10 Moments that Changed Maureen Bonatch’s Life – And her new release, Grandma Must Die

I love the title and premise of this story. Can’t wait to read it. I also love the answers to Maureen’s ’10 Moments that Changed My Life.’ Check it out… (and isn’t it an adorable cover?) 

Grandma Must Die

A Touch of Magic Series Volume 1

Maureen L. Bonatch


She’s a witch hunting a spell. He’s hunting witches and falling for her.


Carman has worn out more towns and last names than impractical shoes protecting the secret of her magic blood. But when a friend goes missing, and another is infected with a deadly spell, Carman must choose. Expose her magic blood by curing the spell—or stop the infection from spreading by killing the source…the grandmother.

Magic bounty hunter Dylan has scoured libraries of banned magic paraphernalia seeking a method to distinguish genuine witches from impersonators. He suspects unorthodox librarian Carman might hold this information tighter than the hair he’s dying to unleash from her bun. With a past as hidden as his sleeve of tattoos, Dylan discovers he’s been used to gain Carman’s trust and their passion risks more than mixing mortals and magic.


…once she’d started Carman couldn’t stop,

the book beckoned. Pressing its spine against her palm, begging her to search within the pages to find the answers she’d unconsciously sought her entire life. As she lifted the book, her scalp tingled and her hair elevated like a halo.

“Whoa.” Dylan shielded himself with his hands. “Put it back, slowly, because this is reminding me too much of the incident with the chest. Having my apartment blown up from magic isn’t covered in my rent.”

The plastic evaporated in a puff of smoke in Carman’s hands and the book unsealed with a sigh. She smiled, the welcoming warmth emanating from within its pages against her palms. Why had Mother kept her from this? This is what she’d been waiting for.

As curiosity overtook his common sense, she detected Dylan’s cautious approach. He stood close enough to peer over her shoulder into her book, but far enough away to avoid touching her.

After the shockwave the last time their skin met, he probably worried he’d ruin another pair of pants. Carman closed her eyes, absorbing the power from the book. The delicious feeling evoked a sensation like melting chocolate, sweet and satisfying.

“I remember hearing about her, Esmeralda Wrath. I wonder if this was her book?” Dylan’s warm breath caressed her shoulder.

Carman opened her eyes and examined the page. To stare right at a photo of the most powerful witch of all time…her grandmother.

Ten Moments that Changed My Life

This was a challenging task. I could easily rattle off events occurring in my lifetime that rocked the world. I could dissect the many moments in my writing career that devastated or inspired me. Instead I chose to reflect upon little things that changed me and/or my outlook on the world.

  1. The first time I wore my contacts in junior high. Until then I’d assumed everyone saw the world the way I did. I had no idea how much I’d been missing. I discovered many things I’d assumed looked one way, actually looked very different. I walked around, mouth agape; staring at the world I’d only seen in a blur since I’d refused to wear the thick, black-framed dorky glasses.
  2. When I submitted my first essay in junior high. I was certain the teacher would love it and encourage me to devote my life to writing. She didn’t, and she wasn’t good at providing the encouragement I needed at that age.
  3. Using my first word processor. If anyone else remembers correction tape and a manual typewriter then you can certainly understand my glee.
  4. The introduction of mixed CD’s and ITunes: I love music and my IPod is set to shuffle all the time. To have the ability to choose songs without buying the whole CD or holding a tape player to the speaker (which the DJ always interrupted the song!) was exhilarating.
  5. The day I got married. A few weeks after it set in that I wasn’t playing house. This was now my home, and along with all the fun, came the responsibilities.
  6. Receiving my Masters degree. I hadn’t planned on college. I took business courses in high school. Earning a postgraduate degree made me realize I could achieve most anything I set my mind to.
  7. My first back injury. Made me realize I am not invincible and that health isn’t something to be taken for granted. Nor is the ability to roll over on your own. 😉
  8. The sonogram for my twins. Five months into the pregnancy of what we’d thought was a single child we discovered I was carrying twins. It was exhilarating and terrifying at the same time.
  9. 9/11. Not only because of the changes and fear it brought to the world, but also because my twins weren’t quite 2 weeks old. I feared what kind of world I’d brought them into. Also, it is my birthday and until this happened, no one apologized for my being born that day before.
  10. Being a parent. My life changed from the day I became pregnant and continues to change in a million different ways each year. The joys and frustrations make me question my competency for this role some days and reveal in the unexpected rewards on others.

So tell me, what little thing changed your life in a big way?

Prize: One free ecopy of Grandma Must Die from a random comment drawn by Alicia Dean on October 7, 2015 (release day)



Penning stories boasting laughter, light suspense and something magical in the hope of sharing her love of finding the extraordinary in the ordinary world.

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16 responses to “10 Moments that Changed Maureen Bonatch’s Life – And her new release, Grandma Must Die

  1. marilynbaron

    Maureen, I am totally intrigued by the excerpt, the title and the concept and I really enjoyed the interview. I connected with the contacts comment. I never wore contacts but I did have the dorky glasses and braces at the same time in 4th grade. One day, when I was an adult, I woke up and discovered I could see without my glasses! I was so excited until I realized I had fallen asleep wearing my glasses and they were still on when I woke up. Best of luck with the new release.


  2. Loved the excerpt! I often wondered if I might be a witch, robbed of my powers and my eyesight (well, not all) at birth. But I do recall in the third grade being fitted with my first pair of frosted blue, cat-eye framed glasses and being led to the front door of the doc’s office for my virgin vision of the world. “Holy Toledo! So, that’s how people know what’s showing at the theater!” “Yes, dear. It’s called a marquis.” On a more somber note, I’d be surprised if there are many among us whose lives have not changed in some way or another after 9/11…I know mine has. Best of luck, Maureen, on your release—terrific title!


  3. Great post and excerpt! The first time one of my stories was a finalist in a writing contest convinced me that my writing wasn’t total crap. It was a little thing, but it gave me the confidence to keep writing, and now I’m published. Best of luck with your new release.


  4. I can so identify with the contacts! When I first got glasses I was like, what? You can SEE individual blades of grass? *gasp* And make out leaves on the trees instead of seeing them as a blob of green? And make out Sister Eileen’s features, instead of seeing a blurry space where a hole opened and closed when she talked? Yes, mind-blowing! Thanks for sharing!


  5. Diane Burton

    Great excerpt, Maureen. My “aha” moment also has to do with vision. After cataract surgery, which also corrected my astigmatism, I went to a 3-D movie and finally saw what everybody else did. Prior to that, I never knew what the big deal was.


  6. Alicia, thank you so much for having me here today!


    • I am thrilled to have you, thanks for joining me. I can’t relate to the eye sight thing. I didn’t need glasses until I was closing in on 40, so I knew what things were supposed to look like. 🙂


  7. Leah St. James

    Great list, Maureen. I’m with you on the contacts and word processor. I could type a WHOLE LINE of text and revise it before it was final! 🙂 (It was an old mag-card IBM Selectric, the most magical thing equipment-wise I had ever encountered.) I pre-ordered GRANDMA MUST DIE and am really looking forward to reading it! Wishing you tons of success with it.


  8. Sheila Hughes

    My life changed in a big way when l lost my brother in law Doug a year ago. It was very unexpected! To go in for a simple sonogram of stomach and bleed out! This was a horrible shock that happened in 2 min time limit! I sat back and thought we take so much for granted in life and it can be gone just like that! So l no longer take anything for grant! I don’t believe in wasting time arguing with a friend or loved one because in a blink of an eye they could be gone! Then your left with that memory!


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