For this month’s Check Out a Book with Brynn I decided to do things a little bit differently. I’m still listening to The Wives. (I’m on chapter 23 of 38 and it’s great. The twists, turns and questions that lead to even more questions have left me feeling like I’m on a tilt-a-whirl, but I LOVE IT!) I’ll give you a “no spoiler” review when I’m finished. :P However, since I’m still mid-book, I didn’t want to pick another one just yet. Instead, I decided to ask a friend if I could interview her about her current writing projects. We usually have more time to chat and I’m typically in the know, but since she’s had her nose to the grindstone working on her writing, our conversations have been limited. An interview seemed like a clever way of picking her brain for all of us. :P
Some of you may already know who I’m talking about, but for those who don’t, I’d like to introduce you to an amazing writer who constantly pushes me to reach new heights and then take the next step to go even higher. Meet Tish Thawer––author extraordinaire! She’s best known for her Witches of BlackBrook series, but that is only a sample of her body of work. With over twenty-five novels and a few short-stories to her name, Tish is an accomplished author who delivers beautifully written, magic-laced novels that will have you messaging her for when her next book will be available. I know what you’re thinking, this is just a friend honoring another friend, but it is so much more––SHE is so much more.
You don’t have to take my word for it. Follow this link and go to her ABOUT page to check out the list of awards she has www.tishthawer.com Yes, I may be a little biased, but I do know some of the ideas she has in the works and believe me, they’re going to be EPIC!
So without further ado, please check out the curiosity questions I asked Tish about her Witches of BlackBrook series and current work in progress––The Sisters of Salem. I asked some standard questions, but tossed in a few random ones too. Thankfully, Tish humored me by answering them all.
Brynn: Where did you get the inspiration for the Witches of BlackBrook series?
Tish: Oddly enough, from a lyric in the Rhianna and Eminem song, Love the Way You Lie. I was listening to it in the car one day, and when the part that says, “Just gonna stand there and watch me burn…” came on, I literally saw Trin tied to the stake with her arms out wide, like, “Bring it!” LOL. Then, when I saw Regina’s pre-made cover, I knew it was the one to compliment the story in my head.
Brynn: I’ve read a few of the books in this series but I’m curious how many books are there in total, including companions?
Tish: There are three main books and one short-story companion that can serve as book 2.5. It was a Legends story I wrote in the Havenwood Falls shared world, where two of my three sisters make an appearance.
I have a confession... Did you realize that The Witches of BlackBook series is written in reverse? (1st book is the end of their journey, the 2nd covers a middle lifetime, and the 3rd will take you back to the beginning.) This was unconventional, and a risk I was willing to take, even though I knew it may leave readers feeling as though book 1 needed more depth, but I just couldn't see myself writing it any other way. I promise, there's so much more to learn about the Howe witches, if you just keep reading...
(PLEASE NOTE: To avoid spoilers, you still have to read them in order... book #1 TWOBB, #2 TDOM, #3 TSOS- coming in 2020.) #thewitchesofblackbrookseries
Brynn: I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times but when will The Sisters of Salem be released?
Tish: LOL. You have no idea. I originally announced and listed The Sisters of Salem (Book 3) on Goodreads back in 2017. Shared the cover in 2019, and are now finally close to the release in 2020. It’s been a journey for sure, marred by moves, deaths in my family, and other contracted deadlines. The official date still hasn’t been nailed down, but I know it will be this Spring or Summer for sure!
Brynn: I’ve read Lost in Time and really enjoyed how it began the historical books in Havenwood Falls. Can you tell the readers why you chose to use the Howe sisters in the Havenwood Falls Legends and how does it connect to the original books?
Tish: Absolutely! Because my WOBB series is historical fiction, I knew I wanted to write within the Legends line of Havenwood Falls. I thought, what better way to introduce the magic into this town, than by my super-powerful witches. There was a time when two of the sisters were missing from a particular soul-journey in The Daughters of Maine (book 2), and I thought what better way to explain their disappearance than by having them trapped in the magical town of Havenwood Falls. Personally, I think it worked out really well.
Brynn: What is your writing Kryptonite?
Tish: Time. LOL. I’m an extremely slow writer. Also, character development. Most of my stories are very plot driven, so I think my characters tend to suffer a bit for that.
Brynn: Do you try more to be original with each book you write or do you try and follow the trend by giving readers what they want?
Tish: Original all the way. I’ve seen the trends (lately, supernatural prisons, etc.) but I know that’s not where I’ll shine. I need to write what speaks to me, and I always have.
Brynn: If you could tell your younger writing self one piece of advice, what would it be?
