Return of the Prodigal Writer

Posted by on July 14, 2015 in girl's guide to witchcraft, jane madison series, joy of witchcraft, magic and the modern girl, single witch's survival guide, sorcery and the single girl | 8 comments

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?


  1. Will the new Jane Madison book only be released as an ebook? I am a HUGE fan of all your books and have been waiting on pins and needles for a new addition to the Jane Madison series but I do traditional books. Please tell me it will also be released as a book format!??!

    • Yep – JOY will be available as a print book too! (It’s just not available to pre-order as a print book…)

    • And it’s available in print now!

      From Amazon:

      From B&N:

  2. Yay, I love Jane! Will it be available on Nook? I just searched for it in the shop, and it’s not listed yet.

    • ::grin:: Thanks for the enthusiasm!

      The release date for JOY OF WITCHCRAFT is August 4. Alas, Nook doesn’t let authors make books available for pre-order unless they go through a third party and forfeit a share of royalties. Therefore, you can’t pre-order on the Nook, but you’ll be able to buy it on the release date!

    • And it’s available as Nook book now!

      • I got it yesterday, and I’m on chapter 13 (loved when you mentioned the PA steel, because I grew up near Bethlehem)! For the author’s preferred editions of the others, is the omnibus edition updated or just the individual books?

        • The omnibus is updated with the Author’s Preferred Edition of each book! And thanks for getting JOY!