The Fiddler's Talisman

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Audacious modern-day Fairy Godmother Evie Songbottom prefers whiskey to glitter being a smartass to being proper and movies to anything else. But, she'll need more than a bottle of Jameson and a bad attitude to handle … Joanna Brennan, a violin prodigy with a magical edge. Joanna caught her boyfriend playing hide-the-salami with her Juilliard roommate. Will her heartbreak end—well—everything? More

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About Izolda Trakhtenberg

Born in Moldova in the former Soviet Union, Izolda grew up steeped in the rich heritage of Eastern Europe. After her family immigrated to the USA, they settled in Michigan where Izolda graduated from the University of Michigan. Izolda worked as Director of Writing and Production for the public records research firm, The Information Prospector. Then, she proceeded to the National Geographic Society's Educational Media Division followed by a stint as an environmental educator for NASA. She has co-authored numerous scientific publications as well as written stories for various on-line magazines.

During this time, she pursued her musical interests. Izolda released her solo CD, Sound the Deep Waters in 2003.

She is an avid fantasy and science fiction fan, and she devours movies like they are pieces of dark chocolate.

She released her first book, "Life Elements: Transform Your Life with Earth, Air, Fire, and Water," in July 2008. Her second book was released in March 2011. The first in the Fairy Godmother Diaries series, "The Fiddler's Talisman" follows the adventures of badass fairy godmother, Evie Songbottom in modern-day New York. "The Piano's Key," the second book in the series, was released in April of 2016.

Izolda and her husband reside in Greenbelt, MD with their dog and three cats, and a house full of musical instruments and juggling clubs.

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Review by: Kristen H. on Jan. 21, 2012 :
This book was a pleasure to read! I would put this in the "literary candy" category meaning that this is the kind of book that you just want to cozy up with and spend the day devouring. The storyline is saucy, clever, creative, and very sensual and I mean that in the sense that the story is full of love, music, food, and amazing scenery. I wish I could spend a day in New York City with Evie Songbottom! She's the whisky drinking, good food and music loving fairy godmother narrator. I am waiting rather impatiently for the sequel!!!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: White Sun Press on Jan. 10, 2012 :
This review is from: The Fiddler's Talisman (Kindle Edition)
Really cute, fun story with endearing characters...I love the fairy godmother in a bar scenes, really funny and the voice of Evie, our fairy godmother narrator, makes the book just fly along. Great blend of magic and fantasy and absolutely grounded reality, along with history and classical music and everyday relationship woes. The love story is refreshingly innocent, too, and doesn't insist on the kind of cynicism common in a lot of similar fare. I also thought the book gave a nice take on New York itself, almost an "old fashioned" view of the city, like used to be portrayed more in movies a few decades ago, that I found faintly nostalgic. The setting and how it is experienced through the characters grounds the book even further, blending fantasy with reality in a convincing and almost seamless way.

Definitely promises to be a great series - I look forward to more!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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