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You’re Invited!!

Sunday, September 14th, 5:30pm-7:00pm



Launch party & Book signing
with author Wendy Garfinkle


Second Edition Bookshop

6831 Stirling Road
Davie, Florida
In the Shops at Stirling Place Plaza

Refreshments will be served

There will be a limited number of books for sale. Attendees are encouraged to purchase their books ahead of time through Amazon or Barnes & Noble and bring them for signing.

There will also be drawings. Prizes include gift certificates for Second Edition Bookshop, a print copy of Serpent on a Cross, and promotional items related to the book.

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Now Available In PRINT

SQUEEEEEEEEE!!!!  It’s here!! It’s here!!!

**happy dance**

**uncontrollable wriggling**

My lovely book is now available IN PRINT on Amazon and Barnes & Noble!! You can purchase the book (IN PRINT!!) here:


**stroking the pretty on my screen**


I will be ordering my very own copies (yes, COPIES, because an author can NEVER have too many copies of her own books – IN PRINT!!! – on hand for the benefit of potential buyers) within the next few days. Now, all of my friends and family who have promised to buy copies, put your money where your mouth is! Even if you’ve read a previous version, you NEED to read this one, because there is a new first chapter (the previous 1st chapter is still there, it was simply “massaged” into the second chapter), new scenes, and other extended scenes. So even though it’s the same book that was epub’d 2 years ago, it’s BETTER! 🙂 Sort of like the Director’s Cut of a movie versus the original DVD release. 😉
And I’m happy to autograph upon request. If you live more than a day’s drive away (because those of you who live within a day’s drive should be able to just jump in your respective vehicles – with your books – and come visit me), feel free to snail mail your copies and I’ll personalize them and ship back to you…along with some very special SOAC SWAG for company!! (If you don’t know what “swag” – pronounced “schhhhwag” – is, you need to read more books) 😉

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Baba Yaga, an Incarnation

VasilisaThe legend of Baba Yaga has fascinated me since I discovered the Russian fairytale of Vasilisa the Beautiful, many, many moons ago. Vasilisa’s story shares basic commonalities with the Western fairytale of Cinderella: both lost their mother at a young age, their fathers remarried women who already had two daughters of their own, and both heroines were forced to work as servants in their own home. At this point, the stories diverge, each having its own unique qualities.

Vasilisa’s stepmother, determined to rid herself of her husband’s offspring once and for all, destroys all the lamps in their home and forces the young woman to visit Baba Yaga to request a light, knowing that those who entered the witch’s home rarely left it. But with the help of a magical doll inherited from her mother, her own innate honesty, and a little hard work, Vasilisa survived her encounter with Baba Yaga, returning home with the gift of a burning skull, which consumed the evil stepmother and her daughters, sparing Vasilisa.

Since then, I’ve been fascinated with the mythos of Baba Yaga. When researching Slavic mythology several years ago for my medieval fantasy novel, Serpent on a Cross, I again encountered her. This time, I delved deeper into her legend.

Bilibin._Baba_Yaga_CroppedIn most tales, Baba Yaga is portrayed as a hag who flies in a mortar, using the pestle as a rudder, sweeping away her tracks with a broom made of silver birch. She lives in a log cabin that balances on one or two chicken legs, surrounded by a disturbing palisade made of bleached bones, skulls perched atop each pole, some with rubies gleaming in the eye sockets. She’s a merciless, powerful witch, and depending which legends you believe, she’s also a Guardian of the Waters of Life and Death. THAT legend scintillated my imagination, as did the one that suggested “Baba Yaga” was more than one woman.

Thus, one of my secondary characters in Serpent on a Cross – Miraum – evolved into a Baba Yaga. In the incarnation of Miraum, Baba Yaga is a powerful healer and witch, but a mostly benevolent one. Her home doesn’t stand on chicken legs and while she’s ruthless, she’s not merciless, and just the current in a long line of Baba Yagas who serve as Guardians of the Waters of Life and Death. She becomes the mentor of my protagonist, Dennah, a young Jewish healer who’s recently discovered the unsettling fact that she’s a Weather Witch.

Serpent on a Cross is forthcoming from Booktrope, in print and epub re-release. I’m currently working on the sequel, Veil of Menace, where Miraum as Baba Yaga has more surprises up her sleeve. Stay tuned! 🙂

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