Southern Magic by Amy Boyles

Southern Magic

By: Amy Boyles
Genres: mystery
Pages: 180
Series: Sweet Tea Witches #1
Publisher: Ladybugbooksllc
Published on: July 15, 2018
Southern Magic by Amy Boyles

If only takes a second for life to go to heck-in-a-hand-basket!
In less than twenty-four hours Pepper Dunn loses her job, her boyfriend, and her home.
It's the worst day of her life.
But when Pepper discovers she’s a witch and has inherited the most important store in the magical town of Magnolia Cove, Alabama, she’s as happy as a pig in mud.
Too bad the shop is a familiar pet store and Pepper doesn’t like animals—not even a teensy bit. Determined to sell the shop and get the heck out of town, Pepper’s plans go haywire when a local storeowner winds up dead and Pepper gets accused of murder.
Thrust into a magical mystery, Pepper teams up with a mysterious private detective and a cat so traumatized by the murder that she’s not talking—and that cat could hold the key to Pepper’s innocence.
Now Pepper must avoid trouble, solve the mystery, and placate her new grandmother, who keeps a strict ten p.m. curfew that’s enforced by the talking end of her shotgun.
Sounds like a simple day in the life—as if. Can Pepper solve the murder or will she become the next victim of the Magnolia Cove murderer? And most importantly, will Pepper learn to love the animals she’s in charge of?
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Everyone needs a little magic in their life. For Pepper she really needs it after losing her job, her boyfriend, and her home all within 24 hours. She then finds out she inherited a business in a small town in Alabama. It is a way of our her situation. The trouble is that the business is a pet store, and Pepper hates animals. Like really hates animals.


It isn’t just a pet store, but a familiar pet store. As in a store that helps witches find their familiars. Then another business owner is killed, and Pepper is thrown into the mystery. Oh she is also living with her grandmother, one that requires an adult Pepper to be home at 10 pm, or else be at the receiving end of a shotgun.


I enjoy the story a lot, it is a fun read. Pepper is a good character and has to live with her decisions or lack there of.  Sometimes you control your life, and other times life controls you. For Pepper she was able to get her life back in her control, but even with that things start to spiral out of control. She has to decide if Alabama is the place for her, and if she could ever start to love the pets she was in charge of. I like this series and I think that there is a lot of growth for both the character and the story line.



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About Amy Boyles

Hey, I’m Amy,
I write books for folks who crave laugh-out-loud paranormal mysteries. I help bring humor into readers’ lives. I’ve got a Pharm D in pharmacy, a BA in Creative Writing and a Masters in Life.
And when I’m not writing or chasing around two small children (one of which is four going on thirteen), I can be found antique shopping for a great deal, getting my roots touched up (because that’s an every four week job) and figuring out when I can get back to Disney World.
If you’re dying to know more about my wacky life, here are three things you don’t know about me.
—In college I spent a semester at Marvel Comics working in the X-Men office.
—I worked at Carnegie Hall.
—I grew up in a barbecue restaurant—literally. My parents owned one.
If you want to reach out to me—and I love to hear from readers—you can email me at
Happy reading!

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Reaper Revealed: Reaper Trials – Semester One by Mia Ellis and L.E. Perez

Reaper Revealed

By: L.E. Perez, Mia Ellas
Genres: Paranormal
Pages: 208
Series: Reaper Trials #1
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Published on: 7-15-2020
Reaper Revealed: Reaper Trials – Semester One by Mia Ellis and L.E. Perez

There was a time, not long ago, when I heard the word reaper and thought of skeletal beasts shrouded in hooded cloaks who tormented people with their soul-sucking sickles.
Now, they are the mean girls I pass in the halls at L’Academie L’Mort, and the insanely hot guy with perfect hair I’m told I will be working with. Oh, and after graduation, it turns out I’ll be one, too.
Confused? Join the club. The line forms behind me.
I was living the normal life of a sixteen year old just days ago. I loved martial arts and playing my cello. Then, I found myself ripped from everything I knew and summoned to a University in a parallel paranormal universe.
How am I adjusting? My only friend is a squirrel, and something is out to get me. Not what you would call a stellar start. I’m meant to train and ready myself for the Reaper Trials. But as whoever—or whatever—is hunting me closes in, I begin to fear I’m the one that won’t make it out of Death Academy alive.

Also by this author: The Devil's Cut, When They Call, Lily's Grace

I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.


Two of my favorite authors came together to write the Reaper Trials. A story about a young girl who is in an academy to become a reaper. Mia Ellis and L.E. Perez are both good authors on their own, so by combining, I knew this book would be good. I was not wrong.


A seemingly normal 16 year old is now at a paranormal reaper academy. She was summoned al la Harry Potter to this academy in a parallel universe, meaning she can’t just walk home. Like every academy there are the mean girls, the hot untouchable guys, and a squirrel who understands you. Wait.. What? Yes you heard me right, a squirrel that understands her and is really her only friend. Oh and she has a big baddy trying to take her out before she can graduate.


