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The Case of the Disappearing Blogger!

““No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
― Gautama Buddha, Sayings Of Buddha

It is amazing to realize just how long it has been since I last published. As we all know, life has a tendency to get in the way of where we want our present and future to go. Instead, we are at times forced onto other, more winding paths, often into a bleak landscape we fear to tread.

Other times we must put our heads down and hook up to our own personal plow, digging the rows of life, planting crops we wish to one day reap. I can’t say all my rows are planted, but I can say that I am seeing my way through. It will require discipline to start up again, but I can’t tell you all how much I am looking forward to it.

I have been editing books by various authors, Susan Bliler and Michael Angel in particular. If you haven’t checked out their works, I highly recommend them. I have also been editing business manuscripts, as well as supporting COBRA client agents. COBRA is a continuing program which allows employees to continue their benefits after they leave their previous position until they are insured by another employer or health insurance plan. And yes, that does veer wildly away from my love of books, but you do what you can to retain a steady income, right? I have been given the opportunity to work with a publishing house to edit for them, and I am thrilled about it! I will still be soliciting books from Indie Authors, so if you have a book that needs a keen eye, my rates are good! (Hint Hint)

So. I will be posting reviews again, though not steadily I imagine – at least for a while. I have to ‘get my feet under me again’ and get organized, but I am working on it. Currently, I am reading Bad Magic: 10 Novels With Demons, Djinn, Werewolves, Vampires & Rogue Gods . . .”  if you haven’t picked it up yet, I can Highly Recommend it so far. I Have read Chosen The Djinn Wars: Book 1, and Dead Rising The Templar – Book 1 so far, and both were wonderful stories. I am getting ready to start Hidden Blade Soul Eaters #1. I wasn’t familiar with the first story, but I have added the series to my reading list. The second I had already read, as I am a big fan of Debra Dunbar, but that was the only one of the series I had read. Both of these series are going on my “to read” list. If you previously followed my blog you will know that I have widely ranged, very eclectic tastes in books, and a bad case of “Oooooooo! Shiny!!!” so series often drop by the wayside when I find a new toy.

The last anthology I just finished was From the Shadows: 13 Tales of Urban Fantasy, Witches, Werewolves, Magic, Romance, Shifters, Fae, Demons, Vampires, Dark Fantasy & More!  While I can’t say that I will love all the books in any one anthology (who does?) this one was, in a word, stunning. With eleven different authors offering thirteen stories (Annie Bellet offers The First Three!!! of her The Twenty-Sided Sorceress books!) there are plenty of stories here to please anyone with an interest in strong, well-developed female characters, males who don’t run over the top of them but stand by their sides, and storylines that grab your interest and hold it. While I discovered that I am not really a Dannika Dark fan based on the story in the anthology, that is simply a matter of taste, not a snark against the writer. To each her own.

As I have gotten more into reading again after a long drought, I have read books by a wide range of authors, from Margo Bond Collins’ Under Her Skin to Devon Monk’s Ordinary Magic series books one and two.

My favorite stand alone recently was Playing with Fire: A Magical Romantic Comedy (With A Body 

 

Count) by R.J. Blain. I adore R.J. anyway, and this start to a new series is a Hoot!

“You really are a one-track mind when you’re a unicorn.”

Yep. Get it. Read it. Review to follow 😉

Besides, it is free on Kindle Unlimited, and only $0.99 to purchase.

OH! And I read the first three of SM (Sara) Reine’s Preternatural Affairs Series (again!) and purchased the next three books in the series. If you haven’t read it, and you are fond of supernatural policing, this series is wonderful. I know I wouldn’t want to be a witch allergic to magic!

So, that is it for now. Reviews to follow. And if you need an editor or just a beta reader, be sure to drop me a line!

Hugs,

Leiah

 

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Thank You, Susan Bliler! An Editorial Recommendation ;-)

Thank you, Susan!

I so love working with Leiah Cooper!

