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Product Details

  • Series: Signet Regency Romance
  • Mass Market Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; First Edition edition (July 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451188632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451188632
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Released from her stone prison by a Halloween thunderstorm 200 years after her death, witch Meg Ashton returns to Wychavon to wreak vengeance on the last descendants of the men who sent her to the stake. Ancient magic and real evil are at work in this rather unusual Regency, which pits a beautiful, seductive Tudor against a naive, gentle heroine. By using a wealth of folklore and legend and an abundance of descriptive detail, Heath provides a nice sense of time and place. Her romance is darker and more sensual than some of her earlier Regencies with paranormal aspects (e.g., Lucy's Christmas Angel, Signet Regency, 1995). She lives in Gloucester, England.
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About the Author

Sandra Heath, the daughter of an officer in the British Royal Air Force, spent most of her early life traveling to various European posts. She now resides in Gloucester, England, with her husband and daughter.

More About the Author

SANDRA HEATH isn't my only pen name, for I am also SANDRA HEATH WILSON, and under that name I write medieval novels, at the moment the Cicely Plantagenet series. You'll also find me as SANDRA WILSON, JEANNIE MACHIN and SARAH STANLEY. As the latter I've produced two new sensuous Regencies that follow the lives of the same characters.

Have you ever read a book and wished you could write one too? Have you ever followed someone else's characters and thought you would have them behave differently? Well, that's how I was. I read and read and read, especially historical fiction, but I secretly yearned to write a title of my own. Strangely, it took my three-year-old daughter's urgent admission to hospital with meningitis to finally get me going. She was so ill and I was so distracted, that my father gave me a little portable typewriter 'to help take my mind off things'. By the time my daughter Sarah came out of hospital, well on the road to recovery, my first book was also well on the road to completion.

I wrote and wrote and wrote, standing in the kitchen on one leg like a stork, with the typewriter on a work surface while my daughter played around my feet. My first books were medieval historicals set in England, and since then I have mostly written in the English Regency period - for which living in Britain is a definite advantage! I love romantic stories, and if I can weave history, traditions, myths, legends and sometimes Gothic elements into them, I'm happiest of all. These were the sorts of story I couldn't get enough of before I became a writer, and I'm glad to say my readers like them too.

Sooo, tens of books after my first ever title, I'm still wearing out keyboards, and enjoying every minute of it. It is my hope that you will share my enjoyment.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on July 6, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This isn't your mother's Regency romance, but that's okay, because you aren't your mother! But then again, given her creativity and her exceedingly inventive mind, anything is possible with Sandra Heath. For a while in the mid-90s, she ventured a bit away from the traditional Regency and into the paranormal and the sensual, and sometimes a combination of the two.
HALLOWEEN MAGIC may well be the best of her books of this type. Drawing on a wide variety of folk-lore and other research, this entertaining look at a mad, bad witch would have been difficult, if not impossible, for a non-British native.
Meg Ashton, accused of being a witch, was burned at the stake in 1618. Two hundred years later, she comes back to the area she had earlier inhabited, and sets out to wreak revenge on the descendants of those who were instrumental in her demise. Successful in her vendetta against the Villiers family, Meg next turns her attention towards Nicholas, ninth Lord Montacute.
Goodness will always win out against evil, and the goodness here is personified by Verity Windsor, orphaned niece of the village magistrate. Inadvertently, Verity manages to intrude on nearly every spell being cast by the witch against the hapless Nicholas. Consequently, the innocent Verity finds herself irresistibly drawn to Nicholas, just as he is to her.
HALLOWEEN MAGIC is a truly perfect--and VERY sensual Halloween treat. Whether by trick or by treat, be sure not to miss this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Deborah MacGillivray HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on October 2, 2004
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Sandra Heath so impressed me with her novel Lavender Blue, A Regency Gothic strong on pagan lore, that I rushed out and bought her backlist. And again, I am impressed. Halloween Magic is another strong tale of dark magick and things that go bump in the night. Once again, the lore surrounding May Day and Halloween are presented in a non-hysterical fashion, steep in lore and myths surrounding these pagan festivals.
On Halloween, there was a terrible thunderstorm that plagued the small hamlet of Wychavon. The remote Shropshire valley had to forgo their usual All Hallows Eve celebration, as the country folk, hid in their homes as they shook from the thunder. In strike of lightning, The Elderly Admiral Villiers is shocked to look out his front window and see a beautiful woman suddenly appear from nowhere. She was gorgeous and very naked. He had the servants bring her into his home, and word quickly spreads through the village that she's a victim of amnesia and cannot recall who she is or where she came from. He calls her Judith after his mother, and gossip runs rampant, as a short time later, the village learns he is to marry the woman 1/3 his age. The shock is fed fuel, when scarcely two months later, the man is found drowned under very mysterious circumstances. Since he had no heir, Judith inherits his estate. Only Judith, knew precisely who she is - or rather was. She was Meg Ashton, a powerful witch, burnt at the stake two hundred years ago. The clap of thunder freed her spirit where it had been slumbering in an ancient stone called The Lady. Now she is set on punishing the descendents of those responsible for her being burnt. First on that list was Admiral Villiers. Next is Nicholas Montacute, the lord of Wychavon.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. C. Severus on August 22, 2009
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Verity Windsor was startled beyond belief when the dazzlingly handsome, wealthy, and charming Lord Nicholas Montacute declared himself her smitten slave. What witchcraft was at work to make a man who could have any woman he desired want to have only her? And how could a country miss such as she resist the spell that made her senses swim when this lord and master of sophisticated seduction took her in his arms?

All her doubts about this man's hunger and her own melted in his first burning kiss...only to return with a vengeance when she found herself fighting for his heart against the ravishing Judith Villiers, who knew every trick of tempting a man. Verity could only hope and pray that this wanton widow's sensual sorcery could be bested by the mysterious magic of love...
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