More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it's happening again.
Racing from attack by the ruthless Brotherhood in London to the powerful witch council in New York, twenty-four-year-old novice witch Stella has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive but she might not be any safer in their midst than from the danger she is running from.
Sent to an extraordinary safe house by the sea to learn her craft, Stella finds there is more than one dark secret in her new family: Étoile’s sister is spoken of in fear and sadness; Marc is supposed to be a powerful witch but is missing his magic; where does the owner of their safe house vanish to every day and why does Evan have the eyes of someone not quite human?
There is only one secret that someone will do anything to keep quiet, but whose secret is it and will Stella have to pay the price for silence?
*There is ADULT CONTENT in this book.
On writing twists and unexpected endings
by Camilla ChaferI love writing fantasy but what I never want to do is write what you expect to read. In Illicit Magic, the first of the Stella Mayweather series, I want to keep on surprising you. Love triangle? Look a little closer and maybe it’s not what it seems. An all powerful witch council who wants to save a young witch… or are they a crumbling institution with major problems of their own?
It would be all too easy for me to write a story that you could guess ahead of (but please do try and guess the villain because that’s part of the fun, right?!) but what I want to do is keep on surprising you with twists and turns so just as soon as you feel comfortable, I want to pull the rug out from under your feet and blast you with something you didn’t see coming.
That’s why in my novels you’ll find people with ulterior motives, beings who aren’t what they seem, dark and twisty subplots, red herrings, and just like Stella, you won’t know who exactly her friends are. The good people might not be wholly that and the bad guys might not be everything they initially seem either and as for their motives… there will be some surprises there too.
Interwoven with all that is the magic that is an intrinsic part of their world. My witches aren’t uniform beings. Instead they have different powers and abilities, as well as different desires. It’s my plan to ensure Stella never knows what she’s coming up against as the series progresses!
So as our heroine Stella discovers what’s going on in her world, I hope you’ll be surprised too.
Thank you Camilla for stopping by and for the great guest post.
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Hi, I'm Camilla and I'm the author of the Stella Mayweather Series, an urban fantasy/mystery. The series starts with Illicit Magic and a lonely young woman, Stella, who has been caught up in a terrifying witch hunt and is whisked thousands of miles away to what she thinks is safety to learn her craft. The series is a blend of magic, mystery and romance with a splash of humour - and while the girls really do go all out to save themselves, there's always a hunky guy or two on hand to help them out. The series continues with Unruly Magic and Devious Magic, both out now.
I live in London, England, but I try to travel as often as I can – I’ve been all over the US and Europe. In my day job I'm a journalist and editor so I write for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world (my favourite assignment was spending a week riding rollercoasters - if you listen carefully you can probably still hear me screaming) but writing fiction has always been my first love.