Monday, October 14, 2019

HERE BE NEWS for October 14, 2019

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author


Monday, October 7 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the gang at Here Be Magic.

Tuesday, October 8 -
PETS IN SPACE 4®” – Sci-fi romance author Veronica Scott is our guest today on Here Be Magic, with an excerpt from her new story, STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE. Every Pets In Space® anthology helps support a service dog organization! 

Thursday, October 10 -
SHAZAM!” – What is a spell? Are there rules for using magick? Author Ruth A. Casie explores the world of spellcasting on Here Be Magic.

Friday, October 11 -
"SCARY MOVIES 2 - THE ONES WE LOVE TO WATCH AGAIN + AGAIN" - Are there certain movies you simply MUST watch every Halloween? The Here Be Magic authors share their favorites in Part Two of their Scary Movie series. Don't forget to enter the GIVEAWAY! 

With Halloween on the way, the Here Be Magic gang got talking about horror movies - both the fun and the frightening. Of course we had to share, so we've come up with a four-part "Scary Movies" series for October!  We also have a month-long CONTEST you can enter on any one of these posts!

Part One appeared on Friday, Oct 4: "SCARY MOVIES 1 - THE ONES THAT TERRIFIED US AS KIDS!" - When you're little, a movie doesn't have to be from the horror genre to scare the bejeebers out of you!

Part Two came out on Friday, Oct. 11: "SCARY MOVIES 2 - THE ONES WE LOVE TO WATCH AGAIN + AGAIN" - Are there certain movies you simply MUST watch every Halloween?  Or any time?

Watch for our next installment on Friday, Oct. 18!


Friday, October 11, 2019

SCARY MOVIES 2 - The Ones We Love to Watch Again and Again! + A GIVEAWAY

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author
We might have seen them a dozen times or more. We might even own our own copy. But when these flicks appear on the TV, resistance is futile...

JODY - "The only scary movie I’ve watched more than once is TREMORS and I will watch Kevin Bacon in all of his 6 graboid degrees any time that movie is on! It’s one of my favorite movies of all time, especially the acting role Reba McIntyre, yes that Reba, has in the movie. I haven’t shown my kids yet because they do NOT like scary movies, but now I’m feeling the urge for a re-watch." 

~ Jody Wallace,

LINDA - "Is it wrong to love a zombie Christmas movie? My fave is “Anna and the Apocalypse”. And it’s a musical!" 

~ Linda Mooney,

DANI - "When my kids were teenagers, Halloween was a whole season at our house! Punctuated by every Simpsons Treehouse of Horror episode ever made, there was a looong list of movies to be watched, including famous franchises like Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th

"But I have some personal favorites of my own that I never get tired of. One of my top favs is CONSTANTINE featuring Keanu Reeves as the demon hunter, John Constantine." 
~ Dani Harper,


ANGELA - "John Carpenter's “Halloween” (1978) is one of my all-time favorite movies, so of course, I have to watch it every October (although I watch it other times of the year too if I'm in the mood). I even binge the sequels, including the ones that are terrible, although I have only been able to watch the Rob Zombie remakes once. Same with the 2018 film. I just did not like those. The original, though, is one my entire family used to watch every Halloween (yeah, we were weird). 

"For me, it’s part nostalgia to watch it, but also, it still manages to give me the creeps a little bit. And Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode is the perfect Final Girl role model -- you know, in case you ever come face to face with a maniac serial killer." 

~ Angela Campbell,

PG - "I'm not sure this counts as a "scary" movie, but it's weird, bloody and violent and yet I've watched it several times--although not anytime recently. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia is just...strange. It's almost comedic. I'm not sure if it's a genuinely bad movie, or if it's "badness" is a work of genius." 
~ PG Forte,

MAUREEN – “I can't pass up The ShiningConstantine or The Silence of the Lambs and other oldies-but-goodies if I see that they're on.” 
~ Maureen Bonatch,

SHAWNA - "I rarely have time to re-watch movies, but I've seen Crimson Peak three times and plan to watch it again this Halloween. Not only does it boast Tom Hiddleston in period clothing (though this would be reason enough) but it is a beautiful example of the gothic horror genre, with just the slightest hint of steampunk." ~ Shawna Reppert,


