Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Interviewing Jessica Penot about The Accidental Witch

Today, I'm pleased to bring my readers an interview with Jessica Penot about her new paranormal release, The Accidental Witch. Be sure to check out her book and also her wonderful contest at the end of this post.
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In your book, The Accidental Witch, your heroine, Phaedra, seems to have a trail of bad luck. She’s a small town psychologist, and two of her patients at the local hospital in Dismal, Alabama have just killed themselves. She’s still reeling from her divorce and what turned out to be a disastrous marriage, and her father has died, leaving her without any notion of who her real mother is. Just as Phaedra turns to drinking to cope, a mysterious spell book arrives in the mail.

Is receiving the book a surprise for Phaedra? Does she recognize the book as belonging to family or friends? Is it an ancient grimoire or a new volume?

Receiving the spell book is definitely a surprise for Phaedra.  She doesn’t have any real family or friends left so she has no idea who the book could have come from.   She is utterly taken aback by the book.  She realizes it is an odd gift, but she is happy that someone thought enough of her to send her a present.  She knows that the gift is a little creepy, but I think she’s hopeful she might have someone out there who cares about her more than she knows.  I don’t want to say if the book is an ancient grimoire or new volume because I don’t want to provide too many spoilers, but I will say the book’s origins and history will become a major problem for Phaedra.

Feeling desperate, Phaedra uses it to cast spells to save her fading patients. Suddenly, good things start happening.  Phaedra’s patients begin to get better and she even starts dating the sexy doctor from the hospital. Phaedra is so happy she doesn't notice the small things that start to go wrong in Dismal, or the dark creatures slithering out of the shadows near her house.

What sorts of things go wrong in the town? Describe some of the creatures now surrounding her house.

The first thing that goes wrong is her patients’ killing themselves.  She doesn’t connect this to the spell book, but it is connected.  Later, she finds out the little girl that lives next to her is sick.  Again, she ignores this for a long time.  When she finally does start paying attention, an old demon has set up residence in her little town and his minions are almost everywhere.  

When Phaedra finally realizes her spells have attracted every card-carrying demon from hell, she has no choice but to accept help from a slightly nerdy, 500 year-old warlock with a penchant for wearing super hero T-shirts and a knack for getting under Phaedra’s skin. 

How does she find this warlock? How might he be able to help her? What does he do that bothers her? 

Phaedra has no intention of asking for help, but the warlock finds her.  He is part of a guild of witches and warlocks and they’ve noticed the recent activity in her town.  He has been sent to get things under control.  He is an odd man who is more than a little out of place in modern society, but he is more powerful than Phaedra knew possible and he is the one who exorcises the girl next door and helps Phaedra discover where her spell book came from. Phaedra is bothered by him because he takes complete control of everything and doesn’t give her any choice.  He is very authoritative.  He also isn’t quick to share anything about himself with her and seems to dislike like her a little.  He views her as a stupid girl who used powers she didn’t understand without thinking and he doesn’t bother to hide his opinion.  The two soften to each other, but it takes a while.

Briefly describe the magical systems of your world. How do the demons gain their abilities? What magic has kept the nerdy warlock alive for 500 years?

There is an entire world of magical creatures in my system.  Most people aren’t aware of it and can’t access it in any way.  Witches and Warlocks are able to access it in different ways.  Demons, Gods, and The Old One’s were born with powers from the other side.  It is part of what they are.  Some are more powerful than others.  Witches and warlocks gain their power from ancient rites that take power from these beings.  These beings aren’t always happy about it.  Fred is nerdy because he is so old.  He struggles with the modern world and doesn’t really care about fashion or modern conventions.  There are a few witches that have discovered ways to live forever and none of them share how they keep their immortality.  They distrust each other and don’t like to share any of their power.  Fred doesn’t reveal how he gained his immortality, but Phaedra finds out in book two.

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The Accidental Witch
The Darkest Arts Series
Book 1
Jessica Penot

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Lachesis Publishing
ASIN: B00GG83WLE 
Number of pages: 276
Word Count: 85,000



Book Description:

Phaedra Michaels is a small town psychologist who is beginning to lose hope. Two of her patients at the local hospital in Dismal, Alabama have just killed themselves, she’s still reeling from her divorce and what turned out to be a disastrous marriage, and her father has died, leaving her without any notion of who her real mother is. 

Just as Phaedra decides to commit herself to a serious drinking problem and an eating disorder, or two, a mysterious spell book arrives in the mail. Feeling desperate, Phaedra uses it to cast spells to save her fading patients. Suddenly, good things start happening.  Phaedra’s patients begin to get better and she even starts dating the sexy doctor from the hospital.

Phaedra is so happy she doesn't notice the small things that start to go wrong in Dismal, or the dark creatures slithering out of the shadows near her house. When Phaedra finally realizes her spells have attracted every card-carrying demon from hell, she has no choice but to accept help from a slightly nerdy, 500 year-old warlock with a penchant for wearing super hero T-shirts and a knack for getting under Phaedra’s skin. Now, if only she could get the hang of this witch thing, she might be able to save her town.   

Excerpt:

It is amazing how the most world-changing days can seem entirely mundane to begin with. Friday the 13th seemed no different than any other day to me. I woke up late, as always, and rushed to get dressed and make it to the car with my usual box of animal crackers and diet cola. I pulled my shoes on as I backed out of the driveway and ate while I drove to work.

I was late to work, but just early enough to not be noticed as late. The small hospital where I worked was a blip in a vast nowhere and the small psychiatric floor I worked on was a blip in a blip. I was a blip within a blip within a blip, making me practically nothing. I could’ve died in my sleep and the world would barely belch. I liked to think that I was good at what I did. I liked to think that even though I was a nothing, I made a difference in the patients’ lives. I was one of those deluded people that believed in saving the world one person at a time. I guess I still am. Certainly, I was one of the few people that actually cared about the patients. The management didn’t care that I cared. Management was too busy trying to balance the books and keep the floor profitable to care what the staff did with the patients. I could take all the patients outside and have them moo like cows and management wouldn’t care as long as I billed it as a recreational therapy group and got the proper reimbursement.

 About the Author: 

Jessica Penot is a therapist who lives in Alabama with her 2 corgis, cat, sons, husband and other strange creatures. She is the author of Haunted North Alabama, Haunted Chattanooga, and Circe.



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Marsha A. Moore is a writer of fantasy romance. The magic of art and nature spark life into her writing. Read her ENCHANTED BOOKSTORE LEGENDS for adventurous epic fantasy romance: Book One, SEEKING A SCRIBE, Book Two, HERITAGE AVENGED, Book Three, LOST VOLUMES, and Book Four, STAUROLITE. For a FREE ebook download, read her historic fantasy, LE CIRQUE DE MAGIE, available at Amazon and Smashwords.

1 comments:

E.L. F. said...

How depressing to be a blip within a blip within a blip! Thank you for the intriguing excerpt and the giveaway and good luck with the release!