Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tonya Kappes - A Charming Wish Interview & Giveaway




A Charming Wish: A Magical Cures Series By Tonya Kappes

Bubble, Bubble. . .
It seems shop owner and newly appointed Whispering Falls Village President June Heal has it all: beauty, wits, bewitching powers...Sheriff Oscar Park. Life is good. Because life in Whispering Falls is magical.

Cures and Trouble. . .
But when a member of the community is found dead on the steps of A Charming Cure, June's homeopathic cure shop, and her fingerprints show up at the scenes of local robberies, she is kicked off the village council and her powers fall under scrutiny. Until it's uncovered who is wreaking havoc on the town...June's magic is suspended.

Magic Stirs. . .
With the help of a rather obnoxious genie and Mr. Prince Charming, June's Fairy-God cat, June is determined to figure out who is framing her. Time is of the essence when it becomes clear that the true villain is trying to get rid of her...permanently!

And Trouble Doubles. . .
Oscar Park will do anything to protect June even if that means giving up all of his magical powers. . .or worse, his life.
 
Hi, Tonya. Thank you for joining me today. Tell me about the Magical Cures Mystery Series come from and how many books do you plan to have in the series?

I absolutely love this series! The series is a made up world of magical/psychic stuff….I’ve never written anything where I completely make up the entire world and words with in that world. It was a ton of fun! The series follow June Heal on her journey from being a commoner to finding a community with magical powers and realize she is one of them. It's a fun journey with talking crystal balls, animals, genies and lots of fun potion making. Think I Dream of Jeannie crosses Bewitched.
 
There are six books planned in the series. But there could be more. (winks)

Your latest book, A Charming Wish came out a couple of weeks ago, please tell me about it?

The magic continues in A Charming Wish, the third novel in the Magical Cures Series. June has been elected the new Village President when Isadora Solstice retires, giving June new magical powers than just her intuition. Unfortunately there is a murder on the steps of A Charming Cure, June’s homeopathic cure shop, and June is left holding the bag of evidence that points to her.
 
She has to rely on Madame Torres, her snarky crystal ball, Mr. Prince Charming, her fairy-god cat, and Belur, a genie, to help figure out who is creating havoc in the magical town of Whispering Falls.
Are the books in the Magical Cures Mystery Series standalones or do they need to be read in order?

You can read the novels as standalones, but you really miss the flavor of the small town and all the characters if you don’t. A Charming Potion is a short story that is between novel one and novel two that is not a standalone and includes spoilers.

I’m mainly a romance girl who dabbles in other genres, so I have to ask about Sheriff Oscar Park. What can readers expect from the hot Sheriff Park and June?

Awww…Oscar is also a witch, but will do anything for June. He is put in a very compromising position when June is investigated for murder since he is the one and only sheriff. Remember. . .he will do anything for June.

Was there a character or scene in this book which you enjoyed writing the most? If so, why?

I really do love Madame Torres. She has that little bit of sass and spunk that I’d love to have. She will say anything to anyone at anytime.

How do you come up with the names of your characters? (Petunia, Madame Torres, Mr. Prince Charming, etc.)

GREAT question. No one has ever asked me that. I took into consideration each characters magical powers. June Heal is a homeopathic shop owner who helps “heal” what is really going on by creating personalized potions for her clients. Isadora Solstice owns Mystic Lights, where she has crystal balls and all types of lights. Petunia Shrubwood owns Golly Bee Pet Shop and she speaks to animals. See the pattern?

Your books are full of twists and turns. Do you plot things out or do you just let the characters involved lead you?

I wish I could say that I plot them out because it would probably be easier. I start with a town, mostly small towns, and come up with the shops I would like to visit in a small town. I come up with the murder details. I create at least one quirky character that everyone will like. By the time I lay all of that out, characters start coming out of the woodwork.
 
Each one of my series has their own address book. I start to plug in their information as I go. THEN I’m ready to sit down and write. Usually the first 100 pages come out pretty quick and I can see where the characters are taking me. Once I reach that point, I do plot out the rest of the novel.

