Monday, July 20, 2015

Let's Talk Witches and Magic with Best-selling Author Marie Lavendar

Herb Gardens, Book of Shadows, Black Cats--is anyone else obsessed with witchy books these days. 

Credit: Wayward Wiccan
One of my favourite aspects to write about when it comes to witches is the Book of Shadows. Traditionally, a Book of Shadows was a record of your tradition’s lore, copied directly from the Book of your coven elders. Containing structures of rituals, the law and lore of that tradition.
These days, it is more commonly used to document everything magical or witchy: research, spells and rituals. I bring this up because today we're interviewing Best-selling Author Marie Lavendar who has a new children's fantasy book coming out, A LITTLE MAGIK.

If you were a witch in the past--what would your home look like?

A lovely, mysterious cottage, I'm sure. But, I really like Victorian homes such as the one on Practical Magic or on the TV series, Charmed. So, maybe a witchy Victorian house. I would have loved to be a witch! Maybe I'll be one in my next life, hmm?

What is your favorite book that involves magic?

Hmm...that is hard for me to answer. There are so many. P.C. Cast's YA series, House of Night, has a lot of cool magic. Also, I do love the Harry Potter film series. The first movie was great! Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires Series has some magic as well, but that's a bit too adult for kids.





What is your favorite movie that involves witches or magic?
My favorite is Practical Magic. I love Sally's story in that movie.

Why did you choose to try your hand at children's books?

I sort of stumbled into it. A few months after Magick & Moonlight was released last year, little Rosie came to me, demanding for her story to be told as well. It was a fun, refreshing experience to write from a child's perspective, and the book did very well with beta readers!


A Little Magick
New Book Release: Children's Fantasy

Little Rosie goes to stay with her uncle. There she meets some new friends…and some enemies. She doesn’t know that her emotions will trigger something unusual. So far from home, suddenly Rosie has become a full witch like her mother. For a time, it is great fun to use her powers the way she wants, but can Rosie figure out how to use these newfound powers for good or will she be lost to the dark side forever?










Excerpt

She gasped when he shoved her back. He was bigger than her and he pushed her hard enough that she ended up landing on her butt in a pile of mud. It had rained the previous night so some of the ground was still wet. Stunned for a moment, she lifted her muddy hands and her backside smarted a little.

When the kids began to laugh, she felt tears sting her eyes. She lifted her chin, and then got to her feet. She wiped her dirty hands off on the front of her shorts.

“You’re nothing! Just because you’re here with your uncle, you think you’re better than anyone else.”

“No, I don’t,” she whispered. She looked over at Tina, who didn’t seem to be arguing with Taylor. She liked Tina, and she didn’t understand what the boy was saying, but she was starting to think he thought he was better and tougher than anyone.

“Rosie…what kind of name is that? That’s dumb. Your parents couldn’t think of anything else?”

“It’s short for Rosanna. It’s spelled with an A, but it sounds like ‘ah’.” She lifted her chin. Suddenly, she liked her name. It was different and that wasn’t a bad thing.

But, they all laughed. Taylor scowled. “Listen here, runt. I’m in charge of this neighborhood so don’t even think anyone will go into your treehouse anymore.”

She glanced at Tina, who was quickly easing closer to Taylor. Rosie’s chest hurt. Tina wasn’t her real friend? She realized then that the girl had only been nice because her mother had probably asked her to. She wished she was back at home. Lisa was a true friend. And her parents would never say these things. Neither would Uncle Adam.

But, she was here in Seattle. Everything was different.

“What, you can’t speak?”She looked around at the others. They were laughing along with Taylor. Tears began to roll slowly down her cheeks. She wiped them away with the back of her hand.


Purchase Links
Amazon: http://bookgoodies.com/a/B00YJSGE40
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/547154
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-little-magick-marie-lavender/1122044476
Kobo: https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/a-little-magick-magick-series-book-2
Goodreads Link
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25652268-a-little-magick

Author Bio

Bestselling author of UPON YOUR RETURN and 20 other books. Poetry winner of the 2015 PnPAuthors Contest. Honorable Mention in the 2014 BTS Red Carpet Book Awards. Finalist and Runner-up in the 2014 MARSocial's Author of the Year Competition. Honorable mention in the January 2014 Reader's Choice Award. Liebster Blogger Award for 2013 and 2014. Top 50 Authors on AuthorsDB.com. Winner of the Great One Liners Contest on the Directory of Published Authors.

Marie Lavender lives in the Midwest with her family and three cats. She has been writing for over twenty years. She has more works in progress than she can count on two hands. She is a multi-genre author. Since 2010, Marie has published twenty-one books in the genres of historical romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense, paranormal romance, fantasy, mystery/thriller, literary fiction and poetry. Her current series are The Heiresses in Love Series, The Magick Series and The Blood at First Sight Series. Feel free to visit her website at http://marielavender.com/ for further information about her books and her life. Marie is also on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

A list of her books and pen names are as follows:

Marie Lavender: Upon Your Return; Magick & Moonlight; Upon Your Honor; Second Nature; "Lovers Like Us" (from the book anthology, Poets & Writers in Action); A Little Magick

Erica Sutherhome: Hard to Get; Memories; A Hint of Scandal; Without You; Strange Heat; Terror in the Night; Haunted; Pursuit; Perfect Game; A Touch of Dawn; Ransom; Leather and Lace

Kathryn Layne: A Misplaced Life

Heather Crouse: Express Café and Other Ramblings; Ramblings, Musings and Other Things; Soulful Ramblings and Other Worldly Things


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