(Excerpt from my work in progress, Crescent Moon Crossing)
Chapter 3 con't
Rumor hugged a portly woman with a huge white dish towel tied around her waist. "Señora, please meet my friend Abby. Abby, this is Señora Guadalupe Guerrero. She runs Hope House."
Abby put out her hand, but the Señora pulled her into a full embrace. "Please call me Lupe. Or Señora G. Any friend of Senorita Vargas is also a friend of mine."
"Thank you," Abby said shyly, looking at Rumor.
"She would like to work for you, Lupe. I assume you're still taking help?"
"Always!" Lupe gestured at a large pile of black trash bags in the corner.
They carried nineteen bags outside and began dumping them in the incinerator can behind the building. "One of the nastier aspects of illegal border crossings," Rumor said. "You wouldn't believe how much trash we haul out of a stash site when we go to restock." She wrinkled her nose. "All of it full of scorpions and flies and bees." She gestured at the garbage bags. So we haul it back here, burn what we can, and take the rest to the dump."
"Why do you do this?" Abby asked, tossing her bags into the incinerator.
"Because these people need us." Rumor shrugged. "I'd love to see a humane answer to illegal immigration. But more than two hundred bodies are recovered in the desert every year, a lot of them from around here. Another thousand are picked up by Border Patrol, out of food and water, often near death. Legal or not, no one deserves to die alone in the middle of the desert." She threw the last of the trash on the pile and wiped her hands on her jeans.
A young man with a red bandana around his neck strode from the stucco building and waved to them.
"I have to load thirty gallons of water for the next run," he called. "Will you help?"
My debut novel, Song of the Ancients, is now available on Amazon in print and ebook.
What would you die for?
Samantha Danroe doesn't believe in magic. Her ex-husband cured her of happily-ever-after when he cheated on her three days after saying I-do.
She doesn't believe in ghosts. Until her mother's ghost rises from a Halloween bonfire with a warning of death from beyond the grave.
And she certainly doesn't believe in witchcraft. Until she becomes the prey in an ancient war waged between good and evil. A war whose rules she must scramble to learn to stay alive.
In need of protection, Samantha turns to the mysterious stranger who visits her shop. Nicholas Orenda is a sixth-generation witch on the trail of a creature who is systematically killing off his family. According to his family's prophecy, three will be sacrificed to the dark. His mother and grandmother are already dead, and Nicholas doesn't have time to play by the rules.
Samantha finds herself in the center of a deadly hunt for a mysterious foe. Can she find the strength to defeat a supernatural killer and prevent the third sacrifice? Or will she be the catalyst that opens the gates to the Underworld?
Song of the Ancients is the debut book in the Ancient Magic series.
Readers interested in witchcraft, shamanism--or just the dark side of the supernatural world around us--will enjoy this paranormal suspense, written by a real-life Wiccan High Priestess. Look for information on the next book in the Ancient Magic series in 2016.