The Friday 56: Baked With Magic

Season Of The Witch: A Panthera Publications Anthology by [Naomi Panthera, Zelda Knight, Faith Gibson, Shana Vernon, Maddison Cole, Candace Sams, Kit Blackwood, Alys Fraser, Katherine Bogle, C.A. King]

Note: This quote is from a short story that’s in this anthology. The passage is near the end of the story, but it does not give anything away. Also, this story is featured in another anthology called Cast a Wicked Spell. It is an anthology exclusive to Literary Love of Savannah.

As soon as the temparature evened out, she slid the tarts into the oven and began making her vanilla sponge again. She hoped she had enough time for it to cool before she spread the whipped cream layer on, or it would ooze all over the place. Once that was completed, she set a second timer and popped the cake in the oven.

I love that the author detailed the baking competition so well. It’s made me feel like I was actually there. I definitely recommend you checking the story out. I also recommend her debut novel: The Complications of Pi.

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The Friday 56: The Pull of the Stars

The Pull of the Stars: A Novel by [Emma Donoghue]

It took me a second or two to deduce that she thought this was a drawing of a woman who’d been sliced in half. No, no, it’s a cutaway- sketched as if we can see right through her. You notice how the baby’s all curled up?

It still amazes e that they had people who hadn’t been trained at all come in and help the hospital staff out because they were so short-staffed. I wonder if they are doing that now in the current pandemic. I just recently finished this book and I loved it so much. Has anybody else read this?

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The Friday 56: the Frozen Crown

The Frozen Crown: A Novel (Warrior Witch Duology Book 1) by [Greta Kelly]

I waved a hand, dismissing the Shazir and their madness, their hate. They rejected the truth of the Two-Faced God, that the Day Lord was but one-half of the deity, the bright face to Lady Night’s darkness. “My mother wasn’t a witch, and my father wasn’t an earth witch. He was a healer. The greatest healer this empire has ever seen. It was his power that saved Queen Ozura’s life when she was pregnant with her youngest son, and everyone knew it. How could they have possibly caused the earthquake?”

I just got this book yesterday. I haven’t read it yet. I am very intrigued. I know that I will be really interested in this book when I finally do get around to reading it. I won a copy of the sequel on Goodreads, so I felt like it was fate and bought the first book. Anybody have this book and would like to read it with me?

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The Friday 56: Opium and Absinthe

Opium and Absinthe: A Novel by [Lydia Kang]

James? So handsome that ladies’ rose-salved lips dropped open in astonishment when he passed? James Cutter fancied her? There was something alluring about the idea of a match between them, on that would make all the socialites who had ever giggled over her clumsy ways jealous…

I just got this book in the mail today, so I haven’t read it. It sounds very intriguing though, and I’m looking very much forward to reading this. I’ll be happy when the time comes that this passage will make sense to me. Until then, enjoy the quote!

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The Friday 56: A Lesson in Vengeance.

A Lesson in Vengeance by [Victoria Lee]

Ellis emerges from Godwin House just once, even though it’s a Friday afternoon. Maybe Ellis Halley isn’t required to attend classes. I watch her go across the yard, chin level with the ground and wearing a pantsuit, into the administrative building. She stays there about twenty minutes before I spy her again. This time she’s holding an armful of paperwork. I raise my voice and call her name, she looks over and our gazes meet. But then she turns away and keeps walking, as if I’m not there at all.

The dynamic between these two is very interesting. They aren’t really enemies. They really don’t know each other well enough to be enemies. Yet they aren’t exactly friendly either. I’m curious to see how this relationship grows and unfolds as the series continues. I’m about halfway through the book as we speak so I guess I’ll find out soon.

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The Friday 56: The Chase

The Chase (Fox and O'Hare Series, Book 2) by [Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg]

“The Viboras are bloodthirsty, homicidal maniacs. They’ve been known to cut off a man’s arm and beat him to death with it. Aren’t you worried about the Viboras hunting you down?”

Nick waved off her concern. “I’m already on the run from all sorts of mobsters and countless law enforcement agencies. What’s one more? Besides, I’ve got you protecting me.”

I haven’t read this one yet, but I can tell that Evanovich is just as quirky in this series as she is in the Stephanie Plum series. I’m really excited about it now!

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The Friday 56: The High Mountain Court

The High Mountain Court (The Five Crowns of Okrith Book 1) by [AK Mulford]

She didn’t know why she said it, merely wanted to. But she delighted in the way Hale’s eyes widened. That wanting smile stretched back across his face. He may have been fae, but when it came to women, it didn’t matter: fae males were as simple as human men, it seemed.

I’m actually actively reading this book now. I’m not this far into it yet. I picked the vaguest paragraph on the page to share so I wasn’t tempted to keep reading. Anybody else know that struggle? Anyway, this book is so good so far and I want to know if anybody else is reading it! Or has read it!

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The Friday 56: Above the Reich

Above the Reich: Deadly Dogfights, Blistering Bombing Raids, and Other War Stories from the Greatest American Air Heroes of World War II, in Their Own Words by [Colin Heaton, Anne-Marie Lewis]

I got my twelfth kill on January 20, but that was when a new pilot, Allen E Dimmick, was hit and killed by a 190 that I then managed to get. On January 30, I scored number thirteen, and in February I scored two in a single mission. Then we got a new pilot, a Polish fellow who flew with the RAF, Boleslaw Michel “Michael” or “Mike” Gladych. he and Gabreski were old friends: Gabby had flown with the RAF Polish Squadron, since he also spoke Polish. Those two together were worth the price of admission, really. He [Gladych] ad a remarkable history indeed.

I learned so much in just this small passage. I won this book awhile back, but I haven’t had the pleasure of reading it yet. It looks like it will be a very educational read. I will have to bump it up on my TBR. I won’t lie though. This looks like a book I will have to take lots of notes with. I’ll probably do some research on the side as well. I’m also okay with that.

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