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happy halloween!

trick or treat, readers!

i love this holiday. it’s fun. you get lots of candy. the weather is awesome (boot weather is the best), and i can not do anything with my hair and everyone assumes it’s part of my costume. this year, we had no halloween festivities to take our kids to, and they have apparently gotten to the age where they care about that kind of thing. so, we decided to throw our first ever halloween party at home.

and our last. because i don’t care what pinterest or youtube or any of those crafty blogs out there say, holy cow it’s a lot of work! and kids don’t help with much, despite their promise to do so when you float the idea of a party toward them.

but i will say that the party menu and decorations were pretty awesome. we ordered a few things, but mostly made our own stuff after cruising pinterest and watching youtube videos. side note: never ever ask yourself, “how hard could it be?”. the answer is always, “too hard. you should just buy it instead.”

putting on my superman apron (yes, i have one, and it. is. awesome.), i made little bugs out of chocolate and filled them with green jello guts. this was my favorite thing of the night. and i didn’t tell the guests that there was a surprise in the  middle. it was pretty fun just to let them find out on their own. then i added them to the dish of “dirt balls” we made with oreos and cream cheese. turned out great. looked so gross, i couldn’t have asked for better! we also used little hot dogs to make witch fingers with ketchup blood. so cool. i made a bright green punch with a floating hand of ice in it, then added dry ice to make it bubble. that was a highlight for the kids. i attempted the merrange ghosts, but the sugar here is different than at home, so they didn’t turn out as well. oh, well.

for decorations, we made ghosts out of packing tape (using ourselves as the mold) and putting little LED candles in them for the yard. I ordered the spider webs, but tried the glowing egg sacks ourselves. didn’t work, but the kids enjoyed popping those water balloons later in the night. made floating candles and a night sky. so freaking time consuming, but the results were neat. made the glowing eyes that were supposed to float in a dark room, but didn’t hang them. ran out of time for that and a few other things we’d planned.

for an activity, we made witch potion. little tip if you decide to do that: use plastic bottles instead of glass (the messes i cleaned up…), and have a real funnel handy. we tried to make some on the spot…and ended up with a lot of clean up afterward.

so that was my holiday. it was fun, but so not doing that again. my feet hurt, we were all up way too late and were exhausted the next day, and i’m still not finished cleaning up. those spider webs may be there until christmas. do me a favor. as christmas approaches, remind me that i do not want to have a christmas party. then link this post and email it to me.

 

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some hints

so remember when i promised a few things to keep you happy until the new release date? well, here’s the first. i have had ten questions about the newest book in the “magically yours” series. there are some i’ll answer, some i hesitate to answer, and some that cross that spoiler line.

  1. who are the main characters? A: Lil Aberdeen headlines this book. she’s the other witch on staff at para-wise investigations. if you’ve read the first two books, you may remember a few snippets of her here and there. She’s so pretty, her friends wish they had a reason to hate her, and she’s quite a bit more sane than ana, the witch from the first story, “love the one you’re witch”. Along with Lil, there is a new leading man, a faerie godmother a bit different from the stories growing up, and a feisty magic mirror.
  2. will the characters from the previous two books make an appearance? A: yes, you will see all of them, including ollie.
  3. will we get to see more from ollie? A: yes, he has a brief appearance in lil’s story.
  4. will ollie be changed into a vampire with ana? A: um…no. that hadn’t occurred to me, and i don’t think he’d enjoy that.
  5. does lil have a familiar? A: she hasn’t had one in the previous two stories, but i’ll let you in on a little secret. she will by the end of this one.
  6. why doesn’t lil have a familiar? A: that one, i can’t answer without giving some of the bigger things away!
  7. is the necklace the witch on the cover is wearing actually a part of the story? A: why yes. yes, it is. i actually went back after the cover was done and added it myself.
  8. what makes lil so different from ana? A: hm…tough one to answer without giving too much away. i guess i’d say that while ana is quirky and brash, lil is very much the lady…if a rather reluctant one.
  9. is lil going to end up with the man she refers to in lucy’s story? the one that preferred to be unhappy than accept who fate had chosen for him? A: sorry, i can’t answer that one, either! i can only say that he will be in her story!
  10. in the newest ad for “all’s fae in love and war”, it says that it is a sassy twist on classic fairy tales. which fairy tales are you twisting? A: ha! i love the way that one is worded. it’s completely fitting, too! i am twisting a few tales. not sure i want to tell you exactly which ones, cuz that would take away some of the fun for later. let’s just say there’s a pretty wide selection. lil and her client are, after all, in the fae realm….

okay, folks, that’s it for now. hope you liked the q&a setting. check back for more fun stuff soon to get ready for the release of “all’s fae in love and war”, november 15th! we’ll have some meet the character posts, maybe a contest, and a giveaway! see you soon!

