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Author Greta T. Bates

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About the Author


Greta T. Bates lives in sunny Fairhope, AL, where she draws the drapes and writes in the dark. She published Snapping, Fraying and Dangling in the Wind, Thoughts on Motherhood, Midlife and a Meaningful Existence in 2020. Currently, she is writing short stories that explore lost love, revenge, and facing one’s fears, told through the lens of horror. A Mills College alumna, Greta, has been published in Eternal Haunted Summer-Pagan Songs and Tales, Summer Solstice 2022 issue, with Scars Publications at, Down in the Dirt Magazine, Siren’s Call, Trembling With Fear, The Mythos Minute Podcast, and in Horror Scope-A Zodiac Anthology, volumes 1 and 3 edited by H. Everend. Wounded is her first novella.


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Author Photo Credit: Amanda Root



Author: Greta T. Bates

Hardback ISBN: 9798891260450                

Paperback ISBN: 9798891260467

eBook ISBN: 9798891260474

Genre: Horror

Release Date 9/12/2023

“Am I eventually going to be taken away like Mom?”

Hair as black as ebony, the fairest skin, thrifted clothes covering self-inflicted scars, always in her well-worn boots, Elia was healing on the outside, but the cuts on the inside were the ones that hurt the most. At 17, Elia was tired of tiptoeing around her mother, a—someday my prince will come, waiting to be rescued, I want to be the star—mother. Her family’s female line, or as she called them, The Horrifying Women, had a tight grip on her, body and soul.  

Along with her best friend Trudy, she’s trying to discover how to sever the ties to her messed up ancestry with the assistance of the local Woo Woo Girls. However, dabbling in the craft might prove trickier than what she had in mind.

With one foot in her childhood and the other on the edge of 18, will she be able to break free, leaving the ghosts of her past behind?

All Elia was really looking for was some help… and maybe…just a little bit of magic.

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