Witchlanders Fan Art/Costume Contest

Do you love the Witchlands series?
Are you an artist?
Do you like to cosplay?
If so, then you might want to get ready for this:


Susan has a contest for the fans to create their favourite character’s costume or official outfit, and this fan art is to be entered for a chance to win the opportunity of having your very own fan art transform into the actual official wardrobe for your favourite character! How cool is that?! The amazingly talented Nicole Marie Jean will be the cosplay superstar creating the winner’s desired attire.

The deadline has been extended to June 16, 2017 from April 14, so if you did not have a chance to enter before or missed this news, now is the time to enter! Just imagine everyone wearing your design for a character cosplay! There are 6 winners in total.

GRAND PRIZE:

  • A full costume rendition of your fan art submission fabricated by Nicole Marie Jean.
  • Signed copies of Truthwitch, Windwitch, Bloodwitch (ARC)!
  • Signed copies of the repackaged Something Strange and Deadly trilogy!

5 RUNNER-UPS:

  • Signed copies of Truthwitch, Windwitch, Bloodwitch (ARC)!
  • Signed copies of the repackaged Something Strange and Deadly trilogy!

If those are not tempting enough to enter, then you must be lying to yourself! 6 lucky people will receive Susan Dennard’s whole book collection, not just that you get an ARC of Bloodwitch! If I was a Hell-Bard, I would smell witchery because this set of prizes are magical. Unfortunately though, this contest is for US only, I know it broke my heart as well but it is for legal reasons. You can find out more about this contest and where to enter by clicking below:

HOW TO ENTER

And with that, I wish you all good luck and I cannot wait to see who wins and what Nicole has in store for us! If you are coming to FanExpo Canada Nicole, I hope to see you then. 😀

Susan Dennard Kisses and Tells

In the month of February, Susan Dennard had another live stream Q&A with the amazing Akshaya Raman for Valentine’s Day. This time they spoke about Writing the Kissy Stuff. This stream spoke about how to write the right stuff when it comes to relationships. Whether it would be possible to have a story without using romance as the main focus, or how to write love triangles.

Susan discusses how to write relationship developments and how to write slow burning romance, for those who melt during those moments (guilty of that). She speaks about how she is a fan of ships that do not sail, the unpopular pairing (i.e. Zuko and Katara). Did you also know that Susan loves heartbreak? I mean, it makes sense especially if you read her Something Strange and Deadly series!

She elaborates on love tropes and favourite tropes, now if you know Susan it is impossible not to get nerdy when talking to her ha. From books to shows to films to games, she talks about all the tropes and ships she sailed and continues to sail. A fun fact that we learned during this Q&A was that Susan does not plan her love interests in her books. She lets her characters talk to her and it flows from there when it comes to what happens with them and the story. I am very glad that the possible shipments happened or are happening in The Witchlands series.

Susan recommended to check out Romance Writers of America for those who would love to write a romantic based story. They will have a more in depth advice to guide writers when it comes to creating such stories. Susan though suggests physical separation when it comes to building relationships with the story. This works best when it is a series, if the possible couple ends up together early in the series, physical separation or conflicts will be the best scene to think about. I actually agree with this as an effective advice, I see it happen quite a bit when it comes to series and it does help build not just the relationship but the characters individually as well.

Akshaya had a lot of great questions as always, you are going to need to take some notes for this one guys. The chat discussed many things and YouTube basically told me that I need to calm down with my messaging and disabled me from sending anything, ha. My question was actually brought up and answered and I thank you both for this, you can find that at 46 minutes in the stream.

“Even though romance is not Susan’s main story line, she still writes the cutest just-kiss-each-other-dammit moments” – I said this that night, and do you not agree folks?

Susan said she also is not a long series writer and apologized, but we are getting more than a trilogy for The Witchlands series. I think this may change as time passes 😉 This Q&A was helpful for me and to many others who joined us that night, I hope this also helps you when it comes to writing romantic moments. Keep notes and find a trusted reader that will help you but do not forget that this is your story. You get a say in this as well, and like Susan said “see what makes your heart go boom, boom.”

