"Love, Luck, and Lore" - A Guide to Superstitions, Prayers, Spells, and Taking Chances in the Pursuit of Love

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In this little book of love, Theresa Hoiles and Elizabeth Carr have collected celebrations and spell rhymes, fortune-telling tricks and food charms to help you snag that guy at the local coffeehouse.

Announcing the release of "Love, Luck, and Lore - A Guide to Superstitions, Prayers, Spells, and Taking Chances in the Pursuit of Love" by Theresa Hoiles and Elizabeth Carr with illustrations by Robin Campbell.

“Whether you have been a wallflower or are out there dating like crazy, you are certain to learn something new in the pages of this book. We have collected old, new, fun, and odd ways to get out there and find the guy you have been looking for. From simple tasks – such as changing your daily routine (like where you buy your morning coffee) or wearing a ring on the first finger of your left hand – to more detailed love spells and dream divinations, these ideas are here to remind you that your heart is open to love. The key to finding love is to stay positive, open-hearted, and focused on the type of love you want in your life. There is a saying that when you put something out to the universe, you get it back tenfold. Here’s your chance – take it!“

~from the Introduction to Love, Luck, and Lore (Conari Press, February 2006)

Most cultures and societies around the world have their own unique methods for finding love. For instance, in Genoa, Italy, a yearly celebration commemorates the generosity of Count Fieschi of Lavagna who, in 1240, threw a party with a 30-foot cake. Townsfolk remember him with a parade and a little romance: they pin to their clothing a piece of paper—blue for men, white for women—on which a specific word is written. When they find someone wearing the same word, the couple is given a piece of cake. And the rest is up to them!

This charming practice and many others can be found in Love, Luck, and Lore. In this little book of love, Theresa Hoiles and Elizabeth Carr have collected celebrations and spell rhymes, fortune-telling tricks and food charms to help you snag that guy you’ve seen at the local coffeehouse.

Try putting a two-leaf clover in your shoe as you say this rhyme:

A clover of two,

Put it in your right shoe.

The first young man you meet,

In field, street, or lane,

You’ll have him or one of his name.

Or make an apricot love sachet by placing some dried apricots and cloves in the center of a circular piece of cloth and tying it up with ribbon long enough to wear around your neck. The tantalizing aroma should draw potential lovers your way, leaving men weak in your wake.

Sure, you can try a more scientific approach to dating, following rules written by someone with a Ph.D. in Interpersonal Relations from Boring U. But that’s no fun! Use these carefree and whimsical approaches, quirky prayers and incantations, to appeal to higher voices and spirits and bring that love into your life!

Theresa Hoiles and Elizabeth Carr both live in LA and have acted as matchmakers for many a friend. A third-generation Italian and Catholic, Theresa often sought advice from her grandmother, who interpreted her dreams and told her which saints to pray to for love and romance. Elizabeth is “single in the city” and has orchestrated several matches and marriages.

Robin Campbell lives in the LA area with her husband and son. She met her husband in high school, but has been “yeta-ing” for friends ever since. A graphic designer in corporate America, she was thrilled to help her friends add some visuals to their book.

For additional title information, visit: http://www.conari.com.

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