Spotlight & Giveaway: The Witch’s Quest by Michele Hauf

Posted October 4th, 2017 by in Blog, Spotlight / 28 comments

Today it is my pleasure to Welcome author Michele Hauf to HJ!

Hi Michele and welcome to HJ! We’re so excited to chat with you about your new release, The Witch’s Quest!


Tell us about the book with this fun little challenge using the title of the book:

This book is a fun quest across the world as a witch and a faery search for ingredients to a spell that could do something very important for the faery (of which, I cannot tell you what that important thing is). 😉


What’s your favorite line(s) from the book?:

I have so many. This couple was so fun. But the one that always comes to mind won’t mean much out of context, but when you read it…ha!

“Well.” Valor stretched and twisted her neck uncomfortably. She announced, “That was inappropriate.”


Please tell us a little about the characters in your book. What first attracts your Hero to the Heroine and vice versa?

Actually, the hero has been pining for the heroine for a while before the story starts. And the heroine takes a while to get on board with things. That was fun for me to write. But it has to be the heroine’s dorky laughter that really attracted the hero. She’s so not concerned about what others think about her, it’s refreshing to him.


When you sat down to start this book, what was the biggest challenge you faced? What were you most excited about?

The biggest challenge was that the darned hero did something that should have come at the end of the story right away. Like big sacrifice stuff. And that was weird. But then, I thought, why not go with it? Can I make this work? And it did!

I was excited pairing the hero and heroine because the heroine is such a tomboy and the hero is Mr. Super Nice Guy and they clashed a lot.


What, in your mind, makes this book stand out?

This is actually the second book of a mini series called The Decadent Dames. (But as with all my stories, series or not, you can read them in any order; they are all stand-alone). But these 3 stories in particular are set in Anoka, MN, a town very close to my own. Anoka is the official Halloween Capital of the World. And what a better setting for a bunch of witches to open up a brewery called The Decadent Dames than a town dedicated to Halloween?


The First Kiss…

Kelyn bracketed her face fiercely. “Don’t talk like that. You will not die.”
“Lying about my fate isn’t going to change it. I did a stupid thing. The universe renders payment for stupidity.”
“You were not stupid. Just…stubborn.”
“So you’ve heard about me?” She tried a little laugh and it actually eased the tension between her shoulder blades. Valor blew out a breath.
And in that moment, when she knew death was her only option, she decided she couldn’t walk out of this world without one last thing. “Kiss me,” she said suddenly.
“You want to, don’t you? I mean, if you had a thing for me?”
“I did, but…”
“Please, Kelyn? I want the last thing I remember to be a kiss from a handsome man. I want to be held in strong arms. I want to know passion—”
And he kissed her. The sudden connection seared a delicious heat onto Valor’s lips. Kelyn’s arm wrapped across her back as he slid down onto the moss beside her and pulled her in tightly against his hard body. His other hand clutched at her hair. Hungrily she took from him, falling into his sweet taste, his open and easy manner. He felt like something she’d always wanted but had never known to ask for.
Why had she never noticed he’d been attracted to her?


If your book was optioned for a movie, what scene would you use for the audition of the main characters and why?

Probably that first kiss scene above! It takes place in a dangerous forest (where witches should NOT go) and the heroine is trapped and she will die. Unless the hero can make a supreme sacrifice to save her.


If your hero had a sexy-times play list, what song(s) would have to be on it?

Ha! That’s sort of funny to think about Kelyn having such a thing. He’s Mr. Nice Guy. He’s a faery, of the earth and spends most of his time outdoors. He’s not much for technology. But I guess he might like some kind of pan pipe music or even Scottish drum stuff. I know, not very sexy, but the man isn’t much of a music person.


What do you want people to take away from reading this book?

Well, I hope they think it’s fun. I really just followed these two around for the story, tracking one fun hi-jink after another. And in the process they fell in love. Which was very cool.


What are you currently working on? What other releases do you have planned for 2017?

I’m working on TEMPTING THE DARK, which is out next year.
Here is a list of my upcoming releases:

December: THE CHAMELEON (Elite Crimes Unit #3)
Dec ’18: Untitled so far. Note: this will be the last Nocturne published! I’m very sad about it!

Thanks for blogging at HJ!


Giveaway: I have a paperback set of The Decadent Dames stories: Taming the Hunter, The Witch’s Quest, and The Witch and the Werewolf, for two lucky winners! US only, please.



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Excerpt from The Witch’s Quest:

The inky green sea swirled before Kelyn as he stood at the edge of a granite ledge that hung over the water. The drop to water’s surface was two feet from the stone. Never had referred to finding the tongue of stone that licked over the waters as an excellent vantage point from which to locate mermaids.
The air was heavy with moisture and brewed the salty ocean scents to a heady elixir that even he, with his muted senses, smelled all over, as if his skin were the nose. The sun had disappeared behind clouds, though a weak half circle of muted gold glimpsed out once in a while. It would rain soon, so he hoped to get this done before the deluge.
He checked the blue nylon harness he wore, which strapped about him like a vest. Attached to it were a couple of D-rings, through which he’d threaded the length of rope.
Turning, he followed the rope along the granite surface about thirty feet to where the two of them had wrapped the other end of the rope around a massive boulder that had only budged a little when Kelyn testingly shoved against it. Valor had knotted the rope expertly, commenting she’d learned sailor’s knots when she dated a seaman in the middle of the last century. It should provide a good hold.
And beside the six-foot-high boulder stood Valor. When his gaze met hers she shrugged, and with a wave, she called to him, “What could possibly go wrong?”
The chick was damn cute when she was working the false hope.

