Here is another batch of witchy books. There are some slight spoilers in this one. I'm not going to say where and which books, but I used them since they were pretty obvious when reading the stories. Enjoy!
Here is another batch of witchy books. There are some slight spoilers in this one. I'm not going to say where and which books, but I used them since they were pretty obvious when reading the stories. Enjoy!
I've been trying to figure out an easier way to compare all of the witch based series I've come across. So, using my awesome social studies teacher skills, I've created a series of graphic organizers that will focus on four series at a time.
Each graphic organizer focuses on one aspect of the series. The series info, setting, main character, family, BFF, and romantic interest.
Series Title: The Jolie Wilkins Series
Author: H.P. Mallory
First ebook published: July 2, 2010
Number of Books in Series: 5 with 1 novella
Series Complete: Yes
Books in this Series:
Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble
Toil and Trouble
Be Witched (Novella)
The Witch Is Back
Something Witchy This Way Comes
Spin Off Series: Yes- The Bryn and Sinjin Series
I really enjoyed the first two novels in this series. They were really original and were fun to read.
By book three the love triangle dominated the series to the point where it became the central focus of the remaining books in the series. As a result the overall story arch suffered.
5 is the highest 1 is the lowest
Uniqueness - 4
Series - 4
As an indie author, I make it a point to read many books. Currently, I enjoy reading books that are similar to my own; they have either a supernatural, paranormal, or a mythological twist. Before I decide what to read, I check out the book’s reviews. One of the trends I have noticed lately is that certain readers are accusing authors for copying other author’s ideas. I do not always agree with these readers. Sure, some things might be similar, but that does not mean that author is copying the other one.
I have seen this happen several times with the witch novels. Sometimes the setting is similar, other times it is the family structure, or the main character’s job. But what I like to remember is that before trying to sabotage someone’s novel by claiming they’re copying someone else’s ideas, I like to remember that it takes hundreds of hours to write a book. Give the writer the benefit of the doubt and read the two books for yourself before casting judgement.
To help with picking the right series for you to read, I’m going to compare about forty different series that I have read over the past few years. The major points of comparison that I am going to focus on are the setting, the main character’s job, their family, bff, and love interest.
Just a warning, this may take sometime to put all together.
Attorney Petra Rakowtiz lives in a world much like ours...except that her latest client is a wizard.
In a society divided into those with magic and non-magic powers, Petra finds herself on the non-magical side of the equation, instead opting for a career making sure that all people—powerful or powerless—get the justice they deserve. Only her ideas of justice are tested when Petra's first murder case falls into her lap after her lead investigator is arrested for killing his ex-girlfriend. While Petra wants to believe he's innocent, her client conveniently keeps "forgetting" to tell her anything that makes him look bad. Suspects begin to pile up, including one who would kill to keep his secret and one who tempts Petra to let her guard down and fall in love again. And the fact that the accused is a wizard sends the press on a hate campaign, claiming his powers are enough to make him a danger to society. Petra might agree that magic can be unpredictable...especially when she suddenly posses those powers herself for the first time. With the Wizard Council threatening to lock her up for her inability to control her new power, and her client's life on the line if she doesn't prove him innocent, Petra has to make the real murderer appear before she herself disappears.
"Murder Casts Its Spell" by Margaret C. Morse is a murder mystery with a magic twist. Petra Rakowtiz is an attorney from a world where the population is divided by a magical line. Wizards are magic users and then there is everyone else. Adopted as a child, she grew up believing that she was just a normal human, but when a dysfunctional wizard attempts to bless her, Petra begins to notice she may not be as non magical as she once believed. Meanwhile, Petra has to continue working on a case that is both personal and potentially beneficial for her career. Can she keep it together long enough to exonerate her client? Overall, I enjoyed reading this novel. Morse is very detailed with her descriptions and is able to pull her readers into the story. It was a little slow at first, and it took me a few chapters to get into it, but once I past that point, I couldn't stop reading it until it was done.
