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Love out of a Bottle

The Jilted Jinn Book Cover The Jilted Jinn
(The Deadicated Matchmaker Book #2)
SE Babin
paranormal, mythology, romance humour
Kindle

Katie Harper is in a self-imposed dating drought. After getting dumped at the altar a record three times after she refused to continue granting wishes, she’s done with the men in Midnight Cove.

Done, that is, until her best friend secretly makes a dating tape for her and sends it to the dating agency. Immediately after, men start knocking on her door. Despite her friend giving out her home address and the mass of weirdos begging for her hand in marriage, Katie can’t help but be secretly flattered.

But the man currently restoring her historical home has other plans for her once he realizes what’s happening. And he isn’t going to let her go without a fight.

How to find your mate in a town of paranormals – why use a dating agency. Speciesm not permitted.

SE Babin always writes a good humorous novel with great heroines – you always wish you could speak the way they do! Such great turns of phrase and very snarky.

In this book you find that Jinn really do need to spend time in their bottles to rest – but not that often – and when they are their bottle they are unable to protect themselves – so they must keep themselves well hidden.

They can grant wishes of course – if they want to – unless you just happen to know the very specific turn of phrase that can compel them.

So new information here about a race we know little about. But then we learn a lot in this series…

 

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Fury can be blessed by an angel?

Blessed Fury Book Cover Blessed Fury
(Angels of Fate Book 1)
C.S. Wilde
Adult, Urban
Independently published
September 21st 2018

Once you face the devils, there’s no going back.

Guardian angel Ava Lightway has spent a century watching over her charges, whispering the words of the gods in their ears. But her peaceful existence ends when she’s assigned to Liam Striker, a supernatural detective with no memory of his past..

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Liam might be Ava’s biggest challenge yet. Stubborn and dangerously captivating, he’ll stop at nothing to find the demon who murdered his father. Even if it costs him his life..

Keeping death away from her new partner is an impossible task. And even if their investigation doesn’t destroy Ava, succumbing to Liam’s smoldering touch just may.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/41792792-blessed-fury

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EXCERPT:

The stench of stale beer and sweat invaded Ava’s nostrils as she moved toward the bar. A football game played on the screen behind the counter, but none of the three men populating the pub paid any attention to it.

The air inside was musty, old, and it only worsened as she approached the end of the room..

She passed by the first man, who sat in a booth on the left. He stared at nothing in particular, with a cry stuck midway in his throat and a half-empty jug of beer clutched in his hand. The bad lighting drenched half of him in shadows, making it seem like darkness was swallowing him.

He didn’t notice Ava because she had masked her presence before entering. She wasn’t exactly invisible. Humans could see her if they focused hard enough, but they rarely did.

Ava made a mental note to check up on that poor soul if she had the chance, her Guardian instincts urging her to help. He was clearly suffering, but she was here for a reason, and the reason was not that man. So she went back to the task at hand.

The wooden floor creaked as she approached the bar. The bartender, an old man with white hair and a face marred by deep wrinkles, cleaned a dirty glass from behind the counter.

She wasn’t here for him, either.

The last man sat hunched at the edge of the counter. Well, he wasn’t exactly a man. According to his file, he was a Selfless, an angel whose memories had been wiped out so he could be reborn as a human—standard procedure, considering centuries of memories could overload a human brain.

She stopped by his side and sat on the red padded stool to his left. The seat’s ripped leather grazed the white fabric of her bodysuit, scratching her thighs..

.The man was hunched over, so she couldn’t see much of him except for his strong build and dark hair. He took a long gulp of his drink and didn’t acknowledge her presence for a while.

So she waited..

“Archie isn’t dead yet,” he finally said, his voice rough like a cement wall.

“I do belie—”.

“He’s not dead,” the man repeated, his attention solely on what was left of his whiskey.

She took a deep breath. “I know, Liam.” She used her Guardian voice, the calm, soothing tone to which she had grown accustomed. It was how she talked to her charges, how every guardian angel spoke, actually. Using the same serene tone.

Liam turned to Ava, his brow furrowed and his lips twisted, and for a moment too quick to count, she lost her breath. Ava had seen his photo on file, but the live version of him was brutally handsome. Liam was a cool wind on a summer morning and a thunder waiting to crack. His features were all sharp angles and fierce lines, but his eyes … Ava had never seen eyes like those. Rough emeralds cut with razor-sharp precision, almost like crystalline water, if water were green.

.“Don’t call me by my name,” he spoke through gritted teeth. “You don’t know me.”.

“You’re right, and I apologize.” She patted her thighs as if she were fixing the apron of an invisible dress. “I only read your file, but I’d like to get to know you, Liam.”.

“You’re a Guardian,” he scoffed and took a sip of his drink..

