Book Review: Supernatural PI by Courtney Davis

Supernatual P.I. (The Fawn Malero Mysteries Book 2) by Courtney Davis
Publisher:  DX Varos Publishing (October 11, 2022)
Category: Supernatural, Paranormal, Mystery, Vampires
ISBN: 978-1955065627
Available in Print and ebook, 240 pages

Just when Fawn Malero was getting comfortable in her new life….

Fawn was enjoying her new-found career as a Supernatural P.I., settling into a relationship with the Werewolf, Logan, and figuring out how to interact with all the supernatural creatures living in the Seattle area. But it never occurred to her the water off the shore was also under her administration…that was until they started crawling out to beg for help.

Before she knew it, Fawn was on a quest to learn who was attempting to steal the magical properties of the ocean, where a powerful Vampire’s daughter was being held captive. And could she catch the Magician who’d been selling dangerous items to humans?

Of course, she wasn’t alone. The posse she’d collected were still with her and determined to help. If she was going to make it as a P.I. she wasn’t going to do it without backup.

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Guest Review by Sal

A great supernatural mystery story with diverse world building and a fantastic plot! ‘Supernatural P.I.’ by Courtney Davis has everything that I love in a book of this genre. A strong female main character, a steamy romance and an interesting fantasy setting.

Fawn Malero’s version of Seattle is filled to the brim with vampires, werewolves, elves, shifters, witches, magicians and just about every other type of supernatural being that you can think of. But having all of those different supes in one place makes for a lot of inter-world problems, and someone needs to be there to solve them.

Enter Fawn Malero, the Supernatural P.I. Fawn is a Magician with the ability to communicate with animals, amongst several other powers. Because of this she is a vegetarian, and she keeps a lot of pets.

When a woman begs her for help to find a missing stone that is supposed to have the ability to control the seas, Fawn feels duty-bound to give her the help she needs. The woman turns out to be an octopus shifter named Eldoris, and the stone is one that once belonged to Poseidon himself but has now been lost to a human fisherman.

It takes all of Fawn’s P.I. know-how to locate the stone and get it back, and then she has a whole new problem on her hands when she has to decide which branch of the supernatural community gets to keep it. With help from her troll friend, Betina, and her half-elf, half-witch friend, Annabel, Fawn must find a way to appease all of the supernaturals in Seattle and do so before any more disasters take place.

This was such a great book that it made me want to go back and read the first book in the series to see where the story began!

About the Author

Courtney Davis is a mother, wife and teacher who has always loved to find time to escape into a good story. She’s been in love with reading and writing since she was a child and dreams of a life where she can devote herself fully to creating worlds and exploring relationships. To give someone else enjoyment through her words is the ultimate thrill.

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Praise For A Life With Beasts by Courtney Davis

The Fawn Malero Mysteries Book 1

“A Life with Beasts is a story of intrigue and attraction that is especially recommended for mystery readers who enjoy more than a light dose of paranormal encounters and a touch of romance.”-D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“a fun adventure/mystery. Courtney Davis brings a fresh perspective to the supernatural creatures we are all familiar with without sacrificing the original ideas associated with them. She creates an exciting world of werewolves, vampires, witches/warlocks, magicians, trolls, and many others.
The book is easy to read and fast-paced. It’s a great read for the summer holidays or when you want a light, fun read. Can’t wait for the sequel!
Also, there is a healthy dose of romance, which can tend to be a bit much for those who don’t read romance (like me). However, Davis has done a great job of making the romance central to the plot, so I found it quite enjoyable.”- Writa Bhattacharjee, GoodReads

“This was a fast read and I really enjoyed it. It gave me some high school Twilight memories but brought more supernatural beings into play. There were several mysteries and problems being solved but they didn’t feel. I found the characters likeable and funny.”-Sara, GoodReads

Book Review & Giveaway: This World of Love and Strife by Shawn Mackey

This World of Love and Strife by Shawn Mackey

Publisher:   D.X. Varos (March 15, 2022)
Category: Horror, Vampire Thriller, Dark Urban Fantasy, Paranormal
ISBN: 978-1955065238
Available in Print and ebook, 350 pages

It is the duty of the Vanguard to protect the world from unseen demonic forces.

