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Spooky Legends: Regan Hastings

Click to see the Spooky Legends Master List with links to all the previous posts and giveaways

We’re kicking off a new week of Spooky Legends with author Regan Hastings.  VISIONS OF SKYFIRE is the latest release in her The Awakening paranormal romance series.  Today’s retelling is from The President’s Curse urban legend, which is completely new to me.

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Urban Legend or Fact? The President’s Curse

Rune is the immortal hero of VISIONS OF SKYFIRE, the second book of The Awakening from author Regan Hastings. For 800 years, Rune was forced to watch helplessly as his witch-mate lived lifetime after lifetime, learning the lessons that she needed to learn in order to atone for evil wrought long ago. Now, finally, The Awakening is upon Teresa Santiago, and she can claim her place as one of the most powerful witches the world has ever known… and Rune can claim his mate. But their pairing will be short-lived, unless Teresa can recover her piece of the Artifact that will save the world.

Because Rune is an Eternal, Dark Faerie Tales asked him to share what he knows about an urban legend called The President’s Curse. Supposedly, a Death Curse has threatened the life of every U.S. President who was elected in a year ending with the number zero.

Is it true? Is there a President’s Curse?

Rune: There is truth behind the rumor, yes. The curse was placed on the head of William Henry Harrison. 32 days after he was sworn in as President, he died. But his fate was sealed many years earlier, when he waged war against the Indians in his territory. I know because I was there.

In 1811, my witch was a barmaid in England. I could no longer watch as she welcomed other men to her bed. Many men, with no honor. I had to get away, lest I kill the men and her, too. Enraged, I flashed myself by flame to the other side of the world, looking for a fight.

I found one in the Battle at Tippecanoe, fighting white men who would take the Indians’ land. No matter how hard we fought, they kept coming. They murdered indiscriminately. Men, women, children. One young warrior died protecting his wife and infant daughter. He was but 20 years old.

His mother, a witch, placed a curse on the head of the white man’s governor, Harrison. She vowed that his ambition would lead to a painful death, for him and for the men who followed, every 20 years, in remembrance of her brave son.

Harrison was elected in 1840, and he was the first President who died in office. Presidents elected every 20 years succumbed to the Curse while in office. Lincoln shot in 1865, Garfield shot in 1881, McKinley shot in 1901, Harding poisoned in 1923, Roosevelt died in 1945, Kennedy shot in 1963, Reagan shot in 1981.

Reagan didn’t die, of course. He was married to a witch even more powerful than the one who started the curse. The younger Bush can thank Nancy for his life. The curse, once broken, is gone forever.

There is one thing you need to understand about witches. They are not all evil, as the world today supposes. There are witches who would do good. I can only hope that my witch, Teresa, will use this lifetime to fight for the right.

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About Regan:

Regan Hastings is Maureen Child, the USA Today Bestselling author of more than one hundred romance novels and novellas. A six time nominee for the prestigious RITA award from the Romance Writers of America, Maureen’s books have been translated into dozens of languages around the world and she’s even had one of her books made into a CBS-TV movie.

Regan/Maureen do agree on one thing completely. Love really can conquer all.  And in the world of dark paranormal…that’s the only thing you can count on.

You can visit Regan around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Regan Hastings?

Visions of Magic Visions of Skyfire

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This giveaway is provided by Penguin/Signet Books

One winner will receive a copy of Visions of Skyfire: An Awakening Novel by Regan Hastings

Available on October 4, 2011 from Penguin/Signet

About the Book:

Every witch has a destined mate, an Eternal who will serve as her guardian and complete her powers. Once the coven has awakened, the witches must race against time to join with their Eternals and protect the relics that will prevent the destruction of the world…

The Awakening is upon Teresa Santiago. Despite training for this moment since she was a child, Teresa is unprepared for the vastness of her power or for her attraction to Rune, her Eternal protector and destined mate.

United by purpose—and passion—Teresa and Rune must locate one of the missing artifacts before its power unleashes the forces of darkness on the world. His strength and her ability to summon lightning should be enough to protect them from the government agents charged with imprisoning witches. But their enemies are both mortal and magical—and danger follows Teresa at every turn.

