SCOTCH BROOM: Book 3 of The Witches of Galdorheim

Welcome back, Marva Dasef, with SCOTCH BROOM: Book 3 of The Witches of Galdorheim.

A magical trip to Stonehenge lands a witch in the Otherworld where an ancient goddess is up to no good.

Kat expects to have a great time on her graduation trip to Stonehenge. However, from the moment she leaves the witches’ arctic island, Galdorheim, she gets in nothing but trouble. Her younger half-brother tries to horn in on her trip, she gets lost in the magical Otherworld realm, is led astray by a supposed friend, then she has to confront a Scottish goddess who’s fallen on hard times.

While dodging the goddess’ minions and trying to find her way out of the Otherworld, Kat soon learns she shouldn’t underestimate the old has-been for one second; the crone still has a few tricks that can drain a witch’s magic in a flash. To make matters worse, Kat’s brother secretly followed her into the Otherworld. Now he’s in danger too. Kat has to go one on one with the goddess to save herself and her brother.

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The Witches of Galdorheim

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MEET ARDYTH
In the Witches of Galdorheim series, Ardyth and Thordis are Kat’s and Rune’s only relatives on Galdorheim Island. Ardyth is their mother, and Thordis their aunt.

The sister witches are the most powerful on Galdorheim. Both are tall, Nordic blonds, but they couldn’t be more unalike in personality.

Ardyth

Ardyth acts a bit silly sometimes. She was a girly-girl in her younger days, a flirt, and aggressive in her pursuit of male companions. Kat’s father was a wandering Siberian hunter named Boris who had the bad (or was it good?) luck to be marooned on the icy shores of Galdorheim. Ardyth immediately liked his looks, and proceeded to save him from the elements outside of the protective bubble over the witches’ village. The pair hand-fasted and Ardyth was soon pregnant with Katrina. Before Kat was born, however, Boris was buried in the collapse of an ice cave in the glacier that covers most of Galdorheim.

After that misfortune, Ardyth went off in search of another male parental unit. She found a likely warlock in the Carpathian Mountains who courted her and won her heart. Just as they were settling into a lovely relationship, Ardyth found that Drakos was not only a warlock, but had been turned vampire. She escaped with her life, and that of her son, Rune. Poor Rune must learn to deal with his vampire side while learning the warlock trade. And you thought you had a weird childhood!

In Scotch Broom, Ardyth takes the lead in the rescue mission once it’s discovered that both Kat and Rune had entered the Otherworld. The witch sisters ride the troller coaster to Scotland, then using a rune-inscribed paper crane to find the path into the Otherworld. They follow the golden path to the troll king Connor’s kingdom to seek help. Connor’s hall was Kat’s original destination, but the nasty witch, Merry, stole Kat’s map stranding her in the Otherworld.

Ardyth, even with both her children lost, still has total faith that her kids will be alright. Aunt Thordis, on the other hand, worries plenty for the both of them. The excerpt shows Ardyth and Thordis once they reach Scotland.

Excerpt:

Thordis regained her composure on the ferry ride to Thurso. The two witches walked off the boat, got their bearings, and headed to the train station.

Mordita had thoughtfully run off a copy of what they had seen in the scrying crystal, pressing the runes onto a piece of vellum folded into the shape of an origami crane. Thordis held the crane up by one hand and then released it into the wind. The paper bird flew a few feet; then two lines of light streamed behind it showing the path the two siblings had traveled. Rune’s red light ran straight and true, while Kat’s meandered back and forth where the girl had crossed the streets to look into shop windows along the way.

Thordis had to hurry Ardyth along since her affinity for shopping seemed to match Kat’s. Ardyth kept getting distracted by the displayed goods. Thordis gritted her teeth and tried to ignore her sister’s running commentary: “Oh, that’s so cute! I think that green matches Katrina’s eyes. Hmm, I could use some lace. Mine is never that detailed.”

“Please, Ardyth. Focus! We’re here to find the children, not go shopping.”

“I know, Thordis, but you worry too much. I have no doubt the children will be just fine.” Ardyth took a deep breath and let it out. “Nevertheless, you’re right. I do tend to get sidetracked, and we need to hurry.”

An hour later, they stood outside the portal to the Otherworld. Thordis captured the floating rune map, which led them this far. “Well, this is it,” Thordis announced. “I’ll go through first and check it out then come back to get you.” Thordis took a step toward the portal.

Ardyth grabbed her arm. “Oh, no, you don’t. We’re going through together. After all, I’m the one carrying the map to King Connor’s. Not to mention, they’re my children.”

“Very well. One, two, three—”

On the other side, they stopped to get their bearings. Thordis scanned the swamp surrounding the portal. “You’d think they’d make the Otherworld look just a little bit different than the mundane world.”

“Perhaps that’s to fool any normal people who accidentally walk through the portal. They won’t think they’re anyplace different,” Ardyth replied, pulling her foot out of a mucky puddle.

“Maybe. But how do they get out again? Is the Otherworld filled with wandering mundanes who don’t know how lost they are?”

“Good question. We’ll have to ask Connor when we see him.”

