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    3.5I got a couple good chuckles out of No Rest for the Wicca Morgan was a fun character who managed to pull off the tough snark without pushing it over into the suicidal diarrhea mouth so many such characters have I enjoyed her, her desire do the right thing, her intelligence and her backbone, maybe not so much her tendency toward alcoholism and self destructive behaviour But a few quirks make a characterinteresting.I also enjoyed the mystery here too Honestly, it wasn t that hard to f 3.5I got a couple good chuckles out of No Rest for the Wicca Morgan was a fun character who managed to pull off the tough snark without pushing it over into the suicidal diarrhea mouth so many such characters have I enjoyed her, her desire do the right thing, her intelligence and her backbone, maybe not so much her tendency toward alcoholism and self destructive behaviour But a few quirks make a characterinteresting.I also enjoyed the mystery here too Honestly, it wasn t that hard to figure out but it wasn t super obvious either However, Morgan didn t seem to have to do much investigating to solve it She just needed to present herself and people handed her all the information she needed As an example, she met one of the suspects once never even had a conversation with him, she was picking up a dropped pencil and he offered her an assistantship Now, anyone who s been to university and tried for an apprenticeship knows this isn t at all realistic, but even in fiction it s a little too easy of an in What sthere was one particular side character who essentially laid every clue she could need at her feet with almost no prompting and without suspecting why Morgan would be asking such questions Too easy As was the fact that the main villain, who managed to spend years carefully planning the whole thing, suddenly lost all composure and got sloppy as soon as Morgan came on the scene How do heroines to this to bad guys so often I ve never figured this out, no matter how often I read it in novels.A lot has already been made in previous reviews of the whole half wiccan half voodoo thing So I won t go on about it, but I ll admit it threw me for a loop too At one point the half vampire compares the two of them as the same, but I m still lost how someone who is half biologically something a species can be the same as someone who is half socially something a religion In the end I just had to tell myself I ve read tons of fantasy with elves, fairies, witches, sorcerers, vampires, werewolves, etc as races species and it works So, if LoTempio wants to call them Wiccans instead I can force that in the same vein There was a light romance as a sub plot However, IMHO it really needed to be played upand made aimportant part of the plot or dropped Half assed as it was, it s just a distraction Granted, Cole was sexy except for the whole My Dear thing that totally didn t match his character and was exceptionally annoying and I liked him a lot But the romance didn t seem to contribute anything to the story I was left wondering what that was about Plus, the whole 25 year old virgin was ridiculous considering how easily she gave it up It felt like a needless attempt to conform to outdated social dictates of acceptable behaviour good girls remain chaste There were some serious editing issues There were missing words, misspelled words and passages like this one He swung his long legs out in front of him What I m proposing is this he swung his long legs out in front of him You and I go How many legs does this man have It was distracting, but the book was still readable I don t think it was bad enough to pass the book up for Finally, a note on covers and I promise I m not trying to be mean I ve seen two Kindle covers for this book and they re both ATROCIOUS, butto the point don t match the book The first being the grey one with a woman with straight blond streaked hair and scary long fingernails But the character is described as having curly black hair and as she s quite active I can t see the nails working out So, who s on the cover The second is even worse though aattractive cover, I ll admit It s the red one with the scantily clad woman in lingerie waving a deck of tarot around BUT, the main character is described as a virgin and as there is only one rather mild sex scene, how exactly does that erotica like cover match the book It doesn t and it is doing a disservice to the author I would suggest one of the cartooned covers like one sees on H.P Mallory s, Rose Pressey s, or Robyn Peterman s books I think it would match the genre better Only my opinion though, of course and I mention this so that others who know the genre willaccurately know what to expect So, final thoughit was a fun read It had a few issues, but nothing that would prevent me from recommending it to PNR UF readers


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    When I finished reading this book, I was really tempted to send the author the dry cleaning bill for the clothes I ruined while reading it I enjoyed this book so much, that I couldn t put it down long enough to eat my dinner So as a result because I missed my mouth quite a few times, I basically ended up wearing my food So here s a warning to everyone wanting to read this amazing book wear a bib or better yet, don t eat You may end up famished but a little sacrifice is worth it because thi When I finished reading this book, I was really tempted to send the author the dry cleaning bill for the clothes I ruined while reading it I enjoyed this book so much, that I couldn t put it down long enough to eat my dinner So as a result because I missed my mouth quite a few times, I basically ended up wearing my food So here s a warning to everyone wanting to read this amazing book wear a bib or better yet, don t eat You may end up famished but a little sacrifice is worth it because this book was something I couldn t get enough of.Where to even begin I love the emotions that I felt when reading this book and how the story pulled me in What fascinated me were all the details that came