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Sep 23 2017 10:00am

First Look: Cecy Robson’s Of Flame and Fate (September 26, 2017)

Of Flame and Fate by Cecy Robson

Cecy Robson
Of Flame and Fate (Weird Girls #2)
Cecy Robson / September 26, 2017 / $3.99 digital

Cecy Robson shows us that Fate and Destiny are not one and the same in her latest Weird Girls novel.  In Of Flame and Fate, Destiny and Fate collide. No, really.  Like BANG, right into each other.  The seer of Destiny—known as Destiny—and the seer of the Fate—known as…um, Johnny—actually collide at a rock concert. 

Well however they meet, it is not a good thing. Whenever a seer of Fate or Destiny are born at the same time, very bad things happen. Very bad! Cataclysmic! That could be why the forces of evil are suddenly swarming on Lake Tahoe.

“What’s the problem with having Fate and Destiny?”  I ask, seeing that there obviously is.  “Aren’t they the same thing?”

“They are, and they’re not,” Gemini replies, his expression darkening further.  “They’re not supposed to coexist.  They can’t actually, not in the same lifetime.”

“Because they’re anomalies?” I ask.  That’s my guess.  But there’s more, obviously.

“In part,” he answers. “But it’s what happens when they’re together that’s the real issue.”  He releases a harsh breath. “According to mystical beliefs, their powers brutally clash, interfering with the natural balance of the earth and triggering the start of unspoken evils.”

Everyone thought it was simply Destiny’s prophecy that Celia and Aric’s child would destroy all evil which is causing demons and shapeshifters to swarm the area bringing mayhem and death.  Maybe it’s not. 

If a Fate or a Destiny already exists, the witch’s law states that the second child born with the same power must be killed within its first year of life. Johnny’s parents knew this so they took their son and ran, raising him among the humans and keeping him away from any paranormals who would have sensed his powers. The law only decrees that Johnny should have been killed before he turned one. Since Johnny is now 20, the various counsels are at a loss as to what to do. 

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Mar 24 2017 12:00pm

5 Iconic Phoebe and Cole Moments from Charmed

Charmed's Phoebe x Cole

Now that you’ve had some time to stop dancing about in anticipation of the Charmed reboot, it’s time for a rewatch. Or a first watch, if you missed out on all the campy, soapy, witchy fun back in the late 90s/early 00s. Charmed is primarily about the relationship between the sisters, BUT the ‘ships added a lot of drama to the show. Everyone has their favorite pairing and I happen to have a controversial fave: Phoebe and Cole.

Phoebe and Cole meet in the beginning of Season 3, when he’s posing as an Assistant District Attorney to steal the sisters’ Book of Shadows. The Book of Shadows is their magical tome in which all family spells are recorded. Eventually, we discover that Cole is actually the demon Belthazor, and he’s a real bad dude. In his human form, he’s really hot and charming though. He falls in love with Phoebe and their relationship is dark and difficult and pretty much what made me a paranormal romance reader. So bear with me as I list my top 5 episodes featuring the Phoebe/Cole ‘ship.

The Meet-Cute

The Honeymoon’s Over
Season 3, Episode 1: 

This episode is mostly about Piper and Leo getting in trouble with the Powers That Be for their taboo relationship. The Freak of the Week situation involves a court that’s populated by a demonic judge, public defender, bailiff… etc. The audience both meets Cole and discovers his demonic nature in this episode, but Phoebe doesn’t know that part yet. Mostly they just engage in flirty banter and an awkward calf-grab.

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Jan 26 2017 2:00pm

Katie Faith and Aimee Are Friendship Goals in Lauren Dane’s Protected

Protected by Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane is a master of female friendships and nuanced small-town romances. When she merges the rural, Southern charm of a small-town with fiery witches and the werewolves who love them in Protected she hits all the right notes to captivate both paranormal and small-town romance fans.

Also, it’s hot.

Protected is the second Diablo Lake novel, which is home to all types of supernatural creatures. The primary forces in the series are rival werewolf packs (Dooley and Pembry) and the witches who try to keep the peace. While the first novel Moonstruck, the plot centered around Katie Faith, who had been engaged to a Pembry wolf long ago (bad memories, y’all) and ended up falling for, and marrying, a Dooley wolf.  While Katie Faith was in the middle of the wolves wanting to claim the one they saw as theirs, in Protected Aimee is more focused on keeping the peace in the community and stopping the in-fighting than having rival wolves trying to throw down over which side she picks.

