Thursday, October 30, 2014


With: Robyn Peterman and Dakota Cassidy

Congratulations to "Ginny W." the winner in Robyn and Dakota's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

Robyn and Dakota are still having fun at the 12 Shades Shindig-o-rama. There’s still time to get in on the prizes.

DAKOTA: My witch Winnie’s inspiration came from a combination of two things—every crazy Hollywood trope you can think of for a witch (magic wands, levitation, a snap of a finger), and a whole lotta crazy.

ROBYN: I adore paranormal and I hadn’t written a witch yet. When I was mulling what I was going to write, I was talking to Dakota. We decided to share a chapter one. It all came together and we laughed a lot and Zelda and Winnie were born.

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Released from the pokey and paroled with limited magic is enough to make any witch grumpy. However, if you throw in a recently resurrected cat, a lime green Kia and a sexy egotistical werewolf, it’s enough to make a gal fly off the edge.

Not to mention a mission…with no directions.

So here I sit in Asscrack, West Virginia trying to figure out how to complete my mysterious mission before Halloween or get turned into a mortal.

The animals in the area are convinced I’m the Shifter Whisperer (whatever the hell that is) and the hotter-then-Satan’s-underpants werewolf thinks I’m his mate.

My biggest challenge up until now was wondering if I could get away with last season’s Prada purse and shoes…Now apparently I was slated to save my people?

Deny, deny, deny. That was my new motto. Falling for the sexiest werewolf alive? Nope. Starting to care about the fur balls who needed my help? Nope. Wondering if there was more to life than next year’s Fashion Week? Nope. Nope. Nope.

Sadly no one seems to believe me.

If they think I’m the right witch, they’ve swallowed some bad brew.


   “If you say or do anything that sends our asses back to the magic pokey, I will zap you bald and give you a cold sore that makes you look like you were born with three lips.”
I tried to snatch the scissors from my best friend’s hand, but I might as well have been trying to catch a greased cat.
   “Look at my hair,” she hissed, holding up her bangs. “They’re touching my nose—my fucking nose, Zelda. I can’t be seen like this when we get out. I swear I’ll just do it a little.”
   “Winnifred, you have never done anything just a little. What happened the last time you cut your own bangs?”
   She winced and mumbled her shame into her collarbone. “That was years ago. They rebuilt the building and no one was killed.”
   “Fine,” I snapped. “Cut your bangs, but don’t come crying to me when you look like the dude from Dumb and Dumber.”
   “You know what?” she shouted, brandishing the shears entirely too close to my head for comfort, “we’re here because of you, asshead.” 
   That stopped me dead in my pursuit of saving her from herself. What the hell did I care? Let her cut her bangs up to her hairline and suffer the humiliation of looking five.   Maybe I wasn’t completely innocent here, but I bore far less of the blame than she did.
   “No. We’re in here because of you, Winnifred.”
  She rolled her eyes. “No. It was definitely you, Zelda.”
   Winnie’s selective memory was messing with my need to protect my ass. “Oh my Goddess,” I yelled. “I didn’t sleep with Baba Yaga’s precious nephew—you did.”

Freshly sprung from witch jail, Winnie Foster just has to fulfill the conditions of her parole and she's home free. Too bad that parole takes place in Paris. (Texas!) Where she'll work at a school for the magically inclined. (KIDS!) And be forced to endure the ex who's one of the very reasons she landed in the pokey to begin with. (GAH!!) Bratty tots, sexy ex, timed showers, creepy dolls, magic restrictions and a GPS with an attitude, all wrapped in a Texas town hotter than the surface of the sun? Oh yeah. No way this could go wrong.

