Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Celebrating Jodi Redford's New Paranormal Romance

Today on our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating Jodi Redford's new release THE SEVEN YEAR WITCH!

At the ripe age of seven, Jodi Redford penned her first epic, complete with stick figure illustrations. Sadly, her drawing skills haven’t improved much, but her love of fantasy worlds never went away. These days she writes about fairies, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures, only with considerably more heat.

She has won numerous contests, including The Golden Pen and Launching a Star. When not writing or working the day job, she enjoys gardening and way too many reality television shows.

Currently residing in Michigan with her husband and overgrown lapdog, she is a member of RWA national and Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America.

She loves to hear from readers. You can email her at and visit her online at

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That Old Black Magic, Book 2

After this much foreplay, something's bound to combust.

As head mistress of Beaumont coven house, Clarissa Miles has perfected two things: keeping her sister witches from accidently turning innocent bystanders into toads, and resisting the sexy overtures of her familiar, werewolf Logan Scott.

But her resolve is vanishing - fast. Seven years ago she sold her soul to save her father, and that contract is coming due. The allure of spending her last days indulging in some dirty, naked loving is too tempting to resist.

Logan has patiently ridden out the past seven years, content to do Clarissa's bidding and ignoring his consuming need to mark her as his. Now that the ban on witch/familiar fraternizing has been lifted, he's off the leash and ready to launch a full-on sensual assault on her defenses. They're destined mates, and he'll do whatever it takes to convince her.

It's delightfully easy to get her in bed. Get at her heart? Not so much. Especially when a deadly predator stakes its claim on her...and Logan faces a battle not only to win her heart, but save her soul.


WIN - Leave Jodi a question today at her Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for a $10 Samhain Publishing Gift Card - be sure to leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner!


  1. Hi Jodi,

    I wish you much success with this book. It sounds delightful. Alot of suspense when it comes to Logan & Clarissa.

    My question to you is are you a Plotter or a Panster?

    Also what do you the most about the whole writing process?

    Teresa K.

  2. Happy release day Jodi!!

    Wow - I have to tell you, I loved the excerpts for you book and just can't wait to read it!

    Btw, readers, check out Jodi's blog ( for a hot excerpt from her hero's pov - it's awesome!

    Jodi, tell us a bit about the new book and about your That Old Black Magic Series and how the books fit together.

    I hope you enjoy your party here at the Island and I hope THE SEVEN YEAR WITCH is your biggest seller yet!

  3. Super Congrats:)

  4. Hi Teresa!

    Great question. I'd say I'm more of a hybrid between the two. A Plotser. Or would it be a Pantster? ;) Basically, I'm not someone who has the patience to completely plot out a book before I start writing it, but I need to have at least the general framework and the big plot points and character motivations figured out first so I don't write myself into any major plot holes.

    As far as what I love most about the writing's definitely getting swept up into the story. There's always a point in the book for me where the characters take over and I'm no longer writing it--they are. It's truly an awesome feeling when they do or say something that comes out of left field and stuns me. But in a good way. :)

  5. Thank you so much for hosting me here at Author Island! :)

    The Seven Year Witch is book 2 in The Old Black Magic series and it picks up roughly three months after the end of That Voodoo You Do. During that time, Coven Mistress Clarissa has had her plate full trying to manage the business of the coven while resisting the sexy persuasiveness of her werewolf familiar, Logan Scott. If that's not enough to contend with, the seven year contract on her soul is finally being collected upon. With only a week left to live, Clarissa must face the consequences of the choices she made and find the strength to break down the wall around her heart.

    The heart of this book is about how our past truly shapes who we are and how that impacts not only us, but everyone around us. Clarissa's childhood wasn't an easy one, and it molded her into a woman who was determined to rely only on herself and hold love at a distance. Logan represents everything she's run from her whole life. The promise of love and family are as much of a hard fought struggle for her as losing her soul.

