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The Love Spell, An Erotic Memoir of Spiritual Awakening


“Irresistible…a modern woman’s happily-ever-after tale: a combinatin of true love, great sex, and a great soundtrack.”
--Body & Soul Magazine

Cross Sex and the City and Charmed, and you have Curott's latest autobiographical effort, in which the author of the best-selling Book of Shadows (1998), about her initiation into Wicca, describes how magic came to her aid in finding romance. A high-powered real-estate lawyer in New York, she seemed to have no luck with men until she applied the magic she had learned. Very soon, she met the man of her dreams. Or was he? Even magic didn't work to keep the lovers together, not even the magic of a pagan handfasting ceremony that her rather conservative relatives found a bit disconcerting. At book's end, the marriage is over, and Curott is again sending out love spells; but the rituals and wisdom of her chosen religion have helped her see how important self-awareness and self-acceptance are, whether one is alone or in a couple. The book ends with (no surprise) a series of recipes for love spells that, one fervently wishes, readers will attempt only after absorbing all that Curott has to say.
--BOOKLIST Patricia Monaghan Copyright © American Library Association

“A passionate journey into sexual magic and freedom of spirit. This exciting life story is an inspiring journey into the soul of love.”
--Margot Anand, author of The Art of Everyday Ecstasy

"The Love Spell casts a spell of its own. An honest, compelling account to which every woman alive can relate! Phyllis Curott's writing feeds the readers' soul."
--"New York Times" bestselling Author Maggie Shayne, author of BLUE TWILIGHT

"I'd been raised to believe that the irrational was illusory, even dangerous," Wiccan high priestess Curott explains. As a 20-something Manhattan law student, she didn't know why she felt a curious connection with a statue of the Libyan Sibyl at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After she started studying with a circle of "women who called themselves Witches," it began to make sense. As a sage named Nonna explained, Curott was being called by her "daemon," who soon materialized as Derek, a sexy visitor to the Wiccan/Pagan bookstore where her circle met. Curott cast a love spell, resulting in hot sex with Derek. Convinced he was her true love, she pushed for a marriage ceremony. Alas, even priestesses schooled in the arts of love can't necessarily keep romantic passion from burning out after a few months. When things fell apart with Derek, Curott tried focusing on self-realization, but she still longed for his love. Nonna dispensed great wisdom—how we confuse love and passion, how we must love ourselves before we love others—but Curott's readers must wait until the last pages for her Mr. Right to arrive. Those curious about contemporary Wiccan beliefs and practices will find this an engrossing introduction.

A truly fascinating tale of erotic love."
--Bertrice Small, "New York Times" best-selling author of more than twenty-five historical romances and four erotic novellas

"Arouse and awaken the wild woman within! The Love Spell stirs up a magical cauldron of love and hot, sensuous ecstasy. This book is empowering, captivating, savvy, and very sexy!"
--Sirona Knight, author of Empowering Your Life with Natural Magic

"A story that will speak to every woman who has dreamed of her Prince Charming and who has had her heart broken. A powerful, spiritual narrative, this book will give everyone the tools they need to draw their soulmates to them."
--Jennifer Hunter, author, 21st Century Wicca and Rites of Pleasure

"Skillfully intermingling sex and spells, magical techniques and enjoyable prose, Curott returns with a fascinating, highly entertaining read about personal magic as a part of life, love, and empowerment."
--Raymond Buckland, author, The Witch Book, Wicca For One

"Part relationship analysis, part girlfriend talk therapy, and part step-by-step guidebook, Phyllis' story speaks to all of us who look for our true love.
--Lou Paget, International Best Selling Author of How to Be a Great Lover, How to Give Her Absolute Pleasure, and 365 Days of Sensational Sex


In the highly anticipated sequel to her acclaimed memoir, Book of Shadows, Phyllis Curott explores the power of magic to manifest love in a captivating mix of love story, spirituality, Wiccan spell book, and erotica. This is the story of a love spell that worked. Ivy League lawyer and Wiccan priestess Phyllis Curott has a supercharged career in law and filmmaking, but one thing is missing: love. She casts a sexy spell, and her dream lover soon arrives. But he’s not who he appears to be and there are unforeseen consequences. In this hip, compelling tale of spiritual and sexual awakening, she must seek the aid of an otherworldly suitor, a daemon, to discover how modern relationships and their problems are paths to the greatest magic of all—true love. This wise and erotic memoir is rich with spells, potions, and rituals for love. The author shares accessible techniques of sexual magic for the accomplishment of personal goals and growth, revealing how sexual ecstasy can lead to the discovery of our innate divinity and an empowered life.


Chapter One: Longing

One sees clearly only with the heart.
Anything essential is invisible to the eyes.

How do you know when it’s real? I glanced over to find him smiling at me. I smiled back. He pulled his old Scout off the old gravel road, bumping along the tractor path at the edge of the field. I laughed as I bounced in my seat, and then he stopped the car and turned the engine off. We sat in the startlingly silent, sudden darkness. His arm reached around my shoulders, heavy, warm and undeniable. “Oh, look!” I whispered. Thousands of fireflies, each a quick flare of hope searching for its perfect other, hovered in the air. He got out and opened my door. I took his hand and he eased me around so that my back was pressed against the warm hood of the car. “Beautiful,” he said softly. The air was a potion of plowed earth and wildflowers. “Yes, it’s a gorgeous night.” I leaned back, looking from the shimmering field to the star-sprinkled sky.

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