A Witch in Winter
by Ruth Warburton
Published 1/5/2012 by Hodder Children’s Books
Anna Winterson doesn’t know she’s a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her – but if it is her magic that’s controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain.Although a perfect fit for the paranormal romance genre, A WITCH IN WINTER avoids fangs, excessive body hair and submissive female leads, and tells the heart-wrenching story of a couple meant to be together, but being forced apart. Seth is utterly irresistible and Anna is an empowered, proactive young woman with unimaginable magic inside her. This is fast-paced, sensuous writing with believable incantations inspired by Warburton’s research into witchcraft legend and old English.
Anna Winterson is less than thrilled to have been moved from her cushy life in London to the cold, dusty interior of the Winter house set amidst the Winter Woods. The kids at school lovingly referring to her new home as the ‘Witch’s house’ is doing nothing to ease the frustration and anxiety that seems to be building inside her since they moved in.
When Anna and her new friends work a love spell from the book Anna’s father found while doing renovations, Anna never dreamed that it would actually WORK. Until Seth (the super hot school bad boy) breaks up with his long time girlfriend and seemingly falls desperately in love with her.
“Anna, I know this sounds crazy but- I love you.”
In desperation she tells him that what he feels isn’t his actual feelings but something she enchanted him to feel… He doesn’t believe her, but I mean really- would YOU? So she PROVES that she is indeed a witch and he freaks out. But now she fears the wrath of the Ealdwitin (like a witch’s council) if he tells anyone about her.
Seth decides it couldn’t possibly be a spell making him love her and he comes knocking at her window in the middle of the night. Turns out there are more witches in Winter than Anna could’ve imagined… And one extremely heinous one whom doesn’t seem content to just leave Anna be.
A Witch in Winter is very descriptive and beautifully told! Book 2 will hopefully hold the answers to all the questions raised in this installment of the trilogy! I thought some of this story was a tad predictable, but most was very exciting!
Buy A Witch in Winter!!!!
Aaron Patterson is a #1 Amazon Kindle best-selling author and the Publisher of Stone House Ink and StoneGate Ink publishing houses… He was on Indie Frenzy not too long ago, and actually had me do a DO and DO-NOT list for authors on HIS blog. So basically… he’s probably pretty tired of me asking him to do things for me
1. Airel was your first cross over into writing YA right? What made you jump from Adult/Mystery into Paranormal/Young Adult?
I love YA and I had a ton of teens reading my other books so I decided to give it a try. I find it
much more fun to write and I plan to keep writing for both, YA and Adult thrillers.
2. Airel is also the first book you’ve written from a female perspective if I’m not mistaking… How different was it writing from a TEENAGE, chick POV compared to your other books?
It was a little different but I grew up with girls as my friends and kind of GOT them, if you can ever get a girl. The best advice was another author (K.C. Neal) told me that, you do not write a teen by the way they talk—unless it is an evil chick. So I just wrote her as a smart yet real character, she does some stupid things and even does the opposite of what she wants to do, but we all are like that.
3. What was your inspiration behind writing Airel?
To start I wanted it to be a tragedy… a book that made you cry. I also wanted to have an ending to the series that pushed everything to the limit. I do not care about the “rules” and so anything goes… I think it makes for good reading when you have no idea who can be killed or what might happen.
4. Describe Airel (the book) in 140 characters #TweetWhore :
#TweetWhore Fallen Angels-check Demon Hordes-check Epic Battles-check Strange Abilities-check Creepy Villains-check Killer Ending-check.
Spring of 2012
Uuuuum. I find this unacceptable! “Spring” could mean MAY!
6. The ending to Airel completely left me DYING to know what was going to happen next… Can you give us any hints as to what’s in store for Airel, Kim, Michael & Kreios?
They meet a new character and Airel comes into her own and is one on fire chick. Oh… and one of the group has the Seer’s Bloodstone… hee hee
7. After I had Claudia McKinney of Phatpuppy Art , and the cover designer of the Airel series, on last week- you mentioned that she ALSO did the cover of the third book in the series!! In addition to being a Tweet Whore, I’m also a cover whore… I NEED to see the third cover, and I must know what it will be titled and who it will be about!!!
I am looking at it now… it is SO cool. I mean I think one of the best of the three… as in melt your mouth, eye watering, need to see it amazing! BUT, I can’t show you until Michael comes out in the spring =) Yeah… I rock like that! lol
*cough*cough* Cover tease *cough* … I must be coming down with something!!!
Aaron’s book Sweet Dreams is currently FREE on Amazon right now!!! You should grab a copy!!
Michelle Muto lives in northeast Georgia with her husband and two dogs. She loves changes of season, dogs, and all things geeky. Currently, she’s hard at work on her next book.
