Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Guest Blog with Yasmina Kohl

A topic of weaving magic into fiction was suggested and since I'm still not very good at coming up with ideas for blogs I'm going to try to run with it.

Fiction is magic and magic can be fiction.

When I was writing Cassandra's Heart and Saver's Savior, I didn't think about the magic, I just wrote it. And that's the thing, if you try to force it people will be able to see that.

The one and only scene I honestly tried to put magic into is the scene with Xavier and Yvette in the kitchen. I wanted him to see something he would have never experienced before. Xavier is a big tough Marine and I thought he would need a push to do what was best for him.

In the first book, Cassandra's Heart there were little things that people might have thought as mistakes. James reaching to rub Cassandra's back and her sweater was off and neither had taken it off. His jacket is the same way. They weren't mistakes but I didn't plan it out either. I simple let the scene evolve.

The next book The Godfather's Niece, which will be out later this year, has a lot less magic in it but it is still there. The thing about magic, is what magic are you asking or talking about. Are you talking about Practical Magic, or Hollywood style magic or the magic that exists around us daily? Do you mean someone waving a wand around and making a vase whip across the room to shatter against a wall or do you mean watching a flower for days to blink and all of its petals are open and turned towards one stray beam of sunlight on a cloudy day?

I try to write the later with a wisp of the first, because while I like real, if reality was any good we wouldn't need to read fiction...

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Saver’s Savior

By Yasmina Kohl

Release Date March 31st, 2012
Ocean Shores, WA USA

Xavier St. Cloud wants to hate the world, wants to be angry at it. He doesn’t want to be part of it anymore. He wants to go on and see the brother’s in arms that were killed before his eyes.

Emiko Nara is so afraid of the world she barely interacts in it. She has never stood up for herself ever, even after her family disowned her for something she never had control over.

When Emiko decides to stand up for herself for the first time in her life, it’s to a thief with a knife.

Xavier can’t help but react on instinct to the cries for help, and when he does he finds something that might just keep him from trying to follow his fallen brothers.

Can the shy little Emiko be brave and save the shattered Marine from his own personal hell?

About The Magical Ways Series

To a casual passerby, Magical Ways is a high-end clothing boutique. To its employees and customers, however, it is a family, a good one.

Okay, yes, dysfunctional, but there is fun in dysfunctional after all.

Five sisters by choice come together and help each other get through the bumps and bruises of life. Along the way they add a brother or two or well, six.

About the Author

Yasmina is from a small town in the middle of...naw you know better. Yasmina is originally from Vancouver, WA and then by way of the Navy and college ended up in Grays Harbor County with her husband and her two kids and now the two black cats. Yes, she has two of the furry beasts.

During the day, she keeps the people happy or tries to anyway. At night, she tries to keep her sanity by escaping aforementioned family to write down what the evil muses have shoved in her brain all day.

She waits for the graduation of her kids (one imminent and one not so imminent) so that the house will become quite.
She listens to an eclectic mix of music when she writes, anything from Shinedown to Nora Jones and a little of The Asteroids Galaxy Tour thrown in for the fun of it.

Her sarcastic sense of humor has and will continue to get her in trouble but hey who cares?

Yasmina has been writing between cries of MOM and YASMINA for ten years and plans to write for many more. Her first published stories were fanfiction for her favorite TV series but the first story she tried her hand at was Cassandra's Heart now available on,, and soon in print.!/yasminakohl


Unknown said...

Thanks for having me a second time.
Maybe we can try for all seven books in The Magical Ways Series.