Monday, March 20, 2017

Some Like it Witchy is out!

The third Main Street Witches book is out!

Some Like it Witchy is up on Amazon! 
Fire witch (and candlemaker) Fiona Hart is one of my most heartfelt characters. She's warm and vulnerable and not at all susceptible to the Fire Chief's charms. She's also one of the most powerful witches in town, and the only one who arrives knowing all about her powers...and determined to never use them.

Gavin McCay is one of my favorites heroes. As you can imagine, leading the Banshee Creek fire brigade isn't easy but Gavin is just the right man for the job. He knows there's something really strange about the town, but he doesn't let that interfere with his job.

These two are pretty combustible together as they team up to solve the town's latest mystery, a mysterious death during the May Day pagan festival. I really hope you enjoy their book. You can read the excerpt here.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

12 Days of Christmas Book Blast!!

Twelve Days of Christmas 99cent Romance Book Blast 
& Kindle Fire + $25 Giveaway!

Yes, that's right, from December 14th through to December 25th, Christmas Day, we have some gift giving to do!

Just for the holidays, a group of authors got together and put their books on sale for 99 cents! 
And, cause 'tis the season of giving, one lucky giveaway entrant will win a Kindle Fire + $25 Amazon Gift Card to get them started! 

So, ladies and gents, click the link below to be swept off to the magical place where all these books are yours to grab and the giveaway is just waiting for you to enter! 
http://www.kikiandgina.com/2016/12/twelve-days-of-christmas-99cent-book.html

Special Thanks To All The Contributing Authors
Gina Kincade
Kiki Howell
Angelica Dawson
Bethany Shaw
Laxmi Hariharan
Muffy Wilson
Dominique Eastwick
Aubree Lane
Cecilia Dominic
Michele E. Gwynn
Trim and Julka
Cara Wylde
C.E. Wilson Author
Aurora Woodlove
Kharma Kelley
Leilani Love
Angel Lawson
Elle Boon
Lucy Leroux
Olivia Arran
Michelle Fox
Nancy Corrigan
Jamie Magee
Michele Bardsley
Rinelle Grey
Erzabet Bishop
Ani Gonzalez
Elianne Adams
Savannah Verte
Lisa Blackwood
Crystal Dawn
Calinda B
D.j. Shaw

Enter the Giveaway before you rush off to the book page.
(Though it's there, too)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Stevie Nicks Concert!!!


Last night we attended the Stevie Nicks concert with The Pretenders. It was my first Stevie concert and I was really excited, but I really didn't know what to expect.

It was amazing. There were intriguing visuals (mini-movies screened on the back wall with ornate frames, dropping chandeliers, light changes, iconic images like goddesses and owls), fantastic solos, and vintage Stevie details and trademark eccentricity.

She wore the Belladonna throw and went on a ten minute spiel about how it was made from silk chiffon and was practically indestructible. She talked about her days in Fleetwood Mac and her solo career and how she always wanted to be a part of Tom Petty's band, but he didn't let her because "there were no girls in Tom Petty's band." She performed a moving, heartbreaking tribute to Prince.

There was a crescent moon, and squiggles, and faeries. Yes, the pic sucks, but it was wonderful. Trust me.

Her style was impeccable and her signature blonde mermaid hair did not move throughout the performance. I don't know, how she managed that. Was it magic or did she glue her bangs to her forehead.

Rhiannon definitely was magic and her Landslide practically made me cry.

I know I've overused the word "magic" twenty-thousand, but, really, no other term fits. "Enchanting" is not strong enough. "Thrilling" does not really do justice to the enthralling spectacle. It was, quite simply, magic.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Dr Strange Movie Review



This movie was insanely good. I've been a Dr. Strange fan since childhood and that may be coloring my perception, so take my review with a grain of salt, but, as far as I'm concerned, this movie was perfection.

The special effects were OUT OF THIS WORLD. Yes, most of it we've seen before in Inception, but in this movie it actually makes sense. The plot was tight. The emotional arc was steady (not an easy feat with one of the most bizarre origin stories in comicbookdom--from surgeon to master sorcerer, really?) Even the romantic arc was perfectly appropriate. My favorite part, though, was the magic. Dr. Strange has a pretty complicated magical system based on parallel dimensions, artifacts, and relics. The spell casting consists of hand gestures and fire sigils which resemble old-fashioned Spyrograph designs. It's a far-fetched hodgepodge and yet the movie made sense of it all.

