Love Springs Eternal The Witches of Loving Book 1
by Timber Philips Genre: Paranormal Romance
A light magic in the darkness of the world...
In the little town of Loving, everyone can find their prince or princess once a year. At least, for a little while. Miriam Eilish is the proprietress of the Eilish House bed and breakfast just inside the town’s limits. She’s had it with love, locking herself away for this year’s magic matchmaking festival with no interest in participating in it ever again.
Enter Kavion Martin at the last possible minute. He’s in town on his own mission that has nothing to do with the festival and everything to do with finding his missing brother.
The match has been made, the magic set, plunging Miri and Kavion head over heels in love with each other and into dangers untold and hardships unnumbered.
Timber Philips hails from a land filled with beauty and steeped in magic; the Pacific Northwest. She swears you can see fairies and goblins, magic and promise around every tree and in every drop of water and she shares that magic whenever she can. She loves welcoming everyone to her worlds of romance rooted in fable and fantasy.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
A hot bath, candlelight, a good book and some dark chocolate to nibble on. I had a dear friend of mine make me this delightful ‘bath board’ for Christmas a couple of years ago and I get some real use out of it. It has recessed slots for a couple of candles, a vicelike structure to hold my e-reader steady and to keep it from falling into the tub, and a groove on the edge that hangs outside the bath to hold a stemmed wineglass. I set that up, draw some hot water almost too hot for me to stand it, dump in my favorite bath bomb and I will just soak until the water gets cold. It really doesn’t get any better than that, but I’ve always had an affinity for water. It relaxes me like nothing else. Makes me glad I live in the Pacific Northwest where there’s so much of it. Ocean, lakes, rivers, streams, or falling from the sky – it doesn’t matter. It’s the most soothing thing ever.
Which of your novels can you imagine made into a movie?
All of them, actually. When I write, I try to do everything with a sort of visual appeal, treading that fine line of explanation to leave things up to the reader’s imagination while still maintaining a rich source material. I want all of my books to play their way out inside a reader’s head and I hear I have a great success rate with that. As such, I think just about anything I write could or would translate to the screen with very little tinkering. I don’t know. I always thought it would be fun to see something of mine on a TV somewhere. Be it an indie art film or the silver screen, I’d even go for a Hallmark or Lifetime movie production if they’d have me. Can’t stop laughing as I type that. It’s ridiculous, but when you’re living the dream you have to dream bigger, am I right?
Describe yourself in 5 words or less!
Introverted, Creative, Passionate, Practical, and Optimistic. All though, I am a closet optimist for sure.
If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
For this book, it would definitely smell like green and growing things. It would smell rich like freshly turned earth after a spring rain. Like rosemary and promise, or cedar wood and desire.
What inspired you to write this book?
It was legitimately a dream I had when waking up one morning, actually. I was laying there and I dreamt I was Miri and the dream lasted all the way up to the point the (at the time) unnamed hero said it was two o’clock in the morning. (You’ll have to read the book if you want to know what that means! I’m not giving anything away!)
In the dream, the hero wasn’t really all that cohesive looks-wise. I mean Miri was strong, and clear as day to me with her red hair and fair skin, and her light blue eyes. However, the hero wasn’t as striking as Ka’ron – who I put on the cover. I knew I wanted to use Hayley Stavenger almost right away as the female lead for the cover and I sort of pictured the hero as a white guy in the beginning but I was stuck and I didn’t know why. My husband, who is black, asked me “Why not make this guy black? You’ve never really done that before.” and it was one of those perfect shining moments of creative magic that goes on inside your brain. I pictured the hero as such and literally everything about the rest of the story snapped into place. Like everything. I pictured Ka’ron as Kavion immediately, the name came to me (which isn’t a stretch, I know) and the character’s entire back story but I was scared. I’d never written a hero of color before and with everything going on regarding race relations lately, it was more than a bit daunting. Ka’ron was gracious enough to sit with me for long hours talking candidly about life. My husband helped quite a bit, too. I think between the three of us we did the character of Kavion some justice and I did put this book through several sensitivity betas who assured me they loved every minute of it, but as you can probably tell, I am really nervous about how it will be received by the rest of the world. I don’t want to hurt or offend anyone but I do want more stories like this one to be told.
What can we expect from you in the future?
The Witches of Loving is a planned four book series, Love Springs Eternal is just the first book. The three other books will chronical the other descendants of the original witches of Loving and focus on their elements and powers which are all different. Blyn, Ivan, and Ashlyn’s stories are yet to be completed. I am working on Blyn’s story right now, actually. She’s an air witch whereas Miri’s primary element is earth. Ivan will be fire, and Ashlyn water – each element coming with their own little side powers and element specific abilities. For example, Miri is an earth witch with the power to heal and over green and growing things.
Blyn, who will be book two’s central character, is an air witch with the ability to see what is now and what once was. She has a specific affinity for psychometry and clairvoyance. Meaning, she can see things like where an object has been or things about who has used it before by touching it, as well as get glimpses and hear whispers on the wind about things that are happening now.
