Release Celebration: A New Witch in a Dangerous Dozen

Woohoooo!  Its Party Time!  Today  I’m celebrating witches, magic and nasty exes because those are the themes of my new release, There’s A New Witch in Town.   

I’m so excited about this release.  New Witch is a story I wrote just for myself at a time when I really needed the reassurance that writing was something I loved.  I ignored all of the demands to change it, to make it more this or less that, I held tight to my vision of the story.  Why?  Because I seriously loved it just the way it was for a lot of reasons.  Here are just a few…balloons

  • Of every book I’ve written, New Witch still holds the prize as having my very favorite opening line:  

In the grand scheme of life, was slipping Viagra into your husband’s dinner really that bad of a thing?

Hmm, what do you think?  Was it?  

  • I won’t tell you what Miki decided to do, but she did end up issuing a pretty wicked curse.  It went like this:

She ground her teeth together, and focused on the still churning magical energy.  Drawing it in to calm her, she spoke through her teeth, “If it’s an ending you want, then ended we’ll be.  Appearances are all you ever did see.  You wouldn’t listen or give us a chance.  Now I curse you to waste that useless joke in your pants.  Only in public will it ever again work, that’s what you deserve for being a jerk.”

It was a lousy rhyme, but it did the trick.  Miki put her dramatic genes to good use and shoved away from the table so hard the silver jangled against the china and her half-empty glass of wine spilled, like blood, over the white linen.  Two narrow tapers toppled together, froze for a brief moment like a bright red X, then hit the table.  Melted wax splattered, rapidly followed by a lick of flames dancing directly toward where Perry sat watching in horror. 

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She smirked through her tears as he jumped to right the candles, then slapped his napkin at the fire to put it out.  Smoke and the acrid scent of burnt fabric filled the air.   

Miki took one last look at the mess that so perfectly summed up her marriage, then spun on her heel and stalked to the door.  This had turned out to be the worst night of her life. 

Turning thirty sucked. 

  • And I wrote a hero that was the perfect example of mellow determination.  Here’s the reader’s first peek at Gideon:

Gideon Ross inhaled the rich scent of freshly brewed coffee with a deep sigh of appreciation.  Nothing like a small vat of java to start the day right.  Only one way better.  Gideon eyed the only other people in the diner, three old codgers arguing baseball and Marcia, the waitress.  She was fifty-going-on-eighteen, did scary things to spandex, and was one of the few single women in Rossdale, Idaho, population two thousand twelve.  Gideon took another sip of his coffee.  He’d stick with the java.

  • No cursed town is complete without a legend, I added this one:

Gideon grimaced.  Damn, he hated when conversations veered into the woo-woo area.  He hated all talk of magic.  But he knew the fairy tale Fred referred to.  Rossdale legend had it that Gideon’s own great-great grandpa, Hiram Ross, saved a beautiful woman from a mountain slide and earned her everlasting gratitude.  The woman, per the legend, was a witch who blessed the town with peace and prosperity as long as they welcomed faith, magic, and love.  There was even a statue in the town square commemorating the story.

  • And, of course, the villain.  Sven, can you cue the spooky music for Tilda, please:val toast

Tilda forced herself to release the anger and focus on the land, the energy flowing beneath her feet.  She hadn’t set foot in this town in six years, and as strong as the energy was, it was barely worth the fury stirred up by her memories of it.

            Damn Gideon for hauling her here to this rinky-dink joke of a town.  For thinking this would suit her, that she’d be content to waste away here in Nowhereville.  The only saving grace was the vein of magic tied to the land.  And once she’d realized she could tap into that without putting up with being smothered by the rest, she’d left.

           And Gideon, damn him, had refused to leave with her.  With the combined strength of her powers, the magic of the prophecy, and Gideon at her side, they could have done anything.  The key was Gideon though.  Oh, she’d tried other founding descendants.  But it didn’t work.  Either the prophecy was only half-true, or she needed the love of Gideon Ross to avail herself of its full power.

            And that had been his downfall, and how she’d known he didn’t really love her.  Because that ultimate power had always been denied her.  Like fine wine, revenge was best with age.  And Tilda would have her revenge.  Nobody, not even the sexiest man she’d ever had, turned away from her.  Especially not after she’d let him into her heart.

