WOULD BE WITCH is Bewitching: Guest Post, Review & Giveaway

by Kimberly Frost
Series:
Published by Berkley, Penguin Genres: Fantasy, Humour, New Adult, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Specualtive Fiction

Would-Be Witch

 

Swouldbewitchouthern Witch Book 1
Kimberly Frost
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Berkley (Penguin)
Date of Publication: Re-release September 3, 2013
Number of pages: 320

Book provided by author for review purposes.  No remuneration exchanged and all opinions presented in the review itself are my own except as noted.  Book Description from the back cover provided by Bewitching Book Tours.

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In the small town of Duvall, Texas, the only thing that causes more trouble than gossip is magic.

The family magic seems to have skipped over Tammy Jo Trask. All she gets in the way of the supernatural are a few untimely visits from the long-dead, smart-mouthed family ghost Edie. But when her locket—an heirloom that happens to hold Edie’s soul—is stolen in the midst of a town-wide crime spree, it’s time for Tammy to find her inner witch.

After a few bad experiences with her magic, Tammy turns to the only one who can help: the very rich and highly magical Bryn Lyons. He might have all the answers, but the locket isn’t the only thing passed down in Tammy’s family. She also inherited a warning…to stay away from anyone named Lyons

About the Southern Witch Series:

In this “coming of age in the world of magic” story, urban fantasy meets humorous mystery in small-town Texas. Plucky pastry chef Tammy Jo Trask comes into her spell-casting powers unexpectedly, and malfunctioning magic makes her a reluctant heroine. As her adventures continue, she learns the secrets of her supernatural heritage and embraces her butt-kicking destiny. Gorgeous love interests and an ocelot sidekick add to the charm of this bestselling book series.

Today, the author of this exciting new series has come by to talk about one of the characters and species in the series.  I loved the character — he reminded me of Cat in the cult classic show “Red Dwarf.”

 

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Versatile Vampires

 

Kimberly Frost

Thanks so much for letting me visit with you today at Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust!

In my Southern Witch series there are of course, witches, but there are also vampires and fae. While doing research, I found it really interesting that there are vampire-like creatures in the myths from nearly every country.

Vampires used to be mainly horrific characters, then they became brooding and sexy. In my story, Rollie the cross-dressing vampire, is sarcastic and uber-fabulous. He says things like, “There’s no use crying over spilled blood.” and “Settle down, Miss Thing, or I may have to drink a couple pints of that rudeness right out of you.” Despite his sometimes sharp tongue, Rollie has a lot of qualities that make me like him. I hope you will, too.

I think my favorite movie vampire is probably Celine played by Kate Beckinsale in the Underworld series.

Now I wonder…do you have a favorite vampire?

Thanks again for having me for a visit! Be sure to enter for a chance to win an autographed copy of WOULD-BE WITCH, Book 1 in my Southern Witch series.

Interested readers should also pop over later to my website at http://frostfiction.com to check out book excerpts and to download “Magic Ingredient” a free Southern Witch short story.

THANK YOU for coming by with this question.  I loved Rollie and I hope we see more of him in future books.

 

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I really loved this book. It was funny and had some great characters, a farcically mixed up plot, great sexual tension and chemistry.

In the first scene, Tammy is having a conflict with a snooty, bitchy woman who thinks she’s better than other people because her family is better off or something. I just thought that Tammy was a hoot.  She wasn’t necessarily in the right, but showed an artistic temperament and a temper. She let an old adversary get to her (I didn’t especially like the implication that Junior Leagues are snobby, I belong to one and we aren’t). Of course that character was an excellent example of why we should use the word bitch and not witch to describe a nasty piece of work like her.

I loved the idea of her family home, which she lives in alone since her mother took off looking for someone she loved and her aunt followed.  and her family being all witches of various power.  And I could just see the ecclectic nature of her house in my minds eye.

There’s a sort of a love-hate triangle here between Bryn, a local mage, Tammy/Tamara, the main character, and Zach, her ex-husband.  I couldn’t decide whether she should be with one or the other.  Zach loves her, but not in a supportive way.  It’s a strong love in a guy that is as down home as an apple pie, but he’s not a deep dish, if you know what I mean. Tammy loves Zach too, but she wants something more than the habitual relationship they had when they were married. Bryn certainly wants Tamara, as he calls her, but I don’t know that he’d ever love anyone more than he loves himself. He’s slicker than, oh I don’t know, something really slick, a cookie sheet?

There’s even a  hairdresser with a vampire friend who, as I mentioned, reminded me of “Cat” from Red Dwarf, or maybe Lafayette from True Blood. Oh, and there’s even a cat, Mercutio — a familiar really. He’s smarter than any of my little monkeys.

I would have liked the sex to be a little less astrally projected  and a little hotter. While Kim’s description of an encounter with Bryn is described in metaphor, I wanted more.  In spite of the mostly tension oriented sexual aspect, the rest of the action is rapid fire with everything from kidnapped ghosts to werewolves

This is one case where the first person narration worked; it would have been too easy to overdo the “Southern” elements of speech otherwise. In the first person one isn’t likely to see the speech of people like themselves in dialect because we often don’t see our own accents.

There’s a best friend who could be more present and I certainly hope she is in a future book.  And, I am looking forward to picking up all those little crumbs Kim left through out the story. Do Tammy and Zach get it together or does she go for the more magically powerful man?  I can’t wait to find out!

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Autographed copy of Would Be Witch by Kimberly Frost – U.S. residents only
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About the Author:

Kimberkimfrostly Frost is the national bestselling author of the humorous Southern Witch series, which currently includes Would-Be Witch, Barely Bewitched, and Halfway Hexed. After her first release, Kimberly won the 2010 PEARL Award for best new paranormal author.  Her second series featured darker paranormal romantic suspense stories.

These “Etherlin” books launched in November 2011 with the novella, “First Light”.  It appeared in the multi-author Christmas anthology, Tied With a Bow, reaching the extended New York Times Bestseller List.  The subsequent Etherlin novels included All That Bleeds, a featured Barnes & Noble “Must Read Romance”, and All That Falls, a Colorado Romance Writers’ Award of Excellence finalist.

 

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