Starting out, I figured I’d go it alone. Who needs an editor when you have a college education? Me, that’s who. Most of my negative fan feedback was about my lack of editing. Luckily, Leiah found me and the rest is history.

She’s such an easygoing individual. She experimented with different styles until we found the perfect fit for me, which I love. Most other editing agencies do things their way period. Not Leiah. She finds what suits the author best and works from there. She’s also extremely flexible. If I tell her I’ve got a deadline and need an edit ASAP, she makes it happen. Book reviews are also something she provides and they are phenomenal. Honestly, I’m almost reluctant to write this review. Like a child with a toy, I’m not keen on sharing. J Thanks Leiah for all you do, you’re the best!

About Susan

susanMy pack territory is in North Central Montana. Born and raised in an untamed location that bridges the gap between rolling prairie and majestic mountain peaks, I am born to a family that also bridges the gap between cultures. My father’s people boast a fiercely proud Scottish ancestry while my mother’s tribes descend from two savagely beautiful and unique nations that inspire my Skin Walkers series.

I’m a huge fan of MMA, boxing, hockey, 30 Seconds to Mars, Linkin Park, DMX, the Killers, and 21 Pilots (“sometimes quiet is violent…”). I also love to read because it encourages me to write. ( I always hate it when authors add that they love coffee and chocolate. Really? Who doesn’t love coffee and chocolate?) Anyway, I love beer…kidding. I don’t love beer, but we are engaged in a very serious relationship. (Mom, please don’t call me when you read this.)

Check me out at www.susanbliler.com

A’hau.

The Skin Walkers Series: The ones with links are edited – the others are coming soon.

King (Skin Walkers, #1)
RedKnife (Skin Walkers, #2)
Bishop
Mason
Conn (Skin Walkers, #5)
Leto (Skin Walkers, #6)
Monroe (Skin Walkers, #7)
York (Skin Walkers, #9)
Gauge (Skin Walkers, #8)
Remy
Legion
Tyce

Territory

Book 1 – Territory Prequel (Territory, #1)
Book 2 – Territory (Territory, #2)
Book 3 – TerrIIItory (Territory Book 3)

Musing Mondays – What Cha’ Reading?

https://shouldbereading.files.wordpress.com/2012/11/musingmondays51.jpg?w=257&h=143Musing Mondays is a weekly meme by Should Be Reading that asks you to choose one of the following prompts to answer:

16213179I’m currently reading… The Wizard, The Warlord, and the Hidden Woman by Michael Angel

Up next I think I’ll readDark Prayer by Natasha Mostert

I bought the following book(s) in the past weekBy Tooth and Claw by S. M. Stirling, Mercedes Lackey, Eric Flint, and Jody Lynn Nye

I’m super excited to tell you about (book/author/bookish-news)… I just finished the edit of SKIN WALKERS: REDKNIFE by Susan A. Bliler. If you are a lover of Urban Fantasy, and haven’t read the SkinWalker Series, you really should. Susan’s storyline and characters are interesting, her settings are beautiful, and her women characters are lovely and well developed. Try them out!

I’m really upset by (book/author/bookish-news)Hum… at the moment? Can’t think of anything right now, but . . .

I can’t wait to get a copy ofMagic Shifts by Ilona Andrews!

I wish I could read ___, but… Ha! Everything on my mountainous TBR List! But I think I will have to live to 300 to 24974213do 23139924so… every time I turn around, I am adding more!

I blogged about ____ this past week… Are You Stuck In WASP Land? Embrace Diversity In Your Reading! What are you reading that isn’t WASP?

THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What’s your favorite genre? Why? Urban Fantasy! I adore the mythology, and if it is well done it allows me to remove myself from my life – to be ‘more’ to be my dreams . . .

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a brief comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! Should Be Reading and So, I Read This Book Today!

A Snippet From The Black Swan Inheritance By Marigold Deidre Dicer

Enjoy this snippet! The book comes out December 1, and you are in for a total treat!

