I love every Chrismas-sy tradition, and this in no exception.
A Very Witchy Yuletide by D. Lieber released in October in the Contemporary pagan holiday romance genre.
First love is hard to forget, and even harder to ignore… Evergreen Pendre wasn’t planning on going home for Yule. But when her Mom tells her the old coven is coming for a visit, she wants to see everyone. Well, almost everyone.
After four and a half years, Sawyer Collins finally has a chance to reconnect with his first love, Eeva Pendre. He might have been too shy to tell her how he felt before, but he’s changed. And he’s determined not to let her slip away this time.
As the coven prepares for Yule, they are reminded that not everyone has the holiday spirit in this contemporary Pagan holiday romance.
As Eeva shifted her weight from foot to foot, swaying in time, they started the simple steps of the dance, circling each other.
“Yeah, that’s it,” Sawyer encouraged. “You remember. Ready for the staff?”
Eeva smiled. “Go for it.”
Sawyer struck out with his staff, and Eeva met it with hers. He did it again with the same result. And so they went on in rhythm, the mock battle playing out in a dance. They circled each other. They clashed in the middle. They retreated.
Sawyer’s heart raced as the exercise made him warm in his coat. He took it off, his steps still in time. Eeva did the same, her breaths punctuated by white puffs from her lips.
“Ready to try the end?” Sawyer asked her.
“Come at me,” she challenged, her voice teasing.
Sawyer attacked, bringing his face in close to hers, their staves crossed between them. This was where he was supposed to push them apart. She was to fall to the ground, defeated. But as they locked eyes, and he felt her breath on his face, they both froze.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
D. Lieber is an urban fantasy author with a wanderlust that would make a butterfly envious. When she isn’t planning her next physical adventure, she’s recklessly jumping from one fictional world to another. Her love of reading led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.
Beyond her skeptic and slightly pessimistic mind, Lieber wants to believe. She has been many places—from Canada to England, France to Italy, Germany to Russia—believing that a better world comes from putting a face on “other.” She is a romantic idealist at heart, always fighting to keep her feet on the ground and her head in the clouds.
Lieber lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John) and cats (Yin and Nox).
Lieber Pagan Side
A Very Witchy Yuletide is very much a modern story about how (some) modern Pagans celebrate the winter solstice.
The truth is many people have never met a “real” Pagan in real life, and they are told all kinds of things about what Pagans are like.
You may have heard some very scary things about what we do and who we are, and certainly who we worship (though many of us wouldn’t even really call it worship so much as a relationship). But so much of that is hype, is propaganda. And while some of us are irritated and angry by this misrepresentation, others just laugh and are tickled by what is seen as ridiculous and cartoonishly horrid.
So, a big part of what I did with this book was introduce non-Pagans to what it would be like to join in on a Yuletide celebration. Aren’t you just a little bit curious about what those witches and Pagans do behind closed doors? Hint: it likely isn’t so different from your own traditions.
Now, I will say upfront that this book only presents one type of Pagan. Paganism is a huge conglomeration of faiths and traditions. I, therefore, couldn’t possibly have represented them all. I did include different types of witches though. There is a cosmic witch, a kitchen witch, a healer, one who works with the Fae, and many more. I have rituals and prayers, chants and charms.
Not only did I want to show others how Pagans celebrate the winter holidays, I also wanted to show them what it feels like to be Pagan in a primarily Christian environment. It’s not all mistletoe and holly berries. Some of it is painful and disheartening, and some of it is downright freighting. But, for authenticity, I have only included interactions similar to those I’ve experienced in my real life. Wait, no, that isn’t true. When a lovely Christian woman stands up for my characters during one particular confrontation, that has never happened to me. But I know some very caring Christians, and I would like to believe it could have happened.
In any case, the main reason I wrote this book was to give my Pagan sisters and brothers a feel-good, cotton candy fluff, holiday romance with all the warm fuzzies as their Christian counterparts. It’s hard being in the minority. You are too often forgotten or brushed aside (that’s if you aren’t downright banned). This is a story where they can let go of all the defensiveness they carry around every day and just enjoy.
In truth, I hope this story will bring people who are different closer together, even if just by a little bit.
Blessed be and Happy Yuletide, Friends!
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