Jan 18, 2013

{Guest Post: A Hero's Song} by Michele Hauf for This Wicked Magic

Today's guest author is Michele Hauf to discuss her hero in the next book in the This Witchery series. Plus we have an awesome giveaway for a chance to win ebook copy of the latest Wicked Games novella Malakai and print copies of This Wicked Magic! How awesome is that! I hope you all enjoyed Michele Haufs post A Hero's Song.

A Hero's Song by Michele Hauf
In just a few weeks THIS WICKED MAGIC will be in bookstores. I'm very excited for readers to meet the characters that shaped this story, and most especially the hero, Certainly Jones. He falls into the top three on my favorite heroes list. I've wanted to write his story for over a decade. I started with the name: Certainly Jones. Wrote it down. Didn't know who, or what he was, only that a man with a name like that needed to have a story told about him. Then last year, I published THIS GLAMOUROUS EVIL. That story was originally going to be Certainly's story, but I ended up making it his twin brother Thoroughly's story. Why? Because it was a short story, about a quarter the length of a full story, and I really wanted to devote much more paper time to Certainly.

So once I started the story, I knew Certainly was a dark witch (though I hadn't really classified what dark witch meant at the time). I knew he had done bad things (hinted at in his brother's story) and that he wanted forgiveness or peace. He's a complicated man. And then there are the chandeliers. So many of them! Then one night I heard the song. It played over the intro to an episode of House. Just a snippet of a song that was brooding and resonant. As soon as I heard it I knew it was Certainly's song. So I rushed online to track down the song. It's called This Night by Black Lab. Here's the link at Youtube: YouTube Video Look it up online and give it a listen. The opening lines? "There are things I have done. There's a place I have gone. There's a beast, and I let it run. Now it's running my way. There are things I regret…" And on it goes. Virtually every word in the song related to Certainly in some way. It defined him. And the song actually helped to shape the character and make him the man he is.

What he is, is a dark witch infested with demons (not by choice). He wants to be rid of them, and is desperate for peace. But the only way he can do that is by trusting the heroine and allowing her into his heart—and his very soul. So check out THIS WICKED MAGIC and see what you think.
For pictures that inspired the story, check out Certainly and Vika's page at my Pinterest boards: Toast Faery Pinterest.

His destined mate… Certainly Jones has pushed it too far this time. Gnawing and clawing at his soul are the demons he unknowingly carried back from his quest into their land. Weak and exhausted, the dark witch gazes down the dim, cobbled street at his only hope—a lone vehicle with blazing headlights. Desperate, he makes a mad dash for the light, and the striking woman illuminated in its wake.

Vika senses him before she sees him. The good witch with emerald eyes and fiery red hair has never dabbled in dark magic. But one look at CJ turns her life upside down. Soon Vika is lured into his dangerous world…and his powerful arms. A few sultry kisses are not enough to save CJ from his demons—it's going to take some seriously potent sorcery. And they're running out of time.

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  1. First of all, I love the cover. Secondly, what an interesting name "Certainly" for a dark hero. It's always fun to get some insight as to where authors get their inspiration for their characters. Sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  2. Nocturne has revamped their covers for the new year, and I'm really pleased with it! Much as I would have loved to have Certainly featured, I think they got Vika pretty close (though her skirts are more tight-fitted). I love the chandelier in the tree, too. Not a single tree in the story, but it does capture a certain mood, doesn't it?

  3. Beautiful book cover and very interesting description of the story.