First Love, Episode 6 “Coloring outside the lines” is LIVE!

vella3Now on Vella! A new Sweet Dreams spinoff!
First Love takes place in the same world as the Sweet Dreams Musical Romance series. This is a new couple, so you don’t have to read any of the other stories to enjoy this one, but if you are already a Sweet Dreams fan, you may see cameos of your favorite characters. Michelle, Kita, and Lexi are a bit younger than the Sweet Dreams gang, but they live in the same town, so places may seem familiar, too. I’ll be releasing new episodes of First Love weekly, so check back for more and I hope you enjoy it. If you’re new to the Vella experience, know that you can read via Amazon or on your Kindle app. Follow and “thumbs up” by scrolling again when you reach the bottom of the page. Following will give you alerts when new episodes go live and giving a thumbs up to each episode will tell me you enjoyed it and would like to read more. You can even “fave” the story once a week and I might get a crown on my cover!

First Love, Episode 5 “What Are You Wearing” is LIVE!

vella4Now on Vella! A new Sweet Dreams spinoff!
First Love takes place in the same world as the Sweet Dreams Musical Romance series. This is a new couple, so you don’t have to read any of the other stories to enjoy this one, but if you are already a Sweet Dreams fan, you may see cameos of your favorite characters. Michelle, Kita, and Lexi are a bit younger than the Sweet Dreams gang, but they live in the same town, so places may seem familiar, too. I’ll be releasing new episodes of First Love weekly, so check back for more and I hope you enjoy it. If you’re new to the Vella experience, know that you can read via Amazon or on your Kindle app. Follow and “thumbs up” by scrolling again when you reach the bottom of the page. Following will give you alerts when new episodes go live and giving a thumbs up to each episode will tell me you enjoyed it and would like to read more. You can even “fave” the story once a week and I might get a crown on my cover!

New fiction from Emmy Z! First Love

vella3Now on Vella! A new Sweet Dreams spinoff!
First Love takes place in the same world as the Sweet Dreams Musical Romance series. This is a new couple, so you don’t have to read any of the other stories to enjoy this one, but if you are already a Sweet Dreams fan, you may see cameos of your favorite characters. Michelle, Kita, and Lexi are a bit younger than the Sweet Dreams gang, but they live in the same town, so places may seem familiar, too. I’ll be releasing new episodes of First Love weekly, so check back for more and I hope you enjoy it. If you’re new to the Vella experience, know that you can read via Amazon or on your Kindle app. Follow and “thumbs up” by scrolling again when you reach the bottom of the page. Following will give you alerts when new episodes go live and giving a thumbs up to each episode will tell me you enjoyed it and would like to read more. You can even “fave” the story once a week and I might get a crown on my cover!

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A Free Excerpt from Horror Addicts Guide to Life 2 by Mark Orr

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You can read my piece in this book about how I think Jane Austen might have understood Horror Addicts! But I’d like to share a free excerpt from Horror Addicts Guide to Life 2 from one of the other authors.

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Music Hath Charms to Soothe the Savage Beast

by Mark Orr

 

Yes, I am a Baby Boomer, a member of that much-maligned—fairly or unfairly—generation that for all its flaws did indeed spawn the best popular music of the past century. And, yes, I grew up a fan of, among others, The Beatles, the band whose massive output of incredible music in the space of less than a decade was not only the ne plus ultra of its time but the sine qua non of all popular music since. But they and the rest of the 1960s artists were not my first musical love.

That would be classical music. Before the Fab Four showed up on the Ed Sullivan Show on that momentous night in February of 1964, I had already begun to sample my father’s record collection. I still love classical music. It occupies a significant portion of my listening time. I don’t know squat about music theory, but I know what I like. And in the years since I discovered the wonders on those ancient LPs, most of which are now in my possession, new discoveries of what I like have regularly occurred with delightful frequency. 

I think I must have been about thirteen or fourteen when I first encountered the work of Camille Saint-Saëns, or, rather, a portion of one of his works. A radio station in or near Nashville began to broadcast episodes of The Shadow radio show from the late 1930s, the ones starring Orson Welles. The theme music was eerie and compelling, drawing the listener into the outré adventures of, “He who had the power to cloud men’s minds.” No one I knew could tell me what that strange tune was. Fortunately, this was in the early years of a new cultural phenomenon, nostalgia, and every trip to the bookstore revealed a new volume on some aspect of the cultural ephemera of past decades, including radio. 

