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Hi Magickal Friends!

How goes it? 

Things are pretty well here.  I’ve been super busy with Love is Pop lately, but you’ll be happy to hear that I’ve still managed to write seven or eight chapters of Book of Shadows 5.  They’re in one of my countless notebooks and need to be typed up, but once I do that then I can put them in the correct order and from that point going forward I will be writing everything in order because I’ve learned that I don’t like writing chapters out of sequence.  Because it makes you picture things happening in the wrong order and it gets confusing.  And you might have a character say something in one chapter then something contradictory happens in another chapter and you didn’t realize this because you were writing them out of sequence.  I think that writing them out of order can benefit some writers, but for someone with a legit memory problem, like me, it’s just too confusing. 

I also wanted to mention that I’m taking the next couple of weeks off from Love is Pop to focus on writing fiction. Thought you’d be happy to hear that.

In other Book of Shadows news, I’ve come with ideas for two Book of Shadows short stories.  I’m not sure when I’ll write them, though.  I mean, do I stop writing Book of Shadows 5 and write one or do I keep writing Book of Shadows 5 and write them later?  I think I might have to stop writing Book 5 and write a short story because I need to find a way to get more people into the series.  I’d hoped that word of mouth would keep the ball rolling but that isn’t happening so I need to take action.  If I write a short story, I can put it on Prolific Works and have them feature it in a newsletter and on their blog.  And people who read that might go ahead and read BoS 1 since it’s free everywhere.  Then some of those might continue to read the rest of the series.  

One of the short story ideas takes place about 5 years after the Book of Shadows novels and is about Emma and January, who own a private detective agency and are a happy couple.  The other is about Shar’s sister Arja and what happens after Emma, Lia and Shar cast a love spell to make her co-worker fall in love with her.  Let’s just say that the spell works too well and in just about every way possible.  This would be one of the sub-plots in Book of Shadows 5, but in the book, you’ll be reading from Shar, Emma, Lia and January’s POVs.  Not Arja’s.  In the short story, however, it’s from Arja’s POV and you get the whole story, not just the bits that she tells Shar in the book. Which of these two ideas do you think I should write first?  Email me at michael@michaelbeaulieu.com and say DETECTIVE if you want Emma and January’s P.I. story or say ARJA if you want her love spell story.  (You don’t need to use all caps.)

On a different note, my friend Bill’s cat Magique is missing.  His name is the French word for magic, but he didn’t name it that.  That’s the name it already had from the humane society.  Well, the cat managed to get out the same day he’d adopted him and he’s been missing for about 48 hours now.  So, I’m doing everything I can to help my friend find him.  (You know what a cat lover I am.)  He went missing from Neofotistos Circle in Dracut, which connects to Hampson Street, which connects to Kinsella Ave and 7th Ave, as well as to Pleasant Street near Lakeview Ave and Parker Ave on the opposite end of the street.  So, if you happen to live in the area, please be on the lookout.  And if you have friends who live in Dracut or Lowell, MA, perhaps you could forward this to them. 

This is Magique:

If you see Magique, please e-mail michael@michaelbeaulieu.com so I can notify my friend. Much thanks! Ciao for now!

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Becoming Madonna

BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

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  • February 5, 2019
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There’s a meme going around on Facebook where people are listing the books that changed their lives and how they changed them.  I thought I would share my responses with you.

BOOKS THAT CHANGED MY LIFE

On Writing by Stephen King convinced me to continue writing when I was at a low point and thinking I should quit.

On The Road by Jack Kerouac inspired me to jump in my car and just start driving. Didn’t stop until I wound up in Quebec City. First time I had ever left the country.

Catcher In The Rye by J.D. Salinger showed me that your main character can be a bit of an a-hole and the book still be embraced by millions.

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis showed me that you can write anything — really, really repulsive things — and still get published and have the book do well — and even get turned into a movie.

Violet & Claire and The Hanged Man by Francesca Lia Block showed me that you could write about characters with anorexia without having them get help or undergo a big transformation and start eating normally by the end of the book. Also, her book Nymph showed me that you can write young adult books then write erotica and publish them under the same name and still be just as adored.

