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Magic, Murder, and Escape Rooms: A Spooky Games Club Mystery Book 2 on Audio!

I’m excited to share the news that the second audiobook in the A Spooky Games Club Mystery series is now available! Join Dahlia, Broomie, and their friends in their most harrowing adventure yet!

After the disaster of the month before, Dahlia Poplar, cursed witch and helper extraordinaire, is ready for her serene, supernatural small-town life to return to normal. However, her hopes for a more peaceful existence don’t last when a childhood friend moves back to Luna Lane to open up an escape room. 

With the Spooky Games Club thriving, Dahlia decides to help her friend by using her magic to quickly get his business up and running. Dahlia’s enchantments accomplish the task, but before the Games Club has a chance to enjoy the new attraction, a test of the escape room results in a freak, fatal accident. Riddled with guilt, Dahlia wonders where her enchantments went wrong – or if there’s something more to the disaster. 

The only way to divine whether or not the death was her fault, the result of an accident, or murder, is to investigate – and perhaps even play the dangerous game herself. In this one-hour escape room, failure to escape could mean death, not just for Dahlia, but for those she holds most dear.

Audible – Amazon – iTunes

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Sing, Goddess! Release Day

I’m excited that readers can now read eleven exciting YA Greek myth retellings in Snowy Wings Publishing’s latest anthology! My own contribution, Darken the Night, is a retelling of the myth of Nyx.

Aphrodite. Zeus. Medusa. Hercules. You’ve heard their names. You thought you knew their stories… until now.

Lose yourself in this collection of eleven young adult re-imaginings of Greek myths from the authors of Snowy Wings Publishing. From magical kingdoms under the sea to the halls of a modern high school, from Ancient Greece to the distant future, you will find romance, courage, fantasy, danger, and more. With each story bringing a twist on a classic legend, there is something for everyone to enjoy again and again.

Across the ages, the Muses call: SING, GODDESS!

Order on Amazon! Paperback and e-book are also available widely.

Phoenyx “Nyx” Douglas feels like a damsel trapped away. Suffering from a form of light sensitivity, she sleeps during the day, missing out on all the typical things the other teens in her town do. One night when her flighty father is out on a job, she falls for charmer Erebus Jones at first sight but then has a dream about a child she’s supposed to have with him in the future—and the peril that boy is in. With Ere’s help, she uncovers what it will take to save their future child: blackmailing the powerful town mayor and teaching him to fear her. The two teens are in over their heads as they uncover shocking secrets and cross the line between what’s right and what’s wrong—all in service of saving a child they can only have if their burgeoning relationship survives the danger they put themselves in.

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Curses and Crosswords Release Day!

The fourth A Spooky Games Club Mystery is out today! Dahlia’s curse may be broken, but she’s now in greater danger than ever. Dahlia and Cable travel out of Luna Lane for a train murder mystery complete with a crosswords puzzle event in Curses and Crosswords.

You can also pick up the first three books in the A Spooky Games Club Mystery series in one convenient and cheaper box set! There’s no bonus material, but it’s a great opportunity to introduce a friend to the series or to re-read it from the start again. Free in Kindle Unlimited!

Free of her curse, Luna Lane’s resident witch, Dahlia Poplar, sets foot outside of her paranormal small town for the first time in her life. Accompanying her new professor boyfriend on a tour of literature sites across the country, she expands her horizons while trying harder than ever to keep her powers under wraps—and prevent her magic broomstick from revealing their supernatural natures.

Just as they’re about to head home, their car breaks down and they decide to take the train back to Luna Lane to join friends and family in time for the holidays. This two-day, one-night journey includes a crossword puzzle event to entertain the passengers. As two founding members of the latest iteration of Spooky Games Club, Dahlia and her boyfriend are excited to take part—until they realize there’s something sinister going on.

Before the train ride ends, a crossword champion is acting strange, and Dahlia suspects a curse is at play. Belongings go missing, a mysterious villain threatens murder, and the train is unable to stop or slow down. Dahlia realizes she isn’t the only paranormal presence on board—and if she wants to make it home again, she’ll have to unscramble the clues across and down to solve the puzzle before it’s too late.

Order on Amazon (free in KU)! Paperback is available widely.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08WTSJGTQ/

Order on Amazon (free in KU)!

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Vines & Florets Release Day!

