Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic, Dowser #1

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. More
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About Meghan Ciana Doidge

Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and cashmere yarn.

Novels (in order of release): After The Virus, Spirit Binder, Time Walker, Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser 1), Trinkets, Treasures, and Other Bloody Magic (Dowser 2), Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic (Dowser 3), I See Me (Oracle 1), Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic (Dowser 4), Maps, Artifacts, and Other Arcane Magic (Dowser 5), and I See You (Oracle 2), Artifacts, Dragons, and Other Lethal Magic (Dowser 6), I See Us (Oracle 3), Catching Echoes (Reconstructionist 1), Tangled Echoes (Reconstructionist 2), Unleashing Echoes (Reconstructionist 3), Champagne, Misfits, and Other Shady Magic (Dowser 7).

Novellas/Shorts: Love Lies Bleeding, The Graveyard Kiss (Reconstructionist 0.5), Dawn Bytes (Reconstructionist 1.5), An Uncut Key (Reconstructionist 2.5).

Coming in 2018: Dowser 8 and Dowser 9.

Awards: Praxis Screenwriting Award. Kindle Book Award: Finalist (Dowser 1) and Semi-Finalist (Dowser 2 & 3; Oracle 1). Member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.

WARNING: author has been known to manipulate characters with chocolate, sex, and fantastical plotting. Readers beware or

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Review by: CastleRise on Dec. 29, 2018 :
Well written, fairly light read.
Tone is light, does include murder, a couple of fights, morgue - just for calibration of "fairly light" read.
Jade runs a cup cake shop (cue luscious cup cake descriptions) in Vancouver. Has her life the way she likes it. Then a vampire arrives at the shop door (but can't enter due to the wards). Her quiet life is then complicated by werewolves, her foster sister, murders....
I like the way the magic is done - subtly new take.
(review of free book)
Review by: Marigold Deidre Dicer on Nov. 9, 2014 :
Well, thank goodness for that. I've had such a bad run of paranormal novels lately I was beginning to lose faith in the genre. But never fear! Cupcakes are here!

Okay, let's be serious now. Jade is a great main character, I loved her connection to her family and her cooking, and the story! It had everything I wanted! Magic, vampires, werewolves & werecats, murder mysteries with black magic vs good magic and lost inheritances and it was all just so FUN! I had forgotten how much fun this stuff could be :)

Maybe I could see the twist a little too early, but its one of those twists that's okay to see coming - in fact, it makes sense for Jade to be in dark while the reader figures it out, and the reader could also pick up on little behind-the-scenes nods that indicated yes, other characters knew it too and were making moves to rectify the matter. I hope that's enough to explain it without giving it away. It was a good twist that made a seriously enjoyable novel turn into something really emotional too.

People, this book is free. It is more than worth what it's asking. I had a rollickingly good time with this, and I'm so relieved to have a new series to sink my teeth into.

(review of free book)

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