Friday, November 16, 2012

Guest author Dianna Hardy

The Journey of The Witching Pen
by Dianna Hardy

When I first wrote The Witching Pen, I wrote it for no one but me. I published it because I wanted to publish a whole story. It was in my mind that there would be at least three books to this paranormal romance series, but in my head, I was writing it for my enjoyment only. I sent it off to review sites, but in all honesty, I never thought anyone would like it that much. Karl and Elena (book one) are lovely, but not the norm for paranormal romance nowadays – certainly not adult paranormal romance – they’re far too sweet! Lol.

I was pleasantly surprised at the response to this book, and to this couple. Actually, I was blown away. People still liked “sweet”?

When I began to write the second book, The Sands of Time, I had an unexpected small fan base. I was no longer writing a book just for me. Amy and Pueblo (book two) were always going to be much more spicy and hot than Karl and Elena – that was clear from when we meet them in book one – but I knew I wanted a hell of plot for book two, and I also knew that their relationship would never be clear-cut. In order for book three to work, I also had to develop yet another couple in book two, and kick-start their relationship. I didn’t know how people would take to any of that. This series was turning into … not completely a romance, although at its core it still was.

I was once again taken aback by the response I got for The Sands Of Time. The plot took readers by surprise, my fan base grew a little bigger and people really took to the third couple, Mary and Gwain. I only gave them a taste of Mary and Gwain in book two, but now I had more people waiting for book three.

This one I was really nervous about. Because I knew I was going to step out of the romance zone by the end of this book (as reiterated in CaroleDee’s review). In my head, The Demon Bride is very much a romance – in a way, perhaps more so than the other books – but it won’t read that way to everyone. I sweated blood and tears over this book, because it had to be just right for the spin-off novel to come, The Last Dragon, which will no longer be a romance, but a very hot urban fantasy.

The amazing feedback on this third book has meant so much to me, I can’t even begin to put it into words.

I’ve decided to price the first book as FREE across retail outlets, so everyone can begin the journey of The Witching Pen if they haven’t already.


I’m going to leave you with the blurb for the Omnibus Edition (all three books in one volume):

Elena, a thirteenth generation witch, is the most powerful witch on the planet; Amy is hidden from her true self, and Mary feels the pain of mankind.

On the appearance of a magic pen, three women uncover family secrets and deep betrayal, to discover they are more than they've been led to believe - for better or worse.

Alongside the men, demons and angels who love them, they are thrown into a supernatural world where time becomes muddied, where new and ancient merge, where forged bonds cannot be broken, and matters of the heart are never black and white.

And then, there's the impending apocalypse.

Unique, fun, fast-paced, sexy and passionate, this is paranormal romance that combines the dark with the light, and the sweet with the gritty.

Content warning: scenes of explicit sex and some violence (18+)

THE WITCHING PEN: It's hard being the most powerful witch on the planet. It's even harder when you're a twenty-five year old virgin who'll lose all of that power the moment you sleep with someone ... that's why Elena's never slept with her best friend and flatmate, Karl, despite the true feelings they harbour for each other. But on discovery of a magic pen, Elena's life is about to get a whole lot worse...

THE SANDS OF TIME: "Elizabeth" has no idea who she really is, Amy has gone missing without a trace, and Pueblo is going out of his mind trying to find the witch he accidentally bonded with. As he enlists the help of angels and demons alike, Elizabeth begins to remember... But what she uncovers may just have her wanting to turn away from who she really is ... for good.

THE DEMON BRIDE: Mary has finally discovered who she really is, and what that means for the human race. What Mary doesn't know, is that Gwain has been searching for her for over ten thousand years, and had lost all hope of finding her. Now that he has her, he's faced with an impossible choice: does he save the woman who altered his very existence, or does he sacrifice her to save mankind?


All info and buy links can be found on the series website The Witching Pen Novellas.

Thank you so much to Bitten By Paranormal Romance for taking the time to review this series over the past year :)

eBook: download the Omnibus Edition

Paperback: preorder the Omnibus Edition

Dianna Hardy is a multi-genre author of paranormal things, dark things, poetic things, sexy things, taboo things, and sometimes funny things. She writes about witches, demons and angels. All info about her books can be found on her website

You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

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