Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Caged Magic by Jennifer Lyon Interview & Giveaway

Caged Magic Blurb

Risa Faden is a witch whose ultra-powerful shield magic is slowly breaking her mind. But when her beloved goddaughter is snatched by a demon, she’ll risk anything to rescue the baby—including lying to the handsome, intriguing stranger who has the power to help her keep her sanity, save the child…and steal her heart.

Linc Dillinger is a Wing Slayer Hunter whose sexy, rich, bad-boy charm hides a treacherous betrayal that left him emotionally scarred. As a result he risks his life to protect innocents, but is incapable of love—until he meets a beautiful witch who can save his cursed soul. Risa’s fierce courage and loyalty reaches past his barriers and he begins to believe she has the magic to free his caged heart.

But Risa’s lie explodes into dark danger that forces Linc into a hellish high-stakes gamble: He must either win the witch he loves and her godchild…or endure a loss that will destroy them all.

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About the Author

Jennifer Lyon, who also writes as Jennifer Apodaca, lives in Southern California where she continually plots ways to convince her husband that they should get a dog. After all, they met at the dog pound, fell in love, married and had three wonderful sons. So far, however, she has failed in her doggy endeavor. She consoles herself by pouring her passion into writing books. To date, Jen has published more than fifteen books and novellas, including a fun and sexy mystery series and a variety of contemporary romances under the name Jennifer Apodaca. As Jennifer Lyon she created a dark, sizzling paranormal series, and The Plus Once Chronicles, an emotionally sensual adult contemporary series. Jen’s won numerous awards and had her books translated into multiple languages, but she still hasn’t come up with a way to persuade her husband that they need a dog.

Interview with Jennifer Lyon
1.  When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?
I read voraciously as a teenager and dreamed of becoming a writer. For various reasons, I didn’t believe in myself enough to go after my dream until years later after I married and had my own children.
2.  How long does it take you to write a book?
Depends. When I was raising my kids it took over six months. Now I’m faster, and can write the book in three or four months. Sometimes life complicates things but that happens to everyone.
3.  What is your work schedule like when you're writing?
When I start a book, I work probably six hours a day on average. Often it’s slow and frustrating, with more procrastination then actual writing. By the end of the book, I’m up at 5am working every minute I can, breaking for meals and life’s demands, then going back until about 8 or 9 at night.
4.  What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I talk to myself and my characters while writing. My husband and kids are so used to it, they tune it out.
5.  How do books get published?
It took my eight long years to get published. After a ton of rejection letters, I finally stopped trying to write to the market, and I wrote the book I wanted to read. That was Dating Can Be Murder, a mystery. It sold to Kensington books and I’ve been writing nonstop since then.
These days as authors we have more choices with self-publishing. I actually turned down a contact offer for Caged Magic and chose to self-publish it. I love that authors have the choice. I also have a series out with Entangled Publishing. My next book in that series, Exposing the Heiress written as Jennifer Apodaca will be out August 4th. I like both working with publishers and going the indie route by self- publishing.
6.  Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?
Every book is different. For Caged Magic, Linc Dillinger was a secondary character from previous books in the Wing Slayer Hunter series that I fell in love with and the idea evolved over time. For me, ideas need time to grow and mature.
7.  When did you write your first book and how old were you?
I was fourteen. It was after my father had suddenly passed away. My mom and I were living in a small apartment, and she was struggling to find work to support us. She borrowed a typewriter to polish up her typing skills (this was before computers). Late at night while she slept, I wrote on that typewriter. I have no idea what ever happened to that story, but I vividly remember the feeling of slipping out of reality and into another world. I was hooked.
8.  What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Hang out with my family and friends, and I often go on baking binges when I finish a book. Baking is just a hobby, sort of a creative outlet, and I like trying different things. I love wine and chocolate too J
9.  What does your family think of your writing?
My husband is extremely supportive, and always has been. I have three sons, all grown now, and to them it’s just normal. They support my dreams the same way their dad and I support theirs. My mom was extremely supportive too, and she knew I’d sold my first book but passed away before it was actually published. My sister is awesome. The rest of my family has been supportive as well. There are a few scattered in the family tree who might not be all that thrilled, but I honestly don’t think about it. When I’m hanging with family, I like to hear about their lives, not drone on about mine.
10.             What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
That while I’m very organized in the rest of my life, my creative process is one big mess. I somehow thought I’d plot a book then sit down and write it. A few books have gone that way, but most of them end up being a struggle or writing and rewriting until the real story emerges from the big fat mess. Then I clean it up and think, Wow, I honestly don’t know how this book happened. I don’t recommend my writing process to anyone, but it’s how I do it and I’ve stopped fighting it.
11.             How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?
More than twenty at this point, including novellas. My favorites are the Wing Slayer Hunter series because I love paranormal and witches. And also my Plus One Chronicle series for so many reasons.
12.             Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
We hear it all the time, but it bears repeating – read as much as you can and write, write, write. Honestly, for me, revising and rewriting is the key to a strong, well-told story. Also, joining professional groups like Romance Writers of America helps create a network that will provide education, support and some wonderful friendships.
13.             Do you hear from your readers much? What kinds of things do they say?
I have amazing readers who often email me or contact me through social media. Ninety eight percent say lovely things and make all the sleepless nights, upset stomachs and long, long days of writing worth it. I wrote Caged Magic to continue the Wing Slayer Hunter series, in part, because so many fans contacted me and asked me to write more books.

Some of the most touching comments came from people who’d read The Plus One Chronicles and related because they too had an injury or suffered panic attacks like the heroine in the books.
14.             Do you like to create books for adults?
Yes. I’m living out my dream and thankful for it every single day. It’s hard work, and at times can feel overwhelming and scary, but ultimately, writing books is my passion.
15.             What do you think makes a good story?
The characters! The plot is important, but for me, it’s the characters that make or break a story.
16.             As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
I wanted to be a witch until I realized I had absolutely no magic. Then I wanted to be an actress because my Spanish teacher told me I sucked at speaking Spanish but had a flare for drama. I also wanted to be a veterinarian, animal trainer, wedding planner, cake decorator or an author.
The cool thing is that being an author allows me to experience these careers through my characters!
What would you like my readers to know?

First I’d like to thank you for having me here today! As for your readers, I’d like to say that I wrote Caged Magic because I love my fans, and they asked me for more Wing Slayer Hunter books. I’ve been very lucky to have loyal readers and this book is my way of telling them they matter to me.

There are 3 tour wide giveaways!
Open to US, CAN, UK
(1) grand prize $50.00 electronic gift card (Amazon or B&N)
(2) runner up winners of one $25.00 electronic gift card each (Amazon or B&N)

Follow the Tour

For more interviews and guest posts with Jennifer plus Caged Magic reviews & Spotlights stop by the tour every day!

The complete schedule can be found HERE!


  1. Thanks for hosting the blog tour tour on Deal Sharing Aunt, and the interview!

  2. Thanks for writing this wonderful book, thank you.

  3. LOL how funny that Jen talks to the characters as she writes. I bet that could be very entertaining :)

    Thanks so much for hosting today!

  4. I love the cover it is so cool! The book sounds interesting and like a very good read. Best of luck

  5. Great interview and I agree the cover is awesome!, thanks for sharing

  6. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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