It has been way too long since either one of us has written a review. Life has been busy, but hopefully we can get back into the swing of things.

So the first book that we are going to re-kick this thing off with is by the one Author who got us into wanting to try doing a book blog in the first place, Mrs. Lacey Weatherford! We have been given the chance to be a Beta reader for her new book “Fire & Ice (Book of Shadows #1)”. This book is a retelling of The Trouble With Spells through the love of our literary lives, Vance Mangum.

I’m going to be completely honest. I knew Vance could not stop talking to Lacey and was THRILLED when she said she was writing the series through his eyes. Vance has also gone through some changes, muse wise. Originally, actor/Jedi Matt Lanter was the muse. Now it is the wonderful model Aaron McGuire. I was a little peeved that Lacey would change muses and felt that Aaron could not fill the shoes. Boy was I wrong. After having the opportunity to meet Aaron at a convention, Aaron became Vance. Vance was real! It was a match made in heaven… er, Sedona.

Matt LanterAaron McGuire

Matt Lanter                                            Aaron McGuire

While reading Fire & Ice, we could picture Matt in some scenes and Aaron in others. It worked! And our love for Vance increased… as if that could have been possible!

So here we go on to the first review.  I was super excited to see that Lacey had considered me to be a beta reader for this book. If you have read the first stories that took you on the journey through Portia’s point of view and loved it, then I think you will love this journey through Vance’s point of view. I fell in love with Vance all over again while reading this. I can’t wait to find out how the rest of the story unfolds again, but through Vance’s eyes. Lacey Weatherford knows how to hook you into the story.  So I would highly recommend that you pick this book up. I give this book 5 stars.

JoAnna M.

I remembered certain scenes from The Trouble With Spells and knew when they were coming up. But I was so excited to see things from Vance’s side. He had so much emotion that was just begging to be told. My absolute favorite scene was the Halloween set-up. It makes me wish Halloween was like that for me. Lacey sucks you in to her characters and you fall in love with them… even if they are evil. She still has you loving to hate them. You do not need to read The Trouble With Spells to follow along with Vance’s side. But there are always two sides to every story, and both are equally fantastic. I give this 5 stars.

Valerie H.

KINDLE          NOOK          APPLE          SMASHWORDS            PAPERBACK


This Veteran’s Day, the Indie Book Collective is doing something special for our troops: blog tour with free ebooks! How is this any different than any other blog tours they host? Well not only do YOU get a free ebook, but a free ebook will also be sent to our troops! All you have to do is comment! The Indie Book Collective is also raising money to send new Kindles to our troops so they have something to read during any downtime. If you would like to donate, go here!

Today, we are sponsoring none other than the awesomely talented Lacey Weatherford (shocking!) She is giving away a free ebook copy of her fourth and latest book in the Of Witches and Warlocks series, The Dark Rising. Be sure to swing by her blog today and check out her AWESOME tribute to the armed forces! When commenting, be sure to provide your e-mail address so you can receive your FREE ebook!

Synopsis: When Portia Mullins discovers the love of her life is still alive her heart soars.  But reality sets in immediately causing it to plummet when she realizes he doesn’t remember his past life with her.  Unwilling to give up, she embarks on a loving quest to restore his life to him.
Vance Mangum sees the beautiful girl claiming to be his wife, and while he can’t remember her, he can’t deny the intense pull he feels between them.  Not knowing where else to turn, he agrees to give her the time she’s asked for and to assist her in the effort to recover his memories.
The two quickly reconnect, but dark surprises are lurking in the wings when Vance discovers a desperate longing for something he feels he can’t withstand.  Will he be able to resist? Or will evil raise its head in a new form, leaving Portia as the prey of the very man her heart desires?
Darkness reigns supreme in this haunting tale of love and desperation, Of Witches and Warlocks, The Dark Rising.

Our bad boy Vance takes his bad-assery to a new extreme. At the beginning, I hated how Vance was acting, but it made sense as to why he was acting like that. He goes down paths you wish he never thought to go down, such as hunting after a certain witch in an alley and mingling with the evil witches and warlocks he tried so hard to run from. It certainly is a side you did not want to see, but it’s still Vance and he is just as loveable as ever.

In this latest installment of the series, Portia still sees some of her old Vance in him, though he does not. Thinking he has a bad case of amnesia, Portia tries her hardest to get him to realize that he is still her loving husband, he’s just being stubborn.  But she will stop at nothing to prove he is still good.  When things turn out to be a lot worse than Portia imagined, was she really dealing with Vance, or someone from his past? What the heck happened at the end? Was I reading what I thought I was? The biggest question remains: What will happen in the fifth and final installment, Possession of Souls (due out in early 2012)? All I can say is that when it comes to Lacey and her books, patience goes right out the window.

Don’t forget to go to Lacey’s blog, comment, and leave your e-mail address for your free copy: Lacey Weatherford Books

Want to donate to help the Indie Book Collective send Kindles to our troops? Go here: Paypal

Want to get 49 other ebooks for FREE? Get the author list and follow the tour here: Indie Book Collective

Since this is the Masquerade Blog Tour de Force, what better way than to unmask Lacey Weatherford’s leading man? Who is he? What’s his back story? Why do girls love him?

So, who is he?

The name is Mangum, Vance Mangum and he is just as mysterious as James Bond himself. When you are first introduced to him, depending on the edition of The Trouble With Spells you are reading, he seems to be a bit of a stalker. Always watching Portia’s movements and expressions. After reading a little bit more it all becomes very clear as to why he is looking after her: she is drawn to him. However, he cannot make contact with her until her 16th birthday. But what girl wouldn’t want the hottest guy in school to be watching their every move and take notice? Since Vance keeps to himself at school, there are various rumors spread like wild fire. But that’s the way Vance likes it. And in turn, that’s why we like it: he’s a bad boy!

