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Druid Blood by MD Massey

Things are going great for Colin. He’s the star of his high school baseball team, he has a killer motorcycle, and his mom’s career as an artist is finally taking off. Then, a chance encounter with a leprechaun reveals that nothing in his world is as it seems…

Soon, Colin and his friend Jesse are tasked with taking out the evil creature who cast a spell over their town, the ancient Irish vampire known as the Avartagh. Now, they’re being hunted by the unseelie fae, “fairies” who are are deadlier, real-life versions of their fairy tale counterparts.

Thus they must attempt the impossible, and save their town from the evil fae who’ve taken it over. And if Colin and Jesse don’t stop the fae, the Avartagh will destroy everyone and everything they love… and he’ll kill them in the process.

This was a fun little romp stuffed full of Irish myths. The characters are in high school and the book is described as YA, but it felt more middle-grade to me – I would’ve pegged Colin and Jesse at around 12 years old if I hadn’t known better.

But I like middle-grade, and the actual vs. perceived age thing didn’t really affect the story, so no great loss there. Of course, if you’re not into the genre, your mileage may vary. Druid Blood is a prequel for the more adult Junkyard Druid series – if you like the look but not the age group of this novella, maybe try the main series instead.

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This book is free on Amazon as of September 16, 2017.

Length: 114 pages

Published: December 9, 2013 by Modern Digital Publishing

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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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Healer by CJ Anaya

Hope hides a dangerous secret; a gift powerful enough to heal the breach between the living and the dead. With two warring gods vying for her love, and a fallen deity determined to take her for his own evil purposes, she must either accept her destiny or take matters into her own hands.

Love triangles and YA tropes abound in the first installment of The Healer Series. If you’re a complete sucker for the genre, it’s definitely worth a read thanks to some solid writing and a pretty interesting premise – you don’t see healer heroines every day, after all.

On the other hand, if you don’t happen to have a para-romance itch to scratch, I’d take a pass. Our leading lady suffers from Goldfish Syndrome, complacently brushing aside all the mystical pronouncements and overt foreshadowing instead of demanding explanation like a normal human being. Unfortunately, building suspense doesn’t really work if the reader sees through it before the character does.

Like I said – if you don’t mind that sort of thing and you’re in the mood for some escapist romance and high-school drama, snatch this one up.

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This book is free on Amazon as of September 13, 2017.

Length: 312 pages

Published: February 18, 2016

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