Let me tell you guys something real quick.
The best possible thing you can do for a writer, apart from buying their work (if they’re selling it), is give them feedback.
Whether it’s a posted review or just a note saying, “Hey I read the thing and enjoyed it,” we thrive on that. Constructive criticism is great too – “Hey you missed a typo on page 43. Thought you’d like to know! Really liked A, B, & C. For the next one, do you think you might consider X, Y, or Z?”
Not only does this help spread the word about our projects, it lets us know how we’re doing. Half the time, writing feels a lot like screaming into the void. The fics gets hits, the book sells copies, but nobody says anything. So we cherish those bits of commentary. And believe me, there is no such thing as a review being too long. The longer and more in-depth the better.
I should take a moment to note that the practice of “flaming” still seems to be alive and well, and the only thing writers hate more than the hellscape that is extended editing sessions is a mindless troll cluttering up the review listings. So if you’re going to review, try to be constructive or at least polite. (You’d think this would be common courtesy. It’s not.)
All this being said, trust me when I tell you that seeing the hits and the sales go up makes us smile, but reviews make us cheer.
Thank you, readers, for all your support! 🙂
With The Sisters Grimmoire once more on digital shelves, it’s on to my next big project!
Pestlework, as some of you may have seen, is due out this August to replace The Witches’ Cupboard. (The copyright for that is reverting to co-author Anna effective September 1st.) I’ve already compiled all of my recipes from the Cupboard and from Grovedaughter Witchery, and now I’m in the process of creating a few dozen entirely new recipes to give the book a bit more heft.
The goal right now is 200+ recipes (nearly there) and 150+ pages (sitting around 110 at the moment). I also have to spruce up the instructions for making magical powders and oils, suss out the safety information, and expand the descriptions of some of my older recipes. It’s going fairly well thus far, and I’m on target to meet my expected release date.
My method right now involves flipping through the Heldstab, diGregorio, and Cunningham books on oils and powders and jotting down concept ideas as they come to me, then going back and fleshing out formulas and descriptions later on. This both keeps the creative juices flowing and keeps me from accidentally plagiarizing established works.
As it turns out, a fair amount of pop culture magic is finding its’ way into this piece. To give a prime example, there is a formula that helps the caster achieve their goals by removing the competition. I call it Blue Shell Success Oil. (I can hear you groaning. That’s okay. My husband did too.)
I’ve been at this all afternoon, so I think I’ll take a quick break to grab some food and re-up my drink, then I’ll be back at it until the wee hours.
Silver Stars has just purchased my books for inclusion in their Fayetteville, NC store!
From the website:
Merry Meet ,
We are a family owned Pagan Shop and have many things to help with your ritual and spiritual needs . We enjoy meeting new people and visiting with old friends . If you just have questions we can help you find the answers.
We have the supplies you need for all your ritual and spell work.
Herbs, Candles, Cauldrons, Spell Kits, Books, Jewelry, Incense, Stones …etc
We also offer Tarot readings and Dream Interpretations every Tuesday thru Sunday.
We look forward to seeing you !
Please help me say Thank You to the wonderful staff of Silver Stars by giving them your business! 🙂
It’s Your Journey has purchased my books for inclusion in their Huron, OH store!
From the website:
It’s Your Journey, Huron, OH, is a premier shop for all of your metaphysical and new age needs. In addition to products including tumbled stones, raw specimens, candles, incense, jewelry, herbs, essential oils, tarot cards, books, and Wiccan supplies, we also offer a variety of classes and healing services.
Services include Reiki and Energy Work, Massage, Emotional Freedom Technique, Past Life Regression, Soul Retrieval, Spirit Releasement, Psych-K, Ionic Foot Detox, and Readings! Readings range from psychics, mediums, Angel Cards, Tea Leaf, Tarot, Astrology and Numerology. It’s Your Journey’s Mission is about SUPPORTING YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY.
Please join me in saying Thank You to the wonderful staff of It’s Your Journey by giving them your business. 🙂
The Sisters Grimmoire: Spells and Charms for Your Happily Ever After (2nd Edition)
By Bree NicGarran
Mirror, Mirror, on the wall,
Who’s the cleverest witch of them all?
With the spells in this book, it just might be you!
Inspired by the well-known works of The Brothers Grimm, this volume boasts over sixty original spells lovingly crafted from favorite fairy tales, along with helpful spellcrafting instructions and several indices to aid you in your journey. All of this is wrapped up with useful chapter forewords discussing the various themes within the tales, some insight into the creative process, and a bit of discussion on ethics and the usage of magic.
Whether you’re ready to yell “All Heads Off But Mine,” looking to turn your luck around with some Buried Coins, or just wanting to show the world What Big Teeth you have, there is sure to be a spell within these pages that is exactly what you’ve been looking for.
After all, who couldn’t use a bit of Happily Ever After?
Good news, everyone!
The Kindle version of The Sisters Grimmoire 2nd Edition is currently in review! I expect to see the listing go live tonight or tomorrow, and I will certainly post links on all my social media.
The print version is not far behind, with just a few technical fixes left until the formal review (I’ve sent it for a prelim just to see), and things are well on track to have both listings up by this weekend.
Pestlework: A Book of Magical Powders and Oils
From the author of Grovedaughter Witchery comes a volume of potions and powders for all occasions, suitable to enhance the craft of any practitioner.
Old standards like banishing powder and blessing oil meet new classics like Dream Dust and Stargazer Wishing Oil. Need to rid your house of a troublesome spirit? Try a sprinkle of Ghost-Be-Gone Powder. Looking for a way to get your zest back after spellwork? Brim With Vim Vitality Oil might be just the thing. Over 150 formulae await you within these pages, along with helpful hints, safety tips, and detailed instructions for creating your own magical powders and oils.
Collected for the first time in a single volume, these recipes are the product of twelve years of experience and much experimentation. While magic is never a guarantor of success, the potions within these pages might just give your spells the edge you need.
Coming August 2017!