“I am,” she said, ignoring the contempt in his tone. “However, the word the Messenger used when he assigned you as my charge was ‘temporary partner’.”

“You’re not my partner,” he barked through tight lips. “Archie is.”

“I’m not here to replace Archibald, Liam.”

He glared at her, certainly because she had used Archibald’s name and his. This seemed to be a sensitive matter to her new charge, so she calmly added, “I can’t replace your partner. No one can.” Ava extended her hand to him. “I’m Ava, by the way. And I’m here to help.”.

Author Bio:

C.S. Wilde wrote her first Fantasy novel when she was eight. That book was absolutely terrible, but her mother told her it was awesome, so she kept writing..

Now a grown-up (though many will beg to differ), C. S. Wilde writes about fantastic worlds, love stories larger than life and epic battles..

She also, quite obviously, sucks at writing an author bio. She finds it awkward that she must write this in the third person, and hopes you won’t notice. 

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Using Magic in the PI business

Witch is When it all Began Book Cover Witch is When it all Began
A Witch P.I. Mystery #1
Adele Abbott
Crime, Thriller & Mystery, PI, Witchcraft, Humour
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(24 Aug. 2015)

What would you do if you discovered you were a witch?

That's exactly what happens to Private investigator, Jill Gooder. And as if that wasn't enough, she has a serial killer to catch. More magic, mystery and laughs than you can shake a stick at.

This is crime cozy when Jill finds out, rather late in life, that she is actually a witch. Her magic had been blocked at birth and thus she had never known her family, even her real mother, yet alone the magic town – just over the horizon and in another dimension, in which they all lived.

A nice story.

And there is a rather nice cop involved with her in her human PI life.

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S’More – not a pudding

Love You S'More Book Cover Love You S'More
(The Campfire Series Book 3)
Beth Merlin
Adult, Comedy, Contemporary
Firefly Hill Press, LLC
(25 Sept. 2018)

Having successfully designed the wedding gown of the century, Gigi Goldstein is on top of the world – that is until it all suddenly comes crashing down around her. When the paparazzi captures her and Perry Gillman in a compromising moment the night of the royal wedding, she finds herself entangled in a scandal of global proportion. Convinced her carelessness has ruined every relationship in her life, she’s surprised and moved by her boyfriend, Gideon’s, sudden proposal of marriage and accepts it without a second thought.

Four months later, Gigi’s living at Badgley Hall contemplating an entirely new kind of life, while guilt, regret, and obligation keep calling her back to her old one. Will Gigi stay in South Gloucestershire, marry Gideon, and become the Countess of Harronsby?

Or, will unfinished opportunities and an old flame bring her back across the pond to confront her past and reclaim her future?

Love You S’More – the author speaks

 1. How long does it take to research a topic before you write? And for this book?

I do a lot of my research on the fly. I usually decide on the story element I need and then go in search of the thing that fits the bill. For example, in Love You S’more, Gigi chairs the Met Ball. I wanted to find something that would tie the Met Ball to Perry and Elizabeth. I stumbled onto a famous gown, the Rainbow Portrait Gown, worn by Elizabeth I that I could use in the story to bring Perry and Gigi together. I ended up doing a ton of research on the dress to make sure I got the details just right. The real Rainbow Portrait gown was unfortunately destroyed a few hundred years ago, but it was a fun element to use in the book.

  1. What resources do you use? In general and for the last book that you wrote?

As a writer who didn’t have the budget to fly to London to research S’more to Lose and Love You S’more, the Internet was certainly my best resource. I scoured different sites to learn things like how many steps there were up to the Whispering Gallery in St. Paul’s Cathedral or what’s included in the Downton Abbey Tour. I think as writers we are living in very fortunate times, so much information is right at our fingertips.

  1. Does writing provide sufficient income to live on? And how long did it take before this happened?

Unfortunately for me, it does not…and I haven’t been able to quit my day job yet. 😊 The challenge, of course, is finding time to write while having a day job. I write early in the morning, late at night – basically any time I can squeeze it in.

  1. What is your favourite genre?

I love historical fiction, anything that has a sweeping epic sort of feel appeals to me like Gone with the Wind, North and South, The Thorn Birds, Game of Thrones. I’m a very fast reader, so I actually like when a book is a few hundred to even a thousand pages. Of course, I am also a huge fan of chick lit.

  1. If you could recommend a living author – who would it be? A dead author?

Anyone who wants to write “chick lit,” should start with Jane Austin. She nailed the genre before it even was one. Her books have some the best sexual tension and relationship plot devices of anything that’s ever been written!  In terms of living authors, I love Meg Wolitzer, Ken Follet, John Irving, and Sophie Kinsella.

  1. What have you done with the things you wrote when in school?

Parts of some of my short stories from when I studied Creative Writing in undergrad have ended up in the Campfire Series. One story in particular had a lot of the themes from One S’more Summer and I borrowed some dialogue I liked. The rest are in a folder in a box in my attic. I pull them out for ideas from time to time.

