Another review for TB!

Another 4 star review for Trouble Brewing, this time from Carrie Reads A Lot. 

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This was a really cute book! I haven’t read the first book in this series, but was in no way impacted by that. There are a bunch of love stories interwoven in this little gem. I found myself eagerly turning the pages to see who we would follow-up with next. The romantic in me wished their stories were simpler, but the reader in me loved the drama. There’s some smut, but not too much (or enough, if you’re exclusively looking for that).

The main story follows Taran and Calypso on their tumultuous journey back to love. That sounds horribly romantic, but it really is true. Their friends and family were fun to watch pair up or work things out and I really want to know what happened to everyone. The one thing this book is missing is a comprehensive epilogue that tells me where everyone ends up. Maybe that’s for the next book? One can hope.

Mad About Books gives TB 5 stars

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Here’s a fabulous 5 star review of Trouble Brewing from Mad About Books. I love how the reviewer Natalie says “This is more like a dramatic adventure romance.” She’s absolutely right in that my books cross a few genres. I love it when a reader recognises and appreciates that. Here’s the review:

The second installment by Jane Tara focuses this time on the London Shakeapeare witches Batty,Nell and Calypso. Unlike other Shakepeare women Batty was blessed with two magical daughters with very different gifts.

Calypso is back in London after her recent stint of globe trotting and is ready to see to her regulars in her Cauldron. Her family has always been based in a pub so what better way to give your witches brew than in a Martini or possibly a tea. She’s always had itchy feet since her old boyfriend Scott and has been hard pressed to settle anywhere so when a gorgeous artist named Taran says he’s falled for her she doesn’t dance with glee but runs for the hill.
All this is good and well for Calypso but Taran isn’t giving up easily so when he’s offered an art exhibition in London he sees it as fate and follow’s his heart across the pond.

Nell is kind, reserved, intelligent and finds lost things better than a blood hound, not that there’s a comparison. She loves history as everything has a story but her current job just isn’t paying the bills. Opportunity knocks in the way of a position at a Museum and a sweet boss.
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Batty has always been known as the slightly odd one but no one would have it any other way. She looks out for her girls and is in turn looked after by her true love Alf but things aren’t running as smoothly between them as she’d like.

All three Shakespeares and their friends go through dramatic life changes, discover romances and change the course of their lives in this whirlwind feel good romance. Very light hearted with some dramatic twists. The reveal of how Taran came into Calypso’s life had me on tender hooks and restored my belief in love.

All the characters were in depth and relateable, i’d be shocked if you didn’t familiarise yourself with one or more of them. It’s told from different characters viewpoints so you really had four books in one.
This is more like a dramatic adventure romance and i’d recommend it to anyone who wants a lift from the same old books out there right now. Hope there’s another to come.

4.5 star review of Forecast

Curling Up With A Good Book has given Forecast 4.5 stars. What a lovely review to wake up to this morning. Check out the great CUWAGB blog as well, for other wonderful reviews.
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Spellbinding!!!!!  I loved this book! I could not put it down! I want to be a good witch or at least be friends with one…how cool would that be! Jane Tara did a phenomenal job of getting the reader lost in the magical place of New York City!
The Shakespeare women have been using their powers for generations. Now there are only a few of the women left. Rowie Shakespeare is the lucky one that is destine to carry on the family business, or at least that is what her Grandmother tells her.
 Rowie has her own dreams of having a more normal life. When Rowie was finally doing something she loved and making her own life she finds the one man she can not read. “Blissful nothing!” She had waited her whole life to kiss a man and not see his entire life play out in her mind, which did not include her. The man she can’t read is none other than the handsome local TV weatherman Drew Henderson!
 You think everything is going to be great but nothing is ever perfect, not even for a witch! I enjoyed their road back to each other and all the secrets that are divulged. I love to think about destiny and how each decision we make can take us down different paths for our future! This book did not disappoint! I give it 4.5 stars!

Readful Things gives Trouble Brewing 4 stars

Ionia Martin at Readful Things Blog had this to say about Trouble Brewing.

Drop by, read the review, and check out the rest of her great site.

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When I first began reading this book I noticed a few things right away. There seemed to be an abundance of British slang, which generally tends to irk me. Secondly, the rest of the book was so good that it rather cancelled out my concern for the first thing.

