Thursday, November 30, 2006

Newest Cover!

I'm excited to announce my newest book cover....QUEEN OF HEARTS. My newest publisher, Vintage Publishing, will release this historical western May 2007. I can't wait!

Can a woman battle through secrets to win the love of the man who just might take away her home?

Dr. Cecilia Ashby is forced to disguise herself as a man in order to practice medicine in a small southern town after the Civil War. When she stumbles across an injured gambler in an alley one night, will her ruse get the better of them both? Especially when she finds herself attracted to him.

Gambler, James Lawrence has played his last hand and finally has enough cash to buy back his family plantation the carpetbaggers had taken from him…until he’s blindsided, robbed and left for dead. After an interesting stay with the town doctor, he finds his stolen earnings in the hands of the young thief and his sister, Cecilia Ashby, who now reside in his plantation.

James and Cecilia both want the plantation, but do they want a long lasting love even more? Battling deceit, betrayal, disguises, the two must confront their biggest challenge yet – themselves.

December is Release Month!!!!

December will see the release of not one, not two, not three but all FOUR Mavens!

Look for the rerelease of the Anthology Mistle Toe Magic (from Champagne Books) with novellas from both Becka and Marie! When life gets too complicated, you can always count on the enchantment of Christmas to lighten the heavy burden. Mistletoe Magic is three incredible stories of lost faith, snowy mountains and the quiet magic of the Christmas season. In 'Underneath The Mistletoe' by Rebecca Goings, Can Jeremy teach Faith about the magic of Christmas and get her to open her heart--to him? After burying herself in work to avoid the pain of loss, is Betsy heading for another Christmas filled with broken hearts? Find out in 'Blame It On The Mistletoe' by Liz Hunter. In the midst of a snowstorm, mistletoe is the magic needed to mend two broken hearts. See how in 'It Must Have Been the Mistletoe' by Phyllis Campbell.

From Donica Covey, comes Dear Micah: When her infant son was killed by a drunk driver in a terrible car wreck, Connie Rose Abernathy turned her back on God and her husband. She blames them both for Micah’s death and she’s held on to her grief and anger.

Dylan Abernathy is dealing with his own grief and guilt over the death of their son. If only he’d left on time, they wouldn’t have been on the road when the drunk was. Since the funeral she hasn’t seen or even spoken to him.

Dylan finds Connie at the church and whisks her away; forcing her to face the pain and anger she’s ached with for so long. Together with God’s grace can they overcome the anguish and get their lives back on track? Dear Micah, in the anthology Stocking Stuffers (from By Grace Publishing) will be released December 15!

And finally, but by no means least! Comes Ciara Gold's Sarah's Brass Token(from Champagne Books): Striving to make ends meet after her brother is hung for murder, SARAH JONES is determined to make it on her own. After losing everything to war, TABOR NOLAN yearns for family and a home. Can two lost souls discover love on a rural farm in Banjo, Texas?

These are all GREAT books so make sure you doin't miss out on the chance to get your copies!

Happy Reading!
The Magic Mavens

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Writing, Reading and Relaxing

Well the holidays are rapidly approaching and the year will soon come to an end. Have you all accomplished everything you’d wanted to in 2006? I feel as if I missed my mark by a little bit.

I’ve written two complete books in my witch series. (I’m still waiting for the release date of the debut book.) I’ve written and submitted book one in another series and I’m anxiously awaiting the yea or nay answer. I’ve had two novellas scheduled for release. Do Overs came out a month ahead of schedule, October 31st to be precise. Dear Micah, my second novella was slated for release in the anthology Christmas Grace but there has been a change in plans. Dear Micah will be released in an anthology titled Stocking Stuffers. Check out By Grace's website, to see the GREAT cover for Stocking Stuffers! Anyway, I’m hoping that next year my release calendar will be filled and that I will have accomplished much more.

Christmas this year is coming to swiftly for me as well. I’m nowhere near prepared. This week I’m baking, decorating, and transporting the meal on Thursday to my in-laws. Then Friday is my side of the family feast so once more I’m baking, decorating and transporting foodstuffs.

I’m also going to take advantage of this time to relax. I’ve done a lot of writing over the past several months. My recent projects have been children’s books for my nephews. Writing and illustrating them has proven to be a BLAST! If I ever decide to quit my “day job” (writing romance) I may just have to write kid’s books for serious attempts at publication.