What’s his story?

He is a very powerful, not to mention totally swoon worthy warlock. His dad, Damien Cummings, saw Vance’s powers manifest at a very early age and tried to steal his powers for himself. During a secretive journey Damien took Vance on his mother, Krista, followed and observed one of many exchanges of power. Krista decided she had to take Vance and run with him. She packed the car and ran off with Vance after his dad brought him home and Vance has been on the run ever since. Krista finally met a witch who belonged to a coven in Sedona, Arizona named Marsha and begged her to take Vance and raise him as her own nephew. Once in Sedona, he became part of the coven in which Marsha belongs. The coven is also run by none other than Portia’s Grandmother and father. Finally, Vance has found something close to a real family. But for how long? Damien is still searching for Vance and will not stop until he gets him.

Why do girls love him?

He is the mysterious bad boy who rides a motorcycle clad in a black leather jacket. Those baby blue eyes of his make you want to stare at him for hours. Not to mention, he protects his girl. And just forget about his steamy make-out sessions that make you super jealous of Portia. He’s the full package…. just not real. Or is he? Lacey had to come up with Vance somewhere, right? Well, the name came to her while on a road trip and noticed “Vance” on a sign along the highway. Combine that with a family friend’s name and you get Vance Mangum. But Vance’s reality doesn’t stop there. Any fan of a certain someone who reads the series will picture his every expression, as if it was turned into a movie already. Wouldn’t that be nice to see this wonderful story on the big screen?

But since it is a masquerade, you’ll have to figure out who Lacey’s muse is!

When he isn’t chasing the dream, he is searching for the Presidential tunnel to sneak Marilyn in.

When he can’t find the tunnel, he may roam around the sorority house looking for a roommate for his friend.

When the girls in a special area of California make a move on him, he may have to suck it up and lose the purity ring.

When he’s done with his good deeds, he might dabble in the dark side of life on the weekends.

So now that you’ve got your eye candy fill, now for the free stuff! EVERY commenter who leaves their e-mail address will receive a free e-copy of The Demon Kiss, book 2 of the Of Witches and Warlocks series. If you swing by Lacey’s blog here and comment, you will be entered for a chance to win her grand prize “Portia’s Potions” giveaway. Also, if you can correctly identify who wrote on Lacey’s blog, you will get an extra entry into the Masquerade Blog Tour de Force ultimate grand prize: a FREE Kindle!!!!!! Can’t figure out which highlighted author is who? No problem! Each comment on the authors’ blogs that day will get you an entry into the Kindle giveaway.

It doesn’t stop there! If you correctly identify Lacey’s muse, you will get an extra entry into the Portia’s Potions giveaway!

And The Winner Is….

Posted: September 8, 2011 by Book Minions in Uncategorized

Stacy H!


She hasn’t met anyone yet, but would love to meet Jane Eyre and have a “cuppa” with her.

Thank you to all who entered! We hope those of you who have not met any authors yet get your chance to do so soon!

The winner was chosen through

Back to the Books Giveaway Hop

Posted: September 1, 2011 by Book Minions in Giveaway

The Back to the Books Giveaway Hop is hosted by Kathy at  I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Heather at Buried In Books. The hop runs from September 1 (that’s TODAY!) through September 7 (that’s WEDNESDAY!)

It’s that time of year again, the yellow school buses are stopping through the neighborhood, crossing guards are stopping traffic, and Back to School supplies are on sale. I don’t know about you, but back-to-school shopping kind of makes me feel like a fan girl. All those cool lunch boxes and backpacks really makes me wish I was going to grade school rather than college.

But you know what else makes us feel like fan girls? Meeting some wonderful people whose works we admired. Case in point, the chance meeting we had with our favorite author, Lacey Weatherford who wrote the Of Witches and Warlocks series. Lacey, who happens to live in the same state as us, came down to the Valley of the Sun with her husband and cover models, her daughter Kamery and son-in-law Jake, for a baseball game and scrub shopping. We happened to be at the 5 and Diner restaurant in the same mall they went shopping at. We got ahold of Lacey and she was more than happy to come visit, and her family was starving. We’ve only seen Lacey from her tiny Twitter picture, so we did not have a good idea of what she looks like in person. Half-way through our meal, a lady in a red shirt walked through the door and came right over to us. First words out of her mouth were “Move!” Nice greeting, but Valerie obliged. We sat at the table for 2 hours, although it did not feel like it, talking about how Lacey came up with the book idea, where she got her character names from, and various other things. It was so awesome and Lacey is such a lovely, wonderful goofball. Sadly, it slipped our mind to take a picture with her. Next time!

We here at Book Minions are giving away a $25 gift card from! “How do I enter?” Well, we’re glad you asked! Why did we bring up our fan-girl moment? We would love to hear which of your favorite authors, or even cover models, you have met Haven’t met anyone? No problem! Just comment on which author, living or dead, would you love to meet and how you think you would react. Please include your e-mail address in your comment so we can notify you if you win!

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 “Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

Synopsis from

The noise between Patch and Nora is gone. They’ve overcome the secrets riddled in Patch’s dark past…bridged two irreconcilable worlds…faced heart-wrenching tests of betrayal, loyalty and trust…and all for a love that will transcend the boundary between heaven and earth. Armed with nothing but their absolute faith in one another, Patch and Nora enter a desperate fight to stop a villain who holds the power to shatter everything they’ve worked for—and their love—forever.

In stores October 4, 2011.

Teaser Tuesday: 8/2/11: Passion

Posted: August 2, 2011 by Book Minions in Teaser Tuesday
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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This was how he felt every life.
Every death.
Over and over and over again.

p. 33, Passion by Lauren Kate (Fallen series #3)