Author Guest Post With Diane J. Reed

Diane J. Reed has kindly agreed to to share an article on Gypsy Love Spells in honor of her newest release, Robin in the Hood.

 

 About The Author:
I write novels that are infused with enchantment, where characters dare to break through boundaries and believe in true love. I have a soft spot for artisans & outlaws of the heart, those of us who burn brightly to live each day as a gift—because it is! I’d love to hear from you, so please feel free to visit me at www.banditsranch.com or message me on facebook or twitter (@DianeJReed) to share the whispers of your spirit.


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Gypsy Love Spells

Have you ever fallen head over heels in love with an attraction so potent that it almost felt as if a spell had been cast upon you? In my new young adult romance Robin in the Hood, that’s exactly what happens to Robin McArthur. When Robin’s wealthy family goes broke and she decides to secretly rob banks to make ends meet, she stumbles upon more than she bargained for as she approaches a bank for her first heist. Even before she spots Creek, the teenage boy who later becomes her love interest & partner in crime, she can feel him watching her from the shadows with a force so powerful that it literally stops her in her tracks. The following is that pivotal moment when they first set eyes on each other:

I squinted and inched to the left, peering into a particularly dark patch beside the wide tree trunk.

And that’s when I saw him.

Or I guess I should say, he chose to reveal himself.

A tall guy, maybe a year or two older than me, in a black t-shirt and torn, faded jeans. His tangled, sun-bleached hair looked like it had never seen scissors, yet it framed his tan skin and piercing blue eyes like a rugged surfer’s. To my surprise, he flashed a half-smile, making the jagged scar across his cheek press into a dark, thin line, like a dagger. For a second, I wondered if it was a warning—

“You gotta be kidding me,” he shook his head, folding his tattooed arms. “You honestly think you can take on this bank?”

He leaned his tall frame against the tree, appearing amused. Instantly, I could tell from his ripped clothes, sinewy body, and nearly feral gaze that he was pretty much everything my private boarding school had been paid so handsomely to keep out of my reach.

Beautiful.

Deadly.

And well within kissing distance—

Without warning, his intense eyes locked on mine as if we were the only two people who’d ever mattered on planet earth.

And all at once, I felt a weight dislodge and explode into a gazillion pieces inside my chest.

This is my heart—

This is my heart on CRACK.

Yes, Robin’s attraction to Creek feels like a drug, and it completely overwhelms her. But later in the story, she discovers her reaction might not be an accident after all! Turns out there’s a gypsy woman in town named Granny Tinker who cast a spell on Robin to bring her and Creek together so they would combine forces and take care of the poor people in the area. Robin’s neighbor Lorraine spills the beans:

“So you must be that girl who’s the talk of Turtle Shores,” Lorraine said.

“The-the talk?” I replied, startled.

“Yes ma’am. You’re the one Granny Tinker’s been prayin’ for! She told us all a few weeks ago you were comin’—to help Creek take care of us. She done some special kind of voodoo to conjure you.”

Although this information comes as a total shock to Robin, she’s hardly the first person to be lured into love by the wiles of a gypsy woman. For hundreds of years, gypsy incantations have been used to make people surrender to the charms of another in a host of fascinating ways. One such method is known as the love stones spell recorded by renowned gypsy folklorist Raymond Buckland in his book Gypsy Magic. To do this spell, you must collect 13 white stones and arrange them in the shape of a heart on the floor. Close your eyes and picture the one you love for a few moments, then lie down face first with your heart directly over the stones. Now imagine your loved one being attracted to all the good qualities you have inside of you to share. Then gather up the stones in a white cloth & carry them with you in a bundle until the next full moon. Another way to up the ante of passion gypsy style in a relationship is through the use of herbs and plants. According to the website Gypsy Herb Magick (http://magicherbal.blogspot.com/2006/12/gypsy-herb-magick.html), if you bake rye into bread and serve it to the object of your desire while focusing intently on the one you love, the rye seeds will secure the affections of that person for you. Similarly, the pimento plant has been used in gypsy spells and sachets for hundreds of years. When pimento is secretly slipped into the food of another while whispering amorous intentions, it causes that person to develop uncontrollably romantic urges towards you. But you don’t always have to eat the plants for a gypsy love charm to be effective—in Charles Leland’s book Gypsy Sorcery and Fortune Telling, he recommends for an onion or a tulip bulb to be planted in a clean and previously unused pot while you recite the name of your beloved. Once this is done, then every day at both sunrise and sunset you must say the following incantation over the pot:

As this root grows

And as this blossom blows,

May his or her heart be

Turned unto me!

