Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

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Rated 4.00/5 based on 30 reviews
A self-deprecating witch with the unique ability to reanimate the dead. A dangerously handsome warlock torn between being her boss and her would-be lover. A six hundred year old English vampire with his own agenda; one that includes an appetite for witches. The Underworld in a state of chaos. Let the games begin. More
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About HP Mallory

I started my writing career as a self-published author and was lucky enough to hit both the Amazon and the Barnes and Noble bestseller’s lists with my two series, the Jolie Wilkins series and the Dulcie O’Neil series.

When people ask me what I’m like, it’s sort of hard to answer but here goes… I’m a huge fan of anything paranormal and I always have been. I get super excited whenever they have those Twilight Zone Marathon days and anything ghost or vampire related will always attract my attention.

My interests are varied but aside from writing, I’m most excited about traveling. Uncovering new places and learning about different cultures is pretty incredible. I feel extremely fortunate to have been able to live abroad in England and Scotland, both places really having a profound effect on my books.

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About the Series: The Jolie Wilkins Series (A Paranormal Romance Series)
Life isn’t bad for psychic Jolie Wilkins. True, she doesn’t have a love life to speak of, but she has a cute house in the suburbs of Los Angeles, a cat and a quirky best friend.

Enter Rand Balfour, a sinfully attractive warlock who insists she’s a witch and who just might turn her life upside down. Rand hires her to help him solve a mystery regarding the death of his client who also happens to be a ghost. Jolie not only uncovers the cause of the ghost’s demise but, in the process, she brings him back to life!

Word of Jolie’s incredible ability to bring back the dead spreads like wildfire, putting her at the top of the Underworld’s most wanted list. Consequently, she finds herself at the center of a custody battle between a villainous witch, a dangerous but oh-so-sexy vampire, and her warlock boss, Rand.

Also in Series: The Jolie Wilkins Series (A Paranormal Romance Series)

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Reviews

Clinton A. Seeber reviewed on on June 22, 2016

A very good debut effort by a beautiful and brilliant young author. I thought going in "Okay, I'm intrigued by this author and what I see of the works she has released. I will give H.P. Mallory a chance." Little that I know that I would be instantly bewitched by her writing. She has a simplistic and very unique writing style that is simply brilliant. She puts her own fresh new spin on old creatures of folk lore in this first volume of this story about Jolie, the young American witch. I certainly hope to read the rest of this engaging story and would recommend it to anyone. I understand how she has become one of the most successful originally self-published authors in the world. H.P. Mallory is worthy of every ounce of her success.
(review of free book)
Audra Hart reviewed on on July 22, 2014

I actually ended up reading all of the books in the Jolie Wilkins series. They were a lot of fun! I also read the book Sinjin and look forward eagerly to next book in the series.

I like this little world of supernaturals that Ms. Mallory has created. It's a blast.

HAPPY READING!
Jen Bailey, author of the Airendell Chronicles
(review of free book)
hrhsophia reviewed on on Nov. 25, 2012

I am not quite sure I like Jolie much. Like Bella from Twilight she just cannot seem to commit to one guy and does not seem to have much of a backbone.
(review of free book)
Kevin A. Lyons reviewed on on Aug. 26, 2012

This is my first "urban fantasy/paranormal romance." It was interesting -- I'll probably be reading more.

The first third of this book had a "cozy mystery" feel to it. Jolie and Rand had a very "Stephanie Plum/Ranger" vibe going on. The second third was more weighted toward romance, and the final third was more "damsel in distress." The characters were three-dimensional and the story was very well told. Most importantly, the author can write -- I didn't find myself stumbling over awkward phrases or grammar mistakes.

At times, however, it seemed like the characters made illogical decisions that really only seemed to further the plot. Especially at the end of the book, which seemed a bit abrupt.

Anyway, highly recommended.
(review of free book)
tina huynh reviewed on on May 27, 2012

Courtesy of Happy Endings Reviews

Jolie Wilkins Series is written with a psychic heroine that is naïve about her inner powers of being a witch. Jolie owns her own psychic shop, it seems strange for single women to own this type of store, but yet it fits her. She is after all a psychic herself. She reads aura But then the strangest thing happens, this guy, Rand, comes out of nowhere and purchases her “Psychic Services” for three weeks. It’s a job she cannot refuse. Jolie is unaware of this mystery guy’s reasoning for hiring her, but hey – it’s her job and she finds him attracted, so why not. His aura is like nothing else she has ever seen.

Rand is handsome, mysterious, and protective. Rand approaches Jolie with some psychic tests to see what the strength of power really is. After Jolie accomplishes the task Rand has set for her is when things start to change. Certain situations occur, things she was never aware of, the political vampire / witch rules.

I think in the novel Rand should have pressed the issue to Jolie about the political rules of their world if she did the job or was found by the council. The repercussions of “stepping out” into the supernatural world.

Also there is Rand’s number one enemy and the second love interest Sinjin Sinclair a very sexy vampire who brings the jealousy out of Rand. This brings a new enjoyable twist in the novel. You cannot hate to love Sinjin. I think this series is splendid because of the favors of both Rand and Sinjin.

In most books you have this favorable opinion to the first interest in the story line, but HP Mallory has given a lot of lovable traits to both male love interests. Jolie Wilkins is a common heroine that is naïve and has irrational instincts, but I think she has a strong will to fight and to keep her control to her own life and that’s why she’s such a great character. This plot is original and the writing style is common but overall is such a great series because of the different storylines and the uniqueness of the endings. The controversy and love interests in this tale are impeccably great. I hope you enjoy it! Cheers!

