Mixing Magic-Now Available

Mixing MagicIt began almost four years ago when my daughter, Tara, suggested we write a book together. She was still in school then and was on something of a young adult reading binge. But she was tired of books that featured kids with no ‘visible’ parents and thought it would be fun to create something about a mother and daughter who actually LIKED each other.

So out of our mutual love for fantasy, humor and literature in general, the first ideas for Mixing Magic were born. In the beginning, Tara wrote the daughter’s (Skye’s) point of view and I wrote the mother’s (Gentian’s). But during consecutive drafts things started melding together. At this point I don’t think either of us knows who wrote what.

But here’s a little taste of what we ended up with:

Although Gentian Baker has no memory of the first twenty years of her life, she’s content to raise her daughter, Skye, and manage the funky little restaurant she runs out of her Minnesota farmhouse. So what if she feels the need to use river water in her tea and pine cones in her lasagna? It just makes everyone love her cooking more. But when Skye awakens with considerably more canine features than are generally accepted in a teenage girl, the details of Gen’s past become increasingly important. In the days that follow, it becomes apparent that the simple, normal life Gen has tried to build for them is falling apart. Now, to protect everything she holds dear, she must accept her true nature and the nagging memories that haunt her.

Growing up with Gen as her mother, Skye Baker never had a chance at normalcy, even by Black River’s freaky standards. Normal girls don’t have an uncanny ability with barnyard animals. They don’t have a crazy keen sense of smell, and they always always remain human. But as her hormones gear up to deliver her first…um…monthly gift…other changes make her feel even more beastly. And if growing a bushy new tail isn’t bad enough, she gets shot by Ryan Ramsey, the hot new boy in town. At least he might have shot her, or maybe he just thinks he did, which suggests that Ryan isn’t all that normal either. In fact, maybe no one in their sleepy little town is exactly what she seems.

To celebrate the release of our first collaboration, we’re giving away an Amazon gift card. If you’d like to enter our drawing just leave a comment and we’ll throw your name in the hat.

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24 Responses to Mixing Magic-Now Available

  1. martha lawson says:

    Oh this one sounds great! How nice to write a book with your daughter. I’d love to be entered to win.

    mlawson17 at Hotmail dot com

  2. Chelsea B. says:

    Congratulations! How fun! 🙂
    I’d love to be entered!

  3. Minna says:


  4. Mary Louise says:

    Congrats, sounds fantastic! Can’t wait.

  5. Leanna says:

    What a great experience to write a book with your daughter!

  6. anne says:

    Congratulations! What a wonderful collaboration.

  7. ellie says:

    I am captivated with this unique and special book. Best wishes and much happiness.

  8. diane says:

    This is so delightful. Impressive and beautiful idea.

  9. Virginia H says:

    What a great idea to write a book together! Sounds like a wonderful read. Did this book bring you closer?

    • loisgreiman says:

      We’re really close. Though she lives about an hour away we see each other two to three times a week. But the book gave us an extra excuse to talk a couple of extra times a day. 🙂

  10. amyskennedy says:

    Hi Lois! I remember you talking about maybe writing a book with your daughter–how awesome that you guys did it–love the premise, can’t wait to read it!

  11. Trish Jensen says:

    LOL!!!!!!!!! Lois, is it rude to wonder what kind of brain genes you passed on to your daughter?

  12. Laney4 says:

    I like how you said it was your “first” collaboration. I’m glad.
    My daughter and I do lots of things together (she’s 26 now), but writing would not be one of them. I have helped edit her school work, but she would rather DO than READ. She didn’t get my reading genes, I’m sad to say, but I AM glad to say she is one heck of an active person. I hear from her friends on Facebook (I’m not on it) about all the things she does and how THEY can’t keep up with her either (soccer and badminton and slo-pitch teams/tournaments, squash, rock climbing, skating, downhill skiing, dancing, swimming, roller blading a little less now since she fell and broke her jaw a few years ago, basketball, building igloos, making hills for toboganning, skateboarding, Skidoos on water and on land, 5 and 7 and 10K runs, warrior dash, racecar tracks, driving distances, camping, and I’m sure lots lots more). Perhaps once she has her own kids, she’ll settle down somewhat, but I doubt it. She’s a daycare teacher, so she DOES buy/read toddler books, but the majority of the time she is racing around after the kids.

  13. MaryC says:

    Sounds like a wonderful read – congratulations on Mixing Magic!

  14. I know it’s not easy to work with someone you love. I’m glad you persevered! MIXING MAGIC sounds like it will appeal to YA and older audiences. Congrats on the release of Gen and Skye’s story!

  15. Stephenia says:

    Fun cover! It sounds like lots of fun creating a book with your daughter. My daughter and I share photography we do picture of the day photo challenges and it is always neat to see how each other interprets the word of the day!

  16. CrystalGB says:

    Congrats on your new book. Sounds great. I love the cover.

    • loisgreiman says:

      Thank you. I loooove the cover, too. We hired an German artist who lives in Canada. I actually hired her originally to do the images for a children’s book I’m doing, and liked her work so well I asked her to do this one, too.

  17. Nora Braun says:

    Glad you two kept at it — it sound like a fun book (series?) to do. Probably have your granddaughter working with you before you know it for a three generation series!

  18. Joan Woods says:

    I think that’s great writing a book with your daughter. The book sounds like a fun book to read.

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