Visit Raven’s Landing, Maine

In writing my novel, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, I remembered as a kid, I found scary places both intriguing and terrifying. Again and again, I felt drawn to the unknown like a moth to the flame.

Here's an excerpt from Lilly Noble & Actual Magic :

At the front of the ship, a distant fog-blurred smudge of gray grew massive and darkened. A tall, black chunk of rock jutted out of the Atlantic Ocean’s choppy waves. At last, the island. As the ferry drew closer, she made out the silhouette of impressive stone structures crowning the cliffs.Bonaventure’s Academy, with its huge blue and gold domes capping cobbled walls of mortar and stone, looked like a medieval fairy tale castle.

She caught her breath and swallowed hard. “The school is beautiful. What’s it like on the inside?”

“I don’t want to spoil the surprise. Just wait, you’ll see. But, you’re going to love it.”

The bluff dropped off into a sheltered cove with a rocky breakwater and a generous swath of jade-colored sand. A sun-bleached wooden pier stretched from a boardwalk of businesses at the dunes’ edge, out into the deep water.

Thin strands of jellyfish, clam shells, driftwood, and seaweed cluttered the tide line. A tornado of big black birds cartwheeled and cawed in the swirling mist.Zymura gestured to the rapidly approaching chunk of land.

“Welcome to Bonaventure’s Academy of Magic.”Lilly nodded. “Those birds, are they vultures?”

“They’re ravens.”

“Oh, right. Raven’s Landing Island, I get it. What are they circling over?”

Shivering, Lilly tugged her coat tight around her shoulders and yanked the zipper up to her neck. “I have no idea, but now that I think about it, they always seem to be in the same place.”

“They’re kind of creepy.” Searching her pockets, she found her mittens and pulled them on over her hands. “Yeah, well, they’re ravens. What can I say?”

Posted by Deborah McTiernanAuthor of Lilly Noble & Actual Magic ~ Dares readers to believe in themselves and discover the magic within!

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