(Tour) Illicit Magic Tour Post

Title: Illicit Magic (Book 1in the Stella Mayweather series)
Author: Camilla Chafer
Publisher: Audacious
Pages: 214
Pub Date: May 2011

About the book:More than three hundred years after the most terrifying witch hunts the world has ever known, it’s happening again.

Racing from attack by the ruthless Brotherhood in London to the powerful witch council in New York, twenty-four-year-old novice witch Stella has to put her faith in strangers just to stay alive but she might not be any safer in their midst than from the danger she is running from.

Sent to an extraordinary safe house by the sea to learn her craft, Stella finds there is more than one dark secret in her new family: Étoile’s sister is spoken of in fear and sadness; Marc is supposed to be a powerful witch but is missing his magic; where does the owner of their safe house vanish to every day and why does Evan have the eyes of someone not quite human?

There is only one secret that someone will do anything to keep quiet, but whose secret is it and will Stella have to pay the price for silence?

Amazon UK Top 10 contemporary fantasy bestseller
Amazon US Top 45 fantasy bestseller
Amazon US Top 50 contemporary fantasy bestseller

Amazon US: http://amzn.to/mzGZrI
Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/iFNS1c
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Nook: http://bit.ly/jmrAO9
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/iEShAn

Other books in the series are:

Unruly Magic is the second book in the series and was released in July 2011.

Devious Magic is the third book in the series and it was released in December 2011.

Author bio:
Hi, I’m Camilla and I’m the author of the Stella Mayweather Series, an urban fantasy/mystery. The series starts with Illicit Magic and a lonely young woman, Stella, who has been caught up in a terrifying witch hunt and is whisked thousands of miles away to what she thinks is safety to learn her craft. The series is a blend of magic, mystery and romance with a splash of humour – and while the girls really do go all out to save themselves, there’s always a hunky guy or two on hand to help them out. The series continues with Unruly Magic and Devious Magic, both out now.

I live in London, England, but I try to travel as often as I can – I’ve been all over the US and Europe. In my day job I’m a journalist and editor so I write for magazines, newspapers and websites throughout the world (my favourite assignment was spending a week riding rollercoasters – if you listen carefully you can probably still hear me screaming) but writing fiction has always been my first love.

Web links:
Website: www.camillachafer.com
Blog: www.camillachafer.com/blog
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CamillaChafer
Twitter: @camillawrites

Illicit Magic Excerpt 1 (from Chapter One – 734 words)
NB: British English

Sharp, murmured voices passed me on the wind. I couldn’t make out what they were saying but there was the sound of confusion and dissent; then a barked order calmed them. I caught the sole word “silence” from a low voice as it hissed past me. The footsteps shuffled and stamped again but no one uttered a word. It was like they were all listening for me. I felt like a fox, terrified and cornered, knowing that the beagles were just behind me, waiting to catch my scent.

Above me I could just see the first quarter of the moon breaking in the sky, casting a dim glow over the city. My jacket was a dark padded cord, good for blending in with both the hedge and low light. My breath was catching like little puffs of cloud in the air so I pulled up my cheap, striped scarf and covered my mouth to keep the plumes from straying to where they could be seen.

Without moving the rest of my body, I strained my head towards my pursuers, the scarf tightening about my neck until I tugged it loose again. I tried to count how many footsteps I could hear as they shuffled, fanned out and regrouped.

With only my pounding heartbeat for company I waited for what seemed like eternity. I tried to count Mississippi’s to gauge the time but my mind stumbled over the count and I threw the thought away. I waited for seconds, minutes, hours for them to rush past me, or at least turn and stamp a different way, hoping miserably that they really hadn’t seen me dart into this street.

Finally I couldn’t hear a thing but the blood rushing in my ears. Had I made it up? Was I really paranoid enough to think someone would bother following me? Probably. Possibly. It wasn’t the first time I’d been extra cautious, but it was the first time since the news has been full of murder. I shivered and tried to shake away the icy fear.

Edging my way across the privet, the leather of my long boots brushing against each other as I sidestepped, my toes scuffed against the scrub of garden. Fronds of hedge needled my back through my winter coat as I brushed by and fresh drops of dew slid uncomfortably past my scarf and inside my collar.

With my mouth set in a firm, grim line, clamped so tightly shut I was close to grinding my teeth, I poked my head forward, mere millimetres from the hedge but enough to see a gloved hand shoot towards me and grab my coat, the fingers clawing at my shoulder to snatch a handful of material and drag me into the open. A gasp escaped me. How had they gotten so close without me realising? Another hand, yellowed at the fingertips and reeking of tobacco, reached for my neck.

