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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: 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: #714 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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26 of 29 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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14 of 15 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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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Please!!! June 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge is a story about loss and about finding ones' self. A deliciously mysterious new adult novel, Cupcakes follows Jade, the only blonde-haired, lightly tanned Canadian, as she sells her cakes in a cup in her bakery. She also deals with a foster sister who's bratty, a mother who wants to be best friends, and a parade of unusual paranormal characters. Jade has always been the good girl---listening to her Gran, letting her foster sister Sienna get her way, and never dating werewolves. The last rule becomes a bit hard when handsome Hudson and his pack members show up to investigate the latest in a series of gruesome murders of werewolves. Jade is tempted to throw caution and her sister's admonitions to the wind and date Hudson. Unfortunately, he stands her up and things quickly go downhill from there. With her Gran incommunicado on vacation and Sienna stealing her magically protected trinkets, Jade has to fend for herself against the werewolves, an ancient vampire, and a flesh-eating zombie.

Author Doidge weaves a riveting story while also focusing on the damage that family can do to one another. Both Jade and Sienna have been abandoned by their mothers and are only half-witches--stigmas which create a deep bond between the two young women. The effects of life's disappointments shows in the women's inability to have productive relationships with men and in their dysfunctional relationship with each other. Cupcakes is not a heavy read, by any means though. Earthen magic, shapeshifting, black magic and why vampires turn to dust is all believably explained while Jade and Sienna primp, dance at nightclubs, and gorge themselves on Jade's luscious cupcakes (I want recipes!!). 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. More please!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
liked it after I got into it a bit
Published 9 hours ago by pamela l lyman
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy "picker upper"
This is a delightful if somewhat "sophomoric" read. Fortunately, the plot and characters have enough just complexity to keep your attention. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by ordinary shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading.
Not just easy reading, but a great adventure with lot's of twists and turns. But what a great ride. Completely worth taking on vacation to read.
Published 2 days ago by romsnjuls
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun to read
It is a fun book to read with nice twists in the plot. It was a great summer reading. I really enjoyed it!
Published 2 days ago by Ana Barany
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This is a good start to a series. Jade owns a bakery, she is single, attractive and comes from a family of witches. She is only a half witch. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Toni J. Mortensen
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
I loved this book. The main character is more realistic than your normal paranormal (ha!) heroine. If you enjoy deliciouly described cupcakes, magic, and suspenseful mystery, this... Read more
Published 2 days ago by TJ Hendrix
5.0 out of 5 stars Yummy!
Such a cute paranormal world! The summary for this book was just catchy enough to interest me and I'm so glad I downloaded it! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery and Fantasy combined.
Fun book to get hooked on. Mystery and Fantasy combined. Love the fact that the lead character has introduced me to John Fluevog shoes. She has an obsession with them. Read more
Published 2 days ago by M. Nuce
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I love being able to try writers out for free on my Kindle app.
Jade is a witch with a bakery. Read more
Published 3 days ago by amethystkittie
4.0 out of 5 stars If You Had Asked Me A Week Ago
If you had asked me a week ago, I would have said this was not a genre(shapeshifters, vampires) I enjoy reading. But I DID enjoy reading this book. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Sum1sGirl
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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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