Wednesday, April 3, 2013
MYSTICISM, BETROTHAL, and AXIETY... THE ULTIMATE COMBINATION ....
Autumn leaves stir outside the church cemetery in the rural township of Catawissa. Several collect in an intricate iron cage and rest upon a weathered headstone.
A delicate hand sweeps them away as a gasp escapes from a tearstained face. It can’t be.
As she turns, a mirror image reflects the exact scene with only one variation. The name has changed. Why here? Why them?
She wipes the tears away and heads for home. A place she hasn’t seen since the age of two. Fifteen years have passed, yet everything seems the same. Her memories are few but vivid.
“Are you ready to meet your fiance, Verity?” her father asks as he enters the living room.
Startled, her lower lip trembles and she answers, “Yes, Father.” She remembers the many letters sent by Nate and prays they are enough to win her heart.
Two caged graves flash through her mind. “Father. Why are my mother’s and aunt’s graves distanced from the others in the church’s cemetery? And why are they caged?”
He grumbles through an awkward explanation and immediately changes the subject back to her betrothed. “Quickly. Get ready. Nate is on the way. You know how important this union is to me.”
Time passes and with each new day Verity becomes less interested in Nate; he is stiff and distant. But, the doctor’s apprentice is not. He’s attracted to her and she to him.
Whispers on the lips of the villagers carry back to Verity like an unwelcome guest. They speak of witchcraft and buried treasure. Rumors scatter, not unlike the autumn leaves. Each one an additional link to a chain that leads to her mother and aunt’s graves.
Verity searches for the truth and is desperate to redeem her mother’s reputation. Her discoveries bring forth unwanted attention and further gossip.
Will she be the next link to a caged grave?
Who is curious to find out? Are you?
The Caged Graves by Dianne Salerni
Dianne K. Salerni
We Hear the Dead (Sourcebooks)
The Caged Graves (Clarion/HMH 2013)
The Eighth Day (HarperCollins 2014)
Well, how about these caged graves. SO unique. Dianne had discovered them and created her novel from them! AWESOME job DIANNE! What an amazing premise. I know I want to read more. Dianne was kind enough to share with us her own personal pics of the graves she had discovered and here they are ....
I will make this short and sweet. I have been surfing the blogosphere and there are so many A-Zers insecure about this challenge. RELAX... this is supposed to be fun. Many of have chosen very difficult themes... Well is is a challenge after all. But don't panic if you can't keep up. WE UNDERSTAND. The whole point of this is to have fun and meet new bloggers. I also have the added challenge of doing this with VERY LIMITED wifi. SOOOOO, if I can manage so can you. Between my iPhone, McDonald's and the library, I am keeping up. My biggest anxiety is trying to visit my buds and new blogger friends. SO, patience is a must for ALL of us. If we take it one day at a time we will get through!
Take care everyone and WELCOME new friends to my blog and the CHALLENGE! Have a wonderful day everyone.