Hidden Salem

Guest Post and Giveaway by Kiki Howell

A rebel at heart, I am going about this post a little backwards. When I thought about stereotypes of witches in fiction, all I could think of that bothered me was the stereotype of Witches in the real world and how I use my fictional witches to hopefully dispel misunderstandings and cruel judgments going on out there. I have something to say, messages to get across, and I’m not afraid to use my fiction to do so.

I’ve done this many times. In my hometown, once my writing came out, a few husbands got together and told the locals not to let their wives hang out with me or I would pull them into my coven. I then wrote a novel called A Modern Day Witch Hunt, showing witches as I saw them, ones who had to hide sometimes what they were for fear of retaliation. I’ve gone on to write stories which center around many spells, like the cutting the cords ritual, to show people what Witches really do.

I now have another novel coming out called Hidden Salem, which was inspired by my trip to Salem, MA where I met many wonderful Witches—compassionate, warm and fun—loving people who really inspired me to be a better person, as my fictional witch, Lauri does for my character Makayla in the story. Now, I did put a dark coven in my novel too, but hey, it’s fiction, and I needed bad guys too *winks* But the dark accentuates the light. Are my fictional witches stereotypical…hmm, I don’t think so. In fact, in my story I have the only real witch in Salem in 1692, and she escaped before the trials started. I’d always wanted to write a story with that character :)

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From the Wickedest Witch of the All – Kiki you are such a darling. Thanks for this lovely post. I can’t wait for the release of Hidden Salem, this coming fall. The idea of seeing Salem in your pages sounds like a real treat!
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Kiki Howell loves a “well-woven tale with real characters, inspired plots, and delightful resolutions.” I fell in love with her writing after reading The Healing Spell and A Modern Day Witch Hunt, now I’m super excited about Hidden Salem.

And Kiki is thrilled, too. So much that she wanted a lucky Wicked Darling to have a memento from Salem. Do you want to know what I told Kiki when she showed me the pendant she was giving away for the Sexy, Dark & Bloody Fiction party? Well, here it goes anyway. I said, “Kiki, being a real Witch doesn’t take away the fact that I love pointy hats, cauldrons, cats and brooms.”
This is all you need to do to enter this witchy giveaway:
1. Leave a comment with your thoughts on this post.
2. Visit Kiki Howell’s website, read an excerpt or two, and come back to tell me about your favorite tale. Just so you know, Kiki’s tales are hot, hot, hot!

Extra Entries:
1. Be a Wicked Darling (follow Pagan Culture)
2. Blog about this entry, and leave a link to the post
3. Tweet about this entry, and leave a link to the tweet
4. Follow my writing site
5. Follow Authors by Authors, Kiki Howell’s blog
* This giveaway ends April 17th.
** The lucky winner will be chosen via Randomizer. I’ll announce her or his name on April 19th at 12:13am EST. Great luck, my Luvs ;-)
Hidden Salem by Kiki Howell
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45 comments:

  1. I don't seem to have time for reading much lately, which is why I appreciate all the little snippets you post for us Magaly. Kiki's words intrigued me so I went to her link...but got caught up listening to the song her husband wrote for her(gorgeous!!!) So I am going to cheat, and pick the title "The Sorcerer's songs", because I don't believe in coincidence :D XXX

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    1. I really liked "The Sorcerer's Songs," too. And I listened to that song over and over--Kiki's husband is quite gifted. And they make a great team.

      Yay! I'm glad my selection of snippets of fiction keep you feed!

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    2. It is a nice song isn't it. He has a very lovely voice and you can certainly hear the love for his wife in his song.

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    3. I'm a little biased, but I love the song too! He's home on Spring Break today (he's an English teacher), so I just shared your compliments with him :)

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  2. Salem is one of those places I want to see before I croak. But, the danger there is me never leaving once I get there. I've been known to do that.

    I think I'm gonna have to go with A Strange Freedom :Blood and Fireworks, but all of them appeal to my tastes. More reading for me!

