Witches

Witches

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Overview

There are witches in the world...some are good and some of them are downright evil.
Amanda Givens is careful how she uses her benevolent powers. She doesn't want the people of Canaan, Connecticut to know they have a witch among them...even a good white witch. For years, she's lived quietly in a remote cabin with Amadeus, her quirky feline familiar. At first with her husband, Jake, the love of her life, until a car accident; but now she is alone after his death. But when she's wrongly blamed for a rash of ritualistic murders committed by a satanic cult, she knows she can no longer hide. She's the one the cult is after and she is the only one who can stop them and prove her innocence. Yet as punishment for fighting and destroying the cult, she's drawn back in time by the ghost of the dark witch, Rachel Coxe, who was drowned for practicing black magic in the 17th century. Now, as Amanda tries to rehabilitate Rachel's reputation in an effort to save lives, as well as her own, and falls in love all over again with Joshua, her reincarnated dead husband from the future, she has to rely on a sister's love and magical knowledge, and a powerful sect of witches named the Guardians, to help her get home safely.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781519217615
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/20/2015
Pages: 386
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

About Kathryn Meyer Griffith...
Since childhood I've been an artist and worked as a graphic designer in the corporate world and for newspapers for twenty-three years before I quit to write full time. But I'd already begun writing novels at 21, over forty-four years ago now, and have had twenty-three (ten romantic horror, two horror novels, two romantic SF horror, one romantic suspense, one romantic time travel, one historical romance, two thrillers, and four murder mysteries) previous novels, two novellas and twelve short stories published from Zebra Books, Leisure Books, Avalon Books, The Wild Rose Press, Damnation Books/Eternal Press; and I've self-published my last ten novels with Amazon Kindle Direct and my Dinosaur Lake novels and Spookie Town Mysteries (Scraps of Paper, All Things Slip Away and Ghosts Beneath Us) are my best-sellers.
I've been married to Russell for thirty-seven years; have a son and two grandchildren and I live in a small quaint town in Illinois, which is right across the JB Bridge from St. Louis, Mo. We have a quirky cat, Sasha, and the three of us live happily in an old house in the heart of town. Though I've been an artist, and a folk/classic rock singer in my youth with my brother Jim, writing has always been my greatest passion, my butterfly stage, and I'll probably write stories until the day I die...or until my memory goes.
2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS *Finalist* for my horror novel The Last Vampire ~ 2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS * Finalist * for her thriller novel Dinosaur Lake.
Novels:
Evil Stalks the Night, The Heart of the Rose, Blood Forge, Vampire Blood, The Last Vampire (2012 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS*Finalist* in their Horror category), Witches, The Nameless One short story, The Calling, Scraps of Paper (The First Spookie Town Murder Mystery), All Things Slip Away (The Second Spookie Town Murder Mystery), Ghosts Beneath Us (The Third Spookie Town Murder Mystery), Egyptian Heart, Winter's Journey, The Ice Bridge, Don't Look Back, Agnes, Before the End: A Time of Demons, The Woman in Crimson, Human No Longer, Four Spooky Short Stories Collection, Forever and Always Romantic Short, Night carnival Short Story, Dinosaur Lake (2014 EPIC EBOOK AWARDS*Finalist* in their Thriller/Adventure category), Dinosaur Lake II: Dinosaurs Arising and Dinosaur Lake III: Infestation
*All Kathryn Meyer Griffith's books here:
http://tinyurl.com/oqctw7k
*All her Audible.com audio books:
http://tinyurl.com/oz7c4or https://kathrynmeyergriffith.wordpress.com/