Elyse Abram is desperate. On the wrong side of a relationship with a man who has lost his mind, she’s making big changes, starting with being utterly done with love. But life on her Alaskan homestead is too hard to handle alone, so she’s got a plan. Hire a husband. No romance, no emotions, just a marriage certificate that will tie an able-bodied man to her. But when a strapping giant of a man shows up on her doorstep and gives her all the right answers, leaving romance off the table might prove harder than she thought. Too bad the growl in her new helpmate’s throat and his careful way with explanations have her thinking she’s stepped into something much bigger than she bargained for.
Dominant grizzly shifter, Ian Silver, has a job to do. One of the local werewolves is on a violent bender, and as a shifter enforcer, Ian has an order to put him down. But when his mark begs him to check on the woman he hurt, Ian can’t help his curiosity. One meeting with Elyse and his shock nearly doubles him over. A husband for hire? Hell no. Forget his protective instincts and his inability to stay away from the beguiling woman. He would make a terrible mate and besides…what Elyse doesn’t know about him could kill her.
"Husband Fur Hire" by T.S. Joyce is the first novel in the "Bears for Hire Series". Living in Alaska is not for the faint of heart. Living on a homestead in Alaska with the barest modern accommodations is even harder. For Elyse Abram it was a dream for her to prove to herself that she could make it. The bad thing is that her former boyfriend mooched off her and stole most of her food and livestock before she kicked him out. Starving and desperate to keep her homestead, she puts out an advertisement for a husband in the paper.
Ian Silver awakes from his six month hibernation to find that he's been ordered to put down a wolf shifter that has gone mad. As a grizzly bear shifter, it is his responsibility to keep other shifters in line so that no one finds out about them. But as Ian's path crosses Elyse's he can't help but feel drawn to her even if it means risking his heart in the process.
Overall, I enjoyed reading this novel. The characters are well developed. Their romance definitely kept my attention.
"Lena Rhodes is a professional runner. Life is a lot easier when she is throwing everything she has into being a nature photographer for an elite outdoor magazine. And now, she is on her biggest assignment yet: Alaskan brown bears. She’s been training for years for this opportunity, but the growly, sexy outdoor guide charged with taking her to the bears is turning her world on its axis. She had everything figured out. Eat, sleep, take photographs, and never let anyone get too close. Too bad Jenner is making her forget all her rules. But his secrets are deep and dark, and as it turns out, the dangerous Alaskan grizzlies she is here to photograph are the least of her worries.
Jenner Silver is just trying to get from one day to the next without his inner bear shredding him. But when a feisty, beautiful wildlife photographer shows up at his lodge begging a tour to find brown bears, his protective instincts go into overdrive. The harder he tries to stay away from her, the more he wants to know about the woman, but both of their survival depends on him keeping his head out in the Alaskan bush. Torn between maintaining a professional relationship, and the bone-deep desire to claim her for his own, Jenner will have to decide if he’s ready to share his secrets. And only if Lena can stop running.
"Bear Fur Hire" by T.S. Joyce is the second novel in the "Bears Fur Hire" Series. Lena Rhodes is a professional photographer who has been given the opportunity to take photographs of Alaskan grizzle's for the outdoors and backwoods magazine she works for in the lower forty-eight. She is the type of person who sees beauty in the less obvious and has the eye to catch the perfect shot. So, she doesn't mind traveling the globe looking for the best photographs. As long as she's on the move, she can't get hurt. But when she meets outdoor guide, Jenner Silver, she's drawn to him in more ways than one. As a grizzle shifter, Jenner guards his secrets and his heart. But when Lena enters his life, he knows he should stay away from her, but can't help but feel a connection. Overall, this was another great novel. Like all of the "Bear Fur Hire" books, it's mostly a romance story with one or two side plot points that need to be addressed before the HEA.
Vera Masterson has been called a lot of names through the years: witch, misfit, mad scientist. She’s let the rumors go because they kept her safe. But now she’s ready to leave the secluded island she was banished to, and she’ll need some big protection if she is going to escape the biggest rule of Perl Island: no misfit leaves. She has a plan, a burning desire for a better life, and her sights set on Tobias Silver, a dominant grizzly shifter, Alaskan bush pilot, and muscle-bound shifter enforcer. She doesn’t have much to bargain with, but she has the ability to make something he needs. And the second she lays eyes on the growly, sexy stranger, she’s pretty sure he has exactly what she needs too.
