Secret Magicks Paranormal Romance & Urban Fantasy Giveaway

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Secret Magicks

Paranormal Romance, Fantasy Romance & Urban Fantasy Giveaway
October 11 – 31

Kindle Fire 7 • Ebook Prize Packs • Amazon Gift Cards
Leather-Bound Spell Book

Paranormal romance, fantasy romance and urban fantasy lovers, how would you like to take home a Kindle Fire, Amazon gift card, or ebook prize pack where you get to choose the list of books you want from Amazon? Enter now for a chance to win!

 

Plus, check out the Secret Magicks Book Fair for a scavenger hunt game with a personal, leather-bound spell book up for grabs, and a huge shelf’s worth of page-turning vampire, angel, shifter, witch, fae, and other reads for 2.99 or less, some FREE!

Spell book, magic potion and dryed herbs on the wizard table bac

VISIT THE BOOK FAIR

 

(Sponsored by the authors listed below)

Alex Gordon • Angelica R. Jackson • Bernadette Rowley • C.D. Gorri
Carrie Pulkinen • Christa Paige • Christina McKnight • Dawn Marie Hamilton
 Denise D. Young • E.B. Black • Eichin Chang-Lim • Elizabeth Rose
Erica Monroe • 
Greg Alldredge • J.L. Myers • JC Andrijeski
Karen Michelle Nutt •   Katherine Gilbert • L.E. Harrison
Lisa Voisin • Megan Starks • Mimi Barbour
N.D. Jones • Rebecca Hefner • Sedona Venez
Sharon Ashwood •  Stephanie West • Zoe Dawson

~Dawn Marie

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Dancing with the Muse

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Dancing with the Muse

Since receiving a concussion in February of 2018, I have been struggling with writer’s block and can’t dance with my muse. I’ve read several books on the subject trying to find help. They suggest that you just have to push forward, or find a new routine, or and I love this one “Just write.”

I’ve tried all of those things, but sadly none of them have really worked for me. It’s not like I don’t know how to write a book. I have over twenty novels published. Then I read a self-help book that stated the only way to reconnect with your creativity was to take care of yourself.

I had a sudden epiphany. When I wrote those first books back in 2011, I was recovering from an illness that put me into bed for about six month. I couldn’t do anything except take care of myself.

Now in 2019, I am taking care of many things: family, friends, a new house, being temporarily separated from my husband, two new puppies, and the list goes on. I worry about what the puppies are chewing on in the backyard when I’m not home. My youngest granddaughter has been diagnosed with in toeing and I worry she will need surgery. My husband has diabetes and I worry that he isn’t eating correctly. Finally, my biggest worry, will I get a book finished this year? So many worries, so little time.

But what I haven’t been doing is making myself happy. Taking time to ponder the mysteries of the universe, playing, laughing, or taking time to smell the roses.  Because all my energy is going into worrying, I haven’t had the energy to write.

Being a panster, I need time to think, dream, and visualize. My characters are trapped in a bubble I can’t seem to break. Now that I am aware of the problem of being scattered by too many worries, I am taking time to sit still and put my worries on hold. The bubble is getting thinner and I can see a few scenes coming together. I have hope and a few chapters are written.

I still don’t have a book done, but with baby steps, I can see one coming closer. I just need to remember to take care of myself, first. It seems selfish to do so, I know. Like you, I am expected to care for everyone else and put my needs last. But the creative process doesn’t allow it. You cannot dream up new worlds and new people unless you focus within.

So if you can’t seem to find your muse to dance with and create, I suggest you take the time to be yourself. The you that likes to play, sing, dance, and dream. Keep at it and those worlds will start to come closer and those characters will begin to whisper in your ear. Then the magic can happen and the words will appear on the page.  How do you take care of yourself so you can dance with your muse?

Scotland means Folktales and … dead people?

Hostoric Scottish peopleI recently returned from my family’s whirlwind trip to volunteer at the New Hampshire Highland Games in Lincoln, NH. This Scottish gathering of the clans and athletic competitors is an annual event, and the largest in New England. We help descendants remember their Scottish roots. Speaking of dead people…

Scotland is a lovely country. The hills, moors, and deep-water lochs are beautiful, but unexplained observations such as thunder, lightning, and the movement of planets, are the basis of many Scottish folktales. These word-of-mouth explanations have changed with the frequency of their telling which is why one myth could have many different descriptions or endings.

