Stories from the Author

August 16, 2014



5.0 out of 5 stars ... feeling I was left with upon completion of this wonderfully imaginative journey, July 9, 2014




Joan Shaver

 This review is from: Lilly Noble & Actual Magic (Volume 1) (Paperback)

"More" is the pervasive feeling I was left with upon co...

March 31, 2014

In writing my novel, Lilly Noble & Actual Magic, I remembered as a kid, I found scary places both intriguing and terrifying. Again and again, I felt drawn to the unknown like a moth to the flame. 


Here's an excerpt from Lilly Noble & Actual Magic :


At the front of the...

March 25, 2014

In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults,  In creating characters that really mattered to me, I also explored their friendships and bonds with one another, and what those relationships brought to the power of the story.


This scene was about establishing trust...

February 19, 2014

Hi Everyone,This week I am sharing another blog post from the website one of my favorite authors, and someone I am proud to call my friend.Catherine Carrigan, author of What Is Healing? Awaken Your Intuitive Power for Health and Happiness,, a Heal...

February 12, 2014

How I Craft a Scene from a Single Idea, and then Weave it into the Story


Title: Discover the Magic within you to believe in yourself.


In writing my Actual Magic series for Young Adults, I drew upon all my favorite story characters I loved as a kid to create my own.



January 24, 2014

Lilly Noble & Actual MagicExcerpt BlogCrafting the first few paragraphs of a brand new story presents an amazing challenge to every writer. That handful of words must convey to the reader not only the story’s who, what, where, when, and why, but also, its mood, tone, a...

November 26, 2013

Best Recipe for Foolproof Chocolate Fudge Recipe yields approximately 5 pounds Ingredients: 1 stick butter4-1/2 cups granulated sugar1 can - (10-1/2 ounces) Regular evaporated milk1 - 10 ounce bag mini marshmallows24 ounces of chocolate chips (milk chocolate or semiswe...

November 25, 2013

The Joy of Fudge!! What is your favorite holiday gift to give? Year after year, my favorite is fudge. Soft, creamy, sweet, chocolatey, and sometimes with a crunch, fudge is a timeless and delicious holiday favorite. There’s classic fudge, simple fudge, microwave fudge,...

November 18, 2013

Keys to a Magical Life Facebook PollOkay you guys,Here are the results of another Facebook Poll. What do you believe are the keys to a magical life? We all have a few rules we live by. Rules that define us by our integrity and make us who we are. What are some of your...

November 2, 2013

A Few Keys to a Magical Life FOCUS: What you focus on moves you in the direction of whatever you desire. Pay attention only to the task at hand, and never to the end result. Ignore emotional pressure. Emotional pressure isn’t real, it clouds your thinking by making you...

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