“Let’s see if we can pick up Rune’s or Katrina’s path again.” Thordis held up the paper crane, but it just bounced gently in the air in front of her face. “Well, it was worth a shot.”

“Let’s give this a try.” Ardyth pulled another rune map from her tote bag, this one folded into a simple, flat pentagram. Like the other, this new map floated into the air, and a golden path appeared before them.

“Isn’t that nice? We get to follow the yellow brick road!” Ardyth clapped her hands.

“What are you talking about? There aren’t any bricks, and that color is gold, not yellow.”

“Like in The Wizard of Oz,” Ardyth replied with a smile.

Thordis looked at her blankly.

“Don’t you remember reading the classics when we were kids?”

“I’ve read every book on magic in the library.” Thordis indignantly rearranged her jacket sleeves.
“Well, the Oz books are magical. You just didn’t know to look.”

“I doubt that. Let’s just be on our way.”

Ardyth began to hum then sing a song about yellow brick roads. She stopped when she saw the look on Thordis’ face. It was not a pretty sight. Ardyth shook her head and mumbled, “Wicked Witch of the East.”

“What?”

“Oh, nothing. The path seems to stretch on forever. Shall we broom it to get there faster?”

“Finally, you have a good idea.” Thordis brought out her wand and gave it a quick snap of the wrist. Her riding broom hovered before her, just at the right height for the lofty Thordis.

Ardyth shot a sidelong glance at her sister and then sighed. She snapped her own broom from her wand and swung her leg over the cushioned saddle. “I suppose since we’re in Scotland, we might call these Scotch brooms.”

Thordis rolled her eyes but didn’t answer. She mounted her own broom, and the two witches took off following the golden path to King Connor’s Hall.

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Mugshot Marva Dasef

About Marva:

Marva Dasef lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and a fat white cat. Retired from thirty-five years in the software industry, she has now turned her energies to writing fiction and finds it a much more satisfying occupation. Marva has published more than forty stories in a number of on-line and print magazines, with several included in Best of anthologies. She has several previously published books. Her latest pride and joy is the Witches of Galdorheim Series from her super duper publisher, MuseItUp.

To find out more about Marva, check out her MuseItUp Author Page, her Blog, and Facebook Page. Twitter Handle: @Gurina
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Comments (12)

Marva DasefMay 26th, 2012 at 5:28 am

Thanks for having Ardyth come visit, Edith. Your names are so much alike, I’m sure you’ll hit it off wonderfully.

Visit Edith on my blog as she talks about what she learned about the kids of Rio.

http://mgddasef.blogspot.com/2012/05/street-kids-teaching-writer.html

EdithMay 26th, 2012 at 5:54 am

I just had a mug of coffee with Ardyth. Wow, the stories she’s got to tell… I want to visit Galdorheim!

Wendy LMay 26th, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Wow, what a turbulent, exciting childhood. I wonder how Rune will turn out at age 21. He has much to contend with. :) I admire Ardyth for her optimism. Under the circumstances I think I’d be more like Thordis. Kat sounds as if she can handle almost any situation, though.
Such a fascinating world you’ve created, Marva. I’ve walked around the stones at Stonehenge. They sure are impressive. I was surprised at how flat the surrounding countryside was.

Penny EstelleMay 26th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Those covers of your stories just make me smile! Great post!

EdithMay 26th, 2012 at 12:30 pm

I love them too, Penny. I simply had to put them all up. :-)

Francene StanleyMay 26th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

I’ve been to Stonhenge, but never set foot on Galdorheim. Now I’ve heard of it, I don’t think I’ll bother. Boy, Ardyth sure leads an adventurous life. What a cute little face on the covers Best of luck with your books.

LorrieMay 26th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

A great trilogy that I recommend all read. Such fun, such adventures, and Kat is one great character as are all her relations. What a great imagination you have. I’m hoping for book 4.

Marva DasefMay 26th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

My visit to Stonehenge was wonderful. It is so spooky and you can feel thousands of years of history in the wind. It was a great experience.

Galdorheim is from my own imagination. Well, I was forced to keep the exact location secret. Thordis is very persuasive. Even if you traveled to the exact coordinates of the island, you wouldn’t even know it’s there. Much like Ultima Thule (in Midnight Oil), you must have been to the island before you can find it again. That means, of course, somebody would have to bring you there first. Or, as Boris (Kat’s father) did, his umiak ran into the island by accident, leaving him stranded. Ardyth rescued him, and they hit it off.

EdithMay 26th, 2012 at 6:02 pm

I can only agree, Lorrie. I still have Scotch Broom to look forward to though, but I doubt Marva is going to let me down. Can’t wait. Thanks for stopping by!

Heather HavenMay 26th, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Wonderful blog, wonderful trailer, wonderful writer.

LaurelMay 27th, 2012 at 1:58 am

Congratulations on writing your trilogy, Marva. Such an achievement. The books sound great reads. Stonehenge is wonderful for the imagination. Cheers

BeverlyMay 27th, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Great interview. Nice to meet Ardyth. I’m looking forward to reading the books. Congratulations. Don’t put me in the drawing since I have the books. :)

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