Two Sides of the Same Coin by Misty Evans PLUS & Contest to win “Witches Anonymous”

Please welcome MISTY EVANSauthor of, Witches Anonymous (I love this cover!) to my blog as she discusses life as the mother of twins, writing, and witches. (Contest details listed below).

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I’m the mother of twins. Twin sons and twin genres. My stories are my babies, just like my real kids, but neither my sons nor my genres resemble each other.

One of my sons is a brunette who plays guitar and loves baseball. He wants to be a marine biologist or a computer programmer or (fill in the flavor of the day). The other is a blonde who plays drums and loves skateboarding. He wants to be Albert Einstein, period. People who meet them for the first time don’t believe they’re twins. If I hadn’t been there for the c-section that followed twenty-two hours of labor, I might not believe it either.

My stories are just as opposite. I write romantic suspense and both dark and light paranormal. Why? Romantic suspense and dark paranormal let me explore the darker side of life and light paranormal lets me have fun with that side. Two sides of the same coin. Also, I’m a Gemini, so using my split personality to its fullest potential is second nature to me. LOL.

I’ve had folks ask how I can switch gears from one to the other. For me, it’s more like tuning in a different radio station. Some days I’m in the mood for Creed or Bon Jovi. Other days, Celtic Woman. Luckily, my voice accommodates both.

There are advantages to having fraternal twins. People don’t mix them up or assume they have the same likes and dislikes. Each boy has an independent identity. They don’t fight much because their personalities are different enough that they click instead of butting heads. If one is struggling with his science homework, the other can help. If one wants to learn how to do a kick-flip, he has a teacher in the bedroom next to his.

The same applies to writing two distinct genres. Wicked Souls, my recently released paranormal comedy, doesn’t compete with the latest book in my Super Agent series, PROOF OF LIFE. The two genres reach different niche readers and draw more fans to my writing. A win-win for readers, too, who enjoy reading both genres.

For me, there’s a built-in bonus with writing multiple genres as well. Paranormals continue to be popular while romantic suspense novel sales are flat. But as we all know, publishing is cyclical. One day, suspense may boom again and paranormals will go flat. Either way, I can sell stories and keep my readers happy.

Disadvantages with twins like mine arise, though. As toddlers, one boy hated time outs and would become an angel the second I threatened him with one. The other loved to spend time by himself, even if on a chair in a bare corner. I had to be more creative with his discipline.  

So, too, with my genres. Humor can lessen the impact of a dramatic moment if overdone. Tension can take over and turn a lighthearted conflict dark and suspenseful. Each story is unique, and while all genres can incorporate humor, drama, and love, sprinkling the right amount of those elements in the perfect spot is key.

Readers, how many different genres do you enjoy reading? Do you have more than one favorite? Do you have a favorite author who writes in more than one genre?

 

WARNING: Welcome to temptation. Sexy Lucifer is going to enchant you. The original Adam is going to charm you. And the angel Gabriel is going to scare your socks off!

“…one supernaturally sexy incantation from beginning to end.” Long and Short Reviews

BLURB:

Can a bad witch go good in thirteen steps? Not if Lucifer has his way with her!

Amy Atwood is a witch. Not the harm-none kind…the Satan-worshipping, devil-made-me-do-it kind. But after catching Lucifer in a particularly wicked hex act with her goodie-two-shoes Wiccan sister, Amy does what every self-respecting witch would do. She pops a Dove chocolate in her mouth, ends her affair with the devil, and swears an oath never to use magic again.

She wants to be normal. Human. Even if it means no more fun—and she’s looking for a nice, normal guy to complement her new lifestyle. And ice-cream-loving firefighter Adam Foster looks like perfect hero material.

Lucifer, however, isn’t about to be nice about letting her go. Stalked by Satan, manipulated by the angel Gabriel—and surprised by Adam’s true identity—Amy finds herself up to her black hat in trouble of Biblical proportions…

Excerpt:

In a room full of witches, you’d think I wouldn’t stand out. You’d be wrong.

My name is Amy Atwood and I’m a witch. Not one of those goodie-two-shoes Wiccans. No, I’m a Satan-worshipping, Devil-made-me-do-it witch.

However, after catching Lucifer performing a particularly wicked hex act with Emilia, my sister—a tried and true Wiccan—I turned my back on the Devil. I didn’t exactly expect him to be faithful, but bewitching it with my sister? High ick factor. So, no more casting spells to entertain him. No more curses to carry out his desires. No more witchery of any kind.

That’s why I was attending my first Witches Anonymous meeting. Glancing around at the faces staring back at me, with their raised eyebrows and thinned lips, I suddenly realized the last part of my introduction, about the Wiccans, I said out loud. In a room full of the goodie-two-shoes sisters.

Way to go, Amy. Stepping on broomsticks in less than thirty seconds. A new record, even for me.

