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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2011
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.
The Witching Pen is a novella that could easily be turned into a novel with all the intricate details of the main character's, as well as several supporting character's, past and heritage. The difficulty with writing a novella is deciding what to include and what can be left out. In this particular case, I would have loved to read more about the characters. The novella is excellently written. The main characters are well developed, all be it with secret pasts. But, I craved more without having to wait to read the sequel. There were a lot of questions left in my mind at the end. Since I enjoyed the novella so much, I guess I will just have to read the sequel to find out more about where Dianna Hardy brings her characters next. I thank the author for providing me with a review copy and I give the novella four stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 22, 2011
(May contain a few spoilers)

BRIEF SUMMARY
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.

THOUGHTS
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
on 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
on July 28, 2012
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
on October 5, 2011
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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
I waited to write this review until I had completed the trilogy. And, wow, what a trilogy it is. They are novellas, so the stories are short, but the author has a done a brilliant job of world building here. Usually short stories make you feel as though you've stepped into the middle of a story and are only getting a brief glimpse into the characters lives. Not so here. Ms. Hardy has done an incredible job of giving us fully-fleshed, three-dimensional characters with plenty of action and history with a slightly different take on the supernatural and origins of earth. I won't give away plot-lines, I don't like spoiling a great read, but I highly recommend this entire series to anyone who also enjoys Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Thea Harrison, Seanan McGuire and Jim Butcher. I'm only thankful that I came across this book as an Amazon freebie. Dianna Hardy has quickly made my "must read" authors list.

I can't wait til the next installment to see where this fantastic story is going.

What an incredible mini-series these books would make. I can only hope someone is pitching this somewhere as a film project.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 1, 2012
Elena is just beginning to learn who she really is, and the story follows her discovery of magic, demons, friendship, love and what family really means.

For a novella (though longer than some books I've read classed as novels), this book has so much going on - but not in an overwhelming way. The development of the characters grows greatly as the story goes on, and the descriptions leave little to the imagination, ensuring the reader feels each part of the story.

An excellent paranormal romance novella, and a great start to the series. I can't wait to read The Sands of Time and see what's in store for Elena, Karl and their friends.

I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2012
This is a novella - shorter than the average novel - but longer than other novellas I have read, and a really good read. You still get a really involved and well thought out plot, romance, action and a steamy sex scene as well! In the early parts of the story when the relationship is just a friendship the tension between the two characters is really believable, and when something happens to one of them (I don't want to give anything away!) I was absolutely gutted... until it was resolved and then I breathed a huge sigh of relief - which proves to me that I really cared about these characters, and story!

I myself have been researching witchcraft for my own writing so I recognised a lot of the practises within the book, and they've all been well thought out, and when explanations are needed they are given succinctly. Considering the amount of paranormal fiction out there Dianna still manages to achieve something different. I love the idea of the witching pen, and the whole history behind it. I love the twists in the story, involving a couple of characters and I love the way the story ends with a minor character in trouble, for the sequel to follow on with!

All in all one of the best indie paranormal reads out there. Get it, you won't regret it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2012
Elena and Karl have been friends and a lifeline to each other as long as they can remember. Their attraction is over the top but complications keep them apart ~ the reveal of who they are and what that will mean to each other and all the people they love is intense and unpredictable. This story is a thrill ride that introduces characters that will stick with you and get under your skin and into your heart - Highly Recommend this read!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
Life is hard when you love someone but cannot act on it. Elena knows she can't- she's in love with her roommate, he's in love with her, but they cannot be together. Years ago her mother told her she'd lose her powers to whatever man she gave herself to, and she's determined not to- not because she wants her power to remain her own, but simply because to she'd hate to burden someone with them. She loves Karl too much for that, and struggles to keep him at bay.

The problem? Everything she's ever been told was a lie, and sadly it leads to unexpected and potentially deadly consequences. Nearly every character in this series is lovable in their own way, and the ones that aren't? Well, I found myself rooting for swift justice. Bittersweet, this story left me wanting more. Lucky for me, there's more available!
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