Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Q+A with Jennifer Harlow + What's A Witch To Do Giveaway

Please welcome today's paranormal guest author Jennifer Harlow.  Jennifer is the author of the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series (Mind Over Monsters, To Catch A Vampire, Death Takes A Holiday) and the Midnight Magic series (What's a Witch to Do).

Keep reading for a chance to win a paperback copy of What's a Witch to Do by Jennifer Harlow.

EJ:  When did you begin writing?

I’ve always been a writer. I’ve been telling stories in some shape or form since I was a child, either through dolls or pen on paper. I never considered being an author until I was in high school and began writing screenplays. I was convinced I was the next Tarantino. When I couldn’t sell any (they were kind of crap) I moved onto books, really just to see if I could pull it off. I finished my first novel at age 21, then sent it out to agents and publishers half heartedly. I couldn’t admit it needed a lot of work so of course they all rejected it. Still I kept on writing because darn it I just couldn’t help myself. Still can’t. Finally after about seven, eight years of editing and attending pitch sessions and sending out query letters, I got an agent. About a year after that I got a book deal. A writing career is like running a marathon up Mt. Everest: treacherous, painful, rocky, but worth it when you reach the top.

EJ:  What brought you to the paranormal genre?

I don’t know where it comes from but I’ve always been drawn to horror and the paranormal. My grandmother was worried I’d go over to the “dark side” but they’ve always fascinated me. I like horror because it’s so dramatic like riding a roller coaster. You get to touch that darkness, that danger, but it can’t touch you back or hurt you. The paranormal is the unexplained, and we fear what we don’t understand. Plus with the paranormal you get to have a little magic in your life, even if it’s only in a book.

EJ:  If you could be any paranormal or have any superpower what would it be and why?

It used to be flying but lately I think it'd be awesome to be a time traveler. Getting to see and meet my heroes like Charlotte Bronte and Dorthy Parker, visiting Tudor England, even going to the future. Or maybe I've just been watching too much Doctor Who.

EJ:  Why will readers enjoy your new release?

Well, it’s the first in a new series called Midnight Magic so there'll be plenty of nocturnal goings on, not only of the magic variety. It’s also an offshoot of my other series, the F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad. What's A Witch To Do? one follows the most powerful witch in America who, on the busiest week of her life, finds out someone wants to kill her and take over her coven. There’s romance, humor, Southern hospitality, and plenty of suspense. What more do you want in a book?

EJ:  Who would you cast in the movie version of your book? Why?

I think Melissa McCarthy could be an excellent Mona. Guy would have to be Timothy Olyphant and Adam Jeremy Renner (*sigh* Jeremy Renner *sigh*). I think they're all fantastic actors and just always bring a certain glee to their performances. When an actor's having fun the audience has fun too. And if this book is anything, it's fun.

What's a Witch to Do (Midnight Magic #1) by Jennifer Harlow.

Mona McGregor’s To Do List:

• Make 20 13 potions/spells/charms
• Put girls to bed
• Help with Debbie’s wedding
• Lose 30 pounds before bachelorette auction
• Deal with the bleeding werewolf on doorstep
• Find out who wants me dead
• Prepare for supernatural summit
• Have a nervous breakdown
• Slay a damn demon
• Fall in love

With her to-do lists growing longer each day, the last thing Mona McGregor—High Priestess and owner of the Midnight Magic shop in Goodnight, Virginia—needs is a bleeding werewolf at her front door. Between raising her two nieces and leading a large coven of witches, Mona barely has time for anything else. Not even Guy, the handsome doctor who’s taken an interest in her.

But now there’s Adam Blue, the sexy beta werewolf of the Eastern Pack who’s been badly hurt, warning Mona that someone wants her dead. Hell’s bells! A demon is stalking her, and Mona starts to suspect her coven members and even her own family could be responsible for it. With two attractive men and a determined demon after her, Mona teams up with Adam to find out who really wants her dead . . . and who really wants her.

Thank you Jennifer for joining us here today at From the Shadows!

To learn more about Jennifer Harlow and her books, please visit her website.

**What's a Witch to Do Giveaway**
Jennifer is giving away five paperback copies of What's a Witch to Do.  Easy peasy Rafflecopter entry.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Giveaway open to US mailing addresses only.  Winners will be selected by the author or publisher.  Giveaway ends March 31, 2013. 


  1. I couldn't "like" Jen Harlowe on Facebook, the widget didn't pull up. This sounds like some fun stuff! Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. The author provided the widget for this giveaway. I will let her know the problem. Thanks! :)

  2. Another new author I need to read :) Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway :)


  3. I couldn't find a facebook page for Jennifer Harlow. Could you give us the link please :)

    1. Sorry, I don't know her facebook page. The author provided the widget for this giveaway. I will let her know the problem. Thanks! :)

  4. Wow what an awesome giveaway! I have been really looking forward to reading Jennifer Harlow's What's Witch To Do!

  5. For anyone still having difficulties with the Rafflecopter widget, here is the link to Jennifer's Facebook:

  6. Sorry for all the problems y'all. We're working on a solution. But you can try the other Widgets. I recommend my Pinterest one. I'm on there the most.

  7. Sounds like a fun series, can't wait to read.

  8. The numbers are going up so I think(?) it's working now?

  9. That sounds interesting. I can't wait to read it. If I win LOL

  10. Thank you for sharing with us today and as I sit here watching Justified, I am happy to have a picture of Guy set in my mind :) I am really looking forward to reading What's a Witch to Do.

  11. The book sounds very interesting and I would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity :)