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Monday, January 18, 2021

Furbidden Fatality Sweepstakes

 Well, this blog got more or less abandoned during the crazy times of 2020, but now it's a new (marginally less crazy?) year and I'm hoping to post here a little bit more often. Admittedly, much of what I would have put up here is now going on to my PATREON 

 Hopefully I'll post more here too, although if you've never checked it out, you might want to.

 Anyway, let's start out with something fun! As of tomorrow, it will be six weeks until Furbidden Fatality comes out. Furbidden Fatality, in case you've lost track, is the first book in my new cozy mystery series from Berkley. It's set in an animal shelter in the Catskills and I think you're really going to love it.

What you're sure to love is that Berkley is doing a sweepstakes for the book, and will be giving away e-galley copies to two lucky winners.


  You can enter HERE    The sweepstakes runs through January 29th.

As always, I'll also be doing some giveaways of my own (including a Fire Tablet) and I've gotten some cool swag including tote bags, mouse pads, and notebooks. Which one would be your favorite, if you could pick only one?


That cute little sheep was a Yule gift from my Llewellyn editor Elysia

I'll be posting more about the book, what inspired it, and what kinds of events are coming up (all virtual, of course) so check back often or sign up to follow the blog if you haven't already.

I hope you are all well and that this new year brings you only good things. Stay safe!

Deborah



Monday, August 3, 2020

Modern Witchcraft Giveaway!


It's hard to believe, but my new book, MODERN WITCHCRAFT, has been out for four weeks now!



My publisher, St. Martin's Press, was kind enough to send me a few extra ARCs (advanced reader copies) so I'm going to celebrate by giving away FOUR of them to a bunch of lucky winners.

As always, I'd love it if you would help spread the word about the book, or leave a review (at Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, or anywhere else) if you read it and liked it.

Here's what it is about:

Deborah Blake’s Modern Witchcraft is a guidebook to witchcraft as a female-empowering religion, including detailed instructions on how to practice self-care in today’s society through goddess worship and magic.
In a time when most formal religions are on the wane, Wicca is said to be the fastest growing religion in North America. What is it that draws people to Witchcraft, and how does a spiritual path with its roots in ancient beliefs and traditions transform itself into a practice that resonates so deeply with today’s modern woman?
There are a number of explanations for the phenomenon, such as Witchcraft’s connection to the natural world, or acceptance of members regardless of lifestyle choices. For women, however, the greatest appeal may be the worship of a goddess (or goddesses). No stern patriarchal God here. Instead, Wicca and most other forms of modern Witchcraft embrace deity in both the feminine and the masculine. Suddenly, women can look at the divine and see themselves reflected back. In addition, many women are frustrated, frightened, triggered, and down-right furious with the current social and political environment, but feel powerless to create positive change. Witchcraft can give them a sense of personal empowerment.
There are many different Witchcraft paths and a multitude of approaches to its practice. This book will guide the reader on the journey to connecting with the feminine divine both without and within, and open the door to this magical religion that will enlighten, uplift, and energize their lives.

And here are some buy links, in case you SOMEHOW didn't get it yet. (Don't forget, you can also ask your local library to get a copy, or your local Indie bookstore can order it for you.)


Buy Links

Barnes & Noble |Amazon | Macmillan| iTunes |Kobo| GooglePlay | BooksaMillion


And here's the giveaway! As usual, you only have to fill in the Rafflecopter form. Follow the link to get there.

GIVEAWAY CONTEST LINK





Friday, July 17, 2020

COVER REVEAL!

I can finally share the cover for the first in my new cozy mystery series coming in February from Berkley Publishing.

I hope you love it as much as I do! Be sure to tell me what you think.




Tuesday, July 7, 2020

BOOK RELEASE DAY!


I'm so excited! Today is finally the release day for Modern Witchcraft: Goddess Empowerment for the Kick-Ass Woman. I love this book and I really hope you will too!



Blurb:

Deborah Blake’s Modern Witchcraft is a guidebook to witchcraft as a female-empowering religion, including detailed instructions on how to practice self-care in today’s society through goddess worship and magic.
In a time when most formal religions are on the wane, Wicca is said to be the fastest growing religion in North America. What is it that draws people to Witchcraft, and how does a spiritual path with its roots in ancient beliefs and traditions transform itself into a practice that resonates so deeply with today’s modern woman?
There are a number of explanations for the phenomenon, such as Witchcraft’s connection to the natural world, or acceptance of members regardless of lifestyle choices. For women, however, the greatest appeal may be the worship of a goddess (or goddesses). No stern patriarchal God here. Instead, Wicca and most other forms of modern Witchcraft embrace deity in both the feminine and the masculine. Suddenly, women can look at the divine and see themselves reflected back. In addition, many women are frustrated, frightened, triggered, and down-right furious with the current social and political environment, but feel powerless to create positive change. Witchcraft can give them a sense of personal empowerment.
There are many different Witchcraft paths and a multitude of approaches to its practice. This book will guide the reader on the journey to connecting with the feminine divine both without and within, and open the door to this magical religion that will enlighten, uplift, and energize their lives.

