Today, I have Tara Tyler on the blog with her new book, Windy Hollow. Tara had a long journey to get this book published! I'm excited that it's finally here for her to share with the world. Congrats, Tara!
Thank you for having me, Patricia!
Today, I'll be talking about Keeping Magic Alive (and no, this is not about marriage counseling!)
Magic is wonderful!
Doesn't everyone wish they could do a little magic? Wouldn't it be great to snap your fingers, wave a magic wand, say some special words, or wriggle your nose to make things happen?
poof! I'm skinny! poof! I have a new car!
poof! enemies are now friends!
and my favorite: poof! the house is clean!
Magic also comes from special relationships--love, friendship, honor and duty, hope, faith. These qualities inspire us to do great, and sometimes impossible, things!
And that's how we keep magic alive. Writers do this all the time by writing characters with those qualities, having them overcome obstacles, and show how they become better for it. Magical! No matter what genre, there's magic in every story: readers connect with the words and envision the scenes in their heads, and it becomes a part of their lives, a part of who they are.
Keep magic alive by looking for it in the world around you: nature, human interactions, your own experiences. Everyone has a little magic inside them. Inspiration is magic--you'll be surprised at how possible the impossible can become!
My magic powers: teaching math so kids understand it and getting things done against the odds!
What magic power do you have?
Patricia and I go way back. I'm so glad we've stayed friends through publishing's ups and downs! Make sure you check out her latest magical creations - magnificent magnets and creative cover for Leaves of Fall
Magic abounds in Beast World -- I hope it piques your interest!
Beast World MG Fantasy Series, book #3
by Tara Tyler
This summer, Gabe and his friends fly over the Great Sea for the wedding of the century: a dragon prince and a beautiful harpy. But Gabe can't relax on this vacation. Besides competing in rigorous wedding events, he overhears the nearby human village WINDY HOLLOW is in danger from an evil human scientist and a vengeful were-ogre experimenting on beasts. Gabe and his friends risk crossing the mountains to help, despite several warnings.
Maybe he's going too far this time, but he's in too deep to quit. It's do or die, hopefully not die!
Tara Tyler has had a hand in everything from waitressing to rocket engineering. After moving all over the US, she now writes and teaches math in Ohio with her husband and one boy left in the nest. She has two series, Pop Travel (sci-fi detective thrillers) and Beast World (fantasy adventures), plus her UnPrincess novella series where the maidens save themselves. She's a commended blogger, contributed to several anthologies, and to fit in all these projects, she economizes her time, aka the Lazy Housewifeâsomeday she might write a book on that... Make every day an adventure!
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Allie McCormack is a new writing friend I made this year. She has a paranormal romance series with genies, and you know me and supernatural beings. I was all over that. The first book in the series, Wishes in A Bottle, was a fun read. The characters were charming, so as soon as I finished, I was tweeting Allie that I wanted book two NOW. She made me wait, like, two months! ;)
About the Book
Douglas needed a miracle. What he got was a genie...
Veterinarian Douglas McCandliss considered himself an ordinary kinda guy with an ordinary kinda life. He had no idea why he'd bought the old silver teapot, and when a young woman appeared before him claiming to be a genie, he almost wished he hadn't. If only she wasn't so damned cute.
Ebullient and cheerful, Jacinth loved granting wishes and helping people. So she was thrilled when her teapot's new owner, a single father with custody of two young children, asked her to stay until he could find a nanny. The problem was, the longer she stayed, the more she was attracted to Douglas, and she was certainly not willing to turn over care of Ben and little Molly to just anybody. But she was a 900-year-old Djinn, and had no intention of falling in love with a mortal man. None whatsoever.
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About the Author
A former career medical transcriptionist and disabled Veteran, Allie McCormack is now writing from home full-time. Allie has traveled quite a bit and lived many places all over the U.S., and also a year in Cairo, Egypt as an exchange student, and a year in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia under contract to a hospital there, plus a short stint with NATO while she was in the Army. As a single mom, she raised a wonderful daughter who's recently married and there are plans afoot for grandchildren. Allie now lives in the beautiful Sorona Desert in southern Arizona with her two rescue cats and writes full-time.
Allie says: "A writer is who and what I am... a romance writer. I write what I know, and what I know is romance. Dozens of story lines and literally hundreds of characters live and breathe within the not-so-narrow confines of my imagination, and it is my joy and privilege to bring them to life, to share them with others by writing their stories."
One of the most common questions writers are asked is, “Where do you get your ideas?”
My answer: “I travel.”
Sounds simple enough. However, since I write supernatural suspense, this often means braving the world’s most haunted places. Sometimes the ghosts won’t come to you—you have to go to them.
While planning a trip to Romania for the Transylvania Horror Writer’s (sic) Retreat, I discovered the world’s most haunted forest, Hoia Baciu, was located in Cluj-Napoca. The very same city my flight would arrive and depart from.
