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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Midsummer Dream Fair Day 6: The Witching Well



(Witches - they're popular villains in fairy tales, luring children into their candy houses and other evil tricks.  Sarra Cannon, author of the Peachville High Demons series about some very dangerous and witchy cheerleaders, stops by today with a short tale...)


"Welcome to the witching well," the old woman said. She moved from her perch on the stones, a frail figure with long white hair and yellowing teeth.

I froze at the entrance, tossing a look over my shoulder toward my group of friends. They'd moved on to the colorful Lollipop Shop. Part of me wanted to run after them. But part of me felt drawn to this spot. There was an energy here unlike anything I'd ever felt.

"Come closer, my dear," she said with her thin, papery smile. "Don't be afraid."

I shivered as I crossed under a trellis that had been decorated with the most beautiful red roses. The air shifted around me. Colder here somehow despite the summer evening.

"This is the place where wishes are made. Where your every desire can be realized." She motioned toward the stone well at the center of the space. "All you have to do is step a little closer."

My legs trembled with each step that carried me toward the well.

"Why do you hesitate?" the woman asked. She wrapped a bony hand around my arm and guided me forward. "There's no reason to be afraid. The power you feel is the magic of the well. It speaks to you, doesn't it?"

I nodded, not finding my voice. My eyes were glued to the witching well with its dark gray stones and mossy exterior. How strange that it seemed a permanent fixture here. Wasn't this a traveling fair?

"Here you are, dear. Look down, deep down into the water below," she said, a sweetness dripping from her words like honey. "Tell me what you see."

Shivering, I knelt at the mouth of the well. With a shuddering breath, I leaned over and peered down into the mirrored depths below. My own simple reflection stared back at me, a plain girl with stringy brown hair and glasses slightly too big for her face.

"Tell me what it is that you long for," the woman said. "Beauty?"

At her words, a ripple formed in the water. I gasped as a new vision of myself appeared, smooth-skinned with shiny hair and eyes of bluest blue.

"Fortune?"

The image changed again. I saw myself wearing stunning jewels and driving a sleek white car. The vision was so clear, I could almost feel the cool leather of the steering wheel beneath my fingertips.

"No," she whispered. "It's true love that you seek."

I leaned closer as the image in the well shifted one final time.

There he was. A perfect replica of his green eyes and tousled hair. I knew the angles of his face and every movement of his body. I'd been watching him at a distance for years, but there he was in front of me. He turned and looked deep into my eyes. My breath caught in my throat and a warm flush spread up the back of my neck.

He looked so real.

"How does it work?" I said, my voice shaking. I searched my pocket, pulling out a handful of coins.

The woman smiled. "True, there's always a cost," she said. She placed her wrinkled hand upon mine and shook her head. "But coins are not the currency here, my sweet."

Confused, I put the money away. "I don't have anything more," I said.

A cool breeze blew around us as thunder sounded in the distance. An eerie smile spread across the woman's ancient face as she placed her hand over my heart.

"You have so much more than you know," she said. "For there's a little bit of witch in all of us."

Sarra Cannon

Sarra Cannon grew up in a small town in Georgia where she learned that being popular always comes at a price. Now, she lives in North Carolina with her amazing husband and her teeny tiny Pomeranian, Snickerdoodle. Books and music are her greatest passions. She has never been a cheerleader, but it's possible she knows a few things about casting spells.

Giveaway!  Sarah is offering one winner six ebooks, her entire Peachville High Demons series so far!  Just comment below to enter.


The giveaway is open until 11:59 PM (Eastern) this Saturday. Open internationally. The winner will be announced on Sunday!

The Midsummer Dream Fair was brought to you today by:

77 comments:

  1. How do we enter the giveaway?

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  2. This is so awesome I would just die if I could win this!
    AprilWillard8@hotmail.com!

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  3. You are such a talented writer Sarra. You grab a reader's attention with just a few sentences. Awesome. :)

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  4. Have read the first three books in the series. Would love to read the rest.
    ece_amy@hotmail.com

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  5. Love your Demon Series Books! katrina0105@me.com

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  6. I love Peachville High Demons series! Very riveting! Can't wait for the sixth book. Keep up the great work. -T. White cybertweets@yahoo.com

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  7. Love your series as I've already told you on your Facebook page looking forward to the sixth book congrats again on your pregnancy hope its everything you ever wanted. (The full series would be a great Birthday present lol :P) Jon6693@aim.com

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  8. The series rocks! I read all of them in a week. Thanks for inspiring me to read again. Can't wait til the last book comes out! Lovemyfyrfytr@gmail.com

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  9. Great short story! Very creepy. I for sure thought she was going to get pushed into the well, haha. Thank you for the giveaway as well :) Not sure if we're meant to include our emails or anything, but here's mine!!

    booksandteacups0[at]gmail[dot]com

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  10. Grabbed my attention right from the beginning. Loved it <3
    Mustangmarie@live.ca

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  11. It would be so cool if I could win I'm waiting for book 6 to come out. I wish there could be more moncheecky@gmail.com

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  12. awesome! I hope I win! fel1982@yahoo.com

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  13. This is a new series to me. I would love to give it a try. I love reading series.
    Mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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  14. I would love to win! Sarra is so talented.