[Werewolves and Witches, Oh My...]

Jan 10 2017 9:30am

Where Are The Charmed Ones?: All the Questions We Have About a 1970s Charmed Reboot

A reboot of Charmed? How...charming. The CW has announced that a new Charmed series is in the works and will be directed by the executive producer of Jane the Virgin-Jennie Snyder Urman. According to TVLine, this is not a reboot per say but more of a prequel. The new series will be, set in a small New England town in 1976, the series features a new trio of witches—Annie, Tina and (curiously) Paige—none of whom are related by blood. Also, via TVLine, were unofficial character analyses for the new power trio.

There's no mention of the Halliwell sisters making an appearance though I see similarities in the characterization between the new characters and old characters. Tina's reserved and standoffish? Sounds like Prue. Piper and Paige could be twins with their all-American girl personas and strong desire to be married. Phoebe's devil may care attitude and fashion sense seems to have found a new home in Annie. As the CW has always been a ‘let's toss it all into the pot, stir, and see what happens’ kind of channel, this could all change.   

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Aug 11 2016 11:30am

Ranking the Women of the Harry Potter Universe, A Potterverse Hotness Scale

Who Are the Hottest Women in the Potterverse?

Who Are the Hottest Women in the Potterverse?

NOTE: The below contains some slight, mostly indirect, spoilers for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Continue at your own risk.

Yes, the Men of the Potterverse most certainly have their appeal, but so too do some of their female counterparts in this, another look at the more age-appropriate objects of adult affection across the sprawling series. It is perhaps worth noting that an equal number of worthy women was considerably harder to come by, just due to sheer numbers, and it got so that Aunt Petunia was even briefly considered for inclusion. When you are vacillating between a vindictive, vain, abusive and envious woman and Dolores Umbridge, something is very amiss in your bower of available ladies.

Still, here is a ranking of the Potterverse women you can feel free to sigh over without counting down to when Hermione becomes legal. (You know it’s happened.)

[On to the ranking!]

Apr 27 2015 1:30pm

Your Supernatural Highness: Paranormal Romance Best Bets for April 2015

Mate Bond by Jennifer Ashley

With excitement over Will and Kate’s royal baby (#2!) at an all-time high, it is perhaps fitting that this month’s paranormal offerings seem to have a bit of a theme—the hereditary ruling class. We’re talking time travelling Earls, dragon Lords, alpha pack leaders, vampire Kings and royal witches. So if you’re keen on the ruling ranks then prepare to dive into this month’s paranormal releases!

Shifters leader!
Jennifer Ashley's Mate Bond (Shifters Unbound #7)

To cement the leadership of his North Carolina Shiftertown, Bowman O’Donnell agreed to a “mating of convenience.” Two powerful wolf shifters, he and Kenzie keep the pack in order and are adored by all. Bowman would do anything to protect Kenzie, for in each other’s arms they’ve found far more than friendship. But as strong as their attachment is, they still haven’t formed the elusive mate bond—the almost magical joining of true mates.

Now with a monster ravaging the countryside and threatening the Shiftertown community, some in the pack fear that a pair without a true mate bond isn’t strong enough to lead. Bowman and Kenzie will have to rely on their instinctive trust in one another to save their Shifters—and the ensuing battle will either destroy them or give them the chance to seize the love they’ve always craved.

There’s no “meet cute” in this one. Pack leader Bowman and his mate Kenzie are an older couple, married for 15 years with a 12 year old son.  Together, they’re the power couple of North Caroline Shifterland. Unfortunately Bowman and Kenzie don’t share the elusive “mate bond”, the metaphysical connection of loved up shifters. This means that if either of them ever meets their true mate, they’re supposed to go their separate ways, no questions asked. It’s an interesting premise. Conventional paranormal novels usually have couples discovering those fated bonds first and then forming a relationship later, this is the other way around. I love the world building in this series. As alpha pack leader, Bowman faced some serious challenges and there’s an unknown monster lurking about.  There’s also some deception and betrayal and a huge emotional pay off.

