The Fairy Cottage


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The fairy cottage appeared in the distance, surrounded by flowers of every hue. Their perfume drifting up to meet the late summer breeze, a breeze that was promising rain.
Local folklore said that if you offered the one inside the stone cottage a present of a silver coin or small treasure then they may grant you one wish.
The well-trod path leading to the blue-painted door stretched out before her and without a backwood glance, she moved up it, somehow taking comfort that many had also walked along the same path before her. With a timid hand, she knocked once, and once more at the door. It opened before her allowing the sun to highlight dancing dust motes.
“H… hello,” she called softly.
“Come in pretty one,” a voice answered her.
“I’ve come to ask a favour,” her bravery made her say but her fear kept her rooted to the doorstep.
“Let me look at you,” the voice, although pleasant sounding, gave her a feeling of fear made sharper by the shudder that ran down her back.
“I brought you a present, see,” she held her hand out to show the silver token she’d brought with her.
“You are too far away, my pretty, I can’t see.”
Sarah looked down at the coin in her hand and slowly took a tiptoe step forward entering over the threshold. The darkness of the cottage swallowed her up and she felt herself grow cold.
“H….here…” she whispered looking at the coin shining in her hand as she held it out.
“And what is the wish that you want my pretty?”
A match struck and the flash of light startled her making her jump back before it was used to light a candle. Not that it offered much in the way of illumination, highlighting instead all the dark shadows that danced around the room.
“I have a love…”
“Lucky my dear, there are many that wish for true love to come,” the crone laughed.
“He is at war,” she continued.
“And you wish him home with his boots under your bed,” the crone muttered with a salacious laugh.
Sarah felt her face flaming and pressed her lips together to stop the hasty denial that rushed to be spoken. “My wish is not about him,” she felt her anxiousness rise as she thought about what she was asking. “No, it is the harvest that is coming. All signs are that there is rain coming and we will fail to get it in in time and with no harvest, we will starve this coming winter.”
“So your wish is for the harvest to succeed child? That is a lot of wish for such a small token!”
She felt the weight of the crone’s sneer directed at her as she looked at the small coin in her hand. “I wish…” she began. “For the sun to shine long enough to get the hay in.”
Sarah closed her eyes feeling her last smidgeon of bravery deserting her as she uttered her one wish, her hand closing around and clutching at the silver coin. This was silly. No-one could change the weather, no-one could alter the fate of the harvest. Why had she come here? What foolishness had prompted her to believe in folklore?
“Done!”
Her eyes shot open at the crone’s word and she opened up her hand to offer the coin only to see her hand empty. “Wha..” she cried out.
Sarah uttered a hasty thank you before she spun around and darted out of the cottage feeling bright sun meeting her as she ran back up the path and past the bright flowers.

The crone watched the slip of a girl dart out of her cottage, running as though she was being chased her long skirt whipping around her legs as she ran, before glancing at the silver coin in her hand. Just yesterday someone had been at her door asking for their wish and soon another one would come along requesting something else. She didn’t have the heart to tell them that she was just an old woman in a cottage with no magical powers. Until the next visitor turned up she’d just rest a while in her rocking chair with her cat on her lap.

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The Jaguar King – Anna Mcilwraith


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Magic is real? Big deal. Bills still gotta be paid.

Especially when you’re heading into vet med. Emma Chase is nothing special – if anything, with a roomie who turns into a jaguar on a regular basis, she’s the sidekick, not the heroine. Her superpowers have more to do with acing her finals and overworking herself. Knowing her best friend’s secret makes it easier to justify her own inclination to keep people at a distance, but it doesn’t change her life.

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Finding Bell – Michelle Ziegler

Annabella can’t remember anything before the last six years, and her dreams are telling her something. She just doesn’t know what. Desperate to find the missing pieces in her life, she heads to France, where a castle exists that matches the one in her dreams. Once there, she has to figure out if the mysterious place holds the key to unlocking the past she can’t remember.

