Autumn Magic by T.M. Cromer – IBF Review


Autumn Magic (Thorne Witches, #2)

By: T.M. Cromer
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy Romance
Pages: 236
Publisher: TM Cromer Books
Published on: June 19, 2018
Autumn Magic by T.M. Cromer – IBF Review

Autumn Thorne believed she discovered the perfect love. Yet the moment she revealed she was a witch, her relationship went to hell in a handbasket. Nearly a decade later, in an ironic twist of fate, the man who shunned her shows up on her doorstep and asks for her help to develop his own latent powers.

For the better part of nine years, Keaton Carlyle has tried to forget the one woman whose very touch made him burn with uncontrollable desire. Now, left with no choice, he must seek her out to master the magic building within. But the more time Keaton spends with Autumn, the more he realizes his old feelings for her have never truly been extinguished and the flames blaze hotter than ever.

When Autumn sets off on a mission to uncover an ancient artifact crucial to saving her mother, Keaton is hot on her heels, determined to make up for the wrongs of the past and rescue Autumn from the clutches of the madman holding her hostage. Faced with life or death, they must learn to work together. But can Autumn ever again trust the man who so cruelly betrayed her?

Book 2 in a 6 book series.

Also by this author: Summer Magic (The Thorne Witches Book 1)

 

The first book in this series was an IBF review.  Technically so is the second. However, halfway through the first book it went from an IFB book review to something new. It became an “I love this series and I adore the author.”  I truly do, T.M. is not only a wonderful author, but a wonderful human being. Many would assume that they are part and partial, but sadly that is not true.

So Summer Magic was about a woman with a name Summer, so it is no surprise that this Autumn magic is about a woman with the name of Autumn. Autumn goes by Tum, which I think is super cute and I will get to that more later.  A family of four, which after the first book, you realize is much bigger. And more complicated than just four sisters, their dad, and their deceased mother. In fact apparently mom isn’t dead, Summer is a twin, and Autumn hates her neighbor.

In fact she may or may not have set fire to his vehicle without realizing that it wasn’t just his, but his daughter’s pride and joy as well. Keaton and Autumn loved each other, until she told him what she was. It was discovered that the Carlyle’s are actually wizards and so while he disliked her for so long, he comes to realize that maybe she isn’t horrible.  He still hates her, but maybe not as bad.

When it became apparent that Autumn is the one that wants to go to Asia in search of something that could possibly help their mom, Keaton decides he is going to go as well. When you are dealing with magic, there is no simple guide on what will happen. Especially when you find out that your darling uncle is as much of a bastard as you thought he was. Even though it may not be as much his fault as you originally thought.

This book kept me in the world that the first book pulled me into.  I have it under good authority that the author is currently working on the fourth book, Spring and that Winter came out just awhile ago.  When I have some free time, I plan on reading Winter Magic, to learn about Winnie.

I love this world and I love the characters. The author has done a great job of pulling in personality and emotion to these stories. I like that even though this story is about Tums, Summer is also part of it. Actually all the sisters are, it shows how close they are. While this could be a standalone, it still ties in with the other book in the series.

This is going to be a much longer series than four and I am excited to see where it leads.

About T.M. Cromer

T.M. Cromer loves to craft wildly entertaining stories designed to keep you glued to your seat, turning the pages to find out what the heck happens next. She specializes in kickass heroines and the men who adore them. Genres she has tackled include contemporary, romantic suspense, and paranormal romance.

While originally from New Jersey, T.M. spent most of her growing up years in a small beach town located in northeast Florida. Currently, you can find her hunched over her keyboard in a small town in central Illinois. When she isn't writing, she's at the beck and call of her fuzzy soulmate, Tink.

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Light Untamed by Bonnie Gill


Light Untamed

By: Bonnie Gill
Genres: urban fantasy
Pages: 213
Series: L.A.M.P.S. #3
Published on: October 24, 2018
Light Untamed by Bonnie Gill

Pet lover and animal activist Pepper Peterson has a secret. She inherited the caretaker position of the notorious Hell Hounds from her deceased aunt. Every year on Halloween she opens the gates to hell and sets them free to mark the souls of the damned. Only this year she lost the magic whistle to call them home and the massive black beasts run amok causing mischief in the town.

Ottar Jones holds the position of senior boss man at L.A.M.P.S. (Legends and Myths Police Squad) secret government agency. Ottar appalls Pepper. He’s the most barbaric man she’s ever met, but she can’t stop thinking about the sexy brute. When he finally chooses to show up to repair her dinosaur statue, it couldn’t have happened at a worse time.

Ottar’s calendar has been packed full of mythical beasts to capture. Upon return to Haber Cove for his friend River’s wedding he has to contend with the crazy but hot vegan’s dinosaur, but a surprise awaits him. Haber Cove is infested with flesh-eating, ankle-biting Jack-a-lopes, and a pack of large black Hell Hounds. Will all hell break loose when he finds who let the dogs out? Or will Pepper turn out to be the one woman who can tame the savage Aussie hunter?

Light Untamed is the third novel in the L.A.M.P.S. series that features hunky secret agents who find true love while hunting dangerous Cryptids.

