Saturday, February 5, 2011

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Kimberly Frost

Hi everyone,

It’s wonderful to be back at Fang-tastic Books for the release of my third Southern Witch novel, Halfway Hexed. Visiting this site has become a fun tradition for me with the release of each book.

For those not familiar with my Southern Witch series, it’s a blend of mystery, paranormal romance, and action/adventure. The main character, Tammy Jo Trask, is a young woman who’s descended from a long line of witches, but whom the family magic seems to have skipped. In Would-Be Witch (Book 1), Tammy comes into her powers. Unfortunately they don’t work properly, and all her spells go hilariously wrong. In Barely Bewitched (Book 2), she learns why her magic malfunctions and taps into a different source of supernatural mojo.

Now in Halfway Hexed, Tammy Jo has two weeks of mystery-solving, butt-kicking adventure behind her, and she hits the ground running when dangerous foreign wizards come to town, a new mystery arises, and her in-town nemesis, Jenna Reitgarten, orchestrates a plot to force her out of her hometown.

One of the things that’s terrific and fun about writing a series is the way a thread can be allowed to unravel slowly. In the case of Tammy and Jenna, their animosity began before the stories start, and they clash frequently in the first two books, but in the third book their conflict finally comes to a head.

Here’s an excerpt from early in the book:

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“Get her!” Jenna ordered. Then they knocked me down and piled on top of me, and we were a mass of scratching fingernails, kicking legs, and tangled hair. I didn’t want to hurt any of them, so I didn’t actually hit anyone with a closed fist. In retrospect, that was a mistake. I should’ve treated them like any killer werewolf or vicious faery that I’d fought the past two weeks. But hindsight is twenty-twenty and foresight is more like twenty-two-hundred. With my wrists, ankles, and lips duct-taped, all I could do was glare at them when they picked me up and carried me to the back door.

I shouted against the tape. It came out sounding something like, “Mm-errrr-mum-hu-mmurma.”

Predictably they ignored my garbled protests. I squirmed and struggled until they dropped me, making me bang my butt and left elbow on the tile floor. Scowling and snarling, they picked me back up.

“Stop moving! You’re only hurting yourself,” Lucy snapped.

“That chocolate sculpture is really great, by the way. It’s going to make a wonderful focal point for the fund-raiser,” Sue said.

What the fudge? They were still expecting to use my work? Not if I had anything to say about it. Unfortunately, at the moment I really didn’t, but I shouted against the tape anyway.

“If you cooperate, maybe you’ll be free in time for the fundraiser. Wouldn’t that be nice?” Mindy said, sweet as a Stepford wife.

I flailed until they dropped me again. My left butt cheek was going to be one big bruise tomorrow.

Jenna leaned over and grabbed my arm, squeezing hard. “That’s enough,” she hissed.

I glared at her.

“You brought this on yourself, you know,” she said as they lifted me again. “We’re taking you into custody on behalf of DeeDAW.”

Who? “Uutt?”

“Defending Duvall Against Witchcraft. DeeDAW,” Jenna said triumphantly as they dropped me into a car trunk. “Now be quiet in there.” With that, the lid whumped shut and plunged me into darkness.

My very first chocolatier’s commission, and the clients turned into witch-hunting kidnappers! Apparently, my plan to keep my regular life as a pastry chef separate from my new life as a witch wasn’t going to work out as well as I’d hoped.

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As you can see, Tammy loses the initial battle with Jenna and DeeDAW, but as you might expect there’s a lot more to the war. I won’t give you the details about what finally happens to Jenna, but every dog has his day, and where Jenna’s concerned, Tammy’s day is in Chapter 27 of Halfway Hexed. :-)

For a chance to win an autographed copy of the Southern Witch novel of your choice, pop down to the comments and tell me what fictional character from a book or movie you most enjoyed seeing get his/her due at the hands of the hero/heroine.

Best wishes & happy reading,
Kimberly Frost

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laceyinthesky said...
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cait045 said...

My person would be Monica from Rachel Caine's Morganville series. She can get her due from Claire and Eve combined.


Mary said...

I would say Victor von Doom from Fantastic 4. I was so happy when he got what was coming to him.

Elie said...

Hi Kimber! So excited for your new release, I LOVE your books.

Debbie and Lorena from the Sookie series. sweet victory. loved seeing them get theirs.

Bethie said...