But what if the organization falls to corruption? Their reformation is up to Cato, a disgraced former member who discovers many of the elite using their powerful positions and martial skills for ill-gotten gains rather than fulfilling their true purpose: aiding mankind in a secret war against their eternal foe.

Aldous is a Vanguard who fell from grace after being stricken with vampirism by a mysterious figure known as the White Lady. His increasingly vile appetites are tolerated because his knowledge as an alchemist is vital in the Vanguard’s battle against the demons. When those desires lead to the abduction of the woman Cato loves, Cato wages a one-man war against Aldous and his werewolf henchman.

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Guest Review by Sal

Lumina city is harboring a big secret—and one that it just might have to take to it’s grave. The city is festering with a seedy underbelly, not just of drugs, sex and violence, but of horrifying creatures that the waking world would shudder to fathom.

The only thing standing between the humans of Lumina City and total annihilation is an organization that they have never heard of. The Vangaurd is a group who takes on the unenviable responsibility of controlling the demon population in the city. This includes things like vampires and werewolves as well, but the most insidious form of demons is the kind that get into human’s minds and cause them to do things they wouldn’t normally do.

Cato is a former member of the Vanguard, who left while the organization was going through a civil war of sorts. The only problem with that is, people aren’t really supposed to leave the Vanguard. The group now has a bounty on his head, and Cato has to struggle to keep them from finding him every single day.

Worst of all? Cato has just had a life-changing vision of the dark path that humanity is headed toward and soon realizes that the Vanguard might be the only ones who can help him stop that vision from coming true.

‘This World of Love and Strife,’ by Shawn Mackey is a compulsively readable horror/thriller novel, with an electric ending that no reader will see coming. Mackey’s usage of quick-paced, often humorous dialog to move the story along is genius. I appreciated these characters far more as they took time to explain themselves and their actions. Lumina City is the kind of setting that truly great novels are made of—I simply couldn’t get enough of the atmosphere in this book.

Five stars from me!

About the Author

Living in New Jersey for all his life, Shawn Mackey has been writing since childhood. Though his favorite genre is horror, he has a deep appreciation for fantasy influenced by mythology and science fiction that questions the modern world and its future.

Website:  https://mackeywriting.wordpress.com/
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Praise This World of Love and Strife 

“While This World of Love and Strife will reach horror audiences, it also should be included in fantasy and thriller library collections as a strong example of the strengths that can emerge from a story that embraces different genres with powerful characters and scenarios that are unpredictable and engrossing.- D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review

“The thrills build and build and never let up. The characters feel like real people. Even the vampires and werewolf! Best of all was the protagonist. He starts as kind of an eccentric and a bit of a jerk, but by the end I couldn’t get enough of him. I highly recommend this book for people who don’t mind horror with a heaping dose of action.”- John Martin, Amazon

Audiobook Review: Silence at the Lock by Andi Cumbo-Floyd

Author: Andi Cumbo-Floyd
Narrator: Aven Shore
Length: 5 hours and 14 minutes
Series: Steele Secrets, Book 3
Released: April 29, 2022
Producer: Audiobook Empire
Publisher: Andilit
Genre: Paranormal; Young Adult

I didn’t expect to meet a grieving ghost or her dead mother.

But then, I didn’t expect to find out my town had been the site of a lynching, a lynching that
had left my friend Sarah motherless and had made her a victim of murder as well.

Their deaths aren’t ancient history, though, not when one man who was a witness still
holds sway in our small town. My friends and I have truth on our side, but will that be
enough to keep us safe?

If only telling the truth didn’t come so hard to so many.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Once again Mary finds herself transported, this time to a lock where a woman had been lynched around 90 years ago. The woman’s daughter, Sarah, was there. She had been killed trying to save her mom. Mary wondered why no one was charged and Sarah explained that lynching wasn’t illegal!

