Friday, May 17, 2013

Influential Magic by Deanna Chase: Character Interview and Excerpt: Bewitching Tour Stop


Today I'm speaking with Willow Rhoswen heroine of Influential Magic

Hi Willow.  First, can you give us a little background? Tell us about your family.

My biological family is very small. My grandparents live out of state in Montana and my dad was killed when I was very young, so it was just me, my twin brother Beau and my mom while growing up on the northern California coast. That is until Beau was murdered four years ago. 

These days I live in New Orleans and I’ve chosen a family of friends. Talisen, my brother’s best friend; Phoebe, my roommate and Void agent partner; and the ladies who work at The Fated Cupcake, the magical bakery I own and operate.

What was the scariest moment of your life?

The day I found my brother dead in my mother’s lavender fields. It still haunts me. I’ve made it my mission to find his killer and bring him or her to justice.

What book are you reading now?

Oath Bound by Rachel Vincent. I find it fascinating because the characters are defined and also manipulated by the magic they possess. That’s something I’m intimately familiar with.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A profession volleyball player, but that was out because they seem to think having wings is an unfair advantage.

What are your favorite TV shows?

Lost Girl, Being Human, and Nashville. Also, I really enjoy The Voice. I like the idea of artists getting ahead by using their talent and not their looks. Too often the supernatural creatures of our world have ways of manipulating the judges, but when they can’t look the judges in the eye, it’s harder.

Do you play any sports?

No. They never let faeries play organized sports. But Phoebe keeps bugging me to take self-defense classes. I think I might have to before I get my butt kicked again. I can’t always rely in my wolf-shifting Shih Tzu.

What do you do to unwind and relax?

I munch on Chimney Bark. It’s a chocolate treat that I developed that helps turn the brain off after a trying day of wielding magic. It’s really popular with Void agents.

What one word best describes you?


Do you have any special routines or rituals?

I sleep in an enchanted oak tree. It’s restorative and makes me feel like I’m back home near the forest.

You just won a huge lottery what is the first thing you'll buy?
A giant house so I could turn an entire floor into an atrium full of plants. I thrive off earth magic and am happiest when surrounded by nature.

Influential Magic

Crescent City Fae Book 1

Deanna Chase

Genre: Urban Fantasy 

ISBN: 978-0983797876


Number of pages: 318

Word Count: 95,000 words

Cover Artist: Art by PhatPuppy


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Book Description:

It’s tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires… especially when their very existence drains your life-force.

Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother’s mysterious death, Willow’s life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner—her ex-boyfriend, David. To her horror, he’s turned vamp, which causes her physical pain whenever she touches him… and any other specimen of the undead.

In order to save Willow’s life, David agrees to turn double agent against the most powerful vampire organization in New Orleans. Or so he says. And she’s convinced they know something about her brother’s death. Unsure where David’s loyalties lie, she turns to Talisen, her childhood crush, to help her solve the mystery.

Caught between two gorgeous men and a director who’ll stop at nothing to control Willow’s gifts, she’ll have to follow her instincts and learn who to trust.

Otherwise, she risks losing more than just her life. 

I fingered the thick, weighted envelope, grimacing at the blood-red wax seal. I supposed the old ones felt nostalgia for social etiquette of times past. But seriously? They carried iPhones just like everyone else. What was wrong with a phone call or an email? Of course, modern methods wouldn’t have been as dramatic.
Damn vampires.
I grabbed my antique silver letter opener and carefully broke the seal, trying not to alter it any more than necessary. If there were any lingering energy traces, I might need them later.
 One elegant line was scrawled across the textured stationery.
Your honored presence is required at eight o’clock tonight at The Red Door.
Required, not requested. It wasn’t an invitation. It was a summons. And not one I could likely ignore. The Cryrique held political clout in the city. Pissing them off would only put me out of business.
Did this have anything to do with the Influence drug? My stomach turned. I was the only one in the city powerful enough to enhance the plants needed to create the narcotic. If they wanted an inside track, I was the logical choice. And the most obvious.
The phone rang, startling me out of my worried haze, and the note slipped from my fingers, landing on the desk.
Hopefully it was Phoebe with information on the messenger. I’d faxed the details to her a half hour ago.
I picked up the old-fashioned rotary phone. “The Fated Cupcake.”
“Ms. Rhoswen, you got my note, I presume,” a southern gentleman’s voice drawled.
My heart stopped. “Who is this?” I asked through clenched teeth.
He chuckled softly. “I understand you have something of mine.”
“I can’t imagine what that would be.” What the hell was he talking about?
“Not a what, a who, Ms. Rhoswen. Bring Davidson with you this evening. I look forward to our new friendship.” The line went dead with the unmistakable clatter of a phone coming to rest in its cradle. No iPhone for this vampire.
Davidson? David?
Why would the Cryrique think I had David? Phoebe said he’d cut a deal. He should’ve been home by now.
He cut a deal. Oh no…
With everything going on, I’d completely forgotten about my new assignment with the double agent. I yanked the legal envelope open and stared at the name of my new partner.
Davidson Laveaux.
“F’ing Maude!” I shrieked. With a start, Link jumped from a sound sleep, growling, his eyes glowing gold as he scanned for intruders.
“Sorry, boy. It’s okay. No one’s here but me.”
Link paced, responding to the anger in my voice.
I scanned the document, finding the classification. Sensitive: twenty-four hour detail. The Void wasn’t messing around. Whatever they were after, they meant business.
“Damn it all. How in the world am I going to spend twenty-four hours a day with a vampire?” A vampire who’d seen me naked on several occasions. I slumped in my chair, wishing I could turn the clock back thirty-six hours. Even if it meant being back in my mother’s house.

About the Author 

Deanna is a native Californian, transplanted to the slower paced lifestyle of southeastern Louisiana.

When she isn't writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans, playing with her two shih tzu dogs, making glass beads, or out hocking her wares at various bead shows across the country.

For more information and updates on newest releases visit her website at

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Joanne said...

Congrats on the new release. This book sounds fantastic. Can't wait to read it. Thanks for that character interview with Willow. I had no idea she wanted to be a professional volleyball player. Interesting.


Jennifer Haile said...

I really like the interview with the character. She sounds like someone i'd want to know more about!

-Jen Haile

Felicia said...

How cool - I love this interview - thank you so much for sharing with us.

helen may said...

Sounds like a good book. Can't wait to read it! Thanks!

Stacey Treadwell said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win some cool stuff. The book sounds awesome. Definitely on my TBR list! :)