Sunday, April 18, 2010

Must Have Witches and a Giveaway

UPDATE: Hex in High Heels has won an RT Reviewers' Choice Best Book Award for Small Press Contemporary/Paranormal/Futuristic. Congratulations to Linda Wisdom!

I've been reading literature about vampires for a long time starting with Bram Stoker's Dracula when I was a tween. Back when I started reading about vampires they were evil, bloodsucking monsters. Over the years the vampire has evolved into romantic hero. I'll take my vampires however they are written. If it has a vampire in it, I'll read it. I may not like it much, but I will eventaully read it. Over the last several years I've branched out into reading anything with a paranormal element, but I've recently realized that I have not read many novels or series that have a witch as a main character.
My neglect has not been complete because I have read the following series, both of which I really enjoyed:

1) Tate Hallaway's Garnet Lacey series; and
2) Linda Wisdom's Hex Series.

Pretty pathetic!  I am sure that I have several witch-based series in my 600+ book TBR.  Nonetheless I am asking you for help: leave a comment recommending a series or novel that has a witch as a main character!

One commenter will win the first four books in Linda Wisdom's Hex series.

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We’ll put all the names in the DubbleBubble receptacle and pull out a name. If you tweet the contest, we’ll put your name in for the tweet as well. You can tweet as much as you like, but it only counts once. If you also mention the contest on Facebook, we’ll add your name again. You can mention it on Facebook a zillion times, but you only get one extra entry. You can also mention the contest on your blog to get another entry. So you can get your name placed in the receptacle a maximum of 4 times (comment, tweet, FB mention, blog mention). Provide us a link in the comments so we know that you tweeted or Facebooked or blogged.

The contest is open to all humans on the planet earth with a mailing address. Contest ends at 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday, April 26, 2010.


  1. I would recommend the series Magic by Cheyenne McCray.



  2. I will definitely have to read the Hex series when I get a chance.

    The only witches series that I've read and liked was A Secret Circle by L. J. Smith, the same author of Vampire Diaries. Although, I found A Secret Circle to be better than Vampire Diaries was.

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  3. I'm just starting to read The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. The first book in the series is Dead Witch Walking, seems to be looking good so far...

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  4. Have you tried any of Yasmine Galenorn or Vicki Lewis Thompson. They have great wit that sometimes is a little snarky but very entertaining.

    Also Madelyn Alt, has a quite charming series with witches.

    Oh and of course Shirley Damsgaard is a simply ust read.

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  5. Sounds like a great series. I have loved all of Tate Hallaway's books.

  6. I'd recommend The Hollows series by Kim Harrison.Fantastic series.



  7. I would suggest christine Feehan's The Drake sister's series

  8. i would recommend the hollows series by kim harrison, the seventh witch by shirley damsgaard and for ya hex hall by rachel hawkins.

  9. I highly recommend, "The Elemental Witches" series by Anya Blast. It has fighting, romance, sex and laughter all wrapped up in a great story. Anya Blast tells a great story and writes terrific characters. I came across these books at my local library quite by accident, what a great accident it was.
    I enjoyed the witch stories and look forward to reading the Hex series when I get the chance.

  10. I Read Tate Hallaway and I love it, also this one are good.
    1. Yasmine Galenorn
    2.Vicki Lewis Thompson (Babes on Brooms)
    3. Candace Havens (Bronwyn the Witch)
    4. Madelyn Alt (Bewitching Mystery)
    5. Cheyenne McCray (Magic)
    6. Annette Blair (Triplet Witch Trilogy)
    7.Anne Rice (The Mayfair Witches)
    Those are some that I have on my list to be read, also I will love to read Linda Wisdom books....
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  11. Kim Harrison's series has a witch as a main character and Kelley Armstrong has two books in her women of the other world series. Dime Store Magic & Industrial Magic. Either author is very good and for me both are auto buys.


  12. Mindy Klasky's Jane Madison series is very chick-lit-y and fun with plenty of library jokes (always something I enjoy). They're definitely worth checking out.