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Oct 30 2014 1:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Megan Hart, Red Garnier, and Christine Warren!

Covers for new books by Megan Hart, Christine Warren, and Red GarnierAllow us to brighten your day with some pretty amazing new covers for sexy upcoming e-book releases from Megan Hart (Don't Deny Me, a novel in three parts), Christine Warren (Any Witch Way She Can), and Red Garnier (Caught and Reckless and Yours).

Don't Deny Me, Part 1 by Megan HartDon't Deny Me, Parts 1-3, by Megan Hart

Part 1:

He’s back, and the heat between them cannot be denied…
Part One of the passionate new e-serial novel from bestselling author Megan Hart.

Alice and Mick had it all: the happy days, the heartfelt evenings, the hot, slow nights. But Mick couldn’t give her what she needed, and in a moment of crisis, they lost everything. Torn apart, Alice tries to pry him out of her life and move on—until a not-so-chance meeting at an old friend’s party brings them face-to-face once more. Now they’re talking again, Alice can’t escape the burning in her chest whenever he’s near, the way his eyes still follow her around the room…but she won’t repeat the mistakes of her past. Passion alone is nothing to build a life on. Or is it?

[Feast your eyes on more cover treats...]

Oct 22 2013 8:30am

First Look: Nora Roberts’s Dark Witch (October 29, 2013)

Dark Witch by Nora RobertsNora Roberts
Dark Witch
Berkley / October 29, 2013 / $17.00 print, $9.99 digital

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.


County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.

When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…

Nora Roberts’s newest book, Dark Witch, takes readers on a trip to the land of full of green fields, old ruins, and lots of magick. This is not the first time that Nora Roberts has presented us with a trilogy which will build up to epic battle of good vs. evil, nor is it the first time she has traveled the scenic back roads of Ireland, but Dark Witch is as much a story about the connection of family (“blood talks to blood”) as it is a story of witches and magic.

[Witches and magic and romance, oh my...]

Oct 7 2013 3:30pm

The Witching Hour: Meeting The Witches of East End

Julia Ormond in The Witches of East EndIn the first episode for The Witches of East End, we learned a few things. One is that the women of the Beauchamp family are cursed—the daughters to die over and over again for centuries because of their magic, and the mother to watch her daughters die, only to give birth again to them immediately after the last daughter is dead. The other is that there is an extremely hot cast, which includes Julia Ormond as the mother, Jenna Dewan-Tatum (yes, Channing Tatum’s wife) as younger daughter, Freya, and Rachel Boston as older sister Ingrid.

The show's premise might seem extremely campy, but for those who have been waiting for years for a show like Charmed to come back on the air, this might be the ticket.

Freya is engaged to the handsome Dash (Eric Winter), but has been having weird dreams where a stranger seduces her. Could it be cold feet (as Ingrid and mom Joanna suggest) or a weird psychic connection? Well, this is a show about witches, so it’s gonna be the latter. And as it turns out that weird stranger in Freya’s dreams is none other than Dash’s estranged bad-boy brother, Killian.

[That certainly complicates things...]

Aug 24 2013 1:30pm

First Look: Lisa Van Allen’s The Wishing Thread (August 27, 2013)

The Wishing Thread by Lisa Van AllenLisa Van Allen
The Wishing Thread
Ballantine / August 27, 2013 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

The Van Ripper women have been the talk of Tarrytown, New York, for centuries. Some say they’re angels; some say they’re crooks. In their tumbledown “Stitchery,” not far from the stomping grounds of the legendary Headless Horseman, the Van Ripper sisters—Aubrey, Bitty, and Meggie—are said to knit people’s most ardent wishes into beautiful scarves and mittens, granting them health, success, or even a blossoming romance. But for the magic to work, sacrifices must be made—and no one knows that better than the Van Rippers.

When the Stitchery matriarch, Mariah, dies, she leaves the yarn shop to her three nieces. Aubrey, shy and reliable, has dedicated her life to weaving spells for the community, though her sisters have long stayed away. Bitty, pragmatic and persistent, has always been skeptical of magic and wants her children to have a normal, nonmagical life. Meggie, restless and free-spirited, follows her own set of rules. Now, after Mariah’s death forces a reunion, the sisters must reassess the state of their lives even as they decide the fate of the Stitchery. But their relationships with one another—and their beliefs in magic—are put to the test. Will the threads hold?

