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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 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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MY NEW NOVEL, BOOK OF SHADOWS 3: HUNTING, IS OUT TODAY (2/8/18)

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  • February 8, 2018
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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: https://www.instafreebie.com/book/50659 

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: https://www.instafreebie.com/book/50659

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

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  • August 10, 2017
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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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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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Book of Shadows 2 coming 8/10/17 – now available to pre-order!

That’s right, Book of Shadows Volume 2: Rising will be out on its scheduled release date of August 10th, 2017 and is now available to pre-order here: http://amzn.to/2uQq6gg. Be sure to pre-order it today so that your Kindle gets its fix as soon as it’s available. Like magick!

Of course, I’ve enrolled Book of Shadows 2 in Kindle Unlimited, so those of you who subscribe to that will be able to read the book for free! (There’s another way to read it for free mentioned below.)

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Here’s the blurb…

WARNING: This description contains spoilers for Book of Shadows Volume 1 (Casting) and should not be read until you’ve completed Volume 1 book as Volume 2 begins where Volume One left off.

Book of Shadows 2: Rising picks up with 16-year-old witches Emma and Shar in the hospital – following a life-altering attack – with friends Lia, January and Pete by their side. At the end of Book 1, Emma saw her dead boyfriend, Tim, come back to life in the morgue. He makes contact and wants her back, but she doesn’t know if she can trust him. For starters, the attack was largely triggered by his actions.

In addition to being a coven, Emma, Lia and Shar are now known as the “Noah’s Catholic shooting survivors.” As if they weren’t stressed enough with the media and nosey people swarming around, the police keep interrogating them, threatening manslaughter charges if they won’t reveal how two of their attackers caught fire. They’d tell if they could, but it was… magick!

Meanwhile, Emma has another otherworldly visit with her late great grandmother. She warns her that witch hunters have been hired to kill her and her friends. Soon, a cursed package arrives. Emma cautiously opens it and discovers something horrifying that just might kill her.

What will the evil package do to Emma? Will the girls go to jail for manslaughter? Will Emma be able to forgive and love Tim again? Read Book of Shadows 2 today and find out!

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I could very much use some early reviews for Book of Shadows 2, so if anyone would be interested in receiving a free ARC (advance reader copy) let me know. You just have to answer one question to show that you’ve read the first book.

What is the name of Emma’s cat?
1. Blackie
2. Blackstar
3. Mister White
4. Mister Black

E-mail me the correct answer at michael@michaelbeaulieu.com and I’ll send you an ARC. Just let me know if you’d like an epub file (most devices) or mobi (Kindle) file. Simple as that. All I ask is that you consider posting an honest review on Amazon after you’ve read it. To leave a review or pre-order the book just go here: http://amzn.to/2uQq6gg

If you haven’t reviewed the first Book of Shadows book yet, I would love it if you could. The book has had a few thousand readers but it’s only accumulated 5 reviews so far. So, if you could please, please leave one I would highly appreciate it. To do so, just go here: http://amzn.to/2uq4MgE

Your review doesn’t even have to be a full sentence.  A one-word review like “Amazing” or “Suspenseful” would be appreciated.  The more you say, the better, but I’d be happy just to get a few one word reviews.  And, the sooner, the better.  Book 1 will start to grow an even bigger audience, and create a bigger demand for Book 2, if you give Book 1 a review today.

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Finally, if you like free books you’re going to want to check out this gigantic Instafreebie giveaway I’m taking part in. It consists of over 230 books of over 13 genres! Whatever you fancy, you should be able to find at least a dozen intriguing reads through this one. Each of the 230+ books will be FREE July 24-30! (That’s right — it started today!) Simply, go to http://www.andreadomanski.com/promo and stock up.
I know I will be!

Just don’t forget about Book of Shadows 2 (Rising) in your excitement about so many free books! 

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Fear & Self-Loathing in Los Angeles, Paris Journals, Book of Shadows, etc.