with the voodoo angle in the plot I didn t really know too much about it other than what I d read in Dean Koontz books and the author did an amazing job describing it At no time did I feel overwhelmed as I read it and it was done in a way that complimented the story Too many times I ve read books where things are over explained and I become bogged down with details to the point my mind rebels With this book however, I read eagerly wanting to knowand as the author weaved it in through her story, it heightened my experience and how much I loved the story It was a great story idea, one that immediately caught my interested and adding in the sexual tension between Morgan and Cole absolutely sealed the deal for me.Morgan was such a haunted character that I immediately identified with Nothing quite beats the burden of guilt we often place on ourselves when for all our good intentions, plans back fire and people get hurt Morgan wasn t quite comfortable with her heritage and I can only assume that when added to the tragedy of her partner s death, it made it easier to deal with by separating herself and not totally accepting herself as a whole Morgan had this wicked sense of humor and sarcasm and I loved how she had a comeback for everything I especially liked how she refused to put up with anyone s crap, at one point taking on a nasty co worker when he pushed her too far I love watching her slowly putting her grief into perspective, something I d recently had to do myself and seeing how she worked it out was insightful I LOVED her with Cole through all the different stages of their relationships and way they bantered back and forth She s full of sass and again I found a character who doesn t play the Oh I m a damsel in distress, come rescue me my fine knight role She spoke her mind and she thought for herself, something I ve always appreciated.I have a pretty intense infatuation okay obsession when it comes to the sexy vampires I read and Cole St John did NOTHING to help reduce it If anything he added fuel to the flame My gosh, this guy SMOULDERED and he had the whole seductive charm down to a science Being a different breed of vampire an Inheritor he shares traits from both worlds and it made for interesting reading I loved how he matched Morgan s sass with his own and how he never stopped until he got what he wanted He bought such an amazing intensity to the story that had it where I couldn t read fast enough He was so patient with Morgan, waiting and helping her work through what bothered her He showed complete faith in her and it was little wonder that Morgan found herself drawn to him But having said that I also loved the moments when his eyes would flash with strong emotion, when anger and a need to protective boiled just under the surface I enjoyed every part of Cole EVERY sexy part of him and he joins the ranks with all the other book crushes I have At this rate I m going to need to add another room to my imagination because it s getting a little crowded in there.I never wanted this book to end It completely absorbed me with all the different twists and turns and had me always guessing on who the killer was I loved the deviousness behind the murders and how it took Morgan embracing her voodoo heritage to help solve the case This is definitely a book people will want to read because it has just so much offer, leaving the reader completely satisfied at the end My only question now is how soon can I get my hands on the other books the author has written Happy reading everyone


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    Article first published as Book Review No Rest for the Wicca by Toni LoTempio on Blogcritics.Having been responsible for her partner s death during a homicide investigation, Morgan Hawkes has sworn off that particular department Holding herself to blame for the death of her partner and best friend drives a wedge in her psyche Now working the paranormal investigations department, she has decided it is her lot in life Born part Wiccan she has the ability to communicate with spirits She finds Article first published as Book Review No Rest for the Wicca by Toni LoTempio on Blogcritics.Having been responsible for her partner s death during a homicide investigation, Morgan Hawkes has sworn off that particular department Holding herself to blame for the death of her partner and best friend drives a wedge in her psyche Now working the paranormal investigations department, she has decided it is her lot in life Born part Wiccan she has the ability to communicate with spirits She finds she is often working on Daemons and while the work is challenging she finds she is no longer fascinated with her job When she receives an offer from her boss to work undercover on a murder investigation, she is ready The job comes with danger, just what she likes, but when she finds out that each of those killed was Wiccan, she realizes that she is perfect for the job She herself has a personal stake in the outcome Besides, the job is not in homicide, so that is a plus.As Morgan reports to the Special Forces unit, she is introduced to a new partner, which unnerves her She was quite unaware she would be saddled with another partner after her prior one had died She decides to decline the job, but not before she meets the man assigned to her, Cole St John Not just a man however, but a vampire and not just any vampire either He is one of the Inheritor breed, those most human, able to live as any other human but with a few slight variations He is intense and extremely attractive, but Morgan convinces herself she is immune When her roommate and cousin is almost murdered by the same serial killer that has already killed three others, she decides to take the job after all It is not only that Xia is her only family she is now hearing the spirits of those dead young Wiccans asking for her help Can she work with Cole and will they be able to find the pieces of the puzzle before it is too late In No Rest for the Wicca, Toni LoTempio has put together a wickedly funny and yet deadly tale of Voodoo and domination She has created a story