Monday, April 2, 2018

Salem Burning by Daniel Sugar

Salem Burning
Daniel Sugar

Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Daniel Sugar

Date of Publication: February 20th, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-7752675-0-8

Number of pages: 151
 Word Count: 34,289

Cover Artist:

Tagline: If Only They’d Known…You Can’t Burn A Witch.

Book Description:

Salem Burning, a magical re-telling of the Salem witch trials, is now available exclusively on Amazon.

In 1692, disreputable Kyle Edwards breaks his engagement by accusing his fiancee, Lilly Parris, of witchcraft.

Kyle is a liar - he does not really believe in witchcraft, he is simply trying to get rid of Lilly. But Kyle is in for a shock because, as it turns out, Lilly really is a witch.

“Salem Burning is a fast-paced, brand-new take on the Salem witch trials.




     The late-afternoon sun was slipping away
and storm clouds and darkness were rapidly approaching as the happy
eight-year-old girl carrying a straw basket filled with freshly-cut roses ran
towards Delaney Castle.
     Suddenly out of breath, Sarah Delaney
stopped, sat down on the soft green grass and looked at her home. Delaney
Castle was truly beautiful. Its stone walls and turrets so white they almost
shimmered in the rapidly setting sun. It was hard to believe that a magnificent
castle perched on top of a hill was actually her home. Hers!  How lucky she was to live there and how
blessed she was to have such wonderful parents. Parents who loved her so much
they were making a magnificent birthday party for her that very evening.
Overcome with happiness, Sarah could not help herself and as she stood up and
ran into the castle she started to sing. “The birth day is the loveliest day.
The birth day is filled with charm.”
     Sarah’s beautiful, dark-haired mother,
Evelyn Delaney, was clad in a breathtaking saffron gown and she was waiting for
her daughter as Sarah ran into the castle.
     Evelyn smiled, lifted a rose from Sarah’s
straw basket and inhaled the flower’s scent. “Come along, Sarah. Everyone wants
to see the birthday girl.”
     Sarah kissed her mother on the cheek and
said, “I am ready, mother.”
     Sarah took her mother’s hand and together
they walked into an enormous dining hall which was filled with relatives and
friends who began to clap and cheer the moment Sarah entered the room.
     Sarah scanned the room. The crowd was
thick. There were so many people, too many people - but she only wanted one of
them. Yet she could not find him. It was so frustrating. Where was he? Where
was he?  Suddenly she spotted him – her
tall, handsome, blond father, Patrick Delaney, (clad in his finest tartan kilt
and a velvet jacket). Sarah rushed into her father’s arms and he laughed and
tossed her playfully into the air as Sarah squealed with delight. “Now we eat!”
Patrick yelled. “Now we sing and dance as we let it be known to all that eight
years ago, on the first of June, fifteen hundred and forty-two, my daughter,
this young beauty named Sarah Delaney, was born in Scotland!”
     The assembled guests cheered and, as if by
magic, servants suddenly appeared in the vast dining hall, some carrying trays
of food, some holding musical instruments which they began to play.
     Delighted, the guests began to eat and
sing and dance to the lively music which was almost drowned out by the sound of
approaching thunder.
      Sarah took her parents’ hands and the
three of them sang along with their guests; raising their voices as the sounds
of distant thunder grew closer and louder.
     Suddenly, thunder exploded overhead, cold,
impenetrable sheets of rain dropped from the black sky and long branches of
lightning illuminated the castle as soldiers rushed into the dining hall with
swords drawn.
     Sarah Delaney screamed as a soldier cut
off her father’s head.
     Evelyn Delaney grabbed her terrified
daughter and ran to the large portrait of Patrick Delaney that hung on one of
the dining hall’s stone walls.
      Soldiers ignored all cries for mercy and
massacred the party guests, savagely, brutally, sparing no one.
     Trembling, Evelyn pushed the portrait and
the stone wall moved, revealing a secret passageway.
     Evelyn quickly kissed her daughter. “Hurry
now, Sarah. Save yourself.”
     Suddenly, a soldier drove his sword into
Evelyn’s chest and Sarah, still clutching the basket of roses rushed down the
dark stone passageway.
     “Run, Sarah!”
     The soldier pulled the sword from Evelyn’s
chest and then plunged it into her throat.
     The moment Evelyn Delaney fell to the
ground, dead, the soldier turned his attention to Sarah and rushed into the
stone passageway.
     As Sarah ran, she turned and looked behind
her. The soldier was too fast. She was running with all her might but the
soldier was getting closer.
     A bright white flash of lightning
illuminated the end of the passageway; illuminated freedom.

   Sarah, exhausted, managed to
squeeze through the passageway’s narrow opening just as the soldier lunged and
tried to grab her.
     The soldier was able to grab Sarah’s left
shoe and tear if off her foot but Sarah was suddenly free.
     The soldier was unable to fit through the
passageway’s narrow opening and he screamed and swore and waved the child’s raw
leather shoe as Sarah Delaney ran and ran and disappeared into the wet Scottish


About the Author:

Daniel Sugar has written for a number of celebrities and for several TV shows, including “The Tonight Show, With Jay Leno”. He has always been fascinated by witches, witchcraft, the Salem witch trials, and the French Revolution. “Salem Burning” is his first novel. He is currently working on the sequel, “The Witch And The Guillotine”.

Interview with Daniel Sugar
Where do you get inspiration for your stories?
For this, my first novel, “Salem Burning”, I was just minding my own business and one day I suddenly thought, what if someone told a lie and it just happened to be true? And then I thought, and what if that happened in 1692? As soon as those two thoughts wandered into my head, I saw the whole book and I realized it was a brand-new take on the Salem witch trials. I was excited about it because, this time, the women win.
How did you do research for your book?
I was meticulous. I spent a lot of time researching because I wanted everything to seem authentic: the clothes, the food, the homes. I was very careful with the scene where Lilly actually goes to trial because the Salem witch trials actually happened and people really were executed. (I even read transcripts from the trials because I wanted everything to be authentic.)
Do you have another profession besides writing?
I’ve done some TV writing and I’ve written comedy for a lot of celebrities. (I’ve written for “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno”.)
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I’d go back to when I was 5 years old because I remember watching a TV show called “Bewitched”. The second I saw it I was hooked and I’ve been fascinated by witches and witchcraft ever since. So, it’s not a big surprise to me that my first novel is about witches.
What is your next project?
I’m writing the sequel to “Salem Burning”. It’s set during the French Revolution and it’s called “The Witch And The Guillotine”. (I love the character of Lilly Parris so much I just can’t let her go…)

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  1. First day of the tour, kicking off with an interview...I can't wait to read this one. Looking forward to seeing a new twist on Salem.

  2. Hi Everyone,

    I'm happy to answer any questions you might have about "Salem Burning".

    Best From,

    Daniel Sugar

  3. I'd also like to thank Teresa Noel for allowing me to be here today.

    (This is a very cool site!)

    Daniel Sugar