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The Sicilian Sorceress

Releasing October 1, 2022!

Alexis is living the good life in San Francisco: a prestigious job as an art curator for the San Francisco Museum of Art, a budding romance with a fellow garden lover, and trips to Europe to immerse herself in history. But when Alexis is accused of theft at work, she turns to an innocuous herbal remedy to relieve her anxiety, only to be sent back in time to 440 BC Girgento.

 

Instead of curating ancient history, Alexis is living it.

 

Finding herself in a flourishing Mediterranean city on the southern coast of Sicily, Alexis drops into a parallel world where her job as the gardeness and herbalist of Girgento’s famed Kolymbethra gardens is gratifying but perilous, fraught with deceit, betrayal, and politics. Holding the power to heal or harm, Alexis is at the mercy of the goddess Demeter and a singular quest that seems impossible to fulfill.

 

Can Alexis accept her fate in this new world and find a way to save Girgento from those who would destroy it? Will she be able to unravel the mysteries that connect her old life to the new?

 

Or does the goddess have something else in mind for her?

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Mary Knight likes to dream of travel, plan travel, experience the art of travel, and write about travel. It almost consumes her—the vision of meeting new people, tasting new food, visiting an ancient site, listening to the whispers of old limestone walls, and reliving in her mind, what it must have been like to live so long ago. Her first novel, The Sicilian Sorceress, is a culmination of her love for history, travel, and food. Mary lives in San Diego with her dog, Desi, and a garden full of vegetables and fruit trees. You can find her at maryknight.net or contact her at:

mary.knightcommunications@gmail.com

 

My Novel-inspiring Trip to Sicily

Temple olive trees
Steps Puglia for blog
Coffee Duoro
Portugal
Castle S. France
Flowers
Southern France
Flowers house s. France
MEK Selfie Temples and Ocean
MEK up close temples
Trapani
Mek with Pino
MEK eats at Il Fiorino
Lunch Noto
Island off Trapani
Empty plate
Market Palerno
Image by Henrique Ferreira
Image by Anton Ivanov
Image by Ruth Troughton
Image by Jacek Dylag
Image by Ricardo Gomez Angel
Image by Jeremy Stewardson
Image by Camille Minouflet
Image by Antonio Sessa
Image by Antonino Cicero
Image by Valentina Locatelli
Image by Joe Pregadio
Image by Michele Bitetto

About the White Dog

The white dog has special meaning to me after my trip to the Valley of Temples in Sicily... let me tell you about it and how it inspired my novel, The Sicilian Sorceress.

As I wandered the perimeter of the temple of Castor and Pollux, a large, lanky, white dog appeared, slinking between the nearby bushes. Just as quickly as he appeared, he vanished. I felt he was an apparition, perhaps from long ago, there to encourage me to tell the story of Agrigento's past. Because I found him so curious, I knew he had to play a part in my novel. 

Note: My story takes place in fictional Girgento, now called Agrigento. It has endured many names including Akragas!

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