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The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton
Now Optioned for Film with Witten Pictures. (Witten helped produce Chernobyl Diaries, Vanilla Sky, Mission Impossible 3, Transformers, The Wedding Singer, American History X, and Final Destination.)
At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she'd settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous. One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor's hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.
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"I was really drawn in by the writing from the first instance. The voice is clear and easy-to-read; it's rare to see such natural flow and tempo from a debut author." authonomy.com/books/15535/the-forever-girl/
Carl Logan of THE MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW, wrote...
"The Forever Girl is an enticing read of Wiccan fiction, very much recommended reading." midwestbookreview.com/rbw/sep_12.htm
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I'm often asked what some of the best things are that have happened to me as an author. While I still have big dreams yet to be realized, I've had a few key moments that really stand out to me. One is being selected for publication by a German imprint of HARLEQUIN. And the awesome cover and banner and advertisements they made for me. And yes, I'm guilty of translating the German reviews to see if people there like it as much as they do here, and it makes me really happy when I can see the appeal cross continents like that!
10 Facts About The Forever Girl
1) It was originally written as a young adult novel but was rewritten as New Adult to fit the tone, mood, and content of the story better. It was one of the first books ever to be published in the New Adult Category (ya know, before the romance crowd turned it "College Romance" instead *wink*)
2) The "series" started off as a standalone novel, but one of the side character took over the story, delaying some of the original planned events (such as the death of one of the most beloved characters--no spoilers here) thus turning the story into a Trilogy. Shortly after that, however, I realized the world was bigger than I'd originally realized, and the trilogy became a seven-book series with a few planned novellas to glimpse into the life of some of the smaller characters.
3) Many "insignificant" characters and moments in the story play a larger role. Pay close attention because the devil's in the details! Some things that seem to have no importance end up being crucial hints to what is to come later in the story. Here's a hint: Even what plays on the television in the background of a conversation might actually be foreshadowing the series conclusion!
4) Books 1, 4, and 7 follow Sophia, but books 2, 3, 5, and 6 each follow a different Forever Girl. Each story reveals a new facet to this world in greater depth.
5) It's not secret that some of the creatures in my mythology are based on ones you might already be familiar with. Forever Girls are loosely based on fictionally-depicted witches (with a little honest homage to Wicca thrown in), while "Cruor" are like Vampires and "Strigoi" are like Shape-shifters. But I have TWO species based on fae! The Chibold--much like fire sprites--and the Ankou, our Grim Reaper type of fae.
6) Book 1, 4, and 7 actually show Sophia's progression as a Witch from Maiden, to Mother, to Crone. But this is never stated outright in any of the stories.
7) Although Charles was intended to be the main 'hottie' in the story, myself and many other readers have fallen in love with Adrian. He seems to keep making cameos in all the other books in the series, too. I am not sure what readers want more--to get in head or get in his bed! We might get a glimpse of both in one of the upcoming bonus novellas!
8) Not all books in the series are set in Modern Day. Some date back to the Salem Witch Trials (1600's) while others will take place in a distance future.
9) Good luck pigeon-holing this series into one genre! How does the paranormal-fantasy-romance-historical-modern-mystery-thriller-horror genre sound to you?
10) I'm NOT Wiccan! Due to writing Wicca so honestly and the MC's pro-religious-freedom stance throughout the story, many people ASSUME I must be Wiccan. Nope. Not Wiccan, or Pagan, or anything else. Just happened to write a really convincing character :)
What IS a Forever Girl, Anyway?
Well, you'll have to read the book to find out, but on some level, they exist in all of us.