Friday, October 27, 2017

Haunting Magic by Neely Powell Excerpt & Interview

Haunting Magic
The Witches of New Mourne
Book 2
Neely Powell

Genre: dark paranormal/suspense

Date of Publication: 10/27/17

ISBN: 978-1-5092-1669-7 Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-5092-1670-3 Digital

Number of pages: 296
Word Count: 70,045

Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor

Magic and mayhem bring a witch and a Hollywood producer together…will an ancient curse tear them apart?

Book Description:

Fiona Burns, a witch who sees dead people, meets Hollywood producer Bailey Powers, who sees her as the next cable star—and a fake. Even so, she’s tempted by the dynamic producer in more ways than one. But she has a big distraction—a vicious curse on her family coven.

The ghosts of New Mourne warn of the return of the Woman in White, a vengeful spirit who claims the life of a Connelly witch from every generation. During the battle, Fiona unwittingly fuels the demonic forces, and black magic brings death and heartbreak to her family.

Initially a skeptic, Bailey is soon caught up in her supernatural battle with forces of evil. He’s also beginning to think Fiona can help him escape his haunting past. With magic and mayhem at war and survival on the line, the Witches of New Mourne face a new challenge from their ancient foe. They discover that not all dark deeds are borne of the Woman but a demon who is bent on gaining the Woman’s powers for his own. Will another generation fall? Or does the curse end here?

Haunting Magic Excerpt:
Overgrown weeds covered the back of cemetery. In the deepening gloom, Fiona stumbled over a stump. The baby’s screams filled her head. She had to help this child.
The grave markers in the back of the cemetery were the oldest ones. Some of them were so weathered it was impossible to read the names and dates on them. When they reached the back corner, Fiona knelt. All she could hear was the baby’s cry.
She dug through the weeds and scruff in front of her, ignoring the sting of thorns on her hands. Bailey dug with her, and soon she touched the cool stone of a broken grave marker.
“Baby MacCuindliss” was carved in uneven letters deep in the stone.
“This is the Woman in White’s baby.” Fiona traced the name on the marker with tender fingers. “Please don’t cry,” she whispered. “I’ll try to find your mother, I promise.”
The baby’s cry faded to a whimper. The mist blew away, leaving Fiona and Bailey under a canopy of threatening clouds.
“MacCuindliss,” Fiona breathed. “The Woman’s name.”

Lightning streaked over the mountains, and the ominous stink of sulfur infused the air.

About the Author:

Neely Powell is the pseudonym for co-writers Leigh Neely and Jan Hamilton Powell. Long-time friends, they’re the authors of “The Witches of New Mourne” a paranormal series about a family coven, a centuries’ old curse and an enchanted town.

AWAKENING MAGIC is available from The Wild Rose Press, and now HAUNTING MAGIC continues the story.

Their first paranormal novel, TRUE NATURE, is also available from The Wild Rose Press.

Writing as Celeste Hamilton, Jan published 24 bestselling romance novels for Silhouette and Avon Books. Her day job is in corporate communications in Tennessee. Leigh has a long resume as an editor and freelance writer, and is managing editor of a regional magazine group in Florida.


1.      What literary pilgrimages have you gone on?
We were in New York City and wanted to visit Edgar Allen Poe’s home. The GPS kept taking us to the same place over and over where there definitely was not a house. The addresses all around us checked out. We wondered how we could miss a whole house. Later, we learned the house had indeed been moved to the campus of Fordham University.
In Bangor, Maine, the Powell half of our team found Stephen King’s home and bowed in the center of the street, acknowledging his genius and embarrassing her husband.
2.      What is the first book that made you cry?
Neely – She doesn’t cry easily.
Powell – Little Women
3.      Does writing energize or exhaust you?  Exhaust
4.      What is your writing Kryptonite? Family drama
5.      Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym? We do. Powell also wrote 24 books as Celeste Hamilton – 23 for Silhouette and 1 for Avon Books.
6.      What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer? Dozens of writers have befriended and inspired us. Chief among those would be Erica Spindler,Lurlene McDaniel,  Emilie Richards, the late Beverly Barton, Lisa Medley, Terrie Farley Moran, Cathie Stoler, Laura Joh Rowland, Laura Curtin, Alafair Burke, Francine Rivers, Teri Blackstock
7.      Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book? Connected work, definitely. We’ve created the enchanted town of New Mourne, Georgia, populated by supernaturals. The Connelly coven will always be a part of this series.
8.      What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?Powell – At first, I wasn’t into Patricia Briggs, if you can believe it. Then I read the first Mercy Thompson, and I was hooked. Neely doesn’t often give second chances.
9.      What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?Neely – The Sound of Glass by Karen White. Powell – Fortune by Erica Spindler
10.  As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? A cat. We both love cats, and they’re our familiars. Powell’s cat, Tasmin, is featured in our Witches of New Mourne series.
11.  How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? 2 unpublished. 1 half-finished.
12.  What did you edit out of this book?We  changed the hero significantly, turning him from a ghosthunter into a skeptic and reality show producer.
13.  If you didn’t write, what would you do for work? Both of us have always written. It’s what we do for our day jobs.
14.  Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find? If we told, it wouldn’t be a secret any more.
15.  What is your favorite childhood book? Neely – Nelly Bly. Powell – Every Nancy Drew book.

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