Spell Disaster by Leighann Dobbs

Spell Disaster

By: Leighann Dobbs, Traci Douglass
Genres: cozy mystery
Pages: 256
Series: Silver Hollow Paranormal #2
Published on: November 12, 2016
Spell Disaster by Leighann Dobbs

When elderly witch Enid Pettywood unwittingly summons a demon to Silver Hollow, it's up to Issy Quinn and her cousins to send it back before the committee finds out. Summoning a demon is a serious offense, and no one wants to see Enid suffer the punishment the committee is sure to hand down.
But a simple plan of vanquishing the pesky demon before anyone notices goes awry when the demon makes the leap from wreaking havoc with the town's electrical circuits to possessing a human. Even worse, it uses that human to commit murder. When another murder attempt is made, it quickly becomes clear that the demon is looking for a permanent human host... and the Quinn witches have only three days to stop it.
With the town Sheriff investigating the murder, Issy has to avoid casting suspicion on herself while trying to track down the demon and dodge Dex Nolan, the government agent sent to town to study paranormals. Too bad Issy can't seem to forget the stolen kiss she and Dex shared because she has no intention of getting involved with a human.
When the demon's evil intentions hit too close to home, Issy is forced to make a sacrifice that may haunt her for the rest of her days. Will she be able to stop the demon before it kills again?


So for some reason this was on my wishlist. So one day I was looking for a book to read and bought this one.  I didn’t initially remember reading the first book, and so had to actually go back and read it.


Anywhos, that kinda shows where my brain is at the moment.  2020 has kinda been a year, I think for everyone. I know that for us over in Oregon have had it both good and bad depending on the month.  Right now we are dealing with some forest fires. Thankfully none that are impacting our house, but family members of mine have been directly impacted.


So Spell Disaster picks up at the end of A Spell of Trouble with Isolde Quinn, a magical pet store owner. She happens to see what she thinks is an elderly witch summoning a demon. Now with what happened in the first book, Isolde doesn’t want Enid to get in trouble. Nor does she want Dex Nolan to see that there is in fact paranormal happenings.


The problem is, the demon kills someone, a human, which also brings in the local sheriff. He is not paranormal and wants to ensure a quick solving to the murder case. It is determined where the Demon is. It then becomes a race for Isolde to bring a quick resolution or lose people who are close to her.


I liked this story, even though at the beginning I wasn’t quite sure what was going on. As I read it, though I was able to pick up pieces that connected me to the first book. I think that you can read this story by itself. There are just times it may take a bit longer to catch up when they refer to something that happened in the previous book.  It is a complete story by itself.


The characters are strong and you enjoy them. You care about the characters and what happens to them. Even when those characters kinda piss you off. Not in the sense that they are bad people, just their actions seem to undermine themselves and/or others. I think that the author did a good job at making even those characters are essential to the story and you as a reader care about them. Even though you want to hate them, and sometimes you do hate them, but you also care about them.


Sometimes when you get into a cozy mystery, it focuses more on the people and less on mystery. This book really does well on focusing on both in such a way that you don’t gain one at the loss of another. What this does it allow the mystery to shine, while also allowing the character’s personalities and sometimes quirks to be known as well. I feel that doing it this way really sets it up well for a series, because you become invested in the characters. This means that regardless of the plot line for the book, the characters are what brings you back.



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About Leighann Dobbs

USA Today bestselling author, Leighann Dobbs, discovered her passion for writing after a twenty year career as a software engineer. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband Bruce, their trusty Chihuahua mix Mojo and beautiful rescue cat, Kitty. When she's not reading, gardening, making jewelry or selling antiques, she likes to write cozy mystery and historical romance books.

Her book "Dead Wrong" won the "Best Mystery Romance" award at the 2014 Indie Romance Convention.

Her book "Ghostly Paws" was the 2015 Chanticleer Mystery & Mayhem First Place category winner in the Animal Mystery category.

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About Traci Douglass

Imperfect Characters - Perfect HEAs

I'm a USA Today Bestselling romance author with Harlequin/Mills & Boon, Entangled Publishing, and Tule Publishing. I write sometimes funny, usually awkward, always emotional stories about strong, quirky, wounded characters overcoming past adversity to find their happily ever afters. I believe Love is Love is Love and I'm grateful for every thread in my intricate brocade of happiness, though I rarely remember everything.

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Elysium Dreams by Hadena James

Elysium Dreams

By: Hadena James
Genres: Horror
Series: , #2
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Published on: July 10, 2013
Elysium Dreams by Hadena James

He skins his victims alive, taking pleasure from their pain.
In the cold, dark nights of Alaska, a hunter is stalking his prey. Once found, he takes them into the woods and skins them alive, prolonging the experience as much as he can, but the satisfaction always wanes.
Aislinn Cain and the Serial Crimes Tracking Unit have just finished up another case when they get the call. Now they are packing their bags and heading for Alaska in March. The team must overcome the hostile locals and harsh climate to catch a killer before he steals the life of another woman.


