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Girl's Guide to Witchcraft: A Humorous Paranormal Romance (Jane Madison Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mindy Klasky
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this humorous paranormal romance, Jane Madison has a problem. Or two. Or three. She's unhappily working as a librarian. She has a crush on her oblivious Imaginary Boyfriend. And she just learned she won't receive a well-deserved raise; instead, she can live for free in a cottage on the library grounds.

When Jane settles into her new home, she discovers a hidden chamber lined with ancient books about witchcraft. Her first spell awakens a feline familiar. Her second makes her irresistible to men. Those magical workings attract a sexy magical warder, and Jane's life is quickly turned upside down.

Does Jane have what it takes to become a real witch?

Categories:
  • Paranormal romance > Paranormal humor (humorous paranormal, funny paranormal)
  • Paranormal romance > Paranormal urban fantasy
  • Romance > Humorous romance (comic romance,  funny romance, romantic comedy, romantic humor)
  • Supernatural romance > Genie wishes
  • Supernatural romance > Magic lamp
  • Urban fantasy > Urban fantasy humor (humorous urban fantasy, funny urban fantasy)
  • Urban fantasy > Paranormal urban fantasy
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Jane Madison, a somewhat timid, fashion-challenged librarian living in Washington, D.C., is none too pleased when she learns her salary is being cut by a quarter. Her supervisor eases the blow by offering to let Jane live rent-free in a small cottage on the library's property. Jane gets more than she bargained for when she discovers a hidden key that unlocks the door to the basement, which is filled with a wide array of witchcraft books. Jane is even more surprised when she recites a spell and it works, calling forth a familiar in the form of a handsome, cheeky gay man and bringing a stern but sexy warder, David, to her door, intent on helping her harness and moderate her newfound powers. Fans of Shanna Swendson's Enchanted, Inc. series will find much to love in Klasky's zesty blend of fantasy and romance as well as in her winsome heroine. Enchanted readers will also be pleased to learn that a sequel is already in the works. Kristine Huntley
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"Klasky tells a strong, straightforward, and convincing story full of entertaining twists and turns." -- Chronicle

Product Details

  • File Size: 549 KB
  • Print Length: 420 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1611383218
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Res Ipsa Press (November 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063LIJFI
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,277 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Fun October 16, 2006
Format:Paperback
I was first introduced to Klasky through her Glasswright novels, a complex fantasy series that got really stunning in the last few volumes. After the publication of "The Glasswrights Master," Mindy was quiet for a while. I was beginning to worry if she wasn't going to write anything else. When I learned that she was going to write a new book, I was ecstatic. When I learned that it was a chick lit novel, I was confused and worried. After all, The Glasswright series had been rather dark and I'm quite picky with Chick lit titles. Still, I decided to pick up the book when it came out and found myself very pleasantly surprised. Although Mindy has given us a much different offering, it's still a very enjoyable read.

Jane Madison is a young librarian who's life is about to get a lot more complicated. When her boss tells her that she is going to face a significant pay cut, she tries to compensate for it by giving Jane a small cottage to live in by the library. Jane soon discovers a large collection of spell books in the basement. After reading aloud spell, she accidentally turns a cat statue into a familiar and discovers that she's a witch. Confused and intrigued by these new abilities, she tries to manage learning witchcraft while dealing with the other challenges in her life. Recently dumped by her long term boyfriend, Jane lives out her romantic fantasies through a young college professor who she calls her "Imaginary boyfriend." On top of that, Jane is forced to reconnect with her bizarre estranged mother who wants to attempt to forge a relationship with her. What's easier to control? Magic or the trails of everyday life?

I don't typically go for chick lit books, but something about A Girls Guide to Witchcraft connected with me. Perhaps it's the supernatural element.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful First Book of the Series August 29, 2007
Format:Paperback
I absolutely loved this book. It was light (without being too fluffy), magical (without being too science fiction-y), and romantic (without being too Bridget Jones). The characters are relatable and the story is fantastic. Great read for a chilly fall evening.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some Witchy Fun for Everyone! October 2, 2007
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Chick lit (as it's called since it's so obviously written and marketed toward women) is still a relatively new genre of novel, but more and more I have been noticing that a large number of these types of books are utilizing supernatural or paranormal story elements with incredibly charming and entertaining results!

