Witch Hunt – Of the Blood – Book Tour

Please join me in welcoming Devin O’Branagan, Suzanne Hayes Campbell, Keri Lake, K.L.  Schwengel, and Krista Walsh on their tour for their Anthology, Witch Hunt, Of the Blood. It is a stirring prequel to Devin’s novel, Witch Hunt. First some details, but stick around at the end for a quick interview with each author. I’m really enjoying this anthology. The stories are touching and the writing superb.
Five novellas based on Devin O’Branagan’s bestselling novel, Witch Hunt!

You’ve closed the cover on Witch Hunt, but the story isn’t over … yet! Devin O’Branagan has handpicked writers to take up her characters’ stories and explore what happens next.
The anthology begins with O’Branagan’s own novella about Hawthorne matriarch, Vivian. Vivian and her fellow British witches work together to prevent a Nazi invasion during World War II. Then there is Colonial maiden, Bridget, who struggles with the guilt of failing her family in Salem, 1692. Her younger sister, Prissy, mysteriously disappears and finds another magical world. Julia, torn by family loyalties, love, and her spiritual quest, pays a huge price to continue the bloodline. And Miranda uses her powers against the great influenza outbreak of 1918—but finds the ultimate foe is prejudice against her kind.

Discover what was left out of Witch Hunt and revisit your favorite characters with these exciting novellas. The story isn’t done until the battle’s lost and won.

This anthology contains novellas by Devin O’Branagan, Suzanne Hayes Campbell, Keri Lake, K.L. Schwengel, and Krista Walsh.

All five authors of the anthology are available for discussion at Devin’s writers’ forum. This is the link to chat with them: Chat With The Authors!
Witch Hunt: Of the Blood is available in both print and eBook formats and may be found at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords. (Smashwords provides copies compatible with almost all types of eReaders including Sony, Apple, Kobo, etc.) It is also available internationally via Amazon worldwide!

Two of the stories in this anthology are bridges to the upcoming sequel, Witch Hunt: Resistance, which will be released in 2013.

The original Witch Hunt is an international bestseller first published by Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Books. It has been translated into German and Turkish and is consistently on the bestseller lists. It is the story of 300+ years in the history of a family of witches, from the time of the Salem trials to a modern-day witch hunt. It begs the question: could it happen again?

Witch Hunt is available as both a paperback and an eBook. It is available at Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.

Each author was given the choice of who they wrote about and I wanted to know what drew each author to their character. Their answers are below.

Devin O’Branagan

When I was a child, I learned about the role the British witches played in preventing the Nazis from invading England, and I always wanted to write a novel about it. Unfortunately, I was sidetracked by other writing projects. When the idea for this anthology arose, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to tell the story via Vivian, the young English witch brought to America during World War II to marry into the Hawthorne family.

Krista Walsh:

Bridget grabbed my attention because of the strength she showed in the original Witch Hunt. Only twelve years old, she carried the responsibilities of a household on her shoulders, focused on survival not only for herself, but for a four-year-old brother who couldn’t understand the tragedies going on around them. I knew the scars would go deep, and was interested in how she’d cope with them as an adult.

That Rebekah came in and sort of took over the story was a surprise to me as I wrote, but the relationship between the two women became one of my favourites. They were both damaged, but how they each dealt with their demons was unique. The characterization was fun to explore.

Keri Lake:

The time period is what drew me to Miranda’s character. I’ve always had an interest in pandemic flu and writing her just seemed like the perfect opportunity to combine the supernatural with science. The state of the world back then also dictated her personality. As there weren’t many female physicians at the time, I imagined those who persevered through medical school were strong and unwavering. At the same time, her family secret also gave her somewhat of a (societal) vulnerability, that I think, made for a more complex character. I enjoyed writing her.

Suzanne Hayes Campbell:

I was intrigued by Prissy for two reasons. One was that it would give me a chance to write about a time period that presented a backdrop for rich historical details—a time we think we know, but that is really foreign to us in the modern world. Prissy also presented a huge challenge in that she had suffered terrible persecution and abuse at such an early age, and many years afterward, did not speak. So traumatized that she shut down—her only escape was to a fantasy world. Creating a story around a person so damaged was even more difficult than I first imagined. I had to find a way for her to emerge with enough of her personality intact that she could shine in a new way—and it seemed fitting that she should escape to a world that to us still seems a fantasy—but was quite real.

K.L. Schwengel

The original character I wanted to go with was taken by one of the other authors before I put my bid in, so Devin suggested Julia. I have to admit, she wasn’t even on my list. Unlike the other characters in Witch Hunt, there isn’t much background on her. I believe she gets one or two mentions. That proved to be a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it meant I had very few constraints, and could take her where I chose (or so I thought). On the other hand, I knew absolutely nothing about her. I have to admit, it took me a while to connect with her. I had to be very quiet and listen, and stop trying to force my ideas on her, because Julia definitely had her own story to tell. And that story took me way outside my comfort zone. But it also drew me in. As she revealed more of her struggles, and I began to realize how incredibly strong and brave she really was, I found myself reluctant to finish her tale because the one thing we knew about Julia from Witch Hunt was how her story ended. I fought that ending, as Julia did. Ultimately, I had to write it, and accept that with each ending comes a new beginning.

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15 Responses to Witch Hunt – Of the Blood – Book Tour

  1. Sue Campbell says:

    Thank you Julie, for highlighting this book. I had great fun participating as a writer and designer.
    Sue Campbell

  2. Thank you so much for hosting us on our blog tour! I am thrilled you are enjoying WITCH HUNT: OF THE BLOOD! It was definitely a labor of love. 🙂

  3. Thank you hosting us! Really enjoyed working with this great group of writers 🙂

  4. kathils says:

    Thanks for having us, Julie! This was an awesome project to work on, and I hope everyone enjoys the results.

  5. Thank you for the blog space, Julie! I really appreciate the support for a project that was such a blast to put together!

  6. Nicole says:

    Sounds like a fun read, thanks for the link!

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