Thursday, November 28, 2013

Suffering of a Witch by Suza Kates with Interview


1)      First, tell us about yourself – where  you live, your family, and those sorts of details.

I currently live in Savannah, Georgia with my husband. We’re empty-nesters now, with my stepson just having gone off to college. I still have my three children at home, though they walk on four paws and answer to “Kitty-kitty.”

2)      How long have you been writing?

Technically, about twelve years. I started writing in 2001, but back then it was more of a hobby. My first book came from my being stuck in a small apartment during a German winter. I’d read all the books I had in English, so I decided to write my own. It involved family, the South, and romantic suspense. I still have the printed copy in a box in my attic.  : ) I got serious about writing four years ago.

3)      Do you have a favorite place to write?

Actually, it’s always just been my office, but I recently discovered how nice it is to snuggle up on the couch with candles burning and write things out by hand. I tried putting together a “meditation” closet and speaking into voice-transcription program, but I couldn’t tell what I’d meant to say half the time when I finally got a look at it!

4)      Why did you decide to write Suffering of a Witch?

Well, the book that just released is the seventh in a series of nine. The Savannah Coven Series includes nine different witches, and they each get their own story. This book, “Suffering of a Witch,” has been building since book one, and readers seem very eager to find out what’s finally going to happen between the two main characters.

5)      Who is your favorite character in your book and why?

In this book, I’ll have to lean towards Quinn St. Germaine. I love them all equally, but I admire Quinn for his reliability and loyalty. He’d be a great brother or leading man!

6)      How about your least favorite character?  What makes them less appealing to you?

I really don’t like Carson from the bad guys, the Amara. She actually bites when she fights, and for some reason, I itch to kill her off. Oops. Did that sound bloodthirsty?  : ]

7)      Do you proofread/edit your own books or do you get someone to do that for you?

In the beginning I did, but now I have three others who work on the books with me. I have a content editor, copy editor, and line editor. You’d be surprised how many sets of eyes it takes to catch every little typo. I call them Gremlins, because every time I catch one, it seems like five more have popped up!

8)      What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Read, watch horror/supernatural movies and occasionally sappy dramas, and I enjoy crafts. I used to do mosaics but don’t have the time anymore. And I love to garden. I have to admit, though, when I put a book to bed for good, I love taking a few days off to play a video game. (or two) PS3 is my guilty pleasure.

9)      Do you read much and if so who are your favorite authors?

Yes, I read every night when my day is over. I have many favorites, but a few are Nora Roberts, Kathy Reichs, Dan Brown, Tess Gerritsen, Jennifer Estep, Kresley Cole, and I just discovered Julie Kagawa.

10)   What question do you wish that someone would ask about your book, but nobody has? Write it out here, then answer it.?  

What aspects do you enjoy most about this book?

When I imagined the Savannah Coven Series, I wanted to create a place people would like to visit (the island mansion), a group of characters they might like to meet (the coven) and a sense of friendship and playfulness that would balance out the darker elements of the series. I really enjoy the interacting between the witches, and sometimes I’m even surprised by what they end up doing!

Suffering of a Witch
The Savannah Coven Series
Book 7
Suza Kates

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Icasm Press
Date of Publication: October 20,2013
ISBN: 978-0-9889809-4-5
ASIN: 978-0-9889809-5-2
Cover Artist: Brian McCann

Book Description:


Kylie Worthington is in love with a man who doesn’t return the sentiment. She’s thrown away her pride and all attempts at pretense, yet Quinn St. Germaine still pushes her away. With the arrival of her trial, she will go where Fate dictates, to fight the vicious group, the Amara, and the demon that they serve. She’s also destined to fall in love, so at least she’ll finally find the man she was meant for. Whether she likes it or not.


Quinn has spent his life preparing for his family’s prophecy, but no spell or book could have ever prepared him for Kylie. Her passion for him is strong—and persistent—but he must deny what she makes him feel. Too many years have passed him by and too many sacrifices have been made. Though he’s drawn to her beauty and vitality, deep inside he fears her. Quinn already knows what he wants, and accepting her means giving up on himself.


United in their battle against evil, Quinn and Kylie can’t see what’s right in front of them. And they never suspected what destiny had in store. Only the worst can bring them together, but will they be forever bound by love? Or by loss?


Balancing as she took cautious steps, Kylie noted the rough waves crashing against the coast. Had a storm come through? Was one on the way?
Quinn was waiting when she got ready to disembark. He held out his hand. “Come on. It’s rough tonight.”
You have no idea. He was especially handsome in the dark. All lean muscles and quiet strength. No moon in his eyes tonight, though. Only angry clouds. 
She couldn’t take his hand. Couldn’t stand the heat that always struck deep to her core, making her feel safe and aroused all at once. She was already too amped up.
“Just take my hand, Kylie.” He’d read her hesitation for what it was, and the reminder of their strained relationship spurred his annoyance.
Reaching for him, she clamped her fingers around his, but as soon as their skin met, he jerked away from her. “Ow! Damn it!” His look was scathing. “I told you not to use your magic on me.”
With the wind kicking up and blowing hair in her face, Kylie chose to jump to the dock before she fell between hard wood and crushing boat. She landed cleanly. “I didn’t.”
“You shocked the hell out of me by accident?” His brows were scrunched together, his mouth tight. 
“I—” She broke off when a searing yellow streak leapt from her hand toward Quinn. Tucking her palm against her stomach, she shook her head. “I didn’t. I promise.”
Another bolt materialized from the air above, striking between her feet and splintering into tiny white cracks of energy that shimmered into the planks. More roiling clouds barreled in from the east.
Lightning didn’t frighten Kylie. Though deadly to most, the strikes caused no pain. No injury. Not to her.
Electricity was her life force. Her special gift.
But she’d never been the center of an uncontrollable, miniature storm.
Magic sparked from her body now, moving toward the water, the wooden pier, and the beach beyond. It flew into the sky and from the clouds, shooting in both directions. The essence of her power was communing with the thunderheads.
No, the blistering flashes of pure energy didn’t have her quaking where she stood. Her trembling hands and heaving breaths were a response to something far more dangerous to her well-being.
Another crack split through her poorly-constructed foundation when her gaze clashed with Quinn’s. His eyes filled with recognition, understanding. He knew what the phenomenon meant.
She had to say it before he could cut her down with whatever words were forming in his head. “Quinn.” She held out her hands, harnessing the bolts, channeling them into her as they struck again and again. “My trial is starting.”
He nodded tightly. And gulped.
She couldn’t stay here any longer. “I’m going to the house.” Her little tempest was fading, now that she’d opened herself up and accepted her fate. Her calling. Her prophesied challenge.
But considerable damage had been done, and not by the power that pounded from the sky. She couldn’t stay with Quinn, because the expression on his face was a dagger to the heart.
Her trial had arrived, and it was her turn to face the Amara. To succeed in her own unique quest. And as destiny decreed— to fall in love.
Quinn knew the prophecy better than anyone. He knew its pattern. That’s why Kylie had to run. Why she couldn’t bear to see his reaction.
Because there was no doubt that her time had arrived.
And he was terrified.

About the Author: 

Suza Kates writes the Savannah Coven Series along with other romantic suspense novels. She lives in Savannah with her family and three truly imperialistic cats.

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