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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Book Review: Laced with Magic (The Sugar Maple Chronicles Book 2) by Barbara Bretton

Laced with Magic (The Sugar Maple Chronicles Book 2)
by Barbara Bretton
December 15, 2017
Pages: 420
Welcome back to Sugar Maple!

Knit shop owner and sorcerer's daughter Chloe Hobbs felt the Fates finally got it right when she met Luke MacKenzie. And no one could have convinced her otherwise—including the trolls, selkies, and spirits who also call Sugar Maple, Vermont, home. But then out of nowhere Luke's ex-wife suddenly shows up, claiming to see the spirit of their daughter, Steffie—a daughter Chloe knows nothing about.

Steffie's spirit is being held hostage by a certain Fae leader. And if Chloe weaves a spell to free her spirit, her nemesis will also be free—free to destroy her yarn shop and all of Sugar Maple. But if she doesn't, Steffie won't be the only one spending eternity in hell. Chloe'll be joining her, cursed with a broken heart.

Chloe and Luke make sparks fly when they are together, literally and Chloe couldn’t be happier that is until Luke’s ex-wife shows up claiming that their deceased daughter is contacting her from beyond. The town is up in arms now that another human has come to town and at least half the town feels that it would be better to move beyond the mist where they would be safe from humans forever.

Chloe has a lot to learn about her magick, love and life in general but stays true to herself throughout the book. She is a little na├»ve when it comes to love, but hopes that Luke will stay with her no matter what. Luke doesn’t seem to know what he wants except he does know he loves Chloe, but he isn’t sure if that is enough. Chloe’s magick is finally working but she doesn’t spend enough time devoted to learning how it works. She is always running around putting out fires. Be ready for lots of surprises you won’t see coming in the next saga of Sugar Maple.

Review: Casting Spells (The Sugar Maple Chronicles Book 1)

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About the Author:
In the month of February 1982 I wrote and sold my first novel. And no, I wouldn't believe it either if it hadn't happened to me. I sent in my manuscript on Thursday February 21, 1982 and four days later the telephone rang and I heard the amazing words, "We want to buy your book." How I wish you could have seen me. I was standing by the kitchen door of our North Babylon house, the picture of cool sophistication, as I listened to Vivian Stephens explain the terms of the deal to me. You would have thought I'd sold a first book every single day of my life. Yes, I said. Sounds wonderful. Thank you so much for calling. I look forward to our association. That cool sophistication hung on until I hung up the phone, took a deep breath, then promptly threw up on my shoes. 

I was thirty-one years old, unagented, unschooled, unfamiliar with anything to do with the business of publishing. To put it mildly, I was in shock. My husband was working in Manhattan at the time (and finishing up his degree at night) so it would be hours until I could break the news to him. This was too exciting to waste on a phone call. I wanted to see his face when I told him that my dream had finally come true -- and came with a $6000 advance! 

He pulled into the driveway at midnight. I was waiting in the doorway, holding a bottle of champagne and two glasses. I didn't have to say a word. He knew right away and the look of joy and pride in his eyes warms me now, years later, long after the advance faded into memory.


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