PS. Susan talks about the Pink Lady in this Q&A and I am sorry, Sooz but I actually vote for her to have a cameo in Sheridan Institute. *cross fingers that this will happen*

If you have not read any of Susan’s series, I suggest you do. I like how different both of them are and how unique they came to be. For those who enjoy necromancers, zombies, knees and magic, I suggest you read the SS&D series. If you enjoy magic, witches, elements, creatures, assassins and friendship, I highly recommend reading The Witchlands series. If both sounds to your liking, then by all means read the hell out of both series and we shall discuss in the comments or my other social media handles.

Don’t Get Winded By This Bounty

I’m starting to lose my touch when making these witty blog titles, ha. It’s been a while since I received any book related mail and this was the perfect way to end my week!

I received these signed book goodies from Susan Dennard from the #Witchlanders Heist:

They’re too gorgeous, I was grinning like a madman as I opened up this package and took photos. It took a while to find a good one that would display their true beauty when in front of you!

The package included the following items:

Windwitch Book Sleeve Poster.

• Windwitch Door hanger with Truthwitch on the other side.

• Windwitch UK on one side and US on the other postcard.

*Addition: A card from Susan with the Air Clan pendant 💕*

I was not expecting the last bit, she’s such a sweetheart. This would be the second pendant I have, I should just get a chain where I can add the two in one to have as a charm bracelet. I was ecstatic to see this package when I got home. I’m ever so grateful to be part of the Witchlands family, words cannot express how much this Street Team has done for me and the other clans.

It’s been quite a journey, and I’m truly proud of Sooz. We Witchlanders will continue to cheer you on and lend a helping hand whenever you need it. Cheers to another Bestseller and to another book to come! Huzzah!

Don’t forget, you can order both Truthwitch and Windwitch at any bookstore or the website: The Witchlands.

Windwitch Review — 4.5 out of 5

“It was time to make amends. Time to bring justice to the wronged. Time to bring punishment to the wicked.”

This book was a great read, I did not expect certain things that had happened. I was seriously trying to guess the whole time, but Susan just blew my mind! I was happy to read about our faves from Truthwitch but I was also quite glad we got to meet new characters.

The character developments in this book were well written. It was a great way to learn more about each character, I love how the POV per character really came together in the end. I got to know Vaness, why she is the way she is. We find out a lot of things about Merik, things he didn’t even know about himself. Then there is Aeduan, the lone wolf; ever the mysterious mercenary that is slowly learning to care for others. Iseult, the Threadwitch who learned her true powers. This woman still has a lot to learn about her true potential, she is stronger than we all thought she was. Then there’s Safi, the stubborn and aggressive character that learned to befriend her enemies and to take her ground without others telling her what to do. Using what she learned from her family and friends as her guide instead.

We meet new characters that I grew fond of and some that I despised. We also got to see someone familiar that pretty much had me in tears from Truthwitch. This, I did not see coming. I freaked when this moment came to be. I was confused at first, had to reread that a couple of times until it finally sunk in. Cam is one of the characters that I grew fond of, Linday can suck the “Shadowman” because I despise him. Then there’s also Stix, this woman…I need to know more about her!! Then there are the creatures that had my jaw dropping! You would think the sea dragons were it, hell no.

Owl or Little Sister, which ever name you preferred to call her, had me scratching my head while my jaw dropped. She is too freaking powerful and she is a child, imagine when she is older?? Heavens, the things she could do. She is bound to the freaking mountain bat, which I found out is my patronus in the Witchlands by the way. All thanks to Susan’s #ClanChat!