This is book one of six
1) Fire Burn & Cauldron Bubble
2) Toil & Trouble
3) Be Witched - Novella
4) Witchful Thinking
5) The Witch is Back
6) Something Witchy This Way Comes

Discussion Questions:

- What is your overall favor / thought of Jolie Wilkins?
- Do you think Rand approached Jolie correctly without telling her all the fine print of the job if she was found out by other other-world creatures?
-If you loved Rand first, do you still love him now? If you did not love Rand first or you changed your love why / why not?
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Jess R. reviewed on on Oct. 5, 2011

What Worked For Me:

* I loved how quickly it read. With the word count clocking in at over 100K, I was afraid that it would take forever to read. Instead, it turned out that the pacing was perfect, with humor, romance, and action spilling from every page and I quickly found that I literally couldn't put it down.

* I had a love-hate relationship with Jolie, though I admit, it leaned much further into "love" than "hate". Graced (or cursed) with girl-next-door looks, she was vaguely insecure, incredibly skeptical, occasionally so naive you wanted to shake her, but had a wicked sense of humor and an impressive temper. While there were a few moments where I felt that she could have benefited from a good smack upside the head, in general, I loved her.

* I also loved all of Jolie's love interests. Rand was delicious (and holy hell the sexual tension between the two was panty-dropping hot), Terry was great in his own right, and Sinjin... Well, let's just say I'm happy Sinjin features in future books ;) Om nom nom.

* Another thing that was great about this was the the action. While Jolie isn't some supah tough warrior woman like many other UF heroines, she is slowly learning to hold her own, and I can't wait to see where her newfound powers are going to take her.

* I really enjoyed Jolie's powers with necromancy (for lack of a better term), as well as the hint at future story developments to come surrounding the prophet Bella is trying to resurrect.

What Didn't Work For Me:

* I was a little put off by how quickly Jolie chose to trust certain people when they insisted they were there to help her. Talk about naive! One would think that after having been betrayed by someone she trusted, she wouldn't have been so quick to just believe whatever the next badass told her.

* Despite being so sexually inexperienced, Jolie really seemed as though she wanted to hump pretty much anything with a penis. While I understand that a lot of it stemmed from the fact that all otherworldly creatures are attracted to other... otherworldly creatures, it still seemed like every time you turned around, she was drooling over someone else.
* There was a most definite TSTL moment there towards the end, and I really wanted to pimp-slap Jolie for it.

While this is an Urban Fantasy, and therefore sadly lacking in the HEA department, I actually didn't care, because instead of frustrating me, it simply made me want to read more of the series.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. While it was a bit on the long side (over 100k words), it passed very quickly, without a lot of heavy drama to pull the reader down. There were plenty of fantastical elements, ranging from various species, Jolie's developing powers, and even a visit to the fairy realm, but there was also quite a bit of action to keep both the characters and the readers on their toes.

I think the thing I liked the most about this book was how much fun it was. Instead of bogging the story down with heavy drama and gory action, the humor, sexual tension, and whirlwind pacing left me closing the book with a smile on my face.

I personally recommend it for any fan of lighthearted, fast-paced urban fantasy.

A cheerfully solid 4.5/5 Stars
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Book Savvy Babe reviewed on on Aug. 22, 2011

*4.5 of 5 stars*
This series is about Jolie Wilkins, a young woman who owns and works as a psychic in LA, until a handsome stranger walks into her shop and completely changes her life. Rand (the handsome stranger), needs Jolie's help to find answers from a ghost. During the process, they find that Jolie's powers and strength are more than either could have thought. Not only does Jolie discover that her powers are strong, but she finds that she is not just psychic, she is a new and powerful witch, and so is Rand. Jolie is suddenly caught in the middle of a war in the underworld, a war where a powerful witch wants to use Jolie's powers to gain total control over all supernatural beings. Rand must keep Jolie out of harm while she learns and trains in magic, and prepare for war...

So, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble is a very good book. This book introduces a whole new setting and paranormal underworld, full of vampires, shifters, fairies, and witches. Their powers are diverse and interesting, and there is quite a bit of sexual tension, romance, and angst. This book is very well developed and so much goes on, it is hard to review without giving away spoilers. This book is the foundation of the series, setting up story lines and various backgrounds for the different characters. It is never dull, I was very much captivated and into the story, I did not want to put it down.

I will say that Rand was kind of annoying at times. He is a more guarded character, and he is the one with a lot of the angst problems. He is attracted to Jolie, but for various reasons, he keeps his distance. I really love Jolie, her character is cute, smart, and she adapts very well to her major life changes. Jolie does have her hang ups as well though, she does not expect much of herself, and has a fairly low self-image. Throughout the book, her character does grow and develop, which is part of why I truly enjoyed this book.

As for the ending, it is NOT a cliff-hanger. However, I was so caught up in the story that I just HAD to see what happened next. So, I immediately cracked open book 2.....
(reviewed 33 days after purchase)
Julie Smeltzer reviewed on on July 11, 2011

This was a cute urban fantasy tale with really likeable characters where the main character finds out she's really a witch and comes into her powers.
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
tina huynh reviewed on on April 8, 2011

This book seemed interesting right off the back, and when I read Jolie's series I was correct. Mallory's story line is very interesting and a lovable with the male role of "Rand" in the story. Unfortunately the ending of the book could have been better and not felt so cut off. I love the books and wished they had a better ending and not so abrupt. Other then that a good read!
(reviewed 42 days after purchase)
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