and filled it with characters full of charm and stubborn strength The suspense and mystery surrounding the deaths is well written and told with an eye to confusing both the characters as well as the audience The protagonists are both quite charismatic and yet have flaws that make them human.Morgan is a heroine and yet she feels the responsibility of her partner s death to her very bones Unable to come to terms with her part in the death, she allows herself to wallow a bit in her pity, and yet she is still a kick ass character She is sarcastic and has a sharp and biting wit In a world where such things are a rarity, she is still a virgin Never finding the one or even believing a true love even exists she is nevertheless quite attracted to Cole She does a great job of deflecting that however with her temper and wit It is entertaining and at times irritating.Cole is a strong and handsome foil to Morgan s strength He is quite attentive and finds himself quite attracted to her in spite of herself He is smart and perceptive in the ways of the Special Forces team, and he too has a temper Morgan however brings out the best in him He finds her to be the perfect person to round out his life He will not let her push him away He too has his human side and it brings out a characteristic in him that he was not aware he possessed Tenderness They are perfect together.And together is what they need to be to find the answers to the murders Each young woman is found butchered and is missing a part of their anatomy Can Cole and Morgan find the answers before the next murder Is Voodoo at the bottom of it all This is a fun and fast paced book I would recommend it for the reader that enjoys the paranormal element The prose is precise and the dialogue is delightful It is funny and yet intense, with an exciting love interest as well It has all the pieces that make a mystery and suspense as well, something for everyone This would be a great addition to your library.This book was received as a free copy from the Author All opinions are my own based off my reading and understanding of the material


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    Review by Rabid ReadsAt first glance No Rest for the Wicca seems like your run of the mill indie book The cover isn t an eye catcher but the synopsis had potential in my eyes and is the main reason why I added it to my to be read pile After reading the first few pages I realized that this novel was going to be one of those , a story that I just couldn t put down Lovable characters, heart pumping action and great world building make this book a must read.My favorite part by far was Morgan Sh Review by Rabid ReadsAt first glance No Rest for the Wicca seems like your run of the mill indie book The cover isn t an eye catcher but the synopsis had potential in my eyes and is the main reason why I added it to my to be read pile After reading the first few pages I realized that this novel was going to be one of those , a story that I just couldn t put down Lovable characters, heart pumping action and great world building make this book a must read.My favorite part by far was Morgan She s an amazing character with a past that s just as colorful as her present At first, she turns down the chance to work on a special assignment that s offered to her but when her cousin s life is threatened she quickly reconsiders I can t help but admire someone who s willing to fight tooth and nail for those they love Morgan had locked her voodoo half away after a previous mistake on the job but forces herself to revisit it She s incredibly hard headed, fiercely independent and never walks away from a fight One of the things about her personality that made me love her evenwas the fact that she doesn t believe in being promiscuous Too many urban fantasy heroines jump into bed within the first few chapters of a book but not Morgan Don t get me wrong, I love r rated action as much as the next girl but it s nice to come across a protagonist with strong morals with regards to sex for a change The storyline is equally as captivating It s well developed and Toni LoTempio does an excellent job of tying up all of the lose ends Things that I d forgotten about or disregarded as trivial came into play in the final chapters The author s attention to detail is admirable The murder investigation side of the plot transformed the book into a real page turner Just when I thought the case was solved all neat and tidy like things blow up and nothing is as it seems LoTempio skillfully steers the investigation into a different direction, one that I didn t see coming but ends up making perfect sense Well played Cole is another great character At first I disregarded him and thought that he was a jerk But after he and Morgan become partners we start to see that there sto St John than meets the eye He s a vamp but with a few added twists on the standard breed Cole and Morgan eventually do get it on so don t worry Her resistance efforts were admirable but I was happy when she gave in I know, I m contradicting myself I don t like the female lead to jump into bed too easily but I still do want her to get it on eventually I only touched on my favorite aspects of this book but there are plentyI strongly encourage you to read No Rest for the Wicca and discover your own preferred elements Don t be put off by the cover, this book has a lot going for it and it would be a shame for you to miss out on this jem because of a decision that s based only on your first impression I expected the worst from this book but instead I was surprised by the quality of the writing


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    I got this book as anfreebie and was pleasantly surprised I found the story enjoyable and fun, the Wiccan lore was detailed but the reader wasn t overloaded with information The main character, Morgan is flawed but likeable The love interest is arrogant but self deprecating, and who doesn t like a metrosexual vampire I admit I didn t predict who the bad guy was, probably because I was having too much fun This one is a definite keeper.


