Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Author Feature: Maggie Tideswell

Finders Keepers

An Almost Gothic Love Affair

Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.

A bride is sent off into the unknown to marry a stranger on All Hallows Eve, October 31, 1749. What she finds on her arrival is enough to make her skin crawl.
Limping footsteps, blood-curdling screams, smoking torches, and a house on a cliff... A man she only sees in the dark, his breathing labored behind a mask.
“A betrothal is as good as the wedding vows. You cannot leave.”
“Am I your prisoner?” 
"You shall stay here until you bear me a child. Then you
can stay or go, the choice shall be mine!"

The how and why behind Finders Keepers

Finders Keepers was my contribution to the Soul's Day Boxset, which released on October 20th, 2020. The Boxset achieved No 1 bestseller status on Amazon. After running its course, it has now been disbanded, and the rights reverted to the authors. I thought 22 December 2020 a good date for a relaunch, after another round of edits, and sporting a new cover. The old one is on the left.

Then the Boxset came up. I sat down with all my notes for Darkest Midnight. It didn't take much to change the theme from Christmas to Halloween, and so Finders Keepers came about.

About me

I am an international bestselling author of spooky paranormal romance. The ghost stories had not been planned - I wanted to write an ordinary romance - you know the kind - boy meets girl, they fall in love, then boy loses girl and wants her back, bla bla bla. But that was not to be. Before I knew it, there was a persistent ghost on the page. But if he wanted to be part of my story, he was going to have to work for it, so I gave him a job.

The trick is to combine things that can't be explained, sweaty bodies and
rumpled beds in a way that will make the reader's toes curl and hair stand on end.

The Other Me

I love cooking - being married to a chef, the passion for food must have rubbed off. The result is that I am nearly as passionate about creating new dishes as I am about creating alpha heroes for every woman to fall in love with, just like I do, every time.

My Cats

And I love cats. At one time, I had eleven! Now my husband, Gareth, and I have only two as we're living in an apartment. The black and white cat, Thom, was a Tuxedo cat, but he was killed by a car. His sister, pure black - unfortunately I don't have a picture of her handy - is called Nightshade. Get it? The tabby is my baby, 14 years old, called Felix.

How I became a Bestseller

I have several books published, but my WIP pile is growing instead of getting smaller. Sometimes I worry that I won't have enough time to publish them all.

All my books feature ghosts, and they have varying levels of heat. There is the Bridesmaids, Weddings and Honeymoons series, 3 out of 5 published so far. Then there is the Moragh Saga trilogy. The first 2 books are out, and the last and final one coming mid-2021. Roxanne's Ghost duology is a complex ghost story of identical twin sisters' love for the same man. Have a look here:

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Finders Keepers

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Liz Baker Book 8 Coming Soon!

This year has been a crazy one for the entire world. Thankfully, 2020 is coming to an end and we can only hope for better times to come in the new year. 

Right now we're planning for Christmas in the Silvers household. I've finished all my gift shopping and still picking up things here and there for the big dinner. I still have some wrapping to do, but I'm pretty ready for it.

In between all the shopping, baking, babysitting, and everything that comes along with day-to-day life, I've managed to FINALLY finish the 1st draft of the 8th Liz Baker book. Woohoo! I'm thrilled to finally reach this milestone! It has been a long time coming. Now it's time for all the edits and rewrites, but that usually goes pretty quickly once my editors complete their portions.

In the meantime, I've been working with my usual cover designer for this series and she has done it again. This cover is my very favorite one from the entire series. I can't wait to share it with you, but right now here's just a little sneak peak.

Once the entire cover is revealed it will go out to my newsletter subscribers first, and then out to the rest of the world. Are you a subscriber? If not, pop over to my website and jump on the bandwagon. These most precious people are the ones who hear about my releases, deals, giveaway, and all the other exciting stuff first.

I also recently started a Readers' Group for anyone interested in receiving ARCs (Advanced Reader Copies) in the future. You can join here if you're willing to read and review books during release days.

Happy holidays, everyone! I hope you stay safe, healthy, and feel the love from your family... even if it's from a distance. 

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Oh no! I found a fox!

I found a sneaky little fox sniffing around my chicken coop the other day, and for once I didn't chase it away! 

This little guy is now 5 months old and all ready for Halloween. What a difference these months have made to the dynamic of our family. Even my youngest (15yrs old) is enamored of this little guy. He knows his Auntie will happily pick him up and carry him around with only a pout from him. LOL! He's definitely a little stinker and knows how to play us all. 

