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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 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 so I can notify my friend. Much thanks! Ciao for now!

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Please vote for Book of Shadows 3: Hunting on 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’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:

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 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:

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:

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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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:

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:



Book of Shadows 1 Books2Read Universal Link to even more places where you can get the book for free:

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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 — — 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.


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 is Out Tomorrow (10/3/18)

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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: 

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.

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

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:  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:

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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And here’s a new photo of me, just in case you’re curious about what I look like these days…

The things strapped to my arms are tennis elbow bands.  The reason I’m wearing them is that I have severe tendonitis in both arms from typing too much.  Guess I’ll be wearing them forever because it’s not like I can stop writing.  I tried to do less of it for a while, but I was miserable.  So, this is just another painful condition I have (like fibromyalgia) to live with.  Oh well, that means more books for you to read!

In addition to Book of Shadows 4, I’m also gearing up to release Becoming Madonna (see the previous post here) and my memoir, Fear + Self-Loathing in Los Angeles.  The memoir is about the first year (of three) that I lived in Los Angeles.  During that time, I dealt with the usual pains of moving and soon fell back into an old habit of mine called anorexia.  Not fun.  I was also in a relationship that nearly drove me to suicide.  Suffice to say, it’s not exactly what you’d call an uplifting read.  But if you like complicated love stories and/or memoirs about eating disorders then I suspect you’ll love it.

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Yes, it’s only taken me nearly a year to write, but Book of Shadows 4: In Memoriam is complete.  Well, the first draft anyway.

What happens next?  I read through the book and make little adjustments that need to be made.  Also, fixing any typos that I spot.  After that, I will ask my readers who were kind enough to proofread Book of Shadows 3 to do the same to Book of Shadows 4.  There are school teachers and English majors among them, so I’m not just asking a random friend to look at it.  No, these are trustworthy people and believe me, they found a TON of typos in Book 3.  I couldn’t believe that I’d missed that many.  But I did and I’ll freely admit that.

Once it’s been proofread and I’ve made all of the necessary corrections I’ll be on the hunt for a cover.  I’m not sure what that is going to look like because I don’t have any additional photos of the model who appears on the first three books.  I’m going to go through Shutterstock again and see if I can find one, but it’s pretty unlikely.  Besides, I made a Book of Shadows poll, which I’d love you all to complete, and it looks like January and Lia are actually more popular than Emma!

I’m not surprised about January being so popular because I tend to have the most fun writing about her and she’s kind of like the class clown to some degree.  As for Lia, she’s the real wisecracker of the group, always finding something sarcastic to say in the face of, well, just about anything.   I suppose, also, that fans are getting a little tired of Emma because she’s narrated the first three books.  I’d think that would make them like her the most, but she’s a bit of a neurotic one so I can see how she might get on people’s nerves after a while.  That said, one of the reasons why I waited so long after Book 2 to release Book 3 is that I didn’t want my readers to get burned out, especially on Emma.  It doesn’t bother me that people like January and Lia more, however.  People are free to pick whoever they want to be their favorites.  Hell, so far it looks like Mister Black is the character they would like least to die since I asked which character’s death would make them stop reading the books and he’s in the lead so far.  I can understand people loving cats, but I’d like to think that they were at least half-joking.  After all, he’s only in the books occasionally.  Still, worry not, I have no plans to kill Mr. Black.  As Emma would say, pas du tout (not at all).

If you’ve read any of the Book of Shadows novels — even just one of them — I would love it if you could complete the survey.  Just click here and be honest.

And click here to read my latest newsletter, which includes links to a couple of great giveaways fellow author Megan Crewe is doing with some killer prizes.

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It’s official, my new novel, Book of Shadows 3: Hunting, is one of the books featured in #Instafreebie‘s newsletter (and on their site) today. That means, yes, I’m giving this one away for free, too! It’s an Instafreebie exclusive so go get it: 

In this volume, Emma, Lia, Shar and company face their biggest threat yet: an evil witch who wants to kill them and steal their magick.

Here’s the book description:

16-year-old witches Emma, Lia and Shar can’t catch a lucky break. The coven’s spells tend to have unintended side-effects, they’ve been the victims of hate crimes, and now witch hunters are on a mission to capture them. Witch hunters who are working with a powerful black magick witch hellbent on killing the girls so she can steal their magick.

Of course, the hunters have to catch them first and these girls have plenty of tricks up their sleeves. Like becoming hunters themselves instead of just prey.