This is an early scene from The Black Swan Inheritance:

Black SwanI found the body where the werewolf had left it. Black blood stained the ground, as well as my clothes. I worried if I had stopped to shower and change I would lose my nerve. Nerves were about all I had now. Nerves and necromancy.

Kneeling down next to the dead creature, my bare legs soaked up the heat of the day from the bitumen. I swallowed audibly and picked up the head to reposition it. That done, I took the small pocketknife I had been given when I joined scouts (I left after about a month) and opened the blade.

“Blood of the Black S-swan.” I was trying to command the dead to rise, and I couldn’t manage that through chattering teeth. I cleared my throat and started again. “Blood of the Black Swan binds you to me. I call you from the grave and into the night. If you shall accept, rise.”

I sliced the inside of my left palm and blood pooled. I coated my red blood against his black, running my hand around his severed neck. Then, finally, I placed my wounded palm over his mouth.

I looked away when I heard movement of flesh against stone, but forced my eyes back upon the scene. I watched as his blood coagulated with mine and brought the head back to the body. I watched as the fatal wound healed itself. I watched as the skin and muscle knitted before my eyes. I watched as the vampire’s eyes snapped open, and he grabbed my hand with both of his and pressed it hard against his mouth.

The feeding was disgusting. The vampire rose a little but only to force more of my blood into his mouth. It reminded me of a man bucking during sex. He drank with greedy desperation, as if frightened the blood be taken from him at any moment. I let him feed, but when I felt my strength wane, I had to put a stop to it.

“Enough.”

The vampire stilled with the command.

“Release me.”

He relinquished my wrist, and I checked my palm. The clean cut was marred with hickeys – bruising from the vampire sucking so desperately he brought the blood up through the skin. My vision became spotty, so I let my hand drop to my side, hoping that if I hid the sight of it I could manage to remain conscious.

“I have claimed you, do you understand?”

He nodded, but his eyes were glassy.

“Are you still hungry?”

“Yes,” he whispered in a weak voice.

“You can no longer feed on me. Is there anything else that can be done to heal you?”

“No blood?”

“No blood.”

He didn’t answer for a moment. Then he said, “Bury me. I need rest.”

I blinked. “Bury you? Bury you where?”

“Somewhere safe.”

I didn’t even own a shovel. I lived in an apartment, after all. Where would be safe?

There was a park right next to where we were, but that could hardly be safe. There was sort of a common, a grassy back garden at the apartment block where the clothesline was. How was I to dig up the ground?

Wait, the management hired a gardener. He came every week and kept his tools in a little shed, next to the hot water systems. There should be a shovel in there.

I just hoped I wasn’t caught.

“C’mon.” I helped the vampire to his feet. “You’re coming home with me.”

The Black Swan Inheritance will be out 1st December 2014!

Copyright © 2014 Sarah Thomas writing as Marigold Deidre Dicer

Back To Work, And A Few Little Things

Hey all. Sorry to disappear for a while. My life took a hammer blow and I am just now getting back on my feet. I am back now.  Spending the day catching up on my edits, but I wanted to let you know about the Simon & Schuster Audio Giveaway.

Click the pic below to go to the site to register to win.

LuLo FanGirl: DOING ALL THE FANGIRL THINGS… posted the blog tour for Somewhere Between Water And Sky by Elora Ramirez, and though I am not on the tour, I thought I would post it as well, just because the book sounds really good, so here’s the info:

Water & SkySomewhere Between Water and Sky Synopsis:

I heard it said once that every human is a story with skin.

If this is true, paragraphs would be etched in the scars on my wrists.

Whole chapters could be written about the way my heart pounds when I startle awake.

And every single one of my tears could fill a book.

But stories, with all their promise, only leave room for disappointment. I don’t have room for that anymore. I left it all—the hope, the love, the promise—back in my old life with the ghosts I’d rather forget: Jude. Emma. Pacey.