Wasted by Marya Hornbacher inspired me to keep starving myself when I was anorexic. It’s supposed to have the opposite effect on me but it was just what I needed for thinspiration at the time.

Out of Sheer Rage: Wrestling with D.H. Lawerence by Geoff Dyer showed me that you can write any sort of book you want. It follows him as he tries to write a book about D.H. Lawrence but finds himself unable to. Accordingly, it’s both about D.H. Lawerence and his inability to write the book he wanted all at once.

Paris, Trance by Geoff Dyer was one of the reasons I went to Paris the first time. Ditto for Paris to The Moon by Adam Gopnik and Almost French by Sarah Turnbell.

Fargo Rock City by Chuck Klosterman showed me that you can write about hair bands and still be considered a hip writer.

The Long Hard Road Out of Hell by Marilyn Manson showed me that you can shock people and be brilliant at the same time. And that I wasn’t the only one who grew up afraid of becoming possessed.

Screenwriting by Syd Field is what taught me screenwriting and inspired me to write screenplays. To date, I’ve written over 30, although none since I started getting serious about writing books.

Buckland’s Complete Book of Witchcraft by Raymond Buckland is a huge reason why I became a witch.

Contacts (textbook) by Valette and Valette taught me most of the French I know.Suffice to say, books have been a huge influence on my life!
In other news, my lost 1998 novel Becoming Madonna is out now.  Due to popular demand, I decided to surprise release it last week.

One thing that a few people have been saying is that they don’t like the way it ends.  Personally, I think the ending brings everything full circle, but I suppose I can understand people wanting more.  To that end, I’m working on an epilogue and will add that to the book once it’s finished.  If you’ve already purchased it, e-mail me your receipt or a screenshot of it and I’ll e-mail you the revised version once it’s ready. And I will leave you with the Becoming Madonna blurb…

BECOMING MADONNA:

Soap Suds Weekly has crowned her “the breakout star of 1998,” but Laurie Saint-Germain hates it when she signs an autograph and the so-called fan is upset that she signed her own name, not that of Sandy Lemonde, her happy-go-lucky character on daytime’s sensational Passionate About Love. Especially since her master plan is to become a movie star and pop goddess – just like her idol, Madonna!

When Dime-A-Douzaine Records, home of Back Alley Boyz and *4Guys, offers her a chance to record a demo with the option of signing her, Laurie jumps for joy so hard she breaks the ceiling. However, they have to like her, too, which could be a problem because her wise-ass mouth and brutal honesty create a perfect recipe for fireworks.

As if keeping her harsh opinions to herself wasn’t difficult enough, Laurie’s life is thrown into turmoil when she finds herself falling for a woman for the first time as she flirts with her beautiful hairdresser, Beth. Then there’s the matter of a potential record deal causing complications with her soap contract.

Becoming Madonna pursues 18-year-old Laurie through her coming of age life choices and her struggles to become the next Madonna. Get this hilarious satire today.

On sale for just $2.99 or read free with Kindle Unlimited.

If you’ve already read the book and could leave an honest review, it would be much appreciated.
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OUT NOW: BECOMING MADONNA

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  • January 30, 2019
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I am happy to say that my lost 1998 novel, the literary fiction satire Becoming Madonna, is out now!

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Soap Suds Weekly has crowned her “the breakout star of 1998,” but Laurie Saint-Germain hates it when she signs an autograph and the so-called fan is upset that she signed her own name, not that of Sandy Lemonde, her happy-go-lucky character on daytime’s sensational Passionate About Love. Especially since her master plan is to become a movie star and pop goddess – just like her idol, Madonna!

When Dime-A-Douzaine Records, home of Back Alley Boyz and *4Guys, offers her a chance to record a demo with the option of signing her, Laurie jumps for joy so hard she breaks the ceiling. However, they have to like her, too, which could be a problem because her wise-ass mouth and brutal honesty create a perfect recipe for fireworks.

