Spell Checked

Adult
Rated 4.68/5 based on 21 reviews
What would you do if you found out that vampires and witches really do exist and they aren’t exactly what you think they are?
Maelin wanted nothing more than solitude,her best friend thought otherwise when she booked them on a tour of Ireland. Mae finds herself unexplainably attracted to the very man who brought her to Ireland under false pretenses and learns that witches and vampires exist. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781452405032
About C.G. Powell

Christine Powell Gomez (AKA- CG Powell) started writing in 2011, after much consideration, she decided that indie pubbing was the direction for her. Since then she has never looked back, Christine has written books and short stories in the paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and erotica genres all with a twist of romance.

Before self-publishing, she worked a plethora of jobs that only enforce her love of the written word such as: her adventures in the Navy, working for the USDA in the sugar cane fields of south Louisiana, Cisco Networking (CCNA), working for the French Air Force as a technical advisor on electronic parts and becoming a (GIA) Gemologist. Christine has taken her vast knowledge and insatiable appetite for learning and applied it to the stories she writes.

In 2012 Christine opened The Book Swag Shop, which caters to indie authors looking for unique swag items for their fans. This venture has helped her to understand branding, time management (still working on this one), and business management. It has also enabled her to meet other authors outside her usual circles.

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Review by: Christine on Jan. 15, 2014 :
I really loved this book. I felt like I really knew all the characters,and I loved them all.I got lost in the story, and loved it.This isn't your typical Vampires, Witches, and Extraterrestrials! I can't wait for the next book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Melissa Vera on March 26, 2012 :
Spell Checked by C.G. Powell is one of those books that leave you hanging and waiting for the next book. In this book dealing with the mythical world of vampires and witches who are in constant battle with each other. In comes Mae who we soon find out is a product of a union between a vampire and a witch. What is this world coming to right? How Mae deals with her new found powers is a story sure to weave you in her spell.
Spell Checked is not a book I normally would have picked up to read. But now that I have I don’t regret it a bit. In fact I am waiting patiently for the sequel to come out this spring (which will soon be here) to read it. Even though the subject matter is not something I believe in, the personalities of these characters makes the story believable. I have certainly run into people like these in my life. Not witches and vampires but the characters are so believable that they could even be your neighbors next door.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Melissa Vera on March 26, 2012 :
Spell Checked by C.G. Powell is one of those books that leave you hanging and waiting for the next book. In this book dealing with the mythical world of vampires and witches who are in constant battle with each other. In comes Mae who we soon find out is a product of a union between a vampire and a witch. What is this world coming to right? How Mae deals with her new found powers is a story sure to weave you in her spell.
Spell Checked is not a book I normally would have picked up to read. But now that I have I don’t regret it a bit. In fact I am waiting patiently for the sequel to come out this spring (which will soon be here) to read it. Even though the subject matter is not something I believe in, the personalities of these characters makes the story believable. I have certainly run into people like these in my life. Not witches and vampires but the characters are so believable that they could even be your neighbors next door.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Phaedra Seabolt on March 16, 2012 :
This was a wonderful read! I read it in about two days because I just had to know what was happening next. The story moves along at a quick pace without feeling like you are missing any information. You get all the information you need just when you feel like you need it. I thoroughly enjoyed the new twist on where vampires and witches come from (not telling where because you should read it). This story is about how vampires and witches exist in our world (specifically taking place in Dublin, Ireland mostly). Humans don't exactly know that they are among us, but they also are very accepting of the possibility. Vampires still need to drink human blood to survive, but it turns out that witch blood is poisonous to them. However, witches have breed so thoroughly with the human population, that it is becoming increasingly difficult for vampires not to drink some of the witch blood in their "human" donors. This is a problem that Beck, the main vampire character of the story, is researching for solutions. He believes there must be a way to help vampires and witches alike survive on Earth without bringing about war and with helping all races. He believes his research will even bring an end to many diseases like Cancer and Aids. This is where the main character, Mae, comes in. She becomes a part of his research as well as the love of his life.

Mae finds herself in Ireland on a vacation with her best friend Gemma. During her vacation, she beoms immersed in the world of the supernatural and finds her true place in the world. She has been an orphan, adopted child, and finally left alone when her adoptive parents died. Her only family is her best friend Gemma. She loves anything geeky (a woman of my own heart), but finds it difficult to really fit in since technology is still primarily a man's world. Beck falls in love with Mae even though his real reason for meeting her is because the soul of his eternal beloved is trapped somewhere in Mae's body. Helen of troy, Beck's beloved was cursed by Aphrodite to keep returning to a new body after death takes her and to find Beck again and again since he will never die. Mae is the host for this lifetime, but Beck falls in love with Mae and must decide between the love of his eternal life and his true soul mate. I thoroughly loved this story.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Susan MomBlogger on Feb. 26, 2012 :
I was excited when I started reading Spell Checked. I love reading Paranormal Romances, and especially enjoy reading ones where the author has an original take or twist on what is considered "expected" behaviors. I love this authors ideas of what Witches and Vampires are like. I found this books to be entertaining, funny and romantic. The characters in the story are mostly likable, except I wasn't too thrilled with Mae's attitude at times. For a first book, I think C.G. Powell did quite well. I look forward to seeing what happens in book 2.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Markson on Feb. 19, 2012 :
Wow Christine has added all the ingredients that I love into one book.  Vampires, Witches, and romance.  Then to add icing to the cake she threw in my favorite Greek mythology.  Bam she had me.  Read the entire book in 2 hours couldn't put it down left me salivating for more.  I am hoping to see the story of Mae and Beck to continue. Would also like to continue the story of Mer and Aiden, Nikola and Gemma, and finally Alexis and possibly Dr. Aaron.  This book is a great start to more beginnings would love to see what the future holds for the couples.  I don't want to spoil the book so get your copy today you won't be disappointed.  Worth 10 stars more than the 5.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on Feb. 12, 2012 :
Spell checked? I think not.

