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The Witch Narratives Reincarnation (Land of Enchantment #1), by Belinda Vasquez Garcia
A novel about the unlikely friendship of a young Catholic woman and a reluctant witch. A book about loyalty, and the depth of love. The first of a unique series shining with the little known world of Southwestern magic. BEST FANTASY -- New Mexico & Arizona Book Awards Finalist 2012!
There is a portrait in the house at the bottom of Witch Hill. In the painting, Salia is pale because her mother, Felicita, pinches her arm. Felicita's chin is up, defiant. Regal. With menacing eyes. But it is Salia's grandmother who dominates the picture. She is a 110 year-old woman, who appears to be a teenager. She proudly holds out in her hand an ordinary-looking rock, a piedra iman, a rare shape shifting stone, allowing her to bathe like in the fountain of youth, to remain young while others around her age. Indeed, Felicita glares at her mother-in-law, her eyes green with envy.
Salia looks out of the picture with haunted eyes. She is a half-breed, third-generation witch and outcast. She is stuck in a coal-mining village, due to a curse. She would use the shape-shifting rock to outwit her mother and escape the company-owned town of Madrid, New Mexico. She longs to be ordinary like her friend Marcelina.
The first of a four-book series called The Land of Enchantment. This first historical novel takes place during the Roaring 20's and Great Depression.
Meet the Author
THE WITCH NARRATIVES REINCARNATION was a finalist in the New Mexico / Arizona Book Awards as Best Fantasy. The Santa Fe New Mexican Newspaper said of THE WITCH NARRATIVES REINCARNATION - "WHEN A NOVEL CAPTURES YOU--when you are entranced enough to stay up late reading and then dream your way into the story after you fall asleep--it's usually due to that mysterious writer's alchemy of plot, pacing, prose, and character. You can't stop wondering what's going to happen next, so you can't stop turning the pages. Some writers have the ability to make every character, even the most minor background player, come alive, adding a visceral level to the reading experience. In The Witch Narratives Reincarnation, Belinda Vasquez Garcia breathes life into the people of Madrid, New Mexico, in the 1920s and '30s, in the days before the mine shut down, when members of the Penitente brotherhood held sway over public opinion and policy and witches were a dark force to be feared by even the most devout Catholic."
When doing historical research for THE WITCH NARRATIVES REINCARNATION, I stumbled across an article in the Harvard Gazette about the repatriation of the Pecos skeletons. I was, thus, inspired to write RETURN OF THE BONES, about a shaman who makes a powerful dream catcher for his granddaughter so she can experience her ancestor's suffering and triumphs during a moving road trip to retrieve the family bones. My grandmother used to cut my brother's hair, and then burn the cuttings so no witches could harm him by using any physical part of him to make an effigy.
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