Tuesday, September 17, 2019

New Release: Merged by Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl #YASciFi

***** Great minds don’t always think alike. *****

Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl

Genre: YA Science Fiction

Publisher: Month9Books 

Date of Publication: September 17, 2019

ISBN: 978-1-948671-34-7

Number of pages: 293

Cover Artist: AM Design Studios

Book Description:

Seven of our country’s most gifted teens will become Nobels, hosts for the implantation of brilliant Mentor minds, in an effort to accelerate human progress. 

But as the line between what’s possible and what’s right draws ever blurrier, the teens discover everything has a cost. 

Scientists have created an evolved form of living known as Merged Consciousness, and sixteen-year-old Lake finds herself unable to merge with her Mentor. 

Lake, the Nobel for Chemistry and Orfyn, the Nobel for Art, are two from among the inaugural class of Nobels, and with the best intent and motivation. But when Stryker, the Nobel for Peace, makes them question the motivation of the scientists behind the program, their world begins to unravel. 

As the Nobels work to uncover the dark secrets of the program’s origins, everyone's a suspect and no one can be trusted, not even the other Nobels.  

As the Mentors begin to take over the bodies and minds of the Nobels, Lake and Orfyn must find a way to regain control before they lose all semblance or memory of their former selves.

#scifi #YA #month9books #nobels # JimandStephanieKroepfl  #bookstoread #ebook #bookboost #youngadult #sciencefiction 

Viking’s Crusade by Sky Purington #timetravelromance #shifterromance #vikings #dragons

Viking’s Crusade
Viking Ancestors: Rise of the Dragon
Book Six
Sky Purington

Genre: Time Travel Shifter Romance

Date of Publication: September 17th, 2019


Number of pages: 253 pages
Word Count: 72K

Cover Artist: Tara West

Tagline: An alpha Viking dragon shifter and his fated mate struggle to save humanity in a riveting, passionate tale of courage, sacrifice, and perseverance.

Book Description:

Determined to help her sisters navigate an unraveling prophecy, Ava sets aside the sins of her past and heads to Winter Harbor only to discover she and her fated mate are the key to everything. The missing piece in an ancient vendetta that launches them on a revealing journey. A quest through time that heals old wounds and brings them closer together yet fuels the ruthless monster eager to claim her.

Pursued by their powerful enemy, Viking Soren Sigdir and Ava make their way back to what they left behind in another life. Not just a risky plot against their foe but the deep love they sacrificed so that other dragons might mate. Yet war still rages, threatening humanity. Rising up once more, they must face the darkness of dragonkind's home world and relive the crusade they once led if they hope to succeed.

Will they finally see through the Great Serpent's vendetta and win the war? Or will they have to forfeit love again to prevent their nemesis from unleashing his wrath on Midgard? Find out in Viking's Crusade, the action-packed epic conclusion of Viking Ancestors: Rise of the Dragon.

