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Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Black Matrix Publishing LLC (September 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615535569
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615535562
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,372,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love a good witchy tale, and I love mysteries.
Book 'Em Blog
It kept my attention from the beginning and kept getting better throughout.
Joy F
That girl has a charming way about her, and she really was loyal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michelle@Book Briefs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
The Promise grabbed me right from the start! I was so engrossed in the book that I stayed up super late so I could find out it's secrets. I love a good mystery story, and a magical mystery is even better! I went into this book expecting to like it, but I finished it LOVING it! I love it when books surprise you in the best ways.

CJ was such an awesome main character. She is so fiery and full of life. And persistent- that girl would just not give up! I loved her spunk and I also really liked Kay. Even though the whole book I thought I should be wary of her, I just couldn't help it. That girl has a charming way about her, and she really was loyal. Also my love for Jeff might have rivaled my love for CJ's spunkiness. Jeff is just so good and loyal and dependable. He is the guy I would want to end up with. I liked him soo much more than Ethan. No contest!

Speaking of Ethan. I didn't like him, not ever. Even when he was being nice, something about him just screamed stay away to me. Nope, I was just not an Ethan fan. I didn't like how crazy CJ went whenever he would show up, but I at least respected that she would admit that she knew she was behaving irrationally. I'm just not a fan when girls go gaga over a guy and they lose their heads. But at least Cj realized that was happening and she tried to think logically.

The plot of The Promise is so riveting that you will not want to put the book down. I would have to force myself to turn my kindle off an go to bed because I had class in the morning. And even then, knowing I would be a walking zombie the next day- I still did not want to stop reading. There are no slow parts at all, or parts that bugged me. I loved the mixture of journal entries, flashbacks to the past. I really like how everything balanced itself out.
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By Book 'Em Blog on December 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
First, let me say that I consider myself a connoisseur of witchy reads. I love a good witchy tale, and I love mysteries. Baker delivers both in her debut novel. The Promise is a nice mixture of Witches of Eastwick meets Nancy Drew meets The Craft.

The plot of the novel is nicely developed. At first I was afraid that it would lag in places, but once Baker thrusts the reader into Cassie's spell, the pages will not stop turning. The reader will take the ride with Cassie as she falls in love, and as she learns the truth behind her sister's death. Baker balances the romantic element of the plot nicely with the mystery surrounding Cassie, the founding of New Salem, and the curse that threatens to wreck it all.

Character development in the novel is spot on. It is evident that this will be a series heavy on solving witchy mysteries, but at the same time this series will be about family, friendship, self-discovery, and love. While Baker does not fully develop her characters in this novel, it is not a necessity for its purpose. Cassie's character is the most defined because she is the center of the novel; however, readers are introduced to other characters such as Kay, Jeff, and Ethan. They serve minor, yet important, roles that are not fully defined just yet. This development is going to be a slow build, but readers will not feel cheated. They will be satisfied with just enough development to move the story along.

The marriage of everything witchy in this novel was quite interesting. Instead of sticking with the stereotypical ideals of witches, Baker takes it a step further. These witches are not practitioners of Wicca - they are witches. She defines the difference for readers in the novel, and I found this refreshing.
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By Diana M. Hockley on November 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
As an older reader I am not a fan of this genre, but this book got me in and I couldn't put it down. I don't want to give any spoilers - I don't believe anyone should ruin a plot for a new reader - however, I do want to say that this is a well thought out, scary plot with many twists and turns. Having come from a small town (outside in the rural area) I know that there are many secrets, especially amongst the older people and this plot is no exception. I shall be very interested to read the next in the series. Love the cover, BTW! It's very true to the subject matter.

Well done indeed :)
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By Joy F on February 18, 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. Paranormal is one of my favorite genres.
It kept my attention from the beginning and kept getting better throughout. I love stories about witches and this did not disappoint. Can't wait for book 2.
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By handers89 on July 25, 2013
Format: Paperback
I loved this book. It captured my interest from the very beginning and would recommend it to everyone! Can't wait to read more of her work!
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More About the Author

From USA Today Bestselling Author Apryl Baker...

So who am I? Well, I'm the crazy girl with an imagination that never shuts up. I LOVE scary movies. My friend Chazz laughs at me when I scare myself watching them and tells me to stop watching them, but who doesn't love to get scared? I grew up in a small town nestled in the southern mountains of West Virginia where I spent days roaming around in the woods, climbing trees, and causing general mayhem. Nights I would stay up reading Nancy Drew by flashlight under the covers until my parents yelled at me to go to sleep.

Growing up in a small town, I learned a lot of values and morals, I also learned parents have spies everywhere and there's always someone to tell your mama you were seen kissing a particular boy on a particular day just a little too long. So when you get grounded, what is there left to do? Read! My Aunt Jo gave me my first real romance novel. It was a romance titled "Lord Margrave's Deception." I remember it fondly. But I also learned I had a deep and abiding love of mysteries and anything paranormal. As I grew up, I started to write just that and would entertain my friends with stories featuring them as main characters.

Now, I live Huntersville, NC where I entertain my niece and nephew and watch the cats get teased by the birds and laugh myself silly when they swoop down and then dive back up just out of reach. The cats start yelling something fierce...lol.

I love books, I love writing books, and I love entertaining people with my silly stories.

You can reach me at any of these places:
Blog: http://apryl-baker.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @AprylBaker
The Promise Book Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YO2zTiuXzao

PS: DO NOT GET IN MY WAY IF THERE IS A SALE ON AT TARGET - my home away from home!