    There are lots of familiar faces in The Seven Year Witch and quite a few new ones who will be getting their own future stories. Book 3, Maximum Witch, is scheduled for release in September and hopefully I'll have news to share soon on book 4. :)

  6. Congratulations on your book. Logan and Clarisa sound like fun. I am looking forward to reading their story.

    koonie2888 at yahoo dot com

  7. Congrats on your new release! The excerpt sounds so good! What do you love most about being an author? Do you like to read/write stand alones or series more? Thank you!

  8. Congrats on the new release.It sounds awesome.I can't wait to read it.

    In your bio it says you watch reality shows..which one is your favorite?

  9. your series sounds fantastic. okay hum a question if you were stranded on a deserted isle with the necessities take care of what three things could you just not be without.
    scrtsbpal at yahoo dot com

  10. Hi Michelle! Thank you! :)

    Hi Shadow! There are so many things I love about being an author, but I'd probably have to say that creating worlds and characters is my most favorite part. There's just something about the creative process that gets me fired up. I'm definitely a series girl. I love getting to go back and revisit characters and their inhabited worlds, both in what I write and read.

    Hi Elaing8! Oh wow, that's a tough question. I'm such a reality junkie, it's hard to pick just one. I should probably also clarify that certain shows I consider reality television might not look that way to others. LOL. I'm a huge fan of anything paranormal, so I love Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. As for the live entertainment variety, So You Think You Can Dance is definitely a fave of mine.

  11. Hi there! This series sounds so good! Congrats on this new release. Did you ever want to do anything other than write books? Do you ever get writer block? Thank you!

  12. Love the sound of the new book and the kick-butt look the heroine is flashing on the front cover is pretty cool too. Since you enjoy works of fantasy so much, are there any books in particular you recommend from the fantasy genre?

    joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

  13. Hi Jodi. Congratulations on your new book. Sounds great. What is the weirdest comment/question you have received from a fan?


  14. Hi Jodi, congratulations on your new book. Enjoyed reading the excerpt. So what do you like to grow in your garden? Are you more into veggies or flowers?

    skpetal at hotmail dot com

  15. Hi Pam! Hm, what 3 things would I need...

    Well, definitely a never ending supply of books so I wouldn't get bored. I'd say my laptop so I could write, but batteries might be an issue. LOL. Last but not least, chocolate. Oh yeah. DEFINITELY chocolate. ;)

    Hi Tonya! Honestly, becoming an author was a dream and goal of mine since the first grade, so everything else kind of took backseat to that. I've had other jobs that offered a creative outlet, but none of them came close to giving me the same joy and satisfaction. As far as writer's block, for me personally that seems to come more from stress, or maybe not knowing where a scene is going, so when I feel those moments coming on I might try working on another project or letting the scene rest while I jump to another. Usually either of those tactics work to get me back on track.

  16. Hi Joder! I absolutely love the cover too. The model looks so much like how I envision Clarissa, it's kinda scary. LOL.

    Probably my favorite "fantasy" romance books are Shanna Abe's Drakon books. I have a serious love affair with dragons and her world building is outstanding. I highly recommend anything in that series. G.A. Aiken's Dragon Kin series is also a lot of fun. And if you're in the mood for some humor and smexiness, R.G. Alexander has some really fun, sexy books. I highly recommend anything by her too.

  17. Congrats on the release, Jodi. Who are some of your favorite authors?

    janie1215 AT excite DOT com

  18. Hi Crystal! LOL. I'm not sure I've ever gotten a really weird comment or question from a fan before. But I have gotten quite a few fan letters regarding the, ahem, steaminess of my love scenes. Apparently their husbands were quite happy with the results and encouraged them to read more of my books. A win win for everyone! LOL.

    Hi Jean! Oh how I would love to have a two acre garden. And someone to do all the work for me. LOL. I admit that I've been trying to stay fairly low maintenance the past few years, so I'm mostly sticking to perennials and my container gardens. I have to do tomatoes every year though, and my herbs. But if there's something new, exotic and pretty at the garden center, man am I in trouble. I have no will power!

