Seashells,Spells and Caramels: Book 1 of the Spells and Caramels Cozy Witch Mystery Series by Erin Johnson

Seashells, Spells & Caramels (Spells & Caramels #1)

Imogen’s spent her twenties in Seattle, saving every penny and missing every party, to follow her dream of opening her own bakery.

When that dream goes up in flames, she accepts a spot in a mysterious baking contest—one she doesn’t remember entering. She travels to a bustling, medieval village off the coast of France and discovers an enchanting world of magic and mystery, and learns that she, too, possesses powers.

Unable to so much as cast a spell, Imogen struggles to keep up with the other witches and wizards who have come from all over the magical world to the Water Kingdom’s big competition. She juggles relationships with a sweet new friend, a snarky baking fire, and a brooding, handsome baker. As Imogen falls for this bewitching world, she fears she won’t master her magic in time to win the job of Royal Head Baker, and will be forced to return to the shambles of her non magical life.

It only gets worse, when a competitor drops dead in the middle of the big white baking tent, and Imogen’s the prime suspect. Now, she’ll not only have to survive the vampire and psychic judges, but also clear her name by finding the real murderer, before they strike again.
With a killer on the loose, a missing prince, and the Summer Solstice Festival fast approaching, Imogen will have to bake like her life depends on it- because it just might.

 

I don’t usually accept author requests. But when the author contacted me about this one, I thought well, the cover is cute and Imogene sounds like an interesting character so I gave it a read. And I really enjoyed it!

Full of quirky characters with different magical powers that they have had a long time to hone, Imogene is just discovering she has some pretty special abilities as well. She just has no idea how to use them!

With a little help and advice, she finally makes friends with her fire and gets to baking. When one of the contestants is murdered, Imogene needs to make sure her name is clear and that the contest continues. Imogene has no back up plan, its win the contest or back to her boring and unfulfilling life.

Magic and Baked Goods? Yes, sign me up. This was a fun read. When you read hard-core fiction and non-fiction regularly, a story such as this sweeps all the drama away and just leaves you smiling and laughing.

Well Done Ms. Johnson!  This book will be available on the 29th of this month.

 

 

 

 

 

Listen (Earthen Witch #3) by Sarah Doughty

Listen by Sarah  Doughty
Listen, an Earthen Witch Book #3, continues the story of Aisling Green, who not long ago discovered that she is an Earthen Witch. As she discovers what this means and comes to grips with what she is capable of the Bad people just keep coming.What do they want? Why her powers of course! Not that even she is aware of just how powerful she is.
In Book 3, Liam and Jon have gone missing and Aisling and friends are determined to find them. But battling an unseen evil isn’t that easy and just surviving seems doubtful.Along their peril filled journey, they find unexpected enemies and allies. But fighting Renata will not be an easy task, nor will rescuing her friends. Will they go to war to survive?

Sarah has a gift for writing. Where some authors use an excess of descriptive words, Sarah is able to perfectly convey not only the people and places, but feelings.

I know that there are a lot of fans of the Earthen Witch Series and I’m not spoiling anything for you here. If you haven’t read the first two, please do. You won’t be disappointed!

Sarah has a blog Heartstring Eulogies at   thesarahdoughty.wordpress.com  where she writes amazing poetry and shares her life with us.

You can find Sarah’s other works on Goodreads or here  https://goo.gl/aeLCMm

Bury The Living (The Revolutionary Series Book 1) by Jodi McIssac

Bury the Living (The Revolutionary Series, #1)

The Book Blurb for Bury the Living:

Rebellion has always been in the O’Reilly family’s blood. So when faced with the tragic death of her brother during Northern Ireland’s infamous Troubles, a teenage Nora joined the IRA to fight for her country’s freedom. Now, more than a decade later, Nora is haunted by both her past and vivid dreams of a man she has never met.

When she is given a relic belonging to Brigid of Kildare, patron saint of Ireland, the mystical artifact transports her back eighty years—to the height of Ireland’s brutal civil war. Here she meets the alluring stranger from her dreams, who has his own secrets—and agenda. Taken out of her own time, Nora has the chance to alter the fortunes of Ireland and maybe even save the ones she loves. In this captivating and adventurous novel from Jodi McIsaac, history belongs to those with the courage to change it.

Our story begins in 1990 Belfast with a 15 year old Nora O’Reilly. The British may have pulled out but the war continues. A Civil War that has turned countryman against countryman. Trying to help her mother and brother, Nora agrees to do some shady things and gets in trouble with the wrong people. The same people who soon get her brother killed.

14 years later, we find Nora in Darfur,Sudan, working in a Refugee Camp. Planning a much needed bit of R & R. But she ends up back in Ireland. Having dreams of a man and an urgent need to find him. To do that she will have to suspend reality for a while. Will she find him? Can she really travel back in time and try to find this man and end the wars in her home country?

As a History buff, I enjoyed this book very much. The Irish Wars have always been a complicated subject, and difficult to understand what exactly happened and who is now fighting who.

One of my favorite types of stories are those that combine fact and fiction. There are plenty of facts and obviously some fiction, and it works wonderfully well.

Coming from an Irish family, I loved this book. Parts of it broke my heart. War is never easy to read about. But Nora is a girl after my own heart. Standing her ground and fighting for her country as well as any man.

Since this is book one in this series we know there will be more, which is a good thing.

I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in return for an honest review.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:5826477

Jodi McIsaac is the author of the Irish contemporary fantasy series The Thin Veil (47North) the thriller A Cure for Madness (Thomas & Mercer) and the forthcoming historical Revolutionary series, starting with Bury the Living (47North).

She grew up in New Brunswick, on Canada’s east coast. After abandoning her Olympic speed skating dream, she wrote speeches for a politician, volunteered in a refugee camp, waited tables in Belfast, earned a couple of university degrees, and started a boutique copywriting agency. She loves geek culture, running, and whiskey.

Expected publication: September 6th 2016 by 47North