Tobias Silver is flying to the notoriously dangerous Perl Island to talk to a misfit about a rumor he’s heard. Some say Vera Masterson can suppress shifter animals, and he’s headed into a brutal hibernation season desperate to cure his grizzly instincts. What he doesn’t expect is to meet a smart-mouthed enchantress who is determined to hire him as her mate. She’s hiding a mountain of secrets, and she’ll need more protection than he’s prepared for, but she could be the answer to all his hibernation problems. All that’s left to do now is keep carefully detached from his accidental mate, because falling for the secretive woman could spell disaster for them both.
"Mate Fur Hire" by T.S. Joyce is the third novel in the "Bears Fur Hire" Series. Vera Masterson was once a normal human, living a fairly normal life. But when she made one poor decision she found herself in a seriously dangerous situation and trapped on the island of misfit shifters for three years. Her plan, hire Tobias Silver to be her mate. Tobias Silver, a bush pilot by trade, and a grizzle bear shifter by birth has spent every winter since he was sixteen in hibernation. But when Vera, a fairly eccentric scientist, offers to cure him and his brothers of this aliment, he jumps into a relationship with her that he'll be bound to for life. Overall, I thought that this was another great addition to the series. Joyce is able to give each of her characters a unique perspective of life, along with personality traits. Even though the story is heavy on the romance side, there are several exciting scenes leading to a great ending.
Like every other McCall werewolf in history, Link is headed down a short road to insanity, but he’s determined to go out on his own terms. Those terms? Repay the people the broken McCall pack has hurt before Ian Silver has to put him down. Hope is a dangerous thing for a doomed man like him, but when he meets Nicole, an instant and undeniable connection sparks between them. She might not be a typical beauty, but she’s stunning to him and stirring his inner monster up in ways that make him think that maybe, just maybe, she can save him from the McCall madness.
Nicole Brand is in Alaska to discover a part of her life she didn’t know existed. The father she never knew was killed by a wolf, and in an effort to understand who he was, she throws herself into wilderness living. But a chance meeting with a tall, dark, and growly stranger has her thinking that maybe it is fate that has brought her to Galena, Alaska. The more she gets to know the man she is falling desperately hard for, the more of Link’s dark secrets surface—and some of those revolve around her father. She should’ve listened when Link warned her about how dangerous he is, but now it’s too late. She’ll have to decide whether to return to her safe life in the lower forty-eight, or to stay and fight for the man who seems to think she can save him.
"Wolf Fur Hire" by T.S. Joyce is the fourth book in the "Bears Fur Hire" Series. Lincoln McCall is the black sheep of the McCalls. He's no man eater, but like everyone else in his blood line, he realizes that he's slowly going crazy. Protecting the Silvers' mates while they hibernate gave him a purpose, but now that is no longer an issue he is struggling to keep it together. Nicole Brand recently moved up to Alaska. About a year before she arrived, her biological father she never knew was killed in a wolf attack. She's struggling to find herself while picking up the pieces of her shattered life. Can Nicole become Link's anchor? Can Link keep it together long enough to be saved? Overall, I really enjoyed this additional novel to the "Bears Fur Hire" series. It is heavy on the romance, but there are also a few pieces of the overall story arch that are wrapped up by the end of the novel.
Dalton Dawson is reeling on the anniversary of an event that changed his life forever. All he wants to do is hide from his past for a few days, but in walks trouble in the form of a timid human who has his heart thawing for the first time in years. He’s not looking for a mate, but Kate Hawke is a fascinating and complicated woman that his wolf is desperate to figure out. Convinced she is just a distraction for his spiraling inner animal, he allows himself to watch her from afar, but what he learns about Kate could change everything and send him on a path he can’t return from.
Kate has been burned by a shifter before, and now Dalton Dawson is following her. One look at the growly, bright-eyed stranger and she knows exactly what is lurking inside of him. Sure, she’s scared and she knows better than to get into a friendship with a werewolf, but Dalton is tearing down her walls one by one. Dalton makes her feel safe and empowered, and it’s been a long time since her future looked so bright. But as both of their pasts come back to haunt them, she’ll have to decide whether Dalton is really the safe choice when it comes to protecting her heart…and her life.
