Savage Magic by Judy Teel (With Author Interview)

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Welcome to my stop for SAVAGE MAGIC by Judy Teel.  Judy will be awarding $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Follow the tour here: http://goddessfishpromotions.blogspot.com/2015/06/nbtm-tour-savage-magic-by-judy-teel.html

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BLURB:

A deadly disease from an unknown origin…

Addison Kittner and ex-FBI agent Cooper Daine arrive at Bone Clan expecting a warm welcome. Instead they’re imprisoned and placed under quarantine, where they discover that the werewolf mountain Clans are being decimated by a deadly plague which can’t be cured.

An old obligation that changes everything…

With only a few days to live, Cooper’s brother, Alpha of Bone Clan, asks Cooper to fulfill his promise, one that’s crucial to their Clan’s survival. But if he does, Cooper risks loosing Addison. Forever.

An ancient creature bred for genocide…

Determined to stop the plague and cure Cooper’s brother, Addison defies Clan law and sneaks away to an ancient ruin which might hold the key. There she discovers an unexpected link to her past and inadvertently calls forth an immortal monster that will destroy the paranormal races protecting humanity if it can’t be stopped.

But as Cooper and Addison battle to stop the annihilation of the Clans and the forces trying to tear their bond apart, something even more powerful and deadly gathers just out of sight…

And prepares to strike.

EXCERPT:

The scent of blood got stronger, pulling my thoughts back and making my heart pound a little harder against my chest. Slipping a knife from the sheath inside my right boot, I watched the flutter of shadows on the path below where it turned and disappeared behind a thick wall of laurels. Slow breath in…Silent breath out…

Deeper shadows emerged and took shape — a man and a woman, both dressed for living outdoors and blending in. And there was Cooper, complacently allowing them to roughly pull him along between them, his nose and a cut on his cheek seeping blood. Weird. Cooper was built like an early twenty-first century Olympic gymnast and I’d seen him take out opponents in less than ten seconds without a single blow landing on him. How had they managed to subdue him?

I watched them come closer and pass below me. The woman on one side of Cooper was medium height with light skin and dark red hair that she’d pulled back into a short ponytail with a strip of leather. The man on the other side was tall and muscular with tanned skin, his bright red hair in a military cut.

I adjusted the soles of my logger boots against the branch under me to give myself a more solid launch, judged the distance — and jumped.

Where do you get your book ideas?

A few years ago, the traditional publisher, Entangled, put out a call for books with anti-heroes. I love the Urban Fantasy genre so decided I would see if I could come up with a series that met their criteria. The results were too fun to give up, so I continued with my indie-pubbing career and the Shifty Magic series was launched.

Do you write an outline to start or just start writing?

I have to have an outline. I’m actually what they call a pantser, which means I write by the seat of my pants. That didn’t work out too well for me for a very long time. Once I realized that the only way to keep from writing myself into a dead end was to already know what was going to happen, I became a believer in outlines. Not only do I outline each book before I start writing, but I also outline each series before I ever write the first book in it.

How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?

That’s a tricky question for me, because my life is so fraught with interruptions. Or maybe I’m just embarrassed to say, since I’m not the fastest writer in the coffee shop. Sadly, it takes me about 4 hours to write 2,000 words, which means I can have the first draft of a 60,000 word book done in about 4-5 weeks. Then revisions happen, which adds another 4-5 weeks. So in a perfect world, based solely on numbers, I should be able to write a book in two to three months before sending it off to the editor. Such a joyful thing that would be! Now all I have to do is slide my family into that paradigm.

Are you an indie author or mainstream author?

I’m indie and I love it. I may branch out to include traditional publishing in the next year or two, but every time I think of a new series that I know a publisher would like, I like it too and I can’t give it up.

How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?

Unfortunately, I bumbled along without a lot of guidance and made every mistake in the book (pardon the pun). On the plus side, maybe this will save another new writer a couple decades of floundering.

The only way to start is to write some books. To do that, take these 10 steps in order:

 

  1. Don’t follow trends, instead narrow down what kind of book is your favorite to read. That will be your genre. You’ll spend an enormous amount of time doing this. Avoid torturing yourself with a type of book you hate.

2.  Decide what kind of hero or heroine fascinates you the most and then make them even more interesting. You don’t want to hang out for months on end, or even years, in a boring protagonist’s skin.

3. Decide the most interesting environment, circumstances, and sequence of problems that will tell your protagonist’s story in the most intriguing way possible. Make the problems section of the list long. You’ll want plenty of conflict to choose from.

4.  Once you have all of those pieces, create a sequence of events that starts with the smaller problems/conflicts and builds to the biggest (the crisis/big battle), then add a short but satisfying wrap-up. It helps to start with the crisis first, so you know where you’re going.

5.  Write the book from start to finish, keeping your focus on showing the story through action and conflict.

6.  Revise the book you just wrote. This is where you’ll add emotion, thoughts, smells, tactile, and also tighten up dialogue.

7.  Take a break and take some writing classes, workshops, or read books on writing. All three is even better.

8.  Do steps 1 – 7 again.

9.  And then again.When you’ve finished your third book, find three people who will read it and give you honest feedback. If the feedback is promising, that’s your signal to move forward with either indie-pubbing or seeking out a traditional publisher.

10.  Meanwhile, start your next book.

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Judy Teel was born in Virginia and moved to North Carolina just before middle school. She’s a fiction author and novelist writing in the dystopian urban fantasy genre. Her stories deliver mystery with some thriller elements, a kick-butt heroine with a large dash of snark in her, a bit more than a touch of romance with a guy that makes readers’ hearts beat a little faster, and a wild ride full of action and emotion from start to finish.

Shifty Magic is permanently free on all platforms and Undercover Magic is free as a thank you gift for anyone who signs up on my readers list:  http://judyteel.com/my-free-book/

Website: http://www.judyteel.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JudyTeelBooks

Twitter: @JudyTeelBooks / https://twitter.com/JudyTeelBooks

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5023501.Judy_Teel

Amazon Author’s Page: http://goo.gl/a7oKub

Tumblr: http://judyteel.tumblr.com

Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/judyteelbooks/

 

Links to books

AMAZON:

Shifty Magic (Shifty Magic Series Book 1) Undercover Magic (Shifty Magic Series Book 2) Savage Magic (Shifty Magic, Book 3)

NOOK:

Shifty Magic (Book 1): http://goo.gl/6hU5bQ

Undercover Magic (Book 2): http://goo.gl/0qjldj

Savage Magic (Book 3): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/savage-magic-judy-teel/1122078118

 

 

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