CINDY - "I'm actually not a big fan of horror, though I love suspense and paranormal. My favorite has to be Rocky Horror Picture Show just for the sheer cult classicism of it all. Oh--and I almost forgot Nightmare before Christmas." ~ Cindy Spencer Paper, 

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Thursday, October 10, 2019


Posted by: Ruth A Casie
Spells and spellcasting. The very first spell I clearly remember is salagadoola mechicka boola bibbidi-bobbidi-boo. Put them together and what do you get? Cinderella! A magic coach, horses, a footman, glass slippers and a beautiful ball gown and let’s not forget the handsome prince.

What makes the fairy-godmother’s words a spell? A spell is much like a prayer said with a great deal of intent, focus, and will that gives words (or nonsense ones) new meanings. Deborah Blake, an authority on Wiccans, explains that taking a shower can be a magical event. Your intent or goal is to wash away the stress of the day. You focus on the water pouring down on you and visualize your stress being washed away. Your will is to apply energy to the task. Along with the words she uses to increase the impact of the magick “Water, water, wash away all the stress of the day,” your shower becomes magickal. So, is Cinderella’s fairy-godmother invoking magick?

Her fairy-godmother cast her spell speaking an incantation to create a specific outcome. She clearly imagined what she wanted. She intended the magic coach, horse, etc. to all appear. She was keening focused on the results. And through sheer will she used all the energy at her disposal to make it happen.

What is a spell? Spells are written or spoken words together with set actions sometimes using objects, all with the intent to bring about specific results. The words are the important thing. The actions and objects are used to help the spellcaster concentrate and amplify their request. They use what they feel works well for them candles, herbs, oils, gems and other things. Color, phases of the moon and the day of the week may also play an important part of the spell.

Are there any rules for using magick? Deborah Blake, in her book, The Goddess is in the Details by Llewellyn Publications, July 2009, lays out the seven beliefs at the heart of being a witch.

  1. Harm none. The Wiccan Rede says, “An it harm none, do as ye will.” While this sounds simple, whatever you do make certain you harm no one. That includes yourself and anyone else. She pointed out quite clearly that downstream affects are really unknown. This rule is a guideline and a reminder that the intent should always be to do good.
  2. Do not interfere with free will. Everyone is responsible for their own actions and should not interfere with the actions of others. Not every witch (other regular person for that matter) seems to believe in this.
  3. What you put out (into the universe) is what you get back. The Law of Return. I believe very strongly in this rule and I’m not a witch. I call it paying it forward. I truly believe that if you give of yourself will come back to you threefold.
  4. As above, so below: Words have power. Witches believe that words have power. It is the reason why spells are said out loud—to announce your intention to the universe. They also believe symbols can be used to heighten the effects of words and can stand for objects or ideas. Sometimes they use candles, stones, water, wine, or anything that will help connect them to the object or idea. As above, so below means they not only have the power to effect change through symbolism and their connection with the universe, but they must also be careful with their words and thoughts. Ms. Blake gave a great example. If words have power, and you get back what you put out, think what would happen when you say, “I hate you.”
  5. Magick is real and witches can use it to bring about positive change. With combination of their belief that they can bring about positive change and the power of words and symbols, they use intent and focus to alter their world.
  6. We are part of nature. All Pagans have one thing in common—they respect nature and believe they are a part of it, not above it. While traditional religions view humans as superior, Pagans see themselves as guardians. Witches worship the mother earth, the nature goddess. They follow the cycle of the seasons and strive to connect to nature and stay close to their primordial gods.
  7. The divine is in everything, including us. Pagans believe in the old gods and goddesses and that there is an element of the divine in everything. This is at the heart of what it means to be a witch. This connection to the universe and to the divine gives witches both power and responsibility. It connects them to every other living being.
  8. So, let me leave you with this. Find a comfortable place to sit where you won’t be disturbed. Light a white candle, take a sip of red wine, hold the book your reading, and say:

The winds are still, as the words unfold.
Strong is the will, as the story is told.
Peace fills the room, and carries you away.
Imagination in bloom, the rest of the day.

