Return of the Prodigal Writer

Well, it’s been far too long since I’ve posted here.  (Insert boring explanations, involving writing deadlines, family fun, blah, blah, blah…) But I’m back now–with news that I think you’ll find worthwhile: the fifth book in the Jane Madison Series, Joy of Witchcraft, will be published on August 4, 2015!


I’m in absolute love with the cover of this book! And I’m sort of a sucker for the story, too :-)  Here’s the back-of-the-book blurb:

Sometimes a thunderstorm is just a thunderstorm. But not this time.

Jane Madison’s school for witches is in session, and the first order of business is an intricate Samhain ritual. Alas, in the midst of a sudden, unseasonable deluge, a classic Greek monster is released into the magic circle.  Jane succeeds in vanquishing the beast, but only with the assistance of her sworn enemy, the Coven Mother of Washington DC.

Crisis averted, Jane would be perfectly happy to plan her wedding to her astral protector, David Montrose. But how can she look at seating charts when she’s under attack by more monsters, the Coven Mother, and the highest law in the witchy land, Hecate’s Court?

All these disasters can’t be coincidence. One of Jane’s students must be a traitor. But will Jane find the turncoat before she loses everything—and everyone—she holds dear?

And, because it’s not enough to see pretty pictures and to read a few short sentences, I’ve posted the entire first chapter on my website!  You can read Chapter 1 here:

Joy of Witchcraft will be in stores on August 4, 2015.  You can pre-order an ebook today: Amazon | Apple | Kobo | Smashwords

I very much look forward to hearing what you think about this book!  I’ve had a great time writing it, and I hope you enjoy reading it!

But Joy hasn’t been my only Jane-related project. I have also been preparing the Author’s Preferred Editions of the first three books in the series: Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft, Sorcery and the Single Girl, and Magic and the Modern Girl.  What makes the editions “preferred”? Lots of things, including:

  • Updating of every page, to include contemporary references to real-life places, people, and things.  (No more flip-phones for Jane!)
  • Tweaking of characters to be more true to personalities in the more recent books.  (Neko, in particular, is less stereotypical and more…Neko!)
  • Modifications to make the magic consistent across all books in the series. (The education system for witches, in particular, is more uniform!)
  • Minor grammar and usage modifications.

The Author’s Preferred Editions will be rolling out over the next few weeks. They’ll replace the earlier ebooks published by Res Ipsa Press and Book View Cafe; if your vendor of ebooks allows you to update books already in your collection, then you’ll get the Author’s Preferred Editions for free.  (Alas, the Author’s Preferred Editions cannot automatically update ebooks purchased from Red Dress Ink.)

So. That’s what I’ve been doing. How about you? What’s new in your neck of the woods?

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Contest for the International Folks

Do you live outside the United States?  Have you felt left out by all the contests I’ve been hosting?  Well, this is *your* chance to play along!  Here’s a contest just for folks who live outside the U.S.  I’ll be giving away ten ebooks — one book to each of ten lucky winners, who can choose between:

  • Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft
  • Sorcery and the Single Girl
  • Magic and the Modern Girl
  • Single Witch’s Survival Guide
  • Capitol Magic
  • Fright Court
  • Act One, Wish One
  • Wishing in the Wings
  • Wish Upon a Star

Ebooks will be in .mobi., .epub, or .pdf format — your choice!  Just enter by January 16!

