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Book of Shadows New Releases

BOOK OF SHADOWS 2 IS OUT NOW, AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON AMAZON, FREE SHORT STORY AVAILABLE TO ALL WHO BUY IT

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Hello Readers, Fans, Friends and members of the Official Mister Black Fanclub,

The day has finally come… Book of Shadows 2: Rising is now on sale, fresh out of Pandora’s Digital Box!  And it’s an Amazon exclusive, which means that if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited then you can read it for free!

Those of you who’d like to buy Book of Shadows 2 can head on over to Amazon right now http://amzn.to/2wuVQWi and get your copy.  It’s on sale for just $2.99, a small fraction of what most new e-books cost.  I’m really hoping that people won’t mind paying for this one since I’ve already given you two books for free, Reckoning Daze and Book of Shadows 1.  Besides, today is my b-day and you can help me celebrate by buying your copy today. 🙂

If you were one of the awesome people who asked for and received an ARC of Book of Shadows 2 in exchange for an honest review, I would be forever grateful if you could head on over to Amazon and post yours now: http://amzn.to/2wuVQWi  If you haven’t finished the book yet, just try to remember to post your review when you’re done.

It’s my dream to become a successful writer and to be able to support myself with my writing and you guys showing me some love by buying my book and/or reviewing it would really help me get closer to that goal.  I can’t tell you just how much I’d appreciate it and what a confidence booster it would be.

To show my appreciation, I have completed a Book of Shadows prequel short story that I started some time ago and never got around to finishing because I wound up so busy writing all of the full-length books.  The story is called Out and About in Paris and it’s about when Emma and her parents took Lia and Shar with them to Paris the June before the girls started at Noah’s Catholic.  So, they aren’t witches yet.  I felt it was an important story to tell, though, because it shows Emma having a couple more of her often vague premonition feelings that she always experienced even before she found out she was a witch.  That said, the biggest reason I always felt like I needed to write this was so readers could find out how things went when Lia and Shar came out to Emma and told her they were a lesbian couple.  It’s something I kept writing and revising in my mind and I’m so glad I’ve finally committed it to the page.  I needed to know exactly how it happened, too!  I really think you Mister Black Fanatics will like it.  Most certainly, you Lia and Shar shippers.

So, how do you get Out and About in Paris?  Simple: buy Book of Shadows 2.  When you buy it, simply send me some form of proof of purchase.  You could forward me your receipt from Amazon or take a screenshot of the thank you page Amazon shows you after you buy the book.  You could also show me that you now have the book on your Kindle or other device by taking a photo of it with the book open so I can see you have it.  Or a photo of your device’s library, showing the Book of Shadows 2 cover there with your other books.   If there’s some reason you can’t do any of these things, let me know and we’ll sort it out.  You can forward your receipts, photos or whatever to me at Michael@MichaelBeaulieu.com.  And be sure to tell me if you’d prefer it in mobi format or epub format.

If you’re not buying Book of Shadows 2 because I gave you an ARC copy, just send me a screenshot of your review, or at least a link to your review on Amazon and/or Goodreads, and you’ll have earned your copy.

It might not be until next Monday that I start sending it out, however, as I have plans from now until then because for some reason everyone wants to celebrate my birthday this year.  (Je suis populaire ici maintenant!)  To get things started, I just had a nice lunch with my parents and sister at Sakura, a Japanese restaurant in Chelmsford, MA that I love.  It’s one of my favorite restaurants and my birthday is about the only time I ever get to go there so I certainly enjoyed my vegetarian things. (Yes, like Emma, Lia and Shar, I am a vegetarian. Have been for decades.) For starters, we all shared a bunch of maki, my favorite being cucumber, avocado and cream cheese rolls (something I created when I was living in Glendale, California; my friends used to call them Mike Rolls).  The waiter always looks at me like I have nine heads when I request them, but I bet if they tried it they would add it to their menu.  Otherwise, my main entree was teriyaki tofu, which is so, so sweet and yummy. Before they put the tofu on your plate with the teriyaki dressing, they actually batter it and deep fry it. Then it’s served on a hot skillet.  It winds up being too hot when it first arrives but if you wait for it to cool off a bit then you can really enjoy the heck out of it.   It came with a huge plate of teriyaki noodles and white rice, miso soup and your typical Japanese restaurant salad with that orange dressing they put on it.  I only wound up eating a few bites of the tofu, however, because last night I was unable to sleep more than four hours, perhaps excited about Book of Shadows 2 launching today, and I have a very small appetite when I’m sleep deprived.

Getting back to Out and About in Paris, it still needs to come back from the editor and then I have to convert it to epub and mobi formats to give you guys.  I’m not sure if it’ll have cover art.  I only have so many photo stock type photos of Emma left and I’m going to need one for books 3 and 4 so I can’t see wasting one on a short story.  Maybe in the future, if I end up selling the short story on Amazon for 99 cents in a few months.  I’d have to have a cover at that point.  But I don’t think you folks would mind if a free short story has no cover art.  Or would you?  Do tell… I always love hearing from my readers.

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Book of Shadows New Releases

Twitter, Book of Shadows and assorted ideas

Right now, I have tons of tweets scheduled for the next week and a half. Until the 12th, I believe. I just started scheduling a bunch for the next few days yesterday and then I was like I might as well keep going until the day after my b-day — the day Book of Shadows 2 comes out — so I would have time off from twitter until then.  A nice little break where I can spend more time working on Book of Shadows 4, which I’m up to page 52 of and I think it’s coming along nicely so far.  Of course, I’ll still hop on Twitter to see what’s going on in the world and I’m sure I’ll post some #nowplaying tweets about whatever I’m listening to as I write.  But tweets promoting Book of Shadows and Book of Shadows 2 are all scheduled, which is a huge weight off of my chest.   I wish I could find something for scheduling tweets that would work better than Twitter.  I’d like to be able to write one tweet and then check off all the dates I want to run it and specify the times you want it to run and be done.  Anyone know of a Twitter client that does that?  Even if it’s not made by Twitter itself, I’d check it out.   Ideally, I’d like something free, being that I’m a disabled individual living below the poverty line, but if there’s something fantastic that costs 5 bucks a month or something I might consider it.

