Monday, May 05, 2014

Guest Blog by Heather Blake: Blind Faith - and Giveaway - May 5, 2014

Please welcome Heather Blake to The Qwillery. The Goodbye Witch, the 4th Wishcraft Mystery, will be published tomorrow by NAL.

Blind Faith
By Heather Blake

One of the most-asked questions I receive from readers is, “Where do you get your ideas?”

Honestly, some of the time I have no idea where they come from. The ideas are just there. Most of the time, however, an idea comes from a situation I see or hear. It sets off a spark that I then flame into a full-blown plot by playing the “what if” game. What if that happened to one of my characters? Then what if my character did this, did that?

For The Goodbye Witch, it was a magazine article I read that created the spark. A human-interest piece about a young woman who’d been murdered. Nineteen years old. A high-achieving college student. The whole world ahead of her. There was a preponderance of evidence against the woman’s boyfriend that he’d committed the crime. DNA. Witnesses. A confession (though later retracted). Yet…his parents steadfastly refused to believe their son, their pride and joy who was also a college student on the fast-track to greatness, could have had anything to do with this heinous crime. No way. Not their boy. They proclaimed his innocence to any and all who would listen (and still do, despite his conviction).

The behavior, the blind faith, of those parents struck me hard. What if that was one of my sons? What would I do in that situation? How would I react? Better yet…what if it happened to one of my characters?

What if?

In The Goodbye Witch, Wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather’s best friend, Starla, is living her worst nightmare. Her fugitive ex-husband, Kyle, has returned to the Enchanted Village. Years ago, he escaped jail after being arrested for Starla’s attempted murder. His family – his parents and two brothers – and most of the village took Kyle’s side after the arrest. As the village’s golden child, Kyle could do no wrong in their eyes.

Darcy, of course, is livid at the absolute allegiance to Kyle. How could everyone simply ignore all the evidence against him?

What if?

It’s not until Kyle’s found dead, and Starla becomes the number one suspect in his death, that Darcy learns how easily someone can put blind faith behind a loved one accused of a horrible crime. She’ll do anything and everything to clear her friend’s name.

Because nothing is ever what it seems in the Enchanted Village, it takes all Darcy has learned about the Craft and help from her family and friends (mortal and Crafters alike) to discover the true motive for Kyle’s death. And when she does, she’s completely unprepared for the consequences of those actions and how they affect her own life…

Wishcraft Mysteries

The Goodbye Witch
Wishcraft Mystery 4
NAL, May 6, 2014
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

As Enchanted Village’s resident Wishcrafter, Darcy Merriweather has the power to make other people’s wishes come true, but what she really wishes is that she had the power to uncloak the invisible man who’s stalking her best friend….

Darcy’s closest friend and fellow witch, Starla Sullivan, hoped she’d never see her ex-husband, Kyle, again. Two years ago he tried to kill her, and he has been a fugitive ever since. Now Starla claims to have seen him back in Enchanted Village, but it seems she’s the only one who can see him. To everyone else, her ex is invisible.

Darcy only wishes his motives were as transparent as the rest of him. Since the police can’t arrest someone they can’t see, it’s up to Darcy to find the secret behind Kyle’s latest disappearing act—before he does something they can’t see coming….

The Good, the Bad, and the Witchy
Wishcraft Mystery 3
NAL, April 3, 2013
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Darcy Merriweather is Enchanted Village’s newest resident Wishcrafter—a witch who can grant wishes for others. But as Darcy prepares a celebration for a magical florist, she discovers that every rose has its thorns…

When magical florist Harriette Harkette decides to throw a lavish eightieth birthday party for herself, she hires Darcy’s Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service, As You Wish, to plan the soiree. But turning eighty isn’t all Harriette is celebrating—the Floracrafter has recently created the midnight black Witching Hour rose, the first all-natural rose of that color.