As if keeping her harsh opinions to herself wasn’t difficult enough, Laurie’s life is thrown into turmoil when she finds herself falling for a woman for the first time as she flirts with her beautiful hairdresser, Beth. Then there’s the matter of a potential record deal causing complications with her soap contract.

Becoming Madonna pursues 18-year-old Laurie through her coming of age life choices and her struggles to become the next Madonna. Read this hilarious satire today. BUY IT NOW OR READ FREE WITH KINDLE UNLIMITED!

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BECOMING MADONNA – SURPRISE RELEASE!

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  • January 30, 2019
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Yes, you’ve read the subject line correctly.  I have decided to surprise release Becoming Madonna instead of putting it on pre-order!  It should be live on Amazon by this time tomorrow.  I’ll send you an e-mail with a link once it is.  If you’re not subscribed to my list, what are you waiting for? Just fill in your first name and e-mail address in the column to the right of this post and then you’re all set to be the first to hear about my upcoming books. You’ll also see cover reveals and I’ve been known to give away free books and short stories!

The main reason I did to surprise release Becoming Madonna is so that you can post your reviews as soon as you write them.  This way, nobody has to remember to post them on a release date.  You can just post them as you finish the book and feel like doing so.   It would especially be appreciated if you could review the book if you received an ARC.  You’re not obligated to, but it would be a nice gesture.  And be honest.  Just try to keep in mind that I wrote this book way back in 1998 and my writing skills weren’t what they are today just yet!  Although, in some ways, I think I might have been a better writer back then, which is a scary thought that I’m trying not to ponder too much.

Since the book will be available to buy tomorrow and will be an Amazon exclusive, I will not be able to send out any additional ARCs.  But I’ve already been quite generous and sent out many more copies than I’d intended to.

So, I’ll be back in touch soon with the link to buy Becoming Madonna.  And if you have Kindle Unlimited you will be able to read it for free!

BLURB:

Soap Suds Weekly has crowned her “the breakout star of 1998,” but Laurie Saint-Germain hates it when she signs an autograph and the so-called fan is upset that she signed her own name, not that of Sandy Lemonde, her happy-go-lucky character on daytime’s sensational Passionate About Love. Especially since her master plan is to become a movie star and pop goddess – just like her idol, Madonna!

When Dime-A-Douzaine Records, home of Back Alley Boyz and *4Guys, offers her a chance to record a demo with the option of signing her, Laurie jumps for joy so hard she breaks the ceiling. However, they have to like her, too, which could be a problem because her wise-ass mouth and brutal honesty create a perfect recipe for fireworks.

As if keeping her harsh opinions to herself wasn’t difficult enough, Laurie’s life is thrown into turmoil when she finds herself falling for a woman for the first time as she flirts with her beautiful hairdresser, Beth. Then there’s the matter of a potential record deal causing complications with her soap contract.

Becoming Madonna pursues 18-year-old Laurie through her coming of age life choices and her struggles to become the next Madonna. Read this hilarious satire today.

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My latest author newsletter is online

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  • December 24, 2018
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Hi Magickal Friends,

My latest author newsletter is online and can be read at https://preview.mailerlite.com/j1c3o1

The post includes an update about my forthcoming novel Becoming Madonna, which will be released early next year. I am currently looking for proofreaders for the book. If you’re interested, you should e-mail me at michael@michaelbeaulieu.com asap and let me know. However, the book may be offensive to some readers so you should definitely read the newsletter before you decide to offer to proofread it.

A limited number of ARC copies will be made available once I’ve made all of the corrections my proofreaders find necessary.

I hope that you’re all having a blessed holiday season, regardless of whatever holiday(s) you celebrate.

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Book of Shadows

Please vote for Book of Shadows 3: Hunting on Readfree.ly so I can make the top 50 and win a prize

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Hey there Magickal Friends!

I’m writing to you today because I could really use your assistance.  You see, so many of you nominated Book of Shadows 3: Hunting for Readfree.ly’s best indie books of the year contest that I’ve made the top 100!  That’s quite amazing, considering over 2000 books were entered!  So, thank you so, so much.  I am humbled by your kindness.

