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Ready To Return To Hell? Caith Morningstar Is BACK!

30866647“I have always marveled that so many religions exact such revenge against dissenters. It only weakens the appeal of their faith and contradicts any claims they might have made that ‘all religions are basically the same.'” – Ravi Zacharias

Caith Morningstar was there when the first brick of the Mouse’s house was laid. Order. Secrecy. That is all she asked. Orlando is her city. Her place of peace, where demons (dems), angels (gels) and tweens (‘other’) come to rest, relax, and visit her bar, Hell’s Chapel. Well, when you are the niece of “The” Morningstar, have an unending life and a very, well, let’s say ‘eclectic’ family, you deserve a little peace. – Review, So, I Read This Book Today, Hell’s Chapel by Lauren Creed (Celia Kyle)


Caith Morningstar may desperately want peace in her city, and most particularly in her life – but as the Pussycat Dolls say,

Be careful what you wish for
‘Cause you just might get it
You just might get it
You just might get it”

Caith wished to be with her mate, Samkiel. So not happening. Half-fallen Angel of Destruction, On High had him in time-out on Earth for forgiving someone he wasn’t supposed to forgive. But when Sam saved Caith and newborn baby brownie Bryony, the last living member of Caith’s band of brownie friends, from a mad wizard with a true hard-on against Caith, he was cast down – as in, way way down, to the 9th circle of Hell. Well. That sucks.

After the violence, terror and death of Hell’s Chapel, Caith is incredibly pissed. Solution? Kick every stinkin’ demon out of Orlando. Hum… how’s that workin’ out for you Caith?

Apparently? Not all that well.

It has been a year, and Caith is bored out of her mind not having demon fanny to kick around in her bar, Hell’s Chapel. But she has baby Bryony to raise, she has her friends and her five fathers (don’t ask, just read ;-)) and life is moving along. Until baby Bryony gets sick. Now, there really Will be Hell to Pay.

Hell’s Gates picks up Caith’s story and runs with it, feet blazing. While you may know Celia Kyle better as a Paranormal Romance writer of such series as Ridgeville and Grayslake, and more recently her Alien-Shifter-SciFi series, The Ujal and Dragons of Preor, the Caith Morningstar series is quickly becoming my favorite overall. Caith is a 600-year-old, kick-ass half-demon with attitude to spare, a disturbing habit of killing first and asking questions never . . . and a heart as big and kind as five amazing fathers can make her. Well, even though her mother is the sister of “The” Morningstar, and “quite possibly the worst mother ever…” Caith knows one thing that all the demons in the world will never understand. Love. And when you mess with those Caith loves? Be prepared, cause she is gonna kill you. And bring you back to kill you again. And again. And Again. And when Caith decides you are going to hurt, you are going to hhuuuurrrrtttttt.

You GO Girl!

You will enjoy Hell’s Gates much more if you pick up Hell’s Chapel and read it first. Both are marvelous, but you can’t really understand what Caith has been through, what she has suffered, and why, unless you pick up from the first. Besides. These books are marvelous!!!

And you have no reason not to – Celia’s work is on Kindle Unlimited, where you can

Read For Free!!!

I received Hell’s Gate from Celia in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own – and you know I won’t lead you wrong!

Review: Brownies and Broomsticks by Bailey Cates

Brownies and Broomsticks (Magical Bakery Series #1) by Bailey Cates


A four-star review of a Cozy Mysterybrownies_broomsticks

Katie Lightfoot’s life has been changing, drastically, lately. The Assistant Manager of an Akron, Ohio bakery, Katie is overworked, underpaid and just got dumped by her fiancee. So, when her beloved aunt and uncle ask her to manage their brand-new bakery in gorgeous Savannah, Georgia, Katie jumps at the chance. She packs up the old VW and takes off for the South.

What follows is a lovely romp through white witchcraft, mystery and yummy sounding baking in the breathtaking setting of downtown Savannah. It doesn’t take long after Katie’s arrival to discover that her ‘odd” aunt and her “book club” are a lot more than they seem. And when the town curmudgeon first threatens Katie and her family and then does them the disservice of being murdered in front of The Honeybee bakery, Katie and the “book club” must come to the rescue in order to save Katie’s uncle Ben from going to prison for a crime he didn’t commit.

This is an absolutely ‘charming’ (pun intended) book set in a charming location. The characters are fun and believable, and very much the type of people I would love to be able to sit down with in the bakery and have a cup of dark roast and a Cheddar Cheese-Sage Scone (yummy recipe included!) to talk about spells and the Rule of Three. I am somewhat concerned that the two “love interests” in the book will be overdone over time – that is what put me, eventually, totally off of the “Hannah Swensen” Mystery Series by Joanne Fluke. It just got old and tired and took away from the interesting mysteries. They were fun at first, and then . . .

The second in the series, Bewitched, Bothered, and Biscotti: A Magical Bakery Mystery is out now, and Charms and Chocolate Chips: A Magical Bakery Mystery is due out November 5, 2013.

If you want a quick, fun read with lovable characters and an interesting mystery, you can’t go wrong with Bailey’s Katie and friends. I loved it! Besides, I have GOT to try the Cheddar-Sage Scone recipe in the back of the book!

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