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A Spell of Murder: A Witch Cats of Cambridge mystery

Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
A
Spell of Murder
Witch
Cats of Cambridge Book 1
by
Clea Simon
Genre:
Cozy Mystery 
 
It’s
Harriet’s fault. It’s always her fault, not that she’ll ever
admit it.” So begins A Spell of Murder: A Witch Cats of Cambridge
mystery, the first in a new cozy series that mixes feline fiction
with a touch of the paranormal, and a little romance as well.

 

 

Becca,
newly single and newly unemployed, wants to believe she has psychic
powers. With nothing but time – and a desire for empowerment –
she’s studying to become a witch. What she doesn’t know is that
her three cats – Harriet, Laurel, and Clara – are the ones with
the real power. And when Harriet – “a cream-colored longhair with
more fur than commonsense” – conjures a pillow for her own
comfort, Becca believes her spells are finally working. Could that be
why Trent, the coven’s devilishly handsome leader, has been showing
her special attention? Or why Suzanne, a longtime coven member, draws
her aside to share a secret – a confidence that may lead to murder?

 

A Spell of Murder by Clea Simon is unique and different from all the stories I have read. This story is told through the eyes of tone of the three sister cats that are magic, Clara. They live with a young woman, Rebecca Callwin, and she doesn’t know about their abilities. One time, Harriet, one of the cats, accidentally summons a pillow while Becca has her magic group with her and she is saying a spell. Now, “The Coven” believes Becca is a real witch.

The main character is Clara the younger sister cat. The whole story is told by a narrator who tell what each character is feeling. The three cats are able to do magic and go through things, but usually it is Clara who follows her owner to keep an eye on her and what is going on in her world. On one of these trips, they find Becca’s friend dead. When Becca become the number one suspect the cats help her find the killer.

This is a great, cozy mystery with the right amount of death and suspects. It may feel off to a person who doesn’t care for cats, because it takes time to give personality to the felines, along with telling the story. Some may find it intrusive, but I believe it adds to the story in a good way. It is great reading for anyone who likes cozy mysteries and animals.

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Clea
Simon is the author of “A Spell of Murder,” the first in
her new “Witch Cats of Cambridge” series. She is also the
author of “World Enough,” a rock ‘n’ roll noir, as well as
the Blackie and Care series (most recently “Cross My Path”)
chronicling the adventures of the pink-haired Care and the black
feral cat who loves her. In addition to these darker books, she is
also the author of the Dulcie Schwartz feline mysteries, the Pru
Marlowe pet noir mysteries, and the Theda Krakow mysteries, as well
as three nonfiction books, including The Feline Mystique: On the
Mysterious Connection Between Women and Cats.
The
recipient of multiple honors, including the Cat Writers Associations
Presidents Award, she lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with her
husband, Jon Garelick, and their cat, Musetta.
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Will the Christmas spirit melt her heart or will she miss out on the love of her life?

Saturday, December 8th, 2018

 

Tamara Passey, author of the The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn’t writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking–though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and children in Arizona.

 

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Welcome to the books of 
Christmas Past, Present and Future.

 

Eleanor is saving her grandmother’s fudge business but is becoming like Scrooge in the process. 
The consultant she hires to help is a friend from high school who hasn’t given up his secret crush for her. 
Will the Christmas spirit melt her heart or will she miss out on the love of her life?
 
 
 

 

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Dear Mr. Dickens,
Scrooge is mean, Marley is a ghost. This isn’t the best setup for a
Christmas story. Were you writing this for Halloween or something? Also, why do
you call your chapters staves? Whatever. I’m just glad they’re short.
Missing the mistletoe,
Eleanor

 

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What insidious force was within? And what can satisfy its restless will?

Thursday, December 6th, 2018
Mind
the Gap
The
Hidden Cities Book 1
by
Christopher Golden & Tim Lebbon
Genre:
Dark Urban Fantasy Thriller
 
“The
super-fast pacing and creepy touches give this teen adventure plenty
of character.”—
Publishers
Weekly

 

 

Returning
to her home in London, teen Jasmine Towne realizes just how long
she’s been training for the moment she would be on her own. Her
paranoid mother’s last words, scrawled in her own blood, demand her
action: JAZZ HIDE FOREVER. In this moment, the strange men who have
always hung around her family’s life—whom her mother called the
Uncles—become starkly sinister. And they’re on her
trail.

