Excerpt from Wild Enchantment

I sent ‘Wild Enchantment’, the second book in the Eden’s Dragon series, to my editor. Every time I turn over a manuscript to my editor, I feel like I’m turning in a term paper. At 62, I still have High School related anxieties.

Here’s the WIP (work in progress):

Freedom! Celine filled her lungs with the stale air in the living room where she’d materialized. For one precious day each year she escaped her imprisonment. She dragged a thin-material throw blanket off a nearby chair, wrapping it around her naked body. Soon she’d release her dragon and take to the sky.

Something cold and wet touched her foot. When she looked down, a cat had situated himself across one foot and licked the other. This was the orange tabby the male owner of the house had issues with. She couldn’t understand his contempt for the animal. He was adorable.

“Well, hello there,” Celine said as she picked up the tabby. “Should we go into the kitchen and get you a treat?”

Celine should have left the house and commenced her yearly ritual since she had only a precious twenty-four hours before she transformed back into a ceramic dragon figurine.

She searched the kitchen for a cat treat. There wasn’t a package with a photo of a satisfied cat plastered to the front visible in the ambient light created by multiple appliances. Before she had a chance to begin opening cabinets, the little feline jumped onto the counter and shoved a plastic canister with his paw. What a smart little guy!

After pouring a small amount into her palm, she presented the cat with his treats. He licked her hand between consuming pieces of kibble resembling fish. This was the most she’d interacted with anyone or anything for centuries. She ran her free hand down his long back. His orange fur felt soft to the touch, not coarse.

“You’re a good kitty,” she said. “If you only knew the terrible things Chase thinks about you.”

“Like what?” a female voice from behind her asked.

Celine let out of muted scream and the remaining kibble in her hand went flying, landing across the kitchen floor. The cat jumped off the counter and went after his reward.

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Crystal Enchantment

Don’t miss ‘Crystal Enchantment’, Book One in The Dragons of Eden series within the worlds of S.E. Smith’s Magic, New Mexico.

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GL3TYY1

Other platforms: https://books2read.com/u/brWNrz

Happy Holidays

When I was a kid, Eggnog and Pumpkin Pie ice-cream symbolized the holidays. My father LOVED ice cream, so I can’t have a scoop without thinking about him.

This year, I craved Peppermint Stick ice cream. Since I’m always watching my weight, I shied away from getting the ice-cream since I couldn’t get an individual serving size. I finally broke down and purchased a half-gallon carton. Each evening, I had a scoop until the ice cream was gone.

Now I’m craving the Pumpkin Pie ice-cream that was in the same freezer case.

My first cat was a Siamese cat named K.C. (Killer Cat). KC was more likely to claw you than lick you. But he was the world’s best cat in my eyes. Because of KC, I’ve never attempted to dress up my cats in holiday gear…basically out of fear. LOL.

I’m therefore, wishing you a Happy Holiday season again using someone else’s cats. These kittens are adorable.

So Precious, Stefano, and Rudie wish you Happy Holidays and a WONDERFUL 2021!!!

Herd Immunity

From the Mayo Clinic Website:

‘Herd immunity occurs when a large portion of a community (the herd) becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. As a result, the whole community becomes protected-not just those who are immune…

A vaccine for the virus that causes COVID-19 is an ideal approach to achieving herd immunity. Vaccines create immunity without causing illness or resulting complications…’

In November, I had a flu shot for the first time. I never had the flu before and had never been part of the target population when shortages occurred. However, to support the concept of herd immunity, I got the shot (as well as one for the shingles).

On Monday, the first Americans received a COVID-19 Vaccine. It will be some time before I can get vaccinated, but as soon as I’m eligible, I’ll take advantage of it and become part of the herd.

Stay safe, my friends. There is light at the end of the tunnel. It will be wonderful to see your smiling faces at conferences next summer.

Halloween Cards Summerween

Some of the authors and readers attending Literary Love-Savannah (LLS)-SUMMERWEEN in 2021 participated in a Halloween card exchange. It was so much fun going to the mailbox and seeing all the cards from across the country coming my way. Here are some of the cards I received.

I have to say the ‘winning’ card goes to Breezy Jones. She managed to get PURPLE and a CAT on the card.

You can join us in Savannah and celebrate Summerween with us: https://www.eventbright.com/e/literary-love-savannah-2021-summerween-tickets-118157342793

Trip To Austin

I spent election week in Austin, Texas (a 2-day drive for me). My hostess was my friend Katherine who has 9 cats and fostering her father’s 2 cats. Needless to say, I had plenty of cats to play with, reducing how much I missed my 3 babies. Her house was huge, so it was easy to practice social distancing.

