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Rest For The Wicked - The Claire Wiche Chronicles Book 1 [Kindle Edition]

Cate Dean
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Book Description

Book 1 of an action packed paranormal series.

NOTE: These are short novels, between 150-160 pages.

She's running from her past - and running out of time.

Claire Wiche is an ordinary woman, running her Wicca shop in an ordinary California beach town. But Claire wasn't always ordinary, and she isn't quite human. She hides a secret, and a past she thought she had put behind her.

A past that is about to explode into her present.

When it does, and everyone she loves is in danger, Claire must face up to her past - and become what she left behind in order to save them.

The Claire Wiche Chronicles:
Book 1 - Rest For The Wicked - free
Book 2 - A Gathering of Angels
Book 3 - Carry On Wayward Son
Book 4 - Annie's Song
Book 5 - What Doesn't Kill You

Box sets:
The Claire Wiche Chronicles Volumes 1-3
The Claire Wiche Chronicles Volumes 4-5

Books by Cate Dean:

Love in Time:
Book One - Final Hours - free
Book Two - First Breath
Book 2.5 - Loving Kane
Book Three - Second Chances
Book 3.5 - Three for Christmas

Shattered Throne:
Prequel - Second Son - free
Book 1 - Shattered Throne
Book 2 - Blood Prince (coming summer 2015)

The Blackbourne Mysteries:
Prequel - Tempted Heart

The Claire Wiche Chronicles:
Book 1 - Rest For The Wicked - free
Book 2 - A Gathering of Angels
Book 3 - Carry On Wayward Son
Book 4 - Annie's Song
Book 5 - What Doesn't Kill You
The Claire Wiche Chronicles Volumes 1-3
The Claire Wiche Chronicles Volumes 4-5

The Monster Files:
Book 1 - Alex Finch: Monster Hunter - free
Book 2 - Truth and Consequences
Book 3 - Welcome to The Haven

The Remarkable Life of Zach Wiche Continued:
Book One - Once Fallen

Shorter Works:

Young Adult:
Rosamond's Heart (The Black Mountain Saga Book I)
Danel of Black Mountain (The Black Mountain Saga Book II)

Last Chance Jack

Tales From The Mist - The Messenger
Lore: Tales of Myth and Legend Retold - The Barricades

Editorial Reviews


"I absolutely enjoyed this tale about witches and other things that go bump in the night.  The author did an excellent job of creating an air tight innocent alibi for the main character, Claire, only to take you on a journey of uncovering the dirty little secrets sweep under the rug."
       ~ Kindred Dreamheart

"Overall this was a great read. The characters were well developed and felt like such real people. The author's writing style left me wanting more. I was so enthralled with this book I finished it in a day."
      ~ Doctor's Notes

" If you ask me I would tell you to immediately get your hands on this book and start reading it!"
      ~ The diary of a book addict

From the Author

Welcome to the world of Claire Wiche - where everything is not as it seems. I hope you enjoy discovering Claire and her friends, as much as I enjoyed creating them.

Product Details

  • File Size: 399 KB
  • Print Length: 152 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pentam Press (April 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,944 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Rest for the Wicked, The Claire Wiche Chronicles January 3, 2014
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I'm stunned that someone did not do a better editing job with this book. Became very confused and a bit miffed that I almost did not finish. To know I did finish must give you a clue that I did enjoy the story line and wanted to know what happened to the characters. However, back to the why I was miffed. You are reading along and all of the sudden you get a feeling of deja by. Wait, I've read this already. So you go back a page or two to find that you are indeed reading the same thing twice and you don't know what happens next because it's not there. You can guess, not the same. This occurs quite a bit throughout. Some better editing; thankfully I did not pay for book, but am interested in knowing what happens to Claire, Anne, Eric, Marcus, and even Natasha.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense! April 26, 2012
By Tamara
Format:Kindle Edition
This novella feels like a novel - it's got meat! Rest for the Wicked takes you on a journey. With characters that will pull you in and tons of action, you won't be able to put the book down. This read is intense. I can't wait to see what happens next in the lives of the characters.

Note: This novel has adult contact with graphic, violent action scenes. This ain't no Harry Potter, as we might say in the South.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheap first novella for overpriced follow ups January 16, 2013
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I liked the book that was really a short story; I found Claire to be rather remarkable and loved the Annie friend, as well as the guys. It was great - until the rather large dissapointment of looking up the series of BOOKS and finding that they're not books, and they are very much over priced for Kindle shorts.

Well, at least one review said it had a bad ending, so that consoles me a bit. But still....I don't like feeling manipulated into wanting more and having to pay double the price for half a book!

