I'm happy to be one of many hosts along fellow Rebel Elicia Seawell's blog tour for her newest release The Tarot Diaries : The Fool. Welcome Elicia and all the best of luck to you with this novel!
How does the Tarot work? And just who is Katie Jenkins?
Some people just totally do not believe in Tarot. It is a very mystical, oracle tool used to predict the future for many people, if you believe in that sort of thing.
For me it all started in high school when my aunt gave me the deck she had acquired and I started studying the Tarot. Over the years I’ve learned so much about the different styles of readings, the types of cards and exactly what each card means. Granted there are still a lot of things to learn but each card in my deck fascinates me.
My aunt eventually took the deck back when she wanted to study the cards herself but after years of searching, I received a deck from an ex-boyfriend of mine. I’ve had the deck ever since. Each reading I’ve done, I’ve collected into a journal of my own and it helps reflect on the meanings of each card. I also like to keep a journal just to see which readings come true.
The same could be said for Katie Jenkins, the lead character in the Taro Diaries. Katie inherits her own deck of tarot cards, much like my own and has to live the life of revealing paths for others. Along with her best friend Phoenix (Finny) Carrington, she finds out so much about her capabilities and how far she can be pushed.
I named the first book Tarot Diaries: The Fool because in the succession of the Tarot, the Fool is the first card in the deck. The Tarot is about the journey of the Fool in this thing we call life. He meets people along the way that help him grow and learn, much in the way that my character does in the series.
I really enjoyed writing this first book in many books to come and I hope that each one of you earn an appreciation for the mystery of the Tarot.
About Tarot Diaries: The Fool
What would you do if you could find out your purpose in life? Would you want to know or be completely left in the dark?
Katie Jenkins finds out her purpose, but not in a way most people do. After a night of shots of tequila and a bet from her best friend, she is coerced to seek a fortune teller for insight into her future. What she finds out changes her life forever.
Katie comes from a long line of Romanian Gypsies cursed with the ability to not only read Tarot cards, but they also have to deliver the bad news to whomever the cards reveal. She, along with her best friend Phoenix (Finny) Carrington, seeks out those who are doomed and try to change their lives before something awful happens to them.
Can Katie stop a mad man from the deaths that surround her, or will she fall victim to the very same mad man responsible for the death of so many?
About Elicia M. Seawell
Elicia M. Seawell started out as a freelance graphic artist and fell in love with writing when she began her work in the newspaper industry. After long sleepless nights, she found writing as a way to combat her insomnia however most of her characters were developed while standing in the frozen food section deciding on ice cream. She is the author of Peach River Acres and The Tarot Diaries series, both being released by Rebel Ink Press. She is also the author of the self-published YA novella, Shadows: The Story of the Kayouta. Elicia is currently studying Behavioral Analysis/Psychology and is married to Michael Seawell. She has three children: Brandon, Rachel and Greta. She was also born in Darlington, SC and currently resides in Darlington.
Excerpt from Tarot Diaries: The Fool
The young child sat at his table, bread in hand, dog barking at his feet and wondered where to go from this point. He could stay in his mundane life and live each day knowing that his end was drawing near. However, a huge part of him started to wander, as his mind did.
What else could be out there?
He stared blankly out the window and sighed. He threw the last piece of bread to the dog and stood. His small room closed in on him more and more each day. How could he not want to move on and find out what was beyond the horizon?
He looked to his faithful companion who didn't offer much advice and sighed.
It would be considered a Fool's journey, he told himself, but at the same time, the young one wanted more. He craved more.
There wasn't much left in the small room he shared with his dog and the foolish young one decided it was time to leave. It meant leaving everything behind but if he never left, how would he know his true path?
He found a large square of cloth and filled it with everything he could possibly carry and placed it on a huge stick. He looked to the dog and said, "Let's go."
The door to his small, modest room opened to reveal a path. He had no idea where this path would lead him, but he was willing to accept the journey for what it was worth.
A small voice inside his head spoke to him. Dear child, careful of the journey you choose. You are responsible for your own life and it will be difficult to make the decisions that you will have to face. Take heed to those who try to betray you, embrace those who help you and learn what you can from your journey. It will be a long one.
The foolish boy nodded and exited the room on his way to the most amazing journey he could have imagined – life.
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