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Bitches To Witches

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  Witches aren't real, are they? No, they aren't, at least, that's what Nat keeps telling herself. A witch and a human can't possibly make their friendship work, but that's exactly what Nat and Sybil are doing, and they're absolutely killing it. Well, killing it until Nat catches Sybil practicing magic. She must be hallucinating, or maybe she had a seizure, but she damn sure thought she saw a floating desk. That's weird, right? Yes, it is, but when Sybil realizes she has no choice but to tell Nat the truth, Nat can't imagine a world where witches exist and magic is legit. A secret exposed only lends to an already sketchy world, because it's becoming glaringly obvious that there's more to Westin Prep than meets the eye. When a student goes missing and turns up nearly dead, blood sacrifice is the word being thrown around. Between that and a cute track star paying attention to Nat for the first time, her world is about to take a drastic turn. Bitche

Book Review: Missing Witches

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  A guide to invocations, rituals, and histories at the intersection of magic and feminism, as informed by history’s witches--and the sociopolitical culture that gave rise to them. When you start looking for witches, you find them everywhere. As seekers and practitioners reclaim and restore magic to its rightful place among powerful forces for social, personal, and political transformation, more people than ever are claiming the identity of “Witch.” But our knowledge of witchcraft and magic has been marred by erasure, sensationalism, and sterilization, the true stories of history’s witches left untold. Through meditations, stories, and practices, authors Risa Dickens and Amy Torok offer an intersectional, contemporary lens for uncovering and reconnecting with feminist witch history. Sharing traditions from all over the world--from Harlem to Haiti, Oaxaca to Mesopotamia-- Missing Witches  introduces readers to figures like Monica Sjoo, HP Blavatsky, Maria Sabina, and Enheduanna, sheddin

Little Book of Tiny Tales

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  An elderly woman with a taste for murder. A girl texted by the hottest boy in school. A suicide note written on a bookmark. What do they all have in common? Little Book of Tiny Tales  is a flash fiction anthology of 56 tales in varying genres, from comedy and drama to sci-fi and horror. Each micro-story is told in fewer than 100 words. Like a box of assorted chocolates, these pieces are for those ready to experience their stories in bite-size pleasures. From the author of  The House Plant  and  Petrified Women , comes the  Little Book of Tiny Tales . How short can a story be and still leave an impact? You’re about to find out. My Review Whether you are a fan of micro stories, poems, horror stories, or just a fan of Jeremy Ray. You will absolutely enjoy this collection of micro stories. I can't pick a favorite as each one is different and great. While, I could have read this book in a matter of an hour; I actually took about four days to read this collection. This is because I wan

Book Review: Dinner on Primrose Hill

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  A slice of Americana delivered with her characteristic warmth, endearing characters, and authentic Texan flair, the third Honey Creek novel by  New York Times  and  USA Today  bestselling author Jodi Thomas takes readers to Clifton Bend, Texas, a small college town where two very different scientists must team up on an experiment on "The Chemistry of Mating." Can these two opposites attract and quantify the science of love? Benjamin Monroe is pretty sure how his life will play out. He'll continue teaching chemistry in his small college, and spend his free time biking through the valley. Eventually, he'll retire to putter around in his garden and greenhouse. His colleague, Virginia Clark, is not one for routines. She's chatty, spontaneous, and bubbly, and before Benjamin realizes what happened, she's talked him into collaborating on a research project--studying the mating habits of college students. Virginia knows her desire to work with Benjamin is motivated

Christmas in Peachtree Bluff

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  In the newest installment of  New York Times  bestselling author Kristy Woodson Harvey’​s Peachtree Bluff series, three generations of the Murphy women must come together when a hurricane threatens to destroy their hometown--and the holiday season in the process. When the Murphy women are in trouble, they always know they can turn to their mother, Ansley. So when eldest daughter Caroline and her husband, James, announce they are divorcing--and fifteen-year-old daughter Vivi acts out in response--Caroline, at her wits end, can’t think of anything to do besides leave her with Ansley in Peachtree Bluff for the holidays. After all, how much trouble can one teenager get into on a tiny island? Quite a lot, as it turns out. As the “storm of the century” heads toward Peachtree Bluff, Ansley and her husband, Jack, with Vivi in tow, are grateful they’re planning to leave for the trip of a lifetime. But Vivi’s recklessness forces the trio to shelter in place during the worst hurricane Peachtree