Now sit back, open your book and enjoy the adventure. Happy Reading!

Oh... if I've enticed you to read a story with spells and adventure, you may like this one.

England, 1290

Lord Alex Stelton can't resist a challenge, especially one with a prize like this: protect a castle on the Scottish border for a year, and it's his. Desperate for land of his own, he'll do anything to win the estate—even enter a proxy marriage to Lady Lisbeth Reynolds, the rumored witch who lives there.

Feared and scorned for her second sight, Lisbeth swore she'd never marry, but she is drawn to the handsome, confident Alex. She sees great love with him but fears what he would think of her gift and her visions of a traitor in their midst.

Despite his own vow never to fall in love, Alex can't get the alluring Lisbeth out of his mind and is driven to protect her when attacks begin on the border. But as her visions of danger intensify, Lisbeth knows it is she who must protect him. Realizing they'll secure their future only by facing the threat together, she must choose between keeping her magic a secret and losing the man she loves.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Veronica Scott Shares Excerpt from Pets In Space 4 STAR CRUISE IDOL'S CURSE

Posted by: Veronica Scott

Thanks for having me as your guest today! Always fun to return to Here Be Magic… 

About four years ago, my author friend Pauline B. Jones and I started a fun project we call Pets In Space® and invited some other science fiction romance authors to join in. We put together an annual collection of all new stories featuring action, adventure, romance and a pet of some sort involved in the story. Sort of like “Lassie in space”. (Not the racier kind of ‘pets’ you find in some steamy fiction!).

The idea was to find new readers for scifi romance and to support a worthy cause with a portion of the royalties. Now in our fourth year, we’ve hit the USA Today Best Seller list twice and been able to give our charity quite a nice chunk of donations, thanks to our wonderful readers. 

Pets in Space® 4 Anthology Blurb:

For a limited time only! Pets in Space® 4 is proud to present 13 amazing, original new stories! Join the adventures as today’s leading Science Fiction Romance authors take you on a journey to another world. Pets in Space® proudly supports, a non-profit charity that provides service animals to veterans and first responders in need. Join New York Times, USA TODAY and Award-winning Bestselling authors S.E. Smith, Anna Hackett, Tiffany Roberts, Veronica Scott, Pauline Baird Jones, Laurie A. Green, Donna McDonald, Regine Abel, Alexis Glynn Latner, JC Hay, E.D. Walker, Kyndra Hatch, and Cassandra Chandler for another exciting Pets in Space® anthology. Get the stories before they are gone!

Proud supporters of, Pets in Space® authors have donated over $7,100 in the past three years to help place specially trained dogs with veterans and first responders. 10% of all pre-orders and the first month’s royalties of Pets in Space® 4 will again go to Open your hearts and grab your limited release copy of Pets in Space® 4 today so together we can continue to assist this worthy charity!

I always set my Pets In Space® stories on an interstellar cruise liner and have had all kinds of pets from a cat to an eagle to an alien blend of a tribble and a red-tailed panda. This year my pet is an alien ‘dog’, named Charrli. Here’s a bit more about my full length novel in the anthology:

STAR CRUISE: IDOL’S CURSE (The Sectors SF Romance Series)
An unusual bequest….

Juli Shaeffer, the Nebula Zephyr’s cruise director, receives a mysterious bequest from the estate of a longtime passenger – a lump of rock taken from a reef on the planet Tahumaroa. Legend states anyone who steals from the ocean gods will be cursed. The passenger’s will requests the rock be returned to the beach so his heirs won’t be affected by the bad luck he believed he’d incurred. Juli doesn’t believe in superstitions and she agrees to carry out this small favor on the ship’s next stop at the planet in question.

Until the rock disappears from her office…

When the rock disappears and reappears in various locations around the ship, and seems connected to a steadily escalating series of mishaps, Juli turns to Third Officer Steve Aureli as the only one she feels she can trust. Along with Steve and his elderly Aunt Dian – a passenger aboard the Nebula Zephyr for this cruise - she investigates the strange series of malfunctions plaguing the interstellar luxury liner. Steve and Juli enlist his Aunt Dian’s dog, Charrli, a retired Sectors Z Corps canine, to help them track the missing rock as it moves about the ship.

