Eliza Daly’s Launch Blog with Great Giveaways!

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 I’ve read her writing in unpublished form, and she’s amazing.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?

You can find Eliza on the web at Website, Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads

Under Her Spell is available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Itunes.

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48 Responses to Eliza Daly’s Launch Blog with Great Giveaways!

  1. Edie Ramer says:

    Eliza, thanks for being our guest today. I can’t wait to read your book. It sounds like so much fun.

    I certainly believe in being positive and believing in myself. I’ve learned a lot through the years, but if I could have shortened my journey with a magical spell, I would’ve done it in a second. lol

    • Eliza Daly says:

      Thanks so much Edie for having me here today and for always being so supportive. You’ve given me a lot of insight into various aspects of the industry. I know, wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could cast spells to achieve goals instantly? Like on Bewitched or I Dream of Jeanie. :-)

  2. Eliza Daly says:

    Thanks again for having me here Edie. This is a very exciting time for me! I would also like to mention that my book will be available online at Barnes & Noble in the near future. It is available now on Google Play, which is Nook compatible. :-)

  3. I know the journey is important, but some days it would def. be nice to make things quick and easy with a spell! lol. Congrats on your book release!

  4. Liz Kreger says:

    Hey Eliza. Thanx for making MM your first blog tour stop. Great cover, by the way and congrats on your release.

    I wouldn’t skip the “journey” when it comes to publishing. Yes, it can be heart-breaking, frustrating and has its highs and lows. Yet, like you, I met a lot of other talented writers, made a lot of friends and learned a hellava lot about the whole process. Plus, you never stop learning. An important aspect in this business since its ever changing.

    • Eliza Daly says:

      Thanks so much Liz. I was very excited when I saw the cover. My critique partner thinks she looks like Evangeline Lily so that’s what I’m going with.

      I totally agree about the writing journey. Although I would have made mine shorter. :-)

  5. Elle J Rossi says:

    Woo-Hoo and CONGRATULATIONS, Eliza! I’m so very happy for you!

    Now for your question: If I could cast a spell, I think I wouldn’t change the duration of time, but possibly the journey itself. I’m speaking about life in general. I have a lot of would have and could have situations. The parts I regret most are the SHOULD HAVES. My spell would make me fearless. I’d see the world and live every day to the fullest! Yep, that’s what I would do!

    • Eliza Daly says:

      Wow Elle, great answer. It’s your spell, so you could certainly use it to create the journeys never taken. Love it. Great twist on my question!

      Thanks so much for the congrats and stopping by!

  6. Eliza,
    What a treat it is to have you as a guest on MM!!!
    Congrats, again, on your wonderful debut release. It’s a thrill seeing one of my ‘007 Golden Heart sisters celebrating a new book ;).
    xox

  7. Sandra Watson says:

    The ” journey” can be a difficult road, but is an important part of the experience. We learn so much about who we are along the way – you are a strong woman who persevered! Now it’s time to enjoy all the glory!

    • Eliza Daly says:

      Thanks Sandra! That is so true, the journey really is important. I would definitely have made my writing journey shorter, but would never have eliminated it. However, there are a few other journeys I would shorten in a heartbeat, like repainting all my walls, which just doesn’t seem to be happening. :-)

      Thanks for stopping!

  8. Shay Lacy says:

    Eliza: great post! If I could cast a positive spell, it would be that I would know html. My friends must be tired of me not being able to control my own web destiny. Your book sounds wonderful. Good luck on sales and your tour.

    • Eliza Daly says:

      Okay, case in point that I wish I was more proficient on the computer/web, just noticed I posted a new post instead of replying to yours Shay. Lol…

  9. Eliza Daly says:

    Oh man Shay, I hear ya. I wish I was better on the computer and knew more about the web in general. Edie just told me Nook users can download my book on Kobo. Who knew? This writing journey is never ending, I learn something new every day. Thanks for the well wishes and for stopping by!

    • Edie Ramer says:

      Eliza, I don’t know for sure if they can, but Kobo uses the same epub file that Nook uses. I know that people on Smashwords can download the files to their Nook, so I think it’s probably for people getting the book from Kobo to do so, too.

  10. Misty Evans says:

    Eliza! Congrats on your debut release. Sounds like my kind of witchy story! You’ve been a great supporter of so many of us pubbed authors, I’m sure that positive energy will come back to greet you three-fold. I’m looking forward to reading Monica’s story!

  11. Eliza,

    This book sounds exactly like what I enjoy in paranormal. Lighthearted, fun, positive and aren’t there time when really, a little pixie dust would be very useful?

