Miss Fitz is LIVE!

Read it now!

Video announcement of Miss Fitz Discovers Midlife Magic, a Paranormal Women’s Fiction Cozy Mystery

Miss Fitz at Midlife!

Melissa Fitzpatrick (aka Miss Fitz) is a blissfully married mother of four living happily ever after in a cozy-yet-bustling tourist village in picturesque Brown County, Indiana. Between juggling the needs of her family and a part-time writing gig, she soaks in quality girl time with her besties, aiding them in the running of their side-by-side popular coffee shop and handmade soap boutiques. Missy simply adores animals of all shapes and sizes, and they love her right back–from the strays she collects at her home, to the black cat in town who seems to read her thoughts.

Pleasantly plump and practically invisible in her mom attire and minivan, Miss Fitz revels in her Hallmark Channel-ready life–that is, until a tycoon of local business sends his vehicle careening through a wrought iron fence into the well-manicured flower beds of the shopping center, thrusting a group of coffee shop regulars into harm’s way. Reacting instinctively, Missy throws her large quilted handbag at the truck–only to find that sometimes a purse is more than a purse, and her two besties are into more than just tarot cards and Stevie Nicks. It’s not long before Miss Fitz finds herself in the center of a murder investigation, discovering there’s more to midlife than menopause.

Are you ready to come out of the broom closet with Miss Fitz at midlife? Who better to play detective than a well-read, wise-cracking woman finding her power in her forties?

A tale of friendship and love, MISS FITZ DISCOVERS MIDLIFE MAGIC is a cozy mystery by Red Tash that will have you laughing as you discover along with Miss Fitz and friends that midlife can be truly magical.

“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. And there are recipes, because Miss Fitz rocks in the kitchen, just like her creator, Red Tash. In short: read this charming mystery, try a recipe or two, and join me in happy anticipation of more books in the series.” ~Emma Jameson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

“A magical, midlife mystery with a touch of whimsy. Can’t wait for the next Miss Fitz adventure!” ~Shéa MacLeod, author of Lifestyles of the Witch and Ageless, Season of the Witch series of Paranormal Women’s Fiction Cozy Mysteries

“Miss Fitz and friends are a kind of found family–and they know how to throw a great girl’s night out! I wish I could live in their town and have coffee with them at Bethany’s Brews.” ~Reviewer A. Channing

“These characters are like the women from Practical Magic, if they were on the Hallmark Channel–but funnier, and smarter. I wish I had Missy’s purse!” ~Reviewer S. A. James

Includes recipes, talking cats, wildflowers, and a few choice words. This is a Paranormal Women’s Fiction Cozy Mystery, where mature women not only deal with aging and chronic illness, but sometimes say naughty words and drink midnight margaritas as they sleuth their way to hidden truths. Good witching fun, with a sidecar of the supernatural.

This book will be an Amazon exclusive for at least 90 days (yes, it’s part of Kindle Unlimited for right now!). After that, I will re-evaluate whether or not to do another 90 days on the ‘Zon or go wide (Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, etc.). If you feel strongly about one platform or another, let me know! There will also be an audiobook in the future…not sure if I am going to try narrating it myself, or hire someone with more experience. I hope to start “testing” the process as soon as I finish up The Kitchen Witch’s Guide to the New Normal, release date TBA.

SPI Girls Kick Ass!

The latest episode of Leslea is live, and with it, an announcement!

My secret project with besties Chrissy & Kat is now live on Kindle Vella. We’re releasing it under the shared pen name of Kaye Elsie. (KLC, get it?)

SPI Girls Kick Ass by Kaye Elsie

Kindle Vella is a serial platform, for short, episodic stories. The idea is, you find stories you enjoy, then you follow them. The first few episodes are free, then you can unlock future episodes for tokens. If you’re a fan of Radish or Wattpad, you’re familiar with the set-up.

SPI Girls Kick Ass is the story of three women who form a sort of dystopian “Charlie’s Angels” team in a world that something like Ready Player One meets Free Guy! It’s a whole lot of fun to write, and I hope you will check out the first few episodes for free on Kindle Vella.

And, of course, Miss Fitz goes live on Monday!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! Pre-order it now and wake up to it on your Kindle. 😀

Miss Fitz Discovers Midlife Magic, a Paranormal Women’s Fiction Cozy Mystery

I’m off to bake a birthday cake now. Here’s hoping you have a kick-ass, magical weekend!

An Honest Woman (and her man!)

Howdy, partner! I’m getting the August newsletter ready for Smart Girls Gone Country readers. So much news today! Here are all the links that matter:

Emma Jameson on Miss Fitz!

My friend, NYT and USA Today best-selling author Emma Jameson was instrumentally helpful while I was rewriting Miss Fitz. I’ll be frank: she really saved my ass with her insights! That lady really knows her craft!

