In Which We Are Instructed in the Villem Deere Method of Optimism (Launch Week, Day 2)

It’s Launch Week for “The Seventh Spell”! Amazon (paperback) / Amazon (Kindle) / Barnes & Noble (Nook) / CreateSpace (paperback) And as part of the celebration, I’ve invited the novella’s four main characters to visit the Ever On Word blog and share their response to the following prompt:

From almost start to finish in the adventure of “The Seventh Spell”, the odds were pretty stacked against you. It might be said that the biggest (and perhaps only) weapon you had with which to fight for your happy ending was hope. At which point did you feel most hopeful? Most hopeless? How optimistic a person are you in general, and how did that measure up against the nigh impossible challenge set before you?

First up, please welcome today’s guest, Villem Deere!


Villem Deere as portraited (pretend it's a verb) by the mega-talented Yana Naumova.
Villem Deere as portraited (pretend it’s a verb) by the mega-talented Yana Naumova.

To the first, I believe the greatest augmentation of hope accompanied my mid-story reunion with my lost son-in-law. Until that point, it was as yet uncertain whether I would ever see him or my wife again, so I was much encouraged by the encounter, both because I had found the one, and because it gave me hope I would soon find the other as well.

To the second, I felt the least hope at the story’s beginning – which, in retrospect, might be considered a little premature, given that the sharp increase in the probability of utter calamity was still to come.

To the third, I expect neither the best nor the worst. Either is plausible, as are the innumerable possibilities in between. Rather than assume any given outcome from the start, I prefer to work toward the end which I believe to be the best of those available until the possibilities ultimately dwindle to the actual fact of what has happened or inevitably must. In the matter of the Seventh Spell, many of the likeliest possible outcomes appeared unfavorable. However, there did exist the possibility of an end satisfactory to all known parties involved. That is the end I worked toward – and yes, hoped for with all my heart.


Seventh Spell Cover, front

A witch’s attempt to cast one spell too many

casts everyone touched by her previous spells into chaos.

Scattered throughout each other’s pasts, Sula and Edgwyn, Villem and Rosalba,

and the rest of the magic’s affected have a single chance to break this last enchantment

before their “happily-ever-after”-s cease to have ever been.

The Seventh Spell

Book Three of The Wilderhark Tales

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According to readers (*thank you for reviewing!*):

“Such an incredible book.”

“The best Wilderhark Tale to date.”

“I knew this was going to be epic in some form or another and it didn’t disappoint.”


Once again, the book can be purchased via the following links: Amazon (paperback) / Amazon (Kindle) / Barnes & Noble (Nook) / CreateSpace (paperback)

Don’t forget, we’ve got a giveaway going on! And the first winner is…

Michelle Proulx!

Congratulations on your prize, and good luck to all the entrants in the running for the prizes still to come!

How to Enter

Every mention/link to the giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, or blog = +1 (You can do this multiple times daily. Feel free to go nuts!)

An addition of “The Seventh Spell” to your Goodreads “To Read” shelf = +1 (If you’ve already read and rated/reviewed on Goodreads, you’re covered. ^-^)

Every comment on a “Seventh Spell” Launch Week post = +3 (Launch Week means new posts almost every day, so you can really rack up the points here!)

Every purchase of an e-book copy of “The Seventh Spell” = +3

Every purchase of a paperback copy of “The Seventh Spell” = +7

Your chances to win will accumulate over the seven days of the giveaway (didn’t win the first prize? You’ve still got your rollover entries for the prizes to come, and you can continue earning more), so the sooner you jump on board, the better your odds of winning!

The Prizes

#1 = Autographed print of a portrait of Millyanna (drawn by me). Congrats, Michelle!

#2 = Autographed print of a portrait of Viralei (drawn by me).

#3 = Autographed print of a surprise “Seventh Spell” scene illustration (drawn by me).

#4 = Autographed print of another surprise “Seventh Spell” scene illustration (drawn by me).

#5 = Seven selected chapters of the “The Seventh Spell”, with author commentary!

#6 = Seven selected chapters of the “The Seventh Spell”, with CHARACTER commentary!

#7 = The Epic Win of the giveaway. 3 winners get to select any one of the first six prizes they like, and 1 of the three will receive my very first paperback proof copy of “The Seventh Spell”, autographed.

I’ll see you guys tomorrow for the continuation of the “Seventh Spell” Launch Week!


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