Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Savage Magic by Judy Teel "I'll Never Work Again" & Giveaway

A deadly disease from an unknown origin…

Addison Kittner and ex-FBI agent Cooper Daine arrive at Bone Clan expecting a warm welcome. Instead they’re imprisoned and placed under quarantine, where they discover that the werewolf mountain Clans are being decimated by a deadly plague which can’t be cured.

An old obligation that changes everything…

With only a few days to live, Cooper’s brother, Alpha of Bone Clan, asks Cooper to fulfill his promise, one that’s crucial to their Clan’s survival. But if he does, Cooper risks loosing Addison. Forever.

An ancient creature bred for genocide…

Determined to stop the plague and cure Cooper’s brother, Addison defies Clan law and sneaks away to an ancient ruin which might hold the key. There she discovers an unexpected link to her past and inadvertently calls forth an immortal monster that will destroy the paranormal races protecting humanity if it can’t be stopped.

But as Cooper and Addison battle to stop the annihilation of the Clans and the forces trying to tear their bond apart, something even more powerful and deadly gathers just out of sight…

And prepares to strike.

I’ll Never Work Again” by Judy Teel

“Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” —Confucius

Why would anyone want to be a novelist? The hours are long, you often work weekends and evenings, sometimes you can’t sleep because clips of dialogue, solutions to character problems, or ideas for scenes won’t leave you alone. You talk to yourself…a lot. You drift away into other worlds in a nearly out-of-body way, usually at inconvenient times like conversations with your family or when you’re driving. You often forget to cook dinner, in fact it’s not unusual to forget to eat at all.
Why would any sane person want to be, well, functionally borderline kind of nuts?

Because being a novelist is awesome!

For starters, you’re self-employed, so your hours are flexible. Sure, you might work a lot of weekends and evenings, but that’s usually because you had a three-hour lunch with your best friend, or took your kids to the orthodontist, or were at the mall for that amazing sale at Macy’s when everyone else in town was in the office.

When you are working, you live in worlds you’ve created with people who are as interesting as you want to make them. Even better, you get to give these people a hard time before letting everything turn out right in their lives. My kids like to say, I’m the god of my own universe. Heady stuff.

True, creative brains are a bit on the bizarre side, but they’re also super fun. Out of the blue your mind will toss out something amazing like an idea for your next series or the solution to a plot problem that seemed impossible to solve. It’s magical. For the Shifty Magic series, I said, “I want a dystopian urban fantasy series with this kind of heroine.” And then I specified the basics of Addison. (And yes, I said it out loud. Don’t judge.) The next morning, wham! The overview of the entire series and the summary of each book popped into my mind.

Being a published author also means having the opportunity to meet some of the best people on the planet—readers and other authors.  You haven’t lived until you’ve hung out with romance writers at a conference. Let’s just say they aren’t known for holding back on topics that most people would be embarrassed to even whisper in public, let alone laugh uproariously about.

It’s even fun to make mistakes because you can turn your experiences into information that might help other writers. Teaching is definitely one of the highlights of being a successful novelist.

All good stuff, but the best perk of all is when you get an email or discover a review where a reader expresses how much they loved your book and how much it meant to them. Writers would write even if no one ever saw their books, we can’t help ourselves. But our readers bring meaning to that process.

And last, but not least, when you finally hold that book in your hand, it’s an incredibly proud moment. What started as an idea in your head has become something real in the world. Wow.

Without question, writing fiction is the best play time, um, I mean job, I’ve ever had.

The scent of blood got stronger, pulling my thoughts back and making my heart pound a little harder against my chest. Slipping a knife from the sheath inside my right boot, I watched the flutter of shadows on the path below where it turned and disappeared behind a thick wall of laurels. Slow breath in…Silent breath out…

Deeper shadows emerged and took shape — a man and a woman, both dressed for living outdoors and blending in. And there was Cooper, complacently allowing them to roughly pull him along between them, his nose and a cut on his cheek seeping blood. Weird. Cooper was built like an early twenty-first century Olympic gymnast and I’d seen him take out opponents in less than ten seconds without a single blow landing on him. How had they managed to subdue him?

I watched them come closer and pass below me. The woman on one side of Cooper was medium height with light skin and dark red hair that she’d pulled back into a short ponytail with a strip of leather. The man on the other side was tall and muscular with tanned skin, his bright red hair in a military cut.

I adjusted the soles of my logger boots against the branch under me to give myself a more solid launch, judged the distance — and jumped.

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Judy Teel was born in Virginia and moved to North Carolina just before middle school. She's a fiction author and novelist writing in the dystopian urban fantasy genre. Her stories deliver mystery with some thriller elements, a kick-butt heroine with a large dash of snark in her, a bit more than a touch of romance with a guy that makes readers' hearts beat a little faster, and a wild ride full of action and emotion from start to finish.

Shifty Magic is permanently free on all platforms and Undercover Magic is free as a thank you gift for anyone who signs up on my readers list:  http://judyteel.com/my-free-book/

Twitter: @JudyTeelBooks / https://twitter.com/JudyTeelBooks

Amazon Author’s Page: http://goo.gl/a7oKub

Links to books

Shifty Magic (Book 1): http://amzn.com/B00CXQ7EOE

Undercover Magic (Book 2): http://amzn.com/B00H7M48KM

Shifty Magic (Book 1): http://goo.gl/6hU5bQ

Undercover Magic (Book 2): http://goo.gl/0qjldj

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION: Judy will be awarding $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour, and a $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn host.
The more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here: 
a Rafflecopter giveaway


  1. Why did you choose your profession?

    1. Hi Mai! I became a novelist to send my overflowing imagination in a productive direction. I also love the written word, books have meant a lot to me through my life and I wanted to give back, and writing makes me happy. :)

  2. Thank you for hosting me, Alisia. I'm glad to be here!

  3. Really great post! I'm looking forward to reading this one, it sounds amazing! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. I have enjoyed the tour and learning about your book. It sounds like a great read.

    1. Thank you, Rita! And I've enjoyed the tour too. :)

  5. I enjoyed the interview. Thank you for the post and the giveaway!

  6. I enjoyed the excerpt, thank you! Terrific cover! Great book tour! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you, Betty for both compliments. And wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, too! :)

  7. Thank you for having me, Alisia. Happy Thanksgiving!