If I could tame one of these beasts or if I was bound to them, that’d be amazing. I am glad that Iz and Aeudan decided to stick together. Esme’s character though is crazy. I still have not decided whether I despised her or not but she is quite intriguing. I want to know more about her, the powers and how she does things. It was cool that we were told how she Cleaved people, quite surprised that she did not pop up when Iz Cleaved. I was internally screaming when she Cleaved the Firewitch, because I did not think she would cave to the power. Not until it came to Safi’s safety anyways.

Then there were the Hell-Bards, I want to know who took their powers and why. I do not think it is Aeduan’s dad, but if it was then does that means he can control all their powers like an avatar with all elements?? If so, that would be one big boss to defeat in the final round. It is curious as to why Aeudan still serves his father when it seems like they had a bad past together. His past is slowing revealed and I cannot wait to know it all.

I love how the song that Merik and Aeduan kept singing in their head related to their character development. How it also showed a few teasers as I would like to call it of their past. The flashbacks that are key to these characters’ growth, but ones we cannot know yet until the right moment. I enjoyed reading about Merik, how he thinks and how he is. This was a great POV for his character and I quite like the transition between POVs within the story. How it really pans out as a scene from a film. Not sure if I am making any sense about that, ha.

One of the greatest things about this book and well the  series so far, is the fact that you keep guessing. You would think you know what happens next and you think you know who the villain is, yet you find out that you were wrong in the end. Got my head shaking with this one, folks. I cannot wait for Bloodwitch. Overall, this book was a great read and I highly recommend it for all magic, witches, beasts, creatures, mercenary, slow-burning romance, adventure and action lovers. Honest word!

Professional Reader

The Truthwitch Set Me Free

Came home to find two books, one I have been waiting for since the day I knew it was going to be published. The other will be the next post after this one 😂. Now behold the beauty that lies before you…

TRUTHWITCH UK PAPERBACK BY SUSAN DENNARD:

The cover is just gorgeous, I am so glad that the seal and the title are embossed. It really brings the book to perfection! I love the way the typeface of the title is entwined, almost seems like Safi with Iseult’s Threads all around it. Do not even get me started on the map, it is just insanely detailed. Sooz is cray when it came to world building, the amount of research, drafts and story that went behind all of this is just insane! Does it not look like an actual map that exists in this world??

I cannot even begin to process how insane what you are about to see next is:

The #Witchlanders names are all in this version of the book! I was shaking and teary-eyed that I could not even take a proper photo of these pages. Susan truly needn’t do this yet she and Tor took the extra effort, as if everything she was doing for me and for all of us have not been enough as it is already 😭.

Lastly that is the back cover of the book, it really brings the book together as a whole with this theme! If I had to choose, I think this cover and the German covers are my favourite! Which ones are yours? 😄 If you did not see my post about those two Truthwitch covers you can click here.

Have you read this series? If not, you should really take a gander. It’s filled with magic, friendship, agonizing slow romance, witches and more! You can read my review here, be warned it is filled with spoilers 🤗.

Till next time, my fellow bookworms!

Sealed with a Dragon’s Kiss

Came home to find this gorgeous package from Susan Dennard 💕

Now I’m only missing the actual book of the UK paperback! It should come in the mail soon 😀 Preordered that bad boy! I have to find a place to frame this, I have no idea whether I would want to use these seal-like stickers or keep it forever hehe.

Thanks again, Sooz! I pretty much teared up when I saw you wrote on the back 🤗

Don’t forget, folks! Today’s the last day to preorder #Windwitch from thewitchlands.com, it’s the last day to claim your bounty of Windwitch socks, patch and signed bookplate. You do not want to miss out on this opportunity!

See you next time, #Witchlanders 💕

Waiting On Windwitch

15 DAYS UNTIL RELEASE DATE


You read that correctly, folks! 15 days until the beauty that is #Windwitch will be published for the world to read 😮

While you wait for the book’s release date to close in, you can check out a few things that you might have missed or news that you have yet to know!