"Dawson Fur Hire" by T.S. Joyce is the fifth novel in the "Bears Fur Hire" Series. Every first of April, Dalton Dawson withdraws into himself and hides out to mourn the loss of his daughter. In the past, werewolf baby girls never survive more than a few days, and with the passage of each year, it just gets harder and harder for Dalton to see past his pain. Katherine Hawke sweeps into Dalton's life and catches attention. She's timid, but risks her safety to help out her neighbors in the most surprising ways. Dalton can't help but want to protect her. Overall, this was another great addition to the "Bears Fur Hire" series. It was heavy on the romance, with a few surprising turn of events toward the end.
Emily Vega must avenge her father, and as the last of the Hell Hunters, she has one mission: destroy the Galena pack. Werewolves are carefully camouflaged monsters intent on taking over the world—or at least that’s what she’s been taught—but one meeting with the werewolf she’s hunting, and Chance Dawson is changing her mind, little by little. He is caring, protective, and sexy as hell, and the more she gets to know him, the more she thinks all of her Hell Hunter training has been a lie.
What if werewolves aren’t the bad guys? What if she’s the monster?
Chance knows he’s being hunted. What he can’t figure out is why the alluring new woman in town has her sights set on him. He’ll draw her in close, but just to show her she’s wrong about him. But when that dangerous siren starts calling to his wolf, he knows he’s in over his head. And if his alpha, Link, finds out what Emily is doing in Galena, he’ll destroy her. Pulled between his loyalty to the pack and the woman he’s falling for, Chance will have to protect her from all sides, because as it turns out…Emily isn’t the only one on the hunt.
"Chance Fur Hire" by T.S. Joyce is sixth addition to the "Bears Fur Hire" Series. Upon returning home from working at Silver Summit, Chance Dawson notices that there is a faint floral scent in his shed. He also smells it in Dalton and Kate's cabin. He hopes its nothing, but when he encounters Emily at the gas station, he automatically recognizes the scent. Suspicious of Emily, he discovers rather quickly that Emily is one of the last of the Hell Hunters. Emily Vega can't believe she's been lied to her entire life. Werewolves are not the heartless demons bent on eating as many people as possible as her father and uncle have taught her. She takes it upon herself to make up for a past that she was not responsible, but will bare its weight. Overall, I liked the different twists this novel took. I also found it interesting that Joyce included references to events that happened in her "Wolf Bride" series. I hope she continues to add to this series. Maybe Elyse's brother can meet another shifter that was turned by Jonathan Greene or she can write what happens to all of the kids. Either way, I enjoyed this series.
Content Warning: Explicit love scenes, naughty language, and piles of sexy shifter secrets. Intended for mature audiences.
Welcome to Vegas. Home of the Sin City Collectors. The job description is easy: Bring the offending supernatural in to the Boss and don’t ask any questions.
* The characters in these 3 installments interact on the page to make for one fun novel!
ACES WILD, Vol. 1
Nevada Hamilton has learned a few things since becoming a Sin City Collector, and staying away from vampires is one of them. After botching her first Collection, she hasn’t been assigned to another one since. But when she receives her next playing card, she’s in for a surprise. Not only is a vampire her next target, but they’ve paired her up to make sure she gets the job done right.
Being a hellhound isn’t enough to protect Jake Troubadour from Nevada Hamilton, no matter how thick his skin is. Finding out he has to work with the beautiful dhampir, after not seeing her for three years, is a low blow—but Jake is a professional. He takes his Collections as seriously as he does running his bar. He’ll do whatever it takes to get the job done.
ANTE UP, Vol. 2
Diesel Jones is a shifter with moon issues. His dream of becoming a Sin City Collector has lingered in the shadows because of his inability to control himself. But when Louie Fiore decides to test his merit, Diesel jumps at the chance. When he finds he has to come up against an incubus, painful issues from the past resurface and he only has one thing on his mind—kill.
Sofia Cabrera is the new witch in town, and she’s more than anyone bargained for. She finds herself drawn to Diesel, the sexy shifter, the first moment she lays eyes on him. When she finds herself the target of an organization of incubi, Diesel comes to her aid unexpectedly and they end up fighting the threat together.