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    No Rest for the WiccaBy Toni LoTempioIndependently PublishedFormat Kindle EditionFile Size 340 KBSold byDigital ServicesBook provided to Book Lovin Bitches by author aspart of an E Book Tour Ick factor low Cliche component low to medium Passion tasteful and appropriate to the styleBook Description Communing with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes A half Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits of those caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exor No Rest for the WiccaBy Toni LoTempioIndependently PublishedFormat Kindle EditionFile Size 340 KBSold byDigital ServicesBook provided to Book Lovin Bitches by author aspart of an E Book Tour Ick factor low Cliche component low to medium Passion tasteful and appropriate to the styleBook Description Communing with the dead is an everyday occurrence for PI Morgan Hawkes A half Wiccan witch who can commune with spirits of those caught between worlds, Morgan uses her talents to exorcise the trapped ghost or demon as part of the Paranormal Investigation Squad until a string of murders with a voodoo slant prompts the Special Forces Agency to ask for her assistance Someone s killing pureblood witches and the SFA s convinced Morgan s voodoo heritage could beinstrumental in solving the mystery Teamed with dashing SF agent Cole St John an Inheritor Vampire that sets her blood racing the two of them must fight their deep attraction as they race to stop a madman from unleashing a demonic force upon the world My TakeThis may sound terrible, but when I start to read a self published book I hold my breath The ability to publish online has made many people believe they are authors After all being an avid reader must be all that s needing for writing a smashing book, right WRONG Well, Toni has what is needed to be a professional writer that is, she has the skills needed, the imagination required and talent that je ne sais quoi that takes one from hack to writer Writing, and the other arts are not something just anyone can do Training can make one competent, but in Simon Cowell terms it s the X Factor that is needed to propel you to being an artistic success.I also believe that sincerity and a lack of artifice can go a long way too Like a folk painting, sincerity can make up for lack of training.But, I digress.I was thrilled on reading No Rest for the Wicca that it was well written, balanced with dialogue, monologue and description I found myself saying, wow this is really good I don t think I have felt that way about an indie book since I found Amanda Hocking last summer It is not a series yet but I felt the characters had not just sprung to life on page one, but rather that they existed independent from the book There is enough back story on Morgan to understand what her motivations, her hang ups, and the chips on her shoulder were all about Cole is a bit less developed historically but I could feel his handsome, intelligent and sexy smirk down to my toes.Of course, as in all mysteries, and this is part mystery and part PNR, the true culprit is never the person you think it is So, the twist here was not visible to me until several pages before it came out.Good tie up of loose ends, from page one to the climax.The intimacy isn t over done and it is well written romantic with some graphic sex, but tasteful and respectful Cole is gallant Morgan is testy when cornered and has a major chip on her shoulder.Recommended.Today, I am fortunate to have Toni LoTempio answer a few questions for me I am unfamiliar with any previous volumes if this is a series So, assuming it is a first or stand alone Right now it s a stand alone, but I have a sequel outlined, so if the sales response is good, there will be another book.1 is there a list of species in Morgan and Cole s world How did you develop the taxonomy of the minimum three vampire and several shifter species mentioned Cole s Vampire status is actually gleaned from a website devoted to that type of vampire, so he has his roots in realism, so to speak He s a breed of vamp known as INHERITOR Now, I d like to take credit for the breed, but I actually came across the information on the Internet to wit Inheritor vampires TYPE ONE These vampires are much like the Genetic vampires, except they are born Like Sanguinarians, the vampire trait will lay dormant inside them until around the age of 13 26, when they awaken When they body reaches the late stages of puberty, it releases a chemical which awakens the vampire and begins many physical changes in the body As a result of this, most Inheritors look around 19 20 years old their whole life Most of the time the parents of the vampire will be human and vampire, or both vampires There must be one vampire parent Inheritor vampires live to around the age of 350 400 years old Inheritor vampire TYPE 2 Sanguinarians are the mortal version of the Inheritor vampires They still require and crave blood, are sensitive to sunlight, and have many of the traits the Inheritor and Classical vampires have However, Sanguinarians do not live much longer then the average human being Of course, to make it my own, I ve taken some liberties my Inheritor vamps arehuman than humans, and age to a VERY HOT mid 30 s, but you get the idea There aretypes of vampires out there than just the typical Dracula Barnabas sleep in the coffin during the day rise at night to suck a maiden s blood type As a matter of fact, that type referred to now as a classical is getting pretty pass After all, didn t Angel show us just how a vampire can survive among humans, and how hot one can be I also did extensive research on voodoo for Morgan s heritage The others are products of my sometimes very fertile imagination J And just in case anyone s interested, this is a link which tells of many different types of vampires you would be surprised Is this an alternate world, a world where the supernatural has been revealed, dystopian or other kind of society No, it s