12 October 2015

Playing with Magic Release Day Giveaway!

I was lucky enough to join a great group of authors as part of The Witching Hour Collection and my latest novella is releasing today!

Playing with Magic was a fun book for me. I love the idea of the supernatural, but I'm not big on spooky. That's why Liza Scott isn't your ordinary witch. She's a snarky gamer girl college student just trying to figure out why she ended up with an awful roommate and the guy of dreams suddenly knows who she is.

I'm a big fan of Liza's and I hope you enjoy her too. You can order the eBook for 99 cents, and the paperback is soon to be available as well!

The lovely Liza may even beat out Anya the mermaid as my favorite character. And I haven't even considered her BFF Felix who has some magical issues of his own with which to contend. In fact, the plan is to offer Felix and his twin sister Alex's stories in another series to be introduced in 2016, The Sugar Skull Chronicles.

But even better, I have a giveaway waiting at the bottom of this blog post!!!!

Just for fun, I figured I'd send along my interview with the folks at The Witching Hour. 

  1. It's almost Halloween! What's your favorite witch movie or novel?
I hated scary movies when I was younger, and I honestly am not a huge fan of them now. However, I love magic and the idea of the white witch. With that said, Hocus Pocus is my favorite witch movie.
  1. What was the inspiration for your witch novella?
This novella came from watching my students’ lives change in unexpected ways as they continue through college. I also love the idea of a witch being less than excited by her new powers and considering how they may negatively impact her life.
  1. Tell us about your main character: white witch, dark witch, or something in-between?
Liza Scott hasn’t quite figured out what type of witch she is. We get to watch her discover her power, but she has decisions to make in the next books. She has considerable power, and now we get to see what she plans to do with them.
  1. Cast your characters. If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters?
Mix sassy Anna Kendrick as Liza with her BFF Jake T. Austin as Felix. Add a dose of the lovely Jane Levy for Darcy and the eyes Zac Efron as Fathom. Finish off with a splash of Taylor Spreitler as the ever-annoying Ashley, although they'd be a heck of an acting stretch. Spreitler could never be like that in the actual real world!
Anna Kendrick, the perfect Liza

Jake T. Austin -- Felix
Jane Levy as Darcy
Zac Efron as Fathom
Taylor Spreitler as Ashley
  1. Do you believe in magic? 
Absolutely! Magic can be found anywhere and is the best part of life!
  1. What else should we know about your novella?
This is my second novella, and I fell in love with the idea of writing about someone on the cusp of her life. College is an amazing time, and I just wanted to make it more amazing. To make it magical!

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11 October 2015

Bring on the Fall and the Witching Hour

Fall is my favorite time of year. The air turns crisp, matching the sound of biting into an apple or the feel of a fallen leave in your hand.

But I live in Florida.

Fall here is, well, not much different than spring or summer. The temperatures are now in the high 80s rather than the upper 90s, but not much else has changed. Dunkin' Donuts sells pumpkin everything, Starbucks turns into a salted caramel paradise, and Florida is sunny and bright.

So, in order to get into the autumnal spirit, I read and watch my favorite fall movies. They may not be what folks typical think of as Pre-Halloween fare, but I love them.

Hocus Pocus (1993) is probably the most traditional "fall" movie I watch. The lovely Sanderson Sisters return from the dead to haunt Salem and steal the youth energy from its children. Add a magical, immortal cat, Thackery Binx, and a song or two, and you have a mighty fun, not-so-scary Halloween trea.

Rudy (1993) is another fall fave. The fact that it focuses on football season makes it a fall movie in my eyes, and while the older guys in my house are watching an actual game, I'm watching Rudy in the game of his life. I love watching my teams play, but I don't generally enjoy sports. If my team or my kid isn't playing, I don't much care. But I'd watch this film over and over, and cry every time. Just have to love this kid's moxie!

And possibly my favorite movie of all time, fall or otherwise, is When Harry Met Sally (1989).  While much of the movie takes place in the summer and the climatic scenes can be considered winter events, I still love the foliage, and that's all it takes to be a fall movie in my world. I don't get foliage here, so just looking at this picture is enough for me. And this scene is great too!

But, in addition to some great movies, or in place of if you're a reader rather than a watcher, there are great fall books too. In fact, the group that got together to bring you the Falling in Deep Collection this summer added some new authors and created The Witching Hour Collection.  The group has been releasing novellas involving witches of the frightening to the sarcastic variety and will continue to do so the rest of the month. Take a look!

Good witch. Bad witch. White magic. Black magic. Kitchen magic. Pick your potion. Ready for Halloween? The authors of the Blazing Indie Collective, who brought you the Falling in Deep Collection, are brewing up something new. Check out all the novellas in The Witching Hour Collection coming October 2015:

Melanie Karsak: Witch Wood
Claire C. Riley: Raven's Cove
Eli Constant: Sleeping in the Forest of Shadows
Elizabeth Watasin: Charm School: The Wrecking Faerie
Erin Hayes: I'd Rather be a Witch
Carrie Wells: Playing with Magic
Evan Winters: The Witch of Bracken's Hollow
Minerva Lee: Spun Gold
Blaire Edens: The Witch of Roan Mountain
Poppy Lawless: The Cupcake Witch
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