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Witches 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book moved me in the same way the writer Terry Brooks has tickled my curiosity and imagination over the years. Griffith's book is full of high magic, suspence, a good wholesome sense of spirit, and plants in readers a concern for the well-being of the main characters in this book. I'm very Wicca-friendly and found this writer's work to be an interesting twist on the world of Wiccans. Witches may not accurately reflect all of the beliefs of Wicca but it will likely help open the doors of tolerance and appreciation for people who follow different kinds of paths to their Higher Power (or all of the Powers-That-Be). As a work of fiction, this book was very well done.
arthistorychick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
All readers know about the reading slump, that damnable period of time when you just can¿t settle into a book. Nothing you pick up can hold your attention and you begin to wonder if you have lost your reading mojo. I got my mojo back when I picked up Kathryn Meyer Griffith¿s Witches. When I peruse the paranormal section of my favorite used bookstore, I don¿t normally gravitate toward books that focus on witches and witchcraft. To be completely honestI didn¿t find this book, it found me and I am rather glad that it did. The premise of the novel is quite simple: Amanda is a white witch who finds herself pulled into a nefarious plot constructed by none other than Satan himself. Amanda¿s vulnerability is the element that will draw you into the book. Amanda is introduced to us as a woman who is all but crippled by the grief she feels following the death of her beloved husband, Jake. At the same time we find out that Amanda is far from weak and is in fact one of the world¿s most powerful white witches. It takes Griffith a bit too long to pull Amanda, and by extension the reader out of the mourning period and into the thick of the plot. As Amanda is dealing with her grief, the town of Canaan, Connecticut where she lives is experiencing a rash of violent, cult-like killings. Many in the town are suspicious of Amanda and suspect she is behind the killings or at the very least is involved in them. By the time Amanda gets her head on straight it¿s too late ¿ the cult publically implicates Amanda in an effort to draw her out. Here¿s the rub: the cult not only draws Amanda out but traps her in Canaan, Connecticut at the end of the seventeenth century. Oh yes, dear reader, that would be the right time and the right place for the witch trials.It is at this point that Griffith takes a very bold and risky step; she begins to move the novel back and forth through time with Amanda in the late seventeenth century and her sister, Rebecca in the twenty-first century working to bring her sister home. This type of ¿time travel¿ works nicely with both the plot and the geography and allows Griffith to further develop Amanda and her sister as strong central characters. This type of writing could have easily gone horribly wrong for Griffith but it did not. She manages to not only move between the two time periods but to connect them as well! The bottom line? I have three dislikes: 1) the afore mentioned sluggish nature of the first part of the novel and 2) the rather underdeveloped qualities of the minor characters, in particular, Amanda and Rebecca¿s familiars Amadeus and Tibby. Griffith actually gives these two characters their own ¿human¿ voices which in turn creates a great potential for further development(s) within the plot. Unfortunately, that never happened. Finally, 3) the unanswered questions regarding the Guardians and who they really are.Overall I did enjoy this book and the plot in particular as it appealed to my love of historical fiction without actually being historical fiction. I also liked the author¿s voice ¿ it is an older voice that imbued both Amanda and Rebecca with mature voices of their own. That is, Amanda and Rebecca are women who have lived, loved, and lost and came out stronger for it on the other side. This is a quality that I very much appreciated. I also have a feeling, and it¿s only a sneaking suspicion really, that the things I disliked about the novel are not oversights on the author¿s part but things that are going to be dealt with in a later novel. A girl can hope, right?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this story. Very entertaining with the characters coming to life. I would recommend this book to all interested in a supernatural experience.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite Amanda is a white witch, meaning that she works nature to help people, but there are others in the world that have traded their favors with evil and use dark magic for bad purposes. In the area there is a cult killing people and trying to gain power, and Amanda should be focusing on them, but grief over the death of her husband in a car accident has caught her unawares. Amanda is finally finding her feet and coming back to the land of the living and getting ready to move on, when the cult starts targeting her, leaving messages for her when they kill, making the local people want to run her out of town. At the same time, the spirit of a witch put to death for practicing her craft is trying to help Amanda find peace, and Amanda is sure there is something wrong with her request. Even though they haven't always been close, Amanda turns to her sister, who in turn ends up being her biggest help in