Are you a full-time writer or do you have a day job? If you are a full time writer, what did you do in your previous life?

I do have a day job. I’m a child therapist and work for myself. I only keep ten clients cases. This was my full time job, but has become very part time, two days a week. I write every single day, no excuses. I’d say writing is now full time.

Are you currently working on anything else? What can we look forward to seeing next from you?

I’m always working on something else. My new series is set in a small town (go figure) about a young woman who is an undertaker. Guess what . . .she sees ghosts that have been murdered. It has been so much fun to write because my quirky character is the ghost and so much fun.


FUN QUESTIONS:
Coffee or tea?
Coffee!

Favorite TV show?
Big Brother

Early bird or night owl?
Early bird!

What’s your comfort read?
Country Cottage Magazine

Are you right handed or left handed?
Right

Is there anything else you would like to add about A Charming Wish or yourself?

If a reader wants to escape to a magical place, and smile as they read little romance and mystery, The Magical Cures Series is it!

Thanks Tonya for stopping by.

Thank you! I’m so glad to be here!


Who is Tonya Kappes -
Tonya is an Amazon Movers and Shakers, and International bestselling author. She writes humorous cozy mystery and women’s fiction that involves quirky characters in quirky situations.

Splitsville.com, the first novel in the Olivia Davis Mystery Series, is a double finalist in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards in the Mystery and Humorous Categories.

Carpe Bead ‘em is a finalist in Amazon’s eFestival of Words in the Women’s Fiction Category.

When not being the princess, queen, and jester of her family of three teenage boys, an adoring husband, and three fury kids, she travels to various writing groups as guest speaker on “How to Market and Promote Your Novels Effectively,” where she is known as a marketing guru.

Become a member of Tonya’s STREET TEAM! It’s a gathering place of readers who love Tonya Kappes novels and Tonya gives away monthly prizes! To sign up for Tonya’s STREET TEAM, newsletter, view book trailer, and upcoming news, check out Tonya’s website, Tonyakappes.com.

And be sure to stalk her on Facebook and Twitter!


Tonya is offering one commenter a chance to win a copy of A Charming Wish. (eBook copy and print copy both available. However, the print copy is only available for US addresses only.) Leave a comment by April 10, 2013.
 
My question for you is.....If you’ve already read any of Tonya’s books which ones did you read and what did you like about them? If you haven’t read them, you’re in for a treat. Tell me what about A Charming Wish appeals to you.

14 comments:

  1. This sounds like such a good book! Great interview questions Kim :)
    -Kimberly @ Turning the Pages

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    1. Thanks Kimberly. I can't wait to read this book.

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    2. Are you going to be reading it soon? I can't wait to see what you think!

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    3. It's on my list of books to read. I just have SEVERAL ahead of it. :( I did read A Charming Potion and really liked it.

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  2. I haven't ever read Tonya's books, but this one sounds fun and flirty. Such a cute cover, too!

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    1. Cyndi,

      I started with A Charming Potion and really liked it. It's a short story, but I think it gives you a little idea of who the characters are and what they're all about. Hopefully, you'll get a chance to read this book.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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    1. You have me cracking up here. Thank you. I REALLY needed a good laugh.

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  4. I never read any of books saw tweet about giveaway and was interested I always like to be made aware of books especially ones that have great covers and sound amazing...the type of book I'll read on a lazy Sunday.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. I love all of Tonya's covers.

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  5. It sounds like it has a good mix of mystery, magic, romance, murder... all things I like in a book. Ilike how you come up with characters names. Very creative.

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    1. Tonya's book are getting great reviews. I haven't read all the books in this series, but I did read A Charming Potion. I wanted more of it. Plus I REALLY like Oscar.

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  6. I've not read any of Tonya's books, but a good mystery and magical powers is a sure win ! Would love to read this !!

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  7. New Author for me..Would love the chance to read her book..Thanks for sharing!!

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