Friday, March 15, 2013

A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses by Molly Harper

'Twas the Kentucky Book Fair,  books all through the convention center.
Everyone was stirring,
The authors  were lined up all in neat rows,
In hopes that new readers would buy up their books;

The readers were roaming row by row,
While visions of paperbacks, danced in their heads;
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
A Book that was chick lit and Vampires.

Oh My!!!!

I was introduced to Molly Harper a few years ago and she became a favorite fast.  Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs was the first book in the Jane Series and my introduction to Molly Harper. I finished that one in a day and quickly ran out and got the next two. The amazing thing about her books are they are funny, seriously I know Laugh out loud funny is used a lot but the whole series had me laughing so hard sometimes there were tears.  The plot of the Jane Series was amazing too. I love love love a good series and this was a great one. For the record Book three, Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever was my favorite of the series. I adored the Zeb story line in this one. 

I was really excited to learn that there is a spin off series set in Half-Moon Hollow. I was fortunate to receive a copy of the Soon to be released “A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses.”  It will be releases May 28, 2013 and is already available for pre-order.

THE WITCH’S HANDBOOK OF KISSES AND CURSES: Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: Her grandfather was Mr. Wainwright and the artifacts are lost somewhere in what is now Jane Jameson’s book shop. Complication Two: her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, who keeps turning up half naked at the strangest times, a distraction Nola doesn’t need. And teaming up with a real-life Adonis is as dangerous as it sounds, especially when he’s got the face of an angel and the abs of a washboard—can Nola complete her mission before falling completely under his spell?

My Thoughts: 
Molly Harper never disappoints. I love venturing back to half moon hollow. This one centers around a witch who is lovingly lead to Half Moon Hollow. It has Witches, Vamps and more. Harper writes great characters and plots. I highly recommend this one. It is a bit different from the Jane books but that is in no way a complaint. There are subtle references to the Jane series but I do not think you will be lost if you read this one before Jane but I highly recommend the Jane series too.  

4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

Author Bio:

When Molly Harper was eight years old, she set up a “writing office” in her parents’ living room, complete with an old manual typewriter and a toy phone. And she (very slowly) pecked out the story of her third-grade class taking a trip around the world and losing a kid in each city. She had a dark sense of humor even then.

When Molly was considerably older, she headed for Western Kentucky University, where she majored in print journalism. After graduation, she landed a job with The Paducah Sun and married her high school sweetheart, David, a local police officer. After six years at the newspaper, Molly took a more family-friendly secretarial position at a local church office.

Her husband worked nights and Molly was alone with their small child in the “The Apartment of Lost Souls.” A big fan of vampire movies and TV shows, she decided to write a vampire romance novel. Molly created Jane Jameson, a bit of an accidental loser. Jane is single, almost 30, and a librarian working in Half-Moon Hollow, Ky. She has become a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that she’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. Jane drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar. On her way home, she’s mistaken for a deer and shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire. The three-book Jane Jameson series–which includes Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs,Nice Girls Don’t Date Dead Men and Nice Girls Don’t Live Forever—was released in 2009.  A fourth and final installment, Nice Girls Don’t Bite Their Neighbors, was released in 2012.

Molly continues stories in the Jane Jameson universe through her Half-Moon Hollow series,Driving Mr. DeadThe Care and Feeding of Stray VampiresUndead Sublet, and A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses.  Undead Sublet is a short story in The Undead in My Bed anthology.  A Witch’s Handbook of Kisses and Curses will be released in June 2013.

Molly will update her popular Naked Werewolf romance series in 2013. How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf, was released in February 2011, quickly followed by The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf.

Molly will launch her first-ever contemporary romance series with My Bluegrass Baby in December 2012.

Molly’s books are published by Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. They are available in print, as e-books and audio books at major book stores and on Amazon. Molly is a native of Kentucky. She lives in Paducah with her husband and children.

Molly's links:
List of Molly's Books (with links to buy them)

An ARC copy of A Witch's Handbook of Kisses Curses was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 


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