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May 14, 2015 Blog, Home Page

And About Those Witch Bottles . . .

And About Those Witch Bottles . . .

Mary Ellen Taylor AT THE CORNER OF KING STREET image witch bottle from Wikipedia publicThere’s been a little bit of buzz about the witch bottle Addie discovers in present day Alexandria in AT THE CORNER OF KING STREET and whether or not I invented it for this book.  The answer is that witch bottles aren’t fictional.  They’re part of our history. Hundreds of years ago the fear of witches was very real.  We forget that in the colonial era and before then, death was always close.  Women wishing to protect their families against evil or even to curse others created these bottles, often under the light of the full moon. The bottle was filled with sharp objects designed to attack the evil and it was also filled with items close to the creator—buttons, strands of hair, bits of clothing, herbs and even blood.

You can see the first mention of witch bottles in AT THE CORNER OF KING STREET and find out how they’re made here.

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May 1, 2015 Blog, Contests, Home Page

READ THE BOOK, WEAR THE APRON! THE UNION STREET BAKERY GIVEAWAY

READ THE BOOK, WEAR THE APRON! THE UNION STREET BAKERY GIVEAWAY

AtCornerKingStreet_280I’m so looking forward to AT THE CORNER OF KING STREET, my third Old Town Alexandria set novel, being published this coming Tuesday. And, since King Street and Union Street share a corner, it seems a perfect time to give away three copies of THE UNION STREET BAKERY. Oh… and three aprons for the winners to wear while trying out the back of book recipes — Sugar Cookies, Rachel’s Carrot Cake Cupcakes, Hennie’s Freedom Biscuits, and Mike’s Chocolate Espresso Torte. I hope you’ll enter to win one of these three prizes.

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