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  15. Thanks for introducing me to Cannon. I'll definitely have to check out this series if I don't win.
    GFC - rickimc
    rickimc[at]aol[dot]com

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  16. I am a wican. I practice healing and medical magic with special herbs and smokes and when I graduate high school I'm going to medical school. I want to thank you for this super awesome giveaway and even if I don't. Win I'm totally checking out this series!
    deborah.goff@ymail.com

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  17. I love the Peachville High Demons series and am eagerly awaiting Demons Forever! I read the first five books over the course of a week! Sarra Cannon is a very talented writer! K. Hawkins, klhawkins1130@gmail.com

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  18. Sounds like a fun series. Thanks for doing a giveaway of so many at once!
    juliecookies(at)gmail.com

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  19. what a great giveaway! I have wanted to read these books for awhile. Thanks Gale pgan427@yahoo.com

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  20. I loved Beautiful Demons but I haven't had a chance to read the others. Thanks for the chance to win them.
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  21. Wow! I am desperate to read this series! I love books about witchy stuff! Great giveaway :)
    message me on twitter @bookworm_sarah

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  22. What a great giveaway!!! I haven't read these books before and they look great!!!!
    bridget.howard@hotmail.com

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    1. Love this series! would love to win my very own set! amc0081@gmail.com

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  23. Interesting... This story grabbed my attention, I love witches. Also love the giveaway.

    ajeans_herrera@yahoo.com

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  24. Awesome giveaway!
    hopenoellewalker@gmail.com

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  25. What a great little story. Have been wanting to read the Peachville series for a while as well! Believe it was Michelle Muto who pointed me towards Beautiful Demons. :)
    onceuponatime @ jaedia.net

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  26. Can't wait for Demons Forever <3

    AvengingValentine [at] gmail [dot] com

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  27. Sounds like a good read!
    krysta.elizabeth@gmail.com

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  28. I have heard that this series is awesome!! I love that short story.

    alf41(dot)af(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. I really want to read this series. I heard great things. :)

    veronicam46 at hotmail dot com

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  30. would love to get the series.... <3 :)
    ygomez2011@gmail.com

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  31. I loved your short story (blurb) of "The Wishing Well" and if your series is anything like it then I'm going to have to read your stories as well. You have now been added to my TBR list. I love stories that grab me from page 1 and don't let go even after I get done. You know what I mean the ones that leave you wondering what happens next, or what happened to a specific character that was in the book. I have a few authors like that, that I have everyone of their books because I have yet to be let down by any of their stories. I hope to be able to add you to that list as soon as I can find your books and read them.

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  32. I am so excited about this is would be awesome to win this set of books. Thank you so much
    teamedward841@live.com

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  33. Sarra, I absolutely LOVE your PHD books! I can't wait til number 6 is released! Thank you for adding some wonderful new literature to my world!
    zinger393@gmail.com

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  34. It looks like a fun read, and the possibility of winning the set awesome.

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  35. I love all of your book! I stayed up reading each and everyone one, and didn't get to bed until around 4 in the morning! You are one of the most talented author's I have read, and I just know you are going to go so far. Your next book is going to be amazing, and the ending to your last was spectacular. I will be a loyal fan always,

    Justin

    justinsmith632@gmail.com

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  36. I love reading books by new-to-me authors. Giveaways are the perfect chance to try new books!
    Emmanuelle
    frenchcanadienne(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  37. Thanks so much for having me here today, J.L.!!! This whole event is so much fun. Thanks for all the great comments everyone. I really appreciate it!

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  38. This is a new to me series and it sounds like a great fun summer read. I got my free copy of the first book at smashwords just in case I don't win.

    acm05atjuno.com

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  39. What an awesome post! and also and awesome prize!!

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  40. Some days I have a little more than a little bit of witch in me.. ;) Thanks for the blurb! Sounds great!
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  41. Witching Well drew my attetion immediately. Would love to read books written by Sarra.

