A werewolf allegedly can be killed by complete destruction of heart or brain; silver isn't necessary.

Hey, how are you? I hope you are staying sanitary and sane.  This is what I have been up too:

📖Reading: Magic for Liars  
👂Listening: Stuff You Missed in History podcast
📺Watching: the Patrick H Willems youtube channel.
🎨Crafting: PUZZLES.
🌿Growing: Radishes and flowers
🍷Drinking: I am rationing my box of sangria.
🍪Snacking: Honey BBQ crisps
⌨️Writing: Witch on the Run- Book 4 of my urban fantasy series
🛀Self-care: Matcha lattes and DIY hair masks 

 I am also doing a lot of research for book four of the Red Witch Chronicles and since I used to be a librarian, I have a compulsive need to share information.

Let's talk werewolves!

Some legends say that werewolves just people who morph into vicious, powerful wolves. Others depict a mutant combination of human and wolf. But all have a bloodthirst.

Werewolves first appear in Greek mythology. In the Legend of Lycaon, the son of Pelasgus, angered the god Zeus when he served him a meal made from the remains of a sacrificed boy. This really grossed Zeus the F out. As punishment, Zeus turned Lycaon and his sons into wolves. The Greeks weren't the only ones preoccupied with stories of the wolf man.

Norse legends spoke of Fenrir, the son of Loki and a wolf-like being who was the father of both the wolves and werewolves. The poet Virgil discussed a man named Moeris, who could transform from human to wolf form through the use of herbs. The idea of werewolves has stayed in the public mind to this day and traveled to the Americas along with the Europeans to mingle with indigenous lore. These beliefs have left unique traditions including one in Argentina where the seventh son of any family is made the godson of the President to prevent the child from being preemptive abandoned for being a werewolf.

Modern folklore holds that silver bullets are strong enough to kill werewolves. The other element used throughout history was quicksilver, which is the liquid form of Mercury. Pop culture and mythology have blended to add werewolves to everything from children's books to horror.

What are your favorite UF series about or featuring werewolves? Anyone have a neat werewolf trivia to share? Drop a comment on my FB page about it.

Being my friend means tolerating me being goofy in the background of pictures

Throwback to my sardine festival adventure in Lisbon last year. Sharp-eyed readers will note the Star Wars shirt and the Platform 9 3/4 bracelet. 

I roam no more

My passport expired this month. Quite timely, I think. It was a jaunt down memory lane to flip through the pages. I got around for a bit: Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Germany, Czech Republic, England, France, Finland, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Morocco, and Portugal. I am back at home in Arizona, but I will have plenty of inspiration to draw upon. Check out some of my journey here.

I am getting a little bored with my puzzles so if you want to give me a flash fiction prompt, drop me a comment here.

Examples:
-Vic at White Castle with Quinn. Last times.
-1956, movie theater, Cora and Delilah.
-3 times Lucas and Red were honest with each other and 1 time they weren't.

Stay well, stay safe, and wash your hands, gentle reader.

Cheers, Sami

PS. Update your kindle books!

I actually put out new editions that don't change the plot or characters, but address some issues in the books pointed out in reviews. Mostly typos and having vampires check themselves out in mirrors. 🤦‍♀️

  • Go to Amazon.com (or go to your own country's Amazon domain)
  • Go to Manage Your Content and Devices.
    Switch to “Settings” tab.
  • Find “Automatic Book Update”, turn it on.

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Upcoming Release: Dead Witch

When I walked into that bar, I didn’t know I would wind up witnessing a murder. The Supernatural Bureau of Investigation agents can’t hold me since I didn’t commit a crime. But if I don’t want them digging into my past, I must find the real killer — fast. If I don’t, I risk having them discovering the truth — the person they think is Valentina Sanz doesn’t exist.

I’ve been using this secret identity to hide from the Society. The only witch allowed to leave is a dead witch. And that’s what I'll be if the Society learns where I am.

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