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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060876085
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060876081
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,383,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Best friends Nely Mendoza and Aggie Portero share a life-changing switcheroo in Castillo's spirited romantic comedy. Past 30, curvy wife and mom Nely and hot, no-carb spitfire shop owner Aggie are a little jealous of each other's life. But after the two switch bodies during a transcendental meditation ceremony, they realize that the other's grass isn't necessarily greener. Aggie, who's been yearning for marriage and a baby, experiences some reality checks while taking care of Nely's toddler, and Simon, Nely's cop husband, all the while handling Simon's manipulative mother. Nely's challenges as Aggie include rescuing her friend's shop from financial meltdown, fending off a stalker and figuring out what's up with Aggie's playboy pal, chef Kevin Sanchez. Although the trading places idea isn't a fresh concept, Castillo's effervescent style and likable characters sweeten the deal. (Oct.)
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About the Author

Mary Castillo attenteded the University of Southern California, where she majored in History. During that time she went on medical missions to Mexico (where she helped deliver a baby), and interned at L.A. County Hospital. But when it was time to choose a career, Mary went back to her original love of storytelling and began writing screenplays and novels. She has worked in public relations, advertising, and as a reporter for the L.A. Times Community News. She lives in Orange County, California, with her family.


More About the Author

Mary Castillo became a writer when given an assignment to create a fairy tale book in the third grade. Screenplays came first, but when she wrote her first novel she found her life's work. San Diego Magazine recently profiled her and the new book, Lost in the Light. Known for her humorous characters and the crazy situations they get themselves into, Latina magazine called Mary "an author to look out for," and selected In Between Men and Names I Call My Sister for the Top 10 Summers Reads in July 2009. OC Metro Magazine named Mary one of the hottest 25 people in The O.C. She has also been profiled in Orange County Register, Coast, The Arizona Republic and San Diego Union Tribune. Her debut, Hot Tamara was a Cosmopolitan Magazine "Red Hot Read."

When not holed up in her office, you can find Mary knitting while reading historical novels and biographies, or her favorite authors. She loves farmer's markets, afternoon tea and random historic landmarks. With her husband and son, she's hiking, camping and having the adventure of a lifetime!

Visit Mary's website at www.MaryCastillo.com
Follow Mary on twitter at www.twitter.com/MCastilloWrites
Join Mary on Faceboook at www.facebook.com/marycastillo

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jamie Martinez Wood on November 17, 2007
Format: Paperback
Switchcraft is a fun read with great characters that you really care about and a suprise ending. What more could you want?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on August 10, 2008
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I liked the concept but it was SOOO confusing to follow who was talking when after they did the switch.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chica Lit reader on December 27, 2007
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I found this book a fun original read. I loved the way Mary fused new age spas into fun chica lit tome. As a San Diego native, I also loved the specifics Mary used to describe the San Diego Gaslamp single life and Eastlake suburban mommydom. (Go Pannikan Coffee) Non San Diegans will love a glimpse into the So Cal lifestyle. I also loved the cameo by Mary's previous characters.
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Unlike other body swap stories such as It's a Boy Girl Thing, Freaky Friday, Dream a Little Dream, Being John Malkovich, Vice Versa, or 18 Again Mary Castillo's new novel, Switchcraft is fresh, mesmerizing, and unmatched in what could have been a very derivative story in the genre.

Aggie and Nely, two life-long friends, accidentally switch bodies at new age spa while attempting to commune with Aggie's deceased mother. Aggie finds herself as a pudgy super-mom with an impossible, meddling mother-in-law from hell, and Nely finds herself in a sleek, single body with a failing business and a scary stalker. The two spend the next month realizing what they had and what they have lost biding their time until the guru can switch their consciousness's back to their own bodies.

Castillo's unique story is creative in that it deals with Latina peers and the culture of their machismo men. It is modern without being stereotypical. Fans of women's fiction will adore the very hot, erotic dream Nely has of her husband, Simon, and romantics will appreciate the way tough-guy Simon sees through the exterior of Aggie to find the soul of his wife, Nely. Castillo spends enough time creating three-dimensional Aggie and Nely characters that the reader feels a clear connection with both.

Castillo's book is smart, inventive, and an extremely satisfying read! She is also the author of Hot Tamara and In Between Men.
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