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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Returned by Keeley Smith

Vampires and Werewolves are so last year... by Keeley Smith

When I began writing Returned it was at the beginning of the Twilight craze. I confess, I’m a massive fan of the books, they are great, but now I feel like vampires have had their day. Don’t get me wrong there are still some great books out there (Black Dagger Brotherhood being one of many) but I feel like the YA genre circles around and the themes keeps changing. So, in my opinion, vampires and werewolves are so last year...
So when I began thinking of a book to write I started looking into several themes. I’d wanted to write a full length novel for some time but it’s difficult to bite the bullet. I obviously knew that vampires and werewolves were going to be a big thing for some time to come so I decided to focus on witches.
Once I’d found my theme, the research began. I wanted to use something that had happened in history. Both the UK and America have such a rich history of witches so there was plenty to choose from but I came across the history of the Pendle Hill witch trials and from that moment on I was hooked. It was important for me to focus on the history of something that is local to me. I also love Harry Potter and I felt like it was time witches came back around.
My witches are a little different to Harry and his gang; there are no wands or scary death eaters in my book. Instead, Cora is a rather different witch, she doesn’t need a wand, with a flick of her hand Cora is able to kick some serious butt.  When she meets Jack, a cocky, self assured boy, her power becomes uncontrollable. She must learn to control her power otherwise she and her coven will face massive repercussions.
Finding herself is not an easy journey and she will face some bumps in the road. For readers looking to branch away from vampires and werewolves, in my opinion, this is the perfect book for you. Let’s make 2013 the year of witches!

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Pendle Hill Trilogy Book One
Keeley Smith

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

ASIN: B009YE6J94

Number of pages: 319
Word Count: 96,415

Cover Artist: Keeley Smith

Book Description:

17 year old Cora Hunt has one wish, to live the life of a normal teenager.

Her wish never comes true.

After her reluctant move to a sleepy village in the middle of Lancashire Cora's life is turned upside down when she discovers she is a witch, a very powerful witch. Cora is not just any old witch, she is the daughter of Alizon Device who was one of the most powerful witches of her time. 

Dealing with her new found powers is quite a challenge, but when the past she didn't know about unearths new complications in the form of Jack Thomas, her life becomes increasingly dangerous with each waking minute.

Jack also has a secret past, a past that clashes with Cora's.

A confrontation between the two results in a life or death situation. The brutal events of 1612 happened hundreds of years ago, but what Jack and Cora face is a definite déjà vu. The only question is, will their fate be the same as those who perished in 1612?

About the Author:

Keeley Smith is the author of Returned, a new and exciting young adult fantasy about witches. Cora Hunt is a witch, she's been a witch since 1612, since the day her mother was murdered in the infamous Pendle Hill witch trials. Now Cora must learn to control her new power, but with this new power comes danger. Is she strong enough to survive to threat that comes with being the new witch in the village?

Keeley lives in the UK with her husband and rabbit. She has a BA Hons in English Literature and Language from the Open University. When she isn't writing and spending time with her "book friends" she also loves to read and keep fit, by keeping fit she means picking up chocolate and placing it in her mouth, then repeating the process. It's a very good workout!

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