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Friday, May 29, 2009

Tabitha Shay and the Winslow Witches of Salem


‘The Witchy Woman In Me’

(The Beginning)

Good Morning, Readers,
Thank you, Belinda, for inviting me to be your guest author today.
I’m paranormal romance author, Tabitha Shay, author of Witch’s Brew, Witch’s Heart and Witch’s Moon. Yes, there are more books to come in the Winslow witches of Salem series.



Bitten By Books gives Witch’s Brew a 4.5 tombstone review!


BLURB: WITCH’S BREW/BOOK ONE

Witches, wizards and magic!

Saylym Winslow regains forgotten magical powers, but is determined to ignore them. No way is she a witch; magic brings nothing but trouble. But when Talon, Waken Prince and assassin of witches is assigned to terminate Saylym by stealing her soul, she discovers being a real, spell-casting witch is only the beginning of her problems.

Talon is enchanted by Saylym's beauty and charm and refuses to do his duty. He is given a choice by the powerful Waken Guild: Handfast with the trouble making witch to keep her in line or they will send Drayke, the most ruthless waken assassin, to hunt her down.

Sparks fly in this bewitching, sexy battle of the sexes-witch-style.





EXCERPT /WITCH’S BREW/BOOK ONE

The hairbrush in Saylym Winslow's hand came alive, wiggling worse than a worm on a hook. With an earsplitting scream, she flung the brush across the bathroom and pressed a hand against her run-away heart.

Unfortunately, the brush landed in the commode with a distinctive plop. Water slapped over the sides of the porcelain rim, splattering onto the worn tiled floor.

Biting her lip, Saylym tiptoed to the toilet bowl and peered over the edge, then jumped back. Her breathing rattled to a dead stop in her chest. "Ohmigod! I don't believe it!"

The brush had inched its way up the side of the white porcelain as if it had suddenly sprouted hands and feet to pull itself up the wet surface. It reached the top, tottered for a second, then toppled over onto the floor and flopped like a fish out of water.

"No more," Saylym moaned. "Please. I can't stand one more inanimate thing coming to life."


There are nine more books planned for the series, with Witch’s Magic next in line, with a Sept. release date planned from Eternal Press.
Quite often I’m asked where I got the idea for Witch’s Brew, book one. Honestly, it just popped into my head one morning while I was going to pick up my son from work. Listening to my CD by The Eagles, I was jamming to their song, Witchy Woman. Spssst, I really get into the drums of that song and of course, I’m an avid sing-along-person.
But that morning, I was listening, instead of singing, and it suddenly hit me, Hmm, I could write a book about a witch.
Now anyone who knows me at all knows this would be a big leap for me. I’ve written romances for years, but I tended to stick to contemporary western romances. The truth is, deciding I could write about a witch never even hit me that I was switching genres in mid-stream.
Mulling the idea over, the thought struck me if I was going to write about a witch, then she had to be different. Not just any old regular witch would do.
So how could she be different?
Okay, I had to think about that. What if she’s a witch who doesn’t know she’s a witch? Yea! That sounded like a good start. Okay, problem. Why doesn’t she know she’s a witch? It’s not like using magic is something one can hide forever.



Coffee Time Romance gives Witch’s Heart a five cup review!




BLURB: WITCH’S HEART/BOOK TWO

Journey into a world where magic rules and death is the penalty for mistakes-return to the kingdom of Ru-Noc, where witches, wizards, and warlocks dwell. . .

Hannah Miller is starting over-new life, new location, and the grand opening of the Sugar 'N' Spice bakery with her best friend, Kirrah Walker. But Hannah soon discovers Sanctuary is not small town America. Trapped in a world of magic where humans are considered aliens-Hannah soon becomes the target of a waken assassin.

The male witch, Sage, is sent to terminate Hannah, the impertinent human who has dared to enter their sacred realm. Sage usually complies with the guild's orders, but he faces this assignment with dread. He hasn't forgotten what took place at the Salem witch trials in 1692 and has vowed to avoid all mortals-until he sees Hannah for the first time.

Caught up in the immortal conflict sweeping across Ru-Noc, the star-crossed lovers wage a different kind of war that set off more sparks than a witch's wand. . .

Fall under the spell of Witch's Heart-where Sage and Hannah discover love has a magic all its own . . .

EXCERPT: WITCH’S HEART/BOOK TWO

"I know a lot more about you than your name, Hannah Miller."

His voice was pure silk. It wrapped around her like a fur coat, warm, sensual and smooth as honey.

For the life of her, she couldn't keep the curiosity from her voice. "Oh? What do you know? Exactly?"

"I know you're human, a frail illumrof whose life span is but a twinkle, then gone. I know you should have remained in your own dimension. And I know it's impossible to mate with you."

"Mate with me?" Hannah gulped and put her hand on the rolling pin she'd left on the counter earlier. If she was no use to him, then what did that mean? He was going to kill her? Crap! They were back to the slice and dice. She tightened her grip on the rolling pin. "Over my dead body!" she said under her breath.

Bad choice of words, Hannah. Really bad.





Right. So…what if my witch fell and hit her head? Has a bad case of amnesia? For how long? Three hundred years? Because right away I decided she had to be three hundred years old, or in that neighborhood.
Three hundred years of amnesia? Nope, don’t think so.
Why don’t I let someone erase her memory? Totally wipe away everything about her past. What would happen? How would she cope if one day her magic started to return, and she had no idea what was happening? So, dear readers, Saylym Winslow was conceived and born.


Coffee Time Romance gives Witch’s Moon a five cup review!



BLURB: WITCH’S MOON/BOOK THREE

Ru-Noc: A magical world teetering on the edge of destruction.

Excited about her first Beltane, the feisty and strong-willed Princess of Ru-Noc makes plans to find her ideal mate. But Princess Kali's world is turned upside down when finds herself whisked away and trapped in the mortal realm of vampires.

Captain Koran T knows he's in serious trouble when the King of Ru-Noc orders him to kidnap Princess Kali. He's no different than any other male of his species at mating time, so the urge to breed Kali is strong. But Koran T has a dark secret of his own, one that could have him banished from the coven.

Fall under the spell of a Witch's Moon-when dark forces gather to threaten the very existence of Ru-Noc--and Princess Kali and Captain Koran cross swords in a fierce battle only a witch can win!


EXCERPT: WITCH’S MOON: BOOK THREE

Ah, but the novel appearance of a male witch popping in at the all girls’ academy had them all atwitter, all—but one.
Abrupt silence filled the halls and avid gazes shot to Princess Kali as she marched down the hall like a stiff-backed soldier. Fury etched the aristocratic lines of her face. Her topaz eyes blazed with gold flames. Her heart-shaped lips were tight with displeasure and color stained her noble cheekbones.
What would the princess do? Say?
Money exchanged hands as bets were quickly made on the outcome of the battle that brewed. Who would win, Captain Koran T or Princess Kali?
Oh, but this was going to be an entertaining moment for all of them.
No doubt about it, the reckless and hot-tempered Princess was in a bit of a snit. In a swish and swirl of red silk, she left a heady cloud of jasmine and oleander perfume in her wake.
Necks craned and eyes widened as everyone watched the Princess storm down the corridor to Principal Wing’s office.
“What’s she doing now?” someone asked. “I can’t see her anymore.”
“Who cares what she’s doing? My heart’s still pounding from catching a glimpse of the Captain,” one young lady commented. “Did you see how handsome he is? The excitement is almost too much to bear.”

Now, I don’t want to reveal all Saylym’s secrets or the problems she faces when her magic starts to return, but obviously, the fun doesn‘t end with Saylym‘s story. No. Saylym has two sisters, Kirrah, whose tale in Witch’s Fire, will be released in 2010 and Nyra, who tangles with Death in Witch‘s Touch, in 2011, so be watching for them.
I’m so thrilled to announce that all my books are now available in print from Amazon.com
Anyone leaving a comment today has a chance to win an E-copy of one of my witchy books or a signed print copy, which ever you prefer. Be sure we have a way to contact you if your name is drawn or be certain to check back about 8p.m. CST., when the winner’s name will be announced. Until the next time, scope out my website at http://www.tabithashay.com
I can also be found at Myspace. http://www.myspace.com/tabithashay
Pay a visit to my publishers at http://www.eternalpress.ca

One more tidbit of information: I also write contemporary western romances under the pen name-Jaydyn Chelcee. You’ll find her at the same website Tabitha Shay hangs around at, plus she has a Myspace site. http://www.myspace.com/jaydynchelcee

See you soon.
Tabs

24 comments:

Carol L. said...

