Poetry

The Cursed

“But darling, the dead never truly die,
and the truth will always come back.”

Can you feel the chill in the air? The wet cold that seeps into your bones? Can you hear the whispers that carry on the wind? The ones that know all your secrets? They are the ghosts that linger. The ones you can’t shake, no matter how far you run. They are the memories you’ve tried to bury where no one will ever find them. But darling, the dead never truly die, and the truth will always come back for you.

Call it karma. Call it divine justice. Call it whatever you want. Those bones in your past will not stay silent about the monstrous things you’ve done. And it’s your curse to bear.

© Sarah Doughty
2018

It was never
supposed to be mine.

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Magical Systems

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.


Day 25: Books with good magical systems

The fluidity of it.

Magic is fluid. It’s part intentional (spells) and part emotional, weaving between the two in perfect unison.

The best examples are chaos in the Witcher series world by Andrzej Sapkowski, & the one in the A Discovery Of Witches series by Deborah Harkness — exploring how every one is unique with their power.

When I developed the magical system in my books, I tried to stay true to that concept. Not every typical witch is the same with their abilities, but it all boils down to that fluid balance. When it comes to Earthens, they’re the exception to the rule, relying only on their emotion to will their magic to life.


Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey. It will be released on Smashwords and their network of retailers on February 20th.

Until next time,
Sarah

Poetry

A Lesson Learned

“Maybe it wouldn’t hurt this much,
if I knew not to trust you.”

Maybe it was wrong of me to trust you at your word. Maybe I should have taken more time and read between the lines instead of focusing on the way they sounded coming from your lips. Maybe then it wouldn’t hurt this much, knowing how wrong I was to trust you. Maybe, just maybe, one day you’ll have a taste of your own medicine and understand what it means to have your heart thrown back in your face. Maybe then you’ll see how much destruction you’ve left in your wake. Or, maybe you’ll never see the monster that looks back at you in the mirror. Either way, I know better now. I just hope the next one doesn’t fall for your tricks so easily.

© Sarah Doughty
2018

Just because I know better,
it doesn’t mean
that it won’t happen.

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Cliffhangers

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.


Day 24: My thoughts on cliffhangers

The good and the bad.

Cliffhangers are the bread and butter of most series I’ve read. I want to be left hanging and hungry for more — except when the series ends on a cliffhanger. I’m not a fan of that.

For my series, sometimes they end in cliffhangers, other times they end with a hint of more to come.


Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey. It will be released on Smashwords and their network of retailers on February 20th.

Until next time,
Sarah

Poetry

Reliance

“And I know now that the only person
I can rely on is myself.”

Here I am again, with my heart shattering into pieces. I should be used to this sensation by now, feeling like I’m floating in space, but my lungs have yet to adapt to having no air. My skin is still frosting over from the bitter cold. And my mind is filled with unanswered questions and fragmented thoughts of how I found myself in this position. Again. It wouldn’t be so bad if it wasn’t just me and this deafening silence that surrounds me. Even when I try to scream, no sound escapes and it does nothing but make me crave to be back in your arms once more. But I know that will never happen. And I know now that the only person I can rely on is myself. Even though it hurts like hell, I know I’ll survive this too.

© Sarah Doughty
2018

For M.

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Advice For New Authors

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.


Day 23: Advice you’d give a new writer

My thoughts.

Write this down and repeat after me: write every day. Write something you’d want to read.

Simple as that.


Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey. It will be released on Smashwords and their network of retailers on February 20th.

Until next time,
Sarah

Poetry

The Cursed

“But darling, the dead never truly die,
and the truth will always come back.”

Can you feel the chill in the air? The wet cold that seeps into your bones? Can you hear the whispers that carry on the wind? The ones that know all your secrets? They are the ghosts that linger. The ones you can’t shake, no matter how far you run. They are the memories you’ve tried to bury where no one will ever find them. But darling, the dead never truly die, and the truth will always come back for you.