Here’s what she has to say about my new #pwf #cozymystery series:

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. And there are recipes, because Miss Fitz rocks in the kitchen, just like her creator, Red Tash. In short: read this charming mystery, try a recipe or two, and join me in happy anticipation of more books in the series. ~Emma Jameson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author

Can you EVEN? I just keep re-reading this. It gives me super duper warm fuzzies.

While you’re waiting for Miss Fitz to debut, why not go check out one of Emma’s thoroughly enjoyable mysteries? I’m really loving her new Jem Jago series, but I’m also partial to Dr. Bones (Magic of Cornwall)! If you are an anglophile or an Acorn TV subscriber like me, you will NOT be disappointed!

This is the cover image of Salma, one of Miss Fitz’s besties! Isn’t she lovely?

August Newsletter from Red Tash cover reveal!

If you’re on the email list, then you probably have already seen this…

Woah! It’s Bethany, Missy, and Salma, stirring up trouble!

The book is available for pre-order now, and it will release on the 30th.

Such excite!

Here’s the blurby blurb:

Miss Fitz at Midlife!

Melissa Fitzpatrick (aka Miss Fitz) is a blissfully married mother of four living happily ever after in a cozy-yet-bustling tourist village in picturesque Brown County, Indiana. Between juggling the needs of her family and a part-time writing gig, she soaks in quality girl time with her besties, aiding them in the running of their side-by-side popular coffee shop and handmade soap boutiques. Missy simply adores animals of all shapes and sizes, and they love her right back–from the strays she collects at her home, to the black cat in town who seems to read her thoughts.

Pleasantly plump and practically invisible in her mom attire and minivan, Miss Fitz revels in her Hallmark Channel-ready life–that is, until a tycoon of local business sends his vehicle careening through a wrought iron fence into the well-manicured flower beds of the shopping center, thrusting a group of coffee shop regulars into harm’s way. Reacting instinctively, Missy throws her large quilted handbag at the truck–only to find that sometimes a purse is more than a purse, and her two besties are into more than just tarot cards and Stevie Nicks. It’s not long before Miss Fitz finds herself in the center of a murder investigation, discovering there’s more to midlife than menopause.

Are you ready to come out of the broom closet with Miss Fitz at midlife? Who better to play detective than a well-read, wise-cracking woman finding her power in her forties?

A tale of friendship and love, MISS FITZ DISCOVERS MIDLIFE MAGIC is a cozy mystery by Red Tash that will have you laughing as you discover along with Miss Fitz and friends that midlife can be truly magical.

“Miss Fitz and friends are a kind of found family–and they know how to throw a great girl’s night out! I wish I could live in their town and have coffee with them at Bethany’s Brews.” ~Reviewer A. Channing

“These characters are like the women from Practical Magic, if they were on the Hallmark Channel–but funnier, and smarter. I wish I had Missy’s purse!” ~Reviewer S. A. James

Includes recipes, talking cats, wildflowers, and a few choice words. This is a Paranormal Women’s Fiction Cozy Mystery, where mature women not only deal with aging and chronic illness, but sometimes say naughty words and drink midnight margaritas as they sleuth their way to hidden truths. Good witching fun, with a sidecar of the supernatural.

BUY THE BOOK

SUPER EXCITED TO BRING THIS BOOK TO LIFE!

Excuse me, I had beans!

I crack myself up while driving through road construction in this latest update-filled episode of Leslea.

cover of Leslea podcast: Leslea is stoic, with a pirate's eyepatch and intense makeup. Tim menaces over her shoulder like a pirate from days of olde.
Leslea podcast cover

Updates on:

life stuff;

Miss Fitz Discovers Midlife Magic, a Paranormal Women’s Fiction Cozy Mystery;

The Kitchen Witch’s Guide to the New Weird (and who might enjoy a book like this);

An Honest Woman audiobook narrated by Eileen Smith (and a bit of history about the Western US during the Great Depression). Westerners, Native Americans, Irish, British, and Gangster rodeo thugs! Oh, my!

One of the chonky boys I got to visit today. He’s a lover!

Cover reveal, coming soon!

Miss Fitz Discovers Midlife Magic by Red Tash is a paranormal women’s fiction cozy mystery, and it’s coming soon!

I’ve got the cover, I’ve got the book, and I’ll be setting it up to pre-order just as soon as is humanly possible.

Here’s a little sneak peek…

If you want to see the whole thing, make sure you’re on the email list! Red Tash email list subscribers will be getting the first peek in a few days when the pre-order goes live!

I’m super psyched about this book and hope you will be, too.

If you loved Practical Magic and are a cozy mystery fan, I really think you’ll enjoy it.