 

 

Seeking
cover in the Underground, Jazz slips through a mysterious gate, down
tunnels, and seemingly through time. Inside an abandoned city of bomb
shelters and forgotten Tube stations, she finds temporary refuge with
a gang of petty thieves. Flashes of the past, spectral and haunting,
share the tunnels…with no regard for the living. For how long can
Jazz hide from the terrors of both her worlds?

 

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The
Map of Moments
The
Hidden Cities Book 2
 
To
what lengths would you go to undo the pain of the past? 

 

 

“Golden
and Lebbon have far outstripped their past efforts with this
wonderfully creepy thriller of a ghost story.” —
Publishers
Weekly
 starred
review

 

 

“Golden
and Lebbon vividly evoke the rich, enduring character of New Orleans,
as well as spinning a compelling fantasy yarn that builds momentum as
Max works his way through the city’s history.” —
Booklist

 

 

Max
Corbett has returned to New Orleans for the funeral of his former
girlfriend, Gabrielle Doucette, but between the destruction wrought
by Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of his ruined relationship,
the city feels alien.

 

 

At
Gabrielle’s graveside, Max meets Ray. Over a bottle of bourbon in a
dive bar, the two discuss Gabrielle’s unique connection to the city.
Ray suggests that this connection might mean her tragic death is not
truly her end. And he happens to know a real magic practitioner—not
some Bourbon Street phony—who could open a window to the past and
send a warning to Gabrielle. Maybe Max can even deliver the warning
in person? Ray offers him a cheap map and says the process is simple.
Follow the charted moments to build up a little bit of magical clout
and then find the man with the gift.

 

 

Surging
with liquid courage, Max takes the ludicrous tourist map and sets
off. But it turns out this quest is not so easy. When Max enters the
First Moment, he is drawn into the fabric of history to witness dark
and violent periods, and with each passing step, a grim conspiracy is
revealed. Suddenly in too deep, there is nowhere for Max to go but
through. But when you trudge through a swamp, you’re going to get
muddy.

 

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The
Chamber of Ten
The
Hidden Cities Book 3
 
 
Archaeologist
Dr. Geena Hodge is on the precipice of success: her team has found an
entrance to an underground chamber while searching for the Petrarch’s
lost library. A documentarian is joining her team for the descent
into the long-hidden structure and may be the key to extensive
funding. Best of all, she is able to share the excitement of this
momentous occasion with her assistant-slash-lover, Nico, whose
psychic presence resonates in her own mind.

 

 

Within
a strikingly preserved room—unlike any Venetian excavation—the
team finds only one artifact: a small vessel that immediately
mesmerizes Nico. While the team investigates a slab of granite inlaid
in the floor, Nico becomes transfixed by the object, and before he
can be stopped, he has the urn in his hands. Then, it is broken open
on the ground. And with that, the impossibly withheld groundwater
begins to fill the chamber…

 

 

In
the clamor to escape the rapidly flooding room and save the found
texts, the team is sent in all directions. And Nico’s mind, always
attuned to Geena’s, seems to go quiet. His actions in the days
after the incident feel unlike him, and his consciousness seems to
dissolve beneath the weight of his experience with the artifact. What
insidious force was within? And what can satisfy its restless will?

 

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The
Shadow Men
The
Hidden Cities Book 4
 
From
Beacon Hill to Southie, historic Boston is a town of vibrant
neighborhoods knit into a seamless whole. But as Jim Banks and Trix
Newcomb learn in a terrifying instant, it is also a city
divided—split into three separate versions of itself by a mad
magician once tasked with its protection.

 

 

Jim
is happily married to Jenny, with whom he has a young daughter,
Holly. Trix is Jenny’s best friend, practically a member of the
family—although she has secretly been in love with Jenny for years.
Then Jenny and Holly inexplicably disappear—and leave behind a
Boston in which they never existed. Only Jim and Trix remember them.
Only Jim and Trix can bring them back.

 

 

With
the help of Boston’s Oracle, an elderly woman with magical powers,
Jim and Trix travel between the fractured cities, for that is where
Jenny and Holly have gone. But more is at stake than one family’s
happiness. If Jim and Trix should fail, the spell holding the
separate Bostons apart will fail too, and the cities will reintegrate
in a cataclysmic implosion. Someone, it seems, wants just that.
Someone with deadly shadow men at their disposal.

