Hey everyone! Welcome to our very first book blog tour with our new company TBR and Beyond Tours. We are so excited our first tour is with debut author Sasha Laurens and her YA Fantasy novel, A Wicked Magic. Make sure to check out the other blogs on the tour schedule (listed below) and be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom! Let’s get this blog on its way!
-INTERVIEW WITH SASHA LAURENS-
How would you describe A Wicked Magic in your own words?
A Wicked Magic is about two ex-best friends, Dan and Liss, who accidentally used their witchy power to summon a demon who kidnapped Liss’s boyfriend, Johnny. Now, months later, Liss has found a way to make contact with Johnny and she and Dan need to repair their toxic friendship to try to rescue him.
That’s the basics of the plot of A Wicked Magic, but to me it’s really a story about friendship, much more than it’s a story about magic. Dan, Liss and Dan’s new best friend Alexa are all struggling to deal with their personal traumas—including depression, anxiety and negligent and abusive parents. Unfortunately, none of them have very good coping mechanisms. As a result they all do things that put their friendships in jeopardy. To really move forward in their lives and save Johnny, all three of them need to confront their inner demons (see what I did there? With the inner and outer demons??)
We know that A Wicked Magic features witches, what is something that the reader might not know the book has?
There are a lot of surprises in A Wicked Magic! One unexpected element that’s important to the story is the “spiritual advancement center” that has recently opened between the towns where Dan and Liss live. The Black Grass Spiritual Advancement Center is really a cult run by an ex-tech millionaire named Keith. Alexa’s aunt Lorelei, whom she lives with, is an investigative journalist posing as a Black Grass Seeker while she looks into whether Keith is a fraudster—or that’s what Alexa thinks.
What made you write about witches? Did you have a favorite movie or book growing up that featured them?
The cover is amazing! Did you have any input and what did you think when you first saw it?
Congratulations on now being a debut published author! How are you going to celebrate your release day?
Thank you! I’m planning to celebrate over Zoom with some friends, and in person with one or two. I’m also doing an event with Sarah Reese Brennan on July 30. Follow me on instagram @sashalwrites or on twitter @sasha_laurens for more info.
A Wicked Magic is the first book you’ve had published, but is it the first book you’ve written?
A Wicked Magic is the second book I’ve written. The first was a very different project that had a much stronger fantasy component and involved organized crime. I wrote it during National Novel Writing Month then revised it over the course of several years. Ultimately I got my agent on that book but it didn’t get any interest in the first round of submission to editors. By that time I was already working on what would become A Wicked Magic and I decided I wanted to see where that project would go instead of pursuing that first book.
Do you think you’ll continue to write YA or would you consider writing a MG or Adult book?
Right now my plan is to continue writing YA, but I could see myself writing adult in the future. For most of my writing life, I was interested in literary fiction, so I’m probably more likely to head in that direction than toward MG.
Do you have any favorite YA authors or books?
Tons—too many to mention them all here for sure. I will say the authors that really got me excited about writing YA when I was first starting out were Maggie Steifvater with the Raven Cycle and Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone series.
Are you already writing another book? If so, any hints?
I don’t like talking about what I’m working on but I will say that the working title is “Vampire Boarding School”.
Last and most important question, do you yourself own a cat?
I don’t! I grew up with cats with, shall we say, bristly personalities and I only met cats I genuinely liked recently. So me and cats still have a ways to go before I share my home with one.
-ABOUT THE BOOK –
Genre: YA Fantasy
Published: July 28th 2020
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina meets The Craft when modern witches must save teens stolen by an ancient demon in this YA fantasy-thriller debut.
Dan and Liss are witches. The Black Book granted them that power. Harnessing that power feels good, especially when everything in their lives makes them feel powerless.
During a spell gone wrong, Liss’s boyfriend is snatched away by an evil entity and presumed dead. Dan and Liss’s friendship dies that night, too. How can they practice magic after the darkness that they conjured?
Months later, Liss discovers that her boyfriend is alive, trapped underground in the grips of an ancient force. She must save him, and she needs Dan and the power of The Black Book to do so. Dan is quickly sucked back into Liss’s orbit and pushes away her best friend, Alexa. But Alexa has some big secrets she’s hiding and her own unique magical disaster to deal with.
When another teenager disappears, the girls know it’s no coincidence. What greedy magic have they awakened? And what does it want with these teens it has stolen?
Set in the atmospheric wilds of California’s northern coast, Sasha Laurens’s thrilling debut novel is about the complications of friendship, how to take back power, and how to embrace the darkness that lives within us all.
-BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE-
TBR and Beyond – Welcome post
Your Words My Ink – Review & Favourite Quotes
Kait Plus Books – Promo post & Character Playlist
Confession of a YA Reader – Review
The Bursting Bookshelf – Review
-ABOUT THE AUTHOR-
Sasha Laurens grew up in Northern California, where she learned to drive on Highway 1’s switchback turns and got accustomed to the best weather in the world. After studying creative writing and Russian literature at Columbia University, she lived in New York for years and, at various times, in Russia. She currently resides in Michigan, where she is pursuing a PhD in political science.
Prize: A hardcover copy of A Wicked Magic (USA and Canada only)
Starts: July 28th, 2020
Ends: August 3rd, 2020
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