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Friday, November 25, 2016

Secret Santa for book lovers

Interested in a Secret Santa for books?

SantaThing is a Secret Santa for LibraryThing members.

How it works
You pay into the SantaThing system (choose from $15–$50). You play Santa to a LibraryThing member we pick for you, by selecting books for them. Another Santa does the same for you, in secret. LibraryThing does the ordering, and you get the joy of giving AND receiving books!

Sign up once or thrice, for yourself or someone else. If you sign up for someone without a LibraryThing account, make sure to mention what kinds of books they like, so their Santa can choose wisely.

Even if you don’t want to be a Santa, you can help by suggesting books for others.

Sign-ups close MONDAY, December 4th at 5pm Eastern. By Tuesday morning, we’ll notify you via profile comment who your Santee is, and you can start picking books.

Picking closes Monday, December 12th at 9am
Eastern. As soon as the picking ends, the ordering begins, and we’ll get all the books out to you as soon as we can.

» Go sign up to become a Secret Santa now!

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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Review - Putting on the Witch

I have not read the first book in the series, but I did start with the second book Looking For Mr. Good Witch (click here).  In this book we find our "mature" witches attending Brian's fancy birthday a castle.

Author:  Joyce and Jim Lavene

Copyright: Oct 2016 (Berkley) 304 pgs

Series: 3rd in Retired Witches Mystery series

Sensuality: Mild

Mystery Sub-genre: Paranormal Cozy

Main Character: Molly Addison Renard, owner Smuggler’s Arcane Metaphysical shop and witch

Setting: Modern day, Wilmington, North Carolina

Obtained Through: Publisher for honest review

"With their coven’s spell book still missing, Molly and Elsie—along with their ghostly friend Olivia, her daughter Dorothy, and her boyfriend Brian—are all on edge, especially now that Dorothy’s infamously wicked father is back in the picture. So when they receive an invitation to an exclusive Witches Ball, the ladies jump at the chance to dress up and have some fun.

The castle locale is spectacular and the party is hopping, but the festivities come to a swift end when a member of the Grand Council of Witches is murdered. With the whole place on lock down, the coven is determined to find the cunning killer, even with an angry council and a real Spanish Inquisitor breathing down their necks."

I enjoy Molly for a main character.  She is a mature woman and a quiet force of nature (water element witch!).  Others in the cover include: Elsie is an outspoken, spunky, and rambunctious lady,  Olivia is a ghost who is short-sighted and a bit selfish, and Dorothy is a witch in training and Olivia's daughter, Brian is the newest member from a prestigious Grand Council family who rebels against his family.  The Grand Council is a bureaucracy of older, wealthy, and influential witches set in their ways.  Throw in a Dorothy's renegade dragon father, a shape-shifter posing as a cat given to Brian as his familiar, and a cursed "Witchfinder" from the infamous 1500-era Inquisiton for many surprises.  I thought Antonio de Santiago, the cursed Witchfinder, was the surprising breakout character of the book.

I enjoyed the attention to details, like Madam Tunis and her magical beauty shop.  The bulk of the story takes place in Fuller Family Castle that can only be reached by magic and where the participants are cloistered during the investigation of the murder.  This provided a feeling of isolation with a killer in plain sight among the attendees.  Molly uses her policeman husband's investigative knowledge garnered from many years discussing investigations, to assist the investigation of far more powerful witches.

The story moves along with the subplots of politics, manipulation, and subterfuge.  The pacing keeps up steadily with several twists.  The Climax was more procedural than thrilling, but worked well in the plot.   The wrap-up had it's own surprise to leave you wanting more.

The Retired Witches is a fun, quirky, and creative concept that takes witches to fun new levels and this novel is pure delight.

Rating:  Near Perfect - Couldn't Put it down. Buy two copies, one for you and one for a friend.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Vote for Best Book of 2016

Goodreads, the bookworm's social media site, has open voting for the best book of 2016.  

Opening Round Nov. 1 - 6
Semifinal Round Nov. 8 - 13
Final Round Nov. 15 - 27

Historical Fiction
Science Fiction
Non Fiction
History & Biography
Science & Technology
Food & Cookbooks
Graphic Novels and Comics
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Fantasy
Middle Grade & Children's
Picture Books

Click here to check it out!

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