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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.


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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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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28 of 31 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful time
A warning: I plan to post this review for all three books to make sure potential readers get to see it regardless of the order in which they view each title. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Andrew Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I love keeping my kindle full of a variety of books so that i never get board while reading.
Published 1 day ago by Dottie G.
4.0 out of 5 stars great mix of action, magic, and mystery
I truly enjoyed this one. I can't wait to read the next. The fantastic mix of "who done it" and description that builds great pictures kept me hooked.
Published 1 day ago by VRP
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I thought.
I wanted cupcake recipes with other stuff. Well, this is an actual narrative hahaha. all good! it was free. I just might read it.
Published 2 days ago by Gayle K
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it so much I ordered the next two and ...
Exciting, engaging, and enticing.... Loved it so much I ordered the next two and read them back to back! Now anxiously awaiting book 4!
Published 2 days ago by Jenni Lynn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 2 days ago by Bonnie Decker
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Will read the series. Slow start but stay with.
Published 2 days ago by M. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed this book.
Published 2 days ago by marie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. it's full of magic, vampires, werewolves, and even a few zombies. I really liked the pace of the story and the characters. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
I didn't know what I was expecting when I picked this book. I am usually opposed to "Twilight" copy cats, but this was different than that and enjoyable. Read more
Published 6 days ago by mindyeva7
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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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