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Resolutions for 2017

When you get beyond the required goals of "lose weight," "more exercise," and "eat healthy," what are your hopes for the coming year? I asked my series characters, and this is what they said.


Guardian Witch series:

Ari: I hope to have my new apprentice trained before 2017 is over. Other than that, another peaceful year would be really great, but in my world you don't count on anything. Oh, the casino! A successful launch for Andreas's latest project.

Andreas: Ah, cara mia, thank you. I second all your hopes, and yet, I sense our idyllic days may be ending. Changes are coming in 2017…and some may not be to our liking.


Maggie York Paranormal Mystery series:

Maggie:  Since I can't wish my "gift" away, I'm determined to gain better control of it. And frankly, I'm ready for the next big case to begin.

Josh:  I'd like to see a drop in NOLA's crime rate, which would give me more time with Maggie. The captain has me working undercover. While it's interesting, I'd rather be partnering with Maggie. At least I'd know she was safe.


Cross Keys/Elvenrude Trilogy:

Kam: A healthy baby in 2017. I'm taking a break from the spy/investigative work, and Seth will make a fabulous and proud father.

Seth:  A boy would be nice, but so would a little girl, especially if she has her mother's blue eyes.

And my own resolutions?

  • As long as readers keep reading and reviewing my books, I'll continue to write. I hope to publish at least two in 2017, a sequel to the Guardian Witch series (Embers of Fire), and book number three in the Maggie York series (Ghost Haunting);
  • World peace…or at least civility would be nice.

Wishing you a wonderful 2017!

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                          New Release!

Ghost Witching
Series: A Maggie York Paranormal Mystery, #2
Genre: Romantic Paranormal Mystery

ISBN:  9781944138615


Too many ghosts is never a good thing...

Twenty-four hours ago New Orleans Homicide Detective Maggie York walked out on her boyfriend/cop partner Josh Brandt. He'd nearly been killed while protecting her, and Maggie wonders if dating him is just too painful.

She wants to "cool" their relationship, but a complicated murder case throws them together more than usual. With too many suspects, more ghosts than bodies, and lots of really creepy things—venomous snakes, Satanic curses, not to mention the witches—Maggie and Josh try to make sense of it all and to resist finding consolation in each other's arms.

Then Josh's ex-fiancée, a curvy blonde, arrives from Boston, making a touchy situation...impossible.

With contradictory case evidence, escalating violence, and complicated feelings for each other, Josh and Maggie set everything else aside to unmask a cold-blooded killer before the bodies pile up.

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About the Author:

Ally Shields grew up in the Midwest along the Mississippi River, still considers herself "a river rat," and currently resides near Des Moines. After a career in law and juvenile justice, she turned to full-time fiction writing in 2009. Her first urban fantasy, Awakening the Fire (Guardian Witch #1) was published in 2012, and she currently has twelve published novels. She loves to travel in the US and abroad and incorporates many of those settings into her books. Ms. Shields welcomes reader contact through her website and can frequently be found on Twitter.

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Ghost Walking
(A Maggie York Paranormal Mystery)

Not believing won't make the ghosts go away.

New Orleans' homicide cop Maggie York is at the top of her game until a sniper's bullet changes everything. She flatlines, comes back. But not quite the same. She sees and hears things...ghostly things. And she blurts out enough to her doctors to end up on medical leave with a diagnosis of PTSD. If only.

Six months later, the voices have faded and the ghostly sightings are less frequent. The department still won't let Maggie return to the job. Oh, she's quit talking about ghosts, except to a few friends and the loony relatives who believe she's a witch, but Maggie doubts herself. Since inactivity is making it worse, she sets out to track down her shooter, only things get complicated...a ghostly witness wants his own murder solved, and sexy homicide cop, Josh Brandt—who just happens to be her replacement—wants her to butt out of his case.

After Josh catches her at the murder scene of a key witness, he wonders how the attractive redhead is staying one step ahead of him and how deeply her involvement goes. She doesn't appear as unstable as he's been told, but she's hiding something. He recognizes the signs...because he has secrets of his own. Unraveling her case soon draws them down twisted but intersecting paths.

And failure may cost Maggie her life.

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It's been a busy holiday season! In addition to releasing Cross Keys: Unity on Christmas Day and visiting with friends and family, I've chatted with the Guardian Witch characters in Olde Town (Riverdale) and with the elves in Elvenrude about New Year's Resolutions. Some of them shared their own wishes/goals for 2016!

Olde Town (Guardian Witch series):

Arianna: Other than trying to keep Rayne from inadvertently burning the house down? :) I recently went through my family trunk and found a photo of my parents on their boat. It got me to wondering exactly what happened to them. I've been thinking about looking into that...

Andreas: Plans are already drawn for a hotel in Olde Town that caters to Otherworld clientele. Building and managing it will be a new challenge for me.

Ryan: Definitely a larger home. Claris tells me our family is growing again. :)

Gabriel: An extended trip to London is top on my list. And I need a new girlfriend. Maybe it's time to get serious this time.

Elvenrude (Cross Keys series):

Kam: I'm loving the security business. Since we can pick and choose our jobs, Seth and I almost always have joint assignments. It gives us a chance to explore the world together. I can't think of a thing I'd change right now!

Seth: Don't tell Kam I said this, but I'm hoping a child is in our future. Maybe not this year, but in the next two or three.

Rhyden: I've been working with King Trystan to set up guilds in Cyrilia. I hope to have them well-established before the end of next year. Oh, and getting married, of course.

Esty: The wedding. Next December 18! Mother and I have already chosen the silk for my dress.

And my own:

To keep writing. I hope to introduce new characters, Maggie and Josh, in another paranormal series. And maybe this is the year I'll do something with the thrillers! :)

Whatever your specific goals and resolutions, we wish you and yours a terrific and successful 2016, filled with many wonderful books.  Happy New Year!


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Awakening the Fire by Ally Shields

Awakening the Fire

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NaNoWriMo Winner!


I validated my *NaNoWritMo win today with 63,000 words on a first draft of Ghost Walking (A Maggie York Paranormal). Still lots of work to do, but a great start with new characters I really enjoy writing.

Congratulations to all the participants who hung in there and reached their 50K goal this November!

*National Novel Writing Month