 

Author Bio:

Beth Merlin has a BA from The George Washington University where she minored in Creative Writing and a JD from New York Law School. She’s a native New Yorker who loves anything Broadway, rom-coms, her daughter Hadley, and a good maxi dress. She was introduced to her husband through a friend she met at sleepaway camp and considers the eight summers she spent there to be some of the most formative of her life. One S’more Summer is Beth’s debut novel.

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RomCom Tropes

Checked Into Love Book Cover Checked Into Love
Bachelorette Party) (Volume 2)
Rochelle Paige
Fiction, romantic comedy
Rochelle Paige
March 28, 2017
196

Cecily Thompson swore off men a year ago. There’s only been one man who’s tempted her to end the drought… hockey hottie Jason Campbell. He had her rethinking her stance on dating, but a misunderstanding quickly sent her running in the opposite direction. Jason hasn’t been able to get Cecily off his mind. Not a single night has gone by without dreams of the fiery redhead he met in a bar months ago. When he finally sees her again at a friend’s bachelorette party, he’s ready to do what it takes to keep her right where she belongs… by his side.

I recently saw a TV programme where the presenter was analysing the various RomCom movies and he mentioned Tropes.

Now this was a term I’d never heard of before, so decided to look it up and see if it made sense when applied to novels that were RomComs too – and it does…

So here are the Tropes for you, and you can then see how they apply in this particular book and any others as you read them.

  1. The Flawed Protagonist Seeking Salvation

The atom of the rom-com is the protagonist. The bulk of romantic comedies are predicated upon the indisputable charm of an unrefined woman. Perhaps she’s an impassioned lawyer in frumpy clothes  or a Prince-loving sex worker with a heart of gold who can’t tell her salad fork from her dinner fork.  Beneath that tough facade, you’ll find a vulnerable soul looking for her match, even if she doesn’t know that’s what she needs.  Love absolves financial snafus.

Here the female character is a PR person.

  1. The Meet-Cute

Now our woman has to meet her future mate. According to The American PresidentWhile You Were SleepingJerry MaguireWhat Women WantMiss Congeniality, and quite a few others, your best chance to find love is at work. The work is actually secondary to the dating possibilities. This is a particularly convenient storytelling device — dating coworkers is historically tricky in the real world. The nexus of plausibility and relatability is the perfect point of departure for rom-coms. Maybe there’s an inherent power structure to overcome. Maybe the guy has to go back on his word, thereby submarining both professional and personal connections. Maybe the relationship has to be a secret. Maybe they’re work adversaries who find love in a hopeless place. And all of these possible plots don’t even account for the bait-and-switch in rom-coms where the workplace relationship isn’t even the pairing we’re rooting for.

In this novel the guy is a Hockey player and she has sworn off them due to past bad mistakes. The relationship needs to be kept a secret from her boss as otherwise she would be pressured to use him for business purposes.

  1. The False Start

If the relationship is founded upon an unlikely circumstance, it only follows that there would be at least one moment of dissolution. There’s such a huge gulf to bridge! Ultimately, the couple will find its rhythm two-thirds of the way through the movie. By this point, the best and least predictable elements of the movie are over. The last section is a perfunctory 25- to 35-minute period during which the couple we have already fallen for realize they’ve fallen for each other. More time should probably be dedicated to understanding how these people forgive each other. No one would fault these people if they needed some time for reflection.

Yes, there is a problem to be resolved here in this book – otherwise there really wouldn’t be a good story would there?

  1. The Grand Epiphany, and the Grand Declaration

After the relationship temporarily stalls when one party makes an idiotic mistake, he or she who commits the error suddenly realizes that they cannot be without the other. As soft pop music plays, the epiphany strikes. This is when the movie’s momentum picks up again. The long autumn of the couple’s separation is coming to an end. We can feel the reconciliation coming. It’s incumbent upon the aggressor to assess his own loneliness, inevitably leading to the realization that he had been mistaking general discontent for a specific void. Finally aware that the void disappeared while the hapless woman was in his life, he has to run out immediately to win back the love of his life.

The grand epiphany is essential because it gives way to the final act: the grand declaration, arguably the apex of all rom-coms and the greater world of cinema. The elite rom-coms include a monologue a 14-year-old girl will want to memorize with the hope that something similar may be uttered to her one day, or that she’ll have the chance to deliver such a soliloquy.

So we reach the happy ending.

Now you may be saying that I didn’t enjoy the book, well I did, but once you realise just how much of a formula there is to a RomCom,  you, or me, in this case, will start looking for a deviation from the norm. And, I’m afraid that there really wasn’t in this book. The style of writing was as you would expect and there were no surprises or unexpected events.

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