In 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).
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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.
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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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.
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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