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Fifty Award-Winning Authors Share Success Secrets

So, you want to be an author? It’s hard work, but if you have the talent, tenacity, and perseverance, you’re half way there. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I can’t deny having a support system to rely on really helps. The same dynamics are true for the writing industry.

Beginning authors aware of the wealth of knowledge and tremendous support the community offers will have a huge edge over those who go it alone. And those seasoned authors who get involved in writing groups have an instant source of promotion tips [and friends] as well as a social media blitz behind them. Want to know more… Read more “Fifty Award-Winning Authors Share Success Secrets”

Lake Lanier Mysteries

Mystery Writer Casi McLean

Spotlight on Supernatural Mystery Writer

Casi McLean

Recently, I guest blogged on Anita Rodgers fabulous site, Writer Chick. Her criteria: Write about your process, research, or theme of your book. The lure of supernatural, time slips, and mystery has murmured untold whispers to me since childrood, more recently swirling around the allure of #Atlanta’s famous #LakeLanier. The post I shared revealed an intimate part of my soul so I share the article with you, my friends and fans, to impart the passion behind supernatural mystery writer Casi McLean.

Read more “Mystery Writer Casi McLean”

The Mystical Muse

911 Aftermath

A Heartfelt Story

Beyond The Mist, book 2 in my Lake Lanier Mysteries is a unique time slip romantic suspense. As a teacher and author, I’m compelled to write about subjects that touch my heart from time to time and my concern over rampant worldwide terror attacks nudged me into write a about a moment in time that stunned the world. As the event slips into the pages of history, I hope my story, though a fantasy, helps sear into the minds of readers, the real and present danger lurking just beyond the mist. Remembering the lessons learned from past events enables a brigher future. In light of that passion…

Read more “911 Aftermath”

Lake Lanier Mysteries

An Interview Beyond The Mist

The fabulous author, Tena Stetler, had the rare opportunity to interview Nick Cramer, hunky hero of Casi’s Lake Lanier Mysteries book two, Beyond The Mist, and the exciting and beautiful heroine, Piper Taylor. Want to know more about him and his incredible time slip? Stay calm and read on!

Good morning Nick and Piper. I’m so glad we could arrange this get-together. You’ve been quite busy lately. But our readers are anxious to know about the real you, so pardon me if we get a little intimate today. Let’s begin with Nick.

What event in your past has left the most indelible impression on you?

If I told you that, I might… Read more “An Interview Beyond The Mist”

The Mystical Muse

MYSTIC READS PNR/UF LOVERS GIVEAWAY

MYSTIC READS PNR/UF LOVERS GIVEAWAY

Enter for your chance to win and choose your own prizes!

http://bit.ly/2zhhRfW

Which paranormal romance or urban fantasy authors are your favorites? Which new books have you been waiting to buy? Enter our giveaway from November 1-18 and could be one of 7 lucking winners to choose the book prizes you want! Plus two winners will also take home a Kindle!

Beautiful Girl over Futuristic Urban Background of Night City

(Sponsored by the 40 authors listed below)

Aldrea Alien • Amanda Uhl • Ari Thatcher • B. Brumley • Bec McMaster • Beth Caudill • Calinda B • Carrie Pulkinen • Casi McLean • Crystal Dawn • D.N. Erikson • Dani Haviland • Jennifer Hilt • Jina Bacarr • Jo-Ann Carson • Joynell Schultz • Karen Michelle Nutt • Kel Carpenter • Kim Petersen • L.D. Rose • Leigh Anderson • Linda Nightingale • Lisa Blackwood • LJ Swallow (Anna Hub) • Marilyn Peake • Marsha A. Moore • Mary Abshire • Mary E. Twomey • Pauline Creeden • PG Forte • Rachel Medhurst • Sedona Venez • Shereen Vedam • Sherrie Lea Morgan • Stella Marie Alden • Tena Stetler • Tmonique Stephens • Traci Douglass • Aileen Harkwood

Shop Our Book Fair

And while you’re at it, shop our awesome book fair with 38 fantastic PNR/UF titles, many FREE, but none priced above $2.99.

http://mysticreadsgiveaway.blogspot.com/p/book-fair.html

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The Mystical Muse

Autumn Gifts

Are you ready for some fall fun

and Autumn Gifts?

Have you ever been on a hop? Neither had I until a year or two ago. The premise is simple. You’ll find a list of all the people participating in the hop here: https://www.facebook.com/events/160857207832743/permalink/162079377710526/ 

Each participant has a giveaway on their Facebook page and a link to the next person on the hop. You just follow the link to the next person and “hop” along. Simple, Elegant and you get to meet lost of great people and mayhaps win lots of great stuff! What is not to like about a hop!

ARE YOU READY!?

Simply for sharing this hop with your friends, YOU CAN WIN a $25.00 Amazon gift card. Whoever   shares and tags the most will WIN, so why not you? The only way to win is to click “going” on the Facebook Hop Link here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/160857207832743/permalink/162079377710526/

(you have to be a member of the party going to win) and either tag your friends there on the post or share this post. Easy peasy.

