Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Last Witch by Debbie Dee and Reminder about Giveaway

Summary (From Goodreads):

For generations the Incenaga Witches have been forced to use their power to fulfill the wishes of others until they are drained of their magic and left to die. Desperate to protect his infant daughter - the last surviving witch - Emmeline’s father escapes with her to the forests where he vows to keep her hidden from the world and from the truth. 

Sixteen years later, Emmeline is discovered and finds herself in the grip of a traitor who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means abusing her power until she dies. As she fights to regain her freedom she is faced with a choice between a prince who offers a lifetime of security and a common gamekeeper who has no idea of her power, but offers his heart. 

But who can she trust when her power can be used against her?

About the Author
Debbie Dee recently moved to southern Idaho with her husband and three children where she is learning how to be a country girl in her favorite pair of blue heels. She adores fairy tales and happy endings, but secretly crushes on the bad guy now and then. As a dedicated musician who practices way too much, she never expected writing would sweep her off her feet until she jotted down a scene from a daydream, which turned into two scenes, which turned into a messy house and her first novel. Since then she hasn’t been able to let a day go by without writing. Her website is www.debbiedee.com.

1.        What inspired your book The Last Witch?
It is in the early morning hours that I get my best ideas – and my worst ones. I had just dragged myself out of bed when Emmeline’s story popped into my head. Literally, my head was a fuzzy morning mess and then suddenly, I imagined a girl and her frightening situation. I jotted the scene down, hoping that as the morning wore on and I had a chance to wake up a little more, I would still think it was a good idea. Trust me, there have been plenty of times that I’ve laughed over my cheerios at the ideas I considered brilliant only moments before. But Emmeline’s story passed the breakfast cereal test, so to speak, and after a lot sleepless nights, THE LAST WITCH was born.
2.        What other books have you written?
I’m finishing up the final edits for THE UNDERGROUND WITCH, book two in the Incenaga Trilogy, which will be out in spring of 2013. I’m also finishing up the final edits for a historical fiction set in ancient Egypt that I’m very excited about. I haven’t decided on the title yet, but I’m leaning toward DESERT GUARDIAN. It is about a blue-eyed, blond-haired girl who inadvertently saves Pharaoh’s son and is rewarded with an invitation to join the elite royal school in Egypt’s capital. It’s an adventurous middle-grade novel.
3.        If you could only keep 5 books because of some world ending event, which would you keep?
That is a tough question. Off the top of my head, I thought of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, because I read that at least once every other year. But as for the other four? I walked over to my bookshelf to see if looking at them would help me decide, but I only imagined myself jamming way more than four book into bags, boxes, under my clothing, etc. I’m such a cheater. But that’s a whole different subject…
4.        What is your favorite food?
I love kid cereal. I would be a happy camper if I could have Cocoa Krispies three meals a day with no consequences. But alas, I must eat my vegetables.
5.        If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I could see myself cozying up in a villa in the Italian countryside. There is something so magical and mysterious about ancient architecture and rolling hills.
6.        What are your favorite genres?
I enjoy anything with a clean, romantic sub-plot. Fantasy, suspense, historical, sci-fi, young-adult, you name it. As long as there is a teensy bit of romance in there, I’ll keep turning the pages.
7.        What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Take classes, go to writers conferences, and don’t be afraid to let people critique your work.
8.        What is the best advice you have ever gotten?
I began writing because I love it, not because I wanted to be a published author or because I wanted to earn a few extra dollars. During the frustrating and discouraging process of finding an agent, I forgot this. I forgot to have fun. After hearing a countless number of times, “the market is saturated with witch novels, your book won’t sell,” I considered giving it all up. Fortunately, my husband has a talent for helping me see things clearly rather than through my overly emotional girl-glasses. He said, “if it isn’t fun anymore, then don’t do it. But if it makes you happy, then don’t give it up.” 

I think the cover is absolutely gorgeous. Buy it here at Amazon ($2.99). Feel free to leave a comment for me or the author.

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Reinventing Truth: A New Map of the Spiritual Path and Reality As It Is
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My current giveaway going on: http://readingpassion03.blogspot.com/2012/10/hearts-storm-by-julia-sherman-giveaway.html

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