Monday, January 5, 2015
Release Day Blitz Watch Me Burn by Sharon Bayliss
Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.
I write family dramas that are infused with magic! Yes, even grown-ups with kids can learn that they are a wizard.
Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.
Watch Me Burn is book 2 in The December People Series. The Vandergraffs, a family of winter wizards, intersects with a family of summer wizards, their natural enemies.
Are you a mom (or parent)? Yep! I have two boys, 2 and 4.
If yes do you find it hard to juggle writing and parenting? Definitely. I am fortunate to have time to write while my boys are at preschool.
Have you ever based your book or characters on actual events or people from your own life? No, my characters aren’t inspired by anyone in particular. However, the characters and setting are similar to my own life in a very general way.
Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?
Love and family can overcome darkness and adversity.
What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?
I’m a Slytherin! :D
When you’re not writing what do you do? Do you have any hobbies or guilty pleasures?
I enjoy gardening, yoga, and jogging. As for guilty pleasures, I’d definitely say television. It’s a great way to turn my brain off after a busy day.
Which romance book or series (or other genre, if you don’t write romance) do you wish you had written?
Vicious by V.E. Schwab. It’s very similar to my own style and made me think I should have written it!
Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?
I sometimes wish I wrote romance because there is such a huge market for it. I don’t think it’s what I’m meant to write though.
Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?
Emmy Vandergraff. She’s brave and heroic, but is also a trouble maker! She constantly creates conflict and drives the plot.
If this book is part of a series…what is the next book? Any details you can share?
I’m keeping mum about a lot of the details. But will say that book 3 is the spring book and book 4 is the fall book.
What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?
Book 3 and 4 are both in progress!
What book are you reading now?
Several books, but the most notable is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
What is in your to read pile?
What isn’t in my to-read pile? ;)
Watch Me Burn
The December People
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy
Publisher: Curiosity Quills Press
Date of Publication: 1/5/15
Number of pages: 250
Word Count: 75,000
Cover Artist: Michelle Johnson
David Vandergraff lost his home, his job, and contact with his oldest son, but remains determined to be a good husband and father despite being a dark winter wizard.
His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl--who happens to be a summer witch--begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic's command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.
David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.
David Vandergraff could smell magic in the air, as clearly as he could smell the motor oil and burned coffee. When the news report began, the volume on the television became much louder, and the screen glowed as if demons would claw their way out at any minute. However, none of the other patrons in the waiting room of the mechanic's shop noticed anything different. They continued staring at their phones, looking pale and sick in the fluorescent light and excessive air conditioning. Before David had known he was a wizard, he dismissed such oddities as "just one of those things you can't explain". But now, he knew better.
The image of the missing girl on the screen shined so intensely, he could see her outline burned into the blackness behind his eyelids when he blinked. The girl posed in her volleyball uniform, displaying a radiant white-toothed smile. She looked about fourteen or fifteen. She had blonde hair and golden skin and a strange radiating quality, as if the pixels in the television gave her an extra glow.
David shook his head. Since he had learned he was a wizard, anytime he noticed anything strange, from bad weather to a headache, he feared magic was involved. His daughter Emmy was blonde, around the girl's same age, and played volleyball. So, the missing girl reminded him of Emmy—and of course, that would upset him. Besides, his heart always raced when he saw a missing child. Two of his own children had been missing for a long time. And even though they were now safe at home, he didn't think the fear and grief would ever leave him.
He tried to turn his attention back to scanning job listings on his tablet, but he couldn't focus his eyes on anything except the television report and all the other sounds turned into a whirring buzz.
About the Author:
Sharon Bayliss is the author of The December People Series and The Charge. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.
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