I’m going to pick up the books from my ever growing to be read pile and read, hopefully knocking down the pile by at least half. Then I’m going to do nothing but veg with my family in front of the tube. My favorite shows should soon be broadcasted. The animated How the Grinch Stole Christmas, all the Rankin Bass animation stories (Those not familiar with the names these are the shows like Frosty the Snowman, Santa Clause is coming to town, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, Rudolph’s Shiny New Year, The night Before Christmas, etc.) Also time to pull out my FAVORITE Christmas CD, Have Yourself a Scary Little Christmas by the Cryptkeeper. I’m a very NONtraditional person when it comes to Christmas. Can you tell? LOL

Well I’m curious, do any of you feel as if you’ve missed your 2006 goals by this >< much? Are you cooking tons of food? Are you traveling? Do you have favorite menus or just items for the holidays? How about programs, special music? Traditions?

Pick one or all and help us get to know you better! Curious minds want to know!

Off to the races!


Wednesday, November 15, 2006

That First Kiss

Thought I'd change gears a bit. I was thinking (yeah, it happens on occasion, LOL) about emotions and how a writer solicits emotions in their work. Sometimes it's very hard to guage reader response to something I'm working on because I've read the piece so many times, it ceases to engage my own emotions. I try to show what I think the character must be experiencing. But - dang, wouldn't it be nice to have a richter scale for testing the emotional level in one's writing.

While I was dwelling on this issue, I thought about my first kiss. I can still feel the same emotions that coursed through my body whenever I think of that one moment in time. I was fourteen and it was my first time at church camp. None of the same kids from my church had signed up for the particular session and for a shy girl like me, I thought I would have a miserable week with no friends.

But that wasn't the case. One of my cabin mates introduced me to Greg. Oh wow. I hadn't had any boyfriends until this moment, but Greg and I developed an instant friendship that grew very quickly into more.

It started innocently enough. He started holding my hand as we walked to the cafeteria. Warmth flowed from his fingertips onto my skin, seeping into the deep crevices of my untouched heart. He didn't care that I was awkward, that my skin wasn't clear or that my hair was a frizzy mess of curls. We talked, we laughed and we shared.

That night, he walked me to my cabin. With his hand on my shoulder, he asked if he could kiss me. I stammered. A kiss? I'd never been kissed? "I . . . yes." What else could I say? And then, he lowered his lips to mine. I kept my eyes open, afraid to move. Oh God, he was kissing me. My stomach quivered and goosebumps trailed along my back, but I was in heaven. I closed my eyes and savored the moment.

We shared more stolen kisses that week, an innocent expression of puppy love. I often wonder what became of my red-headed, freckle-faced first love.

Tell me about your first kiss.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Chat Day

Come join the magic mavens for a chat day at LoveRomanceCafe. We'll be jabbering today, tomorrow and Saturday about this, that and of course, our books. We'd love to have everyone join in the fun. Connect at LoveRomanceCafe:

Tuesday, November 07, 2006


The LONG wait is over! HEARTS ETERNAL is out and waiting for you!


Cassie Chapman has just met the perfect man in the mysterious Laith Moreland. But there's a catch: he's a ghost. Not only that, he claims Cassie is the reincarnation of his one true love who died hundreds of years ago! As she begins to have visions of her past life, Cassie is flung into Laith's world and realizes only she has the power to break his curse and make him mortal once again.

Lord Laith Moreland, the Third Duke of Crichton, is a ghost. He's been searching for his true love, his shelmir, for centuries. Finally he has found her, born again in Cassie Chapman. They cannot deny the strong bond that is mysteriously between them.

But Laith isn't the only one who's found Cassie, and now they must stay one step ahead of Laith's murderous twin brother, Jareth, who willingly cursed himself ages ago to find her reincarnated once again.

Can Cassie Chapman break the ghostly curse of her one true love before his murderous twin brother claims her as his own?



Thursday, November 02, 2006

I'm so excited. I just got the bookcover for my December release, Sarah's Brass Token. I love it and had to share. Champagne Books has one of THE best artists in my humble opinion.

And don't forget to enter my holiday contest for your chance at a free copy of Sarah's Brass Token.

Free Reads On My Website

Hello everyone! I've added a new section to my website, my Free Reads! I've been writing some short stories and scenes over the years, thinking I'd eventually expand them into full novels. But I know with my busy schedule and books that demand to be written, I'll never write books for these stories. Therefore, instead of letting them collect dust on my hard drive, I've decided to share them all with you!

Go to:

and check them out! :D