. . . whispered through the trees

Teresa Joyce Jackson
                     Author of the Mystic Gates magical realism series, a fictional reading adventure for ages 11 and up.

Teen fantasy series Mystic Gates . . .
A tale of Cherokee myth and Celtic magic

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for a preview and one-click purchase link
to Dead Moon Awakens, Book 1

        Welcome to the Mystic Gates website. Im honored youre here! Youre invited to come explore the myth, magicks, and lore of both the seen and unseen worlds of this young adult, magical realism series about an ancient Cherokee myth and four contemporary young teens who collide with it.

        The earliest written historical reference to the great dragon-serpent called the Uktena and its powerful and magical talisman, the Ulunsuti, is from the 1762 memoirs of Lt. Henry Timberlake, a Virginian officer who volunteered on a peace mission to live among the Cherokee people, or Ani-Yunwiya. While staying with the Cherokees, Lt. Timberlake learned that one Ulunsuti remained, hidden and controlled by two women and the conjuror who had seized it. Within the fictional world of the Mystic Gates series, those three Cherokees were the first generation of Ulunsuti HoldersMystic Gates is the story of the thirteenth generation—the last generation . . . the last chance for us all.

  • Learn about the first book in the series, Dead Moon Awakens here.
  • Learn about the upcoming second book in the series, Smothered by Light here.
  • On the Mystic Gates Blog, delve deeper into Aishlings World and read about the myths, magicks, and lore referred to in the books and Glossary. On the Blog, youll also be able to read some of the entries from The Book of Gates—the grimoire that eventually becomes crucial to Aishling and her friends, Morrigan, Kelile, and Lance. (Oh, and check the Blog periodically for coupons, book chats about other young adult books, and for activities you and your friends can do to Heal the Wild Places.)
  • Go to the Mystic Gates Extras page for special features. Currently youll find a Glossary and pronunciation guide for certain words found here on the website and in the Mystic Gates books.
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        John Lennon of the Beatles—a famous rock group in my tween through young adult years—once said, “I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in faeries, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now?” I love this quote. Keep it in mind while reading the stories whispered to me through the trees.

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