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Influential Magic (Crescent City Fae Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Deanna Chase
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Book Description

New York Times/USA Today bestselling author, Deanna Chase, brings you the first book in the Crescent City Fae series.

It’s tough being a faery in New Orleans, a city fraught with vampires… especially when their very existence drains your life-force.

Willow Rhoswen, owner of The Fated Cupcake and part-time vampire hunter for the Void is having a rough week. Four years after her twin brother’s mysterious death, Willow’s life is threatened and the director saddles her with a new partner—her ex-boyfriend, David. To her horror, he’s turned vamp, which causes her physical pain whenever she touches him… and any other specimen of the undead.

In order to save Willow’s life, David agrees to turn double agent against the most powerful vampire organization in New Orleans. Or so he says. And she’s convinced they know something about her brother’s death. Unsure where David’s loyalties lie, she turns to Talisen, her childhood crush, to help her solve the mystery.

Caught between two gorgeous men and a director who’ll stop at nothing to control Willow’s gifts, she’ll have to follow her instincts and learn who to trust. Otherwise, she risks losing more than just her life.

Editorial Reviews


"It's a riveting tale of mistrust, double dealing and danger and the action doesn't stop. Every time I thought I had an idea of what was going to happen Deanna threw in another twist to keep me confused." - Jeannie Zelos Book Reviews
"Ms. Chase has invented a rich world of magically infused cupcakes, faerie tree huggers, Shih Tzu-Wolf shape shifters and a mafia-like vampire family who keep getting in everyone's dark way." The Urban Book Thief

Product Details

  • File Size: 1025 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Bayou Moon Press LLC (March 3, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQ3C9PO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,195 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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66 of 78 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I actually purchased this book as part of a bundle called Magic After Dark and had to look up the author so that I could write a review. Especially after I saw how many high reviews it received. If you are a fan of Urban Para/Sci-Fi/Fantasy than you know this book. With a too stupid too live "heroine" with extremely rigid morals bumbling her way through a million and one supposed plot twist that you can see coming a mile away. Wait - you mean the bad guy was actually not bad and was actually a patsy for the real bad guy that will appear later in the series? No way! You mean to tell me the guy she's liked forever and who has acted irrationally the entire book actually likes her too and ask her out on a date on the last page? Get out! Even though the main character has made naive and undeniably stupid decisions, cannot take care of herself- her crew still follows her lead - cause she's pretty, has wings and guess what, she bakes! The main character is a sheltered moron and I couldn't get past that. I've never been a fan of the bumbling idiot heroine but there too many better written versions for anyone to have to suffer through this. If you are looking for a slightly dumb baking magical person, I suggest Meghan Diodge's Dowser series
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Review - Influential Magic March 9, 2013
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Influential Magic

Crescent City Fae – Book One

by Deanna Chase

Review by d c mallory

4 out of 5 stars

Have you ever wondered how the world would be if the supernatural species were out of the closet? Have you wondered how they would police their own kind, since they would obviously be more than the human police could handle? And how would all the different species interact with one another?

In this book, Influential Magic, which is the first book in a new series called Crescent City Fae, Deanna Chase gives us her views on this subject.

This book is not young adult, but I would think it could be read by anyone sixteen years and older. It is in the Urban Fantasy genre.

I was first introduced to Deanna Chase and her writing though the Jade Calhoun series. While both of these series deal with supernatural creatures in New Orleans, this book’s main topic are the Fae. While I enjoy the Jade Calhoun series, I believe the Crescent City Fae will be the better series of the two.

With the supernaturals falling under an entity known as the “Arcane,” and the Vampires holding the upper hand of all the races, there is friction created right off the bat. Throw in a Fae woman who was gifted above her fellows in senses dealing with the Arcane, an old murder dealing with her twin brother, and a twisted plot filled with betrayal and deceit from all parties involved, and you have Influential Magic. And, of course, we must not leave out the form-shifting Shih Tzu.

There were several different goals in this book that the author had to try to successfully meet.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Welcome to New Orleans, the early adopter of all things new and different in the United States (Remember Jazz?). In a reimagined world where the paranormal are no longer in the closet, Willow has a successful bakery that sells `enhanced' treats that she uses her fae talents as a life-force faerie to bring desired results. Her second, and most dangerous job is as an agent for the Arcane, the governmental entity charged with maintaining order and keeping paranormals in check. Her challenge? She is able to sense vampires in the area, making her the ideal partner for her roommate, the witch vampire hunter Phoebe, also Willow's best friend.

