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True of Blood: Book 1 of The Witch Fairy Series [Kindle Edition]

Bonnie Lamer
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"I have a television so I know what a family is supposed to look like but mine is nothing like that. To begin with, both my parents are dead. Not the kind of dead where you bury them in the ground, say some nice words, cry a lot and then never see them again. Nope, when they died they refused to ‘go into the light’ or whatever it is you’re supposed to do when you die. Instead, they came back home. As ghosts. Have you ever been sent to your room by a parent who has no corporeal form? I have and it sucks..."

Xandra Illuminata Smith has lived for the last three years with ghosts as parents but her life gets even stranger after her seventeenth birthday when she finds out that her mother is actually a Witch in hiding and her biological father, whom she knew nothing about, is a Fairy and King of the Fae realm.

Xandra is the first Witch Fairy to be born in thousands of years for very good reason. No one should be able to control that much magic and Xandra was never meant to be born at all but her mother has managed to keep her hidden away until now.

The Witches want her dead and the Fairies want her blood, for only her blood will reopen the gateway to the Fae realm and allow them back into this realm to take revenge on humans and Witches alike for having banished them hundreds of years ago.

Xandra has very little time to learn how to use her powerful Witch and Fairy magic that has been bound since her birth while running from the Fairies who managed to jump realms and want to take her blood to set the others free. She needs someone to teach her and her parents enlist the help of one powerful Fairy who claims to want to keep the realms closed to each other. He will help keep her safe and alive as she learns, at least that's what he says...


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Loves: 1. People who read my books. 2. My children (Please don’t tell my kids I listed fans before them. You may cause a riot in my home. They’re pretty feisty little buggers.) 3. My cats and dogs when they’re not making me sniffle, sneeze, rub my eyes or irritating my asthma. (Scratch that, they always do and I love them anyway. 4. Writing. (I would have listed this first, but it would have looked bad. Worse than putting fans before my kids.) 5. Good friends (Fortunately, I have several.) 6. Quiet evenings at home in front of the fireplace reading a good book. (Please, like that’s going to happen with five kids in the house - but I can dream can’t I?) 7. I got stuck here so I asked a couple of friends to tell me their fondest memory of me. This is what I got: Deb: It was when you used to babysit Michael and rode the horse in Meijer so he could ride with you. Also......my first trip to TX for a wedding. You were at my house and said you would put my clothes in the dryer when they were done. Needless to say, the next morning I had to pack wet clothes in my suitcase. The airline lost my luggage for 4 days so when I finally got it back, my clothes were all mildewed. (Okay, in my defense – I was twelve at the time. The sad thing is, I still forget to put clothes in the dryer.) Michele: I have too many…but one of the first that popped in my head was how you drove all the way to Chicago to look at my apartment for me because I was too hung over, and then gave me all the details so I could pretend I was there. You are a good friend...(It was only a seven hour round trip. What are friends for?) Joe: A particular Domino’s pizza delivery and you invited the delivery guy inside…(I’m going to stop there because my ex-husband thinks he’s funny.) For obvious reasons, I didn’t ask anyone else. Hates: 1. Puppies, kittens, babies, sunshine, peace on earth, goodwill, recycling, education, gifts, and sweets of any kind. (Really, I do.) 2. Being facetious. (I would never dream of it!) 3. People who don’t read my books. (Well, maybe not all of them. But, most of them.) 4. People who always manage to stop by the house when I look terrible. (You know who you are…) 5. Lumberjacks. (Don’t know why, just do.) Now that you know everything about me, you should drop by my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bonnie-Lamer-Author/129829463748061 to tell me all about you.

