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Thursday, December 11, 2014

The December People Winter Celebration by @SharonBayliss - Meet Nathan #fantasy

I'm so excited to get to introduce you to the oldest son in the Prescott family, a family of summer wizards featured in Watch Me Burn. Nathan is the older brother of the missing witch mentioned in the Watch Me Burn blurb.

You can read more about the whole family on (post from 12/7). Of all the Prescotts, Nathan has the most page time in the series, so I'd like to tell you a little more about him. He seems like a great guy...but he might be super evil...or somehow both...neither? I'm not telling. You'll just have to figure it out for yourself.


The Basics: 18 years old. Will attend Texas A&M in the fall of 2014, and wants to be a a doctor.

Special powers: Talented and well-trained summer wizard, and as such can control heat and fire. He is especially good at determining wizard dates and using magical persuasion to get people to do what he wants.

Likes: Puppies, smiling, football, his truck

Dislikes: Mean people.

Strengths: Charming. Curious. Tolerant. Heroic.

Flaws: Too handsome.


How would your friend describe you to someone who has never seen you?

Nathan: Hopefully they would just say I'm a nice guy. Fun to hang out with. Laid back.

What was your most embarrassing moment?

Nathan: I actually do stupid stuff all the time. I think I'm kind of used to it, so I don't get too embarrassed, but it pisses my parents off. I once had to have my mom come pick me up because I accidentally dropped my truck keys off a bridge. I promise, it could have happened to anyone.

You have one day left to live, how do you spend it?

Nathan: Well, that's sad. Why do I have to die? But if I had to choose, I'd probably want to live like we do during the Festival of Sol Invictus. I'd spend the day with family, maybe playing flag football. I'd ask my mom to make like twelve kinds of pie and I'd eat all of them.

What do you fear the most?

Nathan: Another scary question. Can't you just ask me what my favorite food is? The answer to that question is key lime pie. So, to answer your question, I most fear a world with no key lime pie.

Okay then, something lighter. Who is your favorite Disney princess and why?

Nathan: Ha ha! Okay, I guess I asked for it. Elsa. Because she's a bad ass. She's also hot. Don't tell my parents I chose her. ;)

Last one. What do you like most about being a summer wizard? What do you like least?

Nathan: I love being a summer wizard. We value family and we have a strong community. But we can be closed minded sometimes. And, I'm proud to be a wizard, but sometimes I don't like it. I don't like having to keep secrets from my Mundane friends. And it bothers me that if I was ever honest with them they would just think I was crazy.

Thank you, Nathan! If you're ever dying, I promise to bring you pie.

Nathan: Uh..thank you? How about instead, I just don't die. That would be great.


Meet Nathan for the first time in Watch Me Burn:

His magic felt different than his sister’s —at least, weaker than his sister’s. He had more of a flickering quality, like a candle trying to stay lit on a windy day. The darkness of the forest must be sapping his energy somehow. That would at least explain his bizarre behavior. He skimmed the forest, stepping in and stepping out, walking in erratic circles.
Emmy lurked within the cover of the forest, watching him. She found she could travel through the trees without any problem. And in their shade, he didn’t seem to notice her. She could stand there and observe him from ten feet away. He would squint in her direction occasionally, and she thought he might see her. But he seemed to see things everywhere. He darted his gaze in all sorts of directions, looking for invisible monsters.
She watched him for at least half an hour. He looked similar to his sister, but instead of her blonde hair, his was a sun-streaked auburn. He was tall with broad shoulders, on the grown-up side of eighteen. She had never seen anyone so frustrated and determined. He reminded her of a bug crawling out of a puddle even though she kept pushing it back in.
Too late, she realized she was the bug—a moth circling a light, getting closer and closer.
Nathan stooped down slowly and picked up a piece of pointed branch. Emmy didn’t think much of this, until he suddenly jumped up, and ran directly toward where she hid. Emmy tried to scramble away, but her hiding spot was too good—brush surrounded her and she couldn’t move quickly. Twigs snapped conspicuously as she pushed her way through the brush. When she was nearly free, she tripped on a thorny vine, and Nathan found her on the ground clutching her thorn-scraped shin. He yelled out as if he had never seen anything so horrifying. Rude.
Emmy jumped to her feet and faced him, preparing to defend herself, even though she didn’t know how.
But, his yell stopped abruptly, and he squinted at her as if she was still hard to see. “Wait…you’re…small,” he said.
“I’m not that small. I’m average-sized.”
“I mean…you’re not what I expected.”
“What were you expecting? A big scary monster?”
“Yes, actually.”
“What makes you think I’m not a big scary monster?”

“I didn’t say you weren’t.”


Semi-finalist in the Kindle Book Review Awards and #1 category bestseller in coming of age fantasy.

About Destruction:

David Vandergraff wants to be a good man. He goes to church every Sunday, keeps his lawn trim and green, and loves his wife and kids more than anything.

Unfortunately, being a dark wizard isn't a choice.

Eleven years ago, David's secret second family went missing. When his two lost children are finally found, he learns they suffered years of unthinkable abuse. Ready to make things right, David brings the kids home even though it could mean losing the wife he can’t imagine living without.

Keeping his life together becomes harder when the new children claim to be dark wizards. David believes they use this fantasy to cope with their trauma. Until, David's wife admits a secret of her own—she is a dark wizard too, as is David, and all of their children.

Now, David must parent two hurting children from a dark world he doesn’t understand and keep his family from falling apart. All while dealing with the realization that everyone he loves, including himself, may be evil.

About Watch Me Burn:

David Vandergraff lost his home, his job, and contact with his oldest son, but remains determined to be a good husband and father despite being a dark winter wizard.

His resolve is tested when a flyer for a missing girl--who happens to be a summer witch--begins to haunt him. David believes a spell needs to use him to save her, so he follows the magic's command and looks into her disappearance. His teenage daughter Emmy resents him for caring so much about a random stranger. But when she uncovers some disturbing evidence close to home, she begins an investigation of her own.

David and Emmy quickly learn that the mystery is not only about a missing girl they barely know, but a deeply personal story that impacts everyone they care about. As their world crumbles, they fear the warning may be true—never mess with summer wizards, because the good guys always win.

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