Tish: Don’t give up, and don’t trust just anyone. Building up a core team of people you can depend on is key in this industry. Whether it’s an agent, beta readers, cover artists, or just author friends to bounce ideas off of, it’s important to work with professionals who will have your back, and help bring your vision to life.
Brynn: What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
Tish: I know you’ll balk at this because we’re friends and you’re doing this interview, but honestly, your title, Falling Out of Focus, is one of the best books people haven’t read. LOL.
Brynn: What authors inspire you and why?
Tish: Oh, man, I have a lot of author friends who fall into this category: Stacey Rourke, Casey Bond, Eric Asher, Amy Harmon, YOU! Anyone who continues to master their craft while creating imaginative, well-written stories is an inspiration to me. Those who can be original and prolific in this day and age, are people I’ve come to appreciate.
Brynn: As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
Tish: A black cat for sure! ;P
Brynn: How do you select the names of your characters?
Tish: Like the rest of my stories, they just come to me. LOL. I’m a huge panster, so usually, something will just pop into my head that works, and I run with it.
Brynn: I love all the witchy element and themes in your books. Do you write your own spells or are they inspired from something else?
Tish: Thank you. I do write all my own spells. Since being young, I loved anything to do with magic or superpowers, so that led to a life superhero movies and paranormal shows. I also worked at the largest Metaphysical store in Colorado at one time, which helped guided me to the Wiccan path. So, yes, all the magic in my books comes from my own knowledge and experience.
Brynn: What are you currently working on besides The Sisters of Salem?
Tish: I’m currently writing the continuation of Natalie Putnam’s story in the Sun & Moon Academy, Book 2: Spring Semester. And for those who haven’t figure it out, Natalie is the descendant of Ann Putnam (featured in my Witches of BlackBrook series), so she’s also connected to my sister witches who escaped the Salem witch trails in a way. Her story itself provided a clue to what happens in The Sisters of Salem, if you were paying attention. 😊
If Tish Thawer is a “new to you” author, please check out these MUST READ books as a place to start, as well as, her Witches of BlackBrook series. All of them are fantastic! I’m patiently waiting for book three in the trilogy, The Sisters of Salem. I need to know how the sister’s story ends or begins…LOL! It’s a time travel novel after all. 😊
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Books I’ve read by Tarryn Fisher that I can HIGHLY recommend.
I shared this the other day with my email subscribers, but just in case you missed it
I'll sharing it here too with some other fun stuff you MUST check out!
I had an epiphany the other day and came up with an idea to incorporate authors I know, books I’ve read and loved, must have’s, coming soon, and so much more all in one fun post.
So, without further ado… Welcome to the inaugural post of
Check Out a Book with Brynn.
A new, once a month feature that will introduce you to a great book/author, my current read and/or listen, and some of my own book information for you to check out and explore.
With a touch of her hand, Octavia Hollows can restore life. Yet, she couldn’t save the man she loved from the horrific accident that stole him from her. Octavia thought she could outrun the pain, but ghosts from the past refuse to be silenced. Out of options, she chooses to retrace her wayward journey across the country in search of answers. Surrounded by baffling mysteries of the undead, what she learns about herself along the way might become her greatest weapon.
Seattle, Washington: Land of cloudy skies and a great cup of coffee.
Octavia blew into town in search of information, only to get swirled up in a paranormal predicament even she couldn’t fathom. A neonatal nurse is dead, and her young patient is aging at an alarming rate.
Can Octavia unlock the secrets to this confusing curse before time runs out?
If you like snarky humor, fantastical monsters, and farm-animal sidekicks, The Journals of Octavia Hollows are the paranormal cozy mystery novellas you've been waiting for!
-- Stacey Rourke
Author/Founder of OUAB/ Blurb Doctor
Heading up the security team for a disreputable billionaire seems the perfect outlet for Dash Copeland’s anger issues. That is, until he commits the cardinal sin of consorting with the boss’s daughter–Peyton Daniels.
Worried his indiscretion could cost him his job… or his life… Dash turns his back on his powerful feelings for Peyton and inserts some much needed distance between them by going off the grid. He thought he could forget the seduction of her touch. Nothing could be further from the truth.
When Peyton suddenly goes missing, Dash is ordered to track her down. The cost of failure being her life… and his. For the first time, Dash must cast aside his savage methods and handle the matter with a delicate hand.
Will it be enough to save the only woman he’s ever loved?
Or will one misstep allow his energies to achieve their twisted agendas?
Author, Avanturine Press
Books! Books!! and MORE BOOKS!!!
Welcome to Booktober Bingo!
Grab the cards of all ten participating authors (tagged below) and start reading! Once you have read enough books to make a “Bingo” per card (a Bingo equals a line across, or down, or diagonal and can include the FREE space), simply submit your entry in Tish Thawer’s Book Coven group along with your review links to qualify for the Grand Prize. A winner will be drawn on October 31st and receive a SIGNED BOOK from each participating author AND a brand-new KINDLE FIRE!
