Happy Thursday, friends!
I’m so excited to be sharing this post with you all today because the author is a special friend to me and amazing encourager. She’s also an incredible writer who knows how to make you feel ALL the feels.
Today she’s coming over to chat about the power of curses and community, which seems so “light” due to the heartfelt topic she’s sharing about. (Going from self-hatred to self-acceptance is always a powerful and life-changing thing.)
Don’t believe me? Read on to see what I mean! 😉
About the Book
So I accidentally killed a shifter. On purpose.
With genie powers I shouldn’t be able to use, thanks to my curse-mark.
In my defense, the damn grizzly was threatening civilians and might have been a vampire as well. Pittsburgh is safer without him. Only the Fae court doesn’t believe my story, and the shifters are out for blood.
Now I’ve lost my job as a romantic investigator, and I’m on death row. My only hope is an oddly outgoing vegetarian vampire lawyer who seems strangely familiar. Too familiar.
Almost like we’ve met before, and this whole thing was a set-up to take us both down.
Wishing won’t get us out of this mess.
But my forbidden wish magic just might.
A snarky urban fantasy with a heart, some romance with heat (nothing graphic), and gleeful send ups of many tropes, all wrapped up with an otter-shifter in the bargain.
At the start of If Wishes Were Curses, many Fae wish my protagonist Allis was dead, seeing her as too dangerous to live. And a part of her agrees with them. No matter how much she was supported by her mother, and how much she is supported by her otter-shifter brother Gideon, Allis’s curse-mark reminds her every day that she’s a prisoner. That she was disregarded and locked away from her magic, and her identity, without even having a chance.
I’m always fascinated by characters who have to live with curses not of their own making. My favorite book, Ella Enchanted, features a main character who was cursed upon her birth. My other stories also deal with characters who end up in situations they didn’t cause. I’m not someone who naturally enjoys the idea of limits, of having things I had no control over hem me in. Yet, those things are part of being human. I’m inspired by the way people overcome situations that are unearned. It tests the measure of a person, of a character to see how they cope with unjust situations, with curses, with persecution.
In the case of Allis, she turns a lot of her anger and difficulties inward. Since she doesn’t want to make anyone else’s life harder, she swallows her feelings and chooses to despise herself. In a strange, messed-up way, she’s sacrificing herself and any sense of personal contentment for the perceived greater good. She attacks herself lest she attack others instead. She doesn’t want to give others the satisfaction of seeing her angry and lose control—that, to her, means the naysayers win. Her loss of control would prove them right. Better she implode from self-hatred and self-loathing than harm anyone else.
Of course, Allis can’t stay in this situation. And bringing in vegetarian vampire Cendric Antalek is a fantastic way of challenging her. He comes from an equally difficult background, having lost his family, and his core identity as a raven shifter—his flock abandoned him when through some twist of fate, he survived a vampire attack. For once, Allis has someone she can share her difficulties with who listens and understands. Someone who has managed to find peace. And that unpacks a lifetime of buried hurt—right about the time that her Jinn magic emerges. Jinn magic that is highly reactive to her emotional state and subconscious thoughts. So suddenly, Allis dealing with her inner life is super important! Especially when a stray thought could turn into a real-life catastrophe.
Thankfully, she’s not alone. Cendric is committed to standing by her side, as is her brother Gideon. Other characters open up later in the book about their own issues, surrounding Allis with a community of people who believe in her. Who won’t let her go crazy, but who also won’t judge her when she messes up. People who return the love she tries so much to pour out to others.
It took many Fae to bind Allis’s magic and curse her. It takes a community of friends to come around her and help her to heal from the curse, to lift her up when she can’t see herself. To speak truth to her when she can’t see it, when she doesn’t feel it. I had a reviewer mention the deep emphasis on relationships of all kinds in the story, and that made me happy. No man is an island. We need each other to overcome. And I’m thrilled to show that in If Wishes Were Curses.
About the Author
Janeen Ippolito writes steampunk fantasy and urban fantasy, and creates writing resources, including the reference book World Building From the Inside Out and the creative writing guide Irresistible World Building For Unforgettable Stories. She’s an experienced teacher, editor, author coach, marketer, and is the leader of Uncommon Universes Press, a small traditional science fiction and fantasy publishing house. She’s also the cohost of the podcast Indie Book Magic. In her spare time, Janeen enjoys sword-fighting, reading, pyrography, and eating brownie batter. Two of her goals are eating fried tarantulas and traveling to Antarctica.
Blog Tour Schedule
Arielle Bailey – IG spot
Christina Morley – Book Review
Cathrine Bonham – Guest Blog on Abandonment
Gabriella Slade – Author Interview
Sarah Delena White – Book Review
Kara Swanson – IG – Character Spotlight
Jess Elliott – IG spot – Valentine’s Day Special
J. M. Butler – Guest Blog on True Love
Arielle Bailey – Author Interview
Unicorn Quester – Guest Blog on Self Hatred to Self-Acceptance <— You are here!
Jebraun Clifford – Book Review