Friday, November 17, 2017

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Mad Magic by Nicole Conway @ANConway @chapterxchapter @Month9Books

Mad Magic by Nicole Conway
Publication Date:  November 14, 2017
Publisher:  Month9Books

After being orphaned, high school student Josie Barton only has one person she can turn to when things get rough—a mysterious legal guardian who calls himself her Benefactor. “Ben” takes care of everything for her. He pays her bills, provides food, clothes, and even a cell phone. But there is one thing Ben doesn’t know: Josie Barton sees scary imaginary creatures everywhere she goes. Even her apartment is being haunted by an invisible monster! And just when Josie thinks things couldn’t get any worse . . . she meets the guy from across the hall.

Zeph Clemmont is a man of many faces. He’s a changeling with enemies in all the worst places, fighting to undo a magical curse that could end his life. He loves a good argument and has incredible magical power, but he may have met his match in Josie. So far, she’s the only one who seems able to rein in his childish tantrums and magical explosions. Zeph will have to swallow his pride and finally let go of all his dark secrets if he really wants to break his curse. And with Josie at his side, he might actually stand a chance this time.

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Interview with Nicole Conway
What inspired you to write Mad Magic?

It all started with Zeph.
As with most of my stories, it’s usually the creation of specific character that sort of launches the entire project. This one caught like wildfire. I wrote MAD MAGIC four years ago with the idea of blending the notion of faerie tales and folklore from many different cultures, but I wanted to take a new approach, too. I wanted to make it uniquely mine somehow. It took a while to find the right balance of danger and magical faerie mischief, and since then the story and characters continue to evolve and amaze me. Zeph came first, however, so this is all his fault—something he would probably be proud of.

Can you tell us a little bit about the next books in the Mad Magic series or what you have planned for the future?

I currently have two more instalments planned for the MAD MAGIC series: VICIOUS VOWS and WICKED WAYS. All will be narrated by the same main character, Josie Barton, and continue to follow her journey as she navigates the world of dark and dangerous faerie magic. There will be cameos throughout of characters from the first book, as well as appearances of some well-known traditional faerie tale icons like Jack Frost. It’s going to be a wild ride!

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Mad Magic?

There are three main figures that are the focus of MAD MAGIC. The narrator, Josie Barton, is a 17-year-old high school student trying to keep her normal life together while she struggles with ancient faerie villains and unearthing her own mysterious past. She grows a lot through the novel, coming into her own and seizing control of her own fate—as well as that of the man she loves.
Zeph Clemmont is a faerie changeling and talented shapeshifter with enemies in all the worst places. He has a well-earned reputation amongst his own kind as a troublemaker, rogue, and hothead. It takes Josie no small amount of effort to get through his gruff exterior and magical tantrums to figure out who he really is—a fiercely loyal man hiding a heart of gold.
Last but not least, Eldrick Dorchaidhe is a puca with a massive chip on his shoulder. Known as the enigmatic son of the Boogeyman and “Prince of Nightmares,” Eldrick has no love for humanity and has worked diligently to avoid them. That is, until he finds himself bound in servitude to Josie. Now he’ll either have to swallow his pride and reassess his initial opinion about humanity, or risk miss the opportunity to heal old wounds and move forward.

You know I think we all have a favorite author. Who is your favorite author and why?

It’s so hard to choose! I guess Rick Riordan would be my absolute favourite. I love his interpretations of mythology and whimsical, genuine characters. His stories never fail to entertain!

If you could time-travel would you travel to the future or the past? Where would you like to go and why would you like to visit this particular time period?

I’d go to the past to the Regency Era. I’d love to visit some of the places Jane Austen references in her works like Derbyshire. I guess I’m a little bit of a romantic, but the balls and parties they had then sound like they must have been fun!

Do you have any little fuzzy friends? Like a dog or a cat? Or any pets?

I do! I have a cat, named Mr. Darcy, and a dog named Phoebe. Both are actually being fostered by family and friends in the United States right now while we are finishing up our term in South Korea. We decided not to bring them along and subject them to the chaos of the long flight and confined living space. We are a military family, so we move a lot, but they are good sports about it! 

Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today.


Nicole is the author of the children’s fantasy series, THE DRAGONRIDER CHRONICLES, about a young boy’s journey into manhood as he trains to become a dragonrider. She has completed the first two books in the series, and is now working on the third and final book.  Other works include MAD MAGIC (Sept 2017), FAULBENDER (tbd), SCALES (tbd), and THE DISTANCE BETWEEN STARS (May 2017).

Originally from a small town in North Alabama, Nicole moves frequently due to her husband’s career as a pilot for the United States Air Force. She received a B.A. in English with a concentration in Classics from Auburn University, and will soon attend graduate school.

She has previously worked as a freelance and graphic artist for promotional companies, but has now embraced writing as a full-time occupation.

Nicole enjoys hiking, camping, shopping, cooking, and spending time with her family and friends. She also loves watching children’s movies and collecting books. She lives at home with her husband, two cats, and dog.

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·        One (1) winner will receive two rose gold necklaces - one with a crown pendant (for Eldrick) and the other with a feather (for Zeph) (INT)