Kevin.

This is how I dare to move forward and to believe in a new beginning. I let go of the old. I just grab the new and run. I don’t wait around anymore. I can’t.

Waiting leaves room for the voices.

Somewhere between water and sky, I’ll find a way to burn these voices to the ground.

Somewhere Between Water and SkyBuy Links:

Amazon | Barnes & NobleSomewhere Between Water and Sky Goodreads

Playlist

“Usually, when I’m writing, I’ll create a playlist within Spotify to help me in between sprints and while editing. Music is huge to my process and I had a lot of fun with the songs for Somewhere Between Water and Sky. This book, Stephanie is learning that fun is good and her love of music, touched on briefly in Every Shattered Thing, really reveals itself (even in her lack of other pop-culture knowledge). 

You can follow the playlist here.”

-Elora

  • Hurricane, MS MR
  • Serial Doubter, Penny and Sparrow
  • Medicine, Daughter
  • Empty, Ray LaMontagne
  • Bones, MS MR
  • Things We Lost in the Fire, Bastille
  • I’ll Keep You Safe, Sleeping at Last
  • Ain’t it Fun, Paramore
  • Rescue, Yuna
  • Poison and Wine, The Civil Wars
  • I Knew You Were Trouble, Taylor Swift
  • Try, Pink
  • Feels So Close, Calvin Harris
  • Falling, Haim
  • Farrah Fawcett Hair, Capital Cities
  • Dance Apocalyptic, Janelle Monáe
  • Say Something, A Great Big World
  • Fall in Love, Phantogram
  • Step Out, Jose Gonzales
  • Safe and Sound, Capital Cities
  • Strong, London Grammar
  • Twenty Seven, MS MR
  • Magic, Coldplay
  • Rather Be, Clean Bandit
  • We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow, Soko
  • When We Were Young, Sucre
  • Land of the Living, Matthew Perryman Jones

 Giveaway

CLICK HERE to enter the Somewhere Between Water and Sky Giveaway

 Elora Ramirez Bio:

EloraElora Ramirez lives in Austin, Texas with her chef-husband. At the age of four, she taught herself how to read and write, cutting her teeth on books like Dr. Seuss and writing anywhere she could find the space–including her Fisher Price kitchen set, the pages of picture books and Highlights Magazine. Since then, she’s grown to love the way words feel as they swell within her bones. Writing holy and broken is her calling, and pushing back the darkness and pursuing beauty through story is her purpose. She embraces the power of story and teaches women from all parts of the world how to embrace theirs. She has a knack of calling things out , the truth and the detail, the subversive threads that make a life a story. She loves hip-hop, wishes she lived by the beach and cannot write without copious amounts of coffee, chocolate, music, and her husband’s lavender liqueur.

Here is what I am working on from now to the end of the month. I don’t have a cover for The Black Swan Inheritance by Sarah Thomas, but she is in edit this month as well, as Marcel Trigueiro’s The Next Target and a proof for The Detective and the Unicorn by Michael Angel.  I have several read for reviews that are outstanding, I know, but paying customers get first go, especially now that I have medical and funeral expenses to pay for my best friend who died unexpectedly. So, back to work!

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Edit nearly complete!
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Listen and review for Susan Keefe at Audiobook Monthly. If you aren’t following Audiobook Monthly Magazine, you should be! audiobookmonthly.com

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Thank You, Michael Angel!

michaelThe incredible Michael Angel was nice enough to send me the following recommendation, and I am thrilled beyond words!

Thank you, Michael!

There’s an old story about a medieval architect who was asked to demonstrate his skill: in answer, he drew a circle so perfect that it seemed as though it was drawn using a compass. He was hired on the spot to design the town’s cathedral.

In a sense, that’s how I came to work with Leiah Cooper.