Ivan is my pyro kinetic Russian blacksmith with anger management issues. I don’t want to say too much more about that, but in my world, he can communicate with the dead and see what was, what is, and sometimes even what could be in the fire. He’s sort of a magical jack of all magical trades and a master of none. He keeps to himself and has done some pretty bad things. His life is about to change when a single mother and her young daughter move in next door to him.
Ashlyn is going to be fun to write. She has the ability to scry and can see what is and what could be. She uses those glimpses of the future to maximum effect in her chosen field of bounty hunting. Other than her powers and what she does for a living I don’t know anything else about her other than her twin sister, Oaklyn, died of cancer and she carries a chip on her shoulder as a result. Doesn’t let anyone get close like that again. Whoever her hero ends up being to her heroine is going to need a lot of patience – or he’s just going to have to out stubborn her.
How did you come up with name of this book?
I like my naming conventions and the whole series, I wanted to keep the elements, seasons, and love story first and foremost in people’s minds. Love Springs Eternal is supposed to be a play on words evoking images of the season of spring, green and growing things as Miri is an earth witch. I also wanted to play on the themes of life, death and eternity as these also feature prominently in this first book. I admit, this first title was the hardest for me, and the rest of the series came much easier. There’s Love On A Winter’s Wind for Blyn, the air witch and whose book takes place in the winter season. For Ivan, my fire witch, I have Love Like A Summer’s Flame and finally for Ashlyn it’s Love With The Autumn Rains.
Do you write one book at a time or do you have several going at a time?
Interestingly, I go through phases where I start a book, and then I’m just not feeling the follow through to get it done and so I will start like two or three and then stick with the one that’s with me the strongest until it’s done. Then I will go back and work on the other ones until one sticks and finish it and so on down the line – but I never have more than three or four manuscripts started at a time.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Going to get a bit dark, and really honest here, but my writing kryptonite? The thing that keeps me from writing as quickly or efficiently? Depression.
I’ve had clinical depression and generalized anxiety disorder since Jr. High. Except now that I’m an adult and really am working on myself and probing my problems, it’s more than likely that yes, the depression is there but my other mental health issue might be more like Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder masquerading as Generalized Anxiety Disorder.
I know, some people’s reactions might be “Oh, god. She’s crazy,” and yep. I own that. I don’t think it’s fair to stigmatize those suffering with mental health disorders. If I had something physically wrong with me, it would be met with sympathy or maybe empathy, but because my illness is an invisible one, it’s more often met with a sneer or a cringe and the attitude that I need to woman up.
It’s not like I asked for the faulty brain chemistry that led to the depression issues, and I certainly didn’t ask for the repeated mental and emotional trauma that led to the C-PTSD. I know that no one else that has these disorders did either.
It doesn’t make us weak to have them, and no, I wasn’t ever a soldier. There are a lot more things that lead to PTSD or C-PTSD than a career in the military, and I think it is a disservice to those suffering that they should just somehow understand or get over their trauma because “our soldiers have had it worse.”
I respect our military, our service members, and I understand some of their pain, but I can never understand all of it. I wasn’t there. My experiences are vastly different. Still, if my typing this right now helps even one person, in or outside of service to our country. Or, if it is the thing that makes even one person living a neuro-typical life understand someone in their life or anyone else with a mental illness, leads to just one iota of compassion more in the world, I’m glad for it.
Not everyone is in a place as privileged as mine to be able to own their particular flavor of mental illness or ‘crazy.’ I hope that my ability to do so helps someone in some way.
If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would probably take a day and chill with Ivan at his place, watch him work the forge. I know that you only get glimpses of him in Love Springs Eternal, but the guy is a better man than he gives himself credit for. He has a real passion for honor and loyalty, it’s just his honor vastly outweighs loyalty which made him a liability to his government. They couldn’t control him, they tried to and failed. They also tried to kill him and that went exceedingly badly for them.
These are all things you will likely find out in Ivan’s book, Love like a Summer Flame, which will be the third book in the series.
He’s a prime example of the people being vastly different than the government that rules them. I’m looking forward to exploring that in his book. Exploring perceptions and working on his self-esteem and self-worth. The way we see him, and the way the heroine of his book and her daughter see him is vastly different than he sees himself but he has legitimate reasons to feel the way he does about himself and neither side of that coin are ‘wrong’ per se.
He’s done some trash things and should be considered a trash human being, but at the same time, he’s proof that no man is completely beyond redemption.
I could go on for days about Ivan. I love him to bits, and I am super excited that I found the right man to portray him on the cover in cover model Robert Kelly. (https://www.facebook.com/robertkellyfitness/)
The image being shot for my cover will be shot by JW Photography and Covers (https://www.facebook.com/jwphotogjw/) as she is shooting all of the Witches of Loving covers.
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