Saturday, February 2, 2013

[Blog Tour & Interview] The Last Witch by Debbie Dee


Welcome Author Debbie Dee

Debbie Dee recently moved to southern Idaho with her husband and three children where she is learning how to be a country girl in her favorite pair of blue heels. She adores fairy tales and happy endings, but secretly crushes on the bad guy now and then. As a dedicated musician who practices way too much, she never expected writing would sweep her off her feet until she jotted down a scene from a daydream, which turned into two scenes, which turned into a messy house and her first novel. Since then she hasn't been able to let a day go by without writing. Her website is www.debbiedee.com



If you could live in any book “world” which book would it be?
I’d have to choose a novel set in modern times because I’d be a big baby without electricity, toilets, lotion, and epidurals. But, I’d like something in a fantasy world so I could have a little fun! I think the Harry Potter “world” would be perfect, but only if I could choose what sort of character I’d be. It wouldn’t nearly as much fun if I ended up a muggle!

What did you want to be when you grew up?  
I really wish I could remember! How lame is that? I do remember telling my sisters that I was an exiled princess from another land. So, perhaps I had my sights set on being a princess.

What was your favorite book as a child/teen?
As a kid I LOVED Matilda by Roald Dah. When I was eight my family was moving out of state and I was afraid the library in our new town wouldn’t have a copy. So, being the little sneak that I was, I tried to type out the entire book on my dad’s old word processor – we’re talking a 1980’s hunk of junk. Never mind the million copyright laws I was breaking! I think I only got through the first couple of chapters and then gave up. I’m just now realizing that I STILL don’t have my own copy. I should do something about that! I mean - I’ll buy it, not type it out. 

You are stranded on a deserted island, what 3 things would you want?
Solar powered laptop with internet access (these exist, right???)
Cocoa pebbles and milk
A ticket onto the next cruise ship sailing by

M&M’s or Skittles?
M&M’s all the way. 

Favorite icecream?
Cold Stone Creamery’s white chocolate ice cream with two Recees peanut butter cups mixed in. Booyah!

What’s your favorite season/weather?
Fall.  I feel a sense of winding down this time of year, which is nice, but it’s also great to pull out all my cozy, yet stylish, sweaters that hide all that extra padding I was supposed to lose before swimsuit season, but never did.  

Beach or pool?
This is funny. My husband and I argue about this all the time because he wants nothing more than to vacation at the beach and I want nothing more than to not get eaten by sea creatures. I recently wrote a guest post about my fear of fish, among other fears, that will shed some light on this extra cool phobia of mine.

If you had a time machine where would you go back in time or ahead? And who would you like to visit?
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to go back and visit my old self – knock some sense into her. But, that would be a waste of a trip because I’ll probably keep doing stupid things no matter how many future me’s came to visit! So, I think I’d rather go back in time and take a few music lessons from Mozart or Rachmaninoff.  Wait! I have a better idea. I’d go into the future when I’m supposed to look 95 and give my husband the shock of a lifetime when I walk through the door with my younger, fabulous self. Sure, it would be a frivolous use of a unique opportunity, but it would be hilarious. Sometimes the best times are the funniest times. 

Any advice for writer’s just starting out?
Take classes, go to writers conferences, and don’t be afraid to let people critique your work. 

Any pet peeves?
Hmmm, how many pet peeves could I list before I am perceived as a crotchety old bag? Actually, only a few things bug me. Empty toilet paper rolls, foul language – especially in front of my kids, newscasters (sorry, I can’t help myself, they all bug me), and Christmas spelled X-MAS. Man, I DO sound like an old bitty. I promise, I’m a nice person. 

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
In a fairytale world where the witch isn’t always the “bad-guy” and the prince isn’t always the most eligible bachelor, THE LAST WITCH is a romantic adventure you won’t forget. 

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I’ve loved all the interactions I’ve had with so many different people all over the world - readers, bloggers, reviewers, etc. There are so many awesome people out there who love books and want to share them with others. 

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
Book two in the Incenaga Trilogy, THE UNDERGROUND WITCH, will be released on May 2nd, 2013! Look out for the cover reveal in March. I’m also finishing up the final edits for a historical fiction set in ancient Egypt that I’m very excited about- DESERT GUARDIAN. It is about a blue-eyed, blond-haired girl who inadvertently saves Pharaoh’s son and is rewarded with an invitation to join the elite royal school in Egypt’s capital. It’s an adventurous middle-grade novel.

Thanks so much Debbie for visiting today!! I enjoyed interviewing you! You're a sweetie! :) Please visit again SOON! :D


The Last Witch 
by Debbie Dee
Publisher: Dolce Books
Pages: 248

Book Description:

For generations the Incenaga Witches have been forced to use their power to fulfill the wishes of others until they are drained of their magic and left to die. Desperate to protect his infant daughter - the last surviving witch - Emmeline's father escapes with her to the forests where he vows to keep her hidden from the world and from the truth. 

Sixteen years later, Emmeline is discovered and finds herself in the grip of a traitor who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means abusing her power until she dies. She is taken to a distant country and told she must marry the Crown Prince or her own country will be overtaken, its people slaughtered. But what sort of prince would marry a witch? And why would she be the difference between war and peace?

As she fights to regain her freedom, she is faced with a choice between a prince who offers a lifetime of security and a common gamekeeper who has no idea of her power, but offers his heart. 

But who can she trust when her power can be used against her?



4 comments:

Debbie said...

Thanks for having me on your blog! I had so much fun with your interview!!

Elisabeth said...

Okay, I HAVE to go check this one out. (Sucker for fantasy.)

Amanda M said...

Ha! This was such an awesome and fun interview!

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myseryniti said...

Love this!! Loved the book, absolutely love Debbie Dee! This was a great interview. :D