Darcy works hard on planning an extravagant celebration that will make Harriette feel like the belle of the ball. But when cake delivery boy Michael Healey—a former employee at Harriette’s greenhouse—is found dead, the celebration takes a turn. Now Michael’s ghost has imprinted on Darcy, meaning that they’re bonded until she can untangle the thicket surrounding his murder—and what exactly it has to do with the Witching Hour rose….

A Witch Before Dying
Wishcraft Mystery 1
NAL, August 7, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Darcy Merriweather is Salem, Massachusetts’ newest resident Wishcrafter—a witch who can grant wishes for others. While Darcy isn’t able to grant wishes for herself, she does possess a certain knack for solving problems—including the occasional murder…

When Darcy is hired by Elodie Keaton to clean up her missing mother’s disorderly home, the Wishcrafter is certainly up for the task. After all, the motto of her Aunt Ve’s personal concierge service As You Wish is “No Job Impossible.” But beneath the piles of old newspapers and knickknacks Darcy discovers something much more disturbing—Patrice Keaton’s body.

Darcy’s determined to give Elodie peace of mind by investigating her mother’s disappearance and death. Patrice was last seen over a year ago after a fight with her Charmcrafter boyfriend. Was her murder a crime of passion? Or were Patrice’s troubles caused by the Anicula, a wish-granting amulet? Now Darcy has to not only find a killer, she has to find the Anicula— before the power of ultimate wish fulfillment falls into the wrong hands…

It Takes a Witch
Wishcraft Mystery 1
NAL, January 3, 2012
Mass Market Paperback and eBook, 320 pages

Darcy Merriweather has just discovered she hails from a long line of Wishcrafters-witches with the power to cast spells by making a wish. She’s come to Enchanted Village to learn her trade but finds herself in the middle of a murder investigation…

About Heather

Heather Blake grew up in a suburb of Boston, and enjoys going “home” in her novels. As a young mother, she tried her hand at writing novels and hasn’t looked back. Currently, Heather lives in the Cincinnati area with her family, and is currently hard at work on her next novel.

Heather also writes under the name Heather Webber. So far, she has 11 published novels, one ebook, and several short stories in print under her alter ego.

Website  ~  Twitter @BooksbyHeather  ~  Pinterest  ~  Facebook

The Giveaway

What:  One entrant will win a copy of The Goodbye Witch by Heather Blake from the publisher. US ONLY

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Who and When:  The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a US mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59PM US Eastern Time on May 12, 2014. Void where prohibited by law. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 years old or older to enter.

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  1. This book sounds great, I'd love to win/read this

  2. Always love to add a new book to my TBR pile!!

  3. I love the Wishcrafter series!!!

  4. So excited about the new book.

  5. Cute cover! Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. it does pose an internal debate. nothing as serious as murder but thievery has happened with someone i know and most accused her, just based on her past. turned out the missing money fell out by the car the other chick drove but the point was made.

    if it was my child i would have to say unless it felt he was lying then I would believe my baby. cause if your parents won't believe you then it doesn't matter b/c your heart is broken anyway.

  7. This book sounds really good. Congratulations on your new release!

  8. Sounds like a great new series that I must read!!

  9. Absolutely a cozy series to read!!

  10. I enjoy this series, but I believe it's the one where there's a surprise at the end of book 2 which wasn't addressed in book 3. If my memory is correct, I hope we get answers in the Goodbye Witch.

  11. Enchanted Village sounds like a place that I'd like to visit.

  12. The cover really draw me. I hope to read these.
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  13. what an interesting take on real life events! Congrats on the new release and thanks for sharing!

  14. I have read all the books in this series and can't wait till read the next!!

  15. I am so excited about this latest release!

  16. I've enjoyed the earlier Wishcraft installments and would love to add THE GOODBYE WITCH to my collection ... thanks for the chance!

  17. i would love to read this book!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

  18. Great series! Have a knick knack for witches.

  19. I have one of her Heather Webber books but I never got around to reading it. She's in Cincinnati and I'm also in Ohio -- in Toledo. I like the paranormal element.

    This post loaded very slowly and on one of the other computers here at the library the giveaway part wouldn't load!