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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.
This 68,000 word urban fantasy is the first book of the Dowser Series by author Meghan Ciana Doidge.

Editorial Reviews


"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." - 

"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: 509 KB
  • Print Length: 266 pages
  • 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: #2,636 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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51 of 56 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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22 of 23 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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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Half-baked August 4, 2013
By Mary
Format:Kindle Edition
I liked the cover and the title was interesting, but I think the author needs to go back through and rewrite. The writing is clunky, repetitive and boring. For example, I do not care how many times her kitchen stools fall over, it's not interesting. Yes, I know the noise was part of the story, but it only needs to be mentioned once, you don't need to beat the reader over the head with it. Actually, I kept waiting for the story to get interesting. No luck. It was sort of like a rambling speech with no edit at times. The characters aren't well-developed and the only appealing character was killed off before the reader could get to know him. The dialog was very lame, I'm truly sorry to say. I didn't find much to like about the "heroine". She doesn't seem to know much; her thoughts are, as I said before, repetitive and insipid, yet she criticizes others freely. There is not enough here for the start of a series. The only question that got answered (whodunnit) is the one everyone figures out half-way through. Everyone except for the protagonist, that is. I guess the vampire and shifter leads are supposed to be mysterious, but they just come across as annoying to me. I felt like I was in a weird dream because things and people didn't quite make sense. Do you know the kind of dream in which you are constantly running and getting nowhere, asking the same questions and getting no answers - the borderline nightmare? That's this story. Also, fun was missing. A very unsatisfying read for me. I received a free copy of this in exchange for my honest review. I'm sorry that I didn't like it.
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20 of 24 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novel!
I really enjoyed the suspense in this novel and the author has done something unique in the supernatural genre. Highly recommend!
Published 1 day ago by Jennie C
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute and a bit of a mystery.
3 Stars. While the main plot seemed predictable, I found myself considering all kinds of scenarios when it comes to the character's past and love Interest. Read more
Published 4 days ago by DAdirtybird
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book is well written and moves at a fast pace. If you like stories involving witches, vampires and werewolves you will enjoy the characters and weird camaraderie.
Published 4 days ago by Linda Minix
5.0 out of 5 stars Even the cupcakes sounded good
​I just finished Cupcakes, Trinkets and Deadly Magic. Paranormal with vampires, werewolves and zombies. Read more
Published 7 days ago by MC McFarland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun!
I couldn't or don't want to put this down. It was an interesting p lot, with really fantastically written characters. I also loved the varying degrees of snark and sarcasm. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kristina Shaarda
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very good read
Published 9 days ago by Jolene Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Plot
For as much as I didn't like the main character (she's too much of an ostrich), I really liked the secondary characters. The plot was fun.
Purchased Nook book from B&N.
Published 12 days ago by Donna (Girl Who Reads)
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect blend of chocolate, bling and magic!
Jade runs the Cake in a Cup bakery and makes magical trinkets in her craft room. As a half-witch raised by her grandmother her magic has never amounted to much. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Stacie Bug
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series, love the magic!
This book was so good, I found myself reading it even while I was cooking! I wonderful "escape" fantasy type book that just makes my own worries melt away while I am... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was a quick read. The characters were developed and will be more so as the series progresses.
Published 15 days ago by Brenda Mihalopoulos
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More About the Author

Meghan Ciana Doidge is an award-winning writer based out of Salt Spring Island, 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); Shadows, Maps, and Other Ancient Magic (Dowser 4). Coming in 2015: Dowser 5 & 6, and Oracle 2.

Novellas/Shorts: Love Lies Bleeding and The Graveyard Kiss


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