It occurred to me recently that being a mom—particularly a stay-at-home, work-from-home mom—often makes me feel like that rascally rodent from Laura Joffe Numeroff’s “If You Give A Mouse A Cookie”.
I take a break from writing to get myself a cup of coffee and use the bathroom, but before I can even attempt to empty my bladder I notice the cat litter is in need of some attention. So, of course, I scoop it, and then realize I’ve made a mess on the floor.
I open the closet to get the broom, and fume over the fact that whoever folded the sheets last time (probably me!) simply balled up all the fitted ones and stuffed them onto the shelf. Once they’ve been properly sorted, I remember it’s been a week already and I shouldn’t have bothered folding all of them in the first place.
I race around the house, change all the beds, and return to the bathroom to throw the dirty sheets down the laundry chute—only to realize there’s still cat litter on the floor and I’m about to pee my pants. Oh, and the coffee shut off 45 minutes ago.
On these days, I realize that being a mom—whether you’re also a writer, a nurse, or a Starbucks barista—means accepting more than a few frustrations as part of our everyday lives. We do the things that our kids and our partners don’t even know we do, but would certainly notice if we didn’t.
I also realize, when things get so hectic I want to scream and hop a red-eye to somewhere with palm trees, that it’s one of the best parts of being a mom (or any variation of primary caretaker).
I could choose to beat the people in my life over the head with all the tasks I complete in a day. Or, I could keep my little secret, and know that one day I’ll get a phone call.
I’m guessing it will be from my youngest, most docile child, but in my dreams it’s my oldest–the more, shall we say, challenging–one. His wife is away, and he’s been left with the kids, and he’s finally (finally!) figured out how lucky he was to have me.
Until then, I find my own ways to de-stress. I play video games on the Xbox while nobody is home. I listen to loud music while I clean, and sing at the top of my lungs. I take a glass of wine (that’s not quite as cheap as I made it out to be) into the bathtub and settle under a cloud of essential oil with a good novel (or a trashy magazine). And I try to write books that I hope will wind up in the tubs of all my comrades out there.
Here’s hoping we all get that magical call one day.
<3 Erin Lynn
I’m pleased to announce that the third book in the Elder Witch Mystery series is now available for preorder!
The town of Harmony’s annual canoe race is slated as the summer’s biggest event, and this year the prize is more prestigious than ever. Maybe that’s why someone had to resort to murder.
Sister witches Mag and Clara Balefire might have to test the old myths about whether witches can swim in order to solve the case.
I’m excited to announce the release of the second book in the Elder Witch Murder Mystery series – Murder on the Backswing.
The last few months creating and developing the characters of Mag and Clara Balefire have been a whirlwind, to say the least! ReGina and I have been working so hard, and I think the result is our best work to date.
I couldn’t be more proud, and I hope you enjoy this latest installment. I’d love to hear your opinions, so please feel free to email me anytime at email@example.com.
Erin Lynn <3
Sister witches Magaret and Clara Balefire are starting to wonder if they should have opened a detective agency instead of an antique shop.
For the second time since moving to the sleepy coastal village of Harmony, the pair find themselves involved in a murder investigation–only this time, finding the killer also means clearing the Balefire name.
As if that weren’t enough drama, the thousand-year-old coven leader Mag and Clara are supposed to be keeping tabs on seems intent on exposing magic to the entire town.
If you like wise witches, perilous pixies, and solving murders, you’ll love this humorous magical story full of chaos and intrigue.
I am pleased to announce the release of the first book in a new series! The Elder Witch Murder Mysteries features sister witches Mag and Clara Balefire, who also appear in my Fate Weaver series.
Book one, “Murder Above the Fold” is available now on Amazon, and is free to read with Kindle Unlimited. Book 2 is available for preorder, and will be released in just three weeks!
Recent transplants to the quaint little town of Harmony, sister witches Clara and Margaret Balefire thought they were leaving the hectic pace of city life in their rearview mirror. Turns out, keeping up with a thousand-year-old coven leader with a penchant for magical mischief isn’t the most exciting item on their agenda. When Mag and Clara stumble over the dead body of a local woman, they refuse to let the ruling of accidental death stand–not when they’re positive it was murder. If you like cantankerous old witches, concealed covens, and unsolved murders, you’ll love this humorous magical story full of chaos and intrigue.
