Monday, May 04, 2009

Guest - Tabitha Shay

Good morning everyone! Today's guest is Tabitha Shay, author of Witch’s Brew, Witch’s Heart and Witch‘s Moon. Tabitha is offering a prize to one lucky reader so read all the way to the end to find out how you can be that lucky winner :-D

And read the -- Lynda Again section to see who won my reader's birthday gift.

‘The Witchy Woman In Me’
(The Beginning)

Good Morning, Readers,

Thank you, Lynda, 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!


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.


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.

Now I have to wonder, with the world in the shape it is today, if I was suffering a mid-life crisis. (Laughs) Probably.

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? Yeah! 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!


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 . . .


"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…Saylym 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!


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!


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 late in 2009 and Nyra, who tangles with Death in Witch‘s Touch, in 2010, so be watching for them.

I’m so thrilled to announce that all my books are now available in print from

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

I can also be found at Myspace.
Pay a visit to my publishers at
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.

See you soon.



Tabitha Shay, is the author of paranormal romances, Witch’s Brew, Witch’s Heart and Witch‘s Moon.

She also write contemporary western romances under a second pen name, Jaydyn Chelcee. Her Chelcee contemporary western romances, In the Arms of Danger and No Holds Barred, are the first two books from the Montana Men series.

Ms. Shay lives at the foot of the world’s highest hill in Poteau, Oklahoma and shares her home with her husband, Earl, a poodle named, Snuggles, and a shih tzu named, Buttons. When she’s not immersed in the pages of a good book or writing, she loves to collect coins. She spends as much time as she can haunting pawn shops and other avenues in which to find coins.

Coming soon: Witch‘s Magic, book four and Witch’s Fire, book five. Also watch for the next book in the Montana Men series, Too Close To The Fire, all coming in 2009. Visit my web and blog site at

Tabitha adores hearing from her fans, and answers every letter herself, so feel free to email her.


-- Lynda Again

First I want to remind all our readers to leave a comment for Tabitha so you can become eligible for her drawing. These books sound terrific, don't they?

Second, I'd like to welcome all the new members of my reader's group. If you aren't yet a member, do think about joining (instructions are below). It's a low volume group offering only my newsletter and announcements about this blog (typically once a week). And, because I do a number of reviews, I'll pass on some of the reviewed books to you, my readers (Unfortunately, I have to limit that to USA residents).

But for now, our April Birthday winner is...roll of drums.....Tlyn (I've already sent you an email, please respond as soon as you can)

Wookie, my big old fluffy kitten, likes to select the winners of all my contests (and she's very good at it too, lol). She urges you to join the group.

Hope to see you there!

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Becky said...

Tabitha, the Winslow witches of Salem series books all sound really good. I love reading your contemporary western romances, so I will have to give these books a try.

unwriter said...

The books look interesting and different. That's what I write, different, but I do humor so it's easy. The number of links at the end surprised me and tells me I need to add more to mine. Hmmm, a project for later.

Good post and I'll be joining the group.

Denisse Alicea said...

Wow, this sounds like a great series. Tabitha is a very talented woman and I am sure these books are a hit! I just love paranormal romance and fantasy so I know these are the books for me. I wish you much success and thanks for sharing your works with us!

Tabitha Shay said...

Hi All,
Thanks so much to everyone who has stopped by so far...It was so much fun writing the witch books and of course, I'm still working on them...I just sent in book four to the it's back to working on book five and of course, the next Montana Men book...I love humor in books and mine are chocked full with things that will make you laugh, things that might bring a tear to your eyes, but hopefully by the end, make you sigh and want to hurry and read the next book in the series...good luck to everyone whose name will go in the hat later back soon....Tabs

Debby said...

Your books look great. I hope I win.

Janet Elizabeth Jones said...

Hi Tabs! :D

LOL You KNOW how much I love your work!

Looking forward to Valerian and Shasta's book very much. to work on your site... hee hee

:) Janet (your devoted web designer)

Beverly Gordon said...

your books sound awesome id love to win one and they r deff going on my TBR list ty for tellin alil about them and ur self and stopping by

should i win heres my contact info

mortalsinn @ yahoo . com

Linda Wisdom said...

Hey Tabs!

Her books are wonderful, people, so make sure you get all three!


Tabitha Shay said...

Hi All,
Wow, what a wonderful group here today leaving comments...I'm so glad you all are loving the excerpts...I'm getting all the names down and putting them in the witch's hat...what a great drawing we'll have later on...Good luck everyone...woo hoo!....Tabs

Anonymous said...

To say I knew you when :( Love, Rachel

Tabitha Shay said...

Thanks Rachel, Linda, Lynda, Janet and everyone for being so sweet to me all are great and thanks to all the readers who love my work and continue to support me and welcome all new readers who plan to give my books a whirl...U guys/gals ROCK!!!...Drawing in thirty minutes....Woot!!!....Tabs

Tabitha Shay said...

Can we have a drum roll please.....and the winner is....Denisse...Major congrats goes to Denisse...please email me at and tell me which book you want and what format...and thank you everyone for commenting...Tabs...Please visit my website at and my publisher's website at

Amy S. said...

Sound good! Great excerpts!

Caffey said...

Congrats Denisse!!

So sorry I missed chatting with you Tabitha. I didn't know it wouldn't be staying up a full day for the chat and contest here :(

But I must get book 3 now that its out! Love your witches!

Kytaira said...

Your books sound like alot of fun. I love anything with magic in it and I love series books. Thanks for the interview. BTW - I love Witchy Woman as well. I had to pop it up on youtube and play it in the background while surfing!

Laura Herbertson said...

congrats, Denise! Sorry I missed the contest :(

Tabitha Shay said...

Hello to those late arrivals and thanks so much for dropping by, sorry you missed the contest too....thanks so much to those who have read part of the witch series already and love them....woo hoo!!!..Tabs

Raonaid Luckwell said...

* Hangs head in shame * I have one of your ebooks, the first in this series, that I won sometime last year (on one of the yahoo groups, I can't remember which one because I belong to sooo many like Talking Two Lips, Ellorascave,CoffeeTime, and the Haunt at PNR to name a few!) and never yet read it.

Though, I have a good excuse. I was in the process of a big move/change of location. The new place needed work, and so my family stayed with another (that was a nightmare) so of course I really didn't have much time on the computer to read ebooks (because the other family dominated the internet/computer).

I need to rectify that soon.

Raonaid Luckwell said...

Urgh sorry got a lot on my mind at the moment and forgot to add my email (Raonaid at gmail dot com

ChrisM said...

Your books sound wonderful! I would love to win one! Thanks for a chance to win!

Chris Mead