A gruff male voice snarled, “Gotcha!”

I shrieked and my whole body went rigid as I closed my eyes tightly. The air went thick and heavy around me, the cold momentarily disappeared and the blood in my veins surged as electricity crackled through my body. For the merest second all the low light and dull sounds of the city disappeared as the power rushing through me overwhelmed and took possession of me.

With the hand at my neck and the fear pumping alongside the electricity, I thought I would die in this moment, but when I opened my eyes again I was on the other side of the street, looking at my attacker grasping at the air where a second ago my neck had been. I saw his fist punch savagely through the air where my jaw should have been. If I had still been there, he would have smashed it for sure.

I felt dizzy and willed myself not to faint. The last of the shriek ebbed in my throat as I realised that I had barely focused on the task but had ended up exactly where I thought I should be when I’d glimpsed that section of empty street. Perhaps my strange gift (I never could decide what I should call it) only worked properly when I was terrified. Moving through space wasn’t something I had even been able to control before. And right now, I wasn’t afraid to admit that I was absolutely, gut-wrenchingly, terrified.

(Doesn’t that sound really good? Check back later for my review on the book.)

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(Review & Tour) Portal

Title: Portal :Portal Chronicles
Author: Imogen Rose
Pages: 344
Publisher: self published
Pub Date: January 2010

Source: I recieved a ebook for review from Bewitching Book Tours for my participation in the tour.


Come Find Me Two Years Ago…

Six words that propelled ice hockey playing tomboy, Arizona, into an alternate dimension.

She suddenly found herself in the past. In one moment she went from being an ice hockey playing teenager in New Jersey to a glamorous cheerleader in California. She found herself transported from a happy life with her dad, Dillard, to a new, strange one living with her mother whom she hates. Apparently it’s a life she’s always lived in.

Everyone knows her as Arizona Darley, but she isn’t. She is Arizona Stevens.

As she struggles to find answers she is certain of one thing- that her mother Olivia, a brilliant physicist, is somehow responsible…

PORTAL is the story of the repercussions of Olivia Darley’s attempt at creating a perfect world for herself and her children. Arizona’s quest for answers threatens to undermine the seemingly perfect world that her mother has so carefully constructed.

PORTAL is the first book of the Portal Chronicles. Fans of time travel, romance, and the supernatural will enjoy Arizona’s quest for answers.

Meet Imogen Rose

Imogen Rose is the author of the bestselling YA series, the Portal Chronicles. She was born in a small town in Sweden and moved to London in her twenties. After obtaining a PhD in immunology from Imperial College, she moved with her family to New Jersey, where she’s been based for the past ten years.

For as long as she can remember, Imogen has dreamt stories. Stories that continued from night to night, from dream to dream. So, even as a child, going to bed was never an issue, just an anticipation of the story to come.

PORTAL, Imogen’s first novel, would have remained in her imagination, to be shared only with her daughter, Lauren, had her eight-year-old not insisted that she write it down. In the course of a month, Imogen typed while Lauren waited eagerly by the printer for the pages to appear, and a novel took shape.

The warm reception PORTAL received encouraged her to continue with the story and the Portal Chronicles. The Bonfire Chronicles is Imogen’s new YA paranormal series.

Imogen is a self-confessed Hermès addict who enjoys shopping, traveling, watching movies and playing with her dog, Tallulah.


Bewitching Book Tours is fantastic with the selection of books they have on tour and I have managed to find some pretty good ones recently. What is nice about the books they have on tour is that they aren’t something I would probably pick up on my own since I don’t read alot of ebooks but from the ones I do find I always seem to enjoy them and this one was no exception. They are always the little hidden gem books which I love.

I really enjoyed it and this is the first book in a series. The other books in the series are: Equilibrium (2)Quantum (3) and Momentum (4). The fifth book Fusion is scheduled to release this summer.

I have to say that I was surprised that I enjoyed the book because its a sci fi romance and if you know me you know I don’t read sci fi. I think it was the storyline, the characters and the fact that there was time traveling and a alternative dimensions that drew me into the book and there was always something happening that kept my interest.

The book is told in alternating points of view.

The story begins with the main character, Arizona’s mother (Olivia)seventeen years ago. She is at a bar and meets a mysterious man in black. This mysterious man has got her mother infatuated with him. Hasn’t that happen to us all at one point?

