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Kathleen Costa

by Kathleen Costa


I am always excited about the release of the annual “magical” mystery anthology. The Curses and Cauldrons collection, released in September, highlights many of my favorite authors and some new ones I have begun to explore. I was able to connect with a couple of my favorite authors and ask a few questions about writing.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Gemma Halliday


Maddie is a somewhat unenthusiastic participant tagging along with her mother and friend Mrs. Rosenblatt to the Antiques Extravaganza show, and even with a vintage pair of Chanel two-toned pumps in hand, she’s not sure the trip will be personally rewarding. However, Mrs. Rosenblatt hopes to wow the experts with her green, African fertility statue, and her mother, with a priceless family heirloom, is sure it will be considered a fantastic find garnering her an on-camera appraisal.

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A Discovery of Witches Mini Series

IN THE October 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andKathleen Costa,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Kathleen Costa


Dr. Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) is a visiting research fellow at Oxford University set to explore prized manuscripts connected to her academic research into alchemy in the seventeenth century. She also comes from an extraordinary family of witches, with the distinction of being a direct descendant of Bridget Bishop who, in 1692, was the first to be executed for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials.

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by Kathleen Costa


Amesbury, Massachusetts. It’s 1889 with all the constraints, class division, societal prejudices, and an abyss between the haves and have-nots. There is no female empowerment, real opportunities for women outside marriage and motherhood, and serious consequences await those who stray from the strict dictates society places on every facet of life. Even the appearance of such lapses can cause gossip to ruin one’s reputation or lead to murder.

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by Kathleen Costa


“PULL HARDER!” A massive storm. Flooding basement. Drainage pipe plugged. Covered in mud. Startled by an electric storm that would rival any Fourth of July firework display. Lily is desperately trying to pull out vines and trash that have accumulated around the drainage pipe and threatening damage to the outbuilding she turned into a local theater.

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by Kathleen Costa


Happy Trails Campground is at full capacity with full-timers and tourists enjoying a campfire, s’mores, and stories of hidden treasure. The annual John Swift excursion entices everyone with treasure maps and a trove of silver yet undiscovered. One of the treasure hunters provided a dramatic tale about Swift and his counterfeiting efforts back in the late 1700s.

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by Kathleen Costa


Tish, along with BFF and favorite bartender Jules, will be spending the weekend catering a garden awards reception at Colton Creek Sixty-Plus Community. Tish’s catering style uniquely combines a literary theme for her events, and the residents are excited to see how The Secret Garden will be incorporated into the festivities. But, it’s the garden competition that holds the most excitement…well, the most competitive anxiety and…murder!

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by Kathleen Costa


Cooking has always been Tessa’s best therapy: “the aroma, the spices, the way preparing the food made [her] feel—relaxed, confident, and in control.” But, it is her family and friends that have provided her the greatest support. Tessa’s cousin Detective Gino Mancuso pops in to share a bowl of her penne pasta smothered in her mouthwatering tomato sauce, but his news sends Tessa into an emotional tailspin.

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by Kathleen Costa


Curiosity has said to have “killed the cat,” so, why not take a dog with you! Miriam and her Dalmatian Domino (case-in-point for Burke’s cleverness) goes exploring on the dunes, which aren’t really dunes, to see if she can locate the hidden grave of Allen Rogow, ex-husband of current client of the G.O.L.D team Judith Rogow.

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by Kathleen Costa


Maria Delores is excited about adding a salsa competition to the farmers’ market’s repertoire with amateur and professional chefs, demonstrations, and a contest to find the best salsa. However, Maria gets an alert that the emcee and judge Coach Andy Zielinski has yet to show up…and the event is about to start!

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by Kathleen Costa


Whispering Falls has its mystical shops, magical residents, and even a university at which Judy teaches a class on magical cures. Residents serve the many tourists who visit, even though the tourists are unaware of the true magic that lies beneath the surface.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Wendy Tyson


The signs of spring are emerging with flowers blooming, rows of colorful leafy veggies blossoming, and a new member of Washington Acres arriving…a Vietnamese potbellied piglet found in a storage unit who needs to be fostered until its owner is located. Bibi, Megan’s grandmother, is completely taken.

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by Kathleen Costa


BritBox, to me, is synonymous for “binging.” With the variety of mini-series or multiple-season programs from comedies to dramas to mysteries, it is marvelous that BritBox provides them in bunches or all at once. No waiting. I can start at the beginning and in an afternoon, over the weekend, or all month long I can enjoy a few laughs, a few sighs, or a cringe or two.

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by Kathleen Costa


Renovations at the inn are going well and nearing completion, and discovering boxes, letters, and messages have only added to the inn’s mystique. Abby Sullivan’s fresh start, after a horrific personal tragedy, has led her to Maine; she purchased the old Victorian-style house built by Chamberlain Westminster for his wife and is excited about turning it into a B&B worthy as a premier destination.

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