Guest Post — Jill Hughey

Happy Halloween!! What better way to celebrate this holiday than with the author of a book called Little Witch. Don’t forget, today is the last day to enter our monthly drawing so come on in and give Jill a warm welcome. 🙂

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Nothing Says Halloween Like “Medieval”

jillHi, I’m Jill Hughey and I write the Evolution Series of historical romance set in the medieval age following Charlemagne’s death, in Francia and Bavaria. Just the word “medieval” makes us think of things going bump in the night, dark stone chambers, a dirty old hag stirring a cauldron that emits green steam.

The practice of “magic” was fairly common but also illegal in Charlemagne’s Empire. The Christian church fought the old religions with every weapon at hand. They cut down sacred trees and forbade sacrifices and demanded that the bodies of the dead be placed in Christian cemeteries. Those practicing the old rituals were punished. Those suspected of using the old ways to harm other people were usually killed, along with anyone who was believed to help them.

The most commonly used medieval magic centered on healing or protection. People weren’t trying to do anything evil. They just wanted their sick child to recover, or their horse to remain healthy for the summer, or to know what the future would bring. They waited for favorable days for spinning and traveling. They married on Friday (Venus’s Day) without even remembering the even older religion that started that tradition.

There were less noble brews or incantations to incite a lover’s passion or stunt the growth of your neighbor’s grain. Even some nuns and priests resorted to such practices. Eventually Christianity created its own recitations for the common people to use, and absorbed the major pagan holidays into its own calendar. The church compromised in order to transition the population to its dictates.

Amidst all this, I’ve set four books and short story. Religion has been present in the books to the extent that characters have entered churches for mass or wedding ceremonies. In my most recent book, Little Witch: Historical Romance Novella, I delve into the danger of superstition and the well-documented power the accusation of witchcraft has carried throughout history.

Witch200x300Salena, my heroine, is not a witch, but a vicious neighbor — with her own motivations — has labeled her as one, making her an outcast in their small community. As the situation deteriorates, Salena finds some happiness in her friendship with Nox, the Lord of Ribeauville’s servant, though he withholds his love, scarred by the childhood loss of his entire family. Salena runs away to protect her family from a particularly pointed threat against them, and Nox realizes that she has also run away with his heart.

“The night is dark. The moon is bright. She brings his heart into her light.”

Little Witch: Historical Romance Novella is available at Amazon in print and for Kindle http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EUA1TI8

If you want to keep in touch with Jill Hughey, she blogs at http://jillhughey.blogspot.com, is on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jillhugheyromance, and tweets @jillhughey.

It’s been great fun to visit on Heart-Shaped Glasses! Happy Reading!

About Beth Rhodes

Beth jumps into life with both feet...or head first. Impulsive and spontaneous to a T, she joined Passionate Critters and never looked back. She loves writing and reading, which made this wonderful group of woman a perfect match for her.

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