As usual, her team of friends do a lot of research into the people involved and realize that the mayor’s father was the one responsible for Sarah’s mom to be lynched. They find out a lot and share what they learn with Sarah. They also tried to give Sarah closure so that she could move on.

Dealing with white supremacists is the biggest challenge that Mary and her friends have to face. They do a good job at dealing with them. It’s sad that white supremacists are still around. There’s too much hate in our world today.

The narrator did a good job. Her pace is good and the story flows well. Mary is the narrator of the story in the book, and Aven Shore’s voice fit the part well.

Mary’s gift is extraordinary, and it still amazes me how people just accept it. This book is more about racism in the 20th century which continues today. This one did seem to be a little more political than the other two books. Silence at the Lock is young adult paranormal fiction that middle school readers or young adults will enjoy while learning about a terrible part of our history.

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Andi Cumbo-Floyd lives in the Southwestern Mountains of Virginia with her young son, an old dog, and a puppy who likes to eat furniture. When she’s not writing she likes to cross-stitch, binge magical shows, and garden.

Aven Shore is an audiobook narrator living in her off-grid tiny house in rural Eastern Canada, surrounded by forest and chicken friends, and honeybees. She loves books so much she’s listening to one almost every minute she’s not narrating one (she narrates romance as Avie Paige). She narrates live on Discord with other romance narrators on the Haven server. She is longing to travel and hike in mountains again, and dreaming of sleep in the lava fields of Iceland under Northern lights again, her favorite place in the world. Her past lives include being a carpenter, firefighter, tax accountant, and competitive snowboarder.

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Audiobook Review: Charlotte and the Twelve by Andi Cumbo-Floyd

Author: Andi Cumbo-Floyd
Narrator: Aven Shore
Length: 5 hours and 41 minutes
Series: Steele Secrets, Book 2
Released: April 26, 2022
Producer: Audiobook Empire
Publisher: Andilit
Genre: Paranormal; Young Adult

It’s not every day a ghost curls up in your lap …

But when little Henrietta decides I’m trustworthy and introduces me to her teacher, Charlotte, I find myself wrapped up in the story of their murders.

Before long, my friends and I are saving a building, solving a murder, and telling the stories that a lot of people in our small town would rather be left untold.

Our best hope for ourselves and for Henrietta and Charlotte is that the truth really will set us free.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Once again Mary finds herself transported, this time to a schoolhouse, where she meets a teacher and her twelve students. She’s horrified when she finds out what happened to them. There’s a whole new level of horror when she realizes the culprits are still alive!

Like the last time when Mary ended up in a cemetery, her team of friends do a lot of research into the people involved and try to find a solution so that the children and their teacher can move on. They try to have a circle of truth with the men who caused the deaths, and eventually get the children and their parents together to say goodbye.

The narrator did a good job. Her pace is good and the story flows well. Mary is the narrator of the story in the book, and Aven Shore’s voice fit the part well.

Mary’s gift is extraordinary, and it still amazes me how people just accept it. This book is more about racism in the 20th century which continues today. It is fiction that middle school readers or young adults will enjoy while learning about a terrible part of our history.

Andi Cumbo-Floyd lives in the Southwestern Mountains of Virginia with her young son, an old dog, and a puppy who likes to eat furniture. When she’s not writing she likes to cross-stitch, binge magical shows, and garden.

Aven Shore is an audiobook narrator living in her off-grid tiny house in rural Eastern Canada, surrounded by forest and chicken friends, and honeybees. She loves books so much she’s listening to one almost every minute she’s not narrating one (she narrates romance as Avie Paige). She narrates live on Discord with other romance narrators on the Haven server. She is longing to travel and hike in mountains again, and dreaming of sleep in the lava fields of Iceland under Northern lights again, her favorite place in the world. Her past lives include being a carpenter, firefighter, tax accountant, and competitive snowboarder.

At Audiobook Empire, audio reigns supreme, narrators are hailed as heroes, and headphones are worn with pride.

Marrying pomp and circumstance with quality you can count on, Audiobook Empire is a full-service production house that produces and promotes audiobooks with gusto.