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  • File Size: 1748 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Publisher: Hugo Klam (April 17, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004X287VK
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70 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More books like this one, please! June 18, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book is one of the better young adult paranormal romances on the market. It is light-hearted even though it deals with life's harsher realities. The book ended well, not leaving the reader hanging with unfinished business, but leaving possibilities for sequels. I found the female and male protagonists engaging. There is romance, but the author does not rely on steamy sex scenes, which is appropriate for "young adult" genres. As a mother of teenagers, I would definitely feel comfortable about my children reading this, but I also enjoyed reading it. A very fun book to read. I highly recommend it.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG i loved this book!!! September 25, 2011
By Cory
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Ok, so this is my first review on amazon, so naturally it has to be on the best book i've read. True of Blood was an amazing read!!! it was longer than you would expect from a $0.99 book, and i would have happily paid much more for it! Xandra's conversations with Kallen cracked me up! At one point my family acted like i was crazy because i would randomly burst out laughing! as Xandra started to care deeply for Kallen, i did too...Bonnie Lamer is an excellent author, and i definitely will be getting the next book! this is one of those books where, once you start reading, you can't put it down! the characters in this book are hilarious and i fell in love with them! i promise they will stick with you!! i admit the editing job wasn't perfect but you forget all about that as you get absorbed into the story! i know that when i'm hesitant about getting a book, i read the reviews...if that's your case with this book then please dont doubt its awesomeness!! it was amazing and i promise you will think so too!! i mean, c'mon; ghost parents. a Witch Fairy, a gorgeous Fairy, evil relatives, and two fairies trying to kill you in the isolation of snowy mountains...what's not to love?!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid enjoyable light read! October 27, 2011
By Nancy
Format:Kindle Edition
I was not expecting much for .99. What a surprise! The main characters are funny and engaging. The other characters are not as three dimensional but that does not hinder this story because the relationship between the two main characters really carries the story through to the end. The initial concept - a teenager who comes into powers she never knew existed isn't really all that new but the author's approach isn't stale. Although the witch-fairy's parents are dead, they are very much with her in ghost form. The witch-fairy is not an orphan or lost alien...her mother deliberately kept her in the dark out of some misguided idea that it would protect her not to know about the prophacy of her birth, the powers she would inherit or the people who wanted her dead. The daughter copes in a typical teenager style (sarcasm much?). The story is funny and light. All in all a very enjoyable read appropriate for the young adult market.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It! September 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'm far from a youngster (almost 60) but I'm definitely young at heart. I loved the characters and especially appreciated the fact that the male and female lead, while very much attracted to each other, exercise restraint realizing they are too young to make an adult commitment at this point in time. I feel the book was fun, exciting and at times, a bit scary. I would heartily recommend this book to anyone of any age that enjoys the fantasy world of witches and fairies. I have already purchased the second book in the series and can't wait to read it. Great job!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Look Into Kallen's Mind January 5, 2012
By TKV
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Yes, it is the same story as True of Blood, but I liked being able to know what Kallen was thinking at certain points in the story. I feel like I know a lot more about Kallen's character now. It was well-written and entertaining (a couple typos, but no big deal to me). I enjoyed the foray into Kallen's thoughts, but I still prefer Xandra's point of view (the fairy dart drunkenness was not nearly as funny from Kallen's POV) and I an anxiously awaiting the next book.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potential but not reached October 23, 2011
By Tam B.
Format:Kindle Edition
WARNING SPOILERS

I've read YA titles with magical/mythical themes and have enjoyed them. I read and finished this title and thought that it had great potential but lacked. It had some great ideas - ghosts as parents, a lead female with unique and unknown abilities, a viable threat from all sides. But no idea is developed sufficiently to make the story great. The parents disappear early on. The abilities seem more of a hindrance than anything else and the threat whilst present never really feels like one.

What really irked me about this book was the mother of Xandra. Here is a woman who due to ignorance (enforced by her parents) gets seduced and bears the Witch/Fairy child that was foretold. This same woman then keeps her own daughter ignorant of her history. Instead we get these pathetic little quotes that turn out to be witch teachings (that have to be translated to make sense) and a fairy story (pun intended I think). Xandra is home schooled we assume for her protection but there are no unusual (as in helpful to a witch/fairy) subjects. Herb lore could have been a quite normal natural history subject and helpful to boot. The whole fairy/witch history could have been studied under myths or created to be a game so all the rules and history was understood. BUT NO. Once Xandra's 17th birthday is reached we suddenly get told "Oh you know that fairy tale I told you as a child - well it's actually my own true story" and any wonder the girl gets some attitude.