Today, I’d like to give you a little glimpse of just that for my latest book, Don’t Fear the Reaper.
Cover art: A lot of people will recognize the cover as artwork from the fabulous Claudia McKinney at PhatPuppy art. What few people know is that the girl holding the raven is her daughter.
Inspiration: I was tired of agents telling me they wanted something darker, more dystopian. I couldn’t think of anything darker or more dystopian than having my character commit suicide in the first chapter, or later, visit her body in the morgue. But how to pull it off? I needed to relate to my character somehow. Without it, I didn’t think the story would feel real, believable. I was far from suicidal. What I drew on was loss — my parents’ deaths years ago and more recently, that of my beloved dog, Jack. Harder still was the idea I could sympathize with my main character. To do that, I had to relive the deaths of everyone I’d ever loved and lost. I poured through photos and keepsakes, letting the pain back in after years of trying to bury it. I came across a poem that I’d written ten years after my father died of cancer in a hospice center – Tell Me About Heaven. The title of that poem made it into the book.
That simple line, my grief, and the desire to know if my loved ones were okay — and what I’d do for such knowledge fueled so much of the story. Don’t Fear the Reaper was the hardest book to write. I’m so glad I have The Book of Lost Souls as a fun, light series to run in tandem with Reaper’s because wow. It’s so emotional for me. By the way, those agents? Although they responded with the most humbling of praise, most thought Reaper was too dark and not something they felt they could successfully represent during these ‘economic times.’ In an odd twist of fate, The Book of Lost Souls was considered too light.
Casting Call! Oddly, my main character, Keely, wasn’t the first one who I saw clearly in my head. It was Banning, her Reaper. If Don’t Fear the Reaper was ever made into a movie, I see Simon Baker as Banning and Claire Foy (Season of the Witch) as Keely. While writing the draft, I modeled Banning to look just like Simon Baker. To this day, I still don’t know who I’d chose to play Daniel, the demon sent to escort Keely to hell.
Research: The strangest research I did for Don’t Fear the Reaper was calling the local morgue and asking them all sorts of questions. They even offered to give me a tour. I also did a lot of research on exsanguination. Yeah. Talk about squick factor! But, I had to be sure the opening chapters and the later scene where Keely’s visits her own corpse would seem realistic.
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Dude. Worse than the zombie apocalypse? It’s quite possible. So, as you can imagine- I had bouts of insanity and in between crying hysterically and swearing vengeance on all those responsible (which obviously includes them being fed to the vicious hordes of walking dead… duh.)
AnyYEAHtheBrunetteisCRAZY… It seems that sometimes my site is up and working as it should and sometimes it isn’t. One minute I log in and I’m all like,
“Uuuum shhhhyea! I’m soooo back.”
Then TEN minutes later I log on to a ‘This site blah blah *BLEEP*‘message…
So until this gets all settled and I’m back online for at least 24 hours without incident- I’m on another hiatus. I know right? As if I didn’t have things that needed to be posted, deadlines ans such…
HOWEVER, this actually has put a LOT of things into perspective for me. So when everything is situated- there will be some changes around here…
A few are:
- I’m no longer accepting reviews requests at this time.
- After the few AWESOMELY fabulous Indies scheduled in the next few weeks- Indie Frenzy is going to be a bit more sporadic… and kinda whenever it happens.
- I’m possibly looking for an associate reviewer. I’ll make a list of all the books and ebooks (mostly will be ebooks –just so you know– they are so much easier to work with, especially when it comes to me and going to the post office. If you are interested, shoot me an email with the subject line “Associate Reviewer” or “I’m trying to save your ass because you’re half insane already.” Either one works!!!
- I’m going to RELAX. You know breathe and such… not get so worked up about everything and NOT put so much pressure on myself. No one else pressures me- I SERIOUSLY do it all to myself. I know, I’m a FREAK.
I’ll be announcing the winners for all the contests next week! I think that’s everything… Hopefully this will actually POST… *sigh*
By Marie LuExpected Pub: 11/29/2011by Putnam JuvenileFrom Goodreads:What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.
From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.
Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills
The Bookish Brunette thought:
Day is a criminal, or at least that’s what the The Republic proclaims as they flash his WANTED poster on the JumboTrons a few times a month. They know very little about him, so this makes him the MOST-WANTED criminal in The Republic because he’s basically a wraith to them… Really he’s just a kid caught in a government game that he has no chance of winning.
June is a military prodigy that The Republic has been grooming for years to be the best after she was the only person EVER to score a 1500 on her Trials. Problem is, she’s a bit of a trouble-maker. When we meet June, she’s been ‘caught’ scaling a building off campus training grounds.