Henri, once a powerful Fae prince, is locked within the home he built for a princess who can’t remember him. A rose blooms every hundred years, signifying the chance to break the curse placed on him and his Faerie Court. Something is changing, and the girl he loves has returnedβ€”but can he get her to love him again and free them all from the endless cycle?

The Blue Mage – Amber Morant
Elona is one of the luckiest thieves in Tore. However, her eye is now on the treasures hidden within the Citadel of Hours where the Blue Mage resides. Becoming an apprentice is easy, but learning who he truly is becomes a nightmare in itself.

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Fairy spells are going awryβ€”and for no good reason. Even though Morgana has managed to patch up her own botched spell and turn the toad back into a prince, she’s been given the task of fixing another fairy’s mistake as her punishment. But it won’t be easy. With an entire kingdom turned to stone, a princess forever charmed in sleep, and one unhappy dragon keeping guardβ€”things could get interesting, to say the least.

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There’s more to Cinderella’s story than glass slippers and pumpkins. Waking up in a different time, a modern world, Cinder discovers that her storybook life was no fairytale. Is she brave enough to travel back in time and face the evil that threatens her future? This twist on a classic will leave you wondering if other fairytales are really fiction.

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Philip was just an infant when Death became his godmother. As a gift, she presents him with a barrel of cider that bestows miracles to those who drink from it.

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Review


Shake Your Green Thing: Supernatural Witch Cozy Mystery
(Harper β€œFoxxy” Beck Series Book 2)

I came across Raven Snow just the other day and have downloaded as many books of hers as I can! Then I found out she was looking for ARC reviews – of course,I jumped at the chance!
‘Shake your Green Thing’ is a sequel to ‘Roller Rink Witchcraft: Supernatural Witch Cozy Mystery’Β but don’t let that stop you from reading this book, without detracting from the plot Raven covers the events in the first book competently and with enough detail you don’t feel lost. Her characters develop with the story in such a way that you feel they are people you’ve met and are becoming friends with. You see them grow with such a natural progression it’s hard to pinpoint the moment when you didn’t have them in your life. There is nothing that screams sequel at you at all which is great. (The only reason to read Roller Rink Witchcraft is because you’ll be missing out on a great story if you don’t!)
Raven’s writing flows easily across the page luring any reader inside her story. You’ll drift from page to page with delight as the story unfolds in front of you and before you realise it you’ve finished the book! The books have a light-hearted feel to them without being overly comedic giving a balance between the darker crime moments within the story.
Harper ‘Foxxy’ Beck is your average free-wheeling witch who sees to be getting into a habit of finding dead bodies! She’s managed to get herself attached to the delectable detective Wyatt Bennett which has its own complications in the form of his adorable son, Cooper. Before she can say ‘hocus pocus’ she’s falling hard for the both of them. How is she going to handle this alongside solving the mysteries that seem to be springing up in front of her?
The man doesn’t seem to be backing off and she doesn’t seem to want him too… if only the other members of the police force in Waresville shared Wyatt’s attitude. With Foxxy seeming to be their only suspect in a town filled to the brim with witches, can she unlock the mystery before her man has to visit her in jail?
I received a free advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest & unbiased review.

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Hybrid – Apryl Baker


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Hybrid, (The Othala Witch Collection, Sector 3)

by USA Today Bestselling Author Apryl Baker

Abomination. The word follows Katyia Dragonovich, bastard daughter of the Regent of Sector Three.

After being turned over to the vampire clan by the only mother she has ever known, Katyia swears vengeance. Although terrified, she boldly faces her new future, even if it’s an uncertain one with a man who is as cold as the mountain’s ice caps.

When the Vampire clan discovers one of their new turns has been infected with ravager blood, they rally for her extermination. They cannot allow anything carrying the mark of the monstrous creatures that have overrun their world to live among them.

But Roman Stratcovich, rightful king of the Vampire clans, has other plans. This hybrid womanβ€”part witch, part vampire, part ravagerβ€”may be the secret to gaining what he’s lost. More than that, however, she’s also the key to unlocking his cold heart.

The question is, does he want her to?

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