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Guest Author: Jenn Bennett (Guest Post & Giveaway)

My guest today is debut urban fantasy author Jenn Bennett.  The first book in her new Arcadia Bell series, Kindling the Moon,  hits bookshelves on June 28, 2011.  Please join me in welcoming Jenn here today to Dark Faerie Tales. You can read the first chapter of the book here.

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Kindling the Moon.  As always, details are listed at the end of the post.

Author Bio:

Jenn Bennett is an award-winning visual artist-turned-urban fantasy author. Born in Germany, she’s lived and traveled extensively throughout Europe, the U.S., and the Far East. She believes rebellion is an under-appreciated art form, has conjured more demons than you’ve had hot lunches, and likes her fairy tales like she likes her coffee: dark. She currently lives near Atlanta with her film-geek husband and two very bad pugs.

You can visit Jenn Around the web here: Website | Blog | Twitter | Facebook

Welcome Jenn!

Arcadia Bell Is Not a Witch

by Jenn Bennett

Urban fantasy is brimming with memorable witches, sorcerers, and mages: Rachel Morgan, Harry Dresden, Sabina Kane, Chess Putnam. But one of the first things my protagonist Arcadia would tell you about herself is that she isn’t any of these things: she’s a ceremonial magician, born and raised. And, sure, she’s a little snotty about it, but you might be too if your parents were famous occultists. Here is what she has to say on the subject:

My “other car” was not a “broomstick,” and if I saw that sticker on one more bumper in my neighborhood, I was going to ram somebody. I had nothing against Witches, Wiccans, Pagans, or anyone else on their own spiritual path, but my mother always taught me that “witch” was a slur; serious magicians were not witches. I didn’t spend Beltane dancing around in the woods naked or calling up friends to hold a f***ing drum circle: I do real magick with real results.

If you think she sounds prickly and defensive, she’s got a good reason for that. Well, several, actually. But this time, it’s mainly because another character, Lon, is teasing her, and she doesn’t quite know how to handle him yet.

Regardless, you might be wondering what exactly *is* a magician? And why is she so adamant about the term?

In Arcadia’s world, people with genuine magical talent can tap into an energy known as Heka. Heka collects in living entities and is especially abundant in body fluids like blood, saliva, tears . . . and other things (ahem). And Heka can be used to charge spells, create energy wards, and even trompe-l’œil—”fool the eye.” Arcadia wields a bit more Heka than her peers, and she’s very good at “kindling” it: drawing energy from outside sources to light a match under her Heka, which super-charges it for powering bigger spells.

But working with this much energy has a price. The immediate repercussion is nausea, which ranges from mild to debilitating, but the greater consequence is madness. Many of the elderly magicians in Arcadia’s occult organization have gone a little crazy from excessive spell-casting. Arcadia’s young, so she’s not too worried about that right now, but she’s smart enough not to waste her talents on trivial things. Magick is Serious Business, not to be tossed around lightly, and a Real Magician knows that. Or should, anyway. She doesn’t use magick to find her missing car keys, or to drum up business for her tiki bar. Okay, well, she might use a little magick to break up bar fights and keep her customers in line. But come on—a girl’s got to make a living, right? I mean, so what if she binds a couple of Earthbound demons in her bar now and then, or doses them with a magical calming elixir? No biggie.

One of the more important things she uses magick for, however, is to summon Æthyric demons for information and favors. In KINDLING THE MOON, there’s one particular demon that Arcadia must summon in order to prove her family’s innocence . . . if she can only figure out the demon’s name.

Names are tricky things in Arcadia’s world. Especially hers. Arcadia Bell is an alias that she’s been using since she’s been on the run. People from her past call her by her birth name, Seléne. Some even call her Moonchild because of her rather, umm, esoteric conception, and Æthyric demons call her Mother of Ahriman for reasons she has yet to comprehend.

She’ll answer to all of these.

But whatever you do, please don’t call her a witch.

About the Book:

A new urban fantasy series about a magician and daughter of accused serial killers who must clear their names—or pay for their crimes with her life.

Being the spawn of two infamous occultists (and alleged murderers) isn’t easy, but freewheeling magician Arcadia “Cady” Bell knows how to make the best of a crummy situation. After hiding out for seven years, she’s carved an incognito niche for herself slinging drinks at the demon-friendly Tambuku Tiki Lounge.

But she receives an ultimatum when unexpected surveillance footage of her notorious parents surfaces: either prove their innocence or surrender herself. Unfortunately, the only witness to the crimes was an elusive Æthyric demon, and Cady has no idea how to find it. She teams up with Lon Butler, an enigmatic demonologist with a special talent for sexual spells and an arcane library of priceless stolen grimoires. Their research soon escalates into a storm of conflict involving missing police evidence, the decadent Hellfire Club, a ruthless bounty hunter, and a powerful occult society that operates way outside the law. If Cady can’t clear her family name soon, she’ll be forced to sacrifice her own life . . . and no amount of running will save her this time.

