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Tribute to Summer Wizards

shutterstock_178307879In book 1 of The December People Series, we don’t learn much about summer wizards…expect for that they’re self-righteous jerks. And, in some cases that’s true, but there is so much more to the summer wizard. And in book 2, Watch Me Burn, summer wizards get their chance to shine (pun intended).


Quote from Watch Me Burn:

Then with a flash, Luke thrust the burning outward. Patrick felt an intense thirst. And his skin felt so dry that it might flake right off. The heat came with a sense of impending doom. As if it would never rain again. It meant drought. Famine. Death. Apocalypse. A sense of burning so deep it could cover the whole world.


Luke released this feeling from inside himself. As much as Patrick despised Luke, he would never think of summer wizards the same way again. Winter might be dark and cold, but man, summer was a nasty bitch too.


A summer wizard’s magic is all about light, heat, and fire–both literally and figuratively. They also have powerful charisma, which means they are generally liked and trusted by all. In more extreme cases, a summer wizard’s influence can be closer to hypnosis or mind control. Unlike winter wizards–who often hide their true nature–summer wizards have an incredible amount of pride and will almost always teach their children to practice magic. While winter wizards isolate themselves, summer wizards have a sense of community. The summer wizard population is still quite small, more like a large extended family than anything, but they do have their own schools, camps, organizations, leaders, and rules. They are quick to come to each others’ aid when needed. The summer wizards’ pack mentality is one of the things that makes them so powerful and dangerous to winter wizards.


But…are they the good guys? Well, they think they are. Summer wizards strongly believe in their own moral superiority. This can be a good and bad thing. On the bad side, their perceived moral superiority causes some summer wizards to persecute, exclude, or even hunt other types of wizards.On the good side, summer wizards strongly value doing the right thing. They often choose helping professions and/or do volunteer work.  They hardly ever commit common misdeeds like lying, cheating, or stealing. Even those who do commit evil acts feel like they’re doing so for “the greater good.” Or they may commit smaller evils on the behalf of a larger virtue, such as love or loyalty. Due to their belief in doing what’s right and their strong family and community bonds, summer wizards generally lead happier lives than other types of wizards. They have more wealth, stronger marriages, and longer lives.
In Watch Me Burn, I look forward to introducing you to the Prescotts, a summer wizard family that has the best and worst types of summer wizards.

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Sharon Bayliss - Author PicAbout Sharon Bayliss:

Sharon Bayliss is the author of the dark wizard family drama, The December People Series. When she’s not writing, she enjoys living happily-ever-after with her husband and two young sons. She can be found eating Tex-Mex on patios, wearing flip-flops, and playing in the mud (which she calls gardening). She only practices magic in emergencies.

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Destruction, by Sharon Bayliss - CoverAbout Destruction:

Semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Awards and #1 category bestseller in coming of age fantasy.

David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything.

Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn’t a choice.

Eleven years ago, David’s secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without.

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David’s wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.

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Watch Me Burn, by Sharon Bayliss - CoverAbout Watch Me Burn:

David Vandergraff lost his home, his job, and contact with his oldest son, but remains determined to be a good husband and father despite being a dark winter wizard.

His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl–who happens to be a summer witch–begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic’s command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.

David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.



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Book Blog Spotlight: Lines from the Master, by Ann Noser

Last month we hosted the blog tour for Ann Noser’s new-adult urban-fantasy How To Date Dead Guys, to much success. Unfortunately, a couple of guest posts were not used, and instead of them going unshared, we’ve found a home for them right here on the CQ site. The first post, Lines from the Master, is coming up momentarily. The second post, Finding Comfort In Discomfort, will be posted tomorrow.



In an effort to assist Emma Roberts (the main character of How to Date Dead Guys) in her pursuit of quotes from dead people, I offer the following gems from Charles Dickens, the master of plotlines and prose.
Alongside the quotes I include beautiful, sometimes hauntingly so, pictures from the Masterpiece Theater interpretations of Dickens’ many works.

A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted to be that profound secret and mystery to every other.” ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

How well do any of us know each other? Isn’t that the eternal question? And how well do we even know ourselves? Emma will learn she is capable of so much more, As she unravels the mysteries of her new power sand the deaths of those around her.

LINES FROM THE MASTER_Great Expectations

Figure 1: The Tension of Great Expectations

A multitude of people and yet solitude.” ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

This describes Emma perfectly at the start of the book. Surrounded by people is when she feels the most alone.

Figure 2: from Little Dorrit, and also the pensive face I picture for Emma.

Figure 2: from Little Dorrit, and also the pensive face I picture for Emma.

Think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you.” ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

I love how Dickens made the anti-hero the true hero in this book.

Figure 3: In A Tale of Two Cities, who else fell more in love with Sydney Carton than Charles Darnay?

