Spell Checked

Adult
Rated 4.68/5 based on 19 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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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 2 years 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 22 days 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 22 days after 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 23 days after 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 9 days after 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 48 days 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 4 months 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 39 days after purchase)
Review by: kelley rogers on Feb. 8, 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 34 days after purchase)
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