It’s been a long wait, but the final book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series is finally here! This entry takes readers ten years into the future as Autumn, now a teen, decides to work with the former faery prince, Orin, and try to undo the disastrous results of the battle against her sisters.

You can also pick up the entire Blood, Bloom, & Water series in one convenient and cheaper box set! There’s no bonus material, but it’s a great opportunity to introduce a friend to the series or to re-read it from start to finish again. Free in Kindle Unlimited!

https://amymcnulty.com/books/vines-florets-blood-bloom-water-book-5/

A traumatized former faery champion. The beguiling former faery prince who manipulated her once before. A chance to correct the past mistakes that haunt her as the battle between blood, bloom, and water fades into memory.

Autumn Sheppard could once grow vines from her hands, but if she shared that with anyone, they’d think she was delusional. She’s spent the past ten years suppressing the nightmare of her actions during the battle between faeries, vampires, and mermaids, even as her older sister and step-sister moved on with their lives.

When Orin, the conniving faery prince, asks for her help, she wants to run, but he’s the only one who still has faith that she can make things right. Tasked with finding a fallen angel, Autumn discovers the hottest boy in school is exactly the guy she needs on her side. If only he could see past her geeky, outcast personality—and believe that magic is real.

The fifth and final book in the Blood, Bloom, & Water series takes the story ten years into the future, when the former champion of bloom is the only hope for the resurrection of lost friends and foes alike. With the help of a fallen angel, she might succeed—even if her wish comes with fatal consequences.

Order on Amazon (free in KU)! Paperback is available widely.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0914XTWD7

Order on Amazon (free in KU)!

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BOWS Purple Team Stop

BOWS IS OVER!

I’m participating in the Book Owl Word Search (BOWS) this spring and I’m part
of the PURPLE team. To find out more about the Word Search and how to
play, visit this site.

See if you can find my secret word and continue the search to the other
authors on my team and find their words as well.

Bonus Content

My BOWS book is Fangs & Fins, the first book in my YA urban fantasy vampire/mermaid/fairy series. However, the fifth and final book of the series is coming out in just a few weeks! (Snag the complete box set here.) Since I’ve been working on the series on and off since 2017, it’s bittersweet to be wrapping it up and to say goodbye to these characters, but I’m so glad I was able to follow through with their journeys until the end.

Though it was quite different from the girls’ house in my series, I used to live in a home that bordered a woods. We didn’t own the wooded property, but the idea of them being forbidden made them seem all the more magical to me growing up. That was the inspiration for the woods behind Ember, Ivy, and Autumn’s shared house that play an important role in them becoming champions of blood, bloom, and water. A fairy prince has a cabin in those woods, and he’s just waiting for the right girls to wander through the darkness to claim their magic powers.

I’m not much of a poet, but I wrote a poem about those real-life woods when I was in college. My bonus material is the poem about those woods that helped inspire these books.

Ticks in There
Amy McNulty

There are ticks in there, you know.

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
Temptation.
Treading the freshly-mown path on its enticing borders.
“Dad, what’s that?”
“Salt. For the deer.”
A realm where salt cube-licking deer run amok.
Trepidation.

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
“It’s not really ours.”
“But you’ve been in there.”
“Yes, but… There are ticks in there, you know.”
The melodramatic expression thaws into a smile.
“Though there is something wonderful in there. If you’re up to it…”

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
Preparation. Operation.
Decked out in covert mission survival gear, head-to-toe:
knee-high galoshes - crummy jeans - oversized gardening gloves - tacky red sweatshirt (hood string fastened tightly in a knot)
heavy-duty bug spray: la pièce de résistance
There are ticks in there, you know.

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
Crossing the outlawed boundary, the first step to signify a journey begun
Goes unnoticed when followed rapidly by second, third, and fourth.
This is a covert mission – we can’t be caught.
Acceleration. Demoralization.

Uneven ground, forbidden, muddy shoes, forbidden, movement beyond the trees.
Crackle of fallen leaves beneath our feet. 
Perspiration. Muted breath.

Darkness, forbidden, alien territory, forbidden, loss of orientation. 
Branches snapping at my back, retribution for encroachment.
The owners. The deer. The ticks.
No way out.

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
The hand that squeezes mine, pulling me through the consternation.
Recollection of the once-coveted labyrinth.
Deceleration. Appreciation.