Happy Booktober and Good Luck!
Don’t forget to follow each author on social media and subscribe to their newsletters to keep up-to-date with all their bookish things. (To submit your entry, simply take a screen shot of your completed cards, mark off which books you’ve read to make a “Bingo” on each, and post it in Tish’s group.)
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Participating Authors include:
Belinda Boring @belindaboring
Karina Espinosa @instabykarina
Victoria Flynn @vflynnauthor
Amy Hale @authoramyhale
Brynn Myers @authorbrynnmyers
Cameo Renae @cameorenae
Stacey Rourke @rourkewrites
Tish Thawer @tishthawer
Becca Vincenza @becca_vincenza
Rue Volley @ruevolley
My publisher, Amber Leaf Publishing, found an amazing narrator to be the voice of my characters. Senn Annis did a great job bringing Elizabeth Bathory, Nola, Andrik, and the rest of the cast of Captivated by Crimson to life.
If you’re a fan of dark, sexy stories with a twist on the usual vampire tale then this the book for you. Greek gods, humans, ferals, and the ever infamous Elizabeth Bathory.
When a god and a vampire queen desire you, things can get complicated.
Nola Blair is a free-spirited artist who’s been offered a hefty sum to create a unique piece for a party at Elizabeth Bathory’s ruined castle. It’s an assignment she declined––twice. However, at the behest of her sister and her best friend, she finally gave in, choosing her career over her annoyance with the misogynist ass trying to secure her services.
Erzsebet Bathory has been trapped for centuries and would do anything to escape, including using her own son, Paul, to do her bidding. Soon she’ll be free and take her place among the ferals as their queen.
Andrik Kane had no idea his life would change when he saved Nola from a band of rogue vampires. Charged with the hunting of ferals and their creators, one broken rule and the blood of a beautiful brunette in distress ends up giving him more than he ever bargained for.
One wants her blood, the other wants her to be his. Who will decide Nola’s fate?
It’s been almost seven years since Entasy was first published. It seems like only yesterday, but in that span of time, I’ve written eight other books. I’ve taken a long break from The Prophecies of The Nine series––too long, but I have some FANTASTIC news.
Entasy has a brand new cover and a new blurb! In fact, Entasy and Redemption have both been reworked, updated, and are now available on Kindle Unlimited.
My Rating: 4.5/5 stars
I discovered @authorbrynnmyers thanks to IG, and decided to check out this quick little read, the prequel to her Prophesies of the Nine series. This story is an excellent introduction to the characters and premise of the story, with an included glossary of the characters involved. The storyline is based around Celtic and Gaelic mythology, with a healthy helping of fae and demons thrown into the mix. Myers' writing is smooth and fast-paced, and the backstories in this book do not detract from the reader's interest. I'm now seriously interested in reading the series itself, so this prequel did just what it was supposed to. ~Goodreads review
And last but not least, I’m writing Devotion.
Ty and Vivi have spent hundreds of years waiting for their chance at a peaceful life, and now that it's within their grasp, they will stop at nothing to protect what they love most.
Tynan’s soul has been returned but now something else threatens to destroy him and his family. Liam and Cathal’s actions have taken things to another level and The Nine will be forced to respond immediately. The past is now colliding with the future and he’ll need to do all he can to protect his siblings from the pain of setting Caolainn free.
Vivi risked everything to save Tynan that fateful night in the alley. A decision she doesn’t regret because the child growing within her is nothing less than a miracle. Sorcha will need both her mother and father because Vivi fears their enemies will do all they can to possess her and use her as a pawn in this continuing war.
The end of the world is coming. How or when, scientists can't agree upon. For decades, Earth's best line of defense has been a team of young soldiers known as the Apocalypse Five, forced into virtual reality simulations to train for Doom's Day. But, this is no game. Death on the grid is brutally final and calls up the next in a long line of cadets. Stationed aboard the AT-1-NS Starship, the A5 are celebrities thrust into the limelight by a calling they didn't choose. All it takes is one unscheduled mission, showing seventeen-year-old team leader Detroit a harsh and unfathomable reality, to shake the A5's belief in all they thought they knew. After questioning people with the power to destroy them, the team is framed for a crime they didn't commit and marked for death. Now, the hunt is on.
Can the Apocalypse Five expose the truth the starship would kill to keep hidden? Or, will their bravery end in a public execution?
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Young Adult Sci-fi by clicking on the book image.
"Fans of The Hunger Games will love this fresh dystopian thriller, featuring a band of instantly loveable characters that must fight together in a sci-fi twist, in and out of simulations for their freedom in reality." --BookTrib
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