supposed to be our world, where vampires and the like co exist with humans, sometimes peacefully, sometimes not so much I guess you could say it s a lot like the Buffy Angel worlds.3 Are Cole, Morgan and or Xia modeled on anyone Morgan has a lot of my own traits Xia is modeled after one of my cousins Cole is kinda a combination of David Boreanaz and Pierce Brosnan.4 Do you envision Wicca becoming a series Actually, when I first wrote Wicca I outlined a sequel, so yes, if sales reaction is favorable I would say there will be a sequel at some point.5 What would Morgan and Cole do if they were involved in a Jack Bauer 24 style national crisis Morgan would want to rush right in, because she s headstrong and impulsive, and Cole would be the calm, cool voice of reason telling her to think it through.6 What aspects of eachother s personalities attract Morgan and Cole Was Cole already interestedd in her romantically from reading her file I think Morgan s tendency to let her heart rule her head and to act before she thinks is a kind of challenge to Cole, whose secret agent training has taught him to bemethodical Although they re opposites, I think they see themselves as kind of kindred spirits Their good and bad traits offset each other Plus, Cole likes the fact she s feisty and fights him at every turn, although I doubt he d ever actually admit that to her.7 Have you ever mentally cast the characters in this book Oh, gee, I cast the characters in every book I write It helps me get a clear picture of them I pictured Kate Beckinsale as Morgan, Kate Hudson as Xia, and as Cole, I pictured another Cole from Charmed, Julian McMahon I think he s the perfect Cole in either series Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising to this URLhttp www.access.gpo.gov nara cfr waDisclosure of Material Connection i am a member of the Book Lovin Bitches Ebook Tours and a copy was provided to me by the author although payment may have been received by Book Lovin Bitches Ebook Tours, no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one all opinions expressed here are entirely mine and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book s publisher and publicist or the readers of this review this disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising


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    REVIEW OF NO REST FOR THE WICCA by Toni LoTempio 2.99 eBook Wish I could avoid the star rating RATED Fun To Read But Don t Trust The Religious Details They re Highly Inaccurate.I really loved the writing style of Toni LoTiemp s book, No Rest For The Wicca It s lively, fast paced and presents a fantastic witch s tale intertwined with an interesting who done it plot where evil can fester even in the best of menThe eclectic witch Morgan tries very hard to determine who is killi REVIEW OF NO REST FOR THE WICCA by Toni LoTempio 2.99 eBook Wish I could avoid the star rating RATED Fun To Read But Don t Trust The Religious Details They re Highly Inaccurate.I really loved the writing style of Toni LoTiemp s book, No Rest For The Wicca It s lively, fast paced and presents a fantastic witch s tale intertwined with an interesting who done it plot where evil can fester even in the best of menThe eclectic witch Morgan tries very hard to determine who is killing hereditary witches In her words Vanquishing daemons and exorcising ghosts is an important part of law enforcement, even though the big boys upstairs don t share our sentiments Please stay focused on this first fact, that I really loved the writing pace in this book, when you read the last part of this review, which emphasizes what destroyed the fun, for me inconsistencies and false descriptions of religious practices.THE GOOD PARTThe author writes great dialog Here s an example where main character is talking to Cole, later referred to as a supercilious bastard I wanted to slap that smug half smile off his oh so handsome face Well, great, Sherlock Let s hear em Not here Let s meet back at SF Headquarters at oh four hundred I took a deep breath Fine THE BAD PART For me As a book addict, I like to feel like I can trust whatever is presented as known reality in a fantasy book and regard it as fact So if an author writes a fairy tale about huge trolls flying with delicate tiny wings around modern New York, I want everything that s said about The Big Apple to be authentic and factual Unfortunately, I did not feel confident that the religious aspects of this book known realities were truthful or correct not hardly at all.That s what created a rather large problem for me because the story takes the reader to witch school and presents itself as an authority on religion when it s clearly NOT accurate in that regard Not in many ways Here s the first clue as to why this book should not be taken too seriously Not only does the author capitalize Wicca and not Voodoo a fact that should tell readers something about how the author feels about the two religions but she does precisely what Hollywood has done to demonize Voodoo, that religion that comforts the severely oppressed and suffering.In all fairness, even Wicca is wrongly presented as lacking oomph when it comes to facing down evil spirits The no oomph is why main character Morgan presents herself as a half Wiccan who practices sensationalized Voodoo She catches daemons off guard by carrying a Voodoo gourd She also employs Voodoo powder and sings Voodoo chants while she doesn t seem to do any of the necessary work in that religion and does not pay homage to any Voodoo Lwa.Truth is, everything I ve read about Voodoo practitioners from non fiction suggests they are monotheistic believe in a loving but terribly busy God whose not always available That s why the religion has ancestral spirits known as Lwa much like Catholics honor saints who were previously human the Lwa may have time to help those oppressed who call upon them.Unfortunately, Toni LoTiempo doesn t seem to understand these known realities She wrongfully demonizes some Lwa and