Category: Paranormal Romance

Witchful Thinking by Kristen Painter

Posted November 27, 2017 by karenbaron in Cats, Cozy, Guest Post, Mystery, Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance, Review, Rural, Series, Shape Shifters, Witches / 0 Comments

Witchful Thinking by Kristen PainterWitchful Thinking by Kristen Painter
Series: Happily Everlasting Series #4
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Sugar Skull Books on October 31st 2017
Genres: Cozy, Fantasy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there's no such thing as normal.
Charlotte Fenchurch knows that, which is why she’s not that surprised when a very special book of magic falls into her hands at the library where she works. As a fledgling witch, owning her own grimoire is a dream come true. But there’s something…mysterious about the book she just can’t figure out.
Leopard shifter Walker Black knows what’s odd about the book. It’s full of black magic and so dangerous that it could destroy the world. Good thing the Fraternal Order of Light has sent him to Everlasting to recover it and put it into safe storage. If he has to, he’ll even take the witch who owns it into custody.
That is until he meets Charlotte and realizes she’s not out to watch the world burn. She’s sweet and kind and wonderful. Suddenly protecting her is all he wants to do. Well, that and kiss her some more. But dark forces seem determined to get their hands on the book, making Charlotte their target, and Walker worries that he won't be able to protect her from them – or the organization he works for.
Can Walker and Charlotte survive the onslaught of danger? Or is that just witchful thinking?

Dark Magic can’t beat the true light of love.

Witchful Thinking by Kristen Painter is the fourth but not final book in the Happily Everlasting Series, two of the other authors will be releasing their next installment soon. The story takes place in Everlasting, Maine a small town along the coast, “where there’s no such thing as normal.”

OK, this book had me from the very beginning. I absolutely loved it. There is a dark underbelly side of Everlasting, Maine. It was so great to see the town from a different perspective. I have to say I did miss Hugh and his alternative swearing.

We start with our female lead, Charlotte. She is a young librarian working at the local library. She meets lots of townsfolk and knows her regulars. She is kind of gullible. She is also a very new witch, who really hasn’t learned how to use her powers yet. She is sweet and lives a very modest life, with her cat Edgar Allen. Charlotte likes books, all books, it really doesn’t matter. Charlotte doesn’t have much confidence in herself when it comes to men. She considers herself plain and ordinary. She really doesn’t date much. She takes people at their face value. I did mention she is gullible, maybe a little naïve too. However, for me, her saving grace is her love of chocolate. She is really a sweet person. I liked her immediately.

Walker Black is just visiting Everlasting, well actually is on an assignment. He is in Everlasting to find the spell book filled with dark magic. According to his employers, the spellbook will return to the Everlasting and he has been going there to look for the book. Where he runs into Charlotte. Walker is very good looking, a smooth talker and Charlotte is immediately drawn to him. Walker is many things but being witch-friendly isn’t exactly one of them. He is kind of the opposite.

We meet a few new characters in Everlasting, not too many of the ones from the other books. Oh, the Sheriff, herself is actually in here a lot, personally and professionally. Then, of course, we have the deputies, too. There are a lot of dark characters, I won’t go into their details so I don’t spoil anything.

You have to read this book, it is that fabulous, and my rating is 5 stars. Yes, I recommend it if you haven’t already got that.

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Coming Soon to the Happily Everlasting Series are:

Total Eclipse of the Hunt by Mandy M. Roth (I feel a little 80s vibe coming on…)

Curses & Cupcakes by Michelle M. Pillow

This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book on your site. ~Jen

five-stars

About Kristen Painter

About the Author:

Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning paranormal romance and urban fantasy. The former college English teacher can often be found on the social media links below where she loves to interact with readers.


Fooled Around and Spelled in Love by Michelle M. Pillow

Posted November 20, 2017 by karenbaron in Cozy, Elves, Ghosts, Guest Post, Mystery, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Series, Shape Shifters, Witches / 0 Comments

Fooled Around and Spelled in Love by Michelle M. PillowFooled Around and Spelled In Love (The Happily Everlasting Series, #3) by Michelle M. Pillow
Series: Happily Everlasting Series #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform on October 24th 2017
Genres: Cozy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Format: Kindle
five-stars

Welcome to Everlasting, Maine, where there's no such thing as normal.
Anna Crawford is well aware her town is filled with supernaturals, but she isn’t exactly willing to embrace her paranormal gifts. Her aunt says she’s a witch-in-denial. All Anna wants is to live a quiet “normal” life and run her business, Witch’s Brew Coffee Shop and Bakery. But everything is about to be turned upside down the moment Jackson Argent walks into her life.
Jackson isn’t sure why he agreed to come back to his boyhood home of Everlasting. It’s like a spell was cast and he couldn’t say no. Covering the Cranberry Festival isn’t exactly the hard-hitting news this reporter is used to. But when a local death is ruled an accident, and the police aren’t interested in investigating, he takes it upon himself to get to the bottom of the mystery. To do that, he’ll need to enlist the help of the beautiful coffee shop owner.
It soon becomes apparent things are not what they seem and more than coffee is brewing in Everlasting.