I have no idea where to start with this review. I somewhat enjoyed the book, but there were so many things “wrong” with it, it’s actually quite sad. The one thing I can say with certainty, is that a good editor would’ve made a world of difference. But instead of droning on and on about the things which brings down the value of this book, I’ll give you a quick run-through of the points that bugged me. Just humor me and let me have my little rant here, about a book that has so much potential to be a bestseller if the author is willing to make a few changes to it.

Let’s start with the first major point which I found quite annoying: the author’s fear of using the apostrophe in all the right places. Do not; has not; was not and are not, contributed to throwing the rhythm of the book off balance. Once I started reading it as don’t, hasn’t, wasn’t and aren’t, the story read smoother and suited its characters and setting much better.

The second issue I had was the grammar errors. It wasn’t overwhelming, but it was noticeable.

The whole book is written in such a way as to make it an easy read suitable for young adults, but time and again the intimate scenes between the characters ended up being pure erotica with unexpected crude language at inappropriate intervals - thus making it unsuitable for younger readers. It also succeeded in creating the impression that the author wasn’t sure whether it should be a young adult novel, or a read suitable for more mature readers.

Magic was used as a scapegoat to fix every situation to which the author couldn’t figure out a solution. Abracadabra and the characters got out of sticky situations in a jiffy.
There was no point to the plot and not an ounce of suspense. No, really! The blurb hinted at some action and danger for the main character, but nothing happened. Mae - the main character - was trained throughout the book to use her magical gifts to protect herself and others from harm; creating the impression that she is preparing for a big battle scene or something similar. All she ended up using her magical gifts for were to heal one or two characters and to knock her lover off his feet while they were chasing after each other naked down the passages in their mansion. It was such a disappointment!

The characters were somewhat flawed, in an effort to make them believable, but it was still hard to identify with them when all the difficulties they faced were easily solved with truckloads of money and magic, thus making it hard to feel any sympathy for them whenever they went through rough patches.

As this is the first book in this series, I’ll rather believe that it served as a very (unnecessary) long introduction to the characters who will be the main role-players in the next books in the series. But other than that, there was really no point to this story other than character development.

So why am I recommending this book with 3 stars? Because despite everything I found “wrong” with this book, I couldn’t put it down. There’s definitely something in the author’s writing that is captivating enough to grab the reader’s attention and keep it until the end of the book. This alone is testimony that CG Powell is a talented author who knows how to engage her readers, but just has to find the right rhythm for her writing style and some good advice (or a better editor) on how to add that extra “oomph” to this book. She certainly impressed me with her knowledge on technology and she has an imagination that can charm readers out of their socks! Now if only she can find a way to apply it in a more-showing, less-telling manner...
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lisa Rayns on Feb. 10, 2012 :
After reading the reviews, I had to read this book. They called it fresh, original, steamy, engaging, interesting, and fun. I agree with them all and am anxiously awaiting the next from this author.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: kelley rogers on Feb. 08, 2012 :
I was not certain where this book was headed when I began reading it. However, it did present a new outlook on the world of witches and vampires which break from tradition. The book was well written and pleasant to read. It keeps you interested from start to finish.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: DC Hall on Feb. 06, 2012 :
Spell Checked is an amazing read. In a market supersaturated with Supernatural Beings (Vampires, Witches, etc.) author CG Powell weaves such an original story line the novel is in a league of its own. Not to be type cast as just another Paranormal Romance this story has great fight/action scenes, elements of suspense, enough mystery to keep you guessing and refreshingly steamy scenes expected in the genre. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: brooke hood on Jan. 02, 2012 :
Great read. Luv finding new writers. I couldn't put this book down. Can't wait for more. Fell in luv with all the characters and hope to enjoy spinoff stories.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: James Twerell on Dec. 14, 2011 :
This was my first journey into the land of witches and vampires. I approached it with trepidation until I found myself caught up in the story itself. Christine Powell is a consummate storyteller who weaves her characters together into a fanciful exploration of the paranormal world. A few grammatical errors and typos were overtaken by her ability to capture my imagination and keep me locked in the book. As a novice to this genre, I did get lost in some of the references, however, for those who follow the vampire world, this is a delightful read.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Beth Wright on Nov. 21, 2011 :
I am still dying here from laughter, love the chia pet part of the story. I must add the running through the castle halls butt naked was a laughing treat as well :D This story is packed with hiding secrets, unknown events and much more. If your into hot vampires and warlocks this is your kind of story. They have so a wonderful sense of humor and enjoy using it every chance they get. Some parts may make you tear up :( I know I did, but the story is so wonderfully put together. Get ready for unexpected events, amazing action and wild romance. Grab this one now because I can promise you there is going to be a part 2, and hun I sure hope to be one of your reviewers for that :D woot haha chia pet, haha naked and getting his ass handed to him by his sexy mate lmao. Ok, ok I'm done now, no I'm not, lmao, lmfao, omg so love it. :)
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Melissa Ringsted on Nov. 18, 2011 :
Vampires, witches and Ireland, oh my! A well written paranormal romance with mythological and alien history, this is a new twist. The story is about Maelin, a woman who has just ended another relationship, in a long line of bad relationships. Her friend Gemma convinces her to escape to Ireland for a little fun and frolicking. Mae, as she is called, goes along for the trip even though she's more for the fun, less for the frolick. On the plane ride over they meet a handsome Irish man named Aidan. The girls have unknowingly been tricked by Aidan - he has cast a spell on them to get them to Ireland. Mae is special. She is the host to Helen, as in Helen of Troy Helen, who returns time and time again to a new body to reunite with her lover Beck.


