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A Ghost of Magic by J L Clayton

A few months ago, I had a conversation on Twitter with JL Clayton (@JLClaytonBooks) and since then, she has become a lovely friend. The magic of social media! Having read her first two books in the Chosen Saga, A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, in quick succession, casting aside another sequel from another author that I had been eagerly awaiting, I was really keen to see where she would take Charlie and her band of lust-filled boys on her magical journey. 

I wasn’t disappointed in the least. Clayton has developed Charlie from the obstinate, innocent teenager of book one to a determined, feisty young lady in book three. That’s not to say that Charlie has fully evolved into someone who knows what she wants and goes for it, but she has most certainly made a progression from book one and two, as she becomes more aware of her powers and what she can do with them.

At the end of A Blaze of Magic, Nikko was struck by a spell by the evil Kate and Charlie unsuccessfully tried to revive him, instead making him a ghost who was tethered to Charlie’s magic. In A Ghost of Magic, Nikko is getting used to life as a ghost while Charlie is determined to try and find a solution to his ghostly state. However, Nikko is just one of her worries as Crispin, the Traveller, looms large. Disguised as new boy, Cris, he weaves his way into Charlie’s life in order to gain her powers and toy with her along the way. As he manipulates her friends and manages to quell any suspicions raised about who he really is, Crispin finds himself fighting a burgeoning feeling of affection for Charlie.

Clayton’s real talent is in the way she changes the narrative voice to suit each character so that they could have been written by different authors, they are all so distinctive. In this book, the story is told in turn by Nikko, Charlie and Crispin. Clayton doesn’t try and make Nikko and Charlie appear older than they are. Whilst they are on the cusp of adulthood, their naivety is displayed through the narrative, whereas Crispin is more formal, an adult in every sense of the word.

There is a real sense throughout the book that this book is a build up to something big and although there are climactic episodes in A Ghost of Magic, it still feels like this is an ongoing journey and certainly the ending of the book leaves more questions than answers, which is a good way to leave it when, as I understand it, this will be a four book series. Clayton keeps the reader gripped throughout as Charlie is duped on regular occasions then enlightened to her powers and to those surrounding her.

The men in Charlie’s life play the largest presence as Tru, Jace, Asher and Crispin fight for Charlie’s affections. I have my own opinion on who Charlie should end up with but time will tell! That’s assuming that these suitors really are in love with her and not being drawn to her by magical means. However, I think that this will be addressed in the next book. At least, I hope so!

Ultimately, this book is a rollercoaster journey between the mortal and magical worlds. Clayton navigates Charlie through her confusion over her powers and emotions by juxtaposing Charlie’s ever-changeable thoughts to Crispin stoic determination and arrogance that he reigns supreme. Clayton has answered questions raised by A Blaze of Magic and left plenty of questions to be answered in the next book. I, for one, can’t wait to read it.

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Guest Review by JL Clayton: A Light in the Darkness by Kevin E. Hatt

A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS A HASZARD NARRATIVE

So Haszard is determined to find out who kills his friend, which takes him on a wild ride that he will never forget. Hasz is known for sticking his nose into things that put him in hot water. As the story progresses, so does Hasz’s love life and humor. Life becomes more and more dangerous for Hasz and attempts on his life seem to keep coming. He meets the woman of his “dreams.” Whatever, I think she is hiding something, but if she is you don’t find it out in the first book. Author Kevin E. Hatt did an amazing job with the first book in the Haszard series. The first book had a little bit of romance with elements of adventure and humor. I loved Hasz with his witty and snarky ways. Reminds me of someone I know. Author Hatt did such a wonderful job writing and building the world of our Haszard. I enjoyed this book. 5 stars, bravo! You are an amazingly talented writer.

Twitter ID: @KevinEHatt

About J.L.Clayton:

JL Clayton is the author of the Chosen Saga: A Spark of Magic, A Blaze of Magic and most recently, A Ghost of Magic. Check out the Segnalibro reviews of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic here. I’m reading and A Ghost of Magic now, so keep a look out for a review coming to Segnalibro soon.

