Horror Bites #1: A Bag of Heads

I don’t normally write horror, though I must admit it makes for a mighty fun time! Fellow author Laura Jamez has started a horror-writing challenge. For the first run, she presented us with this picture:

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You can find the rules for the challenge, as well as the other entries, here:

And so I present my flash fiction horror piece:

“Barbacoa”

The aromas weigh heavy in the nostrils: bleach and the inert yet unmistakable fragrance of raw meat. Fresh, it’s not yet sickeningly sweet from decay. Nor does it tantalize the senses as fat drips from tender fibers of muscle, pooling back on the plate flecked with spice.

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That happens in the front of the store. Customers prefer to buy the finished product. Lengua and sesos sound cultured and adventurous. Once they taste the pungent product within their fresh tortillas, they brag about the cross-cultural butcher shop at the edge of town. They love barbacoa, the tender meat flaking away beneath the braised exterior. Some know it’s cheek. They don’t care. The reviews glow from the Sunday paper, beside succulent photos.

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Beside the restaurant, customers can buy their meat. We use international names. They eat barbacoa, but they don’t want to see its original form. Food gurus warn consumers to know their food, instead of accepting meat in an innocuous plastic wrapper. They recommend consumers build relationships with the people producing it. Visit the farm, they say. See the animals. Few actually do. They just don’t want to know. So we slice the tongue, cheek, and brains, and package it within plastic wrappers. Once it gleams under storefront lights, consumers ignore where it came from. They take it home, hoping to reproduce the cuisine they ate here.

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We have two rooms behind the store: one beneath the other. Sometimes customers want to know. We tell them tours violate health code. But when reporters arrive, or the health department, we close the door and drag the rubber mat atop.

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Humans taste just like pork. Fat drips from cheek meat, pooling back on the plate flecked with spice. But few customers want to know where their food comes from. Perhaps they should.

Soul of the Universe

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At long last, The Anthology Club’s first publication, Soul of the Universe, is available in eBook!

Ok, let me back up a little. Just what is The Anthology Club?

Launched in 2013 by Michael Manz, The Anthology Club promotes writers’ careers by producing and publishing anthologies of short fiction from flash to novellas. Senior members of the club propose projects, inviting both senior and junior members to write. Once the project is complete, the club publishes the work and offers it within the major eBook channels.

Royalties are distributed as follows:

  • 15% for the Club, to pay for publication costs, copyediting and formatting, artwork, and publicity for the current and future projects.
  • 5% for the editor of that particular project.
  • 80% is distributed among the contributors, based on the amount of content contributed by each author.

For a few months, The Anthology Club hovered within the limbo of closed beta as the senior members worked out the bugs in the system. When ready, Mr. Manz opened the club out to all writers, with calls for submission spread across the internet.

As one of the original senior members, I have been on board throughout the entire journey. It’s been fascinating. The Publication Agreement was my first ever, and a landmark for me in my career. I’ve had my say in projects still in the works, such as the pirate-themed anthology which still has a few meager weeks left for submissions.

Soul of the Universe paves the way for these other anthologies.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato 

“Here you will find a collection of six stories by four authors that, at first glance, seem to have little in common. We have Sci Fi Adventure. We have Medieval Fantasy. We have Emotional Drama, and we have Steampunk. We even have a Western. 

“Though each of these stories seems to have little in common with its companions, every one of them shares the same genesis. They were all inspired by that same divine spark that gives the universe purpose. They were all inspired by music. 

“Each of the authors in this collection took a favorite song as their inspiration and told the story that no one else could hear. The result is an endlessly entertaining collection of well spun yarns , thrilling adventures, and emotionally engaging drama. 

We hope you’ll enjoy.”

Soul of the Universe contains works by four authors: Michael Manz himself, Michael Walker, and me. And last but not least, the already published and quite bawdy and hilarious Michael Wombat, who has also headed up and edited the project. The artwork is by Kit Cooper, a newcomer herself to the eBook world.

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If you would like to check out Soul of the Universe and support The Anthology Club, you may find it at these links:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Amazon Canada

Amazon Australia

Soul of the Universe on Goodreads

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And if you would like to write for The Anthology Club, you may find them online and on Facebook.

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Take a moment to check them out! They might just be the writing project you’ve been looking for! And buy Soul of the Universe for some unique and truly entertaining stories.

