Friday, January 13, 2012

GUEST POST: SYDLYNN (main character) from FAMILY MAGIC by Patti Larsen

So you think being a witch is fun, right? Would love to have my life? Me, Sydlynn Hayle, sixteen-year-old All-American girl, or at least trying to be. I do my best to fit in, you know? But when you have power, normals can feel it. Like they sense something’s wrong with me or different. Like stupid paranormal snap crackling static cling.

Which naturally means every time my coven is forced to move, it’s a new town, but the same old thing. Syd the outcast, Syd the weird girl.

Syd the lonely.

My mom wishes I’d just chill out and accept my fate. Embrace the magic that makes me want to throw up every time I use it, bury myself in the ‘family’ of our coven. Of course, she happens to be the leader of said coven, so it’s only natural she’d want me to fall in line, I guess. Still. I wish she’d adjust her tactics. I’m a little tired of the Mom waterworks every time we talk about it. That woman is a freaking supernatural faucet.

That is when we’re not yelling at each other and slamming doors. Think you know what I mean? Had some doozies of your own? Yeah, not. When witches slam doors, the earth moves.

It doesn’t help that my dad lives on the demon plane, either, and I don’t get to see him much. He’s a demon lord and has responsibilities, I get that, I really do. But it seems like every time he does show up he takes Mom’s side. He’s all about me and my demon half getting along and playing nice. He has no idea.

All I want, all I’ve ever wanted, is to be normal, ordinary and just like everyone else. I know I probably sound like a whiner to you. But you don’t live my life. You don’t have your world invaded by every single person in the ‘family’ needing to know your business. Or the constant nagging of a demon cat who thinks it’s his right to tell you what you’re doing wrong every chance he gets.

How about the constant threat of impending doom looming over you, aware that you may have to move in the middle of the night to a new state so no one gets arrested or turned into something unnatural? Yeah, didn’t think so.

And now, wouldn’t you know it, something weird is happening to the coven, magic weird. Already, and we’ve just moved to Wilding Springs. It doesn’t help that the local cheer squad has decided, to their leader Alison’s delight, to make my life a living misery. Or that some old friends of Mom’s have shown up, with their darkly delicious son in tow.

Who knows. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe things will work out this time.

Anyone taking bets?

About the Author: 
Patti Larsen is a middle grade, young adult and adult author with a passion for the paranormal. Her YA thriller series, The Hunted, is available now. The first four books of The Hayle Coven series, Family Magic, Witch Hunt, Demon Child and The Wild are out now. Her YA paranormal novel, Best Friends Forever, and steampunk series, Blood and Gold, are due early in 2012. She is a full time writer and a part time teacher of her Get Your Book Done program. Patti lives on the East Coast of Canada with her very patient husband and four massive cats.

You can find her:

On her website
On Facebook
Her writing blog
On Twitter!/PattiLarsen
On and Goodreads

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Book Review: Family Magic (The Hayle Coven Novels, #1) by Patti Larsen

   Family Magic

I've been reading a lot of self-published authors recently and been pleasantly surprised with how well written the books are. This one was no different. The book was excellently written, it had a great plot, and the characters were well developed. It's one of the books I know I will buy and read time and time again when I need a good "witch" fix. It's a good young adult story,even readers who are growing jaded by this genre should find something to enjoy here. Give it a try if the book description intrigues you! 

The Hayle Coven Novels 1, 2, 3 and 4 are already available for your reading pleasure. Here is a look at all the covers together!

Patti Larsen can be found HERE on Facebook.
Family Magic can be found HERE on Amazon.
Family Magic can be found HERE on GoodReads
Family Magic can be found HERE on SmashWords.

Make sure to check back with us here because in the next day or so I will have a post written by Syd (main character of Family Magic) about herself and her family.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Book Review: PRINCE OF WOLVES and BLOOD RITES by Quinn Loftis

Prince of Wolves (The Grey Wolves Series)

Book Description:
Jaque Pierce was just an ordinary 17 year old girl getting ready to start her senior year in high school in Coldspring, Texas. When a mysterious foreign exchange student from Romania moves in across the street, Jacque and her two best friends, Sally and Jen, don’t realize the last two weeks of their summer was going to get a lot more interesting. From the moment Jacque sets eyes on Fane she feels an instant connection, a pull like a moth to a flame. Little does she know that the flame she is drawn to is actually a Canis Lupus, werewolf, and she just happens to be his mate; the other half of his soul. The problem is Fane is not the only wolf in Coldspring, Texas. Just as Fane and Jacque are getting to know each other, another wolf steps out to try and claim Jacque as his mate. Fane will now have to fight for the right to complete the mating bond, something that is his right by birth but is being denied him by a crazed Alpha. Will the love Fane has for Jacque be enough to give him the strength to defeat his enemy, will Jacque accept that she is Fane’s mate and complete the bond between them?

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Blood Rites (The Grey Wolves Series)