Hey everyone. Today is Day 8 of my 13Days of Halloween with Bewitching Desires A Savannah Coven Anthology.
Today I am happy to feature author Jennifer Ray. She is such a doll and we are talking about her short story Love Spell.
Keira Weathersby loves to help people with the matters of the heart and the body as a witch and pharmacist. But when her childhood rival demands her help, Keira will have to use her craft on the one man she can’t get out of her mind or heart.
Wade Hadley’s girlfriend enjoys leaving hints that she wants to get engaged. The only problem is he doesn’t want to get married right now especially when he’s unsure of his feelings.
When Keira messes up a love spell and Wade professes his love for her, she must figure out how to undo her spell, even if that means Wade will run back to his dreadful girlfriend.
Hey J Ray. To start things off, what is one of your favorite things about Halloween?
One of my favorite things about Halloween is that it’s finally Fall. The air is crisp and cool. The leaves are changing colors. It’s college football season. It’s a beautiful time of year, and everyone is happier! Plus, there’s candy. 😉
What’s your favorite Halloween movie?
Pretty classic movie. Have you ever written paranormal romance before?
This is my first published paranormal romance. The novel I’m working on is a bit paranormal and fantasy.
So, tell me a little about Keira, your heroine?
Keira is the quiet, bookish type. She doesn’t want to be the center of attention, and she would rather be reading a book. True, lasting love without help from spells or potions is the only way she’ll ever accept love. A romantic through and through.
Tell me a little about your Hero?
Wade is completely adorkable. He may not have the best taste in women, but he’s working on that. He’s the type that wants to cook for a woman and cozy up next to a fire with her. He hides his passionate side from the world, saving it up for the one woman he plans on spending the rest of his life with.
Where did you get the idea for your story or what was the inspiration for your story?
Being based in Savannah, I knew that I wanted to use southern charm and the historical aspect of downtown Savannah. Having grown up in Georgia, I drew from the various personalities I grew to love about south. I think all of my characters in the story really mash up all of your classic southern residents. Some are used for good and some are used for bad! Once I nailed down the personalities, the story took off.
What was the hardest part in writing this short story?
The hardest part was my hero. Wade has a big decision to make, and I didn’t want him to come across as a jerk. Hopefully as the story’s events unfold, the reader will grow to love him as much as I do and respect his actions.
Do you see yourself continuing this character(s) into another project?
Probably not, but you never know what the future holds. I really love my characters.
Are you working on anything new currently?
I’m working on a full length novel that I hope to have finished by the end of the year. Fingers crossed!
Is there anything you want to say to the reader?
I hope you enjoy this anthology as much as all twelve of us had writing it. I always love hearing from readers, so please stop by any of my social media sites and say hello and I hate to say goodbye…
An excerpt from Love Spell
Keira locked the shop behind her and met Wade at the side door. She held the book up to show him she’d gotten what she needed.
He grabbed the tome from her hands. “This old book holds the power to break the spell you have over me?” He gave her a dimpled grin.
Oh goodness, she was in trouble. His kisses alone about did her in. But if he wanted to confess his love for her, he needed to do it spell free. It had to be the real thing.
Unfortunately, when she reversed this spell, it was guaranteed he would run screaming back to Ginny and all of her perfectness. Someone like Wade didn’t fall for someone like her.
“Do you want a beer?”
He stopped mid-stride and gaped at her. “You have beer?”
“Um, yes. I drink it too.” She yanked open the fridge and grabbed two bottles of beer. She used the bottom edge of her shirt and twisted a bottle open, handed it to him, and then opened one for herself.
He watched her take a swig off the bottle before he lifted it to his mouth. “You know, you could just forget about reversing the spell and leave things the way they are.” He winked.
She snorted. “I’d rather be loved for more than my beer drinking abilities.”
She led him into the small dining room next to the kitchen. He brushed past her and pulled a chair out for her. She paused and looked at the chair.
“Don’t tell me you’ve never had a man pull a chair out for you? There are still gentlemen around.” He gestured toward the chair.
Sitting, she looked up at him. “I’m sure there are still gentlemen, but I don’t seem to find any.” She opened the grimoire he laid before her. The paper marking the page peeked out the bottom, and she carefully turned to the page.
Wade leaned in to look at the page too. “What language is that? Latin?”
“Yes.” She reread the translated information. There wasn’t any mention of undoing the spell or another spell that would counteract it.
“Do you know what it says?”
“Um, no. But it wasn’t necessary. I had to do the spell in Latin anyway.” She flipped back to the beginning to find the list of spells.
“You chanted a spell and had no idea what it meant?” He frowned at the book.
“I knew what the spell was for and the gist of what was said just not the exact translation.” She went back to reading the list of spells as he chugged his beer.
“Thank God I didn’t sprout a second head or something.”
Jennifer pretends to be organized in a sea of to-do lists while chauffeuring around her two children to their endless activities.
While waiting in the car, she sips her coffee and escapes to make-believe worlds full of destiny, love, and strength.
If she has any spare time, she bakes sweet treats, dances with her children to the music in her head, and curls up on the couch with her husband watching their backlog of DVR-ed TV shows. Since they live in the southeast, Jennifer takes the opportunity to drink sweet tea and say y’all whenever she gets a chance