Genre: Mystery

Miss Frost Ices the Imp by Kristen Painter

Posted December 9, 2017 by karenbaron in Audiobook, Cats, Cozy, Elves, Guest Post, Paranormal, Paranormal Mystery, Review, Series, Vampires, Werewolves / 0 Comments

Miss Frost Ices the Imp by Kristen PainterMiss Frost Ices The Imp by Kristen Painter
Series: Jayne Frost #2
Series Rating: five-stars
Narrator: Hollis McCarthy
Published by Sugar Skull Books on May 11th 2017
Genres: Cozy, Mystery, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 265
Format: Audible Audiobook
five-stars

Welcome to Nocturne Falls – the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year.
Jayne Frost is a lot of things. Winter elf, Jack Frost’s daughter, Santa Claus’s niece, heir to the Winter Throne and now…private investigator. Sort of.
When she buys a sealed box at an estate sale and cat-related circumstances cause that box to be opened, life in Nocturne Falls starts to go haywire. Jayne has no choice but to figure out what she unleashed and how to recapture it.
But Jayne suspects the woman behind the box is hiding something. Something that could cause a town resident serious trouble. Or worse, to lose their life.
With the help of her two favorite guys, a sexy vampire and a hot summer elf, and a few new friends, Jayne tackles what feels like an impossible mission. And winds up almost iced herself.

Mysterious pranks and a talking Spider…loved it!

Miss Frost Ices the Imp by Kristen Painter is the second book in the Jayne Frost Series, which is set in Nocturne Falls. You know the town where they celebrate Halloween 365 days a year.

I really Jayne. She is smart, cute and she finds trouble fairly easily. She is dating two gentlemen, Grayson, a vampire with a sketchy side and Cooper, a summer elf that she dated in college. I like that Jayne is true to herself in this situation. It will all work out itself out.

I love the characters, Ms. Painter does a delightful job creating these wonderful characters and the inspiring lives. The mystery part of the book was good. I could follow the clues and everything made sense.

The narrator Hollis McCarthy did a fabulous job. She uses different voices for the characters which I thought were so great. She seems to match up very well with the description of the characters in the book. I really loved Spider’s little voice.

My rating is 5 stars. I highly recommend this series and the Nocturne Falls series. I also recommend the Audible book, the narrator was top notch. Between the author’s story and narrator’s voices, this is so outstanding.

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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 Hollis McCarthy

A Midwesterner with a science background who likes to fight with swords, Hollis is now based in New York City, and acts nationwide in theatre, film, television, audiobooks, and voice-overs. On camera roles include leads in independent films, co-star roles in CBS’ “Blue Bloods,” “The Good Wife,” and Netflix “House of Cards,” as well as roles in feature films.

   Specialties include playing “nasty” smart, powerful women on TV — Senators, the Irish President, the Secretary of Defense — as well as  leading ladies (and some men!) in classical theatre — Cassius in JULIUS CASEAR, Elizabeth in RICHARD III, and Beatrice in MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING.

Theatre work includes major roles off-Broadway at 59E59th Theatre and Urban Stages, regionally at the Old Globe, Northern Stage, Capital Repertory, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Delaware Theatre Company, Two River Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare, Kansas City Repertory, Portland Center Stage and many others.

Since winning the 2014 ACX/Audible/Audiofile Magazine Narration Contest, she has recorded 50 audiobooks, with more titles coming soon.  She also plays softball, can throw a spiral with a football, and was a National Merit Scholar.

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.


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)


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