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

I was going to write a long post about all the things that happened this year, but I was having trouble finding a way to make it as interesting and touching as it *felt* to me, inside my head.  So here, in bullet form, are the high points of my 2013 writing life (in no particular order):

  • After a gap of several years, I published a new Jane Madison novel, Single Witch’s Survival Guide [Buy now!]  I continue to love, love, love Jane and David and the world of Magical Washington!
  • I saw the publication of Darkbeast Rebellion [Amazon | B & N | Indiebound], under my pen name, Morgan Keyes.
  • After several years of participating on the group blog, Magical Words, I sadly bid farewell to the site in its current incarnation.  I look forward to seeing how the site owners change MW, and I hope to participate in its future life!
  • I joined Book View Cafe, where I get to interact with amazing authors every day, as we work cooperatively to bring you the best ebooks possible!
  • I joined Twitter.  Finally.  (Please, please, please follow me.  It’s lonely in my corner of the Twitterverse!)
  • I reissued the As You Wish Series, with all new names and all new covers, better reflecting the feel of the series (Act One Wish One [Buy now!], Wishing in the Wings [Buy now!], and Wish Upon a Star [Buy now!]

And here’s what I’m looking forward to in 2014:

  • The Diamond Brides series (nine short romance novels, featuring the players on the Raleigh Rockets baseball team and the women who love them).
  • At least two writers retreats with some of my favorite writer-type folks, enabling me to meet my tight deadlines on the Diamond Brides.
  • At least three Super Sekrit Projects, which may or may not come to fruition, but which are fun for me to play with in the interim.
  • A massive Contest and Book Giveaway in January — watch this site for tons of free prizes!

So?  How about you?  What do you see when you look back on 2013?  When you look ahead to 2014?

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Psst! Wanna Hold a Book in Your Hands?

These days, it’s easy to think about books as a collection of pixels, read-able on just about every computer and e-reader on the market.  But I still read more than half my books in print.  And a lot of my readers ask for my books in print.  (Many have been out of print for a few years, and some have never been available in paper.)

And I’m an obliging author, if nothing else.  So, I’m pleased to announce that the entire Jane Madison Series is now back in print (along with the electronic editions that people have enjoyed for the past several years!)  Moreover, Fright Court and Capitol Magic: A Novella are available in print for the very first time!  To celebrate, I even have spiffy new updates on all the covers!

I’ll have additional sales links as more vendors come online, but for now, here are sales links for the books:

Klasky-GirlsGuideToWitchcraft133x200  Girl’s Guide to Witchcraft (Amazon Kindle | Amazon Print | Apple | B&N Nook | B&N Print | Book View Cafe | CreateSpace Print | Kobo | Smashwords)

Klasky-SorceryAndTheSingleGirl133x200  Sorcery and the Single Girl (Amazon Kindle | Amazon Print | Apple | B&N Nook | B&N Print | Book View Cafe | CreateSpace Print | Kobo | Smashwords)

Klasky-MagicAndTheModernGirl133x200  Magic and the Modern Girl (Amazon Kindle | Amazon Print | Apple | B&N Nook | B&N Print | Book View Cafe | CreateSpace PrintKobo | Smashwords)

Klasky-FrightCourt133x200  Fright Court (Amazon Kindle | Amazon Print | Apple | B & N Nook | B&N Print | Book View Cafe | CreateSpace Print | Kobo | Smashwords)

Klasky-CapitolMagic133x200  Capitol Magic: A Novella (Amazon Kindle | Amazon Print | Apple | B & N Nook | B&N Print | Book View Cafe | CreateSpace Print | Kobo | Smashwords)

Klasky-SingleWitch133x200  Of course, Single Witch’s Survival Guide has always been available in print and electronically: (Amazon Kindle | Amazon PrintApple | B&N Nook | B&N Print | Book View Cafe | CreateSpace Print | Kobo | Smashwords)

So?  What are you waiting for!  Can you think of a better way to celebrate Hallowe’en than with witches, vampires, and cupcakes?!?

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Linkety Link

I’ve been juggling a lot of balls the past few days — writing full steam ahead on CATCHING HELL (Book 2 of the Diamond Brides), preparing for an exciting announcement about the Jane Madison Series (full news next week!), dealing with a car that turned out *not* to have a brake problem, meeting friends for lunch and tea and whatnot, making my favorite cream of broccoli soup…  You get the idea :-)

So, here are a few links, instead of real content.  I’ll rectify that oversight in the near future, I promise :-)

Off to write new words, now!

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