I think it was in a paperback edition of Jim Harmon’s 1967 book, The Great Radio Heroes, that I learned the provenance of that snippet of strange music. It turned out to be the middle section of a symphonic poem by Saint-Saëns, Omphale’s Spinning Wheel. Once I knew that, I searched for more music by this new composer I’d discovered.

Skip years, indeed, decades ahead, and I’d just settled myself into my favorite spot on the couch to watch the first episode of Ratched, a Netflix production. For some reason, the subtitle function was turned on, which was fine. I watch a lot of films in languages I don’t understand and I heartily despise dubbing. As the second episode streamed on, I immediately recognized the music playing, although the first bit of it had been lopped. And then the subtitles said, “Haunting Classical Music?”

 Haunting classical music?!? Does no one at Netflix’s closed-captioning department have access to a decent music library? This piece has a name, a title that has been well-known for one hundred and forty-six years. Is it all that much trouble to identify a major piece of music by its actual name?

It was Saint-Saëns’ 1874 tone poem “Danse Macabre”—a piece I play heavily around Halloween, for its spooky and creepy factor as it’s laden with dire forebodings. 

To read more, go to: https:/www.amazon.com/dp/B09YNF5QM3

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Do you love the horror genre? Do you look at horror as a lifestyle? Do the “norms” not understand your love of the macabre? Despair no longer, my friend, for within your grasp is a book written by those who look at horror as a way of life, just like you. This is your guide to living a horror addict’s life.

Our month-by-month almanac with important dates, movie lists, puzzles, crafts, articles, and recipes will guarantee your whole year is occupied with delightful horror activities. Don’t miss our monster guide with articles about vampires, zombies, ghosts, and some creatures that just can’t be categorized. Enjoy interviews with creators of horror content and hear perspectives from different cultures and backgrounds. Read stories of real hauntings, nightmares, and vile vacations.

Allow us to curate your horror lifestyle.

With articles by: A. Craig Newman, A.D. Vick, Alyson Faye, Angela Yuriko Smith, Brian McKinley, CM Lucas, Camellia Rains, Carrie Sessarego, Chantal Boudreau, Courtney Mroch, Crystal Connor, D.J. Pitsiladis, Dan Shaurette, Daphne Strasert, Dee Blake, Emerian Rich, Emmy Z. Madrigal, Geneve Flynn, H.E. Roulo, H.R. Boldwood, J. Malcolm Stewart, James Goodridge, Jaq D Hawkins, Jeff Carroll, Jonathan Fortin, Kate Nox, Kay Tracy, Kerry Alan Denney, Kieran Judge, Kristin Battestella, Ksenia Murray, Lee Murray, Lionel Ray Green, Loren Rhoads, M.D. Neu, Mark Orr, Martha J. Allard, Michael Fassbender, Mimielle, Naching T. Kassa, Pamela K. Kinney, Priscilla Bettis, R.J. Joseph, R.L. Merrill, Rena Mason, Renata Pavrey, Rhonda R. Carpenter, Russell Holbrook, Selah Janel, Steven P. Unger, Sumiko Saulson, Tabitha Thompson, Theresa Braun, Trinity Adler, Valjeanne Jeffers.

Available now at: Amazon.com

 

Northanger Book Release Party!

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DECEMBER 13th, 2021
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Northanger by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Kat is a horror fan. She loves to read, watch, and listen to ghostly, frightening things most people shy away from. When she meets her perfect match, Henry, she knows he’s made just for her, but finding out his father may be a murderer, puts a different spin on their relationship. Is Henry’s dad out for blood or just a misunderstood introvert who’s lost his wife? Only a trip to the famed murder house, Northanger, will reveal the truth.

Northanger is a contemporary rewrite of Jane Austen’s least rebooted classic novel, Northanger Abbey. The Clueless version, Northanger explores the fish out of water story of gothy teen Kat, as she’s introduced to the high-society scene of New…

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An Excerpt from “Mr. Nash’s Wedding Ghost” by Emmy Z. Madrigal

A new book is out!

Meant to Be Mystified!
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And here is an excerpt from my story:

Mr. Nash’s Wedding Ghost

by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Lady Mercy Harrington hummed happily as she adjusted the flower arrangement in the hall at Denwood Manor. She wanted everything to be perfect for her best friend’s wedding weekend. Although Mercy had no control over the ever-present rain, thanks to the estate’s conservatory, she could be sure the inside bespoke of flowers and love. Cecelia Montague and her betrothed, Grayson Nash, would arrive any moment and Mercy could hardly contain her excitement.