  • heart & flowerOh wait, the real  reason I love this story?  Miki and Gideon falling in love, of course 🙂 

He leaned down and brushed his lips over hers.  Just a taste, soft and gentle.  Feeling her sigh against his mouth, he deepened the kiss slowly.  Like a blind man feeling his way in the dark, Gideon took the final steps, carefully navigating an emotional labyrinth.  As their tongues swirled together in perfect unison, he reached the center.

           And knew, without a doubt, he was falling in love with the woman in his arms.

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            Shock ripped through his system as the realization took hold.  Gideon pulled back, staring down into Miki’s questioning eyes.

            “What’s wrong?”

            “Nothing.”  Nothing.  Being in love didn’t mean the end of the world.  It meant… what?  Gideon tried to calm his panicked heartbeat and willed the tension to leave his shoulders.  He had to get over his past. 

            Falling in love was a good thing.  Falling in love with a woman as wonderful, as normal, as Miki, that was a great thing.  He just needed a little time to get used to it, and decide if he was going to continue to fall, or bail before it got too ugly.  Once he’d figured it out, maybe then he’d share his discovery. 

I hope you’ll check it out.   You can find New Witch in the Dangerous Dozen: Heroes To Die For boxed set for only .99 cents (limited time pricing) or it’s on sale all by it’s lonesome as well.  Or for a chance to win one of three copies, tell me what’s the most important part of a  romance for you?  The heroine?  The hero? The love story?  What about the external plot or the heat level?  

 

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  • Helen says:

    Is he with me again ?

    Have Fun
    Helen

  • Jane says:

    Congrats on the new release, Tawny. The love story is definitely the most important. I want to feel the tension and attraction generated between the couple. The external plot is also very important.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      HI Jane 😀

      I love the love story *ggg* I’ll read almost any genre if it has a love story subplot–its just that important.

      I love how you describe it, too – the tension and attraction! Yes 😀

  • Tawny, huge congratulations on the new release. Ooh, those excerpts are delicious (even without viagra in the recipe!). Good on you doing a book just for you – I bet your readers just love it. Can’t wait to read it myself!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thanks, Fo 😀

      I loved writing this story – it’s sort of my affirmation to my own writing, if that makes sense. Hmm, does that make it writing viagra?

      😉 I hope readers enjoy it too – it’s always kinda scary putting a book out anyway, but a book in a different genre is extra scary.

  • Helen says:

    Tawny

    Woohoo I loved this story and I am so glad you didn’t change it I loved that opening and the curse LOL and Gideon is just the best hero and of course Miki is so good and when she takes on Tilda and the town YAY.
    Huge congrats on the release no one should miss this one it is awesome 🙂

    I am going to sit on the fence and say they all are important to me a great romance needs all of the above and I have to say authors get it right of course a heor to die for and a stronge heroine is always good as well

    Have Fun
    Helen

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Helen, big hugs and thank you SOOOOO much 😀 I can’t tell you how happy I was to hear you liked the story!

      I could join you on that fence 😀 You have a lot of good reasons why it all matters. But, like you say, a hero to die for and a strong heroine take the cake 😉

  • Mozette says:

    OoooOOOOOooohh! This looks great! I love the sound of all of these stories and books… wonderful!

    I love everything about a romance book… absolutely everything. From the hot and bothered hero to the heroine with the baggage to the sub-plots that we’re privvy to and yet the characters have to figure out… and all that heated sex and love and tingly goodness inbetween. 😀

    • Tawny Weber says:

      LOL Mozette~~ Tingly goodness, indeed 😀 You have such a gift for describing it all! I’m torn between the tingly goodness and the hot and bothered hero as favorites in your description 😉

      • Mozette says:

        Okay.. I’ll come clean. 😀

        I had a midnight visitor on Saturday night 😀 😀 😀

        Yes… a man… after 9 years of nobody really all that serious and after all this time of men treating me like I’m nothing more than mattress fodder and another notch in their belt (all because I’m a redhead), I found myself with a man who really does want to get to know me for me… and oooohh boy… was he hot!
        He’s got the most delicious dark wavy hair and olive green eyes… and tenderness I haven’t been around in 20 years.

