My next guests are Julie and Sandy Moffett, authors of The MacInness Legacy Trilogy. This month, they released a boxed set that also includes a bonus novella. They’re here to share a bit about the books and discuss our fascination with the Salem witch trials. They’re giving away three box sets at the end of the tour. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter link below. Welcome, Julie and Sandy!
When my sister and I decided to write a paranormal series together, our brother challenged us to write about Salem witches. Although we believed the topic a well-used one, we accepted the challenge and set out to add a twist to the story. The twist…set the series a hundred years later in 1792. By then, the town had shifted it sights to the world sea trade, which brought wealth to many of its prominent citizens. Still, Salem had yet to live down its infamous reputation, even though reparations and apologies had been made.
As we talked about what to write for this blog, Sandy’s husband pointed out an article called An Unholy Mess in the recent American History magazine (December 2014) written by a descendant of executed witch Rebecca Nurse. The witch trials to this day still draw in the curious and raise the question of how and why did they happen. Sandy has vivid memories of her school drama class enacting Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. She found it a reminder that mass hysteria can often lead to deadly results.
Why did Salem go through this tumultuous period, when other nations around the world had pulled away from death penalty punishment over fears of mysticism? Why did the fear of witchcraft still linger in Salem? The author suggested several possibilities. One concerned the pocket of Puritans living in Salem with strong beliefs in evil spirits and Satan. Another addressed a disgruntled minister who hadn’t been paid in a year. His two daughters were the first affected by strange afflictions (supposedly caused by the witches in Salem) and they began pointing accusing fingers––some at the family members of the church committee who hadn’t paid their father.
Cold reality put an end to the trials after twenty executions, when the governor’s wife and the mother-in-law of Salem’s magistrate were accused of being witches. It’s no surprise the learned men saw the fallacy of the trials when their own relatives became targets. Imprisoned witches were released and executions permanently postponed. It took another fourteen years for the last of the young accusers to apologize for her instrumental role in causing the death of twenty innocent people. Not a welcome legacy to live with.
Could this type of hysteria happen again today? Maybe not over witchcraft, but what other beliefs could drive people to point fingers of guilt at one another?
Julie and Sandy released a box set of their popular Salem paranormal series this month. This award-winning trilogy, plus a FREE novella, was written by sisters about sisters.
The MacInness Legacy Trilogy
In 1692, an innocent man accused of witchcraft hangs in Salem, Massachusetts. His death reignites a deadly feud between the descendants of two ancient Scottish clans—MacGow and MacInness, which leaves the MacInness clan descendants cursed. Any man who weds a MacInness is destined to an early death. The MacInnesses have one century to lift the curse and reflect it back upon Clan MacGow. Nearly one hundred years later, triplet sisters separated in childhood, are being drawn back to Salem. The have three months to refine their unearthly talents of fire, sight, and healing, and break the deadly curse…or lose the men they love forever.
The Series Includes:
The Fireweaver by Julie Moffett
The Seer by Sandy Moffett
The Healer by Julie Moffett
And a BONUS novella Bewitching by Sandy Moffett, introducing Salem’s Academy for Ladies
More about Julie and Sandy
Julie and Sandy are sisters who grew up military brats. They love to travel, explore new places and different cultures, and share those adventures with their families. Julie also writes a popular geek mystery series for Carina Press, THE LEXI CARMICHAEL MYSTERY SERIES. You can see more details about her December 1 upcoming release NO TEST FOR THE WICKED and sign up for her newsletter at http://www.juliemoffett.com. Sandy has a new action-adventure series with a lady pilot who steals airplanes for a living. Her first book REPOSSESSED won a 2013 Daphne du Maurier and a Georgia Romance Writers Maggie award. Her second book, OUTFOXED, is releasing next month. For more information and to get on her mailing list, check out http://www.sandymoffett.net.
Julie and Sandy are giving away three box sets at the end of their tour. To enter to win one, click here.
For my complete giveaway rules, click here.
So what about you? Are you fascinated by the Salem witch trials? Could something similar happen today?
I’d like to think witch trials are behind us but, unfortunately, it’s all too easy to imagine hysteria trumping rational decision making in certain situations even today. (Consider what happened to Kaci Hickox, the asymptomatic nurse who recently returned from helping Ebola patients in West Africa). This post is a timely reminder not to let fear displace common sense, scientific reason, and human decency.
Thank you to Julie and Sandy for guest blogging today!