ALL IN, Vol. 3
Ginger Elliot is a succubus on the run. She’s in danger of being Collected, but her first priority is to find her brother. Even though she operates the biggest spy network in the supernatural world, it may not be enough to free her from the crimes she’s been accused of committing. But keeping her deteriorating condition from the sexy shifter who’s accompanying her is getting trickier by the hour.
Luke Jones is on a mission to save the succubus he’s fallen for—not only from her brother—but from herself. The two have been on the incubus’s trail for weeks and finally have him backed into a corner. Luke knows Ginger is in trouble, but he has no idea how to save her.
What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...
Queen of Hearts, Vol 1
Feline shifter Claudette Marchon traded life as a showgirl to become a Sin City Collector, giving up the glamour to earn some serious cash in order to buy her own business. Mission accomplished, she now runs a pawn shop specializing in gems and jewelry.
Life is good until a Collection job requiring her specific skill set lures her back in. The Queen of Hearts, a museum-worthy ruby and diamond necklace has been stolen from the Boss’s private collection and she’s his last hope to do what two other Collectors have already failed to do. Bring in the necklace. And the thief.
But gargoyle Jason Tennant isn’t quite the dangerous criminal Claudette expects. In fact, he’s not a thief at all. He’s former Special Ops and being set up by the real mastermind, forcing her to decide between the man she’s falling for and the man she works for. Proving Jason innocent may risk the Boss’s wrath, but Claudette’s heart says it’s a gamble worth taking.
Dead Man’s Hand, Vol 2
Demi-goddess and muse Seraphina Kostos has been tasked with bringing her employer’s wayward teenage daughter home. Not the hardest job Seraphina’s ever had – until her boss calls in a favor in the form of extra help. The man who arrives is unlike any she’s ever encountered.
Sin City Collector Ares rarely goes on typical Collections. Mostly because his skill set involves taking lives, not saving them. As the son of a vampire and a grim reaper, his touch holds the ability to reap souls. Sure, it makes for a lonely existence, but he’s learned to deal with that. Or has he?
Beautiful Seraphina has him questioning everything he’s ever known. Living the rest of his life alone suddenly seems impossible. But what kind of future is there with a woman he can’t touch or hold or kiss?
Double or Nothing, Vol 3
Gage Hudson is a vampire on a mission. All he wants—all he’s ever wanted—is to locate the vampire who killed his brother and exact his revenge. Even if that means losing his job as a Gotham City Collector. And he knows what loss feels like, because his desire for revenge has already cost him the love of his life.
Sin City Collector and pixie Minka Winslow has revenge fantasies of her own and they all involve Gage. When he walked out on her with no explanation, she took the heat for the Collection he ruined. Fortunately for him, she’s put that part of her life behind her.
At least until the two are forced to work together to stay alive. When an enemy from their past returns to threaten them, they have no choice but to reconcile long enough to survive. Then new information changes everything. Just how much will they gamble to make things work this time?
What’s Collected in Vegas, stays in Vegas...
*All Sin City Collectors Novellas are stand alone novellas, all set within the world of the SCC. Our goal is for you to sit back and enjoy the ride as each author presents their unique story. The world of the Sin City Collectors is big. Places and characters will overlap, so be sure to look for your favorites and stay tuned for more novellas!
"Aces Wild" is the first novella in the "Sin City Collectors Series". Nevada Hamilton is half vampire, half human who is working as Collector out of the city of Las Vegas. As a Collector she is tasked to bring in supernaturals who have broken the law. When she receives her latest assignment comes up, she is forced to face several personal demons. First off, her collection is a vampire, and Nevada hates everything about vampires. The second one comes in the form of a hellhound from her past who has just been assigned as her partner. Nevada has to swallow her pride, and do her job or risk being collected herself. Overall, I felt that this was a fun and quick read. The plot and characters are well developed and are easy to imagine.