Retro Review – Alpha Flight

It was the 70’s, I lived in the smallest of small towns back then. Even at the young age of 5 and 6 I rode my big wheel up and down our street like I owned it. I had a best friend named Shawn. Like most young kids, it didn’t take much for us to become that way. It was Kindergarten, the first time I was able to join my older brother on the bus. I was excited, Tom not so much, while I don’t remember what Tom had said but it was probably him telling me where to sit or some such older brother power play , but I do remember Shawn telling this older kid – “YOU can’t talk to him like that.” I knew I liked him right away, and sat next to him. It turned out we were in the same class. Not surprising since there was probably only one or two kindergarten classes – so the odds were in my favor. I did say this was the smallest of small towns didn’t I.

For the next four years we were pretty much inseparable, I can remember him pulling his red wagon behind him on a Saturday morning when we would watch cartoons, old Godzilla movies, and our favorite old kung-fu movies which invariably got us kicked outside as we jumped off the back of the couch attempting to perform the perfect flying kick. It was with this friendship that i got my first taste of comic books, you see that was what was in the wagon. We would thumb through the latest comic books he had gotten and talk about what we liked about each character. Those Saturday’s were good times.

So I’ve liked comics from an early age, from the time I learned to read, comics were the thing for me. I tell you this, because when I pick up a comic there is a part of me that remembers those Saturday mornings, and how the art and colors use to draw me in. We are all still kids on the insides when it comes to certain things. For me comic books is one of those things that for a moment can take me back to simpler times a more innocent time.

Over the years, I have gathered a small collection and recently I felt the urge to re-read some of my favorite’s and share what memories I have of them, and how I feel about them today.

So we are going to start with Alpha Flight vol 1. Issue 1. Aug 1983.

Creative Team

Created by John Bryne

Lettered by Joe Rosen

Colored by Andy Yamchus

The first issue of Alpha flight was double sized, and even that isn’t big enough for the story that is contained inside these pages. Even after all these years I’m still drawn into the story.

The first page introduces us to James Hudson, Code Named Vindicator, standing in a dismantled room, with these powerful words – “you are witnessing the death of a dream.”

We are quickly given the run down on the situation, the Government funded Department H is shutting down, and without funding Canada’s hero’s are left out in the cold. As Vindicator flies off from the now defunct Department H contemplating how he is unemployed, and only has his wife’s salary to live off.

We are taken to to a isolated area some 2000 miles from Parliament Hill where a lonely tent and small fire is burning with a thin man muttering about how he will show them they were wrong. He gets up and begins walking dragging one foot, slowly making a shape in the melting snow as he goes.

Now with the threat hinted at, we switch back to introducing the team members, first up is Dr. Michael TwoYoungmen, who is a member of Alpha Flight as Shaman.

4 pages are dedicated to introducing us to the next members of Alpha Flight, Aurua who suffers from multiple personality disorder. Her super hero persona is flirty and carefree, and her Jeannie-Marie is much more restrained, libriain / school teacher look. Her brother NorthStar is a famous and it is made plain that he has used his powers to get him there. These two are the speedsters of the group and most likely the most complicated characters of the book.

We move on to Mariane, Puck, Snowbird and Sasquatch. With the introductions complete we move into the action, as we meet Tundra, a massive mountain size evil brought to life and composed of the very earth he walks on.

Each of the team members attempts to use their skills to attach the problem, Sasquatch uses his incredible strength to rip large chunks out of the creature, Vindicator’s uses his suit to electro magnetic pulse but as Tundra screams out in pain, the ground begins to split and crack open for miles around him.

The twins begin to literally fly circles around tundra and doing so the erode Tundra’s mass, which gives Shaman an idea and he calls forth a deluge of rain. this weakens their foe, but it wasn’t enough, just then they see a water spout in the distance, it is Marina as she attempts to reach her team mates. she is controlling the spout and using it as transportation.

Vindicator flies off to retrieve her, and allowing shaman to pull the water down around tundra, eroding him with a deluge of Salt water and creating a new salt water lake in the process.

The Team is hanging out at Hudson’s house, and there is debate on what to call themselves and after some discussion it was decided that they will stick with Alpha Flight.

Thoughts

This first issue flows like a movie, building tension as it goes. while the threat was easily defeated, the story served it’s purpose and quickly introduced the team members and gave a good hint at the powers each of them had.

When I was younger this was a chance to get in on the ground floor, John Bryne was known to me from his other work in Marvel. After this book he quickly became one of my Top 5 favorites working at Marvel at the time. This was a brand new team, and it was exciting to hold the first issue in my hands. While the art style wasn’t attempting to break any new ground, it was good ole fashioned story telling that drew you in month after month.

This wasn’t known to me at the time, but now makes it even more remarkable. This team of super-hero’s was created as a one off. They were just a group for the X-men to fight to move the wolverine story along. John Bryne only reluctantly took the book on for reasons only those at marvel at the time may know. While he has said in interviews that working on the book was hell. It proves that he is a professional, and you couldn’t tell by his work that he hated it that much. Probably all the more maddening for him was that the fans loved his work on this book, myself included.