Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Calling All Witches

Seismic Evil
Thank you to the lovely authors of Paranormal Romantics for letting me pay a call today.  As an author, I love discovering new and old worlds alike, but I must admit to a deep weakness for tales of witches.  Perhaps it is the mixture of femininity and magic that appeals to me, but whatever the reason, it is the witches that call me back time and again to the keyboard and to the worlds that open up under their gifts.

Seven Souls a Leaping

Last summer, I worked with two delightfully talented to writers to explore a new world. In icy Boston, we celebrated a family, two siblings and their cousin.  Each has a gift of their own and each is key to solving the riddle of great evil.  My heroine in that case was a young woman named Tara Conroy.  Tara isn't a witch, but she had to consult with some witches to find a solution to the wicked spirit haunting her and to save the soul of the spirit that had protected her.  What other witch could I turn to than one that's appeared in my other novels.

Celebrating Sydney

Readers were introduced to Sydney in Chance's first novel, Prime Evil.  Sydney Jump is Chance's best friend and a more traditional witch.  Unlike Chance (who is bound to the earth), Sydney is not only Wiccan by religion, but a witch by birth. She has a gift for spells, herbs and foreseeing.  The forecasting gift is one that she was born with, the others she nurtures.  She comes from a long legacy of witches.   Her friendship is Chance's anchor in the first book, something to keep her grounded. 

In Seismic Evil, Sydney's role is expanded as she and Chance's other friends band together to help Chance against a dangerous and dark enemy.  Sydney doesn't do angst, she is flame and laughter in most situations, offering sparkling wit and cheerful support.  When Sydney appears on the page, she literally dances through the words. 

Next to Chance, I freely admit that Sydney is one of my favorite witches.  She lives and breathes the tenets of "an it harm none" and "perfect love and perfect peace."  I'm excited to say that Sydney will have an even greater role in the third Chance Monroe adventure, Buried Evil. 

Do you have a favorite witch character?  Or do you prefer vampires, werewolves and sorcerers?  I'd love to hear your thoughts.  One lucky commentator will receive a copy of Seven Souls a Leaping and Seismic Evil. 

About Heather Long

Heather Long lives in North Texas with her husband, daughter and their menagerie of animals. As a child, Heather skipped picture books and enjoyed the Harlequin romance novels by Penny Jordan and Nora Roberts that her grandmother read to her. Heather believes that laughter is as important to life as breathing and that the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are very real. In the meanwhile, she is hard at work on her next novel.

You can read an excerpt of Seismic Evil here and Seven Souls a Leaping here


Jaime Z said...

I love witch stories if they are writen correctly. I have had a hard time getting into some of the popular "witch" series in the past so I can be hesitant to read new ones. One that I do enjoy greatly is Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. I love her witches, especially Savanah.

Shirin Dubbin said...

The witch who most intrigues me, although I'm not sure whether or not I like him, is Jonas from the Vampire Diaries. He makes one helluva deus ex machina!

Linda Henderson said...

I've always enjoyed Vicki Lewis Thompsons witches and witches are my favorite paranormal characters.

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Annie Nicholas said...

Welcome to Paranormal Romantics, Heather.

I've never read a story with a witch in it. *gasp* I know, I can't belive it either. However, I am interested in the subject from a historical aspect. :)

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