Steamy Excerpt 

“My cousin has always been fond of sex, and much to her parent’s chagrin makes sure everyone knows it,” Soren said. “But she means no harm. To her, intimacy is one of the better parts of life and should be shared often.” He glanced at Ava. “I tend to agree.”
“I’m sure you do.” She shrugged. “I tend to think there are more important things to focus on in life. Sure, sex is okay, but it’s not that big a deal.”
“Then you have not been with the right partner,” he said, as blunt as his cousin.
“You don’t know that.” She shook her head, hardly believing she was having this conversation. “Besides, a person can have good sex then manage without it. It’s called self-control.”
He led her into a cozy nook beneath a pine with a moss covered trunk. The intimate area had a cave of sorts carved into a monstrous rock on one side. Pine branches hung to the ground on the other. Like all places in the Realm, soft verdant grass grew where it shouldn’t. Not that she was complaining as she sat and looked up.
“I used to enjoy sitting beneath the trees at my home in Lake Placid,” she mentioned, steering the conversation away from intimacy. “Then I went off to college and never got around to sitting under one again.”
He lit a fire and sat beside her. “It is peaceful, yes?”
“It really is,” she murmured. “Funny, maybe a small part of me was trying to bring that sense of peace to the rest of the world.”
“By the sounds of it, you did.”
“Here and there.” Not when it mattered most, though.
“I would like to it see someday,” he said softly. “Your life…what you accomplished.”
“You mean, look through my mind’s eye.” She tensed at the thought. It was one thing catching her thoughts, but to let him all the way in would mean him seeing first-hand the atrocities she had caused. “Maybe eventually.”
“When you are ready,” he agreed. “Though it might happen against your will as it has for some of our kin.”
“I know.” She met his eyes. “I guess I just want to put it off for as long as possible.” She shook her head, realizing it was for more reasons than one. “Not just for me but for you.”
“You are afraid of the way I will look at you. That it will damage the way my dragon looks at yours, the connection they are so desperate for.” He shook his head. “But it will not, Ava. It cannot.”
“You don’t know that.”
“I do, though. As I said before, my dragon can only lend yours comfort and protect it,” he said softly. “Letting me and my dragon in will not push us away but pull us closer. It will allow us to soak up some of your pain…to help you find self-forgiveness.”
“How can you know that when you’ve never had a mate?”
“Because I have had a mate.” He brushed the back of his knuckles along her jaw. “You.” He searched her eyes. “Surely, you feel the growing connection. The intense bond.”
“You know I do,” she whispered because she couldn’t quite find her voice. “Only our growing connection isn’t giving me a sense of confidence. Instead, I feel like I’m drawing closer to unbearable pain.” While she meant to keep it to herself, her inner dragon prompted her tongue along. “I keep getting this nagging feeling I’m going to lose you now that I’ve found you.”
“You cannot let that stand in your way,” he said gently. “Instead, you have to trust it, allow the connection. In that, you will find peace.”
“How do you know?”
“Because I already feel it.” His fingers trailed down the side of her neck, causing a fresh spike of heat. “While yes, there is great risk, there is also certainty that this is eternal. That the connection we made on Múspellsheimr is ours for all time.” He tilted her chin until their eyes were aligned. “Our dragons will always find their way back to each other, Ava. So even if you lose me in this life, there will be another. I will return to you.”
He certainly had a way with words, didn’t he? But they were true words said from his heart. She could see it in his eyes. Sense it in his soul. More than that, she could feel it in his tender touch.
When his lips brushed hers, then he started to pull away, she stopped him.
“No.” She kissed him again, wanting intimacy.
Needing it.
She straddled his lap, cupped his cheeks, and kept kissing him. Maybe if she stayed in control physically, she could emotionally as well.
That, she realized the moment she felt his rock-hard dick between her thighs and her dragon roared to the surface, was definitely wishful thinking. It wasn’t just the contact down there but the passion of his kiss that had her emotions all over the place. That made her want to sob with pleasure.
In fact, a tear actually trickled down her cheek.
While she intended to brush it away, that became the last thing on her mind when he growled into her mouth, grabbed her ass and ground against her. Their kisses intensified, and fierce lust coursed through her.
She began trembling with overwhelming need.
She had never felt this way, even in heat. Never so blindingly desperate to have a man inside her. But then, it had been a long time. Yet this went beyond not getting laid. Her vision hazed red, and she clutched at his jerkin, frustrated he still wore it.
This was something else entirely.

It was a frenzied craze of need that snapped any control she might have had left in half.

About the Author

Sky Purington is the bestselling author of over forty novels and novellas. A New Englander born and bred who recently moved to Virginia, Purington married her hero, has an amazing son who inspires her daily and two ultra-lovable shepherd husky mixes. Passionate for variety, Sky's vivid imagination spans several romance genres including historical, time travel, paranormal, and fantasy. Expect steamy stories teeming with protective alpha heroes and strong-minded heroines.