New Release! Bound by Time by A.D. Trosper

Bound by Time is a YA paranormal romance by A.D. Trosper, the bestselling author of the epic fantasy series, Dragon’s Call. Once again, I have to thank Blue Harvest Creative for everything they do and for the incredibly beautiful book they have designed. From cover to cover, they outdid themselves.

Can he save her this time or are they bound to be separated for eternity…

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Isobel Moore is looking forward to spending her summer break alone while her parents are overseas. Until she returns from college to find her home isn’t quite the welcoming place it used to be. The stained glass window her parents installed is more than just a beautiful piece of history; something sinister is sealed within the colored glass.

When Isobel meets her new neighbor, Damien DeLuca, she discovers the gorgeous and mysterious stranger has plenty of his own secrets. Including the knowledge of what’s happening in her home.

As her world spins out of control, she unravels a past that not only tests her limits, but also everything she thought she knew. The darkness within the window yearns to be free and it will do anything to escape—including killing Isobel.

Click HERE for a quick preview of the front and back covers and peek at the interior

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Buy now in either E-BOOK or PAPERBACK or visit the AUTHOR PAGE

About A.D. Trosper

Writer, mother, ruler of the world inside her head.

A.D. Trosper is the author of the bestselling, award winning Dragon’s Call series. The first and second books are BeFunky_Author pic12.jpgalready out under the titles Embers at Galdrilene and Tears of War. She has also written a children’s book and has three books planned for release in 2014. A.D. enjoys writing in a variety of genres including epic fantasy, urban fantasy, and paranormal romance.

An avid lover of animals, she has rescued and rehabbed horses, goats, dogs and cats. When not writing, she spends time with her family and pets. She is convinced chocolate is a necessary food group and magic is real (not always the way we think it is, but real nonetheless).

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Announcing J.A.Mes Press!

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Author Ailsa Abraham with her copies of Tales by the Tree

It all starts with a dream. A notebook, a pen, and perhaps a laptop. A lot of time spent staring out the window. Characters, dancing like sugarplums within writers’ heads.

Then, somewhere between giddiness and reality, writers realize they have talent! They receive accolades that are from people other than their mothers. Fans return for more. The writers get exited and starry-eyed with possibilities. Then they panic.

Where do they go from here?

Do they jump first into a novel? Build an author platform? Freelance a little and get clips? But who is going to accept their work, and actually pay for it, if they’ve never before been published? And, in this world of independent publishing and a broad arc of costs, can any of these authors really afford that first jump into publication?

What if they are published, but seek outreach? Four novels later, they need to expand without paying for expensive advertisements. If only they could submit to a publication that hosts forty other authors, and get their work to the fans of those authors.

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J.A.Mes Press has jumped in to help with these concerns. Started by two independent authors, Laura Jamez and Marissa Ames, the new publishing company creates anthologies to help with author outreach. This is not a paid project, even for the editors and publishers. All proceeds go to selected charities. Even their creative partner, Blue Harvest Creative, donates its time so all money can be allocated to better causes. J.A.Mes Press is completely non-profit.

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So if the authors are not paid for their writing, how do they benefit? For independent authors, and even authors seeking representation or publication, networking is everything. Outreach is everything. To be able to say you are published, in a tangible book, carries a lot of clout. Sometimes, even the act of being published will drive an author to go further.

Authors testify of the boost they received by writing for the anthologies. “Me!” says Sorcha O’Dowd. “It gave me the boost I needed to get more serious about my WIP, and reminded me why I love writing. Whilst I haven’t published anything else since, it made me serious about writing as a career.”

Eric Sproles told us, “My first publication, it shows me the process does not need to be overly complicated to get one’s work out there. This is something I hope to put in practice in the release of my RPG and perhaps further short stories in the future.”

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J.A.Mes Press started in December, with Tales by the Tree, a collection of seventy-five stories by over forty authors. Topics range from Family Friendly to Noel Nightmares, and all stories range between 300 and 1000 words. Authors wrote whatever their whims dictated, with only two stipulations: All stories had to be PG-13 rated or lower. And, though religious stories were encouraged for the Christmas anthology, no story could bash another religion or belief system. Tales by the Tree went live on Amazon on November 24, 2013. It has since sold 225 print copies and 37 eBook copies, in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Australia. Authors also received free eBook copies.

“It was my first publication,” says Theresa Miller. “The first time a lot of my friends knew I write.”

