Saturday, April 21, 2018

Of Mice and MacKays



Well, it is officially here, folks.  Book Ten, Of Mice and MacKays, has dropped.  For the next week, I'm offering a special introductory price. April 25, it'll go up, so grab it now!


And not sure if you've missed some books in the series?  Head over to https://www.maggiemackaymagicaltracker.com/books/ and check your library!

And what's on the horizon?  Book Eleven, Auntie Mags, will be coming this fall.  I also have some mysteries (written under the pen name Agatha Ball) and some stand alone fantasy books in development.  WHHHEEEEEE!  Catch all the fun!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Coming this April...


Coming in just a few weeks is Book Ten in the Maggie MacKay: Magical Tracker series!  May I present... drum roll... Of Mice and MacKays

Currently available at as special pre-order price on iBooks, Kobo, and Nook.  But sign up for my newsletter if you'd like to be the first to know when it will be available on Amazon!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Just start writing...

It's funny how this writing thing never seems to get easier.  Oh, sure, it seems like it should.  It seems like if you've been doing something for as long as I've been doing this thing something should get easier.

But it doesn't.

Writing always starts with a bit of euphoria.  Today is The Day that the new project is beginning!  You sit down.  And you stare at the computer.  And you sort of get an idea.  That needs to be researched... and eight hours later you have every recipe for Bakewell tarts ever written down by humans, but not the start of your new book.

And so you say, "Tomorrow!  Tomorrow I shall get up!  I shall get dressed!  I shall go to the coffee shop with my laptop and be That Writer Person Who Is Writing."

But you wake up.

And it takes awhile for the coffee to brew. 

And there are newspaper articles to be read.

And the world is falling down around us.

And eight hours later, there is still nothing on your page...

But you say, "TOMORROW!  TOMORROW SHALL BE THE DAY!"

I have found there is only one way for getting a book written, and that is deciding that tomorrow is today.  And making tomorrow TODAY is a lousy, miserable, horrible decision.  But you gotta do it, otherwise this writing thing never gets done.

And the first day?  The first day is BRUTAL.  Your brain is like one of those ping-pong lotto boxes, with all these little balls bouncing around saying: Laundry! Vacuuming! Dishes! Cooking! Internet! INTERNET! IIINNNTTTEEERNEEEET!!!

And you can't follow the bouncing ball, or else you know you are going to find yourself at 11PM wondering why you haven't written anything again.

So you set a timer for twenty minutes and pray to the Muses to visit you for just TWENTY FRICKIN' MINUTES.  And you turn on some sounds of thunderstorms or ocean waves or coffee shops or coffee shop jazz or maybe some rock or maybe some... WAIT.  You were supposed to be writing.

You sit back down and set that timer.  You just have to do the writing thing for TWENTY MINUTES for it to be a successful day.  You think about how you used to be able to crank out 6k words a day without breaking a sweat.  8k words in a day at a brisk jog.  If you could just cranking out 10k a day, you could have this project done in four days. 

BUT WAIT!  Your ping-pong brain is pinging and ponging and while you may have set the timer, you didn't start it.

And so you do.

And you are miserable and it's awful and right around the 8 minute mark you need a drink of water or a bathroom or SOMETHING!  ANYTHING TO END YOUR SUFFERING!

But you make it through and realize you wrote six hundred words in twenty minutes.  If you can do that again tomorrow, maybe you can do TWO twenty minute sessions.

But tomorrow comes and in fact, you're able to get several twenty minute sessions going.  And the next day?  Even more.  And suddenly, you remember you DO know how to do this writing thing.  And you DO remember how to tell a story.  And all that studying you did of craft and storytelling?  It perhaps wasn't time wasted.  And maybe you might finish this book before your 95th birthday.  You're clipping along!  You're doing 6k days!  You're doing 8k days!

And then something comes up.

And you miss a day.

And suddenly...

You have to start from the beginning.  All over again.

Twenty minutes.

Of hell.

One day at a time.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

London - March 11, 2015

Say what you will about Facebook and their "On This Day" function, this popped up on my newsfeed and was totally taken back.  I had found this bonkers Black Friday sale and it was cheaper to stay three weeks in London than just a week, so... I did it.



















Friday, February 2, 2018

My Maggie Valentine



It's here! It's here! Grab the new Maggie Holiday short story special "My Maggie Valentine"!

Valentine's Day is terrible. Especially when you're Maggie MacKay and tasked with chaperoning the local high school Valentine's dance. Join Maggie and Killian on a holiday, short story adventure. Sometimes you wrestle with demons. And sometimes they just want to cuddle...

A part of the Maggie MacKay: Holiday Special short story series. This stands independently from the main Magical Tracker series and can be read at any time and in any order. 


WARNING: This adventure contains cussing, brawling, and unladylike behavior. Proceed with caution.

Nook 
P.S. For those of you new to this side series, every now and again, I'll get an idea for something and just want to play around. Think of them like those old holiday specials they used to do for television shows. These stories stand outside the regular series and can be read in any order. They're just meant to be 40-pages of brain candy. All sugar, no nutritional value whatsoever. Enjoy the buzz!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Enter to Win Five Signed Books

Me and four other AWESOME authors got together and are giving away FIVE FREE SIGNED paperbacks of our bestselling urban fantasy books!  Enter to win between now and January 26!


Private investigators. Trackers. Cops. Cleaners. In Urban Fantasy, monsters exist alongside humans. Someone needs to keep the bloodshed to a minimum. And when the body count rises too fast or too high, someone needs to find who’s responsible and make them pay. It’s a dirty job, but someone’s got to do it…

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Behind the Scenes of Eine Kleine Nacht Maggie

By now, you have all probably read Eine Kleine Nacht Maggie, right?  If not, get on that people!  Did you know that all of my Maggie books have their roots in real places in the Los Angeles area?  You can actually drive around the county and see all of the places and building described.  Well, here's where Eine Kleine Nacht Maggie got its inspiration.

My buddy, Adam-Adam, and I were headed off for a cruise, if I'm remembering correctly.  And as all great adventures begin, I believe we were driving down the 405 and said to ourselves, "What is that magical place?" 

We pull off and discover this magical, semi-abandoned, Bavarian village filled with German grocery stores, durndel shops, smorgasbords, and a flea market!


They have really great peanut butter Cheetos here.  German peanut butter Cheetos.  And chocolates.

Down this way was the restroom.  Not a murder hole.  At all.

Get your teeth done here!



* singing loudly * "Isn't it roooomaaaaantic..."


I'll admit.  I kind of want these shutters.

We snuck into the meeting hall.  I don't think we were meant to go inside the meeting hall.










Maggie's mom LOVED this place


Setting for the grand finale



Sunday brunch!  They were open for business.


So, fast forward a year and I'm back in LA to see Michael Nesmith play for the very last time with The Monkees (as one does) and my friends are like, "What do you want to do while you're here?"  And I'm like... "Let me tell you, my friends..."  And we are off to eat Hawaiian food at Kings Hawaiian, makers of the best Thanksgiving rolls to ever grace your table, and a restaurant with a bakery store and chiffon cakes of your midcentury modern dreams.



And then I'm like, "And we're going to Oktoberfest."







So there you have it!  As you re-read the book, which I'm sure all of you are doing, there's some images to help color the pictures in your imagination.  And if you're ever down in SoCal, go check out these spots.  Maybe one day I'll do a Maggie map.  Until then... tune in until next time...