First, the girls will need to find out where the evil witch and company sleep. To do that – and to defeat them – the girls will call on all of their friends, including Emma’s powerful witch boyfriend, a fireball-hurling fairy and an advanced hacker. But do they really have what it takes to defeat an evil witch who’s slain and stolen magick from dozens of witches already?  Go grab your free copy and find out today:

NOTE: The book is published under my pen name, Michael Beaulieu.  Beaulieu is a name that was in my family for generations but eventually died off.  So, using it as my pen name is my little way of bringing it back.  It’s a French last name that literally means beautiful (beau) place (lieu).

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, Book of Shadows 3 & 4, etc.

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I know, I know — it’s been forever since I’ve updated this little author site of mine.  It’s not that I’ve been out of touch with my readers, however.  I’ve been sending out newsletters, usually once a week, during all of this time that I haven’t thought to jump on here.  Of course, I should’ve also posted the newsletters as updates here, but I’ve been so busy writing Book of Shadows 4 that I just haven’t thought to do so.

I’m sure you’re thinking, “He’s working on Book 4?  We haven’t even read Book 3 yet!”  Well, I plan to rectify that in the near future.  I’ve just been so busy writing Book 4 that I haven’t wanted to stop and work on Book 3.  Not that Book 3 needs much work.  It just needs a prologue, or else I need to tweak the beginning of the first chapter, so that if someone picks it up and starts reading it without the benefit of reading the previous two books first then they’ll at least have a vague idea about what’s going on.  Obviously, I would prefer people read the books in the correct order since they all happen back-to-back, but there are always those random people who start with the newest book first and I have to try to keep them happy along with my longtime readers.

If you would be interested in reading an advance reader copy (a.k.a. an ARC) of Book of Shadows 3, please let me know.  I will be letting a limited number of people read the book ahead of its release datew.  I simply ask that you leave a review once it’s released.  Even if you don’t like the book, a review would still be appreciated.  After all, listening to criticism is one of the ways authors learn to hone their craft.

One of the reasons why I didn’t think to update this site during the past few months is that my cat, Mister White, took sick when his immune system disorder reared its ugly head again.   He always has an immune system disorder — he’s had it since around 2010 — but normally medication keeps it in check.  Unfortunately, his system grew too accustomed to the meds he was on and his white blood cells killed nearly all of his red blood cells again.  He was even having internal bleeding because of this, being that his platelet count was practically zero, and he required an emergency blood transfusion to save his life for the second time since I’ve had him.  That required a hospitalization, but the fine folks at Chelmsford Animal Hospital managed to save his life once again.  (They joke that he’s on his 11th life now.)  I’m eternally grateful for them.   If only their services were free.  Anyway, on top of the immune system disorder, Mister White has had diabetes for about a year.  Lately, his blood sugar has been higher than I would like, but they haven’t wanted to increase his insulin just yet because his system is still getting adjusted to his new meds and such.

Another thing — just after recovering from his near death experience with the immune system disorder, Mister White managed to scratch his right eye really bad.  The way it healed, there was a bubble there.  The doctors said that if the bubble were to burst, he would lose the eye.  Fortunately, the eye drops they gave us — er, sold us — ended up making it continue to heal and now there’s just a thin scar where the bubble was.  So, no more bubble, which is awesome.   Also, the scar is located above the white part of his eye, so it doesn’t affect his vision.  I just have to put the gooey type of refresh tears drops in the eye twice a day so that the scar doesn’t irritate the eye and make it weep, but otherwise, he’s doing great where that’s concerned, too.

Needless to say, this Christmas was a happy one because my feline companion was still here with me and doing well.  That’s really all I wanted for Christmas.  I did get a few other things, though, but I’m not going to sit here and list them because it always sounds like bragging to me when people do that on Facebook.   The only present I will mention is that my parents gave me a ticket to go see Lana Del Rey on the 13th of this month, which I am very excited about.  I’ve loved Lana ever since the first time I heard “Video Games” and I’ve become a bigger and bigger fan with each album she’s released.  Her latest, Lust for Life, is my favorite with Ultraviolence being a close second.

Well, I hope you and your families had a great Christmas, Solstice, Festivus or whatever else you might have been celebrating this season.  I also hope you had a blast ringing in the new year.  To that end, I am wishing you all a very healthy and happy new year for 2018.  My resolution is to release a music single this year.  I have Acid Pro, which is similar to Pro Tools and Garage Band, and really enjoy fooling around with it.  Mostly, I’ve just done a bunch of remixes so far but I want to write and record a single to be released this year.  I can sing and bought a professional microphone a year or so ago so all I need to do now is write a great song.   I’m not expecting it to be a big hit, mind you.  I’ll just be happy if I have a song on Spotify and iTunes and such.  If people like it, awesome.  If not, well, at least I’ll still have the satisfaction of having made and released it.

