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New and Witchy

New Witch on the Block Book Cover New Witch on the Block
(Midlife in Mosswood, #1)
Louisa West
Adult, Paranormal
June 30th 2020

She thought she was running away from her past, not catching up with it.

 

Rosemary Bell just wants to live a quiet, happy life and raise her daughter as far away from her toxic ex-husband as she can get. But when they move into a decrepit cottage in the woods of Mosswood, Georgia, Rosie realizes her life will never be simple.

 

A gang of meddling neighborhood do-gooders want to run her out of town. The vicious laundromat machines keep eating her spare change. Not to mention her buff Irish stalker who insists that he’s a Witch King and that it’s her royal destiny to be his Queen.

 

And to top it all off, strange things keep happening around Rosie when she least expects it…

 

She could deal with it all, but her ex won’t rest until he tracks her down. When her ability to protect her daughter is threatened, Rosie shows them all that nobody messes with the new witch on the block.

 

 Practical Magic meets  Bridget Jones’ Diary

  • in this fun, heart-warming short novel about starting over, putting family first, and finding love when you least expect it

Guest post

An Interview With My Author

By Rosemary Bell – Heroine of New Witch on the Block

What made you decide to write my story?

As someone who has spent time as a single mum, I am fascinated by the plight of women who are striving to slay it in their everyday lives: mums who work full-time, mums who are at home full-time (because that has a whole other set of challenges), mums who are in-between, or run their own businesses… the list goes on! I knew I wanted you to be a witch, and that I wanted moving to have to be a difficult experience for you. Giving you a downright reprehensible ex-husband whose influence you needed to overcome so that you could bloom into the woman you always were deep down inside meant I got to see your grow throughout the book. Adding the witchery on top of all that seemed like a logical step – but you needed to believe in yourself before you could believe in magic!

I see. Randy sure is a piece of work, so thanks for that I guess? Moving on – why Mosswood?

I’ve always been fascinated with the United States, ever since I was a little girl. A few failed attempts at visiting has meant that for the short-term future at least, my experiences of the US will need to happen through books, TV shows, and movies. I love the pictures painted of places like Bon Temps (Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series) Mystic Falls (L. J. Smiths’ The Vampire Diaries series) and New Orleans in general – so it made sense to set my series in the South. My editor is Southern and is an incredible source of real-life info, helping me adapt my language. And then once I knew I wanted a really tiny town surrounded by woods, I got my ten year old daughter to draw me a map! Kids are so inventive, and she thought of things that I never would have thought of. I loved collaborating with her on the project, and the story is so much richer for it. 

That’s actually adorable, bless her! But for real now – was the palmetto bug really necessary? And the biceps? Were the biceps really necessary? And the laundry machines? The skunks?! Actually nevermind, we aren’t speaking.

Stop being overly dramatic, it was just a bug? And sexy biceps. And… well okay, the skunks probably didn’t need to scare the crap out of you, so I’m a teeny bit sorry for those. 

Did you feel even remotely bad for any of the hurdles you threw my way during the course of the book?

Not really! The scene with the eggs was difficult to write, because I was actually imagining it happening to myself and my daughter as I was writing it and I shed a tear or two, I can’t lie! But everything that made it into the book was totally necessary for your growth and development as a character, so I can’t be too sorry! And I mean, sure Declan is annoying, but could you really call him a ‘hurdle’? Heh.

What about the naked magic casting? Did you feel bad about that? Because that was just unfair.

Not in the slightest, and I will do it again in a heartbeat. You needed to come out of your shell, figuratively and literally – and those scenes really demonstrate your transition from Randy’s Rosie to your own person in so many ways. In fact, the last of those scenes might just be my favourite scene in the whole book!

What’s in store for me in Jealousy’s a Witch? The title sounds ominous.

There will be a huge raft of new characters, and new places in Mosswood to explore in-depth! The plot definitely takes a turn – you discover that Declan’s been keeping a pretty big secret from you that makes you re-think your whole association with him. Maggie will experience a lot of growth in the book too, and the main plotline revolves around some dangerous situations for her. It’s gonna be a wild ride!

That makes me worried for Maggie! Will she be okay?

