WOOT WOOT…it’s the 1st Wednesday of November and time for What to Read Wednesday! I’m excited to have Ceri Hebert as my guest today. She’s sharing some interesting facts about herself and her latest release THAT KIND OF MAGIC!
So glad you dropped in Ceri. Describe yourself with 5 wordsf.
Patient, scatterbrained, daydreamer, loyal, determined.
I can relate to a few of those myself! Lol Tell us your favorite comfort food.
I adore Buffalo wings. Not too hot, with ranch dressing to dip them in.
What makes you love a book?
The characters have to be someone I can connect with. I want to root for them and it must MUST have a Happily Ever After.
Agreed! What genre (s) do you write?
I mainly write contemporary romance, but I’ve been dabbling with paranormal as well. Love a good ghost story.
I do too! I don’t think I could write one though 🙂 Do you prefer to write in the morning, afternoon, evening or whenever you can find the time?
With my schedule, I have to write whenever I can find the time, though that usually ends up being evenings when everyone is chilling out. During November I generally write every second I can.
What’s a witch to do when she refuses to use magic to find love? What if she falls in lust with a man who doesn’t believe in the power of magic? Charlotte is a beautiful Wiccan who has her own shop of magical supplies and a matchmaking goddess. Patrick is a straight-laced, non-believer who, in his determination to keep his sister away from the influences of magic and witchcraft, finds himself falling for a witch. Neither can stop the erotic journey they’ve embarked on but they don’t know if they can accept each other’s very different lives.
Very SMEXY cover!!! Describe your hero through your heroine’s eyes…and yes you can quote her.
“Patrick was the most infuriating man I ever met, but when we first touched, there was such a powerful jolt. I couldn’t ignore it. Didn’t hurt that he was drop dead gorgeous with that dark hair and blue eyes. When I got to know him, though, he was so open to my world. I loved him all the more for that.”
What’s a favorite line from your book that you’re proud of?
“You cast for the man of your dreams. Not me, not anyone else. You can’t deny that, not now. And he laid down his love at your feet, and you turned him away, but you can’t break that bond you have with him. Not now.”
What makes your book stand out from others in the same genre?
I love Celtic mythology and was very interested in combining it with a contemporary romance. I don’t find too many stories that include Celtic goddesses.
Tell us the process you used in writing your book and if you used a different process than the ones you used for other books.
I am very much a write by the seat of my pants writer so I tend to stay away from processes.
LOL…nice answer Ceri! Please share an excerpt of your book!
The storekeeper’s gaze remained steady.
“And also, in case you’re curious but too polite to ask, Mr. Riordan, there are other things that go against my beliefs.”
Patrick smiled wryly. “Yes, I know. You won’t turn me into a frog, no matter how much you want to.”
She smiled at him, and he had the feeling it was the closest thing to a genuine smile she had for him. “What I was going to say is I don’t go looking for girls, or boys for that matter, to recruit into the craft. If someone wants to know, I’ll tell them, but I’m not going to hang out looking for impressionable kids or go knocking door to door.”
The woman pressed her lips together as she opened her cash register. She removed some bills and handed them to Patrick. “Please tell your sister if she’s looking for love to stay away from Web sites like that. Tell her not to cast a spell for a particular person, but rather for the qualities she wants in a mate. And tell her to be careful what she wishes for. It’s much easier to do than to undo.”
Patrick put the money into his wallet, feeling a bit guilty now, but not prepared to take the book back. The woman flipped through the book again. She stopped when she found the fortune. Pulling it out, she read it, her mouth tightening into a thin, annoyed line. Her nostrils flared for a moment, then she glanced back up.
“This must be Cassidy’s,” she said and held out the little slip of paper.
He took it from her, their fingers brushing. The jolt the brief touch elicited stunned him. It ran right up his arm and sunk down into his body, just like their previous head butt. Slowly he put the piece of paper in his pocket but kept his eyes on the woman. He felt an undeniable attraction to her that had suddenly and unexpectedly took him. She looked completely shaken as well. He felt he should say something, but the ring of the tiny bells at the door signaled new customers. She glanced away from him quickly and closed the book. Patrick studied the new customers, a couple about his age, he figured. They were blessedly normal looking, which wasn’t what he expected. But already most of the things he’d anticipated from this woman weren’t happening.
The storekeeper turned a long speculative gaze back at him. “Have a good day, Mr. Riordan,” she said warmly. “Blessed be.”
Share 3 writing tips for any newbie writer reading today.
1. Read what you love to write.
2. Don’t be afraid of constructive criticism. The critique process is so important to honing your skills, but you have to have a thick skin at times.
3. Never give up. If writing is a true passion, keep going and don’t get frustrated. It’s not a quick process.
Great tips! What surprised you the most about becoming published?
The fact that I became published in itself. It was such a dream and I didn’t think it would be possible. Also the camaraderie with the other authors I’ve met through the publishers I’ve been affiliated with. Everyone is so generous.
Would you like to share a hint as to what your current WIP is? 🙂
I have a manuscript in the critique process. It’s pure contemporary romance—no ghosts or goddesses. I’m going back to my roots with a romance that includes horses. My heroine is a little different though. She was a runaway who’s spent ten years or so on the road. To say she’s afraid of commitment is an understatement!
And finally, where can we find you and your book(s)?
You can find all my books linked to my website www.cerihebert.com
You can also find me on:
Twitter @CeriHebert and
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ceri-Hebert/ 183730891671970
Thank you for joining me today! I’m so glad you visited!
Thanks for having me, Christine!