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Audiobook Review: Steele Secrets by Andi Cumbo-Floyd

Author: Andi Cumbo-Floyd
Narrator: Aven Shore
Length: 4 hours and 37 minutes
Series: Steele Secrets, Book 1
Released: April 11, 2022
Producer: Audiobook Empire
Publisher: Andilit
Genre: Paranormal; Young Adult

Ghosts just don’t show up for anybody.

So when I meet the spirit of a former slave named Moses, I know he needs my help.But I didn’t expect to be taking on half of my town, or the powerful men who seem to run everything and have done so for years.

Secrets are being uncovered, and some people would do anything to keep them buried, no matter who gets hurt. I’ll need the help of history and friends I can trust if I want to save Moses’ graveyard and protect his legacy.

If only everyone believed it was one worth protecting…

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

Mary suddenly shows up in a cemetery and doesn’t know how she got there, but she does know that the man she is talking to is a ghost named Moses who had been a slave. Mary wants to find a way to help Moses move on, and she ends up doing a school project about the people in the cemetery.

Mary realizes from her research that she didn’t realize how horrible life was for the slaves. The women were often raped by their owners, and their husbands had to just let it go.

Mary and her friends learn that racism is alive and well. Her group has to fight to keep the cemetery from being destroyed. She is even threatened because of sharing things that she learned. I liked that her friends were a mix of races.

The narrator did a good job. Her pace is good and the story flows well. Mary is the narrator of the story in the book, and Aven Shore’s voice fit the part well.

I found it interesting that Mary seeing ghosts wasn’t a big deal to anyone. This book is more about the horror of slavery and the continuing racism problem today. This is fiction that middle school readers or young adults will enjoy while learning about a terrible part of our history.

Andi Cumbo-Floyd lives in the Southwestern Mountains of Virginia with her young son, an old dog, and a puppy who likes to eat furniture. When she’s not writing she likes to cross-stitch, binge magical shows, and garden.

Aven Shore is an audiobook narrator living in her off-grid tiny house in rural Eastern Canada, surrounded by forest and chicken friends, and honeybees. She loves books so much she’s listening to one almost every minute she’s not narrating one (she narrates romance as Avie Paige). She narrates live on Discord with other romance narrators on the Haven server. She is longing to travel and hike in mountains again, and dreaming of sleep in the lava fields of Iceland under Northern lights again, her favorite place in the world. Her past lives include being a carpenter, firefighter, tax accountant, and competitive snowboarder.

At Audiobook Empire, audio reigns supreme, narrators are hailed as heroes, and headphones are worn with pride.

Marrying pomp and circumstance with quality you can count on, Audiobook Empire is a full-service production house that produces and promotes audiobooks with gusto.

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New Release: Something Decidedly Oddd by Lesley A

Ruby thinks her life is in good order but as she lurches from choir to yoga, to Zumba and work deadlines and taking her son, Ben, to and from school and cubs and clubs, she makes sure she doesn’t have a free minute. No matter that she’s oblivious to other people’s feelings, as far as she’s concerned, she’s reasonably happy and coping. Well, everyone has self-doubts now and then, don’t they? She mostly keeps the panic attacks in check – more or less – and prides herself she can usually spot the signs and remove herself from stressful situations before they overwhelm her.

Help comes in a form she least expects when a little old man introduces himself as her Guardian Angel then challenges everything about how she chooses to live her life…

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I leaned towards him to emphasise what I was saying. ‘And now you must forgive yourself and get on with being the best version of yourself that you can be. My mother used to say that to me when I was growing up. “Be the best version of yourself that you can be.” It’s only really now, talking to you, that I truly understand what she meant.’

‘May I say something please?’ said Ben in the pause that followed. We turned to him. ‘I know what it’s like to grow up without my daddy. I have Mummy and Granny and Ungrampa and I know they love me and I love them, but I can’t ever have my daddy back. You’re still alive. I think your daughter needs to know you love her. I think you should find her and tell her.’

