Monday, April 16, 2012

Guest Blog & Giveaway: Camilla Chafer

UFI welcomes Camilla Chafer Author of Illicit Magic. Thanks for Joining us!! It was Camilla's Birthday yesterday so make sure to wish her a happy birthday =)

Character interview: Evan Hunter

Today, we’ve got Evan Hunter from Illicit Magic here to talk with us. This is his first ever interview and there’s a few things he’d like to say about witches, magic and Stella Mayweather.

Q: So, Evan. Thanks for joining us today.

Evan: You’re welcome. It’s my pleasure to be here. This is a very dramatic looking blog. I’ve already made some notes of books Stella might enjoy.

Q: You played quite a part in Illicit Magic. How do you feel things went down?

Evan: I expected to do my job as her teacher for a few weeks and that was it. Didn’t turn out that way. I think I’m still shell shocked.

Q: That’s very understandable. Let’s talk about Stella. Was she the kind of witch you expected to have to teach?

Evan: She’s not what I expected at all. Really, I had no idea what I was getting into. It was supposed to be a favor for a friend and I thought, hey, why not? But her magic leaked all over the place when we first met and she couldn’t do a thing with it. Frankly, I’m surprised she survived this far alone. Plus, I… *Evan trails off, looks pensive* Fine, I’ll admit it. I thought Stella was beautiful the moment I saw her and it kind of threw me. I’m ashamed to say I may have appeared as rude when we met.

Q: Did your feelings for Stella make teaching her how to use her magic difficult?

Evan: *Runs a hand through his short black hair* My feelings for her were… distracting. I tried to keep it professional but there’s something about Stella that just got under my skin. She’s so determined. I could see how frustrated she got when she couldn’t use her magic as she pleased at first. As she came out of her shell, I saw the real Stella, someone I care for very much.

Q: Did you find a way to help her realize her magic?

Evan: Well… *hesitates* Yes, but… I’d rather not say how.

Q: But you did find a way to help her?

Evan: You’re just going to dig and dig on this one, aren’t you? You’re like Etoile, always trying to take a peek into someone else’s mind. Next question!

Q: Okay, moving on… Why where you asked to help Stella with her magic? After all you’re not a witch, right?

Evan: I believe that’s exactly the reason my old friend Robert Bartholomew, head of the Witches’
Council, engaged my services. I believe he knew Stella had more problems than those damn witch hunters, the Brotherhood. I think he wanted to make sure someone would protect her, and teach her
how to protect herself, someone without connections to the witch community.

Q: How did Stella take the news that you aren’t a witch like her?

Evan: You may recall that Stella didn’t grow up amongst witches so she doesn’t have the same kind of prejudices that some witches harbor. My friend David, who you met in Illicit Magic, is still wary of me and he’s always known what I am. But your question… I wanted Stella to get to know me first. Then she could make a judgment on what she knew about me and not my race. However, I didn’t get a chance to tell her and I regret that. There are a few things I would have changed about our final days at the safe house and that’s one of them.

Q: What’s next for you and Stella?

Evan: I wish I could say we settle down for a long and quiet future together but it’s going to be a bumpy road before we get there. Whatever happens, you can be sure I’ve got her back.

Hi, I'm Camilla and I'm the author of the Stella Mayweather Series, an urban fantasy/mystery. The series starts with Illicit Magic and a lonely young woman, Stella, who has been caught up in a terrifying witch hunt and is whisked thousands of miles away to what she thinks is safety to learn her craft. The series is a blend of magic, mystery and romance with a splash of humour - and while the girls really do go all out to save themselves, there's always a hunky guy or two on hand to help them out. The series continues with Unruly Magic and Devious Magic, both out now.

I live in London, England, but I try to travel as often as I can – I’ve been all over the US and Europe. In my day job I'm a journalist and editor so I write for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world (my favorite assignment was spending a week riding rollercoasters - if you listen carefully you can probably still hear me screaming) but writing fiction has always been my first love.
Find Camilla and her books
Illicit Magic
Stella Mayweather #1
May 1, 2011
 More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again.

Young witch, Stella, has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive but she might not be any safer in their midst than from the danger she is running from.

There is more than one dark secret in her new family: √Čtoile’s sister is spoken of in fear and sadness; Marc is supposed to be a powerful witch but is missing his magic; where does the owner of their safe house vanish to every day and why does Evan have the eyes of someone not quite human? There is only one secret that someone will do anything to keep quiet, but whose secret is it and will Stella have to pay the price for silence?

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