Juli and Steve must find the rock, hang onto it and transport it to the planet’s surface, before the alien idol’s curse turns deadly. The attraction between the two of them grows as the threat to Juli becomes more and more focused. Can she carry out her task while he keeps her safe from the alien curse? Will the capricious alien idol bring them good fortune…or disaster?

Here’s a quick excerpt as Juli and the rest of the ship’s crew begin to realize the trouble they might be in: Maeve, the ship’s governing Artificial Intelligence, spoke next. “I am unable to identify any anomaly in my systems. There was no command given or received to alter the air pressure flow on Level Five, other than the time boxed kite event, which occurred early in the day and ended as scheduled. I’m currently devoting extra ganglions to controlling all systems in the ship which affect life support. I’m also running specialized analysis, drilling into the available data for any clue or predictor of the problem.”

Captain Fleming nodded, rotating his chair to face Juli. “Anything to add?”

She swallowed hard. “Yes, sir, I believe I do.” Steve flashed her an encouraging smile, raising his eyebrows. The captain is either going to believe my wild tale or write my career off for being space happy. “Sir, do you remember the special assignment I took on? Retrieving a rock that a now deceased passenger had taken from Tahumaroa Two and returning it to the planet on his behalf? I found the rock in the sand on Level Five right before the winds started blowing.”

Jake made a quickly suppressed sound of surprise. The Executive Officer was staring at her with his mouth open. Fleming raised his eyebrows but was stoic. “Did anyone else see the rock? Maeve?”

“I had a ganglion in the general area but the picture was fuzzy.” The AI projected a miniature trideo on the burnished conference table and Juli saw herself and Charli on the beach, but the quality was grainy and broke up into fragments. There was no sign of the rock and from all appearances she and the dog were playing.

“My aunt said Charrli agreed the rock was there,” Steve said. “They’re a former Z Corps team. The dog has unusual capabilities and an enhanced IQ and has been used in the past for gathering intel. If he told Dian he observed the rock, there’s no doubt. A causal link to the malfunction has yet to be established of course. ”

“Do you have a theory, Juli?” the captain asked.

“I can’t even begin to guess, sir, unless the rock contains an unknown type of alien sentience and has the ability to teleport, and to affect systems in its vicinity.” She blushed as she heard how ridiculous she sounded. Like I’m reciting the plot of a bad trideo action movie. “My groundcar did break down shortly after I took the rock from the lawyer’s office but I realize that’s not conclusive.” And the diva lost her voice right when I was going to stick the rock in my safe. She remembered how ill at ease Cilla the lawyer had been the whole time Juli had been in the office, as well as the several odd instances of minor damage in the vicinity.

“Could be a series of coincidences,” Jake said as if he was reading her mind.
“I’ve seen countless unbelievable things in my years traveling through the Sectors and outside the fence on missions,” Fleming said after a moment’s silence. “Where is the rock now?”

“It’s supposed to be in my office,” she said.

Author Bio and Links:

USA Today Best Selling Author
 Veronica Scott grew up in a house with a library as its heart. Dad loved science fiction, Mom loved ancient history and Veronica thought there needed to be more romance in everything. When she ran out of books to read, she started writing her own stories.

Seven time winner of the SFR Galaxy Award, as well as a National Excellence in Romance Fiction Award, Veronica is also the proud recipient of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal relating to her former day job, not her romances!

 She read the part of Star Trek Crew Member in the official audiobook production of Harlan Ellison’s “The City On the Edge of Forever.”

Monday, October 7, 2019

HERE BE NEWS FOR October 7, 2019

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author


Monday, September 30 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the gang at Here Be Magic.

Tuesday, October 1 -

THE GIDDINESS OF A NEW PROJECT” – What do writers do after they finish a manuscript? They get lots of New Shiny Ideas of course! Author Nicole Luiken reveals her project plans on Here Be Magic. 

