30 November 2015

The Witching Hour Interview: Melanie Karsak

My friend and Blazing Indie Collective author Melanie Karsak gave me some insight regarding her book Witch Wood and The Witching Hour Collection!



Author interview with Melanie Karsak, Author of Witch Wood

Author Interview:
1.      What's your favorite witch movie or novel?
I like my witches a little old fashioned. I would start with The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley to see the roots of the modern pagan movement. In terms of movies, I would definitely avoid seeing “The Blair Witch Project” again because I totally puked my guts out midway through that cult classic, but I like something light like “Practical Magic” as well.


2.      What was the inspiration for your witch novella?

The Harvesting Series is a genre mashup. It begins like a classic zombie horror story then the series begins to slowly reveal that there are other supernatural forces in our world…vampires, fey shifters, and so on. These dark forces have been trying to exterminate us for eons, and they finally discovered a way by causing a virus that turned mankind into zombies. Along the way, some people with special powers emerge…a medium, a tarot reader, and in this novella, a white witch named Amelia. Mankind is about to make their last stand, and they are going to need Amelia’s help.

3.      Tell us about your main character: white witch, dark witch, or something in-between?
Amelia is a Wiccan, a white witch. She’s someone who has a special gift. She can see, and heal, people’s energy, their auras. She’s also not bad at casting spells and doing herb work. Her special talents have always set her on the outskirts in the past, but that’s about to change.

4.      Cast your characters. If your novella was made into a movie, who would play your main characters?

For fun, check out the image graphic I made!

5.      Do you believe in magic? 

Yes, I do. I do believe people have the ability to use energy to influence their environments in positive or negative ways. 

6.      What else should we know about your novella?

This novella is a tie-in for my larger series, but it hold its own as a stand-alone. We will see Amelia face the early days of the outbreak and how she and her friends handle that situation. There is an epilogue at the end of the novella that features characters from the main series, so if that strikes your fancy, check out The Harvesting after you read Witch Wood to get started!

Thanks to Melanie and the many Witching Hour authors for bringing us this give away, too!

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29 November 2015

Release Day Give Away: The Witching Hour Collection




I'm excited to announce a collection of wonderfully witchy novels and novellas, along with a smattering of flash fiction. I'll be featuring author interviews this week and hope your jump in and see what we having brewing!

BUY THIS Limited edition box set HERE!

This collection will be available until the end of the year only!

Good witch. Bad witch. White magic. Black magic. Kitchen magic. Pick your potion. 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

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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SUMMARY OF BOOKS
The Cupcake Witch by Poppy Lawless (Sweet Romance with Paranormal Elements)
When Julie inherits a magical recipe box, she never could have dreamed it would turn her life upside down. Too bad Horatio Hunter wants to turn those newfound dreams into ashes. They say the course of true love never runs smooth. That’s nothing a magical cupcake can’t solve.

WITCH WOOD BY MELANIE KARSAK (Dark Fantasy)
Harm none, and be ready for zombies.
In the little town of Brighton, Amelia’s practice of Wicca marks her as a curiosity both at home and at school. However, when modern treatments fail to make a dent in the flu outbreak sweeping the globe, those who once ridiculed her white witchcraft turn to Amelia for help. The residents of Brighton soon depend on the very magic they once ridiculed to save their lives.

THE WITCH OF BRACKEN’S HOLLOW BY EVAN WINTERS (Horror)

Damon knows that the Witch of Bracken's Hollow is just a myth. However, when a voice whispers Damon’s name at the witching hour, he must sort out history from myth, fact from fiction, and he must do so before the children he is charged to care for suffer the same fate as Rachel.

TWISTED MAGIC BY CLAIRE C. RILEY (Fantasy Romance)
It’s a darkness that doesn’t want to let go...
'The only way for Sarah and Peter to rise out of the ashes is to first burn everything down to the ground.

SLEEPING IN THE FOREST OF SHADOWS BY ELI CONSTANT (Dark Fantasy)
Going to the voice that summons her may heal Tilda’s body, but it will also cause her to lose everything she’s come to love. And once she enters the forest of shadows, returning to human life might prove impossible.

PLAYING WITH MAGIC BY CARRIE L. WELLS (Paranormal)

Liza Scott is far too busy enjoying life in college and playing video games to be bothered by recurring dizzy spells. But she is soon faced with life-altering information about herself medically and metaphysically. Overnight, Liza has to face the changes in her life and her new role as witch royalty. But what she really wants to focus on is the gorgeous Fathom Burke who suddenly seems to know who she is. Maybe it’s coincidence, but maybe, just maybe, it’s magic.

I’D RATHER BE A WITCH BY ERIN HAYES (YA Fairy Tale/Paranormal)

Jordyn wasn’t careful with what she wished for. After making a reckless choice that destroyed her life along with the life of her high school sweetheart, Jordyn fled her small town and became a professional mermaid. Being around water suppresses her earth-based magic, something she desperately needs. Yet Jordyn can't suppress who she really is --- a witch. And she will finally have to embrace being a witch to learn the truth which will change her life forever.

THE WITCH OF ROAN MOUNTAIN BY BLAIRE EDENS (Paranormal Romance)
Campbell and Maeve are thrown together in a quest to find out why Delphine was branded a witch. It will take both of them to get to the bottom of a nineteenth century story love story that may impact them more than they realize. Can they banish a ghost without rekindling an old flame of their own?

CHARM SCHOOL: THE WRECKING FAERIE BY ELIZABETH WATASIN (Lesbian Romance)

Teen witch Bunny has a perfectly wicked girlfriend in vampire biker Dean, until a dark faerie comes along. When Bunny resists Fairer Than's charms, what will Fairer Than do about it?

SPUN GOLD BY MINERVA LEE (Fairy Tale Retelling)

Spin this straw into gold or die... Will Stiltskin is last of his clan and heir to its fortune and sorcery. Lyra, the shy, beautiful daughter of the town's Miller, prefers books and walks by the river to suitors. But when her foolish father's boast lands her in the king's dungeon, Will's love unlocks Lyra's secret and forbidden magic. Together they must save her life and the future of their love from a cruel King's impossible task....And keep the power of gold away from selfish hearts.

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