We can start off with the #ClanChat that took place on the 17th of December! This was a different one. Instead of Susan giving us the questions, she decided we asked her! It was the first AMA Clan Chat and it was quite exciting 😀

Susan was asked some great questions from our fellow #Witchlanders  veterans and newcomers. From her book planning, processing, touring, inspiration, book covers, some giveaways were given and more! You can see the questions when you use the #ClanChat hashtag on twitter!

I had asked her whether or not she was coming to Canada for a tour and she said:

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So if you want Susan to visit your hometown, spam the hell out of your local bookstores and beg like you’ve never begged before! Alright, that may sound desperate, but seriously, who wouldn’t want the Empress to visit their hometown??

I also asked about the UK paperback covers, whether they’re to have the same dragon theme and she said:

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Are you screaming? Because I sure am! I cannot wait to see the rest of the series’ book covers in each version and the titles!

Susan also gave us a sneak peek from Windwitch itself! Take a gander below 😀

Hope you enjoyed that little read, if you want to read more you can pre-order your copy from TheWitchlands and when you do, you are legible to receive the bounty of signed bookplate, Windwitch socks and Windwitch patch! Just fill the form and send your receipt, below displays your bountiful gifts:

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Hurry, while supplies last! I guarantee that those socks are not only comfortable to wear but also stylish 😉

If you have missed the last ClanChat, worry not! For we have another one coming up, just before the book release date! On January 5th, 2017 at 8PM ET, join us for the 4th ClanChat 😀 Mark your calendars, because it will be filled with all the fun and more giveaways to come your way. So stay tuned, folks because Susan never disappoints!

Seeing as the release date is closing in to countdown, Susan is getting ready to start her touring. Guess who she’ll be touring with in the first two weeks January?

ALEXANDER BRACKEN!

You can see the #WayWitchTour dates below:

What better way to start the year than seeing two of your favorite authors? Again, if you don’t see your city you can always bug the Hell-Bards out of your local bookstore to have Susan visit in order for her to be requested as the guest of honor 😀 We still haven’t received word on who the other guest authors she’ll be touring with, but that should be revealed soon enough!

Well, that’s all for now on your update with regards to the Witchlands but before I go, I shall end this post with both the US and UK trailer made by Susan Dennard herself of Windwitch!

WINDWITCH US TRAILER

WINDWITCH UK TRAILER

Happy reading and watching, my fellow bookworms 🙂

Current Read

My current read for this month is #Windwitch by Susan Dennard:

The best way to end my day was to stop by Starbucks and read this book. I wish I had time to just finish it!

If you would like your own copy, you can head over to thewitchlands.com and Preorder. It’s available in the US, Canada and the UK! Once you have preordered, don’t forget to submit your receipt form to be legible to receive the bounty below!

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Submit your order while the bounty quantities last! 

Who Said This Quote

“IT IS ALWAYS EASIER TO BLAME GODS OR LEGENDS THAN IT IS TO FACE OUR OWN MISTAKES”


This quote is too true, but can you guess who said this?

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If you would like to know, you can always pre-order a copy of #Windwitch from thewitchlands.com. Not only do you get the book, but you can also claim your receipt for a pre-order bounty! You will receive a signed bookplate, a Windwitch patch and the Windwitch socks (they are comfortable!)

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Don’t forget, there’s a #ClanChat on December 17, 2016 so for those who missed it last time, your time to join in on all the fun giveaways and opportunity to get to know both Susan and the clans have yet to come for another round!

See you then, #Witchlanders!

Can You Guess Who?

“THERE WERE ADVANTAGES TO BEING A DEAD MAN”


One of my favorite quotes from #Windwitch.

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To find out who said it, pre-order Windwitch at thewitchlands.com!

Don’t forget that you also receive 3 bookworm goodies when you send in your pre-order receipt at the website:

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Who wouldn’t want the Windwitch socks, signed bookplate and the Windwitch patches?!

Get on that website and pre-order to grab these goodies, #Witchlanders!