For generations the Incenaga Witches have been forced to use their power to fulfill the wishes of others until they are drained of their magic and left to die. Desperate to protect his infant daughter - the last surviving witch - Emmeline’s father escapes with her to the forests where he vows to keep her hidden from the world and from the truth.
Sixteen years later, Emmeline is discovered and finds herself in the grip of a traitor who will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if it means abusing her power until she dies. She is taken to a distant country and told she must marry the Crown Prince or her own country will be overtaken, its people slaughtered. But what sort of prince would marry a witch? And why would she be the difference between war and peace?
As she fights to regain her freedom, she is faced with a choice between a prince who offers a lifetime of security and a common gamekeeper who has no idea of her power, but offers his heart.
But who do you trust when your power can be used against you?
I wish I could be like all those other cool authors who say they have wanted to write since the day they were born. I didn’t realize how fun writing could be until about four years ago. I had just watched the movie “The Bucket List” with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson and was so fascinated with the idea of making a list of goals for myself. I put some pretty goofy things on my list– “ride a camel,” “kiss a frog,” but I also included goals that I knew would take more effort. When I scribbled “write a book,” I chuckled a little because I didn’t think it was something I could accomplish while chasing three small children. A few weeks later, an idea came to me that wouldn’t leave me alone, and in the spirit of checking off an item on my bucket list, I jotted it down. Before long, I found myself sneaking away to write more and soon realized I had a new passion in my life.
I especially love Shannon Hale’s work and overall persona. If you haven’t been to one of her signings yet, you should definitely try. She is so down-to-earth, hilarious, and friendly. I was so nervous to meet her for the first time, but she was nice as pie, in fact, she was giving out free pie! I remember thinking that I wanted to be just as cool as her someday.
It is in the early morning hours that I get my best ideas – and my worst ones. I had just dragged myself out of bed when Emmeline’s story popped into my head. Literally, my head was a fuzzy morning mess and then suddenly, I imagined a girl and her frightening situation. I jotted the scene down, hoping that as the morning wore on and I had a chance to wake up a little more, I would still think it was a good idea. Trust me, there have been plenty of times that I’ve laughed over my cheerios at the ideas I considered brilliant only moments before. But Emmeline’s story passed the breakfast cereal test, so to speak, and after a lot sleepless nights, THE LAST WITCH was born
I’m finishing up the final edits for THE UNDERGROUND WITCH, book two in the Incenaga Trilogy, which will be out in spring of 2013. I’m also finishing up the final edits for a historical fiction set in ancient Egypt that I’m very excited about. I haven’t decided on the title yet, but I’m leaning toward DESERT GUARDIAN. It is about a blue-eyed, blond-haired girl who inadvertently saves Pharaoh’s son and is rewarded with an invitation to join the elite royal school in Egypt’s capital. It’s an adventurous middle-grade novel.
1. When did you first know you wanted to write?
2. Which authors inspire you the most?
3. How did you get the inspiration for your novel?
4. What is your favorite part about being an author?
There are lots of things I love about being an author – creating something that never existed before, exploring my imagination, working in my pajamas, I probably shouldn’t admit this, but one of things that I get a kick out is being able to “zone out” in the late afternoon and people just assume I’m working out the details of a scene, when really I’m just tired.
5. What is your least favorite part about being an author?
The editing! I love the end result of the editing process, the satisfaction I feel when I get a sentence “just right.” But, oh boy, it can be painful sometimes!
6. Could you write a bit about what your publication process was like?
I had a similar experience to Amanda Hocking when it came to submitting to agents and publishers. They loved my writing, said the story was great, but that there was no market for witch novels, or rather; the market was already saturated with them. I didn’t want to let Emmeline’s story get lost among my computer files, so I hired an editor, cover artist, etc., and put it out there myself. So far I’ve heard wonderful things so I’ll keep my fingers crossed!
7. Do you have any upcoming projects?
8. Describe in three or fewer sentences what makes your book unique and why a reader should buy it.THE LAST WITCH is set in a fairytale world where the witch isn’t always the “bad-guy” and the prince isn’t always the most eligible bachelor. With danger lurking around every corner, THE LAST WITCH is a romantic adventure you won’t forget.
About the Author
Debbie Dee recently moved to southern Idaho with her husband and three children where she is learning how to be a country girl in her favorite pair of blue heels. She adores fairy tales and happy endings, but secretly crushes on the bad guy now and then. As a dedicated musician who practices way too much, she never expected writing would sweep her off her feet until she jotted down a scene from a daydream, which turned into two scenes, which turned into a messy house and her first novel. Since then she hasn’t been able to let a day go by without writing. Her website is www.debbiedee.com.
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Publication date - September 12, 2012 - available in paperback and epub
Praise for The Last Witch...
"The characters kept popping into my head during the day, and I couldn't wait for my nighttime reading. This book will result in late nights and lack of sleep!" - Brenda on Amazon.com
"I was totally sucked into this story and can't wait for more to come out." - Michelle on Amazon.com
"The book is a good read, especially for young adults. The characters are wholesome, but intriguing." -Kimmie from She Really Said It
"A great love story with exciting adventures and unexpected twists and turns." - Marsha on Amazon.com
"I rushed home from work to finish reading The last Witch and was actually sad when I turned the last page. But it was the kind of book where you sigh and say, 'Ah. That was a good book.'" - Rae on Amazon.com
"I love fantasy books and this is one fantasy/fairy tale that anyone would love to read." - Amy on Goodreads.com