I’m so pleased to welcome Gabi Stevens here today to Dark Faerie Tales. The first book in her Time of Transition series, The Wish List, has just been released on April 27, 2010. The second book, Spellbound, will hit shelves in April 2011. The Wish List is also part of my Debut Paranormal Romance Reading Challenge.
Tor has also generously provided three copies of The Wish List for a giveaway. Details are listed at the end of the post.
Wizards, and magic, and wands, oh my!
by Gabi Stevens
In my novel, THE WISH LIST, the world is our own, with one slight change: magic exists. OK, maybe the change is not so slight. In the story, the Arcani hide their abilities and their society from the Groundlings. So when Kristin Montgomery discovers that her three aunts are really three fairy godmothers and she’s next in line for the job, you can imagine how perplexed and overwhelmed she is.
Laugh if you will, but it reminds me of the dilemma in Night at the Museum, a rather cute movie. In it Teddy Roosevelt (Robin Williams) says to Larry Daley (Ben Stiller), “Some are born great, others have greatness thrust upon them.” Sometimes out course of action is less about our choices than the situation in which we find ourselves. How we react to those situations defines our character. I? Well, I’ve never really been faced with such major decisions, but I hope I’d respond like Kristin and Tennyson and so the right thing.
So combine the fish-out-of water with a difficult choice and you end up with a lighter paranormal that still has a message—THE WISH LIST. I love humor and find that a day without laughing is a wasted day. There is enough depressing news out there that for entertainment it’s rare I want something that will require Prozac when I finish. Confession time: I love Disneyland, fairytales, roller coasters, cookies. Give me high adventure, romance and a few laughs.
So now, because you’re visiting this web site, I’m going to make you privy to some back story. In my mythology, Merlin and Arthur were friends. They sought to unite the magical and non-magical worlds. However, greedy humans on both sides (the Arcani are human, only with powers) made an alliance impossible. Some Groundlings wanted to enslave the Arcani and use their magic for the benefit of the Groundlings. Some Arcani considered Groundlings of a lower and inferior breed and therefore worthy of only disdain and contempt. Arthur and Merlin soon realized that the two worlds, the Arcani and Groundlings, must remain separate from each other.
But since Arcani occupy the same world as Groundling, some mixing was inevitable, so Merlin wrote rules for the contact of the two worlds. Included in his guidelines was the position of fairy godmothers. Their job was to live in both worlds and make sure that the Groundlings never discovered the Arcani, and that the Arcani never rose against the Groundlings.
Fast forward 1400 years or so, and the Arcani have established themselves all over the world, with headquarters in London, and branches in Budapest, Kyoto, Buenos Aires, Luxor, Quebec City, and San Diego. Every city has its own set of fairy godmothers and it’s time for the old ones to step down and the new ones to take over.
That’s right, my magic comes with a bureaucracy. Merlin’s rules have been twisted a bit and his book was considered a legend until an Arcani historian found it. Tennyson Ritter, the above-mentioned historian, is entrusted with another task: the position as Kristin’s arbiter. He’s put in charge of deciding whether Kristin will work out as a fairy godmother. But what happens when circumstances require them both to stretch outside their comfort zones and decide whether to follow rules or do the right thing?
I guess you’ll have to read the book to find out.
Gabi Stevens was born in SoCal to Hungarian parents. After spending time in boarding school, college, and studying abroad, she’s still in the classroom trying to teach eighth graders the joys of literature. An award winning author, Gabi now writes in New Mexico where she lives with her robotics engineer husband, three daughters, and two dogs. She loves to play games, has a wicked addiction to reading, avoids housework and cooking, and doesn’t travel nearly as much as she would like to. To find out more, please visit her website here: Website
Synopsis (Product Description):
Kristin Montgomery is more than a little shocked when her aunts inform her they’re fairy godmothers. Worse, after dropping that bombshell they hand her a wand and head off on a world cruise. Now Kristin’s uncomplicated life as a CPA in San Diego has disappeared like magic and she not only has to deal with her burgeoning magical powers, but also a reluctant—and distractingly sexy—magical arbiter.
Tennyson Ritter is a historian. A scholar by choice, he is yanked from his studies to act as arbiter for the newly chosen fairy godmother. He doesn’t want to waste his time with a woman who doesn’t know anything about magic or the magical world, but soon the beguiling Kristin draws him away from his books and into her life.
But before Kristin can hone her skills and pass the tests necessary to fully claim her powers, she and Tennyson must work together to defend the world – both magical and human – against those that would claim her powers for their own.
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