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Red Tash is a journalist-turned-novelist of cozy mystery, witchy non-fiction, and dark fantasy for readers of all ages. Check out her unputdownable paranormal fiction, thrillers, and more.
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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.
Miss Fitz is still exploring her newfound magical talents when the annual October influx of visitors to her small community brings not only commerce, but ripples of upset. With her besties busy meeting the demands of customers and the local Sheriff's department at capacity dealing with festival security and traffic snafus, Miss Fitz ends up assigned to solve the murder of a local lothario. Thank goodness she has her loving husband Sin to talk to about life's stressors--or does she? When his parents swoop into town for an extended visit, it's pure chaos in Little Nashville. Our Missy's no shrinking violet, though. With help from her friends, her animals, and even the dreaded in-laws, you know you can count on Miss Fitz to track down not only the guilty party, but to find justice for all.
A short non-fiction book about an accidental kitchen witch and the "spells" she has concocted for her life at home!
His face was red, his mouth a sneer. I don't remember specifically what the fight was about, but I do remember one thing he said. Angry, grounded, and lashing out, my son reached deep into his bag of insults and produced: “You're a witch, Mom!” A look of triumph twinkled in his eye. What a sick burn.
I was supposed to be hurt, I'm sure. Instead, I laughed. “You're going to have to try harder than that.” As he seethed, I tried not to smile. “A witch is a wise woman. She's crafty and learned. She's seen a lot of things, and not much scares her. Yes, son. Your mom is definitely a witch.”
I never thought I'd say that. Ever.
"What a wonderful book! Between the recommendations, the recipes, the advice, and the laughs, MY LIFE AS A KITCHEN WITCH left me magically refreshed. If you need to show your self some care without neglecting you responsibilities and loved ones, you need this book." ~Amazon reviewer Marian A.
"Creative and insightful. A fantastic reminder to not be so hard on myself while still striving for unlimited potential. Can't wait to try the spells. Especially Bacon Love Spell." ~Amazon reviewer Michelle F.
Did you know soap can burn? It can, my pretties. It can and it does. Fortunately, it cleans up so easily! But, yes, the house didn’t smell as “wonderful” as it did “wonder what that smell is” for a couple of weeks. In good news, I found out I can literally leave my crockpot turned on low for weeks without it catching fire, so that’s a handy fact to know.
Part how-to, part memoir, My Life as a Kitchen Witch was a surprise hit for fiction writer Red Tash. Now, in The Kitchen Witch's Guide to the New Weird: Practical Life Magic in the time of Covid-19, Tash follows up with a whopping eighteen chapters on health, happiness, home, and hope for future. With dozens of journaling prompts, she'll have you not only laughing along, but dreaming and planning for what your "new normal" in this post-Coronavirus world shall be. Whether or not you are a witchy type, if you survived the pandemic, there's something for you in this book.
Plus, there's a chapter on ghosts.
Readers are saying:
"I've just discovered your books, and from the first five minutes, you spoke to me! As a fellow ASD mom and kitchen witch, you speak to my heart and I'm so glad I decided to pick yours as my 'it's spooky season reading list time!' first book of sweet September." ~Anna T via Instagram
"What a wonderful book! Between the recommendations, the recipes, the advice, and the laughs, MY LIFE AS A KITCHEN WITCH left me magically refreshed. If you need to show your self some care without neglecting you responsibilities and loved ones, you need this book." ~Marian A. via Amazon
- The Wizard Takes a Holiday is a flash fiction humorous rural fantasy of about 1500 words.
- The Wizard Takes a Fitness Class: A wandering wizard with regrets on his mind finds himself in a dance-off against an old enemy. About 5600 words
- Lucian's First Trick is the story of a young man's last night in the childhood realm of his mundane life. Sometimes when you say “Trick or Treat,” you get what you ask for. Originally published in Sirens Call Issue #5, October 2012. Approximately 3500 words.
- The Wizard Takes the Cake: The mysterious Wizard takes a student as his “+1” to the wedding of an old friend in this episode of the Wizard Tales, the longest yet. About 10,000 words
- A Laurents County Landfill Christmas: The Wizard bookends this fantastical tale from ruralfab Indiana. Starring the characters of Troll Or Derby. Originally published as part of the Let It Snow! Season's Readings for a Super-Cool Yule collection. About 6500 words
- These humorous, off-beat, philosophical contemporary fantasy stories are appropriate & safe for readers of all ages.
