Today, please join me in welcoming author Ann Gimpel to Preternatura. Ann is stopping by today as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her latest book, Blood and Magic. Blood and Magic was released on May 1st and is published by Taliesin Publishing.
Ann Gimpel is a clinical psychologist, with a Jungian bent. Avocations include mountaineering, skiing, wilderness photography and, of course, writing. A lifelong aficionado of the unusual, she began writing speculative fiction a few years ago. Since then her short fiction has appeared in a number of webzines and anthologies. Her longer books run the gamut from urban fantasy to paranormal romance. She’s published over 20 books to date, with several more contracted for 2014. A husband, grown children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out her family. You can learn more about Ann by visiting her website, her blog, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.
ABOUT BLOOD AND MAGIC: Magic didn’t just find Luke Caulfield. It chased him down, bludgeoned him, and has been dogging him ever since. Some lessons are harder than others. Luke survives by embracing danger and upping the ante to give it one better. An enforcer for the Coven, a large, established group of witches, his latest assignment is playing bodyguard to the daughter of Coven leaders. Abigail Ruskin is chaperoning a spoiled twelve-year-old from New York to her parents’ home in Utah Territory when Luke gets on their stagecoach in Colorado. A powerful witch herself, Abigail senses Luke’s magic, but he’s so overwhelmingly male, she shies away from contact. Stuck between the petulant child and Luke’s raw sexual energy, Abigail can’t wait for the trip to end. Wraiths, wolves, and humans with dark magic attack. Unpleasant truths surface about the child and Abigail’s well-ordered world crashes around her. Luke’s so attracted to Abigail, she’s almost all he can think about, but he’s leery too. In over his head, he summons enforcer backup. Will they help him save the woman he’s falling in love with, or demand her immediate execution?
And now, let’s hear from Ann…
Thank you so much for inviting me back to your blog, Suzanne. It’s a pleasure to be here!
There’s an interesting story behind Blood and Magic. A longer version of the prologue began its life as a contracted short story for Aoifee’s Kiss, a highly respected speculative fiction magazine. It was contracted in October 2012 for the September 2013 issue, but by that time the magazine had been bought out and the new owner folded the publication. I got an idea to follow Luke from his rocky beginnings with magic into his adult life and the result was Blood and Magic.
Unlike many paranormal romances, the main character in Blood and Magic is a male. There was no way this could be anything other than Luke’s story. Abigail is a great character, but Luke’s the one with the hard decisions to make.
I’ve written a couple other historicals, but this is my first during this time frame. My Wolf Clan Shifters series takes place in 1936 and A Matter of Honor in the seventeen hundreds. I have to admit, it’s a lot of fun researching the time periods. My husband is an armchair historian and since he beta reads for me, he picks up places I bungled my historical facts. (Wikipedia isn’t always accurate. Imagine that!) I have to admit he caught a few places in Blood and Magic, but they’re all fixed now.
Quite aside from everything else, I’ve always loved the raw freshness of the American West. It’s just brimming with possibilities and magic lurks behind every saloon and sagebrush plant. In Blood and Magic, it tends to be magick, which is the darker persuasion, but power is power. I also think people who lived a hundred plus years ago were more open to supernatural events. We’ve become a culture steeped in science, but we’ve lost something precious along the way: the ability to believe in something without “proof.” It can become a struggle to retain one’s sense of wonder, since it’s frequently antithetical to the scientific “show me.”
What about some of you? Do you enjoy historical fiction? If so, what’s your favorite time period and why?
Thanks, Ann. As part of her book tour, Ann is giving away a $25 Amazon gift card. If you would like to be entered for your chance to win the gift card, then leave a comment with your answer to Ann’s questions and then enter below.