Guest Post: Dream Cast for Hidden Salem from Writing Board by Kiki Howell + Giveaway

Hidden Salem

  • By Kiki Howell
  • Editions: ebook, paperback
  • Published October 15th 2012 by Mitchell Morris Publishing (first published April 15th 2012)
  • Genre: Contemporary / Paranormal / Romantic Suspense
  • Intuition alone brought Makayla to Salem, Ma in search of a story, but her research has her confronting more than she bargained for. With her empathic gifts stronger in Witch City, she physically suffers, landing her literally unconscious in the arms of both Noah Ayers, local cop and Dylan Baines, local history teacher. Yet, it is Lauri, a witch who owns a local shop, who teaches Makayla about who she is and what she can do.

    Unfortunately for all of them, Makayla also stumbles upon a coven in the woods practicing a dark magic ritual. Now they are after her, threatening her life and the lives of those she has quickly come to care about. Immersed in things she never expected, like an old legend and necromancy due to residual hauntings, the race is on to stay safe from the coven and protect her heart from a certain sexy cop.

    But, is Lauri correct in thinking Makayla might just have encountered the only real witch in Salem in 1692? And, do they share the same bloodline?
    ~ Bewitching Book Tours

    Dream Cast for Hidden Salem from Writing Board 
    by Kiki Howell

    I read this great writing tip once. It said to pick actors to represent each character in your book. That way, when you go to try to remember what their hair or eye color is, how they are built, you always know! It is a lot of information to keep straight! So, for me, it is kind of like creating a dream cast if your novel were made into a movie.

    When I was writing my novel, Hidden Salem, I had a story board up, one with pics of my actor-inspired characters (in looks only) with some extra details on it, like the little things that make a character real, the idiosyncrasies that make them believable.

    So, Makayla, my main character, she looked like Keira Knightley in my head. This pic was on my Storyboard.

    I loved the crisp, clean contemporary look she had here. She just seemed adventurous and strong, with an important soft side as well.

    Next there was her sexy cop, Noah Ayers and I just love the whole black hair and blue eyes thing that Ian Somerhalter has going on. Can’t you just see him as a cop?
    To add to the little love triangle in the story there is the sexy history teacher, Dylan Baines. I didn’t go for a far stretch on that one, because I just love the role of Alaric Saltzman on Vampire Diaries. So, Matt Davies became sweet and adorable teacher and historian that helps Makayla with local history.
    On the other hand, I don’t have an actor that inspired Lauri, the witch that helps Makayla in Salem. Lauri was inspired by a real witch a met in Salem. 

    Kiki has four pieces of jewelry purchased from The Official Witch Shoppe in Salem, MA which was still open when she visited Salem in August 2010. Each week, throughout the month tour, a winner will be chosen from one of the tour stops.

    All who enter will also be put into a final drawing for a $25.00 Gift Card from the winner’s choice of several retailers from Barnes & Noble to Starbucks (list will be provided to winner).

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    About the Author & Links:
    Ever since she was young, Kiki Howell has loved to listen to a well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions. Kiki could spend hours lost in a book, and soon she knew that creating lives, loves, and losses with just words had to be the greatest thing that she could do. To that end, she pursued her study of literature and writing, earning a bachelor’s degree in English. She then followed in a Master’s program in Creative Writing.


    She has now had over thirty stories published between eleven different publishers.  She could not be more thrilled or grateful to see her creations polished and out in the real world. In May, 2011, Kiki was chosen as an Ohioana Book Festival author for her novel, Torn Asunder.


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