Thursday, February 19, 2009

Author Guest Post - Linda Wisdom (and Giveaway!)

384 pages, 
Sourcebooks Casablanca, ISBN-10: 1402217730
Today I'm happy to welcome Linda Wisdom, author of Wicked by Any Other Name. Her guest post here today is part of this book's virtual tour, courtesy Danielle of Sourcebooks Publicity.

About the Book
Feisty witch Stasi Romanov was one of 13 classmates at the Witches Academy who was expelled seven hundred years ago for bad behavior. Stasi has since then settled down a bit, owning a lingerie boutique while dabbling in a brisk side business of love charms.

Sparks fly, however, when one of those charms goes awry, and Stasi finds herself in a preternatural lawsuit matching wits with devastatingly handsome wizard attorney Trevor Barnes. Then mysterious magic from an unknown enemy threatens to turn Stasi's quiet town into a modern day Salem, and Stasi's witchy friends from long ago gather for the fight. They need Trevor's powerful help. But every witch knows you can't trust a wizard, and soon Stasi is fighting for her life and her heart.

About the Author
Linda Wisdom has published more than 70 romance in all subgenres. Her books have been published worldwide, have appeared on various romance and mass market bestseller lists and been nominated for a number of Romantic Times awards and the Romance Writers of America Rita Award. She lives with her husband in California.

Author's Guest Post
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Are You A Good Witch or A Bad Witch?
By Linda Wisdom

PhotobucketMy husband and I visited Salem years ago and I instantly fell in love with the town. I hadn’t even started writing yet, but the memory of our time there remained with me along with the heartbreaking history from the Salem Witch Trials. Once I started writing paranormal, I knew I’d use it and Wicked By Any Other Name was the perfect book for it.

The paranoia and hysteria from then was echoed in Moonstone Lake with the lake tainted by an unknown magick, with the human residents seeing Stasi with suspicion because a woman accused her of using magick to keep her cheating husband from returning to her and found a wizard attorney to sue her in Wizards Court.

Stasi only wants to celebrate Samhain with her friends, but that doesn’t seem to be possible. Instead, the ghosts that walk the town during the time of year when the veil between the living and the dead are also targeted. Trevor Barnes may be attorney for the plaintiff but he sure has his eye on the defendant. And there’s red hearts dancing over his head. The same hearts that appeared over Stasi’s head and now she’s hiccupping iridescent bubbles all over the place.

Stasi loves romance and Trev’s more than happy to provide that, but memories of her time in Olde Salem now haunt her as people fear her and whisper “witch” and not in a good way. Her best friend and fellow witch, Blair is ready to help, Jazz, Nick and Irma arrive with the same intention, and Trev reminds himself there was a reason why he didn’t like working with humans.

But we are talking my sassy witches, so the story can’t be all dark and edgy, can it? Which is why Stasi has a small dog that floats instead of walks and disappears without warning and an eight inch gargoyle named Horace who enjoys hanging out in the boutique’s dressing rooms. While Fluff and Puff were mischievous, Horace is more a pervert but somehow manages to be endearing.

So there’s the balance of light and dark. Fun and scary and lots of magick added to the mix.

The question is if Stasi can discover what harmed the lake and why the humans in town have turned against her so much that even her life is in danger.

And anyone who knows their history knows what happened in Olde Salem. Will it happen again with Moonstone Lake’s local witches even if they are most definitely good witches?

Is that something you enjoy in books? The blend of fact and fiction?

And one warning: the next time you use a store dressing room, you might want to check corners before you take off any clothing.

~ Linda

Thank you for that entertaining post, Linda! Readers, your thoughts / comments are most welcome.

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GIVEAWAY

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82 comments :

  1. Sounds like a great book. I think it's interesting that the main character is Stasi b/c my maiden name was Stasik.

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  2. What a cute colorful cover! Please count me in for the drawing - sounds like a fun read! ~ :) Thanks!

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  3. I would love to be in this contest, count me in , book sounds very interesting and love the adorable cover!
    Lori Barnes
    photoquest(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  4. I must agree the cover is precious! I'd love to win, read and pass this book on for someone else to enjoy!

    Thanks very much!

    nancyrobster@gmail.com

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  5. What a neat idea - sounds sort of like Harry Potter for adult women. Enter me in the contest; I could use a fun read after all my First Crusade research for the final book in my "Rashi's Daughters" trilogy.

    author@rashisdaughters.com

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  6. this sounds great - i'd love to win!

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  7. Thanks all! And Maggie, interesting you think of Harry Potter for adult women. I hadn't thought of that and it's a very nice comparison.

    In the beginning my agent and I called the series Witches Gone Wild. Now it's the Hex series.

    And with luck, you'll see them a movie or TV screen!

    Linda

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  8. Sounds like a fun book, can't wait to read it! The small dog as opposed to cat familiar is cute. Congrats.

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  9. Hi Linda~

    I've been waiting for your next book. It sounds amazing. I'm so looking forward to reading it.