Beth Avery, who has two stories within Tales by the Tree, says, “It was a reboot for me. Several years ago I published some pieces in a now defunct zine called Mad Lovin’ Mamas, but when it went dark, I stopped publishing. It definitely was a boost I desperately needed. I have a hard time justifying writing without any venue for publishing.”

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The anthologies consist of flash fiction: Stories between 100 and 1000 words. Each anthology has a theme, and author interpretation of that theme is vast. Authors need no special credentials to contribute. The anthologies aren’t just thrown together, though. Each story goes through a round of edits by an accomplished writer. The only images used are provided by Blue Harvest Creative, which has over 20 years experience in graphic design. And through Tales by the Tree consisted of 75 stories, future anthologies will be capped at the 50 best tales submitted to each project.

Authors are not asked to spend any of their own money, unless they wish to buy print copies. Because J.A.Mes Press publishes through CreateSpace on Amazon.com, anyone (including authors) wishing to purchase print copies must comply with Amazon’s pricing. This has allowed Tales by the Tree to raise over $375 for Mount Rose Elementary School in Reno, Nevada.

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“Blue Harvest Creative is excited to be working with J.A.Mes Press as their official book designers,” says a representative of the design company. “Their vision of creating anthologies featuring new authors as well as seasoned veterans and giving all profits to charity is amazing and matches our vision of bringing indie authors the opportunity to be recognized for their extraordinary talents.”

With her very first publication ever in Tales by the Tree, Mary MacFarlane now believes that she can, and will, someday have a book with all her own work. She tells the other authors, “So my mom is pretty impressed with our stories! She was just asking me the other day if any of you guys have books published she’d be interested in. Also, will J.A.Mes Press be doing another collection like this anytime soon?”

Why yes. And yes.

Each contributor to Tales by the Tree received a spot within the “Author Bio” section, where they spoke briefly about themselves and provided links to blogs or Amazon author pages. Fans of Rebecka Vigus may read A.D. Trosper’s story, look for her within the bio section, and proceed to buy one of her Dragon’s Call novels.

Jeffrey Hollar, who wrote several rather gritty stories within the anthology, said, “Not my first publication but it was nice to add to my catalog of publishing credits and, of course, fun and enjoyable hanging out with all of you throughout the whole process.”

J.A.Mes Press has two anthologies planned for 2014: This spring, they will orchestrate an anthology based on springtime and new beginnings, with all proceeds going to a charity that brings awareness to stroke victims. In October, writers and readers can expect a horror-based anthology that has many people excited.

Angie Trafford, who wrote one story for the anthology, loved the whole experience. Leslie Fulton, a journalist, had been published before, but never within the flash fiction genre. A longtime author, Rebecka Vigus, had never before tried flash fiction, nor had she written for children. Now she has new markets to explore. Authors Jean Booth and Lara Hays received additional outreach for their published novels.

Would you like to write for a J.A.Mes Press anthology? The next collection will feature the 50 best stories contributed, and will allow each author to present a bio and a link where readers can find their work. Follow the project at their blog or Facebook page.

And happy writing!

5 Stars from Readers’ Favorite

Authors love any good review. But when the review comes from a highly acclaimed service from which traditional publishers choose some of their next prospects, authors get really excited.

These higher review services can be hard to get into, but luckily I have an agent. Blue Harvest Creative offers free agent services when authors hire them for the full  book design package. In return, many of Blue Harvest Creative’s authors have gone on to win awards through these review services. BHC submitted both Minstrel and “Darrion” to Readers’ Favorite, and both won 5-star reviews! Minstrel has now been entered in 2014′s Readers’ Choice Awards. When I have the money for another entry, I’ll submit “Darrion” as well.

Readers’ Favorite’s review of Minstrel is here:

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Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers’ Favorite

“An unlikely hero becomes the center of royal dispute and intrigue in Marissa Ame’s exciting tale, Minstrel. When Liam and his band of theatrical brothers arrive in the city of Cynegil, they have only the desire to make enough money to buy food and a place to lay their head. But when they see the signs that the city is in mourning they have a difficult decision to make. Do they ignore their empty bellies and move on in the hopes of finding sustenance someplace else, or do they disregard the rules against merriment in a time of mourning and entertain people? The needs of nourishment require them to go against the rules, and this decision lands them in the hands of the new king Riordan’s court. Riordan rules the country in excess, throwing parties and feasts, ignoring the emptying larders and purses of the country. Shamus, his twin brother, realizes that it is imperative that someone knows the truth of events and hires Liam to be his personal historian in order to record the happenings of Riordan’s reckless rule. But, can a simple minstrel right the wrongs of an entire kingdom? Will anyone listen to him if he tries? Find out in Marissa Ame’s Minstrel.

