Tuesday, November 14, 2023

Now On Tour In The Pines by Mariah Stillbrook

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In The Pines
Mariah Stillbrook

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Publisher: Creative James Media
Date of Publication: November 14, 2023
ISBN: 978-1-956183-50-4
Number of pages: 374
Word Count: 110,334
Cover Artist: Triumph Covers

Tagline: These witches have one month to end the spiritual threat to their bloodline. And not kill each other.

Book Description:

Two witches, two secrets, and a curse that could tear a family apart.

Olivia and Ellie have lived their lives knowing a dark entity is stalking their family, determined to kill them all. After the death of Olivia's son, she abandons her magic and her family, leaving Ellie in a nightmare of heartbreak, her marriage crumbling and her sister gone. 

Determined to save their mother Arianna from a spell that left her comatose, the two sisters must come together to unravel the riddle of the curse that has haunted their family for generations.

But as they delve into the past, the truth they uncover is more twisted and treacherous than they ever could have imagined. Will they be able to break the curse, or will it consume them all?

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Exclusive Excerpt:

She, Rowena, would find me. This would happen when she was ready to take her next victim. From an early age my mother informed me that this ghost from my past would return and show me her full form before taking the life of a witch close to me. It’s how it always was in every past life, and until she was burned, it was how it always would be. The thing was, though, she never did show herself . . . not more so than a blink of one of her eyes in a glass ball, or a rain puddle. Anything worth a scry. When she took my son, there was no warning. When I ran away from Sage Brook, I still had not seen Rowena. Not fully.

It wasn’t until I heard her breathing next to me, once I’d taken possession of the property at the lost coast, that I decided to shut down the communication between myself and the spirits who flocked to me like moths to a flame.

Rowena’s breaths were so loud I could hear them over the sound of my house going up over the gravestones of ancient trees. I pounced on her as soon as the scent of her grew so close that rot and sulfur became unbearable.

“You can’t have any more of them,” I said to her. “If you cannot find me, then you cannot find my family.”

I believed that they would all be safe if I couldn’t see her. Even though she’d still managed to get to my son without showing herself to me, I clung to this conviction.

Against my threat I heard her whisper. “In the pines, Olivia. In the pines.”

 It was the first time I’d heard her voice. Her guttural articulation cut through me like a jagged knife. Just before my guard was completely up, just before I closed the connection between myself and all spirits, an ice-cold hand wrapped around my wrist, leaving me with one final warning before fading back into the ocean mist.

“I can still find them . . . and I will always be near.”

About the Author:

Mariah Stillbrook, originally from Iowa, lives in Colorado with her white German shepherd, husband, and little girl. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. She spends most of her days writing, reading, and enjoying the occasional hike. In her late twenties she realized that her writing was missing something, magic. She now focuses her writing on horror and urban fantasy in both adult and young adult genres.

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