“Do you remember? The 21st night of September?” Earth, Wind, & Fire knew this month was magical!

September has always been one of the most gorgeous months of the year, and Tim and I slipped away to Brown County, Indiana last weekend to take in the natural beauty and visit the sites that inspired the setting for Miss Fitz Discovers Midlife Magic!

Yes! Finally! The weather is cooling back down on Planet Tash and we are once again enjoying hammock time, walks with the dogs, and the best news is…

Cute Bethany sprinkles magic ingredients in coffees and teas in her coffee shop! A chalkboard names the baristas, welcomes you to Brown County, and announces the Salma special!

Bethany recommends you read it with a hot cup of tea!

Readers are saying:

This book is like a cozy weekend with the girls…and she weaves a spell of magical mystery starring endearing witchy women you'll want to have as bffs!”

I loved this book. Melissa Fitzpatrick (Miss Fitz) is a sleuth I can relate to and root for. Her world is both perfectly plain and transcendently whimsical; love, family, and friendship are rock-solid, yet wreathed in tendrils of fantasy as light as air.”

“It has the sweet, small town setting of a traditional cozy mystery with a great paranormal twist. Love that the main character and her friends are all ‘grown folks’ who are still capable of getting into wild, magical hijinks - even if they might need a nap afterwards. The core friendships are really well drawn, and the mystery kept me guessing.”

Get your copy of Miss Fitz Discovers Midlife Magic

It’s also free to read for a limited time on Kindle Unlimited! And if you love it, please leave a review on Amazon. Reviews can really make or break a book!

Three cute and loveable witches before a gorgeous moon, adding ingredients to a cauldron, while a derpy black cat hangs out. Fantastic sunset in the background.

In other news…

  • Miss Fitz book 2 is coming along nicely. Title TBD, set in October, immediately following the events of Miss Fitz Discovers Midlife Magic! October is time for the Falling Leaves festival in Brown County, and with tourist season in full swing, things have never been (pumpkin) spicier.

  • The Kitchen Witch’s Guide to the New Weird is a non-fiction book on getting back to life in the post-pandemic world, and it will be out on September 30, 2021. If you’re unfamiliar with my non-fiction work, I’m a former journalist and journaling teacher, and an avid herbalist-in-training, but I’m not really the religious type, so this is more “practical magic,” formerly known as common sense. It is filled with writing prompts for your own journal (and the paperback version will have space on the pages for you to write, so it will double as a workbook). ARC readers are saying great things, and I’m looking forward to trying my hand at audiobook narration, since listeners of the first book have asked me to lend my own voice to my next project. The pre-order link is here if you have stopped looking for a new normal and are ready to embrace the New Weird.

  • SPI Girls Kick Ass, a collaboration with two author friends of mine, is live on Kindle Vella. We are writing as “Kaye Elsie” (I’m the “L” in “Elsie!”) If you enjoyed The Matrix, Ready Player One, and Free Guy, you should give this series a try. The first three episodes are free.

That’s your September newsletter. Have an awesome month and I’ll visit your inbox mid-Octoberish!

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Brown County photo collage of wildflowers, butterflies, charming gardens, scenic woods, and a local painter taking part in the Artist's Colony plein air fest, as well as a tableau of cute cappuccinos and Miss Fitz Discovers Midlife Magic on Kindle!

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