Charleston · Enchanted Series · Sara Dobie Bauer

Saying goodbye: The end of Enchanted

“I should have told you about the paintings,” Cyan said. “Earlier.”

Liam chuckled and shook his head. “No. I think working up to that was probably a good idea. It’s kind of offputting when a girl you don’t know has, like, fifty paintings of your face.”

“Do you feel like you know me now?”

“Of course I know you. I might need therapy for the rest of my life because of it, but I know you.”

Cyan sipped her tea and held tightly to the small cup as if it might protect her. “Do you think you could ever love me, Liam?”

He closed his eyes and pressed his thumb and forefinger against his eye sockets. His forehead wrinkled, and his breath turned shallow as if his own ribs threatened to suffocate.

“Is that a no?” she asked.

He opened his eyes. She couldn’t be sure in the dimness, but she thought they looked wet, red around the edges.


Oh, the angst! It’s so weird that today, today, today … the final book in the Enchanted Trilogy marks the end of an era. I have spent the past two years with Liam and Cyan, and it is so strange to wave goodbye. I know, it sounds super dramatic, but if you’re writer, you understand: our characters are real people, and today, I say farewell to two of my favorites. Read all about part three of my novel, “Destiny’s Dark Light:”

The love story of Cyan and Liam comes to its enchanted end. With the identity of the dreaded dark witch revealed, both Cyan and Liam must find ways to deal with the ramifications. War approaches at an ever-increasing pace. Dark witches and white will soon battle on the streets of Charleston. Still, Cyan remains focused on the man she’s come to love. She is destined to protect Liam, but how can she keep him safe and save the world when her powers are barely under control?

I have to thank the boss lady at Pen and Kink Publishing, Cori Vidae, for trusting me with this three-part opportunity to write about witches and romance. Without her faith in me, this story never would have happened. Many thanks also to Pen and Kink publicist Elesha Teskey for making me look so good (and even sound mildly intelligent in interviews). Finally, thanks to my creative sisters Em Shotwell and Wendy Sparrow for joining me on this incredible journey.

It’s time for me to leave Charleston and head back to the real world. Do Liam and Cyan get their happily-ever-after, or will their love story be twisted as their destinies? Find out in the final installment of Enchanted. Get your copy today!

Photo by Bill Thornhill.
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Good witch or bad witch? Choose sides in Enchanted: Magic Ember

PART TWO of the Enchanted series is out today from Pen and Kink Publishing!

The love story of Cyan and Liam continues in Enchanted: Magic Ember. Due to the violent arrival of a dark witch in Charleston, Cyan’s powers awaken. She is the foretold white witch, fated to save the world, but her skills must be honed with the help of her powerful family.

Liam fears the loss of his beloved Zoe while feeling strangely connected to Cyan. His entire life is turned upside-down when wicked witches involve him in the forthcoming War. The search for a dark witch intensifies, as do questions surrounding Liam’s past.

Enchanted: Magic Ember also features stories from Wendy Sparrow and Em Shotwell!



She glanced at Liam. “There’s this old prophecy in the Celtic Book of Shadows. It speaks of the rise of a dark witch and also a light witch, who will save the day. It’s the Dorcha versus the Loach in a great War.”

“The Dorcha is bad. The Loach is good.”

Cyan nodded. “The prophecy is obnoxiously vague, but we do know the lifelines of the Dorcha and Loach will transect.”

“How does it go exactly?”

She seemed hesitant to tell him, as though revealing some grand secret, and perhaps she was—some secret of witches.

“You don’t have to tell me.”

“It’s all about murder and death.” She wrapped her arms around her knees. “Before I was born, my grandmother foretold that I was the Loach, which meant the Dorcha was alive somewhere, as well. My father suspects the dark witch who flipped the trolley might be the Dorcha, which would explain why my powers have arrived.”

“What do you mean, arrived?”

“I didn’t have any powers until the accident. In fact, the first spell I ever cast was to get rid of your headache.”

“I don’t understand,” he said.

“Part of the prophecy states the powers of the Loach won’t show up until the Dorcha makes an appearance. Their powers feed off each other.”

“And what of this War?”

“The Dorcha wants to cover the world in darkness. The Loach has to stop him.”

“Kill him.”

She nodded.

“Good,” Liam said.

Cyan stared. He wondered if he’d said something wrong but then realized he didn’t care. He’d be willing to kill this Dorcha himself—if he thought he stood half a chance against a man who could flip an entire trolley with the power of magic.


Be sure to read Enchanted: Magic Spark before picking up your copy of Enchanted: Magic Ember. You really don’t want to miss PART ONE of Liam and Cyan’s story. Then, in April, the big finale with Enchanted: Magic Flame. It’s getting very witchy around here!

Buy your copy of Enchanted: Magic Ember on Amazon today! Click here:

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Enchanted: Magic Spark – Soundtrack and Pretty Things

I love music. I consider music one of my main inspirations. Thanks to programs like Pandora, I can be driving to yoga, hear a new song, and have a new story. For Enchanted: Magic Spark, set in the Lowcountry of Charleston, South Carolina, I needed songs not only Southern but also sort of dark. These aren’t happy tunes really, but they’re beautiful and haunting … sort of like my story. Bring on the love and angst!