figuring out the mysteries. Witches is a well thought out and complex story of righting past wrongs done to innocent people and making things right, while at the same time putting the evil-doers away. Author Kathryn Meyer Griffith has woven past and present together into a wonderful story that makes you believe in the good guys again, the power of love, family and good friends. Witches tells the story of two completely different women whose lives end up being drawn together. Amanda, who is a white witch and is good, using nature to do no harm but to help everyone that she possibly can. Rachel, who is a black witch, and uses magic for her own purposes and for what it can get her, no matter who it harms. Then there is the witch hunter of the seventeenth century, who took way too much pleasure in putting women to death for being witches. The differences in the two women are so completely opposite, but to many, all they see is the label "witch," that is until they have need of Amanda's services. Luckily she is able to change a number of people's minds about what a witch really is and what it means to be a witch. She is also able to change history and make sure that innocent people are not killed out of spite. Author Kathryn Meyer Griffith has written a wonderfully complex and powerful story.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
A curse, reincarnation, familiars, a battle between good and evil, Witches by Kathryn Meyer Griffith is loaded with many witch things that tease and titillate your paranormal and supernatural desires. I have been watching Charmed (a TV series) reruns for a long time now, so it is easy to visualize all the going on, from familiars to scrying to all the powers needed for the battle coming Amanda’s way. Amanda is a good witch and a good person, lonely since the death of her husband. She has her family and some friends in her isolated surroundings and she will need them. The selfless love she spreads and gives to others freely, asking for nothing in return makes me feel she deserves only the best. The familiars are faithful companions and can be amusing at time. I couldn’t help but laugh at Tibby, a mouse familiar. I can see him throwing his little paws in the air in frustration. Murders. It will be Amanda and her familiar, Amadeus, against the diabolical cult that is killing the residents of Canaan. She is a bit naive, unwilling to believe the danger that stalks her and I want to be with her, fighting at her side, making things right for her. The witch hunt puts a target on her back and it is worse than she thought. The battle between good and evil will take all she has to survive. The sense of evil and foreboding of what is to come was present from the opening pages. The grisly murders, the impromptu storms, and the death and destruction run rampant in Canaan. I didn’t see the direction Kathryn would take for this unusual witch’s tale and the world I would be in. Her vivid descriptions and detailed, complex characters make me love and hate them…but Amanda… The terrible things Kathryn puts her through come alive on the pages. She is not afraid to make her characters suffer, sometimes killing them off, making me love her writing, because I have to stay on my toes and be ready for the surprises she will spring on me. The writing is outstanding, but I am not surprised by Kathryn’s ability to bring this magical world to life, making me devour the words, unable to stop, wanting to know… Kathryn Meyer Griffith takes WITCHES to a whole new level, keeping the suspense rising,the pacing constant. I am anxious, curious, suurprised, amazed, fearful, terrified as read of Amanda and those around her as demons and black magic rise and good magic fights back. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Witches by Kathryn Meyer Griffith.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
Nothing like some witches to keep me reading into the wee hours. I should add that I’ve read many of Kathryn’s books and that always happens. The age old battle of good vs. evil is portrayed by white magic and black magic. Some things never change. Even for witches in present times. Amanda is still grieving over the loss of her beloved and just wants to get through each day. Living in a small town, her unusual ways raise suspicion and she’s the likely culprit for the town folks when the murders begin. It’s Salem all over again as the town turns on Amanda, calling her a witch, shunning her, and casting the first stone. As Amanda begins her own investigation, she stumbles into a dark and deadly plot involving dark magic and demons. Now, she’s desperate to reveal the truth before she’s outed by a posse and hung until dead. A fun thing was the talking familiars. They came in all shapes and sizes and had very vocal opinions. It was also fun to see witches trying to hide what they were from the modern world. They all had different levels of power and couldn’t just twitch their noses and appear somewhere. Even witches had to use cell phones and airplanes. I thought it worked really well for the story when the author took her story back in time to the witch trials. The contrasts and similarities of life as a witch was intriguing and kept the story moving quickly. I thought I knew how this would end and worried that it wouldn’t work. That it would be awkward and rushed. Not so. I give kudos to Kathryn for surprising me and pulling it off.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a great tale of White and Black Magic. It's like two stories in one!