You can tell which author wrote which part, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I actually like it because it makes sense to me. One one will write the fight scenes and one will write the other parts.  They are using what they do best to make the best book they can.  This is actually the first reaper academy book that I have ever read. I am so excited to see where it goes.


The characters are well developed and you start to love and hate certain ones. One thing that I will give these authors is that when they put action into a story, they make it believable. It could be because both of them do martial art in their spare time.  They are also good authors who understand that things need to be believable even when you are in a parallel universe.


I really enjoy this story and can’t wait for the second one to come out. Well technically it has come out but my TBR is horrible. So between trying to catch up on reviews and catching up on stories, I am way behind.  Not to mention my work schedule is all in flux. So I am just trying to process what is going on.

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About L.E. Perez

L.E. Perez is a lover of all genres; Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Thriller, Sci-Fi, Steampunk; and loves stories with amazing fight scenes that make you cheer, scream and cry before they lift you up and dust you off.

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About Mia Ellas

Urban fantasy and paranormal romance author Mia Ellas was always accused of living in her own world so she decided to put it to paper. She loves things that go bump in the night so she decided to share her love with her readers.

She resides in Florida with her husband and girls. When she isn't writing she's enjoying the beach, taking cardio kickboxing, or practicing martial arts.

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Christmas Sisters by Various Authors

Christmas Sisters

By: Tammy L. Grace, Tess Thompson, Judith S. Keim, Ev Bishop, Violet Howe
Genres: Romance
Pages: 90
Series: Soul Sisters at Cedar Mountain Lodge #1
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Published on: August 29, 2020
Christmas Sisters by Various Authors

Random circumstances brought them together. Love made them family.When a terrible accident takes Madeline Kirby’s husband and only child, the school guidance counselor is sure she can’t go on. Left behind with nothing but her work and an empty heart, she vows to survive Christmas by reaching out to comfort someone else who knows similar pain.
Fostering four motherless children for the holidays is supposed to be temporary, but as Maddie tends to defensive Stevie, distrustful Jo, delicate Alissa, and frightened little Hailey, the ache in her own heart slowly becomes bearable. And before the season of giving comes to an end, it becomes clear that life intended for them to find each other.
Enjoy these soul sisters’ first Christmas together in Christmas Sisters, a free prologue novella - then catch up with each of them individually, fifteen years later.
Don’t miss a Soul Sisters book!Book 1: Christmas Sisters – perma-FREE prologue bookBook 2: Christmas Kisses by Judith KeimBook 3: Christmas Wishes by Tammy L. GraceBook 4: Christmas Hope by Violet HoweBook 5: Christmas Dreams by Ev BishopBook 6: Christmas Rings by Tess Thompson

Also by this author: Christmas Kisses , Diary of a Single Wedding Planner, Diary of a Wedding Planner in Love


If you have not read anything by author Violet Howe, go read something. I particularly like her Diary series, but she is a good author. Now, I have known Violet for years now, so when she said that she was working with a group of accomplished authors on a series, of course I wanted to read it.


The first book in the series is essentially an anthology of each girl and the mom Madeline. Each chapter is by a different author and they start the series off explaining how they came together. Madeline, the mother decides to take four girls in, four girls that would otherwise not have a home for christmas. She not only does it to help these girls, but to help her heart. See Madeline lost her family, and in a way that she blames herself. No matter what people tell her, she will blame herself, and by helping those girls she finds a reason t0 keep fighting. To keep fighting for herself, and now for the girls that are in her care. She can’t let any of them down.


One thing I enjoy about this story is that each author took a different character, so Jo, Stevie, Alissa, and little Hailey are all personalized by their author. This is unique and something that I think is very well done in this book. I can’t forget Madeline and how she is her own individual character with flaws and lots of love to give.


This book is perma free as it is the first book in the series. It is also only 90 pages and really gets into how the sisters came to be soul sisters. It gives you a taste of each author’s writing style as well as a snippet of what is to come in the books.



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About Judith S. Keim

Judith Keim enjoyed her childhood and young-adult years in Elmira, New York, and now makes her home in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and their two dachshunds, Winston and Wally, and other members of her family.

While growing up, she was drawn to the idea of writing stories from a young age. Books were always present, being read, ready to go back to the library, or about to be discovered. All in her family shared information from the books in general conversation, giving them a wealth of knowledge and vivid imaginations.

A hybrid author who both has a publisher and self-publishes, Ms. Keim writes heart-warming novels about women who face unexpected challenges, meet them with strength, and find love and happiness along the way. Her best-selling books are based, in part, on many of the places she's lived or visited and on the interesting people she's met, creating believable characters and realistic settings her many loyal readers love. Ms. Keim loves to hear from her readers and appreciates their enthusiasm for her stories.

About Violet Howe

Violet Howe enjoys writing romance with humor. She lives in Florida with her husband (her knight in shining armor!) and their two handsome sons. They also share their home with three adorable but spoiled dogs. When she’s not writing, Violet is usually watching movies, reading, or planning her next travel adventure.

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