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Fairies, brownies, and Scottish bogles are believed to live across the land.The distinctive features of Scottish folklore are filled with the characteristics of Scotland’s varied scenery. Serene mountain lochs, tiny creeks, the harsh splendor of the mountains, and the solitude of the moor. These are all reflected in their folk tales and myths. Mine, too, including my Clan of Dragons Series.

Clan of Dragons book

Clan of Dragons series by Nancy Lee Badger. Find all Buy Links HERE

p.s. my son, Eric Badger, modeled for the 3 covers on the right!

Whether you can enjoy a local Highland gathering, or have the $$ to travel to Scotland, enjoy. Slainte!

Nancy Lee Badger

Autumnal Equinox 2019

Fall is coming! Finally, the heat will break (hopefully), the world will turn bright colors and nature gets ready to hibernate. We get the Autumnal Equinox or Mabon. It starts getting dark earlier and there’s a spookiness that comes into being. You might want to look over your shoulder occasionally. Yes, it’s my favorite season of the year.

I’m celebrating this Fall with a new paranormal, shifter book. Budapest Fairy Tale is a story in the continuing Conall Clan series. It drops October 5. Having never planned to write shifters (or vampires) I found I’ve really enjoyed creating my own world with this. Yes, there are some werewolf myths that I’d tried to adhere to, but mainly these characters are the way I want that world to be. Just a little removed from the normal world, with many intersections. Marcel, who you met in book two–Family Ties—demanded his own book, and who was I to deny him. I’m working on another one after that. Yes, this different paranormal world on the fringes of “normal” really drew me in.

You already know how I love the paranormal. It’s always my go to first for reading and as we head into the end of the year, I recommend it highly. It’s the time of year to read Duma Key by Stephen King, or something by Heather Graham, or JR Ward, or Lara Adrian. Ghosts and things that go bump in the night are coming. No, it’s not Halloween yet but we’re headed that way.

I’d love recommendations from you on your favorites. So the TBR pile will grow some more, at least I’ll never get bored!

Happy Autumn!

New Distribution Channels for ‘Just Within a Highland Mist’ by Dawn Marie Hamilton and an Excerpt

I’ve been doing some more formatting this month. Just Within a Highland Mist, a Highland Gardens novella, the fifth tale in the series is now available at Apple and Kobo.

Fae pixies are meddling with Gregor’s heart…

At the garden archway, he slipped her hand into his and entered first to ensure naught was awry. He’d vowed to keep her safe.

“Oh, this is lovely,” she said as they traversed the path through the garden beds filled with vegetables and herbs to the rose garden, where he seated her on the turf bench, abloom with small, fragrant white flowers. The gentle scent was heady. As was her beauty.

“I owe you an apology,” she said.

He frowned. “Whatever for?”

“For not believing your story about the pixies.”

“I guess ’tis hard to believe in something you have never seen.”

“I saw one last night.”

Her admission made his brows rise. “You did?”

“Yeah. In my room, while I was bathing. Before you came. She wore a purple gown and had sheer lavender wings. Like that one there.” Emily pointed to a dragonfly-like creature perched on a shiny rose leaf.

He held out a hand and the ebony-haired pixie jounced onto his palm.

Tee teehee hee. Tee teehee hee. Tee teehee hee.

The wee creature’s voice tinkled like the sweetest chimes.

“Here is another!” Emily leapt to her feet and held out a hand. A blonde pixie with green wings landed on an outstretched finger. “This one has iridescent peridot wings.”

Gregor brought his hand closer to his face for a better look at the one he held.

Emily did the same with hers. “Hello,” she murmured.

Tee teehee hee. The pixies giggled again, before blowing dust into their faces. Then with more giggles, they flew away, high over the garden wall.

Emily and Gregor sneezed in unison, and then dropped onto the bench, overcome with laughter. Tears of merriment streamed from both their eyes.

“They are so cute,” Emily said, when she sobered.

 

Trail through a magic forest in fog with vintage toning

New Distribution Channels for

Just Within a Highland Mist

 

Now available at:

Apple and KOBO.

Also available at:

Amazon and Barnes & Noble

 

~Dawn Marie

The End of Summer means… be kind to Editors and Writers

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How can summer already be over?

