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Monday, March 18, 2019

In Search of a Witch's Soul Book Blast, Guest Post, and Giveaway

We have here an introduction to the urban fantasy noir book In Search of a Witch's Soul by D. Lieber. Also, you'll find a guest post from her and an Amazon gift card giveaway open through 3/22. Good luck.k

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Urban Fantasy Noir
Publisher: Ink & Magick
Date Published: March 5, 2019

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Human, private detective Anna Caill isn’t keen on the prohibition of magic enacted by the 18th Amendment, but she won’t deny it’s good for business. The coppers couldn’t care less about the witches’ problems, giving her any number of clients to choose from.

When mysterious witch Jesse Hunt saunters into her office, he and his case will test her limits. While a killer stalks the magical underworld, Anna is hired to find Jesse’s friend, the high priest of an ancient coven.

As her case unravels, Anna is forced to confront her addiction to a dark spell in this urban fantasy noir.


Guest Post

10 Things you didn’t know about In Search of a Witch’s Soul
  1. The original ending was much different than the final version. In some ways it was much sadder, but it left a lot open.
  2. I didn’t give Jesse’s perspective until the very last draft.
  3. Almost every time I sat down to write In Search of a Witch’s Soul, I listened to the soundtrack for Chinatown. It was just perfect for getting me in the noir mood.
  4. I changed Fjolnir’s name probably six times while writing.
  5. You will notice when you read that there is a lot of 1920s slang in the story. There was actually much more, but my editor thought it would be too confusing for modern readers.
  6. I based the names of the Phantom’s victims off victims of Jack the Ripper.
  7. In my head, Rose’s accent always sounded like Lina Lamont’s from Singin’ in the Rain.
  8. A lot of the historical events in the story, actually happened. Such as, the streetcar worker’s strike, the Ford Modal A coming out, and Cecil DeMille’s Carmen. I used these events as a way for clever readers to date different parts of the story.
  9. The city the story takes place in is made up, but roughly based around Chicago and Milwaukee.
  10. Maggie (Anna’s secretary) was originally a no-nonsense character, but I changed her to someone who embraced the flapper lifestyle to better juxtapose her with Anna.
About the Author

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D. writes stories she wants to read. Her love of the worlds of fiction led her to earn a Bachelor’s in English from Wright State University.

When she isn’t reading or writing, she’s probably hiking, crafting, watching anime, Korean television, Bollywood, or old movies. She may also be getting her geek on while planning her next steampunk cosplay with friends.

She lives in Wisconsin with her husband (John) and cat (Yin).

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