At 10,000 words, this is the longest Wizard Tale yet!
REVIEWERS ARE RAVING:
"... this project was a great read. There was not a single tale I did not enjoy, and that is quite a feat given that there were twenty-two stories in all. ...ALLEGORIES OF THE TAROT is the genuine article - a five star read." -John Dolan, author
"All twenty-two stories in this volume are, in a word, superb. I found myself scouring the Internet as I read it; every story made me want to go find more work by its author. The ultimate compliment I can give Allegories is to say that when I finished it, I thought how I envy those who haven’t read it yet." -Lisa Millraney
"Allegories of the Tarot Anthology is a magical book. Magic that will keep you turning the pages. There are muses, demons, psychics, evil, and more! I shivered, I laughed and I even cried. Magic, I tell you. Magic. Absolutely loved all the stories. I can't say it enough--I loved it!" -Julia Affleck
"Reviewing an anthology is slightly more difficult than discussing a book or comic because the tone varies from author to author. However, Allegories somehow flowed together as a well-matched whole. The project ended up feeling like several beads strung together to form a beautiful necklace that were more amazing for being paired together." - Jodi Scaife
Table of Contents
Peter Giglio-The Fool
Lon Prater-The Magician
Billie Sue Mosiman-The High Priestess
Spike Marlowe-The Empress
Kris Austen Radcliffe-The Emperor
Jessica McHugh-The Hierophant
Eden Baylee-The Lovers
Annetta Ribken-The Chariot
Rochelle Maya Callen-Strength
Red Tash-The Hermit
MeiLin Miranda-The Wheel of Fortune
Matthew Bryan-The Hanged Man
Patti Larsen-The Devil
Jordan L. Hawk-The Tower
Samantha Henderson-The Star
J.H. Sked-The Moon
Tristan J. Tarwater-The Sun
Laura Eno-The World
Publishing credits of the contributing writers include New York Times bestselling, USA Today bestselling, and Amazon bestselling. They also include recipients of the Romantic Times Lifetime Achievement Award, Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award, Mississippi Author Award, Benjamin Franklin Award and Eppie Award, as well as nominees of the Pushcart Prize, Agatha and Shamus Awards, to name a few of the many honors.
The following sections are included in the book:
School Days: Literary Friends by Stacy Juba, The Red Man by Maria Savva, Rocking in the '80s by Susan Helene Gottfried, Seniors are Wimps by Matthew Dicks, Prom Night by A.W. Hartoin, Friend in Need by Alina Adams, A Life-Changing Decision by CJ Lyons, Oldest Campus Editor Looks Back by Sharon Love Cook.
The Jobs That Shape Us: Lieutenant Pink Shoes by Laura DiSilverio, Training the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers by Gwen Mayo, The Biggest Job Shift Ever by Ann Littlewood, Long Live Rock by Loni Emmert, The Cost of Doing Business by Stephen D. Rogers, Life as a Singing Telegram by Monica M. Brinkman, The Pipe Bomb by Kenneth Weene, School for Sleuths by Carole Shmurak, Driven Bats by Sarah E. Glenn, Can One Beer Change Your Life? by Mike Bove.
Remembering the Romance: A Special Anniversary by Steve Liskow, California Magic by Mike Angley, Drummer and Dumber by Cara Lopez Lee, Paving the Road to Conscious Living by Lillian Brummet.
The Ups and Downs of Family Life: The Elephant in the Living Room by Mary Anna Evans, Baby Steps by Tracy Krauss, Finding the Right Balance by Barbara Ross, Climbing the Mountain of Single Parenthood by J. R. Lindermuth, The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same by Donna Fletcher Crow, A Busy Mom's Dream by Deanna Jewel, Family Fun at the Dinner Table by Maryann Miller.
Hard Times: Finding the Right Direction by Michele Drier, The Scent of Lives Changed Forever by Beth Kanell, Surviving the Killer Tsunami by Cherish D'Angelo (Cheryl Kaye Tardif), Christa's Legacy by Jaleta Clegg, Weathering the Storm by Red Tash.
The Writing Journey: Unit-Lessons in Composition by Stacy Juba, Traveling Down the Writing Path by Patricia Gulley, Sticking With It by J.E. Seymour, Detecting the Humor by Marja McGraw, Never Give Up by Karen McCullough, An Early Computer by Velda Brotherton, Choosing My Destiny by Peggy Ehrhart, The Tuesdays by Bonnie Hearn Hill, Cropdusting the Way to a Series by R.P. Dahlke.
