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Thursday, December 17, 2020

Hungry Business: A Short Story by Maria DeBlassie - Book Tour - Book Sale - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hey, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Maria DeBlassie and her new book, “Hungry Business: A Short Story”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win an eBook copy of the featured book!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Maria and to increase your chances of winning!

This eBook is on SALE during the book tour for ONLY $0.99!!!  See below for more details.

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Hungry Business: A Short Story

by Maria DeBlassie


GENRE: Gothic, Horror (Cozy)



From the multi-award-winning author of Everyday Enchantments: Musings on Ordinary Magic & Daily Conjurings comes a cozy Gothic short story about searching for connection in a world that's forgotten the power of everyday magic.

Looking for love can be deadly...

You know how it goes.  You go out, hoping to meet someone.  You wade through your fair share of brainless automatons, lifeless bodies, and ravenous undead good at passing as human.

The more you go out, the less hope you feel and the colder your body gets.  But you keep at it.  All you need is one beating heart to match your own before yours stops pumping altogether.  How hard can it be to find one living, breathing human in a city full of bodies?


It's hungry business.



The things you do for love.

Like talking yourself into thinking that the lifeless body across the table from you has his own kind of charm. Surely his gray pallor is only a trick of the light.  His skeletal frame might even be considered athletic.  You try not to look at his chipped and bloodied fingernails as you force down your mediocre steak tartar.  Sadly, that room temperature appetizer will be the hottest thing on the menu tonight.



Finding Writing Inspiration in Everyday Life:

I love everyday life, corny as it sounds.  The magic of a Monday, the quiet bliss of an afternoon cup of tea, the illicit joy of reading late into the night…these are the simple pleasures that make life wonderful.  It’s easy to overlook them, get swept up in our to-do lists, but when we pause and take in the beauty around us, we remember to be more than that to-do list. We glean wisdom in the whispering trees and the synchronous happenings that punctuate our day.  We remember to dream.  And that kind of ordinary joy is pure magic.

It’s also the kind of magic that inspires all of my writing, from the cozy Gothic short stories like Hungry Business, to my first book, Everyday Enchantments, which is what I like to call my everyday magic manifesto.  You see, as a bruja, I believe in the power of the universe, the seen and the unseen, and the daily spells we cast without thinking—the wishes, thoughts, and actions we cast out into the world to bear fruit.  When we’re more intentional about this energy, we can direct it towards hope and healing.  I also hoard way too many mason jars, have my own witchy herb garden, deal the tarot, and know that storytelling is one of the deepest forms of magic.

All of that witchy know-how gets poured into my stories. Something as simple as a series of bad dates turns into the ordinary Gothic in my latest short story. The protagonist’s crisis is all the more terrifying for how relatable it is.  But there’s also more than a little magic in the form of hope.  The Gothic genre is all about facing the darkness so that we can see the light.

I write all sorts of things, from inspirational non-fiction, cozy Gothic stories, urban fantasy, and romance.  I find they all nourish one another.  My non-fiction books on everyday magic help me craft the enchanting worlds in my fiction and my genre stories guide me deeper into everyday conjuring for my life beyond the written word.  Storytelling will always be the deepest spellwork I do.  I work through stuff.  I allow myself to dream deeply.  I let go of old and worn narratives that no longer serve me.  I become the heroine of my own life in the pages of books—and extend that magic to my day in, day out life.

So get comfortable.  Put on a pot of tea and turn on those twinkle lights.  Settle in for an afternoon of deep reading and enjoy the creepy and strangely comforting world of Hungry Business.  Who knows what kind of magic it’ll offer up.



Maria DeBlassie, Ph.D. is a native New Mexican mestiza blogger, award-winning writer, and award-winning educator living in the Land of Enchantment. Her first book, Everyday Enchantments: Musings on Ordinary Magic & Daily Conjurings (Moon Books 2018), and her ongoing blog, Enchantment Learning & Living are about everyday magic, ordinary gothic, and the life of a kitchen witch. When she is not practicing her own brand of brujeria, she’s reading, teaching, and writing about bodice rippers and things that go bump in the night.  She is forever looking for magic in her life and somehow always finding more than she thought was there. Find out more about Maria and conjuring everyday magic at www.mariadeblassie.com.



















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Maria will be awarding an eBook copy of her featured book, “Hungry Business: A Short Story,” to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.

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This contest is sponsored by a third party. Fabulous and Brunette is a registered host of Goddess Fish Promotions.  Prizes are given away by the sponsors and not Fabulous and Brunette. The featured author and Goddess Fish Promotions are solely responsible for the giveaway prize.


  1. Maria ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Thank you for featuring me on your blog! Here's to everyday magic!