06 April 2012

Today's blog is magical

I've known Ann Marcela for six years now (maybe longer) and I am thrilled to have her as a guest on my blog today. She's talking about her book binging habit and her Magic series, which is wrapping up with two book, Unexpected Magic and Legendary Magic.

Ann, take it away in Five... Three... One...

  • Favorite beverage:  A really good red wine
  • One habit you just can’t break:  Buying books.
  • Do you sing in the shower:  No
  • Do you dream in color:  Yes
  • TV shows on DVR?  None. We’re probably the last people with no DVR.  If I miss a show, I watch it on my computer.
  • What is your reoccurring dream? Trying to get somewhere.
  • Shoes or purses?  Comfortable clothes.
  • Favorite ways to spend a rainy day?  Reading or napping
Using these four words, write a sentence: Advertisement. No. Grab. Red.

When certain advertisements come on, I see red, grab the remote, hit the mute button, and feel absolutely no regret about it.


The last two books in The Magic Series are out as e-books on Kindle, Nook, and other sites, including Smashwords and All Romance eBooks.

The Blurbs
Unexpected Magic:  Magic practitioners and their soul mates always live happily ever after. But what if a mate dies young? What happens when two who lost their mates come together, and they’re both Swords who can destroy evil magic items? And they develop a new way to generate magic energy? And a deranged, jealous Sword uses an evil item against them? Unexpected magic, indeed!

Legendary Magic:  Once the Wielder of the Pinnacle of Heaven waged war against the Manipulator of the Depths of Hell and sent the Depths into the abyss. The Depths has risen again, but the Wielder must learn how to use his weapon. To help him comes the most powerful Sword ever born, who also happens to be his soul mate, but with a secret that may keep them apart at the worst time--when the battle is upon them.

Where to find Ann:

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Keena Kincaid said...

Hi, Ann. I'm so glad you're here today. Can you tell me more about how magic and soul mates work in your series?

Ann Macela said...

Thanks for having me here, Keena.

The whole magic series started with one question: If you could cast a spell to help you with your everyday job, what would it be?

Then I complicated it with the idea of soul mates, lovers destined to be together, who were "helped along" by something called the soul-mate imperative that "convinced" the two to come together. Doing that involved overcoming all sorts of problems, both internal to each and external forces trying to keep them apart.

The whole construct got sooooooo complicated that I started writing it down. The result is "A Theory of Magic" on my website.

One thing, plot, character, idea led to another, and the result was a six-book series of the different soul-mate combinations.

My people are called "practitioners" because they must learn how to use their magic. The magic is also profession-based, tied to whatever they do for a living. There are basic spells for everyone, but as adults, it's specific. Accountants can cast only accounting spells, plumbers = their job necessities, farmers = theirs, etc.

The magic is also finite. Casting takes caloric energy. Oh, to be able to cast a spell--there are no overweight practitioners. That also means that you can't turn someone into a toad, as the amount of magic you'd use would kill you.

I had a lot of fun with the books, especially figuring out how the magic would work.

If you read the books, please let me know what you think of them.

I'm also talking about writing the current work-in-progress on my Ann Macela Facebook page. It has no magic, and is a contemporary set in Minnesota.


Keena Kincaid said...

Ah...so if you could cast a spell to help with your everyday job, what would it be?

I think mine would be a computer that would do what I wanted it to do, not what I told it to do. :-)

Elysa said...

I adore Ann's Magic series. Can't wait to read the last two.

F. D. Davis said...

Hi Keena,

Hi Ann, I love the cover.

Mary Jo Burke said...

I'm a Windswept fan too. Love the new cover.

Anonymous said...

Have been a fan of Ann's for a long time...the entire Magic series is absolutely fierce. Congrats on the blog gig today...you're a fountain of writing knowledge & a generous professional. Chris

Tracey Devlyn said...

Hi Ann and Keena--

Love Ann's books and am so happy to see them available in e-format.