Benedict Cumberbatch's performance was spot on, but the real star of the show were the visuals. This Dr. Strange universe is a tough one to translate to screen with its odd mix of seventies psychedelia, beatnik mysticism, and Salvador Dalí weirdness. I mean, look at this panel.




You know the Lucasfilm techies hit the bottle hard after they saw that.

Needless to say, I was very skeptical about this movie. I really expected it to end up as a big flop, the final code to the Fantastic Four and Howard the Duck fiascos. Even Cumberbatch couldn't make me optimistic about this film. When Tilda Swinton was announced as The Ancient One, i just about gave up hope.

But I was completely wrong. Well, not about Tilda who was the weakest part of the movie, but I was wrong about the rest. The film was witty, visually arresting, and exciting. For us longtime fans it was two-an-a-half hours of pure joy. When Dr. Strange puts on the cloak in this scene, the audience in my movie theatre broke into applause.


Go see it. It's fantastic.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Fortune Telling Tea Shop From Madame Antoine


So I was doing some research for the second book in my Main Street Witches series, Fortune Favors The Witch and finding pretty much nothing inspiring. There's a lot of vintage fortune teller material out there, but the main character in the book, Luanne, is a very modern kind of fortune teller. She trades stocks and has an astrology app and, like everybody else in Banshee Creek, mixes material from different cultures and traditions. Finding a good fit was hard.

Then I came across Madame Antoine, a Korean drama about a fortune teller and a research psychologist. The series is adorable. The actors are charming and sweet and the plot is intriguing.

And the sets.

The sets are amazing, particularly Madame Antoine's tea shop. It's adorable. 

Madame Antoine has a little fortune telling alcove with a glass beaded curtain and plush upholstered chairs. I love everything about it. It's bohemian and cozy and charming.


Here's another viewpoint. Notice the giant birdcage on the left.


The tea shop has the lower level of the building and it seems to be underground. Here's the entrance.


 And here's the waiting room.


Madame Antoine also has a small kitchen with a gorgeous cupboard full of vintage china. I love it.



Here's a close-up of the beaded curtain. I absolutely adore this curtain.


Here's a closer look at Madame's upholstered chair. I love how the dark contemporary fabric looks against the lighter vintage elements in the room. Very well done.


There's lots of tiny details like that. For example, the tea shop has an antique phone!


Madame's bedroom loft is also outfitted in a vintage style. It's Korean Anthropologie!


Here's a look at the other side of the tea shop. It's dark and masculine with a rustic feel. I imagine that this is a more traditional Korean tea shop look. The contrast probably works in Madame's favor as her fortune telling alcove feels magical in comparison.


This goes to show. You never know where you'll find inspiration. You can check out Madame Antoine through the Dramafever site/app. Hungry for more fortune-telling fabulousness? Fortune Favors The Witch will be out later this week. You can check out an excerpt here. Or you can purchase the first book in the Main Street Witches series, Here Comes the Witch, here.

Friday, October 14, 2016

Favorite Halloween Books!

To celebrated Haunted Happenings Month I put together a list of my favorite Halloween-themed books. These are all different genres (some are even nonfiction), but they all put me in the Halloween mood. Many of them (particularly the nonfiction titles) also inspired both the Banshee Creek and Witches of Main Street series. Enjoy!
Hallow’s Eve by Pippa Jay A lovelorn warlock seeks to reincarnate his lost love. I loved this cute romance novella. I haven't written a warlock book yet, but I hope to do one soon.
The Witch of Lime Street: Séance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World. Victorian spiritualism at its best. Great book. Did you watch the Houdini and Doyle television show? If you liked that, you'll like this book. The next Main Street Witches,  book is inspired by this story.
Hallow’een Party: A Hercule Poirot Mystery. A Halloween-themed Agatha Christie mystery? Sign me up!
A Season With the Witch: The Magic and Mayhem of Halloween in Salem, Massachussetts. A writer spends a Halloween season in the witchiest town in the world. This was one of my Banshee Creek research books, and it’s fantastic!
Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places. Another research book. Excellent work.
Trickery by Sabrina York. A rebellious witch casts an unsanctioned spell in order to seduce a mortal. However, her target is no mere human, he’s a powerful warlock with mischief on his mind. Thrilling romance by a great author.
Spooked: A Lacey Luzzi Mystery. Mafia hijinks on Halloween night. Gina Lamanna’s mysteries are always funny, but this one is insanely hilarious.
Bite Me Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann. A delicious regency paranormal inspired by the classic Victorian book that launched a genre, The Vampyr.
One Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny. Funny, well-written romp through the genre.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Wicked Halloween: Release Day!!



Feed your paranormal cravings!

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