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Guest Post: The Thirteenth Sacrifice by Debbie Viguié

We are pleased to have author Debbie Viguié here today to talk about her novel The Thirteenth Sacrifice. The Thirteenth Sacrifice is the first book in the urban fantasy Witch Hunt series and is available now. The second book in the series, The Last Grave, will be released March 5, 2013. Want to know our thoughts on the book? Read Sheila’s review here.

About Debbie:

Debbie Viguié is the New York Times Bestselling author of over a dozen novels including the Wicked series and the new Crusade series co-authored with Nancy Holder. Much of Debbie’s writing has a dark edge to it, including her retold fairy tales, her latest being Violet Eyes, a retelling of The Princess and the Pea. In addition to her epic dark fantasy work Debbie also writes thrillers including The Psalm 23 Mysteries and the upcoming Kiss trilogy. When Debbie isn’t busy writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, Scott, visiting theme parks. They live in Florida with their cat, Shrödinger.

You can visit Debbie around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Want to read more from Debbie Viguié?

The Thirteenth Sacrifice: A...Kiss of NightKiss of DeathThe Lord Is My ShepherdI Shall Not WantLie Down in Green PasturesBeside Still WatersThe Summer of Cotton CandyThe Fall of Candy CornThe Winter of Candy CanesThe Spring of Candy ApplesUnleashedCrusadeDamnedVanquishedWicked: Witch & Curse (Wick...Wicked 2: Legacy & Spellbou...Wicked: Resurrection (Wicke...


Samantha Ryan is an incredibly fun character to write. She is deeply religious, deeply scarred, and exercises a lot of control over her life because she’s terrified of being out of control.  She is also a woman who has denied and rejected part of herself.  In the Witch Hunt books, magic is something you either have or don’t.  It’s genetic.  It is not tied to any particular religion.  It’s more like a talent or gift like being able to sing or play sports.  Because the coven she was raised in used their talents for evil, she has rejected the gift entirely since her escape.  This makes her a very conflicted individual because the talent in and of itself is neither evil nor good.  It’s how it is used that is one or the other.  Unable to disconnect from the evil she experienced as a child, she has also been unable to reconnect with her ability to use magic.

When she is forced to go undercover as a witch and must once again wield that magic it creates a crisis of faith and identity for her.  There is the Samantha she has become and the Samantha she would have become had her coven not been slaughtered and she continued to use magic for dark purposes.  It has not yet occurred to her that there is a third, different Samantha.  This is the Samantha she could be if she learned to see the magic as a gift and to use it for good instead of shutting off that part of her completely.

Samantha is not the only one of my characters who undergoes a drastic transformation and a crisis of identity along the way.  In many ways the character of mine she most closely resembles is Cindy Preston from the Psalm 23 Mysteries.  Cindy also has a tragedy in her past that has changed her and made her a very closed off person who tries to live a very controlled life.  Like Samantha, Cindy’s world is turned upside down by a serial killer.  This one is recreating the events of Passion Week in her community.  (Think the Garden of Gethsemane, The Last Supper, the Crucifixion all staged as a tableau with murder victims.)  Cindy goes from witness to potential victim to hero in the course of her story and it helps her break out of her old patterns just a little bit.  Her journey is also continued over several books as she comes to grips with what happened to her as a child and learns to keep it from destroying her future.  Learning to accept yourself and transforming yourself from victim to victor is something a few of my characters have in common.

The character of mine that Samantha least resembles probably is Susan from Kiss of Night.  Susan lost her parents as a child but the experience didn’t leave her damaged.  As an adult she has a level head and doesn’t have any real baggage she’s dealing with.  An encounter with a mysterious stranger in Prague, though, sets off a chain of events that will help shape the world.  Susan is a key weapon in a war vampires are waging against each other.  She begins the series with a fearlessness that Samantha doesn’t have.  Susan’s real journey is more a story of learning to accept others rather than herself as she struggles with the vampire Raphael and her feelings for him.

All characters go on a journey that changes some aspect of their lives.  Samantha’s is far from over and I can’t wait for everyone to see where she goes from here!


Available April 3, 2012 from Signet/Penguin

About this Book:

When young women start dying, Boston cop Samantha Ryan is the perfect person to investigate, for only she knows what the archais symbol carved into their flesh means. The last in a long line of ruthless witches, she grew up in a coven seduced by power and greed. And now she’s sure that bad witches have returned to Salem. Reluctantly, Samantha goes undercover-into a town obsessed with black magic, into her terrifying past, and into thedark, newly awakened heart of evil.

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