Guest Review by JL Clayton: Sciaphobia by Roy Dodd

I can’t really say this book is a book about good and evil, when the evil ones are also the good one’s! This book was very fascinating. I don’t really like books with religious aspects, because there are so many ways the readers can get offended. If you believe in God and the author writes bad things about God, well you’re not going to like the book. If you don’t believe in God and the author writes how amazing God is, yeah you get what I’m saying. However, Author Dodd did not do that. He wove the elements of religion into Sciaphobia nicely. There are so many unique characters. I really enjoyed Shadow’s storyline and the one that possessed him was wicked. I would have loved to read more of Shadows and Anna’s relationship. So maybe there will be a second book?! All in all, I enjoyed this read. I finished it within 2 days. It really captured my attention. If you like horror, action, mystery and a little love, this is your book.  If you like storylines with a lot of blood and a crazy possessed woman hell bent on becoming God, this is your book. Five stars. Wonderful job.

Twitter: @OfficialRoyDodd

J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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Guest Review by J.L.Clayton: Down the Dark Path by J Edward Neill

When Andelusia Anderae leaves home in search of a better life, she accidentally plunges into the world-ending war between Graehelm and Furyon. The deeper she falls, the more she senses the dark powers rising within her, and the more she realizes she is not so different than the enemy. Love might not be enough to save her, for the Furyons are all-powerful, and the shadow within her desires her more than any living man ever will.
Down the Dark Path chronicles the struggles of six individuals during the Furyon invasion of Graehelm and sets the stage for the horrific powers lurking behind the war. For even as the Furyons threaten to end all life, thetrue enemy, the ancient civilization of the Ur, draws nearer to rebirth.

What can I say about Author Neill that I haven’t already said. Clearly a lot. Author Neill has a brilliant mind. I purchased this book knowing what I would be expecting: Excellence. The way he tells his stories from the beginning to the end is simply captivating. You can tell all of his characters apart from each other, so this book was a fast read for me. This is a great book that had me sitting on the edge of my seat in anticipation of what would happen next. Author Neill is such a passionate writer that it comes across the pages of his books when you read them.  In Down the Dark Path, the battle scenes are amazing, I imagined myself there fighting for my life. One day, I believe you will see Author Neill’s name on a bestseller list. Bravo yet again, five stars!


J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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Guest Review by JL Clayton: An Unexpected Sojourn by D.B. Graves

To say that author D. B. Graves first novel was interesting is putting it mildly. This book is a whirlwind of different characters. At one point I didn’t know who’s side I was on. However, Jack was always my favorite. The story starts off slow and it builds up from there. I can say I’ve never read a book like this. You have your time traveling secret society, with hot and bloody sex scenes. I was grossed out and turned on, I believe I may have some sex issues I didn’t even know existed until I read this book. Author Graves takes your imagination to a dark, deadly place full of sex that will have you desiring more. This book has loss, mystery, danger and some down and dirty multi partner sexual intercourse. I can say I’ve never read a book like this. If you’re looking for a unique, brilliantly written book that will have your mind racing, then this is your book!
Bravo, Author Graves on your first novel. I can’t wait until you write the next book in the series!
Twitter Link: @ImDBGraves


J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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Guest Review by J.L.Clayton: Night People by Larry J. Dunlap

NIGHT PEOPLE, the first book in an intimate literary memoir, follows the first three of six years in the life of a young singer and his Midwestern friends as they strive for success in a coming-of-age music and romance-filled journey in 1960’s-era California and Las Vegas by Author Larry J. Dunlap.
So a friend of mine told me about this book: Night People. She said I would love it, yet I was skeptical because I’m not a nonfiction reader. However; my friend has really good taste in books so I gave this one a try. I’m very happy I did. Night People is a wonderful book, I found myself forgetting that it was a biography. It reads like a fictional book, so it was a very easy read for me. I never lost interest. Author Dunlap is such a beautiful writer. I found myself lost in the book, as if I was watching a really good movie. If you can make me forget that I was reading a biography and take me to that imaginary place, than you did a brilliant job. Bravo! I’m looking forward to reading your next book. 5🌟

J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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Guest Review by J L Clayton – The Panty Whisperer: Volume 1 by Sloane Howell