Cameron withdrew, leaving our unlikely threesome to continue the therapy until way past Ben’s bedtime. I understood why he left, he wasn’t needed any more. I could handle the situation myself. When the time came to say goodbye, all three of us spontaneously hugged. An enormous burden had been lifted and the future would be somewhat easier to face for all of us.

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Book Review: Midlife Psychic by Carolyn Arnold

Hot flashes in my forties? Expected. Waking up psychic? Not in my wildest dreams.

My name is Erin Stone. I’m forty-three with a daughter away at college and a successful career as a communications officer with the 911 dispatch center for the Toronto Police Service. My life had just returned to a new normal after my divorce and everything was going along smoothly. Then BOOM! Turns out the universe had other plans for me.

I dreamed of a plane crash—only it wasn’t just a dream. The crash happened in real life. Eighty-three dead. A vision, plain and simple. Not exactly. My family certainly wouldn’t understand. And me…psychic? I’d dabbled in new-age spirituality in the past but never plunged into the deep end. Now I’m in over my head.

Why was I given this vision, and does it hold clues as to what caused the crash? My best friend, Trish, is convinced it does, and a handsome stranger with the National Transportation Safety Board is willing to partner with me to solve the mystery. But if I’m going to embrace the vision as telling of newfound psychic abilities, I will need to keep my paranormal gift a secret from my daughter, brother, and aunt. Little good that might do them though.

Someone out there has their own secrets and is willing to go to great lengths to protect them. Now the very gift I was given has put the lives of my loved ones at risk. Will my psychic abilities be strong enough to save them?

This work of paranormal women’s fiction features a strong-willed heroine in her forties with enough baggage to check some, along with a heavy dose of magic and a splash of romance.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy ARC from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. I have read quite a few of Carolyn Arnold’s books, but this one is a bit different. I liked it! It seems that she is able to engage the reader in any genre she chooses.

Erin Stone is a typical divorced mom in her forties who is living a contented life. There’s little drama in her personal life and that’s the way she likes it. Then she has a dream about an airplane crash that turns out to be a vision. She does NOT believe in psychics, though. Talk about life-changing.

I felt like I really got to know Erin. She’s a strong woman with beliefs that have been challenged, but she decides to use her newfound talent (power?) to do good. There are loved ones of the crash victims she may be able to help find closure. When things hit close to home, though, she has trouble dealing with it, but she does cope. She’s a hero in my book.

And then there’s the new man in Erin’s life. Is he really as good as he seems? Can any man be as perfect as he seems? Maybe?

Midlife Psychic is paranormal women’s fiction with a bit of romance and a little suspense. I can’t wait to read the next Erin Stone book…hopefully, there is one coming.

About the Author

CAROLYN ARNOLD is an international bestselling and award-winning author, as well as a speaker, teacher, and inspirational mentor. She has several continuing fiction series and has many published books. Her genre diversity offers her readers everything from cozy to hard-boiled mysteries, and thrillers to action adventures. Her crime fiction series have been praised by those in law enforcement as being accurate and entertaining. This led to her adopting the trademark: POLICE PROCEDURALS RESPECTED BY LAW ENFORCEMENT™.

Carolyn was born in a small town and enjoys spending time outdoors, but she also loves the lights of a big city. Grounded by her roots and lifted by her dreams, her overactive imagination insists that she tell her stories. Her intention is to touch the hearts of millions with her books, to entertain, inspire, and empower.

She currently lives near London, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two beagles.

Website: https://carolynarnold.net/

Book Review: Castaways & Longer Days by Trixie Silvertale

Mitzy Moon longs to embrace the warmth of summer at a community-wide celebration. Enjoying a midsummer sailboat regatta, strawberry cake, and bonfires on the beach sounds divine. But when dark skies unleash a superstorm, the festivities turn deadly…

While everyone pitches in to rescue stranded friends and neighbors from the wreckage, Mitzy senses evil in the debris. Her entitled feline is missing and the handsome sheriff is in no mood for her hunches. But she refuses to buy into his black cloud of skepticism, because she’s sure one of the bodies didn’t die of natural causes.

Can Mitzy catch a killer before the clues are washed away?

