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(Giveaway) Stacey Kennedy gets catty with witchy familiar Willow from her new Magic & Mayhem book
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(Giveaway) Stacey Kennedy gets catty with witchy familiar Willow from her new Magic & Mayhem book

by davincikittieMay 18, 2015

Please help me welcome Stacey Kennedy!

She’s the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, and Outlander.

Today she’s giving us a look at her favorite character in her new release, Witches Be Burned.

Witches Be Burned (Magic & Mayhem #2) by Stacey Kennedy

Take it away, Stacey!

Thank you so much for letting me stop by today! I’m so excited to share my favorite character from Witches Be Burned, and it’s probably not who you’re expecting. It isn’t the hero or the heroine: it’s actually a cat. Well, a cat that is special, and who also comes into her magical powers throughout the story.

This cat, Willow—who is known in the magical world as a familiar—is by far one of my favorite characters to write in the Magic & Mayhem series. She amuses me greatly because she can be a tad feisty. Sometimes it’s nice to write a character who has a bad attitude. Willow is just Willow, and I wish I had a cat just like her!

So, here’s a deeper look into the snippety familiar. I hope you enjoy Willow as much as I do!

Loud meows, mixed with Kyden’s grunts, filled the bedroom as Willow dug her nails into his forearm. The cat screamed bloody murder as Kyden held her by the tail, but Willow seemed to have no problem latching on to his arm and clawing at him.
Put me down, you Neanderthal!
Kyden cursed as Willow wrapped herself around his arm and bit down into his skin. “Christ.” His arm waved wildly, but he didn’t let her go, and Willow never stopped gnawing on his arm. “Stop attacking me, you beast.”
Let me go! Or I’ll take your balls out with my claws.
Nexi blinked, reeling over what she’d first heard in her mind: You two are despicable! Don’t you care that I’m here while you’re humping each other? She forced herself to snap back into some sort of insane reality, and now, realizing that Willow wasn’t some spawn of the Devil, she said, “If you like your junk, Kyden, then I’d suggest you drop her.”
He released Willow without a second of hesitation, and the cat fell to the ground, paws first, hissing at him. Kyden snorted at Willow before he grabbed Nexi’s gear off the ground, tossing it to her and then picking up his own.
Nexi hurried through dressing, never taking her eyes off Willow. Yet her kitten didn’t look like her kitty anymore. Willow had grown into giant size—much bigger than Nexi had ever seen before in a normal house cat—Willow was now the size of a collie. Once she finished with the latch on her leather bra, she needed answers and needed them now. Feeling ridiculous, but somehow unable to stop herself, she asked Willow, “What the hell are you?”
A dog. Willow snorted through her cute button nose. What in the hell do you think I am? A cat, of course.
Kyden grunted, clipping his kilt into place. “All I see is a rat.”
Idiot.
“Did you hear that?” Nexi laughed.
One curious brow arched. “Hear what?”
Like I said, idiot.
“That.” Nexi pointed to Willow as she cleaned one of her black paws and rubbed it over her ear. “Can you hear Willow talking?”
Kyden crossed his arms, leaning against the stone wall and looking damn fine while doing it. After sex, his muscles were more defined, and the sweat coating his body tempted her to lick it off. He replied, “The rat isn’t mine, it’s yours—only you can hear it.”
“Oh.” Nexi dragged her focus away from her sexy beast of a guardian to important things, like her freaking talking cat. “Okay, so that conversation about what she is was apparently an important one. But I will tell you, when I sensed something magical off her, this is not what I expected.”
You’re starting to sound like an idiot, too.
Beyond confused, Nexi glared at the fluffball at her feet. Great! She had a bitchy cat that could voice it. “Be nice. I’m new to all this and have no idea why in the world you’re able to talk”—she pointed to her head—“in here.”
Willow kept on cleaning her ears. That’s clear, isn’t it?
Swallowing a few choice words, Nexi ignored the snippety cat at her feet. She looked up at Kyden, spotting his half-grin. “Do familiars always hold the ability to talk?”
His shrug was easy, as if this wasn’t totally mind-frickin’-blowing. “Familiars typically attach themselves to young witches who are still coming into their powers.” His gaze swept to Willow with indifference. “But no, they all have a range of different abilities. Some talk, some don’t. Apparently, this rat has the annoying ability.”
The idiot isn’t wrong. And will he stop calling me a rat! I’m no such thing!
“Yes,” Nexi agreed with Willow. “Stop calling her a rat.”
Kyden gave her a blank stare with one brow arched.
A flush crept over Nexi’s cheeks, as he didn’t need to say more. Clearly, he wasn’t blind to the fact that Willow hadn’t been overly kind to Nexi, so why did she care? Well, she didn’t need any more added conflict in her life.
Ignoring his clear dislike for Willow, she looked at the cat. Willow had her leg straight up in the air and licked her fur. Of all the things Nexi had thought a familiar was, she hadn’t once imagined Willow would hold a telepathic connection to her.
Though she also didn’t understand why she needed a familiar. She’d already trained as a witch and kicked butt at it, too. With more mystifying thoughts swelling in her mind, she asked Kyden, “I take it, then, she’ll go away eventually?”
Hey!
Nexi avoided Willow, having a terrible feeling that while Willow might be there to protect her, she would also drive her slightly nutty. Perhaps Finn’s and Haven’s reaction to Willow now made total sense.
“Some familiars leave after their witch no longer has use of them.” Kyden gave Willow a long look. “Some annoyingly stick around.”
Willow hissed at him. I don’t like this one. Get rid of him.
Shocked laughter bubbled up, but Nexi bit the inside of her cheek. She couldn’t help but wonder how in the hell a cat—even a giant-sized one—planned to protect her. What would Willow do, hiss at the supernatural trying to kill Nexi? But she also wondered if Willow was more of a comfort animal—just being there for emotional support, or something. Although, considering what she’d seen of Willow’s personality thus far, she couldn’t imagine the cat being all that supportive. “How’d you get so big—so fast?” she asked.
Willow licked her paw again, rubbing it behind her ear. You accepted me, so I matured.
“That is”—Nexi hesitated, then settled on: “I don’t even know what it is beyond saying it’s strange.” Willow had looked ten weeks old when Nexi had first taken her home. “So, what are you, a werecat or something?”
Willow snapped her head up and looked appalled in a way that only a cat could. I am nothing of the sort. First you name me after a tree, and now you insult me. What kind of master are you?
Nexi glanced at Kyden, who continued to give her a bored regard as he took a seat on the bed, oozing strength and sensuality. Thank God he couldn’t hear her cat giving her hell. Nexi was finding this whole conversation beyond crazy. Turning to Willow, she muttered, “Um, sorry.”
You should be. A tree. Willow paced in front of the bed, her orange-tipped tail flicking in the air. That’s what you name me after. What about Fluffy, Kiki, Buttercup? No, this one names me Willow after a doggone tree.
“Your eyes are the same color as the leaves of my favorite willow tree.” Everyone had a safe place to unwind, and that tree was Nexi’s. Hearing Willow’s hiss, she thought it best to add, “I love my willow tree. It’s special to me, so honestly it’s a compliment.”
Kyden blew out a frustrated breath. “Please tell me the rat is not bitchin’ about her name.”
Willow swatted at Kyden’s leg as she strode by him. I’m not a rat! How many times do I have to say it? I’m a cat!
Nexi sighed.
Fluttering her whiskers, Willow added, And you aren’t forgiven. Now I’m stuck with the ugly name. How embarrassing!

