Spotlight and Review: Influential Magic by Deanna Chase

Happy Monday Everyone!  Today I am pleased to have a spot on the Influential Magic book tour.  This is definitely a series i want to start following.  This first book in the Crescent City Fae Series is bound to excite any paranormal/urban fantasy reader.  Be sure to check out my full review after an excerpt. Deanna Chase is also offering an awesome giveaway.  To enter just click here.

Influential Magic Button 300 x 225Influential Magic

Crescent City Fae Book 1

Deanna Chase

Genre: Urban Fantasy

ISBN: 978-0983797876

ASIN: B00BQ3C9PO

Number of pages: 318

Word Count: 95,000 words

Cover Artist: Art by PhatPuppy
Book Description:

It’s tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires… especially when their very existence drains your life-force.

Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother’s mysterious death, Willow’s life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner—her ex-boyfriend, David. To her horror, he’s turned vamp, which causes her physical pain whenever she touches him… and any other specimen of the undead.

In order to save Willow’s life, David agrees to turn double agent against the most powerful vampire organization in New Orleans. Or so he says. And she’s convinced they know something about her brother’s death. Unsure where David’s loyalties lie, she turns to Talisen, her childhood crush, to help her solve the mystery.

Caught between two gorgeous men and a director who’ll stop at nothing to control Willow’s gifts, she’ll have to follow her instincts and learn who to trust.

Otherwise, she risks losing more than just her life.

Excerpt:

I fingered the thick, weighted envelope, grimacing at the blood-red wax seal. I supposed the old ones felt nostalgia for social etiquette of times past. But seriously? They carried iPhones just like everyone else. What was wrong with a phone call or an email? Of course, modern methods wouldn’t have been as dramatic.

Damn vampires.

I grabbed my antique silver letter opener and carefully broke the seal, trying not to alter it any more than necessary. If there were any lingering energy traces, I might need them later.

One elegant line was scrawled across the textured stationery.

Your honored presence is required at eight o’clock tonight at The Red Door.

Required, not requested. It wasn’t an invitation. It was a summons. And not one I could likely ignore. The Cryrique held political clout in the city. Pissing them off would only put me out of business.

Did this have anything to do with the Influence drug? My stomach turned. I was the only one in the city powerful enough to enhance the plants needed to create the narcotic. If they wanted an inside track, I was the logical choice. And the most obvious.

The phone rang, startling me out of my worried haze, and the note slipped from my fingers, landing on the desk.

Hopefully it was Phoebe with information on the messenger. I’d faxed the details to her a half hour ago.

I picked up the old-fashioned rotary phone. “The Fated Cupcake.”

“Ms. Rhoswen, you got my note, I presume,” a southern gentleman’s voice drawled.

My heart stopped. “Who is this?” I asked through clenched teeth.

He chuckled softly. “I understand you have something of mine.”

“I can’t imagine what that would be.” What the hell was he talking about?

“Not a what, a who, Ms. Rhoswen. Bring Davidson with you this evening. I look forward to our new friendship.” The line went dead with the unmistakable clatter of a phone coming to rest in its cradle. No iPhone for this vampire.

Davidson? David?

Why would the Cryrique think I had David? Phoebe said he’d cut a deal. He should’ve been home by now.

He cut a deal. Oh no…

With everything going on, I’d completely forgotten about my new assignment with the double agent. I yanked the legal envelope open and stared at the name of my new partner.

Davidson Laveaux.

“F’ing Maude!” I shrieked. With a start, Link jumped from a sound sleep, growling, his eyes glowing gold as he scanned for intruders.

“Sorry, boy. It’s okay. No one’s here but me.”

Link paced, responding to the anger in my voice.

I scanned the document, finding the classification. Sensitive: twenty-four hour detail. The Void wasn’t messing around. Whatever they were after, they meant business.

“Damn it all. How in the world am I going to spend twenty-four hours a day with a vampire?” A vampire who’d seen me naked on several occasions. I slumped in my chair, wishing I could turn the clock back thirty-six hours. Even if it meant being back in my mother’s house.

Heaving a sigh, I returned my attention to the file. What did David have to offer as a double agent, and why did Maude put me on the case? My only notable skill was locating vampires.

Then I turned the page and found my answer. Vampire Laveaux overheard a plot to abduct Agent Rhoswen. Reason unknown.

