Reckoning Daze

Book of Shadows Reckoning Daze

The Book Nymph’s May Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Fair

I am participating in The Book Nymph’s May Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance Fair with Book of Shadows featured among many other great books you should check out.  I’m looking forward to reading some of them myself, which I’d already bought prior to the fair because they sounded great in whatever E-mail newsletter I first heard of them in.   (Those daily e-book newsletters are my main source of finding intriguing new books now.)  A couple of those titles are The Witches of Dark Root and Swords & Stilettos.  I can’t wait to read those.  Right now I’m reading Winter’s Curse: Season of the Witch Book One by April Wood, which is proving to be rather fast-paced and exciting.

The landing page for the book fair is:

There’s also a giveaway!  You can enter to win a Kindle HD and a $50 Amazon Gift Card.   Check it out:

Speaking of giveaways, I’m continuing to give away copies of Book of Shadows via #instafreebie:

You can also grab Reckoning Daze for free from them:

Reckoning Daze will always be free, something they call a “book magnet” in the self-publishing world.  A book you give away for free to introduce people to your writing.  Usually, if someone will be writing a series they’ll make that their free book and release that first, but Reckoning Daze was ready first so I went with that one.  But now that I’m onto Book of Shadows, which is a series, I figured I should give that away, too, to get people interested and, hopefully, hooked on my characters and their spells that often have unintended side-effects.

Here’s the blurb for Reckoning Daze:

“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 and there may be casualties. 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 a handsome actor named Marc or will addictions – and suppressed family secrets – be the death of her?

While Lindsay’s demons are portrayed with unflinching honesty, the way she views Los Angeles and the television business is often comical. If you like Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk, you’ll find Reckoning Daze’s blend of serious drama and satire to be a perfect blend of laughs and suspense. Get it today and find out if Lindsay gets the show and/or the boy or neither.

And here’s the blurb for Book of Shadows:

What would you do if you found your late grandmother’s book of shadows – a witch’s spell book and journal – and learned that you’re a natural born witch?  You’d try one of the spells, of course, and that’s exactly what 16 year old Emma McGlinchey does.  To her amazement, the candle lighting spell she tries actually works.  Naturally, she has to recruit best friends Lia and Shar into starting a coven.  Soon the girls cast a spell to make everyone like them at the Catholic high school they’re being forced to attend for the first time.  Unfortunately, it fails to make an impression on a group of zealots who set about bullying Lia and Shar for being an openly lesbian couple.  The girls attempt to deal with this using other spells, but things only escalate.  Will they finally be able to set things right or will something catastrophic happen?  Read Emma’s own Book of Shadows and find out in this suspenseful urban fantasy today.


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Best-Seller Book of Shadows Reckoning Daze


Yesterday Reckoning Daze, my debut novel, was listed in roughly a dozen discount e-book newsletters and was downloaded 1375 times!   It became, and remains, the number one seller in the satire categories on Amazon.  There’s satire under general fiction and satire under humor and it hit number one on both lists.  So, I guess that makes me an Amazon Best-Selling Author now, right?  I even hit number 178 on the main ebooks list, which is actually quite an accomplishment when you consider there must be a million ebooks on Amazon.  But, of course, it’s hitting the number one spot on the satire charts that I’m most proud of.  You can still score Reckoning Daze for FREE on Amazon HERE.  It’s free on Barnes & Noble, Kobo and several other stores, too.

Aside from having a big day for Reckoning Daze yesterday, I surprise released my second novel, Book of Shadows.  Here’s the description for it:

What would you do if you found your late grandmother’s book of shadows – a witch’s spell book and journal – and learned that you’re a natural born witch?  You’d try one of the spells, of course, and that’s exactly what 16-year-old Emma McGlinchey does.  To her amazement, the candle lighting spell she picks actually works.  Naturally, she has to recruit best friends Lia and Shar into starting a coven.  Soon the girls cast a spell to make everyone like them at the Catholic high school they’re being forced to attend for the first time.  Unfortunately, it fails to make an impression on a group of zealots who set about bullying Lia and Shar for being an openly lesbian couple.  Meanwhile, a love spell they cast for Emma gets the boy of her dreams to ask her out, but the school guidance counselor comes onto her, too.  The girls attempt to deal with these problems using other spells, but will they be able to set things right before something catastrophic ensues?  Read Emma’s own Book of Shadows and find out in this suspenseful young adult, urban fantasy today.

It’s on sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and several other places already.  I recommend buying it at Amazon HERE.  It’s priced at $2.99 everywhere.  However, I’m going to offer it to my e-mail subscribers for free via Instafreebie for a limited time beginning soon.  If you’re not on my subscriber list already,  subscribe now to the right if you want to score Book of Shadows for free!

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Reckoning Daze


Have you got your free copy of Reckoning Daze already?

Have you had a chance to read it?

I look forward to hearing your feedback.

Here are some links to where you can leave reviews:



Barnes & Noble


Any reviews would be hugely appreciated.  As an independent author with no publisher behind me, reviews are my lifeblood.  If you want me to be able to keep writing and releasing books, leaving a review is a small way that you can show your support and help me out.

If you post reviews on all four of the sites above I will thank you in my next book.  (You can copy and paste the same review onto these sites.  I’m not asking you to write four different reviews.)  Simply email me links to the reviews at and I will thank you in my forthcoming novel Book of Shadows.  NOTE: If any of these sites say you can’t leave a review because you haven’t spent enough money on the site, just post it to the other sites and when you send me the links just tell me Amazon wouldn’t let you or whatever the case may be and I’ll still thank you.