“It was with much excitement that I downloaded a copy of Minstrel to review. Having previously read Marissa Ames’s short story, Darrion, which is also a story of Tir Athair, I was expecting the same intrigue and excitement in Minstrel that I had come to associate with Ames’s writing. I was certainly not disappointed. The feudal society that Ames has created, the intrigues involved in the opposing twin royal brothers, and the unlikely heroism of the minstrel, Liam, are wonderfully thought out and beautifully crafted. Rather than the lofty idealism that surrounds many fantasy landscapes, there is a grit and grime that is just as enchanting in the city of Cynegil. The world the author has created lives and breathes amongst the pages of her book. I highly recommend Minstrel, and I can’t wait to read her next book, Vassal.”

And the 5-star review of “Darrion”:

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Reviewed by Tania Staley for Readers’ Favorite

“Marissa Ames’ high-fantasy short story, Darrion: A Story of Tir Athair, will have readers longing to read more. Darrion is the prequel to Ames’ larger work, Minstrel, and I dare anyone who reads this short story to not want to pick up a copy of Minstrel in order to find out what happens next. Lana believed her dreams had come true when Kellan, a gifted healer, pronounced his love for her, but there was trouble ahead for their romance. The realm of Tir Athair was at war, and Kellan had been called upon to use his powers. There were darker forces at work than either of them could have realized, however, and Kellan is soon being used as little more than a weapon. To make matters worse, Lana bears a child who is gifted as well, and under the kingdom’s new regime it is a law to relinquish her child to the king’s control. Can Lana escape the kingdom and save her child from the same fate as her husband?

“Darrion is a short story that gets me quite excited to see what else Marissa Ames has in store for readers. In just a few pages, Ames creates a rich and vibrant story full of emotion and intrigue. The author has created a romance that tugs at the heartstrings and, from this joining, a potential hero that readers will want to learn about. I can’t help but wonder what sort of future lies in wait for Darrion. I see a lot of potential in this series, and I can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Minstrel.”

Aislin’s Trial by Ordeal

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If accused of a crime in medieval times, a person could undergo a lengthy trial with a jury of his peers. This happened more often with nobility, richer and more important people who might disrupt societal structure if proven guilty and removed from their stations. The peasants often faced quick trials by ordeal.

In Vassal, the upcoming novel following the short story “Darrion,” Aislin has already banished Darrion from her manor house, for sins she just can’t forgive. He lives within the serfs’ cottages, biding his time until she can find a way to banish him from her fief forever. But someone has slipped belladonna poison into Darrion’s food, and the soldiers have arrived to arrest both of them. Harboring a gifted fugitive, and consorting with the Brotherhood of Teague, isn’t punishable by death. It’s punishable by torture, dismemberment, and then death when the accused could take it no longer.

Aislin faces a trial, but medieval trials weren’t as merciful as they are today. A woman, even a landholding vassal, did not stand equally among a jury of her “peers.” She relied upon the mercies of a husband, or her liege, to defend her in a trial. But Aislin had no husband. And Parlan, the Earl of Edurne, sought to defend her only to gain further control. A cauldron bubbled in the courtyard, ready for her trial by ordeal. Aislin had one more option that even Parlan did not anticipate.

An ancient judicial practice carried on through the Salem witch-hunts and ending as late as the 1700s, trials by ordeal were surprisingly effective. They followed a simple premise: God would save the innocent. The effectiveness also followed another simple premise: The guilty, who had as much faith as the accusers in the premise that God would save them, knew they would fail and declined the trial, thus automatically condemning themselves. Church and judicial officials could often rig ordeals so the participants could pass them, if the authorities so wished. If they did not rig them, the innocent still suffered.