Purington loves to hear from readers and can be contacted at Sky@SkyPurington. Interested in keeping up with Sky’s latest news and releases? Either visit Sky’s website, www.SkyPurington.com, subscribe to her quarterly newsletter or sign up for personalized text message alerts. Simply text 'skypurington' (no quotes, one word, all lowercase) to 74121 or visit Sky’s Sign-up Page. Texts will ONLY be sent when there is a new book release. Readers can easily opt out at any time.

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Friday, September 6, 2019

Music Playlist for Awakening the Trinity by Brittany Elise #YASupernatural

 1. Aqualung – Strange and Beautiful
2. Nick Jonas – Close (featuring Tove Lo) 
3. Coldplay – Green Eyes 
4. Zayn – Dusk Till Dawn (featuring Sia)
5. The Lumineers – Ophelia
6. Florence + Machine – Never Let Me Go
7. The Black Keys – Little Black Submarines
8. Alt-J – Hunger of the Pine
9. Hozier – Work Song
10. Kings of Leon – Closer

Awakening the Trinity

Brittany Elise

Genre: YA Supernatural Fiction
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date of Publication: September 12th 2018
ISBN: 9781684331260

Number of pages: 269
Word Count: 90,000

Cover Artist: Brittany Elise and David King

Book Description:

In the seventeenth-century, an all-powerful witch called Rionach the Dark ruled the Celtic nations with an army of enslaved werewolves. In order to restore balance between Light and Dark, the Trinity of Light was summoned to vanquish the Dark Witch and end the Battle of the Dark Ages.

Seventeen-year-old Quinn Callaghan lives in the small, rustic town of Silver Mountain. Its location may be rural, but it is home to an ancient pine forest that surrounds a supernatural hotspot–a nexus of raw and powerful energy.

When a charismatic witch from Ireland, and a mysterious guy with a secret of his own are drawn to the area, Quinn finds out that she inherited her rare abilities from a revered ancestor. Could it be that she shares a bloodline with the Original Trinity? Nearly 300 years later, the Darkness is returning to Silver Mountain, and the Trinity must stop it.
Amazon     BN     Black Rose Writing

Teaser Excerpt One:

     “Yeah, well, I’m not a hero.”

     “Maybe there are no heroes.” Maybe we all just try to do the best we can and that’s enough, or it isn’t. Maybe we just complicate things by drawing a straight line and deciding that one half is black and the other is white. What if there wasn’t a line at all and life was just meant to be blurry?

About the Author:

Brittany lives in Ohio with her husband, Benjamin, and their four-legged children. Brittany graduated from college with a degree in photography, and later became a canine obedience instructor. During the day, Brittany manages an FBO at a local hometown airport and services aircraft.

Awakening the Trinity is Brittany’s second book, and she is currently working on the sequel with hopes of turning it into a trilogy. Writing has always been her greatest passion. She enjoys the outdoors and exploring new places in an endless quest to keep that artistic inspiration burning.

Instagram: Carbon_Stardust

Twitter: @BrittanyElise23

Thursday, September 5, 2019

New Release: The Shifter’s Secret by R.A. Boyd

“I gave you your beast back, Angel-Boy. Congratulations. It’s a cat.”

The Shifter’s Secret
Ghost Shifter Series
Book 6
R.A. Boyd

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Date of Publication: September 3, 2019


Number of pages: 204
Word Count: 56,158

Cover Artist: DesignRan

Book Description:

Emma Morgan restored a fallen angel’s grace and his ability to shift into a prehistoric beast. You think he’d be a tad more grateful and at least say goodbye. Emma has already had her heart broken too many times and isn’t ready to have the most gorgeous man she’s every laid eyeballs on stomp on her heart. Again.

Jace didn’t mean to shift and run. Now, he’s afraid to face the one woman who gave him everything he’d been waiting for. Without her, his beast will go insane. He’s bound to be put down or go on a murdering spree. It’s still up in the air.

