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Maggie Toussaint

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A scientist by training, a romanticist at heart, Maggie Toussaint loves to solve puzzles. Whether it’s the puzzle of a relationship or a who-dun-it, she tackles them all with equal aplomb and wonder. Maggie writes romantic suspense, contemporary romance , and science fiction for Muddle House Publishing, cozy mystery for Camel Press, Henery Press, and Muddle House.

She has five published romantic suspense novels: House of Lies (won the 2006 Readers Choice Award for Best Romantic Suspense), No Second Chance (won 2 cover awards), Seeing Red (LASR book of the week), Muddy Waters ( Beacon finalist), Hot Water (EPIC finalist, cover art winner), and Rough Water.

Her mystery titles include In For A Penny, On the Nickel, Death, Island Style, Murder in

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Maggie Toussaint Have you ever wondered why it's so exhausting to be around some people? I have. There are some people who, even though I enjoy their company, I nearly…moreHave you ever wondered why it's so exhausting to be around some people? I have. There are some people who, even though I enjoy their company, I nearly collapse when they move on. One person in particular seemed to have this effect on me. I thought about that thing for awhile, and avoided the person as much as possible, but it wasn't until I mentioned this casually to another friend who has some experience in this that I got an answer.

I need to take a quick tangent before I come back to this energy problem... I'm sure you've heard of vampires. Several authors have written popular series with vampires as the main characters and many of those have been adapted for TV or movies. Here's a definition of a vampire: "a corpse supposed, in European folklore, to leave its grave at night to drink the blood of the living by biting their necks with long pointed canine teeth." Gross and horrifying at the same time, but for whatever reason, even though vampires are folklore creatures, people enjoy stories about vampires.

Coming full circle, my friend who I spoke to about my energy loss problem said the answer was clear to her. The person who I found to be exhausting was an energy vampire. Even at they recognize energy vampires as real threats to us:

Go figure, right? Anyway, most energy vampires I've encountered leave me weak. But, I thought as I donned my mystery author hat, what if there were energy vampires who could and would drain you dry? That was a launch moment for the plot of my upcoming release, Dadgummit, which comes out Aug. 1, 2017. My amateur sleuth is hard pressed at first to figure out how and why a person with no obvious means of death is dead. Until she stumbles upon an energy vampire.

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May 2023 Online appearances

 I have two back-to-back online appearances in May as Valona Jones to talk about my new A MAGIC CANDLE SHOP MYSTERY series. I hope you will register for one or both of these fun venues where there is plenty of reader and author chatting!


I am pairing up with talented cozy author Lois Winston toappear at this Mystery and Mayhem event! It hap

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Gone and Done It Bubba Done It Doggone It Dadgummit Confound It Dreamed It All Done With It
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In for a Penny On the Nickel Dime If I Know
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Muddy Waters Hot Water Rough Waters
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In the Wick of Time by Valona Jones
"Tabby and Sage Winslow, owners of the Book and Candle Shop in Savannah, are preparing for the holidays, but Sage's part-time work at the local nursery has suddenly become more stressful. Her boss Loren Lee has died after what seemed like a lingering " Read more of this review »
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"In this entertaining, fast-paced cozy mystery by Valona Jones/Maggie Toussaint, Tabby Winslow is co-owner of The Book and Candle Shop in Savannah. Her fraternal twin, Sage, also works part-time at a plant nursery. When Sage’s boss at the nursery, Lor" Read more of this review »
In the Wick of Time by Valona Jones
"This is the second release in the new paranormal cozy series "Magic Candle Shop". I read the first in series that led me to this new favorite series. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the oopportunity. My review opinions are my own.

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"December in Savannah, Georgia, is a sight to behold. With all the festivities—including the traditional riverfront luminary display during the boat parade—twin sisters Tabby and Sage Winslow are busier than ever setting up for the big celebration. Bu" Read more of this review »
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An excellent two generation family saga of Polish immigrants to America set against the backdrop of the Great Wars and The Depression. With Loyalty as a captivating theme, point of view character Sora caught my heart and never let go.

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A delightfully blended treat of an he-said-she-said, a clever murder mystery, and enigmatic ghosts. Amateur sleuth and librarian Carrie navigates the intricately woven plot with aplomb despite a library renovation and a busy personal life. It was nic ...more
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All seems like a glowing happily ever after in the Seaside Cove B&B when this book opens. Rick and Marquita are married, with a baby due very soon. Rick’s 13 year old daughter, Alex, loves her new mom and the fact that she’s getting a baby brother. T ...more
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“if he knew how upset I was for opening my big fat mouth. “I’m sorry about what happened in there. I shouldn’t have told Mama about Joseph Theodore Page being on Ted’s birth certificate, but she”
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message 35: by Maggie

Maggie For my Goodread friends: Death, Island Style is now available as an ebook on Kindle. Click on over to check it out.

message 34: by Stan

Stan Law A belated thanks for choosing me to be among your friends, Maggie. It may interest you that my book Marvin Clark—In Search of Freedom in now a matching FREE download on Amazon Kindle. Enjoy it while you can. (A little review on Amazon wouldn't hurt either!)

message 33: by Nicole

Nicole Hey Maggie! Thanks for the friend! I'm bummed I didn't win a copy of Death, Island Style, but i guess I just have to look forward to it coming out later this year!

message 32: by Kris

Kris Neri Thanks for adding this mystery & paranormal author. It's good to connect with you here!


