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


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Dead Moon Awakens by Teresa Joyce Jackson

Dead Moon Awakens

by Teresa Joyce Jackson

Giveaway ends August 16, 2014.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Update on giveaway:  Congratulations to our seven winners!
(4 in the US; 2 in Canada; 1 in Australia! All books have been mailed.)

Go here!                      
for a preview and one-click purchase links
to Dead Moon Awakens, Book 1

        Welcome to the Mystic Gates Books 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        The earliest written historical reference to the great dragon-serpent called the Uktena and its powerful and magical talisman, the Ulunsuti, is from the 1762 memoirs of Lt.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, these 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.

  • Preview the first book in the series, Dead Moon Awakens, here.
  • Glimpse the upcoming second book in the series, Smothered by Light, here.
  • Go to the Mystic Gates Extras  page for special features. Currently, youll find a Glossary and Pronunciation Guide for certain Cherokee and Celtic words and expressions found here on the website and within the Mystic Gates Books.
  • On the page entitled Aishlings World, delve deeper into the myths, magicks, and lore referred to within the books and Glossary. This is also where you can read more about the characters of the series. (You might want to explore Aishling's World often as I continually add-to or change this page.)
  •  The Book of Gates page currently reveals only a smattering of information. This book is the grimoire that eventually becomes crucial to Aishling and her friends, Morrigan, Kelile, and Lance. It will not divulge its secret contents until you have solved all four Mystic Gates riddles and have discovered the four key passwords. (Each book in the series contains a riddle for you to solve.)

A little about me . . .       

         I was born on Beltaine in the year of the Dragon in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Ive been a cheerleader, legal secretary, and poet. Ive made shakes and scooped ice cream in an ice cream parlor, played guitar for an all-girls rock band, and even had my own secretarial service—phew, that was lots of work! One of my favorite jobs was as editor of an in-house newsletter for Walt Disney World Resorts. Ive also written and produced a monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine for a metaphysical bookstore in Orlando, Florida. Late in life, I graduated from the University of Central Florida with an Honors Degree in Elementary Education. (For my thesis, I wrote a book about a new way of teaching.)
         Now, I live in the deliciously gorgeous mountains of Western North Carolina surrounded by trees—wonderful, wonderful trees—with my husband (whos also my best friend), and our senior cat, Midnight, and rescued Border collie, Ozzie. Im a mother and grandmother; and whether my family be by blood or heart, I love
them all, wherever they may bewhether here in this reality or in the Otherworld.
        I enjoy reading, exploring, and writing about the magic in life. Some of my favorite topics include faery traditions, Cherokee and Celtic myths and lore, and Druid and earth-based traditions.
        Being a lifelong explorer of the paranormal and supernatural, I believe magical, mystical events play before us all the time. I think each of us can develop our own innate abilities enough to perceive magic everywhere. Once we do, well realize that the paranormal is normal and supernatural natural, and well open our lives up to a fantastic world of magical realism.
        The creed I live by is found in Book 1, Dead Moon Awakens. You can also find it on The Book of Gates page.
        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 my stories.

By the way . . . its true, my stores are whispered to me through the trees.

Contact Information:
You may contact me by email at info@TeresaJoyceJackson.com if you have any comments or questions.
I am currently focusing all my energies on writing and preparing Book 2 for publication; so, for the time being,
I am not blogging, and I am not on Facebook, Twitter, etc., etc. 
However, you can always
friend and follow me on Goodreads.

As always, best wishes and happy reading!

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