1) “Disarm” – The Civil Wars

2) “Storm Comin'” – The Wailin’ Jennys

3) “Bottom of the River” – Delta Rae

4) “I Still Care For You” – Ray LaMontagne

5) “Tell Me True” – Sarah Jarosz


Now, for some aesthetics, because we all like pretty things. When considering the witches in Enchanted: Magic Spark, I looked through plenty of Pinterest. I found images that set the right mood, for the story and for the photo shoot I did in homage to the series.

Prior to writing, I also had to get an idea of what goodies my witches might own. For instance, below, you’ll see the Plainacher family scrying mirror, crystal ball, and Cyan’s lucky necklace.

In closing, need a feel for the whole book? Well, here’s a final tease of people, places, and things. If you haven’t bought your copy of Enchanted: Magic Spark, it’s now available for order on Amazon. I hope you enjoy my magical story of a witch destined to love her sexy Irishman.

 

Charleston · Enchanted Series · Sara Dobie Bauer

I put a spell on you … Enchanted: Magic Spark is out TODAY!

Liam reached out to wipe a tear from the edge of her cheek, and Cyan’s small hand covered his. He knew he should feel wrong with Zoe comatose behind him, but something about Cyan made it all so innocent. Yet, she also felt powerful.

Just as the thought passed, Cyan’s skin burned blue. Her eyes popped open as Liam twitched his hand backwards, fell on his ass, and smacked the back of his head against Zoe’s hospital bed.

“Shit,” he said, hand to his skull. “Did you see that? Did you just glow?”

She was on her feet and running before he could even stand. He yelled after her, but the sound of her retreating feet indicated she had no intention of turning back—and he wasn’t sure he wanted to follow.


TODAY, TODAY, TODAY! Enchanted: Magic Spark is finally out today! The first part of my witchy, Southern gothic trilogy is HERE!

Read about my story “Destiny’s Dark Light:”
In modern day Charleston, lonely white witch Cyan Burroughs has waited her whole life to lead the battle against dark witches and eventually meet the man she is fated to love. A tragic trolley accident brings Liam Cody into her life. He is her destiny, but he’s also in love with someone else. Now, Cyan and her magic family must find the dark witch who caused the accident while Cyan fights her feelings for Liam—a charming Irishman with secrets of his own.

Enchanted: Magic Spark also features stories from Wendy Sparrow and Em Shotwell!

What are reviewers saying?

“The writing was awesome, with great descriptions and well-defined characters that will keep readers engaged and turning pages.”

“The first thing that struck me with each story is that they’re all quite quirky, reminiscent of indie music in the fact that they have their own feel and individuality. They’re like hidden gems just waiting to be found.”

“Each author brings a little something different, but all of them bring something magical, and I can’t wait to dive into the next one.”

(One more with a bit of a “Destiny’s Dark Light” spoiler …)
“The characters were solid, believable, and relatable. The world Sara has created is colorful, mysterious, unique, and magic-filled. I can’t wait for more! And even though I was a bit irked that this was a ‘To be continued…’ ending, I’m hooked and will be really looking forward to what comes next in this world.”

(Don’t worry; part two, Enchanted: Magic Ember, comes out February 20.)


The Enchanted series and “Destiny’s Dark Light” mean so much to me since I’ve always had a thing for witches and I miss living in Charleston, South Carolina. Writing it was like going on a vacation of the mind. If you’re like me and couldn’t get enough of The Craft, Practical Magic, and the Harry Potter series, get your copy of Enchanted: Magic Spark today …

Photo by Bill Thornhill.
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Witches and sexy Irishmen – The Enchanted: Magic Spark Fantasy Movie Cast

I’m a visual person. When I set out to write a new novel, I always cast real people in the roles. Not only does it help me paint a vivid picture, but it’s good fun looking at photos of attractive people all day.

Enchanted: Magic Spark comes out January 9, featuring my three-part novel series “Destiny’s Dark Light.” Set in Charleston, South Carolina, DDL features battling witches, a trolley accident tragedy, and a mournful Irishman. Read on to see who would star in my movie version.

Cyan Burroughs

Who better to play this tough-as-nails young witch than Angelina Jolie? Cyan is destined to save light witches the world over from an evil dark witch who hopes to destroy. If only her powers would show up. When she meets Liam, the man she’s destined to love, imagine her surprise when she finds out he already loves someone else. Good things she’s tough. She’s gonna need to be strong to survive this.

Liam Cody

Yes, I know Liam is Irish, but Benedict Cumberbatch could play Irish.  Liam is Cyan’s supposed destiny. When he and his girlfriend are injured in a magic-induced trolley accident, Cyan saves them–but the woman Liam adores ends up in critical condition. He’s thankful for Cyan’s friendly presence at the hospital, but he’s terrified of losing his Zoe. An orphan, he can’t imagine being left alone all over again.

