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If you love historical fiction...
come revisit Salem's terror in this provocative new telling of enslaved Tituba, no longer a caricature, but a fully human woman with magical powers.
Let Tituba cast its spell with a unique and tantalizing tale that explores the wild emotions driving accusations of witchcraft in 1692.
$2.99 ebook/$12.99 paperback
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A Promise and a Hope
Enslaved Tituba has been faithful to a promise to her dying mama in Africa. She has appeased the masters from Barbados to Boston to Salem and waited for her magic.
A Mother's Agony
When Tituba's only son dies trying to escape slavery, her life changes forever. After enduring the crush only a mother can feel, she rages and turns to vengeance.
Witches Tear into Salem
The villagers see witches and demons everywhere. Their ministers say the Devil has sent them to steal souls. But they are wrong. It is Tituba—disobeying an ancient rule—conjuring terrifying images with magic that sparks the infamous witch hunts of 1692.
A Woman's Dilemma
As neighbors accuse neighbors of witchcraft, hysterical trials follow. And Tituba gloats in her power. But when hangings begin, her conscience arises. Can she confront her secret crime? And when a chance for redemption presents itself, will she take it?
- Tituba The Intentional Witch of Salem is the WINNER in Historical Fiction - Event/Era at the 2020 International AAHGS Book Awards® (IABA) Program. AAHGS is the Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society.
- Tituba named a Notable 100 indie novel of 2020, by Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine. (A 2015 Maggie Award WINNER for Best Digital-Only Magazine)
Dave lives in Pennsylvania. His life experiences, combined with a desire to entertain his readers, shape his writing. A former civil rights investigator, and then an attorney for 30 years, he learned a lot about human strength, frailty… and hypocrisy.
Social issues and the ways we deal with them fascinate Dave. In Tituba he weaves a historical/fantasy novel with real-life characters to focus on our common human nature, the abuse of power, and injustice. The real-life Tituba was a tragic figure both accused and accuser of witchcraft. An enslaved woman of color, Tituba is a metaphor for the dehumanization of people of color and the nameless, faceless people of the world.
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