What did I like about it? Many things. One of the main things that captured my attention about this book was the way the characters came to life right before the reader’s eyes. Rather than describing every minute detail, the author let you form your own images of them with simple, yet effective descriptive words. She lets you decide what and who you want the characters to be with just the slightest assistance.

There were a few times where I felt the main character was a bit self concerned and overbearing, but she is a strong personality and her words and actions certainly reflected that. I liked the way she took control of the story, I just felt she was a bit bossy toward her love interest.

The supporting characters are great and also play a major role in the story, which I don’t think happens often enough. So frequently I like one of the secondary characters more than the main, but in this case they are all worthy of adoration.

The idea behind the premise of this story is also something I had not seen before. The way the author made the main character compassionate toward the plight of others helped me grow to really like her.

I would recommend this book to others. It was sassy, and fun.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher.

Another lovely review for Trouble Brewing

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Another 4 star review arrived today from the lovely Books With Tien. There is also a Q&A with me posted under the review. Drop by and check them both out.

Tien:  When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?
Jane: I’ve always written. I have boxes of romance stories I wrote as a teenager, tucked away at my mum’s house. They’re hilarious. The stories all end just as the male and female leads are about to kiss. I guess I was too young to really know how to write about what came next.
Want to read what comes next? Read on here …

It’s all Japanese to me!!!!

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I once told an eighty-year-old Japanese woman that I had a full vagina. I was a guest in her home, which was tucked away in a tiny village on Shikoku, the smallest of Japan’s four main islands. She offered me a third helping of Okonomiyaki, and I waved my hand in front of my face and said, “Oh no, thank you, my vagina is full.”

I meant stomach.

I more than stumble and struggle through foreign languages. I destroy them. Seriously. My mouth is a linguistic flame-thrower. But I at least try. I truly believe that when in Rome, you should speak… er… Japanese.

At lease that’s what I speak.

You see Japanese was the first foreign language I butchered… I mean learnt. But before long I discovered that wherever I was in the world, no matter how I tried to learn the local language, I’d open my mouth and out came Japanese.

It didn’t go down well in Hong Kong, let me tell you.

Or Taiwan.

Although the French seemed to at least appreciate that I spoke something other than English.

I actually went to language school while I was living in Vienna. I passed numerous German exams, and on paper did exceptionally well. But whenever I tried to converse at a party…

Japanese.

Not even good Japanese.

I once went to a dentist in Tokyo. I was a bit nervous, and tried to express my nerves (utter fear).

“I think dentists are scary” was the sentence I managed to piece together.

The dentist looked thrilled and his nurse giggled into her hand. Perhaps they didn’t hear me… so again.

“I think dentists are scary.”

The dentist puffed out his chest and strutted around the room, while the nurse giggled even more. It was only later when I recounted the story to a friend that she pointed out that “scary” and “cute” are similar in Japanese, and I’d been saying the latter. “I think dentists are cute.”

Although I’ve got to say it was the most painless filling I’d ever had.

I wish I spoke more than one language. However, I have always managed to meet, converse with, and connect with people around the world. As Thoreau said, “The language of friendship is not words but meanings.”

I always mean well… I just didn’t mean vagina!

 

5 great places to search for Fairies

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I’m up to my eyeballs in Fey folk at the moment, as I write my new book. I do love all things magical, and Fairies are right at the top of that list. I’ve travelled the world and seen some very strange things … Here are 5 great places to search for Fairies.

  1. Lake Bled, Slovenia: Bled’s tiny island, the only island in Slovenia, is steeped in magic. One legend says the lake was originally a meadow until the fairies called up the forces of nature and flooded the whole region, leaving only the hill where they danced jutting out of the water. Drifting across the lake towards it, it’s easy to believe that the island is still home to all sorts of mythical creatures.
  2. St Andra, Austria: This tiny town in eastern Carinthia is a favourite of mine. The woods that surround it are filled all sorts of magic, from Witch burning circles, to stone circles and fairy houses—mostly found if you step off the walking tracks. Locals told me that the “Mother Goddess” is still revered, and you’ll find evidence of this all over the fields and forests.
  3. Monhegan Island, USA: This small, rustic island 10-miles from the coast of Maine has always been a haven for artists… and fairies. Scatted throughout the forest and underdeveloped hiking trails are fairy houses. This is an absolute jewel of a place, and a must-visit for any fairy-loving family.
  4. Japan: Japan’s forests and mountains are filled with all sorts of nature spirits. I love their mythical creatures, especially the tanuki, which isn’t a fairy, but certainly magical. Elementals and fey folk are hidden in every rock, every tree in Japan… but you can also see some incredible fairy creatures on the streets of Tokyo. “Fairy Kei” fashion has been popular for years. The Japanese have an amazing street fashion culture, the Fairy Kei style being just one of the many “tribes” found in Harajuku.
  5. Cornwall, UK: No Fairy World Tour would be complete without a trip to Cornwall. There are countless places to search for little people here—the whole county is steeped in magic. My favorite is St Nectan’s Glen near Tintagel. You won’t see fairy houses, but you might just see orbs of light, so have your camera ready!

