Book Review: Magick Weaved On A Samhain Eve by VJ Chisholm

Title: Magick Weaved On A Samhain Eve
Author: VJ Chisholm
Publisher: Vamptasy Publishing
Reviewer: Jennifer Andrew



Alexia was feeling awkward about having to tell the rest of the women in her coven how inactive she was in the intimacy dept. and she was hoping things would change soon. She was a picky woman but why shouldn’t she be? The last thing Alexia wanted was to be someone’s play toy. She had a gift of turning men on and leaving them craving her touch but couldn’t she have a meaningful and flirtatious relationship with a man who meant more to her than a frivolous sexual affair?

The story plays out like one of those fun housewives reality shows where women are sitting around either trying to help solve your problem or blaming you for causing the problem in the first place. It’s a delight to see the coven treat each other in a sisterly manner instead of like most stories where the witches are plotting the demise of the whole town or the men who had deceived them. This storyline has a sensual feel to it where the reader is going to delve deep into the characters and especially what happens to Alexia. I find it humorous that one of the most important discussions of the day had to do with the last time the women got laid.

Samhain Eve (known also as Halloween) became one of the most enticingly hot night of the year. The reader gets over excited to see what a few single, horny women can do to entertain themselves. It’s refreshing to see how men aren’t the only ones allowed to satisfy their sexual appetites.

The plot is exciting and in a way a little mysterious. When Wiccan women decide that they are going to be mischievous, you don’t know what kind of trouble they are going to concoct, especially in a quaint place like a bed and breakfast establishment.

The dialogue is smart and humorous, which gives the characters life and personality. The conversation between Alexia and her spirit lover, Lance, will make any reader smile at how they go about teasing each other. Alexia is a strong female character who is open minded, adventurous and sexual in nature, which makes her lovable but playful as well. Her conjured lover is handsome, with a take charge attitude, but he soon finds out that she is the one in control and soon takes back her sexual power over him.

The author focuses on the characters and let’s the story play itself out. She takes a simple concept of finding sexual gratitude and freedom and broadens it into a story of longing and intimacy. You are going to love this story of supernatural sex and witchcraft. You will soon believe that you could wish for your own divine paranormal sexual visitor in your bed, fulfilling all your fantasies.

Jennifer Andrew
Freelance Writer and Book Reviewer

Picture Prompt – Teens!

Who has a teenager at home who is coming into his or her own? Who is feeling the affects of trying to understand this person who is struggling to be a young adult? What kind of turmoil is going on in your house?

This writing assignment can vent off some frustrations. Write a paragraph or two of where you find yourself emotionally with your teen. You may find it’s refreshing to let things go on paper. Besides, if you write youth fiction, you may need to practice the emotions that parents go through in this stage of a youth’s development.

Good luck.

Jennifer Andrew
Freelance Writer & Book Reviewer

Picture Prompt – Skeletons In The Closet

Everyone has skeletons in his or her closet. Some of them should never come out but for other’s, it may be cleansing to the soul if it’s let out.

Write a paragraph or two of one of your skeletons and why you wouldn’t want it to get out. This is a writing exercise for you and not meant to be posted publicly.

See what comes out from the depths of your soul.

Jennifer Andrew
Freelance Writer and Book Reviewer

Crime Scene – Picture Prompt

The new series on CTV Monday nights at 8pm, Gotham, appears to be a good series. I am not much of a batman fan but the series focuses on the development of all substantial characters and their origins. Penguin, cat woman, Riddler, Ivy, Detective Gordan and Bruce as well as the two major crime syndicates are not ignored. The first episode starts with the death of Bruce’s parents and the crime scene that starts it all.

Crime scenes are difficult to create sometimes. You never know how much information to tell and how graphic to be.

Write and describe a crime scene. Where is the location and setting? How many victims involved? Who got there first? Were there any witnesses?

Have fun with it and mention details.

Jennifer Andrew
Freelance Writer & Book Reviewer

Screen Images – Picture Prompt

Depending on where you live, the cool weather is already seeping in. September brings thoughts of the leaves changing soon and fun occasions coming like Halloween.

Sometimes just having a cool desktop or screen image gives you the motivation to write.

What is your favorite screen image and how does it inspire you?

Jennifer Andrew
Freelance Writer & Book Reviewer

Building Your Story

In the September 2014 issue of RWA, my romance writer’s report from my writing organization, there is a great article written by Elizabeth Harmon called Home Improvement.
You are probably thinking what does home improvement have to do with my writing, but in the article she states that building a novel is similar to building a house.  Creating rooms, décor, landscape and fixtures you want with your house is the same type of mind frame you think about when creating your novel; your characters, setting, theme, plot, dialogue, etc.
When preparing for the house that you want to build, you have to form a blueprint or a floor plan.  Similarly, when creating your next literary work of art, you need to sit down and decide what you are going to write – genre, setting, plot and establishing your characters.  When you have an outline or a checklist, it keeps you on track with the details of how you want to start your next novel.  Changes can always be made but you will have an understanding of what direction you want to go in your next book.
When building a house, you create a framework or a foundation so the house can be built strong and secure.  When writing a story, your first draft becomes that framework.  Whether you focus on creating the plot and letting the characters come into existence or creating your characters and letting them see where the story takes you, both ideas set the foundation.  Don’t hold back.  Revision will always be necessary so it’s important to get everything down on paper so you can have a vision of how your story will ultimately turn out.
The interior of your house is created with excitement because you can’t wait to see the finished product.  This would resemble your second draft.  You have allowed yourself to take a breather from your work so when you approach it, you have a renewed outlook to your story and look at it in a different light.  This will give you an opportunity to check on the flow of your story, to see if there are no discrepancies or redundancy to your character’s actions or personalities.  You can check grammar, spelling and verbose dialogue.  This will give you the opportunity to look at the “guts” of your story and fix anything you deem fit to complete the construction of your novel.
When your house is complete and you are excited to choose your décor so you can enjoy your newly built house, the third draft serves the same purpose in your writing.  The last look, gives you the opportunity to make the finishing touches to ensure that the story flows smoothly with the climax that leads to any answers that were left in question.  Read your draft as if your reader is experiencing your work.  Maybe you can have someone read over your work to get a different opinion or viewpoint.
Finally, you have finished your house and you can enjoy all the comforts you desire.  With your completed novel, you now have the opportunity to submit it to a publisher, self-publish if that is what you intend or hand it to your agent as a finished and successful piece of work.
The article by Elizabeth Harmon was enlightening and when you’re a solitary writer, sometimes you don’t realize how connected you are to the outside world.  Writing encompasses more than you think.
Jennifer Andrew
Freelance Writer and Book Reviewer
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