Book Review Witch Hunt of the Blood

Author Krista Walsh and I “met” when our stories were pubbed in the Day of Demons anthology by Anachron Press last spring. I was super excited for her when she shared that she was working with best-selling author Devin O’Branagan (along with a few other authors) to create a compilation of novellas based on Devin O’Branagan’s novel, Witch Hunt.

Devin was kind enough to give me a copy of Witch Hunt of the Blood to review.

Starting on page 1, I was sucked into a vivid historical world. Immersed in WWII England, I followed along the lives of the Hawthorne witches, sharing their joys, feeling their pain, and suffering their tragedies. The stories continue from there, and they are all just as strong.

When I read paranormal (and I read it a lot), the focus often becomes about the characters powers and how it impacts their lives. What I find different about this anthology is that I feel like I get to know the characters first. As a result, I get to know each person, well, as a person. The fact that they are witches isn’t necessarily secondary, but it’s part of the whole.

Another way to look at it is that most paranormal (at least the stuff I’ve read) focuses on the paranormal world and the characters become further drawn into it, leaving their original (and dare I say, normal?) world behind. In this anthology, we see the characters living in the “real world,” as it were, and their powers are a part of it.

I’m so glad I came across this anthology.

Here’s the blurb:

Five novellas based on Devin O’Branagan’s bestselling novel, Witch Hunt. 

The anthology begins with O’Branagan’s own novella about the Hawthorne matriarch, Vivian. She and her fellow British witches work together to prevent a Nazi invasion during World War II. Then there is Colonial maiden, Bridget, who struggles with the guilt of failing her family in Salem, 1692. Her younger sister, Prissy, mysteriously disappears and finds another magical world. Julia, torn by family loyalties, love, and her spiritual quest, pays a huge price to continue the bloodline. And Miranda uses her powers against the great influenza outbreak of 1918 – but finds the ultimate foe is prejudice against her kind.

Discover what was left out of Witch Hunt and revisit your favorite characters with these exciting novellas. The story isn’t done until the battle’s lost and won.

Witch Hunt of the Blood on Amazon

Witch Hunt of the Blood on Goodreads

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Anne Michaud, Author of GIRLS AND MONSTERS

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I’m so stoked to have author Anne Michaud here today. We’ve done a little interview we’d like to share with you! Below you’ll find information for her upcoming YA novel, GIRLS AND MONSTERS, and a GIVEAWAY!!!! 😉

Welcome, Anne!

What inspired you to pick up the pen (or keyboard) and start writing?

This vicious need to tell stories, it gnawed at my insides until words poured out, shaping into characters, plots and twists, incidents and feelings. And then I got addicted. The rest is history, recorded in a bunch of magazines, anthologies and my new book coming out.

Hahaha, it is a vicious need, isn’t it? What is your favorite kind of story?

Just take me away, make me forget the bills to pay and the noisy street outside my door. I want to escape, to live through somebody else’s mind and heart, to see things differently. I do lean towards the dark and gritty, much like I do.

An escape–I can totally relate. And dark is FAB! What draws you to Young Adult fiction?

It’s Suzanne Collins’ fault, her and The Hunger Games. I used to think YA was for kids, with heavy lessons on what’s wrong and right or just plain romance. I was wrong, I repent, and I’m making up for lost time.

That’s a great series. And an excellent point. YA fiction hits a lot of BIG issues, doesn’t it? Who do you think enjoys YA fiction more—teens or adults?

As a kid, I read adult books and as an adult, I read kids books – go figure. I’m thinking both enjoy it, but on a different level: teens want these stories to happen to them and adults want to reshape their pasts. Or maybe it’s just me.

LOL! I did the same–read grown-up books as a kid and YA as an adult. I like your theory, too. Shifting gears, what’s your favorite kind of monster?

A strong flaw, a human quality hidden deep under the fur and scales, something anyone can relate to: I love a monster with some kind of humanity. It doesn’t matter where It comes from, as long as there’s a connection with me, it’s love. Kinda.

Oooh, nice! How did Girls and Monsters come about?

I had a bunch of great stories that were never picked up by magazines or anthologies, so I decided to group them into a collection with two things in common: girls kicking some monster butt. I knew I did it right when my beta readers reacted to it.

That is SO awesome. How did you decide to do a collection of novellas?

I just love the story length: there’s hardly any down time in the plot, the characters have to be sharply defined, and the second act moves forward at top speed. As a reader, I enjoy the commitment of a lesser time frame, as well.

I really love novellas for those same reasons. To wrap up, what’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given (either in regards to writing, or even life in general)?

Do what you love or you’ll be miserable – it applies everything in life, too.

AGREED! Where can readers find you on the web?

My blog: http://annecmichaud.wordpress.com

Twitter: @annecmichaud

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/annecmichaud

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3011844.Anne_Michaud

Thanks for coming, Anne. I loved hearing (err, reading) your thoughts. 🙂

Ok, folks, now for the giveaway info!

 

Giveaway!! Softcover copy + The Monster Collection Skellies, 5 pieces handcrafted by the author: GIRLS & MONSTERS Giveaway

***Winner announced during the LIVE CHAT on APRIL 30th 9PM east http://www.darkfuse.com/events.html

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Writer Wednesday–The Novella and Novelette

Gotta say, with the new indie wave and access to eformats, it’s been a lot of fun to see authors come out with novellas and novellettes. Honestly, I never really paid attention to the term “Novelette” until Shelli Johannes pubbed her novelette (the first in THE BREATHLESS series, YAY!), SUFFOCATE.

Another great novelette series is THE CREEPY HOLLOW series by Rachel Morgan.

The stories are shorter, so they tend to be quick reads, there’s still enough room for character development (which is less cramped than in short stories), and they can stand alone, or be part of a series.

I can’t wait for more authors to jump on this bandwagon…in fact, I may try it myself! *brainstorms idea*

What do you think? Do you like novellettes and novellas?

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