So Let’s Go!!

Autumn Gifts

October 27th––31st I’ll Be Participating

In Howling Halloween

October 27th – 31st, Nicole Morgan hosts Howling Halloween. The event is for paranormal & urban fantasy books, so it you love that genre, be sure to stop by.

 

The Third Autumn Gift is

Mystic Reads

The Mystic Reads Giveaway runs for 18 days beginning November 1 and is dedicated to readers of paranormal romance, fantasy, and urban fantasy. A Rafflecopter entry form will be live from November 1-18. Readers earn entries by following the participating authors on BookBub. In addition, books included must be $2.99 or less and will be showcased on the event website as part of a mini-book fair, with the book’s cover and a buy link.

Prizes include a number of kindle/ebook packages. Multiple prizes up for grabs means more chances for YOU to win when you enter the giveaway.

This is a BOOKBUB FOLLOWER BUILDER ONLY so all you need to do is click and follow some authors you love on Bookbub.

So what are you waiting for?

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Lake Lanier Mysteries

Author Tena Stetler Interviews Casi McLean

Author Tena Stetler Interviews Casi McLean, author of the Lake Lanier Mysteries, the second book, Beyond the Mist , which releases in a few days on September 15, 2017! Hi Casi, I see you’ve brought a couple friends with you.

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Yes I sure have. This is Nick Cramer and Piper Taylor from Beyond the Mist.

Oh goodie, more victims, uh — I mean guests. (Tena rubs her hands together gleefully.)  Pull up a chair, grab a drink of your choice from the cooler, a Chocolate Chip or Peanut Butter cookie from the plate.

 Casi, first tell us about writing Beyond the Mist.

Beyond The Mist took shape as a sequel to Beneath The Lake in my Lake Lanier Mysteries. The eerie lore attached to the ghost town that sleeps beneath the surface of Lake Lanier fascinates me. And creating a time portal hidden in Reynolds Cove bubbled so many stories to the surface, I could write for years and still have fodder. That said, my own passion about the 9/11 tragedy, how the details are already slipping into silent corners of history books, coupled with a real and present danger facing the world, I felt compelled to share this story.

Was it fun or difficult? I read and researched so much to make sure my facts were accurate, but watching live videos and History Channel documentaries for days on end ripped through me like nothing I’ve written about before. That was extremely difficult!

Do your characters always act as you expect? A better question might be does my writing describe my characters well. They truly have a mind of their own and nudge my muse endlessly to be heard.

Are you a plotter, or fly (write) by the seat of your pants? I’m totally a panster. I can’t start a story until I know my characters…what they look like, who they are inside, their hopes and dreams as well as their baggage and not so pleasant qualities. They write my stories. I simply try to keep up.

What are you working on now? 

Between The Shadows, Book #3 in my Lake Lanier Mysteries. I’m on chapter 9, so depending on my available writing time, maybe this time next year. I submitted Beyond The Mist last February and the publication date is September 15, so the process takes time. That said, the story is flowing so well now, I can’t wait to seclude myself and write away.

Now let’s find out a little about Nick Cramer.

Thanks for stopping by Nick.  Do you mind answers a few questions?

Not at all.  Shoot!

Tells us about the real you—

   What event in your past has left the most indelible impression on you? If I told you that, I might ruin the story for a lot of people. I will say a glimpse into the past of your future is priceless.

 What do you most value? Definitely my family and friends, especially a certain blonde who completely stole my heart.

 What is the type of woman you want to spend the rest of your life with? The perfect woman for me is one who brings out the best in me.

 What do you consider most important in life? I used to think my law career was the most important mark I could make on the world. But now I’d say relationships…it’s the people not the places or things that make life worth living.

What is your biggest secret? Telling you would defeat the purpose of a secret now, wouldn’t it? I’ll just say murdering someone can really mess with a guy’s head.

I should say so, not to mention the legal consequences.  Okay, Piper your turn.

I’m ready — I think. (laughs nervously)

Who were the biggest role models in your life? Lacey Montgomery. We grew up together and she’s like a sister to me. But I’d have to include her husband, Rob and my Aunt Alice.

What kind of man do you want to spend the rest of your life with?  My knight in shining armor is a man who loves me for me, someone who gets me, respects me and has my back no matter what. Of course if he’s hot, sexy and can curl my toes with a kiss, I wouldn’t mind at all.

What kind of man would you never choose? As far as I’m concerned, a man who is all about himself, his needs, his wants, his desires…he’s not for me. I put my man first and I want a man who does the same for me.

What is most important to you in life? My parents died when I was little and I Aunt Alice raised me. Lacey’s family became mine when my aunt died and I can’t imagine anything more important than my family.

What is your biggest fear? After popping in and out of time and seeing up front and personal the horror of the September 11, 2001 tragedy in New York, my fear is our world could self-destruct if people blindly live their lives in ignorance. People need to wake up and unite against terror lurking in the shadows.

 

Thanks so much for joining us Piper and Nick.  

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