Hello everyone – I’m very excited…because Roxanne Rhoads, a very good friend, author, editor, and owner of Bewitching Book Tours is the featured guest author today ;) She has a brand new paranormal romance, Hex and the Single Witch that just released…and I had the pleasure of reading (I have a review below). But, for today she’s giving us a taste of what happens when story-stars grab the pen and wield it as their own.
Put your hands together in welcoming Roxanne Rhoads…
When Characters Change the Story
By Roxanne Rhoads
Hex and the Single Witch is a story that’s been in my head and scribbled in my notebook since 2007.
I’ve been jotting down notes and ideas for years, then typing up scenes, deleting scenes, and piecing things together until finally it all came together as a book this year (and Kay Dee played a special part in the final product as she was the editor for Hex J).
It was a long road bringing my vision to life. I wanted to turn Flint, aka Vehicle City, into a place where “Others” walked among humans, practically out in the open being who and what they are.
And while I wanted the city to play a large role in the books- I’m a character driven writer (I am also a character driven reader- I can do without detailed world building and tons of crazy plots and subplots, but give me angst, dramatic interaction, turmoil and mystery within the characters and I’m hooked).
I want the characters and their flaws, their quirks, their needs and motivations to be center stage. And that’s where things got crazy.
Hex and the Single Witch was originally supposed to have a love story, not a love triangle, as the romantic element. Mike Malone was supposed to be a prevalent side character, but never a contender for Anwyn’s heart. Well he had other ideas because as I wrote the story he became more dominant, more pushy, and just appeared in scenes. All the sudden he and Anwyn were up close and personal…and it worked.
And Galen…poor Galen. I think he was very upset about that turn of events because as Mike worked his way into the story more and more Galen became a less vicious vampire and more whiny, damaged and angsty then he was ever supposed to be. Galen was intended to be the epitome of danger and damage. The poster boy for bad boys with fangs.
The end result for Galen in Hex was damaged bad boy with a tendency to be confused- and to leave Anwyn confused as well.
From the reviews it seems Galen didn’t wimp out as much as I thought he did because readers are still rooting for him- or they are still undecided as to whether they want Anwyn to end up with the vampire (Galen) or with the human (Mike Malone).
Personally, I have a plan for where the story will end….but as I have discovered sometimes characters will write their own ending so we’ll all have to wait and see who ends up with Anwyn’s heart.
NOTE from Kay Dee: Personally, I’d like to see Anwyn end up with both of them *grins* I know, Mike, nor Galen would like it, but they both have such deep feelings for Anwyn…just maybe they’d make it work. Might be fun:) hint, hint
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Hex and the Single Witch
Vehicle City Vampires Book One
By Roxanne Rhoads
Publisher: Bewitching Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Anwyn Rose is descended from a long line of powerful witches yet she can barely cast spells young witchlings have mastered. She has one functioning witch gift, the power of knowing, which she puts to good use as a Detective on Flint’s Preternatural Investigation Team.
It’s a new era in Vehicle City, supernaturals are running the town.
The P.I.T has their hands full with paranormal crimes. Top priority is a serial killer, who appears to be a vampire, draining young women in the city.
Anwyn is on the case with her sexy partner Detective Mike Malone. Complicating things is her relationship Galen, a vampire who looks more guilty than innocent, although Anwyn trusts her instincts even if her power is on the fritz.
Mysterious spells, compromising situations, and a possible demon on the loose make it hard to focus on the case, but Anwyn has to make things right before the human police execute the wrong vampire.
Hex and the Single Witch contains magick, a little bit of mystery, a lot of supernatural mayhem, and a sexy love triangle that will leave you wanting more.
Story strumpet, tome loving tart, eccentric night owl...these words describe book publicist and erotic romance author Roxanne Rhoads.
When not fulfilling one the many roles being a wife and mother of three require, Roxanne's world revolves around words...reading them, writing them, editing them, and talking about them. In addition to writing her own stories she loves to read, promote and review what others write.
Roxanne is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours and operates Fang-tastic Books, a book blog dedicated to paranormal and urban fantasy books.
When not reading, writing, or promoting Roxanne loves to hang out with her family, craft, garden and search for unique vintage finds.
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Hex and the Single Witch Book Review
First Sentence: Vampires strutted their stuff on a runway to Right Said Fred’s “Too Sexy.”
A favorite line (about the ominous energy in the air): It literally hung in the air like an invisible fog, clinging to everything, catching spirits and emotions in a net of negativity.
Anwyn Rose, a lovely twenty-six year old witch and liaison for PIT (Preternatural Investigation Team), handles the task of being the go-between for ‘Others’ (anything other than human) and the humans. Pretty harsh job when dealing with a serial killer and something seems amuck with her powers.
Hunky Mike Malone (love the name), Detective for the Flint Police Department (he’s human), member of the PIT crew, and he also happens to be Anwyn’s boss. And, yes, he’s too sexy for his clothes, ask Anwyn :)
Enter third guy, Galen, a stunning male specimen of vampire and one of Anwyn’s all-time crushes. Somehow he’s ended up in the middle of the human women murders, but Anwyn’s witchy sense points to he’s not involved…or is her witchy sense gone asunder?
There’s definite sparks flying between the two men and Anwyn, and honestly, I found it refreshing to have such a strong female story-star standing up against some true Alphas.
Ms. Rhoads splashed some great humor throughout, along with excellent high tension, an array of paranormals (vampires, werewolves, witches, ghosts, fairies, even garden gnomes, and definitely demons…oh my), and Anwyn, the real star of the show. What a fully charged heroine, complete with a lot of self-talk, and, I totally enjoyed listening to every bit of it:)
The story takes place not too far from my home stomping grounds, which added a bit more depth for me. It’s an excellent story to read any time, but most especially around Halloween;)
It’s a page turner and I can’t wait for Ms. Rhoads’ next book in the Vehicle City Vampires series.
Kay Dee Royal
Roxanne – it’s been an excellent day;) Thanks so much for being the featured guest author…and I loved what you had to say about Mike Malone…I can totally see how he took over, pushing his way through with those rippling abs…and corded forearms…and those pecs…OMG…like a steamroller…
GEEZ! What just happened…see, he even took over me…see how easy it would be for him to take over an entire story?! *grins*
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Until Next Time…Warm Hearts & Hugs,