I’m excited to have Tena Stetler here today! We’re celebrating her latest release, A Magic Redemption, the fifth book in her A Demon’s Witch series. Let’s see what she has to say about it!
What inspired you to write this book/series? I’ve always had a love affair with paranormal creatures. You know the tall, dark, and dangerous types. Also I’ve been a voracious reader since learning to read and wrote stories for my friends while I was in grade school. I crafted the first book in A Demon’s Witch series while taking a creative writing class. A Vampire’s Unlikely Alliance was born but it would be the third book in the series. I am a panster and have a habit of writing my chapters out of order and my books out of order, which is what happened. Eventually everything comes together.
I, too, have a love affair with the paranormal! Many of those “creatures” appear in my Guardians of Erin series. Tell me, have you encountered any of your characters in a dream? Yes… well sort of. My characters come to me fully formed and named in my mind. Sometimes when I’m daydreaming, other times when I dream at night. I keep a pad and pen by my bed, and in my car to jot down conversations of my characters. It seems they appear at the most inconvenient times. I.e., in line in the grocery store, walking down a crowded street, you get the picture.
If you could give your hero a word of advice, what would it be? Giving Synn space will win her heart. Your patience and moral support will triumph in the end.
Any advice for your heroine? Give yourself a break. You don’t always have to go it alone. Allowing others to help you will lead you to be victorious in battle and in life.
In general, which do you enjoy writing more: description or dialogue? I love both, but dialogue comes natural to me and I love a good sparring match between characters. LOL But I love writing descriptions so readers can feel and get lost in my stories.
I enjoy both too, and as with you, dialogue comes naturally. Sometimes it feels like I’m taking dictation. I love it! What do you love most about being an author? Making up stories and living in a fictional world that I create. I craft a tale to whisk my readers away from their ordinary, stressful world into a magical romantic fantasy with a touch of mystery and suspense that they won’t want to leave.
Yes, there’s so much stress these days. It’s wonderful to know we can help readers escape whatever’s troubling them. But let’s forget about the world’s woes for a moment; Christmas is almost here! How do you plan to celebrate? We usually attend fantastic holiday light displays, drive the neighborhoods in search of holiday light displays with a hot mug of cocoa, enjoying good food, and visiting with family and friends.
That sounds perfect, Tena! Thanks so much for joining me today. You and your characters are always welcome, and I wish you great success with your new release.
A little more about A Magic Redemption:
Synn, a demon, carries extraordinary magic and power, but there is more within her than she dreams. Kidnapped as a child, her captors murdered her family and forced her into training as a warrior assassin.
When an assignment goes horribly wrong, she finds herself at the mercy of the friends and family of her intended target. Offering valuable information in exchange for protection, she gains her freedom, but it is not without its challenges.
Gavin Shaughnessy is the publican at his family’s Irish pub. He is certain Synn is meant to be his and isn’t bothered by her past. He must find a way to convince her their future together is stronger than the dark memories that haunt her dreams.
When her past comes calling for revenge, will their love survive the raging inferno she brings down upon them? Or will the searing path of destruction destroy all they hold dear?
A peek inside the pages:
Darkness engulfed her. The voices in her head returned calling her a traitor suggesting retribution would be sweet and exacted soon. She fought against the words and covered her ears. As suddenly as the booming words came, it was silent. The dream shifted to a dank room, without windows, or light, and a darkness she could almost feel. Scraping sounds against a large wooden plank door grated on her nerves.
Magic failed her leaving her drained and unresponsive. She curled up in a fetal position. Baltizar’s voice whispered again in her mind. “I still control you. They’re all going to die a horrible death at my hands. You will get to watch. Just like when you failed to save your family.”
His wicked laugh echoed though her mind and faded. A warm liquid flowed over her hands. She looked down. They were covered in blood. Bodies were strewn over what looked like the dirt floor of a cave. Screaming, she awoke soaked with sweat, head pounding and blood trickled from her palms where her finger nails had sliced through the skin.
A loud bark came from the foot of her bed. She stumbled out of bed and rushed to Storm’s crate, knelt, and yanked open the door. A warm, fur ball bounded into her lap, the dog covered her face with kisses. She sat on the floor, tears streaming down her face dripping on the soft fur she buried her face in.
Never allowed to cry, she allowed the flood gates open, and cried for her family, mistakes made, decisions forced upon her, and wished she’d died in the battle with Baltizar. She wouldn’t be responsible for the deaths of her new friends, Gavin and his family, or Storm.
Here’s the book trailer for A Demon’s Witch series: https://youtu.be/lELj0amtkk8
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More about Tena:
Tena Stetler is a best-selling author of award winning paranormal romance. She has an over-active imagination, which led to writing her first vampire romance as a tween to the chagrin of her mother and delight of her friends. After many years as a paralegal, then an IT Manager, she decided to live out her dream of pursuing a publishing career.
With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, she sits at her computer surrounded by a wide array of witches, shapeshifters, demons, faeries, and gryphons, with a Navy SEAL or two mixed in telling their tales. Her books tell stories of magical kick-ass women and mystical alpha males that dare to love them. Travel, adventure and a bit of mystery flourish in her books along with a few companion animals to round out the tales.
Colorado is home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-five-year-old box turtle. When she’s not writing, her time is spent kayaking, camping, hiking, biking or just relaxing in the great Colorado outdoors. During the winter you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.
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