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Hi. I'm Maddie James, and I am a hopeful romantic (as Joan Wilder would say!)--which is definitely why there is romance in most everything I write. My works range from short stories to full-blown novels, written in a number of romance sub-genres--contemporary, western, suspense, paranormal, and more.

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FEATURED - The ENTRANCED Serialization

Entranced, the first novel in the Soul Mates series, is written in five parts, and has also been serialized. You can find each of these five parts for sale at all major retailers, with Part One, Once Upon a Blue Moon, available everywhere for FREE! (be sure to check that out!) This is a great way for readers to start reading the story with no cost. I'm excited to provide this opening for readers, and it's my hope that once you start reading, you'll want the rest!

Of course, you can purchase the entire complete novel in one volume, if you like too. But if you want to give the story a try for FREE, why not?

The five parts and their descriptions are below, and all are available at all major ebook retailers. Enjoy!


Once Upon a Blue Moon (FREE EBOOK!)
Part One: Entranced Serialization

Can souls touch through time and hold on when all odds are against them?

In Part One of Entranced, titled Once Upon a Blue Moon, Claire Winslow vacations on an East Coast barrier island, content with her life and her potential future—until the illusion of a man walking the misty shore haunts her. Then one kiss—a beautiful, soulful, stolen kiss in the night—and her life changes forever.

Nearly 300 years past, Jack Porter is in hot pursuit of his kidnapped wife. Not an easy feat considering the year is 1718 and the kidnapper is the notorious pirate Blackbeard aka Edward Teach. Determined to rescue his wife and take the pirate’s head in the process, Jack steals aboard the pirate’s ship to save her.

Jack and Claire set out on a wild search through time, not only for the resolution to a powerful attraction between them, but also for a historical artifact that holds the key to their future happiness—the coveted silver-plated chalice made from Blackbeard’s skull.

The Lure of the Stone
Part Two: Entranced Serialization

In Part Two, The Lure of the Stone, Claire wakes in the bed of her lover after falling into his arms in the lighthouse. Or rather, jumping into his arms to escape the clutches of her suddenly evil ex-fiancé, Rick.

Soon Claire realizes she’s not in Kansas, um, North Carolina anymore. At least not the North Carolina she remembers. Her leap into the depths of the lighthouse not only released her from Rick’s clutches, but also sent her spiraling through time to a world three hundred years past. A world with Jack—her mystical ghost lover.

Claire must resolve her issues with becoming the lover of a man who from a different time, but also resist the lure of the magical stone, which might possibly hold the key to sending her back to her future—a future without Jack.

A Pigeon Comes Home to Roost
Part Three: Entranced Serialization


In Part Three, A Pigeon Comes Home to Roost, Jack Porter finds himself scrambling and frantic to once again rescue his wife, Hannah Claire, from the clutches of the infamous pirate, Blackbeard. History is repeating itself, and not in a good way.

Claire, after leaving the magical stone, is kidnapped on her way back to Jack’s cabin and tucked into the nasty pirate’s quarters for safe-keeping. Blackbeard wishes to make her one of his many wives—a thought that both disgusts and sickens Claire. But she endures her trials aboard the pirate’s ship, confident that her beloved Jack will find a way to rescue her.

Then she is surprised to learn who else is on the ship with her—someone from her recent past. Someone she never expected….

The Curse
Part Four: Entranced Serialization

In Part Four, The Curse, Claire and Jack escape Blackbeard’s clutches, swim toward the shore of the sound, and away from the pirate battle with the Governor’s men. Fueled by adrenalin and longing, they make love in the sand.

As they make their way inland toward Jack’s cabin, they find the glowing magical stone, and someone ready to step upon it. A man stands on the stone in preparation to travel forward in time. But what he holds in his hands, and the curse that the thing utters, is what sends chills down Jack and Claire’s spines.

The man crosses over and takes the object with him. Jack and Claire know that they need to follow, or they will suffer from the curse for the rest of their lives….

As it is Written
Part Five: Entranced Serialization

In Part Five, As it is Written, Claire steals Rick’s beloved chalice and returns to her childhood home where she sequesters herself away from the rest of the world. While she spends time in the farmhouse attic, she discovers not only information about her past and her family, but learns more about herself, her strengths, and her determination to find a way back to Jack.

Back on Ocracoke Island in 1718, Jack has returned to his time, with limited knowledge of the weeks spent with Claire. His brain fuzzy from time-travel, illness, and perhaps too much rum. He knows he is suffering the pain of loss, but he can’t quite put his finger one why.

Until he sees her again on the shore. And until the storm, the tide, and the full moon weave their magic….