Character Spotlight & Giveaway (US/Int): Meet Liz Long’s Ruby, the bewitching heroine from Witch Hearts
Please help me welcome author Liz Long as she gives us a peek into Ruby from Witch Hearts…
Hi everyone! Huge, huge thanks to DaVinciKittie for having me on GraveTells today!
… a powerful witch who can create and perform spells; she can also control electricity or weather when particularly emotional.
- Ruby Jackson is 28 years old
- I like to think her celebrity look-alike is Meghan Ory (who plays Ruby in the fantasy drama show “Once Upon a Time”). Long dark hair, blue eyes, and feminine yet tough enough to stand her ground and do pretty well at it.
- She eats way too much pasta for someone who doesn’t run. Her go to meal at night is naked spaghetti with olive oil, garlic, and pepper flakes because it’s quick, easy, and cheap.
- She’s a huge fan of Florence & the Machine! I think Ruby would also love Ellie Goulding and Jim James of My Morning Jacket – any music with that ethereal voice and sound.
- She has a special talent for telepathically controlling people (she calls them “mental suggestions”) and once convinced someone to give her a summer job as a lifeguard because she wanted a good tan and easy money (she was 20, give her a break).
- Once it’s discovered the witch killer is after Ruby, she and Cooper discuss keeping her safe:
“And I still have to live,” she reminded him. “We have to release Courtney’s ashes, I need to get back to work, hell, I need a gallon of milk from the store! You can’t boss me around and expect me to be happy about it…let’s figure out a solution together.”
About Witch Hearts
How does a witch stay safe if a killer can get through her protection spells?
Witches like Ruby and Courtney can take care of themselves. So when Courtney is murdered, Ruby’s world crashes to a halt. The only thing keeping her grounded is the return of Courtney’s brother, Cooper. He seeks revenge, but Ruby wants to help other witches stay alive. To do that, she’ll have to reunite with her old coven’s High Priest, who also happens to be her cheating ex-boyfriend.
If that wasn’t awkward enough, when the killer gets too close, Cooper temporarily moves into Ruby’s place while a police officer tails her every move. Cooper’s presence distracts Ruby as they fight their desire against their need to stay safe. Then Courtney begins to haunt Ruby’s dreams and secrets are spilled, things from Cooper’s past that could get them both killed. The killer continues to stalk Ruby and the more she discovers, the more she fears she won’t be able to keep her heart in her chest.
Read an excerpt
Cooper and Ruby hopped on his bike and drove back to her place. She even managed to peek out from beneath her helmet to see the city whip past her in a blur. When they finally came to a stop, she untangled herself from him – albeit a tad regretful about it – and handed him back the helmet.
“Thanks again for everything tonight. I know it wasn’t the most fun you could have, but I want everyone to be safe,” she said.
“I understand. I’m glad I went, too. I don’t want anyone else in danger. Plus, you’re good company.” He stood up as he said it, hooking the helmets on his bike.
“You don’t have walk me in or anything. I don’t want to keep you any longer than you need.”
He snorted. “You’re not keeping me from anything. I want to do it, but especially because I want to make sure you’re safe.”
Ruby bit her bottom lip. Her nerves fluttered a bit at the thought of a possible goodnight kiss. She could hardly believe how immature she sounded in her head. It’s your best friend’s brother. This is Cooper we’re talking about, a voice in her head screamed at her. Another voice spoke up. Yeah. It’s Cooper. And your thoughts about him have never been exactly brotherly.
Shaking both voices away, she swiped her key fob by the entrance door and Cooper held it open for her. They took the stairs up to the second floor and walked around the corner to her apartment. Ruby stopped as soon as she saw her door.
“Something’s wrong,” she said.
“What? How can you tell?” He looked up and down the hallway.
“There was a barrier when I left. Remember I checked, put my hand on the door when we left? My spell was in place.”
“There was a soft glow on the door,” he said absentmindedly, as though remembering. His eyes narrowed and Ruby could see his veins throb in his neck as his jaw tightened.
“Only witches would be able to see it, but it’s not there.” Ruby took a few steps forward, placing her hand on the door, which was now simply cool and wooden. She retrieved her key and turned the lock, but Cooper stopped her.
“I’ll go in first.”
He swung the door wide open; he held his hands up in case of a fight or a spell, but silence greeted them. Cooper did a quick sweep of the apartment while Ruby waited in the entryway. He returned with Aziza in one arm and a letter in his hand.
“This was on your coffee table,” he said grimly. “Aziza was hiding behind the couch. She hissed until she realized it was me.”
Ruby took the note from him. As she opened it, Cooper stood beside her to read over her shoulder.
“Not all witches are equal. Some are born with extraordinary gifts; anyone can practice, but few are truly powerful.
You are one of the lucky ones, Ruby. I apologize about your friend Courtney. She was powerful, but nowhere near your capabilities. I’m afraid that in order for my powers to thrive, yours must come to an end. I’ll be seeing you very soon. –X”
About the author
Liz Long is lucky enough to have a dream career in magazine publishing as an editor and writer, yet still have time to create adventures on the side. If you catch her staring off into space or talking to herself, don’t worry – it’s just her imagination at work.
Liz graduated from Longwood University with a BA in English, though her professors might be disappointed to hear she reads more fantasy fiction than literary novels. She also loves action and thriller genres. Her books probably won’t change your life, but she hopes they steal you away from reality for a while.
Liz is giving away one copy of Witch Hearts, winner’s choice of an Kindle e-copy (open to international) or a signed print copy (US shipping only), to a commenter on today’s post! To enter to win, leave a comment or question for Liz or Ruby on this post then fill out the Rafflecopter below. Good luck!