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The Witching Pen (The Witching Pen series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Dianna Hardy
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Book Description

(Cover updated Dec 2013)

Book One of The Witching Pen series.

It's hard being the most powerful witch on the planet. It's even harder when you're a twenty-five year old virgin who'll lose all of that power the moment you sleep with someone ... that's why Elena's never slept with her best friend and flatmate, Karl, despite the true feelings they harbour for each other.

Elena's about to discover that there are even more difficult things in life to deal with. One of them comes in the form of a pen she discovers one day, a pen that allows anything she writes to come to pass...

Suddenly, it's not just her powers or her heart that's at stake, but her very soul, as a dream demon with a seductive pull uses the pen to try and turn her away from her reality, and from Karl.

But the pen is just the beginning. Everything Elena has believed in is a lie, and her world is about to fall apart...

(Book length: novella - over 37,000 words)

Contains mature content.
Paranormal / Urban Fantasy Romance
The entire series is now available in one boxed set (digital format).

Editorial Reviews


"I loved this story, so full of romance and magic, not to mention a very intriguing Demon Mythology created by the author." - Bookaholics Book Club (Ninfa's Bookaholics Factor), 5 STARS

"...a great start to a good series." - Romance Novel Junkies, 5 STARS

"Throw everything you think about novellas out the door on this one .... This is an excellent story and quite differs from most paranormal romance stories." - Bitten By Paranormal Romance, 4.5 STARS

About the Author

Dianna Hardy is a UK-based, independent author of Paranormal Romance (The Witching Pen Novellas), Urban Fantasy, Gothic Poetry (A Silver Kiss - Vampire Poetry) and the Occult.

Dianna prefers the company of nature and animals to the hustle and bustle of people. She loves anything paranormal (she doesn't really consider it "para"), organic food, walking barefoot, the smell of the woods after rain, and Summer days. She lives with her husband and their daughter, where she devotes her time to parenting, publishing and writing.

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  • File Size: 407 KB
  • Print Length: 222 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Satin Smoke Press; First Edition edition (December 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,709 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent paranormal romance November 16, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Elena is a powerful witch, but no one can know that. She hides her power behind new age mysticism and Wiccan ceremonies. The only one besides her mother who knows her secret is her best friend Karl. Karl has loved Elena since they were children, but Elena has always kept him, and everyone else, at arm's length when it came to romantic relationships. The talk her mother had with her when she was a teenager made it impossible for her to have a normal relationship. But, Karl keeps hoping.
Lies and secrets abound in Dianna Hardy's novella, The Witching Pen. Elena discovers there's a lot more to her than she was ever told. With demons trying to seduce her in her sleep and her suppressed feelings for Karl trying to surface, she doesn't know how to stop her world from crumbling around her. She learns that with great power, there is often great pain. As the story goes on, she suffers losses that may just push her into embracing everything she can become - the good and the bad. Are love and good friends enough to save her?
The Witching Pen is a paranormal romance that packs a lot of action in its pages. Readers enter a world with a pen that can write the future, demons who want to destroy the world, dark skeletons in family closets, and the power of love and magic done for the greater good. While the story is focused on Elena's relationship with Karl, other characters also seek to discover who they are and who they can be; some learning that love can come in many different packages. Dianna Hardy has woven a tale of passion and intrigue that brings the reader on a magical journey that can't be put down until the very end.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ;0) September 22, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
(May contain a few spoilers)

Elena is a thirteenth generation witch. At a young age, her mother told her being a witch comes with responsibilities; she will not be able to have a normal relationship or sex. She comes into possession of a pen, the witching pen that allows her to write anything that comes true. With the pen comes a dark demon, Nathaniel. Nathaniel haunts Elena's dreams and watches her from the dark until he makes his true intentions known. With the help of friends and family, Elena will uncover secrets as well as a way to prevent a demon portal from happening.

The product preview for this book is good but I don't think it does this book justice. I thought the story would be a certain way from reading the preview but it turned out to be a great start to a good series. The book had a certain simplicity to it in the beginning but later on as the story progress the characters and plot spoke volumes. The characters were all interesting for me. Katherine, Elena's mother seemed a bit cold but has a few secrets of her own. Amy and Mary are very important characters, as I believe their stories will be next. Pueblo seems to be a possessive and sexy demon and I think his story with Amy will be interesting. Karl is Elena's best friend. I have to admit I was not sure what to think of Karl but scene after scene he became sexier. After Karl's ordeal with Elena before and after, previous scenes started to make sense and came together. His role within the story was truly an unexpected surprise and added some excitement for me. Gwain was an interesting character as well; I just wanted to point that out. Saying what his role is will probably give away some of the plot. Lastly, the Shanka demon, Nathaniel, he is a villain need I say more.