Drake Burroughs

Cyan’s daddy dearest has got to be played by the rugged Clive Owen. Drake was once a dark witch, saved by the strength of his wife’s love. He uses  blood to work difficult spells and is the size of an NFL linebacker. He would do anything to protect his daughter, even give Liam the stink eye. He doesn’t want Cyan to get hurt. As her powers awaken, he will prepare her for War, but how can he prepare her for finding out Liam loves someone else?

Rue Burroughs

Cyan’s strict magic mother who never wears shoes requires the gravitas and charisma of one Michelle Pfeiffer. Rue has been a powerful light witch her whole life. (Runs in the family.) She knows her daughter is the destined witch who will save the world … or die trying. She also knows Cyan is supposed to love this Liam Cody fellow, and although he’s charming, he seems desperately in love with his injured Zoe. What if the fates are wrong?

Sybil Plainacher

Played by Julianne Moore, Cyan’s all-seeing witch aunt Sybil has had visions of Liam since Cyan was born. She’s painted his picture a million times (although he’s even better looking in person). She swears Cyan is destined to love this man, no matter his dedication to another woman. Sybil knows things that other witches don’t, and although she’s a little shy and eccentric, she’s never been wrong before.

Zoe Hibbins

Anne Hathaway would play the beautiful, tragic Zoe. Seriously injured and left unconscious by the trolley accident, she’s an orphan like Liam: a shared trait that brought them together when they met years ago drinking wine. She thinks Liam’s idiosyncrasies are adorable, but she’s been more and more worried about his weird headaches. To continue loving him, though, she first has to wake up.

Max Henny

Liam’s boss at the bistro where he works should be played by Mark Strong. Ever since Liam moved to Charleston with Zoe, Max has taken it upon himself to act as a sort of father figure to the younger man. With Zoe’s hospitalization, Max fears Liam might fall apart, and no amount of scotch can fix him. Can Max help Liam find his way back from the edge of despair? And what’s the story with this Cyan chick who keeps hanging around Zoe’s hospital room?


There you have it: the full movie cast of “Destiny’s Dark Light.” This Friday, I will be releasing a newsletter exclusive excerpt from the book. If you’re interested, be sure to sign up HERE.

If you want to read more about DDL or pre-order an eBook copy of Enchanted: Magic Spark, click HERE. (Paperback will be available January 9!)

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Enchanted: Magic Spark – A very witchy photo shoot

Surprise! I love witches. I’ve always been mystified by magic … and romance. On January 9, Enchanted: Magic Spark will be released, featuring stories from Wendy Sparrow, Em Shotwell, and me. Read all about it and pre-order your eBook copy HERE. (The paperback will be released January 9.)

I love a good spooky photo shoot (see the Bite Somebody blood bath), so to celebrate this witchy release, I headed into the woods with some of my best friends: hair stylist and makeup artist Megan Lacy Sullivan, photographers Steph Gentry and Bill Thornhill, good witch Angel James, and Athena the snake. Enjoy the view, and join me in counting down the days until Enchanted: Magic Spark.

(All photos by Bill Thornhill. Hair and makeup, including fabulous red hair color, by Megan Lacy Sullivan.)

PS: Next week, I’m sending out my December newsletter, and there will be an exclusive excerpt from Enchanted: Magic Spark. Want to be part of the inner circle? Subscribe HERE.

Charleston · Enchanted Series · Sara Dobie Bauer · writers life · Writing

Got witches? Enchanted: Magic Spark Cover Reveal and Giveaway

It may come as no surprise to you that I love witches. I’m a Halloween fanatic who adores Harry Potter and actually owns a magic wand. When Pen and Kink Publishing editor Cori Vidae asked if I wanted to be part of a series about witches, I was like, YES.

The Enchanted series is three parts:
Magic Spark
Magic Ember
Magic Flame

The first part, Magic Spark, comes out January 9, 2018.
(Enter the giveaway for a free copy on Goodreads HERE.)

My story is called “Destiny’s Dark Light,” separated into three segments. Read all about its witchy wonder …

In modern day Charleston, lonely white witch Cyan Burroughs has waited her whole life to lead the battle against dark witches and eventually meet the man she is fated to love. A tragic trolley accident brings Liam Cody into her life. He is her destiny, but he’s also in love with someone else. Now, Cyan and her magic family must find the dark witch who caused the accident while Cyan fights her feelings for Liam—a charming Irishman with secrets of his own.

So have I teased you enough? Urg, okay. Here’s the cover for Enchanted: Magic Spark!

I’m lucky to be joined in the Enchanted series by Wendy Sparrow and Em Shotwell, two women whose work I greatly admire (and whose Magic Spark stories are fantastic).

It’s too soon for me to give you an excerpt from “Destiny’s Dark Light,” but I will say it’s funny, sexy, and angsty. It features a witchy girl with blonde dreadlocks and a sweet boy with an Irish accent. In Charleston. It doesn’t get more magical than that.

For now, be sure to add Enchanted: Magic Spark to your Goodreads list by clicking HERE.  (You can read about Wendy and Em’s stories, there, as well.) Pre-order links coming in November, but you can enter this giveaway for a free copy. Blessed be!

“Destiny’s Dark Light” aesthetic.