That said, it’s the top 50 that win the prizes, so I really need you to pretty please go and vote for the book now.  If you could,  it would be tremendously appreciated.  And you can actually go back and vote for it a second time — if you’d like — because you’re allowed to cast two votes in each category and you can cast them both for the same book.

Just go here and it’ll take you directly to the page where you can vote for the book: http://www.readfree.ly/50-best-indie-books-2018-prefilled/?indie50title=BOOK+OF+SHADOWS:+HUNTING+by+MICHAEL+BEAULIEU&indie50genre=Paranormal

Thanks so much if you could do that.

On a slightly related note, I could really use your help spreading around this ad that I made for Book of Shadows 4:

If you would like to link the image to the book on Amazon, that would be super awesome.  It’s https://amzn.to/2QjkRwG. But even if you could just post the image without the link, that would still help make people aware of the series, which would totally rock.

A while ago, in one of my polls, I asked if you would share images advertising the books if I put quotes from the books on them and they looked really cool, so I’m hoping that this ad or placard or whatever you want to call it meets those requirements.

If you have any favorite quotes from the books that you’d like me to put on something like this, please let me know.  I want to make things that you’ll be happy to share so we both win.

To show my appreciation for your votes and sharing, here’s a link to where you can grab Book of Shadows 2: Rising free from Prolific Works:

https://claims.prolificworks.com/free/Kdg76

You’ll probably notice that I modified the cover a bit.  Previously, it didn’t have the name of the volume (Rising) on the cover and there was a huge pentacle.  Well, now there are two small pentacles and it has the name of the volume on it.  Not major changes, but I think it’s a big improvement.

Now, I’m only making available for free for a short time, so be sure to grab it now.

And remember starting on the 19th of this month until the 2nd of January, you’ll be able to score Book of Shadows 3: Hunting for free via the Prolific Works group giveaway FIre Side Fantasy: Stories to Curl Up With:

https://claims.prolificworks.com/gg/Xxx9KFBAuN7ynXYhgbAF

Why am I giving away these free books? Because I want to share my work and grow my audience.  And, of course, I’m hoping that people will read the books and love them and want to buy Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam. If you haven’t gotten your copy yet, I’d love it if you could buy it now.  It’s priced at $2.99, but I’ll be increasing it shortly so make sure you take advantage of the sale price now.

Below you’ll find the blurb. If you want to remain 100% spoiler free before reading Book of Shadows 3 then you’ll want to stop reading now.  Otherwise, here it is:

Following Book of Shadows 3’s harrowing battle with an evil witch who wanted to take their lives for their magick, 16-year-old witches Emma, Lia, Shar and friends finally believe the worst is behind them. Until they start at a new school the very next day and discover that half the students think they’re murderers following the devastating events at their last school.

Meanwhile, Emma starts to feel like she’s losing her mind as her thoughts turn darker and darker. It could be that it’s the black magick she absorbed in book three or it might be something far more sinister.

Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam takes place during the days leading up to the memorial for a friend who met an untimely death in volume three. Emma and the group are worried that they’ll be blamed for their demise until they receive signs that something much worse is about to take place.

Read Book of Shadows 4 today and find out what happens when you’re faced with evil below, evil above and evil inside!

Buy Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam today!

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LOOKING FOR HALLOWEEN LISTENING? CHECK OUT BOOK OF SHADOWS – THE SOUNDTRACK

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  • October 27, 2018
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A few months ago, it dawned on me that I’d never seen any of my fellow authors make a soundtrack for their books.  So, I went on Spotify and made one for my teenage witch series Book of Shadows.  The playlist below is the soundtrack for books 1, 2 and 3.  And the songs are arranged in the order they would appear in if I ever made a movie out of the books and was able to get the rights to every song that I wanted.  Of the 32 songs on the playlist, almost all of them are about witchcraft or related things like the moon and magic.  But you can easily create a playlist of your own and copy all the songs from mine then delete the songs that aren’t about witchcraft and related things: Kerli’s “Tea Party,” David Bowie’s “Breaking Glass,” Zola Jesus’s “Vacant” and Garbage’s “Medication.” Either way, I recommend you listen to it when you’re celebrating Halloween.  It’s the perfect time for music about witches, isn’t it?