Also by this author: Tempting the Light, Pursuing the Light
 
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This series rapidly became one of my favorite Urban Fantasy series of all time. While each book is tied together, each is also extremely unique and fun in it’s own way. I love the L.A.M.P.S world that Bonnie Gill has created.

 

I’ve been impatiently waiting for a story about Ottar. He is one of my favorite characters and I was happy to see he finally gets his own. He’s a crazy character for sure, but loveable at the same time. His personality is so vastly different from Pepper that it felt like the only place that would truly appreciate this matchup would be Haber Cove.

 

Gill does an amazing job of taking old legends and adding a modern and crazy twist to them. She’s able to keep the bones of the legends enough that we still recognize them, but doesn’t distort them so much they feel wrong.

 

Overall, I love this book. I was cracking up the whole time. Definitely, a must read series.

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About Bonnie Gill

Bonnie Gill grew up in the suburbs right outside Chicago. As a child she loved making up ghost stories at night to scare her sisters and friends.

She writes Paranormal Romance with a twist of humor. When she isn’t writing you can find her on a haunted tour, volunteering at pet rescues, or digging around in her fairy garden waiting for fairies to show. She’s a member of Romance Writers of America, the Fantasy, Futuristic, and Paranormal chapter and the Windy City chapter.

She lives in Northern Illinois with her four rescue dogs, a big fat cat, and her ever patient boyfriend who laughs at all her goofy jokes.

She loves to hear from her readers.

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The Storm – Amanda McKinney


The Storm

By: Amanda McKinney
Genres: Mystery & Detective
Series: Berry Springs #3
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Published on: December 5, 2017
The Storm – Amanda McKinney

*2018 Maggie Award for Excellence Finalist*, *2018 Silver Falchion Award Finalist*, *2018 Beverley Contest Finalist*, *2018 Passionate Plume Honorable Mention Recipient*

*Updated edition now available*

The snow is dropping in Berry Springs... and so are the bodies.

On a pitch-black wintry night, Detective Dean Walker finds a man in the middle of an icy road, with a bullet between his eyes—a murder that is eerily similar to his father’s, which was never solved. Coincidence? No, Dean doesn’t believe in coincidences. He also doesn’t believe in love at first sight, until he meets the victim’s wife.

Psychologist Heidi Novak is hardly settling into her new mansion in the small, country town of Berry Springs, when she receives a late-night visit by the handsome Dean Walker. Seconds after learning that her husband has been murdered, gunshots explode around her and it becomes apparent that she is the next target.

With a massive winter storm looming, Dean races to find the killer and keep Heidi safe, while facing a long a list of suspects, including Heidi’s arrogant sister-in-law and a local, crusty cowboy. As the evidence mounts, Dean becomes more convinced than ever that his father’s murder is connected to the death of Heidi’s husband.

And he can’t help but think . . . will Heidi be the second love he loses to the ice-cold killer?

Praise for Berry Springs Book #1: “The Woods is a sexy, small town murder mystery that’s guaranteed to resonate with fans of Nora Roberts and Karin Slaughter.” -BEST THRILLERS Praise for Berry Springs Book #2: “The Lake is a solidly entertaining mystery, especially for those who like their mysteries with a dash of romance, and readers will want to pick up other books in the series." -SPR

 

Detective Dean Walker is called to the middle of a road to find a guy with a bullet in his head. The coincidence is not lost on him, as his father was found dead in a very similar manner.  It is his responsibility to let the widow know of her husband’s death. This widow is a psychologist who has only recently moved to this mansion in the middle of no where. The marriage is only recent, which further compounds issues. Oh and the fact that someone shoots out a window while the detective is there.

 

For whatever reason, she is the next target. Where they live, when it storms, it storms. There is a storm coming in that risks shutting everything down. Dean must solve the murder, find the person trying to harm Heidi, and try not to be the next target.

 

This story, while dark, is really good. By dark I mean most of it happens at night :).  No actually this type of mystery I have read over the course of my entire life. There is something about a dark mystery that has a tinge of emotion. Not everyone likes mysteries with romance, and not everyone likes romance with mystery. When put together in the way this author has, I enjoy it greatly. The characters are real, you feel with them, you fear with them.

 

I honestly do not remember how this book came to be in my possession. I am planning on reading more by this author. This was a good story, and the voice by the author was really strong.

 

 

About Amanda McKinney

Award-winning author of romantic suspense and mystery, Amanda McKinney wrote her debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, after walking away from her career to become a writer and stay-at-home mom. Set in small, Southern towns, Amanda’s books are page-turning murder mysteries peppered with steamy love scenes.

Amanda’s debut novel, LETHAL LEGACY, was released in January 2017, followed by the first three books in the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES; THE WOODS, THE LAKE, and THE STORM. The first book in her new novella series, BLACK ROSE MYSTERIES, DEVIL'S GOLD was released in February 2018, followed by HATCHET HOLLOW, TOMB'S TALE and EVIL EYE.

THE FOG, the fourth book in the BERRY SPRINGS SERIES, is scheduled to be released December 04, 2018.

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