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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: #309 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
5.0 out of 5 stars a fun read
I don't usually go for stories about werewolves and vampires, but mixed in with an innocent and naïve witch and the sarcastic humor, I definitely enjoyed this one
Published 9 minutes ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I like it but I thought it would be different
Published 2 days ago by Constance J. Keith
4.0 out of 5 stars All in all a good read.
A little uneven to start, but once she got further into the characters and plot. It evened out. The cupcake shop is a bit superfluous, but I realize the cozy craft mystery elements... Read more
Published 3 days ago by SuspenseNet
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
Very good read I loved loved loved it it sucked me right in great book!! I definitely recommend reading this
Published 3 days ago by Jessica m
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthy Read
I truly enjoyed the 1st book in this series. Enough to buy the next book immediately. It's dark and funny but will make you want cupcakes.
Published 4 days ago by Glenda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I was hooked at the first cupcake
Published 5 days ago by Michelle
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced with lots of action, secrets and misunderstandings all...
Really got into this book with it's quirky angle and sometimes fairly lighthearted passages to lessen the tension. Lots of thriller/drama type and sexual tension to overcome. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Sans
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended . . . . if you're a Patricia Briggs/Ilona Andrews...
Don't miss this series if you're a Patricia Briggs/Ilona Andrews fan. It's good! I got this book as a free kindle download and in two days had purchased and read (most the way... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Nori Lamphere
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, sexy read
Fun, enchanting.
Storyline and characters drew me in.
Enjoyed character build - especially main character Jade and her fumbling interaction with rest of characters. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Lisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more by this author
Published 6 days ago by m.jane chizmar
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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), and Treasures, Demons, and Other Black Magic (Dowser 3). Coming in 2014: The Oracle 1 and Dowser 4.

Novellas/Shorts: Love Lies Bleeding and The Graveyard Kiss

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