Darkspell by Elizabeth Mueller Guest Author Post and E-Copy Giveaway

Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Winter Sky believes she is everything ordinary . . . until she is kissed by Alex Stormhold.
As seer of Stormhold Coven, Alex is sworn to be Winter’s protector against the darkness that hunts her. Violently thrust into a magickal realm she always thought impossible, she stumbles upon a disturbing secret of her own.
Will love prove thicker than magick?

Darkspell awesome title because this book will leave you spellbound and wanting more. I won this book through a giveaway and was very excited to read it. The story is fresh and very original and draws you into a world where everything seems normal but is far from it. This story as all kinds of twist that keeps you thinking. Our journey is with  Winter Sky and the dreams she keeps having until the guy of her Dreams (Alex) turns up in reality and living not far from her. And the two of them go on a journey to figure out the secret that she has stumbled upon when she is thrown into a world of magick and a love like no other. This is a YA book but readers of all ages will fall in love with the world that Elizabeth has created. And the drawings that Elizabeth drew to correspond with some of the scenes in the book are beautiful.
Interview with Elizabeth Mueller ElizabethMueller photo

As I like to do with all my guest post.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am mother of 4 kids who loves to sing, dance, draw and write! I’ve been writing since I was 9, starting off with simple poetry, working my way up to short stories and now novels! I have written a few children’s books, not yet published.

1. What was the inspiration behind Darkspell?

It all bloomed from a single prompt at my library’s writing group. I found it on Gail Carson Levine’s Writing Magic—you can find that prompt within the first 30 pages of Darkspell. As I started the novel out, I could just feel Alex’s character as he drew the hex on Winter’s arm, but she didn’t figure out what it was until later on. The plot just unfolded as I went along writing their story.

2. Do you have any writing quirks or rituals?

Both! I make sure that I’m spiritually fed before sitting down to write. I ask for three things: motivation, creativity and inspiration to write. The house has to be quiet or at least the kids need to be in their rooms enjoying an hour of quiet time. I’ve tried writing with blasting music or television. Nope, I can’t do that. My hands can’t feel tight, so I have a bottle of lotion handy as well as a tall drink of water.

3. And now those drawings in the book where absolutely beautiful what came first the drawings or the scenes that connect the two?

Thank you! The illustrations came much, much later. It was an afterthought. I asked my publisher if I could illustrate after I submitted my edits. I’m so grateful that she agreed. It was quite an adventure, drawing them, considering that the models are my 15 year-old daughter and 12 year-old son. Can you tell which “Winter” is my 9 year-old? It was a blast!

4. From just the thought of this book to peoples  bookshelves  how long did it take?

It took me about 3 months to write Darkspell from start to finish. I did 3 rewrites along with several edits. I shelved it for 2 ½ years after several rejections and decided to keep on writing. I don’t regret Darkspell’s dormant time because I’ve written about 5 books since and TreasureLine found me!

5. Will there be more books to Darkspell? ( I hope that it is not a stand alone I would love to read more about Alex and Winter. ) If there is going to be more how many?

This is a loaded question for me, but to simply answer, yes, there will be more books to Darkspell. This is a loaded question because I’ve been writing for over 20 years and never once have I ever written a sequel to any of my books. Writing a second book is a challenge because it’s a different feel and approach to book-writing than just stand-alone writing! I’m planning on a trilogy, hoping for companion books that include the other characters. 

YAY I like the sound of that and I am sure many more readers will agree.

6. Do you have any authors that have inspired you if so whom?

The kind of authors that I find inspiring are the stay-at-home moms with kids. Having a family is a nonstop rollercoaster. Being a published author is a nonstop rollercoaster. Add the two together . . . well, it’s wild, that’s for sure! A few I can think of are Tristi Pinston, Jenni James and Stephenie Meyer.

7. Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I find that a very interesting question. I’ve always been a writer, it’s a way of being for me. Writing gave me the escapism I needed as a child and teen. Now, it’s pure therapy!

8. Anything you would like to say to your readers?

Yes! I hope you’re enjoying Darkspell!

Also, authors are needy creatures. We pour our soul into those books—you’re holding a piece of our heart! We love praise, if you ever come a cross a book you don’t like, it’s fantastic to be honest, but nice!

Just For Fun


Uh, apple juice? I love Apple Juice Also


Ooh, vanilla!


Anything cherry


All books by Michele Ashman Bell, Third by Abel Keogh, The Hidden Sun by J.L. Morgan, Bumpy Landings by Don Carey, Giants of the Frost by Kim Wilkins, and Emily Windsnap series by Liz Kessler

And I would like to thank you once again for doing this it was a pleasure reading Darkspell and talking with you.

You Can Find Elizabeth Mueller and her Novel Darkspell at the following Links
Elizabeth Mueller Website
Elizabeth On Twitter
Elizabeth On Facebook
Darkspell on Smashwords
Darkspell on Goodreads
Amazon Kindle
Signed and Numbered Copy of Darkspell
First 25 chapters for FREE

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Michelle Flick said...

Hey Anna, We were Christmas card buddies! I got your card yesterday! I would love for you to read my book and it looks like we have a lot of books in common! Thanks for the card and this was a great post too!

Read Between the Lines said...

@ Michelle Yay thx come back tomorrow to enter to win this book rafflecopter was being stupid and email me I would love to read ur book sadase98(at)gmail(.)com

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Hi, Anna! Thanks for the wonderful interview! I love your blog! It turns out that I'm already a follower!

Thank you so much for the links you've added, you're awesome!

Jemi Fraser said...

Great interview, ladies! Fun to learn more about you Elizabeth! :)

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Jemi--hey, girl! So nice to see my friends floating around in cyberspace! *Hugs*

Denise Z said...

I do enjoy applejuice, but you have to let me brew you a fresh ground cuppa LOL Thank you so much for sharing a part of your journey with us today. I look forward to reading Darkspell :)

www.RachaelWade.com said...

Thanks so much for the giveaway, Anna. And best of luck with your novel, Elizabeth. Looks like a fun read!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Denise, you're welcome! <3

Rachael, thank you! :)

AmyC ~ said...

Thanks for the giveaway. Looks like a good read!

StarvnRtist at aol dot com

Unknown said...

Writing since nine is very impressive! I also need silence to write. Glad to know you plan on more books. I love a series or trilogy. The books sounds very interesting. Thanks for the giveaway!

Author Susan Griscom said...

Wonderful interview. Thanks for the giveaway, it looks like a great read.

Kelly said...

Vanilla?? Really?!? How could you pick vanilla over chocolate? only kidding! Look forward to reading the book!!!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

Amy, thank you! <3

Jennifer, thank you! Trilogies don't come easy to me, but I am trying! :)

Regan, Anna asks great questions, doesn't she? ;)

Kelly, Uh, I prefer vanilla ice cream but LOVE chocolate candy--does that count? O.o

Koda said...

So excited to read this! I've heard great thigns about it <3

Lecea said...

Sounds like a great read! Thanks for the giveaway!

Pam said...

Darkspell sounds great and I'm excited to hear that it'll be a trilogy. :)

Thank you for the chance to win the book.


Gena Robertson said...

Elizabeth, I think Darkspell sounds like a novel that is a must read, and I am also thrilled to hear it is just the beginning of a series!
Thank you so much for the chance to win!

Happy Holidays!

Gena Robertson

Jenny Zimmerman said...

Thank you, Michelle, for the awesome giveaway!!

Jenny Zimmerman said...

I ment to thank Elizabeth for her book!!

Elizabeth Mueller said...

You're welcome, Jenny! <3

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