May 072016

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Paranormal, on the Light Side

By Heather Blake

(Post received from publicist.)

I’ve always had a fascination with the paranormal, so it’s really no surprise to me that I started writing witches, psychics, and empaths… My early love of I Dream of Jeannie, Bewitched, and more recently, my slight addiction to Long Island Medium have all have influenced me. But alas, I’m not a witch. Or a genie. Or a psychic. Instead of writing what I know (a common phrase in fiction writing), I simply write what fascinates me.

gone with the witchBeyond pop culture influences, I’ve also had some personal incidents in my life that have made me take note of the paranormal. When my twenty-two-year-old son was three, it was early morning when I heard him talking in the other room, having a full conversation with someone I couldn’t see… When I asked him who he was talking to, he said quite seriously (yet calmly), “The man.”

Spooky, right? It was for me too—at first. But my grandfather had died the week before, before he’d had a chance to meet my son… I like to believe that they were getting to know each other.

For years, I’ve noticed that when I get into my car, my rearview mirror is tilted. If I run an errand and come back to the car the mirror is askew. Not every time, but enough times to make me wonder who’s riding along with me.

It’s situations like these — and others I hear about — that keep me writing about things that can’t easily be explained. I write books that deal with things that go bump…all day long. All of it is unexplainable. All of it so very fun.

Fun, because my preference is to take supernatural experiences and keep them light, to find the humor in them, or to take an emotional look at how these things can impact the lives of those around them…for the good. Despite writing murder mysteries, I prefer to focus on the good, not the evil, which comes across in every book I’ve ever written. There’s too much dark in the world as it is—which is why I don’t like scary movies…or watching the news. Instead you’ll catch me watching repeats of Bewitched.

Have you had anything go bump lately?


Heather Blake (aka Heather Webber) is the author of more than twenty novels and has been twice nominated for an Agatha Award. She’s a total homebody who loves to be close to her family, read, watch reality TV (especially cooking competition shows), drink too much coffee, crochet, and bake cookies. Heather grew up in a suburb of Boston, but currently she lives in the Cincinnati area with her family.

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Also by Heather Blake

gone with the witch
Gone With the Witch (Wishcraft Mystery)
Cozy Mystery
6th in Series
Setting – Massachusetts
An Obsidian Mystery (May 3, 2016)
An Imprint of New American Library
Published by The Penguin Group
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1101990117
E-Book ASIN: B013Q70B1Q



Darcy and her dog Missy are determined to put their best foot forward at the Enchanted Village’s annual Pawsitively Enchanted pet contest. She’s happy to lend a hand when the show’s organizer hires Darcy to keep an eye on things among growing suspicions that someone is sabotaging the event. But Darcy’s quest for justice is thrown off the scent when her lead suspect is found dead at the competition.

As if a murder weren’t bad enough, someone begins snatching up prize-winning pets right from under their owners’ noses. Darcy is determined to protect the pampered participants at whatever cost. But she’ll have to work fast to sniff out the thief before she becomes the next victim of a killer determined to stop her dead in her tracks…

Dollycas’s Thoughts

Another enchanting tale from Heather Blake. This series is so magical. I sat down to read and the real world just disappeared.

The pets are on parade in this Wishcraft Mystery with a Pawsitively Enchanted Pet Contest. It is set up like a fair with each pet having a booth. Darcy and Missy are entered but they are really on a job. They have been hired to make sure a certain someone doesn’t sabotage the competition.  When that certain someone ends up dead Darcy focus changes from saving the fair to catching a killer. That isn’t all, someone is stealing some of the contestants and their owners are desperate for their return. Darcy has her handful and wishes she could wish all the problems away but she is going to have to collar the killer by tracking them down herself.

I love the characters, the setting and Ms. Blake always pens a fantastic mystery.

The human residents of The Enchanted Village are wonderful but the “familiars” always put a smile on my face. Pepe and Mrs. P. are quite a pair and always available to help Darcy out. Archie has his own problems this time but still has time to throw a few movie quotes about.

The village is not just enchanting, it is a busy place. There is always something going on. In addition to Darcy work she is having a house renovated and her romantic relationship with Nick is moving right along. Aunt Ve is always up to something. Darcy thinks she is meeting in secret with The Elder and wonders what they have brewing.

Magic and mystery are blended together in such a great way. I was engaged from the first page until the last and sorry that the story had to end.

Throughout the series a big secret has been kept from Darcy and her sister. We got close to a reveal in the last book but it comes to light completely in this story. Now we have to wait to see what happens next in The Witch and the Dead in October. I am wishing it wasn’t so far away! 

perfect 2016


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  29 Responses to “Special Guest – Heather Blake – Author of Gone With the Witch – #Review/ #Giveaway”

  1. I love this series and have been waiting for the big reveal so excited it’s finally here.

  2. Heather Blake is a wondeful author and her books are fun to read

  3. Sounds so fun and such a cute cover and title. I can’t wait to meet those “familiars” you spoke of, Lori!

  4. The books by Heather Blake all have such cute covers. They are unique and a reader can pick her’s out easily because of them. The story between the covers is equally interest holding. Thanks for the opportunity to enter this giveaway.

  5. I have so enjoyed reading and reviewing Heather Blake’s books. Her potions series is fabulous. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  6. Sounds like a great cozy.

  7. Love your books, fingers crossed

  8. Love a good mystery.

  9. I haven’t read this series yet, but I can’t wait to start. The book sounds incredible.

  10. I absolutely thrilled that this book is finally out! I have read all of this series and been impatiently waiting for this new release. Thanks for the giveaway.

  11. These books are so much fun, and so is Heather’s blog post every morning! Thanks for the giveaway.

  12. This would be a great book to add to my cozy challenge list. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

  13. I haven’t had anything go bump lately but, I do have the rear view mirror thing. And it’s not when my son has been in the car since I have driven last either. It’s when no one has been in it. Weird. I love your book covers but haven’t had the chance to read your books yet.

  14. I have yet to read the series but it sounds so good that i would love to read and review on a few sites . Just love the cover also so cute.

  15. I like the idea of taking a positive approach in your stories. Goodness knows there is more than enough negative out there.

  16. Thank you for the interview. I can’t wait to read this book. It is one of my favorite series.

  17. I LOVE this author and this series. Can’t wait for this next one!

  18. Need to read this series!!!thanks for review!!!!

  19. I really enjoy this series! =) Looking forward to reading this one!

  20. This is such an wonderful series and I can’t wait to read it. You review sounds like it is a great as all the others. Thanks

  21. I have to read your books. I love the titles and the covers and I’m sure the books are going to be just wonderful..

  22. New author to me! Love the cover!

  23. Can’t wait to read this one!


  25. I am a fan of this series, and I can’t wait to read the next book.

  26. What an enchanting cover!

  27. Sounds fun, and I love the gently paranormal “bump”

  28. I love this series. Would love to win the book, but I guarantee I’ll read it some way, shape or form! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. I love this series. I enjoy light, even quirky, paranormal or ‘witchy’ stories. This fits the bill.

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