Want to read more about St Nectan’s Glen and Cornwall? Read my novel Trouble Brewing, which is set in many fabulous places, Cornwall included.

A beautiful woman … my muse

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I saw a stunning woman today. I was driving through Edgecliff and she was waiting for a bus. She was slim and dressed in black pants and boots, a black turtleneck, with a men’s style vest over the top. She was about seventy, with shoulder length grey hair, topped off with a grey Fedora.

She stood still, with poise. She was simply magnetic. Beside her was one of those portable-shopping trolleys, in red.

I’d been struggling all week with a story. I couldn’t quite visualise the character, her tale wasn’t clear. It was there, circling my brain, but the light bulb hadn’t gone off.

Until I saw this beautiful woman …

In a flash, the whole story came to me. I was inspired.

She no doubt got on the bus and went home, completely unaware of the impact she had on me, or that she is now my muse, and a character in my next book.

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5 star review of Forecast

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Mad About Books posted this wonderful 5 star review for FORECAST on Goodreads

Fun light hearted fantasy with romance, drama and magic. It is very chick lit but extremely enjoyable and abit different from others i’ve read in this genre.

Rowie is a witch, not just any witch mind you but one of the famous Shakespeare witches of old that were hunted during the witch trials. There are only 3 in America, Rowie, her mother and grandmother. All put their gifts to good use and run Second Sight as tradition has had it.

Rowie’s young though and knows her true love is out there somewhere and there’s a life waiting for her to live. Her gift of accurately fortelling the weather has come in very handy for her local neighborhood but she’s starting to think bigger much to the chagrin of her grandmother. Fortune come’s knocking though when the local news station hears of her talents.

Drew is young, attractive, newly single and dedicated to his job. So dedicated he fell through a roof while reporting on a Hurricane. He’s off on sabbatical and has to approve a replacement quick.

Chanced upon this while trawling through Amazon and the fun sounding write up drew me straight in to the whimsical sounding tale. Great fun read with a really intriguing plot line of the women not only being witches but of the incredibly famous Shakespeare line. Even their talents are entertaining with each having a special power unique to them and their personalities.

Rowie is the perfect leading lady for me. She’s attractive but doesn’t flaunt it, is humbled by her turbulent upbringing with the other kids and is generally a tough and feisty female. Not a thing I disliked about her.

Her leading man Drew could be perceived as abit of a jerk but when you realise his past you can completely understand why he’s playing the field but underneath the exterior there’s just a normal guy living his life who loves his job. Ideal guy really.

All the background characters tie in perfectly and really add depth and humour. All three Shakespeares get their story told with it ending lovely.
Really has that feel good factor.

The Infamous Mike Tai

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This was posted on Master of the Flying Guillotine, by the Mike Kuciak creator of the Mike Tai … a cocktail I’ve included in Trouble Brewing. Go easy on it. 

My friend Jane Tara was kind enough to include the infamous Mike Tai in her fantasy-romance novel TROUBLE BREWING. Here is the sweet nectar of immortality:

  “Calypso pulled out a bottle of Captain Morgan’s Coconut Rum and a couple of tall glasses, which she filled with ice. She poured an even mix of rum, orange juice and pineapple juice into each glass. “This is like a kick in the head.”
     Taran gave Calypso a quick pat on the backside. “I need one to wake me up. All I want to do is sleep after that little session.” Taran took a swig of his drink. “Love it. What is it?”
“Called a Mike Tai. A friend of mine came up with it. It’s his version of the Mai Tai.”
Taran took another mouthful.
“Go easy there, big boy. It tastes harmless, but it can sneak up on you.”

Wiser words never spoken, Calypso. You’ll never see the Mike Tai coming. I speak from experience.