She provided me a purple security blanket I wrapped around myself as we watched the election returns. There was also a bowl full of Halloween candy since she didn’t have any trick-or-treaters. I made a significant dent into the fun-size peanut M&Ms.

Thursday night we met my oldest friend for a delicious Tex-Mex dinner on an outdoor deck. I’ve known Lisa since 1st grade! I had shredded chicken with tomatillos salsa sauce. Delicious, below is a COVID-friendly photo where Lisa ducked in front of me.

It was a beautiful Texas fall evening.

Florida & Hurricane Eta

It’s a tough year, the Coronavirus not withstanding, when hurricane season works through the A-Z alphabet and begins with the Greek alphabet. I got confused when we went from Tropical Storm Zeta to Hurricane Eta. So I’ve included the Greek alphabet (for those of you who weren’t in a sorority or fraternity, like me), a radar photo of Eta and Florida, and finally a photo of the enclosed lanai with the hurricane shutters down.

The Greek Alphabet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, Kappa, Lambda, Mu, Nu, Xi, Omikron, Pi, Rho, Tau, Upsilon, Phi, Chi, Psi, and Omega.

I guess it’s true, you learn something every day!

The cats and I hung out on the lanai while I wrote the content of this newsletter and the maids cleaned the house. Yes, I’m the Queen of Clutter!!!

Wild Enchantment

Wild Enchantment

Eden’s Dragon, Book 2
The Worlds of Magic, New Mexico
Release Date: February 9, 2021
Blurb:
Celine is cursed. First, every man she’s ever loved died. Secondly, she lives but a day a year, spending countless days trapped within a ceramic dragon figurine. Has she finally met the man who can change her luck?
Alachua Dixon is on the run from his powerful family. Once he meets Celine, Alachua exposes himself to discovery. He will risk everything to possess the woman of his dreams.
When two forces collide in Magic, New Mexico, anything is possible.
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Literary Love Savannah (LLS): SUMMERWEEN 2021

Can’t get enough Halloween? Join us in for Halloween in August 2021 and celebrate BOOKS at Literary Love Savannah (LLS): SUMMERWEEN 2021!

Join all the fabulous witches mingling with authors and readers alike.

This is always a fun packed conference in beautiful Savannah, Georgia. I will be part of an anthology available exclusively in paperback at the conference.

Don’t miss the fun!

Tickets can be purchased here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/literary-love-savannah-2021-summerween-tickets-118157342793

Crystal Enchantment

Crystal Enchantment

Crystal Enchantment

Eden’s Dragon: Book 1
The Worlds of Magic, New Mexico

Release Date: October 27, 2020

Blurb:
Eden’s Dragon, not a serpent, tempted Adam into biting into the apple. The male offspring of the original female dragon shifter, the Brethren, vowed to rid the world of their seductress sisters. Fearing for the lives of her daughters, a mother casts an enchantment to transform her offspring into dragon figurines. One day each year, the daughters materialize. If in the twenty-four-hour period they find their true mates, the enchantment will end. For only with their powerful mates by their side will the female descendants of Eden’s dragon defeat the Brethren.

At midnight on Halloween in Magic, New Mexico, a crystal dragon once again takes her human form. A lion shifter from a parallel dimension claims her as his own. If they are true mates, the enchantment will end and together they will face the danger that has plagued the women for centuries.

Download here:
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GL3TYY1

Life During a Pandemic

Life during the pandemic has been mostly a solitary event. Thank goodness for my cats! I am fortunate and get out every day to play tennis with the same ladies. We practice social distancing while on the court. Once a week we enjoy lunch outside. The photo is dark since we are under a canopy. We are celebrating our Monday/Thursday tennis coordinator… a thank you for the work she does every week to get us on the courts.

Our fall tennis leagues have been cancelled due to the pandemic. We live in a bubble and don’t want outside people to burst the bubble. Snowbirds will start returning next month and our little tennis group will grow, but we’ll still be careful related to the virus. Most of the people I play tennis with are the target population, so we stopped huddling together during crossovers, shaking each other’s hands, and try to maintain a 6-foot clearance from each other.

Can you believe the woman in the front is 78-years-old? And she plays like a teenager!!!

Evelyn Lederman, fantasy, paranormal romance author