Kris Neri
Magical Alienation: A Samantha Brennan and Annabelle Haggerty Magical Mystery

message 31: by Simon

Simon Hi Maggie. Thanks for seeking me out.

Christine Hi Maggie,just dropping by for a visit. I would like to invite you to check out Shadow Forrest Authors for charity and help support illiteracy issues.
We also have a SFA group here on goodreads. Have a great week.
Blessing CJ

Christine Hi Maggie, stopped by to see what's new on your page. Have a great week.
Blessings CJ
Mariard Volume 2 Glass Pawns by Christine Jones

Join shadow forest authors and help stop illiteracy worldwide.

message 27: by Pamela

Pamela Just dropping by to say hi :) Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Christine Greetings from down under Maggie. Stopped by to see what’s new with a goodread friend. Have a great day.
Blessings CJ

message 25: by C.J.

C.J. Hi Maggie.

Good to meet you. I just released A Demon Awaits adn I'm starting to tour bookstores.

Look forward to getting to know you.


message 24: by Holly

Holly Jacobs Hi, Maggie! Thanks so much for the invite!!


SAME TIME NEXT SUMMER...on shelves now!

message 23: by Lee

Lee Thanks for being my goodreads buddy, Maggie!

My new romantic suspense, The Twist is a Bookstrand #1 Bestseller! A story of mind-bending control and unnerving metamorphosis, The Twist unravels the tale of a hotshot consultant as he struggles to foil a plot to steal $12 million and to rescue the feisty, female scientist who has stolen his heart.



Lee Silver
"Romance With a Twist"
THE TWIST, BookStrand #1 Bestseller

message 22: by Gracie

Gracie Hi Maggie,

Thanks for the invite, and good to see you here!


message 21: by Jeannie

Jeannie Faulkner Barber Maggie,
Thanks so much for being friends. Your work looks so interesting and I especially love the cover of "Locking Horns"!

message 20: by Joanne

Joanne Thanks for adding me, Maggie! Great to meet you here.

message 19: by Andrea

Andrea Kulman Hi, Maggie. Thanks for being a friend on Good Reads. Andrea M. Kulman, Author of The Drama Unfolds.

message 18: by Cheryl (last edited Jul 08, 2008 08:11AM)

Cheryl Norman Maggie, thanks for the friend request!


Mystery Girl Hi Maggie! Hope you had a great 4th!:-)

message 16: by Letitia

Letitia I have so much respect for people that can create the plot of a mystery novel! I am continually letting the cat out of the bag....or just generally not thinking of an intriguing enough cat...

message 15: by Liz

Liz Hey Maggie!!
Thank's for adding me

message 14: by Pamela

Pamela Hi Maggie!
Thanks for adding me as a friend :)
Have a great week!

message 13: by Karen

Karen Thanks for befriending me, Maggie. Always great to meet another suspense author! Suspense Thriller and Romance, huh? What I want to know is if these genres cross-over in your writing. :) A Romantic Suspense, yes?

Best of luck on your writing,

Karen Harrington

SassyMama Hi, Maggie...thanks for the invite...congrats on all your novels and much success in the future...if I get a chance I'll may try to check out your books...looking forward to sharing chats, reviews and any/all recommendations...have a blessed week...and Happy Reading & Writing :-)

message 11: by Erin

Erin Hi, Maggie.
Thanks for the add!
I hope I get to read some of your books.

Warmest regards,

Erin Collins

message 10: by Daniel (last edited Jun 17, 2008 12:56PM)

. . . also added your Seeing Red e-book, Maggie, to my to-read list.

Dorlana Hi Maggie,
Thanks for adding me to your friends. Have a great week.

Hywela Hi Maggie

Sorry I won't be able to join you tonight (It'll be 'this morning' for me). I have bought 'No Second Chance' and am looking forward to reading it when I'm on holiday in Wales looking after my sister's horses while she is away.

I see you're a fan of Anne McCaffrey. I lover all her books, although The Dragonbooks of Pern were the first ones of hers I read. She also wrote one about the show circuit but the title escapes me at the moment. I wrote to her years ago and told her I wanted to write. She kindly wrote back and said 'Write what you would like to read.' So I do! Great advice.

Have a brilliant chat tonight.


Jeanne Hi Maggie. Thanks for the add :)

Jesus Christ rawx my sox!!! I AINT NOTHIN SPECIAL! tx 4 the add,
katie page

message 5: by Daniel (last edited May 25, 2008 02:03PM)

Hey there Maggie, I've added In for a Penny and your other two books to my to-read list.

message 4: by Michele (last edited May 21, 2008 06:56PM)

Michele Thanks for the ad maggie. I can't wait until I figure out how to use this network. Have a playful day!
Michele Marchetti

Catherine Hi Maggie - nice to meet you. :-)

Maggie Hi Nita,
I'm just dipping my big toe in another pond, so to speak. I love books, so this place is a natural fit for me.

message 1: by Nita

Nita Hey, Maggie! Good to see you here!

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