Joel – “THE MAJORITY OF MEN WANT sex just to get off. They blow their load, roll over, and fall asleep. That’s not my style though. I want you to remember my face. I want you to remember every inch of me. And you will.”
This is a sexy-oh-my-God, can I be her for the day kind of read.
Jessica Moore is at her job, she is in need of help with a project… In walks Joel Hannover, an all around cool guy, that knows how to handle the ladies. Jessica is in a hopeless marriage, she has two kids and she is feeling unattractive… Until Joel looks at her. He makes her feel alive, just like he does with every new woman who is feeling these same things. Their last day working together and Joel knows it’s now or never. Out in the garage parking lot of Jessica’s work place, Joel teases her body back to live… Something she has been missing for a while now. Okay, so sex in a parking lot might not sound too appealing to some people, but let me just say Sloane Howell has written it perfectly. There is so much want and longing, that you’ll find yourself pressed up against the car window begging for more. Or if you’re the guy… I’m pretty sure you’ll see yourself as Joel, pleasuring Jessica in ways she’s never felt before.
Bravo Sloane Howell, you did a fantastic job! Five stars.

J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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Guest Review by JL Clayton: 101 Questions for Humanity: Coffee Table Philosophy by J. Edward Neill

101 Questions for Humanity, by Author J Edward Neill, is just what the title proclaimed: Questions for humanity. It’s actually very fascinating. These are questions you might, or might not, have thought about. I found myself answering them as I read along, which I’m sure was the author’s intent. This, in my opinion, could be a little question game you play on the road, or with friends, to get to know someone’s take on life and what they value. There’s one question that asked: “Two fires are raging. You can rush into one house and save your child. Or you can rush into the other and save 100 people. Which house?”

I am a mother, I love my child more than anyone or thing. My answer would be my child.
These are the kind of in-depth questions you will be asked in this book. If it wasn’t for the fact that I am a fan of Author Neill’s and that the book was free, I wouldn’t have seen myself purchasing it. Yet, I loved the questions that are asked. I’m going to use them on some of my friends and family. This, to me, is the ultimate in-depth questions game: To know someone’s deep dark feelings

J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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Guest Review by JL Clayton: Saturday Night Lovers: An Erotic Short Story by Beth Scarlett.

Saturday Night Lovers: An Erotic Short Story by Beth Scarlett is indeed a really short story, 2000 words short. I like short stories, but this… It’s very well written and I do love erotic books; yet this one was only sex. I know, normally people are like “let’s get to the sex already” but I would have liked a little more to set the tone. So Meg, our main character is a 19-year-old intern at a publishing company. The man she sleeps with is of course the boss’s son, who is 25 and a billionaire. It starts off like this: He knocks on her door, she lets him in. They say a couple of words and then they have sex, but it’s good sex. After that he gets up and leaves, but before he goes, Meg asks him if he wants to do it again sometime. He says, “Same time next Saturday?”

If this book had just a little more, I would have given it a 5 star rating. Overall, it was a good read.

J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review

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My Sister's Secret

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Guest Review of The Oxymoron of Still Life by Lynn Lamb written by author J.L.Clayton

In The Oxymoron of Still Life By Author Lynn Lamb, you get 3 short stories.
Beauty Bath: “What draws her away from reason and into peril?” I have to say, I was confused. The first story seemed like something was missing. I know it’s a short story, but there just wasn’t any real end. So, I guess you can say I was left a little unsatisfied. However, with the author leaving the storyline like she did, I can see a whole novel being made… She might already have it!
Double Entendre: “Why won’t anyone tell him how death works?” I liked this story so much better. It shows how it is to love someone and never truly let them go. The phrase, “Until death do us part” really doesn’t apply here.
Mothballed: “Will her music lead him to his fate?”
I loved this story. The author took an inanimate object and made it seem like a living human being. What great use of personification! This story was haunting, tragic and beautiful.
Overall, I give the author a 5 star rating, because even though I had a little snag at the beginning, that didn’t take away from how wonderful and mesmerizing author Lamb can write.

 

To find out more about Author Lynn Lamb, please visit these great websites:
Author Website: www.lynnlamb.com
Email address: thesurvivordiaries@gmail.com

 

J.L.Clayton is the author of A Spark of Magic and A Blaze of Magic, the first two books from The Chosen Saga. She is currently working on A Ghost of Magic.

You can find reviews of J.L. Clayton’s two fabulous books written by me by clicking on the following links:

A Spark of Magic Book Review

A Blaze of Magic Book Review