"Girls Guide to Witchcraft" is a story that follows a young librarian on a journey that leads her to discover her raw talent for witchcraft (accidentally of course, after she stumbles upon a hidden cache of powerful spell books in the basement of her cottage). Jane Madison never thought of herself as a witch, but she was pleasantly suprised to find that she was ready to fully embrace this new and exciting side to herself. Meanwhile, she inadvertantly awakens her familiar (a statue of a cat that she managed to turn into a man, and an extrovertly gay man at that), while also bringing down the irritated wrath of her new Warder, David, who is assigned to help teach Jane everything she needs to know to safely and expertly practice witchcraft. Along with her love sick friend Melissa, her meddling Grandmother, her newly resurrected mother (don't ask), and her desperate crush on a man who frequents her library, Jane definitely has her witchy hands full!

In chick lit novels, it's easiest to allow the character to stumble upon the discovery of their bizarre and hidden talent, such as witchcraft, and therefore this tends to be a storytelling staple in books such as this. Thats not necessary a bad thing, I only mention it because I know there are some who can't stand that sort of lackidasical way of keeping the plot going. It doesn't particularly bother me though. As long as I'm entertained on some level, I'm happy.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jane fell flat. March 20, 2012
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I really liked the beginning of the book and it's heroine. But, as the book progressed, I started liking Jane a lot less. No need to be a witch with all the magical thinking this gal did. She developed a obsessive fantasy about a professor she liked (whom she calls her "Imaginary Boyfriend") and then, when it seemed she'd cast a love spell on him, she pounced on the opportunity to make him her real boyfriend. What the--?? Now, I've never taken Witch Ethics 101, but I would think even without it, she'd have moral reservations about being with a man that might only want her because she'd trapped him with magic. I'd much prefer true love than coerced love. But, Jane never showed a single qualm over having had a person fall in love with her, not for herself, but due to supernatual forces he couldn't control. At that point, my heroine was too flawed and I read the rest of the book grimly just because I'd started it. It was a good book in many ways, but Jane's taking advantage of what she thought was spellbound man's affection turned me off completely.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy Going Fun Read! January 28, 2012
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I came across this author by accident...but I'm glad I did. It wasn't a mystery barley disguised as a paranormal read. It was a story about a woman coming into her full womanly maturity and discovering that she is a witch. Her life is normal to the point of being boring until most suddenly she is forced to live in the old care taker's cottage behind the library she works in. There she finds a book and after some light reading she also discovers her familiar. I got sucked in on page one of this book and I will be reading others from this series. Great light-hearted read for the middle of winter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Absolutely loved it! Mindy Klasky has a new fan.
Published 1 day ago by Gilliswrites
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a fun, easy read
It's a fun, easy read. Not a lot of witchy action like I thought. But still good enough for me to buy the 2nd book in the series.
Published 12 days ago by morgaine
4.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Loved it. Can't wait for more.
Published 17 days ago by A. Hayden
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't know how it got so many good reviews
This book is so slow! I didn't even bother finishing it when I found out it was part of a series, everything was over described expecally little things that didn't really matter. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Book lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
First in the series. Loving it. On book three now. Relatable protagonist, love her familiar Neko. Please keep writing this series, Mindy!
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars This Guide is worth reading!
I really enjoyed this book. The main character felt real, and with her thoughts and issues, she could easily be any of the single women out there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wishfulwolf
3.0 out of 5 stars Light read
Good quick paranormal read with a healthy dose of humor. I'll probably continue the series. I would suggest for a read when your not looking for anything in particular.
Published 1 month ago by Shannon Daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a series
This is the perfect start to a series, it really leaves the reader wanting more, but wraps up the self contained story nicely. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brooke M. Overturf
3.0 out of 5 stars Love the Premise - Needs to tone down the wordiness some.
I love how this story began and loved the ideas as to how our heroine got to where the real story begins. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lisa A. Woodward
3.0 out of 5 stars Girl's Guide to Witchcraft
Jane Madison, accidentally finds out she. Is a witch. Finding she has brought a statue of a cat to life, it becomes her familiar, and also brings a warder, who protects her. Read more
Published 5 months ago by JudyS
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More About the Author

Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice.

Mindy's travels took her through multiple careers - from litigator to librarian to full-time writer. Mindy's travels have also taken her through various literary genres for readers of all ages - from traditional fantasy to paranormal chick-lit to category romance, from middle-grade to young adult to adult.

In her spare time, Mindy knits, quilts, and tries to tame her endless to-be-read shelf. Her husband and cats do their best to fill the leftover minutes.


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