Cloudy with a Chance of Witchcraft
(Grimm Cove Book 1)
by Mandy M. Roth
Genre: Paranormal Women’s Fiction, Romance
When it rains, it pours…and sometimes love finds you even when you can’t find yourself.
Fate has given me a second chance at the happiness I once knew in the odd Southern town of Grimm Cove. But only if I can come to terms with some rather eye-opening revelations. Supernaturals are a real thing. I’m a witch. My high school sweetheart, who happens to be the Chief of Police in Grimm Cove, is my fated mate and a wolf-shifter. Ghosts exist and can be very nosy and meddlesome. Someone is murdering witches left and right. And last but not least, my ex-husband’s barely legal arm candy is taking fatal attraction to new levels of Hell.
I’m no shrinking violet, and with the help of my best friends, I’m going to live life on my terms–come Hell, high water, or magikal mishaps.
Q: What was your inspiration for the Grimm Cove series and its unique setting?
A: I’ve lived in a lot of small towns in my life. Using one as a backdrop for the Grimm Cove series felt right. I loved how everyone knows everyone, yet there are so many secrets that are just below the surface. I married this with my obsession with gothic literature, classic Hollywood horror films, old television shows like The Addams Family, The Munsters, and Bewitched, and my overall quirky sense of humor. The end result was Grimm Cove, and I couldn’t be happier.
Q: Can you tell us more about the protagonist of the series and what readers can expect from her journey?
A: Poppy Proctor is the protagonist of Cloudy with a Chance of Witchcraft. If the last name sounds familiar, it’s because I borrowed it from the Salem Witch Trials. Not only were a number of the accused from the Proctor family, but also the name of an area where some believe the executions might have actually taken place rather than Gallows Hill summit. Poppy comes from a long line of powerful witches but never believed her grandmother and grandfather’s talk of it. She just assumed they were eccentric. All that changes for her when she finds her marriage of nineteen years coming to a fast end and finds herself the target of an evil entity out to steal her powers.
Q: The book deals with a multitude of supernatural beings and elements. How did you approach this in the book?
A: In approaching the supernatural elements of the book, I wanted to create a believable and relatable world. Anyone who has read my work knows I put countless weeks and often months into reaching everything that goes into the story. The supernatural elements were no different. I researched different types of supernatural creatures and their powers and tried to incorporate that in a way that was both authentic and exciting.
Q: One of the prominent themes of the book is love. Can you tell us more about the romantic aspect of the book?
A: The romantic aspect of the book is a big part of the story and deals with the concept of fated mates. Readers learn straightaway that Poppy has been burned by love more than once. Her first love, her teenage sweetheart, broke her heart and never spoke to her again. Then, her husband of nineteen years announced he wasn’t in love with her anymore and was seeing someone else. Thankfully, Poppy has two besties who are basically her ride-or-die bitches (or, in this case, witches), willing to do anything for her. Even if that means uprooting their lives and moving with her to the tiny town of Grimm Cove to start over at the age of forty. Poppy isn’t looking for love after having two rather unpleasant experiences, but Fate steps in, giving her a second chance with her first love.
Her teenage sweetheart is now the sheriff of Grimm Cove, and she’s quick to learn there is more to Brett Kasper than meets the eye.
Q: Can you give us a hint of what readers can expect in the next book of the series?
A: I can’t give away too much without spoiling Cloudy with a Chance of Witchcraft, but readers can expect more danger and mysteries in Grimm Cove, as well as get a front-row seat as Dana, one of Poppy’s ride-or-die-witches, learns that supernaturals are real and that she just so happens to be a fated mate of one. Hexing with a Chance of Tornadoes also has a deeper exploration of the other supernatural beings in the town and how they fit into the larger narrative. Additionally, readers will be taken deeper into the gothic literature angle that is unfolding within the series world.
NY Times & USA Today bestselling author Mandy M. Roth® loves 80s music and movies and wishes leg warmers would come back into fashion. She also thinks the movie The Breakfast Club should be mandatory viewing for…okay, everyone. When she’s not dancing around her office to the sounds of the 80s, she’s busy writing paranormal operatives and kick-butt urban fantasy heroines.