Sunday, March 15, 2020

Hidden Magic Anthology

Hidden Magic Anthology

Hidden Magic (Magic Underground Anthologies Book 1) by [Kucsera, Melinda, Schultz, Joynell, French, Lee, Lyne, H.B., Oak, Raven, Escobar, Alesha, Shand, Tiffany, Johnson, C.S., Deen, Anela, Erik Kort, Devorah Fox, Stephen Wallace, Gwendolyn Woodschild, Leah W. Van Dinther, Barbara Letson, C.K. Rieke, William C. Cronk, Majanka Verstraete, Toasha Jiordano, H.M. Jones, AR Johnston]

Book Description:

No matter the world, life can be dangerous. Be they wizards and shamans, assassins, or everyday people, Hidden Magic tells their stories about escape, consequences, and most of all, magic.

From Earth cities and fantastical new worlds comes a collection of stories where heroes grapple with the seen and unseen in order to save themselves, their families, and often the world. This collection features:

  • Elderly antiques experts interacting with souls
  • Shamans growing outlawed magic
  • Baby chimeras battling for their lives
  • Children sprouting fluffy tails
  • A king’s boat thrown off-course
  • A perfect life coming at a not-so-perfect cost
  • Vikings defending a village against the unseen
  • A lone shifter atoning for his past mistakes
  • Trolls and pixies tumbling through the doorway to another world
  • And more!

Authors in this anthology include: USA Today Bestseller Joynell Schultz, USA Today Bestseller Melinda Kucsera, Seattle Times regional bestseller & multi-international award winner Raven Oak, Tiffany Shand, Alesha Escobar, USA Today Bestseller Lee French & Erik Kort, H.B. Lyne, Anela Deen, Majanka Verstraete, C.K. Rieke, Devorah Fox, Leah W. Van Dinther, C.S. Johnson, Barbara Letson, Toasha Jiordano, Gwendolyn Woodschild, H.M. Jones, Stephen Wallace, AR Johnston, and William C. Cronk.

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My Review:

I'm reviewing The Mail-Order Witch Episode 1 in the first anthology, Hidden Magic. It's a cozy magical mystery about a witch named Ettie who wants to help people, but she's finding it hard to be accepted in the community. Her husband, Roman, wants to see her succeed and purchases a store for her, which she names Ettie’s Enchanted Effects. There's a religious lady who looks after the church across from Ettie's store who is prejudiced against magical people. Things only get harder when an entire class of second-graders sprout tails and she gets blamed. There’s a bit of a resolution, but the mystery continues in The Mail-Order Witch Episode 2 in the second anthology, Wayward Magic.

I'm also reviewing the short narrative serial “The Ones Who See” by C.S. Johnson in Hidden Magic. This is a thought-provoking coming-of-age story about a utopian society that is hiding a dark secret. There’s a girl named Skyla who is in the process of saying goodbye to her childhood and embracing her new status as a contributing community member. However, the young man that Skyla likes wants her to see what the community has been hiding. What she sees is so disturbing that she makes a resolution to fight for change. The story will continue in “The Ones Who Fight” in Wayward Magic.

More by Joynell Schultz:

About the Author:
Joynell Schultz

Joynell Schultz

Joynell Schultz manages the family zoo (literally!) and writes romantic speculative fiction in her (nearly non-existent) free time. She's a pharmacist by training (boring!) but prefers to hang out with zebras and bears or some imaginary characters.


Nonfiction by C.S. Johnson:

About the Author:
C.S. Johnson

C.S. Johnson is the author of several young adult novels, including sci-fi and fantasy adventures such as the Starlight Chronicles series, the Once Upon a Princess saga, and the Divine Space Pirates trilogy. With a gift for sarcasm and an apologetic heart, she currently lives in Atlanta with her family.

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