Spells and Sorcery by S. Usher Evans – Guest Post + Giveaway

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Spells and Sorcery
S. Usher Evans
(Lexie Carrigan Chronicles, #1)
Publication date: October 4th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

You have magic.

One sentence, three words, four syllables. Enough to change my life forever. And I’m not talking about the whole spells and sorcery thing.

Lexie Carrigan thought the weirdest thing about her was she preferred watching documentaries and reading the newspaper to reality TV and Twitter. But on the eve of her fifteenth birthday, her aunt and sisters drop a bomb–she’s magical.

Now the girl who never made waves is blowing up her nightstand and trying to keep from wreaking havoc on her school. When a kind stranger shows up with all the answers, Lexie hopes he’ll be able to help her control her newfound powers. But Gavon may not be as kind as he seems, and soon Lexie finds out that being magical is the least weird thing about her.

Spells and Sorcery is the first YA fantasy from S. Usher Evans, author of the Razia series, the Madion War Trilogy and Empath.

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Top 10 songs that remind you of your main character(s)

Music is integral for my writing process, so I always have a playlist that helps me get into the mood to write. Here’s a list of songs from that playlist and why I threw it in there.

1. Tied together with a Smile – Taylor Swift

First of all, vintage T-Swift is the best Lexie Music because Tay-Tay is so young, and so is Lexie. This song, in particular, talks about the lengths kids go through to keep themselves together while hiding their real problems. Something Lexie definitely deals with.

2. Paper Bag – Anna Nalick

This song reminds me a lot of me in high school. It’s about a girl who gets bullied, but remains hopeful that one day things will get better for her.

3. Je suis Pret – Brooke Fraser

Fraser is one of my favorite singer-songwriters, and when she came out with Brutal Romantic, it took her music in a fun new direction. This song is good writing music because it’s low-key and chill, but the lyrics (Je Suis Pret = I am ready) helped me get into a big Lexie fightin’ mood.

4. Sticks and Stones – The Pierces

This song is so witchy awesome. It’s just magic.

5-8: Battle Songs

These are the songs I have on repeat that help get the emotion for my Lexie battle scenes:

5. anything by Evanescence (My Last Breath in particular)
6. Lose Yourself by Eminem
7. Roar by Katy Perry
8. Blown Away by Carrie Underwood

9. Warrior – Demi Lovato

Lexie has Warrior magic, meaning she can use her magic to fight with others. This song, in particular, speaks to the end of the book.

10. Sparks Fly – Taylor Swift

Okay, so this is really for Book 2. Draw your own conclusions.

Author Bio:

S. Usher Evans is an author, blogger, and witty banter aficionado. Born in Pensacola, Florida, she left the sleepy town behind for the fast-paced world of Washington, D.C.. There, she somehow landed jobs with BBC, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic Television before finally settling into a “real job” as an IT consultant. After a quarter life crisis at age 27, she decided consulting was for the birds and rekindled a childhood passion for writing novels. She sold everything she owned and moved back to Pensacola, where she currently resides with her two dogs, Zoe and Mr. Biscuit.

Evans is the author of the Razia series, Madion War Trilogy, and Empath, published by Sun’s Golden Ray Publishing.

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