Okay. I’ll admit it. The last few weeks, this blog has wreaked of testosterone, smoke, and cordite. Guns have been ablazing. Cars have been chased. And the bad guys have been dealt with in a hard way. So I said to myself, “Self, you need a woman’s touch in here. Need a little femininity.” See? I’m an enlightened neanderthal. But then I said, “Yeah, but she better bring a kick-butt heroine and some major bad guys who she can beat the tar out of!” And with that in mind, I want to introduce you to Stacey Kennedy…the author of the paranormal romance series “The Magical Sword.”
You all know that romance novels probably aren’t really my thing, right? Well, once in a blue moon, I have to admit…a series comes to my attention that seriously threatens to tempt me into picking one up. Stacey’s books are exactly like that for me. The Magical Sword series is so unique and screams of awesome fight scenes, wicked villains, and well, let’s face it, pretty hot girls too! Maybe I need to rethink this whole romance thing after all!
Anyway, as I was saying, Stacey’s books are definitely amazing, which is why I wanted to share them with you today. Now keep in mind, these books are not for the faint of heart and if you wear glasses, will probably need to wipe them off intermittently to get rid of the condensation from the steam. But if you like your books spicy with a bit of a supernatural twist, I have a feeling, Stacey’s books are just what you’ve been looking for.
The first book in The Magical Sword series is “The Willow”. Here’s the product description and a few bits of praises about it:
A past of secrets, a life broken by death―awakens to a world of promise and love, but lurking danger threatens to destroy it all.
In Carson City, Nevada, a tragic car accident has claimed the lives of Nexi Jones’ adoptive parents. Now, without them, the loss could be overcome, but not for Nexi. Now, without them, her reason to live has vanished and she is determined to end her pain.
The problem with that, it’s not heaven she wakes up to, it’s the Otherworld. Nexi must reconcile the truth about her past, and her heritage as part guardian/part witch, while she begins to train to join the Council’s guard. But it’s not the combat training that has her worried, its attempting to keep her cool around the luscious guardian, Kyden that’s her biggest concern.
Before long, Nexi’s skills are put to the test as she begins to fight against the supernatural who have taken a human life. But nothing can prepare her for the journey ahead. Soon, she will find herself lost in a mystery and fighting to keep all she’s gained, as Lazarus, a vampire, threatens to take it all away.
Praise for The Willow:
“…Witches, shapeshifters and vampires take center stage in this fast-paced tale, but even these paranormal creatures cannot distract from the beautiful love story between the hero and heroine. Kennedy has created a world that readers will want to visit again and again!” — Dawn Crowne, RT Reviews
“The Willow was an amazing read. I really loved it. Once I started the book I didn’t stop. The characters and action are awesome. There is always something going on and plenty of twists that are unexpected.The major supernatural players are in this story. You have the shape shifters (mostly werewolves), vampires, and witches.” — Tigger9, Night Owl Romance
Book Two of The Magical Sword series is called The Wicked and was recently released. The newest book in the series, Devil’s Kiss, is due out later this month, so be on the lookout for it! Stacey also has a couple of other series, but I’ll let her tell you about those in a few minutes.
Now you guys know what’s coming next. Recently, I had a chance to talk to Stacey about writing, her books, and pretty much anything under the sun. Here’s what she had to say:
1) Tell us a little about “The Magical Sword” series. In your own words, tell us what it’s about.
The Magical Sword series is Nexi’s journey of leaving the Earthworld behind and finding herself brought into the Otherworld. It is her discovering she is part guardian/part witch and all the abilities that come along with these roles. The stories are centered around her gifts and her learning how to use them to fight against evil. But there is also a love story that quickly heats up the pages. The series is a light-hearted, emotional ride filled with danger. Life’s not easy and that is one lesson that Nexi will continue to learn as the stories progress.
2) Where did the inspiration come from? It’s a rather unique spin to have a heroine attempt suicide, only to find herself in a strange new world where supernatural creatures lurk. How did you come up with it?
For Nexi, she always felt different, out of place in the world she lived in, but she pushed on because she was surrounded by the love of her adoptive parents. When they died in a tragic car accident, her reason to live ended. It was the link to her Guardian birth father finding her. If her life was in danger, the magical conjured around her notified those in the Otherworld, which made her father appear to help her.
The story took this path because Nexi needed to be at a point where nothing else mattered. When the world she was about to leave behind didn’t matter anymore. Plus, everything happens for a reason, doesn’t it? As The Willow begins to pick up in action the reader will soon see that Nexi’s life is about to come full circle. It was an emotional scene to write, and I knew not everyone would agree with starting a novel at that place. But no matter how many times I tried to rework it, her story just had to start here. One thing I learned long ago, never fight against the characters―they always win.
3) Who or what would you say are you greatest influences (i.e. authors, TV shows, movies)? If you had to choose an author that you think your books are the most similar to, who would it be?
This question always makes me cringe! I hate comparing my work to other authors, especially my favourites, but what I will say is that my greatest influence by far has been Katie MacAlister. Her witty characters, humour, and action have always been my favourite to read, which in turn, has probably influenced my work the most. I write stories that I love to read, which I assume is why my novels are light-hearted urban fantasy romance.
4) Besides writing, what other activities do you like to do? Hobbies? Interests?
Reading―of course! I love stories and read at least one a week. It was why I began writing. I enjoy getting lost in someone else’s life for a little while. The ability to leave a busy life with two young kids behind to be lost in a dangerous mission or a beautiful love story―a perfect way to spend an afternoon.
5) What other series have you written or are planning to write? What can readers look forward to in the future of Stacey Kennedy?
To date, I have five series on the go. Within the next year, I plan on wrapping up all those series, but with all the ideas swirling in my mind, I suspect this is only the beginning. I’m in the process of co-authoring a new series with fellow Liquid Silver Books author, Sara Brookes, which I’m really excited about. From there, I have a new series that has been demanding my attention. But I’ve forced myself to focus on the current series on my plate right now before I move on. Or so I keep telling myself.
6) When did you first discover your desire to be a writer? Can you tell us a little about your journey?
It’s a simple story. Being a stay at mom home can be a little brain numbing at times. So, during nap times I read―and read lots. Then, one afternoon, a story presented itself to me. Thus, came The Willow. I had no idea if I could do it, but I tried. By the end of it, and after having some beta readers, I was pleased to hear it was a success. And from that one story came a world of ideas for new plots and exciting tales.
7) And here’s a question I always like to ask all of the authors who join me on my blog. If you could only give one piece of advice to aspiring authors out there, what would it be?
Never give up. It all starts with one idea. Take that idea and let it fly away. You’re going to hit rough patches where you wonder if you should just trash it. But it’s those snags that make you dig deeper and develop the story further.
And don’t take no for an answer. If you believe in your story, others will too. Remember to just keep writing. The more you write―the better you’ll get at it.
Thank you so much, Stacey, for offering your time here to answer our questions. We wish you the best of luck in your writing.
Now if you’d like to get your hands on Stacey’s books, they are all available in ebook through her publisher at http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com/ .
The Willow and The Wicked are both available in print through Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0986593109/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=15RD9P20EPZXK58V26FY&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846 .
And if you’d just like to know more about Stacey, her writing, and her books, be sure to bookmark her website (it’s a great looking site!) here: http://www.staceykennedy.com/