While reviewing one of my novels, she unearthed a half-dozen errors in a manuscript that had been through multiple levels of review. An entire team of editors on a publisher’s payroll and a group of beta-readers missed what she found.

When you hire Leiah Cooper, you don’t just hire an editor. You hire an expert.

Manuscript flaws, particularly in the sample that gives many readers a first taste of your work, are devastating to your sales. Hiring Leiah is an investment that will pay off for you many times over, and as an added bonus, she’s wonderful to work with as well.

  • Michael Angel, Author of the Bestselling Centaur of the Crime

Hi! Me again.  These are just a few of Michael’s books – the ones that I have on my bookshelf. You can see my reviews for the first three here on my site, I am reading The Detective and the Unicorn right now, and Strangelets is on my list!

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To Murder A Saint – Win An Audible.com Copy!!!!

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Now is your chance to WIN a copy of To Murder A Saint by Nicole Loughan!

 

Nicole just published her Audio version of her book at Audible.com. Read by Suzy Lexington the story leads from the swamps of Louisiana to New York City, and back to Louisiana again as Fanchon, one of two lovely girls from the swamps, searches for her best friend Josephine’s murderer. A tightly written story imbued with ambiance, it is a wonderful beginning to the Saints Series!

Blurb:

The ground is too wet…If you bury the dead here, they can come back.” Her father always warned her that the bayou was a mysterious and dangerous place. She never suspected that the greatest danger of her life was lurking in New York City. Before their bags are unpacked one of two Cajun girls in fresh from Louisiana is found savagely murdered in New York. All the clues point to a wild animal, a perplexing development for a third floor apartment. Lacking a suspect the police accompany the murdered girl’s French speaking roommate back to her reclusive Southern Louisiana town in search of a lead. They are met with a warning that the killer is not finished yet and learn that this is not the first mysterious death in the family.

Excerpt:

It’s probably a bad sign on a first date that my mind wandered to how best to bury somebody. Namely it wandered to burying Jason Stepwald: lumpy, chubby, balding insurance salesman, Jason Stepwald. Not handsome, full head of hair, marine ‘Semper Fi Jason’ as advertised on his My Date profile page.

I think I started picturing Jason dead when he would not stop talking about insurance rates while his mouth was stuffed with oysters. The shining grey and white matter swirling around on his tongue as he talked about tort reform set a picture in my mind of him buried in the wet soil of my parents’ front yard. I remember my father telling me when I was young, “The ground here is too wet, cher. If you bury the dead here, they can come back.”

With those words in my mind I saw Jason lowered into the ground, a respectable burial, and then his decayed corpse bubbled back to the surface, his tongue sticking out. It was the very color of the gelatinous goo currently occupying his mouth.

My attention came back to living Jason when I inhaled a pungent fish smell. Jason decided that I might try one of his half shell delicacies if it was swirled within an inch of my face.

“You want one?” he asked. “Clams are an aphrodisiac, you know.”

“Where I come from we call ‘em oysters,” I told him, pushing his hand away. I noticed that his hands were soft. My dad always said nobody dates a man with soft hands.

Jason recovered from my slight and said, “So, Fanchon. That’s an interesting name.”

“Well,” I said. “A name like Fanchon in Louisiana helps people separate poor bayou trash from just plain regular white trash.”

His eyes grew wide and some of his red wine dribbled down his chin. The red wine glistening on his neck was just too much for the dead Jason image in my head. I had to turn away from him or I was going to lose it.

“I didn’t mean to upset you or anything like that,” he said.

While looking away I suppressed a smile and turned back to face him. “It’s fine. If you really care to know it’s a Cajun name. I am from a French parish town near New Orleans. It comes from…”

He interrupted me. “You know what’s interesting about New Orleans?”

“I have no idea,” I said resting my head on my hands, giving up on getting a chance to speak.

