I believe that genre fiction has become generic, and it doesn’t have to be.

My current focus is my new Mystery School series, starting with Legacy of the Witch. Traditionally, women’s fiction refers to fiction where a woman—usually in her midlife—is going through some sort of dramatic change. A lot of us do go through big transitions in midlife. We get divorced or remarried. The kids leave the nest. Our bodies change. The midlife crisis is real—though it manifests in different ways—as we look back on where we’ve been, where we’re going, and the time we have left.

Now in my mid-fifties, I’ve spent more time thinking about the big “meaning of life” issues. It seemed like approaching those issues through witch fiction, and through a fictional mystery school, would be a fun and a useful way for me to work out some of these ideas in my own head—about change and letting go, faith and fear, and love and longing.

After growing up on a diet of Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes, and Agatha Christie, I’ve published over 60 mysteries—from cozies to supernatural suspense, as well as an experimental fiction book on Tarot. Spending over 20 years working overseas in international development, I learned that perception is not reality, and things are often not what they seem—for better or worse.

There isn’t a winter holiday or a type of chocolate I don’t love, and some of my best friends are fictional.





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  1. Thank you for reviewing LEGACY OF THE WITCH today.

  2. Thank you for taking the time to read and review Legacy of the Witch!

  3. I enjoyed the post. Sounds good.

  4. This sounds like a great story.


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