Today I went to a class on memoir writing at a local library.  I didn’t learn anything new, but I think I finally have the confidence to release my memoir now.  It’s called Fear & Self-Loathing in Los Angeles and it’s about the first year I lived in California.  It’s about moving out there and being untreated with bipolar disorder and PTSD and being anorexic and having a girlfriend who was also anorexic.  It might sound depressing, but it’s an endearing love story as much as anything else.  So, it’s only partially what they call a “misery memoir” in the publishing industry.   I wrote it just after I moved back to Massachusetts in 2006, which was just two years after it happened.  Also, I had countless Livejournal entries from when it happened to refer to when I wrote it.  I also keep notebook journals and wrote a lot during that period as well, so I also had those as a reference.   So, if ever a memoir was accurate, it’s this one.  That said, it’s from my point of view and different people can see things quite differently.  And I do not want to get sued.  So, I would have to spend some time distorting the facts so that people wouldn’t be easily identifiable.  This means doing another series of revisions, which will take time, and right now my priority is Book of Shadows, which will be the next book I release. Book of Shadows is a young adult series, albeit an edgy one, about teenage witches.   I’m editing it myself because, quite frankly, I couldn’t even afford to pay someone $100 to edit it for me, and that’s taking quite a bit of time.  I also recently made some revisions after I edited it, so there are parts I have to edit again.  Then I have to edit Book of Shadows 2, but I might start writing Book of Shadows 3 before I edit 2.  I don’t think I could take editing two books back-to-back.  You have to look at things from a technical point when you edit and that’s not the way my brain works, so I am despising the editing chore.  Plus, I’m a writer and I thrive on writing and having my time all sucked up by editing and not being able to write just plain sucks.  In any case, I do look forward to releasing Fear & Self-Loathing in Los Angeles at some point.  I think it’s probably the best thing I’ve ever written.

Speaking of memoirs, in 1999 I spent 5 weeks in Paris and kept a daily journal and want to write a memoir about that at some point, too.  Although I might just make the book a collection of journal entries.  I would have to edit them, of course, but I think it might be more interesting to compile the journal entries than to write a memoir based on them.  Then again, I haven’t looked at those journal entries since I wrote them, so it’s possible that they’re actually quite boring.  Also, I was fortunate enough to also spend a couple weeks in Paris in 2000, 2001 and 2002, so I’ve thought about combining the best and worst experiences of all those trips into one book.  I might write what they used to call a roman a clef.  That’s how they categorized Jack Kerouac’s books.  They were fiction, but based largely on reality.  So, what was true and what was made up was often unclear.  I kind of like the idea of writing a book like that based on my experiences in Paris.  Combine the highlights from all four trips and make them even more interesting than they already were in one great book.  I really have to make up my mind there.

I have ideas for several other books, too.  I recently found myself struck with a few that I really like.  I want to write screenplays again at some point, too.  I’ve written 30 of those suckers and I enjoy the format.  The downside to writing those is that people generally don’t read them.  And the chances of them getting made into movies are slim, especially since I always write very indie-minded scripts.  Definitely not big budget Hollywood fodder.  And with indie movies, usually the same person writes and directs them.  They’re usually involved in financing and producing the movies, too.  So, unless by some miracle I become a best-selling indie author then I doubt I’d ever have the money to make one of my scripts into an actual movie.

I have thought about publishing my screenplays though.  Some people do like to read scripts.  I could throw a few of them up on Amazon for 99 cents each and they might sell some copies.  Who knows, one of them might even make it into the hands of the right producer.

Speaking of my screenplays, there are several of those that I would like to turn into novels, too.  So, there really aren’t enough hours in the day to write everything that I want to write.  Sometimes, like all writers, I get frustrated when I can’t come up with any new ideas.  But, really, I’m sitting on a treasure trove of stuff to draw inspiration from.   That’s a nice position for a writer to be in.

Finally, I would like to say that you should subscribe to my mailing list if you haven’t already because I will be e-mailing my subscribers the cover for Book of Shadows soon.  I might even show you the rejected covers that were made before the final cover.  Stay tuned.

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Welcome, New Readers

Reckoning Daze is listed in today’s edition of the wonderful Book Lemur newsletter and dozens of people have downloaded it already.  I’m sure some of them will find their way here, so I wanted to say thank you to everyone who is choosing to read my book.  I know there are thousands of other books out there that you could be reading and want you all to know that I appreciate it.  At the risk of sounding mushy, you’re making my dream come true.

While you’re here why not subscribe to my mailing list then you’ll be among the first to hear about my next book, a young adult, urban fantasy novel called Book of Shadows.  Well, technically, Casting is the title and Book of Shadows is the name of the series, but I wrote it with the name Book of Shadows and only came up with Casting as an afterthought so I’m going to have Book of Shadows in larger letters than Casting.  The way I see it, Book of Shadows is like the name of a TV series and Casting is just the episode title.

Speaking of television series, I used to write screenplays — I’ve written over 30 of them! — and about two years ago I decided that I wanted to create a series about witchcraft for teenagers.  Something edgy for Showtime or Netflix.  I would make them more powerful than your average witch — or, I should say, Wiccan —  but I’d base the spells on real witchcraft rather than fairy tale lore.  These weren’t going to be witches flying around on broomsticks or wearing big, pointy black hats.  They were going to be realistic characters and they were going to be the good guys.  There would be three main characters and two of them would be a lesbian couple.   It only occurred to me as I finished writing the first episode that there were also three witches on Charmed and three witches in The Craft.  I wasn’t going to add another main character just to be different, though.  Besides, if the show was made we could say it’s a nod to those, that we’re carrying on the tradition.