Day after day, the one you love will become more and more fascinated by you until you receive your heart’s desire. Yet if all of these techniques seem like a tedious amount of baking, planting, or gathering of exotic ingredients, one of my favorite gypsy methods remains the simple love potion, particularly if mixed by an expert. Luckily, the Magickal Perfumerie company has a perfect potion based on gypsy lore called their Honeyed Love Potion (http://www.lovepotionperfume.com/perfumerie/potion/RNC-HoneyedLP/). This intoxicating blend of honey, apricot, vanilla, amber, patchouli & verbena is sworn by traveling gypsies to bring your heart’s desire to you for as long as you both shall live with the kind of eternal love that is written “in the cards, in the tea leaves, in the very stars.” (And it smells like heaven, too!)

Yet how much power can a gypsy love spell really exert over a person’s free will? Once Robin finds out about Granny Tinker’s clandestine tricks, she’s convinced she can confront the woman and turn things back around entirely. Later in Robin in the Hood, she marches up to Granny Tinker’s wagon for a showdown and pounds on her door, demanding that Granny Tinker reverse her “voodoo.” At that moment, however, Robin discovers it wasn’t a gypsy spell after all that brought her in league with Creek—it was something far more powerful. In the following scene, Granny reveals the truth:

Granny stared into my eyes.

“Sweetheart,” she said gravely, “it warn’t me who prayed you here. It was Creek.”

She waited for her words to trickle into my brain, watching the astonishment surface in my eyes.

“He needs help like nobody’s business to keep us all together, he just won’t admit it. But any fool can see it takes more’n one person to get the kind of cash these folks need for medical care. So let’s just say maybe I helped him along a little with what I know.”

Granny’s eyes twinkled at the spirals of smoke that rose from her incense sticks, even though they’d nearly burned down to their brass holders.

“Besides,” she said with a mischievous grin, “bringing you back to yer real home, where yer Pa found the only woman he ever truly cared for, was the very least I could do in the name of true love.”

Granny Tinker’s words put the brakes on Robin’s zeal, and in that scene her heart completely melts. Sure, Granny Tinker may have used her wiles to boost things along, but really it was Creek’s tremendous compassion for the poor people in his area and his sincere prayer for help to provide for them that brought Robin into his sphere. And when Robin realizes that this rough-around-the-edges bad boy has a secret heart of gold, THAT’S when she truly falls for him—no more charms needed! Only this time, her infatuation doesn’t depend on the right herb, spell, or phase of the moon—Robin has been given a glimpse into the authenticity of Creek’s heart, which becomes far more attractive to her than even his bad-boy good looks. Creek’s generosity touches Robin to the core, to her very soul—and ultimately, that’s the most powerful weapon of attraction anyone can wield under a full gypsy moon . . .
  Robin in the Hood:


Title: Robin in the Hood

Author: Diane J. Reed
Publication Date:   October 14th 2012
Publisher: Bandits Ranch

“Is it any wonder I became a bank robber?” said Robin.
But she never dreamed she’d fall in love…
15-year-old Robin McArthur thinks she has it all figured out when it comes to bilking her wealthy dad for guilt money as a substitute for his genuine affection. Until one day he suffers a stroke, and she learns the brutal truth.
They’re broke.
And everyone from bankers to bookies has lined up in her dad’s hospital room to collect.
His only saving grace is what he reveals to Robin in between drools: He truly does love her, in spite of all his mistakes.
Panicked and desperate, Robin figures she has two choices. Either surrender to the pestering caseworker and live in a skanky foster home, or take a chance and sneak her dad out of the hospital to make a run for it. Little does she know that stealing a car and hitting the road means that before the day is through, she will rob her first bank.
Now an outlaw, Robin finds a backwoods trailer park to hide her dad from authorities. There, she encounters Creek, a local bad boy who also commits crimes to provide for their motley neighbors. Realizing she could use Creek’s help, Robin proposes an ingenious plan—they should team up to rob banks together. But when their partnership leads to a romance that turns Robin’s whole world upside down, she soon begins to discover that people are more precious than pocketbooks, and real love means opening your heart to the kinds of treasures money can’t buy . . .


Find Robin in the Hood Online:Robin in the Hood is available in paperback at Amazon.com & BarnesandNoble.com and as an ebook at Kindle, Nook, iBooks & Kobo 


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