River Magic: Cover Reveal and Pre-Order!

River Magic: A Rituals of Rock Bay Novel by M. A. Phillips Budding clairvoyant Lacey Moran seeks to understand her dreams and find her life’s purpose along the St. Lawrence River. If only her visions of silver arms and Cian O’Connor’s blue eyes were easier to understand! The pieces begin coming together when she encountersContinue reading “River Magic: Cover Reveal and Pre-Order!”

Three Things Thursday: Local Bookstores, Kitchen Magic, and my Sacred Porch

Each week, I share three things that have informed or inspired me. This week, I’m gushing over a local bookstore, a podcast episode, and creating ritual spaces in unlikely places. The Little Book Store When I moved to Northern NY a decade ago, Borders was still at the mall. Since they’ve closed, I’ve missed browsingContinue reading “Three Things Thursday: Local Bookstores, Kitchen Magic, and my Sacred Porch”

Several Things Saturday: Lugh, SRB Issue 4, and my Newsletter!

Each Thursday, I share three things that have informed or inspired me. You may notice I’m late this week. Yeah…Going back to work on top of editing novels is rough. So we’ll consider this “Several Things Saturday!” An Introduction to Lugh Irish Pagan School has another offering for you! This time, it’s a course aboutContinue reading “Several Things Saturday: Lugh, SRB Issue 4, and my Newsletter!”

What Inspired my Writing?

An instagram prompt asked what inspired me to write my story. I decided this topic deserved a blog post because it’s very much entwined with why I write in general and what I share with my readers here. Let me begin by saying I wanted to be an author since I was younger, but nearlyContinue reading “What Inspired my Writing?”

Three Things Thursday: Newsletters, Poetry, and Deities

Each Thursday, I share three things that are on my mind, inspiring me, or informing me as a Druid and a writer. Hope you enjoy! My Newsletter I’m starting off with a bit of shameless self-promotion. My first newsletter will go out into the wide world this weekend! It will feature information about my debutContinue reading “Three Things Thursday: Newsletters, Poetry, and Deities”

Ready for some River Magic?

I was going to post this several weeks ago, but the time wasn’t right. It’s since been released on Twitter, but I waited until June 28th to share more on my social media because today is my main character’s birthday! Happy Birthday, Lacey Moran! (I actually bought her a gift… more on that below.) MyContinue reading “Ready for some River Magic?”

Return to the River

Like many of you, I’ve been striving to keep my family safe. We stayed home and only my husband and I went out for essentials while always wearing a mask. We took my daughter to the greenhouse once in May, but she fussed so much with her mask that we worried about bringing her placesContinue reading “Return to the River”

Portraying Bealtaine in RIVER MAGIC

Ah, it’s that time of year again! The trees are budding, song birds fill the air with their joyous melody, and many Pagans are celebrating Bealtaine. It’s one of my favorite holidays, mostly because it’s the anniversary of when I first joined with other Pagans to celebrate! Thankfully, that time never involved orgies or anyContinue reading “Portraying Bealtaine in RIVER MAGIC”

RIVER MAGIC Characters During Covid-19

RIVER MAGIC takes place in the mid 2000s, before COVID-19, but I decided it would be fun to imagine how my characters would handle this whole situation.  LACEY knew this was coming. She experienced repeating dreams of suffocating isolation since December. Her hours at the cafe are reduced, and the magic shop is closed. She’sContinue reading “RIVER MAGIC Characters During Covid-19”

Three Things Thursday: Sacred Stitches, “Cooked,” and Novel Aesthetics

Sacred Stitches Each day, I draw an ogham card as an omen. I ask the Kindred what guidance, lessons, and blessings they have for me. Yesterday, I pulled Ioho /Idad/ Yew. Most of my sources refer to this as Idad… I’m very fond of Erynn Rowan Laurie’s interpretation of the ogham, and I embrace thisContinue reading “Three Things Thursday: Sacred Stitches, “Cooked,” and Novel Aesthetics”