The baleful soul of Heinrich Kramer, a German Inquisitor from the 14th century, is lurking in the netherworld, waiting for a physical vehicle to return to earth to complete his Holy Mission of burning witches at the stake. He is the author of the Malleus Maleficarum, or Witches Hammer, which was the treatise on how to recognize, interrogate, judge and then execute these innocent women, who, in a superstitious era, were the scapegoats for natural disasters.
He alights on Tamsin, an English Rose, trying to find herself and overcome her past during a spiritual retreat, and decides she would be the perfect victim; which is precisely the role Tamsin is trying to shed. She is there to take control of her life. His persistence makes her question whether she was, in fact, this Inquisitor in a past life.
A series of haunting dreams has brought Tamsin to this point in time and knowing she cannot defeat this malevolent priest on her own, enlists the aid of a Chinese sage, her teacher on the metaphysical plane.
Now a door has opened to a parallel world where she experiences other past lives. Torn between her horror at her past deeds, if indeed she is an incarnation of this horrible priest, and her determination to know the truth, she undertakes a journey, to find out whether she can uncover any evidence that links her to these revelations.
Each courageous step she takes in confronting her past empowers her to overcome the baggage she has dragged behind her throughout the ages, which has become a millstone around her neck.
Finally believing she has earned the right to happiness, she meets Jean Pierre, a French doctor in Carcassone, who stands by her side as the final battle with Heinrich culminates in a surprising twist. Will it consume her as she stands on the brink of success? Or will she finally free herself?
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love things that go bump in the night as well as historical events. My partner is from Germany and we often return to this beautiful country which a bounds with myths and tales that just beg to have a story written about them.
So much rubbish has been written about witches who were invented to distract the common folk from the powers that were failures to manage natural disasters. , I wanted to set things straight about ordinary women who were sacrificed to the ambitions of power hungry men. Pagan rituals celebrated the seasons, they were not excuses for human sacrifice or dark deeds.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Heinrich Kramer was the German Inquisitor who wrote Malleus Malefactarium. A really nasty piece of work.
I’ve always loved the name Tamsin, who was the sister of my late husband. She developed from many of the abused women and their dysfunctional lives.
John Pierre, every woman should have one and Tamsin deserved him after her struggle with personal growth.
.Supporting casts rounded out the book
I am never wrong when it comes to my possibilities
The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react
George Bernard Shaw
Open your mind to possibilities and live the life you dream of
Trapped in the afterlife, still existing in the 15th century, the restless spirit of Heinrich Kramer, the author of the Malleus Maleficarum, or Witches Hammer, remains in a high dudgeon as he tries, and fails, to come to terms with the loss of his power and his delightful pastime of accusing, trialling and burning innocent women at the stake, by accusing them of being witches.
He cants around the space he exists in muttering and cursing, despite being a monk, trying to return to Earth in this lifetime to continue his sacred mission.
In the past, as he came across weak tormented souls, he was able to overcome them and inhabit their bodies for a short period of time. Unfortunately most of them were in poor health, both mentally and physically, to say the least and by the time Heinrich was finished with the earthly vehicles they were using, they died before too long.
Here it was, the 21st century, and he had not been able to find a suitable vehicle for his return and what’s more it appeared to be generally unreceptive to exposing witches and burning them. From what he could see, they cavorted in woods in the dead of night, summer and winter, more as a form of sport, rather than in deadly earnest. And what’s more, the populace didn’t seem to care one jot.
This lessened his chances of finding a suitable vehicle and setting up his own courts of justice that specialized in a rather obscure field of law.
He had browsed through the choices available, Civil rights, Corporate, Criminal, Employment, Environmental, (what
the hell was that about?) Health, Immigration, Real estate, Tax, Personal injury, Military, Family, Admiralty, Bankruptcy, and was having trouble finding the correct niche his specialty would fit into.
So over time, he’d gone into a fair amount of haunting to test the waters.
Entering houses at will without so much as a by your leave, he’d been disappointed in the responses to his macabre spectral being. Hovering above or around his intended victims had brought about a less than satisfactory response. They were too busy watching something called television in which people were trapped and played out their lives, or so it seemed to him; or playing with some sort of a trigger that made pictures appear on a box like thing, where they controlled to the best of their ability, what happened in the events, which they manipulated without fear of harm or retribution from those creatures locked in the box. He was having trouble coming to terms with this.
They appeared to be so disassociated from life and feelings that he had not been able to penetrate their aura deeply enough to either scare the beejesus out of them, or take over their psyche or bodies. It was very frustrating.
So he took to haunting at night, but there were these terrible flashing lights that lit up the streets and places where people congregated, that washed out his spectral being. And the cacophony of noise from not only the people and their music (my God, horrible stuff operating at such a volume he couldn’t hear himself think, let alone haunt), but these boxlike things they sat in that took them from place to place. It was all so bewildering that all he ended up with was a headache.
He needed darkness, preferably quiet as doom, and an uncertain soul he could work on until he breached their defences……and then he was in like Flynn. ‘Where did that come from?’ he wondered. Who was Flynn?
After preying on likely victims who seemed to be lost in a world of their own and didn’t notice him, or if they did, didn’t give a toss, he was about to give up on this century until he managed to penetrate the defences of a drunken sod who was father to a young girl called Tamsin.
He could prey on her now through this vehicle and when she was a little older and the ultimate victim, he would be able to take over her psyche and body and wreak havoc on the earth once more.
Rubbing his hands with glee, he relaxed and waited until the time was ripe. After all, time is irrelevant in the afterlife.
I am a slightly off the wall author and my novel The Magdalene Conspiracy, a religious mystery/thriller in the style of Dan Brown, was pretty successful. The second book in the Nicolina Fabiani Series THE IMMORTAL MADONNA is now published and doing well. I am currently working on the third book in the series HITLER’s DARK SHADOW. Watch my website www.yvonnecrowe.com for updates.
I refuse to be constrained by genres and have four other published novels which can be seen on my website. AN OBSESSIVE LOVE, DIAMONDS THAT KILL, HER SOUL IN PERIL and FROM SERBIA WITH LOVE.
Readers have commented that my writing is controversial, compelling, descriptive and evocative, and they become involved with the characters. What more could a writer ask for?
I am unable to restrain myself from becoming emotionally involved in humanitarian issues, as well as with my clients, readers and it comes through in my stories.
I currently live in my hometown in Auckland, New Zealand and love to travel to other countries and have been to Europe many times, as my very talented partner Harald,who designs my covers,is from Germany. This has given me the opportunity to fall in love with historical landscapes and their cultures, and also indulge in three of my passions, good food, wine and great conversation.
I have gleaned many ideas and settings for my stories by traveling to well known cities in Europe, and also through the small villages, each with their own special story, which have enabled me to create believable and sympathetic characters.
Currently I teach English to Muslim immigrants from Iraq. Both of these experiences were so enlightening, giving me an insight into the spirit and courage these people, whom I admire tremendously and respect, portray in their everyday lives and their story is so compelling I will be writing a novel about their lives.
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