In North Carolina, the students that do not attend YEAR ROUND SCHOOL (those poor kids!) have all gone back to their classrooms. Summer might be officially over, but the days are still sunny and the nights just right. Hopefully, days of 90 degrees F and higher are behind us. So, too, are days of leisure for folks that work day in and day out for others. Me? I work for myself!

That is not quite true. I am a published author and have had my last two books released by Soul Mate Publishing. My third book in the Warriors in Bronze series is in the hands of my SMP editor, Lori Polito. In the meantime? I am releasing a book that I am self-publishing. What is the difference you might ask?

Here are the basic:

*Publisher: pays an in-house editor to make my book clean.

*Self-published: I pay an outside editor lots of $$ to do that

*Publisher: pays a cover artist to (hopefully) create a book cover I can live with

*Self-published: I find photos, choose colors, pick fonts to make the cover myself

*Publisher: formats the book, adding front and back matter, for ebook and print

*Self-published: do it all myself, including setting the price

*Publisher: advertises my book on their website

*Self-published: I do it all-website, blogs, twitter, Facebook, and Instagram as well as creating giveaways and setting up newsletter blasts.

*Publisher: collects the profits and sends me a portion every quarter

*Self-published: Since I am the publisher, ALL the profits go to me!

While writing and editing in a quiet corner of my home, or out on my deck, I find I keep thinking of how I took the chance at writing full-time by retiring from my 40-50 hour/week job as a 911 Emergency Medical Dispatcher.

Being a HYBRID author can be a challenge.

I must work to time each of my book releases so one does not overshadow the other. Advertising, newsletters, and keeping in touch of my readers so they understand all the different genres I write in means a little more work on my part. It is worth it!

September has been designated Be Kind To Editors and Writers Month, so I wish to publicly thank those editors out there, especially the ones who read and correct my work. (Waving to Lori and Kathleen Rothenberger) I am also patting my own back because I am a writer.

Heaven-sent Highlander

Available now HERE

Rescuing Christmas

…and coming soon HERE

 

Devil’s Hoof Prints

One more legend from North Carolina and again, I have seen this one. Hey, I’ve lived in NC for all but 7 years of my life! My mother grew up in Little Washington, NC, which is near Bath so of course when we visited relatives this was one of the stops. I have no photos from our trips of this so I had to search for some.

Devil’s Horse’s Hoof Prints near Bath are a series of small, saucer-shaped depressions that have been there since 1813. Measuring four to five inches deep with sloping sides from six to ten inches, the holes remain one of North Carolina’s most famous and enduring mysteries. There are pine needles all around the place because it’s at the edge of a wooded area and it wasn’t exactly well maintained like a park, but the holes were easily discernable.

The legend goes that on a Sunday morning about church time, Jesse Elliott and some companions planned to race their horses along the main street of Bath. Elliott mounted and spurred his horse, and as it raced off, he leaned forward shouting in its ear: “Take me in a winner or take me to Hell.” Promptly the horse dug its hooves into the soft earth, throwing Elliot against a tree and killing him instantly. So of course some believed that the horse was actually the devil in the form of a horse.

I also found this account in my research – “Actually, he was on his way to a race and was riding along side another man also headed to the race. This other man was mounted upon a very large black horse and was wearing all black with a hat to make his face invisible. Elliott challenged him to a little race on the way to the actual race and as he was passed by the man on the black horse, Elliott’s horse flew into a tree killing both instantly. There is no record of anyone with a straight black horse (no markings whatsoever) at the race. People have also tried to cover the tracks with cement, but nothing worked. They also used to charge admission but now it is free and open to the public.” Attributed to “Sam”

Tradition maintains that the holes, located just off N.C. 1334, about 3 miles west of Bath, have survived every known attempt to permanently eradicate or alter them. No vegetation grows inside them and none of the pine needles surrounding the holes ever remain in the prints. For years, kids have tried to cover them or fill them in only to find that the holes are empty again upon their next visit. I’d never heard about the cement before. Tons of visitors to the site have experienced the same phenomena, and yes, I was one of them. I didn’t get to go back and see if my pine needles were gone but the prints were still there the next visit I made.

Is it any wonder I love writing about the paranormal – such possibilities!! Click on the covers for more information.