    Welcome to the published author world. :-)
    Casey Clifford`s last blog was …Bloopers, Keepers, and Wowsers

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  13. Dale Mayer says:

    Hi Eliza,

    Welcome to M&M! Major congrats on your debut! It’s sounds like a fun and magical story to start you on a wonderfully successful career :)

    I could use a few spare spells myself…nudge, nudge…if you have any to spare that is ;)

    • Eliza Daly says:

      No spare spells here Dale, but I encourage you to create your own. They are fun and easy and a good way to focus on a goal. Who knows how one might change your life. :-)

      Thanks so much for the congrats!

  14. Cynthia Eden says:

    Congratulations on your release!
    Cynthia Eden`s last blog was …Katie Reus and Fatal Deception (With giveaway!)

  15. Amy R says:

    Congratulations on your release! It sounds like a fun book to read. I so wish I could cast spells on thingsand hurry things up in life sometimes. However, I realize, that most of the time, there is something that is supposed to happen or be learned somewhere in the process of anything one does. It could be meeting someone that will become very important in your life or could be that you just need to learn patience or learn how to work harder than you have in the past. I find I need to learn to slow down and enjoy the process of life in general – not skip over what is going on now in order to get further along. It would still be fun to cast spells and hurry something up, though. Like earning money more quickly to buy a new car or something. Magic seems to be everywhere in books and even on the TV shows my kids watch. Congrats again!

    • Eliza Daly says:

      Amy, I totally agree with you and learning patience and to slow down and enjoy the process is very important or you’ll miss so much along the way. In one of my upcoming blog posts I talk about how being a writer has made me a much more patient person. I’ve learned to mellow and enjoy what’s around me more. And yet, how wonderful would it be to cast a money spell to buy a house? :-)

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

  16. Amy Atwell says:

    Congratulations on your release–looks like a wonderful book. I’m a firm believer that we create our own “magic” by sending out little signals to the universe. How cool that your signals helped lead to this sale!

    • Eliza Daly says:

      Thanks so much Amy! I truly believe that positive signals and attitude, which is the premise of spell casting, help us achieve goals and helped me sell my book. I think I need to grab my The Everything Spells & Charms Book off my shelf and create a spell for my women’s fiction book currently under consideration by a few agents. Will let you know how that goes… :–)

  17. Eliza, there are so many things to love about this blog. One, I like your head shot picture. Two, it led me to your website, and I love your header. Three, you did a nice job with the parallels between magic and spell casting and your road to publication. Four, I like the premise for your book and it sounds fun. I could go on, but my own edits await me. Sending positive energy your way to boost your book’s sales!

  18. Betsy Norman says:

    Wouldn’t miss this big debut for the world!! Excellent post and talented author! I hereby cast a spell over the world to fall in love with new author, Eliza Daly!
    Betsy Norman`s last blog was …Down “Write” Funny – Caught Naked and Nothing to Write With

    • Eliza Daly says:

      Thanks so much Betsy! And remember, spell casting is all about belief in a goal. If you believe the world should fall in love with my books, they will. (Fingers crossed) :-) Thanks again for sending positive energy my way!

  19. Nancy Norcisa says:

    You’ve convinced me to break away fom my “non-fiction” only books! Perhaps a spell has been casted on me already! Congratulations! Can’t wait to read YOUR book!

    • Eliza Daly says:

      Maybe the cover with it’s pixie dust has spell casting capabilities Nancy. You look at it and you’re sucked in to read it. :-) Thanks so much for allowing me to convert you!

  20. Jill says:

    Beth,
    I think everything happens the way it does for a reason. You’re meant to have this book pubbed now, and I predict it’s going to be a huge success. I loved the premise of this book, and the writing is fabulous. Enjoy every minute of this – you deserve it.

    *Clapping and Woohooing*

    • Eliza Daly says:

      I hope you’re psychic Jill and your prediction comes true. :-) Thanks for all your support and belief in the book. You’re the best cheerleader!

  21. Grainne says:

    I believe the journey is sometimes more important than the process. After all, with your characters, if you just had them at their end destination, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun to go on the ride with them!! I am really looking forward to reading your published book!!

    • Eliza Daly says:

      So true Grainne. What good is the goal of the hero and heroine falling in love if you don’t see all the trouble they went through to finally be in love. Good point! Thanks for popping by. :-)

  22. Eliza Daly says:

    Thanks again for having me on Magical Musings Edie. I had a great time!

  23. Pat Lieberman says:

    Congrats on being published. Book sounds like a good read.

  24. bn100 says:

    Congrats!

  25. mo jensen says:

    Wow. Sounds like sucha fun book to read. Cant wait!

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