Thursday, October 19, 2017

Delightfully Witchy by Acacia K. Parker

Are you currently binge watching anything on Netflix, Hulu (or elsewhere)? What keeps you glued to the screen?

Honestly, I have nothing that I’m binge watching right now! Wait, no, that’s a lie. My husband recently had a kick for something historical, so we’ve got one episode left in Band of Brothers on Amazon Prime. The last show we binged on was Netflix The Defenders, which I’m pretty sure we watched in an entire day (sorry not sorry).

What keeps me glued to the screen are great characters and a great story – it can be the slowest show/movie in the world, but if it’s got fun and interesting people it’s based around, I’m all for it.

Do you prefer movies or TV series?

Give me a good movie or a good TV series any day – either one is good with me!

When it comes to reading do you prefer standalones or series?

I like both, but it really depends on my mood. Sometimes I want a quick read that I know will have an ending in the first book, and sometimes I want to dive into the world the book is in and find out more about it.

Do you prefer to start new book series when the first book is released or do you want for a several books in the series to be released so you can binge read?

I don’t pay much attention to any of that (my bad!). When I’m looking for a new book, I look at the cover and blurb and will read a little excerpt, and if I like it, I get into it regardless whether or not the next book is out or not. Don’t get me wrong, it’s definitely nice to binge read a series, but the whole series doesn’t have to be out for me to get started.

What are some of your hobbies, interests or guilty pleasures (other than reading and writing)?

I love drawing! Truthfully, I’ve been an artist since before I could write, so picking up a pencil and sketching / doodling / painting has become a necessity for me to keep my sanity. When writing doesn’t work for me (and sometimes it just doesn’t), I turn to art to help get me back to where I need to be (and vice versa, too!)

What's your guilty “nerd” pleasure (ex: Star Wars movies, ComicCons, Cosplay)?

I love all this stuff, though I haven’t personally been to a ComicCon before (though I would love to). I love Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Back to the Future – actually, I’m dragging my husband to a Harry Potter “Event” at the Arizona Science Center where we’ll be finding Horcruxes and get to drink Butter Beer in November! I’m super excited – I’m making him dress up with me, actually, so I’m pretty happy about that.

Have you ever peeked at the ending of a book?

Guilty as charged. I do this way more than I should.

When it comes to your own writing are you a plotter or a panster?

I’m a bit of both. I tend to write a pretty detailed outline before I start writing, and often times as I start to get into the story and characters, I realize they don’t care what I had planned, so sometimes the story changes halfway through. I usually always know the ending before I start, however, which helps me know where the characters are going. I try and roll with the punches, sometimes I have an idea of what the characters are like and I get into their story and begin to understand them differently, so I try and work with them instead of against them.

Delightfully Witchy
A Delightfully Witchy Novel
Book One
Acacia K. Parker

Genre: Paranormal Romance /
Action and Adventure

Publisher: Parker Publishing

Date of Publication: 9/14/2017

ISBN: 978-0-9989444-4-9

Number of pages: 417
Word Count: 135,000

Cover Artist: Acacia K. Parker

Tagline: Not everyone is good at being a witch.

Book Description:

Looking for true love? Having dreams you need to recall more clearly? How about that pesky curse that just won’t go away? Let Delightfully Witchy Herbal Shop conjure up the perfect charm for you!

Meet Emerson Harper—herbalist, shop owner, witch—exceptional at the first two, not so much on the last. She finds there are perks to living a quiet life, especially when those perks involve Lincoln Summers walking into her shop asking for a rare Stone. Powerful, wealthy, and famous, she finds it hard to resist selling him what he seeks when those dazzling blue eyes of his linger a little too long.

What Lincoln failed to mention, however, is someone evil is looking for the Stone; a witch who now has Emmie in his sights. Luckily, Emmie made more of an impression on the sexy stranger than she realized, and when he comes to her rescue she finds herself suddenly pulled into Lincoln’s world of dark magic and buried secrets.