Review:

Influential Magic is the first book in the Crescent City Fae and with this book Deanna Chase has created a series that promises to be the next it series.  The world that is created is both fantastical and realistic.  In Influential Magic we meet Willow.  She is a Faerie that by day owns a magically influenced cupcake shop and by night works for a government agency run by her very spiteful aunt.  Her roommate and partner is a witch with a kick ass take names later attitude who enjoys her job of hunting and killing vampires.  Willow is also over run with hot men vying for her affections.  She is pursued by her brother’s best friend, Talisen  and her Ex-boyfriend newly turned vampire, David.  It seems everywhere she turns she is forced to fight, whether its her affections toward these gorgeous men or forced to fight her aunt who may have a hit out on her.  In the end, you are questioning everyone’s motives and feel you can only trust Willow.

I really enjoyed this story and see a lot of potential in this new series.  Deanna Chase is a gifted story-teller with a wonderful imagination.  Her characters are well-developed, but leave room for more.  Her story is exciting and entertaining with the ability to drive you to want to stay up all night to finish her book.  I guarantee if you enjoy the paranormal or urban fantasy genre you will want to add this book and the series to your reading list.

I’d like to thank Bewitching Book Tours for allowing me to host this spot today.  If you would like to learn more about Influential Magic you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.  For more information about Deanna Chase you can go to any of her links below.

About the Author

Deanna is a native Californian, transplanted to the slower paced lifestyle of southeastern Louisiana.

When she isn’t writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans, playing with her two shih tzu dogs, making glass beads, or out hocking her wares at various bead shows across the country.

For more information and updates on newest releases visit her website at http://www.deannachase.com

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Promo and Review: Hexes in Texas by Michelle Kopra

Today I am welcoming Michelle Kopra and her new book Hexes in Texas.  This is a paranormal romance book with quite a bit of humor.

Hexes in Texas

Book Description:

Fed up with the slushy snow of winter, and the frigid Canadian wizards Julie McNabb wants a transfer to somewhere warm, and where the men are smoking hot!

Instead, she ends up in Bug Tussle. A small wizard farming community in Texas where the unicorns freak her out, and the resident witches watch NASCAR and eat Barbeque.

Despite her goals to get out as fast as she can, Julie makes friends, has fun, and falls for Vance, the hunky animal manager.

Now if only Julie can convince Vance to give up on Mrs. Right, for Mrs. right now!

Teaser Excerpt:

“There has to be something more than this,” I sighed as the broom came dangerously close to the road. Before I turned into witch jam, I used my magic to stop the broom, tilting it up, and slowing its descent until my purple boots skidded against the pavement.

“Like what?” Skippy asked.

“I don’t know, but flying around at night, maintained spells, checking perimeters? How is that living? I want a life that’s exciting. I don’t want to die a thousand years from now, regretting I lived all my life in Hamilton.”

Review:

I absolutely loved this book.  I hope this is the beginning of a series.  I did think it was just a little short, but in the end everything was very concise.  I adored the use of the modern background with the paranormal witch world.  I really loved the characters though.  Skippy, as you read above, is a cat and has some of the funniest lines.  Also, Julie and Vance’s interactions are steamy and predictable, but you still totally and completely fall for Vance.  The most frustrating for me was Julie’s family.  For a few moments I thought Julie was invisible.  She’s not but it’s that frustrating with her mother.  Overall, I would recommend this book and can’t wait to read it again.  I only hope that Michelle Kopra will write a follow-up about Julie and Vance.  There is plenty to cover and you can definitely go deeper into the world she created.

I want to thank Michelle Kopra for stopping by today and Bewitching Book tours for allowing me to host one of their stops.

Author Bio:

I used to be a closet writer, writhing in agony if anyone came near me when I was trying to put story to paper.

Then I had kids. Two of them, with big brown eyes, and sweet little giggles and sticky fingers that goober up my computer screen, and suddenly I didn’t care how silly my stories seemed to the rest of the world. Well, not as much anyways 😉

I have six stories published on Amazon.com for the moment, with several more in the works. Please feel free to contact me, I can be found on Facebook, twitter, and at my website michellekopra.com. Let me know if you love my stories, or hate them, or if I parked in your spot!