What did you say, weren’t we talking about scones?

Fooled Around and Spelled in Love by Michelle M. Pillow is the third book in the Happily Everlasting Series, each story is written by one of the four authors. The story takes place in Everlasting, Maine a small town along the coast, “where there’s no such thing as normal.” I found this book not as funny as the last one, but I liked the mystery a little better.

The town of Everlasting, Maine continues to grow on me. This story starts with the death of one of the town’s young gentlemen and how our young sleuths figure it out, and maybe they fall in love. I really love happy endings. I better not go there though.

Our female lead is Anna, the owner of the Witch’s Brew Coffee House and Bakery. She is Aunt Polly’s niece. Yes, the Polly who gave Hugh the non-cussing potion. Yes, back to Anna. She is a witch in denial. Anna is also a very generous soul, she helps everyone, giving them free muffins and checking in on them, she is a friend to everyone. Anna is crazy busy with the cranberry festival and all the baking. Anna makes her living at the Witch’s Brew but she loves photography. She also has a small trust issue when it comes to magic and relationships. Polly put cast a spell to make her and George have some fun and Anna thought she was in love until she wasn’t.

Jackson is a journalist, who was born in Everlasting. He is back to write a story exposing the unnatural things that happen in Everlasting during the Cranberry Festival. He was told that Anna would be a great photographer to hire when he arrived in town. The thing about Jackson is he knows what is right and wrong but he kind of puts his own spin on what he figures is right. Jackson is a lurker, his conscientious can leave his body and walk around listening to conversations and snooping. This is a very convenient skill for a journalist.

Polly the local witch is positively wonderful. What a great aunt. She really keeps things moving. Polly like many of the inhabitants of Everlasting has her own sense of fashion. Did I mention the bright red hair? Polly cast the spell to bring Jackson to Everlasting and now Anna can’t tell if she honestly likes him or if it is a spell.

Anna and Jackson have set out to find the person that killed George, but they may find out more about George than Anna really wanted to know. They will also have the assistance of a cursed camera and Polly of course, but don’t count on much help from the Deputies as they have other things to keep them busy. Below is my favorite quote from this book.

“I told you, either use it or don’t, but you can’t just dibble-dabble with the bibble-babble.” – Aunt Polly

This series is chalked full of interesting characters who do some of the darnedest things. I truly adore Everlasting.

My rating is 5 stars, I highly recommend this book and the series. This is the first book that I have read by Michelle M. Pillow but I look forward to reading some of her other books, as they look steamy and magical.

I will be starting the fourth book in the series, Witchful Thinking by Kristen Painter. I have read many of Kristen’s books and I am really looking forward to this one.

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This is a Guest Review for Baroness’ Book Trove. Thank you for the opportunity to review this book on your site. ~Jen

five-stars

About Michelle M. Pillow

Michelle M. Pillow, Author of All Things Romance
New York Times (#8) & USA Today Bestselling Author
Romance & Cozy Mystery Author
#1 Amazon Bestselling Author
Bestselling Paranormal Romance Series: Dragon Lords, Lords of the Var, Warlocks MacGregor
As long as she can remember, Michelle has had a strange fascination with anything supernatural and sci-fi. After discovering historical romance novels, it was only natural that the supernatural and love/romance elements should someday meet in her wonderland of a brain. She’s glad they did for their children have been pouring onto the computer screen ever since.