Fate has brought them together again, and the chemistry they share is explosive. Can their already tumultuous relationship stand against the Rogue clan who are hunting Jace, and a possessed fallen angel who can’t decide if he’s a good guy or a bad guy? Let’s see!

#PNR #BBW #AngelRomance #ShifterRomance #NewRelease #GhostShifters #RABoyd #KU

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

13 Influential Modern Vampires on Screen with Diedra Drake #vampires #vampsonscreen

13 Influential Modern Vampires on Screen

Love them or hate them, who had the most impact on how we see Vampires in the modern world? As an author who writes about Vampires, it’s pretty clear that there are some who made more of an impact than others. I’m a huge fan of emotional, sensitive, loving, and flawed Vampires. This is my list of modern era Vampires that most influenced my own writing.

13. Fright Night (1985 original)

Chris Sarandon as the sexy next door vampire, Jerry Dandrige, is obviously the start of a good movie, but what I love about this one so much is the way his interest in Amy (played by Amanda Bearse) is so much more about affection and less about bloodlust. Plus, Roddy McDowall always makes everything better.

12. Dark Shadows (2012)

This may seem like a surprise on my list, but I do love a good Johnny Depp movie, and his portrayal of Barnabas Collins is excellent. The story is very Tim Burton, in the way that it's romantic, tragic, and funny all at the same time. As with my other choices, I love Vampires you can care about, and I don't think anyone watches Dark Shadows without rooting for Barnabas!

11. Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant (2009)

Another movie with some comedic elements, this story is a lot of fun and brings in a camaraderie among the unique and strange members of the Cirque du Freak. The Vampire Crepsley (John C. Reilly) is a very loveable Vampire, particularly when he's in the arms of his bearded lady (Salma Hayek). His mentorship of Steve (Josh Hutcherson) becomes very much like a father/son dynamic and is super endearing.

10. The Lost Boys (1987)

Sympathetic Vampires are my favorite, so I love the way Michael (played by Jason Patric) ends up turning into a Vampire and his little brother Sam (Corey Haim) tells him, "Just wait until I tell Mom!" Of course, he gets sweet on Star (Jami Gertz) and has a complicated friendship with David (Kiefer Sutherland) but I love the dynamic between the brothers and how much we care about Michael and Sam.

9. Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016)

Vampires may not be the big focus of this show, but where they play a role they are often complex. Simon (Alberto Rosende) is the best friend of the main character and gets turned into a Vampire early on. But my favorite Vampire in the series is actually Raphael (David Castro) who starts to fall for Isabelle (Emeraude Toubia) and develops a deep and complicated relationship with her in which they both struggle to maintain a healthy perspective. The Warlock Magnus (Harry Shum Jr.) also looks at Raphael like a son, and it makes for the perfect storm of relatable Vampire that I love.

8. Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)

Such an epic masterpiece of a story, with an amazing cast, but what sends it over the top is the great love story between Count Dracula (Gary Oldman) and Mina (Winona Ryder). A love that crossed centuries, I can never help but hope for a different ending where they get their happily ever after.

7. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)

I don't know if this will ruin my credibility, but I'm not a huge fan of Buffy as a slayer. Why? Because I love Vampires, and she lives in a world where they are often just going to meet the end of her stake. So, unsurprisingly, there are a couple of exceptions --- namely Angel and Spike! Vampires who fall in love with the person who is trained to kill them, what could be more sympathetic and adorable.

6. Dracula Untold (2014)

Oh this movie just turns my heart into a mess! The Vampire in this story is Vlad (Luke Evans) and he makes the great sacrifice of taking on the vampiric curse in order to save his people. The tragic ending rips you to pieces, but he's an absolutely loveable, self-sacrificing Vampire.

