Today The Paperback Princesses are happy to be part of the Mayhem Blog Tour. I was lucky enough to find time to read Something Witchy and I had a lot of fun doing so. Ember and Nathan were such great characters and it was easy to fall into their adventure. Poor Ember is thrust into an untenable position, through no fault of her own and still never loses her sense of humour. I've just started Something Wicked and I'm really looking forward to seeing what happens next for the two of them.
Published: September 3rd, 2013
Publisher: A Little Witch
Copy: From the author
My name is Ember Blaylock. Welcome to the World of Weird—better known as my life. It wasn’t always like this. I was once a normal high school senior, just filling out college apps and trying to stay sane long enough to get out of Moonlight, Missouri. Preferably before I ended up in a straight-jacket out of sheer boredom.
At first, my only problems were my increasingly unwanted ability to see the dead and my desperation to remove the stalker known as my ex-boyfriend from my life. Somewhere along the line I must have pissed off the Bad Karma Fairy. Maybe I stepped on the wrong toadstool or peed in Loki’s personal swimming pool—I really don’t know. All I do know is I’m about to have the worst week of my life. Maybe the worst week of any teenager’s life. Ever.
All because of a dead guy.
From the second pale, too-hot-to-be-real Nathan Ashley stepped out of the wreckage of his mangled sports car, my life spiraled into complete and utter chaos. One minute, I'm quasi-normal, the next I’m being kidnapped by a vampire, I’m having weird, creepy powers sprout up out of nowhere, and I’m running from a demon who wants to get more familiar with my anatomy…or kill me. Again. Yeah, did I mention he's done it before?
Anybody know if those straight-jackets come in pink?
“A Little Something” from AJ herself:
We’ve all been there. You get that song you love stuck in your head, and you just have to hear it out loud to get any peace. Writing can be like that sometimes. You get this idea stuck in your head, and you have to write it down to make all those people screaming in your head shut up. Is it a good idea? Not always. But every once in a while, those ideas turn into another world, a group of characters that are so real to you they become like a second family.
That’s how it was when I started writing the Mystics & Mayhem series. It all started with a poem. A sweet, funny poem about a love potion written by a friend of mine. I couldn’t get that poem out of my head. It just kept replaying like that song you find yourself humming all day until you’re nearly insane. And every time it would cross my mind, I would picture this pretty little redheaded witch standing over a cauldron and chanting the words in this crazy sing-song voice.
I was in the middle of another project—which I hope to someday finish—when I started writing Something Witchy, the first book in the Mystics & Mayhem series. I sat down to write and, right there in the middle of another story, I typed ‘All my problems started with a dead guy.’
I’ve been tormenting poor Ember Blaylock ever since.
Something Witchy and Something Wicked have been my babies. When I started Witchy, I knew I wanted to write a different kind of YA paranormal romance. Sure, I wanted the drama and the fear and the insecurities we’re so used to seeing in the YA genre. But I also wanted something else, something I had noticed was glaringly absent. Humor.
And, oh boy! Did my Ember ever deliver!
Ember just has so much personality. She’s definitely not your whiny, wimpy type. And I have to be honest, I’ve found new and unusual ways to make her life difficult just to see what reaction she would have to it. She’s a witch with phenomenal power, but she sucks at using it. The Prince Charming she’s always dreamed of? Yeah. He turns out to be an obnoxious, arrogant vampire who drives her crazy. And the demon! Don’t even get me started on the demon! Yet, somehow, no matter what I throw at this kid, I end up laughing.
I used to say that I don’t write my books, I just take dictation from the people in my head. And sometimes, especially with Ember, I really think that’s true. You’d be amazed by how often I’m surprised by what shows up on the screen in front of me. I laugh, just like my readers do. I cry right along with my characters. I yell at them for being stupid. There have even been times when I would reach the end, drop my hands from the keys, and stare at the screen with a ‘What the hell?!’ kind of look on my face. And, because I have to know, I immediately start the next book just so I can see what happens next.And after reading Something Witchy and Something Wicked, I hope you’ll feel the same way. :)
Thank you so much AJ for joining us here today. Good luck with the tour.
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