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Friday, January 4, 2013

PROMO: "Sophronia and the Vampire" by Jacqueline Farrell (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Welcome to our Virtual tour stop of "Sophronia and the Vampire" by Jacqueline Farrell brought to you by Bewitching Book Tours.
      I began writing SOPHRONIA AND THE VAMPIRE around the time of my 50th birthday when I realized it was time to come to terms with the fact that I could no longer identify with lissom young twenty-somethings. Evil stepmothers and witches of traditional fairy stories have always been older women and , granted they were usually malicious, cackling old biddies, but at least they looked like they were having fun and they had power which wasn’t something many women had in the old days. So while I was writing I decided to do my bit to reclaim the word ‘crone’ and revel in it.
      The most contemporary example of the crone that kept springing up in my mind as I was writing was Endora from the TV series ‘Bewitched.’ As a little girl I used to watch it religiously, every week hoping that Samantha would do something exciting like ride on her broomstick, attend coven meetings with other witches and create fantastic spells that would amaze the mere mortals she lived amongst. And week after depressing she never did anything but stay at home, wear a frilly little pinny and make dinner for her husband, Darren; and whenever she did anything remotely magical, she was always apologising because Darren didn’t like her behaving like a witch. By contrast, Endora, the crone, always had a fantastic time, weaving mischievous spells, treating Darren with the contempt I always felt instinctively he deserved and generally behaving disgracefully. I actually found this confusing as a child, because Endora wasn’t like any of the old ladies I knew; she always looked glamorous with her gloriously exaggerated eyelashes and wonderfully sexy clothes. It’s only now having entered that strange world of the over fifties myself that I realise there’s a lot to said for growing old disgracefully. So, to all you ladies out there of a certain age, I say it’s time to embrace your inner crone. We may not be as limber and toned as we once were, but as Evelyn points out in Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-stop Cafe, we’re older and we have more insurance.
Sophronia and the Vampire
(Sophronia and the Vampire, #1)
by: Jacqueline Farrell
Publishing Date: 6/18/12
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
ISBN: 9781616503918 
Number of pages: 230 
Word Count: 87000 
Cover Artist: Renee Rocco

Description:
It's been a while since witches had to worry about being burnt at the stake… 
Forty-nine, English and a professional crone, Sophronia is touring America when she is forced to spend the night at a run-down motel on the Californian coast. Her expectations aren't high- - if the bed's clean and the toilet flushes she'll count herself lucky. But events are about to become far more interesting. The motel owner is a juvenile witch unaware of her heritage and in dire need of help, especially when vampires turn up...
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I live in the UK with my husband, two sons, two cats and a dog. I am a French and English teacher which I love and it pays the bills, but I got hooked on writing when I entered a short story competition at the age of eighteen and wrote of my own free will without a homework deadline looming. I’ve been waiting for the impulse to wear off ever since…
I wrote this story when I was coming up to my 50th and feeling a bit sorry for myself. I love the vampire/paranormal genre - Buffy and Sookie in particular - but there comes a time when you just can’t identify with gorgeous, pert twenty-somethings any more and it seems a little undignified to even want to. I also love Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels about Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg – two of the wiliest crones in the business – but wanted something a little more glamorous and contemporary; I can only take so much stuff with the frogs and the cauldrons. When it comes to supernatural powers I’ve always preferred Julian May’s metapsychics in the Saga of the Exiles, so that’s how Sophronia was created. Hagen was easy. 
Obviously heroes can’t be murderers, but I wanted a vampire who wasn’t wracked with guilt over his diet and who seemed to be having fun being an immortal. I hope people will enjoy reading SOPHRONIA AND THE VAMPIRE as much as I enjoyed writing it.
Now here's your chance to win an ebook copy of "Sophronia and the Vampire" from the author Jacqueline Farrell.
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Winner will be announced on 1/11/13.
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15 comments:

laurie said...

the book looks really good. i have added it to my TBR list

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SdyLion said...

I love vampires so this is going to be a great addiction to my TBR list. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com

Sounds an interesting read :)

Thanks for the interest. Hope you enjoy it. Also thanks to Fran and Anna for hosting my guest post

Thanks for the interest. Hope you enjoy it. Also thanks to Fran and Anna for hosting my guest blog

Thanks for the interest. hope you enjoy it. Also thanks to Fran and Anna for hosting my blog

Eleanor said...

Seems like an interesting read! I'll definitely have to pick up a copy!!

Josie Hink said...

My daughter would love this book she is 18 and loves these types. I am going to tell her to put it on her tbr list.

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SueFitz said...

This looks like a great read

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Congrats on your release. I am adding it to my wish list.

Thanks,
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pc said...

This sounds like a great read...congrats and thanks for sharing, I'll check it out!
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thanks again for all the comments hope whoever wins the book enjoys it

This sounds so good would love to read it! Thank you for the great giveaway!
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tippy1926 said...

I read this and laughed out loud more than once.

Ah yes, Endora, she did seem to be having a good time didn't she.

I hope there's more to come....is there a sequel?

The book sounds really good! Thanks for the chance to win!! I totally loved Bewitched!!

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