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Albert Camus

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead. Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.

Monday, June 8, 2015

a secret game played by gods and witches until death... - Hunting for Witches (The Ludus #1) by Lana Pecherczyk

Witches have been obliterated - or so the world hopes. At 24, Roo struggles to keep her DNA-changing abilities secret. She doesn't feel like a witch, but if she isn't, how can she manipulate the physical world? Why does she feel the energy of all living things? 

Description: 

Cover Artist: Lana Pecherczyk
Publicshed: April 25th, 2015

Witches have been obliterated - or so the world hopes. At 24, Roo struggles to keep her DNA-changing abilities secret. She doesn't feel like a witch, but if she isn't, how can she manipulate the physical world? Why does she feel the energy of all living things? 

On tenuous ground, Roo keeps her skills hidden with the help of her sexy songstress BFF and her barmaid job at The Cauldron. Hiding in plain sight seems to be working until a mysterious witch hunter comes to town. Roo's powers are growing and, when a witch possesses the body of her sister, she defends her using any means possible. 

Roo is exposed and attacked from all sides. She must learn to trust others while she discovers her identity and masters her powers to save the lives of her loved ones. She needs to convince herself and her town that she's more than a witch. 

Inspired by mythology, science and fantasy, this fascinating debut novel is set in a brilliantly envisioned world where life is a secret game played by gods and witches until death ...

GUEST POST
Witches - Love them or love to hate them
by Lana Pecherczyk
What is it about witches and witchcraft that has so many fantasy readers enthralled? Is it the power one has over another's heart? Is it the ability to cheat nature, or understand it better, or is it something else? 

In a lot of urban fantasy writing and popular television, you find witches who are either glorified or horrified. You have the lovely ladies of East End looking for love or the spooky Witches of Eastwick taking love. Either way, the fantasy of power over nature can be exciting and messing with the natural order of life can have dire consequences.

When I wrote ‘Hunting for Witches’, I wanted to keep most of the elements we liked about witches but to show two different sides to the story. I wanted to keep the magical power over nature but I gave this a scientific twist. In this world, magic is the ability to use one’s body consciously as the normal human does subconsciously. Change the colour of your nails. release pheromones to attract the opposite sex, create a virus to hex your enemy...

Only witches – jilted ghosts who have travelled to the other side – have unlocked this secret. That is, until Roo comes along. She is a seemingly human girl with the same secret DNA changing abilities, and we have Petra; an ancient witch with the power to possess a body and masquerade as any woman. Roo’s already narrowly escaped persecution and doesn't want to use her abilities for selfish reasons like witches do, but can't help it when she accidentally does. Life gets complicated when she is thrown in jail for defending herself. She meets a mysterious witch hunter, Cash, who reveals that witches aren’t the only thing that go bump in the night, and she might be one of them. Suddenly Roo is caught between a world hidden and one out in the open, one were witches and gods have been battling a war for eons.

I can certainly say I was inspired by Anne Rice’s version of witches in ‘The Witching Hour’ rather than the hocus pocus sort. Anne touches on the spiritual aspect of the craft, just like me. So I guess there is an element of horror, as well as fantasy and humour in ‘Hunting for Witches’ and whether you love them, or hate them, there’s a witch for everyone. 

What about you? What is it about witches that has you enthralled or horrified? Do you have any favourites?

About the author:
As an author, marketer, and artist, Lana is a triple threat! She also makes a mean chocolate cake, and has Level 46 Creative Mojo. A fan of ‘pro-caffeinating’, Lana loves writing mash-ups of the fantasy, sci-fi, romance, and horror genres.

An author in her own right, with her urban fantasy novel Hunting for Witches recently released, Lana creates all of her own cover work and illustrations, and infuses websites with her unique stylistic talent and quirky graphic design.

She loves Sailor Moon. No judgement.


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2 comments:

Lana Pecherczyk said...

Thanks for hosting my book blog tour and hello from Australia!

Eva Millien said...

This sounds like a really good book and I can't wait to read it! Thanks for sharing!