In the fight to reclaim their lives—and save the world from a deranged witch hell-bent on destruction—Emmie is thrust into a journey of mystery, peril, and self-discovery, only to learn that sometimes . . .

All magic needs is a little push.


I awoke screaming and scared, feeling like I was locked in that trunk again, bound and unsure of the outcome. I was dazed. I knew I was awake, but it was still hard to tell what was real. I felt the mattress underneath me, and the clothes that smelled of spices and were faintly musky and sweaty. There was a light beside the bed I could turn on to show that I was perfectly safe. None of that mattered, though, because I was frantic, tears falling down my face, trying to get out of the confined space that had me caged in.
Someone was talking to me, calmly and evenly. Whoever it was grabbed my arms and lifted them, moving me so my back was to a chest, clearly not my sister’s. I yanked my arms to get free, but whoever had me was too strong, the voice continuing to speak, telling me I was all right, that I was safe, and there wasn’t anything to be worried about.
“Emmie, it’s just a dream, there’s nothing to be afraid of.”
Lincoln. It was Lincoln’s voice that finally trickled through, and I realized where I was. He had his arms wrapped around me, holding me still so I wouldn’t hurt myself—or him, for that matter. My head was somewhere near the crook of his neck as I craned it back, looking up at the black ceiling, its endless depths forbidding and ominous. Tears fell, my breathing was labored, and my heart raced. He never moved, even as my legs kicked the blankets away, hating myself for allowing this to happen.
When I finally got myself to calm down, Lincoln turned me and without a word pulled me into a hug. I wrapped my arms around his waist, listening to his heartbeat as it hammered violently in his chest. With his head resting on mine, I barely felt the stubble scratching at my forehead, abrasive but welcome.
“You scared me.” His voice was throaty, like he’d just woken up himself. “Are you okay?”
“I think so,” I managed to say, pulling back, noticing the light on the nightstand was on, dim in the darkness. “I’m so, so sorry. That was—”
“Expected . . . considering.” He shrugged, his hand on my shoulder as I wiped the tears off my face.
“I guess it’s a good thing I don’t sleep naked,” I giggled, trying to lighten the mood.
“I think that depends on who you’re asking.” He smirked.
And I blushed, of course. I was feeling all warm and cozy with his hand still on my shoulder and then I noticed he wasn’t wearing a shirt. Good Lord. Trust me, it was everything I ever thought it would be. No, it was definitely better. He was perfect; chiseled chest, washboard abs, thick arms, and a dark line of hair leading from his belly button until it disappeared underneath his pajama pants. I’m pretty sure if I kept looking I was going to start drooling, literally, and that would be . . . just no. 
“What are you thinking about?”
“Nothing! It’s nothing.”
“It doesn’t look like nothing,” he said, raising his brows.
“It’s not important,” I answered nervously, biting my lower lip.
“Are you sure?”
“Yep.” I nodded. “I’m sure.”
“Ok.” He squeezed my shoulder lightly.

About the Author:

Acacia has been what some may call a "gypsy" for most of her life. With her father serving in the Air Force for twenty years, she's enjoyed many different homes in many different states, with a decent portion of her life lived overseas in Germany. Always one to be creative, she has been drawing since she could write, and writing has become a passion of hers since her teenage years where she discovered she loved telling stories and creating eccentric characters.

Currently residing in Phoenix, AZ with her husband Shawn and their two golden retrievers, Boomer and Sookie, the duo find any excuse to enjoy the weather (when it's permitted), and you can often find the them scuba diving (their favorite place is the Florida Keys), hiking, visiting one of the many beautiful lakes Arizona has to offer or finding winding, dirt roads to discover. Unfortunately, it's not all fun and games. A good chunk of Acacia's time is taken up to complete her Bachelors in Business Management at Grand Canyon University - although procrastination does ensue.

In her writing adventures, Acacia hopes that one day her stories may inspire others to follow their dreams - no matter how crazy they may seem.

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