Add in some vampires, good and bad, a love triangle, an evil faerie Aunt and a genealogical link that will threaten Willow's life as it killed her twin brother Beau, and you have the makings of a rollicking good ride. With multiple interwoven stories that start off a bit confusing and quickly draw you in to take sides with different characters, this is the start of what I expect will be one of my favorite series. It isn't marked as a YA read, but is appropriate for YA readers of 16 or better - and they will appreciate it as much as I did.

Oh - and I almost forgot to mention, Willow has a shifter sidekick, Link. Masquerading as an ordinary 20 lb Shih-Tzu, he can shift into LARGE wolf form when Willow is agitated or needs protecting. If that isn't perfect typecasting for a small breed dog with great aspirations, I don't know what is!

Deanna Chase has created characters and placed them in the steam heat of New Orleans, both shine in this story.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fae, vampires and wonderful sidekicks May 7, 2013
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Oh boy. Apparently I've done something right lately. Or maybe Luck/Fate decided I needed some cheering up, because seriously - whichever book I decide to read at the moment is more than just a great read. Influential magic is one of those. To tell you the truth; please keep it that way!! Promise to behave if you do! :-)

We are thrown into the story right when Willow is about to leave her mother and go back to New Orleans, her childhood friend Talisen is saying goodbye to her in the airport. There's always been a spark between Talisen and Willow, but neither has responded to it, mainly out of respect for Beau's (Willow's twin brothers) memory. And to be frank, Willow likes Talisen (a lot), but she's seen what kind of playboy he is, never keeping anything serious with a girl, and she don't want (or need) to get her heart broken like that. Besides, she's barely over David - her latest boyfriend, who didn't even have the courage to end it with her face-to-face, but texted her. Yup, ladies - you read right. He TEXTED her. And they dated for a YEAR. What a guy, huh?

It turns out David have a very good reason for doing that to Willow, but that's a different story. Anyways... When Willow comes back home, she is instantly thrown into a mission to help her partner (BFF & roommate), Phoebe tracking down a vampire. Turns out, the vampire wants something neither of them contemplated; Willow. And all this puts things into motion; losing her partner (Phoebe), gaining a new one (her ex, David), stepping into vampire territory (due to work) and trying to negate the treacherous waters of two gorgeous men, vampires, politics and her own handiwork from her bakery. Sometimes all a girl need is a five minute break to think. Just once in a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
caught my interest right from the beginning and held it through out the book, very enjoyable
Published 3 days ago by Sharon Lowery
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great read.
Published 13 days ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this new world of Deanna's can't wait to see ...
I had this book for awhile on my Kindle. Having picked it up upon suggestion of my reading Deanna's other books The Jade Calhoun series. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Angellfy
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
I'm a huge fan of the Bourbon Street series by Deanna Chase - while this series isn't as fantastic, it's definitely off to a good start. Read more
Published 22 days ago by April Hesler
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
An interesting, fast paced and intelligently crafted story. This story has great diversity in it's characters and your kept on edge trying to figure out who and what to trust. Read more
Published 25 days ago by cateyes
4.0 out of 5 stars Influential Magic
I enjoyed this book. It's a start of a series. The main character, Willow, is a faery living in New Orleans, part-time vampire hunter for the Void and she owns a bakery called The... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Jeralyn McCandless
4.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book and was very happy to see at ...
I loved this book and was very happy to see at the end that Willow and Talisen were getting together. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Algaliarept
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 1 month ago by Alicia
5.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific series from Deanna Chase
After reading the Bourbon Street series, this was a little bit of a change of pace, Willow, the herione is much less engaged with the human world than Jade. Read more
Published 1 month ago by RB
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story line, great editing. Nice easy read.
I love Fantasy and Sci Fi, so this book is right up my alley. I was entertained by this book, but I have to admit that some things about Willow did annoy me just a little bit... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Debra Jennings
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Deanna Chase, is a native Californian, transplanted to the slower paced lifestyle of southeastern Louisiana. When she isn't writing, she is often goofing off with her husband in New Orleans, playing with her two shih tzu dogs, making glass beads, or out hawking her wares at various bead shows across the country. For more information and updates on newest releases visit her website at or sign up here:

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