I perceive the sun through a lattice of branches, roof of never-ending treetops. 
Reflections of the light sparkling on pristine ground, faeries dancing in the darkness.
Each direction its own portrait: vibrant canvasses freshly painted.
Each tree gargantuan splendor, leaves a fusion: green, red, orange.
Each rustle sprouts life: hyperactive squirrel, inquisitive rabbit, bird glaring from above.
Gratification. 

The hand that squeezes mine, leading me forward through the labyrinth.
The final push of branch, small clearing amidst the density.
Destination. 
Revelation.

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
Faultless ring of stone upon the clearing, unscathed mineral immobile.
“This is a campsite. Go ahead, look closer.”
Shuffling softly, hands outstretched, final secret of the lair.
Edging closer, ever closer…. 
Hesitation.
There are ticks in there, you know.
“Go ahead, it’s okay.”
Penetration.

To join a hallowed circle, to replicate mind’s eye.
Veiled faeries in motion, fire roaring, graceful songs of celebration.
Dancing, all together, and the fire extends its tower to the night sky.

Harmonization... Commemoration...

Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
Reality ensues, the passage of years blended into memory.
A house on each side, sprouted from progression. 
Covertness impossible.
Still not ours, but no longer theirs.
A new theirs, complete with “No Trespassing” tacked onto a helpless tree on its borders.
 
Each morning, to lay eyes upon a place that is forbidden.
But the magic has died, anyway—
Faded with dancing faeries, 
Tamers of terrifying salt-licking deer.
The once faithfully-groomed path on its borders, ailing under weed infestation.
Torn asunder, the hand’s no longer there to guide me.
Deception... Devastation...

Besides, if there’s one thing to believe in, there are ticks in there, you know.

Copyright © 2004 Amy McNulty 
All rights reserved.

My secret word is vampire. Ready to visit the next author’s site? Continue BOWS at Ben Gartner’s site here.

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Enter the giveaway here! (GIVEAWAY IS OVER!)

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Ballad of the Beanstalk Heads to Snowy Wings Publishing!

I’m excited to announce my YA fairy tale fantasy book, Ballad of the Beanstalk, will now be published with Snowy Wings Publishing! This book is available widely.

A Library Journal Self-e Selection.

As her fingers move across the strings of her family’s heirloom harp, sixteen-year-old Clarion can forget. She doesn’t dwell on the recent passing of her beloved father or the fact that her mother has just sold everything they owned, including that very same instrument that gives Clarion life. She doesn’t think about how her friends treat her like a feeble, brittle thing to be protected. She doesn’t worry about how to tell the elegant Elena, her best friend and first love, that she doesn’t want to be her sweetheart anymore. She becomes the melody and loses herself in the song.

When Mack, a lord’s dashing young son, rides into town so his father and Elena’s can arrange a marriage between the two youth, Clarion finds herself falling in love with a boy for the first time. Drawn to Clarion’s music, Mack puts Clarion and Elena’s relationship to the test, but he soon vanishes by climbing up a giant beanstalk that only Clarion has seen. When even the town witch won’t help, Clarion is determined to rescue Mack herself and prove once and for all that she doesn’t need protecting. But while she fancied herself a savior, she couldn’t have imagined the enormous world of danger that awaits her in the kingdom of the clouds.

A prequel to the fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk that reveals the true story behind the magical singing harp.

Fans of Rosamund Hodge, Marissa Meyer, Jenni James, and Sarah J. Maas will enjoy this original faerie tale retelling fantasy in the vein of stories like Sleeping Beauty, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and The Little Mermaid.

Buy Ballad of the Beanstalk

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The Never Veil Trilogy Heads to Snowy Wings Publishing!

I’m excited to announce my romantic YA fairy tale fantasy trilogy, The Never Veil, will now be published with Snowy Wings Publishing! The e-books are exclusive to Amazon, though the paperbacks are available widely. You can save some money on the e-book versions by purchasing the box set or the paperbacks by purchasing the giant three-in-one paperback of the complete series!

Nobody’s Goddess: Winner of The Romance Reviews’ Summer 2016 Readers’ Choice Award in Young Adult Romance. A novel readers are calling “spectacular and heartbreaking.”

In a village of masked men, each man is compelled to love only one woman and to follow the commands of his “goddess” without question. A woman may reject the only man who will love her if she pleases, but she will be alone forever. A man must stay masked until his goddess returns his love—and if she can’t or won’t, he remains masked forever.