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Book Info:

The witch’s redemption…

Kelyn Saint-Pierre always had a bit of a thing for Valor Hearst. But after he makes a harrowing sacrifice to save the tomboyish witch from a gruesome death, Kelyn’s certain that any spark between them is gone forever.

Valor wishes she’d known about Kelyn’s crush before she ruined everything. There may be a way she can repay her smoking-hot champion…but it won’t be easy. Circling the globe on a dangerous mission that pits them against deadly magics and dark creatures, Kelyn and Valor are pushed scorchingly close together. But surrendering to passion may only further bind them in pain…
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Meet the Author:

Award-winning author Michele Hauf has published over 80 novels in historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance, as well as writing action/adventure as Alex Archer and erotica as Michele Renae. The launch author for numerous series at Harlequin, she likes writing in a variety of genres and instead of ‘writing what she knows’ prefers to write ‘what she would love to know and do’ (and yes, that includes being a jewel thief and/or a brain surgeon).
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28 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: The Witch’s Quest by Michele Hauf”

  1. wendy rinebold

    I often go on quests when I get a book in my head I want to read or an author I want to meet.

  2. erinf1

    before amazon’s 2 day shipping, it was always a “quest” to find new releases at the bookstores. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Diana Tidlund

    Yep I’ve collected Hallmark ornaments since they came out and I’ve had to search like crazy to find the ones I couldn’t get when they came out. There was a special edition that you could only get at their release event in California and I live in mass but someone was willing to buy it for me when they went there are we are still Facebook friends

  4. erahime

    I’ve been on a mission to buy a certain item that is located at a certain store franchise. However, the store may not have it, so I have to go to another store of that franchise to find it.. And the satisfaction one gets as you complete the whole journey to find that item.

  5. Jana Leah

    There was one Christmas Eve where my mom & I visited multiple pet stores to try & find my sister a pet frog. We eventually did.

  6. Patricia B.

    I want to have all the books in a series before I read any of them. I prefer to read a series straight through. It keeps the characters and over all story arc fresh. I have looked for over a year for a book to finish a series. That has been true for several series.
    My longest quest was for a book I read as an American History class assignment over 50 years ago. I decided I wanted to read it again, but discovered libraries didn’t have it anymore. It took over 10 years digging through yard sales, thrift stores, junk stores, and library sales before I finally found it. I have come across over 5 more copies since. One bonus is I have an extensive collection of his books that I discovered during my search.
    I think the search is as much fun as finally finding what you wanted.

  7. laurieg72

    One of the places we camped on our honeymoon was a beautiful spot in Olympic National Park. 10years later we tried to return to that campsite only to find that the road we needed to take had been washed out. We hiked in and eventually found our spot. Along the way we were passed by a group of naked hikers returning from the hot springs. My husband also took off his watch so we could go in the hot springs. Unfortunately he forgot to put it back on so we had to trek all the way back to find it . It was quite an adventure but well worth the effort.

  8. Sue C

    When my kids were small I was always on a quest to find their special toy. I spent many hours searching for the right one.

  9. kermitsgirl

    My husband and I are on the neverending quest to find the perfect cheese pizza in our area. Our belief is that you can only determine a pizzeria is any good if their cheese pizza is good. It’s the best way to consume the sauce and crust, which should be all homemade by the pizzeria, without muddling it with other more “adventurous” toppings. The quality of the cheese is also a good indication of what the quality of their other ingredients will be.

    You have to stop and ask “Is this prosciutto and fig pizza good because I like the combination of prosciutto and figs? Or is it because this is actually a well-made pizza?” (I’m pulling flavors from the air, I would never eat a prosciutto and fig pizza, haha.)

    Currently, we’re in disagreement on which pizzeria in our area makes the best cheese pizza – but they’re run by the same family, so it’s understandable 😛 I prefer the uncle’s pizzeria and my husband prefers the nephew’s.

  10. carol L

    When the kids were small and gave us their toy list, it was always a quest when stores were sold out. But the biggest quest was when I tried to find my late brothers son, my nephew. Divorcing when the baby wads only 2 led to he ex leaving the state and after years of searching we came up empty. Knowing he was a young man now at 30 we didn’t quit looking. My youngest daughter happen to be on checking something and left a message regarding my nephew. Within 3. months she got an email from him. He was looking for us also and decided to just check 🙂 It was so wonderful and within a week we all met again. Never give up !
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  11. Teresa Williams

    I’ve been on a quest to find a book I wanted or to find the perfect gift for someone

  12. Amy Rickman

    A previous job I held was basically a finder of lost things in the warehouse it may have been 1 thing or 1,000 so I’ve done numerous quests.

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