Sunday, September 11, 2011

Guest Post: Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey & Giveaway




Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey

Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain.

After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden's powers to unlock Belle Dam's secrets, Braden vows never to become their sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father--and Trey, the enigmatic guy he's falling for, is Catherine's son.

To stop an insidious dark magic from consuming the town, Braden must master his gift—and risk losing the one he loves.


Today, Trey Lansing is stopping by to give us a peek at his college application essay -- and to tell us a little bit about himself and the Lansing family, one of the players in an age-old blood feud.


"Tell us about where you grew up, and how it helped shape you into the kind of person you are today."
-Washington State University essay prompt


My name is Trey Lansing, and I was born and raised in a town called Belle Dam in Washington state. Don't be surprised if you haven't heard of it, we're a quiet city on the Sound and we keep to ourselves. Belle Dam is the kind of place you go when you need a fresh start: a community that welcomes you whether you sit on the right or the left; where secrets stay buried like they belong.

My family has always been a part of Belle Dam. We were some of the first founders when the city was nothing more than a fishing outpost on the Sound. There has always been a Lansing to help shape the city, like a captain at the helm of a ship. My grandfather, and his father before him, was the mayor for nearly twenty years. Family's always been important to the Lansings - though we've gone through generations of adversity, we always persevere.

Most of what I know about my community, I learned from my mother. A lifetime advocate of education, she sits on the school board, while also running her own restaurant in town. In her spare time, she volunteers and organizes charity events, and yet still somehow managed to make every swim meet or tennis match I had growing up. My mother's dedication to her family, and to preserving our legacy, is one of the core tenets she taught me, growing up.

In a small town like ours, there's always something that needs to be done. There are always people to talk to, issues that need to be put to rest, problems that need to be removed. The thing is, people don't always ask when they need help, and sometimes, you have to provide it for them anyway. You have to go beyond what people tell you what they want, and give them what they need instead.

But it's not all positive.

Most people who aren't from a small town think it's cute, or quaint, the way everyone seems to know your name, and the way that idle gossip travels faster than sound. In some ways it's nice - I still do volunteer work through one of the organizations my grandfather helped to create as Mayor. But there's also a flip side.

People assume that I share all of my mother's opinions and beliefs. Now, I was raised to support my family no matter what, but it's hard to stretch out on your own when everyone looks at you as your mother's shadow. And to be something different, something that fits outside the mold of what people expect you to be, isn't easy. When I came out as gay, my mother was cautious, but accepting. But not everyone in a small town is so open-minded.

It's hard, living in a place where people gossip as second-nature. It teaches you to keep things close to the vest, to develop defenses so that their words pass over you. A small town is like an elephant. Any excuse, any weakness, and they will never forget.

Finally, when my sister was attacked last year, I could have lost sight of the issues. I could have forgotten my commitment to my family and what's important in life. Bad things happen, even in small towns. But living here has also taught me to keep my focus, to know who my friends are, and the best way to eliminate bad situations from my life, and the life of those closest to me.


Thanks Trey for giving us a look at life in Belle Dam!

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Scott Tracey lived on a Greyhound for a month, wrote his illustrated autobiography at the age of six, and barely survived Catholic school (and definitely not for the reasons you might think).

His career highlights include: accidentally tripping a panic alarm and nearly being shot by the police, being attacked in a drive-thru window by a woman wielding a baked potato, and sending the health department after his (very brief) place of employment.

His gifts can be used for good or evil, but rather than picking a side, he strives for BOTH (in alternating capacity) for his own amusement.


GIVEAWAY


Thanks to Flux, one lucky reader will win a copy of Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey!

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27 comments:

Erica said...

This post was so fabulous fun! I LOVED Witch Eyes so much.

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Andrea said...

Wow! I thought Trey's shpiel was great. Small-town life does have it's ups & downs. But I'm kinda stuck on Scott's bio. Attacked by a potato-wielding woman?! Sounds like he needs to write a story based on his own life.
Thanks! I really enjoyed the post.
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Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

"People assume that I share all of my mother's opinions and beliefs. Now, I was raised to support my family no matter what, but it's hard to stretch out on your own when everyone looks at you as your mother's shadow. And to be something different, something that fits outside the mold of what people expect you to be, isn't easy."

