A Promise to Catie: A Novel

University of North Texas Press
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Right after he moves with his family to an old farmstead in the country, Billy Griffin, Jr. begins to experience a series of inexplicable events, beginning with the nighttime appearance of a woman at his bedroom window. Never one to believe in ghosts, he seeks alternative explanations for the lurking shadows, disappearing objects, and wafting scents. The strangest mystery of all is that his sister Beth, bitten by a rattlesnake and unable to go for help, is rescued by an ambulance that no one has called. Billy is not afraid of whatever is causing the events until one night he is chased by two huge, silent dogs which only turn away from him in answer to a shrill whistle he has never heard before. Soon after, he discovers the dogs' owner in an isolated cabin far from everyone else; it is Hebronetta Sikes, an old conjure woman who convinces Billy that he is dealing with a "real live ghost". He learns from his neighbor Mrs. Isbell that a girl named Catie Waldrop had once lived in the farmhouse where Billy now lives, and that she died soon after moving to California. Billy's fear turns first to fascination, then friendship and then, amazingly, to love. The relationship between flesh-and-blood Billy and ephemeral Catie is both humorous and poignant, and changes Billy's life forever.
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About the author

Judd Holt has drawn upon his wide range of experiences as a Yellowstone Park Ranger, a teacher, a coach, and attorney to write this novel. A native of Denton, Texas, he currently practices law there.
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Publisher
University of North Texas Press
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Published on
Dec 31, 1992
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Pages
242
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ISBN
9780929398419
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
Fiction / General
Fiction / Ghost
Fiction / Occult & Supernatural
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Christine Pope
Ancient curses...family feuds...finding a happily ever after can be a real nightmare for the modern witch.

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As the future prima, or head witch of her clan, Angela McAllister is expected to bond with her consort, her soul mate, during her twenty-first year, thus ensuring that she will come into her full powers at the appointed time. The clock is ticking down, and her consort has yet to make an appearance. Instead, her dreams are haunted by a man she’s never seen, the one she believes must be her intended match.

But with time running out, and dark forces attempting to seize her powers for their own, Angela is faced with a terrible choice: give up her dreams of the man she may never meet and take the safer path, or risk leaving her clan and everyone in it at the mercy of those who seek their ruin.

DARKNIGHT:

Kidnapped by a rival witch clan, Angela McAllister envisions a dark future for herself until she discovers her captor’s brother is the unknown man who has haunted her dreams since she was a child.

Forced to re-evaluate everything she’s ever known about the Wilcox witches, Angela begins to explore the powerful connection that binds her to Connor Wilcox, despite the generations of hostility between their families and the disapproval of those closest to her.  And when a dark, malignant force arises, Angela knows she must draw on her growing powers as prima to protect enemies and allies alike...even if her choice threatens to tear her new and fragile love apart.

DARKMOON:

One hundred and fifty years ago, a terrible curse descended on the Wilcox clan, dooming generations of women to an early death should they bear a child to the bloodline of Jeremiah Wilcox. Now Angela McAllister is carrying Connor Wilcox’s child, and if she can’t find a way to break the curse, that same doom will fall upon her.

The solution to her dilemma lies somewhere in the past—her own, and that of the woman who cast the curse so many years before. Angela’s quest to find the answers she needs will transform the lives of everyone she knows, Wilcox and McAllister alike, and will forever change everything she has ever believed about herself.

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Anne Rice
The tale of The Wolf Gift continues . . .

In Anne Rice’s surprising and compelling best-selling novel, the first of her strange and mythic imagining of the world of wolfen powers (“I devoured these pages . . . As solid and engaging as anything she has written since her early Vampire Chronicles fiction”—Alan Cheuse, The Boston Globe; “A delectable cocktail of old-fashioned lost-race adventure, shape-shifting, and suspense”—Elizabeth Hand, The Washington Post), readers were spellbound as Rice conjured up a daring new world set against the wild and beckoning California coast.

Now in her new novel, as lush and romantic in detail and atmosphere as it is sleek and steely in storytelling, Anne Rice takes us once again to the rugged coastline of Northern California, to the grand mansion at Nideck Point, and further explores the unearthly education of her transformed Man Wolf.

The novel opens on a cold, gray landscape. It is the beginning of December. Oak fires are burning in the stately flickering hearths of Nideck Point. It is Yuletide.
For Reuben Golding, now infused with the Wolf Gift and under the loving tutelage of the Morphenkinder, this promises to be a Christmas like no other . . .

The Yuletide season, sacred to much of the human race, has been equally sacred to the Man Wolves, and Reuben soon becomes aware that they, too, steeped in their own profound rituals, will celebrate the ancient Midwinter festival deep within the verdant richness of Nideck forest.

From out of the shadows of Nideck comes a ghost—tormented, imploring, unable to speak yet able to embrace and desire with desperate affection . . . As Reuben finds himself caught up with—and drawn to—the passions and yearnings of this spectral presence, and as the swirl of preparations reaches a fever pitch for the Nideck town Christmas festival of music and pageantry, astonishing secrets are revealed; secrets that tell of a strange netherworld, of spirits other than the Morphenkinder, centuries old, who inhabit the dense stretches of redwood and oak that surround the magnificent house at Nideck Point, “ageless ones” who possess their own fantastical ancient histories and who taunt with their dark magical powers . . .
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