Buy Links

Barnes & Noble |Amazon | Macmillan| iTunes |Kobo| GooglePlay | BooksaMillion

Monday, June 1, 2020

Modern Witchcraft Giveaway!


How did it get to be June???? I swear, this pandemic has completely messed up my sense of time.

Did you know I have a new book coming out on July 7th from St. Martin's Press? It's called Modern Witchcraft, and here's the official blurb:

Deborah Blake’s Modern Witchcraft is a guidebook to witchcraft as a female-empowering religion, including detailed instructions on how to practice self-care in today’s society through goddess worship and magic.
In a time when most formal religions are on the wane, Wicca is said to be the fastest growing religion in North America. What is it that draws people to Witchcraft, and how does a spiritual path with its roots in ancient beliefs and traditions transform itself into a practice that resonates so deeply with today’s modern woman?
There are a number of explanations for the phenomenon, such as Witchcraft’s connection to the natural world, or acceptance of members regardless of lifestyle choices. For women, however, the greatest appeal may be the worship of a goddess (or goddesses). No stern patriarchal God here. Instead, Wicca and most other forms of modern Witchcraft embrace deity in both the feminine and the masculine. Suddenly, women can look at the divine and see themselves reflected back. In addition, many women are frustrated, frightened, triggered, and down-right furious with the current social and political environment, but feel powerless to create positive change. Witchcraft can give them a sense of personal empowerment.
There are many different Witchcraft paths and a multitude of approaches to its practice. This book will guide the reader on the journey to connecting with the feminine divine both without and within, and open the door to this magical religion that will enlighten, uplift, and energize their lives.
This is my first mainstream Witchcraft book, and I hope everyone likes it. I've got a few ARCs (advanced reader copies) and I'll be giving them away over the next few weeks. I'll probably do a giveaway on Facebook too, so look out for that. In the meanwhile, here's today's giveaway of a signed ARC and a few goodies...

Some buy links in case you want to preorder a copy. (Publishers love preorders.)


Buy Links

Barnes & Noble |Amazon | Macmillan| iTunes |Kobo| GooglePlay | BooksaMillion

 

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

And Then Things Got Worse

 
So you know how there's a pandemic on, and we're all having a tough time? Yeah, I thought you'd probably heard about that. Like, it has been on the news and everything.
 
I've mostly been pretty fortunate through the last few months. I mean, obviously I am stressed, like everyone else, and my shop is closed and we don't know if it will survive, and I have had a tough time concentrating or writing or accomplishing anything. But no one I know has died, all my friends and family are okay so far, and I am doing okay financially between unemployment and a big burst in purchases on my Etsy shop (NO idea why). Plus my fabulous Patreon peeps, all of whom have stuck with me during a time when I thought people might be leaving in droves.
 
So I really haven't had anything to complain about, comparatively speaking. 
 
And then the last couple of weeks happened.
 
The first inkling of trouble was during a major rain storm the Friday before last. I've had an intermittent leak in the roof for a few years that only shows up when the storms are really bad, and drips into my dining room. My repair guy has tried everything and has never been able to fix it. That Friday, the House Guest and I discovered a second leak--at 10 PM--directly over her bed upstairs. Further investigation showed that it had probably happened before, when no one was in the room to see it. My repair guy checked it out today and say that not only is the entire ceiling in that room probably going to have to be ripped out and redone (it's masonite, so that will be a messy and difficult task), but I also will need a new roof.
 
The old roof is less than 9 years old. (They should last for a minimum of 20-25.) For now, I've moved the House Guest into the other upstairs room, and now I will have to search for someone to put on a roof--in a hurry. Without charging me a bazillion dollars. Wish me luck with that.
 
There also appear to be a new infestation of rats. Yes, RATS. Probably because someone down the street recently got chickens. Rats don't just show up out of nowhere. But they can cause a lot of damage, and also EW, RATS. So now I get to kill some rats. Are we having fun yet?
 
Plus poor Koshka is gouging off his fur in spots on his face, so he probably has developed some kind of allergy, poor baby. I have to take him to the vet tomorrow, which should be interesting because A) we're in the middle of a heatwave and B) last I knew, the vet wasn't allowing anyone to come in with their animals, and I'm not quite sure how the heck you're supposed to tell them what's wrong if you can't be there.
 
If I haven't thanked you recently for your support, well, consider yourselves thanked.
 
Also, can this be enough for now, please?

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