"Ante Up" by Amanda Carlson is the third novel in "A Sin City Collectors Series". Diesel Jones has suffered from a rare shifting issues since the night his father was murdered when he was eight years old. It's the one thing that has kept him out of the SCC thus far. But when an opportunity to prove himself pops up, he's ready to to do it. Sofia Cabrera is the new witch in town. Generally a loner, she's survived thus so far on selling her skills for the right price. Bored and looking for a change, she decides to stay in Vegas especially after a certain shifter has caught her eye. But when Sofia is stalked by an incubus, she may need to rely on the help from her new acquaintances or face a lifetime of slavery as his bride. Overall, I enjoyed reading this novel. Even though it is considered a stand alone novel, it's best enjoyed after reading the first novel in the series.
"All In" is the fifth novella in "A Sin City Collectors" series. Ginger Elliot and Luke Jones have spent the last three weeks tracking Damien, Ginger's brother. Desperate to get her brother to change his lifestyle, Ginger has been willing to make sacrifice after sacrifice to find a way to reach out to him. Luke has his hangups. One of them is that he loaths sex demons, especially since one killed his father. But after spending three weeks with one, and learning that his prejudice against the entire race was unjust, he more than willing to admit that he was wrong. Overall, I enjoyed reading this novella. I hope that both Carlson and Painter continue adding more novellas to this unique series.
A "Sin City Collectors Boxed Set: Aces Wild, Ante Up, and All in" by Amanda Carlson is a fun read. Each novella is crafted as a standalone novel but they really should be read in order. I love how Carlson took secondary characters from "Aces Wild", and then used them as the main couple in "Ante Up". I also love how the main couple in "Aces Wild" than shows up as secondary characters in the two follow up novels.
"Queen of Hearts" is Kristen Painter's first addition to "A Sin City Collectors novella" series. Sin City Collectors are supernaturals that are called in when another supernatural has committed a crime. In this first novella, Claudette, a special feline shifter, is called out of retirement to retrieve the 'Queen of Hearts' ruby that was stolen from the Boss's safe along with bringing in the gargoyle who stole it in the first place. But when she starts her assignment she quickly realizes that the job is and offending supernatural is much more complicated than she expected. Can Claudette straighten out this mess, keep her heart safe, and not get collected herself? Overall, I enjoyed this story. The characters meshed well together and were fun to read.
"Dead Man's Hand" by Kristen Painter is her second stand alone novella in "A Sin City Collectors" series. Seraphina is the daughter of a Muse, making her a demi-goddess. Her words inspire men to produce their best work. Her current employer is a famous artist whose daughter has gone missing. Like any good father, he called the one person who can help. On assignment as a collector, Ares (not the Greek god of war) is half reaper and half vampire. Anyone who touches his skin loses his soul. Ares and Seraphina team up to find the missing girl. But they find more than just the teen, they find each other. The trick is can they ever be together? Overall, I enjoyed this novella.
"Double or Nothing" is the third novella written by Kristen Painter for the Sin City Collectors Series. Gage Hudson is a vampire on a mission. For nearly two hundred years he's sought after his brother's killer. He's sacrificed everything including the trust and respect of the Pixie he loves. Minka Winslow who was introduced in "Dead Man's Hand", has spent the last two years getting over Gage. She lost much because of his betrayal and is finally starting to gain back her place in the Sin City Collectors hierarchy. The two are forced to come together in an impossible life and death situation. Will either one of them survive or will they lose both their hearts and their lives. Overall, Kristen Painter is an awesome writer. Her characters and storylines have a wealth of depth that keeps me coming back for more.
What the Hex?
Yesterday Cece Cash came dangerously close to stuffing Derek North into the trunk of her car and dumping his body in the Vegas desert. Then she snapped out of her daydream and realized he wasn’t worth the prison time.
As much as Cece hates to admit it, she needs Derek. Her old pal’s cash rescued her private investigation agency. Her witchcraft hadn’t been enough to save the business. Luckily for her, Derek has the money and she has the skills. Well, at least she thinks she has the skills. She’s still counting on the spell casting to help.
Now if she can just pay Derek back, she’ll send him packing to Savannah and get him out of her hair for good. Wisecracking and fun-loving Derek has other plans though. He enjoys being a part of the agency. Life is a party and he isn’t about to waste a minute of it. Why else would he come to Vegas?
What happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas. Sometimes the shenanigans pop up in the middle of the desert in a burning car. A successful owner of a fitness club is suspected of murder and disappears right after the crime. Cece and Derek are hired to find the woman and uncover the truth about the homicide of a young fitness trainer. The stakes are high in Sin City for Cece and Derek. Will luck be on their side or will they lose it all?