Characters Have Pasts, Too: Diana's Promise by Stacy Juba, The Sandbox by Darcia Helle, An Empty Nest by Suzanne Young, Misfortune's Daughter by Mary Deal,The White Widow by Norma Huss, The Policeman by Vicki Delany, Miranda's History by Leslie Wheeler, Meeting Sam Fullerton by Ellis Vidler, The Gas Chamber by Douglas Corleone, Storm Shadow
Let It Snow! is packed to the rafters with thoughtful gifts for you to unwrap from the comfort of your cozy reading chair. After all, there's snowplace like home for the holidays! Are you ready to branch out beyond the tree'd and true? Stay inside and read and you'll be saying "Let It Snow!"
Let It Snow!
Season's Readings for a Super-Cool Yule!
Ten eclectic stories in off-beat holiday settings
A Laurents County Landfill Christmas, by Red Tash
Silent Night, by Jack Wallen
Crazed in Christmas City, by Jessica McHugh
A Manlove & Kickerdick Xmess, by Axel Howerton
The Snow Wolf's Gift, by Tim Tash
A Serial Killer Christmas, by Mercedes Yardley
Old Mexia Christmas Brew, by Claudia Lefeve
The Pratty Who Saved Chrissmuss, by Marian Allen
Believe, by Connie Roberts-Huth
Hau'oli Hanukkah by T. Lee Harris
Turns out it's harder to be off the job than he thought.
Flash fiction, 1500 words.
Cover painting by Nicolas Caesar.
You demanded more about the Wizard, and I listened! Stay tuned for The Wizard Takes a Fitness Class, coming soon. Meet the Wizard's nemesis, won't you?
Nothing is as it seems to be, and no one behaves in ways characters are “supposed” to act. How will it end? It's anyone's guess, in a book that keeps you turning pages, racing to find out what will happen next. Christine Grace finds her predictable scholarly life comforting, if a bit boring. Her live-in boyfriend presses her for marriage, but she's too philosophically inclined to take an interest. So, really, why does she suddenly start imagining things in the window's reflection? Is time truly starting and stopping all around her, or is she inexplicably cracking up?
Greachin is an age-old being so tortured by his own karmic cycle that he no longer knows how to connect, except to identify potential threats through the cosmic ripples of space. When he zeroes in on Christine Grace, he experiences second thoughts for the first time in millenia. Will he go through with his grisly plan of murder and destruction?
And what of these other characters—an aging physicist of ill-repute, a stubborn monk who takes his vow of silence too far, and a time-shifting star visible only from Bloomington? What a tangled web we weave, when monsters practice to deceive. Dive into This Brilliant Darkness, and follow the journeys of these characters, from Britain to the Heartland, from January's snowfall to Halloween's costumed festivities.
THIS BRILLIANT DARKNESS is a smart, karmic mystery populated by lovable brainy characters. Climb on, strap in, and hold tight.
Readers are saying: "This is a fast-paced, exciting book that keeps you guessing until the very end. With an eclectic cast of characters, time travel and a karmic mystery, how can you go wrong?" ~Zombie Bedtime Stories author Thea Gregory **
"By midnight, I had not put the book down, and had no intention of putting it down. At 12:15am, my fourteen-year-old son stumbled out to get a drink of water. "You're still up?" he asked. "Go to bed." I looked up from my Nook, smiled, and said, "Not on your life, dude. Not until this ends." ~Librarian Amy Marshall **
“The way the author weaves fantasy, humor, science fiction, and mystery is, for lack of a better word, brilliant. I read the entire thing with admiration/envy, taking notes and thinking 'THIS is how you write a novel.' Remember when Scream blew the horror world away by actually using technology in a realistic way? Well here's blogging and online forums and long distance cyber friendships, honestly depicting the way we live in the 21st century.” ~Poet Christina Grey
** AN OFFICIAL JAMES MASON COMMUNITY BOOK CLUB MUST READ
“The atmosphere of this book, so hard to simply label horror or paranormal…how about simply...A GREAT READ, is the true star. Ms. Tash so finely weaves a path of intrigue, terror, humor and suspense, that the reader is taken with each character, so very finely drawn. THIS BRILLIANT DARKNESS is that rare book that one truly does not want to end!! When it does...next question is ‘What else by Red Tash can I get my hands on? QUICK!!!’”~ Rick Friedman