My new favorite series is One Scoop or Two by The Wild Rose Press, not least of all because my own book in the series will come out in a couple of weeks. Sydney Winward’s Root Brew Float tops my list to read because I love a dash of magic with my ice cream.
Here Sydney talks about her inspiration for this story, and keep reading to see a promotional video she made:
I’m a very visual person, so when I need a little push of inspiration, I visit Pinterest and just let my imagination go wild. Root Brew Float was born from a single sepia image of a handsome man with blond hair and intense blue eyes. He is staring right at the camera, his mouth curved upward the slightest bit to hint at his humorous side.
In fact, the very photograph is mentioned in the book, a man who was a World War 1 veteran, and someone who looks exactly like Clarence Watts, the hero in the story.
Okay, so I had my hero protagonist down. Now what about the heroine?
I bounced ideas back and forth with my husband about what I should write about for the One Scoop or Two series with The Wild Rose Press. Something about a fireman? No. That didn’t seem right. Perhaps about an ice cream owner? No, that wasn’t right either. Finally, we came up with a story about witches, and a lightbulb clicked on in my brain! The hero and heroine fit together perfectly, and thus, Root Brew Float was born.
Josephine Brevil has lived hundreds of years haunted by the horrors she experienced during the Salem Witch Trials. She takes great care to hide her powers, though serving a Root Brew Float laced with a magic potion now and again never hurt anybody. The Order sends her to Massachusetts to deal with a paranormal threat, and she meets the young and handsome widower, Clarence Watts. However, being with him comes with a choice. How can she choose between the man she loves and the magic she holds dear?
“There’s a reason we’re inside the circle. Nothing can touch us in here. Now close your eyes and listen to my voice.” She paused for a moment to take a deep breath, channeling the magic swirling within her core. “Clarence Watts, our task here is to send your deceased wife into the afterlife, beyond the door and into the next realm. If you have done as I previously instructed, you have gotten rid of many of Heidi’s earthly belongings, which is a crucial step to letting her go. Now, imagine a rope that connects you to Heidi. Cut it and sever the tie.”
“It can’t be that simple.”
“It’s not. It’s symbolic of freeing her, but the act of letting go is another story altogether.”
“I’m not sure how I’m supposed to let her go.”
“Cling onto something else you care about. It usually helps.”
His hands tightened around hers. She cracked her eyes open, her heart racing as she stared at their conjoined hands. The word home echoed in her mind again, and when she tried to push it away, it slammed back into her stronger than before.
Home is with the Order, she insisted.
Yet, her pounding heart didn’t believe her.
About the Author:
Sydney Winward was born with an artistic brain and a love of discovery for new talents. From drawing to sewing to music, she has loved to explore every opportunity that comes her way. At a young age, Sydney discovered her love of writing and wrote her first book at twelve years old, and since then, she hasn’t been able to stop writing. Her active imagination and artistic mind take her away to different worlds and time periods, making every new story a fantastic adventure. When she is not writing (or fawning over animals in the neighborhood) she spends time with her husband and children at home in Utah.