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Interview with Rituals & Runes Author, Cara North (That's Me!)

We’ve got the magic...and it’s Rituals & Runes! This amazing collection from Shifters Unleashed including tales from the hottest bestselling authors in paranormal romance and urban fantasy is coming Fall of 2o22, and you don’t want to miss it!

To find out more about the anthology, please welcome Cara North to our author interview series, as she discusses Beasts of Magic.

Author: Cara North

Book: Beasts of Magic

R&R: You have several wolves and a heroine on the cover of your book. Please describe what sort of supernatural beings you have in your story and their roles.

Cara: Beasts of Magic is a dark, new adult, beginning to a reverse harem two-book series. In this story, we meet our leading lady, a witch by birth with no training who causes all sorts of problems. In addition, we meet Ghost and Shadow, the two shapeshifters. They are from her past, one when she was younger, the other her high school sweetheart. Both of them have broken hearts and she was the hammer that smashed them, so neither want to be there, but alas, they are. Her mistake opens up a dark realm and all sorts of creatures exist there and they have to survive and try to fix it.

R&R: How twisted, dangerous, and fun!

How does magic come into play in the story?

Cara: She is an inexperienced witch who is very powerful and makes a lot of mistakes in this story. First unknowing, then because she doesn’t fully get it, and finally, she comes around and starts to control her magic.

R&R: It’s great to see a character develop over time, and even better when it's through their special gift.

What is the key theme and/or message in the book?

Cara: The theme is essentially overcoming obstacles.

R&R: They sure seem like they have a lot of obstacles to overcome, so this ought to be engaging.

What was the highlight of writing this book?

Cara: Having a female lead who may be physically smaller and weaker, but magic evens the playing field in a fight for her making her sometimes stronger and more imposing than her reluctant guardians.

R&R: We can dig that neat juxtaposition. Makes great tension!

If your book was to be made into a movie, who are the celebrities that would star in it?

Cara: Jake Gyllenhaal…don’t really know or care who else. LOL. He is my muse, so some part of those wolves have a Gyllenism to them. Yes, I made up that word. LOL.

R&R: Hot!!

How do you develop your plot and characters?

Cara: Characters pop into my head and usually bring a basic beginning to a plot with them. I listen, I ask questions, and I let it play out in my head like a movie and just try to keep up as I type.

R&R: Lively! Many of us authors have a similar experience.

What books do you have coming out that are not involved in the anthology?

Cara: As Cara North? I have several anthologies coming up: Jocks, Mr. October, Fiesta Nights to name a few; and my second in the Crossbow University series: Holly which is another dark, college, reverse harem, contemporary romance.

R&R: That's great you have so many wonderful books coming out.

Would you rather ride a bike or a horse everywhere you went?

Cara: Wow. This really takes some thought. LOL. I suppose since I live in the woods and in the mountains a horse, but if bike is slang for motorcycle then because it may still be cheaper to feed and I wouldn’t have to peddle. Really appreciating my car right now thanks to this question. :)

R&R: That was a funny question! Lol! And we love the twist you put on it. Very smart.

Wonderful of you to join us today. Find out more about Beasts of Magic and how to get your copy below.

Book blurb:

It could be the house I inherited, the family secrets I am learning about, or the two wolves that haunt the woods surrounding me. According to the book I found, it's because I was the product of an unsanctioned union. All I know for sure is that I am in big trouble and the two men I have to count on, don't want to be here with me. They will have to get over it. I will have to accept it. I don't want to lose my heart...or my life, but everything is a risk, and Gambling Season is upon us.


“Whew.” I let out a breath as I grabbed the handle on my luggage and started up the walkway toward the house my Aunt Helen had left me in her will. I didn’t really know the woman, but her timing for bestowing this gift was spot on.

These heels were killing my feet. The sound of the wheels scraping along the pavement and the occasional clack and jolt as they rolled over a crack reminded me that I had been walking for a while. I needed a sip of my soda.

I stopped and looked up at the sky above me. Crap! I forgot my phone when I grabbed my drink. I looked back and could feel my eyes go wide with disbelief. This made absolutely no sense whatsoever. The car looked very far away from me. I looked at the house and it appeared to be closer. My feet insisted I could head back to the car when I had on better shoes and was well hydrated. I had to be experiencing some sort of heat exhaustion. The porch appeared only a few steps away, yet I kept walking toward it and still hadn’t reached the stairs.

Author Bio:

Cara North is one of three pseudonyms. I write a variety of romance genres to include paranormal, contemporary, fantasy and so many subgenres. I am a USMC veteran, a writing coach for a university, and I have a podcast called Creative Writing With Dr Nagle. Check it out! I write Young Adult as September North, and in 2023 my non-romance fantasy stories by Echo North will launch.

Where to find her:

Get more magical & paranormal-themed stories like this in Rituals & Runes!



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