I’m happy to announce that When Spell Freezes Over – An Elder Witch Mystery short story is available for download on Amazon.
When you find a half-dead Christmas elf on your lawn first thing in the morning, the day is sure to go downhill from there.
Sisters Mag and Clara Balefire need to find a way to revive the elf, but first they have to figure out who stole his magical mojo.
Welcome to the sleepy town of Harmony, a hotbed of hidden magic, intrigue, and small town mystery.
I’m excited about this upcoming sale. Lots of great books by some truly lovely authors. Don’t forget to stop back here and check it out on Feb 17.
I hope you’re all enjoying winter, and haven’t been affected by the terrible weather here in the US! I was without power for a few days, which forced me to relax and I can’t say I’m too disappointed about it!
On a happier note, we took this little guy home a few weeks ago, and he’s been taking up a large portion of my days ever since 🙂 His name is Prescott, which we’ve been told is pretentious, but it fits his personality perfectly!
For your reading pleasure, an excerpt from Spell Hath No Fury:
This was the moment that made romance novels fly off the shelves and sparked love songs about two hearts beating as one.
The wave of new love spread like rings of water around a stone thrown into a calm lake. Out from this place, through the city and beyond, it left everything in its path a little sweeter, slightly cleaner than before. Until, with a jarring shudder, the circle of power struck an opposing force.
Fury and pain rumbled back toward me, threatened to flood me with dark emotion meant to steal away my newfound joy. My head rang when the bow answered with a song of power and rival strength.
Something—or someone—out there wanted to test its darkness against my light, wanted to subvert hope, remove love from the world—and it didn’t care if it took me out in the process. My death would be a fine feather in its cap.
Oh goodie, Lexi Balefire, matchmaking witch gains a new enemy. It must be Tuesday.
I hope you all had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and that you’re meeting your New Year’s resolutions!
I’m proud to announce that my mother, ReGina and I, have penned another short story for a Valentine’s Day anthology titled “Hexes and Ohs”.
Shot To Spell, A Fate Weaver Short, features Lexi Balefire, matchmaking witch, and her four faerie godmothers.
I’m happy to announce that No Chance In Spell – Fate Weaver Book #4 is finally available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B074RR3QXV/
It’s been quite a summer here in Maine, and I have to apologize because this book was supposed to be finished in June!
Since it’s late, please enjoy a reduced price of $0.99 for the next five days.
Keep your eyes open for Lexi’s next adventure: Spell Hath No Fury (Book 5) – Available in October 2017
To Spell & Back – Fate Weaver Book 4 – Now available on Amazon – Click Here
I hope you’re all enjoying your spring, whatever it may look like in your part of the world! Regardless of whether you’ve been enjoying sunshine for weeks or are just starting to see a few daffodils poking their merry heads out of the soil, spring marks a new beginning. It’s time to come out of hibernation, head outside (with your trusty Kindle eReader of course), and breathe in some fresh air.
For me, it’s also a time for resolutions. I know there’s no way in Hades I’m going to get off my butt and start doing anything on January 1st. It’s cold and snowy, there are leftover treats from the holidays squatting in my bread box, and let’s face it–bathing suit season is still months away. But spring really gets the blood pumping, and always motivates me to start new habits.
So, for the past couple of months, I have made it a goal to get back into my (seriously lapsed) yoga practice–and let me tell you, I have noticed a change in my body as well as my work. Some of my favorite passages in To Spell & Back (and a couple of ideas for book 4!) came to me while I was relaxing in Savasana. Last week, I attended a wonderful gentle yoga class with my best friend, Alexander, and after class I received the ultimate validation: the instructor said “I can tell you practice yoga.” Yay!
It’s easy–as a mother or a wife, or just a woman or a person in general–to feel like we don’t get enough credit for the things we do. Sometimes something as simple as an acknowledgement can mean so much! Try to validate someone in your life today–who knows, maybe it’ll come back around 🙂
I love hearing from my fans! Please feel free to email me at erin@erinlynnwrites with any questions, comments, or just to chat!