Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Cat Townsend on the benefits of magic!

Hello wonderful followers! Sorry for the recent radio silence, but I have a lot to catch up on. So let's get started with a guest post from the ever talented Emily Ford! Emily is the author of 2:32 AM which she created from a simple bedtime story. How cool is that? 


In the early morning hours nearing her 17th birthday, Cat Townsend woke to the sudden blur of a mysterious unknown man sitting on the edge of her bed. She did not feel fear -- rather a strange calmness overtook her. In an instant their eyes locked, he lightly touched her hand, and then he disappeared into the nothingness of night.

Caught in that undefined place between asleep and awake, the moment felt hazy and surreal. A chill ran down Cat’s spine as she glances at the time – it’s 2:32 a.m.

What unfolds in the first book of The Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy, is young Cat’s personal struggle with the overwhelming choice to accept a destiny of magic. As she contemplates the merits of unparalleled power, her new and ordinary world in Savannah, Georgia is understandably shaken. The closer her decision gets, the more twisted her life with family, friends and boyfriend becomes. Will she choose to give up everything she cherishes?

Find out, in 2:32 A.M. The time everything happens.

So, without further ado, here is a guest post from Cat Townsend, the quirky main character. Enjoy!


Hey, Cat Townsend here!

Bet you’re wondering what you’d really do with magical powers… 

Silence that loud mouth in English class. Cast a love spell on a cute boy you’ve had your eye on. Maybe make your parents disappear when you want, or instantly lose a few pounds? The list would probably go on and on.

But I can tell you. Using magic for any reason is scary, especially in the beginning. Everything done has a consequence, and you can’t always predict what that’s going to be, or where it will lead.

Take silencing for example. Muting the mouth, be it a friend, a teacher, your parents, etc might sound great at the moment. But maybe you need to hear, really hear what that person is saying! They might be trying to save you from something or someone dangerous – namely yourself.

And you’re probably thinking that magic is the ultimate weight loss solution! It might be for a time, but the key to a happy life is not being who you think others want you to be, but knowing and accepting who you are. Besides, everyone diets. If you’re not talking about the latest fad, what will you and your friends gripe about?

Finally, there’s love! I know it would seem entirely tempting to spin a web around the adorable guy you’re seriously crushing who doesn’t know you exist. Except he’s really NOT a nice guy, and the one you’re really meant to find, is a friend of his who also stands in the shadows. If you’re constantly putting boys under your spell, how will ever trust he’s the right one for you?

See what I mean?

Bye for now.


Ah, so many options with magic! What would you do?

A huge thank you to Emily Ford!

Debut novelist Emily Ford has always been a storyteller. As a kid at summer camp in Maine, she’d make up ghost stories at bedtime for her fellow bunkmates. 

Her Djinn Master’s Legacy trilogy also began as a simple bedtime story, intended for Ford’s then adolescent children to have in writing and use to tell their own kids one day. By the time she finished writing, she had three very full books. 

2:32 a.m., Ford’s first installment of her young adult series, caught early readers’ attention as a fiction book minus the typical vampire and werewolf characters. 

The Texas writer interned each summer with KHOU-TV in Houston while gaining her bachelor’s degree in radio and television at The University of Arizona. She worked on the copy desk at The Dallas Morning News, and eventually started the marketing company KapsMark, Inc.


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