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Friday, March 7, 2014

After the Summerland Tour! A Guest Post by Patricia A. Proctor. Plus a Giveaway!




After the Summerland (The Witches of Spring Hill, #1) by Patricia A. Proctor
Genre: Young Adult (Paranormal)
Date Published:  April 3, 2013
Publisher: Self

Teen triplets are shocked when they discover they are the reincarnation of three witches living on sacred land. The land magnifies their abilities, making them more powerful witches – and targets. They aren’t the only ones aware of the power the land gives . . .

Chloe, Kaiden, and Rowan Alexander can’t wait to meet the new triplets that have just arrived in town. They are determined to find out if they are anything alike. The attraction is instant, though they soon discover they share more than just being fraternal triplets – in fact, Brianna, Cian, and Xavier Silvan are also witches with a secret of their own.

They must overcome their distrust of each other and join together to fight a much stronger witch, who wants the sacred land for more than the power it gives.

It’s a paranormal coming of age story where the teens discover the purpose of their existence, explore their new powers, new relationships, and overcome family secrets, all while becoming stronger witches. They must learn quickly so they can protect themselves and the people they love from the force of dark magic bearing down on them.

Thanks for having me back on What’s Beyond Forks! Since you’ve already interviewed me about my book, After the Summerland, the first book in The Witches of Spring Hill series, I’ll tell you a little about my process and how my new city, 

Seattle, inspires me.

Writing in Seattle

When I had the dream that inspired my first book, After the Summerland, I was living in Greensboro, North Carolina. I had no idea that it would be six years later when I finally sat down to write, and I certainly had no idea I’d be living in Seattle, 

Washington when I did.

Although timing had a lot to do with me finally sitting down to write, I believe that moving to the city was my biggest inspiration. Before we moved to Seattle, we were living in a rural area of Tennessee, and I loved it! Tennessee is beautiful, but for me it was safe—it was everything I’ve always known. I’ve always lived in the suburbs or in a small town, so when we moved to the big city, I was jolted by the experience. 

We sold most of our belongings, including our cars, and I was forced to live a completely different lifestyle than I was familiar with. I walk everywhere or take a bus if it’s further than I can walk, groceries are delivered, and I see more people on any given day than I probably saw over the course of three days in Tennessee. All these changes ignited the fire of my creativity, and I couldn’t ignore the heat. So I changed my schedule, and gave my full attention to writing.

I write at night when my husband is asleep and the noise from the city quiets to a low hum. My desk sits in the window so I can see the city, and more specifically the Space Needle, arguably the most iconic landmark in Seattle, well other than Starbucks, of course! My landscape is the darkness, illuminated only by brightly lit apartments and office buildings, along with the yellow glow from the streetlights. 

Many nights, especially in the fall and winter, the night sky is lost to a blanket of fog that shrouds my views, tempting me to go to bed and pull the covers over myself, just as the fog blankets the city. I press on though, because it’s on these nights that 

I’m the most productive. Well, other than when it rains. And it rains a lot in Seattle. 

The steady fall of raindrops taps against the windows, urging my fingers to keep moving. It taunts me as if we are in a race to see who can tap the longest without stopping. The rain usually wins, but I hold my own. 

By the time I stop writing for the night, the sky is starting brighten and the city is starting to come alive. Although I’ve been awake for most of the night, I feel elated at what I’ve accomplished and look forward to the next night so I can do it all over again.
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Patricia Proctor lives in Seattle, Washington with her husband and cats. She has a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science and has had a love of books and reading her whole life.

To learn more about Patricia A. Proctor and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on Goodreads.


2- signed copies of After the Summerland
2- Full Sets of The Witches of Spring Hill series, which includes: 1 Signed copy of After the Summerland, Book 1
1 Signed copy of Breaking the Bond, Book 2
1 Signed copy of Crafted Truths, Book 3
 4- $5 Gift Cards to Amazon Rafflecopter
  a Rafflecopter giveaway

8 comments :

  1. This sounds amazing! And I especially like books with witches:) Excited to read this!

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  2. Thank you, Angie! If you like the first book, you'll love the second and third (the third's my personal favorite!) AND I'm currently working on a fourth book in the series. These characters just won't leave me alone! I hope you enjoy the book. ~Patricia Proctor

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  3. Thank you for hosting me on your blog again, Gabby! All the best! ~Patricia Proctor

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  4. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Please enter me in contest.

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    1. Thank you for your interest! Just log-in above and click on the entries. Good luck!

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  5. Thank you for the great giveaway!!!

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    1. You are so welcome! Good luck to you!

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  6. I love witches & the power of 3 witches - very strong magic.

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