Castaways and Longer Days is the fourteenth book in the hilarious paranormal cozy mystery series, Mitzy Moon Mysteries. If you like snarky heroines, supernatural misfits, and a splash of romance, then you’ll love Trixie Silvertale’s twisty whodunit.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free ARC from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

A tornado hit Pin Cherry Harbor! As the cleanup and rescue began, one of the bodies found was not because of the tornado because she had a knife in her back. Of course, Mitzy was determined to help find out who murdered the victim even though she was definitely not a friend.

Interestingly, the library being hit in the tornado really hit home with me. I lost a bookstore in a tornado 10 years ago, so it was easy for me to picture the rubble of the library.

The characters in the Mitzy Moon Mysteries are great. Mitzy is smart, hilarious, and determined. Erick is the perfect boyfriend and is almost too good to be true. No matter what mischief Mitzy gets into, he takes it in stride. I missed her stepbrother in this book and was happy to see her father a little bit.

Castaways and Longer Days is another fun paranormal mystery with suspense and sweet romance. This is my favorite in the series so far. Even though a lot of it is fun and funny, it had me weeping at the end this time. Although this book stands on its own, I recommend reading all of the books in order to get the most out of the series.

About the Author

Trixie Silvertale grew up reading an endless supply of Lillian Jackson Braun, Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew novels. She loves the amateur sleuths in cozy mysteries and is obsessed with all things paranormal. Those two passions unite in her Mitzy Moon Mysteries, and she’s thrilled to write them and share them with you.

When she’s not consumed by writing, she bakes to fuel her creative engine and tends to her herb garden.

Website: http://www.trixiesilvertale.com

Book Review: The Shadow of Her by Aspen Bassett

Book Title: The Shadow of Her by Aspen Bassett
Category: YA Fiction
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Content Rating: PG

Book Description

Penny Grace successfully traveled through time, outsmarted a paradox, and survived countless historical tragedies. Now, she must face her biggest challenge yet: stopping The Shadow once and for all. After terrorizing the dark world for eons, The Shadow now wants control over Earth. Unless Penny surrenders her past heroics, all life on Earth will die of thirst while the dark world drowns. But giving up would mean turning her back on everything Penny’s fought to protect, and she’s more determined than ever to save both worlds from The Shadow’s tyranny.


Penny and her nemesis Kyle team up to unravel The Shadow’s rage toward humans in hope that understanding the past can help them protect the future. As Penny and Kyle work together, Kyle opens up about his past and Penny starts to see the mysterious man less like an enemy and more like a brother. But does that mean Kyle has changed? Is he trustworthy? Or is his new vulnerability a tactic to manipulate Penny even more?


When Penny realizes the only way to stop The Shadow is to trap them both in a paradox, she needs the help of those she left behind to pull it off. But returning home to Cheyenne means facing the consequences of her choices. If Penny wants to save multiple worlds, she needs to convince the family that forgot her and the ex-boyfriend she still loves to help her make the ultimate sacrifice.

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My Review

I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I read the first two books in this series and I was looking forward to reading The Shadow of Her, which was released in early 2021. I enjoyed all three books but this last one was my favorite. Everything was resolved in one way or another, but it took trust, bravery, and tears (on my part) before everything was said and done.

Penny Grace ends up working with Kyle after she left Luke and her sister behind. It would not be her choice, but as they get to know each other, she begins to trust him and perhaps understand him. But is he manipulating her again? Can she really trust him? Only time will tell.

The characters are well developed and complicated. Their wants/needs are simple but their emotions are anything but simple. The author did a great job at making me care about the characters.

I definitely recommend The Shadow of Her for anyone who likes young adult and/or time travel novels. I do suggest reading the first two books, though.

Meet the Author

Aspen Bassett works at a library, telling stories and suggesting books. When she’s not working, she’s usually sipping hot cocoa and wondering what would happen if she had superpowers. She’s been published in multiple anthologies including Oomph: A Little Super Goes a Long Way and Inaccurate Realities.