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  42. I have the first one, but would love to read the rest. Thanks for the giveaway!

    creativedeeds(at)verizon(dot)net

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  43. Sounds really good!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  44. Outstanding books! My eyes simply flew over the words only to discover the last page! I rarely go for it and buy sequels, but I must admit there was no hesitation in jumping right back on Amazon to grab the next book! Awesome job interweaving info and mysteries...really kept it interesting :)! "LOVE" to own the set in paper!!! Congrats on the little one. Janilledutton@gmail.com

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    1. Janille, thank you for your sweet comment! I really appreciate it! Wanted to make sure you saw that the giveaway is only ebooks though. I don't actually have paper copies of my books yet. If you already own the series, you will still get an advanced copy of DEMONS FOREVER in ebook as soon as I finish it if you win! Thanks for entering!

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  45. Awesome i would love to win thanks for the awesome giveaway:)

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  46. Enticing series, would love to read more!

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  47. *SMH* There's always a price...ALWAYS! And I'm sure it's not worth it. I soooooo want to finish this. That blurb was a teaser. Please don't be cruel.....give us more! studiokd3{at}gmail{dot}com

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  48. Wow this series looks great. I have not read it and would love to get a hold of it. My daughters favorite books are about witches also. Great post by the way. Would love some more!!!!

    rachel at thejeepdiva dot com

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  49. Haven't heard of these books but wow this post wad great! I'd love to be able to read the series in its entirety

    northernplunder(at)gmail(dot)com

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  50. I love love love this series!!! Hope I win. *fingers crossed* ~ericaerobinson@Yahoo.com~

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  51. Wow, such a generous prize offering. Sarah is a new author for me. I haven't read any of the Peachville High Demons series. But I'd love to give it a whirl. Thanks for a chance to win.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  52. I enjoyed the excerpt. This sounds like a good series.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  53. Awesomeness! I love the cover models hair! XD I just downloaded the first book!
    xeno_turtle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  54. my post was the third one down and for some reason my email did not show. O:-) sorry for that. bunchaberries@gmail.com

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  55. Fingers crossed! ladystingray1512(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. I love this series. I've read it non stop and finished all 5 books in a week!! I can't wait for the final book to come out. I'd love to win the last book but even if I don't I'll still get it as soon as it comes out. As a former cheerleader and fantasy lover this series was perfect for me.

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  57. Sounds like a cool series! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  58. Loved the story of the wishing well! Very catchy!
    I would love to win this series of books.
    Thanks for the great fair.

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  59. The short story made wish for more!

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  60. I had a friend loan me books 1-5 and I cannot wait for the 6th book. Would love to own the entire series!
    jenharris74(at)hughes(dot)net

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  61. The wishing well story was freaky! I wouldn't mind reading a story about that witch or whatever...cool! And thanks for the giveaway! I've been meaning to try this series and haven't gotten to it yet!

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  62. I have never heard of this series! It sounds ridiculously fun and I've added it to my TBR. Thanks for the opp!

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  63. I Happend across the first PHD ebook Beautiful Demonds when I was browsing through a new book app. Talk about a page turner! In the span of a week I have purchased and read all five books! The plot twists, surprises, characters and writing just kept getting better with every book. I cannot wait for the final book but have to say that I will be sad to finish it and have to say goodbye to Harper, Jackson and all of the characters at the conclusion of the series. Thanks Sarra. I enjoyed each step of Harper's journey & the world you created!

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  64. Would love to be considered for the giveaway! Thanks.

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  65. I just finished Rival Demons last night after discovering Beautiful Demons on GoodReads last week! This series has been such a wonderful journey this far and I can't wait to read the conclusion!

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  66. This is so awesome! I only have book 1 so I would love to read the rest of them. :)

    chelle2006@aolDOTcom

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  67. Recently discovered this series and I'm hooked! Crossing my fingers hoping to win! Jbduncan@triad.rr.com

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  68. I loved this series from the very start and it has become one of my favorite series...thanks for a chance to win...I would also like to send congrats on your new baby! My husband and I have tried 10 years but only know loss and I have give up any hope of becoming a mother after my recent diagnosis a few weeks ago. Cherish him always! Edieann721@yahoo.com

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    1. Forgot to include my name, I only have a Facebook account...signed, Edie Ann Leichtman

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  69. I love this series it is amazing. Can't wait to read the next book. jeanette_mays@yahoo.com

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  70. So excited for the next book, I'm counting the days!!!!

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  71. I can't wait for the book #6. The details were so vivid that I had trouble putting the books down even to go to sleep. I got the first e-book and read it in one day then went out and and got the other four and could not stop reading.

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