News from Juliette, February 16, 2018

Welcome to my newsletter... 

In 2018, I hope to take several major steps toward improving communication with you, the reader. That will include getting this newsletter off the ground and starting a Facebook group.

Please bear with me over the first few editions as I'm feeling out what to include, but in the future, look for bonus content, insights into the life of a couple of writers, and more!

In the meantime, if you haven't snagged your copy yet, be sure to check out the latest Jinx Hamilton novel: To Teach a Witch - Book 11.

Newest Release: To Teach a Witch

A pen scratches in the night. A rat faces his past. A wizard pays for his crimes.

The opening of the magical sanctuary of Tír na nÓg has rocked the foundations of Fae society. Isherwood sits in the Tower of Londinium awaiting trial, while Jinx and the special ops team circle the globe dealing with nonconformi incidents.

But behind every layer of evil lies another bad guy waiting to be unmasked. A crime witnessed by a raven sets in motion a journey into the mists surrounding a hidden island. There, in the company of a king and an order of gallant knights, Jinx will do battle with the woman who started it all.

To Teach a Witch is the 11th book in this urban fantasy series that has grown from its cozy, paranormal beginnings into a world some readers compare to Harry Potter or the Dresden Files. Filled with intrigue, hilarious hijinks, family devotion, and sweet romance, you’ll fall in love with the world Juliette Harper has created in Briar Hollow and beyond.

Buy To Teach a Witch today to continue this spellbinding journey into mystery and magic!

New Facebook Group

Have you heard that our Facebook group is up and running? We created the group to get to know our readers and to interact with you more directly. You can look forward to meeting and talking with fellow Juliette Harper fans. There's nothing better than being part of a club where everyone likes the same stuff, right? So, what are you waiting for? Come on over and join the party.

Spoiler Alert!

If you haven't read Book 11 - To Teach a Witch,
you may want to skip reading the next section
for Book 12 - To Love a Witch!

Coming soon: To Love a Witch

Did you pay attention to the last few lines of To Teach a Witch? If you didn't, let me remind you . . . 

As for where we’d be in a year? Well, let me just leave you with this tidbit before I go.

The gift Lucas gave me on Christmas Eve?

Think small black box.

But we’ll get to that next time.

Yes, Lucas popped the question at Christmas and Jinx said "yes." In To Love a Witch, the gang will not only be planning a wedding, but there's the little matter of Howard McAlpin's murder still to be solved.

And yes, even though this book will begin after the proposal occurred, we won't deprive you of experiencing that moment with Jinx and Lucas.

Inside Jinx Hamilton's World

Why Baseball?

The concept of dead ballplayers in fiction is not new. There are other baseball stories that involve ghosts that we like, such as Angels in the Outfield or Patti's favorite movie of all time, Field of Dreams.

After we liberated Colonel Longworth from the cemetery, it seemed wrong to leave all his friends out there with nothing to do. By chance, we discovered that baseball's origins date to the Civil War and wondered if Beau might have been aware of the game.

Of course, like all our plot lines, we weren't just content to have ghosts playing sports. We researched the area to find minor league teams and players from the region's past.

(And yes, the fact that Hiram Folger played for the Durham Bulls is a nod to one of Rana's favorite baseball movies, Bull Durham.)

Our books blend characters we've made up with historical figures. We enjoy the "what if" exercise of juxtaposing real events and our imaginations to create a combination of fiction and truth.

Baseball is the quintessential American game, one we both love, and the perfect place (we thought) for the living and the dead to come to an understanding. 

Meet Clan McGregor

The image on the left shows the modern Clan McGregor tartan along with the clan crest, which is, in heraldic terms, "a lion's head erased proper crowned with an antique crown." We'll admit that when we chose the character name, we didn't know the crest featured a lion, but it worked out perfectly for a family of werecats.

In terms of the family's history in Jinx's world, the old McGregor men came to the New World with Barnaby Shevington in 1584. Chase McGregor's direct ancestors, however, stayed in Scotland until the clan name was outlawed in 1750.

Callum McGregor, Chase's great-grandfather, came to Shevington where he killed Knasgowa's first husband, Degataga. In atonement, Clan McGregor, was required to swear fealty to Knasgowa, her daughter Awenasa, and all the Daughters of Knasgowa into perpetuity.

The land in the high mountains around Briar Hollow is McGregor territory. There have only been four McGregor men in service to the Daughters of Knasgowa: Callum, James, Festus, and Chase.

The Editorial Staff

Otis the Poodle (who is in charge of Patti), and Mickey and Andy (who are in charge of Rana), would like to point out that they represent the true creative energy behind this and all Juliette Harper-related endeavors.

#WeNeverGetTheCreditWeDeserve

About the Author

Juliette Harper is the pen name used by the writing team of Patricia Pauletti and Rana K. Williamson. As a writer, Juliette's goal is to create strong female characters facing interesting, challenging, painful, and at times comical situations. Refusing to be bound by genre, her primary interest lies in telling good stories.