Monday, October 15, 2012

Blog Tour: Hex and the Single Witch by Roxanne Rhoads (Giveaways too!)

This virtual book tour is presented by Bewitching Book Tours.
Click HERE to see the tour schedule.
Welcome to The Wormhole and my day on the tour.
It is my pleasure to feature Roxanne Rhoads and
Hex and the Single Witch.

Roxanne has stopped in for an interview:
? When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I think I was born with a pen in my hand.
Seriously writing has been a part of me for as long as I can remember. I started with poetry, essays and journalism. My first published piece was a poem when I was 11. I won numerous essay contests throughout middle and high school.  I also wrote for school and local publications throughout my middle and high school years and into college. My poetry and articles have been published in local and nationwide publications.
I started writing fiction in 2005. Since then my short stories and novellas have appeared in several anthologies, many eBooks, and on websites. Hex and the Single Witch is my first full length novel.

? How many jobs did you have before you became a writer?

Well over the years I’ve had a lot of jobs to make ends meet. Avon Lady, Grocery Bagger, Sales Clerk, Secretary…but I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit so I have owned and operated a couple small businesses. My current one is Bewitching Book Tours.

? How long does it take you to write a book?

That depends on the book and whether or not I have deadlines. If I have specific deadlines I can write faster. I completed an 80,000 word non-fiction book in 4 months when I had deadlines. Hex and the Single Witch took over 5 years to complete, one because I had no deadlines, two it’s fiction which is much harder for me to write than non-fiction, and three because it was on the backburner with a lot of other projects that did have deadlines coming first.

? Where do you write and how do you write ~ on paper, typewriter or computer?

Mostly I write in my little corner space “office” on my computer. My office looks into my backyard which is a wooded area. I see assorted wildlife all day long- birds, squirrels…it’s a nice place to write.

I do carry a notebook everywhere with me to jot down ideas if they happen to pop up.

? Where do you get your ideas or inspiration for your characters?

Everywhere. Inspiration can strike at any time and come from anywhere.

The original background for Hex came to me while I was driving through downtown Flint one day. After leaving the main strip of Saginaw Street that is the “downtown” area, many places look like ghost towns. Businesses are boarded up, empty, and falling apart. Houses are even worse off. There are entire neighborhoods in and around Flint that are completely or almost completely empty. Out of fifty houses two may still have residents. That’s scary on so many different levels.

Suddenly an idea popped into my head- “what if, after all the humans left, Others started moving in?”

And the basic back story to my series came to life. Flint, Michigan becomes a hotbed of supernatural activity. Ghosts, ghouls, vampires, demons and were-creatures move in making the human population the minority.

? Where does a book start for you ~ characters, plot, ending?

It depends on the book. Sometimes it starts with a scene; sometimes characters “speaking” to me, sometimes it can be just an idea that I have to flesh out into a story.

? What are you reading right now?

Nothing though I have a stack waiting me. A huge stack. The top three are Grave Memory by Kalayna Price, Once Burned by Jeaniene Frost, and Tempest’s Fury by Nicole Peeler.

? What do you like to do when you are not writing?

When not writing or working my family comes first. I spend time with my family- movie and game nights; sometimes we go to the YMCA and go swimming. There’s always something to do. Plus we have a lot of family traditions especially for holidays- our Halloween tradition is having a big pumpkin carving night. We all pick a pumpkin or two (we grow our own) and have fun decorating and carving them.

? What is your favorite comfort food?

My husband makes the best hashbrowns which is what I crave for comfort. And his gourmet grilled cheese goes great with tomato soup.

? Are you a “plotter” or a “pantser”?

Pantser. When I plot the characters laugh at me and decide to do their own thing anyway and the story always veers off into a totally different direction. So I just write and follow the lead of the characters or story. Occasionally I will plot major things so I make sure everything ties in and fits.

Fun random questions: 
·        dogs or cats? cats
·        Coffee or tea? coffee
·        Dark or milk chocolate? dark
·        Rocks or flowers? Depends on my mood I love both, I used to be a floral designer but I also have one heck of a rock collection LOL
·        Night or day? night
·        Favorite color? red
·        Crayons or markers? markers
·        Pens or pencils? pens

More about the author:

About the Author:
Story strumpet, tome loving tart, eccentric night owl...these words describe book publicist and erotic romance author Roxanne Rhoads.
When not fulfilling one the many roles being a wife and mother of three require, Roxanne's world revolves around words...reading them, writing them, editing them, and talking about them. In addition to writing her own stories she loves to read, promote and review what others write.
Roxanne is the owner of Bewitching Book Tours and operates Fang-tastic Books, a book blog dedicated to paranormal and urban fantasy books.
When not reading, writing, or promoting Roxanne loves to hang out with her family, craft, garden and search for unique vintage finds.
Visit her online
Bewitching Book Tours,
Twitter @RoxanneRhoads
Roxanne can also be found on Linked InGoodreads and Google+

And now....the book:

Hex and the Single Witch
Vehicle City Vampires Book One
By Roxanne Rhoads

Publisher: Bewitching Books
Genre: Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy
Word Count: 83,000

Anwyn Rose is descended from a long line of powerful witches yet she can barely cast spells young witchlings have mastered. She has one functioning witch gift, the power of knowing, which she puts to good use as a Detective on Flint’s Preternatural Investigation Team.
It’s a new era in Vehicle City, supernaturals are running the town.
The P.I.T has their hands full with paranormal crimes. Top priority is a serial killer, who appears to be a vampire, draining young women in the city.
Anwyn is on the case with her sexy partner Detective Mike Malone. Complicating things is her relationship Galen, a vampire who looks more guilty than innocent, although Anwyn trusts her instincts even if her power is on the fritz.
Mysterious spells, compromising situations, and a possible demon on the loose make it hard to focus on the case, but Anwyn has to make things right before the human police execute the wrong vampire.
Hex and the Single Witch contains magick, a little bit of mystery, a lot of supernatural mayhem, and a sexy love triangle that will leave you wanting more.

Tour Wide Giveaways

Prize Pack 1: A Fang-tastic Tote Bag, glow in the dark gloves, a Bewitching Charm bracelet (made by BookSwag Shop),  , Bewitching Broom pen, mini witch hat notebook and various book swag from Bewitching authors. Open to US Shipping Only

Prize Pack 2: Bewitching Charm bookmark (made by BookSwag Shop), Bewitching Broom pen, mini witch hat notebook and various book swag from Bewitching authors. Open to US Shipping Only

Prize Pack 3: Bewitching necklace (made by paragraphic), Bewitching Broom pen, mini witch hat notebook and various book swag from Bewitching authors. Open to US Shipping Only

Prize 4: $10 Amazon Gift Card delivered digitally. Open internationally

Prize 5 (with 5 winners): 5 ecopies of Hex and the Single Witch. Open internationally

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Roxanne Rhoads said...

thank you for having me as a guest today

elaing8 said...

great interview.Looking forward to reading this book.

Juana said...

Love the book cover. I so want to read this book.

DANIELA said...

This books sounds very interesting, it has vamps, demons, witches and more. I already added to my TBR list!