   “I’m warning you, Winnifred Foster. If you say or do anything today that sends our asses back to the pokey, I’ll zap you bald and give you a cold sore that makes you look like you have three lips,” her best friend Zelda groused as she futilely tried to snatch a pair of scissors from Winnie’s hand to prevent her from giving herself bangs.
   Winnie hopped on the sagging mattress of her cot, looking down at her partner in crimes of abusive witch magic and current cellmate in witch jail with an accusatory glance.
   She held the scissors up in the air. “I’m sorry, me? As in moi? If I say anything? Er, wasn’t it you who told Baba Blah-Blah she was wearing the wrong color leg warmers for that wart on her nose? Or was I just imagining things?”
   Zelda swiped for the scissors again. “It’s Baba Yaga,” she corrected, reminding Winnie she’d purposely twisted their jailor’s name out of spite, and it was one of the reasons they were in magic jail to begin with. “You’d better get that right at Council so we appear respectful.”
   “Call her whatever you like, Z, but you insulted her, not me. I love you, and while I totally agreed with your fashion assessment, and she did look hideous, I bet pointing out Baba DooDah’s flaws aren’t going to win us favor at Council today. She’s an elephant, my friend. She remembers everything.”
   She hopped back off the cot when Zelda stopped trying to make a grab for the scissors.   She was worried. They were up for review for parole today and she didn’t want anything screwing that up. She wanted out of this rank-smelling cell with its gray concrete walls and equally gray sheets.
   She wanted to go to parties and laugh and drink champagne like they used to.
   Drown herself in luxury and forget Ben…
   Their cell was barren of any modern conveniences, especially those they could perform magic with—like mirrors. Locked up in Salem, Massachusetts, like serial killers in an old hotel built in the early 1900s that had been converted to a jail for witches.

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Robyn Peterman writes because the people inside her head won’t leave her alone until she gives them life on paper. Her addictions include laughing really hard with friends, shoes (the expensive kind), Target, Coke Zero Cherry with extra ice in a styrofoam cup, bejeweled reading glasses, her kids, her super-hot hubby and collecting stray animals. A former professional actress, with Broadway, film and T.V. credits, she now lives in the south with her family and too many animals to count. Writing gives her peace and makes her whole, plus having a job where you can work in your underpants works really well for her. You can leave Robyn a message via the Contact Page and she’ll get back to you as soon as her bizarre life permits! She loves to hear from her fans! 
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Dakota Cassidy lives for a good laugh in life and in her writing. In fact, she almost loves a good giggle as much as she loves hair products and that's saying something.

Her goals in life are simple, (like really simple): banish the color yellow forever, create world peace via hot rollers and Aqua Net; and finally, nab every tiara in the land by competing in the Miss USA, Miss Universe, and Miss World pageants, then sweeping them in a stunning trifecta of much duct tape and Vaseline usage, all in just under one week. Oh, and write really fun books!

Dakota lives in Oregon with her dogs  and has a husband who puts the heroes in her books to shame.
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  1. Can't wait to read about your witches.

  2. The withches from Hocus Pocus they crack me up.

  3. Love Love Love HOCUS POCUS... and I must say the Witches of Eastwick was a good movie! Dakota and Robyn have been just awesome in this anthology! And they throw a heck of a great party! There's still time to enter 24 games!

  4. I love witches in paranormal romances. These look great!

  5. I love evil witches, like the ones in Stardust or the a Wizard of Oz.

  6. Hmmm, one of my favs... Blair Fitzpatrick from Linda Wisdom's Hex in High Heels!

  7. I fell in love with witches when Teen Witch came out!!!

  8. Hey, all--thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Once I figured out where I was supposed to be lol

  9. Samantha from Bewitched! Did y'all hear they are developing a new Bewitched series, this time focusing on Tabitha (again?)

  10. No way, Melissa! Do you remember the old one with Lisa Hartman? Didn't last long, but it was soooo cute!

  11. Samantha from bewitched

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  12. Hmm I thought it was all about the bass, but witches work too! xoxo

  13. Glinda - great memories of watching The Wizard Of Oz with the family.

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  14. Sabrina the Teenage Witch and her aunts ;) Thanks for sharing!

  15. I have a favorite coven. Terry Pratchett's witches in WYRD SISTERS are just delicious.


  16. Oh I love witches. I like the witches in The Wizard of Oz. :) Hocus Pocus witches are awesome, too! And definitely Diana from A Discovery of Witches.

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  17. I'm going as Elfaba, from Wicked this year for Halloween.