GIVEAWAY GUIDELINES:

One lucky commenter will have a chance to win a copy of Kindling the Moon.

To enter, leave a comment below answering the following question:

What would you do with your magick abilities?

1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

2. +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook.

3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).

4. Giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only.

5. Please include your email address in your comment.

6. Giveaway ends Tuesday, July 5th at 11:59 PM EST.

7. The winner will be picked with the help of Random.org.


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35 Responses to “Guest Author: Jenn Bennett (Guest Post & Giveaway)

  1. Mocha ? LatteNo Gravatar
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    I’d probably use my magical abilities for good. Yes that’s me…the everyday super hero. Hah.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    gfc follower

    venturinhawendy(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Teri CNo Gravatar
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    I would do some greater good with my abilities be what they may, and if they increase my kick aserry then bonus, and I will do more magical good.
    The book sounds fantastic. I cannot wait.
    GFC
    terilhack at gmail dot com

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  3. NaNo Gravatar
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    Welcome Jenn! Congratulations on your debut urban fantasy novel release, happens to be one of my favourite genre. The cover is fierce and I’m curious to learn more about the heroine. She seems strong, capable and unique. I’ll be meeting my first ceremonial magician.

    With my magick abilities, I would mind-read, make myself invisible and perhaps do a little time-travelling.

    Cambonified[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  4. KarenNo Gravatar
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    I’d use it for my personal interests ;D

    +3 Tweeted! http://twitter.com/#!/Neku234/status/83147467478142976

    blissfulrains(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. debbieNo Gravatar
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    I would use to help people.
    moc.oohaynull@21dnikafoowt

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  6. Tina DudleyNo Gravatar
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    I would try to help those in need. Whether crime or money or whatever.

    google friend follower
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  7. Rain maidenNo Gravatar
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    Congrats Jenn on your new book! I love finding new authors. If I had magic within, I would love to poof away to vist family in other states. I’m already a GFC follower.

    moc.liamtohnull@3tmnJ

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  8. StephanieNo Gravatar
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    Wow this sounds like a great book. Let’s see I think I would use my magical abilities to solve mysteries. Like who was the Zodiac killer and Jack the Ripper to do these things my power would have to include time travel, and truth spells and maybe locator spells.

    ten.tsacmocnull@99nietskce

    Stephanie
    Facebook follower

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  9. LingeorgeNo Gravatar
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    I would set up a investigation firm — sort of like Vampiric Charms, and make money fighting evil.
    follow email, GFC, Facebook, Twitter
    linda at gordonvalley dot com

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  10. Bethany C.No Gravatar
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    I’d use my magickal abilities to raise a perfectly behaved child. I’d also like to be able to heal.
    gfc follower and follow on fb and twitter, Bethany C. Bethany Cardone @bcardoo79

    b(dot)cardone(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  11. Robin KNo Gravatar
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    Most definitely clean the house more efficiently :)

    I am a follower.

    robin [at] intensewhisper [dot] com

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  12. Barb PNo Gravatar
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    Hi Jenn! Excited about the new book. I think I would use my magical abilities (if I could) to protect my loved ones from harm and try and do some good. Don’t know what my abilities would be, but I would try help others. ten.labolgcbsnull@31146kcirtapb +1 comment +3 Follower

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  13. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I would use my magical abilities mostly for good, for occasionally for selfish reasons, because I’m human LOL. I would protect those I love and probably do some mischief on those I don’t like.

    +1 answered question
    +3 GFC follower

    angeldream3[AT]gmail[DOT]com

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  14. Jenn BennettNo Gravatar
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    Hi everybody! Thanks to Angela for having me on, and thanks for all your lovely comments. A lot of fun replies so far (I like the house-cleaning one & the perfectly behaved child, LOL!)

    Now you’ve all got me wondering what I would do if I had magical abilities. Hmmm . . . I’d probably start out trying to use them for something dastardly and rebellious — big Dr. Evil-esque plans, muwhahahaha! Time-traveling sounds good, too. But in the end, I’d probably decide it was all way too much trouble and just settle for conjuring up a male harem. ;)

    –Jenn

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  15. lulilutNo Gravatar
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    I would use my magick abilities to secretly grant people one wish. (Though I think even that has the potential to create havoc.)
    I am a follower
    Tweeted here:
    http://twitter.com/lulilut/status/83262713144414208
    d.septer at insightbb.com

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  16. emmadNo Gravatar
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    While I’m international I have a friend in USA that would love it if I happened to win (and she could do with a boost) Is this okay?

    What would you do with your magick abilities? Would depend entially on what they were :) Ideally I would love to be able to understand and talk to animals and use this to help animals and people that are having issues.

