Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Candle Magic and A Little Light Magic

It's no secret that I'm fascinated by all things magical and paranormal. For my new book, A Little Light Magic (Dorchester/Leisure, May 26), I had fun researching Candle Magic.

Tori Morgan, the heroine of ALLM , believes in magic. She reads Tarot, and looks for the future in a crystal prism. She’s also in possession of seven Candle Magic spell kits, given to her by a Cajun hoodoo witch.

A spell kit is a small bag containing a candle and other items - a written prayer, aprop, scented oil, spice, etc. - that you need to cast a particular Candle Magic spell. Typically, a spell kit is made up and blessed or "charged" by a witch who is strong in magic, and that magic is passed on to the person who uses the spell kit.

Tori’s recently inherited a rundown bungalow at the Jersey Shore, which she wants to renovate as a New Age shop. Only problem is, finding a contractor on the cusp of summer at the shore is like collecting beach sand in a sieve. Just about impossible.

In the opening scene, contractor Nick Santangelo takes a look at Tori’s job strictly as a favor for a friend, intending to turn it down. It’s a small job and he’s plenty busy with bigger stuff. He’s got no interest at all in doing Tori's work, even though Tori immediately catches his eyes. But Nick's a practical guy - he just doesn't have room in his life for Tori and -- as he calls it -- her "whacked out witch shop." He wishes Tori luck and walks out the door.

And then Tori remembers her candle magic spells. Seven colors for seven different situations.

White – The spell Tori casts in Chapter One is for help, and involves a white candle. And lo and behold, Nick turns around and comes back. :) This invocation has Tori sprinkling sugar, and raising the flame above her head.

As A Little Light Magic continues, Tori casts her remaining six candle magic spells, one by one.

Black – The color of reversal. Tori casts this spell using a mirror and a black candle, to banish negativity.

Yellow – The color of intelligence and confidence. Tori lights a yellow candle studded with cloves while seeking some much needed clarity of mind.

Orange – A color that attracts specific influences. Tori casts a spell involving an orange candle scented with cinnamon oil for success in her new business.

Green – Green candle magic can be used for problems concerning money, prosperity, growth, and abundance. Tori casts this spell for fertility. Her aids are green felt, a needle, and a hard-boiled egg.

Blue – Blue is the color of healing, peace, patience and happiness. The location of this spellcasting is important. It occurs on the beach, at the ocean’s edge (but any outside body of water will do). Tori casts this spell for good luck. The blue candle is set in a shell.

Red – Red is the eternal color of love. Tori casts a love spell with a red candle anointed with rose oil--but not for herself. Selfishly casting a love spell for yourself, or on a specific person, can backfire.

In A Little Light Magic, Nick is a practical guy. He doesn’t believe in magic. Tori does, with all her heart. Who’s right? Well, the proof is in the results, isn’t it?

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Joy Nash

Coming May 26!

A Little Light Magic

Summer at the Jersey Shore has never been so hot!


Jennifer Ashley/ Allyson James / Ashley Gardner May 20, 2009 at 9:52 AM  

Joy: Good post. I've always liked candle magic. (Crystal magic more, but candle magic too.) Your book sounds really fun. June should be a good reading month.

EmilyBryan May 20, 2009 at 3:57 PM  

My critique partner in Washington is into gemstones and their supposed powers. Your colors reminded me of her fascination.

Put me in Nick's more skeptical corner. Magic would be grand fun, but being born in Missouri, you have to SHOW ME! However, I am so looking forward to ALLM. I'll buy anything you write, girl!

Caffey May 21, 2009 at 1:00 PM  

I got this book in my hot hands Joy! Beautiful!

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