Three stars given because it was interesting and well written - with a smidgen (or more) of disbelief required.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it May 25, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I have to say I love Cate Dean. Her books are fresh, unexpected, and unique. Rest For The Wicked - The Claire Wiche Chronicles Book 1 is an individual take on the traditional witch fantasy tale. Cate takes the fantasy tale of witches and throws in a little Jinn (male genie) and some demons for good measure. I was kept guessing right to the very end.
I'm really glad it's Book 1 because that means we will be seeing more of these characters, and I fell in love with them all. Sometimes a book ends and you are satisfied with where the characters are and what has happened to them, or you know enough to be able to picture how the story ends. I sooooo didn't get that with this book. I want to know more, much more.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 clouds, and anxiously await book 2 (see fingers tapping anxiously on table as I wait).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Easy Read December 8, 2012
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I read this bbok one Sunday afternoon. It kept me interested and if you can buy it without paying very much I would recommend it's reading. Be aware it is the 1st book in a series and the end is a cliffhanger.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Story Needed Fleshing Out February 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Claire Wiche runs a Wicca shop in the town of Santa Luna, California. It appears to be a nice life, complete with a best friend named Annie who is a witch with a lot to learn about controling the craft. Claire is ready to help but the arrival of two strangers quickly confirms Claire's worst fears. Her past has caught up with her and she has to face a formidable enemy or die trying.

Rest For the Wicked is the first in this cozy mystery series, but there were problems. The point of view, scene changes and introduction of characters, were so abrupt that it was difficult to figure out what was going on in the first few chapters. One of the strangers, Marcus, who is a Jinn (genie) arrives to help, although how and why isn't explained. The other stranger, Eric, has clear reasons for showing up, but once Claire has banished the spell possessing him all is good. In a few short days, Claire, Annie, Eric, and Marcus are so strongly attached that they're all crying when one another is hurt. For those who don't mind quick scenes that get to the action with little explanation, then you'll like this story.

At the end of the book, the author provides a list of explanations and descriptions of terms with respect to crystals, Jinns, and other things. Half of the explanations weren't necessary. I'm pretty sure most readers are familiar with the terms and meanings behind Lucifer, holy water, and love spells. As for other definitions, the information provided should have been incorporated into the story as they provide the useful background information I was looking for. It also would have fleshed out the story and created a better book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional January 11, 2014
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This book captured my attention from the beginning and kept it through the entire book. I loved this story and the author's style of writing. She knows how to tell a story and keep your attention. I could easily picture the characters and became emotionally attached to each one. This is a heaven versus hell type of story with demons, fallen angels, witches, Jinn's and humans. Claire is a fallen Angel who was thrown into hell when she sided with other Angel 's against God. She became a demon and lived an evil life for centuries until one day she showed compassion by trying to save a drowning child. The child's parents die and the child but Claire is thrown into the body of the child and the body her demon self was inhabiting dies. She becomes an orphan child. Once she becomes an adult she opens a shop that sells candles, crystals, jewelry etc and does tarot readings. Claire's best friend is an inexperienced witch and doesn't know about her past and that she's really a fallen Angel/Demon. This story is exciting to read with non stop action. I laughed, I cried, and at times it was gripping. I'm ready to purchase the rest of the books in the series so I can find out what happens. This to me was a well written fantasy. I have a new favorite author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars A witchy boo in the night short story. Good one!
I loved the Annie character and probably my favorite. Claire, she owns a Wicca shop in Santa Luna, California and is a very likeable character but has secrets that she doesn’t... Read more
Published 15 days ago by RT Annie
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
I enjoyed it very much and enjoyed even more the hard work you put into it. So thank you so very much
Published 16 days ago by Paula Bragg
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book
This book was awesome. I love the characters and the way they are written brings them to life in my mind. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Justkel76
2.0 out of 5 stars Generally when I read the first book in a series ...
Generally when I read the first book in a series, I am anxious to get the next. I didn't find that the case with this one...
Published 23 days ago by Tara Rugg
5.0 out of 5 stars A good one
A good one
Published 23 days ago by RitaJC
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 1 month ago by Eloise Cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved the book!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Tina laraby
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quick read, good action
Excellent short, good action, development of characters. Thanks for the good read.
Published 2 months ago by Illyena Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok book
This book was an ok read. I liked the characters very much but there was something missing. I didn't enjoy reading it very much.
Published 2 months ago by Kelly Conway
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep the Wicked Coming!
I absolutely loved this book. Can't wait to get the next books in the series. Loved that Claire was true to herself in her devotion to and love for her her friends. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Goofra
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More About the Author

Cate Dean has been writing since she could hold a pen in her hand and put more than two words together on paper.

She grew up losing herself in the wilds of fantasy worlds, and has had some of her own adventures while tromping through the UK, and a few other parts of the world.

A lover of all things supernatural, she infuses that love into her stories, giving them a unique edge.

When she's not writing, she loves cooking, scaring herself silly in the local cemeteries, and reading pretty much anything she can get her hands on.

There - I got the official biography out of the way. I love to write, and yes, I have been doing it most of my life. I've made up stories in my head for as long as I can remember, and I am thrilled to be able to write them down and share them with you.

I love writing different types of stories, and jump from fantasy, to paranormal, and over to romance. So many genres, so little time...

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