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Demons, Darkness, & Dangerous Women: FREE BOOKS 📚

They aren’t damsels in distress. Vampire assassins, werewolf hunters, and supernatural women just trying to make it in a modern moonlit world- these are the badass women of urban fantasy.

I've joined over a dozen other authors to share our books with all of you from October 15th through November 30th. This promo is full of books with badass, strong women as the main character. These women can handle business and keep right on going! Lots of books all about strong women living in their supernatural worlds.

Liz Baker has her moments of despair and desire, but in the end she'll always handle what needs to be handled. If you haven't already, check out Time for Death (Liz Baker, book 1) for FREE.

So many great stories to choose from. Go fill up those eReaders!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

October 1st! We made it to level 10.

This little boy is a fox! :)
Good morning, everyone! 

We finally made it to October. This year has been pure insanity, and it doesn't look to be calming down just yet. Yet, we can hope for the best!

I've been kicking it around here lately with home improvements, cooking, cleaning, book writing, promotions, and even managed to order my 2021 planner (woohoo!). 

This coming weekend I'll even be cleaning out my chicken coop as the girls may be feeling a bit neglected lately since my 15yr old has been in charge of them while she was home from school for 6 months. Now that she's gone back to school I'm back out there tending to them and realized the teenager might have slacked a bit on cleanliness. 

On the Homefront, I've been spending a lot of time with my little grandson, Grady. He is a light in this crazy world. He's all smiles when he sees his Gammie and PopPop, and we adore him! He looks soooo much like his mommy (who looks soooo much like me!). 

On the book front, I'm still working on the 8th book in the Liz Baker series. I also wrote a little short Liz thing for a multi-author anthology coming up in the future. I've been reformatting a few of the eBooks to include extras like free short stories and even a full length book. I've joined a few multi-author promotions to boost newsletter subscribers and introduce my readers to other authors who are doing the same with their own lists. I've also been approached by a website looking to add the Alex & Fiona series to their novel-reading site (I haven't decided on that one yet). Lots of things in the works right now! 

In the meantime, I hope all of you are surviving the year. Hopefully October will be a good month and lead us all into the holiday season with a bit more calm.

Friday, September 11, 2020

📚 Updates & FREE New-to-You Reads 📚

Mandatory Gammie's
Baby Pic :)
Happy Friday!

This has been a crazy, long week for our household. My youngest daughter FINALLY went back to school on Tuesday. She is in 10th grade and was 4 days shy of being home for 6 months. Needless to say, she has been bored out of her teenage mind, and missing all her friends, so she's actually very glad to be back in school.

I'm home from the day job yet again. The economy is hitting the herbal & supplement shop HARD, but I have plenty to work on from home.

On the writing front, I am still working on the 8th book in the Liz Baker series, working on a short story prequel in the same series, and joining a few promotions with other authors. Check out the bundle of freebies below.


Check out all these talented authors and their amazing books. You can't miss out on this collection of awesomeness!

Who can resist FREE books during a quaratine? :D

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Review Request (I might be begging!)

Good morning, lovely readers! I hope the week is treating you kindly, and that everyone close to you is staying safe and healthy. 

This week I have a request from all of you that have read my books, and I hate to ask it, but reviews are the bread and butter of an author's life. We need them to sell more books, rank higher on book selling sites like Amazon, and even to gain a little "Hmm" from higher ups in the publishing world who may be interested in doing more with our books.

It's a necessity in the book world, and even I'm bad about not rushing over to leave reviews right after finishing a book, but I'm determined to do better. It was actually one of my goals for 2020. :) 

I know I have a lot of readers just from the comments, emails, PMs, texts, phone calls, and every day life, so please consider taking a few minutes of your time and leaving a quick review on any/all of the books you've read. It means the world to me when someone does.

While you're over on the Amazon Author page, take a second and hit that "+Follow" button to make sure you get up-to-date info from Amazon. :)

Click to go to Amazon

Thanks, everyone! Know that I appreciate every one of you. <3

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

What's Going On These Days?

My daughter & adorable grandson. 
Happy Wednesday, readers! I hope you're all still surviving the insanity of the world we live in now. It has been a weird year, but we're almost to the end of it. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for 2020 to be DONE. I certainly hope next year is calmer. 

In the meantime, I'm doing what I can to keep things (a.k.a. my sh*t) together and move forward, even if it's at a snail's pace. In the last three months I've had a new grandson, returned to the day job, two kids married, and went on family vacation.

It has been CRAZY!