Several trials existed, some crueler than others:

Trial by Combat

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Depiction of a judicial duel between a man and a woman by Hans Talhoffer (Ms.Thott.290.2º f80r, 1459)

Regularly used in Germanic law, trial by combat let men settle accusations without witnesses. Both parties fought in a single dispute, and the winner was proclaimed to be right. Trial by combat appears to have been introduced into common law in England following the Norman Conquest and remained through the high and late Middle Ages. This judicially sanctioned duel disappeared gradually throughout the 16th century. Hans Talhoffer, in 1459, names seven offences which warrant a judicial duel: murder, treason, heresy, desertion of one’s lord, abduction, perjury/fraud, and rape. Peasants had to present their case to a judge before dueling, but nobles had the right to challenge each other to duels without involving higher powers. Trials by combat were abolished by Emperor Maximilian I, but evolved into gentlemanly duels, which were only outlawed in the 19th century.

A one-sided ordeal of combat included “running the gauntlet,” though this was more commonly used as a form of public punishment much more dignified than the pillory or the stocks. Stripped to the waist, the condemned or accused had to pass between a double row of men holding cudgels, whips, switches, or blades. Someone walked in front of him, to keep him from running, and sometimes the accused was dragged or prodded along. Sometimes rules banned edged weapons, or required the two sides to each keep a foot in place, or allowed the accused to protect his head with his hands. He did not always die; sometimes he simply could not walk afterward. “The gauntlet” began in Roman times, as a form of execution by cudgeling, and ended in Russia and Sweden as late as the 19th century.

Ordeal of Fire

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After being accused of adultery Cunigunde of Luxembourg proved her innocence by walking over red-hot ploughshares.

The ordeal of fire typically required that the accused walk a certain distance, usually about nine feet, over a red-hot surface such as ploughshares. Or they carried red-hot iron for the same distance. Complete lack of injury proved innocence but, more commonly, a priest bandaged the wound and re-examined it three days later. If the wound had healed in those three days, God had intervened for the innocent. If the wound festered, exile or execution followed.

Cunigunde of Luxembourg and Emma of Normandy, both women in history accused of adultery, proved their innocence by walking barefoot over red-hot ploughshares without incurring injury.

Ordeal of Water

Several ordeals of water were employed: boiling water, cold water, and use of water to condemn witches.

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Water-ordeal. Engraving, 17th century.

In the trial by cold water, people accused of sorcery were submerged in streams. Survivors were acquitted. In the 6th century, pagans cast Gregory of Tours into a river with a millstone tied to his neck. According to record, divine miracle saved him, and the water did not suck him down. This law was abolished by Louis the Pious in 829, but reappeared in the Late Middle Ages. Men guilty of poaching could be submerged in a barrel three times, and be considered innocent if he sank and guilty if he floated.

In the witch-hunts of the 16th and 17th century, the scenario reversed: those who sank were innocent, and witches floated. Believers claimed witches floated because they had renounced baptism. In the Historia Litteraria, Jacob Rickius claimed they were supernaturally light, and recommended weighing them as an alternative to dunking them. James VI of Scotland claimed that water was such a pure element that it repelled the guilty. Witch trials by water occurred as late as 1728.

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Aislin faced the ordeal of boiling water, in which Parlan tossed a ring into a cauldron. She had to recover the ring and prove her innocence.

In history, the boiling water had to be deep enough to cover the wrist of the accused if he was charged with one accusation, and up to the elbow for three. Afterwards, as with the trial by fire, the arm was bound and examined three days later. If the wound had healed within three days, God had intervened.

The Tir Athair series occurs in a medieval-based world, which has a basic belief in the singular God. However, since this is a fantasy world, instead of medieval Europe, there is no Christianity and no Catholic Church. The people face holy wars, inquisitions, trials by ordeal, and forced religion, but  accuracy to the tenets of Catholicism is not used. Instead I use artistic license. In addition, Tir Athair has the presence of natural magic, referred to as “the gift” in Athairan and Saoiran societies. Gifted people can harm, heal themselves, and heal others with the natural magic residing within them. Opinions about this magic vary from land to land; in some lands, they are considered cursed, and are burned for witchcraft. In others, the gift is feared and revered at the same time.

As Aislin faces her trial by boiling water, she also faces the reverse of historical trials: If her hand emerges unharmed, she is guilty, for she has anticipated the trial and has asked Darrion to preserve her flesh beforehand. If her arm burns, she is innocent, and Parlan is ready to take her back as his ward, and to control her as he desires. The thing is… Aislin is guilty. But she knows she will be burned, for she has spurned Darrion and wants none of his help. In defiance of the judicial system and the Earl of Edurne, she plunges her arms into the cauldron.