Seventeen-year-old Noll’s childhood friends have paired off and her closest companion, Jurij, found his goddess in Noll’s own sister. Desperate to find a way to break this ancient spell, Noll instead discovers why no man has ever chosen her. She is in fact the goddess of the mysterious lord of the village, a man who refuses to let Noll have her right as a woman to spurn him.

Thus begins a dangerous game between the choice of woman and the magic of man. The stakes are no less than freedom and happiness, life and death—and neither Noll nor the veiled lord is willing to lose.

Fans of Tamlin in A Court of Thorns and Roses, Rhys in A Court of Mist and Fury, the Darkling in the Grisha Trilogy’s Shadow and Bone, and Jareth in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth will devour this Beauty and the Beast-style romantic adventure.

Buy Nobody’s Goddess (Free in Kindle Unlimited)

Buy Nobody’s Lady (Free in Kindle Unlimited)

Buy Nobody’s Pawn (Free in Kindle Unlimited)

Buy The Never Veil: The Complete Series (Free in Kindle Unlimited)

The box set is 99c in the US and UK for a limited time! (Now through April 23rd.)

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The Fall Far from the Tree Duology Heads to Snowy Wings Publishing!

I’m excited to announce my dark YA fantasy duology, Fall Far from the Tree and Turn to Dust and Ashes, will now be published with Snowy Wings Publishing! I’ve loved working with this publisher the past few years and they offer a great variety of MG and YA reads. These books are available widely and you can save some money on the e-book versions by purchasing the box set.

Fall Far from the TreeTurn to Dust and Ashes

Terror. Callousness. Denial. Rebellion. How the four teenage children of leaders in the duchy and the neighboring empire of Hanaobi choose to adapt to their nefarious parents’ whims is a matter of survival.

Soldier Rohesia, the pitiless daughter of the ruthless duke. Thief Fastello, the compassionate son of the “king” of the raiding nomads. Orphan Cateline, the pious, myopic follower of the austere leader of her religion. Royal heir Kojiro, the hypersensitive son of the bloodthirsty Hanaobian empress.

When the paths of these four young adults cross, they must rely on one another for survival—but the love of even a malevolent guardian is hard to leave behind.

Fans of the twists and turns in Six of Crows and the compelling character drama in the works of Sarah J. Maas will love this YA version of Game of Thrones meets Marvel Comics’ Runaways that readers are calling “intense and brutal and just a whirlwind of a ride.”

Buy Fall Far from the Tree

Buy Turn to Dust and Ashes

Buy the Fall Far from the Tree Complete Series Box Set

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WITCHY EXPO SERVICES MYSTERIES Triple Cover Reveal!

It’s Cover Reveal Day for the first three books in my brand new cozy paranormal mystery series, which starts releasing this fall! Release dates are still tentative, but I’m hoping to release Book 1 in September and I’ll work on books in both that and A Spooky Games Club Mystery at the same time.

Witchy Expo Services. We host your convention, expo, or trade show—with a dash of magic!

Set up in a matter of days, our expos can host even the largest of crowds in our witch-run village of Cauldron Cove. We can offer what no other expo planners can: breathtaking illusions, instant teleportation from one end of the center to the other, floating item storage, and all the exceptional, magical touches that will make your event one-of-a-kind. Inquire about Cauldron Cove hosting your next event today by contacting Bernadette Toothaker, award-winning head witch general manager of Witchy Expo Services for eleven decades.

Nimue Toothhaker is ecstatic that her world-famous grandmother is about to retire and has chosen her as her successor in the family business. She’s only been working on the expos for a few years, but she’s confident she has what it takes to lead her fellow witches and warlocks in the business that defines their entire village. Unfortunately, her grandmother’s sole condition for Nimue taking the job is that she share the position with her arch rival, an irritating warlock possessed of two minds—quite literally.

First up is Bookshop Con, where indie booksellers from across the nation host authors and sell books to passionate readers. Nimue’s grand plans clash with her co-manager’s persnickety demands, but their arguments cease to matter when a celebrated author drops dead in the convention center lobby. Nimue suspects murder, but she knows that if she ends the convention prematurely, the magic at work will destroy her beloved hometown. It’s a race to catch the killer before they strike again—all while trying to prove she can handle the job she’s so desperately always wanted.

Pre-order Book 1 on Amazon!

Add to your Goodreads Lists!

Book 1Book 2Book 3