    Gotcha followed. ;)

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    1. I agree with your concern, and have a feeling you'll love your reading choice. Yep, you will ;-)

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    2. I can't wait to go back to Salem for the book tour. And if I didn't have a family (as in teen boys who will not leave their schools right now), I might have stayed myself.

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    3. I totally understand the teens not wanting to leave their friends thing. ;) Someday.....*imagines us all dancing in Salem*

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  3. I firmly believe that Hidden Salem is going to be my favorite book by Kiki Howell but until its release I must stick by my personal favorite, Torn Asunder. Kiki masterfully crafts all her works, drawing readers in and creating new worlds to experience. I've been a long time fan, had the extreme pleasure of actually getting to meet Kiki in person at the beginning of March, and honestly, I don't see my love for her work changing anytime soon! For me, when new paranormal books are released its Kiki Howell & J.R Ward who top out my list as "must have right away!". I will always buy these two author's before anyone else for guaranteed pleasure reading and a true book I can just "crawl" into!
    Kiki, girl you rock!

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    1. Ah, Gina, I just don't know how to respond to all of that! Thank you doesn't seem enough. I can tell you that you put a huge smile on my face for the day :)

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    2. Oh my, Gina! I just clicked on your web page, and the image in the background...well, I'll just say that at nearly 45 with autoimmune disorders and medicines screwing with my libido, I can definitely tell the difference since I switched off of one of the meds! My husband nearly got an "interesting" rousing from his sleep. :D

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  4. Oo this looks very interesting and just my kind of reading. I'm an ancestor of Susannah Martin who was hung during the witch trials of 1692. Since I am a child of a Salem witch, I took my online identity, SalemWitchChild, many years ago. :)

    I'm very interested to hear about her witches and of course anything steamy has my personal seal of approval.

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    1. To know you are an ancestor is very cool. I had some "experiences" there that I still need to look into further as far as that goes. It was a very inspiring town, but also a very hard one to visit with such history. My trip there was very intense!

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    2. Hm.. You know this system didn't alert me to your reply. I thought that was very unlike Magaly to not reply back so I just had to check. And here is your lovely reply that I'm sorry I would have missed had I not checked back.

      I've never been to Salem but it is on my list of life long goals I'll one day complete. I've got it in my mind to be a gypsy for awhile when family doesn't keep me tied to one spot. Perhaps when the children are grown. Which seems like a far far time in the future.

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    3. Yes, Disqus eats comments and Blogger refuses to keep the connection *sigh* nothing is perfect. Not even I get notifications of replies and it's so annoying. That's the reason I got the recent comments widget on my sidebar. It catches everything, so Blogger gets to play not jokes ;-)

      I'm seriously thinking about a trip to Salem. I visited about 7 years ago, but it was for work and I didn't get to see much. It would be nice to go with my Piano Man and walk around feeling and seeing things.

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    4. Wow, Salem, our ancestral paths have crossed...in a sense. Susannah's family is intertwined with my ancestor, Mary Bradbury (Perkins) through Mary's daughter, Jane. My maternal grandmother's maiden name is Bradbury, but we are not of "Jane's lineage"...although our Mary seems intertwined in Witchcraft in several ways. Are you, by any chance, related to the person mentioned in this link? http://rosemary-e-bachelor.suite101.com/he-descends-from-witches-and-she-from-accuser-a159843

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    5. I thought you would find this post extra interesting ;-)

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  5. OK, let me see...

    My thoughts on this post: Her writing sounds fantastic, and I'd love to read it. Bet it's not available in audio though? I always enjoy when witches in fiction don't act like people want them too; horray for real witches making their way in to fiction! Also, I need a new pendant; mine broke recently... *Grins*

    I went and read "Lizzy's Secret"... I loved it, and thought it a great twist to add to the story of Pride And Prejudice. I don't know why that one called out to me, but it did, and I enjoyed it! :)

    I follow both your blogs, Mags! *wink*

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    1. Glad you liked Lizzy's Secret. It was fun to write.

      No, none of my publishers do the audio thing yet, though one has been talking about it. Sorry.