Michelle loves to travel and try new things, whether it’s a paranormal investigation of an old Vaudeville Theatre or climbing Mayan temples in Belize. She’s addicted to movies and used to drive her mother crazy while quoting random scenes with her brother. Though it has yet to happen, her dream is to be a zombie in a horror movie. (She came close as a refugee extra on SyFy’s Z Nation, airing Fall 2016!)
For the most part she can be found writing in her office with a cup of coffee in pajama pants.
She loves talking with readers on social media.
(Biography copied from her website)


Daughter of Deaths by Christopher Mannino

Posted November 13, 2017 by karenbaron in Action, Adventure, Boarding School, Death, Dragons, Elementals, Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Paranormal People, Paranormal Romance, Review, Romance, Series, Teen, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Daughter of Deaths by Christopher ManninoDaughter of Deaths by Christopher Mannino
Series: The Scythe Wielder's Secret #3
Series Rating: five-stars
Published by MuseItUp Publishing on August 29th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 412
Format: Kindle
Source: Author
five-stars

Two years ago, Susan Sarnio was brought to the World of Deaths. Fighting sexism and bullying, the first female Death helped reinvent the College. Now, her friends journey deep into the heart of enemy territory, hoping to rescue her. Ancient secrets come to light. The horrifying truth behind Susan's arrival in the World of Deaths is at last revealed. War erupts between Dragons and Deaths, and the fate of three worlds hangs in the balance. The epic conclusion to The Scythe Wielder's Secret.

My take on this book:

A terrific ending to a wonderful trilogy by an amazing author.

Daughter of Deaths by Christopher Mannino brings us to an amazing close to this great trilogy. I count myself as lucky to have been asked to read it. This book is so brilliant, I will try not to spoil anything.

This book starts kind of where the second book ended and it’s just a roller coaster ride from there. We have Will figuring some things out from some dragons to Sindril telling Susan why she is really there in the World of Deaths, that is important for him to have her here to Frank, Michi, and Cronk trying to save them to the War and then the ending.

Again Mr. Mannino has divided this book up into three different third person point of views but once again they work really well together especially when they reveal how some people can handle some things that are very different for the four young heroes (Susan, Will, Frank, and Michi). We also meet some new characters in the Elementals species, some as dragons’ species, and some new species’ as well. This book is just filled with so much information that I am hoping that Mr. Mannion will have more stories from this world.

The three different point of views is the same as the second book Susan, Frank, and Will. Susan’s, who is also really grown into herself in this book, Frank’s because he has an interesting role, and Will’s because is Susan’s best friend, housemate and her boyfriend. Together these three characters, who with the help of their friends, have grown and really had to push themselves to stand against the things that they are afraid of throughout the book.

We met a lot of new characters that are Elementals and Dragons in this book. Too many to name them and to give you what I thought of them. There is a new character a child with great power. I don’t really want to spoil it though but I can say that it ties into the name of the book. We also encounter a new species… Well kind of. They are called the Swarm by Frank and they are basically Fire themselves. They help Susan throughout the book once she and Will join back up with Frank.

This book is just filled with so much information and action and about countless other stories waiting to be told within it. Much like what Susan powerful speech once the war was done is about. There were some things that I kind of did dislike. Like some of the time skipping around, which I know was important for the story but kind of made me lose track of how old Susan really is, and that Will wasn’t really there much in the story. But I did like how Frank didn’t force Susan to take him with her to protect her since he knew that she is capable of protecting herself. I was also wondering what happened to the other Deaths that were worshipping the Shadow Dragon King.

Daughter of Deaths by Christopher Mannino is an awesome book and one I would recommend to everyone that loves books like this especially the young adult readers of my blog, basically all readers. I also believe there are more stories to be told within this world even if it’s in short story form (hint, Mr. Mannino). I am very happy how this story turned out. I am also giving this book five stars because it’s such an amazing book and a very fabulously good ending for the trilogy.

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five-stars

About Christopher Mannino

Christopher Mannino’s life is best described as an unending creative outlet. He teaches high school theatre in Greenbelt, Maryland. In addition to his daily drama classes, he runs several after-school performance and production drama groups. He spends his summers writing and singing. Mannino holds a Master of Arts in Theatre Education from Catholic University, and has studied mythology and literature both in America and at Oxford University. His work with youg people helped inspire him to write young adult fantasy, although it was his love of reading that truly brought his writing to life.
Christopher’s debut novel School of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret book 1) was published in May 2014 by MuseItUp Publishing. The second book in the trilogy, Sword of Deaths (The Scythe Wielder’s Secret book 2), was published in August 2015. The third book Daughter of Deaths is expected to be released in 2016. His series has received rave reviews and been compared to Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.


Dead Man Talking by Jana Deleon

Dead Man Talking by Jana Deleon

Magic Emerald, 10 cats, remodeling, crazy weather and a ghost, what…? Dead Man Talking is the first book in the Happily Everlasting Series written by four authors, Jana Deleon, Mandy M. Roth, Michelle M. Pillow and Kristen Painter. The stories take place in Everlasting, Maine a small town along the coast, “where there’s no such […]