Aspen grew up learning about chakras and auras and the true power of imagination which slips into her writing whether she intends it to or not. In college, when she wasn’t busy working on her degree in Creative Writing, Aspen also got her certificate in Women’s Meditation (basically general energy work). Now, she’s working toward a diploma in Integrated Healing Arts with a certificate in Hypnotherapy.

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Audiobook Review: Halfway Bitten by Terry Maggert

Author: Terry Maggert
Narrator: Erin Spencer
Length: 7 hours 19 minutes
Series: Halfway Witchy, Book 2
Publisher: Maggert and Spencer
Released: Mar. 6, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy

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The circus came to Halfway, and they brought the weird.

When the body of a young woman washes up in the lake, it unleashes a spiral of mystery that will bring Carlie, Gran, and Wulfric into a storm of magical warfare. Spells will fly. Curses will rain. Amidst it all, Carlie will make waffles, protect her town, and find out if a man from the distant past can join her in happy ever after.

There will be clowns. There will be vampires. There will be waffles.

With love and honor at stake, Carlie has no peer.

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I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Terry Maggert. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

This is the second book in the Halfway Witchy series. I’d already listened to books 1 and 3 four years ago. I’m not sure why I didn’t get to listen to the second one, but I remembered enough about Carlie that I knew I’d enjoy it.

Carlie is a witch. She’s young, cute, single, and very serious about her craft. Witchcraft has been in her family for generations and she has some awesome magical powers. She is involved with Wulfric who is half human and half vampire, and they have a special relationship. Her Gran is a force to be reckoned with and has taught Carlie a lot about being a witch.

When the circus comes to town and a body washes up on shore, things get strange. Luckily, Carlie is the perfect one to investigate “strange.” Carlie and Gran learn that they’re up against something very powerful and evil, and I like how everyone in the town, whether dead or alive, helps them to defeat the evil.

Erin Spencer did a fantastic job narrating this book. Her voice is perfect as Carlie and she changed her tone just enough so that I knew when someone was speaking. 

I definitely recommend Halfway Bitten. It’s a quick read and full of action, suspense, fantastical beings, and even humor. I look forward to reading more of the Halfway Witchy series.

Left-handed. I like dragons, coffee, waffles, running, and giraffes; order unimportant. I write the Halfway Witchy, Messenger, Starcaster and Shattered Skies series, as well as contributing to many anthologies.

If I’m not at home, then I’m on the road, and if I’m on the road, I’ll be at a book event. I’ve written thirty-three novels and counting. I don’t sleep, but you probably guessed that already. If you want me to visit your town for an event, let me know when and where. See you out there.

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Narrator Bio

Erin loves audiobooks! As an actress, they have allowed her to creatively stretch by playing all kinds of characters, all kinds of ages and all kinds of accents! She voiced roles in the Audie award winning title, Illuminae and was also nominated for a Voice Arts Award in the romance category. She has narrated over 100 titles and as an audiobook director has worked on at least 100 more. She has worked for most of the major publishers and also enjoys working with indie writers who are some of the most talented writers out there! Follow her on Twitter @ErinSpencerLA or find her on Facebook, Erin Spencer Actress.

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So you’re visiting my little town of Halfway, and Erin Spencer is your guide. Let me explain how Erin’s audition process went:
By Author Terry Maggert

I, with audacity of a teenaged boy, emailed her and asked her if she would take my series. She auditioned. I listened to fifteen seconds and thought, “Well. That’s that. She is Carlie.” Six books later, I think in Erin’s voice when I write about Halfway, which is a testament to how fully she embodies the people of my town, and Carlie’s world, and even Gus the Judgy cat’s occasional mrrrrowt, which I am told Erin nailed in one take.

I love audiobooks, and listen to my own. For me, audiobooks are like meeting your favorite characters all over again—a kind of magical reset that lets me start over with stories I love, set in places I want to visit. Or live. Or drink coffee in a diner that sits in a town where magic is as common as tourists.

Thanks for visiting Halfway, on behalf of Erin, and me, and everyone else who made the series happen. I hope you laugh along with us, and I’ll see you later this year with Halfway Hatched.

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