Today I’m pleased to welcome Gabi Stevens to the blog. Book Chick City’s, Rebecca, is reading this series as we speak and has enjoyed the first two books The Wish List and As You Wish, and will be reading and reviewing the latest in the series, Wishful Thinking, very soon.
Gabi Stevens was born in SoCal to Hungarian parents. After spending time in boarding school, college, and studying abroad, she raised children and then spent seven years in the classroom trying to teach eighth graders the joys of literature. An award winning author, Gabi writes in New Mexico where she lives with her robotics engineer husband, three daughters, and two dogs. She loves to play games, has a wicked addiction to reading, avoids housework and cooking, and doesn’t travel nearly as much as she would like to.
Magic is So Much Fun!
by Gabi Stevens
Magic is so much fun. All kinds, from Penn and Teller to Harry Potter (Okay, you may not think so, but this is my article, so you’re subject to my opinion). When I watch a magic show I really try to see the audience fake-out, the trick the magician uses to draw the audience’s attention away from what he’s doing. Yeah, I’m that individual—the one who wants the secret, the one who wants to know how it’s done. Uh-huh. I also read the end of books before finishing the story, go to Spoiltheending.com to find the twist endings to movies (That’s right—I knew the ending to Sixth Sense before I saw it), and hate coming across a vocabulary word I don’t know.
I have a need to know. I really, really dislike not knowing something. When I hear people speaking a foreign language, I listen, not because I’m angry that they aren’t speaking English, but because I want to see how much I can understand. And if I come across something while reading or watching TV that I don’t know, I look it up. I love logic puzzles, Sudoku, crosswords, and games. Yes, I’m a nerd.
I think maybe that’s why I like paranormal books so much. When I read stories with elements of magic, I don’t need to seek the knowledge behind them, because I know they aren’t real. I can lose myself in the, well, magic. Harry Potter can wave his wand and light appears. Wolverine can defeat a thug with his adamantine claws and abilities to heal himself. And to lose myself in the magic makes the story shine, because behind the magic is the element that’s more important—the reason for the story. Harry uses magic, but it’s just a tool to tell us that fighting the good fight is worth every sacrifice. Wolverine gets injured over and over, but he protects those who are weaker than he.
So yes, I find magic fun—and compelling and distracting, in a good way. I would love to believe the world could solve problems with the wave of a wand, but I can’t. In Wishful Thinking, my heroine, Stormy, discovers she has magical powers, but she doesn’t assume that the magic will make her life easier. Quite the opposite; she knows it will bring chaos into her world. And she isn’t thrilled. Hunter, my hero, is quite the magic expert, but when he meets Stormy, he finds his expertise doesn’t help him deal with her. And there’s a whole bunch of knowledge they have to figure out before they can reach their happy ending.
Because, of course, there’s a happy ending. Wishful Thinking is a romance, and happy endings are the best magic of all.
So let me ask you: Are you a skip-to-the-end-of-the-book reader or do you wait until you get there?
Free-spirited artist Stormy Jones-Smythe was raised by two talented Wizard fathers but never showed the slightest hint of magical abilities. Which is why she’s totally surprised when three famous fairy godmothers show up at her door to tell her she’s one of them. Surprised, and none too happy. The godmothers are fugitives, framed for treason, and the last thing the magical Council wants is another fairy godmother going rogue. Hence Stormy’s new full-time Guard, Hunter Merrick.
Stormy quickly realizes she’s not going to escape Hunter’s watch…and before long, she’s not sure she wants to. But her freedom depends on her ability to expose the plot against the godmothers, and that means getting control of her magic. Despite the growing chemistry between them, Hunter is fiercely loyal to the Council—and duty-bound to keep Stormy from doing either of those things. But he didn’t count on Stormy’s irrepressible exuberance and passion for life. Before long, even Hunter isn’t sure which side he’s on, and he can’t contain Stormy either way.
One commenter will win their choice of book from the Time of Transition series: THE WISH LIST, AS YOU WISH, or WISHFUL THINKING.
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