A little while I stumbled across a new to me series. Pisces is A Zodiac Twin Flame novel and it wasn’t long before I had snapped up some more in the series. Pretty soon I realised I was already following the author Rachel Medhurst over on Facebook and it didn’t take long for her to become one of my favourite authors. It literally took one book. I am a lover of genre Rachels writes about and I have drawn upon her stories for inspiration to help me create my own teen fantasy fiction for the blog.
It’s safe to say when Rachel asked me to be a beta reader for her brand new series Magically Bound I jumped at the chance. Released this month on November 28th, 2017, Magically Bound follows Devon Jinx a half witch, half warlock. If you are a fan of YA Fantasy fiction this is a must-read. Book 1 in the Hunted Witch Agency series Magically Bound is a page turner you really won’t want to put down! In honour of this new release, Rachel has kindly given me permission to host a competition to win 5 copies of Magically Boundas an ebook only. But before we get to that, I presented some serious (ish) questions to Rachel on what life is like for a self-publishing author and which of my stories she likes better! (Sorry Rachel)
Witch, Warlock, Whatever…
My name’s Devon Jinx, and, yes, I’m half warlock, half witch. But I couldn’t care less about which kind of magic is better. All I want to do is keep my head down and get on with my new job as an investigator at the Hunted Witch Agency.
A recent, shall we say, mistake, has put me in place to inherit the leadership of the warlocks. Which means only one thing. I have a choice to make: Leave behind my life of witchery to become a warlock, or lose my warlock magic forever.
Complicating my choice is the fact that someone is trying to destroy the warlock coven. If I don’t stop them, the warlocks will be annihilated. The task seems impossible until Gerard Freshwater, a distractingly handsome witch, explodes into my life. He’s determined to make me see that being a witch isn’t just the best option, but the only option.
An Interview with Rachel Medhurst
Thank you so much for agreeing to be featured on the blog. As you already know I am a huge fan so I thought I would put some questions to you to find out a little bit more about you.
What does a working day look like for you?
My bed is my favourite place to work, so I tend to grab the laptop as soon as I’m awake. I’ll then try and get my word count done before I even get on the internet. I’ll then get up and try to get some exercise in. In the afternoon, I tend to do the business side of being an indie author.
Do you have any habits or rules for when you are writing?
Word counts. As soon as I got into the habit of writing every day, it became a lot easier. I like to hit a certain target a day, it helps me to train myself to get into a routine. It’s the only way I can hit my publishing goals.
What made you decide to self-publish Deadliners in 2014 and looking back now is there anything you would change or have learnt since then?
I’ve learnt so much since publishing my first book. It has been such a learning curve. I decided to self-publish The Deadliners because I love having control of my dream. Being able to decide how I present myself and my creativity really helps me to have freedom in my full-time job.
If I could go back, I would make sure I did a lot more research first. I would’ve waited to publish until I have a product that was fit for the market.
Did you make the decision to write fantasy or was it a genre you fell naturally into writing?
I adore reading fantasy, so I fell naturally into writing it. My imagination has always been crazy active, so the fantasy genre is perfect for me to be able to explore that part of my brain.
What books would we find on your reading list?
Fantasy books… of course, lol. I love J.R Ward, Gena Showalter and Bella Forrest. I’ve never got sick of paranormal books, so they’re top on my reading list.
Have any of your characters made an impact on you personally? (I love Cancer in your Zodiac Twin Flame series) I find when I develop new characters they become almost real to me and writing helps me bring them to life.
Trygger from Thunder Hunter made an impact on me. He’s a Viking who’s been alive for over a thousand years. His story is pretty dark, and yet, he’s still fighting to achieve his mission. He shut off his emotions to deal with life, but when he meets some new friends, he slowly starts to crack open. In a weird sort of way, I felt like that was me in my twenties. My childhood wasn’t smooth going, so I closed myself off to others for a very long time. I’m finally starting to open up and allow people in. So, even though Trygger is male, I feel like he’s a part of me that’s been buried for a long time.
What was your inspiration for Magically Bound and how did the idea for the story come about?
Devon Jinx, the main character in Magically Bound was briefly in the Thunder Hunter series. My brain just came up with the idea that she was a different type of witch. Instead of your normal witch, I wanted to mix it up a bit. So… I created her as a half-breed. Warlocks are males that use a less pure magic. Witches use earth magic, so… Devon may have somehow been born from parents that are one of each. Yes, totally against the rules.
I find that my inspiration comes from certain characters I write. They have a way of wanting to tell their own story, so they stick out to me. Which in turn leads to them having their own way.
Lastly, before a quick-fire fun quiz, tell us a little bit about your new series and the inspiration behind it.
The Hunted Witch Agency series begins with Magically Bound. Devon Jinx is has a target on her head because she’s half-witch, half-warlock. Not being accepted into either coven fully, she’s become a bit of a rebel. Until she gets a job at the Hunted Witch Agency. She figures she might as well put her magic to good use. Of course, there’s a sexy witch man who she gets to work with. And, a huge case she has to crack. But, I think the main inspiration behind the whole series is how you can accept who you are and work with it, instead of against it. Embracing parts of you that you’re not comfortable with will make life a lot easier. That’s what Devon’s on the way to finding out, anyway.
Quick Fire Questions, don’t think just answer!
Tea or Coffee?
Tea! Don’t like coffee.
Hot or Cold?
Hot – Easier to cool down than warm up.
Jam then cream or Cream then Jam? (scones, it’s a heated topic these days!)
Just jam. I know, I know… I don’t actually like any type of cream.
X-Factor or Strictly?
Movies or Books?
If I have to choose, books. I like movies too, though.
JK Rowling or Piers Morgan?
JK Rowling, no competition.
Biscuits or Cake?
Out of all the questions you’ve asked me, this is the toughest one. I think I’ll have to say cake.
The Secrets of Saltlake or Ginny & James?
The Secrets of Saltlake!
There we have, Ariel seems to be the winner over Ginny for Rachel! If you would like to find out more about Rachel or read any of her work you can find her in the following places;
There will be 5 winners of one copy each of Magically Bound in ebook format. The competition is open worldwide and the books will be sent to the winner’s email addresses. Over 16 years only. All entrants are to complete all options carefully and correctly. Any incomplete entries or entries from multiple accounts will be removed and invalid. The prize will be supplied by the competition sponsor, not One Frazzled Mum. The winners have 28 days to acknowledge their win before a new winner is drawn. Please allow 28 days for delivery. Winners will be contacted within 7 days of the competition ending. The onus is on the winners to supply a correct email address to receive their book and to confirm delivery as soon as they receive it. The competition will run from 28/11/17 to 18/12/17. Good Luck!