I enjoyed the book and l'm looking forward to book 2 to see where the author takes Amy and Pueblo's story.

Story: FAIR to GOOD
Intimacy: GOOD
Enjoyment: GOOD
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2.5 August 28, 2012
Perhaps 2.5. Not very original. It was okay. I am certainly glad it was only 99 cents. The author has potential to do so much better. Her writing makes you feel for the characters, but there are too many viewpoints in one novel. I understand that she is setting up the plot to continue, to make a trilogy. But, there seems to be too much in just 300 something pages.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witching Writer :) July 28, 2012
By Morris
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It's hard to find good Witch books now-a-days. I have to say I was hooked on this one from the first page. I loved it and all to soon it was over. I couldn't believe how engrossed I became reading... then again I love to read and it helps when you get a book and its just too good to put down.

I purchased the next one as soon as I finished with the first and also got the Prequel "Wilted" I can't wait till the the third book is out... hanging in suspense. I can't say enough how happy I am to have found this Author.

I will recommend this over and over to anyone looking for a good read. This is a must have for sure.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I was really impressed with this story October 5, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
4 1/2

Throw everything you think about novellas out the door on this one. I was really impressed with this story. You get a huge storyline with surprises spite the 67 pgs. You also get a good romance and one sex scene. Oh, I almost forgot you get a lot of sexual tension between these two also so you don't miss out on the romance. I really like how the author went about writing how the pen works and the demons. This is an excellent story and quite differs from most paranormal romance stories. The book blurb really doesn't do it justice so please don't pay it too much mind .

Elena is a witch that lives with her best friend which by happens to be a guy named Karl. Karl has loved Elena since they were teens. He knows her secrets inside and out. He just has to make her see that she can trust him with her power. These two have to learn how to love and trust each other in order to stop the demon Nathaniel from getting Elena's power. Before the end Karl finds out he is something special too.

Karl and Elena are great together the only thing I wished would have happened was the sex scene would have went a tad slower with Elena being a virgin.

Great characters and a great romance story, I highly recommend this one to anyone who loves witches and surprises.
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I very much enjoyed this book and will buy the sequel. The characters where fleshed out just enough to keep me curious as to what happens next. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... lost interest but I kept reading then it got better and I was like...
I will say at first when I start reading the book it was slow so I kinda lost interest but I kept reading then it got better and I was like I want moreit was really good book.
Published 6 months ago by Rondlyn Knight
4.0 out of 5 stars but I still really enjoyed it!
Very enjoyable, needed a bit more editing/ proof reading, but I still really enjoyed it!!
Published 6 months ago by Steffany
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
This story was almost a DNF for me. What kept me going was the premise, which was interesting enough to pull me through in spite of huge gaps in the plot (which was predictable,... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Oh Bother
4.0 out of 5 stars Spookyy
Very good once you get to second chapter.Can't wait to read other books in series.Hopefully they will be on sale.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good tale
'The Witching Pen' is a good book where good meets evil that included the in-between. I enjoyed the storyline and how it played out. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Denise Gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great novella
The story drew me in and kept me hooked... it's exciting and fast paced, everything is balanced well, and tied up nicely by the end. Looking forward to more!
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More About the Author

"Whether paranormal or contemporary, the one thing all my stories have in common is the fight for what you really want from life." (Dianna Hardy)

Dianna Hardy is a UK-based, international bestselling author of The Witching Pen series, and the Eye Of The Storm series. She combines a titillating mix of contemporary and paranormal romance, as well as urban and dark fantasy, into her writing, to bring you stories that are action-packed, fast-paced and not short of heat, with the focus on both character development and the plot. She writes full-length novels and short fiction. She has also written poetry (first published in 1997) and esoteric books and articles. Nowadays, she chooses to concentrate on writing fiction.

In December 2012, Releasing The Wolf hit the Kindle Paranormal Fantasy charts in both the US and the UK, where it stayed for three months, enjoying a highest ranking of #20. The first two books in the Eye of The Storm series have enjoyed success in the top 100 of Fantasy charts on Kindle US and Kindle UK, and all books in the series to date have reached the top 100 of the Fantasy iTunes charts in Netherlands, Norway, Australia and the UK, with Heart Of The Wolf (book 3) reaching #1 in Denmark.

The Witching Pen series, 'Til Death Do Us Part and A Silver Kiss, have also hit the top 100 of Kindle and iBooks charts (Fantasy, Romance and Horror) in a number of different countries worldwide.

Although quite active online, Dianna prefers the quiet company of nature and animals to the hustle and bustle of people. She loves anything paranormal (she doesn't really consider it "para"), organic food, walking barefoot, the smell of the woods after rain, and summer days.

However, she is also sustained by coffee, chocolate and the occasional vodka.

She currently lives in Surrey, England with her partner and their daughter, where she writes full-time.

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