 

a change of date

so originally, i wanted to release “all’s fae in love and war” on halloween. the perfect time for a fun paranormal read, right? well, apparently that’s not going to happen. there’s a lot that goes into getting a book ready for release, and this is my first time doing it all on my own. while on paper it seemed like my plan was sound, it seems i have underestimated the total time suck that is…well, life. not just my life, but other people’s lives as well (who knew? apparently other people have things go on, too!). so, the release date for lil’s story is being moved to November 15th.

not to worry, though. i have some fun things planned to help tie you over until then. maybe some fun excerpts…give aways…a contest…? i’ll make it up to you, so stay tuned!

magically yours book 3 reveal!

introducing the third book in the “magically yours” series:

pink cover with owl

hope you’re as excited for this one as i am. but in case you need some more incentive, here are a few things you can expect in this story:

  1. a new familiar
  2. a new take on some familiar characters
  3. lots and lots of glitter

more to come soon, release date is tentatively set for october 31st!

psst…

hey, do you know what today is? the 5th! which means tomorrow is the 6th. and do you know what happens on the 6th? cover release!!

i’m pretty excited for the new magically yours book. i’ve been really loving being in lil’s head and telling her story. she’s so different from her predecessors and the cover, i think, really reflects that. so tune back in tomorrow, october 6th, for the cover reveal and a few clues about what to expect.

yay for fall!

i love the fall season. the nice crisp weather, the pretty leaves, the colorful decorations. i love the food and the specialty drinks that smell like cinnamon and nutmeg and oranges. and i absolutely adore curling up by a big window with a comfy blanket, while the wind blows the leaves about outside, to read a good book. Give me a mug of really awesome cider, and it’s my version of heaven.

so, halloween is coming and, no surprise i’m sure, but i love it, too. people say the christmas season feels magic, but i really think the magic starts around halloween. all that joy and fun in make believe. unfortunately, halloween is not a thing here in china, so i guess i’ll have to eat a bunch of candy by myself. with my cider. by the window. with a good book.

speaking of which, if you know anyone looking for some good halloween reads, pass along the new ad!

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coming soon…

so, i’ve been gone for a while. the kids and i made the round of family and friends in the states over the summer. then we had the big move to our new town in china. this was not a smooth move, but after a month of being here, we are mostly settled and i love it here!

so much that i’ve had a much easier time with the writing as i work on the next book! remember the magically yours series?  i’ve had a lot of questions about when i will have book 3 out. originally, it was going to be last year and it was going to be andi’s story. but it was put on the back burner and i worked on the bridesmaids instead. but i think it’s time to get back to the wacky gang at para-wise investigations! i’ve missed them! now, there is a change in the line up, though. i think andi’s story needs to simmer a little longer, but lil is totally ready to step up to the plate. i’m  pretty excited about this one. lil is a bit different from ana and lucy. she’s not as crazy as ana, not as grouchy as lucy. but she has a secret and a past her friends are unaware of, so of course it comes back to bite her.

coming the end of october, lillian aberdeen takes the stage. hit me up on social media or in the comments if you want a little more (i’ll answer two questions, with no spoilers, from the first two to find me!). cover reveal october 6th!

a little whine with my cheese

i hate moving. the whole process. i hate packing the most. it’s not just packing, though, is it? it’s the purging, deciding what goes and what gets donated and what gets trashed. it’s also the deep cleaning that probably should have been done long before now but wasn’t, so it’s even worse that it should be. it’s the arranging for shipping and loading and unloading. then the unpacking. then the organizing and the list of more things i have to get because i decided not to bring that other stuff and realized too late that i actually needed it.

but what i’m finding the hardest at the moment? the whining. not even my own whining (though you can probably tell i have quite a bit of that). it’s the kids’ whining. they, too, hate the whole process, you see. and i, being the adult, have to try and make it look good. point out all the positives. have a good attitude while i’m gritting my teeth and scrubbing the grease off of the counters and stove. “it’s going to be great, guys!” “you’ll get to meet new friends and see new places.” “you get a completely clean slate at school and can reinvent yourself to be whoever you want to be.” blah blah blah. and the nagging at them to have better attitudes themselves as they pack and purge and clean (hm…couldn’t think of a good alliteration for that one). i have discovered that half of good parenting is the attitude you portray.

so i’m whining only in my head (and on my blog…so, with my fingers), while i smile and sing and…something else positive with an “s” sound. because i’m a good freaking mom.

#parenting is hard.

release!

love by the book” is available now! to celebrate, i slept. being in china is really hard on my party plans. but i did get to sleep in, so that was exciting.

while i slept, “love by the book” was doing awesome on the amazon lists! in two of the three categories it’s listed in, it is under 5K! now, i’m not normally a morning person, but this did get me to smile and even dance a little jig! happy reading!

 

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