Today I'd like to welcome Camilla Chafer on my stop of the Illicit Magic Blog Tour! Camilla will be giving us an inside look into her new release and of course there's an awesome giveaway for those that stick around to the end.
"Inside Illicit Magic..." by Camilla Chafer
A synopsis of a book can only tell you so much, so on today’s tour stop I wanted to tell you a bit more about Illicit Magic and some of the themes it contains. Predominantly the book is about witches and magic, and is told from the point of view of novice witch Stella, who is just coming to terms with her magic after a lifetime of causing accidents. When we first meet Stella, she’s lonely, she’s working at a temp job and she lives in a fairly awful, tiny apartment... to make matters worse, she’d being chased by a group of scary men who want to kill her. So let's talk geography, alienation, friendship and staying true to yourself.
Geographically I wanted to make very important distinctions in where Stella started, where she went and where she ended up. We start with her in London; it’s cold, it’s wet, it’s dark. She’s not so much at home, but treading water, waiting for something to happen. Then her rescuer gathers her up, puts her on a plane and takes her to a place that is a stark contrast to everything she has experienced. New York is opulent and bright, the people charismatic; then there’s the safe house that is teeming with people just like her, people who want to be her friend, and this place is warm, comforting and embraces her. The contrasts between these places really reinforce the feeling of alienation Stella has experienced, the slightly bewildering world she’s come from and moved to and the choices that have now become open to her.
As we move through the novel, Stella finds what it is like to make true friends. Friends who understand her, accept her and are part of a world that she’s only just finding out existed. She’s a little wrong-footed to start with, she doesn’t understand the power struggles that are going on, or why, and those are things we’ll find out with her, but the connections she is now able to feel, are truely enabling.
Love and acceptance are very important to Stella – two things which really help her become more comfortable in her own skin and help her realise the magic that she’s always struggled with. Just as she accepts her magic, she also accepts herself, gaining confidence, and enabling her to find the truth and being able to lay her past to rest so she can really start living her life.
It was also very important that Stella stayed true to herself. Despite her past she’s a kind-hearted, loyal person because she’s already made the choice that that’s who she wants to be. She doesn’t allow herself to be blinded by what she’s offered, instead remaining true to the compassionate, intelligent and loving person that she is. Above all else, she is hopeful, she’s making her own decisions and she’s determined – qualities that make her a true heroine in my book.
What makes a true heroine for you?
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Next stop on tour: Aug. 8th - Housewife Blues and Chihuahua Stories
One lucky winner will win an e-copy of Illicit Magic to call their own!
Must be 18 years or older to enter.
Giveaway ends August 14, 11:59pm, EST.
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