  13. I love Kim Harrison's Hollows series whose main character is an Earth witch named Rachel. I've also have enjoyed A Bewitching Mystery series by Madelyn Alt. You can also try a new series by Juliet Blackwell. The first book is Secondhand Spirits. It looks like it might be a cozy paranormal mystery but it is a little dark then a typical cozy.

    I've been looking forward to reading the Hex series and have the first one waiting on my kindle but paperback copies would be fun too.

  14. I recommend the Dark Magic series by Anya Bast.
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  15. There have already been some really good ones listed, but there is also Kimberly Frost's Southern Witch series. I really enjoy Vicki Lewis Thompson's witches.

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  16. It's been a long wait for me to read Linda Wisdom's books ! i hope i can with this time :)

    since i just received two books of Shirley Damsgaard, Ophelia and Abby mysteries series, i really recommend this series to you !

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  17. imnot sur eif itw as mentions but you totally need to read

    Anya basts witch series theya re all awesome after i read witch fire i was hooked


    tabatha shays witch books are awesome

    Witches Brew
    Witch heart
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  18. If you want to try something different I would suggest what we would call a YA book these days namely The Witch of Blackpool Pond by Elizabeth George Speare. It was published about 1958 and is about historical feelings about witches.

    Don't know if this is available to buy anywhere but your library might have it.

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  19. I would recommend Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman, it is one of my favourite all time books.

    I would highly recommned Lacey Weatherford's Of Witches and Warlocks series, it is fantastic. A wonderful love story, with lots of Chemistry and lots of sparks fly in the action.

    I would love to read the Hex Series.

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  20. I recommend Kelley Armstrong's Otherworld series.

  21. I'd like to recommend Yasmine Galenorn's D'Artigo Sisters. Camille is one wild witch! :)

  22. Hex Hall ~ Rachel Hawkins




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  23. I would recommend Kim Harrisons The Hollows series, Rachel-the main character is very easy to enjoy. A YA one would be Cate Tiernans Sweep series, but they are short books. Also Cheyenne McCray, Tate Hallaway.


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  24. I love the idea of a witch as the main character.!/dianne.barskey?ref=profile

  25. I would recommend the YA series Witch Season by Jeff Mariotte and Michael Frost. Love witch stories but have not read the Hex series. I want to now!

  26. There are some fabulous suggestions here. In addition to Anya Bast Cheyenne McCray and Kim Harrison, I would definitely have to recommend Diana Pharaoh Francis' Bitter Night. It's a fairly new series that focuses on the Horngate Witches I can't wait for the second one.

    Another good on is Lilith Saintcrow's DANTE VALENTINE series - Working for the Devil. Granted, the magic is more necromancy than witch magic, but it's still pretty good.

    Another new seris that is just starting out is Ilona Andrews' EDGE series - On the Edge. I'm not really sure if the main characters are called witches, but they are magic-users.

    Please don't enter me into the contest as I already own the books and they are fabulous as well.

  27. I would definitely recommend the Tate Halloway books,Garnet Lacey is a witch after my own heart & a great laugh.
    Kim Harrison's books are great too,I've read them all so far(well the ones published in the UK.
    Both authors have a liberal sprinkling of vampires in their stories as well as great witches.

  28. I would reccomend Joy Nash's Immortals Series, Chey McCray's Magic series, Christine Feehan's Seven Sisters series and the first Hollows book, Dead Witch Walking.
    Joy Nash also has a bo0ok out A Little Light Magic that is good too.

  29. I'd recommend Would-Be Witch the first book in Kimberly Frost's Southern Witches series. Also Shirley Damsgaard's Abby & Ophelia mystery series features witches.

  30. Looking at all these comments I can see I have a few more books to add to my TBR pile. MJD has a few witches in her books and I adore them!

  31. I whole-heartedly recommend you read the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. A mix of supernatural beings is featured in each and they rotate as main characters in her books. Witches and warlocks are prominent in Dime Store Magic, Industrial Magic, and this year's book, Waking the Witch, which is scheduled for August publication.

