MIDNIGHT MAGIC - Be Careful What You Wish For!

Mattie. . . . Maaaatttiiiee.... He sent his thoughts out to her. He needed her to bring the painting out from the dark. He needed to look into her eyes.

2_eyesHer attention was drawn to the farthest corner of the attic—as though someone had called her name. Crouching on her hands and knees, she crawled under the eaves and spied what looked like an edge of a frame of a painting or photograph. Wedged deeply in the corner under a pile of junk, it remained tantalizingly out of reach of her outstretched fingers. Lying down on her stomach, she wriggled her way into the narrow space. "Ouch!" she yelped as a splinter speared her in her stomach. Rolling over, she pulled out the spike of dry wood, wiping away the drop of blood welling from her skin.

Rolling back onto her stomach, she pressed her toes against the floorboards and pushed herself forward. "Tah dah!" she cried, closing her fingers firmly on the object. Little by little, the picture emerged from its hiding place as she inched her way back to the center of the room.

Sitting up, cobwebs draped over her hair like a bridal veil, she turned the picture over, expecting to see the grim, unsmiling face of some old ancestor. Instead, to her delight, she discovered the image of a black horse standing next to a pond illuminated by the light of a full moon.

The artist had talent. He had captured a look of knowledge and intensity in the black eye of the majestic horse. Mattie could almost feel the gentle breeze that lifted the strands of fine hair off his powerfully muscled neck. He stood proudly, partially hidden in a cluster of trees clothed in green leaves, rosy apples nestling in their branches. Something about the picture looked familiar but she couldn't figure out what it was. He probably reminds me of one of the horses at the barn, she thought.

He stared back at her, struggling to keep his power in check. This was the first human face he'd gazed at in many decades. Relegated to the dark corner of the uninhabited attic, he'd only seen images of people—past and present—flashing through his mind as he'd reached out, seeking contact with another living creature. A prickling sensation spread through his body as the sun caressed his painted image. . .

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THE MAGIC BEGINS . . .

Fourteen-year-old Mattie decides to spend the summer with her beloved grandmother, Granny T, after a humiliating encounter with the snobby, rich girls who vacation in Gull's Nest. She's thrilled when she uncovers a primitive painting hidden for centuries in the attic of her grandmother's home. The painted horse looks exactly like the one she hopes to own someday, even though she doubts this dream will ever come true.

Living with her widowed mother in the quaint seaside village, Mattie and her mom are barely making ends meet. There's certainly no room in the family budget for a horse! She hangs the painting in a prominent place in her bedroom, and even though she knows it's childish, she can't help talking to the painted image, and wishing he were alive. At times, it seems as though he actually can hear and understand her longings.

One moonlit night, Mattie leaves the safety of her bedroom and ventures deep into the surrounding forest where she meets a wild horse who bears an uncanny resemblance to the one in her painting. Mattie and her mystery horse form a bond she instinctively knows she can't reveal to anyone. The painting seems to take on an even more lifelike quality as the bond between Mattie and the wild horse deepens. Mattie is uneasy as she wonders—and fears—if the two are somehow connected.

Mattie soon realizes that she should have heeded her grandmother's warnings to be careful what she wishes for; it's one thing to fantasize that the painted horse were real and quite another to discover he might be!

 

The author was inspired to write Midnight Magic – Be Careful What You Wish For! by her own magical Morgan, Trinity. Although Midnight Magic is categorized as juvenile fiction, horse lovers of all ages will enjoy this compelling tale about a haunted painting, a majestic Morgan stallion desperately seeking immortality and the horse-obsessed young teen who loves him.

Available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com & other booksellers.

 
 

Quest for the Dress

Finding your Dream Dress without Losing your Sanity, Friends or Groom

You’re engaged! And more than ready to embark on the biggest adventure of your life – so far. Won’t it be fun picking out flowers, bridesmaids’ dresses and the reception site? Oh wait, there’s  the photographer, the invitations, the rehearsal dinner . . .   Uh, oh, you break out in a cold sweat just thinking of all those decisions – not to mention the expense. And then your face lights up! The dress. Oooh, you can’t wait to head out to your first bridal salon!

One month later your newfound bliss has been replaced by tears and frustration. You never expected everyone to voice their opinions – strongly - about what you should and shouldn’t do.

You thought it would be fun to bring your mom, his mom, your sister and three of your best friends to the salon, assuming you’d be surrounded by a cloud of love and support. Ha! Apparently everyone has their own vision of how you should look on YOUR special day. “Why do they keep calling it MY special day, when they think they have the right to tell me what to wear and what to do?”

This humorous and informative book will take the bride by the hand and guide her safely to her ultimate goal: Finding HER Perfect Wedding Gown. With 30 years experience designing and creating hundreds of wedding gowns, Nancy helps each woman make the right choice for her particular situation, whether it’s a destination wedding, a black-tie affair for 300 or an intimate brunch for 30. She explores all the options open to today’s bride: the Internet, a traditional bridal salon, a cozy boutique, a thrift/consignment shop, her friend’s closet, her Mom’s attic, a custom-designer’s shop or even sewing it herself.

Not every woman knows how to maximize her unique beauty – especially when it comes to selecting this once-in-a-lifetime dress. After taking a frank appraisal of her figure, the bride learns how to choose the dress that will maximize her assets and minimize her least favorite features. We all know what denim is and most of us are familiar with satin, but what in the world is the sales consultant talking about when she mentions ruching, Alencon, tulle and organza? The reader gets a fashion vocabulary lesson that will make her a savvy shopper.

Having encountered just about every wedding dilemma known to womankind, Nancy shares anecdotes that will not only entertain the reader, but reassure her that she’s not the only one suffering from the stress inherent in planning such a memorable celebration.

 
 

Saddle Up!

Along with her passion for everything bridal, Nancy has loved horses since she was a child – and she’s not alone. Unfortunately for many horse-enthusiasts, this hobby requires knowledge, bravery, time, determination and plenty of cash. She had just about given up hope of ever satisfying her equine dreams when fate took pity on her in the form of her daughter. Happily, Sara had developed her own adolescent obsession for this beautiful animal.

saddle_upSince riding lessons were no more expensive than ballet or gymnastic classes, Nancy and her husband were able to indulge their daughter’s yearnings. The moment she stepped into her first riding stable, sniffed the air, touched a velvety nose, Nancy was instantly and irrevocably hooked. Determination and an overwhelming love for horses helped her conquer her cowardice and lack of coordination. Over the years, she went from rank beginner to accomplished professional and owner of her own personal herd of five.

Having found such joy in this venture, Nancy has written Saddle Up! to enable the newest generation of horse-lovers to embrace their passion. Publishing Works, Inc. will be releasing this book as well. Nancy’s herd members help illustrate the techniques needed to safely pursue this hobby and educate the reader about choosing his or her own perfect horse. A great partnership comes from matching the size, talents and temperament of both horse and rider.

Nancy’s unquenchable sense of humor has helped her survive horse and bridal traumas as well as all those motherhood highs and lows. Saddle Up! will inspire, educate and leave the reader laughing!

 
 
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