I wound up writing five episodes of the Book of Shadows series then I decided to stop because there was a strong possibility that the series would never get made.  (Most don’t.)  Some months later, I signed up for a writing workshop and we had homework and I couldn’t come up with an idea to save my life.  I was feeling creative though, just not very original.  So, I decided to write up the first episode of Book of Shadows as a short story.  I made some changes to the characters in the short story to keep things interesting for myself and there were scenes from the script that didn’t make it into the short story and vice versa.  Well, we had other assignments for the class, but they were mostly writing prompts, so I didn’t end up taking it further than that one short story.  Cut to several months after that and a new writer’s group was forming that myself and a friend from the workshop were going to check out and I needed to write something.  I decided to bring that Book of Shadows short story and use that as my writing sample because I was really pleased with how it had turned out.  With that group, we could write and share whatever we wanted, so I decided I was going to write a Book of Shadows novel and I’d share each new chapter at each meeting.  Well, that novel is the first in the series.  Now there are two additional books.  Sort of.  When I wrote Book of Shadows 2, I wound up writing a book that was over twice the size of the first book and also longer than most successful young adult books.  Fortunately, there is a suspenseful point right around the middle of that book where I can split it and turn it into two books.  That will take some revising, though.  I’d have to flesh out the first half and come up with a new chapter to begin the third.  So, I’m saying that there are three books but there still exists the possibility that I’ll just release the whole thing as Book of Shadows 2.  So, we’ll see.

The game plan is to release Book of Shadows Volume One:  Casting within the next six months and make it available as a free book then charge people for the second and future books.

I’m going to begin writing Book of Shadows Four (or 3) soon, but I’m sure my next book will be something entirely new.  I have some ideas already.  I just don’t want to lose the momentum I have with Book of Shadows now.

If you liked Reckoning Daze — or even if you didn’t — could you do me a favor and review it on Amazon?  At the time of this writing I don’t have any reviews yet — I only released the book a week and a half ago — and books with no reviews don’t get downloaded as much so any reviews would be very much appreciated.

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New Releases Reckoning Daze

PRINT BOOKS

You should be able to start buying printed copies of Reckoning Daze from Amazon starting tomorrow!  I ordered 15 copies this morning for my friends and family.  Super excited that I’ll be able to hold it in my hands.

While you’re here, why not sign up for my mailing list so you can be among the first to hear about my next novel, Book of Shadows?  You can sign up at the top of the column on the right.

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New Releases

RECKONING DAZE IS NOW AVAILABLE — FREE FOR A LIMITED TIME

My debut novel, Reckoning Daze, is now available for free on Barnes & Noble, Apple’s iBooks and several other e-book retailers.  If you go to my Books2Read page it will link you to most of these sites.

Here’s the product description:

“An actress is always a starving artist,” so says Lindsay Harmon-Foster, a talented but struggling Los Angeles actress in Michael Beaulieu’s gripping debut novel Reckoning Daze.

Lindsay, 19, a former star of a critically acclaimed but canceled series, is now doing a pilot that might prove to be the role of a lifetime, but her anorexia and other habits could kill her before she’s cast for the full series. Although she has long been self-destructive, she’s never been more so than now, making her a threat to herself and others. Aside from losing the show she loved, she thought she had found her soulmate in a rising music star named Jesse, but he committed suicide and she blames herself. Will she land the new series and allow herself to find love again with an actor named Marc or will addictions – and suppressed family secrets – make her die hard?

While Lindsay’s demons are portrayed with unflinching honesty, the way she views Los Angeles and the business is often comical. If you like Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk, you’ll find Reckoning Daze’s blend of high drama and satire to be a perfect mix of laughs and suspense. Get it today and find out whether or not Lindsay’s dreams come true.

And here’s the about me paragraph from the back of the book, just in case you’re curious:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Reckoning Daze is Michael Beaulieu’s first novel. It was written when he was an anorexic living in Los Angeles himself. Prior to Reckoning Daze, Michael wrote 30 original screenplays, many of which he plans to someday make as independent films himself. He currently resides near Boston, Massachusetts with his cat, Mister White, and his turtle, Johnny Rocket. He is presently writing a young adult, urban fantasy series entitled Book of Shadows, the first book of which will be released later this year. To learn more about Michael visit him at www.michaelbeaulieu.com. Be sure to sign up for his mailing list to be the first to learn about Book of Shadows and Michael’s other books.

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