 

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CHRISTOPHER
GOLDEN

is the New York Times bestselling author of such novels as Ararat,
Snowblind, Tin Men, The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are
Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, and Of Saints and Shadows.
He has also written books for teens and young adults, including
Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence,
honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA’s
Best Books for Young Readers.

 

Golden
co-created (with Mike Mignola) two cult favorite comic book series,
Baltimore and Joe Golem: Occult Detective. As an editor, he has
worked on the short story anthologies Seize the Night, The New Dead,
and Dark Cities, among others, and has also written and co-written
comic books, video games, screenplays, a BBC radio play, the online
animated series Ghosts of Albion (with Amber Benson), and a network
television pilot. A frequent speaker at conferences, schools, and
libraries, Golden is also co-host of the podcasts Three Guys with
Beards and Defenders Dialogue, and the founder of the Merrimack
Valley Halloween Book Festival.

 

Golden
was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his
family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen
languages in countries around the world.

 

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TIM
LEBBON

has been published for over twenty years and have written over forty
horror, dark fantasy and tie-in novels, including The Silence,
Relics, Coldbrook, The Cabin in the Woods, the Noreela series of
fantasy books (Dusk, Dawn, Fallen and The Island), the NY Times
Bestselling novelisation of the movie 30 Days of Night, Alien: Out ofThe Silence,
Relics, Coldbrook, The Cabin in the Woods, the Noreela series of
fantasy books (Dusk, Dawn, Fallen and The Island),
the Shadows, Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi – Into the Void, and several
books with Christopher Golden, including Blood of the Four, The Map
of Moments and The Secret Journeys of Jack London. He’s also written
hundreds of novellas and novels and have won several prestigious
awards.

 

 

The
movie of The Silence, starring Stanley Tucci and Kiernan Shipka, is
out summer 2018. Pay the Ghost, starring Nicolas Cage, was released
in 2016. More of his work is currently in development for the big
screen.

 

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The voyage is fraught with raw forces of nature, past traumas and present day sea robbers

Friday, September 21st, 2018
Beyond
Beauport
by
James Masciarelli
Genre:
Adventure
 
Shannon
Clarke raised a family and worked waterfront jobs in America’s
oldest seaport.
Her
childhood dream to become a sea captain is revived when her long-lost
seafaring uncle Patrick visits with a salty tale of their maritime
family ancestry of pirates and privateers. He shares recovered family
letters and artifacts from the Golden Age of Piracy. They take to the
sea in Patrick’s brigantine to follow the siren song of their
ancestors in quest of destiny, truth and treasure. The voyage is
fraught with raw forces of nature, past traumas and present day sea
robbers, as their talents and beliefs of family, identity and purpose
are shaken to the core.

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James
Masciarelli is a writer, entrepreneur, and storyteller with deep
experience of the human condition from his work with individuals,
families, and organizations in crisis, growth and change. Writing and
use of story enabled him to move ideas through organizations in his
social work, human resource, and business career. His creative
fiction focuses on stories of change and transformation by the sea.
He majored in psychology and classical literature at College of the
Holy Cross, with advanced graduate study in clinical psychology, and
holds an MBA from Babson College. He resides in Naples, Florida and
his homeport, Gloucester, Massachusetts with his creative wife and
twin beagles.
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The town begins to treat them with wariness and suspicion

Sunday, May 27th, 2018
Cursed
Born
of the Blood Book 1
by
Skylar Mckinzie
Genre:
YA Paranormal Fantasy
 
Skye,
Stormy, and Savannah Davidson are no different from the other
residents of Discovery, Massachusetts, or so they think. As their
25th birthday approaches, the town begins to treat them with wariness
and suspicion. Skye begins to believe the triplets are special. Can
they solve the puzzle of their past to save the town from the evil
forces that affect their future?
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Skylar
McKinzie

lives in the small town of Screven, Ga. When she’s not writing,
she’s cooking, baking, reading, and spending time with her family.
She also loves long walks and sitting by the bonfire in October,
which is her favorite month of the year.

