Jewel Fire

Opal Fire Book Cover Opal Fire
Stacey Justice #1
Barbra Annino
Fiction
Thomas & Mercer
December 18, 2012
267

Small-town reporter and witch Stacy Justice has her hands full when her cousin Cinnamon's bar is set on fire, the investigation of which reveals that someone wants Stacy dead, and that her so-called magic skills are rusty.

A cosy mystery with witches whose magic is gentle, ‘seeing’ and healing mainly – the Wise Women.

It is written in the 1st person as the story unfolds so you know only what Stacy knows; thus very difficult to know the solution to the mystery in advance. You need to read on to find out who dun it and why.

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Clever Cats?

Wonder Cat Mysteries Book Cover Wonder Cat Mysteries
3 book series
Harper Lin
animals, witches, cosy, magic
Harper Lin Books
(13 Jan. 2016)

A Paranormal Mystery Series about Magic Cats and Modern-day Witches

Box set includes THREE complete novels in The Wonder Cats Mysteries. A $15 value!

A Hiss-tory of Magic (Book 1)

Cath Greenstone, her cousin Bea, and her hippie aunt Astrid live in Wonder Falls, a small town near the mystical Niagara Falls. They run the Brew-Ha-Ha café, and naturally, they’re witches hiding in plain sight along with their three magical cats, Treacle, Peanut Butter, and Marshmallow.

When Brew-Ha-Ha's baker is burnt to a crisp, along with their beloved café, Aunt Astrid lets out a big family secret: a powerful spell book, a Greenstone heirloom from the Salem days, has been stolen from its secret hiding spot in the café. If it’s fallen into the wrong hands, black magic could destroy not only Wonder Falls but the world.

A secret society… A new detective with a shady past… A once-bullied local returning to town as a multimillionaire. 

Who in town could know Cath’s family secret? Cath, Bea, and Astrid must use their witch powers to uncover the deadly truth. Cath communicates with their cats, also magically inclined, and they help uncover more than one secret lurking in wonderful Wonder Falls.

Pawsitively Dead (Book 2)

When Cath visits her parents’ graves, she finds the dead body of the local hairstylist. What’s even stranger is that she also stumbles upon an older corpse, nearly a skeleton, of a woman who died in 1958. It has been exhumed from her grave, but who would do that?

While the police are stumped, Cath, Bea, and Aunt Astrid suspect sorcery… necromancy…

Cat-astrophic Spells (Book 3)

Treacle, Cath’s magical black cat, is missing. Meanwhile, in the mysterious town of Wonder Falls, a beloved chocolatier dies. The police deem the cause a heart attack, but Cath, Bea, and Aunt Astrid know something more sinister is at play. And whoever is out there has Treacle.

 

Starting with book #1, I found the story confusing in its attempt to explain magic – which I assumed was based on an incomplete understanding of multiverses/quantum physics. And the denouement and ‘big’ ending were a damp squid [pardon the pun as it was all about water].

I never finished book 1 completely and had no urge to read books #2 and #3.

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Enter 4 Witches and 4 Horsemen

Which Witch is Which? Book Cover Which Witch is Which?
Which Witch #1-3
Kerrigan Byrne, Tiffinie Helmer, Cynthia St. Aubin, Cindy Stark
paranormalromance, humour,
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
(28 Sept. 2016)

Aerin So you played with some dark magic, what’s the worst that could happen? For Aerin de Moray and her sisters, it’s that witch hunters are no longer a 400 year-old problem. What is a girl to do with this new threat when she’s already trying to coral zombies, fight a she-devil with a penchant for possession, all while attempting to thwart the prophesied apocalypse? You keep your sisters close, and your enemies closer… like in your bed. Tierra Who has time to worry about the Apocalypse when you’ve accidentally sent your baby daddy to Hell? Dooming Death to Lucifer’s infernal realms might have seemed like a good idea at the time, but with uncollected souls swarming the manor and her unborn child’s alarming powers increasing by the minute, Tierra de Moray has a hell of a problem on her hands. With tensions rising between her sisters and chaos ruling the streets of Port Townsend, they can’t afford to be one Horseman down. If Tierra can’t find a way to rescue Killian Bane before the Devil gets her due, the world doesn’t stand a ghost of a chance. Moira So Satan is wearing your sister’s body like a Chanel pantsuit… For Moira de Moray, fending off witch hunters, dodging ghosts from her past, and surviving Conquest’s insistent advances has become a full-time vocation. So when it comes time to serve Lucifer an eviction notice, Moira aims for the surefire solution—jealousy. But pretending to bump uglies with another Horseman could produce results more deadly than Moira had planned, particularly if Nick Kingswood has anything to say about it. Claire What girl wouldn’t want to be in a love triangle with two men? Claire de Moray is caught between her first love and the fierce Horseman known as War. She needs to pick one and let the other go, but how can she make a life-altering decision when she’s busy hunting the witch hunters who’d like to burn her at the stake? She’s not afraid because she is Fire, but their arsenal is deadlier than she expects. Pushed to the limits, Claire takes a chance to save her family and stop the apocalypse, but gets far more than she bargained for.

