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by Kathleen Costa


I am always excited about the release of the annual “magical” mystery anthology. The Curses and Cauldrons collection, released in September, highlights many of my favorite authors and some new ones I have begun to explore. I was able to connect with a couple of my favorite authors and ask a few questions about writing.

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by Sandra Murphy


In three short months, Carrie’s gone from Goth Girl to the person in charge of special events at the library. She’s enjoying the job except for Dorothy’s attitude. Dorothy’s the research librarian but thinks she should have gotten Carrie’s job. Dorothy has a sour attitude about everything.

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by Lorie Lewis Ham
& Jeri Westerson


The Darkest Gateway is the fourth and final book of the Booke of Hidden series by Jeri Westerson. The third book, Shadows in the Mist, left us hanging so I was anxiously awaiting this one.

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by Kathleen Costa
& Gemma Halliday


Maddie is a somewhat unenthusiastic participant tagging along with her mother and friend Mrs. Rosenblatt to the Antiques Extravaganza show, and even with a vintage pair of Chanel two-toned pumps in hand, she’s not sure the trip will be personally rewarding. However, Mrs. Rosenblatt hopes to wow the experts with her green, African fertility statue, and her mother, with a priceless family heirloom, is sure it will be considered a fantastic find garnering her an on-camera appraisal.

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by Cynthia Chow


For a librarian there is nothing more satisfying than making a patron happy, be it by providing the right answer or by finding the perfect book. Unfortunately, that professional delight of providing public service is too often misinterpreted as personal interest, leading to dodgy situations that cross boundaries.

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by Sandra Murphy


Val Deniston runs the café inside the local gym. Members go for the burn and then for smoothies, lunch, and dessert. Off hours, she caters for dinner parties. Dorothy, an old friend of Val’s granddad has opened a bookstore and asked for catering for the store’s Halloween party. It’s a fun night, vampire filled, with customers dressed like characters from favorite books.

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by Cynthia Chow


Hedgewitch Katie Lightfoot’s wedding to Declan McCarthy is fast approaching, but unless the renovations on her Savannah home manage to overcome an increasing number of delays and snafus, it is very possible that her reception guests will be using the on-site porta potties. It’s why Katie is so looking forward to a visit from her father Skylar Lightfoot, who is not only a practicing Shaman but has a surfeit of home construction experience. As it turns out, his shamanic skills are needed first when local philanthropist Kensington Bosworth is murdered.

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by Cynthia Chow
& Nancy Cole Silverman


Once the Psychic to the Stars with a celebrity client base built over thirty years, Misty Dawn’s business has diminished from its lofty status as a consultant to both the FBI and the First Lady. Relying on one of her most frequent customers Darlene Thorne, Misty takes up the realtor’s offer to housesit her late brother’s Southern California home until it can be sold.

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A Discovery of Witches Mini Series

IN THE October 5 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andFantasy & Fangs,
andKathleen Costa,
andTV
SECTIONS

by Kathleen Costa


Dr. Diana Bishop (Teresa Palmer) is a visiting research fellow at Oxford University set to explore prized manuscripts connected to her academic research into alchemy in the seventeenth century. She also comes from an extraordinary family of witches, with the distinction of being a direct descendant of Bridget Bishop who, in 1692, was the first to be executed for witchcraft during the Salem witch trials.

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by Cynthia Chow


Considering the number of extended family members around her, it would be difficult at first to realize that Meg Langslow is not actually still in her hometown of Caerphilly, Virginia. That’s because now that Meg’s famous grandfather, television naturalist Dr. J. Montgomery Blake, has decided to start giving lectures on environmental and educational cruise line ships, he also ensures that he will be accompanied by his many family members and much-abused entourage.

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by Sunny Frazier


This month we celebrate Halloween. Several authors put out seasonal books ahead of time, but I saved them up for this column. Have scary fun with them!

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by Kathleen Costa


Amesbury, Massachusetts. It’s 1889 with all the constraints, class division, societal prejudices, and an abyss between the haves and have-nots. There is no female empowerment, real opportunities for women outside marriage and motherhood, and serious consequences await those who stray from the strict dictates society places on every facet of life. Even the appearance of such lapses can cause gossip to ruin one’s reputation or lead to murder.

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Chaser By Dharma Kelleher

IN THE September 28 ISSUE

FROM THE 2019 Articles,
andLorie Lewis Ham,
andMysteryrat's Maze,
andTales of Diversity
SECTIONS

by Lorie Lewis Ham


I have to admit that I don’t typically read books about biker bounty hunters, but when I learned about the book Chaser, it drew my interest and I decided to give it a try. The thing that caught my attention was the fact that the main character is transgender, something you don’t see enough of in mystery fiction. But there’s so much more to this book and this character than the fact that she is transgender. She is a kick ass, capable woman and a wonderful main character.

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by Cynthia Chow


For the Asian Night Market being held in Northeast Ohio’s Asia Village, Lana Lee is helping out at a booth serving some of her family’s Ho-Lee Noodle House specialties. The event is the first of what are to be weekly summer festivities promoting Asia Village businesses and attracting new tourists.

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