I am not an especially crafty person, but I am fascinated by the creative process whether it be sewing, cooking, or knitting. I also adore books around folklore and legends. So the synopsis of Lisa Van Allen's The Wishing Thread proved to be irresistible.

Aubrey, Bitty, and Meggie’s ancestor Helen's first attempt at stitchery magic arose because of her foolish husband. The British forces were holed up in Stoney Point, an almost impenetrable fort, especially to the Carolinians in the valley. But if the British aren’t stopped, they then would be able to proceed up the Hudson River. If they took the Hudson, they then would control the Northeast.

[Then her husband had a (not-so) bright idea...]

Jun 27 2013 11:00am

The Entity Within: Exclusive Excerpt

Cat Devon

The Entity Within by Cat DevonIS LOVE SOMETHING…

Zoe Adams and her grandmother Irma are witches who have been banished from Boston. With nowhere to go, they accept an invitation to come to Chicago...but what they don’t realize is that their new space puts them right in the heart of the most dangerous spot of all: Vamptown.


 Damon Thornheart is just that—virtually untouchable when it comes to love. As Vamptown’s highest-ranking demon hunter, he sees red flags when he meets Zoe and Irma, who unwittingly unleashed a brutal evil upon the community. But the more Damon gets to know the stunning, spirited Zoe, the less he understands about his own true nature. Vamps and witches have always been archrivals in the entity world; surrendering to their passion could mean losing their immortal powers. Is their desire worth the risk? Only one thing is for certain: Damon will make it his mission to find out…

Get a sneak peek of Cat Devon's The Entity Within (available July 2, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

“I don’t want any trouble,” Zoe Adams said as she eyed the two vampires staring at her from across the table at the All Nighter Bar and Grill.

One of the vampires, Damon Thornheart, had an extremely threatening aura about him. Everything about him was dark, from his inky black hair to his deep blue eyes. He was glaring at her as if he wanted to consume her for lunch.

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May 23 2013 1:00pm

First Look: Molly Harper’s A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses (May 28, 2013)

A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly HarperMolly Harper
A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses
Pocket / May 28, 2013 / $7.99 print, $7.59 digital

Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it.

Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor Jed Trudeau keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially since Jed’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard. Can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses is Molly Harper’s latest trip to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky—home to vampires, werewolves and now witches, oh my! Well, maybe just one witch; Nola Leary has come all the way from the very small village of Kilcairy, Ireland, to find Gilbert Wainwright, former lover of her grandmother, although she really doesn’t want to think about that too much. The secret Nana Fee has been keeping all these years is that Gilbert Wainwright is Nola’s grandfather. While Mr. Wainwright might have left Ireland without knowing his passionate encounters with Fiona led to more than just happy memories, Fiona did entrusted him with the McGavock witches’ mystical treasures for safekeeping.

[Mystical treasures, you say?...]

May 21 2013 1:30pm

Witch Will You Choose?: What to Read and Watch If You Like the Witches of Lost Girl

Witches in Lost GirlTowards the end of season three, Gabrielle Miller (an actress well known in Canada) guest starred on Lost Girl as the ringleader for a small coven of witches. She had enough power to cause a bit of trouble for Bo and the gang, but when it came down to it, she was no match for Bo’s amped up strength. Whether Bo’s help is thanks to friend or foe we’re still not sure yet, but will hopefully discover quickly when the new run begins.

The witches portrayed in Lost Girl were of the suburban variety, complete with talismans and herbal remedies in their retinue, and practicing their ‘craft’ behind closed doors. In fiction, you have everything under the sun when it comes to the composition of a witch. From the green-skinned Wicked Witch in L. Frank Baum’s (and Gregory Maguire’s) stories to the dark, addictive Chess Putnam series by Stacia Kane, no altar stone is left unturned.

In fact, searching for popular fiction that contains this variation of the supernatural provides results that could possibly rival the vast collection of vampire novels out there. From this list, it’s hard to narrow down the best of the best when it comes to witchy literature, but let’s see if a cross section of this subgenre will help.

[It's the witching hour...]