Family Magic (The Hayle Coven Novels Book 1)

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***WORLD’S BEST STORY 2014***

Her mom’s a witch. 
Her dad’s a demon.
And she just wants to be ordinary.

 
I batted at the curl of smoke drifting off the tip of my candle and tried not to sneeze. My heavy velvet cloak fell in oppressive, suffocating folds in the closed space of the ceremony chamber, the cowl trapping the annoying bits of puff I missed. I hated the way my eyes burned and teared, an almost constant distraction. Not that I didn’t welcome the distraction, to be honest. Anything to take my mind from what went on around me.
 
Being part of a demon raising is way less exciting than it sounds.
 
Sydlynn Hayle’s life couldn’t be more complicated. Trying to please her coven, starting over in a new town, and fending off a bully cheerleader who hates her are just the beginning of her troubles. What to do when delicious football hero Brad Peters–boyfriend of her cheer nemesis–shows interest? If only the darkly yummy witch, Quaid Moromond, didn’t make it so difficult for her to focus on fitting in with the normal kids. Add to that her crazy grandmother’s constant escapes driving her family to the brink and Syd’s between a rock and a coven site. Forced to take on power she doesn’t want to protect a coven who blames her for everything, only she can save her family’s magic.

If her family’s distrust doesn’t destroy her first.
 
· A great, inventive plot, a deeply flawed, self-deprecating, heroine, many wondrous sub-characters and a constantly-evolving world of madness and magic (with a goodly side order of teen angst thrown in!). What more could you want?” — Amazon reviewer Hobbitual
· Thank you Ms. Larsen, for an excellent read….please please please tell me there will be more about these characters!” — Amazon reviewer Michelle William
· ” …this book was incredible. I was sucked in from the very beginning. I fell in love with the characters. The plot twists and the way it was written kept me turning pages well into the night.” — Amazon reviewer Misty Harvey
 
Don’t miss the exciting sequels in the Hayle Coven Novels:

Witch Hunt
Demon Child
The Wild
The Long Lost
Gatekeeper
Flesh and Blood
Full Circle
Divided Heart
First Plane
Light and Shadow
Queen of Darkness
Dark Promise
Unseelie Ties
Ancient Ways
The Undying
Shifting Loyalties
Enforcer
Coven Leader
The Last Call

***WORLD’S BEST STORY 2014***

Her mom’s a witch. 
Her dad’s a demon.
And she just wants to be ordinary.

 
I batted at the curl of smoke drifting off the tip of my candle and tried not to sneeze. My heavy velvet cloak fell in oppressive, suffocating folds in the closed space of the ceremony chamber, the cowl trapping the annoying bits of puff I missed. I hated the way my eyes burned and teared, an almost constant distraction. Not that I didn’t welcome the distraction, to be honest. Anything to take my mind from what went on around me.
 
Being part of a demon raising is way less exciting than it sounds.
 
Sydlynn Hayle’s life couldn’t be more complicated. Trying to please her coven, starting over in a new town, and fending off a bully cheerleader who hates her are just the beginning of her troubles. What to do when delicious football hero Brad Peters–boyfriend of her cheer nemesis–shows interest? If only the darkly yummy witch, Quaid Moromond, didn’t make it so difficult for her to focus on fitting in with the normal kids. Add to that her crazy grandmother’s constant escapes driving her family to the brink and Syd’s between a rock and a coven site. Forced to take on power she doesn’t want to protect a coven who blames her for everything, only she can save her family’s magic.

If her family’s distrust doesn’t destroy her first.
 