5. Interview with the Vampire (1994)

One of my favorite Vampire movies ever, this one brings in that emotional dynamic so strongly. While I agree with Lestat (Tom Cruise) that Louis (Brad Pitt) is always 'whining,' I also love their bromance. Or perhaps I should steal the phrase from Hannibal and call them 'murder husbands,' but there's also the very complicated love they have for their daughter. I also enjoy how Armand (Antonio Banderas) has an instant attraction and affection for Louis, and is almost able to tempt him away from Lestat. So much love, so much hate, it's a beautiful story.

4. Twilight (2008)

Love it or hate it, Twilight has made its mark upon the Vampire world. While I am a little bit of a fan, I think my favorite Twilight Vamp has to be Alice Cullen (Ashley Greene). Not only does she have an awesome precognitive ability, but she finds a way to be a good friend to both Bella & Edward, even when things aren't going well between those two. Not to mention, scenes with Alice often come with a bit of Jasper (Jackson Rathbone), and who doesn't love her Jasper love story!

3. Underworld (2003)

I love the Underworld series because it gets more complex and the mythos behind the Vampires and Werewolves gets increasingly intricate with each movie. Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is a wonderful Vampire who has a deep inner complexity. Of course, Lucian (Michael Sheen) makes one heck of a great werewolf, but that's a different list! Either way, I like the way the Vampires in this series are relatable and have a deep well of emotional involvement.

2. True Blood (2008)

I absolutely adore Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) and Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten) as Vampires in this series. I even like Jessica (Deborah Ann Woll) even though she doesn't exist in the books at all, because she's an emotionally confused young girl who is going through becoming a Vampire. But Eric, my heart for Eric, I could just watch his scenes on replay all day. When the super strong, powerful, ancient Viking Eric is crying his bloody eyes out over his sire wanting to end his life, it's impossible to not feel moved to tears. However, I feel like Stephen Moyer (Bill) and Anna Paquin (Sookie) ruined this series because they got married after meeting on-set, and then didn't want to follow the books in which she actually has a relationship with Eric that is far, far deeper than anything she has with Bill. Thankfully, Eric and Pam's wonderful interplay saves a lot of the story from going too badly.

1. The Originals (2013)

This one is number one of my list for the simple reason that the loving, sympathetic, relatable Vampire is everything that goes on in this show. These Vampires are not flat, mindless monsters. They're complex, individuals with deep affection and protective instincts toward those they love. Sometimes that love is destructive and painful, and other times it's intense and powerful. I won't deny being a HUGE fan of Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and I love the way that both he and Elijah (Daniel Gillies) are willing to do anything to protect those they love. This is something that I can definitely say I do try to bring into my book world. I love the relationship Klaus has with Marcel, complicated as it is, as well as his love for Camille. Elijah's mostly restrained love affair with Hayley (Phoebe) is both perfect and awful. But of all the relationships that are beautiful and terrible in this series, the one that melts my heart the most is the love between the two main brothers, Klaus and Elijah.

Cursed By Furies
A Tale of Vikings, Elves, and Gods
The Cursed Elves
Book One
Diedra Drake      

Genre: Mythic Fantasy Romance

Publisher: Apache Creek Publishing

Date of Publication: September 03, 2019

ISBN: 9781088922415

Number of pages: 402
Word Count: 107,500

Cover Artist: Apache Creek Publishing

Tagline: What if the myths were all real?

Book Description:

1000 years ago the Elves nearly destroyed their species through war. As punishment, their ancestors cursed them and trapped them on the Earthly plane.

Priscilla Forester is a 500-year-old Cursed Elf, with abilities far different from most. She knows there is some secret about her origins, but has given up thinking she will ever discover the truth.

However, Fate was only waiting for the right moment to reveal its secrets. As Priscilla and her lovers battle against warring Elf Houses, her true nature begins to emerge, and it is more than anyone had bargained for.

