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Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Meghan Ciana Doidge
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Book Description

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. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.
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This 68,000 word urban fantasy is the first book of the Dowser Series by author Meghan Ciana Doidge.


Editorial Reviews

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"The mystery and suspense build up to a riveting and mind-blowing conclusion that shows Doidge as the brilliant riddler that she is. A definite five star even without the mouth-watering cupcake teasers." - Mommasez...blog 

"Complete with witches, werewolves, vampires, and necromancers, this novel will keep readers laughing and turning the pages as Jade tries to figure out the truth behind the deaths surrounding her." - 4 stars, A Book Vacation

"This was a fun, action filled urban fantasy that will also have you running to bake cupcakes!" - 4 stars, Sarah Elizabeth's Bookshelf

Product Details

  • File Size: 466 KB
  • Print Length: 234 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1927850002
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Old Man in the CrossWalk Productions; 1 edition (January 9, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH5WVV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,116 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, but you're hungry later. July 4, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
When I first read a book by Meghan Ciana Doidge, I thought that it was a good read, for a newbie. I thought that her writing would improve and, one day, be great! Now, I feel impatient and am wondering if, perhaps, her writing is just the way she wants it. I gave the other books 4 stars. This is written about as well as they were, but my expectations were higher. 3.5

Her books are light, quick, snarky. Good, but disappointing. I was given a free copy of Cupcakes, Trinkets, etc. in exchange for reviewing it. I remembered the author's name (it is unique), but couldn't remember anything about the other books I'd read. Hmmm... not a good sign. As I started to read this new one, the style was familiar and I remembered liking the other books, but thinking that she needed to improve. This book is better in some ways. The writing is less hesitant. There are fewer "sort of", "maybe perhaps it might have been" phrases and I can feel that her confidence has grown. However, it is still too thin for my taste. She gets into the descriptions of action and paints several good scenes that I see vividly (especially in the second half), but she continues to skirt away from emotion - even when people are dying. I was reading along (thinking la, la ,la - wow it's so light), if only she would dig a bit deeper, when she brought in the "other magical creatures". Werewolves and vampires seemed trite - a sellout. Then, when the zombie appeared, I put the book down. "Oh, please!", I thought.

I picked it back up the next day, determined to give it a chance. The plot presented an opportunity to explore some deep emotions, but Jade, the main character - remained thin, a ghost of a character. When I finished it, I wanted to go back to the beginning and write the parts that were left out.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doubleshot Reviews' $0.02 June 19, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
In Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic our protagonist, Jade, is a baker. She specializes in cupcakes that sound absolutely amazing and are adorably named and owns her own shop "Cake in a Cup". Jade is, also, a witch. Definitely not the wart on the nose or pointy hat type witch, but she definitely has some powers. However, Jade is somewhat hesitant to delve into testing just how much power she has. No reason to tempt fate, right? Her hesitation to test her powers make for some frustration with her companions as they go in search of a killer. Oh, did I mention that a vampire has tracked her down because the magic involved in the killings have traces of Jade's magic in them? Of course, then the werewolves get involved and this makes for some rather stressful confrontations.

Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic is an Urban Fantasy/Mystery with some wonderful elements of mild sexuality and quite a few very humorous moments. One of my favorite aspects of this particular author is her dialogue and description of the interactions between characters. When I read her words, it feels true to what/how I feel these characters would actually say/react to each other. The reader, also, gets a nicely detailed description of the surrounding area from the main characters first person point of view.

Witches, werewolves and vampires...oh my! Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic is a fun-filled trip into a world where bad magic can get a good witch down and power isn't always accessed through hard work and determination....sometimes it's stolen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't Hold Up August 2, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What is very sad about this book is that the author can actually write well - she just can't develop her characters into something readers will like. It is hard to imagine a heroine who could be so utterly stupid; lacking in instincts and intuition and yet is supposed to be a witch. A witch who unfortunately lives on cupcakes and vomits at will. The 'good' characters she hates and doesn't trust despite them saving her life repeatedly - and she still hates and distrusts them at the end of the book; and the obviously evil character she trusts and embraces all the way to the end. The evil character was easy to figure out by chapter 6 - yet we were supposed to be surprised by the ending. Initially I enjoyed this book for its humor but it became tedious half way through. The author has real potential as a writer but her protagonist was just a blithering idiot which made the entire book difficult to embrace.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Entertaining! June 21, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a really entertaining story to read. From the very beginning, I was drawn in by the main character, Jade, as she's so down to earth and speaks to the reader as if we're friends. She launches into her story, explaining what happened to her over the course of the week, and it's highly engaging! In fact, all the talk to sweets and cupcakes definitely gave me mass cravings as I read. I actually really loved the interspersing of the cupcake talk, and the fact that Jade owns a bakery meshes extremely well with the story. Now, I'm dying to eat sunshine in a cup and all the other tasty treats Doidge weaves into this fun story.

Complete with witches, werewolves, vampires, and necromancers, this novel will keep readers laughing and turning the pages as Jade tries to figure out the truth behind the deaths surrounding her--the deaths that all point to her. Though a little slow on the uptake, as she'll tell you herself, Jade is a wonderful character that sees the good in everyone and who wants to follow all the rules and bring happiness to all (hence her cupcake business). Of course, it doesn't always work that way, and Jade will have to break her good-girl image in order to understand all that is happening around her, and it's a great ride.

The truth behind the murders is heavily foreshadowed in this novel, and around half-way through I was able to pinpoint just who was to blame, but even so, the story still surprised me and egged me on, and I had a great time reading it. It's cute, it's fun, and it's an all around great read!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good start of series
I got the story through bookbud ...think that was the name of link. Anyways picked it out of Kindle list and couldn't remember the synopsis so kept reading. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Debi Domby
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun and quick read
Fun and quick read! Witches, vampires and werewolves. What more do you need? How about cupcakes and pretty trinkets? Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mindy Stone
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I really enjoyed this book it was a fun quick read to take some stress away
Published 5 days ago by Sarah Falconer
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read with suspense and magic
This was a fun read. I like the characters and the storyline. On to the next book in the series right away!
Published 6 days ago by Super K
5.0 out of 5 stars one to keep
Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser Series Book 1) Meghan Ciana Doidge
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Genre: Fantasy/Paranormal

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Published 6 days ago by Jeannie Zelos
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally enjoyable!
A fun read with really likeable characters. If you enjoy witchcraft, vampires, and were-creatures with added wit you will have fun with this one.
Published 7 days ago by Teresa
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like cozies and the supernatural, read it!
A really fun mystery with a twist - just like the cupcakes! :)
Published 8 days ago by Angi
3.0 out of 5 stars Fast, Fun Read
Entertaining. Easy read. The ONLY fault is that I figured out who the "bad guy" was within the first few chapters. Good characters.
Published 11 days ago by Shell
5.0 out of 5 stars easy reading format
Well done, easy reading format. Provides great information.
Published 12 days ago by Butch and Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Treat of Magic
I have to be honest the books cover caught my attention first since I was in the mood for something sweet, then I saw that it was for free and decided to download it, and boy am I... Read more
Published 14 days ago by C. Toste
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More About the Author

Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She has a penchant for bloody love stories, superheroes, and the supernatural. She also has a thing for chocolate, potatoes, and sock 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); and I See Me (Oracle 1). Coming in 2015: Dowser 4 to 6, and Oracle 2.

Novellas/Shorts: Love Lies Bleeding and The Graveyard Kiss


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