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“Hey! Watch it, you moron!” Mac widened his stance, planting his feet more firmly on the pavement. This mob scene should not have come as a surprise to a reporter with Mac’s experience. Nothing like a good burning at the stake to bring out the crowds, he reflected, sizing up the gathering mob.

Jockeying for a more advantageous position, he cast a searching glance over the rapidly growing mass of humanity.

At least a couple hundred people, both reporters and locals, had converged before the front steps of the tiny courthouse.

The sidewalk had long since reached critical mass, forcing citizens and the media alike out onto the street, until it had become necessary to divert traffic around the growing crowd.

Though he’d used the term ‘witch hunt’ often enough in the past, Mac had never expected to actually witness one.

AWT BCAnd yet, here he was, smack-dab in the middle of a scene that belonged more in the seventeenth century than the twentieth.

Unconsciously licking his lips, he thought of the story he would file, one that had drawn him to this small town on California’s north coast. It was a story which possessed all the elements of a paranormal mystery, complete with a coven of lovely young witches. Before he was through with it, every man, woman and child in the USA would be afraid to sleep at night, sure that, left unguarded, their souls would be ripped from their unsuspecting bodies by evil witches.




When hard-bittern reporter Mac McCormick is sent to Port Bellmont to report on the chilling death of the popular Reverend Elkins who has been found ritually sacrificed in a field just outside the town, he encounters an enraged crowd baying for the blood of a coven of witches whom it believes responsible for the crime.

However, when Mac subsequently meets the youngest of the witches, the beautiful flame-haired Cassie Adams, he immediately starts to doubt the crowd’s interpretation of events – or has he just fallen under her cunning spell?



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Maralee Lowder found so much pleasure in reading such a wide spectrum of romance genres, she has never been able to write in just one.  Her novels run the gamut of contemporary, historical, humorous, horror, paranormal and suspense.


Look for the sequel to “The Mortician’s Wife” coming soon.



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