Monday, 19 March 2018

Reimagining Contemporary Magic: Guest Post by Eva Chase

About The Book:

Title: CONSORT OF SECRETS
A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance
(The Witch's Consorts Book 1)
Author: Eva Chase
Pub. Date: March 8, 2018
Publisher: Ink Spark Press
Pages: 250
Formats: Paperback, eBook
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I think every time an author sits down to write a story involving magic, especially in the modern-day world,
we’re having to re-imagine it at least a little. Figuring out our own spin on the classics, ways to switch up what other stories have done before, and the approach that will fit the story we want to tell best.
With Consort of Secrets, my magic system was defined by the situation I knew I needed to set up. I wanted a world where the witch main character would end up taking multiple romantic partners, even though her community forbade it, and for this to be an act of power. So it immediately became clear to me that my witches would be receiving power from their partners—a “kindling” of magic only possible when two people came together. In that sort of society, having more than one partner could shift the balance of power, so it’d be very important to the powers that be to restrict what witches were allowed to do and what they even thought was possible.
Starting from that premise, there was a ripple effect through various other areas of my magical community. For example, how would it change gender dynamics if the women were the ones with the most overt power, but had to rely on a relationship with a man to access that power? How would they navigate their relationships differently when a marriage was both potentially an act of love but also a matter of necessity for any witch wanting to come into her magic?
(If you’re wondering about the answers to those questions and others, you can find them in the book. ;) )
The other way I played with the usual approaches to magic was with my spell-casting. So many stories use the standard “say magical words, wave a wand, create an effect.” Heck, I used that approach in my earlier Legends Reborn series. So with these books I wanted to try something a little different. I started thinking about martial arts, and how many practices use their “forms” (a set of movements done in a specific sequence) not just to practice how to defend one’s self but also to center the mind or even bring about a sort of psychic effect. I ended up incorporating that into my witching world, where spells are cast more with one’s body than one’s words. Which makes sense, I think, when that magic is formed when two bodies, er, come together.
I can’t wait to see what directions the later books will take me into this magical society. I’m sure there’s more aspects of the witching magic that I’ll get to explore—and re-imagine.


Every witch knows the rules: 

Stick to your own kind. Never reveal your powers to outsiders. Take a consort from the witching families or kiss your magic good-bye forever. 

For years I've been quiet, obedient Rose Hallowell. I accepted the man my stepmother chose for me. But I never stopped missing my long-ago friends. 

Now we're back on my childhood estate to arrange my marriage. The boys I grew up with? They're still in town—and they haven't forgotten me either. And damn if they haven't grown up well. 

They've got no magic, no place in my life. But they're charming and sweet and infuriatingly hot, and I can't seem to stay away. The more I try to resist, the more secrets I uncover about my family, my betrothal, and everything I thought was true about the witching world. 

I've been lied to. I've been betrayed. So to claim my magic and my happiness, I'll break every rule there is—and then some. 

Don't mess with this witch. Every rose has thorns. 

*Consort of Secrets is the first full-length novel in a steamy reverse harem paranormal romance series. Take a dollop of gothic atmosphere, add a heaping of romantic angst, and mix it up with five enticing young men and a passionate witch just coming into her own.*


Read the prequel ROSE’S BOYS!
Pre-Order Book 1, CONSORT OF THORNS Available April 25th!
About Eva:
Eva Chase lives in Canada with her family. She loves stories both swoony and supernatural, and strong women and the men who appreciate them. You can visit her online at www.evachase.com.
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Tour Schedule:
Week One:
3/12/2018- BookHoundsInterview

3/13/2018- Two Chicks on BooksGuest Post
3/13/2018- Love in a time of FeminismReview

3/14/2018- Daily WaffleExcerpt
3/14/2018- Reading for the Stars and MoonReview

3/15/2018- Angelic Book ReviewsExcerpt
3/15/2018- Savings in SecondsReview

3/16/2018- Smada's Book SmackReview
3/16/2018- Books and BlendsReview


Week Two:
3/19/2018- Writer of WrongsGuest Post
3/19/2018- Myth and Magic Book ClubReview

3/20/2018- Jessabella ReadsReview
3/20/2018- NerdophilesReview

3/21/2018- Book Sniffers AnonymousExcerpt
3/21/2018- Reese's ReviewsReview

3/22/2018- Wonder StruckExcerpt
3/22/2018- Erzabet's EnchantmentsReview

3/23/2018- ParajunkeeReview
3/23/2018- Book-o-CrazeReview

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