Wednesday, October 2 -
AHHH, OCTOBER IS HERE AGAIN” – Halloween is author Angela Campbell’s favorite season, and she’s discovered some great podcasts to help you get into the “spirit” of things! 

Friday, October 4 - 
"SCARY MOVIES 1 - The Ones That Terrified Us as Kids!" - The Here Be Magic gang got talking about horror movies - both the fun and the frightening. Of course we had to share, so we've come up with a four-part "Scary Movies" series for October PLUS A GIVEAWAY. Welcome to our first installment! 

Saturday, October 5 -
This week's Bring It Back(list) feature is BLOOD TENDERLYa paranormal horror romance by Linda Mooney writing as Gail Smith. And the ebook’s on sale! Scroll below for all the details.

A paranormal horror romance 
by Linda Mooney 
writing as Gail Smith

Word Count:  11K

Available in ebook, paperback or audiobook

With the cold weather quickly setting in, Lark is trying to ensure she has what she needs to make it through another bone-chilling winter in the cabin in the woods, but something has decided to pay her a visit. The question is, who? Or better yet, what?

There is a human invading his sanctuary, and he is determined to get rid of her. Humans in the past have left of their own accord, but not without a threat from him. However, this one is proving difficult. But she’ll go. One way or another, he will make her.

The thing is demanding that Lark leave, but she has nowhere to go. No one who cares.  So she's determined to stand her ground.

After all, what does she have to lose, besides her life?

During the month of October, get this ebook for 99 cents! (Available at this price only on Amazon and Linda's website. Note: Click BUY EBOOK to get the Nook or PDF version.)


With Halloween on the way, the Here Be Magic gang got talking about horror movies - both the fun and the frightening. Of course we had to share, so we've come up with a four-part "Scary Movies" series for October! 

Check out our first installment (and enter the contest) at 


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Bring It Back(list) - BLOOD TENDERLY, a Paranormal Horror Romance

Posted by: Linda Mooney
During the month of October, get this ebook for 99 cents! (Available at this price only on Amazon and my website. Note: Click BUY EBOOK to get the Nook or PDF version.)

Paranormal Horror Romance

by Linda Mooney
Writing as Gail Smith
Word Count:  11K
$0.99 e / $6.99 p / $6.95 a

With the cold weather quickly setting in, Lark is trying to ensure she has what she needs to make it through another bone-chilling winter in the cabin in the woods, but something has decided to pay her a visit. The question is, who? Or better yet, what?

There is a human invading his sanctuary, and he is determined to get rid of her. Humans in the past have left of their own accord, but not without a threat from him. However, this one is proving difficult. But she’ll go. One way or another, he will make her.

The thing is demanding that Lark leave, but she has nowhere to go. No one who cares.  So she's determined to stand her ground.

After all, what does she have to lose, besides her life? 

Friday, October 4, 2019

SCARY MOVIES 1 - The Ones That Terrified Us as Kids! + A GIVEAWAY

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author

With Halloween on the way, the Here Be Magic gang got talking about horror movies - both the fun and the frightening. Of course we had to share, so we've come up with a four-part "Scary Movies" series for October. Welcome to our first installment!

And since it's not Halloween without treats, be sure to enter our month-long giveaway at the end of this post!

LINDA - "I didn’t get to watch scary movies at home when I was young, but when my family would go to my grandparents’ house, on Saturday afternoons, a local TV station would show those old-timey black and white movies from the 50s. My first horror movie was “Dracula” with Bela Lugosi, and it terrified me. I even remember it to this day, especially the scene where the camera moved into a close-up of his mesmerizing eyes." 
~ Linda Mooney,

DANI - "When you're little, a movie doesn't have to be from the horror genre to scare the bejeebers out of you. My husband was traumatized by the Wicked Witch in "The Wizard of Oz" when he was three! 

As for me, I had nightmares for years from the disembodied face in the magic mirror in Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs". To this day, I have an aversion to masks. 

