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October News

A new release, pre-order, free poster, my updates, and contest news.

3 Reasons ... is up for Preorder

~beware, bewitched, bewarlocked~

Powerful magic drew me to a cozy, Pacific Northwest town called Mystic Keep, a sanctuary for witches and warlocks. It’s the sort of place where things go bump in the night—every night—and anything can happen. But that’s not what scared me.

My name is Merlina Black. I'm a middle-aged witch who has been around the block on a broom. That is to say, my dreams of finding true love died long ago. When I met the deliciously-handsome warlock, Donovan O'Reilly, my heart sputtered. That's what scared me.

I looked for solid reasons he couldn’t be the one. After all, I was old enough to know there's no such thing as a soulmate, old enough to know love ends in tragedy, and definitely old enough to know sexy warlocks spell trouble. But, something about this mage short-circuited my circuits, stirred my cauldron, and hexed my hormones.

Since bad luck and good magic happen in threes, I figured the cure for my lusty infatuation was to find three reasons to not kiss him. Smooching any warlock is dangerous; lip-locking with this one would be terminal.

Donovan O'Reilly, the town's supernatural sheriff, enjoyed his life as a single dad before he met me, but everything in both our lives was about to change. Danger lurked at the edge of town. When he asked me to join him to conjure a wee bit of magic, sparks flew.

Will our shared magic be strong enough to save the town? And will I find a reason not to kiss him?

This is a steamy, stand-alone, supernatural-romance set in the Mystic Keep Universe. If you like paranormal woman's fiction, witchy romance with a side of humor, and/or a slice of saucy urban fantasy, you'll love this story.

Available for pre-order from all Amazon retail outlets.

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A Free Poster Just for You

Contact me,, if you would like a downloadable pdf or jpg file for this poster.

New Release - Abby's Box Set

The Ghost & Abby Mysteries

When Abigail Jenkins meets a charming, Viking Ghost her life is changed forever. This is a collection of her stories.
A Viking Ghost for Chrismas

To feed her three children, widow Abigail Jenkins takes the only job available in Sunset Cove: night cleaner in the notorious, haunted teahouse.
Midnight Magic

Abby starts her own private detective business catering to the living, and the dead.
Death by Seance

When Abby goes to a seance, one of the group is murdered.
Death by Tarot

Abby searches for the person sending death cards to people in town.

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Other Retailers:

KOBO      Apple     Nook     UBL

Contest News

The September Winner

Thank you for all the submissions this month. Drum Roll. The winner of the September newsletter draw is David H.

The prize is a $5.00 gift card going out today.

October Newsletter Draw

This month I'm doing things differently. The winner of this draw can choose to receive an Amazon or Kobo gift card. I've raised the amount to $10.

For your chance to win, all you need to do is send me a photo of you holding one of my books. My email addy is, and tell me.

Your Reasons to Not Kiss a Warlock

I love all the emails you send me. Here are five of your responses to my question last month, why would you not want to kiss a warlock. The kiss could ...

- turn you into a big green toad

- transfer of power

- cause tooth decay 

- give you a virus:)

- make you want more want more

October 1

My News

I hope you find joy in every day. That's my goal. I know the news is gruesome from top to bottom, but I'm determined to find happiness. A beautiful sunrise, a child's smile, the sound of a loved one's voice. It doesn't take much.

We're enjoying a warm autumn so I've been cycling, writing, and reading every day. 

Currently, I'm polishing 3 Reasons and trying to decide if I should write an origin story for the Mystic Keep Universe, which would be mostly about Ophelia, or write the trilogy I have planned for Jane. There never seems to be enough time in a day and the characters in my head are battling for my attention.

Book Recommendations

One of my greatest passions is reading, but when Covid hit I got stuck in Doom scrolling mode. I couldn't read more than a paragraph. It was awful. A few weeks ago I started doing restorative yoga, and my ability to read returned. Yay!!!  

I'm devouring books again, and I thought I'd share a little about that. Two of my favorite authors, Darynda Jones and Nancy Warren, have new releases. I highly recommend them. (Pictures with attached links below). They are both free on Kindle Unlimited. 

I also joined Kobo+, which has become available in Canada. It's a subscription service like Kindle Unlimited. I pay ten dollars a month and read an unlimited number of ebooks free, but the truly noteworthy thing about Kobo+ is that it's not exclusive, which is a much better situation for writers. With Kindle Unlimited an author can't sell their books on any other platform, but with Kobo+ they can.

Through Kobo+ I read Emily Kimelman's, Sydney Rye Mystery series. Her main character is refreshingly honest about her sexuality and life in general, and I found the stories about taking down truly bad guys (like human traffickers)  fast-paced. I also loved her dog. After a few books, I found they were getting too violent for me, but I enjoyed them. I'll include one of her covers as well. It's wonderful to sink into a story and leave the world behind.

I wish you a wonderful October filled with Pumpkin spice and everything nice.

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