In this ultimate battle between good and evil, only through sacrifice will love conquer all…

Click HERE to read an excerpt

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**Don’t forget to visit All Things Urban Fantasy today for her Spooky Legends guest blog with Virna DePaul and a chance to win a copy of CHOSEN BY FATE**

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25 Responses to “Spooky Legends: Regan Hastings

  1. Regan HastingsNo Gravatar
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    Thank you so much for hosting me here today! I want to let everyone know about a contest I’m holding on my website.

    I’m giving away a $50 Amazon gift card!!!

    To enter, read the free excerpt of VISIONS OF SKYFIRE, then answer a simple question about the excerpt.

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  2. AmyNo Gravatar
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    Thanks for the post and giveaway, Regan! I’ve already entered the contest. I’ve heard about the president’s curse and it really is creepy. I think there may be some truth there, can’t all be coincidences.

    angeldream3[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  3. Regan HastingsNo Gravatar
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    Hi, Amy! Thanks for entering my contest for the $50 Amazon gift card! Good luck!

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  4. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    Great story! I’m looking forward to reading Visions of Skyfire, and had entered your contest already.

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  5. Regan HastingsNo Gravatar
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    Thank you, Barbara! Good luck! :)

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  6. NaNo Gravatar
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    Hi Regan! I’m really looking forward to this series. I already entered your contest :)

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  7. Regan HastingsNo Gravatar
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    Thank you, Na! Good luck. I hope you love VISIONS OF SKYFIRE!

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  8. PamkNo Gravatar
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    Interesting story. Thanks for that. You covers are fantastic.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

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  9. Regan HastingsNo Gravatar
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    Thank you, Pam! I adore my covers. The cover artists are incredibly talented, aren’t they? They take a bit of description and turn her into a flesh and blood witch that is HOT with a capital H! Glad you enjoyed my spooky legend. I hope you’ll love VISIONS OF SKYFIRE!

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  10. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    Hi Regan! I have heard such wonderful things about your series. I haven’t had chance to read them yet. I love the wonderfully awesome covers also. Thanks for the giveaway. ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb

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  11. PamkNo Gravatar
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    I love the covers for this series and I’ve added this one to my tbr list.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

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  12. BarbaraNo Gravatar
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    Great story! I’ve already entered your contest too and like the others, I’m really looking forward to reading this series.

    moc.oohaynull@ailgattabbrab

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  13. Danielle WestNo Gravatar
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    I loved the first one! Thank you for posting!
    west.danielle.r(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. Vikki ParmanNo Gravatar
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    Politician urban legend – not one of the scarier ones , most of them are not honest citizens.

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    I’ve actually never heard of this urban legend before.

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    I’ve never heard of this urban legend but it sounds really interesting!

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    http://twitter.com/#!/joannie1956/status/130505939018199041
    gfc name is jscddmj
    I wrote on another post about Urban League it is interesting how it started as a letter and i want to know more about how this person kills all these parnormals or ghosts. I want to read this bad. Thanks Joannie i don’t think your comment stuff above is working so i added wverything here i think. Oh my twitter name is joannie1956

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  18. ColeyNo Gravatar
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    I thought I was up on my urban legends, but I keep discovering new ones thanks to this event. I’d never heard of this one, either. I can’t wait to read this book!

    ntelhiard(at)gmail(dot)com

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    I hadn’t heard of that urban legend.. At least it isn’t a scary one.. Well, unless you are the President that is. ;)

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    Okay, I haven’t heard of this Urban Legend~I’ll be checking into it now, though=)

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    I hate them there scary and keep me up at night.

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    Wow…that was a great one. I had never heard of that curse before. I think I’ll be doing a little research on the history of that one.

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  23. Jolene ANo Gravatar
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    This sounds like an amazing read, thanks so much for the chance to win!!!

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    This looks looks like a fun read.
    ~ Cassandra Ruiz

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    Well that was different. And neat.

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