Check out this other unused Reckoning Daze cover:

It says Michael McCarthy because that’s my real name.  I’m using Beaulieu as my last name for books because it’s a name that was in my family for something like a hundred years and eventually died off when one family after another produced daughters and thus had no sons to carry on the name.  You may find it interesting to know that it means “beautiful place” in French, beau meaning beautiful and lieu meaning place.

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Reckoning Daze

Reckoning Daze Now Available in PDF

That’s right — you’ve read the subject line correctly.  Reckoning Daze is now available in pdf.  It’s available exclusively on Instafreebie, which I believe is the only site of its kind to offer books in pdf format.  So, those of you who prefer to read books on your computers can now easily do so.


Check out this early cover for Reckoning Daze:

Michael McCarthy is my legal name, but I use Beaulieu as my author name for books because it’s a name that was in the family for several generations that died off.  Using it as a pen name is my little way of bringing it back.

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Reckoning Daze

Reckoning Daze, Book of Shadows, etc

Hi everyone!  Thanks for stopping by my site.  I realize I haven’t updated in a few weeks.  I’ve just been busy editing Book of Shadows Volume One, which is called Casting, and is the first in a series as the title implies.  I’m currently trying to determine when I should release it.  Also trying to settle on a cover.  I have two, but both have their pros and cons and I’m really hoping for a cover without any cons, so to speak.  So, I’m trying to decide whether I want to have a bit more work done on one of the covers I already have or hire someone to do something different from scratch.  I’m tempted to post both here and ask you what you think, but I think it’s better to get the cover finalized and then reveal the finished product.  Afterall, I wouldn’t want to post a rough draft of a manuscript and ask you what you think.  As a writer, you really want your audience to read the final, polished product.  Of course, I may inquire as to whether or not some of you would like to be beta readers for my books in the future, but there’s a difference between sharing something with a small number of beta readers than putting something on your website for the whole world to see.

Lately, I’ve been describing my debut novel, Reckoning Daze, with a shorter blurb instead of always using the product description that’s on Amazon and other retailers.  “Reckoning Daze is the story of an anorexic actress who tries to flee her demons, land a new role and find a new love.”  You get the idea.  Straight and to the point.  I’m never sure what adjective to use to describe it, though.   Sometimes I call it harrowing or shocking, since it certainly is those things, as some of you have said, but at other times I call it a satire because that’s how much of it was meant to be regarded.  The main character’s observations about Hollywood, acting, etc, are intended to be satirical.  It’s her sordid history and addictions that are meant to be taken seriously.  So, it depends on which aspect of the book I want to convey when I’m writing  a one-liner.  Which do you think is most appropriate?  I would love to hear from you about this or about anything pertaining to my books.

If you haven’t received your free e-book copy of Reckoning Daze yet, you can find out where you can get it for free here:  It’s available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple’s iBooks, etc.  If you would prefer to get it delivered straight to your e-mail you can always get a copy from the fine folks at Instafreebie here:

If you’ve already read Reckoning Daze, I would hugely appreciate it if you could leave a review on Amazon or Goodreads.  A review anywhere would be great, of course, but those are the two sites where people are most inclined to read the reviews, if I understand correctly.   Your review doesn’t need to read like a book report either, by the way.  You can simply write one sentence if that’s easier.  Even just a few words would be great.

As some of you may have figured out, my “real” last name is McCarthy.  Beaulieu is a name from the French side of my family that was, in fact, in the family for decades.  However, too many families only had daughters and it died off.  So, using it as my pen name is my way of bringing it back.  I’ll be using it on all my books.  But you can find me using my born name on my pop culture site Love is Pop.  I originally started that site as an outlet for reviewing music, which is something I’d done for the better part of twenty years, but during the past couple of years I lost interest in writing reviews as I shifted my focus to writing books.  Now I use Love is Pop for the thing I always enjoyed most about journalism: doing interviews.  Initially, the site was a music site, but during more recent months I’ve began interviewing authors and have already spoken with best-sellers Francesca Lia Block, Jay Asher and Adriana Mather.  If you’re an author, self-published or otherwise, and you would like to be the subject of a feature interview on Love is Pop drop me a line at and introduce yourself.

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New Releases Reckoning Daze

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.

Don’t forget to sign up for my mailing list before you leave, if you haven’t already.



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New Releases Reckoning Daze


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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POSTS Reckoning Daze

Reckoning Daze is NOW AVAILABLE on AMAZON!

My debut novel, Reckoning Daze, is now available on Amazon.

It’s currently priced at 99 cents, but I’ve asked them to make it free.  See, when you upload a book, they require you to charge at least 99 cents for it.  It’s odd because we all know there are thousands of free books for the downloading on Amazon, but they make you charge at least 99 cents first.  Then you can send them a message with links to where it’s free on other sites and ask them to change the price in the interest of being competitive.  So, that’s what I’ve done.  Yesterday they told me they’d let me know by the end of the day on the 21st.   This is probably because it’s the weekend and Monday is the President’s Day holiday.  So, it may be available for free starting at some point on the 21st, but if you could buy it for 99 cents in the meantime it would, of course, be much appreciated.

In the meantime, you can get the Kindle format file, called mobi, on Instafreebie, this great site that gives out tons of free books.   You can grab it from them here:  You’ll just have to side-load it onto your Kindle if you get it from them instead of the Amazon store.  After Instafreebie e-mails the mobi file to you, you’ll just have to side-load it onto your computer.  First, you download the mobi file onto your computer and make note of where you’re putting it.  Next connect your Kindle to the computer with the cable that came with it.  Now  open your Kindle’s list of folders by double clicking on the Kindle in Windows Explorer.  One of the folders will be called “documents.”  Just  find the mobi file wherever you downloaded it to on your computer then drag it to the documents folder.  Now Reckoning Daze should show up under your books on your Kindle, ready to read.

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