I'm delighted to welcome back Ariella Moon, who's dropped by to tell us about Spell For Sophia, book 4 in The Teen Wytche Saga. You'll find information about the other three books in the series in earlier blog posts.
Sophia Perez-Hidalgo’s survival depends upon her mastering magic and the supernatural before her lawless parents and their vengeful boss catch up to her. How far must she flee to escape them forever? Sophia runs until she’s out of stolen money, then…Fate delivers her into the arms of Louisiana teen Shiloh Breaux Martine, and his grand-mère, a voodoo priestess living deep in the bayou.
Breaux knows Sophia is trouble — but he’ll travel through time, battle zombies, and risk his bright future to protect her. While Ainslie, best friend extraordinaire, will jeopardize her sanity to find and aid Sophia. When friendship, magic, and love are not enough, Sophia will have to save herself. But first, she must believe she’s worth saving.
If, like me, you want to know more about Sophia, here's Ariella's interview with her.
What is your name, and do you have a nickname?
Sophia: My name is Sophia Maria Perez-Hidalgo. When my parents want to belittle me, they call me Sophia Maria. Like, “You always worried too much, Sophia Maria.” My best friend Ainslie — well, we were best friends until I was kidnapped and disappeared — often called me Soph. My secret forbidden crush, Breaux, calls me Soph, too.
Do you have any scars? If so, how did you get them?
Sophia: I have two skin grafts, which aren’t exactly scars. But every time I look at them, I’m reminded that sometimes the worst scars are the ones you cannot see.
When you think of your childhood kitchen, what smells do you associate with it?
Sophia squirms in her seat and coughs: I could lie and tell you my childhood kitchen smelled like pancakes and bacon and love. But the truth is, my bio-parents were criminals. Our kitchen smelled sweet like ether, sharp like rubbing alcohol and bleach, and toxic like solvents and batteries. So now you have some idea why I needed skin grafts and ended up in foster care.
What is your biggest regret?
Sophia: Believing my parents had changed, and not calling Ainslie after I escaped my kidnappers. I was too embarrassed and afraid to call her. I was afraid the drug cartel would go after anyone I cared about because…in order to escape, I did something that made them very unhappy.
How did you meet Breaux, and what made you fall in love with him?
Sophia: When I escaped, I travelled as far as my money would take me — from southern California to Louisiana. I wandered off the train half-starved, and followed the sounds of children laughing and shouting. That’s how I met Breaux. He was playing basketball on Christmas with a bunch of young kids his mother fostered. I fainted from hunger and he carried me to his mom’s house. His grandmother took me in and taught me magic. I think she was afraid my bad mojo would ruin Breaux’s bright future. But he didn’t care. He’s three years older than me. Smart. Kind. Brave. You find out how brave a guy is when your magic goes haywire and zombies appear.
What is your motto?
Sophia: Kick it. Before I was stolen, I was on the school soccer team. For me ‘kick it’ symbolizes plunging ahead, moving forward, and never giving up.
It sounds another exciting story, Ariella. :)
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Thanks for dropping by to tell us about your book, Ariella!