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Interview with Rituals & Runes Author, Elvira Bathory

I’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!

In this author interview, we’ll discuss Magic of the Fae by Elvira Bathory. Hint: You can only get this a book in the Rituals and Runes Anthology!

Author: Elvira Bathory

Book: Magic of the Fae

RR: According to a description of your book, your story focuses on a human in the Fae world. Can you tell us about that and why you chose a human in a supernatural setting?

Elvira: There is something about a human stumbling upon the Fae world that appeals to me. Especially if it is not intentional. Angelica doesn’t believe in the supernatural so having her be drawn into a world that never seemed real to her is making for a great story.

RR: Agreed. That is super appealing. Can’t wait to see how she reacts. What are your main characters' defining strengths and weaknesses?

Elvira: Angelica’s weakness is that she doesn’t believe in the supernatural. If there isn’t some sort of explanation for it, then it doesn’t exist. Her strength is her heart. She is always helping those in need, even if it might mean putting herself in danger (could that be considered a weakness as well? Definitely a double-edged sword there :) ).

Alasdair’s weakness is that he spends too much time with the humans. But this can also be seen as double-edged sword when he meets our heroine because he understands humans better than most Fae in the Faerie hill. His strength is the fact that he is able to help Angelica when she arrives at Faerie court, with no idea how or what is happening.

RR: Exciting! What would have to happen to make your main character speak out, or, defend a stranger, in public?

Elvira: Angelica fights for those who don’t, or won’t, fight for themselves. If she sees someone being bullied, she stands up for them no matter the environment. In fact, this is something that has cost her a job or two in the past.

RR: We sure picked a fitting question about Angelica, then, because that sounds on target. What would destroy your main characters?

Elvira: The magic of the Fae would destroy Angelica as humans weren’t meant to possess something so potent. Alasdair’s love for the humans might destroy, but there are underlying reasons he is fascinated with those that do not have power.

RR: Your story sounds complex in an intriguing way. What are two things that really surprised you about the book-writing process?

Elvira: I like to write by the seat of pants (pantser I believe is what that is called :) ) but this book practically wrote itself. The characters came to life when I found the perfect cover and moved from there. I see more adventure for Angelica and Alasdair. ;)

RR: It’s magic when the words flow. What books do you have coming out that are not involved in the anthology?

I don’t have any stand-alone books coming out right at the moment but I am involved in another anthology of Fairy Tale Retellings that has been extremely fun to be a part of. My book Down the Rabbit Hole is sure to be a fun read and a very different take on Alice in Wonderland. I am of course always working on new books, but none that are quite ready to be published.

RR: What fun! What is another author’s book that you recommend highly–and perhaps even give away regularly?

Elvira: I am a huge fan of Nina Bangs. Her work is absolutely amazing. It draws you in and won’t let you go until you have read the entire book. Another great author is Karen Marie Moning. Her Fever Series and the spin-off series are great reads.

RR: Books to add to the TBR, except for Moning. She is an incredible author! Would rather go on a snowy, Christmas holiday or spend Christmas in a hot weather place?

Elvira: It is funny that you would ask this question because of the current heat wave that has enveloped much of the United States, but seeing that I live in the desert I would rather go on a snowy, Christmas holiday than spend it in a hot weather place. But that would have been my answer without the heat wave :D

RR: Thank you for the interview! Please continue reading for more tantalizing info on Magic of the Fae.

Book blurb:

When Angelica Dawson found the golden cat broch with the emerald eyes in the box she was unpacking in her new bedroom she was delighted. She had always admired that one piece of jewelry when her grandmother was alive and was elated to discover that her mother had finally let her have it. What she didn't know was the powers that little piece of jewelry possessed and the adventures it would take her through the Faerie mounds in New Mexico.

Excerpt: Alasdair moved towards the unmoving female, part of him wanting to make sure she was still alive and unharmed while the other part of him was wanting to see how she managed to make it into their world.

“How is this possible?” Queen Petal bellowed from her throne.

She didn’t care if the human was alive or unharmed, she just wanted to know why and how a human could be laying in the middle of her court. The queen was probably already figuring out a way to return the human to her own world, or maybe she was contemplating keeping the human in their prison ward and torturing her to get some answers.

“I’m not sure yet, Your Highness, but I aim to find out. If you will allow me to,” Alasdair answered.

Queen Petal made her way slowly toward her royal guard and the unconscious woman laying in the middle of her court, “Please investigate who this could have happened and report back to me as soon as you have any answers.”

The royal guard nodded his head as he swooped the sleeping figure off the court floor, “Right away, Your Highness.”

Alasdair made his way through the mounds, intent on getting the woman to his quarters without interruption. There were many in the Aegis Court who didn’t care for humans and wouldn’t mind ending this one’s life. Rushing through the halls, he kept his head down and held the woman as close to his body as possible to ensure her scent mixed with his own. There were also some Fae with an acute sense of smell and would track him if they caught the woman’s scent.

Turning left Alasdair ducked into his bedroom and laid the woman down on his bed. He took a step back and looked her over admiring her body for a few moments. She was short, standing at about five foot four inches, with shoulder-length auburn hair. The woman was wearing a short, tight, black dress and had no shoes on her feet. He took another moment to admire the view before trying to wake her up. Snapping himself out of his daze he began to look the woman over like a member of the royal guard instead of a male who had a beautiful woman lying in his bed, trying to see if there were any bruises or scratches that were visible. As he made his way to her head, he noticed something flashing in the light overhead. The twinkle had come from something that the woman was holding tightly in her left hand.

Moving closer, Alasdair grabbed the broach from her hand. He could feel the Faerie magic coming from the piece of jewelry and was surprised at how strong it was. It felt as if it was reaching for the human, which made no sense because humans weren’t meant to hold Faerie magic. Unless the human had Fae blood, even a small amount would work, the human would go insane wielding it.

Author Bio:

Like most authors, Elvira Bathory has always loved to read. When she was younger she had always been creative and dreamed of being the next big thing in music but found she didn’t make the cut for that creative outlet so she turned to other means of creativity. She started spinning worlds and fell in love with the idea of being a writer. When she turned 28 years old she decided it was time for her to settle down and married the man who had been pursuing her for years. Shortly after the two got married they started a family and Elvira decided it was time to dust off those old notebooks that contained her creative words so she would be able to stay home with her children. Five children later and Elvira took a chance, submitting some of her worlds wherever she could. Despite the fact that she hasn’t been published for very long she hasn’t slowed down in creating her worlds. She writes in the erotic genre, with a paranormal flair. She prefers to write about shifters, using animals that have never been used before or haven’t been used that often and she loves delving into the research to make her characters come to life. She’s been known to write a contemporary romance or two but just has more fun adding the paranormal aspect to all of her work.

Where to find her:

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

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