wrongfully presents the Lwa Marinette, who was strongly instrumental in launching the Haitian Revolution, freeing people from horrible slavery and often sparing them from violent death QUOTE FROM BOOK Have you ever heard of Marinette I looked at him, startled She s a female lwa one who oversees black magic and evil works Why do you ask THIS PART WAS BETTER attending a lecture, Morgan hears the instructor present a class on Voodoo like this Many think voodoo is some sort of mystic rite, mumbo jumbo connected with zombies, pagan gods, and the likes I hope to enlighten you, during my series of lectures, that voodoo is actually a religion shrouded in mystery, in myth, if you will, for centuries If there s anyone here who thinks all there is to voodoo is black magic spells, pins stuck in dolls, and the living dead, get out I mean it Get out now Unfortunately, I did not take that instructor s advice to get out and subsequently found manyfalsifications and other ways that the book presents religion incorrectly.Example 1 Erroneously implying there sthan one God in Voodoo, deity whom someone might call upon for empowering a voodoo doll The power of a voodoo doll comes not from the object, but rather from the one who made it They are not considered toys, but rather a messenger to the other side, usually a particular god Example 2 Correctly admitting Lwa are not Gods but falsely claiming that all who practice black magic are Satanists Black magic witchcraft, or Satanism, revolves around the worship of Lucifer Thinking of the African spirits as gods is a mistake Example 3 Erroneously referring to Voodoo as havingthan one God and referring to the Lwa saints as Gods conflicting with what s said in example 2 An excellent point I myself am not as well versed in voodoo as either Professors Graft or Morrow, but I do know some lwa s, the voodoo gods, are depicted as dark and dangerous, while not considered evil THEN THERE S FALSE SENSATIONALISM Repeatedly, the author demonizes Voodoo for having participated in human sacrifice, historically, when nearly all religions even Christianity, Judaism and Paganism have also done that Have you ever heard of the term Odic Force He shook his head Can t say I have I did some research on it It s got roots in both Wiccan and Haitian Voodoo The voodoo part, however, could involve some sort of human sacrifice Then, again, much later realize that I m not particularly picky about typos but this book does have a lot of them with spacing problems and sentence structure issues Someone is killing these witches as a service to an lwa, hoping to get something in exchange Suggesting the Lwa want spiritual people to commit murder CONCLUSION If you re looking for a sensationalized read and don t care if the facts presented in the book are accurate or not then you will be highly entertained by NO REST FOR THE WICCA Author Toni LoTempio is highly creative and her work shows great imagination.Blogger s Admission The author emailed her book to me, unsolicited, as a free copy, in exchange for my honest assessment and review


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    In her debut into the paranormal genre T C LoTempio s No Rest for the Wicca, takes the reader into a new and different world surrounding witchcraft, Voodoo.Morgan Hawkes, makes sure that everyone knows that she is only half Wicca, not full, and really she does not like to talk about her other half, but it does come in handy now and then A former homocide cop, who has demoted herself to be a PI paranormal investigator , Morgan has a special talent of communicating with spirits of the dead who In her debut into the paranormal genre T C LoTempio s No Rest for the Wicca, takes the reader into a new and different world surrounding witchcraft, Voodoo.Morgan Hawkes, makes sure that everyone knows that she is only half Wicca, not full, and really she does not like to talk about her other half, but it does come in handy now and then A former homocide cop, who has demoted herself to be a PI paranormal investigator , Morgan has a special talent of communicating with spirits of the dead who have been unable to, or don t want to pass over But there is trouble brewing at the local University, pure blood witches are turning up dead and disfigured and Morgan seems the only one with the knowledge to help However, this means tapping into the part of her that she does not completely trust or understand but if is means saving lives, she knows that she has to at least try Now Morgan has to try to trust her Voodoo side, one which is associated with dark magic, as well as the dangerous, infuriating and hansom Cole St John, an Inheritor Vampire half Vampire, half Wicca who Morganis attrached to but she is unsure if she trust him Morgan is going to have to put all her fears and reservations aside aswitches seem to be disappearcing and only reappearing dead.First off, I will say that I love the title and the cover The title definitely reminded me of the first few Kim Harrison s Rachel Morgan books, like Every Witch Way but Dead I enjoyed this book Most people who have read my blog know that I am not the biggest fan of paranormal romance as I have found that there issex than anything else However, this book has the right amount of mystery and intrigue and not too much sex that I found myself enjoying the story of this book In other words, the romance and sex was not over powering as it is in many paranormal romance This book does bring some new aspects to the paranormal genre at least for me as I have not read a book before that used Voodoo as well as witchcraft I found that the use of Voodoo within the book, is what really gives this book it s spark The world building was really well done, but there is not too much new or different within the world that LoTempio has created It is very similar to other books where creatures are known to the Human population and there is a special unit that investigates paranormal activity But as I said above, the Voodoo aspect is what really makes