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Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil

Maven Fairy Godmother: Through the Veil

A dead cellphone calls with a job offer and a promise of dragons.

Imagine if Terry Pratchett sat down with Kathy Bates to make up fractured fairy tales for Edward Evertt Horton to read aloud: you'd get MAVEN FAIRY GODMOTHER: THROUGH THE VEIL.

Down and out, Maven Morrigan is ready to give up what's left of her self-esteem for a cup of coffee when her last chance to redeem her life comes as a job offer as a fairy godmother. But Faery is shrinking, the other fairy godmothers have disappeared, and nothing she does turns out right. How can she put together the happily ever after each of her clients wants with her boss standing in her way?

MAVEN FAIRY GODMOTHER: THROUGH THE VEIL is fast, fun read that shows that none of us is ever old enough to know better as we try to wish for we think what will make us happy.

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IDEAL READER Exercise

My ideal reader is Maurine Snipes, 55, single for 10 years after being divorced. after 20 years of marriage. While she is educated, she feels that she has not really done much with her life. She's tried dating, has decided that she's better off alone than with the sort of men that she seems to attract.

She's a bit overweight, and she works as an instructor for a college, but she's bored out of her mind, disgusted with what seems more and more like lazy, useless children that she teachers. They have no common sense.

Her guilty pleasures are fairy tale movies, whether set as romantic fantasy, or bounty hunters that always get their man. She likes it when things blow up, as she'd like to blow up some things if she would not get caught. She drives a 10-year old Buick LeSabre, which is paid for and causes little trouble. She keeps the oil changed and hardly ever drives more than 10 miles an hour over the speed limit.

She likes to eat, but hates to cook. She eats out at italian restaurants because she likes the pasta and garlic bread. She always orders a salad, but then gets the chicken parmigiana too.

She likes to read Scientific American, and Discover magazine, and Fantasy and Science Fiction. Brain pickings is a favorite website, and Sur La Lune, because she does like fairy tales. She just gets tired of the sparkly vampires and bone-headed heroines driven by their hormones into ridiculous relationships.

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Today has been the most excruciating day of my life. I thought it would never end. If one more chickie-do asks me the difference between a linking verb and a passive verb I will get active on her narrow little ass.

How I long for some escape from this Mundane world into a place where I could make a difference, where I had some kind of magical power instead of only being able to put a letter grade on crappy writing. I would love to be able to use my brain and figure out things that made a difference.

At this point, I don't even care if I never meet Mr. Wonderful, as I've done enough cleaning up after Prince Charming's horse. I would like my own castle, with a few servants mind the cooking and cleaning, even if I had to figure out some way to get the mice to do it...or the cockroaches.

Well, there just ain't that much magic, I don't guess.

But if I'm going to dream, let's find a dragon and play a bit of poker. Let's ride along the cliffs of some ancient canyon and swoop among the thermals. Maybe we could rescue a few evil stepmothers who mostly just want to get out of the nest themselves and kick up their heels again, if they could only get their useless daughters taken care of and out of their hair.

Of course, I don't have a daughter, and I don't have a mother anymore either. But I do have...what, my work, my book club, my bored meetings where we drink wine and chow down and plan to start a new diet next week. There has to be more to life than that. But that's what books are for, safe adventures. 

Week 1 

  1. Revise book description (see above) and use several versions to update Amazon, BN, Goodreads, and add Shelfari, at least for print book.
  2. Update author bio on my website and Amazon pages, and tweak 'about page' on book's website. 
  3. Research more blogs that will review self-pub fantasy in ebook or print form. 
  4. Add 'customer images' to Amazon listing, and look at other book pages

Week 2

  1. Plan some kind of blog topic for once a week. 
  2. Seek out other fantasy authors in my publisher's house and on linked in for review and interview swaps.
  3. Check out blog carnivals for guest posting. 
  4. Look for fairy tale / fantasy / feminist / ageist issues on Quora / Disqus to comment about
  5. Ethical bribe - sign up for mailing list and get a short story not available elsewhere...Finished a story last night. 
  6. Finish the second book and get it out there.  
  7. Keep writing short stories to add to my list on Amazon, so that people have a better chance of seeing somethinh that appeals 
  8. Comment

I have many technical parts in place, as I am a web designer and manage social media at my job. But I'm not so savvy at this point about what to do with what I have. 

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