Monday, March 19, 2012

Familial Witch by Bri Clark Review and Interview

We are joined by author Bri Clark, she's going to talk to us for a bit today.

1.How did you come up with the idea for The Familial Witch?
 I actually began another novel and was doing a character building exercise for it. The funny thing is I pulled off that idea and just continued with this series. Funny thing is Aisleen originally was a banshee.
2.Do you have a favorite genre you normally read? Favorite author?
 I'm a huge Stephanie Lauren's, Regency Romance, & Hannah Howell, Highland Romance, fan. They influence my paranormals a lot. In building Slavatia in Familial Witch I pull from 15th century Scotland.
3.What is your stance on love at first sight? 
It's a great part of plot.
4.Do you have a writing routine? 
No, I've tried it doesn't work. Although I'll go on writing binges.
5.Do you have any advice for aspiring author’s?
Determine if you're in it for art, business or both. If its art write your heart out. If its business then learn all you can and apply. If its both good don't let one over rule the other.
6.What’s up next for you? 
The Eternal Witch releases end of April. This is the sequel to The Familial Witch and I'm just thrilled with the series so far.

Thanks so much for talking to us today Bri:) Read on for my review of her book The Familial Witch

Lucien Lemione the clan leader of the feared and revered Eternals is faced with the ultimate betrayal. His second in command for two centuries has not only created the most grievous of offenses but also commissioned the creation of liquid silver. When poisoned by this toxin, an immortal suffers a fate much worse than death, frozen in an internal prison. After being wounded when found spying, he hides deep within the eerie woods that encircle the Triad Mountains. Desperate and in pain, he prays to an offended mother goddess for help. Her answer: a woman, but not just any woman. A witch.

After losing her entire coven at the hands of the Eternals, Aisleen is the last of her kind. She retreats from the world to Trinity Forest where she is giving the opportunity of a lifetime, or perhaps a test of principles. It’s there she discovers the man she heals is the Eternal that wiped out her people. Although she is bound as a healer, she could be creative in her revenge. Aisleen knows who and what Lucien his…but does not speak of it. There can be no future with Lucien for she can only be with a mortal man. Even if she wanted to be with him, can she forgive the man that caused the genocide of her people?

Lucien must act quickly for the survival of his clan is at stake. However, Aisleen’s ethereal beauty and emerald eyes keep pushing those thoughts far from his mind. Determined to find out what secret she hides, he prolongs his time with her. When his people need him most what will he choose…duty, desire, or will he make his own fate?

You can choose love but you can’t choose destiny.

Ok, let me start by saying, the cover alone had my interest piqued, so I was excited to read this book. I would really call it more of a short story, just when I thought the story was going to get going, it ended. I was left feeling sort of let down, I'm really hoping there's going to be a sequel so I can see what's going to happen next.
I did enjoy the story, I loved the two main characters. Aisleen is such a strong woman, to be able to help a man who was responsible for the death of her entire family. I would be interested in her back story, like when the genocide happened. Lucien of course was amazing, I mean, what's not to like? He's got it all, brains, and looks, plus a conscience, and a sense of duty.
I think Bri Clark has real promise, if the book was longer, I would have really liked it. The story needs to be developed a little more, so it's easier on the reader. I'm interested enough to read the next book in this series when it comes out. She did a great job developing the characters, now I just want to see where the story will take them. If I rated books traditionally, I would give this a book a strong 3 1/2 out of 5.

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  1. Thank you for having me on the blog Jessica and for your honest review. In truth it's a novella and I apologize for not making that clear. I started this series with a novella for a purpose. To see what the readers related to the most. What intrigued, moved, aggravated, inspired them. You my dear did gave me exactly what I was looking for.

    There is a sequel, The Eternal Witch, that releases at the end of April. And it's a full novel. ;)

    Thanks again for your time and honesty.

  2. I will totally be reading the next one. The story was good, and the character's were well developed. I try to be honest, but fair. I'm an author as well, so I try to imagine myself reading the review. I'm not here to crush anyone's spirit. Thanks again for stopping by and answering a few questions for me :)