"What the Hex?" by Rose Pressey is the first novel in "A Paranormal P.I. Mystery" series. Cece Cash wants nothing more than to prove to her family that she can be a successful P.I. However, she has little cash, and in order to open her own business, she accepts an offer from her brother's best friend to accept him as her partner. Reluctantly she accepts his proposal. She just didn't realize at the time that Derek North would move from their hometown in Savannah, Georgia to Las Vegas, Nevada. Little does she realize that even though Derek is out partying every night, he's making contacts and promoting their business. When one of his new friends drops in hoping they can find her bff, Cece and Derek are not only charged with finding a missing person, but also solving a murder.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It was crafted a bit different than the typical Pressey novel. Cece and Derek are not a romantic couple. They're not even really friends at the start of the novel. I enjoyed watching their relationship evolve. Something else to note, yes Cece is a witch, but she doesn't have any extra powers nor does she really do too many witchy things. Pressey will mention her casting a spell every so often, but beyond that there really isn't anything else that is paranormal about this novel. Either way I thought that this was a fun read. I look forward to reading the next novel in this series.
Witch at Heart
Jinx Hamilton has been minding her own business working as a waitress at Tom’s Cafe and keeping up with her four cats. Then she inherits her Aunt Fiona’s store in neighboring Briar Hollow, North Carolina and learns that her aunt has willed her some special “powers” as well. They say admitting you have a problem is the first step and Jinx has a major problem. She’s a brand new witch with no earthly clue what that means. Throw in a few homeless ghosts, a potential serial killer, and a resident rat and Jinx is almost at her wit's end. Thankfully she has the unfailing support of her life-long BFF, Tori and it doesn't hurt that there's a hot guy living right next door
Witch at Odds
Resigned to her new life as a witch and determined to make a success of both that and her business, Jinx has a lot to learn. She sets out to both study her craft and get a real direction for her aunt’s haphazard approach to inventory. Not to mention the fact that she wouldn’t mind getting to know neighboring business owner Chase McGregor a lot better. Although Jinx can call on Aunt Fiona’s ghost for help, the old lady is far too busy living a jet set afterlife to be worried about her niece’s learning curve. That sets Jinx up to make a major mistake and to figure out how to set things right again.
"Witch at Heart: A Jinx Hamilton Witch Mystery Book 1" by Juliette Harper, is a fun read filled with southern charm. Jinx Hamilton just inherited her Crazy Aunt Fiona's building. It comes with a shop filled with everything under the sun, probably including a kitchen sink, and an apartment full of her stuff. Sad but excited to start this new chapter in her life, Jinx moves into her aunt's apartment, and as she falls asleep thanks her aunt, but also asks her for her "magic" too. Not realizing, the ghost of her aunt would take her seriously, Jinx awakens to find out that she's not just a new business owner, but a witch too. Now, with her best friend Tori in tow, Jinx learns the hard way how to be a witch while trying to solve a murder mystery too. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. Its a mix of coming of age, mystery, and a lot of magic too.
"Witch at Odds: A Jinx Hamilton Mystery Book 2" by Juliette Harper is a fun filled addition to the series. Jinx and Tori are both getting settled into to their new lives as business owners when Jinx takes it upon herself to learn how to be a witch by means of internet sorceress. Determined to help the ghosts trapped in the local cemetery, Jinx inadvertently unleashes all of the sleeping spirits, a brownie and an evil sorceress. Now it is up to her and Tori to make things right. Overall, I really enjoy this series. Its a cauldron filled with fun, mystery, romance, and southern charm. I'm really looking forward to reading book 3 in the series.
I'm going to take this blog in a new direction. So far I've mainly posted a monthly update of the books I've been reading. Instead I'm going to focus on highlighting the various books and series I've read and am reading in individual blog posts.
I pick my books based upon how I'm feeling and what I'm currently interested in. Hope you like them too!
I'm a Paranormal and Urban Fantasy Romance writer who is working on my third manuscript! I live in the Mid-Atlantic. I enjoy writing, reading, and being an aunt.