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Ringmaster: A Paranormal Romance Series (The Magic Carnival Book 1) Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Trudi Jaye loves writing about quirky characters who are smart enough to get out of the crazy situations that she puts them in. Her stories generally end up a mix of genres, but are mostly Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy - although they always include a bit of romance, and often have mystery and adventure in them as well. 
She's been writing since she was a kid, and telling stories to herself for even longer - she distinctly remembers sitting at the base of a big oak tree when she was little, using the acorn hats to create bowls and other implements to go in the fairy houses that she had created. 
When she's not writing, she can be found going for walks in the beautiful New Zealand forests where she lives, spending time with her lovely husband and her cheeky young daughter, and of course reading...
She also does yoga, although she's not very bendy, and karate, although she doesn't like the idea of hitting anyone. 

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  • File Size: 1304 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Star Media Ltd; 1 edition (May 22, 2014)
  • Publication Date: May 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KIYOAEA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,920 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Trudi Jaye writes paranormal romance, urban fantasy and young adult fiction. Her first series, The Magic Carnival, is set in a travelling circus where magic is a part of everyday life. The first three books in the series are out now, with book four due out in May 2015.

If you would like to find out when the next in the series is released, and get in on freebies, competitions and other cool stuff simply sign up to the mailing list at www.trudijayewrites.com/signup

Trudi Jaye lives in Auckland, New Zealand, in a secluded haven amongst the trees with her lovely husband and cheeky young daughter. Trudi enjoys yoga, although she's not very bendy, and karate, although she doesn't like the idea of hitting anyone.

For the last ten years she's been a magazine writer and editor, most recently writing about innovative and cutting-edge research. It's a great place to get ideas for her books!

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nancy GYG on June 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I just finished this book, and let me tell you, I wish it wasn’t over. This is one of those books that you mourn when it is done. From the minute I picked it up I could not put it down!

I would like to applaud the author for coming up with a story line that I had never seen before. Most books I read, while I enjoy them very much, are not something really new. I had never read a story with the magic carnival before.

You would think a story about a magic carnival would be hokey, but so not the case with this book. And normally when I think of a Carney, it doesn’t paint a very pretty picture. In this book, the carnival has very beautiful and poignant characters.

This book crosses several genres. At heart it is a paranormal, but it is also a beautiful romance and an exciting and intriguing mystery. I can’t wait to read the next one!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MMurphy on June 4, 2014
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I received this book from the author and from Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.
I'm giving this book 5 fangs. I couldn't put it down.
Ringmaster is full of suspense, romance, magic and intrigue. As Rilla and Jack compete to be the ringmaster of the carnival they also have to become allies against the saboteur.
The carnival was magical and the author brought it and the carnies to life brilliantly. This is the first book in the series, but although it wasn't a stand alone it didn't really have a cliffhanger.
I loved this book and am looking forward to enjoying the second when it releases. I would recommend this to anyone who reads paranormal suspense/romance NA and Adult.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bookishly Inclined on May 27, 2014
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This book has everything I love - magic and mystery, excitement and romance. It drew me in right from the start and was hard to put down. This is no ordinary carnival, and I really liked the magical touches that made it so different. I'll definitely be getting the next book in the series when it comes out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cate Harris on March 1, 2015
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Roll up, roll up for a thoroughly intriguing mix of magic, mystery and romance!

As mentioned by a couple of other reviewers, I haven't come across a carnival setting before and I loved it. Trudi Jaye creates an exciting and interesting world with fabulous heritage. Add in the mysteries of the carnival's own magic and the powers it gives the carnival's characters, and this is a can't-put-it-down kind of read.

What I enjoyed the most was the relationship between Rilla and Jack. At first they're at complete loggerheads, the heir apparent to the Ringmaster's role and the complete newbie who struggles to understand the carnies' world. Together they must race to find out who's sabotaging the carnival and save their livelihood and heritage, and Ms Jaye takes us on quite an adventure through those last few chapters before delivering a satisfying and feel-good ending.

Well-written and a thoroughly enjoyable story.

I'll be setting time aside to read the second book in the series, The Gift, one weekend soon.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary M on August 13, 2014
Format: Paperback
I loved this debut novel from Trudi Jaye. How does she do it? Ringmaster has it all - mystery, suspense, murder, the romance of the circus - plus the romance of romance! I predict a great future for Rilla and Jack and I can hardly wait to find out where the author will take them, and her readers, next.
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By Carol on July 1, 2015
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Ringmaster is book one in the Carnival Series by Trudi Jaye. I read it as part of the anthology, Powers, Spice, and Not So Nice.

Rilla Jolly has been a part of the Jolly Carnival all her life. It is all that she knows. Her father is the beloved Abacus Jolly the last of a long line of Ringmasters. Rilla has been training to someday take his place but took her time. There was no need to hurry, her father had years before he would retire from the position, or that’s what Rilla thought until he was tragically killed in an auto accident. Rilla hasn’t even had time to grieve for her father as she is thrust into the spotlight to fill his shoes.

There is something different, though, about the Jolly Carnival. The carnival is magical. Over three hundred years ago, the original nine started the Carnival and today, the descendants of those nine and their families are still there, all part of the magic that keeps the Carnival alive. And alive it is, almost as a living, breathing thing.

As Rilla is attending her father’s wake, a man that used to be a part of the carnival thirty five years ago returns, claiming that he wants to challenge Rilla for the position of the Ringmaster. And with him is his sexy son, Jack.

“I’m a Jolly. It’s what our family does. We run the Carnival, and we’re the Ringmasters. Ever since the shipwreck. I can’t…I won’t let the family down.”

Along with trying to grieve for her father, adjust to a challenger for Ringmaster, there has been sabotages happening. Her father had been trying to find who was responsible before he died. The sabotage was weakening the magic of the Carnival. And now, the nine are doubting Rilla’s ability to lead. Should she just give up the position?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By loveinsmallpackages on July 28, 2014
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An original concept with well drawn characters. Who could ask for more. I'm not one for giving away plot lines but I did really enjoy the whole "gift" idea. Looking forward to the next in the series.
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