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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.
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.
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.
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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…
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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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