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I witch you a Happy Halloween

This October is especially exciting because I’m a featured author at GRL. GayRomLit, or GRL, is an annual retreat that brings together the people who create and celebrate LGBT romance for a one-of-a-kind, must-attend gathering of dynamic, informal, and diverse fun. This year’s retreat will occur October 20-23, 2016 at the Westin Crown Center in Kansas City. I can’t wait! Kiddo and I leave the 18th. We’re driving and plan to do some sightseeing on the way up there and back. If you’re attending, stop by and say hi!

So, that’s one reason I’m excited October is here. The other is Halloween, which is my favorite time of the year. Here are my top five reasons I love Halloween:

  1. Autumn colors are simply beautiful. The vibrant yellows, reds, and oranges add to the ambience of the season. When the leaves start to turn, that signifies autumn is here.
  2. Even down here in the South, when October arrives there’s this nip in the air. It brings to mind big piles of leaves, wood fires, and cooler temps. Some of my favorite memories were of Mom raking huge piles of leaves. I couldn’t wait to dive-bomb them.
  3. It’s the perfect excuse to dress up. Oh man, is there anything better than stalking the aisles of a store looking for a costume? I think it’s the whole ‘being somebody else’ mentality. Want to be a vampire? Then be a vampire! Want to be a werewolf? Get ready to howl at the moon then. LOL.
  4. I freely admit part of the appeal of Halloween is browsing all of the spooky things in the stores. When they start putting up displays it’s like waving chocolate in front of me. I’m drawn to all the colors and creepy-looking things.

On the author front, I have two books releasing in November. One is A Country Boy at Heart, which is from Dreamspinner. It’s a sweet little contemporary romance that’s part of the State of Love collection. I also have Riding the Tide, my next merman book, coming from ARe. And speaking of ARe, Paws and Claws was released October 1. It’s part of the Alpha Unleashed collection that ARe does. My story revolves around Jaguar shifters, of course, lol.

Paws and Claws blurb:

pawsandclaws400x600When neither choice is acceptable, then what?

To save his jamboree from obliteration, Omega Cade Decker is forced into a match with the powerful but merciless Grady Williams. While he may be attracted to the big, bad Alpha, and Grady will protect him from a corrupt Alpha jaguar, Cade won’t settle for anything less than the love of his life.

As Alpha of one of the most powerful jaguar jamborees around, Grady’s reputation for bloodthirst is more of a help than a hindrance. When Alpha Decker approaches him with a proposal, Grady jumps at the chance to mate with Decker’s Omega brother. Grady doesn’t believe in love but craves having a beautiful, talented partner, so this arrangement is perfect.
When Cade is kidnapped, Grady realizes his love equals his fear that he’ll never get his mate back…



Author Bio

M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!

When not writing, she’s on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two grown children.

She was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, runner up in the 2015 Rainbow Awards, and is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.


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