Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Guest Post, Review & Kindle Giveaway: Stephanie Nelson

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I’ve always had a fascination with witches. Maybe because with magic life would be a lot simpler, not to mention more interesting. Over the years there has been a handful of silver screen witches that I’ve absolutely loved and will forever be a fan of.

Glinda the Good Witch

Glinda stands out in my mind as my first encounter with the magical species. Me and my sister used to fight over who would be Glinda or the Wicked Witch. Of course we both wanted to be Glinda, she was the one with pretty dress. Often, because I was the youngest, I’d end up being cast as the Wicked Witch. That was okay though because I threatened my sister with flying monkeys.

The Witches

The Witches is a book wrote by Roald Dahl that was published in 1983 and then turned into a movie in 1990. I love this movie simply because the witches are unlike every other witch I’ve seen. While in public they look human, with the help of masks that help hide their hideous faces and gloves that hide their clawed fingers. But as they gather at a meeting in England they lose the disguises and show their true appearance. They absolutely hate children, trapping some in paintings, turning them into mice, and even stone statues. This movie made me afraid of witches and showed me a different side to the magical creatures I had fallen in love with.

The Owen Sisters

One reason I love this movie is the bond between the sisters. I’m very close to my sister. (Even though she wouldn’t let me be Glinda the Good Witch) The other reason is the quirky aunts. And the fact that Sally Owen is powerful yet doesn’t embrace her magic, yet her sister uses magic for everything. In Craved, I intertwined this with Gwen and Fiona. Gwen is hesitant to use her magic for every little thing, while Fiona couldn’t live without it.

The Sanderson Sisters
I loved Hocus Pocus and still do actually. I watch it every October. I love their quirkiness and cool rhyming spells. (Twist the bone and bend the back. Trim him of his baby fat. Give him fur black as black. Just….Like….Thissssss) Their evil yet comical and I love that!


Find Stephanie and her books

Author:Stephanie Nelson
Release Date: July 25, 2011
Gwen Sparks Book #1
ISBN: 9781466287
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Review Copy Source: Bewitching Book Tours
Gwen Sparks just wants to live a peaceful life in the supernatural town of Flora, but from the moment she read about the first murdered witch, all hope of peace was abandoned. Possessing the rare ability to read the memories of dead, she volunteers to help catch the culprit behind the string of drained witches. Gwen has to team up with the one man who broke her heart, deal with a ghost who pulls her into the deathly realm at will, and a fight off the advances of sexy but frustrating vampire who not only craves what runs through her veins;he wants her heart.

This is a full length novel and contains adult content, not recommended for readers under 18 years old.
Another pleasantly surprising book. I never know what I'm going to get when I pick up a new book and it is always nice to get more then you were hoping for. Gwen is a down to earth gal who turns out to be a very powerful and rear kind of witch. She runs her very own magic store, shares her apartment with her best friend, is still getting over he ex werewolf boyfriend and even though she likes him keeps telling the sexy vampire determined to have her as his no. She offers to help solve the murders of witches and ends up becoming a target herself. There is a bit of a love triangle between Gwen, the ex boyfriend and the Vampire. There are some great and steamy romance scenes. The character development was great and I enjoyed getting to know the different characters. The plot was easy to follow and flowed at a nice pace. The ending UGGH painful to have to wait for more. Stephanie really put together a great read and Im glad I got my hands on a copy. Excited to see what comes next.

I gave it 4/5 stars

Craved Tour- Kindle Giveaway

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