It was clearly meant to be.
Hoia Baciu was named for a shepherd who vanished in the forest, along with his flock of 200 sheep. According to Romanian legend, neither shepherd nor sheep were ever seen again. Most locals who live near the forest are reportedly afraid to go inside, believing they will also disappear. Those courageous enough to venture within have suffered from strange rashes, headaches, burns, scratches, and nausea, among other ailments. Some experience a high level of anxiety while in the forest, along with the sensation of being watched. Electronics often malfunction in the area as well.
One of the creepiest stories about the forest involves the disappearance of a five-year-old girl. Legend has it that she reappeared several years later, wearing the same clothes she’d worn on the day she vanished. She had no memory of what had happened to her during the years she was missing.
When it comes to haunted locations and spirit sightings, I keep an open mind. Even if they exist, ghosts are hardly going to arrive on command. Hoia Baciu could be the most haunted place in the world, but that didn’t mean I was going to experience anything. Right?
The first strange thing I noticed upon arriving at Hoia Baciu seemed pretty harmless. It was a large, circular clearing filled with nothing but grass and tiny purple wildflowers. If I had to guess at its size, I’d say it was probably the size of a football field—perhaps two football fields. What was a clearing doing in the middle of a forest? Why did no trees grow here? And why was it a near-perfect circle? I wondered if this was how the UFO rumors started. My guide told me the soil had been tested many times, but no abnormalities had been found.
Once past the clearing, another odd aspect of Hoia Baciu was immediately apparent. Every single tree was deformed in some way. Some were curved downwards, into arches, while others had grown into elaborate shapes, like the famous “harp” tree. Many had large burls, or growths, on them. Even odder, one tree had a greenish mist surrounding it—a fog concentrated on a single tree. Bizarre.
Hyper aware of my surroundings, I searched for any other indication that something was “off” about the forest. If it truly was a haunted, dangerous place, the birds and reptiles weren’t bothered—Hoia Baciu rang with birdsong, and fat, green frogs were everywhere, enjoying the multitude of marshy puddles.
The reputation the forest has for being disorienting is true, my guide attested, admitting that even he occasionally gets lost. As we explored, I didn’t feel like anyone was watching me, but I did feel something else—sick. It started off as terrible stomach cramps, and worsened when a sheering pain shot through my forehead, the most sudden onset of a migraine I’d ever experienced. Embarrassed by my body’s reaction, I couldn’t tell my guide what I was feeling. I just gritted my teeth and hoped I’d survive the tour.
Finally, it was over, and I can’t remember ever being happier to leave a place in my life. As soon as I escaped the tree cover, my migraine vanished. My stomach took a bit longer to recover, but thankfully, I was back to normal in time for my overseas flight home.
Is Hoia Baciu really haunted? Based on my experience, I couldn’t say for sure, but I can tell you this—I certainly wouldn’t recommend it for a Sunday stroll.
J.H. Moncrieff’s new release, Forest of Ghosts, was inspired by her real-life experiences in Romania, including Hoia Baciu, the world’s most haunted forest.
Jackson Stone is sick of ghosts. With his love life in shambles, he heads to Romania for a horror writers’ retreat, hoping it will be a break from the supernatural and breathing space from his relationship with medium Kate Carlsson.
But as his fellow writers begin disappearing or losing their minds, he realizes he needs Kate’s help.
When Jackson loses his own memory, Kate’s love is the only thing that can bring him back. But she’s falling for the man responsible for the evil in Romania. A man who claims to be her soul mate. Will this master of wraiths forever break Kate’s bond with Jackson?
About the Author
Raised in the far north, amid Jack London’s world of dog sleds and endless winters, J.H. Moncrieff has been obsessed with psychological suspense, mysteries, and true crime for as long as she can remember. She’s endlessly fascinated by what makes people tick and has visited many of the world’s most haunted places.
J.H. loves to hear from readers. To get free ebooks and a new spooky story every week, check out her Hidden Library.
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Today I'm handing the blog over to Tonja Drecker for her new release, Music Box, which, OMG this sounds good. I know what I'm reading soon.
“I only desire your talent...”
Twelve-year-old Lindsey McKay's biggest dream is to be a famous ballerina. But after moving to New York, she ends up at the Community Center with a teacher who’s a burly bear in tights.
When she meets Madame Destinée, the teacher of a top dance school who offers her classes for free, Lindsey can't believe her luck. In exchange, she must perform in the school’s exclusive midnight shows, ones sure to make her a star. But something’s not right...
One by one, the other dancers disappear. Each time they do, a music box with a figurine just like the missing ballerina joins Madame Destinée’s growing collection. If Lindsey doesn’t discover the truth about the dance school, she might end up a tiny figurine herself.
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When she’s not tending her chickens and cows, she’s discovering new adventures, nibbling chocolate and sipping a cup of tea.
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