Too bad I couldn’t cast a spell and enchant them all, but I’d sworn an oath to stay clean. Because magic is a slippery slope. Even one small curse or spell could put me on the downhill slide back to Lucifer. So far, I was sticking to my oath. I was good now. Normal.

Human.

Yeesh. The thought made me shudder.

Anxiously caressing the square of Dove chocolate stowed in the pocket of my jacket, I gave the witches in the room my most charming smile, full of ear-to-ear goodness. I’d promised myself if I got through the meeting, I could have the chocolate.

And there wasn’t much I wouldn’t do for a Dove.

The door behind me opened, saving me from making a false apology. A tall, good-looking guy with a determined look on his face pulled up short as he took in the circle of women. His T-shirt was a bit too tight and his jeans a bit too loose, but his boots were high-quality leather with snappy silver toes peeking out from beneath the frayed hems of his pant legs.

That’s what I call goodness.

His intense brown eyes looked intelligent when his gaze locked with mine. “Uh, hi,” he stammered, his focus dropping to my mouth. It stayed there a second too long before returning to meet my eyes. Thank the devil I’d worn my plum lip gloss. “Is this room 12A? I was looking for the Harley Brothers meeting.”

Men and Harleys? Now that was my kind of group. “I’m Amy.” I stepped forward to extend my hand. “I was looking for that meeting, too. It must be down the hall.”

The grin that passed over his face showed me one perfect dimple. He took my hand with confidence, his warm skin kissing mine like a lover as he pulled me toward him. I noticed an apple with an arrow piercing the core tattooed on his right arm.

“Let’s get out of here, then,” he said, “and let these fine women get back to their…whatever meeting.”

Out in the hall, I put my hand over my mouth and giggled. “Your timing is perfect. You just saved me from being burned at the stake.”

Up close, his brown eyes looked like the color of the Dove in my pocket. The dimple reappeared. “Rescuing damsels in distress is one of my specialties.”

I’d never considered myself a damsel in distress. However, the dimple won me over, saving him from a sharp rebuke. I found myself wondering if his eyes got darker, like melted chocolate, when he got mad.

Or horny.

He took my hand again. Soft warmth enveloped it. “I’m Adam Foster.”

Instantly, I thought of Bananas Foster. Yummy. My mind was already casting a circle of lust around us when I caught myself.

No spells. No charms.

No fun.

“Nice to meet you, Adam Foster.” I took my hand back, wishing I could curse Lucifer and Emilia for forcing me to embrace goodness and normalcy. “I better let you get to your meeting.”

“You’re not coming?”

“No.” I glanced at the door to Room 13C and shuffled my feet. “I swore an oath to be good. I have to go back to this one.”

“Back to the stake, huh?”

“You could say that.”

He gave me a nod. “Maybe after our meetings, we could grab an ice cream?”

A Harley-riding, tattooed man who wanted to go for ice cream? Normalcy wasn’t all that bad.

And revenge on Lucifer, whether by stake or by mortal torment, was extremely satisfying. “I’d love to.”

“Meet you outside later?”

“I’ll be there.”

As he walked away, I watched the back of his dark brown hair brush his neck and thought about touching that same spot with my fingers. When Lucifer discovered I’d taken a new boyfriend—a human one, no less—he’d be mad as hell.

Who says being a good witch isn’t fun?

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Misty is currently at work on the next books in all her series. She likes her coffee black, her conspiracy stories juicy, and her wicked characters dressed in couture. When not reading or writing, she enjoys hanging out with her husband of twenty-two years and their twin sons. Learn more and sign up for her newsletter at www.readmistyevans.com. Like her author page on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

CONTEST to win a copy of WITCHES ANONYMOUS:

Comment or ask Misty a question on this blog and your name will be entered into a draw to win a copy of WITCHES ANONYMOUS.

Thank you, Misty, your article was great fun, love your cover, the blurb and excerpt.

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Until next time . . .

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39 thoughts on “Two Sides of the Same Coin by Misty Evans PLUS & Contest to win “Witches Anonymous”

  1. hi i now what you mean i have twins one girl one boy my daughter hair is brown and son is blonde and then one was day and one night but i like the story and then the cover is great eye catcher

  2. Great interview. I like almost all genres of fiction
    including romance, thrillers, paranormal, historical and even, on occasion, science fiction. I think it’s a good thing to be interested in various types of fiction. I don’t seem to be able to get interested in non-fiction except for a few biographies I’ve read.

    Witches Anonymous sounds like a great book–please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.

  3. Great excerpt and interview. I too can go from Creed to Celtic Women, it all depends on the mood at the time. Would love to finish Witches Anonymous. I love all types genres, time-travel, sci-fi (have to be in the mood), bdsm, erotic, m/m, menege, romantic humor, and just plain romance.

    dakorty at gmail dot com

  4. Witches Anonymous looks like a very good read. I would love to win this. I really enjoyed the interview and post. Thanks for the opportunity to win and find out about this book and author.