this book.The two main characters Morgan and Cole, definitely have the tension that those who like paranormal romance will love, but they are also able to grow, challenge and piss each other off as well Morgan really grew within the book as she was forced to conquer her problems issues from her past and her genetic makeup Morgan is definitely starts out as a haunted character whose past and abandonment of her family, have left her with a tough shell, but also the need to help out But what she really is doing is running away, from who she is and how it has caused so much hurt and grief in her life It was great to see Morgan work through her issues and just show that she hasdepth than just her powers, she also the power of her mind I actually think that Morgan s strongest power is her mind and her ability to solve complex problems and puzzles.My only critique of the this book is there are a few typos and coincidences, however, the story is intriguing which helps one forget about those things I really look forward to the next book in this series, to see how muchMorgan can grow and develop within the Voodoo world, as well I hope there will beabout the other creature that were briefly featured within the book, such as demons and trolls I also hope that in the next books, we will be able to find outabout Cole, his past and what makes him who he is.I think individuals who like a lighter amount of romance with some mystery and intrigue will enjoy this book, it is something similar to Casey Daniels Pepper Martin Series Sorry I do not have a review of this book done, I read it before I started writing reviews but you can find some reviews onIf you are looking for a book that there is a use of constant Magic and Powers, then this is not the book for you The powers that both Cole and Morgan have as assets but they are secondary to being investigators.Enjoy As this is an indie paranormal book, you can find a copy on Smashword


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    3.5 STARSReview provided by Black Lagoon Reviews No Rest for the Wicca by Toni LoTempio is an action packed urban fantasy that kept me engaged late into the night From her clever world building to the wonderfully complex mystery, this novel is definitely one that any fan of the genre shouldn t miss.The unique world that LoTempio created within the novel is a very highly developed and diverse one On the surface there is a plethora of supernatural beings including, but not limited to vampires, 3.5 STARSReview provided by Black Lagoon Reviews No Rest for the Wicca by Toni LoTempio is an action packed urban fantasy that kept me engaged late into the night From her clever world building to the wonderfully complex mystery, this novel is definitely one that any fan of the genre shouldn t miss.The unique world that LoTempio created within the novel is a very highly developed and diverse one On the surface there is a plethora of supernatural beings including, but not limited to vampires, witches, shifters, demons, trolls, and ghosts To add to the diversity of the populace within the novel there are various subspecies to each branch Given, this is a lot of information to absorb, but LoTempio is wonderful about helping to keep the types of creatures being dealt with in perspective But, it isn t only the creatures that help to create this vast and interesting world LoTempio also diversifies the magical practices within the novel going into great detail incorporating the belief structures and rules associated with the various practices ranging from Wicca to Voodoo These details played a large role in the plot of the novel and I found myself drawn to how two seemingly poplar opposite practices could be tied together.This duality between magic and voodoo is most apparent within Morgan herself Her mixed heritage of White Wiccan on her mother s side with ties to Voodoo on her father s plays a large role in why she is selected to help solve the ritualistic murders of several witches, not to mention in how she became a ghostbuster for the PSI, a division that helps to exorcise lingering spirits to the next world She s a feisty, snarky character that is a sort of throw back to noir detective solitary and stubborn with a wily street smarts Due to her questionable and harsh past history, she is a very humanized character Plagued by her mistakes she is spurned on by them to help those who can no longer help themselves, often to the point of foolishness In this respect, Cole St, John is a wonderful partner for her His blunt appraisal of her past and of her present help to goad her into a sort of self discovery allowing her to overcome her rocky history thus helping to further develop her character Cole himself has a domineering personality that creates a wonderful friction paired with Morgan s pig headed ness His calm, cool demeanor is a great contrast to Morgan s shoot first think later approach to life This creates a wonderful simmering relationship between the two that was enjoyable to see develop, however, I was a little disappointed that it wasn t as fully explored as it could have been.The mystery itself is a well thought out ritualistic slaying that had me baffled until about half way through the novel Not that it was overtly obvious, in fact, it was quite a twist The various clues the author gives are enough for the reader to sleuth the mystery out right along side Morgan and Cole and was definitely a fun aspect since most mysteries only reveal any of thepersuasive clues at the endnot that it tends to matter much But, none of this is to say there aren t some aspects within the novel that couldn t be improved upon For instance, and most notable for me, was the consummation of the relationship between Cole and Morgan The scene just sort of made me cringe You could tell it was something LoTempio probably didn t feel comfortable writing and that hesitancy really showed through It definitely threw off the pace of the writing which up until, and after those moments, was spot on Also, the dialogue could have used some refining However, this became less of an issue as the novel progressed and LoTempio found the characters true personalities Given, these issues don t alter the merit of the novel, but it is something that could be improved upon and would shift this from a good novel to a great one Overall, this was an enjoyable read with some wonderfully engaging characters that I greatly enjoyed following Fast paced, action packed and full of mystery, I can t wait for LoTempio s follow up novel so we canfully explore Cole and Morgan s rocky pasts