Absolutely – but it wouldn’t be the type of book I write without a little drama! She will come out of Jealousy’s a Witch with a rather cool experience of her own – but I don’t wanna spoil it for you!

 Author Bio

 Author by day, Netflix connoisseur by night.

 Louisa likes Pina Coladas and gettin’ caught in the rain. Determined to empty her brain of stories, she writes across several genres including fantasy, speculative fiction, contemporary and historical fiction, and romance.

 She lives in Mandurah, Western Australia, and drinks more coffee than is good for her. When she’s not writing or researching projects, Louisa enjoys spending time with her family, and Harriet The Great (Dane). Hobbies include playing video games, watching copious amounts of tv, and various craft-related initiatives.

 She strongly believes that the truth is still out there.

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Eggs and more eggs

Justice Unhatched
The Exceptional S. Beaufont #5 of 6 (so far!)
Sarah Noffke and Michael Anderle
fantasy, magic. dragons
LMBPN Publishing
(8 May 2020)

The Dragon Elite are growing more powerful.

But so are their enemies.

Dragon eggs have been stolen, but Sophia isn’t deterred.

She will get them back and make the thieves suffer.

Once she figures out where to look for them…

The stakes are higher than ever as Sophia is sent on mission after mission to help the Dragon Elite, do Subner’s bidding and also save those at the Gullington who are still cursed.

Quiet might be better, but the housekeeper for the Castle is still sick.

Sophia won’t stop until she finds a cure for Ainsley.

But to save the eggs, the housekeeper and her friends it’s going to take harnessing the strongest power in the world. And the most elusive.

Can love save everyone?

It is clear that recent events have been woven into this story – for instance social distancing and the value of toilet rolls – and authors also read in the same, and write in the same, book piles as I do. The chewing gum that makes everyone happy and compliant comes from this pile .

But then is one of the authors – note that he turns up as himself in the book – Michael Anderle – knows Ramy Vance and writes with him – see the Middang3ard books.

But seeing this world – the Middle Ages time locked dragon riders through the eyes of a young modern girl gave great twists and humour to the story, especially the conversations with her dragon. For me the series of Sophia and her dragon are really good four to five Stars.

And I think that Sarah Noffke writes excellent fantasy. I have now read all 12 of the Liv Beaufont books! I just can’t wait to find out next what the writers’ imaginations will come up with. I adore Lunis too.

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Sweep the Inn’s Porch

Sweep with Me
The Innkeeper Series #1-5
Ilona Andrews.
Fantasy Romance, Shifters, Werewolves and Vampires, Paranormal romance
Independently published
(13 Jan. 2020)

A charming, short novella in the Innkeeper Chronicles, from #1 New York Times bestselling author, Ilona Andrews. Thank you for joining us at Gertrude Hunt, the nicest Bed and Breakfast in Red Deer, Texas, during the Treaty Stay. As you know, we are honor-bound to accept all guests during this oldest of innkeeper holidays and we are expecting a dangerous guest. Or several. But have no fear. Your safety and comfort is our first priority. The inn and your hosts, Dina Demille and Sean Evans, will defend you at all costs. [But we hope we don’t have to.]

Every winter, Innkeepers look forward to celebrating their own special holiday, which commemorates the ancient treaty that united the very first Inns and established the rules that protect them, their intergalactic guests, and the very unaware/oblivious people of [planet] Earth. By tradition, the Innkeepers welcomed three guests: a warrior, a sage, and a pilgrim, but during the holiday, Innkeepers must open their doors to anyone who seeks lodging. Anyone.

All Dina hopes is that the guests and conduct themselves in a polite manner. But what’s a holiday without at least one disaster?

I have read Ilona Andrews before and thus knew that I would enjoy this series. What I didn’t realise was just how much!

This is a series of books about magic and aliens. Yes it’s true, vampires do feature quite a lot, indeed a whole book covers vampire society. But be aware, these vampires do not drink blood nor are they unable to come out in the sun. They are a variant on the human genome with fangs, extra tall, very.muscled, and. very fierce! They always wear armor and love to fight…

Our Inn and its magic is a wonderful device to introduce us to alien worlds and species; customs; food; behaviour, and so on… We visit a market world (just like a Moroccan souk but better), vampire worlds, hidden worlds and worlds at war. We discover amazing weapons and poisonous. plants, we empathise and get angry at the guests’ situations, and want to meet the amazing chef and and eat his food.

