The Witch Chronicles
Release Date: 8/7/14
Genre: Dark Paranormal Romance
Word Count: 65,000
Two stubborn people—a witch and a mage—come together with a fierceness borne of desperation. Can passion trump their intense need for independence? Will they live long enough to find out?
Roz, Jenna, and Colleen are the last of the demon-stalking witches. So far, they’ve escaped disaster, but their luck is running low. When demons strike in the midst of Colleen’s wedding, Roz launches desperate measures because she and her sister witches are Earth’s only hedge against being overrun by Hell’s minions. As she shape-shifts to keep one step ahead of the demons, at least it takes her mind off her other problems. Personal ones. She burned through a couple of marriages with a string of loser men before, after, and in between. Though she wants to be happy for Colleen, the jealousy bug bit deep and hasn’t let go.
In Roz’s secret heart she’s attracted to Ronin, one of the Daoine Sidhe. He’s so profanely beautiful she can barely breathe around him, but he’s also headstrong and arrogant. Not good partner material, she tells herself, unless she wants to end up dusting her heart off one more time.
Ronin set his sights on Roz when she was at his home in the U.K. for a strategy meeting and he can’t get her out of his mind. Unfortunately, she’s so prickly getting close to her requires scheming. He casts an enchantment to lure her at Colleen’s wedding, but she senses the spell and rebuffs him.
Roz is used to calling the shots. So is Ronin. Sparks fly. Tempers run hot, right along with an attraction too strong to be denied. Roz and Ronin come together with a fierceness borne of desperation, but demons are determined to rid themselves of the witches for good, no matter what it takes.
About the Author:
Ann Gimpel is a mountaineer at heart. Recently retired from a long career as a psychologist, she remembers many hours at her desk where her body may have been stuck inside four walls, but her soul was planning yet one more trip to the backcountry. Around the turn of the last century (that would be 2000, not 1900!), she managed to finagle moving to the Eastern Sierra, a mecca for those in love with the mountains.
It was during long backcountry treks that Ann’s writing evolved. Unlike some who see the backcountry as an excuse to drag friends and relatives along, Ann prefers solitude. Stories always ran around in her head on those journeys, sometimes as a hedge against abject terror when challenging conditions made her fear for her life, sometimes for company. Eventually, she returned from a trip and sat down at the computer. Three months later, a five hundred page novel emerged. Oh, it wasn’t very good, but it was a beginning. And, she learned a lot between writing that novel and its sequel.
Around that time, a friend of hers suggested she try her hand at short stories. It didn’t take long before that first story found its way into print and they’ve been accepted pretty regularly since then. One of Ann’s passions has always been ecology, so her tales often have a green twist.
In addition to writing, Ann enjoys wilderness photography. She lugs pounds of camera equipment in her backpack to distant locales every year. A standing joke is that over ten percent of her pack weight is camera gear which means someone else has to carry the food! That someone is her husband. They’ve shared a life together for a very long time. Children, grandchildren and three wolf hybrids round out their family.
Please welcome Roxanne Lantry from Ann Gimpel's Witch’s Bane to Diane's Book Blog.
What is your name? Do you have a nickname?
Roxanne Lantry, and my nickname is Roz
What is your hair color? Eye color?
Black hair and dark brown eyes
How old are you?
Old enough to know better than to answer this question!
What is in your refrigerator right now? On your bedroom floor? On your nightstand? In your garbage can?
Who knows what’s in the fridge? Cooking’s so not my strong suit. Clothes are strewn on my bedroom floor and books, scrolls, and an e-reader are on my nightstand. Haven’t checked the trash lately. Hopefully someone emptied the demon bits out of it.
Who are the people you are closest to?
Colleen Kelly, Jenna Neil, and of course Ronin, love of my life.
What is your biggest fear?
That I’ll fuck up and the demons will finally kill Colleen, Jenna, or me.
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I have a spotty history with men. Who would have guessed that one of the Daoine Sidhe would end up the love of my life? They’re such arrogant bastards, I never thought Ronin would make good partner material, but he’s darn near perfect! Purrrrrrr…
Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d like to have more magic. A girl can never be too rich, too thin, or have too much magic.
What is the quality you most like in a man/woman?
What is your motto?
Let’s kick some demon ass. Another favorite is Let’s do this thing.