“Well it’s interesting because the whole city sits below sea level, you know. What happened with Katrina, it was just a matter of time,” he said chewing with his mouth opened yet again. “That’s the risk of being below sea level; they don’t even offer flood insurance there. I have been to a place in even worse shape called Kiribati. It is so low they will be underwater in the next two years. Talk about an insurer’s nightmare. They are mostly savages in little huts though, so it’s not like they would even have anything to insure.”

After he steered the conversation to insurance yet again I couldn’t take it.

“I have to use the restroom,” I said, walking away before he could reply.

Once safely locked away in the bathroom I sat on a yellow chaise, facing a full-length mirror by the door. I took a deep breath and examined my reflection. I thought I looked pretty good that night, not like my usual self at all. I thought back to how excited I was getting ready with my roommate, Josephine. She sweetly brushed my unruly dark hair, taming it with all her gels and curlers. She pulled out her best red dress and stuffed me into it. It was so tight on me we had to buy stockings that sucked me in from my knees to my chest. I remember I told her, “I hate tight clothes.”

She replied with her usual pseudo French cadence. “Men here drawn to tight clothes and red like flies to honey, cher. Deese men won’t be impressed dat you know how to gut a fish,” she said as she pushed a stray hair out of my face. “You my beautiful friend, cher. It time you act like it.”

And don’t miss Nicole’s second volume in the Saints Series! All Saint’s Secrets is out NOW!!

Blurb:

allsaints“After her death the kids used to say her ghost haunted the plantation.”

The bayou holds many secrets. One of them is what really happened to Lisette, a beautiful Creole teenager who died on the last day of school. Everybody in Fanchon’s reclusive bayou parish knows Lisette died in a boating accident, but when the police take a closer look, they unearth the dead girl and find a surprise in her grave.

All Saints’ Secrets is the sequel to To Murder a Saint. It is highly recommended that the Saint books be listened to in order.

 

About The Author:

new-orleans-maskYou may know her as the syndicated humor columnist “The Starter Mom.” Nicole is a graduate of Michigan State University and an award winning Journalist, recognized by the Michigan Press Association as a top feature writer. She writes for two daily newspapers in the greater Philadelphia area. To Murder a Saint is the first book in the Saint Series. All Saints’ Secrets released in August. It is recommended that the books are read in order.

Nicole loves a mystery. Her favorite female sleuths were dreamed up by Charlaine Harris and Janet Evanovich. She draws inspiration from the classics too such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Edgar Allen Poe. She said she has to mention her first experiences with New Orleans came from the venerable Anne Rice.

About the Narrator:

Nicole and LizThe daughter of an American diplomat father and a model mother, Suzy Lexington has been traveling the globe since she was born.

Currently, Suzy is working as a journalist and living in NYC.

Click the Audible logo to see Suzy’s other works. audible

 

Review: Conn: Skin Walkers #2 by Susan Bliler

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OK, Conn is cool. But Aries is a Kick Ass Heroine!!

Honestly, I read this book quite some time ago. The first book in the series is King: Skin Walkers #1, but I found the second in the series Conn: Skin Walkers #2 and picked it up on a whim. I was so glad I did, as I was really tickled with that book, not because of Conn, the Skin Walker in question, but because of Aries Bracken, the heroine of the piece.

Poor Aries, on the run and in hiding for years – and she doesn’t even know why. All she knows is that she is being hunted, tracked down like an animal. She has suffered, using only her own skills, intelligence and willingness to do whatever it takes to stay hidden from whoever is tracking her, doing all she can to stay alive. Why is this happening?

Pushed to the limit, Aries finds what she thinks is a safe hiding spot, deep in the jungles of South America. She may be living a meager life, but it is one that she can call her own. All that changes when she is captured by Conn and his men and delivered to StoneCrow Estates in the US in return for payment of his fee for bagging the elusive Aries. But things are not as they seem – for Aries is not the person this particular hunter should have caught. And things are much more complicated than they seem.

