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Home of The Spiral Pathways Series and artwork inspired by Myth, Legend, and Magick

Please scroll down to explore the novels and artwork, or visit the blog above to learn more about the historical places that inspire the series!

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Book One in the Spiral Pathways Series


A Novel of The Scottish Borders

September 1746, the Scottish Borders. In a country still reeling from the Jacobite uprising, Saorsa Stuart, Bonnie Prince Charlie's niece and a practicing Celtic Witch, has escaped imprisonment and must find her way west in search of her father and safety. Escorting her on the journey is Alexander Scott, a veteran of the Battle of Culloden who struggles with a dark supernatural secret. Part Faerie Tale, part romance, part adventure novel, and at its core the story of a young woman finding her own power, Wyldwood is a love story to the heritage of the Scottish Borders and the ancient tales of Scotland.

Now available in Paperback on Amazon!

Book 2 is Here!

On Amazon on Kindle and in Paperback! 

Circle Of Three

The journey through the Borders moves forward...and back into the past.

Circle Of Three continues Saorsa's story and also introduces the origin tales of two more strong women: Maria Stuart and Adamina Scott, Saorsa and Alex's mothers. As Alex and Saorsa return to places from their past to unlock the mysteries that await there, they will encounter a host of characters, both Human and Faerie, who will reveal that in the Borders, things are never what they seem. 

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Book 3, The Deck of Crows, is now available on Amazon!

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Planned for 2022: the next novel in the series, Darkflower, and new art prints, cards, and tote bags!
Planned for 2023: The audio version of Wyldwood, a Spiral Pathways-inspired Oracle deck, and Book 5 in the series, The Bone Wytch!

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About the Author / Artist

Tava Baird is a playwright, painter, basket maker and avid fan of history who resides in Round Hill, Virginia. While researching her Scottish and Irish family history, she found material with which to write Wyldwood, her first novel. The book is now a series, with Book 2, Circle of Three, due in early June 2022.

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Paintings By Tava Baird

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"The Ancestors: Air, Earth, Fire, Water, and Spirit"
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"Fire in the Belly"
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"Goddess of Spring"
"Elen of the Ways"
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"Queen of the Western Isles"