Monday, 16 May 2011

Author Spotlight week -Dreams and Divination by Stephanie Burkhart

I'm excited to announce my latest release, a historical paranormal romance called, "The Wolf's Torment." Set in the 1860's, the story takes place in Constanta, a Moldavian city nestled next to the Black Sea. Crown Prince Mihai Sigmaringen has a secret – he's a witch. Can he accept himself for who he is and save his family from a werewolf who threatens their lives?

"The Wolf's Torment" has an exotic locale and fantastical creatures, but Mihai, Viktor, Sonia, and Theresa are all too human and the story is about their humanity – with a little bit of dreams and divination peppered in, of course. –wink—

For witches, it's about feelings and their ability to sense the feelings of others. And Mihai and Theresa have been dreaming of each other since they were five. Why is this important? It speaks to the power of divination – the ability to "see" the future, but instead of using tea leaves and crystal balls as Professor Trewley does in Harry Potter, Mihai and Theresa use dreams. It's a concept close to the "kenning" in Scottish romantic historicals.

"Heart of Moldavia" is the FREE prequel to "The Wolf's Torment" and is one such dream. Theresa braves grave danger to give Mihai a Christmas gift as a werewolf recklessly purses her. Mihai realizes his intended is a woman – brave, clever, intriguing, and beautiful. Dare he allow his heart to love again? Will love give him the courage, strength, and resolve to save his family and a nation?

Visit Moldavia and let the characters humanity touch your heart.

You can obtain "Heart of Moldavia" free at the following link:


From The Pen & Muse:
A complete werewolf story through and through, Burkhart does it again with an amazing cast of characters, entertaining dialogue and plot. Lovers of historical paranormal romance will enjoy this read, the first in the Moldavian Moon series.


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The Wolf's Torment is available as an ebook only on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and Sony Ereader. Formats include: PDF, html, and epub which can be found on the Publisher's Website at:

About the Author: Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She also served as an MP in the US Army. Multi-published, she has a children's book, "The Giving Meadow" with 4RV Publishing. She's an avid reader , loves coffee in the morning, and her favorite movie "werewolf" is David Thewlis, Lupin from Harry Potter.

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  1. Very interesting, Steph, but then all your stories are. I want to download several of those free reads, and I'll add yours.
    I liked the explanation of "divination" compared to "kenning." I'd heard that, but not divinaiton.
    Very good--Celia

  2. Steph, I always learn something new on your blogs, and I love your characters.

  3. Celia, thanks for popping in. I hope you enjoy the free read. I use witches more "heavily" in this series than I do my Budapest Moon series.

    Mona, it's about the characters - Celia said something on Laurie's blog - you don't want to start off with an A+ hero - he's got to grow as a character and I agree and certaintly I see that with her Sam. Your Fydor from Prescription in Russian grew into his love for Jillian and I think that's the appeal of Mihai. He doesn't start out A+. Gosh, he's overwhelmed, but his love for Theresa makes him stronger as the book continues. It's a journey for the character and I think there's were you can connect when it comes to paranormal characters - show their humanity despite their supernatural abilities. Gosh, I hope that makes sense. *wink*


  4. Hi Steph,
    I'm very much interested in people's dreams. The topic has long fascinated me, especially how everyone dreams but only certain people are able to dial in and act on their dreams. I'm sure you have another great read in Heart of Moldavia.
    Happy sales! Maggie

  5. Great to hear more of your exotic settings, Steph. I'm a big believer in the power of dreams, and of suddenly thinking of someone who then gets in touch. May it take you far.

  6. Maggie, I've always been interested in people's dreams - especially ones where a loved one comes to you who has past. Those dreams especially resonate with me.

    Linda, I agree - there's a sense of this was meant to happen, I think.


  7. Steph, I dreamed of a brother-in-law who passed years ago last week. He wasn't on my mind when I went to bed either, and I hadn't thought of him in quite some time. Blessings on your and your book. I love the pictures and the blog. Great cover as always, too.

  8. BJ, I suspect he was trying to let you know he was all right and in a good place.

    I find myself dreaming of my friends in NH, Aly, Idgy and Karen. (I live in CA) My last dream was of Idgy. She came to visit a day. I love my friends dearly, they grew up with me and are sisters of the heart, and if anything I miss them to pieces because I'm in California and when I dream of them, I do remember these dreams.

    Jenifer does such a wonderful job on the covers!

  9. I love the idea that dreams have meaning and value. The scientific explanation is just so boring.

    Steph, I loved this book. I loved Mihai and Victor broke my heart.

  10. Keena, I agree the scientific explanation is very boring, though I suppose it's important on a biological level to dream.

    I'm so glad you enjoyed Mihai's story. Viktor did break my heart as well.