Interview with Rituals & Runes Author, Bethany Shaw
Angels, Demons, Shifters, Vampires...Oh My! All your favorite sexy creatures of your dreams are waiting for you in Rituals & Runes, a tantalizing collection of paranormal romance and urban fantasy tales.
Fall under the spell of Rituals & Runes, coming Fall 2022! Including the brand new book, Huntress, by Bethany Shaw. She discusses it in this interview.
Author: Bethany Shaw
R&R: Tell us 3 things we will find in your book for the anthology.
Bethany: You will find a lot of sass from my main character, Faythe. She is a strong and independent woman but underneath her layers has a heart of gold. The story has a Buffy/Charmed feel to it, and lastly Faythe and Sebastian aren’t afraid to fight for what they know is right.
R&R: I’m hooked already! Tell us three qualities of the leading man in your book.
Bethany: Sebastian is stubborn and will do anything to protect Faythe. He is a powerful wizard who uses his magic for the greater good and he loves Faythe more than she will ever know.
R&R: Sexy. What magic appears in your book and what challenges come with that magic?
Bethany: There is a lot of magic in Huntress. Faythe is a half-demon, half-witch so she has teleportation and fire conjuring from her demon half and is a medium with premonitions from her witch half. Sebastian can cast spells, Medium, advanced telekinesis, and electrokinesis.
R&R: Very rich magical talents. What makes your main character powerful? Does your main character's power relate to the Rituals and Runes Anthology theme?
Bethany: Faythe has had her powers bound since she was a young girl and is really just starting to figure out what she can do with them since the spell is fading.
R&R: That’s a great challenge to be involved in the story. Typically do you prefer the books you read to be steamy or sweet and what is your favorite genre to read?
Bethany: I prefer steamy books but definitely prefer more story than just steam. I enjoy PNR and science fiction romance the most.
R&R: Awesome! What is your favorite magical movie?
Bethany: Practical Magic
R&R: Love it. What books do you have coming out that are not involved in the anthology?
Alpha Moonstone, A Vampire Rejected Mate 8/4
Hawaiian Desire, 9/27
Captured by the Barbarian 10/26
R&R: We always could read more books. Would you rather live in reality or in your anthology book? Why?
Bethany: Reality. As fun as magic and creating new worlds is I love my kiddos and husband and can’t imagine being somewhere they aren’t.
R&R: Makes total sense. That’s very sweet. Thank you for chatting with us today. Readers, please read on to find out more about Huntress.
Hunting vampires, demons and all things that go bump in the night is my job. Until the council I work for plots to kill me.
They murdered my brother and have set their sights on me. Well, I’m not going down without a fight, and I just might take a few of them with me. I’m used to working alone. No one wants to pair up with a half-demon like me, except for Sebastian. He is everywhere I go and I can’t shake him. Sebastian ignites a fire in me and I want to trust him. The things he makes me feel set my body on fire. But it’s his father who has ordered the hit on me. It’s true what they say, keep your friends close and your enemies closer. You just aren’t supposed to fall for the enemy and I’m falling hard. I just hope Sebastian isn’t the death of me.
Sebastian ran to catch up with me. “Where are you going?”
I threw my hands up in the air and groaned. “Hunting. Do you plan on tagging along all night and bothering me?” Part of me really hoped he said yes. I bit the inside of my cheek at that thought. I shouldn’t want him here. He was a witch. The perfect council boy. Everything that I wasn’t. The bastard had taunted me all the way through elementary into high school. He’d been an ass until about a year or so ago. That’s when something changed between us.
There was an attraction. Something more.
I flinched when Sebastian reached out and put his hand on my shoulder. “Faythe, can we go somewhere and talk. Maybe we can come up with a plan.”
I leveled my glare at him. “I got work to do.” I put my palm on his hand to throw it off my shoulder when a premonition rocked me. I gasped as the vision took hold.
Sebastian dove toward me tackling me to the ground seconds before a demon’s blade would have hit me. We rolled across the grass and hit a gravestone. The demon, no demons approached us from all sides. These weren’t your low level demons, these were the kind that you should run from.
I opened both my palms and did something I’d never done for another person before, opened my own portal and dragged me and Sebastian straight into hell.
I snapped out of my vision with a gasp. My hand went to my chest. I drew in a shaky breath.
“What did you see?” Sebastian asked. He put his other hand on my shoulder so he was almost hugging me.
I shook my head and pulled away from him. “It was nothing.”
“You shouldn’t ignore premonitions. They usually mean something, Faythe.”
I rolled my eyes. Premonitions were my witch powers. They were erratic and I had a hard time making sense of them. They weren’t usually like this though. This one had shown me a lot. Enough to rock me to my core. Whatever I’d seen it wasn’t tonight. Sebastian had been wearing his leather jacket and he had on sweater tonight.
I shrugged away from him.
“Where are you going? What did you see?” Sebastian stalked after me.
“We are going to hell, apparently, but not tonight. Tonight I’m going home. See you later.” I waved my hand at him as I climbed on my bike. I flipped the ignition and put my foot on the pedal as I gave it some gas. Then sped away before he could say anything else. Why on earth would I ever think to take Sebastian into Hell with me? Hell was the only place I could open a portal to. When would this happen?
It wouldn’t. Couldn’t if I avoided him. That was easier said than done, but I’d never back away from a challenge.
Bethany Shaw writes paranormal, science fiction and contemporary romance. Vampires, shapeshifters, and good old-fashioned romances are her favorites, and she promises to always give a happily ever after. Writing has always been a passion of hers and she enjoys creating fun and imaginative characters and worlds.
She lives in a small town near Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two kids. Rescuing animals and giving them forever homes has always been important to her. She has 3 dogs and 1 cat. Bethany also enjoys baking, her favorite thing to bake is chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal scotchies. Her late evenings are often spent reading until she falls asleep. Some of her favorite authors include Sherilyn Kenyon, Rachel Vincent and Cassandra Clare.
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