· A great, inventive plot, a deeply flawed, self-deprecating, heroine, many wondrous sub-characters and a constantly-evolving world of madness and magic (with a goodly side order of teen angst thrown in!). What more could you want?” — Amazon reviewer Hobbitual
· Thank you Ms. Larsen, for an excellent read….please please please tell me there will be more about these characters!” — Amazon reviewer Michelle William
· ” …this book was incredible. I was sucked in from the very beginning. I fell in love with the characters. The plot twists and the way it was written kept me turning pages well into the night.” — Amazon reviewer Misty Harvey
 
Don’t miss the exciting sequels in the Hayle Coven Novels:

Witch Hunt
Demon Child
The Wild
The Long Lost
Gatekeeper
Flesh and Blood
Full Circle
Divided Heart
First Plane
Light and Shadow
Queen of Darkness
Dark Promise
Unseelie Ties
Ancient Ways
The Undying
Shifting Loyalties
Enforcer
Coven Leader
The Last Call

3 Responses to Family Magic (The Hayle Coven Novels Book 1)

  1. Rachel Lynn says:
    44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Love the Writing!, June 12, 2012
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    This review is from: Family Magic (The Hayle Coven Novels Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
    I downloaded this book as a freebie and was a little wary of it because of the demon/witchcraft content. I am a christian and I’m not comfortable with the direction in which some authors take these subjects. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no nun & certainly never claim to be! I love a good fantasy and that’s exactly what this was. The story as a whole wasn’t dark & demonic like I was afraid it would be.

    It had good, well-built characters and the plot-line was entertaining and moved at a good pace. I have to mention that the author really won me over with her writing. She really put clear pictures of everything in my head without over doing it & being too wordy. There have been few times that I have found a book that was so well written that I found myself reading it out loud like poetry. This was one of those times. I think I enjoyed the flow and rhythm of the writing as much as the story itself!

    I also very much appreciate the fact that, although this is the first in a series, I wasn’t left hanging at the end. I felt perfectly content when I finished the book and even though I look forward to reading the next in the series, I don’t feel that I’m being forced to in order to complete the story.

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  2. Books4Tomorrow says:
    34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    MAGICAL!!, January 8, 2012
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    Books4Tomorrow (South Africa) –

    This review is from: Family Magic (The Hayle Coven Novels Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
    Being a powerful witch as well as the daughter of a demon lord is not exactly the best recipe for being normal in a modern high school. Add two attractive boys and a bunch of vindictive cheerleaders and things can get complicated.

    Syd, the main character, transforms from being the victimized new kid in high school to an assertive person who accepts her magical powers in order to keep the leadership of the Hayle Coven of Witches from falling into the hands of some truly nasty characters. As we read this story from the main character’s point of view, we are right there with her as she rebels against her mother, denies her inherent power and tries to cope with everyday high school politics. The way in which she tells her story is quirky and often funny. Her inner dialogue is downright hilarious at times!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the numerous versatile characters in this book – a rather special cat, a couple of vampires and a very, very old dog. And let’s not forget the variety of witches, a few colorful teenagers and a crazy grandmother who can only be subdued by chocolate and tequila and who has invaluable information and wisdom for her family – during her infrequent moments of lucidity, that is.

    As this is the first book in the Hayle Coven series, the author takes the necessary time to introduce her readers to the characters and the world they live in. The action, suspense, Syd’s teenage dramas and numerous disputes are artfully balanced by lovely moments of family solidarity, a touch of romance and some out-and-out humorous situations. The close relationship between the main character and her not-so-normal little sister is sure to warm your heart. Thus I can safely say that there’s not one dull moment in this story!

    Although this is a young adult novel, I would strongly recommend it to readers of all ages. I, for one, am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series by a very gifted author. (Ellen Fritz)

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  3. RichNNat says:
    33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Loved this story!, October 20, 2011
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    This review is from: Family Magic (The Hayle Coven Novels Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
    I really enjoyed this story! I actually lost sleep because- “Maybe I’ll just read one more chapter before lights out…”

    Even though this book is paranormal in nature, the parent/child & teenage drama in this book felt real. I loved Syd’s “voice”! The author did a great job with each and every character, even the secondary ones.

    There is a cuss word or two, but I consider this a good-clean-fun read! Can’t wait for the next one :)

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