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Deborah J. Lightfoot

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Castles in the cornfield provided the setting for Deborah J. Lightfoot’s earliest flights of fancy. On her father’s farm in Texas, she grew up reading tales of adventure and reenacting them behind ramparts of sun-drenched grain. She left the farm to earn a degree in journalism and write award-winning books of history and biography. High on her Bucket List was the desire to try her hand at the genre she most admired. The result is WATERSPELL, a multi-layered fantasy about a girl and the wizard who suspects her of being so dangerous to his world, he believes he'll have to kill her ... which troubles him, since he's fallen in love with her. Waterspell Book 1: The Warlock; Waterspell Book 2: The Wysard; and Waterspell Book 3: The Wisewoman. ...more

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Deborah J. Lightfoot Waterspell Book 3: The Wisewoman flew from my fingertips. It was almost an otherworldly experience. I awoke one Sunday morning with all of Book 3 play…moreWaterspell Book 3: The Wisewoman flew from my fingertips. It was almost an otherworldly experience. I awoke one Sunday morning with all of Book 3 playing in my head like a movie. Immediately I ran to the computer and started pounding the keys, terrified that I'd lose it before I got it down. The experience was wholly different from writing Books 1 and 2, which took me many years and countless drafts. I am a journalist by training, so trial-and-error (write-and-rewrite) played a big part in my learning to write novels. By the time I'd reached Book 3, however, the characters and the story were so firmly entwined with my subconscious that they took over and wrote themselves. The Wisewoman required far less rewriting and editing, and I think it shows in the way Book 3 flows. It's somehow looser and freer -- more confident, perhaps. Though I cried a little when I finished -- after 16 years with these characters, I hated to tell them goodbye! -- I do place Book 3 slightly above the others as my personal favorite. Thank you for your great question, Emma!(less)
Deborah J. Lightfoot I love Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy for their verbal sparing, and Heathcliff and Catherine for their grand passion. But my favorite couple must be …moreI love Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy for their verbal sparing, and Heathcliff and Catherine for their grand passion. But my favorite couple must be Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester. Jane is obviously an inspiration for my Waterspell heroine, Carin. Both are determined, independent, and strong-willed. As for the anti-hero of Waterspell, Lord Verek channels Heathcliff as well as Mr. Rochester. In fact, a good tagline for the Waterspell trilogy is "Jane Eyre meets a sorcerer."(less)
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WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: Drawn into the schemes of an angry wizard, Carin glimpses the place she once called home. It lies upon a shore that seems unreachable. To learn where she belongs and how to get there, the teenage traveler must decipher the words of an alien book, follow the clues in a bewitched poem, conjure a dragon from a pool of magic--and tread carefully around a seductive but volatile, emotionally scarred sorcerer who can't seem to decide whether to love her or kill her. Book 1 of a series: The story continues in <b>WATERSPELL Book 2: The <i>Wysard</i></b>, available as e-book or paperback. ISBN 9780972876834 (E-book) ASIN B00686UIFW ISBN 9780972876841 (Paperback)
WATERSPELL Book 2: The Wysard (Prologue) (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: After blundering into the last stronghold of magic, Carin discovers that she is right to fear the wizard Verek. He is using her to seal the ruptures in the void, and she may be nothing more to him than an expendable weapon. What will he do with her -- or to her -- when his world is again secure? Or has he erred in believing that the last bridge has been broken? The quest may not, in fact, be over … and Lord Verek may find himself not quite as willing to dispose of his fiery water-sylph, Carin, as he once believed himself to be. Book 2 of the WATERSPELL fantasy trilogy. The story begins with WATERSPELL Book 1: The Warlock and concludes with WATERSPELL Book 3: The Wisewoman.

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The British TV program Escape to the Country has been the perfect pandemic companion to my reading of Magical and Mystical Sites: Europe and the British Isles (1977 hardcover) by Elizabeth Pepper and John Wilcock.

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The Witch World series has been on my to-read list for a long time. Pandemic isolation finally gave me the chance to get into it. I've loved it as much as I expected to, and I'm reminded of why Andre Norton has been a favorite author of mine since my ...more
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Waterspell Book 4! After years away from writing (because, you know, Life happened ... Life with a capital L) I'm back into the story, nearly finished with the long-promised fourth book in the series. First, though, there will be Audible audiobooks o See Full Answer
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“I am heartened to find so much wit in you, that you'd give thought to consequences and choose your way with reason, not passion only.”
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Deborah Lightfoot Gracious! Goodreads makes it exceedingly difficult to update the cover of an ebook. The Waterspell trilogy now has lovely new covers, created by Vila Design at https://www.viladesign.net/ , but in attempting to upload a new cover to Book 1 of the series, I seem to have ended up with no cover at all. Therefore, for the sake of safety, I'll refer you to my website, where you can see all of the new covers in detail: https://djlightfoot.wordpress.com/shop/ Thanks for taking a look!


Deborah Lightfoot I've never used the "Comment" box at the bottom of my Goodreads page, so I don't actually know where this message will go or who is likely to read it. But I can't keep quiet -- I must share my news:

The trilogy is complete! WATERSPELL Book 3: The Wisewoman (Kindle Edition) is now available at Amazon.

And through March 10, all three books of WATERSPELL are available at Smashwords (in Nook as well as Kindle format) for half price. Enter coupon code REW50 to get a 50% discount.

I'm a bit dizzy this week, realizing that I've FINALLY finished the writing. This story has consumed me for a very long time. To celebrate, I'm actually doing things like getting together with family and meeting friends for lunch. All of that "normal behavior" kind of went by the wayside during the years of my obsession. LOL

Thanks much for your interest and support!


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