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  6. For my first Kiki book, I chose 'A Modern Day Witch Hunt'. I am interested in seeing what new twists Kiki applies the beleaguered witch/otherwordly assistance.

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    1. A Modern Day Witch Hunt is kind of unavailable right now, other than used print copies an Amazon, because I'm re-writing it into a full novel. Feedback said that the information was too concentrated, and they wanted the group I created, The Watchers, fleshed out more. I agree. The premise is very complicated, so hopefully the additions will make it a much better story. Hopefully I will have it done soon.

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    2. Okay, Kiki, so I was doing my homework and should be responsible and get back to it. But when I saw this message pop up, I had to let you know, right away, that I agree 100%. A Modern Witch Hunt is magnificent--my favorite of yours--I can't wait to read the full length novel. To see what you do with The Watchers... to see them revisiting the past... Oh my gods, this is so wonderful to wait for!

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    3. Well that puts a hop in my step to get it done :) I didn't know that one was your favorite - it has always held a special place in my heart for many reasons, one of which I would love to discuss with you sometime, get your take on it. Amazing how stories can sometimes change your on life, bring up things you never really thought about before :)

      Now, back to work, Magaly! LOL

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  7. I'm headed to KiKi's to check it out...really like this pendant...My son's family would freak...

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    1. I hope you found some lovely things there ;-)

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  8. Hi Magaly ;o) I would love to win this pendant ;o) It freaked me out, that husbands got together, and told the locals not to let their wives hang out with you because you would pull them into your coven ????? People!!!!! Grrrrrr... You can pull me into your coven anyday ;o) I will be back to comment more ;o) Hugs ;o)

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    1. Thank you! At least I got a story out of it, I guess, though it wasn't fun at first until my kids made it a joke. I got more "witchy" fun stuff from friends though because of it. Halloween these days I always dress up, well witchy *winks*

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  9. I went to Kiki's site. Under stories, "Snowed In" caught my eye and my mind ;o) Maybe because I love snow and maybe her story about being caught with someone who Rachael hates, but in her wild dreams, would love to be with, is very alluring ;o) EHehehhehehe ;o)

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    1. Snowed In was so much fun, a writing challenge by my publisher to write a contemporary, non-paranormal, Sassy, story. I love angst in writing paired with a HEA, one where the reader gets to a point in the story that they thing the two of them getting together is near impossible!

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  10. I follow Pagan Culture ;o)

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  11. I follow your writing site ;o)

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  12. That is so thoughtful, thanks, Kiki! Now off to see your website.

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  13. I think your new steamy novel sounds like fun. And if you are looking for reviewers come see my site. :) But looking around, I stumbled on to What are you Afraid of? I have 2 small boys, and I think they would love the dogs. I would love opening up that discussion.

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    1. Beware, Kiki's stories are addicting!

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  14. This is a wonderful post and I love the idea of "going about things a bit backwards". It actually gives me an idea...thank you for that. I am so sorry that Kiki had to go through such nonsense in judgement from people within her own locality.

    I hope to go to Salem one day myself and experience the energy of an area that overall believes that "witch" is not a bad or evil thing. "Hidden Salem" sounds amazing and I am off to look into it.

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    1. It would be nice to go as a group, for a weekend... the things we would do ;-D

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  15. I loved "The Healing Spell" and have just returned from Kiki's site and would love to read "The Witches Beast."

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    1. The Healing Spell is my favorite. I haven't read The Witches Beast. I better now!

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  16. I follow my sweet Magaly

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  17. I follow your writing site

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  18. I am now the 560th follower of Authors by Authors - I think it is a good number. ;-)

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  19. Ooh...love a good story set in Salem...maybe b/c I used to live there and miss it! I'm definitely going to check this one out! Perfect for my challenge too! (not an entry!)

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

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    1. I've never lived in Salem, but I've been in love with the town every since I read "Young Goodman Brown" about a thousand years ago. And for the obvious witchy reasons, too--the town holds so much mystery, and pain, but mostly history.

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  20. How have I missed this until now?! I'm off to add Kiki's works to my "to read" list! :D

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