Not familiar with my young adult, urban fantasy series Book of Shadows? You can get the first book in the series for free on Amazon right now: https://amzn.to/2OgTqpV

Here’s the description:

“What would you do if you found your late great grandmother’s book of shadows, better known as a spell book, and learned that you’re a natural born witch? If you’re 16-year-old Emma McGlinchey, you try a candle lighting spell and recruit best friends Lia and Shar into starting a coven after it works.

Soon the girls cast a glamour spell to make everyone like them at the religious high school where they’re being forced to begin their junior year. It works perfectly on all but a nasty group of zealots who bully Lia and Shar for being a lesbian couple.

Meanwhile, a love spell they cast for Emma to charm the boy of her dreams succeeds, but the guidance counselor comes onto her, too.

The girls attempt to deal with these side-effects using other spells, but will they be able to set things right before catastrophe ensues?

Read Book of Shadows Volume 1: Casting today and find out!”

If you’re not down with Amazon, you can also get it free from

Barnes & Noble:
https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/book-of-shadows-michael-beaulieu/1126095028?ean=2940154329504

and

Kobo:
https://www.kobo.com/ww/en/ebook/book-of-shadows-volume-one-casting

Book of Shadows 1 Books2Read Universal Link to even more places where you can get the book for free:
https://books2read.com/u/mvYwkJ

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Book of Shadows New Releases

MY FIRST AUTHOR TAKEOVER

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  • October 12, 2018
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I will be doing an author takeover on the Bookies blog’s Facebook page —  https://www.facebook.com/Bookiesfan/ — on 10/19/18 from 2 PM – 4 PM Eastern Time U.S.

Lots of fun stuff will happen!

If you’re a Book of Shadows fan, you simply must come.

Well, if you’re able to.

Not that I’m telling you what to do.

Nope.

Wouldn’t do that.

Just a friendly suggestion.

From one author to his fans.

PS: I’ll also be talking about my upcoming books Becoming Madonna and Fear & Self-Loathing in Los Angeles.  You might even be allowed to see the covers…

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BOOK OF SHADOWS 4: IN MEMORIAM: OUT NOW

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  • October 6, 2018
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Hi Magickal Friends!

Happy Saturday! It’s finally the weekend and, hopefully, we can all breathe a little easier now.  I know I’m glad that Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam is live on Amazon and that you, my wonderful readers, are really enjoying it!  That is the most important thing in the world to me.  (Well, aside from my family, friends and pets.) It’s such a relief to know that you’re glad this was a longer book.  That’s what I’d hoped for, but I couldn’t be sure until the reviews started pouring in.  Of course, I realize that there are bound to be some folks who wish it wasn’t so long, but thus far I’ve only heard from people who’ve been happy about it.  Regardless of your opinion, I would love it if you could leave a review.  Just go to https://amzn.to/2QjkRwG if you’d like to do so! 

I have 2 contests going right now. The prize for each is a signed, first edition copy of Book of Shadows 1: Casting.

THE SHARE MY BOOK CONTEST:

One prize will be awarded to the person who shares my posts, or posts of their own, featuring Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam, the most times.  I’d love it if you guys could spread the word all over Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, tumblr, Pinterest, etc. You’d be helping me out and you just might win the prize!

THE MAKE MY AD CONTEST:

The other prize will be awarded to the person who makes the Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam ad that I end up liking the best. It simply has to feature the title of the book, my name, and the words “out now.”  Otherwise, you can quote a review or take quotes from the book.  I’d LOVE to see ads with quotes on them. 

Very few people have entered these contests. I want to give people more time to get their creativity on, but I do think I should set a deadline. So, the deadline for both contests will be 10/19/18. That’s roughly two weeks from now.

On another note: ARC readers, if those of you who’ve chosen to review the book could post your reviews soon, it would be tremendously appreciated. That said, I know it’s a longer book and that life happens and people can’t just drop everything to read a book.  So, of course, I’ll light up like a Christmas tree with a bright, shiny star on top whenever you can post them.  