“They couldn’t get me off the side of the building by scaling it themselves, so the pulled me off with a net.”
Hehe… I LOVED June!
Then one night Day watches as what’s left of his family is marked for death. Knowing he has save his family at any cost, Day decides to infiltrate (love that word right?) the hospital and steal the vaccine his family will need to survive the plague…
But after he’s IN… they’re out of the curing vaccination and security puts the hospital under lockdown before Day has time to get out! Going all Dirty Harry- without the guns of course, in a stand off against Metias, June’s brother… Even wounded and weak, Day manages to get away, only to collapse a few blocks from safety.
And… Metias is DEAD.
June has made it her goal to take Day down… The government’s best student vs. the government’s most uncatchable criminal… She goes deep under cover, living on the streets as one of the Lake sector citizens in hopes of smoking Day out. After days of endless dead ends, she stumbles into a Skiz fight (which is basically a street fight)… that Day is betting on.
“The instant the new girl steps into the circle and I see her stance… I know I’ve made a big mistake. Kaede strikes like a bull, a battering ram.This girl strikes like a viper.” -Day
And if Legend was knock your freaking socks off AWESOME before this… Ha! After the Skiz fight, I DARE you to try and put this book down. Now June is WITH Day and neither one of them has any idea… And Day, well he is breaking all of his own rules for June…
“I almost kissed the girl last night. But nothing good can come for falling for someone on the streets. That’s the worst weakness you can have, right up there with having a family stuck in a quarantined zone or a street orphan needing you.”
Seriously, this book is FREAKING AMAZING! If you haven’t read it yet- you need to RIGHT NOW! Its romantic, smart, funny and sad- yeah… you’ll totally cry at the end! Five stilettos all the way across the board, and with Legend as a debut… I expect many great things from Marie Lu in the future!!!
Holy FREAKING COW… I LOOOOVE this cover, seriously- like you guys don’t even know! How flipping awesomely GORGEOUS is it????? What do you guys think?
by Jus Accardo
Expected publication: May 1st 2012 by Entangled Publishing
When a Six saved Kale’s life the night of Sumrun, she warned there would be consequences. A trade-off. Something taken for the life they gained. But Dez never imagined she’d lose the one thing she’d give anything to keep… And as if it’s not enough Dez finds her immunity to Kale fading, the Six brought in to help Kale learn to control his killer touch starts drooling on him the moment they meet. Worse than that? Jade can touch Kale. But bimbo Barbie is the least of Dez’s problems.
After Dez and Kale got away at Sumrun, her father lost not only his most powerful weapon but an important piece of the Supremacy project. Forced by Denazen to remedy the situation, he poisons Dez and offers her a choice—surrender to Denazen for the cure…or die. Determined to find a solution that doesn’t involve being bagged and tagged—or losing someone she loves—Dez keeps the poison a secret. But when a rash of Denazen attacks hit a little too close to home, Dez is convinced there’s a traitor among them. Jade.
Sacrifices, broken promises, and secrets. Dez will have to lay it all on the line if there’s any hope of proving Jade’s guilt before they all end up Residents of Denazen. Or worse, dead…
I’m totally dying for Toxic’s release…*sigh* in MAY… I adored Touch, it was one of my 2011 FAVS, so if you haven’t read it- GO NOW!!!!! It’s required reading. I swear- true story.
UNTOUCHED (#Denazen 1.5) from KALE’S POV will be here next week!!!!! *SQUEE*
Read my Review of Touch (Denazen #1)
This is Not a Test
by Courtney Summers
Expected Pub: 6/19/2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Something Strange and Deadly
by Susan Dennard
Expected Release: 5/24/2012 by Harper Teen
by Wendy Higgins
Expected Pub: 5/1/2012 by Harper Teen
Masque of the Red Death
by Bethany Griffin
April 24, 2012 by Harper Teen
by Rhiannon Frater
Expected Pub: 3/27/2012 by Tor
by Kiera Cass
Expected Pub: 4/24/2012 by HarperTeen
by Anna Davies
Expected Pub: 5/1//2012 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
by Gemma Halliday
Expected Pub: 5/1//2012 by Harper Teen
Expected Pub: 4/17//2012 by Balzer + Bray
Darkness Before Dawn
by JA London
Expected Pub: 5/27/2012 by Harper Teen
The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden)
by Julie Kagawa
Expected Pub: 4/24/2012 by Harlequin Teen
Expected Release: 5/1/2012 by Balzer + Bray
by Elizabeth Fama
Expected Release: 8/23/2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
40,571 Total pages
(this is really only since April… when I started keeping track of what I was reading!)