Wednesday, February 5, 2014

"Magic Within" by Sara Fitzgerald: An Interview and Giveaway with the Author

Nancy, a purple-haired witch, has never fit in with the kids in town. She has always felt something was deeply wrong with her. When Josh, her best friend, is attacked by a werewolf, Nancy seeks a potion to save him from the werewolf curse within him. But Josh’s fate--werewolf or human--is his to decide, when the potion is injected during his transition at the full of the moon.

Nancy, too, must make a choice. Her mother, her best friend, and a steadfast young man all see the magic within her. Can she finally accept who she is and give love a chance?
Genre: YA
Publisher: Champagne Books

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An Interview with the Author
A little about Sara.
Sara lives with her husband and seven-year-old daughter in Salt Lake City.
She loves romance, intrigue, writing and exploring the city with her family.
Her two favorite parts of the day are reading bedtime stories with her daughter and hanging out with her husband.

Is writing a full-time career for you? If not, how else do you spend your work day?
No, writing is not a full-time career for me.  I also am a wife and mother.  My daughter is a miracle to me.  Raising her is the most important “Job” to me.  Being a mom is the best thing to ever happen to me, besides meeting and marrying my husband.  I also sell AVON. I absolutely love selling AVON and it gets me out of my pajamas.

If you had to sum it up (title of book) in 30 or less words, what would you say?
With the full moon fast approaching Nancy must save her best friend Josh from becoming a werewolf forever and find the magic within her.

Do you have a favorite character in Magic Within Who and why?
Nancy she is a wounded soul like me.  She needs to learn to believe in herself and finally accept and love herself the way she is. The magic is within her.

Without giving it all away, please tell us a little something about how Josh is going to get through their biggest challenge.
Josh must fight to find his humanity.

What message do you hope readers take away from the book? 
We are all special and unique in our own way.  That it is okay to be different.  The true magic in our lives come from within us.

Do you have to be alone or have quiet to write?
I like to be alone when I write and have it quiet.

What has been your greatest pleasure in writing this book?
The greatest pleasure has been seeing the growth in my characters, and the knowledge that this book might help others struggling with similar issues.

What has been your greatest pleasure or personal success as an author?
Being named Writer of the Year by the League of Utah Writers.

Do you write your friends or family members into your books? If so, did they figure it out?
This book, I named Josh’s love interest my sister’s name.  She is a beautiful, kind werewolf that could tear your heart out if you threatened her loved ones.   I told my sister I named the werewolf after her.  It will be interesting to see if Sandy sees herself in the werewolf.

How do you unwind after a long writing session? 
I love taking long bubble baths or walking my dog.

What appeals to you most about your chosen genre?
Young adults are extremely emotional, plus they are discovering who they are and what they want to be in life which makes them interesting and complex characters.

What is the best piece of writing advice you’ve received?
Write because you love it.

Favorite place?
Salt Lake City

Best Christmas present?
Massage Chair, still works after twenty years

Favorite smell?

Favorite series?

Favorite movie?
While You Were Sleeping

Favorite dish? 
Orange Chicken

Favorite color? 

Favorite quote?
“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.” -Anonymous

Your best trait? 

Your worst trait?

Excerpt for Josh

In the blackness of the night, Josh growled from deep inside his body. The pain was intense. More than anything he’d experienced. He gasped and stared at the alluring full moon. His body violently twisted.

He looked at his contorted hands; claws were forming. He was changing into a werewolf. This couldn’t be possible. He never even tasted human flesh and yet he’d always envied the power and freedom of Eric. To have no restraints. Nothing to constrain his behavior. Pure freedom.

“No!” he screamed into the night. Not him. Yet the stupid darkness had always appealed to him. He had even wanted to be a bloodsucker. Did evil lurk within his soul? Was this his fate? To be changed into a monster?
He frantically looked for Nancy, Nick and his sister. They were floating barely above him on the broomsticks. Horror flooded their faces, and tears filled his sister’s eyes.
Samantha dipped her broom lower. “No, Josh, please don’t do this.”
Nick raised his gun. Nancy quickly pushed it down.
Josh’s body quivered. “Kill me.”

Darkness Within
Samantha Van Skyhawk's, life is in terrible danger—and her unlife may just be beginning. Samantha’s dad is a vampire and soon, she too will change. She flees with her mom and brother to Shadow Falls to find the spell to kill the vampire blood flowing through her veins. 

When Samantha encounters Brent, a human with the most bewitching smile, things get complicated. She doesn’t have time for a romance, not with the daunting task of defeating a vampire who has been around for centuries. Then Samantha meets Drake, a totally hot vampire, who claims she belongs with him and the darkness within her completely agrees. 

She must fight her incredible urge to be with Drake and the yearning within her soul to become what she fears most. Will she save herself and those she loves or will she embrace the night forever.  

Meet and Connect with Sara
Sara Fitzgerald lives in Salt Lake with her husband and daughter. She loves writing books and spending time with her family and friends. She also has written four sweet romance novels:  Mine For Keeps, Yesterday's Wish, Anything for Charity, and Just What the Doctor Ordered

She has written two young adult paranormal novels, Magic Within and the sequel, Darkness Within.

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting Magic Within. I am excited to see what your followers think.
    Sara Fitzgerald

  2. Thanks so much for hosting Magic Within.

  3. This one sounds really great! I think my granddaughter would love it too. I'd love a chance to win it. Thanks.

  4. LOL! A witch with purple hair? Ok... I've got to read this... I love witches and purple is MY color! Thanks for the giveaway!