Aged to Perfection Anthology
Release Date: Feb 15, 2022
A Magical Paranormal Women’s Fiction Romance Collection
Featuring 19 all new tales spotlighting women forty and over having the time of their midlife.
Those aren’t gray hairs, they’re strands of glitter letting the world know you’re fabulous. So adjust your crown and join us as we celebrate women who are fabulous, over forty, and aged to perfection in this magical paranormal women’s fiction romance collection. Includes stories from some of today’s top PWF authors, NY Times and USA TODAY bestsellers, as well as new emerging voices in the genre.
Aged to Perfection 19 Author Anthology – Featured Author: Shéa MacLeod
Meet Shéa MacLeod
Shéa MacLeod lives in the Pacific Northwest where she spends her days dreaming up ways to murder her characters.
Book in the Aged to Perfection Anthology
Shéa MacLeod–Day of the Were-Jackal
Edwina Gale is used to tracking down supernatural bad guys, but when her romantic weekend is interrupted by the murder of a drag queen, can she solve the crime before an innocent person is convicted?
Q & A with the Author
What’s a misconception about midlife that you’d like to clear up?
That life is over and it’s all downhill. I call BS. Frankly, life is only beginning at 40 and every year it just keeps getting better. Oh, sure, there are aches and pains and things don’t work like they used to, but there are also fewer flying forks, if you get my drift.
What was your favorite part of writing Paranormal Women’s Fiction?
I love showing a woman “of a certain age” (as they used to say) being her badass self, both physically and emotionally. With fewer forks comes less angst and more keeping it real.
Tell us a bit about your story.
Edwina Gale is used to tracking down supernatural bad guys, but when her romantic weekend is interrupted by the murder of a drag queen, she’s determined to solve the crime before an innocent person is convicted.
Tell us about your experience writing a book for the Aged to Perfection Antho.
It was a bit wild. I had a story in mind and was several pages deep before I realized that story wasn’t ready to be told (it will be, just not now). Instead, Edwina Gale (who is one of my favorite characters) kept showing up with her witchy self, telling me I needed to write HER story. So I gave in and did what she wanted. Once I did that, the words just flowed like melted chocolate being poured over a hot donut.
Tell us about one of your upcoming titles.
My next PWF novel is the third in my Season of the Witch series, Battle of the Hexes. JJ’s ex has shown up in Miracle Bay and she’s got some explaining to do…
Why was this story important for you to tell?
I guess Edwina Gale is the sort of person I’d like to be in 15 years. She isn’t sitting in her chair, watching Judge Judy and waiting for the end. She’s out there following her calling, using her magic, and living life to the fullest.
Do you have a writing routine?
Absolutely. I thrive on routine (with flexibility for brunch with friends or random cocktail hours). I am not a morning person, so I definitely don’t get up early! Mornings are spent answering emails, tracking budgets, all the ordinary minutiae of life and running a business. After lunch is writing time. I usually write in sprints and often work on two books at a time.
If you could live the life of one single character in your story, who would it be and why?
Honestly? I’d rather be myself because I can explore ALL the characters, but if I had to choose one, it would Edwina. She’s strong, determined, and not afraid of anything.
Do you have a personal connection with any of the characters in your story? Does one resonate with you more than the others?
I have some sort of personal connection with all my characters in one way or another. With Edwina, she carries aspects of myself I’d like to have or would like to be stronger.
What is something you hope the readers take away from your story?
Loving and accepting people for who they are is the most important thing.
How long have you been writing?
All my life. I was making up stories from the moment I could speak. They were mostly garbled, but I was telling them anyway. I’ve been a published author since 2011.
What words of advice would you give to new writers who are just starting in the genre of Paranormal Women’s Fiction?
Be real. Be real about the struggles and truths of getting older as a woman. But also be real about the awesomeness. One of the things I explore in Season of the Witch are JJ’s panic attacks. Why? Because that’s a thing I started experiencing with perimenopause. I did some research and discovered 30% of women in perimenopause experience panic attacks and anxiety even though they never had anxiety or panic attacks prior. Yet, nobody talks about that. So I wanted to be real about what I was experiencing, what a lot of women experience, but in a fun way with magic.
Do you have other books out or planned that are related to your anthology story? If so, which ones?
Yes! Edwina Gale originally appeared in my Deepwood Witches Mysteries. She has two novellas which are super fun! In Alchemy, Arsenic, and Alibis she meets the handsome Jeremiah Dekes and fights off an ancient Egyptian god. In Crystals, Cauldrons, and Crime, she and Dekes juggle dating and crime solving after several shifters go missing on the full moon. Which leads to Day of the Were-Jackal, the first in the new Edwina Gale PWF series (coming later in 2022) which will focus on her and Dekes and her badass local coven.
Includes 19 brand new never before released stories from:
Mandy M. Roth–Running with the Devil
Michelle M. Pillow–Merely Mortal
Robyn Peterman–My Big Fat Hairy Wedding
Kristen Painter–Code Name: Mockingbird
Yasmine Galenorn–Weaver’s Web
Milly Taiden–Surviving Midlife
Renee George–The Age of Inno-Scents
Jenna Rivers–Spell of a Time
Reggi Dupree–Midlife Collision
Shéa MacLeod–Day of the Were-Jackal
Christine Gael–The Bargain
Charise M. Studesville–The Perks of Being A Hoodoo Rose
Christine Zane Thomas–A Touch of Twilight
Macy Dixon–Midlife Shelf Life
Stephanie Berchiolly–Train Bound to Forty
Bobby Leigh–S now Hill: Hexed On A Feeling
Jade Greenberg–Magic Takes Manhattan
Aaron M. Cabrera–The Invention of Magic