What to Give the Fairy Who Has Everything? Paula Millhouse Has a List (and a Book G*veaway)

We’re in the home stretch of the Elysian Fields tour with about a week to go. Today, I’m over at Reading Reality, theorizing about why New Orleans is considered such a hotbed of paranormal activity. Come on over and leave a comment, and enter to win the iPad and other tour prizes–not many chances to enter left, and I’d sure like to see one of my blog readers win!

And thanks to Doctor’s Notes today, for the awesome review! You can also enter for the tour prizes at this stop!

I’ll be working the (inserted Mirren Kincaid’s favorite epithet here) football game tomorrow for seven straight hours, but head back Sunday, where you’ll find weekly winners and, I dunno, maybe a scene snippet or deleted scene.

* * * *

Today, please help me welcome fellow author Paula Millhouse to Preternatura to talk about fairies! Paula’s latest release is Three Wishes, which was published in March by Boroughs Publishing Group. 

Paula Millhouse grew up in Savannah, Ga., where Spanish moss whispers tales in breezes from the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway. As a child, she soaked in the sunshine and heritage of cobblestones, pirate lore, and stories steeped in savory mysteries of the south. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter, the Mystery/Suspense chapter (Kiss of Death), and a member of Savvy Authors. She lives with her husband at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains with their pack and pride of furry babies. In the southern tradition of storytellers, she loves sharing the lives of her characters with readers, and following her muse on the quest for happily-ever-afters in thrilling romantic fiction.  You can learn more about Paula by visiting her website, on Facebook, or by following her on twitter. 
ABOUT THREE WISHES:  Abigail O’Malley wants to find true love…which is about as easy as catching a leprechaun. Abby’s world turns upside down when a rival Irishman threatens to take her bar, a historic Savannah landmark, mere days before the start of the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration. When she captures Michael McKnight, her three wishes include his gold, fairy magic, and the mystery of her One True Love. Will Michael have time to prove he’s up to the task of granting her wishes before the bad guys close in and destroy Abby’s dreams forever?
And now, let’s hear from Paula…

A Fairy Holiday Shopping Guide for your garden and home

With Fairy Doors cropping up all over the US, from Ann Arbor to San Francisco and abroad, one wonders what fairies want, and what will make them happy? Here’s a top ten list of whimsical items for the fairies in your garden.

1.      Shoes. Fairies love dancing shoes. Offer them the best of what’s available so when they wear them, they’ll think fondly of you. If in doubt, consult a leprechaun. They apparently make their living designing and supplying outstanding fairy shoes.

2.      Garden whimsy. Most likely whatever you like, your fairies will prefer. Whether you choose wind chimes, or whirly-gigs, fairies seem partial to beautiful things. Trust your gut. Put out fairy charms.

3.      Fans. Especially in the dead-heat of summer a simple fan can do the trick. It can stir up a breeze your fairies can use to take flight.

4.      A water source – simple fountains are favorites of all living creatures. The trickle of water drops has brought man and beast pleasure for millennia – I think fairies like them too.

5.      Avoid predators in your yard. Cats are fine, as long as you teach them when they’re kittens that fairies share the land. Nothing is better than Watch-cats for a fairy enclave.

6.      Live in an Urban setting? No fear – simply set out some whimsy in the form of a plant, a simple Japanese sand garden in a terra cotta basin, or a whimsical solar charged nightlight. Fairies love any offering from a soul of good cheer.

7.      If you’re really into fairy charms, go further than Abby did in Three Wishes – build your fairies a home made from twigs, rocks and other findings. Check out fairies on Pinterest and Facebook to see photos of what other folks are setting out. My Pinterest Page

8.      Buy or rent a copy of the movie Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997). Harvey Keitel and Peter O’Toole lead a cast of disbelievers into a journey that lifts the spirits of the people of England during World War I. Play it at random times. Fairies will come to your window.

9.      Buy a copy of my Lunchbox Romance Three Wishes and see what Abigail O’Malley does to invite the magic of fairies back into her life.

