Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October's Paranormal romance characterfest with Regan Hastings

Welcome to Characterfest

Characterfest is a month long event where you’ll find a different character interviews written by the author each day. Each interview has a giveaway(s) make sure the giveaway is open to you and if so add a comment or question along with your email. I will close all giveaways at the end of the week and add the winners to the winners post on that Tuesday. Odds are if you won you’ll be hearing from me.

One thing I will ask is if you could please twitter or hit the facebook likes button on the post so that others can see the interview. I want to get these authors out to as much as I can and you’re my go between in this event.

I hope you enjoy each interview and please try to make it here each day to find out whom or what’s next. If this goes as planned I will be hosting this next year. 

Interview with Teresa Santiago- Witch

Teresa Santiago is the witch heroine of VISIONS OF SKYFIRE, the second book in The Awakening, a series of dark paranormal romances from author Regan Hastings, the alter ego of USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child. This interview takes place one week before Teresa’s powers Awaken and VISIONS OF SKYFIRE begins…

REPORTER: Thank you for agreeing to speak with us. Not many women are brave enough these days to admit that they’re witches.

TERESA: You’re not recording this, are you? I was told there would be no recording devices.

REPORTER: No, I assure you, there are no hidden cameras, no microphones. Just me and old-fashioned paper and pencil. I will protect your anonymity. In the article, you will be referred to only as The Witch.

TERESA: Sorry, I have to insist that you open your jacket. (She checks the reporter for recording devices, finds none.) Can’t be too careful. The Bureau of Witchcraft has operatives everywhere, not to mention the most powerful weapons the world has ever known. Some of the stories coming out of the witches’ internment camps are horrific. The lucky witches are the ones who are killed outright. The ones who have to suffer through the experiments… (Teresa shudders.) And it all stems from ignorance.

REPORTER: That’s why we’re here today, to help our readers understand that not all witches are evil. When did you discover that you’re a witch?

TERESA: I come from a long line of witches. Ever since I was a little girl, my abuela has been preparing me for the day my powers would Awaken.

REPORTER: And have they? Awakened?

TERESA: Not yet, but my time is coming. I can feel it. Weird things have started to happen around me. Light bulbs explode when I walk through a room. TVs turn on, computers crash. I think my powers will have something to do with electricity. If you had brought recording devices, they probably wouldn’t work, anyway.

REPORTER: That sounds dangerous, but you say people shouldn’t fear you. Why?

TERESA: Because I don’t want to hurt anyone. In fact, Abuela says that I’m going to save humanity. Well, me and the other witches whose powers are Awakening. Humanity can’t stop the evil that’s coming. You need the witches you’re trying to kill.

REPORTER: (Silent as she absorbs that, then she pastes a cheery smile on her pale face.) So… what’s dating like for a witch?

TERESA: (Laughs.) I’m not looking for a relationship. Just getting over a bad break-up. Anyway, once my powers Awaken, my Eternal will show himself, and that’ll be that.

REPORTER: Your Eternal?

TERESA: Sorry, my mate. Another destiny thing, according to Abuela. He’s my guardian, my protector, and he’s going to help me save the world.

REPORTER: That’s so romantic!

TERESA: Like I said, I’m not looking for romance… but I’ve got nothing against hooking up! From what I hear, the Eternals are wickedly good looking, with the bodies like a god.

REPORTER: Nothing wrong with that!

TERESA: Not a thing… as long as he doesn’t expect me to fall in love.

Click here to read Chapter 1 of VISIONS OF SKYFIRE, in stores now: Then answer a simple question about the excerpt for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card!

Regan is giving away a copy of  Visions of Magic which is the first book in this series. So please leave a comment or question along with an email to enter. This is international 


  1. I haven't read any of the series as yet so it would be great to win this and start at the beginning !

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to International entries.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  2. Love the interview, and I really hope that I have good luck and I'll read the first book first :D

    Thanks for the international chance!


  3. I enjoyed the interview. I had no idea that this was written under a alias. I would love to read this series.

  4. Loved the character interview. This books sounds cool. Thanks for the chance.

  5. Carol, Good luck in the contest! I hope you'll check out VISIONS OF SKYFIRE! Be sure to enter the contest on my website for a $50 Amazon gift card. That contest is open to international entrants, too.

  6. Kasumi, thank so much for stopping by today! Good luck in the contest.

  7. Debbie, when I released VISIONS OF MAGIC earlier this year, I held a really fun contest inviting readers to guess my true identity. The only clue I gave them was that I'm a USA TODAY bestselling author... plus a blurb from the book. The guesses were really fun! A number of people did guess that I'm Maureen Child, but the other guesses were all over the place. Loved it!

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview. It was a lot of fun to write.

  8. Thank you, Vanessa! I hope you'll really get into the dark, dangerous world of The Awakening. VISIONS OF MAGIC introduced readers to the world, and VISIONS OF SKYFIRE takes them deeper into the darkness. I love writing these books (in case you can't tell)! And if you love reading books with an edge, please pick up a copy of VISIONS OF SKYFIRE today!

  9. didnnt know these were written under an alias! just read book one and absolutely friggen DEVOURED It!! loved it! read it in like 2 hours flat! cant wait to read book two! i hope i win (moneys tight right now, thank god for the library!!) cant wait to see what happens in this one.. any clue on how many there will be? one for each piece of the artifact?

    alainala@ hotmail DOT ca

  10. Loved the character interview. I haven't read this series but it sounds very interesting. It is going on the TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sariahwalters at gmail dot com

  11. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway. I'm really enjoying the Characterfest.