EXCERPT 1 (598 words)

Mitchell parked in the lot, careful to stay out of the immediate line of sight while Raymond filled up his tank.
He replaced the pump nozzle before entering the store to get his chips and pay for the gas. Another car pulled up, and the driver also went inside. A few more minutes passed, and Mitchell started to grow concerned.
Raymond didn’t normally dawdle, and there weren’t so many cars around that there should be a big line. Maybe the clerk was having problems with his register or…
A shot rang out. Then another.
Mitchell’s heart sank and fear surged through him as he nearly tore the door off getting out of the car. He was inside the store in a blink and took stock of the situation in seconds. Raymond lay on the floor bleeding from his side, the red pool growing quickly. The clerk's body hung slumped over the register counter, blood pouring out from his chest.
The shooter’s eyes darted back and forth between the two victims, his breathing chaotic as he rubbed his fingers through his hair and pressed his palms to his temples. His eyes wide as he stared at the bodies and the blood. He didn't immediately realize anyone else was standing there. When he finally noticed Mitchell, it was but a moment before the shooter’s neck was broken and he collapsed next to where his gun had fallen.
Mitchell dashed to the automotive aisle and returned with a pack of terry cloth rags and duct tape. He ripped open Raymond’s shirt, tore one of the cotton rags out of the bundle, and started mercilessly packing the wound. Raymond screamed in agony for a few seconds, then his body became limp as he lost consciousness.
“Sorry Ray, it’s better this way," Mitchell mumbled as an apology.
He put his fingers underneath the bleeding side of Raymond’s body and felt around looking for an exit wound. Sure enough, the bullet had gone entirely through. With one hand Mitchell shifted Raymond onto his side, then shoved another piece of rag into the exit wound. When he rolled him back over, he noticed the fabric on the front was completely saturated and blood was pouring out of the injury again.
“Dammit. Something’s bleeding inside." He took a shaky breath. “Shit!”
He wiped off as much blood as he could to dry the skin, folded a piece of cloth like a bandage, and duct taped it over the opening in his flesh. He repeated the process on the back.
Mitchell looked around and realized he needed to lock down the scene. He stood and flipped the sign on the front entrance to 'Closed,' then hit the nearby light switches so the interior went dark.
He returned to Raymond, lifted him effortlessly, and carefully carried him outside to where he’d left his vehicle in the parking lot. He managed to open the passenger door and put him in the seat, then reclined it back to keep his body at an angle. As he was about to close him in, he noted the seat belt. With a last-minute idea, Mitchell ripped it from the wall of the car and started sliding it under Raymond.
Raymond regained consciousness for a moment, took one look at Mitchell, and began yelling in terror while pulling away.

Mitchell sighed as he realized his fangs had been out because of all the blood and stress. Another mistake. His superiors were going to kill him. He tightened the belt over the wound like a tourniquet, and the sudden pain made Raymond pass out again.

About the Author:

Diedra Drake is a life-long student of mythology and history, with a particular interest in the ways that different cultures tell the same stories using name variations. She is competent in classical Latin, and enjoys reading the classics – particularly Homer, Plutarch, and Shakespeare. For relaxation, Diedra loves to crack open a new historical romance novel or binge a new series on streaming. After a couple of decades being a business owner in the technology industry, she decided to explore her other interests through the creation of a mythic fantasy romance world. She lives in Central Texas with her family, which includes a small cat colony and a couple of dogs, and tries to ensure she gets a daily serving of ice cream for continual inspiration.

Everyday Enchantments: Musings on Ordinary Magic and Daily Conjurings by Maria DeBlassie

Everyday Enchantments
Musings on Ordinary Magic and Daily Conjurings
Maria DeBlassie

Publisher: Moon Books

Release Date: October 26, 2018

ISBN: 978-1-78535-923-1

Taglines: True magic is in the everyday.

Book Description:

Winner of the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award in the New Age Category for 2018

Finalist for the Body Mind Spirit Book Awards in the New Age Category for 2018

Official Selection for the New Apple Book Award for the New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit Category for 2018

Finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award in the Body Mind Spirit Category for 2018

Spellbinding meditations on conjuring your own bliss.