The 4 horsemen of the Apocalypse meet the 4 (human?) witches fated by prophesy to bring about the End of Days. And they all fall in love! Wow…

Now these 4 ‘men’ are immortals who have wandered the Earth for many thousands of years – War, Battle (difference between strategy and actual fighting), Death and of course, Pestilence. One touch and you get whichever disease he thinks right for you…

All were given their job by the Goddess and Death still has his wings, except for Pestilence who was cursed by Lucifer because he wouldn’t sleep with Her- or Lucy as she is more commonly called by them.

The witches are quadruplets, identical in looks if not temperament, separated at birth in order tat the prophecy NOT be fulfilled. In fact, it was hoped that they had died. Each has a temperament that matches – roughly – to their element. Thus the Earth witch has green fingers, the Water witch can breathe water and manipulate it, the Air witch can fly, and as for the Fire witch, she accidentally burnt up her early lovers when it got a bit fiery in their encounters.

Each survived the attempts to kill them but lived in very different parts of the world until the Earth witch called them together.

Another good fantasy series (I seem to keep coming across them at the moment). Interestingly the books are a 4 author collaboration, each author taking one witch and writing the next part of the story from their perspective. It melds together extremely well and you can’t see the joins!

Thoroughly enjoyed this romp through the Bible and Revelations, but don’t take it too seriously! And can’t wait for the last part to come out in October.

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Psychotic mate match?

A Demon and his Psycho Book Cover A Demon and his Psycho
Welcome to Hell #2
Eve Langlais
paranormal, humour, satire, romantic comedy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Kindle

With a giggle and an outrageous mouth - perfect for things other than talking - Katie comes flying into Xaphan's life, upsetting centuries of self-inflicted misery. How can he stay true to the one he lost when a bubbly psycho, with mismatched eyes, keeps consuming his thoughts - and awakening his desire? So she was a tad bit nuts, Katie's insanity came in handy as the Devil's favorite problem solver. But killing's not on the menu when a dragon goes missing, and worse, Lucifer teams her up with Hell's grumpiest demon. Xaphan's rejection of her advances only makes her more determined to seduce him. And despite her violent reputation, a part of her is oddly tempted to let him live. Warning:This story centers around a grumpy demon holding on to an ancient vow and a perky psycho (with killer tendencies) who is determined to make him snap. There's cursing, melt-your-screen hotness, messed up religious tropes and snort out loud fun. If you already know you're going to Hell, then dive on in.

 

 

 

Fun!

They do love kill – both of them – and even have competitions to see can kill the most.

‘Natch these are demons who need killing but.

And any of the Damned who get involved and killed will just go back into the pit and be reborn as a new soul wiped clean of all sins, so not that bad maybe?

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When the FBI meets the real spooks

Earth Witches Aren't Easy Book Cover Earth Witches Aren't Easy
Chance Monroe #1
Heather Long
fantasy, paranormal, romance, humour,
Kindle

Nearly a decade ago, hedge witch Chance Monroe’s life irrevocably changed. She survived the attack of a serial killer. His death should have set her free.

When her ex-lover shows up on her porch, Chance isn’t ready to hear Randall Oakes is still alive and less prepared for the sea of emotion swamping her. One man wants her dead and the other just wants her. When the FBI offers protective custody, Chance refuses. Connected to the earth, Chance must rely on her supernatural senses and her wits to survive this game of cat and mouse.

In the farm rich countryside of her native Northern Virginia, Chance confronts her troubled past, a supernatural adversary and a sizzling passion that’s lain dormant for years….

This time, she will teach her hunter a lesson: earth witches aren’t easy targets…

 When I was given this free book, I read the title and thought it must be a paranormal, fantasy romance.

What I actually got was very different.

I got  a serial killer suspense/thriller with the FBI and a witch who is ‘tied’ to, and responsible for, maintaining the health of a particular patch of land. So harvest and seed sowing blessings, ensuring that pesky elves and fairies and other magical creatures don’t upset the earth and those who ‘garden’ it are part of her job – for which she gets paid. And an earth witch can trace the history of the land through communing with it. Murder, war and so on leave scars in the land’s memory that she can access.

When Chance was at college studying Forensic Psychology she was attacked by a serial killer, but was saved from death by her attacker being interrupted and her being rushed to hospital very quickly.

Now the serial killer is back and targeting his only survivor and the FBI want to use her talents to catch him.

Heather Long is a well established paranormal author with many published novels and it shows in her writing. The book is well proofed, the style is fluent and she tells a story that not only crosses genres but is one that you really don’t want to stop reading.

I went and bought the next book in the series immediately! .

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