  5. It is the Gemini thing! I am married to one and he has two distinct sides; the brilliant nuclear engineer and the dumb jock football player. I love both sides and they make life fun and interesting. PS. Love the cover too!

  6. Here’s to a fellow dual sign — I’m a Pisces!

    I write across several different genres because I enjoy the way different genres allow me to explore whatever it is that’s the point of the story. Certain stories “want” to be in a particular genre.

    Also, when you’ve got stuff out in different genres under different names, you can earn a living! 😉 Readers who like your style will follow from genre to genre; readers that might not find you in one may find you in another and decide to cross genre lines to keep reading!

    As a reader, I enjoy reading all kinds of books in many genres. Why shouldn’t I enjoy that as a writer as well?

    The book sounds terrific!

    • Hi Devon! I love your statement “Certain stories “want” to be in a particular genre”. I agree. And sometimes, certain stories cross muliple genres so I go with what *feels* right when labeling them. It’s a great time to be an author…we can explore writing more freely and many of our readers enjoy exploring it with us. 🙂

  7. OMG! I laughed at the blurb and the excerpt. Hope that’s okay. I have twin aunts that are “mirror” twins. They are nearing 60 now and its still fun to watch them together and how they still mirror one another. As a child, it was fascinating to watch, too.

    maw1725@gmail.com

  8. Fun post and comments so far. I am another mom of twin’s, mine are identical boy’s, who have thankfully made it to their 20’s unscathed. Thanks for the chance to read your story Misty.

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  9. My sister had three sets of twins – all identical and I am a twin although my “other half” didn’t survive the birthing. I have always wondered how different it would have been to have another person that looked like me.

    I loved the blurb. Now I can’ twait to read the book. I am one of those people who flip between several genres – it’s all a mood thing. This week I am reading old Mercedes Lackey and last week it was paranormal romance. Two weeks ago it was military sci-fi. Who knows! It makes it easy for the family to supply my habit. “Buy anything – Mom’ll read it!”

    BTW, Operation Sheba was one of the best books I’ve read. I enjoyed it so much that I’ve read it twice over again. Thanks for writing it!

    • Angela, you made my day! Thank you for letting me know you loved Operation Sheba. That was my first novel. I’m working on the fourth book in that series this fall.

      Sorry to hear about your twin. That’s amazing that your sister had three sets! They say once you have one set, your odds increase dramatically to have another. I don’t think I could have done more than one set. LOL.

  10. “She pops a Dove chocolate in her mouth, ends her affair with the devil, and swears an oath never to use magic again.” How could I NOT read “Witches Anonymous” are this in the blurb. LOVING IT!!!

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  11. Like a lot of you, I also love to read a variety of genres and write different genres as well. I have no idea how that bodes for “branding” oneself, but I’m of the belief that a writer (for me anyway) needs to write what she loves to read. If I’m enjoying myself writing, then I hope that translates to my readers as well.

    Misty, I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this book. The heroine had me cracking up at the first line. Well done.

    • Selena, it’s great to be here and to share Amy with you guys. Thank you so much for having me. The WA series (the fourth book comes out next month) is SO much fun to write, I look forward to sitting down at the computer. And if I’m having fun writing, hopefully my readers have fun reading!

  12. Great interview. I loved the way you compare your two sons and your writing. I have not read any of your books but this one looks so neat and I love the cover. Thanks so much

  13. Misty, thanks again for joining us on the blog. It was a pleasure reading about your boys, your writing and sharing an excerpt, I’m looking forward to reading Witches Anonymous.

    CONGRATULATIONS goes out to the winner: Angela Bartlett.

    Misty drew Angela’s name using Random.org. Angela will receive a copy of Witches Anonymous. Misty will contact her by email.

    Thanks to everyone for dropping by and chatting with Misty.

    Stay tuned for another guest blogger tomorrow, a fun interview, excerpt and another giveaway. 🙂

  14. I was pregnant with twins but only one survived. It was sad and happy at the same time. We often wonder how life would have been different had my daughters twin lived.
    Thanks for the post. I love the cover.

  15. I’m the eldest sister of twin brothers, I was six when they were born some eight
    weeks early. They came home separately, so we had time to get used to one
    before the other came home. The eldest, who weighed a pound more that the
    younger, was already on his way to “spoil-dom” when the second got home.
    He still thinks, at almost 69, that he rules the twindom roost! Daddy never was
    able to tell them apart when they were small, Mother and I could because we
    were their primary caregivers. They were together most of the time. If they
    weren’t & one got in trouble, the other knew and went to aid his brother!

  16. HI BETH! I NEVER READ YOU BEFORE AND HOPE TO DO O ONE DAY. MY STARS JUST THE TITLE ALONE IS HOT SO I KNOW THE BOOK IS AWESOME!!

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