Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Guest Blogger - Linda Wisdom

Good morning everyone!This week we've got my friend, a lovely lady and a fantastic writer, guesting with us. Her book, 50 WAYS TO HEX YOUR LOVER, is a fun and exciting read you won't want to miss.

Linda Wisdom is a born and bred Californian. She sold her first two novels to Silhouette Romance on her wedding anniversary in 1979. Since then she has sold more than seventy novels and one novella to six different publishers. Her books have appeared on various romance and mass market bestseller lists and nominated for a number of Romantic Times awards and Romance Writers of America Rita Award.

She lives with her husband, a spoiled rotten Chihuahua/Yorkie, an equally spoiled parrot and a tortoise.

When Linda first moved to her town there were three romance writers living in the town. At this time, there is just Linda. So far, the police have not suspected her of any wrongdoing.

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What do you do when a witch named Jazz pops up and says “have I got a story for you?”

Easy, you write it.

About 2 ½ years ago Jazz showed up and told me she was one of 13 witches expelled from the Witches Academy in 1313 because one of them cast an illegal spell and no one would own up to being the wrongdoer and no one else turned them in. Punishment was they were banished to the outside world for 100 years and as long as they behaved they would be returned to the academy after the 100 years. Which is why 700 years later they’re still in the outside world.

I started thinking, what would a banished witch be like? What would she get mixed up in? After that, it all just sort of rolled over me.

Jazz would believe in dressing cute witch and sometimes goth witch along with scary witch when needed, she’d drive a hot car and nothing like a 1956 T-Bird convertible to add to the cute factor. Even if cranky Irma is there. Seems she’s haunted the car since 1956 (an interesting story behind that) and while Jazz would like nothing more than to have the ghost gone from the car, and you’d think since she’s a curse eliminator she should be able to do it. But nope, for all Irma claims she wants out of the car, she’s not budging no matter how much magick is thrown at her.

But there’s still got to be more than witch and ghost, so hmm, what next? A guy. We need a hot sexy guy, so let’s go for vampire. And make him Jazz’s on and off lover. Nikolai Gregorivich, now Nick Gregory, former enforcer for the Vampire Protectorate and determined to keep Jazz from getting into trouble by having her tossed into mortal jail. No wonder there’s times she’d prefer tossing witchflame at him rather than kiss. Still, he’s a really good kisser.

Jazz lives in a Victorian house in Santa Monica with friend and web designer for the undead, Krebs, near enough to the boardwalk she can satisfy her need for cotton candy, funnel cake and Ferris wheel rides and work as a curse eliminator by day and driver for All Creatures Car Service by night.

Life couldn’t be better for her. Then Nick shows up in her life after several decades apart and he’s looking to take down a serial killer of vampires. Except he needs Jazz’s magickal help.

Along the way Jazz shows a television executive it’s not nice to mess with a witch’s payment, deals with her toothy magickal bunny slippers, Fluff and Puff, who are convinced anything in the house is theirs, even when it’s not and try to stay out of trouble since the Witches Council tends to add time on to a misbehaving witch’s time of banishment.

You’d think that would be enough, wouldn’t you? But it’s not when olive-green Dweezil, her boss, does his best to make Jazz’s life miserable. A Barbie-like elf named Mindy is more than she appears. Totally gross creature Tyge Foulshadow has the hots for her and we’re talking major euww there! A sheriff’s detective who may know there’s creatures in town, we’re talking LA here!, but that doesn’t mean he wants to believe in them.

And then there’s Nick. Nick, who needs more than some sweet talking to get Jazz to agree to help him bring down the big bad from their past.

Jazz is soooo not ready for this, but hey, she’s over 700 year old, her power has been growing over the centuries and well, it does mean spending time with Nick as long as he doesn’t try to have her thrown in jail.

So that’s Jazz. A witch with snark and attitude. A witch who loves roller coasters and Ferris wheels. A witch who will be there for you and if you betray her, well, duck. Otherwise, you could end up looking like a Fourth of July Roman candle.

Now do you see why I listened when Jazz spoke? And let me tell you, that witch didn’t shut up! She had so much to say that I ended up writing a second book set a few months later.

I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun writing a book. The road was bumpy at times, but also very fast. There were times I was frustrated, but I had precious friends and family who refused to let me stop. And out of that process was Jazz and the other witches who will have stories of their own.

Because I listened to a snarky witch a book that I consider the book of my heart is on the shelves, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of 50 Ways to Hex Your Lover and you’ll enjoy reading it. And if you do enjoy it, please blackmail friends and family to pick it up too. Jazz would appreciate it.

Linda


50 Ways To Hex Your Lover is available now in bookstores or online at Amazon

4 Cups from Coffee Time Romance
4 Stars from Romantic Times

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16 comments:

Nicole North said...

Sounds like a wonderful, fun story Linda! I love humor mixed with paranormal!

Eliza Knight said...

Sounds like a really good read! Excellent interview!

Linda Wisdom said...

Thanks! This truly is the book of my heart and so much fun to write I didn't want it to end and luckily, more books mean it won't end.

Linda

Savanna Kougar said...

Linda, what a fun story. And congrats on the four stars from RT, just got time to read the review yesterday.

Judith Rochelle said...

This is such a good read. And a lot of fun. But I really wanted to take Nick home with me. Good job, Linda.

Lynda K. Scott said...

Now Judith, if Jazz doesn't want Nick, he's mine. All mine! Bwahahaha! :D

It is a great book, though, isn't it? And I doubt that Jazz will give Nick up permanently. She might be willing to share those bunny slippers ... but not with me. Nope, putting my foot down (and not on the slippers either--they bite!)

Linda Wisdom said...

Thanks Savanna!

I know I'm prejudiced, but I think it's fun.

Lindad

Linda Wisdom said...

Thanks Judith!

And Lynda has had her grubby fingers on Nick from the beginning. :>

Linda

Linda Wisdom said...

Lynda,

Don't forget the slippers can eat you out of house and home, along with the house! in no time.

Linda

Lynda K. Scott said...

Linda, boy, do I know that! And they LIKE chocolate. I don't share my chocolate, nope, not at all :)

Anonymous said...

Linda,
I can hardly wait to read this book! Sounds like so much fun!
Sonja Goedde :)

Linda Wisdom said...

Hi Sonja!

Thanks for stopping by. You heard all the fun at your chapter meeting too.

Linda

Linda Wisdom said...

It's more if they'll share your chocolate with you, Lynda.

Linda

blackroze37 said...

i love the book! it was such a nice read. this is a keeper for sure and i really want a pair of shoes, i can scare ppl with at the grocery store :)
im so happy to found your books linda. you are a great writer and story teller

Linda Wisdom said...

Thanks Tami!

You'd not only scare people at the grocery store, the bunnies would be eating everything there.

Linda

Linda Wisdom said...

Nicole,

You're chosen for a free copy of 50Ways to Hex Your Lover!

Contact me at linda@lindawisdombooks.com with your mailing info.

Congratulations!