Midnight, the witching hour
Midnight, the witching hour
The bar is blue, the atmosphere cool
The cocktails sweet and divine
The rich are laid back, effortlessly chic
The women smell simply divine
The waitress is blonde, her English perfect
She is attentive and smart
They bring us olives, crackers from Japan
To perfection they play their perfect part
Lemon meringue cocktail, vanilla and vodka
Each sip is a delicious dream
Sit back relax, feel important and blessed
The atmosphere classic, poised and serene
In the heart of Knightsbridge, I could sit here all night
I adore the people and charm
I feel beautiful, happy and content in blue
So alive yet so unimaginably calm
Yes it’s a treasure this room painted blue
Large windows peer out into the street
I see a world of success and pleasure
To visit here is a wonderful treat
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That’s the beauty of The Sweet Jasmine Series. Whether you’re a tween, a parent or a grandparent, the books are adored by a wide spectrum of all age groups.
I’ve just received an email from a lady who has informed me that her daughter loves my books, and has kindly asked if I would be happy to meet her one day at my convenience, for tea and cake. I replied to the email and of course gladly excepted, as I’m quite willing to bring joy and happiness to a young person’s life. In addition, I’m always interested to meet my fans to discuss the books, and what they enjoy so much about the stories.
The daughter is now overjoyed and fizzing with glee at the prospect of meeting the author of Sweet Jasmine Cakes/Stakes and Magic.
So, until our meet! I must say I’m looking forward to it very much, along with the prospect of tea and cake. Hmmm wonder if they’ll use any of the recipes from my books?
Dispute not with her: she is lunatic.”
― William Shakespeare, Richard III
“Where the hell is he?” seethed Zofia, “he’s supposed to be back by now with news of how those witches are exposed and ripe for the picking. What do you think has happened?” Zofia looked at Katarina with a cruel twisting sneer.
“Do you think the witches have him?” asked Katarina, clutching to her chest a dead, white rabbit. She hugged it as if she were a child snuggling in to her favourite toy. “They’re strong maybe they’ve cast a spell on him?”
Chapter 24, Sweet Jasmine Stakes and Magic, Catherine Sabatina
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“Hello. Adrianna Jasmine speaking.”
“Hello, Adrianna Jasmine,” an unfamiliar and slightly chilling voice filled Adrianna Jasmine’s van. “You don’t know me but, my dear, I certainly know you and more importantly, I know your mother.”
The voice was female, cruel and slow. It was the sort of voice that toyed with your fears, the voice in your nightmares.
“Who is this?” she asked, trying desperately to stay calm and to suppress any rising fear. The voice chuckled playfully down the receiver.
Sweet Jasmine Cakes and Magic, Catherine Sabatina
The voice in your nightmares. So, what nightmares do you remember from childhood, or do you still have them now in adulthood. What about those pesky reoccurring dreams, or night terrors, you know the ones that wake you in middle of the night when you’re covered in sweat.
Or are you more of a happy dreamer, and you wake bouncing with delight over the fantastic images that had just played out in your head, like some perfect film?
Either way, The Sweet Jasmine Series is not a dream or an illusion. It is the latest supernatural read that will fill your head with new exciting characters, wondrous adventures, and the magic to transport us somewhere very new and different in our heads.
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Sometimes it’s easy to doubt yourself and your ability. Take me for example, I’m an exercise to music teacher who’s trying to crack the book world. I know absolutely no contacts or major big-shots who run their own publishing houses, yet I’m pursuing a career in this industry. I learn as I go and I persevere. In all honesty, at times I feel like throwing in the towel, and on a few occasions I’ve had to literally step back. It’s that constant banging on a hard, brick door that simply will not open feeling, and after a while you’re…absolutely exhausted!
I’m plodding along, my books are becoming more and more known by the public but yes, sometimes I think “why am I doing this?”
Then something happens, a sign! A sign to say Catherine Sabatina you’re okay and you must continue.
I was in Waterstones yesterday afternoon with my good pal Andhika. We were enjoying a coffee sitting on a small table for two. Next to me resting on a wall partition was a book. It caught my eye as I recognised the cover. I gasped and then felt a joyous wave envelop me, and a great smile appeared across my lips. It was a copy of the Worst Witch by Jill Murphy.
The Worst Witch is the very reason why I write about supernatural fiction, and the very reason as to why I love magic and witches. I fell in love with story at the tender age of seven after watching the made for TV programme, and my mother promptly bought me the book. Oh how I wished I could fly a broom stick and go to a magical school.
I’ve carried that story in my heart all through my life, and devoured every single Worst Witch story book out there.
So, when the magical book from my childhood just so happened to be sat next to me, it was as if someone or something had strategically placed it there to say, “come on Catherine keep going, this is what you’re meant to do.”
I almost felt like crying, it was so extraordinary and it gave me the boost I needed to carry on with my dream. One day Adrianna Jasmine the heroine of my book Sweet Jasmine Cakes and Magic, will be as famous as Mildred Hubble, the heroine of the Worst Witch.
My favourite vampire film of all times is The Lost Boys. I remember watching it when I was a young teenager and to this day I never tire of the film.
For one the sound track is timeless, and Cry little Sister stills sends shivers down my spine, especially the very first few beats from the track.
The darkness of the fairground, the characters and of course that 80’s vibe evokes nostalgia and ignites my passion for all things urban fantasy.
Now don’t get me wrong I am a Twilight Fan and will be going to see Breaking Dawn, but if I were to choose my favourite vampire film then yes it’s The Lost Boys.
I think those older urban fantasy movies inspired me over the years into writing Sweet Jasmine, Cakes and Magic, and of course the Hammer Horror Dracula movies played a significant part also.
I loved Bewitched, the old TV series, The Munsters…anything spooky really, and I suppose even though I watched these films/programmes a long time ago, their brilliance and magic lingers on somewhere in the pits of my mind.
No matter how original your work something always inspires you. Whether its natural beauty, for me the spooky village of Burley, or a spine tingling horror movie about a group of teenage vampires in leather jackets, who tear up the dark roads on their motorcycles. Artwork, history, a person anything…inspiration is around us, within us guiding us to create.