Monday, July 15, 2019

Blog Tour + #Giveaway: Magic Heist by Mary Karlik @MaryKarlik @XpressoTours

Magic Heist
Mary Karlik
(Fairy Trafficking #2)
Published by: Ink Monster LLC
Publication date: July 9th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Layla rescued fairies that had been kidnapped and brought the human world. But now they can’t find their way back to the magic realm and time is running out.

Layla is a powerful fairy with magical ability that stretches beyond throwing spells. But with all that power, she still doesn’t know how to get over one-hundred fairies back to the magic realm. With their magic gone, the rescued fairies have no immunity to protect them from the toxins of the human world, and they’re slowly dying.

To find the path home, Layla knows she must team up with the one man who can make her insides quiver with an accidental brush of his fingertips. The same man who’s alter ego dragon is the natural predator of fairies. The man she knows will give his life to keep the fairies safe—Scotland’s finest Specialist Crime Division leader, Ian Cameron.

Ian has only been a dragon shifter for a few days. He struggles to control the dragon spirit locked inside his human form, doesn’t know what magical powers he may or may not have, and has never been to a magical world. But none of those things frighten him as much as the little spark that ignites in his soul when the half – human fairy is around.

But this little fairy is no Tinkerbell. She is brave, powerful, and can wield a sword like a medieval knight.

With growing feelings toward Layla, he couldn’t refuse to help her get the fairies back to the magic realm if he wanted to. The problem is the dragon who lives inside him would like nothing more than to feed his appetite with all of those little fairies—especially the half human one who killed its leader.

“Mary Karlik, is truly a hidden gem of a writer.”I Am the Bookworm


As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?

I have three wee mascots. They immigrated from Scotland and they appear in almost all of my IG and FB posts. One is a plush unicorn because the unicorn is the national animal of Scotland. One is a wee hairy coo also called highland cow because they are adorable. One is a wee sheep because there are more sheep in the highlands than people and let’s face it, they are SO cute.

How many hours a day do you put into your writing?

I usually write a good 8 or 9 hours. I set daily word count goals and don’t let myself get up until I’m finished. I try to beat the count from the day before. I’m very competitive. Competing with what I accomplished the previous day seems to work for me.

Do you read your book reviews? If yes, do they affect what you write in the future?

Hmm. Yes and no. Someone told me years ago that book reviews are for readers not writers. Of course I love to read the 4 and 5 star reviews. A 1 star review sticks with me so I try to avoid them. A reader once challenged something medical I’d put in a book. I am a registered nurse and taught nursing for 10 years. I wanted to tell the reader that I KNEW what I was talking about but you can’t. It doesn’t do anybody any good. But that one bad review has stuck with me for a very long time. However, if a review mentions something constructive, yes I’ll consider it.

Do you leave hidden messages in your books that only a few people will find?

YEP! My family and friends play a card game that requires silly hats. It’s in Magic Harvest and Magic Heist. It’s a fairly well known game. My family added the hat rule. Oh, and there is a Dr. Who reference in the first book, Magic Harvest.

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

Layla is my heroine. If I could use one word to describe her it would be fighter. She fights for those she loves. She fights for acceptance for both humans and magical creatures. She fights for Ian. Ian, my hero, is a protector. He wants to protect Layla, the fairies, his family, and his team.

Can you tell us a little bit about your next books or what you have planned for the future?

The third fairy trafficking book, Magic Reign is scheduled for release in January. I don’t have a release date for book 4, but I’d really like to tell Buzzard and Amelia’s story. Spoilers. We’ll see after that. I have also written a contemporary rom com with a hint of magic. I’m excited to see where this project lands.  

Do you allow yourself a certain number of hours to write or do you write as long as the words come?

I try to write at least 6 – 8 hours. It’s my job so I get up and go to office to write. For me it’s important to write the same time every day. There is a thing called neuroplasticity that basically says if you do something repetitively then your brain develops little neuropathways. By writing every day at the same time, my brain is already ready to write when I get to my chair. When I’m heavy into to my story, my brain is writing before I get my first cup of coffee. 

Do you have a certain number of words or pages you write per day?

I always write slower in the beginning of a book so if I can get between 1500 and 2000 words, I’m good. As the book develops, I write much faster so I’ll set goals of 5000 – 7000 and jump for joy if I get over 7k.

What inspires you to write?

It’s hard to say where I get ideas. They seem to buzz around my head constantly. Sometimes it’s a line in a really good song that can spark an idea that becomes a book. Or a place I’ve been or an event in history I’ve read about.

Would you rather

Read fiction or non-fiction

Read series or stand-alone
Either. If I love an author I’ll binge on the books and it doesn’t matter if it’s a stand-alone or a series.

Read Science fiction or horror
Science fiction. I’m too big of a baby to read horror.

Read Stephen King or Dean Koontz
Neither. Sorry but too creepy for me.

Read the book or watch the movie
Both. I try to read the book first but sometimes I do it backwards.

Read an ebook or paperback
Both. Acutally, I usually listen to a book when I run or walk the dogs, read an ebook if I’m waiting for an appointment or traveling, read paperback in the evenings before bed. So I usually have 3 going at once.

Be trapped alone for one month in a library with no computer or a room with a computer and Wi-Fi only
Computer with Wi-fi because I could still write and I could download all the books.

Do a cross-country book store tour or blog tour online
Cross-country book store tour. I love traveling and meeting people.

Author Bio:

Mary Karlik has always been a dreamer. When she was a teen, she read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, and then sat in every wardrobe in her Nanna's home, trying to open the door to Narnia. She didn't find it, but she did discover her voice as an author: one filled with her young adult self, and grounded in her roots as a Texan and her Scottish heritage, nourished by obscure Scottish folklore.
You can find her Texas roots in her YA contemporary romance Hickville series , which has been described as "100% solid storytelling," and begins with Welcome to Hickville High, a "lovely story about growing up."
She digs deep into her Scottish roots - there is magic there, she just knows it - for the forthcoming YA epic fantasy Fairy Trafficking series, beginning with Magic Harvest.
She makes her home in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of Northern New Mexico where she is a certified professional ski instructor, but she also loves visiting Scotland where she is currently studying Scottish Gaelic at the University of Highlands and Islands in Skye. Mary also earned her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, has a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University, and is a Registered Nurse.
Mary currently serves as the President of the Young Adult Chapter of Romance Writers of America and looks forward to raising a glass or two of gin and tonic with her fellow writers every year at RWA's national convention.



Giselle said...

Thanks for being on the tour! :)

Teenyluvkins said...

Beautiful cover, great giveaway and an interview I really enjoyed reading. Thank you and good luck with the tour

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