More Books Coming Soon by Lita-Luise Chappell
The Blythewood Curse
Here is an occult mystery about Celtic Druids and witchcraft in northern England in 1890. A young boy, Rowland, has recently moved to the North York Moors. His mother Amelia, enrolls him in the local primary and they meet his teacher Beth and her daughter Tess, who befriend the boy. Tess seems to have a magical way with animals, and Rowland wants that same power. Beth decides to teach him, but she has an ulterior motive in mind. Behind the proper and respectable school teacher front, is a mysterious woman of Celtic Druid tradition, whose family has led a working grove of practitioners in the nearby ancient woods for generations. But Beth and Tess and their ancestors have been cursed, and they believe that Rowland might be their way toward becoming free from it. Only the curse is not what they think it is. When Rowland discovers that he is to be the instrument of Beth’s will, he doesn’t want the power the lessons bring. Only then, does he realize that the power he already has is greater than any magic she could teach him. Expected release in July, 2020.
The Town with the Feather Crest
This long illustrated poem is for children ages 5 – 12. A young man in his travels comes to a beautiful castle. But all is not what it seems. At the castle gate he meets the guard who tells him about the spell that is over the town. The guard senses that the lad has a good heart, and convinces him that he is the one to defeat the dragon who is stealing townspeople away. So the lad sets off knowing where to go, but is not entirely sure how to accomplish the task. It involves the feather of truth, which can change everything, but it is the lad’s ingenious delivery system that wins the day. The book teaches empathy for the greater good, courage to go forth in the world, and ingenuity to fulfill a difficult task. It also includes a short dictionary at the back of the book with words introduced in the story for increasing vocabulary usage. Along with Lita’s enchanting poem are the images by talented Los Angeles illustrator Francisco Enciso. To be released in November on the Amazon Kindle Kids Edition for easy downloads.
The Sylvan Woods of Lake Nemi
Elena Morandi must complete needed field work in order to finish her dissertation in anthropology. Her topic: how the ancient cult of Diana and its practices influenced the social structure of the Roman people. She takes on summer work under the supervision of a local history specialist, Professor Riccardo Benenati. She also adds to her knowledge by helping the well-respected archaeologist, Doctor Vincenzo Nerezza, who is working on a dig at the famous Temple of Diana on the northeastern shore of Lake Nemi. Elena discovers a secret tunnel under the Nemi cliffs, and a way back in time to its ancient sylvan woods. Between keeping in touch with her husband back home in the states, her work with the professor and archaeologist, and her visits with Diana’s ancient cult of priestesses, she is also trying to figure out who is stealing temple antiquities. She doesn’t know who she can trust, but she ends up learning much more than she ever expected.