Everyday Enchantments is a love letter to the magic of everyday life, the sweet moments and the profound that we often overlook in our hurry to get from one place to the next. What if we had the power to unplug from our daily hustle and bustle and conjure a more profound way of living rooted in natural mysticism?
We do. All it takes is the whispered wish for more everyday enchantment breathed onto a dandelion head. This collection of essays reminds us to escape into the ordinary, find beauty in a simple cup of tea or rereading a beloved novel—and joyfully let our world turn upside down when synchronicity strikes in the form of wrong turns down forgotten lanes and unexpected midnight conversations with the moon. 

This book is a study in what it means to live deliciously, joyfully, and magically. And it’s an invitation to conjure your own bliss—-because let’s face it: we could all use a little more magic in our lives. 

Amazon      Moon Books


ENCHANTMENT: A spell wrapped in a noun. Three syllables. One state of being.
To live with Enchantment is to see beyond the brick and mortar that make up your home and into the magic infused within its frame. It is made up of stories and dried bay leaves and dreams whispered into the heads of dandelions. Of bare feet on carpeted floors and the smell of burning sage. Crystals—amethyst, citrine, amazonite, smoky quartz—layers of your day-to-day and search for that elusive energy that winds its way up your spine and winding in and around your books; all the better to magnify their magic. It is to peel back the outward into your life. Let the snake at your base wriggle free of its coil to climb up to your shoulder blades and across your open back. There is no room for tightly stacked discs here, just the taste of joy when the sun licks your skin.
You might find it at the bottom of an empty teacup. Your future written in soggy leaves, or in the whisper of trees, their leaves rustling and murmuring secrets only they can understand. Sometimes they are kind enough to translate for you—if you listen long enough. If you shower their roots with distilled love songs and feed them the black earth from your compost. It’s there, too, when you run your tongue along the grooves and ridges of a well-loved sentence. It’s everywhere. Even in the spaces you think have lost hope, like the junk drawer where you keep your faded dreams, stray screws, and half-forgotten heartbreaks along with wine corks and a few rubber bands. They’re not lost, just resting like seeds in the earth before they are ready to break open.
That is the first syllable.
The second is to learn from Enchantment, to listen to Coyote's call when he plays his tricks. Coyote loves his tricks. And you should too. What delicious messages wrapped in matted fur and a lolling tongue! All he wants is for you to take that leap of faith when only you can see the soft earth on the other side of the cliff. Don’t you know that you have wings? They are just rusty from disuse. Just listen to Coyote’s long-winded stories (he does so admire himself) and watch the flick of his tail. All he asks is for you to trust him, even if he can’t be trusted; his les- son is real, hard as onyx in your palm, ephemeral as the desert rain that you feel in your bones when all you see is a cloudless sky. No weatherman can ever map the storms and sunshine work- ing their way across your body.
Coyote has no room for logic, just the reason in his unreason.
Just those perfect coincidences set in motion by the padding of his paws. You are raw power, he says, a spark of the universe set in motion. And you must trust this power that is you, that is the earth, that is the beating of your heart. A rhythmic tattoo forever pounding out your path, however many times you try to stray from it. All Enchantment asks is that you absorb the wisdom of the moon and the stars, and the prophesying of the seeds burrowed deep in the dirt. Coyote is there to make sure you listen, even when the rest of the world prefers your ears stopped with cotton and your heart beating as slow as melting snow in winter.
And the third syllable? To conjure. Here you weave your spell with vowels and consonants and beeswax candles. You seal them with pure starlight and a handful of chamomile. Then you burn away the dry brush and the brittle ideas that don’t hold up against the moonlight. There is no room here for literal…things or the people who think them. Not if you want to create. Not if you want to believe that the most important part of your everyday occurs in the moments others can too easily overlook. (Seldom can you find a person strong enough to brave the stillness or wade into the bottomless waters of imagination.) You make your life here, in the infinite potential of seconds and minutes and hours unfurling into vines and roots. Because when you are looking for everyday enchantment, it finds you. Always. And if you let it, it will settle inside your skin and feed your soul with dreams grown ripe under the sun’s caress. It drops you deep down into the rich earth and forgotten caves buried between heartbeats—places that many are too afraid to venture inside. For how can you absorb the marvelous, if you do not recognize it reflected in yourself, feel it settle in your bones like so much calcium?
That's Enchantment.
A three-syllable spell wrapped in a noun, planted in the earth and nourished with moon- light. Let the roots stretch to the underworld and the leaves unfurl toward the heavens. Walk across the star-kissed bridge made of hollyhock seeds and strong will. There is your passage into the unseen universe.

