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Review & a #Recipe – Nancy’s Curse by @cbellAtrix09 #Bewitching

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Guess what? It is Review and a Recipe time! I am excited, the author sent a lovely recipe for me to share!

I liked this book, it was a fun and sexy paranormal erotic romance that left me hanging for way to much more. It is the perfect summer read for those that want to finish a story in an afternoon. Being a little over 100 pages, it is more of a trilogy of short stories. I found the characters easy to become engaged with, Again, another one of those books you usually won’t find me picking up, I am glad I did. We had some good vs. evil with witches both of the right and left hand path (I am not a fan of the use of white and black to label witches paths, so I will readdress them as thus). I had to giggle a bit at the time travel, but it was not expanded upon enough and almost didn’t fit in with the story, but if you can suspend belief a bit, you will enjoy it. Just lay back on the beach with a Mai Tai, let the sun warm your skin and enjoy.

 

I would actually label this more New Adult, though the sex is a bit to hot and heavy. Honestly the idea behind the tale is wonderful, and as mentioned I really needed more. The tale really could have been expanded and made into three times longer and be a trilogy of novellas and not short stories, because it doesn’t do justice to Nancy and her antics. We were built up with the suspense of the mystery and rushed into the answers. Despite all this I give it an honest review and rating of 3.5 stars.

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Review & a #Recipe – Nancy’s Curse by @cbellAtrix09 #BewitchingNancy’s Curse: The Complete Trilogy
by C.A. Bell
three-half-stars
Pages: 138
on May 9, 2016
Genres: Erotica, Paranormal, Romance

Sometimes white magic can turn dark. Even with the best intentions.

When Angelica, a white witch, placed a protective curse over her granddaughter, Nancy, in a bid to keep her safe from society and her own powers until she was old enough to understand, she had no idea of the consequences.

On the 31st of October, a grown up Nancy holds her annual Halloween party. Only this year she strays away from her traditional festivities that include her famous Halloween punch, and dancing to the Monster Mash, and opts for a spookier night. With the help of her friends, Nancy will be holding a séance with her new Ouija board. But little does she know that the protective curse her grandmother secretly cast over twenty-seven years ago is lifted that very night.

A spirit is summoned and Nancy begins a journey of sexual desire and love that she will never forget.

Was this summoning pure coincidence, magic, or something else? Only time will tell.

Lies, secrets, covens, dark forces, and nightmares lie just around the corner for Nancy. But at the end of it all, will she be able to help the man she has fallen for and fulfil his wish of putting his wandering soul to rest? And will there be a price?

Will true love conquer or be taken?

Nancy is about to find out.

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Once her guests have settled, Nancy begins.

“First things first, I would like to thank you all for coming to my party! Next, before we get started with this, I would like to allocate some special roles.”

She puts a nervous-looking Sophie out of her misery first. “Sophie – you, Declan and James are all the energisers.”

It doesn’t seem to reassure Sophie, so Nancy goes on, “Don’t worry, all you have to do is sit here and let the rest of us look like fools.” Nancy smiles in her direction to reassure her, prompting a tiny smile back.

Reassured, she continues, “Okay, Eve, you are interpreter. Hence the pen and paper. Your job is to write down any answers, numbers or letters we get from the board.”

Eve grins. “Gotcha.”

Then, staring her straight in the eye, Nancy declares Lucy the designated ‘screamer’.

“What the hell’s a screamer, Nance?”

She chuckles. “Basically, a screamer is the person who you think will wet themselves before anyone else and run home crying.”

Lucy gives her a knowing look, “Well I think that title should belong to you, Nance. Don’t you?”

“Maybe, but I am the leader since it’s my party and my Ouija.”

Lucy looks away and takes a sip of her drink. No-one else seems to have a problem with their position, so leader Nancy decides that it’s time to play. She turns the music down to a whisper.

Pressing her fingers down on both bottom corners of the board, she drags it along the table towards her. “Now. To start we all must concentrate and have no negative thoughts, or this won’t work. Alright?”

Everybody nods, and Nancy places one finger from each hand on the planchette. Trying not to giggle, she asks the first question of the night.

“Is anyone there?”

The room is deadly silent; only the drone of the bass-driven music can be heard. She tries to make eye contact with her guests, but they’re all staring down at the board, waiting for her fingers to move. Jeez, they really are taking this seriously.