If you have not started the Dreams and Reality Series, you totally should.  This is the second book in the series and I recently reviewed the first “Tortured Dreams“.



So to catch you up to speed a bit. Aislinn Cain is part of the Serial Crimes Tracking unit. This is a subset of the US Marshals that is full of wonderful and mentally unhinged personalities. I guess if it is your job to see depravity every day you may need that edge. Or lack of edge depending on how you see it.



This book starts with Aislinn recovering from back to back cases that we catch short glimpses of. While this is the second book in the series, it does not pick right off after the first book ended.  That actually confused me for a bit. Then I realized what was going on and I was able to roll with it.



This case takes them to Alaska, where a man is flaying victims alive. When crimes happen in a small town, no one wants it to be someone from that town. So overlooking things sometimes happens. When the Serial Crimes tracking unit shows up, it is apparent that this is what has been happening. Small things that could possibly have found the killer went missing, either intentionally or accidentally. As the cases progress, it is clear that there is much more to the story than they originally thought.



Aislinn is put into a situation where she must decide how to proceed. Not just with her career, but her life. With her special abilities, it doesn’t take long for the serial killer to latch on to the fact that she is someone special. Just how special, they don’t even begin to realize. Thankfully her co-workers do know who and what she is, and that helps her.



I didn’t like this one as much as the first one. I think that part of the problem for me is that the first was on from Aislinn’s point of view.  This story is from both her and the killer’s point of view. That made it a bit disjointing in parts. Especially once you realize who the killer is, it makes really both sides not as important. By that I mean the story at that point pushes along, but there isn’t that excitement or anticipation about finding out who the killer is. You know who the killer is.



Overall this is a good story, and does push the overall Dreams and Reality series forward. It introduces new characters that I assume will play a part in future books. Will I read another one from this series? Yes, in fact I already have one queued up on my kindle. But do I have the same level of excitement that I had after the first book? No. So in a sense, I will have to be won back again.



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About Hadena James

Hadena James began writing at the age of eight. As a teenager, she had several short stories published in literary magazines. She completed writing her first novel at the age of 17.
Hadena graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in European History with minors in German and Russian studies. She has always wanted to be a writer so she also took several classes in creative writing.

Hadena’s primary literary genre is action/thriller. She currently writes two series, both use action/thriller. “The Brenna Strachan Series” uses fantasy and the “Dreams & Reality Series” uses murder mystery as its secondary genre. She continues to explore and expand her writing and hopes to soon produce a comedic action/thriller.

When she isn’t busy writing or running her business, Hadena enjoys playing in a steel-tip dart league. She also loves to travel throughout North America and Europe. Her favorite cities are Chicago, Illinois and Berlin, Germany. She is an avid reader, reading everything from the classics like Jane Austen to modern writers like Terry Pratchett. One of her all-time favorite books is “Good Omens” by Neil Gaimen and Terry Pratchett. She writes all of her books while listening to music and the bands tend to get “honorable mentions” within the pages.

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Release Day!! The Secret of the Lycaon by Jesse Bond

By: Jesse Bond

Andi here, come hang out for a spell while I tell you about a book that releases today.

Jesse Bond is the author of the Freedom Wolves series. Of which, the second book coming out today, “The Secret of the Lycaon”.

Read a bit more about the book, after checking out the cover.



Five years after the formation of the Alliance, the wolves of Lycaon are protected by the powerful Alpha Mason and a mysterious magical barrier. When the second in command, Beta Theo digs into the Alpha’s past, he discovers more than he bargained for, including hundreds of prisoners of war.


Theo must determine where his loyalties lie, who he can save, and what’s best for his pack. Luckily, he has a powerful team at his disposal, including Troy who just moved from the White River Pack. Life throws Theo a curve ball, when he discovers the leader of the prisoners is a rare female Alpha, and also his fated mate. Treachery runs deep, as the wolves battle together in an attempt to free the Terra Pack, set things to right with Alpha Mason, and learn the importance of trust and love along the way.


Doesn’t this sound like a really interesting story? Recently I have actually read a couple of books that describe female wares as being rare. Even rarer to have them as an alpha.  Then I have read books where all the women seem to be alphas.  I really like reading about the fictitious (or is it) life of weres, and how people see their pack structure, their genetics, and the reason they are around.


Ready to buy it? I thought you would be.




Learn more about Jesse Bond, the author.

About Jesse Bond

Jesse Bond is the pen name for fiction author Heather MacDougall. Her writing career started in 2020 when she became enthralled by contemporary and paranormal romance. Living in Colorado, she enjoys the great outdoors with her family, gaming, and writing her next spicy novel.



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