Figure 3: In A Tale of Two Cities, who else fell more in love with Sydney Carton than Charles Darnay?

You have been the last dream of my soul.” ― Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

This is one of the most romantic lines ever uttered.

Figure 4:  Bleak House

Figure 4: Bleak House

Have a heart that never hardens, and a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.” ― Charles Dickens

Wonderful life goals for every soul on this planet.

Figure 5: Great Expectations

Figure 5: Great Expectations

Ask no questions, and you’ll be told no lies.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

Despite the truth of this line, I don’t agree. We should all be asking questions Every day of our lives … But we must also expect to be lied to, and so we must ascertain the truth for ourselves.

Figure 6: The players of Great Expectations

Figure 6: The players of Great Expectations

The broken heart. You think you will die, but you just keep living, day after day after terrible day.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

This is how one feels after a tragedy. How can life go on? Oh, but it does. And, like the rest of us, Emma must find the willpower to survive.

Figure 7: Great Expectations, don't forget about this guy...

Figure 7: Great Expectations, don’t forget about this guy…

I stole her heart away and put ice in its place.” ― Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

The goal is to melt the ice. And that is why Emma meets Jake.

Figure 8: Great Expectations, how hurting others hurts yourself

Figure 8: Great Expectations, how hurting others hurts yourself

A man is lucky if he is the first love of a woman. A woman is lucky if she is the last love of a man.” ― Charles Dickens

How interesting that this was true then, and is still true today.

Figure 9:  Great Expectations, a person can drown in sorrow

Figure 9: Great Expectations, a person can drown in sorrow

And I am bored to death with it. Bored to death with this place, bored to death with my life, bored to death with myself.” ― Charles Dickens, Bleak House

When no light is left, that’s when boredom sets in.

Figure 10:  Bleak House, so many twists, so many turns

Figure 10: Bleak House, so many twists, so many turns

All partings foreshadow the great final one.” ― Charles Dickens, Bleak House

There are a great many partings in How to Date Dead Guys, the trick is to figure out which one is the final one.

Figure 11:  Great Expectations, the beginning of the trouble

Figure 11: Great Expectations, the beginning of the trouble

What greater gift than the love of a cat.” ― Charles Dickens

What a delight to discover this unexpected quote. (I’m biased as a veterinarian.) If Dickens were alive today, this would be his cat…

LINES FROM THE MASTER_keyboard kitten

Or, perhaps the picture below is more accurate…


And, yes, there is a cat in How to Date Dead Guys. And he’s always hungry, too.

How to Date Dead Guys, by Ann Noser - CoverAbout How to Date Dead Guys:

College sophomore Emma Roberts remembers her mother’s sage advice: “don’t sleep around, don’t burp in public, and don’t tell anyone you see ghosts”. But when charming Mike Carlson drowns in the campus river under her watch, Emma’s sheltered life shatters.

Blamed for Mike’s death and haunted by nightmares, Emma turns to witchcraft and a mysterious Book of Shadows to bring him back. Under a Blood Moon, she lights candles, draws a pentacle on the campus bridge, and casts a spell. The invoked river rages up against her, but she escapes its fury. As she stumbles back to the dorm, a stranger drags himself from the water and follows her home. And he isn’t the only one.

Instead of raising Mike, Emma assists the others she stole back from the dead—a pre-med student who jumped off the bridge, a desperate victim determined to solve his own murder, and a frat boy Emma can’t stand…at first. More comfortable with the dead than the living, Emma delves deeper into the seductive Book of Shadows. Her powers grow, but witchcraft may not be enough to protect her against the vengeful river and the killers that feed it their victims.

Inspired by the controversial Smiley Face Murders, HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS will ignite the secret powers hidden deep within each of us.

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Ann Noser - Author PicAbout Ann Noser:

My to-do list dictates that I try to cram 48 hours of living into a day instead of the usual 24. I’ve chosen a life filled with animals. I train for marathons with my dog, then go to work as a small animal veterinarian, and finish the day by tripping over my pets as I attempt to convince my two unruly children that YES, it really IS time for bed. But I can’t wait until the house is quiet to write; I have to steal moments throughout the day. Ten minutes here, a half hour there, I live within my imagination.

Like all busy American mothers, I multi-task. I work out plot holes during runs. Instead of meditating, I type madly during yoga stretches. I find inspiration in everyday things: a beautiful smile, a heartbreaking song, or a newspaper article on a political theory. For example, a long drive in the dark listening to an NPR program on the SMILEY FACE MURDERS theory made me ask so many questions that I wrote HOW TO DATE DEAD GUYS to answer them to my satisfaction.

I’d love to have more time to write (and run, read, and sleep), but until I find Hermione Granger’s time turner, I will juggle real life with the half-written stories in my head. Main characters and plot lines intertwine in my cranium, and I need to let my writing weave the tales on paper so I can find out what happens next.

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