So, what whimsical ideas do you have for asking the Universe for your Three Wishes?
Thanks, Paula!
Do you have any ideas for seeking your Three Wishes? I have a rusty metal replica of my dog Shane outside my front door…wonder if that would entice a garden fairy? On the other hand, I just drove out a slew of bats. I might not want house fairies!

What about you? Got a good fairy gift? Or, what would one of your three wishes be? Leave a comment for you chance to win a copy of Paula Millhouse’s Three Wishes.

35 thoughts on “What to Give the Fairy Who Has Everything? Paula Millhouse Has a List (and a Book G*veaway)

  1. i remember i was told to put fruits or honey with a glass of milk on the windows to make peace offering to the fairy from the neighbourhood so they will consider us friends not invaders.

    ^^ what would my wish be…hum…more wishes ^^

  2. There’s also one that says put sugar water out for fairies. Thanks for sharing your book. It sounds great and I am looking forward to reading it.

  3. I also heard about milk or cream. 🙂 I always thought shoes were for the leprechauns. 🙂 Maybe sweets like candy? And for my wish.. hm.. maybe to get some money?

    • Hey VampedChik,

      Great question. An old Irish folktale tale I found in my research for Three Wishes suggested Leprechauns earn their gold by designing dancing shoes for fairies – the more exquisite the shoe, the higher the price.

      Who knew?

      Catch a Leprechaun and you’re guaranteed to find some money.

  4. I have an incredible Fairy Ball in my yard – it’s a blue-green gazing ball, the size of a basketball, and it’s powered by a solar panel. It collects sunshine all day, and glows all night for the fairies to see by.

    • Hi Bobbye Hope,

      When I wrote Three Wishes it was with the hope of being able to spread Fairy Magic far and wide. That you’ve commented here is beyond cool, and magical. You’re entered in the running for the win of the book!!


  5. Three Wishes sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing your Fairy Shopping Guide. In addition to sugar water, I would put out wind chimes and some beautiful shiny beads for the fairies.

    • Hi BookLady!

      Thanks for checking in. I’m glad you left your email address, and your comment.

      I agree – wind chimes and beautiful shiny beads are a SURE way to attract fairy magic to your backyard.

      You know, I think magic exists where we create it.

    • Chaotic Karma,

      That’s one of the coolest wishes EVER!!
      Best friends are so valuable – I miss mine too!!

      The spirit of the story in Three Wishes is perfect for you – Good luck in the contest to win the Lunchbox Romance!

  6. OMG! I love fairies… I used to have fairy houses scattered around my backyard and doorways for the fairies and rocks they could hide under… I love Disney’s fairy houses they always have on display at their Flower & Garden festival in the spring… Thanks for the giveaway!

    • Hi Lindalou,

      How cool is that that you had fairy houses in your yard? I agree, Disney has some great fairy houses, and stories too…hmmm, maybe I should pitch Three Wishes to them?

      Thanks for stopping by – reply to our conversation and leave your email address so you’re in the running for the win.

  7. Hey everyone – make sure to reply and leave your email address for the drawing for the win of the copy of Three Wishes –

    Thanks – great ideas here, all!!


  8. I would place fairy houses throughout my garden to give the fairies shelter. I would have to do some research to figure out the best thing to wish for. There always seems to be a catch if you don’t think these things through. 😀
    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

    • Hi Barbara E,

      Yes – shelter in any form is a great idea. Oh, and isn’t that always the catch with wishes? Abby seemed to know exactly what she wanted in the story when the Leprechaun asked – that’s the fun thing about fiction: reading about characters with courage to ask for what they want.

  9. I believe in fairies after watching Peter Pan. They are the kind that brings in the seasons. I don’t want another one dying just because someone didn’t believe in fairies hard enough.


  10. Your book looks wonderful. I also heard fairies like shiny things. So tiny jewelry with glitter sounds like just thing!

    lizsemkiu at gmail dot com

  11. I had heard that cream would tempt the wee folk into your home. Must buy cream.

    I love the thought of miniature jewels though.


  12. Hi Paula!
    No need to enter me in giveaway. As you know, I’ve already read and enjoyed your sweet n’ sexy story. 🙂

    My Irish Grandmother would leave out honey for the “wee folk”, along with whatever sweet treat she happened to have made that particular day…