    Robin Kaye :)

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  10. I just got home from work, great post, Linda! Hmmm, if I had some witch's skills, I'd have dinner ready with a blink of my eyes. :)

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  11. Thanks Christer.

    Stasi also has a snarky gargoyle hanging around.

    Linda

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  12. Definitely Terry. That's a skill I'd want too.

    Linda

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  13. It sounds like a wonderful book, full of fun. I would love to read it.
    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  14. I'm an email subscriber. Thanks for having this giveaway.
    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  15. I visited Salem once and loved it. I can see how it would provide oodles of inspiration!

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  16. I won't even say how long ago I was in Salem, Marie, but it was proof how it stuck with me.

    Linda

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  17. Sounds like a great book. Please enter me to win.
    Of all your books who is you favorite character?

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  18. Thanks kimmyl,

    That's a toughie, but I'd say Fluff and Puff are dear to my heart. They're even tattooed on my ankle and you can see the tattoo in my photos at www.myspace.com/lindawisdombooks.

    I'm seriously considering getting Horace tattooed on my other ankle. He's demanding equal time. :}

    Linda

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  19. I think this sounds like a great book. What made you decide to write in the paranormal genre? thanks for sharing

    ceashark at aol dot com

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  20. I am a subscriber.

    thanks again

    ceashark at aol dot com

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  21. Linda: I enjoyed your post. As you know, I already have this book and just started reading it (during breaks from doing the galley on my next book). Whoever wins a copy in your giveaway will have a great read.

    This is a terrific series and I can't wait until the next book is out. Is that going to be October?

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  22. Hi Carolyn,

    I've always loved paranormal books -- fiction and fact. I wrote my first paranormal for Harlequin American Romance in the late 1980s and I knew that was what I wanted to write. I wrote a few more in catagory romance while the witches danced around in my head.

    Linda

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  23. Thanks Samantha!

    And yes, Hex in High Heels will be out in October which is Blair's book.

    Linda

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  24. Just got to my email, Linda. I can't wait to read this story (although I have to until I finish my rita judging and meet my deadline.) THis series is right up my alley!

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  25. Hey, Linda!

    Sounds so fun! Someone above said they'd visited Salem, and I'm so jealous. That's definitely on my trip-list. :)

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  26. I love books that combine historical details with fiction, and I love paranormal fiction that combines the dark and the light! In other words, sounds like a terrific book!

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  27. I'm following you and tweeted here:
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  28. Thanks Judi.

    I finished my judging a week ago, but still haven't gotten in all the reading I want to do.

    Linda

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  29. Hey Chris!

    We lived in Boston for a couple years when my husband was stationed there and Salem really pulled at me each time we visited.

    I'm hoping to go back sometime.

    Linda

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  30. Thanks Kimberly B,

    What's fun is that with the witches being over 700 years old they've seen a lot of history and I can incorporate that into their books and many times they tell me bits and pieces of their past before they talk to me about their present.

    Linda

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  31. I can't wait to read this book! Sounds like such a good read.

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  32. sounds fantastic thanks for an awesome giveaway

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  33. Hi Linda!
    Sounds like a winner!
    Cheryl Brooks

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  34. Count me in on this giveaway. Love the cover.

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  35. I'd love to read this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
    blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

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  36. I blogged about the giveaway :
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  40. Please include me in your drawing.
    Thanks
    Debbie
    Debdesk9@verizon.net

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  41. I hope the winner enjoys the book.

    Linda

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  42. Sounds great. I would love to read Ms. Wisdom's book.

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  43. I cant wait to read it- I love the idea of the dog!

    jill.watkins@gmail.com

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  44. I am a follower.

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  45. I also sub via email.

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  46. I'd like to enter the contest.

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  47. I'm a follower.

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  48. Email subscriber.

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  49. both afollower and i subscibe

    please enter me
    i love linda's jazz, she is very likable

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  50. I would love to read this.

    Thanks so much!

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  52. Sounds like a great book and the cover is cute! Thanks for entering me.

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  53. The book sounds wonderful. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  54. Sounds like such fun reading and I would share this one with my grand-daughter for sure.
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  56. I subscribed
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  59. sounds like a great book! count me in:)

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  60. I REALLY like the title for the book.
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  61. This sounds like fun.
    I'd love to read it.
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  62. Thanks so much! Sounds like a really fun book to read.

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  63. looks "wicked" (sorry I couldnt resist)

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  64. Thanks for the giveaway:) It sounds like a fun book!

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  65. This sounds like a fantastic book. Please count me into your giveaway.

    Thanks so much!

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  66. I am now a follower!

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  67. This sounds like such a fun book. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

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  68. I love the witch and Salem stories. I'd love to read this book.

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  69. I find Salem and the witch stories fascinating. I live an hour or so away from Salem and really need to get there so I can visit some of the museums.
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  70. This sounds like such a fun book! I would love to read it!

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  71. Thank you all for participating! The winner has been notified and this giveaway is now closed.

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