Work in Progress: Emmeline’s Spellbook

I’ve always wanted a beautiful old spellbook, a truly magical one, with spells that would solve the problems I face every day. Maybe if an owl had brought me a Hogwarts invitation,  I would believe enough in magic to look for it. Alas, he must have gotten lost, and my belief in magic waned. But my longing for this book still remained.

I took Toni Morrison’s advice: “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I compiled the life lessons I have learned (most of them the hard way), combined them with magical creatures and language to create tangible visuals, and wrote my own spellbook full of techniques that really work.

“Emmeline’s Spellbook: Banishing Demons and Nurturing Your Magic” is a new adult self-help book with a supernatural glow. The book tackles familiar issues, such as letting go of old embarrassments, dealing with social parasites, and handling anxiety.

For example, Should Wraiths are those nagging thoughts of where you should be in life by now. You can quiet them using the My Own Drum spell, which blends the act of drumming with a simple incantation. Each resolution includes sound advice paired with concrete actions. The magical language of demons and spells allows the advice to be more fun than demeaning, more quirky than preachy.

The book is structured around Emmeline’s journey in magic and in life. She first learns to wield her internal powers, speaking with authority and presenting herself well. As she progresses, she collects spells on dealing with others. During a rest period, she learns to honor her Web of Instinct. The spells address deeper issues as Emmeline’s magic matures.

Professional illustrations blend with the 30,000 words to create a spell book that is both beautiful and insightful.

Here’s a bit of my inspiration for Emmeline’s Spellbook:


What regular plague do you wish could be solved with a magic spell? Let me know in a comment.

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