Here is where the book got really good and I had to read more because her mother was told to find him “Two years ago”. What does that mean and is that supposed to mean anything?

Well of course it does because during the novel the mystery of those three words are slowly unraveled. I enjoyed how it was slowly raveled. It was enough to keep you interested in the book.

As for Arizona she is thrown from one world to the next without any recognition of she could be in one place one minute and then in another place the next moment. At first Arizona believes she is dreaming and I have to say Imogen describes it like it is a dream world. For Arizona she travels from the present to the past.

Now for the romance part of the book. Arizona finds herself a boyfriend. They had a cute relationship and he seemed like a sweet guy for her but the only thing I didn’t like was that he was very protective of her and I thought at times it was a little too much.

I had a love/hate relationship with Olivia and it showed when I would mutter under my breath at her. She made so many bad mistakes and you could see over the course of the book all that she is done and yes we are all human and we make mistakes but sometimes we need to think long term before doing anything.

Thanks Bewitching Book Tours for allowing me to be on this book tour.

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(Tour) Rae of Hope

I was lucky enough to get on the book tour for Rae of Hope by W.J May. Not only was this a great book but the author is Canadian. My review will be posted later this morning.

Title: Rae of Hope
Author: W. J. May
Publisher: Mitchell Morris Publishing, Inc
Pages 248
Pub Date: November 2011

About the Book

How hard do you have to shake a family tree to find out the truth about the past?

Fifteen-year-old Rae Kerrigan never questioned her family’s history. That is until she accepted a scholarship to Guilder Boarding School in England. Guilder is an exclusive, gifted school. Rae has no idea what she is getting herself into or that her family’s past is going to come back and taunt her.

She learns she is part of an unparalleled group of individuals who become inked with a unique tattoo (tatu) on their sixteenth birthday. The tatu enables them to have supernatural powers particular to the shape of their ink-art. Both of her parents where inked, though Rae never knew, as they passed away when she was young. Learning about her family’s past, her evil father and sacrificial mother, Rae needs to decide if there is a ray of hope in her own life.

Please help me welcome M.J to Cindy’s Love of Books. I want to thank Bewitching Book Tours for arranging this and to M.J for taking the time out of her busy schedule to do this for me.

The Power of a Name

I love getting a new book and falling in love with the story. When an author is able to pull me in so deep I can’t stop reading, or thinking about the plot line or what’s going to happen. How about when you want to jump up and down and scream at the characters?

Speaking of characters, when we’re laughing or screaming at them (in our heads or aloud) one thing that matters, even when we don’t realize it, is that these guys need to have good names. Good, proper names which roll off the tongue smooth as butter.

What does it take to have power behind a name?

For myself as a writer, I want something that sounds good together – the first and last name so if someone were really mad, saying the entire name has some kick behind it.

The name has to match the characters personality… hmmm… or is that the personality has to make the character’s name?

There are also a few basic background need-to-knows. If the character is Irish, giving him (or her) a German name isn’t going to be smooth (like butter, it’ll be more like butter mixed with gravel – bumpy and not good on the tongue). Klaus VanLictenstien just doesn’t have an Irish ring like Kian McDowell.

Another writing hint I’ve been taught is to not have characters with similar names and another suggestion I’ve tried to follow is not having characters names that start with the same letter. It sounds a tad silly but really it does help readers avoid any confusion.

I’m going to use my first book in the Chronicles of Kerrigan as an example. There are a lot of characters throughout but some key names needed to stand out.

The main character, Rae Kerrigan, had her name decided before I even started the book. I had the title and name already picked out. I have a friend with a similar name with Irish background. I loved it as it had such a wonderful ring to it – the first and last name. Well, I changed it up a bit to make it Scottish. It rolls off the tongue (say it with me now, smooth as butter ) .

I got lucky with her name and her character was based on her name. She became the muse that created my entire storyline. Her friends, teachers, acquaintances were a bit harder.

Molly, Rae’s best buddy name came next. The name alone seems to represent fun and a little bit of trouble (maybe it’s from watching Molly Ringwald as a kid in all her teen movies).

Devon Wardell came along and I also originally had Dean Cardel. Except the two names sounded too similar so Cardell became Cartel and blurred into Carter (though in my drafts, I still sometimes write Cardel).

Julian, Devon’s buddy, has an artistic side, so to me he needed a name that had the same appeal.

And the character names going on and on… some are named based on the character, others became the characters based on their names.

I’d love to hear other writers (and readers) opinions on what makes a name strong. Where the power is behind a name, and how you create your characters name.

