A beautiful witch lost in time. A brooding farm boy with magic in his blood and a chip on his shoulder. Dark secrets and shadowy magic. Paranormal romance with a time slip awaits in the first book of this new series.
Cassie Gearhart casts a spell in the forest in the summer of 1974. The next thing she knows, she wakes up to find the world irrevocably changed.
It’s 2019, for one thing. For another, all of her coven members have vanished, leaving behind only one man who holds the key to their secrets.
Nick Felson has sworn off magic, until a confused Cassie knocks on his door in the middle of the night, somehow missing forty-five years’ worth of time. But Nick knows falling for the captivating witch means letting magic back into his life—and that’s one line he swore he’d never cross.
Can Cassie unravel the mystery that transported her decades into the future? And can Nick resist the powerful magic and heart-pounding passion that swirl in the air whenever he and Cassie are together?
The Tangled Magic Series is intended for readers 18-plus who enjoy fast-paced reads, wild and witchy magic, swoon-worthy kisses, and small-town charm. The series is best read in order.
I’m delighted today to welcome author Denise D Young to booksaremycwtches with a guest post.
The Perils and Pleasures of Being A Discovery Writer
There’s always plenty of curiosity about writer’s creative processes. “Are you a plotter or pantser?” writers always ask each other. (Plotters are those who outline before they write a draft. Panters, on the other hand, wing it—or fly by the seat of their pants.)
For years, I balked at the term pantser. It felt silly, a bit dismissive of what feels to me to be a sort of magical yet arduous process. One day, there’s a seed of an idea and, through nurturing and tending and plenty of hard work, it becomes a full-fledged story, a world of magic and mystery populated by fascinating characters, each with their own struggles, sorrows, secrets, and dreams.
So, when I heard the term “discovery writer,” I was overjoyed. That’s it. I’ve always felt that I wasn’t exactly “flying by the seat of my pants”—that some deep, intuitive, hidden part of my writer-self knew where I was going. I didn’t have a map, but I let the stars guide me. There weren’t markers on the path, but whenever I strayed, a muse with her gossamer gown appeared and guided me in the right direction.
What is a discovery writer?
The short answer is that plotters are outliners. They create a detailed, point-by-point outline of their stories before they begin to write the story. They are strategic and are planners by nature. I completely respect this, and, honestly, sometimes I envy their ability to plan out their stories when I’m a bit lost in my manuscript.
Discovery writers, on the other hand, work without a predetermined guide. We might know a few key details, but often they’re not written down anywhere. I might know how a story will end, but not how my characters will get there. I have a destination, but no formal directions, save, perhaps, a few cryptic notes scrawled on a Post-It note or yellow legal pad.
There are perils on the path of the discovery writer.
For one, sometimes we end up with what a writer friend referred to as “bunny trails”—unfinished plot threads that don’t tie into the overall story or end up unresolved. But, hey, I figure that’s what revisions are for. We can remove bunny trails from later drafts or even find entertaining ways to tie them into the overarching plot, with sometimes wonderful results.
Yet another peril? Getting stuck. I’ve been writing paranormal romance since 2008, and I’ve learned to listen to my instincts. Since I’m writing largely by intuition, I have to closely listen to that inner voice, that voice that knows when I’ve veered off course. Sometimes this means stopping and retracing my steps or rewriting a few chapters.
And yes, all of this means that discovery writers often take longer to finish their manuscripts than plotters—but not always. Dean Wesley Smith is notoriously a discovery writer, and he’s also incredibly prolific. (He even wrote a book about his writing process, fittingly titled Writing into the Dark.)
But there are pleasures, too, on this journey.
Those “Eureka!” moments when all of the plot threads come together in glorious harmony. The moments when a character whispers some secret to us, and we find the joy of surprise, suddenly understanding why a character behaves a certain way.
There’s a joy and a magic in moving through a story by intuition. And I’ve learned that much of my creative process happens away from the page. Part of my routine is to walk the dog in the morning, and then sit quietly with a cup of coffee, turning ideas over in my mind. Often, plot solutions come to me during these times, or when I’m doing simple chores like folding laundry or unloading the dishwasher, things that leave my mind free to wander.
So, if not the trusty outline, what are the tools of the discovery writer?
I’d say we often embark on our journey armed with nothing more than a cup of tea, our writing implements, and a fierce belief in the ability of the stars, the magic of the muse, and our own inner voices to guide us.
And for a discovery writer, that’s how the magic happens.
I feel that I should end on this note: We should never assume there is one writing process that is superior to another. What matters most is the stories that get told and the journeys readers embark upon as they turn page after page.
Plotter or pantser, outliner or discovery writer, it makes no difference. I love discussing these processes because it sheds light on an often mysterious process. But just like there’s no wrong way to eat a Reese’s, there’s no wrong way to write a book.
To put it simply, when the magic happens, it happens.
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About the author
Equal parts bookworm, flower child, and eclectic witch, Denise D. Young writes fantasy and paranormal romance featuring witches, magic, faeries, and the occasional shifter.
Whatever the flavor of the magic, it’s always served with a brisk cup of tea–and the promise of romance varying from sweet to sensual.
She lives with her husband and their animals in the mountains of Virginia, where small towns and tall trees inspire her stories. She reads tarot cards, collects crystals, gazes at stars, and believes magic is the answer (no matter what the question was).
If you’ve ever hoped to find a book of spells in a dusty attic, if you suspect every misty forest contains a hidden portal to another realm, or if you don’t mind a little darkness before your happily-ever-after, her books might be just the thing you’ve been waiting for.
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