  32. I think the only books I have read that have witches in them have been the Anne Rice - Mayfair witches. I did enjoy them.

  33. I would recommend Annette Blair's witch books and Vicki Lewis Thompson's hex series.


  34. Probably a different genre than you are going for (comedic fantasy), but there are also Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels with the Three Witches- Granny Weatherwax (the Crone), Nanny Ogg (the Mother), and Margrat Garlick/Agne Nitt(the Maiden).

    Fritz Lieber's "Conjure Wife" is probably the classic witch novel.

    I always liked Elizabeth Hand's "Waking the Moon", which is more secret societies/Benandanti than witches per se, but still.

    There's also "Practical Magic" and "Witches of Eastwick" now that I think about it.

  35. I'm going to create a list of all the series/book that everyone is recommending and put it on the blog at the conclusion of this giveaway.

    Thank you all for the great suggestions!

  36. I haven't read but I am going to check out the Hex series. I love my broken heart the best.

  37. I would love to win these four books. I've always wanted to read them! :)

  38. One book I loved with a witch as a main character was Wise Woman by Philippa Gregory. It was a great book with tons of twists and turns.
    I would love to win these books!!
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  39. I love Tate Hallaway's books!I would suggest you to read the Hex Hall series by Rachel Hawkins or Annette Blair's Triplet Witch Trilogy...both the series are entertaining :)
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    Thank you so much for the giveaway!I have not yet read this series but would love to.

  40. I have not read any Witch books but i just looked up this series and sounds interesting.

  41. I would also recommend the hollows series by Kim Harrison and the Ophelia and Abby series by Shirley Damsgaard.

  42. Please please count me in. I would love to win! {crossing my fingers}

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  43. These have all been mentioned before, but Cheyenne McCray's, Vicki Lewis Thompson's, and Anya Bast's books are terrific, depending on your mood.

    Thanks for the contest!

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  44. I would suggest Faith Hunter's Rogue Mage series, the main is not exactly a witch, but she still does magic (and goes into heat, apparently).


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  45. most definitely the hollows series by kim harrison! you will not be disappointed!

    thank you for this great contest! another witch series to read! yippee! :)

  46. I would recommend Annette Blair's Accidental Witch Trilogy.

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  47. I just realized now, that I too haven't read that many books involving witches. Although I can think of one, aside from the Garnet Lacey series which you mentioned. The Night World series by L. J. Smith have witches in it. A few of the books have witches as main characters.


  48. I need to post quicker! Most of the ones I'd suggest have been mentioned.
    Kelley Armstrong: Otherworld series
    Lois Greiman: Mayfair Witches (historical romance blended with paranormal romance)
    Kimberly Frost: Southern Witch series
    Kat Richardson: Greywalker series (debut author this year)
    Linda Robertson: Vicious Circle
    Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy

    (and don't forget the Witches from Discworld: Wyrd Sisters and Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett)

    Hopefully that's a couple of original ideas. so many more, but I just can't think of them at the moment :(

  49. Fantastic giveaway, thank you!!

    +1 I would recommend to you The Hollows series by Kim Harrison and the amazing Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong (book 3&4 are narrated by a witch protagonist), they are fantastic!

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  50. Great giveaway!
    I would have to recommend Cheyennne McCray"s Magic series, and Christine Feehan's Drake sister's series.

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  51. I have not read this author yet. I'm brand new to paranormal reading. I'd love to win this series! I love the cover art, Awesome!

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  52. My recommendation is The Hollows series by Kim Harrison! Thank you for this GREAT giveaway!^O^

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  53. Kim Harrison writes a popular series with a witch as the heroine.

    Vicki Lewis Thompson is another author who does as well. Funny and entertaining books.



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  54. The Hollows series by Kim Harrison is my favorite. Amazing books.

  55. I loved christine feehan's drake sister series

  56. I'd recommend The Hollows series by Kim Harrison. Great giveaway! :D


  57. Others have already recommended it, but the Hollows series by Kim Harrison would be my pick as the best. I've got some Vicki Lewis Thompson in by to be read pile, and I've heard those are good.

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