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Monday, August 22, 2016

To Speak of Things Unseen

Book 2 is now available in the Barrio Viejo Series. When I began the first, of what will be five books, I was not sure of a series name but called it the Hemstreet Witches. That ended up not feeling right (wish I’d realized it before the first one was out). Naming a series is challenging when you are trying to create a vision for the reader of the essence of the stories—all of them. While Hemstreet Witches would describe the heroines, it missed the energy behind the stories—which is the impact place has on who we are and what happens.
“Where we choose to be—we have that power to determine our lives. We cannot reel time backward or forward, but we can take ourselves to the place that defines our being.” Sena Jeter Naslund in Ahab’s Wife.
I believe the old neighborhoods of Tucson have that energy and in particular, Barrio Viejo, which provided the inspiration for these books with its mix of history, mysticism, beauty, and renovation. It really brings to the romances the magic I wanted in books with supernatural elements. 
To Speak of Things Unseen is Elke Hemstreet’s turn to face the challenges. Seeing increasing threats to her family by those who believe witches to be evil, Elke believes she has an answer—create a play from a bestselling fantasy novel. Witches have had too much bad press. More need to understand who they really are.

The mysterious and reclusive Mitchell Ford, author of Vislogus, refuses her request. As a sorcerer, he’s fought the other side. Writing about it has made him a target. He’ll not let that happen to others—especially not a woman he finds all too tempting.

Mysticism, ethics, love, and family are at the heart of this book. Mitch and Elke travel from Tucson to the Verde Valley and the mystical and beautiful Sycamore Canyon, searching for ways to make humans safer—even those who would kill them if they could. Together they face life threatening challenges.

To Speak of Things Unseen, 61,000 words with heat and strong spiritual themes, is available at Amazon ( and for paperbacks at

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