Call it karma. Call it divine justice. Call it whatever you want. Those bones in your past will not stay silent about the monstrous things you’ve done. And it’s your curse to bear.

© Sarah Doughty
2018

It’s not my burden,
no matter how much
you tried to put it all
on my shoulders.

Earthen Witch, Fiction, Photography, Random Thoughts

Saturday Snippet – Meet Peter

Heya Lovelies,

On Twitter, I’ve been taking part in my first-ever fiction prompt during the month of January. As promised, I’m back with today’s prompt.


Day 22: Saturday Snippet — Meet Peter

Featuring Stronger Than Blood, coming February 20th

Have you ever wanted to meet a ghost?

Less than a yard in front of me was a little boy unlike any I ever saw before. And since it wasn’t the first time I encountered one — New Orleans was known for attracting them — I knew from his filmy visage that he was a ghost. But it was his appearance that made my heart break for him. 

Though he was Asian, I couldn’t pinpoint the nationality. His blue-black hair was long enough to tumble across his forehead and his eyes were faded as a result of his death. The poor boy’s left cheek was shredded like something chewed at it, but I didn’t see any other injuries to tell me how he died.

With a small smile, he said, “I’m Peter.” Even though I heard the words, his mouth didn’t move. It was unsettling, but not enough to fear him. 

I let go of Liam’s arm and kneeled in front of the little boy, smiling. “My goodness, aren’t you a looker, too?”

While his mouth stayed still, he giggled, and said, “Only if you look at my good side.” For emphasis, he obscured his ruined cheek from my view. 

“Well now,” I began, speaking low, “that just makes you half as handsome.”

Turning his face back to me, a small smile faded. “Thank you, Marcy.”

I knew my words struck him. That was okay. “And, the little boy I met earlier?”

Except for another smile, he didn’t move as he said, “I give him life.”

“And he gives you a body?”

He nodded, “Exactly.”

© Sarah Doughty


Stronger Than Blood is the latest installment of the Earthen Witch universe, following Marcy and Liam’s journey.

Until next time,
Sarah

book review, Fiction

Review: Hush, The Woods Are Darker Still

Title: Hush, The Woods Are Darker Still
Author: L. V. Russell
Series: The Wicked Woods Chronicles, book 2
Genre: Fantasy / Dark Romance
Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Synopsis:

With an ancient curse now broken, Teya Jenkins, the last Mortal Queen of Seelie, is forced to flee the cruel lands of Faerie and return home.

But the human world offers little kindness to her, or to the faerie who stole her heart. 
Help is offered by those who dwell in the shadows, but nothing in Faerie is without a price. 

With a new King upon the Unseelie throne, and a would-be Queen at her back, Teya must decide which path to take and who to trust or risk losing everything. 

Oh, the woods are dark and wicked.
(Amazon)


My Thoughts:

Picking up after the events of Darling, There Are Wolves In The Woods, Teya and Lathaniel are on the run, trying to find a way to confront the cruel and murderous faerie, Luthien. 

In order to survive, they’re forced to make an alliance that could just as easily signal their deaths. With every new turn, they face unknown threats and are forced to make impossible decisions, but they do have one constant between them — each other.

This was a tumultuous book full of twists and turns and I loved every minute of it. The cliffhanger at the end hit me hard, and yet, at the same time, it felt inevitable — which is a testament to L. V. Russell’s storytelling abilities.

I can’t wait to finish Far Beneath The Wicked Woods to find out what happens next.


Happy reading!

Until next time,
Sarah

Poetry

Inevitable Tragedy

“It’s not my capacity to love that hinders me,
it’s the waiting for some inevitable tragedy
that may never come.”

It felt like filling up with helium and my heart was nothing but a balloon. But I waited for the burst. One, two, three seconds go by and nothing changes. It’s not my capacity to love that hinders me, it’s the waiting for some inevitable tragedy that may never come. That is where the pain resides. In doubts. In broken dreams. In the past that has taught us about heartbreak and loss.

© Sarah Doughty
2018

It’s the waiting
that does it.