        Now you know where that ‘tingly goodness’ came from and the ‘hot and bothered hero’ too. 😛

  • flchen1 says:

    All of the above, Tawny! I want a great heroine AND a great hero! And a compelling story to throw them together! Or keep them apart! 😀 I want it ALL! And A New Witch delivers!

    Happy newest release, Tawny! (Please don’t include me in the draw–three very happy winners will be enjoying this one!)

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Big hugs and special thank you, Fedora 😉 As much as I’m all about the happy ever after, I’m with you – the story needs that sexy push-pull (no, not THAT sexy push pull… well, maybe) to really hook me.

  • Amy Conley says:

    Congrats Tawny! I LOVE a good witch story. This one looks. Great!

    I can’t really pick one thing since each book is it’s own story, with or without one or more of the items you mentioned. But give me a witch story in any era and I’m a happy camper. THANK YOU for sharing this story which means so much to you with us.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      YAY – another witch story lover 😀 They are my favorite, too, Amy!! I’ll read ’em in any time period, almost any genre (horror sorta freaks me out. I”m more a white witch kinda gal).

      Thank YOU for checking New Witch out 😉

  • Minna says:

    Congrats Tawny!
    There is no way to pick the most important part of a romance.

  • Wow, Tawny, this sounds like an absolute cracker! Congratulations and I’m so pleased that you stuck to your guns and put the story out as you wanted it. Love the cover, too.

    My favourite thing about romance–there are so many, but one of them is when a competent hero is thoroughly discombobulated by the heroine. I can see that happening in this book not least because she’s a witch!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      LOL Christina- is an absolute cracker a good thing? 😉 Thanks for the cover love! I’m so thrilled with this one- its magic, sexy and fun all at the same time.

      Awww, yes discombobulating powers. Something all good heroines call on at will – throw in a little magic and vavoom 😀

  • Mary Preston says:

    I love witches. I always wish I had magical powers.

    In a great romance I want to feel the electricity.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Me too, Mary 😀

      Yessss, I’m with you on the electricity as well! Great stuff. And so exciting to watch it arc between the heroine and her hero

  • Anita H. says:

    I think the most important is feeling the chemistry between the hero and heroine. Being able to see and feel the chemistry makes the romance all the more sweeter.

    Love a good magical story! Sounds like an amazing read!!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      HI Anita 😀

      Yes!!! The chemistry is so awesome – it’s like it’s own magic, isn’t it 😀 I love it when it practically jumps off the page.

  • SecretNinja says:

    The most important has to be a great hero and a heroine! Being able to relate to them and to like them is the best. I think it helps create the heat and the HEA!!

    Can’t wait to read this Tawny!!!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      YAY, thank you 😀

      And yay, too, on the great point. I’ve read some great books, really wonderfully written, but because I couldn’t connect with one of the characters I just didn’t get that same thrill or root for them in the same way.

  • Becke says:

    Tawny,

    This story comes across as a great read. Congratulations for sticking to your guns. I love to see magic with a clueless hero. The potential for havoc boggles the mind.

    I think you need all three to create a great romance-especially for the jaded writer-reader.

    And one other component-voice.
    b

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Oh, Becke!!! Yes. There are authors I read for voice alone, I’d read their grocery list, I’m that sure it’d be interesting *g*

      LOL on havoc potential. Such a fun gift to give to our characters. Hey, your perfect match, but you’re life will go crazy before you get her. LOVE IT!!

  • Susan Sey says:

    Ooooh, Tawny, this one sounds *fun*. I can’t wait to pick it up, & the price is definitely right.

    Do you enjoy writing a paranormal element? Is it a nice change of pace for you, or is it work to shift into magical thinking? Or, on the other hand, is it tough to keep that thread out of your straight contemporaries? I’ve always wondered how writers of multiple sub-genres pull it off & make it look so effortless! Share!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      HI Susan 😀 Hugs and thanks!!!

      My brain works with magic much better than not, so it’s actually harder for me not to put paranormal aspects into my Blazes than to write a paranormal. I did try a couple of semi-paranormal Blazes but it doesn’t seem to sell well in Blaze.

