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Prophecy of Light: Trapped by RJ Crayton

Kady always knew the nomadic life she was living was because her aunt was hiding from some dark force, one Auntie described as magic. When Kady awakens in the middle of the night with her house crumbling around her, Auntie hustles her into the night, hides her, and engages in a battle of magic symbols that set the dark sky ablaze.

While Auntie succeeds in hiding Kady, she is captured during the battle. Kady, now realizing her aunts admonitions about the power of words were very real, must choose. She can do as her aunt had always warned her — to run far away if the two were separated. Or she can search for her aunt.

As strange powers emerge, Kady begins to realize there’s magic trapped inside her. Will this new magic help her succeed in retrieving her aunt?

I have to admit, I’m kinda digging this trend of episodic fantasy series. Sometimes it’s nice to get a taster instead of committing to a 500-page tome. Trapped was a very nice taster. It’s classic girl-discovers-powers YA fare – the setting has a cool Middle Eastern vibe and the writing is solid. You can breeze through it in a hour or two, and the next installment is already up for grabs. Give it a shot!

The Nitty Gritty

This book is free on Amazon as of September 19, 2017.

Length: 86 pages

Published: October 17, 2016 by Ericella Press

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A Spirited Manor by Kate Danley

When Clara O’Hare lost the love of her life, she felt her own life was over. But when she moves into a new home to escape the memories, she discovers that the veil between life and death is very thin.

Desperate to find answers, she attends a seance in a remote country home surrounded by a colorful cast of strangers. But something sinister has decided to make itself known. It will be up to her and the dashing young medium, Wesley Lowenherz, to find out what the spirits of the manor are dying to tell them.

A Spirited Manor is a genre smorgasbord – a paranormal Victorian gothic cozy mystery with sweet romance.

And it works! It’s a quick read and I enjoyed every page of it. The mystery kept me on the edge of my seat, with twists and turns up until the very end. Clara manages to be a proper Victorian lady and a kickass heroine at the same time (always a plus) and the gothic atmosphere definitely gave me a chill or two. Absolutely worth a read!

Kate Danley also has a couple of other paranormal books up for free today – check out The Dark of Twilight, another paranormal/historical novel, or Maggie for Hire, an urban fantasy.

The Nitty Gritty

This book is free on Amazon as of September 15, 2017.

Length: 176 pages

Published: August 28, 2017 by Pronoun

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One Tequila by Tricia O’Malley

Tequila Key is just like any other small town and I’m just like any other small town psychic. Scratch that. Tequila Key is a world onto itself and some people might think that I am one crayon short of the box.

And, if we’re being totally honest, Tequila Key is just like any other small town – if that town boasts a voodoo priestess and a few white witches for flavor. Turquoise blue water and the best margaritas this side of Mexico make it hard to leave.

I’m Althea Rose, co-owner of Luna Rose Potions & Tarot Shop, and I’ve just stumbled into a love triangle while trying to save my best friend from being accused of murder.

One Tequila is a well-written mystery full of small-town charm and occult flair. Quirky characters and gorgeous love interests abound – if it sounds up your alley, it probably is.

That said, I couldn’t finish it. I’m never a huge fan of love triangles, but it was Althea’s personality that made me put the book down. Her refusal to believe that a handsome dude (let alone two of them) could possibly be interested in her instead of her ever so much more gorgeous best friend… the lack of confidence coming from an otherwise capable lady kinda bugged me.

Personal taste, of course – your mileage may vary. If it sounds like your kind of cozy, give it a shot!

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This book is free on Amazon as of September 15, 2017.

Length: 263 pages

Published: July 16, 2015 by Lovewrite Publishing

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Incanta by Avie Adams

Cytriah’s songs can enslave souls in dead bodies.
It’s not a gift, or a curse.
It’s what’s expected of girls born on Daemon-controlled Malvaar Island, where failure is punishable with the worst any woman can fear.
Whilst Cytriah strives to join the elite of soul-catchers, a chilling secret from her past rips her life apart. Trapped between dangerous men, she’s left with one choice: to pact with a Daemon.
It is forbidden.
And it may bring her something far worse than death…

Oh. My. God. I’ll preface this by saying that Incanta is probably more for adult audiences than YA, and also not for the squeamish, but holy hell. I was captivated.

Adams has built a rich and intoxicating world – a dark gothic fantasy that gave me vibes of Laini Taylor mixed with the lovechild of Tim Burton and Stephen King. I adored every word. The writing is lush, the characters came to life on the page, and the atmosphere was so well-crafted as to be almost cinematic. Incanta pulled me in and refused to let go, so please just go and snatch a copy.

…unless you’re squeamish.

 

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This book is free on Amazon as of September 14, 2017.

Length: 307 pages

Published: November 13, 2014

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