‘Cause in the end, a name is just a name that’s just a name, that’s in a name.

Can I let you in on a little secret? I’m terrible at remembering people’s names.

About The Author:
Wanita May grew up in the fruit belt of Ontario – St.Catharines. Crazy-happy childhood, she always has had a vivid imagination and loads of energy.

The youngest of six — four older brothers, and sister — they taught her at a young age to be competitive in all aspects of life.

At sixteen, she began competing in athletics (track and field) and before she turned seventeen, she was representing Canada in high jump. She continued to compete, breaking Canada’s JR High Jump record (1.92m – 6′ 3 1/2″ for those metric-ly challenged). She attented University of Toronto, and Kansas State University – graduating with a BS degree in Kinesiology and beginning her Masters in Business.

She is currently married, and the mother of three adorable kids.

After her father passed away in 2009, from a six-year battle with cancer (which she still believes he won the fight against), she began to write again. A passion she’d loved for years, but realized life was too short to keep putting it off.

Her first book, Rae of Hope – from the Chronicles of Kerrigan – is available Nov 15, 2001 by Mitchell Morris Publishing. It is contracted as a four book series and available in print and ebook through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords and other online sites.

She is currently represented by Dawn Dowdle of Blue Ridge Literary Agency. Wanita is a writer of Young Adult, Fantasy Fiction and where ever else her little muses take her.

Blog: http://wanitajump.wordpress.com/

Author website: http://www.wanitamay.yolasite.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wanitajump

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(Review) The Marriage Contract

Title: The Marriage Contract
Author: Lisa Mondello
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Pub Date: 2011
Pages: 164 (print)

Source: I received an ebook from Bewitching book tours.

About the book:
What would you do to get a second chance at love? Sometimes fate needs a little helping hand…

When Ruthie Carvalho finds an old birthday card with a marriage proposal scribbled on the back, she figures she’s hit pay dirt and is destined to get her 35 year old daughter married.

The trouble is, Ruthie can’t stand Cara’s boyfriend and Cara is just stubborn enough to push in the opposite direction of what her mother wants.

When Devin Michaels gets a phone call from his old friend’s mom, he knows Ruthie is up to something. But he’s at a crossroad. It’s been 17 years since he’s seen Cara and memories of their soulful talks and walks on the beach make him long to reconnect.

Going back to the seaside town of Westport Massachusetts to reconnect with Cara seems like just the thing to do. One look at Cara and the years seem to melt away. With a little help and “creative” planning from Ruthie, can these old friends become lovers and have a second chance at happiness?

When I first saw this book being on tour at Bewitching Book Tours I knew I wanted to read it. I love the idea of the book and was looking forward to reading it and wondering what would happen.

Thanks to Bewitching Book Tours and Lisa Mondello.

I have to say that I read this book in one sitting which surprised me because I am currently having problems with my Kobo so I ended up having to read this book off my computer. Not something I would do all the time but seeing as this was a small book and it was a super quick read.

Cara Cavarlho and Devin Michaels were childhood friends. The discovered each other one summer when Devin was going through a difficult time. Nothing more became of this friendship because it didn’t feel right but I am sure had things were different it would have.

As they grew older they seemed to have lost touch and its not until Cara goes home to help her parents pack up the house that she stumbles across an old birthday card from her 18th birthday with a written promise saying that each other isn’t married by 35 that they should get married. Cara begins to remember all the fun they had.

Thankfully Cara’s meddling mother, Ruthie intervenes and contacts Devin telling him he should come back and that she is planning a surprise 35th birthday for Cara although what they don’t realize yet is that Ruthie is actually planning their wedding. Ruthie has always liked Devin and thinks he is the perfect man for her. She is hoping that bringing the two together that they will also realize it. Offering a helping hand of sorts.

Will Ruthie be able to pull it off? Will Cara and Devin realize how right they are for each other?

I loved how much they were able to fit into each others lives like no time has passed at all. There was no awkward moments. You could see how much they truly loved each other and I am such a romantic at heart and I was hoping that they would see how well they were for each other. I love hearing about stories like this so when I got the chance to read this I was super excited.

Wouldn’t it be great at times to get that second chance at love again with a long lost mate if you were able to? If you had the chance would you?

This is apparently the second book in the Fate with Helping Hand Series. Although I believe each one is a stand alone story.

The books in the series are:

  • All I Want For Christmas is You
  • The Marriage Contract
  • The Knight and Maggie’s Baby

I am looking forward to reading more of Lisa Mondello’s books.

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