Morning Tabitha,
I'm sorry I haven't read your Winslow Witches of Salem yet . I enjoyed reading the excepts and how you came to write each one. Thank you for sharing. I'll be catching up as I love all things Salem. :)
Carol L.
Lucky4750@aol.com

Tabitha Shay said...

Good Morning, Carol,
Thanks for your comment and I'm so glad you love all things Salem. For Witch's Brew I did tons of research about Salem and the witch trials, a lot of work, but lots of fun, too...Tabs

Christi Barth said...

Wow - I love all things witchy, so your story really caught my eye. Normally I prefer to start with book 1 of a series, but you've got me so hooked on Saylym's story, I've got to start with her. Great excerpt!

Christi Barth
cassieandsam@yahoo.com

Rhonda Parrish said...

Good morning Tabs.

I hear so many great things about your witch books. I've got the first in the series here and I just can't wait until I get a chance to read it :)

Cornelia said...

Your witch books are wonderful. I love the excerpt from Witch's Brew of the hair brush coming to life in the bathroom. I also love your premise of a witch who doesn’t know she’s a witch and the Waken guild sending out male assassins who end up falling in love with the witches they’ve been assigned to kill. And I love all the covers, especially the one for Witch's Heart.

AC Katt's Previews said...

Hi Tabs,

What great books. I'm glad I stopped by. Going over to EP to order them up!

Hugs,

AC Katt

Sasha Bailey said...

Oh, Tabitha! I give you and all your books five cups, five wands, five sparkly crowns.....

Laura Herbertson said...

Tabs,
Your books are magic. (hehe)

Robert Appleton said...

Tabs,

These books are already legends at EP. Others have done well, but these will always be the original breakout hits.

Wicked series. Great writer!

Rob

Savanna Kougar said...

Tabitha, your Witchy books look great. Witchy Woman is one of my fave songs.
Hmmmm... a living hair brush. If it would obey, that might be really useful.

Congrats on all your success!

Caffey said...

Hi Tabs!! As you know, I love this series and soon to read book 3 and know there's more to come! I so recommend these (and too your westerns!) Thanks for the peek into Witch's Moon!

Tabitha Shay said...

Hi Christi,
You're in luck, Saylym's story is book one, so happy reading...I hope you enjoy the book....Thanks for dropping by and commenting....Tabs

Tabitha Shay said...

Hey Rhonda,
Thanks so much...I hear great things about your books, too....I'm going to read them, I promise...Thanks for coming by and commenting....Tabs

Tabitha Shay said...

Hey Cornelia,
Wow, thanks for all the wonderful comments....I haven't forgot about you winning Witch's Brew. I'm mailing out to several of my previous prize winners next week. Your book will be on it's way soon...Thanks for commenting...Tabs

Tabitha Shay said...

Hi AC,
Thanks for going to order my books...and thanks for dropping by. And I simply must read your new book. It's selling like hotcakes...Congrats...Tabs

Tabitha Shay said...

Hey Sasha,
Wow, thanks for the wands, cups and crowns...I return some of the magic from my witches to you and everyone here today...Blessings to all....Tabs

Tabitha Shay said...

Hi Laura,
Thanks for dropping by...I couldn't ask for a better critique partner...Tabs

Tabitha Shay said...

Hey Robert,
Aww, you're so sweet...thanks for the wonderful support and wow, I do love your books and their covers...Thanks for your wonderful comments...Tabs

Tabitha Shay said...

Hi Savanna,
Thanks for leaving a comment...Yes, a living brush, but that's nothing compared to her bed coming alive...lol...Tabs

Tabitha Shay said...

Hi Caffey,
I'm so glad you love my books...and thanks for mentioning my westerns, too...I sometimes tend to push them aside and all my attention goes to the witch series...but, at least not only is another witch book coming out this year, but also the third western...I hpe you enjoy it, too....Tabs

Linda Wisdom said...

Terrific post Tabs! Your witches are awesome!

Linda

Tabitha Shay said...

Hi Linda,
Thanks so much for dropping by...I appreciate it so much....Tabs

Tabitha Shay said...

Major congrats to Linda Wisdom, her name was drawn from the witch's hat. TY to everyone who commented and hope to see all of you again soon. TY Belinda for hosting today...Tabs

Belinda McBride said...

Thanks for guest blogging, Tabitha!