When I was eight or nine, TV airings of old movies like Invaders from Mars (1953) and Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959) scared me silly!" 
~ Dani Harper,

MAUREEN - “I can't remember anything about the movie but "This House Possessed" always comes up in my memory as one that scared me. That, and the move, "Magic". I used to want a ventriloquist doll until that - now I'm freaked out by them!” 
~ Maureen Bonatch, 

ANGELA – “I was the youngest child with three older brothers, so I received an early education in horror movies at a ridiculously young age. The brother I was closest to was 18 years older than me, and he had his own place. Some weekends, I would spend the night with him, and we would rent and watch movies. He loved zombie movies, but they terrified me. The original “Dawn of the Dead” traumatized me to no end. 

"There was one movie called “Mortuary” (1983) that I could not finish.  I started crying, made him turn it off, and begged him to let me sleep on the floor of his room. All I remember is a creepy dude in a black robe with a zombie-like white face kept popping out of the dark and killing people in horrifying ways. 

"While I’ve gotten over my fear of zombie movies, my brother still teases me about that one movie that terrified me. “What was it called?” he always asks. “Mortuary,” I grumble. While I’m sure if I watched it today I would probably laugh at how utterly cheesy it is, but that terrified 10-year-old girl who still lives inside me won’t allow me to watch it. Nope. Not gonna happen.” 
~ Angela Campbell,

JODY - "I don’t remember many scary movies from when I was small but I remember as a young teenager SOMEHOW stumbling across a movie called INCUBUS – probably thanks to one of my fancy friends who had cable TV. It horrified me! Was pretty much sexual violence against women from beginning to end with this sort of sick perverse overlay of horror and one of those creepy open endings. DO NOT RECOMMEND." 
~ Jody Wallace, 

CINDY - "The song Pink Elephants on Parade from Dumbo scared the crap out of me as a little kid!" 
~ Cindy Spencer Pape,

NICOLE - "Okay, this was a TV show, not a movie. The science fiction show Space 1999 used to scare me as a kid. If something really tense was happening, I couldn't bear to watch so I'd run down the hallway. But then I had to find out what happened so I'd run back. 

"The funny thing is, one of my kids does a similar thing. If she reaches a tense part of a book, she gets up to pace." 
~ Nicole Luiken, 

SHAWNA - "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder version) thoroughly freaked me out when I was about 5. My aunt who was babysitting had to turn it off after the little girl blew up like a blueberry balloon and floated off, so I never did see all the kids getting restored at the end. 

"I was 21 before my then-husband got me to sit down and watch it through, and at that point I thoroughly enjoyed it." 
~ Shawna Reppert,

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Ahhh, October is here again

Posted by: Angela Campbell
I am one of those people.

You know, those people who can’t wait for summer to end because it means fall has arrived. The type of person who starts putting up Halloween decorations before October and who fills their free days with outings to fall festivals and haunted houses. Not to mention, I spend many evenings alternating between binging horror movies and watching some autumn-themed Hallmark movies.

October is my favorite month.

This year I have discovered another way to enjoy fall — podcasts. I listen to podcasts during my day job, and I have discovered some great ones I want to share today. If you have time and enjoy podcasts, these are some of the best ones to help get you in the October spirit!

"Do you wanna hear something scary?" Sapphire and Markeia entertain us every week as they share  the creepiest ghost stories, urban legends, and folktales. This well-produced podcast shares reader-submitted scary stories, and they are told in fun and frightening ways. Seriously, this one is a favorite of mine. Go check it out.

If you were a fan of “The X-Files,” you will love this fictional podcast. The description from Wikipedia sums it up pretty well: Journalist Alex Reagan "narrates a nonfiction-styled fictional story over multiple episodes, using a format that has been compared to Serial. The story begins as a biography of paranormal investigator Dr. Richard Strand (voiced by Christian Sloan), an "evangelical skeptic" on a mission to debunk all claims of the supernatural. Reagan becomes interested in his collection of unsolved cases, which she begins calling his "Black Tapes,"and the podcast evolves into an exploration of these cases, paranormal culture, and the mysterious life of Dr. Strand.“ This podcast  from a few years ago is complete and you can binge all three seasons in a day.

