Sunday, November 24, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

To those who celebrate it, have a Happy Thanksgiving!
          --Janay and Tienan

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Celebrating a Milestone

Celebrating the first year anniversary 
of the publication of KARMA AND MAYHEM 

   This beverage is based on the Choke-berry Shalamiz "blood of ages" used in Catherine's romance novel KARMA AND MAYHEM — He's a warlock with two souls and karma issues. She's mayhem personified. It's a caldron of witches, demons, archangels, and love.

Into a punch bowl combine in this order:

            64 oz.  100% Tart Cherry or Wild Cherry Juice (no sugar added)
            64 oz.  100% Pomegranate Juice (no sugar added)
            1 tablespoon minced ginger
            24 oz.  Cream Soda (the darker the color the better)
            16 oz.  RC Cola
            1 tablespoon fruit punch drink mix (or 1 packet that makes 2 qts.)
            Lightly stir to mix in the minced ginger

* * * *Downloadable PDF available here  - Share it with family and friends, on Facebook, and enjoy it as a Halloween treat.
@2013 - Photo by Catherine E. McLean *
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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Congratulations  KATHY OTTEN winner of my Spring Summer Giveaway! 

Kathy won $50, an exclusive recipe from my romance novel KARMA AND MAYHEM, and a sneak peak at a scene from the in-progress sequel to that book.  Way to go, Kathy!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Coming Soon--a celebration

Join the celebration of the first year anniversary of the publication for KARMA AND MAYHEM by stopping at this blog or my website for the announcement of a special offering on September 26, 2013. Or join me at Twitter for the announcements.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

MFRW Blog Author Interview

An interview and insights into my writer's life and Karma and Mayhem is available today at MFRW -

Drop by, leave a comment, ask a question, share a thought or two . . .


Saturday, May 4, 2013

RomCom features Karma and Mayhem!

Learn more about Karma and Mayhem, Tienan and Janay by visiting  where the book is being featured.  Leave a comment and qualify for a prize!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Brenda Novak Auction for Diabetes Research

You can bid on a copy of Karma and Mayhem that's bundled at the annual Brenda Novak auction for diabetes research at - go to -  and in the "search" box put in "Karma and Mayhem" ***Thanks for supporting this auction!

****and don't forget to participate in my Spring-Summer Giveaway

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


**** From now until midnight EST, September 1st, 2013, I'm hosting a prize give-away of one $50 gift card/certificate, a signed and numbered copy of the Choke-berry Shalamiz recipes (used in KARMA AND MAYHEM), and a sneak-peak at a scene from "KEYS TO HER HEART" (the sequel featuring Rowen, the brother of Tienan who is the hero of KARMA AND MAYHEM.  The prize will be awarded September 10.

Contest details are posted at

Monday, March 18, 2013

Saturday, March 9, 2013

TRR and other blog stops

Scheduled blog posts for or about Karma and Mayhem include:

March 9 at The Romance Review 2nd Anniversary Party and as part of Soul Mate Publisher's Chat. Lots of good reads being showcased including Karma and Mayhem.

April 2 at the Soul Mate Publishing's Author Blog under my header of "Catherine's Cup of Tea."

April 30 at the Soul Mate Publishing's Author Blog under my header of "Catherine's Cup of Tea."

Friday, February 15, 2013

And the winner is . . . .

The winner of yesterday's prize giveaway is Cathy Martel. Thanks, Cathy, for stopping at the blog and helping me celebrate my book-anniversary.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

A First Year Celebration & the reveal of Adrada!

On Valentine's Day 2012, I signed the contract for Karma and Mayhem, a paranormal-fantasy-romance novel.  With this being the one-year anniversary of that signing, I'm celebrating by giving away one $10 gift certificate along with a copy of Choke-berry Shalamiz, the "blood of ages" drink that Tienan (the story's hero) used to bless Janay (the story's heroine).  This beverage was fictional in the story, but with the help of a chef, it became a real drink! 

TO ENTER TODAY'S PRIZE DRAWING (winner announced Friday night, Feb.15):

~~ ask a question about the book, the characters, or just offer your good wishes (use the comment link at the bottom of this post)
 ~~ follow this blog by e-mail subscription (use the box at the upper right hand corner of the screen) 

Permission is granted to pass this information on or post it to social media--
 so tell others and join the celebration! 

And now, for the promised reveal of  Adrada -
Adrada, the Archangel of Departing Souls @2013 CEM

    ***Coming late summer 2013: Adrada to Zool, an anthology of my published short stories.

How Adrada Came Into Being:

     In my church during the lenten season of 1995, when all the statues were covered in purple cloth, the draping about the life-sized crucifix behind the altar caught my attention. That draping made the crucifix looked like it had billowing angel wings. But whoever heard of an angel with purple wingsThen came a haunting question: what would make the feathers of an archangel's golden wings turn mournful purple? After all, purple was the color of mourning.
     Then, in 1996, "The Sixth Sense" magazine posed a situation-question about who killed a multimillionaire. As I pondered this and strove for something "outside the box" of who might have done the deed, I had a dream. In that dream Adrada, the archangel with golden wings edged in mournful purple visited me. As dreams go, this was likely my subconscious's way of enlightening me because I was obsessing over entering the contest.  Of course, what resulted was "Written by My Hand," which won the magazine's challenge and saw publication. It would be many years later before I realized how often Adrada showed up in my stories*** and in my futuristic worlds, such as Karma and Mayhem.
     In Karma and Mayhem, it is Adrada who informs the penitent spirit of Kiyoshi-the-samurai that he must return to the land of the living and be reincarnated and  stop a book of spells from changing hands.
     When Janay encounters Rowen, who's had his veed (his energy symbiote) taken out of him, and the boy tells Janay he and his veed will die unless reunited, Janay sends up a prayerful plea for an angel's guidance. It is Adrada who comes and tells Janay to go to Tienan.
     As for Tienan? When he first sees Adrada, Tienan thinks he's hallucinating. After all, what angel has purple feathering edging their golden wings. And just what did Adrada mean when he said "Your prayers are answered?"

     Catherine E. McLean 
       Tienan and Janay's love/quest story can be purchased here  Karma and Mayhem 

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Monday, February 4, 2013

February 14 and a 1 year anniversary

REVEAL of "Adrada"

On Valentine's Day 2012, I signed the contract for my first novel sale.  To celebrate the occasion, and the romance of Tienan and Janay, I'll be partying here and offering a few prizes and a book giveaway.  If you'd like to know more, join me by filling in the e-mail notification box (upper right) or follow me by using:       Twitter          Linked-In           Facebook 

and--I'll be revealing the sketch of Adrada (pronounced: ah-drah-dah) who was the archangel in Karma and Mayhem!   

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

5 Day Blogging

I'm being interviewed five consecutive days at the Blog of Power.  Stop by and read something different each day--and feel free to share the links and leave a comment or two.

Friday, February 1 at
Monday, February 4 at
Tuesday, February 5 at

Read the other interviews by going to:
Wednesday, January 30 at
Thursday, January 31 at

 I'm also giving a March, online workshop.  Details at:

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Guest Blogging

Would you like to have me or one of the characters in Karma and Mayhem visit your blog or facebook page?  Then leave a comment to that effect and I'll contact you.