Aries is a kickin’. Heroine. My favorite scene is when her kidnappers load her onto a helicopter and take off across the jungle . . . only to have her grab a parachute when their backs are turned and bail out! They finally make it to StoneCrow, the bastion of the aforementioned Skin Walkers. Ha! Bad on you, Conn! Wrong girl. Oops.

I was going to write a review of the book back then, but before I did so I sent a note to Susan letting her know that I found a considerable number of editorial problems with the book. After correspondence back and forth we came to an agreement – I get to edit all her Skin Walker books! Whoot!

All of the Skin Walker series are exceptional Paranormal Romance books in my estimation. Hot guys, strong women, interesting world building and character development. We are working on editing all of the books, the most recent of which is York: Skin Walkers #6. Check out the whole series. You can read them out of order and keep up with the story, but it is MUCH more fun to read them in order! There is a buildup of suspense throughout the series, with unseen bad guys working behind the scenes, and some bad guys that are just as in-you-face as they can possibly be.

Highly recommended, even if I wasn’t Susan’s editor! Enjoy!

Review: Treasures, Demons and Other Black Magic – Dowser 3 by Meghan Ciana Doidge

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The envious die not once, but as oft as the envied win applause. – Baltasar Gracian

Like hatred, jealousy is forbidden by the laws of life because it is essentially destructive. – Alexis Carrel

I hadn’t set foot in the human world for more than a few hours in over three and a half months. So begins the third in the Dowser series by Meghan Ciana Doidge, one of the better Urban Fantasy series I have found. Creativity and depth define the works of Ms. Doidge in all of her stories, but especially in the Dowser series.

If you haven’t yet read Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic, or Trinkets, Treasures and Other Bloody Magic, you can still read Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic – but why would you want to read the one without the others? They are, in a word, wonderful. In my review of Cupcakes I said; “Jade is a sweetheart. A nice young half witch, half human (maybe. . . ) with a nasty tempered foster sister, a wild earth witch grandmother, and a cupcake bakery. A very popular cupcake bakery with a reputation for ‘magical’ tasting cupcakes. She has a quiet life, happy with her baking, her trinket making and her quiet, apparently fulfilling life.

Then, of course, things change. And not in a nice way. Poor Jade. Life will never be the same. Apparently she isn’t who she thought she was. But then, who is she?

Since then, Jade’s life has become so very much more than it was, and she is so much more than she ever expected to become. And not all of it makes her terribly happy. Will she, and her friends, ever be safe again?

We rejoin Jade’s story in book three as she reenters our world through a magical portal from the reality of the Dragon Guardians, protectors of the earth and heavens, where she has been training for the last three and a half months. Three and a half months spent preparing to kill her psychotic, blood witch sister, Sienna. It is Jade’s intention to find and kill the wicked witch (yea, yea, I know, but I couldn’t resist…) all on her own.

Only things don’t exactly go according to plan. She is followed from the portal by Drake, a thirteen-year-old fledgling Guardian, alternately cocky and wise beyond his years. A trip to the castle of the sorcerer Blackwell results in terrifying news, and the addition to her little group of Jade’s best friend Kandy, a green-haired werewolf, and Kettil, or Kett, Executioner of the Conclave of Vampires, who Jade is linked to through a life debt.

Many things happen in this third novel, as the search for Sienna comes to a head. New alliances are made, old friends are lost, new ones gained, and the war may be won, or lost, on whether old alliances can be regained.

Once again, Meghan does a fabulous job of telling a compelling story of love and power, life and death, and the strength and weakness of family. This is a great story, and is high on my list of best loved reads!

 

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These are as tasty as their covers! Pick up copies of Dower 1 and 2 at Amazon, IBooks, Kobo or B&N. Then watch for book three, out this month!!!

Note: I am proofreader for Meghan’s works. I received a copy for proofreading from Meghan, and write this review based upon that copy. No matter – this is still one of the best Urban Fantasy series with strong, well-written heroines on the Urban Fantasy scene today. Highly recommended!

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