  12. This series has been on my TBR list and I have heard such great things about the book. Thank you for coming on and sharing about the second book in the series and also for having a giveaway of Visions of Magic.

    terilhack at yahoo dot com

  13. that picture of lightning is pretty cool :D
    email: cruz042 at csusm dot edu

  14. Alaina, you just made my DAY!!!! "Devoured" is such a great word. Gave me shivers. I'm over the moon that you loved VISIONS OF MAGIC, and that you're looking forward to VISIONS OF SKYFIRE. Honestly, I think SKYFIRE is even better because you're getting deeper into the Awakening world. I am having a blast writing these books!

  15. Thanks for adding VISIONS OF SKYFIRE to your TBR list, Sariah! Hope it moves over your "Read and loved it" list soon. ;)

  16. Thank you, Danni! This was such a fun blog to write. Really got my creative juices flowing. Glad you enjoyed it. I hope you'll rush to the store to pick up VISIONS OF SKYFIRE this week! (Or rush online, if that's your way.)

  17. Thank you so much, Teril! I'm glad you've been hearing great things about VISIONS OF SKYFIRE. I have seen some really wonderful reviews of the book, which as you can imagine makes me giddy. I hope you'll enjoy VISIONS OF SKYFIRE!

  18. Arianne, I can't take credit for the picture, but yes, it is definitely cool. I bought the picture online. The opening scene of VISIONS OF SKYFIRE takes place in the Arizona desert outside of Sedona. Teresa can feel her powers Awakening, and she discovers that she can call the lightning from the sky and direct it at her will. Pretty heady stuff... not that she gets it completely right. In fact, she destroys something pretty damn important in that first scene. You'll have to read the excerpt to find out what it is!

  19. Hi Regan! I have heard such wonderful things about the series. I also think that the covers are outstanding. I would love to win a copy of the new book. thanks for the giveaway!

  20. I am looking forward to reading this series. I liked the interview. Thank you for the giveaway!

    mandaespi [at] gmail [dot] com

  21. This sounds like a great series, and I'm looking forward to getting started on it. I love witches, so these books are right up my alley.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  22. I am really enjoying characterfest. This is actually a book I already have on my wish list. Thanks for the giveaway!

  23. Great interview, and your series looks fantastic!

    Robin D

  24. I'm looking forward to reading this series!!! I enjoyed the character interview!!! Thanks for sharing!! :-)


  25. I would love to get a copy of the first book in the series. it sounds like a great series for me with the paranormal elements (it sounds just a bit like Allyson James' Janet Begay series, a favorite of mine).

  26. Barb, Thank you! I adore my covers, too. The witches are so sexy, and they've got a great edge to them, don't you think? We're giving away a copy of the first book here, VISIONS OF MAGIC, so go ahead and run out to buy VISIONS OF SKYFIRE this week. (Shameless self-promotion. LOL - The first week's sales mean everything in the publishing world, so I can't be shy about asking readers to buy VISIONS OF SKYFIRE.)

  27. Thank you, Manda!

    Barbara, love hearing that witches are right up your alley! Be sure to enter the contest on my website for a $50 Amazon gift card. You just have to read the free excerpt of VISIONS OF SKYFIRE, then answer a question about it. Here's the link:

  28. Love the interview!!! Sounds like a fantastic book!!!

  29. Nice job, Regan! Glad to support other authors, I'll check it out! Oh, and nice biceps on that hottie!

  30. Love the interview. Would love to read the book. I love discovering new authors & books. Thanks.

    Areeths at new dot rr dot com

  31. Visions of Magic is on the wishlist and I thank you so much for sharing with us and for the awesome giveaway. I'm also looking forward to Visions of Skyfire. I think they both look like awesome reads.


  32. i would like to win a copy. the series sounds interesting. thanks for the giveaway ^^

    witchvela at web dot de

  33. I would love to win this. Thanks for the giveaway.


  34. Great interview! I loved that pic of the hunk you're NOT going to fall in love with but who is going to help you save the world. What's a witch to do! LOL! Thanks for the giveaway! This series sounds right up my alley...

  35. Wow...You're talking something like concentration camps for witches right? Where is something like that being held in your stories? I am very curious to see how that plays out.

  36. I loved the character interview thanks for sharing! This sounds like a great book can't wait to read it! Thank you for the great giveaway!

  37. Hmm... I now need to find out if Teresa is successful with the whole "no romance" "no relationship" thing. I definitely will be adding this one to my list.


  38. Great photo of an Eternal...I want one too! If Teresa doesn't want him, send him my way! LOL! Thank you for the interview; I can't wait to read this book!

    books4me67 at

  39. I love books with witches and I don't just say that because we're close to Halloween either.

    romancebookjunkiesdanielle at yahoo dot com

  40. I cant wait to read this! Sounds like its going to be awesome! Definately adding it to my TBR list!



  41. I loved the first book and I can't wait to start the second!Thanks for the giveaway!


  42. This books sounds really good! I like the idea of a witch heroine. I've been reading a lot of vampire paranormal romances lately, so a witch one would be a nice change!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com


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