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Morgan Hawkes, once a homicide cop, had switched jobs to Paranormal Investigator a.k.a.Ghost whisperer when she inadvertently killed her partner and let a villian escape I don t know how she was before the incident, but from the moment the story opened, she was an angry character whose past actions and heritage haunted her Being born of a wiccan mother and her father a bokor a master of voodoo, life hadn t been easy for her She lived for the job and with her cousin Xia, the only member of h Morgan Hawkes, once a homicide cop, had switched jobs to Paranormal Investigator a.k.a.Ghost whisperer when she inadvertently killed her partner and let a villian escape I don t know how she was before the incident, but from the moment the story opened, she was an angry character whose past actions and heritage haunted her Being born of a wiccan mother and her father a bokor a master of voodoo, life hadn t been easy for her She lived for the job and with her cousin Xia, the only member of her estranged family to care about her But when witches were being murdered, and voodoo was suspected to be involved, she was pulled into the investigation by SF Agent, Cole St.John, a sexy and confident Inheritor Vampire She originally declined his offer, not wanting to face old memories and open sensitive wounds It was only when her cousin was attacked, and the spirits of the previous victims began to haunt her, did she decide to help and perhaps begin her path to redemption In truth, I didn t like Morgan at the beginning of the book Sure, I understood why she was angry She blamed herself for her partners death and loathed her mixed heritage Because of them, she lashed out through her stubbornness and bitchiness One moment she carried an awfully big chip on her shoulder and other times, she seemed to be wallowing in self pity At times, it was way over the top and I found myself wanting to shake her, slap her, and tell her to get over it, to grow upFortunately, as the story progressed, I saw the growth in her character, as she struggled to come to term with mistakes she made and accepting her heritage I slowly began to like her I think a big part of that had to do with Cole He was confident, arrogant, and had just as much of a defensive wit as Morgan did Not to mention, the added benefit of mind reading I liked that he was blunt with her He told her in no uncertain terms, that while her partner s death was an accident, it was still her fault, Basically, she was impulsive She needed to accept it, learn from it, and move on The back and forth bantar between them was a joy to read I loved the heat, the sparks, the fire Oh yeah there was definately a passion stirring Unfortunately, when the time came for the sex, it fell kind of flat It lacked the fire that once stirred and turned into nothingthan smoke That being said, it think that Morgan and Cole balanced each other out and have the potential to be a couple to be reckonded with I thought the plot was well done The Who Done it murder mysteries with a paranormal occult spin was very intriguing and ultimately surprising I enjoyed learning the clues and other details of the case and piecing them together as the protagonist did I also appreciated how facts on Voodoo were embedded into the story, as the characters learned, I learned I don t know if they were actually factual, but they felt like they were and they fit quite nicely into the plot I thought the world building was wonderfully written The many different species cohabitating gave it a wonderous and magical appeal Overall, I liked this book The plot was a wonderfully written and filled with Who Done it suspense, thrilling discoveries, and thought provoking topics I enjoyed watching Morgan grow not only in character, but in depth and wished that Cole was as fortunate The author teased with a tibit of his past, but didn t go into detail, leaving Cole s character background feeling a little incomplete for me That being said, the chemistry was undeniable I loved the back and forth bantar and watching them fight thier mutual attraction I hope that the author will continue with a second book, making this into a series There is much potential in the world she created and with the characters I would really liked to learnabout Cole and the secondary characters This was an enjoyable Urban Fantasy with a touch of Paranormal Romance and suspense that will entertain its readers and leaving them wishing for


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No Rest for the Wicca download No Rest for the Wicca , read online No Rest for the Wicca , kindle ebook No Rest for the Wicca , No Rest for the Wicca e1fa51240446 Communing With The Dead Is An Everyday Occurrence For PI Morgan Hawkes A Half Wiccan Witch Who Can Commune With Spirits Of Those Caught Between Worlds, Morgan Uses Her Talents To Exorcise The Trapped Ghost Or Demon As Part Of The Paranormal Investigation Squad Until A String Of Murders With A Voodoo Slant Prompts The Special Forces Agency To Ask For Her Assistance Someone S Killing Pureblood Witches And The SFA S Convinced Morgan S Heritage Her Father Was A Voodoo Priest Could Be Instrumental In Solving The Mystery Teamed With Dashing SF Agent Cole St John An Inheritor Vampire That Sets Her Blood Racing The Two Of Them Fight Their Attraction For Each Other As They Race To Stop A Madman From Unleashing A Demonic Force Upon The World