The First Review Is In!

Thank you so much to Andrew Joyce for the wonderful review!

There’s nothing quite as gratifying as a positive first review. Thank you Andrew.

If anyone is so inclined, please get your copy of and check it out.


Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Writer Joy Lennick – A Tribute to my dear Mama/Mum

Check out this great post from Sally Cronin’s blog with the Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Guest Writer Joy Lennick

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

In this post from Joy Lennick, she shares the life and cherished memories of her mother.. born in Wales in 1906, who clearly passed on resoluteness, adaptability, love of hard work and creativity to her daughter. A wonderful tribute.

A tribute to my dear Mama/Mum by Joy Lennick

Until I went to school aged five, I called my mother: Lila – named after a Fairy Queen seen in a play! – Elizabeth – mama. It was my God-mother, Aunt Doris,’ suggestion as she had grandiose ideas as to my up-bringing and saw me as a little lady of breeding who would doubtless learn to play the piano beautifully, knit Fair-Isle sweaters, blind-folded… embroider as if to the manor born, and POSSIBLY end up marrying someone higher up the ladder (and I don’t mean a window-cleaner.) As it transpired, while I may have mastered Chopsticks, sewed a fairly neat hem…

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Springing Into The Magic Happens for April

Check out this post from Annette Rochelle Aben’s blog with Springing Into The Magic Happens for April

Annette Rochelle Aben

So, we’ve sprung into April 2019 here at The Magic Happens Magazine

Stories are in full bloom because talented writers have shared from their hearts. We gave them these 3 words from which to choose for their



Of course, I have added my ten cents worth…

Seeds and Showers Yield Flowers

A Channel Not A Vessel

Stores Our Unique Legacy

Thrilled to have you check us out and we would be honored to have you among our ranks! Contact me, at The Magic Happens Magazine

Cheers!  Annette Rochelle Aben, Editor, The Magic Happens Magazine 

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Free Story: A Twist of the Tail

Check out this post from Nicholas Rossis’ blog with a Free Story: A Twist of the Tail

Nicholas C. Rossis

*** Read Infinite Waters for free on Kindle Unlimited ***From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books

In April 2018, I posted my thousandth post on this blog. To celebrate, I started sharing here all my short stories. Every couple of weeks, I’ll be posting one story from my celebrated Exciting Destinies series for you to enjoy. With over 30 stories so far, I hope you’ll have lots of fun in the coming months!

This week, it’s “A Twist of the Tail,” a story from Infinite Waters. Click here to read some more free stories.

A Twist of the Tail

Despite the early hour, I was covered in sweat. The day promised to be another scorcher. It was August, after all. I let out a small groan and faced the cloudless sky, grateful for a brief whiff of morning breeze, before I grabbed the suitcase’s handle again. What have I put inside, anyway? My mind was…

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The Best Writing Decisions Are Made with All Three Brains – From the Writers in the Storm Blog

Colleen M. Story

Should you spend the money to go to that writing conference?

Pay for a professional edit on your book? 

Invest in new computer equipment for your writing office? 

Risk cutting back on work hours so you can write more?

Making a decision can be frightening. What if you make the wrong one and it sets you back? 

If you’re struggling with a decision you need to make about your writing career, it’s probably because you’ve been using only one brain.

That’s right. You have more than one. And it’s time you recruit the other two into your decision-making process. It will make it a lot easier. 

The Three-Brain Decision-Making System

Neuroscience has discovered something fascinating over the past several years: we have complex and functional neural networks—or “brains”—in the heart and gut as well as in the head. 

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Haunted By the Book I Never Finished Writing

Check out this post from the Novelty Revisions blog with the topic: Haunted By the Book I Never Finished Writing

Novelty Revisions

In 2015, I wrote about 60,000 words of a novel I thought would be “the one.”

Over the next three years, I wrote about 15,000 more words of that same novel. I was in it for the long haul, and I figured all those years would eventually pay off.

But at the end of 2018, I realized that I had spent months struggling through one sentence of that book at a time. I dreaded opening it. Every day I would force myself to keep working on it, inching closer and closer to the finish line, but never quite getting there.

Finally, I decided it was time to let it go. Not just for a little while, not “until I figured out what I wanted it to be,” but forever. I felt as if the story, the characters, everything about the novel was holding me down. I wanted to desperately to…

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My favorite podcasts for writers #WriterWednesday #AmWriting

Check out this post from D.E. Haggerty’s blog that shares some favorite podcasts for writers.

D.E. Haggerty

I’ve never been a big podcast listener. I like the idea of podcasts, but I can’t sit still to listen to them. And don’t tell me to listen while at the gym. I need some pumping music to get me through the mundane hours at the gym. But recently, I’m spending a lot of time driving to and from our house in Germany. As it’s a four-hour-drive each way, I found myself with some prime listening time on my hands. I’ve discovered some great podcasts to help in my marketing endeavors. Here are my favorites:

podcast 1The Smarty Pants Book Marketing Podcast. This podcast by Chris and Becca Syme features podcasts of about thirty minutes on various marketing issues. I like the short duration as I may have a slight attention span problem. Features include keys to successful bidding with BookBub ads, copywriting skills to help sell more books, and why…

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