Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Goodbye Witch by Heather Blake: Guest Author & Giveaway

The Goodbye Witch (Wishcraft Mystery Series #4)



Blind Faith
By Heather Blake

One of the most-asked questions I receive from readers is, “Where do you get your ideas?” 

Honestly, some of the time I have no idea where they come from. The ideas are just there. Most of the time, however, an idea comes from a situation I see or hear. It sets off a spark that I then flame into a full-blown plot by playing the “what if” game. What if that happened to one of my characters? Then what if my character did this, did that?

For The Goodbye Witch, it was a magazine article I read that created the spark. A human-interest piece about a young woman who’d been murdered. Nineteen years old. A high-achieving college student. The whole world ahead of her. There was a preponderance of evidence against the woman’s boyfriend that he’d committed the crime. DNA. Witnesses. A confession (though later retracted). Yet…his parents steadfastly refused to believe their son, their pride and joy who was also a college student on the fast-track to greatness, could have had anything to do with this heinous crime. No way. Not their boy. They proclaimed his innocence to any and all who would listen (and still do, despite his conviction).

The behavior, the blind faith, of those parents struck me hard. What if that was one of my sons? What would I do in that situation? How would I react? Better yet…what if it happened to one of my characters?

What if?

In The Goodbye Witch, Wishcrafter Darcy Merriweather’s best friend, Starla, is living her worst nightmare. Her fugitive ex-husband, Kyle, has returned to the Enchanted Village. Years ago, he escaped jail after being arrested for Starla’s attempted murder. His family – his parents and two brothers – and most of the village took Kyle’s side after the arrest. As the village’s golden child, Kyle could do no wrong in their eyes. 

Darcy, of course, is livid at the absolute allegiance to Kyle. How could everyone simply ignore all the evidence against him?

What if?

It’s not until Kyle’s found dead, and Starla becomes the number one suspect in his death, that Darcy learns how easily someone can put blind faith behind a loved one accused of a horrible crime. She’ll do anything and everything to clear her friend’s name.

Because nothing is ever what it seems in the Enchanted Village, it takes all Darcy has learned about the Craft and help from her family and friends (mortal and Crafters alike) to discover the true motive for Kyle’s death. And when she does, she’s completely unprepared for the consequences of those actions and how they affect her own life…

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Blurb: As Enchanted Village’s resident Wishcrafter, Darcy Merriweather has the power to make other people’s wishes come true, but what she really wishes is that she had the power to uncloak the invisible man who’s stalking her best friend....

Darcy’s closest friend and fellow witch, Starla Sullivan, hoped she’d never see her ex-husband, Kyle, again. Two years ago he tried to kill her, and he has been a fugitive ever since. Now Starla claims to have seen him back in Enchanted Village, but it seems she’s the only one who can see him. To everyone else, her ex is invisible.

Darcy only wishes his motives were as transparent as the rest of him. Since the police can’t arrest someone they can’t see, it’s up to Darcy to find the secret behind Kyle’s latest disappearing act—before he does something they can’t see coming….

Giveaway: Leave a comment by noon eastern on Monday, May 12th for the chance to win a paperback copy of The Goodbye Witch. (US entries only, please.)

26 comments:

  1. Sounds like an interesting book!

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  2. I love this series so glad theirs another book out can't wait to read it.

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  3. Looks great, thank you for the chance to win it :)
    jslbrown2009(at)aol(dot)com

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  4. Thanks for hosting me, Melissa! And good luck to all the entrants.

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  5. The "what ifs" that writers play with give us some really fine books to read.
    libbydodd@comcast.net

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  6. Hi Heather,
    I love this series and am hoping it continues for many years (or as long as Heather wants to write it). I want to win this book so I can add it to my 2 room home library for all my kids to share.

    NoraAdrienne(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Thank you so much, I would love to win this book!!

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  8. I LOVE Heather's books. I read the Good, the Bad and the Witchy in one day because I couldn't put it down. And looking forward to A Vision in Velvet. Would love to win this one.

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  9. What a wonderful opportunity to get to know a new (to me) author! I would love to win!

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  10. Love the cover. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  11. Heather is an amazing author. I love this series!

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  12. Would love to get a chance to read this book. I've heard very good things about it.

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  13. Looking forward to reading this book! Don't have a copy of it yet.

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  14. Wonderful book and great series. Thanks for this giveaway. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. What an interesting feature and giveaway. Many thanks. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. I have often wondered where writers get their ideas from. I find the entire idea of writing a book overwhelming. I have enough trouble coming up with blog posts. Please enter my name in the giveaway please. Thank you.

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  17. Sounds like a good book. I myself can't read but the humans can!

    Noodle

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  18. I enjoy these books and would like to "travel" to Enchanted Village for another one.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  19. I love this series and the characters.

    kaye.killgore@comcast.net

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  20. I love you're books! Thanks for the contest!
    Dtk070305@yahoo.com

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  21. I love you're books! Thanks for the contest!
    Dtk070305@yahoo.com

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  22. Love this Series and the Town. Excited for the new one.

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  23. Oh, I love this series so much! So excited for this one! It's great to hear a little bit more about what sparks the creative juices!!

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  25. I love this series! It would be awesome to win a copy of the next book!

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  26. would love to read this!!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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