Favorite Things…

In case you missed it…

In my November newsletter, I announced that I would be featuring things I love, mostly made by small business owners and artisans (hopefully many by my readers). This month I featured Sidewalk Candle Co., a Laguna Beach-based small business run by two of my lovely beta readers and their mom!

A selection of candles offered by Sidewalk Candle Co.

These candles are made from 100% soy wax grown in the USA, and they smell fantastic. Book lovers seem to also love candles for some reason. They go together like cookies and milk… hmm, snack time!

Let’s give these ladies our love! Grab a few presents for friends, or just hoard them for yourself while curling up with a good book. Might I suggest the Fresh Brew candle paired with The Love Project! Oliver’s obsession with coffee fits nicely with this coffee-scented candle.

I’ve burned mine for several hours, and it’s nowhere near ¼ burned yet, so I feel like I really got my money’s worth from this purchase! You can find their website here!

New Release!

The second book in The Projects of Life Series is here! Did you miss Wesley and Oliver’s banter? Don’t worry, you’ll find it and then some in the second-generation sequel!


Eros Williams, the child of Wesley and Oliver Williams, has a lot to live up to—The Love Project, for one. With a name like Eros, it’s hard not to wonder if you’ll ever find your perfect match. But with an incredible boyfriend and a happy life, she’s pretty sure things will all work out just fine—until they don’t. When her parents decide it’s time for a family-filled holiday, her perfect life starts to unravel, primarily because her archnemesis, Logan Harrison, is part of that family.

The Godbrother she never wanted and couldn’t stand, has made it his mission to annoy Eros every chance he gets. Their arguments often stress the family, so Eros decides to try her own project during the holiday—figure out how not to hate the boy everyone else loves.

Things do not start on a high note, and they go from bad to worse when Eros discovers her Godbrother’s new girlfriend is Meredith, the girl who once shoved her in a locker and bullied her daily.

When Eros receives some bad news about her boyfriend, she starts to wonder if her perfect life was really so great after all. Does love really exist, and can it be as pure and simple as the love her parents share? Or was her mother right in the beginning—love is an illusion?

Throw in Logan’s mysterious best friend, Max—including his freckles, dimples, and adorable grin—and Eros is in for a bumpy ride.

You can grab the first two books in the series at your favorite online book retailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple, and Google!

2021 Goals – First Quarter

It’s safe to say that 2020 has been a memorable year thus far, but it has also been a productive year for me. Including pre-orders set to release this month and in December, I have released a total of thirteen books this year! One was a collaboration with my friend Crystal Crawford, and a few were previously written, so I had to rewrite some sections and edit them to release. Others were entirely written, edited, and released this year.

I was busy, but I know it is unreasonable to think I can maintain that production level and my sanity at the same time. What does that mean for M. J. Padgett Books? Well, only that I will be focusing on two specific series this year, but I might throw in another installment of a different series here and there to keep things fun.

2020 Book Releases by M. J. Padgett Books

My goals for the first quarter of 2021 include the release of The Heart of The Darkness, the seventh and final book in The Immortal Grimm Brothers’ Guide to Sociopathic Princesses. That is available for preorder now and will release on January 1.


I am working through the outline for The Prince of Sorrow and Darkness, the third and final book in The History of Goranin trilogy. I hope to have it ready for release in the summer.

I hope to get a head start on planning the Grimm spin-off series, Tales from the Immortal Black Forest. This series is a second-generation series that begins a little while after The Heart of The Darkness. It will also follow a different writing style, but each book will have its own plot conclusions while also carrying a longer-running arc through the series, much like the original series.

After The History of Goranin trilogy is complete, I will begin planning the next book in the franchise Archives of the Ancient Kingdoms. The History of Nelaravore will be up next and take us back in time to events that happened before those in The History of Goranin!

Those are the plans from now until March, but don’t be surprised if I decide to throw in some kind of young adult romantic comedy or a stand-alone novel just for fun! Only time and my scattered brain will tell!

What are your plans for the coming year? This year has been challenging for many, and I hope next year treats us all much better. I think it’s important to strive for our goals even when it seems pointless, so let’s dig in and get it done!