      When i first started writing, I felt that I needed to focus on a single genre and get established, and the conventional advice of the time was ‘write what you love to read’ so it was either going to be light paranormal or Temptation. The rumor was that paranormal was dead (ha) so I chose Temptation. Then the line closed LOL. But I stuck with it for Blaze, which is probably a good thing since while paranormal clearly wasn’t dead, it was the dark stories that did well.

  • Patty L. says:

    This release sounds great and will be downloading onto my Kindle momentarily.

  • Hi Tawny –

    New Witch looks like great fun. Can’t wait to read it. As for the most important factor – they’re all important and all interwoven. So glad you wrote a book just to please you – and it looks fantastic!

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thanks, Donna 😀

      The funny thing about writing a book just for myself? It’s incredibly fun and empowering during the writing process. But it gets wiggy and tense when it comes to selling it. I’m usually the other way around on these things LOL

      Oh yeah… interweaving all of those key things together is so important for pure reading pleasure 😀

  • CrystalGB says:

    Congrats Tawny on your new release! Sounds great. I love the cover. The chemistry between the hero and heroine is what makes the book for me.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Thanks, Crystal 😀 I absolutely love this cover! Su at Earthly Charms is awesome.

      Ahh, another chemistry buff 😀 I have to agree, since without it the story is nowhere near as fun.

  • catslady says:

    Oh, your book sounds like such fun. I want all of it in my romances lol. First I want to care about the characters and then take me where you want. It’s really the author’s voice that makes the story 🙂

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Yay, I’m so glad New Witch sounds fun 😀 Thanks!

      I believe we deserve to have it all in our romances! And on top of ice cream, but that’s a different subject 😉

      But I think you totally nail it mentioning voice. It’s the most compelling thing about a story, isn’t it.

  • Anna Sugden says:

    YAY!! You know how much I love this book! And double yay for sticking to your guns and not changing it!

    My favourite thing about a romance novel is enjoying the highs and lows of falling in love while secure that I have my own HEA! 🙂

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hugs sweetie and thank you!!! You were one of the ones who told me not to change a thing and I appreciate it 😉

      LOL On your favorite. I love it!!! You do, indeed, have an awesome HEA 😀

  • bn100 says:

    Happy release!

    the characters

  • Congratulations, Tawny!! I’m so happy and proud of you for writing this book! I think you have a real winner. And that cover is gorgeous!

    I love those excerpts and can’t wait to read the whole thing! Like a lot of us, I love witch stories. They’re just so much fun and add another dimension to the conflict and the love story. I love a strong hero who recognizes a special heroine and is willing in the end to overcome tons of conflict to make her his. It’s magical when it all works together. 😉

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Kate, thank you!! That means so much to me 🙂

      I’m so excited to see how many people say they do like witch stories! They are my favorite, too, and I’m clearly in great company. It really does take a strong hero, doesn’t it, to accept a heroine who has that extra something special. LOL it really is magical 😉

  • Shannon says:

    Congrats on your new release and kudos on sticking to your vision.

    I read for escape from life with its mix of good and bad, fun and irritation. I’d be hard put to tell you the most important part of a romance for me. Sometimes it is a great hero or heroine, but I think for me most of the time it is a character-driven plot where the hero and heroine overcome internal conflicts, and triumph over external challenges. My favorite stories balance the romance with adventure. I love books with the theme that a flawed character can find a perfect match with a happy ending. Gotta have the happy ending.

    What about the external plot or the heat level? That’s an interesting question, since there’s a very different way of describing heat in contemporaries, paranormals, and historicals because of the knowledge that characters have about sex. Most historicals have the level of heat that I’m comfortable with, ranging from sweet to mildly erotic.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      Hi Shannon and thanks 😀

      Oh yes!! The happy ending is mandatory for me, too. And I think romance and adventure go so perfectly together.

      I hadn’t thought of heat level in that way before but you totally nail it. I’m so in awe of historical authors who can write hot within the terminology and framework of their time period. We have a few Bandits who rock that, obviously 😉

  • Tawny, congrats on your new release! This book looks like such fun.

    For me, the romantic conflict drives the story, but I also enjoy a solid external plot.

    • Tawny Weber says:

      HI Nancy and thanks 😀 I did have fun with the book so I really hope readers will, too.

      Mmmm gotta love that conflict!! I like the external plots too, especially as the writer. It makes the story much easier to tell LOL.