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Review: To Kill A Warlock by H.P Mallory

Wow…I can’t believe its been almost a week since I last posted.  I feel like such a slacker.  I have been pretty busy with things, but I have been able to get quite a lot of reading done.  The first of the many books I have finished was To Kill A Warlock by H.P Mallory.  I decided to start this as just a fun light read to help me get past a lull in my current book.  I didn’t mean for this to become yet another series I am reading.  But, it has sucked me in and I can’t wait to talk about it.

To Kill A Warlock begins by introducing us to Dulcie O’Neil.  She is a fairy who we find at her friend Sam’s home turned into some sort of monster.  Sam is a witch and is expected to help her reverse the enchantment that was placed on her by a dark arts warlock. Dulcie is a Regulator for the ANC.  She is a law enforcement agent in charge of keeping Netherworld creatures in line.  When the warlock who cast the spell on her to begin with is found dead and she is the last person to have seen him she must investigate.  She encounters a being she is unable to figure out while trying to investigate.  This being is Knighley Vander and he is a Regulator from the Netherworld side.  Knight is sent to find out what is slaying these Netherworld creatures and stop it.  He partners with Dulcie under the pretense of secrecy.  All the while she is working the case with her boss, Quillen and another Regulator, Trey.  She also gets additional help from Bram a very prominent vampire and an admirer of Dulcies’.  Dulcie, Knight and the rest must find who is controlling this monster before more people or themselves get killed.  The only problem is that when the answer comes to light Dulcie will wish she was left in the dark.

I really liked this book.  So much so I had to read the other books in the series.  H.P Mallory is a very good writer.  She brings the world of the Netherworld and its sister cities on Earth to life.  Her characters are well-developed and you absolutely fall in love with them.  I have to say one of my favorite parts is that Dulcie is an aspiring romance writer.  It just seems so out of the ordinary but fits her.  Another aspect that is quite entertaining is the interactions between Dulcie and her many love interests. They range from her boss to the newly arrived Knight to Bram the relentless vampire.   I must say I do want a Knight of my own though.  I look forward to finishing the series soon with her latest book, Wuthering Frights.  I challenge anyone who picks up this book not to want to continue to read on.

For more information about To Kill A Warlock you can go to Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

Review: Accidentally in Love with a God by Mimi Jean Pamfiloff

There is truth in the saying don’t judge a book by its cover.  This book is the perfect example.  I came across Mimi Jean Pamfiloff’s Accidentally in Love with a God several times while looking for something to read.  Finally, I figured I would give the book a try.  The price was right and I had the urge to try a completely different author than I am used to reading.  I was very pleasantly surprised.  This book had everything from mythological Gods and creatures to suspense and adventure and you can even throw a little sex in there too.

Accidentally in Love with a God begins with Votan (a God) chasing after his sister Cimil (another God).  He ends up falling into a trap and gets stuck in a limbo of sorts.  After centuries of being stuck in this limbo he realizes he can communicate with someone.  That someone happens to be Emma.  All of Emma’s life she though she was crazy because she heard a voice in her head.  That voice (Guy/Votan) tries to protect her and even urge her to come free him.  Emma doesn’t realize that Guy/Votan is really a trapped God until after an untimely accident.  Emma finally relents to Votan’s incessant pushing and travels to South America to see if she can find where Votan is trapped.  Emma finds where Votan is being trapped even while being chased by the Uchban, who want to kill her.  Once freed Votan and Emma’s roller coaster ride only gets crazier.  You add in some more Gods, God/human experimentation and the possibility to destroy the world and you get one really good book.

I was very impressed by Ms. Pamfiloff’s debut book.  The story really made an impression and she definitely makes me want to continue on with her series.  Her writing is very witty and catchy.  I literally laughed out loud with some of the dialogue between Guy/Votan and Emma, especially the arguments when he is in her head.  I have indeed read the next book in the series Accidentally Married to a Vampire and again the cover is deceptive.  You would think that because the cover lacks serious appeal that the writing would follow suit.  I really feel for Ms. Pamfiloff.  I think she got slighted by her publisher when they picked the covers for her books.  I suggest to all of you out there learn as I have…don’t judge a book by its cover because you could really miss out on something good!

For more information about Accidentally In Love with a God you can visit Barnes and Noble, Amazon or any other book retailer.

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