So let go of rational and logical thought. The sun bends reality and defies no laws of physics – dig into your imagination – to above all – believe in the Inn, and that maybe, just maybe, this hidden place could exist next door to you, without you ever realising.

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Let’s approve the dragons?

The First Human Rider: A Middang3ard Series Book Cover The First Human Rider: A Middang3ard Series
Dragons Approved 11 book series
Ramy Vance and Michael Anderle
fantasy, sci-fi, urban fantasy, sword and sorcery
LMBPN Publishing; 1 edition
(23 Dec. 2019)

Dragonriders are all that stand between Middang3ard and total annihilation. 

But their numbers are dwindling. 

With every passing day, more and more Dragonriders are falling under the scourge of the Dark One. 

The forces of humanity and their allies are desperate. They need a new hero to step up and turn the tide.

Myrddin, the resistance’s leader, thinks he might have found that someone…on Earth, of all places.

Word has just come from the east that the Dark One is launching his largest assault yet, but there is still time to stop him. If, that is, they can find someone good enough to take him on. 

Alex Bound just might be the rider they need.

But a human has never been accepted as a Dragonrider. 

Let alone a blind human...

Alex isn’t someone to step away from a fight. 

Not now, not ever, and she has no plans to start—even if she needs to ride a real dragon to make it happen.

or not.

The thing is I really like Ramy Vance’s writing and Michael Anderle’s – when they co-write with other authors but not with each other! To me it’s a very strange thing but it seems to me that they do their best work when they don’t go ‘dragons in space’! Because then they revert to young men writing Cowboys in Space – too much of their favourite sci-fi movies come over – ie Star Wars and bang bang you’re dead.

Oh, and can anyone tell me how to pronounce Middang3ard? Most annoying word ever.

This series irritated me in 2 dimensions – the bang bang you’re dead aspect, but also these very short books. I understand that it is difficult to keep the attention of young men, but they write longer books with other authors so they are more than capable. If they had taken the whole series and made it one book – or even two – that would have read better. I got tired of going onto KU and retrieving the next book after less than 30 minutes of reading.

Disappointed is all I can say.

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Magic spells do what?

Under Your Spell Book Cover Under Your Spell
Cajun Demons MC
Cynthia Rayne
military romance, romantic suspense

Love can be magical. And deadly.
Chloe
After my grand-mère was murdered, I returned to Bayou Noir to find the killer. And I had just one suspect, Xavier Richelieu. But I forgot just how superstitious the folks in my old hometown can be. A voodoo priestess, a supposed vampire, and a grumpy gator are on the loose. I don't believe in this crazy supernatural stuff, but I am worried about seeing my old crush again, Saint. And I should be. Somehow, he's even more gorgeous than I remember. I'm tempted to leave my good girl ways behind and take a long, hard ride with the biker.
Saint
I've got better things to do than follow Chloe around, but she seems bound and determined to get herself killed. Somebody needs to watch her back and it might as well be me. She's running hot and cold, but one way or the other, I'm gonna sweet talk her into my bed. I'm used to keeping my distance from women, but with Chloe, I can't get close enough.
Under Your Spell is a fast-paced, action packed, MC romance with some paranormal elements. This full-length standalone novel contains a hot biker, explicit language, scorching sex scenes, and an HEA.

Motor cycle clubs in the environs of New Orleans – a popular trope – and did one of the ‘real’ Salem witches settle in the town? Is there ‘real’ magic? And what about Voodoo?

All these are questions that the book raises in its storyline and attempts to answer with some spooky occurrences and murder.

In this trope a good girl always reforms a bad boy – especially one who is, I effect, a male whore and can’t keep his trousers zipped up, and finds himself falling for the one woman he can be faithful to. In addition, she helps him wise up to his criminal activities and take a more honourable route to living.

4 stars for light reading and quite a nice telling of this typical storyline.

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