Hey there!

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m taking the month of October off from Love is Pop.

I sent out an alert on social media, but I admittedly forgot to post something here on the site.

There are two big reasons for the break.

1: I need this time to work on Book of Shadows 5: Black Magick, which will be the final installment of my popular, young adult, urban fantasy series.

2: After doing Love is Pop for six years straight without taking more than 2 weeks off, I’ve been suffering from burn out.

So, yes, I needed time to focus on other things and not stress about who I’ll interview next for a while.

Rest assured, you can expect plenty more of our in-depth interviews that you love before long.

In the meantime, you can grab all six of my novels for FREE on Prolific Works right now.

Book of Shadows centers around a trio of 16-year-old, female witches and the trouble they get themselves into as they learn the hard way that spells can have unintended side-effects. I would say it’s an upper YA series recommended for people 16 and older as my characters swear as often as real teenagers and the storylines involve gun violence, PTSD and other more mature themes. So, if you prefer light-hearted, squeaky clean young adult fiction then they’re not for you. I should also mention that two of the main characters are a lesbian couple, one half of which is an Indian girl — I’m all about diversity. Most of the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads are very positive!

Reckoning Daze is what you might call a downhill racer sort of novel as it follows a self-destructive actress who is anorexic, abuses drugs and cuts herself. It’s a very graphic book that isn’t for the faint of heart. Not by a longshot. People seem to either love or hate this book.

Becoming Madonna is a new adult novel that I wrote in 1998, which remains the book’s pop culture riddled setting. It’s about a soap star who wants to be a serious actress and a pop star, just like her idol, Madonna. It’s a satire and contains some politically incorrect humor. If Bret Easton Ellis wrote a book about pop star, this would be it. You’d also likely enjoy it if you’re a fan of Chuck Palahniuk’s writing.

If you could leave reviews on Amazon or Goodreads after reading my books, I would appreciate it tremendously. The more reviews you have, the more Amazon shows your books to people as they browse their site. Plus, readers just plain prefer to buy books that have lots of positive reviews. In other words, you could say reviews are the lifeblood of indie authors like me.

By the way, my pen name for books is Michael Beaulieu.

See you next month!


Michael McCarthy



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    Looking forward to your return, I am. Good luck with your books.

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