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April Writing Update (And A New Release!)

In case you’re wondering why the blog has been so quiet, and where I’ve been…

I’ve been in a place called the Writing Cave. In my dreams, it looks something like this:

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In reality, it’s usually me with a dog curled up at my feet, a cat beside me, a cup of now-cold coffee forgotten nearby, while I do this:

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You get the picture.

So, where all of that hiding away from the world leave me?

In an awesome place, actually! Because, guys, my debut release, book one of the Tangled Magic Series, Tangled Roots, is done.

I mean, finished. The amazing husband-wife duo at Maple Cat Press is currently putting the finishing touches on the manuscript, and it’s already available for pre-order on Amazon.

I poured my heart and soul into this one. I am so excited for this series! It represents my love of so many things–of the Appalachian Mountains that I call home, and, more specifically, of Virginia, which I’ve called home for nearly 13 years! It’s also a celebration of magic, of witchcraft, of nature, of living simply and close to the land. It’s also a celebration of community–specifically, of finding a community that honors our unique gifts.

And, more than anything, it’s a celebration of my love of the written word and of the fantasy and romance genres in particular. There’s steamy romance and earthy magic. There’s nature and crystals and elementals. There are young lovers exploring their destinies together.

I am thrilled. A little overwhelmed, at times, by the nitty-gritty details of my first book launch, but also so grateful for the support I’ve received on my journey.

So, though I’ve spent my share of time hiding in my Writing Cave, with furry companions by my side, liquid energy in my coffee cup, and characters whispering in my ear, I’ve never been alone. So many people have encouraged me, supported my dream, given me guidance.

Thank you, guys. Thank you.
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The rest of the second quarter of 2019 will see the launch of Tangled Roots on May 14, the drafting and polishing of book two in the series, Tangled Flames. And there’s a short, novelette-length fairytale retelling that I’m excited to get out into the world later this year, a story called Witching Hour.

And, as always, there’s this quest for balance. Balance between hiding away to create the art and sharing with these wonderful communities I’ve found, in person and online. Balance between work and play, magic and mundane, home life and career, romance and…whatever the opposite of romance is. Watching the news?

So many parts of our lives intersect. When we create for a living, when we work from home, where does work end and play begin? When does the work day stop when we’re always at the office? When we realize there’s magic in every cup of tea, in every raindrop, in every footstep, is anything really mundane?

I’m still finding that balance. As I step into the realm of Indie Authordom, a daring adventurer ready for a wild journey, I know I won’t be alone. There will be writers and readers, bloggers and bookworms, artists and dreamers all along the way.

And that is awesome.

Please, if you’d like, let me know what your Dream Writing Cave looks like! I’d love to know.

Magic Awaits…

Tangled Roots

A witch lost in time. A man with magic in his blood and a chip on his shoulder. Dark secrets and shadowy magic. Steamy romance meets contemporary fantasy with a time slip in the first book of this new series.

Cassie Gearhart casts a spell in the forest in the summer of 1974. The next thing she knows, she wakes up to find the world irrevocably changed.

It’s 2019, for one thing. For another, all of her coven members have vanished, leaving behind only one man who holds the key to their secrets, Nick Felson, the grandson of her high priestess and a rough-around-the-edges farm boy who wants nothing to do with twenty-year-old Cassie.

For twenty-three-year-old Nick Felson, there are two worlds: one, Willow Creek, Virginia, before everything went to hell. And the other, after.

He’s sworn off magic, until a confused Cassie knocks on his door in the middle of the night, somehow missing decades’ worth of time. But Nick knows falling for Cassie means letting magic back into his life—and that’s one line he swore he’d never cross.

Can Cassie unravel the mystery that transported her into the future? And can Nick resist the powerful magic and heart-pounding passion that swirl in the air whenever he and Cassie are together?

The Tangled Magic Series is intended for readers 18-plus who enjoy short but steamy reads, wild and witchy magic, swoon-worthy kisses, small-town charm, and interconnected books. The series is best read in order.

Now available for pre-order on Amazon.
Buy links to other retailers coming soon!
Keep it magical!

Fantasy & paranormal romance author. Witch. Tarot reader. Possibly a woodland faerie. Witches, magic, & romance await in the pages of my stories.


  • Rui Chan

    First of all, congratulations on releasing your debut book !

    As for a writing cave, I guess I’d need a time bubble – a room where time is slower so that I could spend one day and night in it while only one hour elapsed in the real world… Apart from that, it would have everything I need when I write and a comfortable chair and desk facing a window.

    • denisedyoungbooks

      Sort of a reverse of the faerie realm, where an hour passes in the world of the fae but a century passes in our world? Yeah, I can relate. Sometimes I go into the Writing Cave and feel like it’s been 30 minutes, but it’s been three hours. It would be great if I could have a few hours in the writing cave, but emerge and it’s only been a minute! 🙂

      Basically, if I have tea or coffee, a comfy spot to sit, my furry companions, and my laptop, I’m pretty much set. I’m pretty flexible. On a sunny day I’ll write outside. On a rainy day I’ll write and listen to the rain. The magic can speak to us in many places, in many ways.

  • Beth Camp

    Such wonderful news! Congratulations on the new story so close to publication. Sometimes I think we all could benefit from such a magical cave, where the outside world stays at least at arm’s length, and we can write our stories in peace. I’m finding that being aware of the need for balance between writing and ‘real life’ commitments has me more ready to take advantage of the time I do have to write that next scene. By setting goals and measuring progress, the story develops. But, oh, it’s a lot of work. That brings me right back to congratulations. Each success leads to greater understanding for that next project. So, celebrate!

    • denisedyoungbooks

      Thanks, Beth! It’s been an amazing journey, the writing of this book, preparing to share it with the world. I’m so excited. You’re right about balancing writing with “real life,” despite our desire for that magical cave. The writing happens amid dentist appointments, dog walks, mortgage payments, and long dinners with loved ones. Maybe that’s the magic that fuels us, though. That love. Those everyday moments. 🙂