Beck is a 3,500 year old vampire from the time of Greek gods. He's walked the earth searching for Helen over and over again due to a curse. Aidan, a witch, is his best friend along for the ride. Witches and vampires do not get along, which makes this friendship even more endearing and makes the reader like Beck even more. Aidan is a randy fellow, looking to bed humans and witches alike. Beck is a more down to earth and analytical creature, who is unlike most vampires in the fact that he is in love with Helen, something most vampires don't do.

Mae finds herself confused when she discovers that she is a witch, falling in love with a vampire. Beck too is confused that not only is Helen not surfacing from the host, as she usually does upon his appearance, but that he is also falling in love with Mae. Here is an excerpt:

Beck lay in bed tossing and turning, his actions from the day mentally replaying.
It was the first time in over thirty five hundred years that anyone other than
Helen had stolen his heart. He betrayed Helen by getting close to Mae and
now he stood at the cross-roads unable to choose. How could he tell Mae about Helen?

With a big cast of characters, twist and turns that will keep you on your toes, and everything from aliens to vampires, computer games to shopping, this book covers it all. Be warned, as with most romance books, there is sex scenes and they're pretty steamy! Make sure you have a fan handy!

I was not paid for this review. The book itself was gifted to me, and that's all there is to it! :)) My opinion was in no way swayed, this review is how I truly feel.Thank you for taking the time to read my review. Have an awesome day!
A room without books is like a body without a soul. -Cicero
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Pam Asberry on Aug. 31, 2011 :
I haven't read a lot of paranormal romance, and I was intrigued by the premise of this one. The author created an interesting world, filled with vampires and witches in the unlikeliest of places; the main characters were likeable and sexy, and I enjoyed all the references to history and mythology. Grammatical errors and inappropriate shifts in point of view distracted me from the story at times. But hopefully that won't stop you from giving this unique, fresh tale a try!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Kyle Thomas on Aug. 02, 2011 :
When I first saw this book I thought it was just going to be a sappy love story, and I am glad to say I was wrong. While there were times some of the feminine audience was the main focus it did not detract from the amazing plot and great characters. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait for the next and hopefully many more.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Nelson on July 28, 2011 :
From the very first chapter i was sucked into the world C.G Powell created. Very original outlook on witches and vampires. The characters are great and humorous and the storyline is wonderful. A great start to a wonderful series!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Wenona Hulsey on July 27, 2011 :
This was a great book. I loved the different take on vampires and witches and the story drew me in and kept me there. I love it when a book leaves me wanting more and this one did.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Paige W. Pendleton on July 15, 2011 :
A galloping read. Mae has our sympathy and interest right from the start. Throw in hunky and intriguing male characters and the fun explodes. The characters are a delightful blend of contemporary with cool historical aspects - all sorts of facets to this complex and richly woven tale.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Starks on July 11, 2011 : (no rating)
Right from the get go, Mae is a true character. She's wondering why she agreed to go on her trip and reading a flyers guilty pleasure: sky mall. She's sassy and fun and her friend Gemma is an absolute doll. The cast of characters is vast, but they are all extremely believable. C.G Powell has written a fresh tale that is well worth your time and money. This is an excellent first novel and I look forward to reading anything C.G Powell has written.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Rhonda Plumhoff on July 10, 2011 : (no rating)
Spell Checked is one of the most original Paranormal Romances that I’ve read in a long time. Forget what you ever thought about the stereotypical Immortals, this book has you seeing Vampires and Witches in a whole new light. Truly spell binding, funny and romantic. CG Powell’s characters are likable and sexy, they will leave you wanting more. It’s hard to believe this is CG’s first book, I’m anxiously awaiting book 2 to see what she has in store for us next.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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