A young witch, destined to be queen. A traveler destined to love her and an evil warlock desperate to claim her.
When Julien Beaumont meets Giselle Jareau, the naïve, young witch is nothing more than a nuisance. A mere inconvenience. But the inkblot on his arm disagrees. As their relationship develops, his tattoo begins to fill in. Could it be fate or something more sinister?
On an old, decrepit sugar plantation, in the heart of the Louisiana Bayou, the defender of the covens and the queen to the royals engage in a battle of wits. And as Giselle falls in love, Julien tries desperately to change the course of their destiny.
~ Bewitching BT
” Julien paced the length of the master suite. Ineffective in his plans to sway Giselle to trust him caused him much frustration. Maybe she doesn’t like to be yelled at. Covering his eyes with the heels of his hands, he tried rubbing away the self-induced headache coming on. Out of options and close to giving up, he needed to clear his mind. What was it about her that had him on edge all the time? Julien had to clench his fists every minute he was around her to remind himself of the anger. Otherwise, he found himself wanting to kiss her, protect her. And each moment he spent with her, it was getting harder to control. He had to fight it. It could cost the covens the war. He had to stay on the straight and narrow yet—something was pulling at the corners of his mind.
Julien thrust his balcony doors open and gust of cool air rushed inside the warm room. His eyes narrowed in disbelief as he stared out at the grounds of his estate.Walking out onto the balcony for a good look, Julien couldn’t believe his eyes. The alley of oaks danced gloriously in the wind, their branches no longer drooping toward earth, but standing tall, in salute. His eyes scanned the grass, noticing its deep green hue. Shoots of honeysuckle could be seen making their way up toward the sun. As if the flowers knew what he was thinking, a soft breeze carried with it their scent. A smile, true and confident, emerged on his face. It was her presence. It had to be.
As he took in the beauty of a long dead past, he caught a glimmer of the dark-haired beauty walking on the path to Chantilly’s garden. Hmm. What’s she up to? He went back inside and changed into jeans. He slipped a white cotton tee-shirt over his head and headed down the stairs. Looking around his once decaying home, he realized it had been rejuvenated. Julien ran his fingers over the railing, the wood felt smooth and rich. There were no holes in the walls, no peeling paint, no cobwebs. The silver shined so bright, he could see his own reflection. Two days later and it was good as new? It has to be her. Outside, he took in his surroundings. Were his eyes deceiving him? Anxious now to see Giselle, he walked toward Chantilly’s garden. Along the way, he heard her humming. It was a beautiful melody filled with warmth and joy. And it renewed his hope, for he now believed Giselle was indeed, the tenth power.
If only she believed it.
Standing in the gardens, he watched her lean over, inhaling the fragrance of each blossom. When she got close, the blooms stood taller, more vibrant in her presence. He couldn’t help but smile at her innocence as it hit him square in the gut. She really doesn’t see it. He watched her run afinger over an old wooden sign, its words unreadable.
Julien cleared his throat. “My sister’s garden.”
Her head snapped up, eyes wide. He jerked his chin toward the sign. “It’s supposed to say, my sister’s garden.”
Giselle cast her eyes away. “I’m so sorry about Joyal.”
Just hearing her name fired up his nerves, but he remained steady, discarding the unwelcome reminder. “No, I meant my sister, Chantilly. This garden was her gift to me.”
She smiled and he realized it was the first time he saw her show happiness.
She tucked her hair behind her ear. “It’s enchanted.”
He chuckled. “Yes, it is.” ”
1. If you were to describe your e-book/book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
A visit to Oak Alley Plantation in Louisiana prompted my story. I walked along the alley of oaks at twilight. All alone. By the time that walk was over, the story was in my head.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your protagonist? What about your antagonist?
Fighting fate is universal. Embracing your destiny is very difficult to do. My protagonist fights it, my antagonist helps her accept it.
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
Oh yes. It’s quite frustrating. Waiting around for your “voice” to show up can be agony. I find reading helps. I love to read and when I’m writing for large chunks of time, my reading slacks. Sometimes picking up a book can fuel my desire to push forward.
5. Your all time favorite book?
Hmmm. That’s really hard. I don’t think I have one yet. I read all different subgenres. I have favorites from different stages of my life.
One in particular stands out. It was one of the first coming of age books I read by Judy Bloom. “God, it’s me Margaret.” I was eleven years old.
6. What made you pick that one above all others?
It was the first book I read that mirrored my life and what was going on at the time. It left an impression on me.
7. What’s the longest time you’ve spent working on a project?
My latest project, A Late Summer Bloom, had to be rewritten. It had been shelved for about a year.
8. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
Yes. For me it fulfilled a need within me. I always wondered what it is I was meant to do. It is writing. Hands down. I would’ve loved to have figured it out at an earlier age but it wasn’t meant to be. That is why in my new series, Witches Of the Bayou, witches find their true calling when they come of age.