I think the best was when Alcide's werewolf girlfriend gets killed in the Southern Vampire series. The was so nasty!

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Theresa N. said...

Jimmy Angelov from Practical Magic the second time. This guy deserved it the first time and again the second time. Have broom will travel in these emergency cases!!
Theresa N

Witchy Woman said...

Hi Kimberly,

To answer your question, in Night Pleasures (1st of Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series) the main antagonist is called Desiderius. And man... does he torture the hero. He's also a mega pain-in-the (fill in the blank) for the heroine and her family. I was so dang happy when he finally _________________. (Sorry, no spoilers!)

Kimberly Frost said...

Hi everyone,

Sorry, I'm so late dropping in. Thank you for stopping by the post!

I've got a book signing and a cocktail party tonight, so I don't know what I was thinking having a blog event, too. LOL I guess that's the nature of being an author. We always think we can fit everything in!

Anyway, I love Rox and this blog, so it's great to be here. I love the selections you've posted so far. It's nice to see what other avid paranormal fans are reading!

P.S. I see familiar cyber faces. Hi Cait045, Elie & Witchy Woman.

Danielle Gorman said...

I was happy when Lash from the BDB finally got his due. Oh I hate that guy!

jeanette8042 said...

I loved it when Uram in Nalini Singh's Angels' Blood got what was due to him.


Rae M. said...

I might have to agree with cait045. When Monica from the Morganivelle Series gets knocked off her pedestle and everybody finally stopped taking her crap. I have to admit it was a pretty good moment.

And I know it's a TV show and not a movie, but it was the first thing that popped into my head. It was on Angel when he let Darla and Drusilla kill all the lawyers from Wolfram and Hart. I may be slightly sadistic here, but man they really deserved it!


Meredith said...

This is cheesy, but did anyone think Edward got knocked down a notch when his daughter imprinted on Jacob? Not so high and mighty after all. lol!

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BLHmistress said...

The book I just read Gabriel's mate I was so happy the stalker(not giving the name it would be a spoiler) got his just desserts.


She said...

I like when Carla got shown up for lying about Lola being at the last concert for Lola's favorite group, Sid Arthur when Stu asks for Lola at Carla's party in Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen. It was so good to she the shock on her face when Stu asks for Lola at Carla's party in front of the whole class.

D.B. Story said...

Personally, I've always felt that the perfect comeuppance was the one visited on Daryl Van Horne (Jack Nicholson) in The Witches of Eastwick. It was so very good because of Jack Nicholson. A lesser actor could not have made this a memorable scene in the way that Mr. Nicholson did.

Robin K said...

You know who came to mind immediately, Darth Vader! I would love to see a heroine kick his butt! Depressed, crabby chap that he is.

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Jessica said...

Hmm...that's kind of a toughie. The one I immediately think of would be too spoilery, since it hasn't even been released yet. But for a series that had already ended, last Rachel Vincent's Shifter series, don't look if you haven't read it yet...I loved it when Malone died! Well Colin too for that matter. Those guys were real a-holes and I was very happy about their demises.


wade2121 said...

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hermione punches Draco Malfoy.

stacey said...

in Sherrilyn Kenyon's Seize the Night Valeruis get what he's coming to him from Tabitha

Tore said...

I would like to see Spike get it from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Please enter me in contest.

Julie S said...

I loved when Lorena got what was coming to her by Sookie and Bill!


donnas said...

Congrats on the release! I would have to agree with Jimmy in Practical Magic.

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Tanya1224 said...

I pick that god awful vamp (forgot his name) that killed Kisten in Kim Harrison's Hollows series :( I loved it when Rachel torched his place, even though he already died. It was a good closure. Please enter me in this contest. I'd love to read about another witch ;) Thanks

vickie said...

In Serenity when Mal kicked the operatives butt. woohoo vbarton24@ gmail dot com

Lisa R/alterlisa said...

In "Alien", when it (the alien baby)got sucked through a pin hole in the glass of the spaceship.

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Barbara E. said...

I would choose the scene in Gini Koch's Touched by an Alien when Kitty takes out the head fugly all on her own.


Amy said...

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when Voldemort finally gets killed and still didn't believe in love.


Laura H. said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I just finished watching "Avatar" again for the umpteenth time and still love it every time when the Colonel gets his due after Neytiri nails him with a couple of arrows.