Now you tell me:

What would you do if a grumpy—magical—cat showed up on your doorstep? Would you welcome her in or send the dog after her?

Witches Be Burned (Magic & Mayhem #2) by Stacey KennedyIn Stacey Kennedy’s steamy paranormal romance novel, a rookie guardian sworn to combat the undead risks life and love in a world of violence, witchcraft, and seduction.

Nexi Jones has lost her family, she’s been stripped of her guardian duties, and she’s still learning the ins and outs of white magic. At least she has Kyden, the smoldering hot elite guardian who’s been there for her every step of the way. But just as Nexi completes her training, tragedy strikes the Otherworld when a fellow guardian is murdered by a group of rogue vampires. Ready or not, she and Kyden trek into the Earthworld to hunt down a killer—and Nexi alone will be put to the ultimate test.

Although Kyden knows that Nexi must fight her own battles, his guardian instincts are raging as he struggles to keep her close. The ruthlessness of these vampires is like nothing he’s ever seen. And at their helm is the Black Witch Astoria, a demon with one burning desire: to shed Nexi’s blood in the name of vengeance. What troubles Kyden even more, though, is the warlock who covets Nexi’s heart. Let the devil do his worst . . . all Kyden can do is love and protect Nexi until his last breath.

Available May 19, 2015, find Witches Be Burned online at GoodReads | Amazon (GT affiliate link) | B&NPenguin (publisher)

Read the GraveTells review of the first book in this series, Werewolves Be Damned!

Stacey’s Magic & Mayhem series was voted the 2013 Readers Choice Most Original Story Universe!

#GTRCA13 Most Original Story Universe

About the author

author Stacey KennedySTACEY KENNEDY is the USA Today bestselling author of the CLUB SIN series. Growing up, Stacey’s mind wandered the path less traveled and that path most often led to love. She has always broken rules and she continues to feed off emotion – staying true to her heart. Those traits are now the bones of her stories. She lives in southwestern Ontario with her husband, who puts any of the heroes in her books to shame, and their two young children. If she’s not on mom duty or plugging away at a new story, you’ll find Stacey camping in the summer, hibernating in the winter and obsessing over Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones and Outlander.

Stalk Stacey online at her website | Facebook | Twitter

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What would you do if a grumpy—magical—cat showed up on your doorstep? Would you welcome her in or send the dog after her?

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Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
4 Comments
  • Juana Esparza
    May 19, 2015 at 5:33 am

    I think I would choose to be a vampire.

  • Janie McGaugh
    May 19, 2015 at 7:22 am

    I’d want to be a white witch.

  • Eva Millien
    May 19, 2015 at 10:13 am

    I loved this book and I have to day I loved that grumpy cat, but to answer question, I’m not so sure that I would send the dog after it…..I mean the cat is magical. Can you imagine what it could do to a dog? or what kind of revenge it might take? HMMMMM….. Thanks for sharing.

  • May 19, 2015 at 11:30 am

    i would like to welcome the magical cat but i don’t think my cat would appreaciate so he would probably chase it away ( my dog is too kind to jump on it he would want to protect)
    thanks

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