And then, the woman who ran from her father because he wants to kill her daughter and hides for 17 years, at the first sign of trouble runs to her father for help. What does this achieve, her father wants to kill her daughter even more!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
Loved this one def recommend it I have read the whole series and have began to read it for the second time
Published 1 day ago by Mallory
1.0 out of 5 stars Save your time and skip!
Liars. I miss the days when I could trust others reviews, but this book was bad enough I had to put it down halfway through.
Published 1 day ago by Lyndsey Y Darwin-Spooner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This whole series is great.....want book13
Published 5 days ago by Dawn Kavanagh
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very enjoyable and easy read.
Published 7 days ago by Linda Elliston
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This book was interesting
Published 17 days ago by tasha feltz
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh & Interesting
This book gave us a fresh and Interesting new way of looking at witches a d faeries. The characters were young and Interesting and fun. Read more
Published 24 days ago by K.J.Quiltz
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Ok, subject for teen crowd.
Published 25 days ago by Rose Marie Lehmann
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read
A very good book though Xandra has too much power for it to really interesting otherwise a brilliant story.
I really love this series.
Published 27 days ago by Rüþý
2.0 out of 5 stars for teens
Should make it clear that this a teenager book. Fo
Published 1 month ago by BammerMom
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute
I found this book on a website that lists all free Kindle books. This was a cute book and I'm glad I read it. It was fast paced and only took me a couple hours to read. Read more
Published 1 month ago by CLM
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Loves:
1. People who read my books.
2. My children (Please don't tell my kids I listed fans before them. You may cause a riot in my home. They're pretty feisty little buggers.)
3. My cats and dogs when they're not making me sniffle, sneeze, rub my eyes or irritating my asthma. (Scratch that, they always do and I love them anyway.)
4. Writing. (I would have listed this first, but it would have looked bad. Worse than putting fans before my kids.)
5. Good friends (Fortunately, I have several.)
6. Quiet evenings at home in front of the fireplace reading a good book. (Please, like that's going to happen with five kids in the house - but I can dream can't I?)
7. I got stuck here so I asked a couple of friends to tell me their fondest memory of me. This is what I got:
a. Deb: It was when you used to babysit Michael and rode the horse in Meijer so he could ride with you. Also......my first trip to TX for a wedding. You were at my house and said you would put my clothes in the dryer when they were done. Needless to say, the next morning I had to pack wet clothes in my suitcase. The airline lost my luggage for 4 days so when I finally got it back, my clothes were all mildewed. (Okay, in my defense - I was twelve at the time. The sad thing is, I still forget to put clothes in the dryer.)
b. Michele: I have too many...but one of the first that popped in my head was how you drove all the way to Chicago to look at my apartment for me because I was too hung over, and then gave me all the details so I could pretend I was there. You are a good friend...(It was only a seven hour round trip. What are friends for?)
c. Joe: A particular Domino's pizza delivery and you invited the delivery guy inside...(I'm going to stop there because my ex-husband thinks he's funny.)
d. For obvious reasons, I didn't ask anyone else.

Hates:
1. Puppies, kittens, babies, sunshine, peace on earth, goodwill, recycling, education, gifts, and sweets of any kind. (Really, I do.)
2. Being facetious. (I would never dream of it!)
3. People who don't read my books. (Well, maybe not all of them. But, most of them.)
4. People who always manage to stop by the house when I look terrible. (You know who you are...)
5. Lumberjacks. (Don't know why, just do.)

Now that you know everything about me, you should drop by my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bonnie-Lamer-Author/129829463748061 to tell me all about you.

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