9. Was there ever a time, during your work for the e-book/book, when you felt like giving up? What made you change your mind?
Absolutely. A very smart editor, who knew my work, advised me to rewrite this story. Not edit it. Rewrite it. Start with a blank page. That was very difficult for me. I had an 85k word manuscript that I couldn’t look at. But I listened to her advice and I’m glad I did.
10. What does your day-to-day life consist of? What else do you do, aside writing?
I’m a stay at home wife and mother. My schedule can be very erratic but I’ve learned to write whenever and wherever I am. In the car during girl-scouts meetings, on the car pick up line, in the middle of folding clothes and scrubbing the fridge. People assume it is easier if your home but I can’t say either way. My first job is taking care of my family. That takes priority.
11. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I haven’t received a bad review per say. I have received some one star rating on Goodreads when I received an average of five stars from reviewers for the same book. If you are the author, you must keep in mind that reading is subjective. What one loves, others may not. But I do believe if a reader rates your book a one star, they owe it to other readers to explain why.
12. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Yes. This is a series. I am working on the follow up titled, A Breeze Of Echoes. This is the story of Simon Granvil and Desiree Mercier. Here is a snippet of what you can expect.
A Breeze Of Echoes-Witches Of The Bayou Book 2
Desiree Mercier has a secret–one she desperately wants to keep hidden from the overbearing, possessive traveler, Simon Granvil. His dominant nature clashes with her independent spirit and fiery Desiree craves excitement not complacency. But the traveler unknowingly owns a part of her soul and Desiree wants it back. She knows Simon can easily command her body and her heart but, her mind yearns to be free. Can she shake the bossy traveler before he discovers the hidden truth? When she tries to break the bonds of the past, Desiree soon comes to realize that a love so true can never die.
13. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
I am planning a contemporary erotic romance called Abby Road at The Enclave. This is in the works as well as a few others.
Here is a snippet of that one.
Abby Road at The Enclave.
Jules Worthington is a young writer looking for the story of her career. She gets her chance during the course of research at a local swing club in Long Island NY.
Raymond Armstrong and his friends have been treated unfairly by the media. His latest lover, Abby, had been slaughtered inside his very own home by an unstable woman. He wants her reputation restored and Jules is just the one who can do it. What’s the catch?
Live the life of Abby Monroe for one month. Be inside the special relationships of The Enclave and learn what it’s like to take part in the “lifestyle.” And Jules doesn’t hesitate.
But when she finds herself falling for Raymond Armstrong, she must find a way to give him her body without giving up her heart.
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
That everyone experiences an all-consuming love. The kind that transcends time and defeats all obstacles.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
Definitely a romance. Anything by Cherise Sinclair. I’ve been devouring her books lately.
3. Name your favorite fruit.
Raspberries.I used to pick them off the vine on my grandfather’s farm when I was a little girl. Loved them then, love them now.
4. Coffee or tea?
Coffee. All day long.
5. Favorite season?
Spring is my favorite. Growing up in New York, it was always a welcome sight.
6. How about fav time of 24 hours?
I’d say the hour when the sun is setting. I presently live in Florida and the sunsets are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen. Dinner is done, homework is done, hubby is home and it’s time to wind down from a busy day.
7. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
No. But I made sure my daughter tried it.
8. Favorite food for breakfast?
Coffee and Eggs Benedict.
9. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
10. Do you collect things, like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
I am not a collector. I do like books and have many. But since I hate clutter, I found a kindle works wonders for my lifestyle.
11. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Yellow, the pale color not the bright color. It’s soft and easy on the eyes. To me it’s a happy color.
12. Drama or comedy?
I really love both but it depends on my mood.
14. Have a fav quote or personal motto?
“Everything happens for a reason.”
15. Cats or dogs?
My best friend is a mutt named Bailey. She is one of the loves of my life.
15. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
At this stage of my life, I’d say dinner by candlelight.
About the Author & Links:
Cherrie Mack grew up in Flushing Queens NY, the youngest child of six. The city’s diversity gave her a great appreciation for many different cultures and lifestyles. After love finally claimed the girl from the city and dragged her to the suburban madness of Long Island, she settled into a quiet life with her new husband. Two children and one mini-van later, the family found themselves moving towards the sunny skies of Florida where they currently reside. With her focus still very much on her family, Cherrie squeezes in time to write. The publication of her debut novel, Ache of Desire has given her the confidence to allow her to spend more time writing.
One year and four books later, Cherrie has continued to flourish. With multiple series in the works, there’s no slowing down for this up and coming author.
A member of Romance Writers of America, Cherrie is slowly spreading her wings as a romance author. Look for her books at all digital bookstores such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Bookstrand, ITunes, Nook and many more.