The same link is where to go to post reviews, and/or buy your copy, or to read the book for free if you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber!  https://amzn.to/2QjkRwG

When posting ARC copy reviews, be sure to write something like, “I received an ARC copy of this book and voluntarily chose to review it,” so that Amazon doesn’t think I forced anyone to review it.  

If you do review the book, I’d love it if you could send me a link or screenshot so I can be sure not to miss it.  (E-mail me at michael@michaelbeaulieu.com).

Winners must reside in the continental U.S. only, please. Void where prohibited by law and all the usual yada, yada, yada.

Eight readers have already reviewed the book on Amazon. Here are some excerpts:

“I really enjoyed the mischief they cause at school in book 4. Some of it’s light-hearted, which is a sweet change of pace for the series. I also have to say it was very interesting to see how the girls dealt with the black magic inside them all now.” – C.C.

“I found this to be the lightest-hearted book so far and I mean that in a good way. It was nice for the girls and their friends to have a little breathing room.” – M.K.W.

“Book of Shadows 4 did not disappoint! I loved diving back into the series with this book. It shows them trying to lead normal lives. But with everything that comes their way that’s virtually impossible. I loved the longer length of this book.” – S.S.

“I highly recommend this story to everyone and if you buy this story you will not be disappointed.” – S.E.

Here’s the Book of Shadows 4 description:

Following Book of Shadows 3’s harrowing battle with an evil witch who wanted to take their lives to steal their magick, 16-year-old witches Emma, Lia, Shar and friends finally believe the worst is behind them. Until they start at a new school the very next day and discover that half the students think they’re murderers following the devastating events at their last school.

Meanwhile, Emma starts to feel like she’s losing her mind as her thoughts turn darker and darker. It could be that it’s the black magick she was forced to absorb in book three or it might be something far more sinister.

Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam takes place during the days leading up to a memorial for a friend who met an untimely death in volume three. Emma and the group are worried that they’ll be blamed for the friend’s demise until they receive signs that something much worse is about to take place.

Read Book of Shadows 4 today and find out what happens when you’re faced with evil above, evil below and evil within!

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Slap your ad on this blank image or insert the full cover into an ad of your own and you just might win!

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Book of Shadows New Releases

Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam is Out Tomorrow (10/3/18)

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  • October 2, 2018
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Hi Magickal Friends,

How is your Tuesday going? I’m very busy doing promotional things with Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam coming out TOMORROW

Can you believe it’s finally coming out?  I’m so glad you’ll all be able to read it at last.  I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Here’s the link: https://amzn.to/2QjkRwG 

I would appreciate it big time if you buy a copy.

Those of you who subscribe to Kindle Unlimited will be able to read it for free.  It’s going to be an Amazon exclusive, as you have to make it exclusive to enroll it in Kindle Unlimited. 

If anyone needs an epub version, go to Bookfunnel via the link below and grab an ARC copy before they expire at the end of the day today. https://dl.bookfunnel.com/zgjm40tdds

If you review the book, which would be appreciated more than words can say, please send me a link or screenshot so I can be sure not to miss it.  (E-mail me at michael@michaelbeaulieu.com).

Here’s what a few people who reviewed Book 3 had to say:

“The best book of the series so far and still another to come. Great bit of escapism and fantasy, with an interesting set of close friends and also their coming of age and relationship trials and tribulations.”

“I have read all of the books in this series by Michael Beaulieu who is a wonderful writer.”

“Full of action and a great storyline! You will enjoy this book! I highly recommend this series!”

In other news, popular book blogger Sarah Foil recently interviewed me here: https://www.sarahfoil.com/blog/an-interview-with-michael-beaulieu.  Check it out.  I think you’ll find it both interesting and informative!

By the way, I now have an author Instagram account where I’ve been doing the #Bookstagram thing, showing folks photos of my books and books by author authors in cool settings.  Follow me here and I’ll follow you back: https://www.instagram.com/authormichaelbeaulieu/

Finally, I should mention that I send out newsletters regularly — much more often than I think to post here —  featuring lots of cool stuff that I’m sure my readers would get a kick out of.  Just look to your right for the subscribe box!

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