Thursday, June 11, 2015

Shéa MacLeod - Spellwalker - Author Interview, Book Giveaway, Teaser/Excerpt

Emory is a Natural Born Witch with an affinity for exotic potions, but her powers go beyond that. She’s also a Spellwalker: one of the most powerful Witches of the modern era. Only two people know her secret: her best friends, Lene and Veri. Should anyone else discover her secret, both she and they would be put in mortal danger.

Noah once guarded the last King of Atlantis. Now a nearly immortal Sunwalker, he’s grown tired of his endless existence. He served during two different Gulf Wars in an attempt to end his life honorably. Unfortunately, he’s still alive. With no other purpose left to him, he decides to visit the only one of his descendants who knows the truth about him, a Witch called Veronique. After which he will end his life in the only way sure to kill him: at the end of his own sword. But then he catches a glimpse of Veri’s friend and fellow coven member: Emory Chastain. Suddenly, life immortal may not be as bad as he thought.




Author Interview with Shéa MacLeod 

Can you tell us a little about yourself?
 
I’m write urban fantasy, paranormal romance, sci-fi romance, and contemporary romance and am the author of the internationally bestselling series, The Sunwalker Saga. I spent six years living in London, England (which has given me a lot of fodder for stories!) and now make my home in my native Portland, Oregon. I’m addicted to coffee, chocolate, lemon curd, and Ancient Aliens. In that order.

Can you share a little of your current work/projects with us?

Spellwalker is the first book in the new Sunwalker Saga: Witchblood series. The series takes place in the same world as the original Sunwalker Saga and follows the adventures some of your favorite characters from the series. It centers around a coven of witches who all live, work, and practice magic in Portland.

In Twitter Fashion use 140 characters or less, sum your book for us.
 
An immortal Sunwalker. A dangerous witch. Magic run amok. A killer on the loose. Just another week in Portland.


How did you come up with a story that was such a whirlwind of events? 
 
To be honest, I’m never entirely sure where these things come from. Some of the characters had already been established in Sunwalker Saga (Emory, Veri, Lene, Haakon, Eddie, Trevor…the list goes on), and some of them are new (for instance, the super sexy Sunwalker, Noah Leveau). They were definitely on my mind and the plot just sort of resolved around them. I guess it started with the question: what if someone was using magic it kill people? Who would solve that crime?

Will we be seeing a following book to this stories?

Oh, absolutely. I’ve got at least five books planned in this series. One for each of the current coven members and one for Haakon. There may be more should other witches join the coven during the series. In addition, there will be at least one more book about Morgan Bailey from the original Sunwalker Saga which may be part of this series or part of the first, I don’t know yet. And there will no doubt be other spin-offs of the series including future books in the Sunwalker Saga: Soulshifter series (which is currently a trilogy).

I always must ask, if you could pick an actor to portray your two main characters on the big screen who would it be and why?



 Oh, that’s a fun one! Okay, I’m going to cheat a little and choose three actors. Haakon Magnussen is not a main character, though he’s a very important secondary character in this series and HUGELY popular with Sunwalker Saga readers. He would be played by the super yummy Alexander Skarsgaard. Noah Leveau… hands down, Ricky Whittle from The 100:, I’d say British actress Lydia Rose Bewley probably comes closest to how I see Emory Chastain in my mind:

Do you have any favorite conferences you attend? What are they?

I’ve attended several different conferences and they all have pluses and minuses. My favorite events to attend, however, are ComicCons. I had a table in the Artists’ Alley at Portland ComicCon this year and it was AMAZING! I’ll also be at Rose City ComicCon in Portland, Oregon this year (http://rosecitycomiccon.com/) and again at Portland ComicCon in 2016 (http://www.wizardworld.com/home-portland.html)

Fun Facts Questions:

If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation. Seriously. I LOVE to travel, but I hate the actual travelling. I’d love to be able to thing “Paris” and just be there.


Where is one place you would like to visit that you haven't been before?

How long have you got? My Travel Bucket list is ENORMOUS. But pretty high on that list is Marrakesh, Morocco. Also Greece is pretty high on that list. I think I need a research trip…

If you could have any accent for anywhere in the world, what would you choose?

British, naturally. Everyone loves a British accent, right? ;-)

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Teaser/Excerpt



“I need a love potion.” 
The woman on the other side of the counter glared at Emory belligerently, her lower jaw slightly thrust forward. Her skinny body was swathed in a massive fake fur coat despite the warmth of an early summer morning and her mousy brown hair was scraped back into a tight bun on the top of her head. Her muddy eyes snapped in anger as if Emory had somehow personally affronted her.
Emory Chastain was used to working with challenging customers. She gave the woman a placating smile. “I’m sorry. We don’t carry love potions.” She picked up a small, brown bottle. “I have a nice herbal tincture for relaxation and stress relief.” It wasn’t the first time she’d been asked such a bizarre question and it likely wouldn’t be the last. Apparently people thought herbs equaled magical fixes. If only they knew.
“I don’t need relaxation,” the customer snapped. “I need a love potion. I was told you do that kind of thing.”
Emory carefully blanked her face. Who had this woman been talking to? “Do what kind of thing?”
The woman let out a huff of annoyance. “Magic.”
Emory gave a light laugh, but it was forced. “There’s no such thing as magic,” she said softly.

“That’s not what Evelyn tells me.” The woman leaned forward, shrewd eyes watching Emory like a hawk.
Relief flooded her system. “I’m sorry. I don’t know anyone named Evelyn.”
The woman’s eyes narrowed as if she believed Emory was lying. “Evelyn Jones.” She emphasized the last name as if somehow it would jog Emory’s memory.

“Afraid not. Clearly, this Evelyn Jones is mistaken. I’m sorry, I can’t help.”
The woman snorted. “Fine. I’ll find someone who will give me a love potion.” She whirled, her fur coat fanning dramatically behind her, and stomped out the door, slamming it behind her so hard the window pane next to it rattled ominously.

Emory heaved a sigh of relief. How had the woman known? Who was this Evelyn Jones? And why had she referred the woman to Healing Herbs? Or, more accurately, to Emory herself. Was she just another crazy taking a random stab in the dark? Thinking that “herb shop” equaled magic woowoo? Emory hoped so. Anything else did not bode well.

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1 comment:

Gaby Il. said...

Nice author picture! Thanks for the giveaway

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