Author: Liz Long
Release Date: April 11, 2013
Release Date: April 11, 2013
Synopsis from Goodreads
How does a witch stay safe if a killer can get through her protection spells?
Witches like Ruby and Courtney can take care of themselves. So when Courtney is murdered, Ruby’s world crashes to a halt. The only thing keeping her grounded is the return of Courtney’s brother, Cooper. He seeks revenge, but Ruby wants to help other witches stay alive. To do that, she’ll have to reunite with her old coven’s High Priest, who also happens to be her cheating ex-boyfriend.
If that wasn’t awkward enough, when the killer gets too close, Cooper temporarily moves into Ruby’s place while a police officer tails her every move. Cooper’s presence distracts Ruby as they fight their desire against their need to stay safe. Then Courtney begins to haunt Ruby’s dreams and secrets are spilled, things from Cooper’s past that could get them both killed. The killer continues to stalk Ruby and the more she discovers, the more she fears she won’t be able to keep her heart in her chest.
Turning Fear into Fiction
Hi everyone! I am very excited to be featured on Diana’s blog and am so lucky she’s taking a chance on reading my new book, Witch Hearts! Today I wanted to give a little insight as to how I came about writing this new book.
Witch Hearts is a paranormal thriller, though it could easily be classified as horror as well. A serial killer is hunting witches for their powers; our protagonist Ruby becomes a main target when he kills her best friend and discovers Ruby has the ability to mind control others (or “mentally suggest” what they do). The killer stalks her, leaves her love notes, and threatens her friends in order to get her attention; Ruby must do whatever it takes, including new spells, to stay alive and keep her heart in her chest. While doing so, her murdered best friend haunts her dreams and drops hints as to how and why she died – and how that may or may not save Ruby.
I knew when writing this story that it would deal with witches, but I’d originally intended it to be a light, fluffy read that was a bit sarcastic and fun. What I wound up with, however, is some of the stuff that haunts my nightmares – not exactly stuff for the faint of heart.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say I’m a paranoid person, but I’m always extremely vigilant about my safety and aware of my surroundings. I’ve always been this way; as a kid, I’d often fear that criminals would see our large house off the main road, think we were rich (far from the actual case, but beside the point), and come in the dead of night to rob us and kill us in our sleep (I clearly read too much RL Stine). That feeling of needing to keep myself safe is still ingrained in me twenty years later, so much so that when my husband goes away for a night, he comes home to find my ghetto alarm system of pots and pans in front of every door! (It probably doesn’t help that I’m obsessed with shows like Criminal Minds. You know, where serial killers break into girls’ houses and wait for them to shower. Egads.)
Anyway. I know the exact moment my book went from light and fun to dark and creepy. I was writing a particular scene where the serial killer convinces Ruby to come to an abandoned house in order to get something back. As I described her walking through this dark, rotted house that stunk of animal filth, I felt the hairs on the back of my neck rise up, as though I could feel the killer watching Ruby as she hunted for this object. That’s when I knew I couldn’t do fluffy – so I wrote a new first chapter that’s given my runner friends nightmares.
“The pretty blond girl running alone at twilight on an empty greenway story never ended well.”
The very first sentence is enough to tell you this won’t go well for the girl, right? The chapter continues with the serial killer attacking her and taking her back to his hideaway, where he begins the ritual that will kill her. Things tend to go bump in the night, which is why being alone at night (outside my house) has always spooked me. My imagination tends to hit overload, but I used it to my advantage by creating frightening scenes that hopefully give readers the creeps. Thanks to my books, I can write out my fears. However, thanks to my books, now I may never sleep again!
Just in case your interest is piqued, the first chapter of Witch Hearts is available on my website, while the second chapter is available if you sign up for my newsletter. Thanks so much to Diana for hosting me today and to you for reading! I hope you pick up a copy of Witch Hearts – I can’t wait to hear what you think! Just make sure you’ve got some lights turned on while reading – and get the pots and pans out of the cabinets and in front of your doors!
Liz Long Bio
Her newest release, Witch Hearts, will be for sale on Amazon on April 30th. Her first book,Gifted, a Donovan Circus Novel, is also available for paperback and Kindle on Amazon.
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