TITLE: The Witching Time
RELEASE DATE: April 20, 2016
AUTHOR: Rachel Faugno
PAGE COUNT: 273
IMPRINT: Craigh na Dun
KEYWORDS: Haunting, Suspenseful, Terrifying, Passionate, Steamy, Supernatural, Witchcraft
CATEGORIES: Women’s Fiction/Horror/Suspense/Romance
ONE LINER: When Caroline Burdick inherits a creepy old house, she’s swept into a maelstrom of witchcraft, illicit love, and dark family secrets that shatter her world.
SYNOPSIS:Caroline Burdick is still mourning the death of her toddler son when she inherits an isolated old house from her great aunt Hetty, a woman she barely knew. But the unexpected windfall comes with a catch: she must live in the house for six months to claim her inheritance.
Set on a lonely hilltop in Brookfield, Massachusetts, the house terrifies Caroline, as does her aunt’s menacing companion Sarah Stratton, who has stayed on as housekeeper. Even more disturbing are the repeated appearances of Bathsheba Spooner, a distant relative who was hanged for murder in 1778, and the discovery that Hetty was high priestess of an ancient coven of witches.
The only light amidst the darkness is a beautiful young man named Eddy Ross, with whom Caroline falls helplessly in love. But that fleeting joy cannot save her from the deadly maelstrom of witchcraft and family secrets that shatter her world.
I love suspense novels! What’s more enjoyable than curling up with a scary book when you’re all alone in a quiet house? You’ve got your tea, a favorite snack, a snuggly blanket, and just when you’re lost in the story and deliciously scared – wham! A floorboard creaks or a gust of wind hits the window. You jump. Your heart starts to race. You look away from the book and listen extra carefully for just a moment. Just in case . . .
That’s the kind of book I set out to write when I started THE WITCHING TIME. I knew that I wanted Bathsheba Spooner, an 18th-century woman hanged for murdering her husband, to be central to the story. But I didn’t want to write a straight historical novel. Instead, I wanted to blur the lines between make-believe and reality and to create suspense without a lot of gore or violence.
I decided to go with a haunting, in which Bathsheba’s restless spirit visits a vulnerable lead character, whom I named Caroline Burdick. A creepy old house and spooky woods seemed like the perfect setting, but there had to be more to the story than that. As in all good stories, the major character had to change or discover some important inner truth as the tale unfolded.
In fact, one of the challenges of writing this book was to engage readers’ sympathy with a character who ends up doing some pretty awful things. Just as Bathsheba herself has garnered sympathy over the centuries despite her dastardly deeds, I hoped that readers would sympathize with Caroline as they witness her moral deterioration. I wanted them to understand how she came to make the choices she made and to consider her character in light of the complicating factor of witchcraft.
From the moment she enters the old house she inherited from Great Aunt Hetty, Caroline is surrounded by witchcraft. By the end of the story, she has changed dramatically from the timid young woman who set out to claim her inheritance. It is intriguing to ask if those changes reflect some dark, inner piece of her that always lay at her core. Or did Caroline come under a spell, making her the unwitting victim of an elaborate web spun by witches through the long centuries?
I have an opinion on the matter, but I’ll leave it for readers to decide for themselves.
FAVORITE LINES FROM MAJOR CHARACTERS:
Caroline: Open my heart to the place that is not a place, to the time that is not a time.
Caroline: Dear boy! she wanted to laugh. To growl. Come here and ravish me!
Alan: Lie there and pout, if you want. Lie there till you rot! But don’t think it’s going to change anything. You owe me big time, after what you did to me.
Mrs. Stratton: Hetty had her way of dealing with situations that weren’t to her liking.
Mr. Cummings: I sometimes think that the nature we’re born with is what people used to call fate.
Here’s what they’re saying:
REVIEW “You won’t need to break out your torches and pitchforks to hunt for your next Sci-Fi/Fantasy read! Rachel Faugno’s THE WITCHING TIME chronicles a famous witch hunt and is jam-packed with elements of suspense, supernatural and steamy love affairs.”
– Romantic Times Book Reviews
REVIEW “Full of mystery, suspense, and a heavy dose of the supernatural, get ready for a thrill ride from the very first page. This is psychological horror…done right.” – Charles Day, Bram Stoker Award-nominated author of THE LEGEND OF THE PUMPKIN THIEF
Rachel Faugno, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, makes her home in central Massachusetts. She teaches English at a community college and has worked as a newspaper correspondent, freelance writer, and magazine editor.
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