Welcome to the Release Day for Brew (Book 1) and Boil (Book2)
in the Salem's Revenge Series.
In celebration, I asked David Estes to pen me a little post about his inspiration for the series along with why witches.
By David Estes
Lately, I’ve been getting asked a lot: Why witches? It’s a great question considering I’ve just released the first two books in my new Salem’s Revenge series, Brew and Boil, which centers on a witch apocalypse. Although nothing in particular inspired me (not even Harry Potter, although I LOVE that series), I couldn’t get the idea out of my head one day. After having written a successful 7-book dystopian series with NO paranormal elements, I just felt the need to switch things up a little and add something fresh to my usual dystopian/post-apocalyptic type of book. Witches really felt right in my head for three reasons:
1. The Salem Witch Trials- As we all know, humans make a lot of stupid mistakes, and those mistakes usually repeat themselves. So I asked myself the question: What if the Salem Witch Trials came back? What if people became fearful of the unknown and misunderstood again, to the point where laws were passed preventing the practicing of magic? During the original Salem Witch Trials, it was a completely different world than it is today. Today we have social media and 24/7 news coverage and the type of mob mentality that just might allow Salem’s Return to become a reality if the wrong people took control of things. The very thought of a repeat of the Salem’s Witch Trials but on STEROIDS brought so many ideas in my head that I couldn’t ignore them. I just had to write this book. And of course, that begged the question: What if the witches managed to fight back this time? Like really fight back. Yeah, it’s time for the witch apocalypse!
2. A new brand of witches- Witches have been done a million times, so why do them again? Well, I think Harry Potter showed us all that putting a new spin on any fantastical thing can reignite an entire genre of books. My goal for the witches, warlocks (or warls as they’re referred to in slang in Brew), and wizards, was to keep what everyone loves about them, but create a new brand of new-age magic-born who are more complex, more current, and just as deadly. Instead of covens I have gangs of witches, for example, separated by magical specialty. They hate each other almost as much as they hate humans (well most of them). For example, there are magic-born that focus entirely on raising corpses from the dead, called Necromancers, or Necros. Other gangs include Brewers, Spellcasters, Destroyers, Pyros, and Mediums, to name just a few. From there, I was able to let my imagination run wild.
3. Witch hunters- If there’s a witch apocalypse happening, then there needs to be someone to stop it, right? Bring in the witch hunters. Where the government failed to protect its citizens, the witch hunters have stepped in, learning the best ways to fight back, obtaining the very best in magical weapons, and doing whatever they can to survive. The main character, Rhett Carter, is lucky (or unlucky) enough to meet a witch hunter who trains him for survival.
Early reviewers of Brew and Boil have compared the series to a cross between Angelfall (but with witches instead of angels) and The Walking Dead (but with witches instead of zombies). So if you like that sort of thing, you can buy the books on Amazon in both paperback and ebook. And if you act fast you can get them at a major discount: Brew is only $0.99 until October 17th; Boil is only $0.99 until October 7th.
Thanks so much for all your support and a HUGE thanks to Amber for letting me stop by her AWESOME blog to talk about why I chose to write about witches and magic and all things creepy this time around!
But Rhett isn’t just a witch hunter; He has secrets of his own that he has yet to discover, secrets that his enemies will stop at nothing to keep him from. And discovering the truth about himself is the human race’s only hope.
Salem’s Revenge strikes without warning or mercy, ravaging the powerless human race under the forces of united gangs of witches, wizards, and warlocks. During the slaughter, Rhett Carter's foster parents and sister are killed, and his best friend and girlfriend are abducted by a gang of witches calling themselves the Necromancers, who deal in the dark magic of raising the dead. Rhett’s sword-wielding neighbor with a mysterious past saves Rhett from becoming another casualty of the massacre and teaches him the skills he needs to survive in this new world. Rhett is broken, his normal high school life of book blogging and football playing shoved in a witch-apocalyptic blender. The only thing he has left is his burning desire for revenge. Armed with his new witch hunting skills and a loyal, magic powered dog named Hex, he sets out into the unknown with one mission: hunt and destroy those who took away everyone he ever loved.
Revenge. That’s all that’s left for witch hunter Rhett Carter. The magic-born have stripped everything from him - killed his friends, cursed his warlock father, shattered his future - leaving him bare and broken, but not dead. Their mistake. When Rhett and Laney are suddenly thrust in different directions, Rhett must decide who to trust and who to kill. Backed by his trusty canine sidekick Hex, Rhett will embark on his deadliest mission yet, one that will lead him directly toward those who want him dead, pushing his unique resistance to magic to the edge and back again as he tries to remove his father’s curse. Separated from Rhett, Laney seeks to understand the strange changes to her sister, Trish, who’s believed to be the last living Clairvoyant, and what role she’s destined to play in the future of humankind. Wrapped around everything are four major groups: the Necromancers, the Changelings, the witch hunters, and New America, the remnants of humanity. When the major forces are brought together for an epic battle, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
David Estes was born in El Paso, Texas but moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania when he was very young. David grew up in Pittsburgh and then went to Penn State for college. Eventually he moved to Sydney, Australia where he met his wife. They now live together in their dream location, Hawaii. A reader all his life, he began writing novels for the children's and YA markets in 2010, and started writing full time in June 2012. Now he travels the world writing with his wife, Adele. David's a writer with OCD, a love of dancing and singing (but only when no one is looking or listening), a mad-skilled ping-pong player, and prefers writing at the swimming pool to writing at a table.