  19. Hi Jane! Oh wow, I have quite a few authors that I love. I mentioned a few of them in my response to Joder. I read a little bit of everything, so my list might look a little all over the place. Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Jennifer Cruisie, Janet Evanovich, Kate Pearce and Cheryl Holt are all auto buys for me. But if there's one author that I would embarrass myself going all fan girl on, it would be Dean Koontz. I LOVE his books.

  20. Hi, Jodi. It's nice to meet you. I agree, your book cover is wonderful. Do you work with one particular cover artist?

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  21. Congrats on the new release, Jodi. What is your least favorite part of writing?
    greenduckie13 at gmail dot com

  22. Hello Jodi!
    I took a look around your website and I was happy to discover we have a similar infatuation with the Winchester boys. ;)

    Congratulations and good luck with your new release! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    user1123 AT comcast DOT net

  23. Hi Tracey! Usually with a series, Samhain tries to keep the same cover artist for all of the books in order to keep the overall look of the series consistent. So I've had the pleasure of working with Kanaxa on several books. I have to say though, all of the Samhain cover artists are amazingly talented. I'm always blown away by what they come up with.

    Hi Greenduckie! There isn't necessarily any part of writing that I don't enjoy, but I will say that coming up with book blurbs can be a huge challenge for me. Whittling a 60K plus book into two hundred words or less is not my strong suit. LOL.

  24. Hi Stacie! Oh yes, gotta love those Winchester boys. ;) I'm a Dean girl all the way. How about you?

  25. Congratulations on your new release! It sounds really interesting! I saw on your website that you always put together a soundtrack for when you are writing. Do you always play music when you are writing? What is your favorite kind of music?


  26. Congratulations on your new release. This sounds like a great read and I look forward to reading it.

    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  27. Hi Annalisa! Usually I do keep the music running the entire time I'm writing. It really does help immerse me in the scene, plus it has the benefit of drowning out the "internal editor" that tends to plague me. Each book and character calls for a different tone, so I'll find myself sometimes listening to music that I wouldn't usually go for. For instance, I'm not a big country music fan, but I've had characters insist on having it on their soundtrack. *sigh* The suffering I have to put up with for my art. LOL. As for my favorite kind of music. My tastes are definitely all over the place. I love anything that's atmospheric. I use a lot of Enigma for my books, and I love listening to them even when I'm not writing. Muse is another huge fave of mine. I also admit to being a rocker girl. Give me some Shinedown or A Perfect Circle and I'm a happy camper.

  28. Congrats on your latest release! What are you working on now?

    smaccall AT

  29. That Voodoo You Do was so fun, Jodi, and I will be ordering The Seven Year Witch this weekend.

    Happy Release Week!

    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  30. Hi Bookwyrm369! Thank you! :) Right now I'm working on 3 projects, actually. The fourth book in The Old Black Magic series, a sequel book for another of my series, and a brand new series I have planned. Trying to keep my head on straight during all of it is a challenge, let me tell ya. LOL.

    Hi Cathy! Thank you SO much! That Voodoo You Do was a ton of fun to write. And yay! I hope you enjoy The Seven Year Witch. :)

  31. I would love to win this. I do have a question that I have always wondered. I noticed that you have won some awards. Is there an award that you covet? Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. Hi Jen! Hm, I can't really say that there's an award that dream of having. It's definitely nice to have the recognition for my writing, but a heartfelt letter from a reader trumps that any day for me.

    Although, an Oscar would look fantastic on my mantel... LOL.

  33. Always love bulbs because the flowers come back with minimal effort. Looking forward to the further adventures of Clarissa.

    linze_e at

  34. I like the cover a lot. Do you have any habits you follow when you write?
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  35. Hi Lindseye! Oh yes, bulbs are a garden staple for me. :)

    Hi Debby! My biggest habit, or routine, is putting together a music soundtrack for every book before writing a single word. It's a great way for establishing the mood and tone for the story and its characters. Another thing that I've started to do lately is gather images that I can use for the characters or locations in the books. That also comes in handy when it's time to fill out cover art forms. :)