Ordeal of the Cross

To discourage ordeals by combat among Germanic peoples, the church introduced ordeals of the cross. In this trial, the accuser underwent the ordeal with the accused. They stood on either side of a cross with their arms outstretched. The first to lower his arms lost. Charlemagne prescribed this ordeal in 779 and in 806, before Louis the Pious and Lothar I abolished it to avoid the mockery of Christ.

Ordeal of Ingestion

A priest blessed dry bread or cheese and gave it to the accused. If he choked on the food, he was considered guilty. This developed into the ordeal of the Eucharist, wherein the accused professed his innocence by oath before partaking of the sacrament. It was believed that if the oath had been false, the accused would die within the same year.

The ordeals involving ingestion of sacred food were unusually safe and merciful, but the ordeal of poison wasn’t always so.

Ordeal of Poison

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Castor beans contain ricin, and paternoster peas contain abric acid. Both are toxins of the highest ranking. From medieval Europe to western Africa, these two seeds were used by trials of ordeal. The accused had to swallow them without dying. There was one caveat to the trial: the accused often lived if someone tipped them off and told them to swallow, not chew, to keep the poison contained within the seed’s hard coating.

In the 1800s, residents of Madagascar used the tangena nut, causing about 3,000 annual deaths between 1828 and 1861. Even in present-day Nigeria calabar bean is used to determine guilt. Innocent defendants vomit; the guilty become ill or die.

Ordeal of Boiling Oil

Similar to the trial of boiling water in Europe, the trial of boiling oil occurred in India and West Africa, requiring the accused to retrieve an item from a container of boiling oil. Those who refuse the task are guilty. Those who emerge unscathed are declared innocent. Though many “boil them in oil” jokes exist regarding medieval Europe, this rarely occurred. Oil was precious in those parts, and far too expensive for an ordeal that could be easier executed with holy water or hot iron. Similarly, oil was rarely poured through murder holes onto invading armies. Instead, they used boiling water or burning debris.

Aislin’s plot thickens as she plunges her hands into the water. Will she face torture and execution for harboring Darrion, though Parlan tries to convince the jury that she is innocent and led by fear, so he can regain control over her? Will she defy the judicial system, which considers women to be mere dependents of men? Will the water even burn her, and will she manage to retrieve the ring, which has its own emotional history throughout the novel? And what of Shaila, who accused Darrion of the sin which got him ejected from Aislin’s house? She’s sitting on a bench, watching the entire thing, as is Sully, who orchestrated the entire arrangement which put Darrion into Aislin’s house in the first place. Gael also watches, the soldier who was left for dead by the Athairan army and has risen again to fight for justice. Oh yeah… and what about Darrion, who’s hanging above the square in a gibbet, forced to watch the entire trial as she throws herself into the cauldron?

Here is where I leave you with a mysterious smile and tell you to keep in touch. I promise, all will be answered with Vassal’s release.

Conspiring Against Cancer

Some give their lives in the fight against cancer. Sahara, twelve years old, doesn’t suffer from cancer, but she has friends and family who have survived it. Or who still fight the battle. Sahara doesn’t have to give her life, but she’s giving her hair.

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Last year, Sahara W. shaved her head for St. Baldrick’s, a charity that encourages donors to raise funds and shave their heads, to support research fighting childhood cancer. Last year, Sahara raised $500. This year, she strives for $1,000 in donations.

To help her reach this goal, we’d like to offer something in return.

If you donate to Sahara W’s page, you will receive in trade:

  • Your name (pen name, business name)
  • One link (your website, Facebook page, or buy link)
  • One image (shown as a thumbnail, but also linked up to your page)

Donor names will be categorized by amount donated, and the list will be posted on Marissa Ames’ author site, and on our sister site, Ames Family Farm. This list will be shared on all affiliated Facebook pages, and will be regularly Tweeted. Also, other bloggers/donors are encouraged to share this page to further your outreach.

To take advantage of this networking offer, make a non-anonymous donation to Sahara W’s St. Baldrick’s page. Then message me on my Facebook page and share what name, link, and image you would like displayed. I will build the page, and inform you when it’s available to share.

This opportunity is not available for:

  • Pornography
  • Drugs, even if they’re legal in your state
  • Any illegal activity
  • Spam
  • Hate groups, or even hateful comments

All money paid goes straight to St. Baldrick’s!

Thank you! -Marissa Ames