Halloween is right around the corner and I can’t wait. It’s a whole month of celebrating all things spooky! I always loved ghost stories as a kid. Sitting around a campfire at night, telling stories that sent a chill down your spine. There is something cool about getting yourself a little bit freaked out. Looking out into the darkness and wondering if there is something out there peering back.
It was with that love of all things spooky that I started working on my new series, The Dark Rituals. I wanted to blend a story about magic with a mix of an old fashion ghost story.
I will admit there were times when I was working on the story late at night that I would freak myself out. I would work on the scary scenes sometime after midnight, “the witching hour” as I like to call it. I would turn off all the lights and just have the glow of the monitor lighting up the room. I would be pounding away on my keyboard when suddenly my cat would jump up into my lap and I would get let out a shriek.
So if you like things that go bump in the night I hope you check out my new YA series, The Dark Rituals. The first three books are coming out in October. They are especially fun if you read them during the witching hour ;)
Praise for Awakening, Book 1 in the Dark Rituals series:
"A paranormal story unlike any other. If you are looking for an original plot look no further. … I couldn't put it down! Every single time I thought I was getting to a lull where I might be able to stop reading, the hooks dug in deeper." —Goodreads reviewer
"The plot twists and turns on this wild horror ride. … A must read by an exceptional upcoming author." —Goodreads reviewer
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In Awakening, the first installment in the Dark Rituals series, a former healer turns to the Death Arts to seek revenge.
Seventeen-year-old Colina was born a healer. But after a horrific event forces her to leave her clan, she becomes desperate to learn the dark magic of the death dealers, mages who draw their power from the spirits of the dead. Colina was taught to fear and hate death dealers, but becoming one of them is the only way for her to get the revenge she seeks—and the only way for her to survive.
Colina asks a young death dealer named Luke to help her, but he’s reluctant to train her in the Death Arts. Little does she know convincing him to teach her will be the easiest part of her journey. To become a death dealer, Colina will need to undergo three dark rituals, each more terrifying than the last. At the same time, she’ll have to deal with her growing feelings for her mentor. Too bad the first ritual involves him strangling her to death.
As Colina undergoes the trials, she discovers an untapped darkness within herself. If she survives the horrific rituals and gains dark power, what will she become?
Catrina Burgess’ Dark Rituals series originally appeared on Wattpad with over three million reads. Awakening is the first book of four and was named Wattpad’s Best Suspense Story of 2014.
About the Author:
I write because it helps keeps the darkness away and reminds me that there is magic in the world. I live with one husband, two dogs, and a cat named Shitty Kitty in a small mining town in Arizona. At night this place is definitely spooky. I swear I’ve heard the wind giggle, and sometimes there’s a very odd breeze. Luckily, I love all things that go bump in the night. I adore old movies. I’m a huge Joss Whedon fan.
I’ve been known to eat pizza and cold Chinese food for breakfast, and I’m the queen of the board game Stratego. I’ve never been beaten. NEVER!
Follower me on twitter: @catrinaburgess1