Wow! Those lines alone are convincing me that I should read this book! I was raised in a small town, so I can definitely identify with Trey on that one. It really is hard to be open-minded when everyone around you has been raised to see life a certain way, with no exceptions or room for change. The gossiping gets old pretty quickly too! Weird how some stereotypes can be such accurate descriptions...Lol.

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Vivien said...

I love small towns. Especially in fiction. I'm really anxious for this novel. Can't wait to see how this is handled. Tabboo topics are always perfect for small towns.
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debbie said...

I grew up in a small town, where I was related to alot of people. It is really true, they know everything about you and what your parents are, you are pegged by.
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Tanya1224 said...

well...that sounds like a fantastic read. It also looks like Braden falls for a another guy. That should be very interesting to read. The authors bio is hilarious...it's not your normal bio. I'm not sure how he lived on a greyhound for a month though. I had to ride one of those when I was little and I was horrified so that never happened again. ugh! I'd love a chance to win this book or kindle version, but I do believe this is going to be a must read for me. Thanks so much for sharing a new read. I do email subscribe =) because I love this blog.

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Jenny said...

I grew up in a small town as well, and just like Trey said, while it's cute and quaint and fun to drive down the street and wave to every single person you pass because you know them, there are also some huge drawbacks as well. I'm so excited to read this book, I've heard such great things. The cover is creepy as all get out and I love it:) Thanks for sharing Trey's essay!

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Candace said...

Awesome post! I've been wanting this book since I first heard of it all those months ago... So my fingers are crossed!

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Cherry said...

Sounds like an interesting book! I have heard many great things about this book so I really want to read it. I live in a kinda small town so I guess I can relate and I'm kinda confused here but does Braden fall for another guy?
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chelleyreads said...

sounds like my family. my mom doesn't do charity events or anything but she's also the rock of our family. fantastic post.

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Christine Rains said...

Marvelous post! I grew up in a small town and I hated it. Though, yes, small towns make good settings for stories.

Books And Beyond said...

Hi, new follower :)
I am in a small-ish city and my immediate area has ppl that LOVE LOVE to gossip about any and everything. It has made me very cautious about what I do and say. I LOVE the message this book has so far. It is not only the cool paranormal, supernatural it sounds like a few valuable life lessons can be learned too.
DEF a book for my TBR pile!
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LilMissMolly said...

It's refreshing to see a witch story with a male lead for once. Thanks!
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Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

What a cool idea for a post!! a college essay, awesome!

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Jennifer said...

Love the cover for Witch Eyes, Scott.
Having a male MC is definitely refreshing being there are so many female MC today. Great post!

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Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

I'm hearing good things thus far on this one. :) SOunds like a great read.

So sorry to hear about your sister. That is a shame, but yes even in small towns it happens. I kind of like the small town feel, but then there are the days where I would need to get away from the all knowing. :)

Thank you for the post and the giveaway.

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Ashley @ Book Labyrinth said...

I am very intrigued! I really like small town stories, I guess because of that whole aspect where everyone knows each other. I lived in a small town until I was almost 10, but then moved into the city and I've been here ever since.

Going to Goodreads to add this one to my TBR. =)

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LindsayWrites said...

great giveaway!! thanks!!! i'm excited to read this one, scott lives with my friend leah clifford, who is hilarious! I'm thrilled to see a witch book about a boy, like someone else said above!

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Sierra Cullen.♥ said...

This book sounds so original. It caught my attention the first time I saw this book! I loved the guest post; thanks for sharing it! :D

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

I really really want to read this one. It sounds great. What a unique guest post. I don't like a ton of interviews or posts in the character's point of view, but this one was interesting since it felt like it was PART of the book.

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Tiffany Mahaffy said...

I think it is great to have a male lead!! It gives the book an edge of its own! The interview made me really want the book :) Thank you!!

Jessy said...

I didn't realize the main character was gay. I am even more excited to read this now. Thanks for the post.

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poisnivyred said...

I loved reading Trey"s college app essay. It gave a real insight into Tue character and setting. I also live in a small town and can relate.

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nikkipickles45 said...

I am really interested in this book now. It seems so different from others!
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Moirae(thefates) book reviews said...

I am from the biggest city in my state and have never been to a small town (Except when driving through.

I'm interested in going to one just to see the difference to the big city.

I want to read this book even more now!

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TheGirlOnFire said...

I really never thought about the negatives of small town living, besides thinking it might be a bit dull. I enjoyed reading about some things I hadn't considered before.

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