Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Liza Hosts Barbara Casey - The Cadence of Gypsies

Morning Peeps, Today we have The Cadence of Gypsies by Barbara Casey. 

Peep Rep: Gypsies? Do the give gold as their prize.

Liza: No, they trade in modern currency: a $25 gift card to Amazon or B&N.

Peep Rep: That works! So what do I have to get to win it?

Liza: Just leave a comment and leave your email so Barbara can find you. Now let's find out about this book.

Barbara Casey


Three high-spirited 17 year olds, with intelligent quotients in the genius range, accompany their teacher and mentor, Carolina Lovel, to Frascati, Italy, a few weeks before they are to graduate from Wood Rose Orphanage and Academy for Young Women. Carolina's purpose in planning the trip is to remove her gifted, creative students from the Wood Rose campus located in Raleigh, North Carolina, so they can't cause any more problems ("expressions of creativity") for the headmaster, faculty, and other students – which they do with regularity. Carolina also wants to visit the Villa Mondragone where the Voynich Manuscript, the most mysterious document in the world, was first discovered and search how it is related to a paper written in the same script she received on her 18th birthday when she was told that she was adopted – a search that will take them into the mystical world of gypsy tradition and magic, more exciting and dangerous than any of them could have imagined.


It was always the older ones who felt the need to challenge the ancient gypsy traditions.  The children who weren't yet adults, but who felt they were old enough to thwart authority and desire independence.

"I want lots of gold," said Milosh who had recently turned 17 years old--a man in his opinion.  The oldest in the group, soon he would join the adults. "Teach me the spell to make me wealthy."

"You must be careful for what you wish, Milosh."  As always, the choovihni was patient with her young pupils.  "But I shall teach you the spell for attracting material goods."  She sat in the shade of the tall elm with her full skirt spread out around her and waited until everyone was quiet and settled before continuing.  "First, write down whatever it is you desire on a clean sheet of paper, then place the paper on a small square of green cloth.  You must concentrate on it for a few minutes.  That might be hard for you, Milosh," she teased.  The other students laughed.  They liked for Milosh to be put in his place.  Just because he was the son of the Bandoleer, it didn't make him better than everyone else--even though he acted like it.  And he played mean tricks on the younger ones who were too timid and afraid to say anything.  "Try to visualize the object before you--the shape, texture, color.  Feel pride in owning it, the pleasure you hope it will bring, what you will do with it."  She looked at each of her students, making sure they understood.  "Then hold the paper to your forehead and say three times:  'I have you, I hold you, I keep you.'

"Fold the paper into the green cloth and tie it with a length of red wool.  Tie seven knots into the wool and as you tie each knot, say, 'You are mine, I own you.'  Put the green cloth with the paper in a small box, and each day, for seven days, hold the box to your forehead and say three times, 'You are mine, I own you.'  After you have done this, put the box away in the back of a drawer."

"Will I have lots of gold if I do that?" Milosh asked.

"It will bring success to those who are patient and deserving," Lyuba answered.

For the next several hours, Lyuba taught the children other spells: the spell using the power of trees, a ritual to cleanse the aura of their individual spaces, the spell for strength.  When they got older, she would teach them the spells for attracting romance and for keeping a loyal lover.  For now, however, she would teach only those things that were appropriate and what they could understand.

When the day's lessons were complete, and the elm's shadow once again lengthened, the parents came for their children.  Concerned, Lyuba watched Milosh return to his hut alone.  His chakra, that point of light indicating the heart, was dark and brown rather than green as it should be. 
Much was expected of the only son of the Bandoleer.  He held promise, but he had much to learn.  Unlike his father, he was impatient and quick to judge others.  His focus was on material things, and he ignored what was important.  There was also a darkness in his spirit; something that could be dangerous if not corrected.

He would go and prepare the paper, wrapped in green cloth and tied with a thread of red wool, and wish for much gold.  He had not understood.


Ms. Casey is president of the Barbara Casey Agency. She represents clients nationally and internationally in fiction and nonfiction for adults. Her past and present professional associations are numerous and include being editorial consultant for The Jamaican Writers Circle in affiliation with the University of West Indies and Mico Teachers College in Kingston. She also received special recognition for her editorial work on the English translations of Albanian children’s stories.


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  1. Good morning, Liza. Thank you so much for hosting me today. I look forward to seeing the comments from your readers. As a matter of interest, there really is a Voynich Manuscript, and it really is one of the world's most baffling mysteries. THE CADENCE OF GYPSIES offers an explanation of what it might be as three of my characters (the FIGs) attempt to help their teacher discover the truth about her own past.

  2. This looks very interesting. The writing is beautiful-you have me hooked! Tweeted and shared

    1. Thank you, Nancy. I hope you enjoy reading it.

  3. Sounds intriguing, love the excerpt.


  4. I love gypsies. This sounds like an amazing book - I can't wait to read it.

    1. Thank you, Andrea. I appreciate your comment.

  5. This sounds like an interesting book. I tweeted.

    1. Thank you, Ella. I am so glad you stopped by.

  6. Wow! Love Gypsies. Sounds like an adventure. Congrats on the release.

  7. Love the concept of this book. Looking forward to reading it. Added it to my TBR list.

  8. Very interesting excerpt!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment, Heather.

  9. Nice excerpt

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  10. Liza, thank you for your kind hospitality. I had a wonderful time.

    My best to you,


  11. I wanted to share my good news with all of you who have taken an interest in my novel, The Cadence of Gypsies. It was just announced that The Cadence of Gypsies has received a bronze medal for the 2013 IPPY (Independent Publishers) “Now Living” Book Award for Best Adventure Novel.

    My best,



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