Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Writing Wednesday: Tena Stetler on writing and her new #TWRP release A WITCH'S JOURNEY

Today I've invited my friend and fellow author Tena Stetler to join me and chat about writing, life and her new paranormal romance, A WITCH'S JOURNEY. (I've been on a paranormal tear the last few weeks and can't wait to read this one!) Welcome, Tena!

Good morning everyone!  Thanks for having me Katie! By the way, you are  living in one of my dream locations.  Just saying.

So you’d like to know what inspired A Witch’s Journey?  It would be my work with bird and wildlife rescues, and a desire to visit Maine.   I’ve always wanted to be part of a small coastal town rather than a sprawling metropolis.  Since the big city is where I reside, I decided to immerse myself in a story that would make my dream come true, if only in my imagination.  A Witch’s Journey was born, set in Lobster Cove a quaint fictional town near Bar Harbor, Maine. 

Wouldn’t you know it, when I thought the story was finished, and turned it into my editor, my characters chose the moment I hit send to tell me emphatically I was perfectly wrong.  This happens more often than I’d like to admit.  At their insistence, my stories are character driven, I wrote a sequel, which is due out during the 2016 holiday season.  

My stories come alive in my writing den, where I write every day for 6-8 hours, depending on how the words are flowing. Sometimes I do take weekends off. Well, that time isn’t exactly correct.  The first couple of hours of my day I use to answer email, do promo on my books, and hopefully, work a little magic on social media. These days getting the word out about a new book is challenging.
Still, I am living my dream of being a published author with lots more tales to tell!

Now how about a little about my brand new shiny release?  I thought you’d never ask.  Don’t you just love the cover?
 About the Book:

Pepper McKay comes from a long line of powerful witches. Unfortunately, magic brings her nothing but trouble. She learned the love of wildlife rescue and rehab from her Aunt Ashling. After graduating from college, Pepper works for Salem Wildlife Sanctuary and lives from paycheck to paycheck until she inherits the McKay property in Lobster Cove. With the family land and resources, she dares to dream of starting her own wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center.
Lathen Quartz, a former Navy SEAL turned handyman maintains the enchanted McKay property for the McKay estate. But someone is trying to steal the McKay magic. Lathen offers to help Pepper achieve her life-long dream of building a wildlife center. During the long hours spent together on the project, their mutual attraction can’t be denied. But each harbors a deep, dark secret. Will they overcome their demons and give love a chance?

Pepper hopped out of the truck and took a deep breath. The ocean breeze brought a mixed scent of brine, sand, sun and kelp. Seabirds whistled and screeched through the air diving into the white crested waves, proudly emerging with dinner. Turning her attention to the land, she noticed beyond the barn, the pond was still there, even a bit bigger than she remembered. Caught up in the smells, sights, and sounds, she didn't hear someone approach. 

"Ms. McKay?" 

"Sssshit," she yelped and whirled around to see a muscular man, well over six feet, with surfer blond hair nearly to his shoulders, tousled by the ocean breeze. Rounding the corner of the cabin, he waved at her as he approached walking with a slight limp. Deeply tanned, he appeared to spend a lot of time outdoors. 

"I'm Lathen Quartz. Glad you made it before dark. The road up here can be treacherous after dark if you don't know where you're going.  I finished up the enclosed aviary and was getting ready to leave. But now that you're here, I'd be happy to show you around. Help you get settled." 

"Pepper McKay, call me Pepper." Extending her hand towards him, she met his gaze. His large aquamarine eyes were mesmerizing, set above the high cheekbones, full lips and a butterscotch five o'clock shadow. She gave her head a shake. "Wait. You built an aviary?"

He shook her hand and smiled, shoving his hands in the pockets of his jeans and rocking back on his heels.


Thanks for visiting, Tena! Love the excerpt as well as the insight into your writing. Best of luck with this new book in the Lobster Cove series! Gotta grab my copy soon!

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About the Author:

Tena Stetler is a paranormal romance and cozy mystery author with an over-active imagination.  She wrote her first vampire romance as a tween, to the chagrin of her mother and the delight of her friends. With the Rocky Mountains outside her window, Tena sits at her computer surrounded by paranormal creatures telling her their tales. Colorado is her home; shared with her husband of many moons, a brilliant Chow Chow, a spoiled parrot and a forty-year-old box turtle.  Any winter evening, you can find her curled up in front of a crackling fire with a good book, a mug of hot chocolate and a big bowl of popcorn.  During the summer, hiking, camping and a campfire with good book keep her occupied. And of course ooey gooey S’mores. 

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  1. I love that phrase living the dream. I agree. I feel lucky to write although I have trouble balancing writing and promotion. Good luck with this release Tena!

  2. Thanks Charlotte for stopping by and for the well wishes! The balancing act between writing and promotion is still troublesome for me too.

  3. Thanks for having me Katie! The promotion for A Witch's Journey has been a whirlwind. I appreciate being here!

  4. I love the way your characters talk to you (command more likely). Mine used to do that but they are on vacation. Love the cover and excerpt for A Witch's Journey.

    1. That's for stoping by Linda. Characters can be unruly. At least mine are.

  5. Enjoyed the excerpt. Enjoyed the hot guy on the cover, too! Good luck with sales and promotion.

  6. Wonderful interview! I loved reading about your inspiration for your story working with bird and wildlife rescues. I'm a big supporter! All the best, Tena!

  7. Thanks for stopping by Mary. Glad you liked the interview. Now you know where I spend my extra time. Did I say extra time. I must still be in fantasy land. Lol


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