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I'm so excited to announce the debut date for the first book of the Stones of Iona Series, STONE OF LOVE!

Mark your calendars

STONE OF LOVE will debut on March 4, 2024.

But the fun starts NOW!

Scroll down to learn how you can get involved in

the Launch Events!!

Work continues on Book 2, Stones of Iona Series, STONE OF FEAR, and my 2024 Christmas book, THISTLE IN THE MISTLETOE.

Check out some of my favorite Fall Recipes below!

An exclusive tidbit for Newsletter recipients only: Find any fairy on select web pages. Click her, and you'll be taken to a secret page.

www.margaretizardauthor.com has had a complete revamp as I prepare to release my debut novel, STONE OF LOVE.

Make sure and check out The Izard Clan Page!

Stone of Love Launch Events


October Promo for ARC group

Click here to join


What is this?

ARC is Advanced Reader Copy. Writers build a team of ARCs who read their stories before and during pre-sale to generate interest and reviews before release dates. Members of this group will also be part of the 'street team.' This team will be part of the launch activities from Jan 1 to March 4, doing weekly activities to promote the book. Each week, those participating will be entered into a prize drawing. At the beginning of each week, I will announce the prize. The person who has the highest participation will win a Book Swag Box!


If I join the group, what am I responsible for?

ARCs are asked to read the digital copy and write a review. The review isn’t required but greatly appreciated as it generates interest in the book before its release date. Each participant will get a link to one digital copy of the book.

Want a Prize Now?


Don't wait for January to get involved.


When you join the ARC Group, read the book. Later this month, I'll email you, and you can leave a short review of STONE OF LOVE and enter the October drawing for a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Rules and restrictions apply.

Check the form for info.


What's coming next?

STONE OF FEAR, Book 2 Stones of Iona Series, and THISTLE IN THE MISLETOE, a bonus Christmas book to the series, are coming soon. You will automatically be included in these as well. Participation is voluntary, and you can leave the group at any time.


What if I get into this and then want to leave?

This group is a managed list in Constant Contact. To leave, click the “unsubscribe” link at the bottom of any email, and you will be automatically removed from the list.


If you join, THANK YOU! Creating interest in a debut novel without ARCs is nearly impossible.

Click here to signup!

Book Quote Stone of Love

At the study, the door was ajar. A low fire glowed around the room. Good, someone already lit the fire. Brielle slipped into the dim room, crossed to the fireplace, and set the candle on the mantel. A flash of lightning illuminated the room, drawing her gaze to the shelves beside the fireplace.

She perused the shelving, trying to find the perfect book. She realized the one she wanted was three shelves up, and she couldn’t reach that high. Climbing to her knees on the lower cabinet, she stood and reached to the shelving above. Her fingertips barely touched the book she wanted. She stretched a bit more, and just as she was about to reach the spine marked Love Poems and Sonnets, a crack of thunder startled her, and she fell backward off the bookcase. Her cry was cut short when she hit something solid. A warm, muscular chest shifted along her back, and strong arms cradled her. Mortified, she kept her eyes shut. How much worse could it get?

Then the chest shook with a chuckle. The voice that belonged to it said, “Careful what ye seek, lassie. Ye might find something ye aren’t looking for.” In utter embarrassment, she kept her eyes shut. It was Colin.

“Ye can open your eyes, Brielle.” She turned her head farther into his chest. That was a mistake. He was shirtless and smelled too damn good. 


Maple Apple Whiskey Blondies


Made with fresh apples, these chewy Maple Apple Whiskey Blondies are a fall baking favorite.

PREP TIME 10 minutes

COOK TIME 25 minutes

TOTAL TIME 35 minutes




2 C flour

1 tsp baking powder

1⁄2 tsp kosher salt

1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened 1⁄4 C sugar

1 C light brown sugar

2 large eggs

1 1⁄2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1⁄2 tsp ground cinnamon

1 1⁄2 C chopped pecans


Apple Filling

2 C chopped apples

2 tbsp light brown sugar 1⁄2 tsp pure vanilla extract 1 tsp ground cinnamon


Whisky Maple Glaze

1 1⁄2 C powdered sugar 1⁄4 C whisky

2 tbsp milk

1 tbsp ground cinnamon



Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a 9x13 baking pan with parchment paper.

Using a medium bowl, toss the apple-filling ingredients together until combined.

Using a large bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon until combined.

Using a large bowl, beat the butter, brown sugar, sugar, eggs, and vanilla until combined Gradually beat in the dry ingredients until a batter forms.

Fold in the chopped pecans and apples. Spread the batter into the baking dish and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

Allow to cool slightly. In a medium bowl, whisk all the glaze ingredients together until combined and smooth.

Spread evenly over the blondies and allow the glaze to harden

Cut and enjoy!



Cinnamon Maple Whiskey Sour


Prep Time: 5 mins 

Total Time: 5 minutes 

Yield: 1 cocktail


Meet the best whiskey sour recipe—it’s full of bourbon and fresh lemon, sweetened with maple syrup, and includes a hint of cinnamon (spice is optional). Feel free to multiply the amounts below by up to four if you’d like to make a bigger batch in your cocktail shaker all at once.



Per cocktail

1 ½ ounces (3 tablespoons) Whiskey

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice

3 teaspoons maple syrup to taste

Pinch of ground cinnamon, optional



Fill a cocktail shaker or mason jar about two-thirds full with ice. Pour in the bourbon, lemon juice, maple syrup, and a pinch of ground cinnamon. Securely fasten the lid and shake well.

Pour fresh ice into your cocktail glass and strain the cold whiskey sour mixture into the glass. Enjoy!

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