I just hope Book of Shadows 2 gets good reviews. Caution: I’m about to divulge a spoiler. Read no further if you hate those…. SPOILER: It ends with the characters unsettled after the witch hunters announce their arrival by sending Emma something that sends her spiraling down a long hall of hallucinations. Horrifying hallucinations. During that whole part, which is an entire chapter, it shifts a bit from being urban fantasy and into horror. I think that chapter is one of the best things I’ve ever written. It’s a little long, but if you were exposed to the amount of hallucinogen that Emma is exposed to, well, you’d be tripping your ass off all afternoon and into the early evening, too. (I say this from experience. Sort of. When I was a kid and my parents gave me Dimetapp it made me hallucinate. I took it like once a day in the morning and it had me seeing things for 24 hours. I had a whole week of hallucinations before people finally figured out that I wasn’t just seeing imaginary friends, that I was seeing some crazy shit and needed to stop taking that shit. I’ll have to write about that trip sometime. Might make a good blog post for my author site.)

Caution: I’m about to divulge a spoiler. Read no further if you hate those…. SPOILER: It ends with the characters unsettled after the witch hunters announce their arrival by sending Emma something that sends her spiraling down a long hall of hallucinations. Horrifying hallucinations. During that whole part, which is an entire chapter, it shifts a bit from being urban fantasy and into horror. I think that chapter is one of the best things I’ve ever written. It’s a little long, but if you were exposed to the amount of hallucinogen that Emma is exposed to, well, you’d be tripping your ass off all afternoon and into the early evening, too. (I say this from experience. Sort of. When I was a kid and my parents gave me Dimetapp it made me hallucinate. I took it like once a day in the morning and it had me seeing things for 24 hours. I had a whole week of hallucinations before people finally figured out that I wasn’t just seeing imaginary friends, that I was seeing some crazy shit and needed to stop taking that shit. I’ll have to write about that trip sometime. Might make a good blog post for my author site.)

SPOILER:  Book of Shadows 2 ends with the characters unsettled after the witch hunters announce their arrival by sending Emma something that sends her spiraling down a long hall of hallucinations. Horrifying hallucinations. During that whole part, which is an entire chapter, it shifts a bit from being urban fantasy and into horror. I think that chapter is one of the best things I’ve ever written. It’s a little long, but if you were exposed to the amount of hallucinogen that Emma is exposed to, well, you’d be tripping your ass off all afternoon and into the early evening, too. (I say this from experience. Sort of. When I was a kid and my parents gave me Dimetapp it made me hallucinate. I took it like once a day in the morning and it had me seeing things for 24 hours. I had a whole week of hallucinations before people finally figured out that I wasn’t just seeing imaginary friends, that I was seeing some crazy shit and needed to stop taking that shit. I’ll have to write about that trip sometime. Might make an interesting blog post.)

I’ve thought about writing a Book of Shadows stand alone book that’s more of a horror novel than urban fantasy. And it wouldn’t be designated as young adult. It could be about something that happens to Emma when she’s in college. Maybe she comes back for a weekend and Lia and Shar are supposed to be home that weekend, too, but then they don’t show up and everyone’s worried and Emma has to find them along with Tim, January, Juliana, and Pete. Would be a good opportunity to explore those characters further, since the book normally focuses on Emma, Lia and Shar. And people might like the fact that it’s a stand alone.   Could even be a good book to introducte people to the world of Book of Shadows with.

Another idea is to write a stand alone Book of Shadows novel where Emma, Lia, Shar and January go to Paris for a few weeks during the summer. Maybe they go to the catacombs under the city, where millions of people are buried, and spirits attach to them and make them sick or something.  Then they have to do that.

ANOTHER SPOILER: On a related note, I’m still working on a short story where Emma, Lia and Shar are in Paris a few years before Book of Shadows starts and that’s when Lia and Shar tell Emma that they’re a couple. They actually come out to her on the Eiffel Tower, thinking that being at one of her favorite places will soften the blow. I’m not saying if it does or doesn’t. I was thinking about giving the story to people who pre-order Book 2. They can forward me their Amazon receipt and then I’ll send them the short story. The only trouble about it is that I’d need a cover for it. I’m sure I could find some png clip art of the Eiffel Tower to use. I might even have one in those 5 Minute Covers templates that I bought for Photoshop.

I’m full of ideas anyway. Just about every day for the past month I’ve had an idea for a new novel. Some of the ideas are two typed pages long and very detailed with all the major plot points. Others, just a paragraph or two. But they’re almost all really great ideas. I’ll probably write something different after Book of Shadows 4. Unless the series is making serious money — I’m trying to make a living doing this — at that point and I need to continue to keep the money coming in. But if it’s only moderately popular I’ll write something else and in the meantime and there will be four Book of Shadows books for people to read so it’s not like new fans will be complaining if I do one different book.  Longtime fans might be frustrated if they’re dying for Book of Shadows 5, but it’s only natural for a writer to want to write about new characters and such after a while and I think writng four Book of Shadows novels back-to-back is about all I can handle.

This was almost the cover of Book of Shadows Volume One. But then I found the photo of the girl I ended up using on a stock photo site and she looked much more like Emma than this girl so I made a completely different cover. What do you think about this one?
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