Tuesday, October 30, 2012

A Witchy Halloween with Denyse Cohen

Happy Halloween! Today I'm happy to have Denyse Cohen with me to talk a bit about witches and share an excerpt. And what better holiday to do it on! *As a special treat, you have a chance to win your own digital copy of Witch's Soulmate and a $5 Amazon GC. Be sure to leave your email address with your comment to enter to win.*

Without further ado, Denyse is going to tell us just how she came up with her concept for her new release, Witch's Soulmate, out November 5th!

Writing about witches was something I thought I’d never do. It’s just not the kind of books I read most. But as with most things in life, inspiration comes from rather unexpected places. When the idea for Witch’s Soulmate came about I was driving in South Carolina and all of the sudden the wind picked up, rattling the branches of the tall trees that framed the quiet country road I was on. At that moment, I started to ask myself “What if ?”

So imagine with me … What if all life in our planet came from within Earth itself; everything connected into a grid of energy invisible to humans. The guardians of this "living energy" are women who call themselves witches.
The witches share a deep connection with all the elements and are mighty powerful, but they have one weakness: soulmates - few humans in the entire world whose life energy is a perfect match for them.
When a witch meets her soulmate their attraction is uncontrollable and, because the witch's power will grow exponentially if they’re together, an ancient organization is out to hunt and kill them.

That’s Witch’s Soulmate: when falling in love means fighting to stay alive.


Excerpt:

“Oh, God Mother Earth.” As soon as I left the coffee shop I sprinted around the block to my car. When looking for a parking space earlier I was irritated there was not a spot close, but now I found it a blessing.

I unlocked the car and got in, gripping the wheel until my knuckles were white. “Jade, you just found your soulmate.” I had to say it to myself out loud to make me believe.

The jolt of energy I felt when I bumped into him was like nothing I’ve ever felt before, as if gravity had shifted and I was being pulled toward him by an invisible force I couldn’t hope to control. The look on the poor guy’s face was priceless, though. It would had been comic if it wasn’t so tragic. I imagined he must have felt the same indescribable attraction and a bit of shock at seeing a pair glowing eyes.

I can’t deal with this now.

I’d just arrived in San Diego from my two-year exile in Massachusetts, turned twenty-one and found a job at the San Diego Aquarium. I was just starting to live my life and I was not ready to give it up yet.

I turned the engine, still reasoning with myself. “I ran away. It was just for a second. He will forget me. It was like it never happened.” At that instant, I devised a plan: I’d never think of it, I’d absolutely never mention to Grandma or Aunt Marion, and I’d never come to this coffee shop again. Forget they have the best chocolate croissant in town.

It was too bad I never wanted to fall in love, because my soulmate was really hot. If he was just another guy I’d be all over him. He was tall with broad shoulders, not overly muscular but with a ripped body, rugged manly face, dirty-blond hair cut short and neat like a Boy Scout. I felt my temperature rise about a dozen degrees just thinking about his deep green eyes and luscious lips. Oh, stop it, Jade. If I wanted this plan to work I had to control myself and not send out this kind of energy, so Aunt Marion and Grandma could sense it and pay me a visit. If they found out I’d met my soulmate, I would have no say in the matter. My only choice would be to elope with the guy and run for our lives, and that was not what I wanted. I looked at the dashboard clock and hurried to work deciding to never think about him again.

Blurb: Witch’s Soulmate is the first book of the Living Energy Trilogy. Throughout history, the women who guard Earth’s living energy have been known as goddesses, fairies, mermaids, and alchemists, but they prefer to call themselves witches.

Jade is a young witch scarred by the murder of her parents and determined to evade her soulmate and never fall in love. Unfortunately, falling in love is not up to her or Peter—the human whose life-energy is identical to hers. The soulmate is the missing key to unlock the witch’s power and Arrow, a powerful organization whose only intent is to kill the soulmates and keep the witches in check, is ready to do whatever it takes to destroy their connection.

After a chance encounter, Jade and Peter are swept in a battle that takes them to Europe and Brazil in hopes to uncover a secret that will decide the very fate of their love—and their lives.


Review: I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. I have to say I'm very glad I did. It was a thoroughly engaging read that has really put me in the Halloween mood since the main theme is witches. But, not they're not your cackling, ride on a broomstick sort. They're actually human beings with direct energy links to the earth. The author wove a interesting tale about mythical witches and their soul mates.

Once I started reading it, the premise quickly pulled me in, and the story held my attention to finish it in one sitting. I had to know the fate of our heroine and hero, Jade and Peter. While the romance was fast to blossom, the author explained it such a way I had no problem with it. I loved Peter's humor and the way he could soothe Jade as she carried a heavy burden on her shoulders. They're actually a pretty sweet couple together. But something else I really liked that stands out a bit from most books I've read with romantic elements, Jade was much stronger than Peter. I really liked that fact. It was up to her to protect her man. Ha, gotta love that. Don't get me wrong, Peter wasn't a woosy or something, he just lacked the magical abilities Jade possessed.

All in all, I enjoyed this read and will await more from this author.


 Available for purchase at: Amazon

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9 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great story and it's a lovely cover. Congrats on this release, Denyse. Witches are really interesting subjects because you can really play with the story. Good stuff, as always, Melissa.

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  2. Very interesting premise...sounds like a winner.

    Thanks for the review and bringing this book to my attention Melissa...and congrats on your release Denyse.

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  3. Gret review. I love the excerpt! Congratulations on your release!! I love witch stories. lol

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  4. Sounds fun and what a cool premise! Think I'll have to check this one out :)

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  5. Crimson Romance is really putting out some great reading material! Congrats on your release and all the best for you and your book. Awesome review, Melissa!
    sherifredricks @charter.net

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  6. It sounds like an interesting premise, trying to not find your soul mate. Thanks for sharing, and for having the giveaway!

    --Alicia
    dmr8888 at yahoo dot com

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  7. Awesome stuff! I want a crack at this book for sure!
    brenda_dyer212@hotmail.com

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  8. Thanks,everyone, and Melissa for such a great article and review. It's truly an amazing feeling when people enjoy your work. I hope you all will love to read Witch's Soulmate as much as I loved writing it.

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  9. Thanks so much for stopping by everyone. And thank you for the chance to read Witch's Soulmate, Denyse. Wishing tons of success with it. :)

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