Arms from behind wrapped around her waist and her husband’s body pressed up against her back.

“Are you rearranging the flowers again, love?” His deep voice sent a ripple of pleasure through her. He kissed her neck and it did even more to excite her.

“Alex, we should have guests any moment.”

“What does one have servants for if not…”

The sound of horse hooves and a barouche coming up the drive stopped him mid-sentence.

“Is that they?” Mercy arched to look out the window.

“It is Nash,” Alexander said in a disappointed tone.

“You don’t wish to see your friend?” Mercy turned to her husband, placing her hands on his lapels and looking up at him.

“I’d much rather see you, and in our room upstairs, where I can see much more than what polite society would allow.”

“Shh…” Mercy placed a finger over her husband’s lips. He scowled, but she stood on her tiptoes and whispered in his ear. “Save this talk for tonight, for I’m sure to be exhausted from the wedding preparations and can retire early.”

A low growl emitted from Alexander and his gaze fixed on her with anticipation. He kissed her once and unwillingly let her go as she left to meet the coach.

By the time Mercy made it to the porch, Mr. Nash had exited his carriage and with the aid of an umbrella, helped a young girl out of the carriage.

“Lady Harrington, allow me to introduce my niece Miss Lucy, lately of Surrey.” Mr. Nash led the young girl up the stairs to Mercy’s side.

“A pleasure Miss Lucy, you may call me Mercy.” They curtsied to one another.

“Thank you.” Miss Lucy blushed when Mercy spoke to her. She looked to be just a year from her season and as shy as young ladies not yet out tended to be.

“Why don’t you go on into the sitting room? There are tea and cakes for your refreshment.”

“Thank you,” Miss Lucy said and went inside.

“I’m dreadfully sorry to bring an alternate without warning,” Mr. Nash said. “My late wife’s mother suddenly took ill and my brother-in-law asked if she could come to the wedding in his stead. I could hardly say no.”

“No trouble at all. I’ll just make sure her room is switched to one a little more comfortable for a girl her age.”

“You have my undying gratitude,” Mr. Nash said.

Mercy gave a petite curtsy as her husband called out behind her.

“Nash!” Alexander greeted his friend as he entered the foyer.

“Harrington, old boy, how do you do?”

“Very well, and you?”

“I’ll be glad when this weekend is over and I can begin my life again.”

Alexander chuckled, slapping Mr. Nash on the back.

“Brandy, then?”

“Aye.”

Mercy smiled as the men disappeared down the hall to the study. She was glad to finally see a smile from Alexander’s friend. What a happy weekend it would be.

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Settling in his room, Nash placed his valise onto the dresser top and his ring knocked against the mahogany. That had been happening an awful lot since he had asked Cecelia’s father for her hand in marriage. It wasn’t his wedding ring. That had gone in the attic chest some time ago with the rest of his deceased wife’s things. Yet, the ring in question might mean more to his late wife than the wedding band, bought without thought at a jeweler in Bath. The ring he wore was a symbol of their understanding and connection before they were married.

He removed the ring and inspected the face. The greyhound ring his wife had given him—symbolizing his family crest—bore no damage. It was well made and he wore it without notice most of the time, but the last few weeks it had caught on every stray thread, knocked against every door frame, and even had him caught in his horse’s reins once—with his gloves on no less! Was it trying to tell him something? No matter if it was, he was going to tell it something.

“I’m sorry, dear,” he spoke aloud despite his voice cracking with emotion. “But it’s time I’ve said goodbye and welcomed a new love.”

A knock came to the door.

“Mr. Nash?” a servant called.

“Yes?”

“The Montague’s coach approaches.”

“Thank you, I’ll be right down.” He placed the ring to his lips, giving it a final kiss, before putting it in an inside pocket of his valise and leaving his room.

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She hadn’t seen him in so long, it was a dream come true. She’d disappeared from his life as quickly as he had from hers. Where she’d been all this time, heaven knows. All she could think of was the funeral and how strong he’d been, standing so erect in his crisp, black suit. Grief surrounded him like a dark cloud, but those who didn’t know him would only see his stern expression. She knew him as no one else did and could sense the sadness from within, although no tears were shed in public.

 And now, he was marrying again. She should be happy for him, but all she could feel was betrayal. No. She wouldn’t allow herself to hate him. She adored him beyond all others but perhaps she could linger and inspect his new bride. Someone had to look out for him.

