"White Witch," A New Novel-in-Verse by Laura Stamps, Goes On Sale TODAY!!
(Signed and personalized by the author, hand-tinted cover, collectible paperback book, 110 pages, published by Kittyfeather Press, $13.00)
Ravena Riley is a Wiccan Witch, who successfully approaches her Pagan craft business, feral cat rescue, perimenopause, and fibroids with spellcasting, holistic healing, and herbs. But when her husband suddenly sinks into the angry depths of a midlife crisis, Ravena realizes she’ll need to conjure the greatest spells of her life to determine whether her marriage is worth saving.
“The “Ravena” section of “The Witches of Dixie” was originally a novel-in-verse called “White Witch.” This version went out of print in 2007 when I rewrote it in prose so it could be published in trade paperback by Trytium Publishing and sold in bookstores.
Now this beautiful novel is back in its original, magickal, prose poetry form. It’s packed with real spells, chants, rituals, cat care tips, and plenty of information for women about how to shrink uterine fibroids naturally. An empowering, entertaining novel for Pagans, women, and cat-lovers!
To order, send $13.00 (free shipping in the US) to: Laura Stamps, Kittyfeather Press, P. O. Box 212534-Y, Columbia, SC 29221-2534. Make check or money order payable to: Laura Stamps. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information if you’d like to order with a credit card or PayPal.
An excerpt from “White Witch” by Laura Stamps (c)
* * * * *
That uneasy day on Santee Avenue
twenty years ago stands in Ravena’s
mind as a beginning. It happened
just before colonies of faeries,
angels, and elementals entered her
life. Before she heard the soft call
of the Goddess, a sweet whispering,
yet a sound attracting her with such
magnetism that she could not resist.
And why would she? Never had she
felt so loved, completely comfortable
with what the Divine Feminine and
Wicca offered. Her soul had finally
found its home in a new life as a
solitary. A White Witch. Remember-
ing back to that time, Ravena smiles,
her skin scented today with mallow
flower musk, her waist-length blonde
hair naturally rippled with an unruly
wave, two or three tiny braids always
scattered throughout, threaded with
charmed ribbons decorated in runes.
* * * * *
After graduating from college in
1980, Ravena created a one-woman
business, Catnip Enchantments, to
manufacture and market catnip toys
for cats. She grows organic catnip
in her garden, dries it in the kitchen,
and stuffs it into mice sewn from
unbleached muslin, embellished
with nontoxic vegetable dyes. She
then charges each toy with a good
fortune spell to bless the cats of her
customers with long and healthy lives.
Ravena sells these creations through
ads in newsstand magazines, her web
site, and cat and craft shows across
South Carolina. Last year she added
a line of sundresses for cats. Most
people think her cats look the same,
all three white calicos sprinkled with
patches of caramel and gray, all
born within a month of each other
to three feral sisters. But Ravena
sees distinctive differences. The
idea for sundresses ballooned in
her mind when one began to over-
groom. By the time Ravena narrowed
the allergens down to grains and
most meats in pet foods, the cat
had licked half the hair from its body.
While purchasing a grain-free venison
and pea food at a specialty pet store,
she saw a selection of ruffled sun-
dresses for poodles and thought
this could be the perfect solution
for her hairless cat, one that might
discourage further licking by covering
most of the bald areas. Ravena
knew she must design a pretty sun-
dress with ruffles and bows just for
cats. When she added the sundress
to her product line, it became an
immediate success and blessed many
of her customers distressed by cats
over-grooming in response to allergens
in food, litter, and the environment.
Catnip Enchantments may be small,
but it thrives as a profitable business,
one that grants her plenty of time for
hobbies like reading, flower gardening,
feral cat rescue, and spellcrafting.
* * * * *
Solid as the stones in her garden,
the fibroids appeared when Ravena
was thirty-nine. For years they
grew rapidly like summer weeds,
until she found the key to unlock
the mystery of estrogen dominance.
By then her uterus had bloomed to
the size of a five-month pregnancy,
and Ravena learned another trick:
how to dress in a way that hides
a fibroid bulge. From the beginning
her gynecologist stated he didn’t
know why fibroids balloon or
how to shrink them, while singing
his favorite tune: hysterectomy.
“That’s not an option,” she replied
each time he suggested surgery.
Witches honor a woman’s body as
a whole and magnificent creation
from the Goddess, and any sign
of illness points to an imbalance
longing to be corrected. In Ravena’s
case this meant too much estrogen,
and the only real cure would lie in
finding the cause of the problem.