With all that going on, the book writing has fallen by the wayside. That's not saying zero writing has happened, just that it isn't up to par with my usual production rates. I mean, this baby boy won't stay a baby forever, so I might as well enjoy him. :D

The youngest will be returning to school next month, which (hopefully) will get us back to something closely resembling normalcy. She's been home since the beginning of March and she misses her friends and the school routine. Plus, she'll be turning 16 in January and (hopefully) gets her driver's license. After that, I won't have to do the school driving any longer!

All in all, there are tons of things going on around here, even with a pandemic going on in the world. It just hasn't been book writing at a speed I would prefer. Now I'm going to get my behind out of this desk chair, change clothes, and head to the gym for a workout before heading to the day job for a few hours.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Back to the day job!

Well, on June 8th I started back to the day job. I had been home nearly three months at that point, but I was kind of looking forward to getting back on a "regular" routine, again. I've enjoyed my time home, and all the projects the hubs and I were able to accomplish and my household is actually much better off for me being home for a while. I've been working the day job for three years now, and I do believe everyone has missed having me home and always on call for Mommy Duty during that time. And right now my daughter is all flustered with learning to care for her first baby and constantly calling/texting to ask questions. :)

With the return to the day job, I was worried I'd be behind on everything there, but (thankfully) other than the 1,000+ emails waiting on me, everything went smoothly. I was even able to come home, eat a snack, talk to the 15yr old, take a shower, and get a few hundred words written before the hubs got home from work. Woohoo! Now, that won't be how every day goes, but at least it worked out that day.

During the second week back things didn't go as smoothly. I was finally able to schedule the 15 yr old for her braces removal. They were originally supposed to come off back in March, but, well, you know. So after months of calling and leaving messages I finally got a new appointment for June 16th. That consisted of me leaving the day job early, driving 25 mins home to pick her up, and then 25 mins back to the town I work in for the orthodontist... for two days! One day for the removal and the next to fit and pick up her retainers. Whew! That made for busy, long days.

All that fun Mom stuff! LOL!

Nonetheless, we all survived and I've finally made it to the weekend. Thank goodness! Now to catch up on all the things at home: laundry, dishes, meal preps, yard work, animal care, floor cleaning, etc. 

In the meantime, here are some pictures for your enjoyment. :)

Have a great weekend!

Friday, June 5, 2020

Ready to start the Liz Baker series? Book 1 is FREE!

Happy Friday, readers! I hope you're all doing well in this crazy, unstable world we're living in. I'm still at home for a few more days. I'll head back to the day job next week after almost three months quarantined in preparation of the arrival of our grandson. Now that he's two weeks old (in two days), it's time to get back to business. Plus my work people are missing me! :D

In the meantime, I'm working on the 8th book in the Liz Baker series, newsletters, blog posts, social media updates, and even doing some work with my life coaching clients. All of that is, of course, aside from my baby cuddling duties as new Gammie on the block! 

With all that said, I wanted to share that I have put Time for Death (Liz Baker, bk 1) up for free download during the summer. I don't know how long I'll let this go on, but for the time being I don't have a date to stop it. I guess we'll see how many downloads it gets before I decide on a stopping point. So, if you haven't started the series now is definitely the time to do so. 

Just click the image above and it'll take you straight to the book's page. I've been trying out BookFunnel for book downloads the last few weeks and I'm liking it a lot. I've seen tons of other authors use it, and have downloaded books from it in the past, so it was only logical to try it out for myself.

I hope you'll take advantage and try out this series. Liz has a bit of a wild side, and sometimes I just wanna smack her good on the back of the head! Be warned: Adult Language & Adult Content run rampant in this series (and all my books). I don't want anyone grasping pearls saying they weren't informed.

I hope you're all safe and healthy in these trying times. Much love to all my readers out there worldwide!

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Welcome to the world!

Please welcome my beautiful grandson, Grady Lee! 

After two days of induction, he finally entered the world Saturday, the 23rd, at 12:15am. It was his actual due date, as well. I was on video chat with my daughter for those two days and was lucky enough to be able to see my grandson born. I wish I could have been there in person, but at least we had that much.

What a stubborn little boy we have here. However, is quite the cutie pie! :)

I think he looks so much like his mommy when she was a baby. A lot of friends and family are saying the same thing, so I guess he will be just as adorable.

In the meantime, you may not hear too much from me over the next week or two. I'm spending a lot of time helping my daughter with her little man and making sure she's eating and drinking without too much effort on her part. I've been cleaning, sweeping, doing laundry, showing her little tricks to newborn life, and anything else she asks for.

Grady Lee is named after his father's grandfather (Grady) and my hubby and his father (Lee). It's a nice tribute to both sides of Grady's family.