    Already a follower.

    email: emmad(at)xtra(dot)co.nz

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  17. Tanyaw1224No Gravatar
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    The question is what wouldn’t I do with magical powers…lol..I like everyone else’s answers too. I would have a lot of fun and then become the bad a** chick kicking butt to all the bad things that go bump in the night ;) Congrats on the new release. It sounds like a good, fresh read. Please count me in for your book. Thanks.
    +1 comment
    +3 old follower as Tanyaw1224 and twitter @Tanya1224 and FB
    +3 twittered at http://twitter.com/#!/Tanya1224/status/83299322875224065
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  18. Barbara ElnessNo Gravatar
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    I would use my magick to protect myself and those I care about, and probably to help me make some extra cash if I needed it.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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  19. Melissa (Books and Things)No Gravatar
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    Most likely I’d turn myself into a frog or something by mistake!

    I’m a gfc follower
    twitter follower @BooksThings
    books (dot) things (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  20. shadowNo Gravatar
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    This sounds so good. If i had magical abilities what i would do is help those i could. And id let my wicked side come out and play and play a few pranks on people. :P Thank you for this awesome giveaway!
    ten.ttanull@relhok_wodahs
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    +3 gfc and fb (shadow_kohler)

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  21. JessNo Gravatar
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    Oh please, I’d use my powers for EVIL >:D At least until I got bored, then I’d probably help people…. before going back to being evil of course ;)

    Answered, following on Twitter, FB, and GFC, and tweeted about it (RomanceaholicBR) :)

    romanceaholic at gmail dot com

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  22. Pat DuganNo Gravatar
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    I would try to find a way to earn a living with my abilities by being immensely helpful in fulfilling my clients needs, as opposed to their wants. Hopefully, I would also succeed in teaching them the difference.

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  23. heatwave16No Gravatar
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    With my magic abilities, I would make a tree that grows money & have all of my laundry done for me. :) I’m sure I’d do some helping inbetween.

    +1 – comment
    +3 – follower – heatwave316
    +3 – tweeted – http://twitter.com/#!/Heatwave316/status/83694081506680832

    heatwave96(at)hotmail.com

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  24. Jenn BennettNo Gravatar
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    You guys are awesome! I love all these answers. *g*

    @Melissa: No worries — if you accidentally turn yourself into a frog, someone else here who chose to use their power for helping people will turn you back. Except Jess, who may or may not help, depending on if she’s in the mood for evil-doing. ;)

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  25. JenMNo Gravatar
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    I’ve always wanted the ability to heal people so that’s what I would want to use my magic for.

    Jen at delux dot com

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  26. AmyNo Gravatar
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    I would use my magick abilities to find me a good job! :lol:

    pink_gyrl at hotmail dot com

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  27. blackroze37@yahoo.comNo Gravatar
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    What would you do with your magick abilities? HMMMM WELL NOT SURE, PROBALY MAKE THE EARTH A BETTER PALCE

    1. +1 entry for answering the question (required).

    2. +3 entries for becoming a follower of this blog and Dark Faerie Tales on Twitter and Facebook. YES

    3. +3 entries for tweeting about this contest, blogging about it, linking via your sidebar etc…(please tell me where!).TWEETED AND SHARED

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  28. Marg K.No Gravatar
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    Well, I’d probably go the UF route and become a P.I. I would then use my magick abilities to help solve cold cases that the police have given up on. That way I could be doing something good and still get paid for it. Hey, a girl’s gotta eat, amirite? Altruism is good for the soul, but it doesn’t pay the bills.

    Anyways, thanks for the giveaway! I’d love a chance to read this book.

    +3 I’m a long-time blog & twitter follower (GFC=Marg K., twitter=@clockworkrevery)

    +3 Tweet: http://twitter.com/#!/ClockworkRevery/status/86622373863890944

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  29. Katie @ Novel SocietyNo Gravatar
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    I would probably try to help people…

    +3 for following

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  30. Samantha R.No Gravatar
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    I would kick demon hide, a la Buffy.

    ude.ekudnull@51rcs

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  31. Meredith MillerNo Gravatar
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    House cleaning!!!!

    Comment
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  32. donnasNo Gravatar
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    I would use them to make things easier for me and to help others as well.

    +3 follower
    +3 tweet – http://twitter.com/#!/DonnaS1/status/88107220767752192

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  33. Jamie LarimoreNo Gravatar
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    Hi Jenn,
    I would use my magic powers to make all the people in the world to have tons of money.

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  34. AnneNo Gravatar
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    I would attempt to do good, but I’m sure some self benefit would come into play….provided the backlash wasn’t too bad.

    acm05atjuno.com
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  35. Jennifer KallhoffNo Gravatar
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    I’d attempt to do good deeds and help others, but I know I’d cause a teensy bit of mischief as well >;)

    liked on facebook =)

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