About the Author:

Maria DeBlassie, Ph.D. is a native New Mexican mestiza blogger, award-winning writer, and educator living in the Land of Enchantment. Her first book, Everyday Enchantments, published through Moon Books, will be released in October of 2018. Her blogging life started as a year-long journey to write her back into happy, healthy, and whole through daily posts about life’s simple pleasures, everyday magic, and radical self-care. That year-long experiment turned into a lifestyle, a book, and her ongoing blog, Enchantment Learning & Living. She is forever looking for magic in her life and somehow always finding more than she thought was there. Find out more about Maria and conjuring everyday magic at www.mariadeblassie.com. And don’t forget to follow her on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter for regular inspiration on magical living.


Reviews and Endorsements
An insightful collection of short writings that make you look at the everyday in a whole new light. ~ Erin Elliot, The Sword of Lumina

To build everyday bridges between the magick and the mundane out of the long-sought and hard-won materials of will and wonder is the act of a true Priestess. In this book, DeBlassie offers rich glimpses of daily rituals, miniature spells in their own right that prompt the reader to look for the quiet divinity in their own lives, to see the subtle majesty in their day-to-day routines, and to question their perceived barriers between the modern and the mystical. ~ Danielle Dulsky, author of Woman Most Wild

Maria DeBlassie has crafted magic within the pages of her new book, Everyday Enchantments. Her eloquent words offer the ‘promise of soul replenishment’ as one traverses the journey of her -and their- metaphorical metamorphosis. Page after page, readers will experience the soothing balm of DeBlassie’s words as they encourage one to open her heart, her mind, her ear, her thoughts and her soul to the unique transpersonal book they hold in their hands. Just as DeBlassie mentions early on in Everyday Enchantments when writing of the unexpected delight of discovering a double yolk, her heartfelt writing is like ‘cradling…gold’ in one’s hands. Reading and absorbing the beauty of Maria DeBlassie’s Everyday Enchantments will have readers conjuring their own magical life. Her words will caress their soul and embrace their heart with inspiration and encouragement. Everyday Enchantments blends together poetic consciousness such as from Maya Angelou and Mary Oliver all while weaving in powerful and deep inner wisdom such as from Clarissa Pinkola Estes. Yet, Maria DeBlassie beautifully stands out given the uniqueness of Everyday Enchantments. It’s a must read and a must to be gently and lovingly held in a sacred place of honor in one’s personal library. DeBlassie’s Everyday Enchantments is like a heart song that every woman should feel. ~ Janelle Alex, Ph.D.,The Writer’s Shaman

Reading this enchanted collection is so much more than reading a book…it’s an unearthing of things half-remembered and bringing them into the light. Gorgeous and luminous…thank you, Maria, for unwinding this spell for your readers. ~ Laura Bickle, critically-acclaimed author of Nine of Stars, Bewitching Book Tours

An insightful collection of short writings that make you look at the everyday in a whole new light. Ponder how different life could be if you stop taking everything for granted and find joy in the simplicity of it all. ~ Erin Elliott, author of The Sword of Lumina series, The Editing Hall

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