My other resolution is to write at least three books this year.  That will include Book of Shadows 4 since I still have half the book to write.  It’s going to be a long one, too.  But I think its length will simply give you even more time to enjoy hanging out with Emma, Lia, Shar and company.   Hopefully, you’ll agree.   As for the other two books I intend to write this year, one will be a stand alone “literary fiction” type of novel.  I need something that my adult friends who won’t read young adult books can read.  Technically, Reckoning Daze is a book intended for adults, but since it’s about a 19-year-old anorexic and drug addict and involves a lot of taboo subject matter, it’s not something I have encouraged my relatives to read.  So, one book will something everyone can enjoy.  The third book will be the first in a new series.  I have ideas for a few of those so it’s just a matter of deciding which one I want to write most.

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Would you read Book of Shadows teleplays? In pdf format?

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Happy Sunday!  Today is October 1st.  Can you believe it?  Here in Massachusetts, September delivered mostly wonderful weather.  Lots of warm days.  In fact, yesterday was the first time that I had to wear regular jeans — as opposed to shorts — and socks.  There were two times I wore jeans last month, but I hadn’t worn socks since around the middle of June.  I just found my Sketchers to be even more comfortable than normal without them.  I’ve never liked the way socks feel on my feet anyway, so I’m not very happy that I’m wearing them right now, but today is as frigid as yesterday.  As Emma would say, il fait froid.   But onto more interesting things…

For starters, you can now get Book of Shadows 2: Rising for free just about everywhere e-books are sold, including AmazonBarnes & Noble and Kobo. You can even grab it from BookFunnel. The main reason why I decided to make Book of Shadows 2 free for the time being is that people were complaining that people with Kindle Unlimited could read it for free but those without it had to pay for it.  There were also complaints about the book only being available from Amazon.  So, I decided to make it free and available from several retailers.  That said, I hope that nobody who bought the book will complain because I gave those of you who did so the short story Out and About in Paris as a reward.  Plus, you were able to read it almost two whole months before anyone who grabs it for free now.  If anyone who doesn’t have Out and About in Paris still wants to read it, you’ll have to leave a review of Book of Shadows or Book of Shadows 2 and send me a link.

Did you know that when I created Book of Shadows it was originally intended to be a television series?  Not only did I write the pilot, I wrote four additional episodes.  I would like those of you who are interested in reading them to be able to do so, but I’m not aware of any way to take teleplays and convert them to epub or mobi files without the formatting creating an unreadable mess.  That’s because you have to use tabs to set the dialogue and character names towards the center of the page when you write teleplays, just like movie scripts, and tabs create a disaster when you format for e-books.  That said, you can take a teleplay and convert it to pdf with the formatting intact.  Would any of you be interested in reading them if made them available in pdf?  I’m still thinking about what I should do with them, but I thought I should see if there’s any interest before I stress myself out trying to figure out what.  When Book of Shadows 3 comes out, perhaps I’d make them available as a free bonus for people who purchase it.  Or maybe I’d give away the first episode now.  I’m really not sure.  I don’t want to spoil anything, but one thing I will tell you is that they’re quite different from the books.  The first two episodes are similar to the Casting, the first Book of Shadows volume, but beyond that they’re quite different.  Also, I was still finding the characters’ voices when I wrote the scripts so they don’t quite “sound” like they do in the books.  Emma is arguably more sarcastic than Lia in the scripts, for example.

In other news, I recently interviewed sci-fi author Jason Werbeloff for my music and pop culture website, Love is Pop.  If you’re a writer or aspiring writer, you should find it especially interesting, as we spoke in-depth about writing and self-publishing.  Of course, we also spoke about his excellent series, Defragmenting Daniel. I’m normally not a big fan of sci-fi, but I downloaded the first book in the series when it was listed for free in Freebooksy or the like and it quickly sucked me in.  I loved the idea of this man who grew up in the poor part of town (the “gutter”) — where he was forced to donate organs to the wealthy — heading to the rich district (the “bubble”) and taking his organs back.  I love a good vigilante story and when you pair that with a revenge plot I’m a sucker every time.  Defragmenting Daniel was quite the page-turner, too.  In fact, as soon as I finished reading book one I immediately purchased book two and started reading it.  And when I finished book two I did the same with book three. I highly recommend them if you like sci-fi and/or good ol’ revenge.

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