"A podcast about mysteries, the paranormal, urban legends and folklore. But ya know, keeping it light with humor, too." Brother and sister hosts delve into unknown subjects, such as Stonehenge, Bigfoot, and crop circles, by sharing little-known facts - and having a good-humored old time in the process. This one is more educational/conversational, butI’ve learned a lot of fun facts about legends since I started listening.


Angela Campbell is the author of a paranormal suspense series from Harper Collins. Learn more at

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The Giddiness of a New Project

Posted by: Nicole Luiken
I finished the third draft to my YA fantasy novel mid-September (working title: Replacing the Princess) and I'm so happy to be done that I'm giddy.

I am not a very fast writer, and I like to take breaks between drafts which often results in projects stretching out over years. According to my notes I wrote the 1st draft in Fall 2016, the 2nd draft from March to Sept of 2018, and the 3rd draft from Feb to Sept this year. Nor, sadly, am I completely done. There's still at least a 4th draft to go, after I get crits back from my writer's group, but those usually take less time. The brunt of the work is done.

But for now I don't  have to think about the novel for a little while. I already have my October goals set out: I want to plot out a sequel novel to Path of Power and get it to the synopsis and sample chapter stage, and I've promised my fans that I'd finish the first draft on Mike & Angel book five which I've been stuck on forever. That should take me to the end of October. And then (rubs hands gleefully) I have choices to make.

Several New Shiny Ideas have popped into my head: The Moon is Falling and Big House in the Jurassic Woods are the frontrunners. Then there's Mage in a Coma, book three in a planned  but unpublished paranormal romance series. I have a kickass first chapter for it on my hard drive, but no more. Seeing Eye Boy is an idea I've been kicking around for years... I'm itching to write first drafts for all of these.

Then there are a few first drafts out there that I'd like to revise sometimes soon-ish: Unscripted, my androids-in-love novella, and By Glamour Deceived, book two in the aforementioned paranormal romance series.

Plus, there's a trunk novel of mine, Jayne's Keeper, which may be due for reviving. (If my friend Barb is reading this, she's saying Yes, pick that one.) And Distant Beating of Wings which used to be book one in the paranormal romance series, but which has.... problems. (It was my first stab at a romance and I got some fundamental things wrong.)

And, of course, I can actually write either the Path of Power or the Replacing the Princess sequel...

So many choices, so little time. But for now I'm having fun with the possibilities!

Monday, September 30, 2019

HERE BE NEWS for Sept 30, 2019

Posted by: Dani Harper, Author


Monday, September 23 
"HERE BE NEWS" - All the latest from the gang at Here Be Magic.

Tuesday, September 24 -

A CLEANSING OF THE SOUL” – After finishing their latest story, sometimes a writer needs to get away from it all – or maybe they just need to re-engage with the real world. Linda Mooney shares her own experience on Here Be Magic.

Wednesday, September 25 -
MOVED!” – Author PG Forte announces she’s arrived – and survived! (Now all she has to do is thrive…) 


With Halloween on the way, the Here Be Magic gang has come up with a four-part series of posts for October! Each Friday we’ll have a new fun topic ---- and since Halloween is the perfect time for treats, we’ll also have a GIVEAWAY for you to enter!

Watch for this fun post on Friday, October 4th,
and for more installments on the
following Fridays in this month.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019


Posted by: PG Forte

This whole last month should have come with a disclaimer, “Brought to you by Murphy’s Law.” We’ve had accidents, injuries, malfunctions, miscommunications and complications galore. Not to mention that every single freakish thing that could have gone sideways, absolutely did. But we made it! We survived the Great Move of 2019. And I’m thinking it would be nice to get T-Shirts printed to commemorate the occasion, except that the very last thing I want to do, after having purged and edited, given away, released and culled, is buy more stuff!  

But, there’s finally some light at the end of that tunnel. It’s over. We’re HERE! And like today’s fortune cookie says: I’m ready for some serious R&R. I mean REALLY ready.

What did I tell you last month about those fortune cookies? They KNOW.

In any case, I apologize for the shortness of this post, but I’m exhausted, and I still have boxes to unpack. Hopefully, I’ll find my muse in one of them. I’m going to need her if I’m ever going to finish the two books that I’m still planning to release by the end of the year…

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