 

 

She
writes horror and paranormal romance. She is working on her next
novel due to be released by the end of the year.

 

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They were miracle trees… or are they?

Monday, December 11th, 2017

 

Tamara Passey was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She was named Arizona Young Mother of the Year in 2013 and contributes marriage and family articles to FamilyShare.com. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn’t writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking–though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and three
children in Arizona. Other titles by Tamara include The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, and Mothering through the Whirlwind, a short memoir.
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Four seasons. That’s how long Angela Donovan hoped to know Mark Shafer before they married. But less than a year later, she still fears that she’s repeating the mistake of a failed relationship. 
 
As Christmas approaches, she senses Mark’s plans for a proposal, and wonders if she can learn to trust again. Mark has learned all there is to know about the Shafer miracle trees—or so he thinks. 
 
Papa reveals secrets about the trees’ matchmaking power just as a highway expansion threatens to destroy the family legacy. Mark is determined to save the farm, and the promise of love stirring in the branches of the Shafer miracle trees. Heartwarming and engaging, 
The Tree Keeper’s Promise captures the warmth and wonder of the holiday season.

 

Snippet:
“They say no two trees are exactly alike. Growing them may be a science, but choosing the right one to decorate for Christmas—well, that’s an art. And it was the only thing Angela’s daughter wanted for her ninth birthday—to go to Mark Shafer’s farm and
find the perfect tree for Christmas. And why wouldn’t she? As Mark’s
grandfather Papa Shafer had told them last year, they were miracle trees.”



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The Tree Keeper’s Promise by Tamara Passey: Day 1

Monday, December 5th, 2016

Tamara Passey was born and raised in Massachusetts around a large family, one that has served as inspiration for most of her writing. She was named Arizona Young Mother of the Year in 2013 and contributes marriage and family articles to FamilyShare.com. She loves most creative endeavors and when she isn’t writing or re-writing, you can find her baking or cross-stitching or walking–though not all at the same time. She lives with her husband and three children in Arizona. Other titles by Tamara include The Christmas Tree Keeper: A Novel, and Mothering through the Whirlwind, a short memoir.

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Four seasons. That’s how long Angela Donovan hoped to know Mark Shafer before they married. But less than a year later, she still fears that she’s repeating the mistake of a failed relationship. 

As Christmas approaches, she senses Mark’s plans for a proposal, and wonders if she can learn to trust again. Mark has learned all there is to know about the Shafer miracle trees—or so he thinks. 

Papa reveals secrets about the trees’ matchmaking power just as a highway expansion threatens to destroy the family legacy. Mark is determined to save the farm, and the promise of love stirring in the branches of the Shafer miracle trees. Heartwarming and engaging, 

The Tree Keeper’s Promise captures the warmth and wonder of the holiday season.

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Q & A with the Author:
1.  Describe yourself in 50 words or less.
I can write a novel, but ask me to describe myself, and I get writer’s block. I’ve lived as
many years in the southwest as I have in the northeast. Both places are dear to
me. Also, I love to be creative for the joy it brings.   
2. What do you love most in the world?
My family. 
3. What do you fear most?
Scorpions. 
4. What is your largest unfulfilled dream, and what are you doing to reach it?
Finishing
my degree. What am I doing to reach it? Deciding my major. 
5. What is the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Motherhood
(and still doing it). 
6. Now that we’ve gotten to know each other, tell me a story. It can be long or short. From
your childhood or last week. Funny, sad, or somewhere in between. Just make
sure it’s yours. What’s your story?
Once
upon a time there was a little girl who wanted to write books so she could
share stories with her friends. But every time she would visit the library, or
read a great book, she would get the idea that she wasn’t smart enough to write
her own. Until she was grown and became a mom and was taking care of her
daughter who had been sick for several days—during a sleepless night, she had
an idea—miracle Christmas trees. She was so excited about the story, she didn’t
stop to doubt herself. And The Christmas Tree Keeper was born! 
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Cherie Colyer Paranormal Thriller, YA Author

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Cherie, where are you from?I’ve lived in the Chicago suburbs all my life.

Nice place. If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?

The 1800s. I’d love to go to a ball and to meet Emily Bronte.

If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would be?

From one of my books, I’d choose Caden. He’s been around a long time and has seen a lot. From someone else’s book, (more…)