Debut author Eliza Daly is funny and talented, and she loves cats and Johnny Depp. Eliza and I have been in a local writers group for years as she piled up her writing contest wins. I’ve read her writing in unpublished form, and she’s amazing. Since this is her debut launch blog, she’s doing 3 giveaways: an e-copy of Under Her Spell, a $10 Amazon or B & N gift cert, along with a cool Punch Studio Brooch Journal (there’s a jeweled brooch on the clasp; see the picture below) which retails at $20+. (This will only be shipped to U.S. addresses.) Be sure to comment to win a prize. I’ll announce the winners here on Wednesday. Now, here’s Beth!
Abracadabra–You’re a Published Author
I’d like to thank Edie and the Magical Musings gang for launching my blog tour and helping me celebrate the release of my debut novel, Under Her Spell, a lighthearted contemporary romance. I’m a regular visitor here (often as Beth Watson), so it’s very exciting to be a guest.
Halloween is the perfect release time for Under Her Spell. When numerous failed relationships and business ventures cause the heroine Monica to lose her self-confidence, she turns to spell casting to help her achieve her goals. Her spell ingredients supposedly possess the power to attract love and success. The ingredients for her soul mate spell include a red candle, lavender incense, jasmine oil, cinnamon, and a love letter to her soul mate. But Monica has to keep reminding herself that the key ingredient in any spell is belief. She tells herself the following:
Although Tinker Bell had sprinkled Wendy with pixie dust, if Wendy hadn’t believed she could fly, she would have leapt out the window and plunged to the ground. Pixie dust was a spell tool, same as herbs and oils, to keep one focused on achieving a goal. But belief was the core ingredient. If Monica believed she could soar, she would.
Becoming a published author takes talent, luck, timing, perseverance, and most of all, belief in your writing despite possibly hundreds of rejections. While conducting research for Under Her Spell, I created my own career spell. It included items like a clarity crystal, my purple editing pen, and a good dose of belief in my writing. Deep down, a part of me couldn’t help but wonder what if the spell worked and the next day I received “the call” from an editor.
Guess what? No, I didn’t sell the next day, but after having written numerous books, this was the first book I sold. Coincidence? Probably. However, there was another coincidence. When I submitted to Crimson Romance, I researched the line and discovered they’re owned by Adams Media, which publishes The Everything non-fiction books. There are hundreds of spell casting books out there, but what was the only research book I used while writing Under Her Spell? The Everything Spells & Charms Book. Hmm…
What if I’d cast this spell twelve years ago when I first started writing and it succeeded, enabling me to skip the journey and head straight to the destination, my goal of publication? I mean, wouldn’t it be great if I hadn’t had to suffer through all the rejections, letdowns, and meltdowns? Yet, would my goal of publication have meant as much if I hadn’t lived through the tough times to really appreciate the thrill of publication? And would I have wanted to miss the highlights of my journey, like being a two-time Golden Heart finalist and making some wonderful writer friends? No, but if possible I’d have cast the spell five years ago and made it a much shorter journey.
If you could cast a spell to skip the journey and quickly achieve a goal, would you? Or do you feel that experiencing the journey is always critical? What would the goal be? It must be a positive goal. No turning your ex into a toad, even if he is one. Monica learns the hard way that if you send negative energy into the universe, it might just come back on you threefold, when she casts a Dirtbag Spell against her cousin’s cheating hubby.
Thanks for stopping by today. Please check out the upcoming stops on my blog tour, October 22-November 21. I’ll be giving away a variety of gifts, such as e-books, writing journals, Amazon or B & N gift certificates, and chocolate on Halloween. If you comment on 5 or more of my 20 blog stops, and are a Facebook fan, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win one of two $25 Amazon or B & N gift certificates at the end of my blog tour. Winners will be announced on my website’s news page the end of November.
Book Blurb for Under Her Spell
Released October 15 with Crimson Romance
When a series of failed relationships and business ventures have Monica Jackson doubting her self-worth, she turns to spell casting to attract positive energy and the opportunities needed to achieve her goals. But can Monica’s belief in spells restore her belief in herself?
Monica creates a spell to find her soul mate, and one to ensure the success of her new romantic event planning company, Enhance Your Romance. Monica is confident she has found her niche until divorce lawyer Reed Walker opens a practice next door to her office. The anti-marriage slogan plastered on his office window, and his down-on-love clients, quickly prove detrimental to Monica’s business. When his arrival appears to trigger a string of bad luck, Monica fears one of her spells sent negative energy into the universe and it has returned to her threefold. Although Reed is beyond sexy, and she admires his self-confidence, she’ll do whatever it takes to get the universe back on her side, and Reed out of her life. No way is she losing another business.
Reed finds himself attracted to Monica’s beauty and her optimism. His job and his parents’ divorce have made him a pessimist, especially when it comes to love. However, he soon finds that Monica’s pro-love attitude is rubbing off on him, causing him to lose his edge. If Reed doesn’t distance himself from Monica, he’ll likely destroy his reputation as a pit bull divorce lawyer.
Can Monica and Reed look past what they might be losing to realize the love they have found?