Once I held that little boy in my arms all the quarantine, mask wearing, hand sanitizing was more than worth it to make sure I could hold him the day he came home. He has my heart and always will!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Surviving a Quarantine

My first attempt at Dandelion Jelly.
Happy Friday, everyone! Did you know it was Friday? LOL! I had to look on my phone to make sure before I typed that out.

As I type this, I'm sitting in my office listening to my husband outside cutting up a fallen tree, my youngest daughter (15yr old) is in her room watching Youtube on her television and some other video on her cell phone (most definitely NOT school-related), and my pregnant daughter is texting me about all her aches and pains (she has 4 wks left). I also see my Boston Terrier sitting in my office doorway because the dogs aren't allowed in here. The world around us feels chaotic, but my household looks and sounds pretty normal right now.

I've been off my day job since the middle of March, and in that time I've accomplished a lot of household things. I've been doing a lot of canning, baking, cleaning, and home projects. We planted a huge garden, and have been working around the property. Tim even installed a new water line so I'd have easier access for watering the garden. This is Tim's second week home with me and I think he's starting to get bored. LOL! Time to find more for him to do. :D

During my time at home, the Coronavirus caused the cancellation of my daughter's baby shower. I had a huge party planned for my first grandchild. I rented a local venue and was buying up decorations and planning the menu when all this started. We waited and waited, until I couldn't wait any longer, and then I cancelled it. Instead, we did a virtual Facebook Live shower where my daughter and her boyfriend opened gifts and we thanked everyone who generously sent those gifts in advance. It wasn't the shower we planned, but it was something at least.

On the author side of things, I managed to watch a webinar about audiobooks, as it appears a lot of people are enjoying them. Take a moment and let me know your thoughts on audiobooks. Do you listen to them?

I also added one of my freebie books to BookFunnel. If you've read the Liz Baker series and the first book in the Penny Montague series, you might enjoy the short story crossover Sorrow Meets Death. It's always free for the taking.

Well, since I've rambled long enough, if you've made it this far I'll send you off with a few pics of some of the projects around here. Have a great weekend and stay healthy!

Homemade Turkey Stock

Homemade Baked Beans

A little folding chair my girls used as children.
Repainted for our grandson

Lastly, my sweet daughter today, 1 day shy of 36wks pregnant.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

6 Months of Insanity: Rental Property & a Grandbaby

My preggo daughter!
Hello, my wonderful readers! I've missed you all tremendously & and been tweaking hard for some writing time. Soooo, I'm going to jump in and give you guys an update on the insanity that has become my life the last six months.

#1.  The hubby & I have been remodeling our rental house since July 2019. This started out as something "simple" and "necessary," but quickly escalated into a massive overhaul project before we knew it. The entire house was torn down to bare subfloors and some rooms were down to wall studs. We tore out old, dark, wood paneling and found good sheetrock behind it. We had to patch holes, replace some and re-rock the entire bathroom (which was the worst room in the house). We replaced flooring, carpets, lights, tore out the entire kitchen and started from scratch. And a million other little things too exhausting to recount. And to this day, we still have to lay flooring in the living room/dining room area and put down baseboards before cleaning it all.

All of this for reason number 2.........

#2.  Our middle daughter is making us grandparents for the first time! She is due in late May 2020 and we are all preparing for this little one's arrival. Aside from the house remodel, I'm also shopping for the baby, planning the massive baby shower, and attending ultrasound appointment to see my new grandbaby every chance I get. We are just a few days away from finding out if it's a boy or girl. And then the shopping spree really begins! Oh, and since I'm far too young to be a Granny or Mamaw, I've decided to be Gammie. So, Gammie's baby will be wildly spoiled once he or she makes their arrival in a few months.

And during all of this insanity I even jumped in and....

#3. I am now a Master Certified Life Coach! This has been something I enjoy and when the opportunity to become certified fell in my lap I certainly couldn't pass it up. I spent several months working on courses and exams before I finally celebrated the certification. I work online and off, with an office to work out of at my day job. If you're curious, feel free to check it out at TailgateLifeCoaching.com

In the meantime, I've been working that day job I enjoy, running the household, enjoying holidays and birthday, all while working on that dang house that I'm extremely sick of. My Army daughter came home for Christmas. I had her for two weeks and it was wonderful. The holidays were fun and peaceful. Nothing crazy at all (thank goodness!)

Now that the new year is here, it's time to celebrate two more birthdays: my youngest is turning 15 & I'll be 43. I'm slowly getting back to my book writing and plan to release the next Liz Baker book in 2020. Stay tuned for future updates.

Happy New Year & wish me luck! :)