In Which Hopelessness Abounds (Launch Week, Day 3)

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?

Please welcome guest number two, Ursula!


Ursula as realized by the mega-talented Yana Naumova.
Ursula as realized by my mega-talented Wilderhark artist, Yana Naumova.

I wouldn’t say I’m particularly optimistic, no. I have expectations about how things ought to be, but life’s shown often enough that it doesn’t necessarily care about “ought to be”s. For instance, a princess ought not to be cursed; and a curse, once broken, ought not to be relived. And yet… the Seventh Spell. Even if I were the sort to anticipate the worst, I wouldn’t have seen this story coming.

When did I feel most hopeless? Hard to gauge. There were hopeless moments all throughout. When I first found myself blasted into an entirely unfamiliar land that wasn’t even a land… When the past came back to slap me in the face – twice… When the realization of those impossible odds you mentioned finally sank in… And, now I stop to think of it, the moment that set everything off in the first place was a horribly hopeless one.

As far as I’m concerned, there wasn’t much hope to be found anywhere along the line. But what I lack in hope, I make up for in determination. I never hoped my problems would somehow work themselves out, I made up my mind that I would make them work. I knew what I wanted, and I was going to get it, never anyone mind how. Clearly, that approach doesn’t always deliver immediately encouraging results, but sometimes, in lieu of hope, action’s all you’ve got.


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 second winner is…

Miranda McNeff!

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). Congrats, Miranda!

#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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