What I’ve Been Reading: Voodoo Curses, Meet Cute Romances and More

I’ve got some mini book reviews today. If you find anything you like, add it to your Goodreads list, which, if it’s anything like mine, is never-ending.


voodooVoodoo Dreams (The Pittsburgh Lady Lawyers Series) by Alana Lorens

I’m always drawn to books, TV shows and films set in New Orleans, a city I hope to visit one day. When I came across Voodoo Dreams on a friend’s blog, I hastily added it to my Goodreads to-read list.
The vivid descriptions of the gorgeous houses in the Garden District, the buildings in the French Quarter, the balconies and local sights made me feel like I was right there with Brianna exploring the beautiful city, and I was curious to see how voodoo would factor in. Good read.

Check it out on Amazon and Goodreads


onceOnce Upon a Snow Day by Kait Nolan

Well-written and easy to read. I flew through this “meet cute romance”. A ride through the snow, a snow fight and hot chocolate – what a perfect first date and totally random meeting. Isabelle and Brandon were in the right place at the right time. Once Upon A Snow Day was a fun and lighthearted story. My recommendation: Enjoy on a cold day over a cup of hot chocolate.

Check it out on Amazon & Goodreads


bit biteA Bit of Bite by Cynthia Eden

A fun and sexy read with a strong and likeable lead character (Ava). Ava is a tough lady. As Sheriff of the small town of Crossroads, trying to keep the peace between the humans and the supernaturals, she has to be. Julian is wild, rugged and fiercely protective. He’s the alpha of his pack, and only has eyes for Ava. For a short story, A Bit of Bite packed a lot of action and well-rounded characters. I’m looking forward to reading more from this author.

Check it out on Amazon & Goodreads


paranormal keepParanormal Keepers by Jen Naumann

Harper, like most of Jen Naumann’s female characters, is witty, brave, relatable and down-to-earth. I liked her immediately. I fancied Dexter up until he showed his prejudiced nature. Tsk tsk.
The mural on Dexter’s wall was beautiful, though – photos of Harper and snippets of their conversations. Aw, I have to admit I found that lovely.
Paranormal Keepers is a fast-paced and fun monster story with a likeable lead character.

Check it out on Amazon & Goodreads


What are you reading at the moment?


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22 Responses to What I’ve Been Reading: Voodoo Curses, Meet Cute Romances and More

  1. Jen Naumann says:

    Glad you liked “Paranormal Keepers”, Emma! I also hope to visit New Orleans one day…maybe we should meet up! πŸ™‚ I’m reading way too many books right now, but my favorite is the new Veronica Mars novel “The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line) by Rob Thomas. Have you watched the series or the movie? No paranormal, but I think you’d enjoy her character and the brilliant writing.

    • Emma says:

      I really enjoyed it. Harper was a fun character to spend time with, Jen.
      Yes, let’s go together! When I get around to visiting the States, I’ll be contacting you to meet up and go for a beer. πŸ™‚
      I’ve never watched Veronica Mars, but it’s on my list. It was never big over here, but I feel like I’ve missed out.

  2. Mae Clair says:

    I love your short snippet reviews like this! I still have to read VOODOO DREAMS. It’s been on my tbr too long. Right now I’m reading SPIRIT OF THE KNIGHT by Debbie Peterson . . . Scottish castle, ghostly knights, romance, and lots and lots of mystery. Loving it!

    • Emma says:

      Thanks, Mae.
      Voodoo Dreams was an easy read; it’s set during Mardi Gras, so you can imagine the setting.
      Spirit of the Knight with its Scottish castle setting, ghosts and romance sounds like a dream read. (Just added it on Goodreads).

  3. catemorgan says:

    I j’adore all things New Orleans myself–up to writing near-future, pre-apocalyptic novella that takes place there, because I just can’t get that city outta my head after visiting!–and I’m almost certain it won’t be my last. There is something truly magical about New Orleans that makes it a truly unique experience. I can’t wait to get back there yet again. *sigh*

    • Emma says:

      Your pre-apocalyptic novella sounds cool. You lucky thing – already been to New Orleans and going back again someday.
      Thanks for stopping by, Cate.

      • catemorgan says:

        Omigosh, Emma–the food. The foooooood!!

        If you ever get there I know just the B&B off St Charles Avenue in the Garden District you can stay at (if it’s still there–I haven’t been back since pre-Katrina). It’s just a few minutes by trolly to the French Quarter and a lovely, homey stay.

      • Emma says:

        I spend a LOT of time looking at documentaries set there, so I have a list of restaurants I have to visit. πŸ™‚
        Great, good to know I can come back to you for that B&B name.

  4. Karen says:

    Paranormal Keepers is an awesome addition to my TBR list. Thank you!

  5. beckyday6 says:

    Voodoo, now that sounds like fun. I’ve never read a book with voodoo in it. πŸ™‚

    • Emma says:

      Hi Becky, I think that was my first book featuring voodoo. Watching American Horror Story gave me the push I needed to finally pluck Voodoo Dreams from my to-read shelf.

  6. New Orleans can be magical, but so can any other city with the right company. However, voodoo is a shrouded form of slavery with nasty provocations and incantations. I still can’t figure out how you read so much and still have time to watch anything. Are the days 32 hours in Ireland?

    • Emma says:

      Hey, Hubbard. I had to head over to Wikipedia to look up “Louisiana Voodoo”. It’s described there as spiritual folkways.
      I didn’t read those books in a week – bit by bit is how I go. My TV time is usually just before sleep, and I tend to nod off missing the last 5 minutes of an episode.

  7. debsmerry says:

    Hi Emma I also have dreams of New Orleans I find rather romantic with the balconies and the mystic’s dark warm nights, that happen in certain programmes. But also San Francisco why I don’t know!
    Yes I would like to go to a Mardi Gras romance in the air hmm you see I dream again
    Now we know your secret of fast reading Emma “Enjoy” :-))

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  9. Hey, Emma. I left a comment about–not kidding–5 hours ago, and I see it’s not here. I’m jinxed. Can’t even remember exactly what I said. Something along the lines of:

    I love anything to do with New Orleans, even though I’ve never been there. I love reading about it, love watching movies that revolve around it… anything. Maybe we can all meet there one day! Mardi Gras for example. πŸ™‚

    As for Vernoica Mars, I first saw mention of this in one of KA’s stories, and whilst checking things on Amazon, came across the books. Wonder why we never got it here. I should either read them, or watch the movie/series. I know if I read them, I probably won’t like the movie/series. The other way around would be fine, though. I’m strange that way. :p

    All four books sound interesting, but you need to stop now. I’ll never read everything I’d like to read in my lifetime, but then I’m sure everyone feels the same.

    Wishing you a super weekend, and a very happy Easter!

    • Emma says:

      Hey, Sandra.
      Apologies for the delayed response. I’ve spent the Easter break beta reading and editing with little time left over to visit my own blog and favourite sites – yours included!

      I don’t know why WordPress keeps eating your comments. It happens to me quite often when I’m trying to leave a comment on Jen Naumann’s blogger blog.

      I need to pick up the Veronica Mars boxset first, and then go read the books. I vaguely remember it airing in the UK and Ireland on Sky One (I think) years ago, but it wasn’t big. I’m always hearing praise for the show.

      Happy Easter x

  10. I’ve only read Once Upon a Snow Day. I think Kait has really found her niche with these romances. They are awesome!

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