Nothing happens, so she asks again.

“Is there anyone there who wishes to make contact with us?”

They all stare; mesmerized by the piece of wood and the hope that something might just happen. The kitchen door creaks and then pushes open. Lucy screams. Everybody, including the men, jump up off their chairs and head sharpish for the other end of the room.

With every hair on her body stood to panicked attention, Nancy tries to open the lounge door with her trembling hands… until she realises what’s happened when she notices her cat strolling in like he owns the place.

It prompts the gang to burst out into laughter, breaking the onset of tension. Eventually, they manage to compose themselves, all admitting out loud that this Ouija lark is actually quite fun and, hey, they should try to really contact someone. This time with the doors closed, so no cats can further impede.

Making their way back to the table, Nancy scoops up Salem. Bending over and shooing her little friend off out the door, Nancy feels inappropriate eyes burning holes through her dress.

Twisting her head to see who is looking, she’s surprised that not a single one of them is peeking her way. And yet… the feeling of being watched still lingers. Straightening her chair back up from the panic before, she notices that the scent of the air has changed; it smells unfamiliar, musky, and manly. The flames of the candles are flickering more aggressively, as if there were a window open. Putting it down to James’s aftershave and the fact that they all just ran across the room, she takes her seat back at the head of the table and they start again.

“Is there anyone there?” Nancy asks, her fingers back on the wooden heart. They’re left hanging again, so she dashes to the kitchen to get the instruction booklet. Opening the cutlery drawer, that being watched feeling appears again and a cold breeze strokes the back of her bare neck. It sends shivers through her entire body. Snatching up the booklet, she darts back to the safety of her friends.

With the right passage at the ready and a number of sentences to choose from, she returns her fingers to the planchette and says, “Spirit, please come forward and give us guidance.”

Still, nothing. Not so much as a blown-out flame. She chooses another calling. “Spirit, do you have a message for one of us?”

Again they’re left hanging. So Nancy decides to make up her own chant, if only to get a reaction out of her friends. “Spirit, are there any hot, tall, dark, handsome men out there who are good in bed?”

Everyone giggles. In the midst of the laughter, Nancy’s ear suddenly turns icy. And then she hears a whisper.

Yes…

Her body freezes in fear.

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Pumpkin Pie

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Ingredients

  • 500 g ready-made dessert pastry
  • 1 large butternut squash , quartered and seeds reserved
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 6 tablespoons caster sugar
  • 3 large free-range eggs , beaten
  • 200 ml double cream

 

Method

The author’s twist on an American classic.

Preheat the oven to 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6. Roll the pastry to the thickness of a pound coin. Get a 22cm loose-bottomed tart tin, line with the pastry and bake blind for 20 minutes. Set aside.

Lay the squash in a baking tray. Sprinkle with the nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon and drizzle with the maple syrup. Cover the tray tightly with a double layer of tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes until soft. Reduce the oven to 180ºC/350ºF/gas 4.

 

Allow the pieces of squash to cool, then scoop out the flesh. You should have about 600g of cooked squash flesh. Don’t forget to scrape out the bits in the tray and the maple syrup. Put in a food processor and whiz until smooth. Transfer to a bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and the eggs. Mix well and stir in the cream.

 

Fill the cooled tart case with the mix and bake for 45 minutes. Meanwhile, wash the stringy bits of squash off the seeds, dry them and lay them flat on a tray. Sprinkle with the remaining sugar and place in the oven with the pie for the last 10 minutes until crispy.

 

Remove the tart from the oven. Sprinkle with the seeds when cool. Serve with cream or ice cream, if you’re feeling naughty.

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About C.A. Bell

C.A.Bell was born and raised on the outskirts of London, England, but for the past three years has resided in a much more rural town of Shropshire, where she married and made a home.

She is author to numerous erotic fiction stories, including, The Architect, Sex, Lies, and Sinful Wives, The Shame Train, and many more.

As well as putting together her own collections of erotic shorts and naughty poetry, she is also a contributor to many anthologies and online magazines.

Currently she is working on a number of projects which include a novel she started some time ago, book two of The Architect, and running her new website dedicated to erotica readers and writers, Bell, Book and Erotica.

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Breakdown on my Rating
Character Development
4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars

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