Wolf Pack

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  Ferth has lost his only brother. Gone are his fur and claws. Hunted by his father, he seeks protection among his former enemies. Even with his familiar face, it's a struggle to hide his wolves and his Draco sympathies from the humans. Shale finds more than freedom in Elysium. She finds family. She has great hope for a bright future, but the Draco Sang army across the river is determined to take it all away. And the humans don't have the power to stop them. Thirro, a Draco Sang eagle, is desperate to prove his worth to his army chief. He'll do anything for recognition, including hunt Ferth, his old best friend turned abomination, or take down Jade, his competition. Jade has succeeded in life by striking first and fast. Show no weakness. She rises quickly through the ranks of the Draco Sang, but when she's sent to hunt humans with Thirro, including a mission to kill Ferth, it isn't so easy to let her arrow fly. And she isn't so sure she has the right target in s

Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal

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  One mistake can steal your innocence. One promise can plague a friendship. One secret can tear apart a family. Sissie Klein barely remembers the night that tore her from the carefree life she knew. Not long after the shocked teen is pushed into marriage, she’s rushed to the hospital where a catastrophic delivery seals her destiny. Sissie is determined to give her daughter the opportunities she forfeited, but some fates can’t be avoided. Tragedy strikes, leaving behind a legacy of deceit—and an orphaned toddler. Told with heartbreaking honesty and shrewd humor,  Sissie Klein Is Completely Normal examines the ties that bind us—some inherited, others chosen—none without their share of agonizing tangles. My Review I have not read the first book in this series but after finishing this book, I do want to go back and learn more about Lark. There are many things that could have set this book up to not be a good one but none of those were present in this book.  Examples are having a downcast

Involuntary Exit

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  It can take less than a minute to get fired. Less than a minute to hear the words that change your life as you’ve known it. You’re stunned, shocked, humiliated—because your career has defined your life and you’ve been blindsided. You’re a company Loyalist with a capital L, and you’ve been sucker-punched professionally. How do you even talk about this? Countless books focus on leadership and resilience, but none of them take you through what actually happens to women leaders who are suddenly let go, or who endure untenable circumstances and ultimately fire themselves. None of them take you, step by step, through the emotional process of acceptance and beginning again. And that’s where  Involuntary Exit  comes in. With advice for every unexpected twist, turn, and emotional trigger, this book is based on author Robin Merle’s experience at the top of billion-dollar organizations, as well as her interviews with accomplished women who were suddenly severed from their organizations and navi

Book Review: Bobos Babes Adventures: A Magical Halloween + Giveaway

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  Join us for this tour from Oct 11 to Oct 22, 2021! Book Details: Book Title :  BOBOS BABES ADVENTURES: A MAGICAL HALLOWEEN by Karen M. Bobos Category :  Children's Fiction (Ages 3-10),  30 pages Genre :  Children's Picture Book, Fairy Tale Publisher :  Bobos Babes, Ltd. Release date:    September 2021 Content Rating :  G for everyone.  It's a children's Halloween-themed book about magic and sisterhood. Book Description: It’s Halloween time in the land of Harmony, and the Bobos Babes are ready for some fun! When Angel Scarlett, Fairy Cora, and Princess Daphne visit Lily the Ladybug’s Boutique to look for Halloween costumes, they find Lily has left aside three special masks for them. The ladybug informs the sisters that they must wait until noon on Halloween to try on the mysterious masks but assures them they will have the best costumes in all of the land of Harmony. The sisters can hardly wait, counting down the minutes on Halloween until they can don their curious ma

The Tannery

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  July 5, 1900, Wilkes County, North Carolina: The beautiful young daughter of tannery owner Jakob Schumann is found dead on the north bank of the Yadkin River, brutally beaten, a skinning knife in her chest. Who killed Rachel Schumann? And why? Ambitious Wilkes prosecutor Vincent Taliaferro has arrested Virgil Wade, a mixed-race boy, and is convinced the case is open and shut. But local lawyer Ben Waterman is not so sure. Ben's investigation uncovers evidence that undermines the prosecutor's case and points in an entirely different direction. But can he prove it? Can he convince an all-White, all-male jury of Virgil's innocence? The Tannery transports readers to the turbulent world of the post-Reconstruction South. Reflecting issues prominent in today's headlines, themes of Black voter suppression and intimidation, the violence and depravity of vigilante "justice," and the rise of Jim Crow drive the narrative to its dramatic and surprising conclusion.   My Re

Book Review: Cynthia Starts a Band

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EVEN AMERICA’S SWEETHEART POP-SUPERSTAR HAS TROUBLE FINDING THEIR VOICE IN THE HEARTBREAKINGLY HONEST DEBUT NOVEL FROM OLIVIA SWINDLER Eleanor Quinn lives a life most young girls dream of. She’s the lead singer of a wildly successful band, dating the most beautiful man in America, and in love with her life on tour. She pours her heart into every song she writes and genuinely enjoys connecting with fans. So, when she disappears after her fiance’s fairy-tale perfect proposal on stage, the world is shocked. Worse yet, he starts telling interviewers that Eleanor is crazy -- possibly even a danger to herself and those around her. As the weeks go by, the world wants to know: Who is Eleanor Quinn really? But Eleanor needs to find that out for herself. Broken and filled with self-doubt after the proposal, Eleanor embarks on a journey to regain agency in her life. She needs to reconnect with the Ellie Quinn underneath pop sensation “Eleanor Quinn.” Determined to find herself again, she moves in