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Meant to Be Press Presents: Meant to Be…MYSTIFIED!

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Meant to Be Press, the press which brings you the best in romance fiction, announces the release of Meant to Be…MYSTIFIED, the fifth volume in the Love Notes Series.

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November 5, 2021 – Meant to Be Press is proud to present the anthology, Meant to Be…MYSTIFIED, edited by Naching T. Kassa. Every romance begins with an element of mystery, and these five tales are no exception. Cozy up with a whodunnit at a ski resort, a scandalous nuptial theft, the secret held by an antique table, supernatural murders in a small town, and a ghostly encounter at a Regency wedding. Can you solve these puzzles before the amorous sleuths? Or are you…MEANT TO BE…MYSTIFIED!

“The Case of the Empty Bed” by Naching T. Kassa

It’s time for the Arthur Awards at the International Mystery Writers Conference, and Mina Matsuhara is a Guest of…

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NEW BOOK from Emmy Z! Northanger

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Kat is a horror fan. She loves to read, watch, and listen to ghostly, frightening things most people shy away from. When she meets her perfect match, Henry, she knows he’s made just for her, but finding out his father may be a murderer, puts a different spin on their relationship. Is Henry’s dad out for blood or just a misunderstood introvert who’s lost his wife? Only a trip to the famed murder house, Northanger, will reveal the truth.

Northanger is a contemporary rewrite of Jane Austen’s least rebooted classic novel, Northanger Abbey. The Clueless version, Northanger explores the fish out of water story of gothy teen Kat, as she’s introduced to the high-society scene of New York City. What would happen if Beetlejuice’s Lydia was plopped into Gossip Girl New York City?

“Emmy Z. Madrigal has crafted a delightful story based on Jane Austen’s classic, Northanger Abbey. She has spun it into a modern story that suits Miss Austen’s novel perfectly. Her modern heroine, Katherine Moorland (Kat), is a young girl who has lived a simple life on a farm, but has a vivid imagination that has been heavily influenced by the horror books she reads, the spooky music she listens to, and the macabre films she watches. It is a book that will appeal to both Jane Austen fans and lovers of the gothic novel, having fun elements of both.” ~ Kara Louise, author of Pirates and Prejudice a variation of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice.


Emmy Z. Madrigal’s love affair with Jane Austen may have started late, but her belief that true love can overcome prejudices, differences, and adversity started very early on. Northanger is her modern take on Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Emmy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

Northanger coming soon!

Northanger

by Emmy Z. Madrigal

COMING WINTER 2021

3dKat is a horror fan. She loves to read, watch, and listen to ghostly, frightening things most people shy away from. When she meets her perfect match, Henry, she knows he’s made just for her, but finding out his father may be a murderer, puts a different spin on their relationship. Is Henry’s dad out for blood or just a misunderstood introvert who’s lost his wife? Only a trip to the famed murder house, Northanger, will reveal the truth.

Northanger is a contemporary rewrite of Jane Austen’s least rebooted classic novel, Northanger Abbey. The Clueless version, Northanger explores the fish out of water story of gothy teen Kat, as she’s introduced to the high-society scene of New York City. What would happen if Beetlejuice’s Lydia was plopped into Gossip Girl New York City?

“Emmy Z. Madrigal has crafted a delightful story based on Jane Austen’s classic, Northanger Abbey. She has spun it into a modern story that suits Miss Austen’s novel perfectly. Her modern heroine, Katherine Moorland (Kat), is a young girl who has lived a simple life on a farm, but has a vivid imagination that has been heavily influenced by the horror books she reads, the spooky music she listens to, and the macabre films she watches. It is a book that will appeal to both Jane Austen fans and lovers of the gothic novel, having fun elements of both.” ~ Kara Louise, author of Pirates and Prejudice a variation of Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice.


Emmy Z. Madrigal’s love affair with Jane Austen may have started late, but her belief that true love can overcome prejudices, differences, and adversity started very early on. Northanger is her modern take on Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey. Emmy lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

New fiction coming in November!

weddinghostComing in November! A new story in Lord Harrington’s world.

After losing his wife in childbirth, Mr. Nash finally has another chance at love with the beautiful Cecelia Montague. But someone has come to their wedding weekend that wasn’t invited. Is it the ghost of his deceased wife? Or is someone else trying to ruin their perfect day?

Mr. Nash’s Wedding Ghost by Emmy Z. Madrigal

Coming in November 2021