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Making Your Own Luck

by Maggie Toussaint

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, shamrocks, leprechauns, and good luck come to mind. Along with the holiday there’s a magical sense implied with being Irish. We’ve all heard the phrase “the luck of the Irish” before, but what does it mean?

The phrase itself has the meaning “extreme good fortune,” but it didn’t originate in Ireland. Instead, it came from the American West during gold rush times. Many of the successful miners were of Irish or American Irish descent, and with fortunes in hand were thus considered lucky.

Granted there are people who seem to be born lucky, but the rest of us make their own luck. We do it by being prepared. Why else would we have a wad of napkins in our glove box, band-aids in our wallets, and a hidden key outside a locked door?

For instance, my houseplants don’t thrive when I forget to water or fertilize regularly. So I become a lucky gardener by doing things those things.

Writers make their own luck by creating the best story they can every time they sit down to write. They pay attention to market trends and what readers like.

When things go south in this industry, like a publisher closing its doors, a lucky writer decides how to move toward her goal and forges ahead.

Case in point, I’ve recently reissued three of my backlist titles in the Mossy Bog Romantic Suspense Series. These stories are basically cozy mysteries with an equally strong romance plot. So if you like cozies and aren’t put off by having romance in the mix, you’ll love this series of three.

For a chance to win a digital copy of book one in the series, Muddy Waters, which title best describes your mindset: Muddy Waters, Hot Water, or Rough Waters? Or, if you’re having the luck of the Irish today, make up your own Water title…

While you’re here, checkout our Book Giveaway contest that runs from March 1-18. All six of our authors have contributed a prize to the vault, print and digital books, and the winner gets to select the prize of his/her choice! Here’s the LINK.