Book Review: House of Shadows

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Release Date: October 19 USA Today  bestselling author K.A. Linde returns to the Royal Houses series with House of Shadows: the story of Kerrigan Argon, a half-Fae, half-human as she seeks her place in an unforgiving world filled with magic, mayhem, and romance. Perfect for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Holly Black, and V.E. Schwab. Kerrigan Argon, a half-human, half-Fae, has joined the Dragon Society against almost everyone’s wishes. A year of training is required with her dragon. First she must travel with the dark Fae prince, Fordham Ollivier, back to his home in the House of Shadows. Nothing but slavery and death has ever awaited a half-Fae in their halls. But something is wrong within their wicked world. A thousand year old spell is weakening. Cracks forming in the foundation. And Kerrigan may just be their ruin or their salvation. My Review I did not realize at first that this book was book two in this series. Yet, having not read the first book I did not have any iss

Book Review: Pink

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  “A new Christmas story to enjoy for the holiday season from the queen of Christian romantic suspense.” Ethan Cooper, a high-powered corporate attorney in New York City, seemingly has it all. Drawn to the city after law school, he escaped life in his hometown of Charleston, South Carolina, and his family’s notoriety. Years later, the strained relationship with them reaches new heights when Charlotte Rose, a part-time stationery designer and mechanical engineer, enters his work life. Together, they embark upon the journey to bring a racketeering terrorist to justice, tied to a gang responsible for the death of Ethan’s wife utilizing both of their skill sets and that of friends. In the process, Christmas romance softens his heart as he is drawn to her southern charms, kindness, and warmth. With her influence upon his life, Ethan discovers he is missing the most important aspect of his life, love. Will they both heal from the profound loss of a spouse, with God’s leading, and learn to lo

The Night of Many Endings

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  Description From Melissa Payne, bestselling author of  Memories in the Drift , comes an emotionally rich, feel-good novel about hope, second chances, and seeing the world through someone else’s eyes. Orphaned at a young age and witness to her brother’s decline into addiction, Nora Martinez has every excuse to question the fairness of life. Instead, the openhearted librarian in the small Colorado community of Silver Ridge sees only promise. She holds on to the hope that she’ll be reunited with her missing brother and does what she can at the town library. It’s her home away from home, but it’s also a sanctuary for others who, like her brother, could use a second chance. There’s Marlene, an elderly loner who believes that, apart from her husband, there’s little good left in the world; Jasmine, a troubled teen; Lewis, a homeless man with lost hope and one last wish; and Vlado, the security guard who loves a good book and, from afar, Nora. As a winter storm buries Silver Ridge, this coll

The Lost Diary of Anne Frank + Giveaway

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  Book Summary:  The Diary of Anne Frank is a seminal piece of twentieth-century literature. It recounts the tragic and moving story of a young Jewish teenager faced with the horrors of Nazism.  In it, Anne establishes a bond with her readers that transcends both time and space, making them her friends and confidants. Readers feel a connection with each dream she had, each fear she endured, and each struggle she confronted.  Her diary ended, but her story did not. The Lost Diary of Anne Frank picks up where her original journal left off, taking the reader on a credible journey through the tragic final months of her life, faithfully adhering to her own, very personal, diary format in the process.  In The Lost Diary of Anne Frank, Anne receives mysterious help from many quarters.  A strange lady on the other side of the fence haunts her dreams. Her mom once vilified, becomes a hero.  Anne struggles with the existence of God and His presence or absence in all of her ordeals.  She contrast

Sophie Valroux's Paris Stars

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  In this delectable novel, a chef on the rise fuels her passion for cooking while enduring the hardest challenges she’s ever faced after a debilitating injury. Everybody wants a piece of grand chef Sophie Valroux. With her once-destroyed reputation fully recovered and then some, Sophie is making her mark in the culinary world. She’s running the restaurants of Château de Champvert, the beautiful estate that she inherited from her grandmother. She and her fiancé, Rémi, are closer than ever, and she’s even bonding with his daughter Lola. Everything should be perfect. Yet, Sophie still feels something in her heart is missing. When she’s invited to cook at an exclusive event her culinary idol is attending, she thinks this could be the thing to catapult her to greater heights, maybe even bring her one step closer to her one and only dream of achieving the stars—Michelin stars. But fate has other plans for Sophie. After she accepts to cook for the Parisian elite, her world crumbles. She suff